Saturday, January 29, 2011

Free Scarf Pattern - One Ball Lace Scarf

Knit a fun and easy scarf! This lace pattern is so easy to knit; I worked on it while at the beach, in the school car loop, and while watching TV. Since every row is the same, it's easy to remember and you can work on it where ever you go.

Completed Scarf Measures: 6.5" wide x 60" long

You will need:
Cast on 20 stitches
Every Row: Knit 1, *yarn over, knit next 2 stitches together.*  Repeat from * to * across to last stitch, knit last stitch.
Work until only 1 yard of yarn remains or to desired length.
Bind off and weave in yarn ends.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Free Cowl Pattern - One Ball, Quick Knit Project!

Knit this in just one evening!
We love this new arrival of Ironstone Sherpa Wool yarn. It's available in both solid or print shades in lots of rich vibrant tones - perfect for adding a bit of color into your winter wardrobe. Sherpa Wool is an ultra bulky weight yarn allowing you to knit up projects quickly.

Completed Cowl Measures: 7" wide x 48" around

You will need:
Gauge: 2 sts per inch
  • Cast on 96 stitches
  • Place marker and join to first stitch in round, being careful not to twist stitches
  • Every round: Knit
  • Work until cowl measures 7" wide
  • Bind off loosely.

How to Wear a Cowl:
doubled as a neck wamer, pulled longer as like a double strand necklace, or draped like a long necklace.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

More Good Things to Come from TNNA

Going to the TNNA (Yarn Show) every season is a lot of fun and very exciting..yarn and knitting inspiration at every turn. Once we get back to the studio, we like to organize our favorite bits of yarn, patterns, and projects that will be arriving soon. This inspiration board helps keep us inspired and give us an overall feel of the upcoming knitting season. So take a sneak peek of our inspiration board and know lots of good knitting is on it's way!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Free Hat Pattern - Knit this 1-ball project for the whole family!

The Paper Bag Hat - FREE PATTERN

This fun to knit sideways hat from Fairmount Fibers is the perfect way to use ONE BALL of Manos del Uruguay Maxima yarn. This kettle dyed yarn is a super-soft merino wool that will keep your head warm without being itchy. The hat itself has gussets at the crown, reminicent of a brown paper bag. The cuff is deep enough to keep your ears cozy and helps to provide this hat's fabulous shape.

Download the Paper Bag Hat Free Pattern

You will need:

Friday, January 14, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern - Easy Diagonal Scarf

A little about the Multiplicity Scarf! This easy to knit scarf will become one of your favorite "go-to" scarf patterns. I love knitting on the diagonal when using a color changing or self striping yarn because it really shows off the yarn. Here, I used just one ball of Plymouth Multiplicity yarn.  You can wrap it around your neck multiple times, or wrap it around once and let the tails hang down in the front, or fold it in half then put the ends through the loop. 

What makes Multiplicity so unique? This bulky weight yarn is not only color changing, but it's texture changing too! So, I was happily knitting away on the light purple yarn, then POW! this super thick eggplant colored yarn comes up for a few rows. It provides a really interesting look to the project and gives you something to look forward to while knitting.

How to knit on the diagonal. Actually, knitting on the diagonal isn't any different than straight knitting. The secret is in increases and decreases. So, at on one end of the scarf I always increase, and the other side I always decrease. It gives the appearance of being knit diagonal..and it's a great way to WOW  your non-knitting friends.

Now for the Multiplicity Scarf FREE PATTERN!

You will need:
Cast on 16 sts
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Increase one stitch at the beginning of the row, work across to last 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches together.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until only a yard of yarn remains on the ball. Bind off and weave in yarn ends.

Knitting Tip! Just to make sure you are doing this correctly. At the end of every row, count your stitches. You should always have 16 stitches on the needle.
by Nancy Queen

Thursday, January 13, 2011

TNNA Long Beach Recap: Good things for knitters are on the way!

We just spent the weekend in sunny Long Beach, CA at the TNNA (The National Needlework Association) Trade Show.  What I love about the show is not only do we get to see lots of old friends and familiar faces - we get to see the latest yarns, patterns, knitting kits, and accessories.

So here is a quick recap of looks and products we discovered at the show. We are so excited to share them with you. All of these new products will be arriving soon!

T-Shirt Yarn! Nadine Curtis, owner of Be Sweet Products, is showing off bags made from their new T-Shirt yarn. This wonderful new recycled product is made from t-shirt mill trimmings and ends.  See more products from Be Sweet.
Cool gadget! We love Sig'nits charms for your knitting, and now they have created another amazing knitting tool - Mark'nits! At first look, it's a pin with adorable charms hanging on it. But after further review and a demonstration, we found that Mark'nits are a pin, stitch markers, and a stitch holder all in one! Stay tuned for the arrival of the fun new knitting must-have.  View all Sig'nits products.

Fun and fashion forward! We were so excited to find these fun crochet and bead necklace kits from Helen Hamann. They are arrving in blues, pinks, and naturals.

Go bright! Spring is all about vibrant colors and these wild hand dyed yarns from Manos del Uruguay in Maxima will get you noticed. I'm holding Speeding Ticket. Check out some of the other fun colors like Shocking and Highlighter. Some free one-ball knitting projects will be available for this yarn as well.

Lots of new arrivals coming in from Shibui Knits! I'm in the Shibui booth with Lindsay (of Shibui) and she's sporting a new shawl made out of Stacatto. Also stay tuned for their new silk yarn, Heichi. It comes in earthy spring colors and has lots of new patterns you'll love to knit. See all Shibui Yarns

Stay tuned for these and more fabulous new yarns arriving soon from ArtYarns, Knit Collage, Universal Yarns, Imperial Stock Ranch, Kanni, Be Sweet, Fiesta Yarns, Kollage, Knit One Crochet Too, Madelinetosh, and much more!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another Free Pattern! Felicia Triangle Shawl

I knitted this triangle shawl while in the car traveling from TNNA (the National Needlework Show). It was quick to knit on big needles. Using just one ball of Ironstone Felicia yarn is all you need to make this generously sized triangle scarf.

You will need:
Note: This pattern is worked entirely in garter stitch (knit every row)
  1. Cast on 3 stitches
  2. Increase 1 stitch at the beginning of every row until there are approximately 50 stitches on the needle
  3. When you reach 50 stitches on the needle, increase 1 stitch at the BEGINNING and END of every row until only a few yards of yarn remain.
  4. Bind off VERY loosely.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Brooke Free Scarf Pattern

Knit a quick and cozy scarf featuring Ironstone's Brooke yarn. This thick scarf has a wispy eyelash wrapped around a wooly variegated core. Enjoy this free scarf pattern!

Completed Scarf Measures Approximately: 5 x 44" (for longer length, use 3 or 4 balls of Brooke)

You will need:
Cast on 15 stitches
Knit every row until only one yard of yarn remains.
Bind off and weave in yarn ends.