Thursday, November 29, 2012

Magnum Paints Uber Cowl

Magnum is a fabulous yarn for instant gratification knitting.  It is a glorious 250 gram hank with 123 yards of Peruvian Highland Wool that knits up very quickly on larger needles (US 15 - 19).  Now it even comes in Hand Paints!

I have been waiting (rather impatiently) for the Paints to come in so I could actually see them knit up - and I am not disappointed.  It probably helps that I love reds and burgundy and that was the colorway (Red Mix) I got to play with.  I've knit a hat and a scarf in Magnum but had yet to make a cowl and thought it would be a great way to show off the colors!
This works up long enough so you could wear it 3 ways - like a long cowl, double around your neck, or down on your shoulders.  I also came up with some variations where you could do 2 smaller cowls out of 1 skein or a narrower but longer cowl.  This ends up approximately 40" circumference (about 1.75 sts = 1" in pattern) x 10" long

  • 1 skein Magnum Paints (shown in 9729)
  • US 15 circular needle (I would recommend US 17 if you are a tight knitter or you would like it to be a little more open)
  • Stitch marker

  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • Sl 1 - Slip 1
  • PSSO - Pass Slipped Stitch Over
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 Together

Loosely cast on 70 stitches
Join in round, careful not to twist.
Place marker.

Begin pattern:
Row 1 - [K2Tog, YO, K1, YO, Sl1, K1, PSSO]
Row 2 - K

Continue until reach desired length.  Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.

  • For smaller cowl - CO 35 stitches (approx 20")
  • For super long - cast on 105 stitches (approx 60" circ)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lace Rib Beaded Ruffled Scarf - knit in Venezia Sport

While at Stitches Midwest, I took one of their market sessions with Deanna Van Assche for bead knitting and that it was one of those techniques that looked much harder than it was.  So I bough some beads (she sells the kind that are pre-strung) with the intention of designing something using beads.  I really do like the pre-strung beads as you tie the string that the beads are on to the yarn and slide them over.  This way, I did not have to worry about chasing beads on airplanes.
Last December, I had written a scarf pattern for Kim in our office to make with Venezia Worsted and never got around to making myself.  It had a ruffle on each end and a simple lacy rib pattern for the body of the scarf.  I thought the beads would be beautiful at the end of the scarf and I absolutely love an excuse to play with Venezia Worsted. So I picked a lovely shade of purple that matched one of the colors of beads that I had purchased.  Then I sadly realized that Venezia Worsted was just a bit too heavy for the beads.  So, back to the drawing board.

Fortunately, we have a lighter version of Venezia Worsted - Venezia Sport - the same luscious blend of 70% Merino Wool and 30% Mulberry Silk, but in a lighter weight - 307.5 yds/100 g.  So I found a shade of blue that worked with other beads.

So Cascade Yarns sponsored its first ever cruise with Knit and Stitch in Cocoa, FL and I wanted to have something new to share with all of the lovely knitters and crocheters that attended.  Happily I bound off during dinner on Saturday night - so I was able to finish it before the Fashion Show that evening.

1 skein Venezia Sport - shown in 195
US 6 needle

  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • K2tog – Knit 2 together
  • YO – yarn over
  • SSK – slip, slip , knit - slip 2 stitches to right hand needle, pass left hand needle through front of 2 stitches, wrap yarn over top of R needle and pull through – decrease
Slip approximately 715 beads (around 4 -5 strings) of size 6 seed beads onto the yarn

Cast on 144 stitches (with beads) - using long tail cast on, slide 1 bead between each stitch

  • Row 1 – Knit - slide 1 bead between each stitch
  • Row 2 – K2tog to end of row (72 stitches remain)
  • Row 3 – Knit - slide 1 bead between each stitch
  • Row 4 – K2tog to end of row (36 stitches remain)
  • Row 5 - k - slide 1 bead between each stitch.

Body of scarf
  • Row 1 – K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
  • Row 2 – K2, P2 *[K1, YO, SSK, P2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
  • Row 3 – K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
  • Row 4 – K2, P2 *[K2tog, YO, K1, P2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2

Knit until reach desired length – the start end ruffle –
Knit row 1 of pattern ( K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2)
Knit 1 row with beads
Start Ruffle –
Row 1 – Knit in front and back of all stitches (72 stitches)
Row 2 – Knit with beads
Row 3 – Knit in front and back of all stitches (144 stitches)
Row 4 –  Knit - with beads

Bind off all stitches loosely with beads
Weave in ends.