Thursday, October 30, 2014

Textured November Infinity Scarf | Free Pattern



About the Textured November Infinity Scarf: 
The 'Textured November Infinity Scarf' is a thick, textured cowl style circle scarf that will keep you warm from fall through winter. Simply drape it around your neck and over a t-shirt for an effortless style, or wear it as an extra layer for your fall and winter outfits. The scarf is large enough so you can fold over the top or bottom edge of the scarf to create a more layered look. 
This scarf is simply the fisherman's rib knit with straight needles with the two ends joined together. It's a great project for beginner knitters. Watch the video tutorial of how to knit the fisherman's rib here.  My scarf ended up being 30 inches in circumference & 12 inches in width. I decided to go with a neutral grey so I could easily pair it with a variety of pieces from my closet. Use whichever color your heart desires!

Materials I Used:
- 14'' US size 11 straight needles
- Bernat Chunky Yarn, (color: true grey)*
* If you cannot find the Bernat Chunky Yarn in the color you like, you may use any yarn that is weight category 6 and calls for a US size 11 needle. I knit from the 'Bernat big ball yarn' and used about 3/4 of the skein (~300 yards). The amount of yarn you need will depend on how tight/loose you want your scarf to hang around your neck. 

The November Textured Infinity Scarf Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]
Using 14'' US 11 straight needles, cast on 35 stitches

Row 1:  K1, *P1, K1*
Row 2:  P1, *K1b, P1* 
Row 3:  K1, *P1, K1b* last 2 stitches P1, K1

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until desired length*. Bind off, join the two ends together, then weave in the ends.
*I knit until my piece measured 30 inches in length. You can test the length by wrapping your work around your neck carefully with your work still on the needles. 



Abbreviations Used:
K1 = knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch
K1b = knit one stitch below




More photos:
I used about half of this huge ball of yarn! :P

I've always liked styling a chunky infinity scarf against a plain white t-shirt.


You can't go wrong with a thick & cozy infinity scarf over a light denim button down.


2 shades of grey


///  Happy Knitting!  ///

Saturday, October 4, 2014

How To Knit the Fisherman's Rib



The fisherman's rib is a beautiful reversible pattern that looks almost identical to the "brioche" stitch; the two stitches have different patterns, but end up looking very similar once worked up. This stitch is pretty much the cousin of the rib stitch: looking like a wide/stretched out version of the 1x1 rib. It's a great pattern for scarves since it's thick, has a lot of horizontal stretch, and the pattern is reversible. The edges don't curl in and will lay flat, which is nice since this means you don't have to block your piece of work.


To knit the fisherman's rib:

Cast on an odd number of stitches.
ROW 1: K1, *P1,K1*
ROW 2: P1, *K1B, P1*
ROW 3: K1, *P1, K1B* until the last 2 stitches, then P1, K1


Repeat row 2 and 3 until desired length or next part of pattern. 


Abbreviations:
K1 = knit one stitch

P1 = purl one stitch
K1B = knit one below

I initially had some trouble learning this stitch because I was getting confused with the K1B (knit one below) stitch. The video tutorials I watched either went super fast, had poor lighting, or they just didn't zoom in close enough to show which loop to go through for the K1B. So I decided to create a video tutorial on how to knit the fisherman's rib where I go through the stitches slowly and repeat the instructions multiple times. I hope this will help some of you learn the fisherman's rib! The stitch is very easy once you get the hang of it. Happy knitting!



Sunday, November 17, 2013

Acai Infinity Circle Scarf [free knitting pattern]



About the Acai Infinity Circle Scarf: 
The name of this scarf was inspired by the color yarn I chose to use for this project; although it's referred to as 'grape', the color personally reminds me of Acai berries.  The entire scarf is just a 1x1 ribbed pattern, which can simply be completed with the knit and the purl stitch (watch the knit stitch 'how to' tutorial herepurl stitch tutorial here).  I chose to use straight needles to create a long rectangular shape (like a regular traditional scarf), then just join the two ends together. Using one full skein (256 yds), the final measurements of my scarf ended up having a circumference of 44 inches and width of 5.75 inches.


Materials I Used:
- US size 9 (5.5 mm) straight needles
- Red Heart Soft Yarn (color: grape 3729); 1 skein (256 yards)
  (this yarn recommends using US size 8 needles, but I chose to use size 9 for a more "loose" knit)




The Acai Infinity Circle Scarf Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]
Using US 9 straight needles, cast on 40 stitches.

Row 1: *K1, P1*

Keep repeating this pattern for each row until desired length. 
I used the entire skein, which was a little over 200 rows.
Bind off.


Abbreviations Used:
K1= knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch


More photos:






Using straight needles, I created this piece.
Join/weave two ends together to create a circle/infinity scarf.


A close-up of the 1x1 rib


<  H A P P Y  K N I T T I N G !  >

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Quick Knit Cowl Neck Warmer [ free pattern ]



About the Quick Knit Cowl / Neck Warmer: 
This cowl/neck warmer is a must have for the winter! Not only is it made with chunky/thick yarn, but it can be folded over to provide double the warmth. This is a very quick knit and perfect for beginner knitters. The entire scarf consists of a 1x1 ribbed pattern which can be completed with the simple knit and purl stitches (watch the knit stitch 'how to' tutorial herepurl stitch tutorial here).  My scarf ended up being about 22 inches in circumference & about 9.5 inches in width. I chose to use a bold red color to contrast the (at times) dreary winter days.


Materials I Used:
- 16'' US size 15 circular needles
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn (color: cranberry); 1 skein (108 yards)



The Quick Knit Cowl Neck Warmer Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]
Using 16'' US 15 circular needles, cast on 60 stitches in the round.

Round 1: *K1,P1*

Keep knitting in the round until desired width. (I went on for ~27 rounds.)
Bind off.


Abbreviations Used:
K1= knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch



More photos:


Happy Knitting!

Monday, December 10, 2012

December Seed Stitch Infinity Circle Scarf [ free knitting pattern ]



About the December Seed Stitch Infinity Circle Scarf: 
I love infinity circle scarves and I also love knitting with chunky yarn -- so this is probably one of my favorite projects thus far! I decided to go with the seed stitch to give the scarf a textured pattern. This is a great scarf pattern for beginner knitters since it is not only easy/quick to knit with chunky yarn, but the seed stitch can be knit up with just two basic stitches: knit and purl (watch the knit stitch 'how to' tutorial here, and the purl stitch tutorial here).
My scarf ended up being about 48 inches in circumference and 6 inches in width, thus allowing it to comfortably wrap around twice and provide ultimate warmth during the winter months.


Materials I Used:
- 36'' US size 15 circular needles
- Lion Brand Hometown USA (color: Dallas Grey);  ~2 skeins (~160 yards)
By the way, Lion Brand's Hometown USA is my all-time favorite yarn because it's chunky & extremely soft!





The December Seed Stitch Infinity Circle Scarf Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]

Using 36'' US 15 circular needles, cast on 100 stitches in the round.

Round 1: *K1,P1*
Round 2: *P1, K1*
Keep knitting in the round until desired width. (I went on for 21 rounds.)
Bind off.


Abbreviations Used:
K1= knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch


More photos:








If you try this pattern out, please tweet or instagram a picture of it to me!
I'd love to see what colors you all chose to use : )
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Happy Knitting!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Autumn Infinity Circle Scarf (free pattern)



About the Autumn Infinity Circle Scarf: 
Circle scarves are not only fashionable, but undeniably warm and cozy! This scarf has a simple ribbed pattern that can be knit up with just two stitches: knit and purl (watch the knit stitch 'how to' tutorial here, and the purl stitch tutorial here).  The yarn I chose to use is a beautiful earth-tone brown, thus, I decided to call this the "Autumn Infinity Circle Scarf".  My scarf ended up being about 52 inches in circumference, making it long enough to wrap around twice for some extra warmth ;).


Materials I Used:
- Bernat Satin  (color: sable); 1.5 skeins (~250 yards)
- 36'' circular needles US size 9




The Autumn Infinity Circle Scarf Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]
Using 36'' US 9 circular needles, cast on 260 stitches.
For each round: *K2, P2*
Keep knitting in the round until desired size. I went on for 35 rounds.
Bind off.



Abbreviations used in this pattern:
K2= knit two stitches
P2 = purl two stitches




Have fun and send me pictures if you decide to give this pattern a try!


More photos:




 


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Happy Knitting!


Saturday, December 31, 2011

Jenny From the Block Circle Scarf Pattern


About the Jenny From the Block Circle Scarf Pattern:
Circle scarves are definitely a must-have for this winter season! This scarf is extremely simple to knit (you only need one stitch: the knit stitch -- see the knit stitch 'how to' tutorial here). I designed this scarf to have some added texture despite just having one stitch/pattern. Since only the knit stitch is used, the ends will curl in -- creating the look of more layers/different textures even if it's only wrapped around twice.  I made this scarf for the one and only Jenny! :)


Materials I Used:
- Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn (color: Tampa Spice); 2 skeins (~150 yards)
- 36'' circular needles US size 15


The Jenny From the Block Circle Scarf Pattern:
Using 36'' US 15 circular needles, cast on 95 stitches

Round 1 : *knit*
Keep knitting in the round until desired size or until you finish the yarn from 2 skeins.
Bind off.

(Be sure you use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each round so you know when to start binding off.)

Yes, it really is that simple!  Just one stitch: the knit stitch, and you've got your lovely circle scarf!
Have fun and be sure to send me pictures if you decide to give this pattern a try.


More photos:
How the scarf looks when laid out flat:

Yarn I used:



Notice the illusion of multiple layers even though this is only wrapped around twice:

A little added embellishment:


Happy Knitting, all!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Triple-Layer Infinity Circle Scarf Pattern




About the Triple-Layer Infinity Circle Scarf:
Circle scarves (aka infinity scarves) are becoming an evermore popular fashion piece. Not only do they look great, but they keep you warm & cozy as well! I designed this scarf to be super warm by measuring it out so it'd be long enough to wrap around the neck 3 times. Keep the cold wind away from your neck with this super warm scarf.


Materials I used:
- Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn (color: Syracuse Orange); 2 skeins (~150 yards)
- 36'' circular needles US size 15



The Triple-Layer Infinity Circle Scarf Pattern:
Using 36'' US 15 circular needles, cast on 150 stitches

Round 1 : *K1, P1*
Round 2 : *P1, K1*

Repeat the pattern until desired size or until you finish the yarn from 2 skeins.
Bind off.
Yes, it's that easy!  It took me a few hours over 3 or 4 days to complete this circle scarf.

Customize the scarf to fit your own style by:
  • Making it more/less wide.  If you cast on an odd number of stitches, the pattern will be: row 1: *K1, P1* and just repeat until desired size.
  • Use a different pattern
  • Cast on less stitches so it only wraps around twice.

Have fun and be sure to send me pictures if you make something similar to mine!


Abbreviations used in this pattern:
K1= knit one stitch
P1 = purl one stitch

Close-up of the pattern:


This is how long it is when not wrapped around multiple times:

 Wrapped around loosely twice:

For a cozier fit, wrap around 3 times for a triple-layer of warmth:

Don't forget to stop by my knitting YouTube channel for tutorials
Also, feel free to tweet me with any knitting questions! @L_LIN

Happy Knitting!

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Storing Knitting Needles

Question of the Day:
How do you store your knitting needles?
Please do share the clever ways you all organize your knitting needles!

I don't really have that many different types of knitting needles so I have a simple pouch to hold my straight needles and I keep my circular needles in their original packaging and throw them all in a plastic bag.  I keep my circular needles in the original packaging because none of my circular needles have the needle size on the needles themselves; I tried writing the needle size on the needle with permanent market, but it eventually faded. Any suggestions for solutions to my problem? : \

Pouch thingy for my straight needles:
(ignore the outdated grandma pattern of the fabric, haha)


It rolls up into a pretty compact size:

My circular needles are kept in an old zip lock bag >_<
Sorry for the lack of posts; it's really hard to find time to knit these days :(




Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Cuddle Me Neck Warmer


 
About the Cuddle Me Neck Warmer:
Initially I intended on making this a scarf, but I felt like it was too wide and getting way too heavy.  All I did was seed stitch until the length was enough to wrap around my neck, bind off, and sew buttons on!  I didn't even create button holes because the buttons fit between the stitches.  I like that I don't have button holes because I can choose where I want to button my neck warmer to make it tighter or looser each time I wear it. If you want to use larger buttons, you may need to add button holes in your work.

Neck warmers are great because they keep you so warm but are not as bulky and heavy as scarves.  When I wear scarves underneath my jacket, I usually tuck in the ends anyway -- so why not just wear a neck warmer?

Materials I used:
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn (color: fisherman); less than 150 yards
- US size 13 straight needles
- 2 buttons



The Cuddle Me Neck Warmer Pattern:
Using US 13 needles, cast on 17 stitches

For each row : *K1, P1*

Repeat the pattern until it is long enough to wrap loosely around your neck.
Bind off.
Sew on buttons.

You can easily customize it to fit your own style:
  • You can make it more/less wide.  If you cast on an even number of stitches, the pattern will be: row 1: *K1, P1*
  • row 2: *P1, K1*
  •  You can use more/less buttons, or different style buttons. If you choose to use larger buttons, you may need to make button holes - so plan in advance!

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
K1= knit one stitch
P1 = purl one stitch


There are endless ways to work off of this simple pattern. Be imaginative! 
Have fun and send me photos if you make something similar :]


More photos:




Happy Knitting!

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