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Summer Knit-Spiration: Creekbed Scarf


I think this little free pattern is a hidden gem and a great opportunity to play around with self striping yarns. It’s knit with light, sock weight yarn, which make for easygoing summer projects. It’s also light on the cerebral side, with just enough interest to keep you from nodding off in the heat. Add a colourful, self striping yarn like a Noro and it’ll be easy entertainment. It’s also a grab and go project, easy to travel with (even if you aren’t going any further than your porch). 



I love kristenlynnea’s version (above) made with Noro Silk Garden Sock and other scraps. It also looks great in CompulsiveKnitter’s version made with Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball.

Suggested Yarns


I think I would make a few stylistic modifications to the pattern:
  1. If using a striping yarn I’d drop the big centre band, I don’t think it would do anything for the design.
  2. If I was making the 2 border bands in a contrast colour I would make it a neutral (grey or brown) with a low to medium contrast to the main colours. A high contrast is too much for my delicate sensibilities (ie. no likey black). 
  3. If using Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball I’d skip the border colour all together and let the yarn do all the work. 
  4. If using Noro Silk Garden Sock I’d choose 2 colourways and alternate every other row. Alternately, you can use 2 skeins of the same colourway and start the first from the inside and the second from the outside, and alternate every other row. 


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Summer Knit-spiration: Wingspan



More summer knit-spiration ….


Wingspan is a really cute little scafy-wrap that only uses 1 skein of sock yarn! It looks equally great with self striping yarn or semi solids. You can make it I think it’s both a great summer knit but also a great holiday gift – it’s always nice to double end your knitting.  It’s also an easy knit that has a little technical interest and isn’t too-too boring, and travels extremely well. Plus, the pattern is a freebie! 

Suggested Yarns


Make a larger version by using a thicker yarn:

Make a lighter, airy version by using a lace weight yarn:

New Free Patterns for Simple Cowls

Brand spankin’ new from us, 2 patterns for simple, easy, elegant cowls using Berroco Boboli, a new yarn for Fall 2011. The yarn is beautiful, prismatic, and does most of the work for you. The rest of the pattern is in the beginner skill spectrum. It’s also a non-thinker, a great project for those times when brain no work good. And of course, both patterns are Free!

This sweet little thing is the Boboli Cowl Worsted Version. It’s a beautiful weight for fall, moving into  winter, and early spring. It’s a straightforward knit and made with 2 skeins of Boboli and 4.5mm circular needles. The yarn knits quickly, and you’ll be done before you know it! I made this version second and had no idea I would love it’s delicate drape so much!

Here’s the Boboli Cowl Bulky Version.  It’s made on larger, 7mm needles, holding 2 strands together. Besides creating  a faster knit, it’s also a thicker fabric, perfect for when the weather starts getting chill and carrying you into real winter.  It also has more body than the worsted version, and the colour takes on a tweedy quality that transcends the yarn’s inherent variegation.


By the way, don’t forget to follow the instructions and block your cowl in a bath of white vinegar and Eucalan – it softens up beautifully!



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New Free Pattern: Spring Mobius Cowl

Many of the links posted here are from Ravelry.com, a free website for knitters and crocheters. If you don’t have your own account you can use ours: login: knitomatic2, password: knitomatic. But you should get your own account fast, ’cause you’re going to LOVE it!

By Haley Wacberg

This is an easy and satisfying project for a simple, spring cowl. It’s really a no-brainer, the yarn’s self-striping colour and soft texture do most of the work. The pattern uses a Mobius Cast On, which is easy to learn.
To learn this easy new skill you can watch Cat Bohrdi’s great Intro to Mobius Knitting tutorial on you tube. Cat’s instructions are clear and easy to follow and you’ll be an expert in no time!
NOTE: You can not substitute a normal cast on using circular needles to create a mobius – it doesn’t work. By twisting the stitches, you’ll end up with a full twist in your knitting, and you only want a half twist (the mobius).
The yarn used has a very high cotton and silk content, both of which tend to stretch and grow. If you think your cowl is too small, don’t worry, it’ll loosen up.
Size 
Length: 25” 
Width: 8”
Materials 
2 skeins Noro Taiyo, 100g/200m, colour 1 
5mm/36” circular needles 
1 Stitch Marker
Gauge 
15 sts & 30 rows = 4” in K6 P6 ribs
Techniques 
Intro to Mobius Knitting tutorial by Cat Bohrdi on youtube: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVnTda7F2V4
Cost
Free


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Instant Gratification Holiday Gifts – Free Tea Cozy

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Holiday Decoration – Free Whimsies!

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Instant Gratification Holiday Gifts – Free Homey Patterns!

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  • 10mm-16″ or 12mm-16″ circular needles
  • 3 buttons
  • 1 skein of Cascade Magnum

  • 9mm-36″ circular needles
  • 3 skeins of Brown Sheep Burly Spun in 3 different colours and 2 skeins in a fourth colour.


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