Asymmetric Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Asymmetric Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Self striping Pendenza yarn is ideal for knitting an asymmetrical shawl. This easy-to-knit free pattern uses two balls of yarn for a carefree, colorful completed wrap. Pendenza is a cotton yarn great for near year-round wear.

Completed Shawl Measures: 70" along longest side x 30" along tallest side, after blocking

You will need:

Gauge: 19 sts = 4” in garter stitch after blocking

Peverly Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern

Peverly Cardigan Free Knitting Pattern

Knit a layering piece you'll wear all season! From Berroco Yarns, Peverly is an open front cardigan with texture on the wide front band, bottom hem, and sleeve cuffs. This sweater uses Catena yarn and large needles for quick knitting results.

Completed Sweater Measures:

Bust (closed)—35 (39, 43, 47, 51, 55, 59)"
Length—23.75 (24, 24.5, 25, 25.5, 26.25, 26.75)"

Note: Fronts overlap by 4 (4, 4, 3.5, 3.5, 3.5, 3)" when closed. Garment is designed to be worn with approximately 2–4" of ease. Please take this into consideration when selecting your size.

You will need:

Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows to 4" in st st on larger needle

Zauberribs Beanie & Arm Warmers Free Knitting Pattern

Zauberribs Hat & Arm Warmers Free Knitting Pattern

One ball of Zauberball or Crazy Zauberball yarn is all it takes to create a set of unique, colorful and very wearable arm warmers and beanie.

Want to expand your knitting skills? This is an easy knitting project made even easier if you try knitting the arm warmers using two circular needles (click here for tutorial) and finish with Jeny's Stretchy Bind Off.

Arm Warmers - You will need:

Completed Measurements: 8” x 12” unstretched, stretches to accommodate most arms

Gauge: 10 sts per inch (over rib unstretched)

  

Hat - You will need:

Completed Measurements: 13.5” circumference x 8” long unstretched (stretched hat will fit up to 22”)

Gauge: 10 sts per inch (over rib unstretched)

Albany Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Albany Alpaca Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Who doesn't love easy! Albany is an easy striped cowl knitting pattern that is suitable for beginner knitters as well as more advanced knitters looking for a relaxing, satisfying project. It's knitted in the round using Baby Alpaca yarn.Longevity is built into the design. 

Skill Level: Easy!

Completed Cowl Measures: 24" circumference x 16" high

You will need:

Gauge: 26 sts and 35 rows to 4" in st st

Albany Easy Striped Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Stretchy Bind Off

Stretchy Bind Off - Easy Knitting Tutorial

Why Use A Stretchy Bind-off


One of the peculiarities of knitting is that a good portion of the time knitters find that their bind-off is much tighter than their cast-on and a good match usually requires a larger needle.  But sometimes a larger needle still isn't quite enough and doesn't produce quite enough stretch.

Think about the tops of socks and maybe arm warmers. Typically those accessories are constructed in a tube shape, whereas arms and calves widen which means adding that  elasticity ensures a better fitting and attractive project.  

The bind-off I'm showing you is called Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-off. Developed by Jeny Staiman, it is one of the best and easiest bind-offs for those edges where you absolutely need stretch.  I also like it because it doesn't take long to learn and works equally well with rib or stockinette. Here's a video of it from Cat Bordhi.

Stretchy Bind Off


How to Do a Stretchy Bind Off


For this tutorial, I'm going to be binding-off a k2, p2 rib.


The 1st Set Of Knit Stitches


1. * Knit the 1st stitch (only do this for the 1st stitch)
2.  Reverse yarn over  (see image below)

Reverse Yarn Over Knitting

3.  Knit the next stitch
4.  Pass the 1st stitch and yarnover over the 2nd stitch

* You'll only do the knit 1 the first time around. All upcoming k2 sections follow steps 2 thru 4 only.


The Purl Stitches


1.  Move yarn forward as you do when changing to a purl stitch
2.  Standard yarnover (look below to see the yarnover before a purl stitch)

Yarn Over Before Purl Stitch

3.  Purl the stitch
4.  Pass the 1st stitch and yarnover over the 2nd stitch
5.  Repeat steps 2 thru 4 for the next purl stitch

Move yarn back for the next set of knit stitches and repeat the knit stitch process as shown above.

That's all there is to it!

Want to give this knitting technique a try? Try the Zauberribs Arm Warmers Free Knitting Pattern


Happy Knitting,
Donna, The Knitting Doctor

Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.

How to Knit on Two Circular Needles

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The Alternative to using Double Points or the Magic Loop


I am often asked, "Can I use circular needles instead of double pointed needles?" Knitting a small number of stitches in-the-round can be challenging especially if you just aren't feeling confident with double points or the magic loop.  The newer small length circulars are good but can cramp your hands.

What if there was an alternative? A way to work small spaces easily and seamlessly?

Well there is! I'm going to show you my go-to technique for knitting in-the-round on small projects.  This technique is perfect for top of hats, working sleeves, cuffs, socks, toys, etc.

Is it easy?  YES!


Why I Love Knitting in the Round On 2 Circular Needles
 

There's a lot to be said for working this method and here are a couple of thing that come to mind:

  1. You can use any size cable...you just need 2 of them.
  2. No ladders as you get in the beginning and end of the double point stitches.
  3. Stitches will not fall off the needle.
  4. Easy to learn and portable.


What You'll Need:

  • 2 circular needles of the same tip size
  • 1 stitch marker

How to Knit in the Round on 2 Circular Needles

Casting-On with 2 Circulars

Step 1: Cast-on the total number of stitches onto 1 circular needle.
Step 2: Slide half the number of stitches onto the 2nd circular needle as shown above.
Here's what it will look like (Image Above, Right)

Step 3: Slide the stitches from both needles to the opposite tips.  This will put the working yarn in position to join.
Step 4: Join the stitches making sure the cast-on edges on each side are facing inward and not twisted. Place a locking ring marker in the 1st stitch to mark the beginning of the round.

Step 1

Step 1

Knitting with 2 Circular Needles


Step 1:  Work down the stitches on the 1st circular needle using the opposite tip. After working the last stitch your working yarn will be in place to start working the next needle.

When you finish the last stitch on the needle and move to the next needle, pull the tip of the circular last worked to the right.  You’ll have a couple of inches of cable on each end and the tips will not get in the way.
— Donna, Knitting Doctor
Step 2

Step 2


Step 2: Proceed to work the stitches on the next needle again using the opposite tip.

Note: As you prepare to work the next needle you will see a long strand at the join.  No worries. This is normal will disappear as you work the next stitch.

Step 3: Continue in this manner working the stitches on each needle with it's opposite tip until you reach your desired length.


Switching to 2 Circulars On A WIP (work in progress)

Do you love this knitting method? Why not change all of your double pointed needle projects over to 2 circulars? Here's how it's done:

  1. Slip 1/2 the number of stitches onto 1 circular needle and the remainder onto a 2nd circular.
  2. Follow steps 3 and 4 as shown above.

That's all their is to it! 

Want to give this knitting technique a try? Cast on the Zauberribs Arm Warmers Free Knitting Pattern

Do you have a favorite knitting tip you'd like to share? Leave it in the comments below!

Happy Knitting,
- Donna, the Knitting Doctor

Donna Pelzar

Donna (aka the Knitting Doctor) is the face behind The New Street Knitter patterns. She teaches knitting instruction for all skill levels in her studio and loves to focus on techniques and interesting stitch patterns. She recently expanded into pattern design and we are thrilled to be able to offer her patterns at NobleKnits. Donna also hosts all of our Knit Alongs.

Allium Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

Allium Shawl Free Crochet Pattern

Crochet with color! This one skein shawl crochet pattern long striping Universal Revolutions yarn. It's worked from the top-down with easy to remember increases. Because of the shaping, this shawl stays put on your shoulders. 

Completed Shawl Measures: 54" wingspan x 29" deep

You will need:

Gauge: 13 sts and 6 rows to 4" in double crochet

Mother of Pearl Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

Mother of Pearl Cowl Free Knitting Pattern

From our friends at Universal Yarn, here's a long textured cowl knitting project. It uses one skein of self striping Revolutions yarn. It's knitted in the round with an easy to remember stitch pattern. Wear this cowl long and loose or doubled up around your neck for warmth.

Completed Cowl Measures: 59" circumference x 16" deep
Depth: 16” 

You will need:

Gauge: 12 sts and 18 rows to 4" in texture pattern

Banked Coals Poncho Free Knitting Pattern

Banked Coals Poncho Free Knitting Pattern

Banked Coals large poncho knitting pattern. It has long slow color changes created with Universal Revolutions yarn. The neck opening is set asymmetrically, giving an otherwise simple piece just a little something special. It can be worn with ribbing going either vertically, horizontally, or even at an angle. 

Completed Poncho Measures: 52" wide x 25" long

You will need:

Gauge: 12 sts and 18 rows to 4" in ribbing pattern

Warmth Stole Free Knitting Pattern

Warmth Stole Free Knitting Pattern

One skein project! From the Universal Yarn Design Team, this lace shawl knitting pattern is generously sized to be worn in a variety of ways. Revolutions has long elegant color changes and a halo that provides a softness to your finished project. It's knit widthwise, so a circular needle is needed to accommodate the large number of stitches.

Completed Wrap Measures: 25" wide x 92" long

You will need:

Gauge: 10 sts and 13 rows to 4" in lace pattern

Skewed Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Striped Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

This large striped shawl is made using one skein of Universal Revolutions yarn. Worked fro the top-down, Skewed is an asymmetrical shawl that uses short rows to create the wider section.  This is a fun and interesting knit - you'll love seeing the stripes knit up. Designed by Amy Gunderson for Universal Yarn.

Completed Shawl Measures: 73" wide x 29" deep at center

You will need:

Gauge: 9 sts and 13 rows to 4" in st st