Saturday, June 23, 2018

Easy knitting pattern, Portuguese Fisherman, never out of style

The Portuguese Fisherman's Pullover sweater knitting pattern has been knit thousands of times and one I used to teach my daughter how to knit, as it is classified an "easy knitting pattern." It's a great summertime project for beginning and vintage knitters. The unisex size range is 2 to 46, for men, women, and children. Knit on a US 10 (6mm) with Aran or worsted yarn, the pullover sweater's classic style is a timeless unisex design.

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Transient knitting for summer

by joskein on Ravelry
#1025 Pastel Pop
Michelle Hunter's new shawl knitting pattern, "Transient," is perfect for summer knitting. It is a free pattern and uses "Concentric," a new gradient worsted yarn by Hikoo for Skacel. The colors are glorious and your knitting will be fast as you move from one color to the other and also one stitch to the other. Concentric is 100% baby Alpaca, so this lovely shawl can be worn on cool summer nights or warmly around your neck this winter as a triangle scarf. The finished scarf or shawl is 53" at the widest depth and 27" deep.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Nakia's scarf knitting pattern from Black Panther, the movie

And now what everyone has been searching for: Nakia's scarf from the new Marvel film, Black Panther. A rarity for sure, in that, Nakia's shawl knitting pattern has been posted straight from the "horse's mouth,"  Jeff Gillies, who worked on costume design for the movie. The oversized wrap shawl uses four different yarns to achieve the brilliant fabric color and texture of the original. "Nakia's Infinity Scarf" by Jeff Gillies is a free pattern posted just this week.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Knitting Windbreaker in a Nor'Easter

Lone Kjeldsen's Windbreaker
Sitting here listening to this Nor'easter - the wind, rain, and snow battering the trees and the gate banging in rhythm, the reality of knitting Lone Kjeldsen's "Windbreaker" pattern became quite clear. It's a wonderful design for layering in the fall, when my granddaughter goes off to college.

I chose Tahki's Donegal Tweed, Irish spun in Dublin, which harkens more memories still. In my younger days, Irish yarn was the choice of natural fiber yarn snobs, especially here in the Northeast. While "Windbreaker" doesn't have any cables or bobbles worn on St. Patrick's Day, it does have stars.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cornwall handmade poppy project doubles target

The First World War began with the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of Austria in 1914 and ended on November 11, 1918, remembered as Armistice Day. WWI was one of the deadliest wars in history; UK deaths numbered 700,000 out of an estimated 16 million casualties. The Cornwall Regimental Museum poppy project is seeking to honor all of Cornwall's WWI dead veterans with handmade poppies created from patterns or imaginative artfulness. Over 4200 poppies: knitted, crocheted, embroidered, beaded, and even paper ones made by scouts have already been collected, and now the goal has been more than doubled to 9,687. All sorts of free poppy patterns are available for knit or crochet poppies.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Snowy Day toddler Fair Isle baby sweater

A snowy day and knitting go together like tea and biscuits, popcorn and movies, fish and chips, and spaghetti and meatballs. Well, you get the idea. During the last few snowy days of this winter, I have finally had time to write down a fair isle pattern for a classic unisex baby sweater I've knit several times without a pattern, because I loved the look so much. This little Fair Isle pullover for babies and toddlers is therefore called "Snowy Day." It's a quick baby gift with lasting qualities.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Shawls spring from scraps

Was just out on this snowy day and someone mentioned my scarf, and later realized I hadn't posted anything about knitting it. But it is my favorite shawl to wear this winter, one I knit last spring. Thought you may be interested, too, as it's an easy free pattern, one where I used scrap yarn from other knitted shawls and a pair of socks. Check it out.

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