The Rippling Diamonds Dishcloth is crazy simple- it’s literally only knits and purls. No slipped stitches, no yarn overs, no shaping of any kind. Its carefully charted pattern of knit and purl bumps make an interestingly-textured washcloth that’s fun (and easy!) to work up. (And, bonus! The pattern is totally reversible, so it looks just as cool from both sides!)Head over to Knit Picks’ website and download a free copy of the pattern. I’m really proud of it!
How does that old saying go? “A new year, a new pattern?” That sounds right… yeah.
Well, however that saying goes (and whether or not it’s actually a saying), I’ve got a new pattern for you!
It’s the middle of January, and it’s real cold, so what could be better than a super-squishy, extra warm, nice and thick hat-and-scarf combo?
Nothing. That’s what.
Introducing: the Gradient Scarf and Hat.This bad boy is made from worsted-weight merino, held TRIPLE, so you know it’s going to keep you warm. Both the hat and scarf are worked all over in broken rib, one of my favorite stitches. The fabric is soft, squishy and totally comfy. Plus, there’s a mean pompom on top of the hat. You gotta love a pompom. I mean, look at it:And, that’s not all! This pattern is one of eight in Knit Picks’ new book Quick and Cozy: Bulky Knit Accessories. Patterns like this adorable red cowl from the cover:And these gorgeous colorwork mittens:You can order a copy of the book here! Or, if you’re feeling lucky, comment below with your favorite thing to knit in January to be entered to win your very own copy of Quick and Cozy! (The winner will be announced next Wednesday!)
I’ve got an early Christmas Present for you! A super cute (if I say so myself) and super quick pattern for those last few people still waiting for gifts.
Two-Tone Mitts!These simple fingerless mitts are shockingly fast to knit up, really cute, and surprisingly flattering. The minimalist design means that they look just as good on men and women, young or old. Knit up a pair in your dad’s favorite team colors. Or make some for your niece’s new school. Or maybe you have an aunt who loves a particular shade of blue.These mitts are surprisingly thick and warm, knit with Knit Picks’ Swish, and they’re machine washable (important for gloves- or at least important for my gloves. I always manage to spill my coffee everywhere). But, if you don’t have Swish in your stash, any firm worsted or DK weight yarn should do the trick.
Want to knit up a pair for yourself? Grab the pattern for free here:
Last week, I told you about the kids I teach in my knitting class. They are all doing an amazing job, and they all like making different things. Some want to make tiny little projects they can finish in a day, some want to spend weeks working on a single item. Some only want to make garments for themselves, and some make garments for their stuffed animals.
But all kids love a new stuffed animal. (Or “stuffie” as my students say. Is that a regional thing? Or is it a generational thing. I never called them “stuffies” when I was a kid.”
So, I designed a pattern for two new stuffies, a bear and a bunny, that is easy enough for even an early beginner knitter. These two little guys are totally adorable (if I say so myself), and are made without any shaping, purling or other “complicated” knitting. If you can knit garter stitch, you can make yourself a new little friend. And, I’ve included step-by-step instructions, including pictures!But, I think my favorite part of this pair is their tiny little tails! (The bunny has a teeny pompom and the bear has an even tinier little nubbin. Adorable!)Are you a very beginning knitter looking to make something more fun than a potholder or a scarf? Do you have a kid itching to take up needles and yarn? Give these two a try!
I’ve got another free pattern for you. And this is one that I know you’ve been waiting for.
It’s Tea Cozy Time!
I finished my tea cozy a couple weeks ago, so all that I needed to do was to write out the instructions in a way that people could understand (ie, not the chicken scratching in my little notebook), and to give my tea cozy a name. Typing up the instructions is the easy part, coming up with a name is the hard part.
Which is why most of my patterns have either very literal names (Lace-Edged Shawl) or names that I’ve lifted from parts of Seattle (Ballard Pullover).
This time I decided to go with (drum roll please)… Stripes and Dots!
I know. Not a great name, but the pattern is super cute (if I say so myself).
You can grab a copy of the pattern in my Pattern Library, or click below!
Let me introduce you to my newest pattern, the Zagged Cowl.It’s knit with Knit Picks’ newest yarn, Woderfluff. It’s super soft and light and cozy, yet surprisingly strong (because it’s not actually spun- it’s a teeny tube of nylon filled with baby alpaca and merino). (But really, you could use any bulky yarn.)
The Zagged Cowl is worked in the round with no shaping, just garter stitch and an impressive-looking oversized cable up one side. The pattern only uses one skein, and works up on big (US 10.5) needles, so it knits up super fast. Talk about a great holiday gift!Head on over to Knit Picks to pick up a free copy of this pattern (and maybe a skein or two of Wonderfluff)!
It’s an incredibly rainy morning in Seattle- we’re bracing for the biggest wind storm since the 1960’s, so keep you fingers crossed that we don’t lose power!
But what could be better on a rainy day than looking at some brand-new patterns!
Maybe looking at some brand-new garter-stitch patterns? I don’t think anything says “cozy up inside” better than a hot cup of tea and a book full of garter stitch coziness.
Introducing: Garter Ridge, a new collection by Knit Picks, featuring a pattern from yours truly.This is probably the sweater that I wear the most. I love my Carkeek Park Pullover. It’s super comfy, surprisingly warm and soft. And, it’s knit with DK-weight yarn, so it’s not bulky (in other words, I can wear it under a jacket or, if it’s really chilly, with another sweater on top… I get cold sometimes),I love the bands of multi-color garter at the hems and yoke. It’s so fun to order lots of each color and watch how they blend together as you knit them up. My prototype was knit in shades of green and brown, but I’d love to see Carkeek Pullovers in every color of the rainbow!But my sweater isn’t the only gorgeous pattern in this collection!
I think I might make the Helianthus Shawl. It’s just so pretty, and Preciosa yarn is so fluffy and warm, that you know it’ll even manage to keep me warm.And that cover sweater! I know the last thing I need is another oversized cardigan. But I think I need the Nineveh Cardigan. I love the weird modern shape, and the tiny sleeve detail in the contrasting color- to die for!There are a ton of other gorgeous patterns in this collection. You definitely want to get yourself a copy!
Want to try your luck and win a free copy? Comment below with your favorite rainy-day knitting! I’ll hold the drawing next Friday (rain or shine)!
I made another pattern, you guys! It’s a silly little one, and I kind of love it.
Say hello to the Mini Knapsack!This tiny backpack is totally functional (if you’re about a foot tall). It has straps, a flap to keep the rain off your tiny books and a drawstring that keeps the whole thing closed.
It’s about the right size for an American Girl Doll, or something a little smaller.It works up pretty quickly in fingering-weight yarn (I used KnitPicks’ Palette, since I had some in the right colors), a perfect gift for a favorite school-aged doll-enthusiast.
That’s right, knitters! I’ve got another brand-spanking-new pattern, just for you!
(Actually it’s kind of 4 patterns in one! I know! Crazy!)
Last week, Knit Picks published another great collection, Knits for Everybody. It’s such a smart book- I know I’ll be keeping my copy close at hand.Knits for Everybody is a collection of four super simple patterns (hats, sweaters, socks and mittens), useful staples that everyone can use (and make customize, if that’s how you roll). But here’s the awesome part: They are literally for everybody. The sweater sizes go from a 3-month-old baby all the way up to a Men’s XXL. The hats fit everyone from a preemie to a big-headed adult (like me). And, my socks go from a 4″ foot circumference all the way up to a 10.5″ circumference.My sock pattern is a super simple knitted sock with a heel flap in literally every size. But here’s the cool part: You can follow the directions to knit from the top down (my favorite), or from the toe up (my second favorite), and end up with virtually the same sock. That way you can use whichever method feels right for you.And, I’ve provided two slightly different variations: Socks (knit in sock weight, with a long ribbed cuff) and Slippers (knit in super-squishy worsted with a shorter cuff).
Of course, you can jazz up these socks and slippers whatever way you like. Add stripes? Yes. Change the ribbing? Why not! Work some cables? Sure! You can customize these socks (or any other pattern in the book) with no problem for socks that are truly your own!Want to win a copy of Knits for Everybody? Tell me which pattern you would make, and who it would be for. Socks for your auntie? A hat for your nephew? A sweater just for you?
Guys! I’ve got two (count ’em, two!) new patterns in Knit Picks’ new pattern book, On the Go Knits. It’s a collection of projects perfect for running/hiking/working in the garden. Everything is worked in high-contrast colors of machine-washable yarn. This book is full of some really pretty (and practical) patterns, and I know I’ll be knitting up a few of them.The best part? I’ve got two hats in this collection!
The Collapsible Cap is a super comfy beanie, worked with wide ribbing all the way up to the crown. It’s worked in super-soft Swish Worsted, which might be my favorite kind of yarn for hats. And, because of all the ribbing, it fits just about anyone. And, when you take it off it collapses in on itself, making it perfect for stashing in your pocket when it gets too warm. (My husband and I fight over the Collapsible Cap I made him. It’s really great.)My other pattern is one I’m really proud of- It’s the Pocket Hat. (OK, I didn’t do a great job naming this one, but the hat itself is great.)
From the outside, the hat is a cute two-tone cap knit in sock-weight yarn with a wide ribbed band and a little section of color work around the middle. Cute, right?But, look inside, and you’ll find a secret pocket! Fastened with a button, it’s the perfect hiding spot for a few bucks (so you can stop by the coffee shop on your way back from your run), your drivers license (just in case), or your a key (so you can get back into your house).I’m so happy with these patterns, and I know you will be, too!
Want to win a copy of On the Go Knits? Comment below with the activity you’d do while wearing something from this collection! Would you go running with the In Motion Vest? Take a hike with the Arrow Gloves? Practice yoga with the Yogini Socks? Inquiring minds need to know!
(Also- More exciting news is on its way! So come back on Monday!)