Friday, 17 October 2014

Free pattern - chunky cowl

What do you think of this?
It's a very simple, very cosy cowl for the cooler months. So much more twenty-first century than a scarf, y'know? Or maybe not, but there are definitely times when it'd be an advantage not to long, loose, trailing, woolly ends getting in the way. And, throwing principles and normal preferences to the wind, I've knitted this prototype in acrylic - well, mostly acrylic: Cygnet Grousemoor Chunky. Feel free to use Debbie Bliss Riva or Adriafil Mistero or some other more luxurious mix. I shall be doing at some point.
Anyway this is what you do:
Using chunky yarn of your choice, cast 97 stitches onto 5.5mm needles, and work 6 rows of k1, p1 rib in main colour.
Then work 2-colour pattern as follows, where a = main colour and b = contrast
Pattern row 1: k2a, k1b, *k3a, k1b, rpt from* to last 2 sts, k2a
Pattern row 2: k1a, * p3b, p1a, rpt to last 4 sts, p3b, k1a
Repeat these two rows until 28 have been worked. Break off colour b.
Work 5 rows of k1, p1 rib in main colour.
Cast off loosely in rib.
With right sides together sew side seam using a simple overstitch.
Sew in ends.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

I heart hearts

In between the lacy scarf and the vintage jumper and the baby blanket and any number of other projects, I've mostly been making these lately. I fear they're becoming addictive - any small amount of leftover yarn becomes half a heart; any even tinier scrap becomes lettering. I'm thinking maybe loveheart bunting?