Thursday, June 21, 2012

Highland Duo - Cell Stitch Cowl

What's not to love about Baby Alpaca and Merino Wool?  It is soft, squishy, warm and feels so lovely when you work with it.  Adding Merino Wool to Baby Alpaca gives it memory and stability.  So, another new yarn - Highland Duo - 70% Baby Alpaca/30% Merino Wool - 197 yards of squishy softness per skein.  This combination is perfect for a cowl, but I wanted something a little open that offered breathability and insulation.


Part way through this cowl (after discovering a glaring error), I had to rip out at least 6 rows.  Fortunately, the yarn, the cowl, and I survived the frogging and I was able to finish the cowl.  One skein makes a cowl approximately 9.5" long by 15.5" wide (about 31" circumference).
So here is the pattern:
1 skein Highland Duo - shown in 2305
US 9 - 16-24" circular needles

Abbreviations
K - Knit
YO - Yarn Over
Sl1 - Slip 1
K2Tog - Knit 2 together
PSSO - pass slipped stitch over

Cast on 101 stitches.  Join in the round, careful not to twist.  Place marker to mark beginning of round.
Row 1 - K1, *[YO, K2Tog] - repeat from *
Row 2 - K

Begin pattern
Row 1 - K1, *[YO, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO, YO, K1] - repeat from *
Row 2 - K
Row 3 - K2Tog, YO, K1, *[YO, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO, YO, K1] - repeat from * until last 2 stitches, YO, Sl1, K1, PSSO.
Row 4 - K
Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length.

Then K1, *[YO, K2Tog] - repeat from *
Bind off.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Casablanca Wavy Scarf

Short rows can be a lot of fun in a scarf while creating an interesting effect at the same time.  Casablanca works up wonderfully in short rows - it really shows off the colors in the skein.  For this project, I chose a more subtle colorway and was quite pleased with the result.
One skein and a pair of US 8 needles is all that you need for this scarf.  I'd done the triangles within a short row rectangular scarf before, so it was interesting to see the turns that appeared.  Essentially you cast on 20 stitches, start by knitting 2 stitches, do a wrap and turn, and going back, then adding 2 more stitches each time until you reach 18.  You work backwards back to 2 stitches and then go to 20 stitches and change direction.  After a few sections, it gets fairly easy to ready your knitting to know where you are.
So here is the pattern:



Abbreviations
K - knit
W&T - Wrap & turn - Bring yarn forward, slip next stitch purlwise, move yarn to back again, slip stitch back to Left needle, bring yarn forward

CO 20 stitches

  1. K2, W&T, turn work K2
  2. K4, W&T, turn work K4
  3. K6, W&T, turn work K6
  4. K8, W&T, turn work, K8
  5. K10, W&T, turn work, K10
  6. K12, W&T, turn work, K12
  7. K14, W&T, turn work, K14
  8. K16, W&T, turn work, K16
  9. K18, W&T, turn work, K18
  10. K16, W&T, turn work, K16
  11. K14, W&T, turn work, K14
  12. K12, W&T, turn work, K12
  13. K10, W&T, turn work, K10
  14. K8, W&T, turn work, K8
  15. K6, W&T, turn work, K6
  16. K4, W&T, turn work, K4
  17. K2, W&T, turn work K2
  18. K4, W&T, turn work K4
  19. K6, W&T, turn work K6
  20. K8, W&T, turn work, K8
  21. K10, W&T, turn work, K10
  22. K12, W&T, turn work, K12
  23. K14, W&T, turn work, K14
  24. K16, W&T, turn work, K16
  25. K18, W&T, turn work, K18
  26. K20 - Turn work.

Continue Rows 1-26 until reach desired length.
Bind off loosely
Weave in ends

Enjoy

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Sitka - Reversible Cabled Scarf

Sitka is a lovely blend of 80% Merino Wool and 20% Kid Mohair.  There is a lovely subtle sheen from the mohair and great memory from the wool.  It was a real treat to work with and worked up very quickly.


I created a reversible cabled scarf - one skein is about 30" long, so two would be 60".  While out in Michigan I tripped over a Jul closure that I thought suited it nicely - what was really nice is that no button holes were required.


So here is the pattern:


Sitka - 1-2 skeins (80% Merino Wool/20% Kid Mohair - 131 yds/100 g) shown in color 28

US 10 Needle
Cable needle

Abbreviations
K - Knit
P - Purl
CF6 - slip 6 stitches to cable needle, hold in front, K3, P3,  then K3, P3 6 sitches from cable needle
CB6 - slip 6 stitches to cable needle, hold in back, K3, P3, then K3, P3 6 stitches from cable needle

CO 24 stitches
Row 1-6 - K3, P3 - repeat to end of row
Row 7 - CF6,  K3, P3, K3, P3
Row 8-13 - K3, P3 - repeat to end of row
Row 14 - CB6, K3, P3, K3, P3
Continue until reach desired length.
Bind off loosely.