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November 30, 2011

Double Garter Cowl ~ Free Pattern!

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Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have the perfect quick holiday knit for you today. My new Double Garter Cowl is über-fast and fun. The stitch pattern is a double garter stitch, obviously, and if you haven’t done this one before you should really give it a whirl. The stitch is found on p.134 of Barbara Walker’s A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The way I learned how to do this stitch is through a video and if you’d like to make the cowl I highly suggest you go watch this clear demonstration of the double garter stitch.

Click here for the video tutorial on double garter stitch.

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After the preparation row, it is a one row repeat. The pattern is so easy that I am just going to tell you about it right here.

Finished measurements after blocking: 10-inches wide and about 50-inches in circumference (measurements will vary depending on how much or little the cowl is blocked and stretched because this is a very stretchy stitch pattern)

Yarn: 2 hanks of Spud & Chloë Outer , the sample is in Hedge #7210, (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton, 100 grams/60 yards)

Needles: US size 15

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Pattern:

Using a provisional cast on (I did a video tutorial for this right here!), cast on 24 stitches.

Work in double garter stitch until your yarn nearly runs out, leaving a 15-inch end.

Double garter stitch:

Row 1: knit 1 stitch, then knit each stitch wrapping the yarn twice for every stitch

Row 2: k1 leaving the second loop on the needle, *knit the loop along with the first loop of the next stitch and wrapping twice, repeat from * across the row.

Repeat row 2.

When the yarn runs out or you have reached the desired length, kitchener  stitch the ends together. Weave in the ends and block as desired. I gave my cowl a good steam and that’s it!

If the double garter stitch seems confusing when written out, please go watch the video. It will become crystal clear and it is not difficult. I promise.

Also, I know this is garter stitch but I used the regular old kitchener stitch to graft the ends and it looks fine.

I love this cowl. It can be worn wrapped once or twice around your neck. It has an interesting stitch pattern that looks the same on both sides. Best of all, it is fast, fast, fast which makes it the perfect gift knitting project.

Have fun!

Click here to download the PDF version of the Double Garter Cowl free pattern.

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Double Garter Cowl.

Next up, that incredible sweater pattern and kit I told you about last time…..

May 27, 2011

Reversible Rib and Lace Scarf ~ Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

Even though I get excited about new toy, hat, sweater and blanket designs, nothing excites me more than a really great scarf. The Reversible Rib and Lace Scarf is easily my new favorite. I used 2 hanks of the new colorway, Skydiver #7520 (available this June!), to make this light and airy scarf. It is such a winning combination of color and stitch pattern and size. I am thrilled with the final result.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Finished measurements: 6 inches by 72 inches

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 2 hanks in Skydiver #7520

Needles: US size 9 or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Tools:

Scissors

Yarn needle

Tape measure

Note: The stitch pattern used in this scarf is an adapted stitch pattern from Reversible Knitting – 50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns by Lynne Barr.

After blocking this scarf took on such fantastic stitch definition. You can see the front and back of the scarf in the photo above. By combining the lace pattern with the rib pattern you get a completely reversible and interesting design which is always appreciated for a scarf.

I like a long scarf that can be wrapped about your neck two or three times or worn a multitude of ways. I really can’t emphasize how light and airy the scarf feels. It will be perfect for cool summer nights or spring or fall or winter nights at that. This is a year-round project.

The stitch pattern is 6 rows and is easily memorized after a few times through.

The new Skydiver colorway is dreamy but any color in Sweater will make a gorgeous scarf.

I wish I could keep this one but it will be sent off to your favorite Spud & Chloë local yarn shops in trunk shows. I will have to make one for myself to keep. I’m adding it to my list right now.

Enjoy!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Reversible Rib and Lace Scarf!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Reversible Rib and Lace Scarf!

December 13, 2010

Scrunch Scarf – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have a great last minute knitted gift for you today. I am calling it the Scrunch Scarf because that how it feels around your neck, all scrunchy and good. This scarf can be worked up in a matter hours on big needles and our big Outer yarn.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Finished measurements: 5 inches wide (garter stitch sections) by 64 inches in length

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Outer (65% superwash wool, 35% organic cotton; 100 grams/ 60 yards), 4 hanks in selected color (sample made in Rocket #7211)

Needles: US size 15 for stockinette sections (I used 24-inch circulars to work back and forth) and US size 11 for the garter stitch sections (I used two double-pointed needles to work back and forth)

Note: The scarf starts out on the larger size needles, then switches to the smaller size needles for the garter stitch section. I recommend using 2 double-pointed needles to work back and forth because it makes it easier to remember to switch back to the correct needle size when changing sections.

Gauge: 2 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch using the larger needles

 

I have been wanting to knit something in this fantastic Outer colorway, Rocket. It is a really great shade of pink.

I think a ruffle in a super bulky yarn looks so squishy and good. The edges on the stockinette section will roll under slightly. The simple increasing and decreasing creates a gorgeous and interesting scarf without being complicated.

You can wear it folded and pull the ends through the loop….

or wrapped around your neck a couple of times and tied. I like to wear it both ways!

Have fun with the Scrunch Scarf!

Click here to download the free pattern for the Scrunch Scarf!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for the Scrunch Scarf!

November 21, 2010

Twister – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I have the pattern for Twister all set to go for you today! This is the perfect travel project or waiting in line project or family gathering project for the upcoming months. It is simple, mindless knitting at its best.

Here is some information you might like to know:

 

Twister is a long looped scarf with a ribbed edge on one side and a slightly ruffled edge on the other side. The scarf is designed to flip and twist and the edges will roll. It is meant to be this way! Twister can be worn in a variety of ways, wrapped three times up close to your neck, wrapped twice for a long looped look or with one end threaded through the other.

Size: 62 ½-inch circumference

Yarn: Spud & Chloë Sweater (55% superwash wool, 45% organic cotton; 100 grams/160 yards), 2 skeins in your selected colorway (the sample is in Popsicle #7501)

Needles: 40-inch circular needles, US size 9 or size to obtain gauge

Gauge: 4 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

Have fun!

Click here to download the free pattern for Twister!

Click here for the Ravelry project page for Twister!

 

January 4, 2010

Leaf – Free Pattern!

Hi Spud & Chloë Friends,

I am happy to bring you a fun new free pattern today. This pattern is a little different than others I’ve done before. The pattern is for either a scarf out of Spud & Chloë Outer or for a bookmark out of Spud & Chloë Fine. It is the exact same pattern only done in a super bulky weight yarn for the scarf and in a fingering weight yarn for the bookmark. All you change is the size of the needles and the weight of the yarn. You get two completely different projects! I love that.

The other unusual aspect of this pattern for me is that I used a stitch dictionary for the leaf pattern in this design. I haven’t ever done this before but the leaf pattern kept me intrigued. I have discovered this book called, Super Stitches Knitting, written by Karen Hemingway. I have never been very interested in stitch dictionaries until Karen’s book. It is wonderfully creative, has super clear instructions with great photos of the swatches. I don’t know what it is exactly about Super Stitches Knitting that has caught my eye but I highly recommend it!

I knit the scarf version of Leaf using 2 skeins of Outer in the Peat colorway. Any color would be fantastic. Who doesn’t love a great leaf pattern? I used US size 15 needles at 2 stitches per inch.

The scarf measures 4 inches by 76 inches, using up most all of the 2 skeins of Outer.

The bookmark is about 1.5 inches wide and about 10-inches long. I gave this away as a gift last summer so I don’t have the exact measurements for the bookmark. I used US size 2 needles and just a small amount of Fine. This makes for a beautiful bookmark as it is very thin and delicate. I love this little project. What a great use for your left over Fine! Any color in Fine would look great in this pattern as well.

Have fun with your new scarves or bookmarks!

Here is the Ravelry page for Leaf!

Click here to download the free pattern for Leaf!