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FINISHED Beginner Friendly Reversible Wrap

 

 

 

 

Reversible Wrap-Cardigan

The Reversible Wrap by Jo Sharp is one of those under-appreciated patterns that’s flown under people’s radar for way too long! It’s an amazing project for newbies, it’s basically made from two rectangles that are cleverly sewn together – easy peasy knitting! The only skills involved are cast on, cast off, knit, purl, basic mattress stitch, and basic wet blocking. The pattern is written for two versions, one long and one short. It’s also reversible, you can wear it right side up, or upside down.

We made the long version and used two skeins of very economical Cascade Eco+ (costs less than $60). It’s a very flexible garment, as is the yarn, so if you want a garment with a bit more drape and stretch feel free to go up in needle size. It’s also a pattern that can be in a warmer winter yarn or a cooler fibre for spring/summer.  Affordable yarn options include Cascade Eco+Berroco Vintage ChunkyCascade Avalon, and Berroco Remix Light.

Yarn Options

Approximate Yardage Required (chunky or heavy aran weight yarn): version 1 (short): 400(470) metres, version 2 (long): 535(670) metres.

Winter Yarns

  • Cascade Eco+: version 1 short: 1(2) skeins, version 2 long: 2(2) skeins
  • Berroco Vintage Chunky: version 1 short: 4(4) skeins, version 2 long: 5(6) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)
  • Diamond Baby Alpaca Sport: version 1 short: 4(5) skeins, version 2 long: 6(7) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)
  • Malabrigo Mecha: version 1 short: 4(4) skeins, version 2 long: 5(6) skeins (use 6mm/US10 needles)

Spring/Summer Yarns

  • Cascade Avalon: version 1 short: 3(3) skeins, version 2 long: 4(5) skeins (use 5.5mm/US9 needles)
  • Quince & Co Kestrel: 6(7) skeins, version 2 long: 8(10) skeins
  • Berroco Remix Light: version 1 short: 2(3) skeins, version 2 long: 3(4) skeins (2 strands held together)

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Materials

Resources for Beginners

Seaming: If you’ve never seamed before, Mattress stitch is the way to go … there are some good free instructions at  Vogue Knitting and Knitty.

Weaving In Ends: I always go to this comprehensive tutorial from PurlSoho on Weaving In Ends. Remeber, you never tie and cut your ends in knitting, you always weave them in!

Blocking: Wet blocking is pretty easy (it’s basically just washing), but here’s a nice tutorial from Craftsy to help you out.

Everything Else: For the basics like cast on, bind-off, knit, purl, go to knittinghelp.com.

 

Cascade Eco Jo Sharp Cardigan COMBO

KAL Carbeth

Carbeth BLOG COMBO

Photos: Kate Davies

Carbeth KAL

I love the simple lines of this casual, oversized sweater (Carbeth), and after a few people told me chatted me up about it I thought I should definitely share.  Mason Dixon Knitting is hosting a “Bang Out A Carbeth” KAL (knit-along), and should you want to join, I’ve got a few post-holidays affordable yarn suggestions …

Cascade Eco

  • 2 skeins (holding 1 strand) … all sizes come to about $60
  • This 100% Peruvian wool is great for an oversized sweater, and you can’t beat the price!

Berroco Vintage Chunky

  • 4(5, 5, 6, 6, 6, 7) skeins (holding 1 strand) … $40 to $70
  • Soft, comfortable and machine washable, Berroco Vintage Chunky is a great choice for people with sensitive skin who can’t wear wool, or anyone who may not be inclined to wash by hand. Plus, it comes in a full palette of gorgeous colours!

Berroco Remix Light

  • 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 4) skeins (holding 2 strands together) … $46 to $62
  • Wool-free, soft, pretty, comfortable, machine washable and environmentally friendly, Berroco Remix Light is a great option for a sweater that will carry you from winter through to spring (I don’t know about the climate where you live, but where I am it doesn’t really get particularly warm until mid-May).
  • The Carbeth pattern was originally written for two strands of yarn held together, so doing this with the remix shouldn’t be a problem, and the yarn’s tweedy texture will blend well. Plus, using two strands gives you the opportunity to use two different colours at the same time to create a marled effect … I think i may do this with mine.

Size

Finished measurement at bust: 92.5 (101.5, 110.5, 122, 133.5, 142, 151) cm / 36½ (40, 43½, 48, 52½, 56, 59½) in.

FREEBIES Last Minute Gifts

 Believe it or not, you’ve still got a little bit of time to get a project done.   I suggest making something small and simple, knit with super bulky yarn, and your last minute gift’s in the bag!

Photo: dandiliongrl

Avery Slouch Hat

 Keep it simple silly! Hats are fast & easy last minute gifts, and this one is almost brainless – no purling!

Yarn Options

If you want a marled look like in the photo, use 2 strands of different coloured bulky weight yarn held together:

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 10mm/US15-16″ circular needles
  • 10mm/US15 double pointed needles
  • jumbo tapestry/darning needle
  • jumbo stitch marker

 

Twistin the Night Away

Headbands are fast & easy, and always well received (especially by people with big hair).

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Red Hot Neckwarmer

A neckwarmer is a perfect gift for men and women, in a cold climate everyone can use one – and on those blustery days that you do need one, they’ll be thanking you!

Yarn Options

Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 10mm/US15-16″ circular needles
  • tapestry needle

FREEBIES Last Minute Cowls

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Easy Loose Cabled Cowl

Our loose cabled cowl is a last minute knits that work up FAST! We made ours light and airy on 15mm/US19 needles and two skeins of Malabrigo Rasta, but you can also you one Cascade Spuntaneous.

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Bulky Mobius Cowl

Our Bulky Mobius Cowl is a great little last minute gift. It works up fast on 10mm/US15 needles and the mobius technique makes it entertaining. The yarn, Malabrigo Rasta, is stunning: it’s buttery soft and I’ve never seen a skein that didn’t knit up like a Monet painting. Plus, it’s a one-skein project!

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Aujourd’hui

This cute & simple little cowl is a cinch to knit up and looks incredibly impressive in hand-dyed Malabrigo Rasta.

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SALE & FREEBIES Cascade Lana Grande

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SALE 20% Off Cascade Lana Grande

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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Photo: madorange

An Unoriginal Hat

FREEBIE Nour

 

 

Nour

One ball of gorgeous yarn makes a hat – it’s a no-brainer holiday miracle gift! And yes, we sell fur pompoms (both real and synthetic) and excellent pompom makers!

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FREEBIE + HACKS Paloma Cowl

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Paloma Cowl

I like simple, loose cables like this cowl; they create great texture and interest without too much effort.

Yarn Options: Super Bulky (10 to 12mm needles)

Yarn Options: Bulky (8mm needles)

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HACKS

  • Because all of the yarns we’ve suggested (above) bloom beautifully, you can try pushing your needle size up to a 12mm/US17 and omit a ball of yarn.
  • The yarn suggested in the pattern is super-bulky, so expect your cowl to be too. If this is too much for you, consider substituting a slightly thinner, bulky weight yarn, and smaller (8mm/US11) needles. If this seems too narrow, add a second cable pattern repeat.
  • The pattern is knit flat and seamed in a circle, but if you want to do something more knitterly like a 3 needle bind-off or kitchener stitch, you can cast on using a provisional cast-on (casting on with scrap yarn).