I’m excited and grateful to have a pattern in the current issue of Knitty, the fabulous online magazine. Farrand is, if I may say so myself, a really fun and easy pattern to make. Malabrigo Rios yarn offers up wonderful colors to pair together. Better yet, the fiber is super-soft and a joy to wear.
The pattern came about when I fell in love with some Malabrigo Rios variegated yarn. I swatched several stitch patterns in a quest to find the one that showed off the variegated colors in an exciting way. Farrand’s stitch pattern causes the colors to pop, especially framed in solid colored accent stripes. Here the variegated colorway is Diana, framed by the nearly-solid Sabiduria.
Rios’ gorgeous saturated colors also drew me to pair nearly-solids together in the shorter cowl version. I loved the deep golden Sunset color with the rusty-brown Marte. I hope to give knitters inspiration to try their own favorite color pairings.
Farrand includes instructions for both the short cowl and longer loop versions. Both require just one skein each of the MC and CC. The longer loop version can be looped again for a thick and snuggly cowl:
Why the name Farrand, you ask? Beatrix Farrand was an accomplished landscape architect in the first half of the 20th century. I love her garden designs. The stitch pattern reminds me of her use of latticework as a way to bring vertical elements to a garden.
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Photography by my very talented friend Gale Zucker
Knitty Winter 2016
Malabrigo Rios yarn
I almost got it done in time for Christmas….instead it has turned into my first completed project of 2017. This is the hat I designed for Vogue Knitting, Fall 2015. I hate to play favorites, but it really is one of my favorite designs to knit – the cables keep it interesting and I like the finished piece. With snow coming soon I need a warm hat, so I worked on this over the past couple of months.
I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in the Kingfisher color. I like the teal color. Best of all, the cashmere makes it warm and soft.
Needless to say, the pro photographer at Vogue Knitting did a far better job than I did!
Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan on May 21 and 27, 2015 in NYC
In case you missed it, back issues of Vogue Knitting, Fall 2015 are available here.
I’m thrilled to release a new pattern, just in time for cold weather knitting….
It’s winter, and there’s nothing I like better than a warm, snuggly scarf. Double knitting makes for a doubly-cozy thickness and it’s reversible. My “Let It Snow” pattern includes instructions for two weights of yarn. The dk version features Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light in two colors:
The heavier Rowan Felted Tweed Aran makes a great width for guys. For this one I’ve used three colors:
As I experimented with the snowflake motif I liked the play of positive and negative space that emerged. And there’s a sweet little heart on each edge of the snowflake, which I find endearing.
The pattern is written with the less experienced knitter in mind, using the slip-stitch method. This means you only need to know how to knit, purl and slip stitches. With detailed instructions on how to use the charts, you can grab a pad of sticky notes and be all set to start stitching. Knitters who are experienced in working with any of the two-stranded-at-once techniques can certainly use those methods instead.
I love a pattern that lends itself to lots of variations. The Let It Snow scarf can be made with lighter or heavier yarn, depending on whether you’re going for a wide wintery width or a more feminine narrow one. Or maybe smaller, for a child, in primary colors? You can play with solids or tweeds or yarns that transition from one shade to another. As long as you use yarns with some drape to them, you can let your imagination go wild. The pattern includes a “Make It Your Own” section for ideas. Here are a couple swatches I played with:
I hope you’ll enjoy the new Let It Snow pattern. It can be purchased for $6.00 from Ravelry or Love Knitting.
Rowan Felted Tweed Aran yarn can be purchased online or in person from the Ball & Skein & More in Cambria, California
The wonderful photos were taken by the amazing Gale Zucker
I love my local animal shelter! Rescue Village in Geauga County, Ohio, has the most dedicated staff I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I know I’ve blogged about this before, but it’s really fun to knit blankets for their cats. Thick blankets help to keep the kitties cushioned from the hard bottom of their cages. I love that the shelter sends the blankets home with the cats when they get adopted so they have something familiar to have in their new surroundings.
Despite my friends’ and relatives’ attempts to give me cats, a toy stuffed animal had to suffice for the photo shoot.
I used the Double Density stitch pattern from my Gimme Shelter Cat Blankets pattern. I used two skeins of the fun Cascade Big Wheel yarn and enjoyed the stripes the yarn creates all on its own. It can be machine washed and dried, which is a necessary attribute for the shelter. The Double Density stitch pattern, worked on #9 needles (two sizes down from the ball band), gives the little blanket wonderful thickness. I’ve seen cats at the shelter happily dig their claws into these blankets and blissfully knead away. Then they curl up for a nap while they wait for a human to come play with them.
You can download the free pattern here and make blankets for your local shelter, too!
If you follow my blog, you know I recently released the Aran Reversible Scarf as an individual pattern. I am delighted to announce that it is now available on Knit Picks, using their fabulous Capretta yarn. As you can see in these photos, Capretta has great stitch definition. What you can’t see is that its combination of merino wool, cashmere, and a touch of nylon makes it exceedingly soft.
Using a ribbed cable technique, this scarf is surprisingly easy to work. The stitch pattern is easy to memorize. With cables forming on both sides simultaneously, it seems like a really cool magic trick!
I hope you’ll give this pattern a try. It’s a lot of fun to make!
Photography by Gale Zucker
Over time I’ve been releasing individual patterns from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I’ve re-written the “Aran” design to use Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn. I chose the yarn because it has just the right combination of great stitch definition, good drape, and a huge selection of beautiful solid colors.
This pattern looks complex, but in reality is very easy. The six-row pattern repeat is simple to memorize and fun to work. Using a ribbed reverse cable technique, cables are formed on both sides of the scarf simultaneously as you go along.
The pattern is now available for download on Ravelry.
Photography by Gale Zucker
Even after making it a bunch of times, I’m still obsessed with the linen stitch scarf pattern I included in my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I turn to it over and over when I travel because it’s a super-portable project and is easily memorized.
I love using it to experiment with my favorite variegated yarns. On airplanes, I am happy to knit the simple pattern, admire new colors as the appear on my needles, and listen to my favorite podcasts. For this scarf, I used Malabrigo Rios in the “Diana” colorway.
Both the front and back textures are lovely, and really show off the beautiful colors.
Some hand-dyed yarns are wildly different in color from one skein to the other, even when dyed at the same time. Take these two balls of Rios in the Diana colorway, for instance:
If I were to work the scarf until one skein ran out and then start the second skein, my scarf would end up with two distinctly different colors. For the scarf above I carried two very different skeins of “Diana” up the length of the scarf. I worked one skein for 2 or 4 rows, then alternated the other skein for 2 or 4 rows, resulting in a nice blending of the two.
I think I’ll do the next scarf with 2 skeins of Diana and change skeins every 3 inches or so and see if it makes a striped effect that I like.
The pattern below includes some very simple ideas for making blankets for cats in animal shelters. I’ve put together yarn suggestions and stitch pattern recommendations to match the weight of the yarn (either bulky or super bulky). The blankets are dense to offer the cats plenty of cushioning for warmth and softness against hard cage floors.
The pattern makes for great social knitting, projects for beginners, and Guild group service projects.
These are kitty tested and approved!
You can download the pattern for free here:
Gimme Shelter Cat Blankets
Now that it’s like this outside…
I’m getting a lot of use out of my Page Turner Throw!
The throw, made Quince & Co.’s gorgeous Lark, is holding up really well.
I love snuggling up in this as a plan my next few projects. One that I can tell you about involves kitties….lots and lots of kitties at the local shelter. They need blankets, too. Stay tuned!
Mistake Stitch Scarf & Headband Set
Just in time for winter, I offer you the Knit Picks version of my Mistake Stitch Scarf and Headband set. Super bulky yarn makes for warm and cozy accessories. My scarf and headband designs are quick to knit – just right for gift giving during the busy holiday season. Post-holiday, they’re the simple kinds of projects that we all love to make as we crave relaxation, simplicity and maybe some social knitting with friends. A holiday gift to you is that the pattern is free!
Fans of Knit Picks yarn will love The Big Cozy yarn, a super bulky scrumptious blend of alpaca and wool. It gives nice stitch definition and also softness.
The headband is secured by a button, which you can adjust for just the right fit.
With snow promising to pile up soon, this warm thick scarf is a welcome accessory!
I hope you enjoy this relaxing set of quick knits!
While you’re there, please check out my other Knit Picks patterns, available through their Independent Designers Program.
Photos are by Gale Zucker Photography, © Gale Zucker/AudKnits LLC 2015
Knit Picks The Big Cozy yarn
As the fall air gives a hint of cold weather to come, my mind turns to winter and holiday projects I’d like to make for friends and family. And let’s face it, I love to knit cozy accessories for myself as well!
My holiday gift to you, beloved AudKnits fans, is a new free pattern featuring a matching reversible scarf and headband set. Made of super bulky yarn, the scarf and headband make for very quick knits that are also perfect for social knitting or keeping occupied while traveling.
I used Plymouth Yarn’s beautiful Galway Roving. It has a nice loft for extra warmth and knits up on size US #13/9mm straight needles.
The matching headband knits up in no time. It is worked flat with a single button which can be sewn on where needed to adjust the length to your liking. The headband includes a schematic.
I hope you enjoy this pattern. Happy knitting, everyone!
Download the pattern for free from AudKnits.com.
Photos © galezucker/ AudKnits 2015
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The Lucy Vest pattern is now available from Knit Picks! This version uses Swish DK. It’s shown here in the Peapod, and there are over 30 other colors to choose from as well.
The vest is graced with an easy-to-memorize eyelet ribbing, with the V-neck shaping flowing from the center rib.
Attention to detail includes instructions for decreases in the neck and armhole ribbing so they curve properly and lie flat.
The pattern is available from Knit Pick here. I love their “kit builder” which makes ordering the pattern and just the right amount of yarn a snap!
Photos © Gale Zucker / AudKnits 2015