Free Pattern Friday – BFF Scarf

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, the BFF Scarf in Uptown Bulky and Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.

We’re calling this the BFF scarf because there are so many elements that play together as friends here.  First, there’s the blend of multi-hued Bamboo Bloom Handpaints held together with solid Uptown Bulky.


Second, there’s the combination of two big yarns and US Size 17 (12 mm) needles, so the whole thing knits up fast.


And third, there’s the designer, Sandy Harris.  A talented crafter and knitting teacher, she’s always been a friend to Universal, designing beauties like the One Side Cowl in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints.

Put it all together and you have a pattern that’s fun, quick, and easy.  It’s a home run.

Happy knitting!

 

Free Pattern Friday – KISS Scarf

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

red lace cotton scarf on a tan dressform

Today, the KISS Scarf in Cotton Supreme Splash.

red lace cotton scarf tied at the neck on a dressformA while back, we had a request for a super-simple lace scarf for a beginner.  Well, it doesn’t get much simpler than this.  The KISS Scarf is a few rows of garter stitch, followed by a one-row k2tog,yo repeat with a garter stitch border on the edges.  It’s fully reversible, and it only takes one half of a ball of Cotton Supreme Splash (100g/180yds) meaning it won’t take forever, even for a beginner.

(Edit: I was so excited about this pattern that I accidentally wrote  k2, yo instead of k2tog yo*.  The pattern was right, but the article was wrong – it would have led to a dramatically increasing row every time.  Thanks to all of you eagle-eyed knitters!)

This pattern would work well with any of the yarns in the Cotton Supreme family.  Cotton Supreme and Cotton Supreme Batik both have the same yardage per ball, so they could be used interchangeably here.  Go down a needle size for a slightly skinnier scarf (or just cast on more stitches in an even number) and use Cotton Supreme DK or DK Seaspray.

 

The remaining half a ball of Cotton Supreme Splash is sitting on my desk right now, tempting me.  I could knit another… or I could use it to teach someone else to knit.  Decisions, decisions.

Happy knitting!

A red lace scarf with one end thrown over the shoulder of a dressform. A silver shawl pin fastens the scarf together.

 

Free Pattern Friday – Aria Cardigan

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, the Aria Cardigan in Universe.

This glorious, glittering garment is perfect for a night at the opera, or anywhere you want to make an entrance.

We designed this cardigan for sparkling Universe, the cotton/linen/glitter blend we created for our 10th anniversary.  It’s got the perfect texture and shine for pieces that stand out in a crowd.

 

This design is written and charted, and contains a schematic.

The Aria Cardigan makes our hearts sing.  We hope you enjoy it too.

Happy knitting!

Free Pattern Friday – Bienne Tee

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, the Bienne Tee in Flax Lace.

This tee is named after the town of Bienne, Switzerland.  Both German and French are spoken there, and with its old Gothic architecture and modern high rises, the city is a beautiful blend of rustic and sophisticated.

Likewise, the Bienne Tee is a lovely mix of cables and lace in sturdy Flax Lace 100% linen, a classic plant fiber that softens with every wash.

It’s easy to see how good this would look over a tank or cami, with contrasting color capris  or jewelry.  Although it’s a classic in color 101 Taupe as pictured, I’m wondering how something more colorful might work.   There are a lot of lovely tones to choose from.

Happy knitting!

 

 

Free Pattern Friday – My Poncho

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

aqua knitted poncho

Today’s pattern is My Poncho in Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton.

I will confess to having to fight a bias against ponchos.  It stems mainly from having lived through the Bicentennial in 1976, when red, white, and blue crocheted acrylic ponchos were all the rage.

vintage red white and blue fringed crochet poncho
On the other hand, it does show how long acrylic lasts.

I mean absolutely no disrespect to those crafters who made such things.  You just have to imagine a young girl decked out in these things in July in the South to understand my dismay.

Fortunately, both fashion and yarn have come a long way.

closeup of aqua knitted poncho with wooden necklace

When this poncho showed up on my desk to photograph for Free Pattern Friday, my immediate response was, “mine.”  This is the kind of poncho I can get behind.  Or, more accurately, get in to.

side view of aqua poncho

“My Poncho” is made in Radiant Cotton (203yds/100g), a long-staple 100% Egyptian cotton that’s a delight to work with.  Work it in two pieces from the bottom up, then seam at the shoulders.

I’m considering my color options here – Radiant Cotton has pastels, neutrals, and some very saturated tones.  It’s hard to know which way to go, but I’m leaning toward 801 Crocus.

hanks of Radiant Cotton yarn

I suppose I could always make more than one.

Happy knitting!

closeup view of aqua poncho shoulder

Free Pattern Friday – Box of Blocks

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

Today, the Box of Blocks in Major.

Log cabin designs are classic for good reason.  They’re simple but visually interesting, and they look great in self-shading yarns like Major.

For this little baby blanket, start at the middle, then pick up along the edge and work the next strip.  Then pick up along the edge of what you’ve already made and knit the next strip.  Keep going until… well, until you’re done!

We hope you enjoy this sweet and simple classic design.

Happy knitting!

 

Anuenue Sampler: A Closer Look

Hello! I am back again with another post about my Bamboo Pop collection. This week we’ll do a deeper dive on the Anuenue Sampler Scarf. It’s a great project for someone just learning crochet or a nice palate cleanser with small tastes of different stitches. Let’s get to it!

As I said in my previous post, this was my first crochet design and crochet is not my primary craft. I wanted to create a project that would be fun to design and fun to make, especially for newer or more sporadic crocheters like myself. I actually held my first crochet hook long before I ever picked up knitting needles. My grandmother, a very prolific crocheter, taught me how to chain when I was 5 years old. Unfortunately, until a few years ago I never went further than that. When I started knitting over 10 years ago, it basically took over my world and I completely forgot about crochet. A few years ago I decided to teach myself how to crochet, to help round out my fiber arts skill set.

This pattern will take you through 7 different stitch patterns and colors; along with an edging all around the scarf. If you are learning to read crochet charts, this pattern is a great choice. Both written and charted instructions are included for the 6 main sections. Can I just take a moment to say how brilliant the charts are, too? Amy made these amazing charts for the pattern…they are color coded by section and shaded to indicate different rows. They are definitely the prettiest charts that I have ever seen!

When choosing stitches for this sampler there was a lot to consider. First, I knew I wanted a ton of colors and I wanted them to be bright and tropical. To create an almost graphic quality, I chose black to separate the sections and edge the scarf. Next, the stitches needed to play well with each other, having comparable stitch repeats and multiples to create sections of similar width.  Finally, I wanted to choose stitches that were fun! Since you are only getting a small segment to work, I wanted the stitches to have great visual interest but also be different enough from each other to prevent boredom or overwhelm. Knowing that after a few more rows you get to work on something else can be a great motivator.

Picking up and working edging around a piece can be a love/hate thing. For this reason I chose to keep the edging fairly simple. At this point you are in the home stretch, and the simple but pretty edging will bring your scarf to a wonderful finale!

Which did you learn first, knit or crochet? Do you do both? Is there one that you prefer more than the other?

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