We love this versatile piece not just for its great use of self-shading bulky Major (328yds/200g) but also for its easy construction.
This cozy open front cardigan is knit sideways. Essentially, you’ll be knitting a big rectangle, binding off on one row and casting back on on the next to make holes for the arms. Sleeves are knit flat, joined to the armhole openings, and then seamed.
The stitch pattern is a twelve-row repeat called Shifting Horseshoes. It’s both written and charted. The fabric has a subtle wave, and it’s not too hard to read your stitches once you’re in the groove of knitting it.
Add a closure if you wish, or wear it open, or gather it with a shawl pin. It’s a versatile piece.
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.
You’ve got to love the ones that are easier than they look.
This slip-stitch knit pattern is worked in two colors of our bulky Major acrylic. Because this yarn comes in big 200g/328yd skeins, you only need one skein of each color. Even though it’s a wide scarf, it’s made on a size 10 1/2 (6.5mm) needle so it goes pretty quickly.
It’s always gratifying to see the next color come up in a pattern with self-shading yarn, isn’t it? The travelling slipped stitches mean the color carries up into the next row, even though each section only uses one color of yarn at a time. Knit it lengthwise, add the fringe, and voila! A lovely accessory.
The 52″ Whirlpool Throw is crocheted with two balls each of two shades of Major (328yds/200g), colors 115 Stonewall and 114 Coastal. Start at the center with an adjustable ring and work out, alternating colors every row.
This is not a difficult pattern, being primarily double crochet, but the results are dramatic. There are quite a few color combos you could choose. I like 101 Verdant and 102 Underwater for a green “fairy ring” kind of feel. It’s hard to go wrong.
First, it’s a neat example of how to work the same stitch pattern flat or in the round. Row one is the same on both, but of course when you’re working in the round things are a bit different because you’re never reversing directions. In row 2, stitches are knitted for the flat back-and-forth of the scarf, but purled in the round for the hat.
The second reason to like this set:
It’s pretty cool what you can do with a pom-pom maker and a self-striping yarn like Major. You can plan out the colors, or just go with the flow. This little half-and-half topper happened organically.
Plus, let’s face it, what isn’t improved by the addition of pompoms?
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!