GAMBIT & Knit Hack

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Gambit is a great little capelet designed to be worn OVER outerwear – clever and stylin’! It’s knit in super bulky yarn, so it’s a satisfying, quick little knit. We used Malabrigo Rasta, we couldn’t *not* indulge in it’s ridiculous softness and depth of colour. If Rasta is a bit too precious for your needs you can also use Cascade Lana Grande or Brown Sheep Burly Spun (see below).

Gambit Rasta COMBO

Notes on the Pattern

This pattern involves a few techniques that newbies might be unfamiliar with (short rows, provisional cast on, grafting/kitchener stitch) and is not for the absolute beginner – an advanced beginner should be fine with it.

The shaping is created with short rows, so you’ll have to be diligent and keep track of your rows. I found that I didn’t like the type of short row technique used in the pattern, it left gaps (I don’t know if this is because I used a different yarn than the original design). I changed to regular, old fashioned Wrap & Turn (W&T) short rows. Luckily, in garter stitch you don’t need to unwrap short rows, which makes things much easier. I worked to one stitch less than the number specified for the short row in the pattern, wrapped the next stitch, and turned.

KNIT HACK: To help keep track and stay oriented I put a locking stitch marker in the stitch every time I did a short row.

The garment is knit flat and joined together using kitchener stitch – anther happy discovery was that grafting in garter stitch is a bit simpler than in stocking stitch. You are going to start the project with a provisional cast on (a cast on using scrap yarn), I like using the crochet or ‘chained’ cast on method, the scrap yarn comes out extremely easily.  I wove in the ends using duplicate stitch and you can’t see them at all!

One more thing,  full disclosure – I accidentally used the wrong size needles (9mm/US13). Yup, even knitting store owners grab the wrong size on occasion. The capelet came out fine after blocking (our mannequin is on the small size and doesn’t move around much), but you should use 10mm/US15 needles to get the appropriate tension.

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Rasta: 3(4) skeins

Cascade Lana Grande: 4 skeins

Brown Sheep Burly Spun: 3 skeins

Other Materials

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Gambit Rasta COMBO TRIO

RESTOCKED Mini Notions & Needles

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Polkadot Embroidery Scissors

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Chiaogoo 12″ Circular Needles

12″ circular needles are great for working in the round on small things that normally requires double pointed needles; socks, legwarmers, sleeves, etc.

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FREEBIES & RESTOCKED Cascade Lana Grande

Cascade Lana Grande BLOG

Cascade Lana Grande is a lofty, super bulky/polar weight yarn made with 100% Peruvian Wool. It knits up beautifully and FAST – plus it’s very affordable!  See it at work in patterns like Umaro by Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed), the Weekend Pullover from Knitting Pure and Simple, the Big Snowy Owl, and it’s ideal for the Button Bear Cowl. It’s great for beginners too, we use it frequently in our classes. It knits up fast and is great for making gifts (it’s never too early to start).

  • 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
  • 100g/80m
  • Super Bulky Weight
  • 9mm to 12mm (US size 13 to17) Needles
  • 8 sts = 4″ (10cm)
  • Made in Peru
  • Project ideas on Ravelry
  • Read our Blog Post with project ideas


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Gaptastic COMBO

Photos: topstitchgirl & morgpet


Gaptastic Cowl



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An Unoriginal Hat


Malabrigo Rasta DISPLAY BLOG

Malabrigo Rasta is a super thick, super soft single ply yarn made from 100% Merino Wool. One luxurious skein is enough for a hat, mitts, or a close neck-warmer/cowl. It’s especially great for making gifts, as it knits up fast and looks and feels GLORIOUS!

  • 100% Merino Wool
  • 150g/82m (90 yds)
  • Super Bulky Weight
  • 10mm to 15mm (Us15 to 19) needles
  • 8 to 10 sts = 4″ (10cm)
  • Single Ply, Slightly felted
  • Hand wash, lay flat to dry
  • Pattern Ideas


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Malabrigo Rasta Rainbow Twist COMBO

Photos: Thao Nguyen

Rainbow Twist

  • FREE Pattern
  • Malabrigo Rasta: 1 skein
  • 12mm/US17 needles (circular or straight)
  • 12mm crochet hook (for provisional cast on)
  • scrap yarn (for provisional cast on)
  • darning or tapestry needle


Malabrigo Rasta Mobius Cowl COMBO

Mobius Cowl



  • FREE pattern
  • Malabrigo Rasta: 1 skein
  • 10mm/US15 needles (circular or straight)
  • 10mm/US15 crochet hook (for provisional cast on)
  • scrap yarn (for provisional cast on)
  • darning or tapestry needle



  • FREE Pattern
  • Malabrigo Rasta: 2 skeins
  • 12mm/US17 circular needles (24″ for small cowl, 29″ for a double wrap cowl)
  • darning or tapestry needle
  • for a short version cast on 45 sts, for a longer one cast on 89 sts

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Malabrigo Mecha is a yummy skein of wonder! It’s a single ply, 100% extra fine superwash merino wool, which translates to soft as and squishy baby’s bottom. It knits at a variable gauge, a chunky to bulky weight, and is very flexible since the yarn tends to bloom. The yardage is generous at 120 metres (130 yards), and of course you can actually use it for babies and kids since it’s machine washable.

Be sure to get enough yarn to complete your project since each bag is a different dye lot, and skeins may vary from bag to bag.

  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool
  • 100g/120m (130yds)
  • Chunky to Bulky Weight
  • 6 to 8mm/US 10 to 11 needles
  • Made in Uruguay
  • Machine Wash, lay flat to dry
  • Pattern ideas for this yarn


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Malabrigo Mecha Long Mobius Cowl COMBO

Long Mobius Cowl

The mobius cowl is one of our go-to projects around Knit-O-Matic. It’s quick, entertaining and simple. It uses a Mobius Cast-on, which is easy to learn from Cat Bordhi’s free instructional video.  If you’re a new knitter special techniques might feel a little overwhleming, so feel free to use a regular cast-on technique (you can use a 29″/32″ needle, and just be sure not to twist your stitches when you are joining them in the round.) NOTE: we worked a total of 12 ridges, the last ridge is 3 rounds, then we cast off



  • FREE Pattern
  • Malabrigo Mecha: 1 skein
  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 double pointed needles
  • tapestry or darning needle

FREEBIE & Finished Baby Sophisticate

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Baby Sophisticate

We’ve been updating our store samples of baby sweaters, so the Baby Sophisticate was a natural addition to our collection. It’s a basic top-down knit that look great knit up in any worsted/aran weight yarn. We thought it would show off the Malabrigo Rios (we used colour 122 Niebla for this one). Overall, super happy with the outcome – our pattern notes are on Ravelry!




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Shaped Capelet with Braided Cables


Shaped Capelet with Braided Cables

I love this little garment, it’s the perfect cover to throw over your shoulders for chilly fall days. It’s knit sideways and includes some very cleverly hidden shaping (which creates gentle drape and and unfussy, elegant fit.


  • circumference at lower edge: 38 ½ (44 ¾, 51 ¼)””
  • length from top of neckband to front hemline: 13 ½ (14 14 ½)”
  • length from top of neckband to back hemline: 16 ½ (17, 17 ½)”
  • shown in smallest size


Yarn Options

Berroco Vintage:  4 (5, 6) skeins

Cascade Eco:  2 skeins

Malabrigo Mecha:  4 (5, 6) skeins


Other Materials

  • 6mm/US10-24″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8-24″ circular needles
  • Tapestry needle
  • cable needle
  • stitch markers
  • 5.5mm-I/9 crochet hook
  • Pattern via Ravelry/Interweave


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