Just a quick little post today, but it’s an exciting one. That is, if you get excited about new free patterns! (I know, right?! So many new patterns lately!)
Here’s a fun new pattern for a cute little berry-colored dishcloth! Introducing: the Mixed Berry Dishcloth!It’s a simple two-color stripe pattern, with some slipped-stitch detailing to make it a little more interesting.
Well, when it rains, it pours. I’ve got another new pattern for you today! And, better yet, this one’s free!
Introducing: The Gradient Scarf! (Yes, I know I’m not great at naming patterns.) It’s an asymmetrical triangular scarf, wider on one end (obviously, because it’s a triangle), and it’s knit in Knit Picks Stroll and Stroll Gradient.
Stroll Gradient is brand-new, and just lovely (I just received a couple skeins yesterday, and my fingers are itching to start kitting). It’s a super-soft merino sock yarn dyed in one long continuous gradient. (And, better yet, the colorways all have goofy names! “Kale Yeah!” is my favorite, but “Hula Girl” is the one we used for the example.)The Gradient Scarf is worked in the round, starting at the narrow end. Every few rounds, you increase a couple stitches, creating the gradually increasing triangle shape. Then, the wide end is closed up with Kitchener Stitch (my favorite), making a super-sleek, seamless scarf.I suppose you don’t have to work this scarf with gradient yarn- it would be lovely worked in all one color, or solid stripes- but there’s something very entertaining and super satisfying in watching your yarn change colors as you knit along.
Want to knit your own Gradient Scarf? Get the pattern here! And pick up a ball (or two) of Stroll Gradient here!
That’s right, boys and girls! It’s time for a new pattern!
It’s a lovely cotton tunic, with drop shoulders and bracelet-length sleeves, with just a touch of cabling. It’s a perfect spring sweater (if I say so myself).
It’s the Golden Gardens Pullover!Cute, right? And with tons of positive ease and super-soft cotton yarn, it’s crazy comfortable. I’m particularly proud of the one-stitch cable that runs from front hem to back, and up each arm. But wait! That’s not all!
My pullover is part of a lovely new spring-y collection from Knit Picks. Introducing: Flourish!
I’m not a big knit tee person, but this one is adorable. That lace/texture combo, and that lovely shade of pink. Too cute for words.
Whitwell Tee by Kate HeppellBut, I think this cardigan might be my favorite from the collection (other than mine, of course). It’s so light and feminine, and I love the way the lace wraps from the back of the sweater, all the way around the front.
Spring Thaw Cardigan by Kephren PritchettWant to win a free copy of Flourish? Comment below and tell me about your favorite part of spring (I love it when the cherry tree outside my studio window starts to bloom). I’ll hold a drawing next Friday!
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)!