It’s Free Pattern Friday!
Today, the Hecka Good Scarf in Uptown Worsted and Uptown Worsted Mist (pattern link here).
This scarf is a good example of how in a simple design, the placement of color can make a dramatic impact.
The lighter parts are Uptown Worsted Mist, with subtle shading. It’s accented by solid Uptown Worsted, with elements like the end stripe placed to tie the whole thing together. That said, it’s actually an easy knit – all knits and purls. Give it a try!
We hope you have a great weekend.
Sometimes we have a free pattern that slips under the radar, since we’re so eager to share it that we can’t wait for a Free Pattern Friday. That’s the case with the crocheted Behemoth Scarf in Revolutions.
(Pattern link here).
Published at the end of the year, the holiday rush meant that this generously-sized scarf didn’t get its due. That’s a shame, because it’s a beauty.
Two cakes of self-shading Revolutions are worked lengthwise on a J-10 (6mm) hook. This is a scarf with a length that invites wrapping and folding, but it’s easy to shorten it if you wish – just subtract chains from the beginning count in multiples of 10. It will still be a showstopper.
Have a great week, and happy crafting!
The Pine View scarf is a perfect winter accessory. It’s large, warm, and has an excellent amount of squish because it’s knit in our Deluxe Chunky.
This pattern only uses charts, but don’t let that intimidate you! The stitches are not at all complicated. You’ll get a nice rest at the center of the scarf, too. Personally, I prefer charts over written instructions because I’m a visual person. Charts enable you to see the stitches before you create them.
With that said, some charts can seem overwhelming. You might feel as though you’re getting lost in the grid full of symbols. Fear not, because I’d like to share some helpful tips and tricks for reading charts.
- Familiarize yourself with symbols.
- Take time to review the key and ensure you understand what each symbol means.
- Flat or in the round?
- Is the pattern flat or in the round? When you knit in the round, charts are read from right to left on every row. Pine View is knit flat, meaning that on right side rows you’ll read right to left, and on wrong side rows you’ll read left to right.
- Charts that are knit flat have numbers on both the right and left sides. Charts knit in the round only have numbers on the right side.
- Stay on track!
- Highlighters – Don’t cross out rows—you want to be able to go back and read previous rows in case you make a mistake. And, if you’re like me, you will make mistakes! I probably use highlighters most frequently. Simply highlight the rows you’ve completed, and read from the row above.
- Washi Tape – For those who prefer not to see previous rows at all, washi tape is a great solution. It can easily be removed from the paper, so you can hide previous rows and simply peel back the tape to see them.
- Stitch markers – For charts that have repeats, use stitch markers. It honestly makes a world of difference. A mistake is less likely to offset the entire row if you’re using stitch markers between each repeat.
You can find this kit, Day 6 of our 12 Days of Winter collection here.
Day 4 of Winter brings us the matching Latticework Hat and Scarf set in washable Adore yarn.
Though there are some traditional 2×2 cable panels in both hat and scarf, most of the crossed stitches are actually twisted stitches. Right and left twist stitches are a way of crossing stitches that doesn’t require a cable needle. And with just a bit of confidence, 2×2 cables can be crossed without a needle, as well.
I love love love twisted stitches and use them frequently in designs. Through the magic of (simple) needle acrobatics, a lovely texture can be made across your knit fabric. These types of stitches were used a few years ago in our Uptown Afghan Knitalong. Here is the video showing how to do right and left twists.
Remember, each of our 12 Days of Winter projects come packaged in a very giftable bag tied with ribbon. So if you’re shopping for one of your knitting buddies, these might just fit the bill.
I have no plans of taking this off any time soon. It’s freezing in our office! You can find this kit here (link).
Day 2 of Winter brings us the Broken Garter Scarf. The stitch pattern in this scarf will look familiar to anyone who owns or has read a copy of the brilliant Sequence Knitting book by Cecelia Campochiaro. If you don’t own this book yet, run out and buy it!
This book explores the concept of simple knit-purl texture in a variety of thought-provoking ways. There are many chapters in the book, each expounding on previous ideas. It is fascinating! And it’s easy to read through, fall in love with an idea, and just cast on.
The idea of this particular stitch pattern is a concept in the book that is presented in a variety of ways. I cast on several times with different combinations of knit and purl columns until I finally settled on one that felt right. It’s dead simple – it’s a one row repeat!
That is how the Broken Garter Scarf was born. I wanted to create a project easy to knit that was giftable for women and men alike. Just two balls of Deluxe Worsted Superwash and a few evenings of mindless knitting, and this scarf can be yours.
You can find this kit, Day 2 of our 12 Days of Winter collection here (link).
It’s Free Pattern Friday!
Today, 18 Petals in Classic Shades Big Time (pattern link here).
What a neat design! It combines a soft, bulky yarn – Classic Shades Big Time – with a bright Spring colorway, the new 819 Botanica. It’s a healthy dose of color as winter rears its head.
Each of the 18 “petals” is shaped through short-rows and decreases. After the lower petal section is complete, ribbing is worked upward from the straight/unshaped edge. The flexible edge formed by the ribbing’s tendency to gather makes this a fun piece to wrap around however you like.
We hope you have an amazing weekend, and find time to make something fun!
It’s Free Patterm Friday!
Today, the Button Up Hat and Scarf in Dona (link here).
The weather’s cooling off here, so it’s time to dust off all those “winter is coming” images…
…and to cast on for something toasty!
The Button Up Hat and Scarf is a matched set in Fibra Natura Dona superwash merino. This cozy cabled set is brightened by the pop of color of a buttoned garter stitch band. Thread the scarf through to keep it snug.
The written and charted all-over eyelet and cable pattern creates a raised texture that’s quite warm.
We hope you enjoy this taste of winter!