Every season has its knitting pattern favorites. New patterns for shawls and baby sweaters are often posted and knitted in spring. And this year is no exception. Recently, I have been knitting a second "On the Spice Market" by Melanie Berg, which was all the rage last spring. I just finished her "Sunwalker" shawl pattern after many months of moving house, yarn stash and all. Katerina Bobkova's new "Magic Spring Shawl" is my next challenge, it's a free pattern, great for beginners and a terrific stash-buster.
Last week, in my pledge to use up the yarn stash, I started knitting more socks using a favorite sock pattern and US 4 (3.5mm) dpns or two circulars, whatever is your pleasure. I use the smaller stitch count of 64 sts. to knit these.
Knitters and crocheters are getting ready for another march, and like the Women's March, there is a hat to knit or crochet. The Science March is to be held on Earth Day in Washington, DC, April 22, 2017.
The March for Science celebrates "science not silence" and will be duplicated in over 30 cities across the nation and around the world. A diverse gathering of scientists and science enthusiasts: students, teachers, families, and friends, all with a passion for discovery, opinion, and curiosity will march and then hold a teach-in on the National Mall. Studio Knits has prepared several videos with brain hat patterns for the base hat and i-cord brains tacked on the outside. And a brain hat to crochet as well.
Baby blankets make wonderful gifts. The "garter rib" baby blanket is a free pattern posted by Orange Flower Yarn. This one in the photo is called "Adam's Rib" and gorgeous, knit with five skeins of Sublime merino wool in DK weight on a US 6 (4mm) needle.
Looks like a simple pattern and television (football) worthy. So pick up some yarn for the Super Bowl this weekend. Knitnscribble has posted several easy blanket patterns to crochet or knit.
Saturday's Women's March has been called the largest peaceful resistance demonstration of our lifetime. Indeed, women and men from around the world wore knit and crochet hats of all yarn colors and gauges, free patterns posted by the pussy hat project and even knitnscribble's own "Quick Pussy Hat" pattern.
Rumor has it that there will be another womens march in April 2017, so more yarn has been ordered and a new free pussy hat pattern, "Here kitty, kitty" has been written for this blog.
It can be worn with style and grace for, presumably, all four years! Women are in for the long haul in their fight for human rights, healthcare, social security, and equal pay for their sisters, daughters, and granddaughters. We can do this. There are more of us than them!!!
Here is a quick free knitting pattern for the pink #pussyhat worn by many women marching at the Womens' March after the recent Washington inauguration. Pink yarn in my stash is ordinarily DK or sport weight for baby sweaters, so I used two balls of yarn to quickly knit this soft and squishy hat on a US 10.5 (6.5mm) needle for January 2017 #womensmarch #resist. You can also use chunky or bulky weight yarn to get the gauge. This quick little pussy hat has been knit numerous times and continues to be worn in peaceful protest demonstrations around the world.
New knitting patterns for fall 2016 abound in Kyle Kunnecke's new Urban Knit Collection, which includes timeless classic designs for cardigans, pullovers, and accessories for both men and women.
This 160-page hard paper knitting book was inspired by Kyle's observation that key motifs of construction, used in 20th century architecture can be applied just like the main elements used in building a knitting pattern. "Big city style meets classic design" for modern knitters.