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Let It Snow!

November 30

Let It Snow reversible scarves

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:

dk weight Let It Snow Scarf

The heavier Rowan Felted Tweed Aran makes a great width for guys. For this one I’ve used three colors:

Let It Snow scarf Aran

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.

Let It Snow scarf detail

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:

Let It Snow scarf swatches

I hope you’ll enjoy the new Let It Snow pattern. It can be purchased for $6.00 from Ravelry or Love Knitting.

Let It Snow Pattern Cover

 

Resources:

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

Another Gimme Shelter Cat Blanket

November 10

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.

Cat Blanket 4

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!

Gimme Shelter_Cover

Aran Gets A Touch of Cashmere

August 31

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.

Aran Reversible Scarf Knit Picks

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!

Aran_kp_2

I hope you’ll give this pattern a try. It’s a lot of fun to make!

Aran Reversible Scarf detail

Photography by Gale Zucker

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Aran Meets Lorna

August 15

Aran Reversible Scarf

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.

Aran Reversible Scarf detail

The pattern is now available for download on Ravelry.

Photography by Gale Zucker

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Rios Linen – Carrying the Yarn

June 7

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.

Rios_Linen_Alt_Yarn_4

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.

Rios_Linen_Alt_Yarn_2

Both the front and back textures are lovely, and really show off the beautiful colors.

Rios_Linen_1

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:

Rios_Linen_Alt_Yarn_3-2

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.
Experiment on!

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Gimme Shelter Cat Blankets

April 11

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Minnie_3_med

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_Cover

 

Gimme Shelter Cat Blankets

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Snuggling Up and Turning Pages

January 25

Now that it’s like this outside…

Snowy Forest

I’m getting a lot of use out of my Page Turner Throw!

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!

Knit Picks Scarf & Headband Set

December 4

Mistake Stitch Scarf & Headband Set

Mistake St Set KP

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.

AudKnits scarves

AudKnits scarves

With snow promising to pile up soon, this warm thick scarf is a welcome accessory!

Mistake Stitch scarf

I hope you enjoy this relaxing set of quick knits!

Resources:

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

Free Super Bulky Mistake Stitch Scarf & Headband Pattern

October 12

scarf and headband set

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.

super bulky scarf

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.

super bulky headband

I hope you enjoy this pattern. Happy knitting, everyone!

Download the pattern for free from AudKnits.com.

Mistake St Set Cover

 

Photos © galezucker/ AudKnits 2015

Check out Gale Zucker Photography to see more of Gale’s incredible photography.

Lucy Vest Pattern 2

September 25

Lucy Vest at Marke

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.

Lucy Vest Knit Picks

The vest is graced with an easy-to-memorize eyelet ribbing, with the V-neck shaping flowing from the center rib.

Lucy Vest v-neck shaping

Attention to detail includes instructions for decreases in the neck and armhole ribbing so they curve properly and lie flat.

AudKnits Lucy Vest

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

 

Vogue Knitting Hat

September 3

It was pretty darned exciting to see my hat in the Fall 2015 issue of Vogue Knitting! They call it #05 Seamless Cap. I used Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino for its combination of great stitch definition and softness. The pattern was part of a gorgeous spread showcasing the color teal; the yarn color we used is Kingfisher. I love anything teal, so the color choice delighted me no end.

Vogue Knitting Hat

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan

On rare occasions, a design seems to just flow right off my pencil onto the sketch pad, and from there into the yarn. This was one of those. I adapted the sweet little flower buds from a Japanese stitch dictionary. Half the fun was trying to figure out how to construct them, since the instructions are in Japanese! I like the way the flowers are framed by cables. I think incorporating the cables into the ribbing was a nice touch.

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan on May 21 and 27, 2015 in NYC

Vogue Knitting Fall 2015 photographed by Rose Callahan

 

If you make the hat, which I hope you do, please note that there is an important correction to the chart, as follows:

CHART CORRECTION
The ‘k1, yo, k1 in same st’ symbol should read: ‘k1, yo, k1 in same st, turn, p3, turn, k3’.

A corrected chart can be downloaded from the Vogue errata page.

I’ve had a few inquiries about gauge for this pattern; here are some detailed gauge notes that may help:

Gauge Note: Below is a gauge for stockinette for reference. I highly recommend making a gauge swatch in pattern. Gauges for cables can vary, as different knitters use different tensions when cabling. To make a swatch in the round, cast on 40 sts. Loosely carrying the yarn around to back of the work for working the swatch in the round, work 2 repeats of the chart, starting with Round 3 and ending on Round 27 or more. The strands across the back of the work should be loose enough that the swatch can be measured flat. Two pattern repeats, a total of 40 sts, should measure approximately 4.5”.

36 st and 37 rnds = 4”/10 cm in pattern, worked in the round using larger needle
24 sts/34 rows= 4”/ 10 cm in stockinette, worked flat using larger needle

I want to thank everyone at Vogue Knitting for including my pattern, and especially photographer Rose Callahan for making it look so good!

Resources:

Vogue Knitting

Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino comes in 64 colors!

 

Lucy Vest Pattern 1

August 21

Lucy Vest

Some of my readers who liked the Lucy Vest that I designed for my TKGA Hand Knitting Program have inquired about the pattern. I’m happy to say it is now available!

The Lucy Vest uses an easy-to-memorize ribbed eyelet stitch pattern.

Lucy Vest

Careful attention to detail includes a V-neck which flows out from the center rib.

AudKnits Lucy Vest

Strategically-placed decreases in the ribbed armhole and neck trim add shaping and cause the ribbing to lie flat.

Lucy Vest trim

The pattern uses the lovely Zara yarn from Filitura di Crosa. It’s the perfect choice for great stitch definition! I also chose it because it comes in a large range of colors. The pattern offers seven sizes, from a finished bust of 30″ to 55.5″. The vest is meant to be worn with 1-3″ ease. It’s available on Ravelry or below through my AudKnits Pattern Store:

Lucy Vest Pattern Cover

Lucy Vest – $4.99

Many thanks to Gale Zucker for the wonderful photography. I just love the top image – it’s perfect for this time of year when we’re all loving the corn from our local vegetable stands!

Resources:

Filatura di Crosa Zara yarn

Gale Zucker Photography (all images here © galezucker / AudKnits LLC)

The Knitting Guild Association (TKGA): This is a fantastic organization. I have learned so much by being a member, and LOVE their Cast On magazine.

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