Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Snow Day Infinity Scarf | Free Pattern



About the Snow Day Infinity Scarf:
Winter storm Jonas brought at least 20 inches of snow to my area this past weekend; for me, there's no better way to battle cabin fever than cranking up the heat, brewing a nice pot of coffee, and sitting down to knit a cozy scarf. This infinity scarf is a simple pattern that can be easily completed during a weekend snowed in. The simple seed stitch only requires you to know the 2 basic stitches: knit and purl (watch the knit stitch 'how to' tutorial herepurl stitch tutorial here).

I chose to use a dual colored yarn for added texture, but I'm not quite sure I like the end result. Though it is slowly growing on me, I can't say this is the favorite scarf I've ever knit. If I were the make this scarf again in the future, I'd probably pick a solid color yarn.  Another change I'd consider is to cast on less stitches so the scarf would wrap more tightly around my neck; however, it all depends on what style you're going for -- a loose infinity scarf or a cowl-style tube scarf.

The completed dimensions of my scarf: 27 inches in circumference and 13 inches in height. 


Materials I Used:
- 24" US size 13 (9 mm) circular needles
- Loops and Threads Powdery Yarn in the color "snow"; 2 skeins (252 yards total)
  (this yarn recommends using US size 10 needles, but I chose to use size 13 for a more "loose" knit)

  gauge: 12 stitches = 4 inches
  Another great option is Lion Brand's Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn which is also bulky weight category 5 yarn.
- Tapestry needle with large eye
 
   
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Money saving tip: If you decide to purchase your materials online, don't forget to shop through a cash back link. I most commonly shop through my Discover credit card cash back program or ebates. Ebates offers up to 4% cash back on amazon.com purchases (depending on the item category). You can sign up for ebates here; it's quick & easy.

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The Snow Day Infinity Scarf Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]
Using 24" US 13 circular needles, cast on 80 stitches. (cast on video tutorial)

Round 1: *K1, P1*

Round 2: *P1, K1*

Keep repeating round 1 and 2 until desired height
I completed 60 rounds and probably utilized about 230 yards of yarn.
Bind off.
Weave in loose ends.
Abbreviations Used:
K1= knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch



More photos:
 What the scarf looks like when laid out flat.


Worn more "bunched up" for a less chunky style.

Infinity scarf styled with my long navy overcoat

 Seeing double!


Check out the rest of my blog for more free knitting patterns :)


I hope you will give this scarf a try : ) and if you do, be sure to tweet me a photo or tag me on your instagram knitting photos! My username on both: @L_LIN. Happy knitting!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Holidays | Knit Miniature Santa Hat


Happy Holidays to all!
I've been extremely MIA on this blog and thought it's about time I pop back in to say hello.

Despite much brainstorming I haven't had much time to create/complete any serious knitting projects this season. I started a variety of patterns, but ended up not liking the result and unraveled them before completion. :( I'm sorry for the lack of content on this blog; I hope to rediscover my inspiration soon and post some new patterns in the upcoming months.

I recently knit a miniature Santa hat for my cactus and thought I'd share the festive photo with you all. I also knit a second miniature hat with a white fold up brim for my friend's pet.




I didn't jot down the pattern for the first mini hat I made for my cactus since it was a quick impulse knit and I was just winging it. Here is the pattern for the second mini santa hat I made.

Materials I Used:


 Miniature Santa Hat Knitting Pattern:
[ If new to knitting, watch a video about how to follow knitting patterns here ]
 
Using US size 8 straight needles, cast on 24 stitches with white yarn.

Row 1-4: *K2, P2*
Row 5:    *K1*
Switch to red yarn (click here for a video tutorial on adding a new ball of yarn)
Row 6:    *P1*
Row 7:    *K1*
Row 8: P2, P2tog, P2tog, P12, P2tog, P2tog, P2
Row 9:    *K1* (you should have 20 stitches after completing this row)
Row 10: P4, P2tog, P3, P2tog, P3, P2tog, P4 (you should have 17 stitches after completing this row)
Row 11: *K1*
Row 12: *P1*
Row 13: *K1*
Row 14: P2, P2tog, P4, P2tog, P3, P2tog, P2 (you should have 14 stitches after completing this row)
Row 15: *K1*
Row 16: *P1*
Row 17: *K1*
Row 18: P2, P2tog, P6, P2tog, P2 (you should have 11 stitches after completing this row)
Row 19-25: *K1*

At this point your work should be a trapezoid shape similar to the photo below:

DO NOT BIND OFF.

Snip the red yarn leaving a 5" tail and thread it on a yarn needle/tapestry needle.Draw the yarn through all the remaining stitches and then remove the knitting needle.
Pull tightly to cinch the top of the hat, knot it up.
Join the two edges of the work together to create the cylindrical shape of the hat.
Weave in any loose ends.
Create a mini pom-pom (my how-to tutorial video here) and attach to the top of the hat.
Viola! You're done!


Abbreviations Used:
K1 = knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch
P2tog = purl 2 stitches together

Please tweet me or tag me on instagram (@L_LIN) if you try this pattern!
Wishing everyone a warm holiday season and a very happy new year!

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 1/2 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. 

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Money saving tip: If you decide to purchase your materials online, don't forget to shop through a cash back link. I most commonly shop through my Discover credit card cash back program or ebates. Ebates offers up to 4% cash back for Amazon.com purchases (depending on the item category). You can sign up for ebates here; it's super easy & quick.
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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!


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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)

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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. (cast on video tutorial)

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


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