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Monday, January 19, 2015

Timber Cowl


Cuddle up and stay warm this winter with this textured accent cowl. It knits up quickly and easily with a bulky yarn. It’s perfect for a stroll around town or in the woods.

This cowl is lightweight, but warm. It has slipped selvage stitches for clean and soft edges. 
It is also reversible! 

This cowl is knitted flat with three different basic stitches for lots of texture. The cowl is then attached in the round. There is no visible seam.

Skill Level: 
Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, yarn over, K2tog, provisional cast on, three needle bind off
Note: “normal” CO and BO can be used

Sizes: one size

Finished Measurements:
approx 19 cm wide and 71 cm long lying flat folded (142 cm long before joining in a circle)

Gauge: 
approx 13 stitches and 19 rows = 10 cm in St st on 6.5 mm as given on Lion Brand Woolspun ball band

Yarn: bulky acrylic-wool blend

Suggested Brand: 
2 skeins Lion Brand Woolspun 
80% acrylic, 20% wool
116 m per 100 g
shown in colour 130 Honey and 149 Charcoal

+ scrap yarn for provisional CO

Needles: 
8 mm straight 
one extra needle for three needle BO
large crochet hook for provisional CO
or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook




Instructions:

CO 26 sts with provisional method. 

Note: You may instead CO with backwards loop method. You will then BO normally and sew the ends together.

Cowl is worked back and forth (flat). If you would like to make your cowl wider, CO a multiple of 2 sts.

Note: The first st of every row is slipped kwise and the last st of every row is purled (included in instructions).

First Section:

Garter Stitch
Row 1: Knit to last st, purl.
Row 2: Sl 1 kwise, knit to last st, purl.

Repeat Row 2 only until section measures approx 46 cm/18” from CO. 

Second Section:

Double Moss Stitch
Row 1-2: Sl 1 kwise, *K1, P1*, rep from * to * to last st, purl.
Row 3-4: Sl1 kwise, *P1, K1*, rep from * to *  to last st, purl.

Repeat these 4 rows until section measures approx 46 cm/18” from end of first section.

Third Section:

Mesh Stitch 
Row 1: Sl 1 kwise, K1, *YO, K2tog*, rep from * to * to last 2 sts, K1, P1.
Repeat this row until section measures approx 46 cm/18” from end of second section.

Finishing:

Place sts from provisional CO onto empty needle. Make sure you have ended on the correct row for a three needle BO (so needles are facing the same way - if not, just work one more row). 

Follow instructions below for a three needle BO and weave in ends. 

Resources:

Provisional Cast On
stitchdiva.com/tutorials/knitting/provisional-cast-on

Three Needle Bind Off
knitty.com/ISSUEfall06/FEATfall06TT.html


Monday, December 22, 2014

Vegabond Hat


This unisex hat is so cozy you may not want to take it off. If you feel like wandering, make sure this hat wanders off with you. It is loose-fitting, slouchy, oh-so-warm and even reversible.
 
The sweet and simple detail around the brim is like a touch of icing on a cupcake. This hat is knit in stockinette stitch making this a great hat for showing off a luxurious yarn or a favourite colour. It also makes for perfect travel knitting.
 
This hat is knit from the bottom to the crown with a light fingering weight yarn. This hat has three sizes and no visible seam.

This is a 5-page PDF pattern. $4 USD
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.
 


Skill Level:
Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius


Skills: knit, picking up stitches


Sizes: adult small, medium, large (shown in medium)
 

Finished Measurements:
approx 26/28/30 cm wide and 26 cm tall lying flat after blocking; fits a 53/56/59 cm head


Yarn: light fingering alpaca blend


Suggested Brand:
2 skeins Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine
50% superwash wool; 30% nylon, 20% super
fine alpaca
400 m per 100 g
shown in colour 1207 gray and 1281 red
 

+ small amount fingering CC for trim
 

Note: for gauge accuracy, choose two yarns of the same brand

Needles:
3 mm 40 cm circs
3 mm dpns
or size needed to obtain gauge


Other Materials: tapestry needle; stitch marker



Glenora Hat


This worsted weight beanie worked is a simple knit, but the magic is expressed through the amazing colours. Dive into your stash of leftovers and find some rainbow or ombre shades that make your heart sing. 

This design uses addictive and easy fair isle colourwork for a stained glass effect. This hat is knit from the bottom to the crown in one piece with worsted weight yarn. This hat has two sizes and a slightly visible seam.

This is a 4-page PDF pattern. $4 USD
This pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.



Skill Level:
Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
 

Skills: knit, purl, stranding
 

Sizes: adult small, large (shown in large)
 

Finished Measurements:
approx 19/22 cm wide and 19 cm tall lying flat after blocking; fits a 53/56 cm head

Yarn:
worsted wool


Suggested Brand:
1 skein Cascade Yarns 220
100% wool
201 m per 100 g
shown in colour 8505 white
+ small amounts (4-5 g) of 7 colours (see next page for “shown in” colours)
 

Needles:
4 mm 40 cm circs
5 mm 40 cm circs
5 mm dpns
or size needed to obtain gauge


Other Materials:
tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook; stitch marker