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GAMBIT & Knit Hack

Gambit Rasta  1

Gambit

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

Shop Online Button Turquoise 250w

Gambit Rasta COMBO TRIO

New FREE Pattern Random Stripe Pillow


This pillow cover is designed with knitterly pleasure in mind – there are no seams and there is no sewing involved. All of the techniques used (which aren’t all that special) are listed below and have links to good explanations/tutorials, some of which are pictorial, and some have videos.

Size
16” x 16” with pillow form
Gauge
15.5 sts & 26.5 rows = 4”/10cm
Materials
° MC: 2 skeins Noro Silk Garden, colour 245
° Pillow Form: 15 inches
° Buttons & sewing thread that matches buttons (ours were 28cm or just over 1”)
° Snaps (black) and matching thread
° 2 Stitch Markers (the locking type are best, we like Clover 353)
° Sewing Needle
Notions
° Dice or random number generator smartphone app
° Scrap Yarn
° 4mm crochet hook (for cast on)


Very Last Minute Knitted Gifts – FREE Patterns

Aujourd’hui
Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 10mm needles
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following: 

Pattern: from Knit-O-Matic via Ravelry
Needles: 15mm-24″ circular
Yarn: 1 skein Cascade Magnum ($24.97 solids, $32.47 paints)

Pattern: Free pattern from Knitomatic.com (that’s us!)
Needles: 10mm circular needles, minimum 36″ long, (preferably 47″)
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following: 




Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 12mm straight or circular
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following: 


Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 15mm (straight or circular)
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following:


Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 10mm-24″ circular 
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following


Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 15mm 
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following:



Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 10mm-16″ circular + double pointed needles
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following:



Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 10mm 
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following:



Quick + Easy Ribbed Hat
Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 9mm-16″ circular + double pointed
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following:




Pattern: Free from Bad Amy Knits
Needles: 9mm-16″ circular + double pointed needles
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following:  


Pattern: Free via Ravelry
Needles: 9mm double pointed needles
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following:  



Pattern: Free pattern from Knitomatic.com (that’s us!)

Needles: 9mm double pointed
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following: 



Pattern: Free pattern from Knitomatic.com (that’s us!)

Needles: 9mm double pointed
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following: 






Pattern: Free pattern from Knitomatic.com (that’s us!)
Needles: 10mm-24″ circular needles
Yarn: 1 skein of any of the following: