in garter stitch
in garter stitch
I stepped outside to play with my dog in the snow last week, and snapped a few pics of my latest design: The Anna Hat. The next day, the snow melted in the 50 degree heat, so I’m glad I did! And hey- I’m definitely not complaining. I stepped outside yesterday in a t-shirt and jeans, admiring what looked like a beautiful spring day in February.
I’m sure we’ll get our fair share of snow this year, but winter’s mercy seems to be upon us Ohioans this year. Since we’re heading to Belize in April for my wedding, and we missed last winter all together because we were in Belize, I have to say I feel like mother nature has been really good to me!
I am happy to be back in the States again (not many yarn stores in the tropics. None at all actually.) but I can’t wait to head back to Belize in April, walk down the sandy beach, and marry the love of my life! Hopefully before then, we’ll get one more beautiful snowy day that I can wear my new hat, but if not… eh, there’s always next year!
Follow along below for the free pattern to make your own Anna Hat!
The Anna hat features a warm fold up brim, and a beautiful cable motif that is easy to knit. It is worked in the round with worsted weight yarn. This has been by far one of my favorite hats to knit. Hats are my favorite thing to knit. I haven’t done a cable pattern in a while- and knitting this hat re-ignited my love for cabling!
What You Need
Yarn: 120 yards Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice
20 sts. & 22 rows = 4” in cable pattern
When pattern becomes difficult to knit on circular needles during decrease rounds, switch to DPN’s. The pattern is meant to fit snugly on your head. If you need to wet block at the end, instructions are given.
pm – place marker
K – Knit
P – Purl
C6F: Cable 6 Front (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C6B: Cable 6 Back (slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 3, then knit 3 from cable needle.)
C4B: Cable 4 Back (slip next 2 sts. onto cable needle and hold in back. Knit 2, then knit 2 from cable needle.)
ssk – slip slip knit
ssp – slip slip purl
Co 80 sts. onto circular needles, join in the round, pm
Repeat until brim measures 3”
Rounds 1, 5, 9, 21, 25, 29 and all even rounds: *K12, P2, K4, P2 around
Rounds 3, 7, 23, 27, 39:
*K12, P2, C4B, P2
Rounds 11, 15, 19, 31, 35:
*K3, C6F, K3, P2, C4B, P2
Rounds 13, 17, 33, 37:
*[C6B] twice, P2, K4, P2
Begin decrease rounds:
- *[K2, ssk] 3 times, P2, ssk, K2, ssp
- *K9, P2, K3, P1
- *[K1, ssk] 3 times, P1, ssp, K1, ssp
- *K6, P2, K1, P1
- *[ssk] 3 times, ssp, ssk
- *K3, P1, K1
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight to close hat. Weave in all ends.
Wet block if necessary. If your hat needs to be stretched a little, wet it and squeeze remaining water out with a towel. Do not wring out. Place on blocking board or foam board, stretch to desired size and place pins to hold in place. Hat will also stretch a little bit with wear.
I’ve been having a lot of fun with super bulky yarn lately. I wanted to find a way to knit a huge scarf without spending $100 on yarn. So I bought myself a pair of size 50 (25mm) knitting needles and got to work! I realized that if I held 2 strands of super-bulky yarn together, I could achieve the same effect as those beautiful Loopy Mango chunky knits.
I would love to get me some Loopy Mango yarn, don’t get me wrong. But after the holidays I decided that it wasn’t the right time to splurge. So for my first project, I used 2 strands of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick N Quick held together. It was a great substitute, though I have a feeling I’ll be trying out some more luxurious yarns on these huge needles soon.
You can order the needles on Amazon, and have them at your door in 2 days, which gives you enough time to finish whatever’s currently on your needles, and start this amazingly huge scarf! The cost of yarn for me was only about $16. A pretty good deal I think! You can grab your yarn on Amazon too, and some colors are really cheap ($3.99 for some colorways that qualify as an “add on” item). So are you ready to begin? Cause I’m already knitting this baby in gray!
You can head over to Ravelry to download the pattern, or follow along here!
What you Need:
Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick n’ Quick 212 yards (2 skeins)
Yarn Needle for weaving in ends, and sewing seams
This pattern is made by using 2 strands of super bulky yarn held together.
4 sts. & 4.5 rows = 4” in stockinette st.
Co: Cast on
K – Knit
P – Purl
Bo: Bind off
With 2 strands of yarn held together, cast on 16 stitches. Knit the stitches that are cast on together as 1 stitch, holding the 2 strands together throughout the pattern.
Row 1: Knit all sts.
Row 2: Purl all sts.
When your scarf reaches 52 inches long, Bo. Using yarn needle, fold scarf in half and sew seam together.
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Hey there! Are you excited to break out your chunky yarns? I know I am! That’s why I’ve decided to hold the first Arborista Cowl Knit Along! This is a fun and fast knit with a little bit of lace, and a lot of warmth.
What will you knit yours in? I can pictures this cowl in beautiful green, mustard yellow, maybe a maroon? And then there’s always the neutrals- anything looks great in a neutral!
I hope you’l join me for the Arborista Cowl KAL.
It starts today, but you can join in anytime between now (Sep. 24th) and October 14th! I’ve discounted the pattern from $6.00 to $4.00 in the pattern shop. The discount will be available until Oct. 14th for anyone who wants to join in on this KAL!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
US 10½ – 6.5 mm
4 stitches and 6 rows = 1 inch in stockinette
I am so excited to share my latest pattern with you! Some of you may have seen a little preview on Instagram, and it’s finally here and ready to put on your needles! The Arborista Cowl features an alternating pattern of lacy leaves, and contrasting solid ribbing for a truly eye-catching effect.
I wanted a lace pattern, but I also wanted a break in between where I could watch TV. and knit this infinity scarf. (You see where my priorities lie!) I wanted something that captures the spirit of fall (is that too corny?) and something that is truly fashion forward and unique. I think this infinity scarf achieves all of these things- and the pattern is so much simpler that you would imagine!
3 skeins, approximately 384 yards of yarn are used to knit this scarf.
You will also need size 10.5 knitting needles, and a yarn needle for seaming and weaving in ends.
Gauge: 4 sts. & 6 rows = 1″ in stockinette (though since this is an infinity scarf, gauge isn’t terribly important).
Cast on today, and don’t forget to show me your amazing projects on Ravelry! I can’t wait to see this cowl knitted up in every color! As always, if you want to re-sell anything you make from my patterns, you are 100% welcome to! Thanks for supporting an independent designer!
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Wow. I’m still amazed by how much this pattern looks like cables. This was one of the most satisfying projects I’ve ever done and here’s why:
1. The pattern was easy to memorize (it’s just knits and purls!!)
2. I could knit this in front of the TV without looking at my knitting (the first time I’ve ever been able to do this)
3. I didn’t mess up once. (The first time this has ever happened.)
I’m so glad I discovered this stitch pattern on Knitting Unlimited! I can see turning this into a longer infinity scarf, fingerless gloves, maybe even a bag or pillow cover….
I think you’ll be addicted to this stitch pattern too as you knit through each row, you’ll start to see how deceptively simple it is. This cowl knitting pattern pairs nicely with a bold merlot, and your favorite binge-worthy show on Netflix.
Ready for the pattern?
Ok, ok, but first you will need:
Size 8US (5mm) 16″ (40cm) circular knitting needles
1 Skein Lion Brand Heartland
Co. 120 sts. & join in the round
In the round:
Rounds 1-4 : p2, k4 to end of round
Round 5: K2, *p2, k4, rep. from * until 4 sts. rem., p2, k2
Round 6: k2, p2, *k4, p2 rep from * until 2 sts. rem., k2
Round 7: Rep. row 5
Round 8: Rep. row 6
Rounds 9-12: k4, p2 to end of round
Rep. rows 1-12 until cowl measures about 12″ tall
Keep warm, and enjoy!
If you enjoyed this project:
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I’m currently working on a brand new website, full of brand new patterns, as well as an e-book! I’ve got my hands full of yarn and web designing, so it might be a little quiet on the blog for a while. These fingerless gloves should tide you over, but if you’re looking for more fun, you can always check out the patterns I have available!
Row 1: K
Row 2: P
K in the round until glove measures about 5in. long (12.7cm)
Begin Thumb Gusset
(repeat rows 1 more time for lg. size)
Weave in ends, block, and stay warm!
I hope you enjoyed this pattern!
I needed some fresh, spring photos for my ‘Design Your Own Crescent Shawl’ knitting pattern, and we were lucky to have an 80 degree day in between thunderstorms last week! After this long winter, I’ve never been so happy to have sun-burn!