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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)

Materials

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).

FREEBIE Cocoon

 

 

Cocoon

I tried this pattern a couple of years ago and it was definitely a very popular choice around here. It’s a great project that doesn’t require too much brain power but makes a great gift! It works up relatively quickly with a bulky weight yarn like Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport, hand dyed merino Malabrigo Mecha, or budget friendly Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9 double pointed needles
  • stitch marker
  • FREE Pattern
  • Our Project Notes

FREEBIE Cables Love PomPoms

 

 

Cables Love PomPoms

It’s that time of year where we start to scramble to make holiday gifts … ideally, gifts that are fast to knit and will be well received. I think this hat fits the bill. It’ll look great on a woman or a man, it’s made with a soft, warm yarn that you’ll love to work with and they will love to wear, and it’s a Freebie too!

Yarn Options

Materials

  • 5.5mm/US9 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 – 16″ circular needles
  • 6.5mm/US10.5 double pointed needles
  • cable needle
  • stitch marker
  • Fur Pompom
  • FREE Pattern

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FREEBIE & FINISHED Chunkeanie

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Chunkeanie

I was surprised my friend Rosie didn’t know about this FREE pattern since we had made a store sample years ago, but then I remembered that it wasn’t kicking around the store because I WORE the sample all last winter – it was my favourite hat of the season. I’ve rectified my transgression and made a new store sample with a skein of  Malabrigo Mecha, and it looks even better than the first incarnation. Just one caveat, I made a mistake and followed the instructions for the wrong pattern (the Long Beanie) for the crown decreases, so my latest doesn’t look exactly like the pattern pics. I guess I’ll have to do a third!

Yarn Options

Malabrigo Mecha: 1 skein

Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport: 1 skein

Malabrigo Chunky SALE:  1 skein

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 1 skein

Materials

  • FREE pattern
  • 5mm/US8 – 16″ circular needles
  • 5mm/US8 double pointed needles
  • 1 stitch marker
  • tapestry or darning needle

A Note on Fibre Behaviour

Different fibres behave in different ways. Alpaca has a LOT of drape, and will slouch copiously (Like the Diamond Luxury Baby Alpaca Sport). Wool has a lot of body and will keep its shape well (likeMalabrigo Mecha or Malabrigo Chunky). Blends will vary in behaviour, combinations of wool & synthetic will have some drape and also keep some shape (like Berroco Vintage Chunky). Additionally, if you want your hat to drape or slouch more, knit it at a looser tension (on slightly larger needles), and if you want it to have more body and keep its shape, make it with at a firm tension (on slightly smaller needles). Alpaca also lacks stitch definition due to its fuzziness, which is much more prominent in a wool or a wool blend.

 

 

FREEBIE Galilee

 

 

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Galilee

As soon as I saw this FREE pattern I knew I wanted to share it, but I figured I’d better wait until the heat settled down, and all the best yarn options had arrived. I love the elegant shape and texture in this “swancho” (it’s like a poncho, but with little sweater sleeves). If the textured panel seems a little daunting you can omit it and just knit the front panel like the same as the back, in stocking stitch.

You can use any chunky weight yarn (something that knits up on a 6mm/US10 needle). Berroco Vintage Chunky is soft, machine washable, and comes in a spectrum of great colours. Cascade Eco is made with 100% Peruvian wool that comes in both dyed and undyed natural colours, and is the most cost-effective choice, especially as the sizes grow). For a stunning statment, use Malabrigo Mecha, a gorgeous hand-dyed, machine washable, buttery soft single ply merino wool.

Size

  • Small (Medium, Large, X-Large, 2X, 3X)
  • Bottom edge – 55 (59, 64, 68, 71, 76)”
  • Length – 24½ (25, 25½, 26, 26½, 27)”

Yarn Options

Berroco Vintage Chunky: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Cascade Eco: 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 5) skeins

Malabrigo Mecha: 9(10, 11, 13, 14, 15) skeins

Other Materials

  • FREE Pattern
  • 5.5mm/US9-16″ circular needles
  • 5.5mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 6mm/US9-29″ circular needles
  • 2 stitch markers
  • tapestry or darning needle

 

 

 

FREEBIE Varduz Cowl

Varduz Cowl

Quick & impressive, this cute little cowl only uses one skein of scrumptious Malabrigo Mecha, and works up fast on 8mm/US11 needles.

If you are intrepid try using a provisional cast on and then invisibly join the two sides using  kitchener stitch. If not, that’s ok too – for a nice, easy seam just use a provisional cast on (it’s just casting on with scrap yarn, not hard), and do a three needle bind off to finish. If all of this sounds too daunting to deal with, just cast on normally and seam using mattress stitch.

Materials

Notes

 

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