Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Cowl vest in three easy pieces

While searching for a vest pattern to knit for a grandson's golf outings, I found this fabulous easy pattern for women or men, worked in three easy pieces.

Cecilia of Sweden likes to be called "Cila," and says she's not a very good knitter and doesn't like difficult patterns. Well, low and behold, as simple as it is, this cowl neck vest pattern called "Lättstickad Tröja" (light-weight sweater) is a very useful addition to anyone's sweater collection, especially for the crisp days of autumn.

With bulky yarn and US 15 (10mm) straight needles, it's just amazing what one can knit!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Oversized cowl is perfect fall accessory

Northbound Knitting photo
"Ingot," an oversized cowl, promises to be your go-to favorite scarf for fall. The cowl pattern, written by Lisa Mutch of Northbound knitting and hand-dyed yarn fame, is a free pattern download. The yarns are exquisite and dyed to order in your preferred colorway.

This cowl project requires two skeins or 320 yards (293m) of DK weight yarn. Knit on a US 11 (8.0m) circular needle, the pattern is an easy one, two pattern rows, knit in three sections, with straight stockinette in the middle section.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Sampler blankets and throws are great stitch tutorials

photo knitscribble
Sampler baby blankets and throws can be knit in squares and sewn together or knit as one piece. Blankets are lovely fall and wintertime projects, as the colder it gets and farther you knit, the warmer you are.

This Aran christening blanket seen here was knit as one piece with one colorway of yarn and a separate border knit in cotton and sewn on. Knitnscribble also ran a quarter inch ribbon through the fluted lace top and tied the ends in a bow at each corner before gifting.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Fingerless mitts pattern is multilingual

There is no time like the present to start thinking of your Hanukkah and Christmas knit lists. The Camp Out fingerless mitts pattern by tante ehm is one knitnscribble used long ago for holiday gifts.

photo by tante ehm

An easy free knitting pattern, you can almost finish in a one-night sitting. Pattern instructions are now available in eleven (11) different languages, and the English version accommodates Aran, worsted, OR sport yarn,  great for stash-busting, too. With variegated yarns, you can knit more than one pair and mix and match, if one is lost. I just love this fingerless mitts pattern, hope you will, too.

Friday, August 3, 2018

New slouch hat pattern from Woolly Wormhead

Woolly Wormhead photo
A new slouch hat pattern from Wooly Wormhead features bulky yarn and straight needles. It is a super hat pattern for beginners, worked flat and seamed invisibly. You need to download this free pattern for knit holiday gifts and, of course, knitting one for yourself first!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Top-down cardigan pattern, infant to 4XL, WOW!

Just discovered this top-down cardigan knitting pattern from Tin Can Knits. It's a very versatile design, easy pattern, and is written in sizes infant to 4XL. The sweater pattern is called "Harvest" and it is a free pattern. The unisex design is a great school sweater for children, minus the pin. What a great way to begin your fall knitting with a one-piece, no sewing up sweater! That's right, once it's off the needles, this cardi is finished! With a very generous plus-size range, it is equally a generous gift from the designer.

Monday, July 16, 2018

New knitting designs from dishcloth stitch patterns

Years ago, knitnscribble realized after knitting the old smocked dishcloth that favorite stitch patterns could be used to knit new original designs. Pattern stitches aren't just meant for dishcloths; they can actually serve as big swatches of inspiration.

This morning, I stumbled across these lovely baby blankets on Instagram knit by Norwegian, Strikkly Speaking, and realized the stitch was the same as Windbreaker, the sweater I had just finished. The star stitch has been relaxed in the blanket to achieve a softness desired for baby.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Gathering Place celebrates Knitters Day Out

© Irina Lawrence
"Gathering Place" is the new cowl pattern celebrating the 33rd annual Knitters Day Out to be held at Central Penn College in Summerdale near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, September 28th and 29th, 2018. Knitters Day Out offers classes, shopping, and a community gathering, devoted to the fiber arts and knitting craft that we all love. The cowl knitting pattern is smocked in a beautiful stitch pattern, and offered as a free pattern on Ravelry.

Friday, July 13, 2018

New Adah shawl pattern has picot edge bind off

Australian-based knitting designer, Ambah O'Brien, has posted a new shawl pattern you can wear as a triangle scarf that has a picot edge bind off, one of two bind offs available. As usual, this talented designer has included a wealth of information for this knitting project, including a KAL, types of yarns, colorways, videos, and discount options.

Mermaid doll pattern to crochet - sea creatures for little ones

If your granddaughter or grandson is a child of the sea and disciple of its creatures, this little mermaid will be a favorite new doll. An amigurumi mermaid rag doll free pattern, with easy to follow directions, by Spin a Yarn Crochet, it's finished size is 12.5 inches (32 cm) "from the top of her head to the bottom curve of her tail."

Spin a Yarn Crochet has an abundance of amigurumi sea creature patterns and other themes including Harry Potter and holiday ornaments offered as free patterns for crochet toys.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Easy, portable new one skein triangle scarf pattern free

Noble Knits has posted a free knitting pattern for a lovely triangle scarf, using only one skein of self-striping yarn, Berroco's Nebula in luscious colors at just about $20.00. The shawl pattern is easy to remember, one that won't keep you counting on the beach, or whilst commuting, or watching tv, and portable, great for stuffing in your purse.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

I Care hat pattern for RAICES

The "I Care" hat pattern created by Lisa McFetridge is about a passionate longing for reuniting immigrant families with their children. The hat pattern can be knit from your yarn stash: use worsted, DK, or fingering yarn and comes in sizes infant to adults  The pattern can be yours for a tiny donation. Lisa has designed many hats, the proceeds of which benefit organizations that help those in desparate need. This hat pattern benefits RAICES - the well-respected non-profit, Refugee and Immigration Center for Education and Legal Services in Central and South Texas. Knitting for charity, donate, and you get to keep the hat

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Knitted Knockers are free for breast cancer survivors

Knitted Knockers come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and are available free worldwide to breast cancer patients who don't undergo breast reconstruction. If you knit or crochet, there are free knitted knocker patterns in several languages and breast prosthetic kits you can purchase. And, yes, there are endless possibilities for charity knitting and crochet for hospitals and doctors. Yesterday, knitnscribble posted a link to a video from one knitted knocker organization on Facebook and the reception from breast cancer survivors and their friends was overwhelming, so thought it needed more explanation.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Wonder Woman wrap - You are stronger than you believe

Yes, "you have greater powers than you know."

The Wonder Woman wrap shawl pattern has been published in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese for knitting and crochet. It's a free pattern, an easy pattern, "kept as simple as possible, so it would be accessible to a wide range of knitters," by Carissa Browning.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Learn how to knit or crochet this summer

"Snakes and Ladders" by Michelle Krause
In the early days of summer, way back in the dinosaur age, I learned to knit at about age 8. This post contains links for easy free patterns, perfect for vacations. Summer is the perfect time to learn to knit or to crochet, away at camp, sitting at home in the AC or vacationing. You can even teach yourself with YouTube videos. There is an abundance of free patterns, easy patterns like a dishcloth, which offer a quick path to success, and make useful gifts as well. Cotton yarn can be purchased for about $2.00, a pair of US 8 (5mm) straight needles, or an H hook, and you are on your way. Read on for other easy knitting projects paired with links for free patterns to knit and crochet.

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.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Women's March 2018 - Quick Pussy Hat pattern keep resisting

Here is a quick, free pattern for knitting the pink #pussyhat worn by many women marching at the first Womens' March in 2017. The pink cat hat pattern is available in knit and crochet patterns. #WomensMarch #2018 event is scheduled for Jan 20 and 21 and will be held in many locations around the world. Find out where to march near you.  Knit this quick pussy hat with two strands of yarn hiding in your stash.  I used two balls of DK yarn to quickly knit it on a US 10.5 (6.5mm) needle for last year's march. #womensmarch #resist. You can also use chunky or bulky weight yarn to get the gauge. This very quick little pussy hat has been knit numerous times and continues to be worn in peaceful protest demonstrations around the world. Click through for the pattern. There's even a baby girl version!

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