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Summit Scarf – Triple Knotted Fringe

The Summit Scarf from our Colorful Commute e-book features triple knotted fringe. It is an easy way to add a lot of visual interest to your project. It may look complicated, but it’s really quite simple and doesn’t take much more time or effort than plain fringe. Today I’ll show you how to do it!

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Step 1: Begin as you normally would when adding fringe to a project, for this scarf I cut 21” strands of yarn. Then, holding two strands together as one, I attached groups of fringe to the edge of the scarf, about one group every other stitch.

Step 2: Take half of one group of fringe knot together with half of next group of fringe 1” below first row of knots. I did not split the first and last groups of fringe.

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Step 3: Repeat for another row of knots. To finish, trim fringe evenly.

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That’s all there is to it! You can keep adding more rows of knots to create some really amazing  and intricate looking fringe, use longer strands of yarn when increasing the number of knotted rows. Beads can be placed above the knots (or even in place of the knots) to add some sparkle – there are so many possibilities.

 

 

Free Pattern Friday – Double Cable Poncho

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Double Cable Poncho in Major.

How Autumn-y are these colors?  We’ve featured a lot of designs for our popular bulky yarn Major (328yds/200g) using pastels and bluish tones (the Pineapple Peacock Shawl is a favorite) but these more southwestern, earthy tones of color 113 Santa Fe fit the Double Cable Poncho well.

The poncho is made as two rectangles which are them sewn together, long end to short end.  A twisted fringe is added to finish it off.

If you haven’t tried twisted fringe before, it’s really easy.  Amy Gunderson’s got a short video to show you just how to do it.

It’s actually rather meditative, which is always a great quality in a crafting project.

We hope you have an excellent weekend.  Happy knitting!

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Free Pattern Friday – Special Twist Vest

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Special Twist Vest in Classic Shades Frenzy.

Yonca smiling_blogThe nice thing about having a sales manager who also knits and crochets is that a) she knows what crafters want, and b) sometimes she turns up at the office with amazing designs that we can convince her to share.  Here’s Yonca in one of her latest, The Special Twist Vest.  It’s another great example of letting the yarn do the colorwork.  Classic Shades Frenzy (158yds/100g) has enough variation that the piece shows soft stripes, not rigid ones.

armhole detail square_180When I saw this from afar, I thought it might be crochet, but it is in fact knitted.  Even better, it’s knitted in one big piece!  Start at one edge and work sideways, then bind off for the armholes.  On the next row, cast on across the bound-off stitches and keep knitting in pattern until you reach the next armhole.  After you’re done, go back and pick up the armhole stitches to add the seed stitch border.  Then fringe it!  A dramatic garment, particularly considering it’s essentially a big rectangle.  Well done, Yonca!

We hope you have a fabulous weekend.  Happy knitting!

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Free Pattern Friday – Lightning Strikes

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Lightning Strikes shawl in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints and Deluxe Worsted.

Lightning Strikes Shawl wrapped front blogIs it corny to say that Lightning Strikes hit me like a bolt out of the blue?  Too bad, because it did.  Amy Gunderson created this luxurious shawl using variegated Bamboo Bloom Handpaints (154yds/100g) and Deluxe Worsted 100% wool (220yds/100g) It’s such a great combo.  The Deluxe Worsted comes in a multitude of shades.  It’s easy to find a color to bring out whatever tone in the Bamboo Bloom you wish.

Lightning Strikes Shawl 1 blogShort rows are worked back and forth in the contrasting color to create widening and narrowing rows of solid color, bending to a V-shaped lightning fork across the shawl’s spine.  The natural thick/thin quality of the Bamboo Bloom helps soften the edges of the short rows into more organic curves.  I love the fringe – it reminds me of rain in a storm.

Calling for one hank of Deluxe Worsted and two of Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, worked on size US Size 10½ (6.5 mm) needles, this is not a particularly time or money-intensive project, although it is one with electrifying results (pardon the pun).  It’s also available as a kit from your LYS in the blue above, or with Bamboo Bloom Handpaints color 302 Koi Pond.

I’m considering making in Bamboo Bloom Handpaints 319 Forest Light for a friend with a Spring birthday.

Like a new meadow.  I’ll just sit here and sigh contentedly for a few minutes.

We hope you have a strikingly good weekend.

Happy knitting!

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Afghan Knitalong – Finishing

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I can’t believe we’re done!  In my head, I’m hearing Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.”  Every afghan we’ve seen so far has been a unique reflection of the style of its creator.  It’s a wonderful tribute to the individual flair each of us have as crafters.

After assembling all the squares, Amy has opted to use four different colors for the border of her afghan.  She’s also attached fringe and shares a video on how that works.

Even if you haven’t finished yet, we hope you’ll share pictures of your afghans.  Seeing your work is inspiring!

You can share with us here, on Facebook, or on the Afghan Knitalong Ravelry group.  We’ve just joined Instagram as well, so we’d love to see what you’ve posted in the way of knitstagrams!

We hope you’ve enjoyed knitting along.  Happy crafting!

Free Pattern Friday – Totem Scarf

It’s Free Pattern Friday!

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Today, the Totem Scarf in Jubilation Kettle Dye Worsted.

Jubilation Fringed Scarf long B blogI love the way the variable length bands of daisy stitch are broken up by rows of garter to keep things interesting.  It’s a good technique for helping make sure the pattern isn’t overwhelmed by variegated Jubilation Kettle Dye (shown here in color 101 Rejoice).  Jubilation is a pretty yarn, and it works in harmony with the pattern here.

Happy knitting!