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
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
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
Check out Gale Zucker Photography to see more of Gale’s incredible photography.
An enthusiastic fan of my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues asked whether I could design some mittens to go with the Mixer Scarf from the book. What a great idea!
Here’s the original Mixer Scarf from the book. It is now available as an individual pattern as well!
Here are the mittens…The little scallop shape on the cuff matches the scallops at the ends of the scarf.
The palms sport a little seed stitch motif
I figured, “Why stop at mittens?” So I designed a hat to go with it too.
All three patterns are available through the AudKnits Pattern Store also on Ravelry.
Many thanks to Gale Zucker for the wonderful mitten and hat photos.
Kudos, as always, to Caro Sheridan for the scarf photo from the book.
I love getting to be on hand for photo shoots of my designs. I do have a tendency to fret like a mother hen, and I’m fortunate to work with people who have patience!
We were soooooo lucky to use the fantastic Old Edna Townsite for Saturday’s session. Set in the Edna Valley Wine country, just south of San Luis Obispo, it’s a collection of historic buildings lovingly restored by “The Mayor” of the town, Pattea Torrence.
For out-of-towners there is a beautiful, restored farmhouse and adorably cozy cottage available to rent as part of a “farmstay” vacation.
Wouldn’t it be fun to hang out in 2 acres of an old town? My hat is off to Pattea for having the vision and considerable talent to create such a unique and character-filled place.
Not every rooster gets his own toy dump trucks to play with
Thank you, Pattea, for your kindness!
Colleen Rosenthal shot our lovely model Ali Peters, wearing some accessories that I’ll be publishing soon. Cassandra Evangelho kept us all organized and the outfits styled to a tee!
I’m grateful to be part of a talented team who work well together and spend most of the time laughing.
Suite Edna Farmhouse Vacation Rental
Colleen Rosenthal Photography
Cassandra Evangelho, stylist and co-owner of Evaneal
I’ve been saving this one for the holidays – the deep red color is perfectly festive! I used Swans Island Natural Colors in the fingering weight to make the “Aran” pattern from my Reversible Scarves book. This is one of my favorite patterns, as the cables are truly reversible. The scarf took me less time to make than I would have thought. The pattern looks complicated, but is actually very easy to memorize.
I’m not usually a fan of using tone-on-tone yarn in a cable pattern. The Swans Island color variations were so subtle, though, I love the end result.
I had a blast playing with color combinations to come up with a Fall variation for the “Bold Stripes” scarf from my Reversible Scarves book.
As you can see, I had a Spring color palette in mind when I designed the original “Bold Stripes” scarf for the book. Quite the transformation, isn’t it!
I love Rowan Felted Tweed DK. In case you’d like to make one of your own, here are the colors I used to replace the ones called for in the pattern:
A: 154 Ginger
B: 150 Rage
C: 151 Bilberry
D: 161 Avocado
E: 145 Treacle
F: 160 Gilt
Spring palette photo from book by Caro Sheridan
As the October air takes on a chill, I’m reminded to start knitting scarves for the upcoming winter.
One of the patterns I have the most fun knitting from my book Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues is the double-knit “Surprise Stripes”. Here, I chose Universal Yarn’s Classic Shades in the Grapevine colorway. I love how the colors blend from one to the next. For the solid, I grabbed some white Rowan RYC Cashsoft DK from my stash.
Everyone who sees the pattern expresses delight when they realize the stripes are horizontal on one side of the scarf and vertical on the other. How can that be?!
This is one of those designs which looks complicated but is actually very easy. It’s simple to memorize, making it excellent for social or travel knitting. And it’s fun to try different kinds of yarn.
I love it when the wisteria bloom. The smell is heavenly, and the delicacy of the tiny blossoms is sweet.
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!
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.
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.
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.
“Duplicity” pattern from Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues
DROPS Fabel yarn