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?
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.
- 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!
I basically production knit these days, and cowls seem to be the big winner. They are so super duper easy to make, I almost feel bad *not* telling you how to make them. So, here goes.
- Using the chunky yarn of your choice, cast 28 stitches onto size 19 (15mm) needles
- Garter stitch (knit each row) a long panel (usually 2 skeins of yarn or so) and bind off
- Twist 2 -3 times and join ends
This is the super quick cheater way to make a “mobius” knit cowl, and if you’re really good at joining the seams, no one will know the difference.
Now I’m off to knit some more…’Tis the season and all….
Iceland is absolutely full of yarn. Even at the tiny mom and pop grocery stores and some of the gas stations. Seriously. That’s probably because there are also sheep everywhere (not necessarily in the gas stations, but almost literally right outside…). And this is good, quality, Lopi type yarn and I took every opportunity to fondle as much of it as I could while I was there. (And it was cheap!!!)
We stopped and checked out the Handknitting Association of Iceland (quite a few times actually, as my husband was obsessed with finding the perfect sweater) and I stumbled upon my first community knitting project. I had heard about places that do such a thing but was never able to be part. A basket by the door had a scarf in the round with all sorts of different yarns and patterns and a list of the knitters from over 20 different countries listed. And yes. I had to take part.
We did finally manage to find the husband a sweater, though he thought perhaps he needed another (but we decided his next epic sweater would come from Ireland or Scotland), and it was a double feel good purchase as it was handmade just for that shop. So awesome!
I’m a total Harry Potter nerd and can’t stop making the scarves. Why? Because when my owl arrives I want to be good and ready and have loads to spare so I can give them to my new friends (they will be my friends!!) and honestly Hogwarts looks a little drafty (not that I’m complaining at all. I love drafts. Really!!).
I gave the quick run down of the Harry Potter scarf construction in this post here, but finally had enough inventory set aside to get around to working up a ‘later years’ Potter scarf. Follow the same instructions as seen in the previous post, but knit only 2 rows for the alternating yellow and red stripes (pictured is 3, I dislike. The double row on the needles now looks a ton better). This piece worked up even faster than I thought, and I had a very enthusiastic model to help with the photograph. Huzzah!
Of course, should you want to pay me to make it for you instead of doing it yourself (and I’m totally ok with that…) you can find it listed in my Etsy shop.
I am the founding member of the Anchorage Stitch N Bitch – The Late Bloomer’s Society, and it’s pretty awesome. We get together at various locations around town (though usually my own storefront, because then I will surely make the gathering), and work on current projects, sip vino, eat snacks, and usually talk a little smack. It’s pretty therapeutic and awesome to hang around such crafty, sassy company. I seem to be production knitting these days (but awaiting my chance to make another baby blanket for someone special), and I’ve been cranking out striped scarves. It started with Harry Potter and went from there.
I do sell the Gryffindor scarves online, (and other houses here) and you can find some of my other color combinations around, but should you be so inclined, they are super easy to make too.
- Cast 40 stitches onto a round 6 mm needle
- Purl in the round until you reach desired stripe width and switch colors
- To avoid that color ‘hop’ when switching colors, slip the first previous color stitch over the next needle without purling after you have stitched the first round
- Continue until desired length, turn inside out, finish with tassels
And of course, if you can have a cocktail while you’re knitting, it makes things even better….!
I have had this little blanket I call Lovey since my baby shower. Well technically, since I was just a freeloader at my shower, it was given to my mother, and then to me. I still have her (yes, her) and it may or may not still be in the vicinity of the bed. I carried this thing everywhere for years and once it was even left in a hotel room (for shame!) and my mother made sure they didn’t throw it away, and even had it shipped UPS back to me. So of course, when I found out my pal Jeni was expecting another little one I had to make a duplicate Lovey for the new bebe.
I’ve known Jeni forever. We joke that we pooped our first diapers together, and it’s not really that far from the truth. Her grandmother babysat us both from the time I was less than a year old, until middle school, and we have stayed in touch all the way through. I was even the maid of honor at her wedding (the speech was amazing – I didn’t even swear). So she is very familiar with Lovey as I definitely dragged it around with me whenever we would play as kids. As you can see, her son Robert’s version (on the right) is in much better shape than mine (on the left). It’s the same yarn, same pattern…but a little less mileage, for now. Nothing like such a long history to get me off my duff to give a go at my first baby blanket. And to tell you the truth, it was a great project to keep me busy after the fire (I actually thanked her for having another child just to save my sanity. A little funny?)
I just finished another fun version for a set of friends that are expecting, and am excited to hand it off before they move far, far away. This version was a bit smaller and easier to work than the first attempt and is a lovely emerald green (this way when wasabi lands on it, it will blend in?) It’s a fantastically easy pattern that yields smart results.
- Cast on a multiple of 18 stitches + whatever you want for a border, but at least 1 stitch on either end. Assuming 1 stitch at each end, work the following 4 rows until you reach desired length:
- Row 1: knit
- Row 2: purl
- Row 3: k1, * k2 tog 3 times, (k1, yo) 6 times, k2 tog 3 times * repeat from * to * until last stitch, k1
- Row 4: knit