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
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.
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
I love being in Ohio for the fall colors.
Gates Mills Bridge
St Christopher’s church
“Hey, what’s this human doing in my woods?”
To celebrate fall, I’m using Rowan Felted Tweed to make the Bold Stripes pattern from my book, swapping the book’s bright spring palette for muted fall colors
You may remember my post showing a bit of the design process for a pattern in my upcoming book, Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues. When you get my book, you’ll see that one of the chapters offers designs using double-knitting. Each pattern uses the slip-stitch technique, so knitters don’t have to learn any new skills – they can just jump right in and start knitting. My friends of course saw the bits of test knitting I worked on as I developed the patterns. They were always amazed at how simple the slip-stitch method is.
Here is one of my favorites from the book. May I present “Sprouts” in it’s final form, made pretty by the fantastic photographer, Caro Sheridan!
As I worked on my upcoming book, Reversible Scarves: Curing the Wrong Side Blues, I tried desperately to stay organized. I have papers pinned all over my bulletin board (sort of like the reality version of Pinterest). “Sprouts” was a really fun pattern to develop. An early bit of test swatching takes a place of honor in the mayhem:
The wonderful sample of “Sprouts” for the book was created by Susan Claudino, of NoKnitSherlock fame on Ravelry. (You’ll see it in a Sneak Peek posting soon.) Since she knit it, she’ll get to post it to her Projects page. I’ve been itching to knit one myself, partly because it’s a fun knit, and also so I can post my own in my AudKnits Projects.
Early in the morning, I happily got started:
Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca is a dream to knit with!