FREEBIE Duotone Cowl



Duotone Cowl

I’m currently knitting a tubular cowl and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty breezy knitting (I actually worked on it at the movies last week, and I’ve been teaching myself how to knit continental with it). When you work in stocking stitch in the round (like the Duotone Cowl) you only need to knit, no purling is necessary. Even better, the knitting is almost continuous (except for changing colours), you just go round and round and round. It makes for some very easy, mindless knitting. When making a tubular scarf the fabric will be two ply, so you can knit on a larger needle and at looser than normal tension, otherwise the scarf will be a bit too stiff and thick.

Mineville Merino DK would make a gorgeous Duotone Cowl, I’d use either two different semi-sold colours or a single variegated/multi-colour (get 2 skeins). For a slightly more traditional/conservative look use super soft merino Cascade 220 Sport Superwash in their lovely heathered colours.

Yarn Options

Mineville Merino DK: 2 skeins (1 in each of two colours)

Cascade 220 Sport Superwash: 4 skeins (2 in each of two colours)

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 5mm/US8 or 4.5mm/US7 – 16″ circular needles (one or two sizes larger than the yarn calls for)
  • stitch marker
  • tapestry or darning needle
  • scrap yarn
  • spare circular needle


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New Magaiznes!

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Knit & Crochet Toys

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Knit.Wear Fall/Winter 2016

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Knitscene Winter 2016

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FREEBIE Leaf Lace Headband

Leaf Lace Headband

What a great one-skein project! A quick headband is a great gift and satisfying little knit. It calls for Malabrigo Chunky, but you can use any bulky weight yarn that knits on a 6.5mm needle (see list below). It’s knit flat, from side to side, so you won’t need fancy needles, and the lace pattern is simple 4 row pattern repeat. You can finish it up by making an i-cord (or crochet loop) and a button, or just seam the two ends together.

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Chunky: 1 skein

Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport: 1 skein

Malabrigo Mecha: 1 skein

Lamb’s Pride Bulky: 1 skein  ON SALE!

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 1 skein (use 6mm/US10 needles)


  • FREE Pattern
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 needles
  • tapestry needles
  • button (optional)


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FREEBIE Helmikuu Boot Toppers


Helmikuu Boot Toppers

Boot toppers are quick, simple, satisfying and make a great little gift, especially for those hard-to-knit-for people. They don’t use up a lot of yarn, less than a skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted. The pattern calls for double pointed needles but if you find them daunting you can also use 12″ circular needles. The Helmikuu Boot Topper pattern is available in two versions: one with detailed instructions and tutorials for the novice, and a more succinct version for more experienced knitters.



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KNIT HACK Sweater Season Prep

It’s October, the days are getting cooler (well, some of them are) and it’s time to spring our sweaters from their summer slumber. Sometimes, no matter how meticulously you packed your sweaters away and protected them, they still end up with little holes, which of course you don’t notice until you put them on. Today’s post is about mitigating the damage that’s already been done.

1. Inspect

As soon as you spring your sweater from storage prison give it a good inspection. In a well lit room give it the once over, hold it up to the light to check for holes or weak spots. If you find any immediately put a pin in the hole to keep it from growing, or temporarily sew it up with some contrasting coloured sewing thread.

DO NOT WASH your sweater until you have permanently mended the holes! If you do, the holes will get bigger, and be much harder to repair.


2. Shave

Now is a good time to remove any pilling or fuzz from the surface of your sweater. As you go pay close attention to the surface of the textile and look for more problem spots.


I love my new Gleener, it’s proven to be a great little gadget (and it’s Canadian)! They come with 3 different heads to accommodate different textiles. Above is my very fine store bought cashmere  sweater, on which I used the gentlest head. If you aren’t sure which head to use just start with the gentlest and move up. Be sue to read the instructions that come with your Gleener, or you can download them from the Gleener website.

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3. Secure & Repair

Secure your holes! While Gleening I found one in my cashmere sweater and temporarily secured it with a pin. As soon as possible mend the holes; small ones are easy to fix almost invisibly, but larger ones will cause drama and tears.

I generally sew up little holes with matching sewing thread. (Whenever you are at a dollar store and see a set of tiny little sewing thread spools in a pile of colours GET IT! They are an excellent and cheap source multiple colours of thread, which come in extremely handy when making repairs.) If the holes are larger you may need toe fix them with left-over yarn from the project ….. but that kind of mending is a whole other blog post.

Now, once mended, if you want to wash your sweater, go for it. I suggest using either Eucalan or Soak delicate wash, both are excellent products, are Made in Canada, and you don’t need to rinse them out.

Now you are ready for fall!

Finished Project: Sockhead Slouch



Sockhead Slouch Hat

We finished our store sample Sockhead Slouch Hat! The Malabrigo Mechita looks gorgeous, I’m so glad I chose this yarn. Unfortunately I have a small head and slouchy hats don’t really show that well, but I tried (it’s very slouchy, and the fit is especially great for people with big hair that’s got a mind of it’s own).  You can see larger pictures in our Ravelry Project Page.


Other Yarns Options

Any fingering weight yarn will do ….


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Finished Project: Calisson Part 2


Callison Part 2

We made a Calisson headband (we wrote about it last week) and I wanted to show it off! We used one skein of Malabrigo Mecha (actually, just over half a skein) and 6mm needles.


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