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the.england.scarflette

I cannot possibly be expected to travel any sort of distance without at least one knitting project in hand. Last week I plane, trained and automobiled my way to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, England and had some lovely yellow ochre yarn with me. I have challenged myself to not buy any yarn this year unless I need it for a specific project (this came after several episodes of Hoarders. God. I love that show. Read: please don’t let that be me.) and this lovely bit happened to be leftover from a feather and fan baby blanket I made for a friend.


It just so happens that this blanket is for the friend I was visiting! So it’s all very appropriate blahdy blah. Anyhoo.

  • Cast on 42 stitches on a size 7 round needle and knit 10 rows
  • K3, K2 tog 3 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 6 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 3 times, K3
  • Knit the next 2 rows
  • K3, Purl row, K3
  • *Slip the first stitch of each row as if you were knitting

Oh look! Baby yarn factories!!

I made this pin years and years ago but have never had the perfect thing to do with it. Until now. I love how these pieces go together.

And just in case you aren’t into knitting your own scarf, or smithing your own pin, I have them both listed in my Etsy shop – just click on the respective links.

And what is the next project you ask? A grey scarf similar to this with yarn I bought in England. Why did I buy it? Because I had finished this beauty and could not possibly be expected to travel without something to knit! I think that’s a rule at US Customs or something….Really. Look it up.

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basketweave.baby.blanket

I am quite pleased with how well this blanket turned out. Despite a slow start and some panicked text messages to my friend Steph in Japan (who kindly talked me off the crafty ledge), it ended up being an easy, fun and fast pattern. You can find the pattern on Ravelry here, but I definitely recommend skipping the chart and investing in a  stitch counter that won’t self destruct as soon as it comes out of the package. IMG_0404

  • Cast on 161 stitches, and slipping the first stitch of each row (for the entire blanket) knit 8 rows
  • Row 1: (K5 – border) P1, K4, P5 repeated until the end with another K5 for the border at the end
  • Row 2: (K5 – border) K1, P4, K5 repeated until the end…..K5 border
  • Rows 3,5,7,11,13,15: (K5) P1, K4 (K5 border at end)
  • Rows 4,6,8,12,14,16: (K6) P4, K1 (K5 border at end)
  • Row 9: (K5) P6, K4 …(K5)
  • Row 10: (K6) P4, K6 …(K5)

Basically, when you are knitting the right side, your first stitch after the border will be a purl, and the wrong side is a knit the ensure the variations in weave. And don’t panic that the pattern looks terrible until you hit row 11 or 12 – the little cross hatches will finally start to pull it all together. IMG_0491 Work to the desired length, then knit 8 rows and bind off. Hooray! This is the last of the baby blankets as gifts for a bit (thank you all for finding a new hobby for the moment), but begins my state fair entry making. I plan to double this pattern and make a couch sized blanket as an entry this year….because clearly I am insane. IMG_0859

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Norman is making my work look good!

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I’ve been an absolute knitting fool lately. I’ve been cranking out cowls, trying to prepare for the Harry Potter scarf Etsy explosion (it’s coming…), fill a few custom holiday orders and work on a baby blanket or two. Are you tired ready that?

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The latest pattern is for a hip granny – custom holiday order. It’s a super easy and quick scarf that only requires that you know how to knit, purl, and count to 2.

 

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  • Cast on 30 stitches
  • Row 1: knit across
  • Row 2: purl across
  • Row 3: (k2,p2) across; end k2
  • Row 4: (p2, k2) across; end p2

When you reach the desired length, bind off, weave in your ends, etc etc etc. This will need to be blocked when you are finished, but will be a great conversation starter. And it’s so easy!

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fan.and.feather.scarf

I have started my holiday making already and though to some it seems early, I feel I am months behind. But hopefully the frantic work will be appreciated by the recipients. I am caught up on my baby blankets for the moment and decided to take the pattern for a spin as a scarf, and I love it. The fan and feather makes for a lovely and light scarf perfect for chilly fall days, or as a wrap at the office.

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  • Cast on 42 stitches on a size 6 round needle and knit 10 rows
  • K3, K2 tog 3 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 6 times, yo 6 times, K2 tog 3 times, K3
  • Knit the next 2 rows
  • K3, Purl row, K3

Then repeat the counted row through your simple knits and purls until desired length and you’ve got it!

 

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I finally finished that awesome checkerboard baby blanket! And just in time to blog about it on the fabulous Robin’s Crafting Mommy of Two blog. You get to see the finished piece, snag a free pattern, and learn a little more about me! (I used to throw clay – the cool kid way!)

 

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Click the image for a direct link to the blog post. Hooray!

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It seems everyone I know is expecting these days (if you don’t think you are, you better check again) and I have been a baby blanket making fool. Coincidentally, I have also been a guest blogging fool! Keep an eye on Alaska Knit Nat‘s blog for a tutorial on the famous Lovey blanket (feather and fan), and the fabulous Robin of Crafting Mommy of Two has asked me to tell you about the latest checkerboard blanket.

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I make the blankets for folks I know will appreciate them (not everyone “gets” 40-50 hours of one’s time as a gift) and it is the absolute best feeling when the recipient gets really excited. It is the definition of ‘warm and fuzzy.’

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