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Celebrating Spring & Another Linen Stitch Scarf

April 23

I love it when the wisteria bloom. The smell is heavenly, and the delicacy of the tiny blossoms is sweet.

Wysteria 2014

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I liked the spring-like greens in the Araucania Lauca yarn I used for this linen stitch scarf. The pattern is a popular one from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. It’s a great one for using up those gorgeous skeins of variegated and tone-on-tone yarns I have piling up in my stash!

linen stitch scarf, reversible

 

 

 

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Spring Scarf

March 28

Here’s the just-right-for-Spring version of the Mistake Stitch Rib scarf from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. What I love about this simple stitch pattern is how well it lends itself to variation. The book covers everything from sport weight to mohair to bulky versions, with this one being my favorite for this time of year.

 reversible scarf, mistake stitch rib, sport weight

Duplicity in Red

March 10

I recently finished another Duplicity scarf from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. I made it a little shorter than usual, since it’s for a very young friend. Actually when they saw me making it, the boy and both his sisters said they wanted to share it. There’s nothing like enthusiasm to make knitting fun, eh? The bright red colors seemed just right for children.

knitting scarf reversible

The pattern uses a printed and a matching plain sock yarn in double-knitting, so it is definitely not a quick knit. It is, however, useful for social knitting since it’s very easy to do.

 

Resources:

“Duplicity” pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues

Duplicity, scarf, double knitting, reversible

DROPS Fabel yarn

 

 

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Frog Tree Feather and Fan

February 23

 Feather and Fan, reversible scarf, Frog Tree

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:

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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:

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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.

 

Resources:

“Feather and Fan” pattern from  Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues :

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Frog Tree Yarns

The Ball & Skein & More – the amazing yarn store in Cambria, California

Storm Mountain Cardigan

January 21

I’ve been in a stash-reducing mood lately. I had a bunch of Rowan Felted Tweed DK sitting around for a pattern I decided not to make after all. What to do? Through the magic of Ravelry, I found the perfect use for all that yarn – Storm Mountain by Heidi Kirrmaier.

The pattern is simple to make. Worked from the top down, it uses raglan shaping for the sleeves and eyelet increases to create the pretty back. Heidi uses ingenious stitch count tables to make it very easy to keep track of the repeats and number of stitches at each stage along the way.

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As you can see, there are a couple of ways to wear the sweater; it can cascade down the front or be secured across. The open front was not so great outside in the winter snow, but will be just right in the spring!

Storm Mountain_1_sml

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Being a seriously pear-shaped person, I needed the top part of the sweater to be smaller than the bottom part. I made the following modifications:

First, I cast on using cable method for firmness. I made the top half, down to about 7.5” beyond the yoke, in smaller needle sizes (#3 and #4); this gave me a tighter gauge as well as less garment width. Then I switched to #5 which gave me the gauge as called for in the garment for the bottom part of the sweater. I worked one fewer pattern repeats in bottom half, since I got the called-for length.

I struggled with the SSE as described in the pattern; clearly I was doing something wrong. I chose instead to do: RS first 4 sts: ktbl, p1, sl1,p1 RS last 4 sts: p1, sl1, p1, slwyibWS first 4 sts: p, k, p, k WS last 4 sts: k, p, k, slwyif

 I found the sweater easy enough for tv-watching and social knitting, with just enough going on to also keep it interesting.

Many thanks to my husband Steve for braving the snow to take these lovely photos!

 

Resources:

Storm Mountain pattern

Rowan Felted Tweed DK

Happy New Year Scarf

December 30

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.

reversible scarf, Feza

 

AudKnits “Verticality” 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!

 

Resources:

Composite Stripes pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues

Feza Alp Oriental yarn

John Kieger Photography

Teal Mixer

December 16

Sometimes it’s really great to be a scarf designer. I have all sorts of them lying around!

Mixer, Reversible Scarves, Cascade 220

“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.

Mixer, Reversible Scarves, Cascade 220

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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!)

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Resources:

Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues “Mixer” pattern

Mixer, Reversible Scarves, scarf, Cascade 220

 

Cascade 220 yarn

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Lockhart Mitts

December 10

I thoroughly enjoyed making these Lockhart Mitts, a Brooklyn Tweed pattern by Leila Raabe. I had some Lorna’s Laces Green Line Worsted in my stash, and was glad to find the perfect use for it.

fingerless mitts, Lockhart, Brooklyn Tweed, twisted stitches

Full of twisted stitches and a few little cables, it’s an entertaining pattern to knit.

I altered things a little. The pattern includes instructions for both a short and a long version. I had plenty of yarn for the short but not enough for the long. I wanted the cuff to come down further below my wrists, so I added 4 rows before row 1 of the main mitt charts (in the same pattern as row 1).

Another small change I made was to use the bumpy side of the cast-on facing out, then casting off purlwise to match.

If I had them to do over again, I’d work the last couple of rows of garter on smaller needles, or work in a couple of decreases, so they’d be snugger around my fingers.

 fingerless mitts, Brooklyn Tweed, twisted stitches

If you’re looking for last minute holiday knitting, Lockhart might fit the bill!

Many thanks to my hubbie Steve Ells for taking these photos. ♥

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZigZags Galore

October 30

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:

reversible scarf

 

Then Summer came along and I was drawn to the inense blues of some Noro Kureyon I found:

reversible scarf

 
 

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!

reversible scarf, short rows

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.

Resources:

Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues ZigZag pattern

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Wisdom Yarns: Poems

Noro Yarn: Kureyon

Plymouth Yarn: Gina

Frog Tree Cables and Knots

October 25

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…

reversible scarf, Frog Tree, cables

 

 …I also love the way the little scallops along the scarf’s edges held their shape after blocking.

reversible scarf, Frog Tree, cables

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!

 

 

Resources:

Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues “Cables and Knots” pattern:

reversible scarves, cables

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cushy Chroma Socks for Fall

September 23

I adore thick, warm socks to wear around the house in the fall. You may remember my Cushy Chroma Socks design. When I’m in the mood for a quick knit, this is the pattern I turn to. Knit Picks is always coming out with new colorways for it’s Chroma Worsted yarn, and I’ve amassed quite a stash of it. This time I was in the mood for the Soft Rock colorway.  I used the second of two versions for the “Rolled-Edge Cast On for K2, P2 Rib” from Cap Sease’s book, Cast On Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting.

Cushy Chroma Socks 2

The free pattern offers womens’ small, medium, and large sizes and are simple enough for social knitting. They’re perfect for making gifts for friends.

This super-simple pattern is available for free through AudKnits, Ravelry and Knit Picks.

Resources:

Cast On Bind Off: 211 Ways to Begin and End Your Knitting is available from the following sources:

Please support your local yarn shop and see if they carry the book!

Knit Picks

Amazon

Patternworks

Martingale

Taygete

September 6

Taygete 2

An end of summer treat, Taygete was a fun shawl to make. The pattern’s garter stitch center made for good social knitting, and then the edges provided that kind of quiet-time knitting where I enjoyed concentrating on the lace.

Taygete 3

Anzula Squishy yarn is a dream to knit with! It’s soft with a good ply.

Now it’s time to put away the lace weight yarns and summery colors, and haul out some beginning-of-fall knitting. It’s hard to believe its that time already!

 

Resources:

Taygete pattern by Romi Hill

Anzula yarn

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