Here’s a sample I made from Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted. I was excited to get to try this yarn, since tone-on-tone colorways are a relatively new addition to the Pediboo line. Frog Tree has created gorgeous colors in both the worsted and sock weight.
This is the reversible ”Feather and Fan” pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. In the partially worked ball of the yarn, you can see the subtle variations of lighter and darker blue:
I love the “Feather and Fan” pattern – it’s a fun and easy knit. It always makes me nervous at first, though, since it looks like a jumbly mess as it comes off the needles. After wet-blocking – giving it a good stretch – it transforms into a beautiful, feminine creation! You can see the beautiful color variations of the new Frog Tree tone-on-tone line:
This scarf is on display at the Ball & Skein & More in Cambria, California – it was one of the first shops to carry the new tone-on-tone version of Pediboo Worsted. I loved getting a sneak peek of all the gorgeous colors available! The Feather and Fan scarf uses only two skeins.
“Feather and Fan” pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues :
Frog Tree Yarns
The Ball & Skein & More – the amazing yarn store in Cambria, California
There’s nothing like an easy knit in party colors to ring in the New Year. I made this Composite Stripe scarf (from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues) out of Feza Alp Oriental in the #13 colorway. The great thing about the yarn is that it comes with all kinds of different yarns on one ball. Mixed in with plied solids are bouclé’s, metallics, and even a subtle trace of eyelash yarn. The colors are a delightful mix of reds with some turquoises, a hint of teal and some yellows thrown in. Each ball is like a party unto itself. Just one ball of Alp Oriental makes the entire scarf.
If you have a bunch of fun yarns in your stash, you can also create this super-easy scarf by holding different yarns together as you knit.
Happy New Year!
Composite Stripes pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues
Feza Alp Oriental yarn
John Kieger Photography
Sometimes it’s really great to be a scarf designer. I have all sorts of them lying around!
“Mixer”, from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues was a great choice for a bitter cold walk through the snowy woods. It’s just the right width, and the Cascade 220 wool kept me toasty.
Even when I don’t need it for practical purposes, I have a soft spot for this pattern. The different textures are fun to knit, and I like the scalloped ends. (If I do say so myself!)
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues ”Mixer” pattern
Cascade 220 yarn
I like patterns that can be can easily evoke different seasons or moods. My ZigZag pattern from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is like that. There are so many gorgeous self-striping yarns out there, it’s easy to whip out a scarf that is exactly right as a gift, to match a certain outfit, or for a different time of year.
Here are a couple of variations I made last year. I had Spring in mind for this one made from Wisdom Yarns Poems:
Then Summer came along and I was drawn to the inense blues of some Noro Kureyon I found:
And now I’m finishing up my Fall version, made from Plymouth Yarn’s Gina. For this one, I liked the way the colors worled out when I increased the cast on to 36 stitches. (I include a “Make It Your Own” sidebar in the book so you can adjust the stitch counts any way you’d like to accomodate whichever yarn you want to use.) The pattern gives options for either the pointy or the squared-off ends.
You can see I get carried away sometimes…I was inspired by our red maple tree, then just had to toss my WIP into its branches. I got kind of matchy-matchy with the fall leaves pallette!
Next time you’re in the mood for a quick, fun knit, you might enjoy the ZigZag pattern. It uses easy short rows, and it’s fun to watch the colors emerge as the knitting progresses.
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues ZigZag pattern
Wisdom Yarns: Poems
Noro Yarn: Kureyon
Plymouth Yarn: Gina
I love getting a chance to work with new-to-me yarns. I had the pleasure of making two sample scarves from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. Both used Frog Tree’s Pediboo Worsted, a lovely blend of machine washable worsted and bamboo. Here’s the first of the samples (I’ll blog about the other at a later date):
You can see that the yarn lends nice stitch definition to my “Cables and Knots” pattern…
…I also love the way the little scallops along the scarf’s edges held their shape after blocking.
Like many of the patterns in my book, the “Cables and Knots” design looks more complicated than it really is. The knots in the center of the cables are very easy to make (unlike bobbles, which I find to be kind of fussy). The pattern repeat is easy to memorize, too.
This particular sample will be on display at the Ball & Skein & More yarn store in Cambria, California. It took three skeins of yarn.
I like it so much, I may have to make another to keep myself!
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues ”Cables and Knots” pattern:
Frog Tree Yarns
The Ball & Skein & More carries a wonderful selection of Frog Tree yarns and my book. You can see the Cables and Knots sample, and they always have my book available.
I had a wonderful whirlwind of a day on Saturday at TNNA. Getting to see old friends is the best part of TNNA. And then there’s getting to meet new ones. I was delighted to meet Cap Sease (you remember how much I love her Cast On, Bind Off book). It was great to get to know her a bit, after admiring her work so much!
Next – and this was too exciting for words – I had a book signing at the Unicorn booth (they’re my book’s wholesaler).
Here’s the line that greeted me just before the signing began. I couldn’t believe how many people showed up!
And so it began….notice the stacks of books to my right? We went through almost all of them in 45 minutes.
I thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet the shop owners and employees who came by for the signing.
Kirk from Unicorn was a blast to work with, and was kind enough to take these photos for me. I’m happy to have pictures of this memorable event – it went by a blur!
I want to say a huge “Thank You” to Unicorn Books & Crafts for giving me such an unforgettable opportunity.
Wholesale inquiries: Unicorn Books & Crafts
Cap Sease’s Cast On, Bind Off: Please support your local yarn store and buy it through them!
Just the right weight for springtime - I made a version of my Stefanie Moebius pattern from Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes Sport. I used Woodland Heather and Sapphire Heather. I adore sport-weight yarn, which added to this project’s fun factor. I previously made one from Lorna’s Laces, and high on my to-do list is to make one from Tosh Sport too. All these companies have such great colors to choose from!
If you’d like to make one of these yourself, the pattern is from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. There are directions for the tricky-but-fun Moebius cast-on that Cat Bordhi teaches. One of the elements I like about this design is the contrasting edging; it emphasizes the intriguing Moebius shape.
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues
Cat Bordhi’s Moebius Cast-On video
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport
Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sport
Madelinetosh Tosh Sport
This weekend the Ball & Skein & More in beautiful Cambria, California, will be hosting book signings for my Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I’ll be signing books on both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 3:00. The trunk show of samples from the book will be up, too, if you’d like to see the scarves in person!
And so it begins. The yarnie love-fest that is Stitches West. It’s always such fun to see friends from near and far. The preview session was last night, and here’s the crowd waiting for the official opening today.
Excitement is in the air, as the line snakes down the hallway!
I’ll be doing three book signings during Sitches West this year:
All the signings will be at the Yarn Barn of Kansas, Booth 404. Hope to see you there!
I try really hard to check and double check my patterns, but I goofed on this one. In Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues I left a section out of the pattern Short & Sweet on page 51.
Correction for Short & Sweet p. 51
After the “Beginning Section” and before “Slot”, insert these instructions:
Row 1 (RS): P1, * k1, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 3: K1, * p1, k1; rep from * to end.
Row 4: P1, * k1, p1; rep from * to end. Repeat rows 1-4 twice more for a total of 12 rows.
I’m sorry for any frustration or disappointment caused by this!
I’m thrilled and ever-so-grateful that my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is #1 on Unicorn’s TNNA Top Books of Long Beach 2013!
I thank all the knitters and yarn shops who have enthusiastically embraced the book. I’m glad you like it! I also wholeheartedly thank all those who made this book possible – the editors, photographers, models, sample knitters, and trusted friends who lent constructive support along the way. And, of course, my husband and family for their patience!
To celebrate, we’re launching a new site for the book, where you can “look inside” the book, get links to purchase it (the new digital version will be available soon, too), see a sampling of the pattern photos, and get wholesale information.
Thank you to my wonderful web master Alex from Studio Creek for creating the new site.
As a reminder, we only have a few days left for the terrific Coastal Knits giveaway. It’s filled with great patterns, and this copy was signed by Alana! Check here for more details.
Unicorn Books & Crafts (wholesale)
Studio Creek Web Design (Alex Badasci)
Coastal Knits by Alana Dakos and Hannah Fettig
It’s hard to believe another year of blogs has gone by! My AudKnits website turns 4 this year, and I want to thank all of you for making it an exciting one.
Of course the big news of the year was the publication of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I’m thrilled that the book has been well received by the knitting community!
I also published my Emmalina Hat, with lots of fun twisted stitch detailing
and the Page Turner Throw
Yippee! I’m conducting another giveaway, with FOUR winners to celebrate FOUR years of blogging. The fantastic Lima Pop Shoppe on Artfire has created a Special Edition set of six stitch markers using colors from the AudKnits website! Laurie Prestia carefully crafts her markers using smooth wire that does not catch on yarn. The markers fit up to US #10 size needles, but are thin enough to work well on small needles as well – I use mine on sock and lace projects all the time.
To win, enter a comment here on this post by midnight Pacific Time on November 18th. Please include your contact information in your comment so I can let you know if you’re one of the lucky winners! I’ll be conducting a random drawing for the four winners. (One comment per person, please, with only one comment and email address per person.)
You can find lots of gorgeous stitch markers, including the AudKnits special edition, at Lima Pop Shoppe on Artfire.com.
Emmalina Hat Pattern: Emmalina Hat on Ravelry and Emmalina Hat in Knit Picks
Page Turner Throw Pattern: Page Turner Throw on Ravelry and Page Turner Throw in Knit Picks
Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues can be ordered through Cooperative Press.