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Plaid for Beginning Weavers!

2nd of 14 patterns for 2014!

Remember this teaser photo from a few days ago?

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Well here’s what it is!

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I made this wonderful plaid scarf on my Ashford SampleIt 8″ Loom, and fell in love with it! The finished product came out to 7.5″ wide, and just over 70″ long (not including fringe). I used Knit Picks’ Wool of the Andes Sportweight, which has a ton of lovely color options. If you don’t understand the terminology, feel free to comment or message me and I will help you out in any way that I can!

Here’s how I did it:

Supplies:

  • 8″ (or larger) Rigid Heddle Loom
  • Main color (Mink) 300 yards, sportweight
  • Light color (White) 75 yards, sportweight
  • Dark color (Chocolate) 155 yards, sportweight
  • Contrast color (Marina) 40 yards, sportweight
  • Scrap yarn

Warp:

I set the warping peg about 80″ away from the loom, and direct warped using a 10 DPI reed. Here is a helpful video on how to do a direct warp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fa1WrHOTjxY

  • 12 ends main color
  • 2 ends contrast color
  • 24 ends main color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 6 ends light color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 6 ends light color
  • 6 ends dark color
  • 12 ends main color

And there’s your warp! Now comes the fun part… WEAVING!

Weft:

  • Starting: 16 picks, main color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 6 picks light color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 6 picks light color
  • 6 picks dark color
  • 24 picks main color
  • 2 picks contrast color
  • 24 picks main color

Repeat this until you are almost out of warp room (approximately 6″ remaining).

  • Finishing: 16 picks main color

I recommend hemstitching for a neater, finished look. I braided the fringe on my scarf, but the options are open! Go ahead, try a twisted fringe, or leave it natural! I bet this scarf would look great a variety of ways! Don’t forget to full your finished item, and weave in any ends.

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Comfy Cozy Cowl!

Just in time for Christmas knitting! A new free pattern!

If you’re like me and love the feel/look of worsted weight, cold-weather items, but live somewhere that it doesn’t get too cold, this cowl is perfect for you! Its made with yummy worsted weight yarn, but the YO/K2tog rows allow from breathability so you don’t become too warm. Perfect for long color repeats, where you want to highlight the yarn, but also want a little bit more interest than plain stockinette stitch. This cowl would even look great with tonal or solid colored yarns! I’m releasing this pattern just in time for Christmas knitting as well, so don’t hesitate to make it as a gift! You are also welcome to sell finished objects made from this pattern, provided you link to my blog in any/all ads for you product. Enjoy!

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Supplies:

  • 160 Yards of Worsted Weight Yarn (Suggested: Noro Kureyon – 2 skeins, Knit Picks Chroma Worsted – 1 skein)
  • Size: 32″ around, 7″ wide
  • 5.5 mm, 24” circurlar needle
  • Stitch markers to keep you place
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends

Abbreviations:

  • YO – yarn over
  • K2tog – knit two stitches together

CO 120 sts, place stitch marker at the beginning of each round and move when starting a new round, you can change the size of this cowl by adding or subtracting the number of cast on stitches by a multiple of 2.

  1. knit
  2. purl
  3. knit
  4. purl
  5. knit
  6. knit
  7. knit
  8. knit
  9. *YO, k2tog. Repeat from * across row

Repeat rows 5-9 six (6) more times, for a total of 7 repeats

Finishing

  1. knit
  2. knit
  3. knit
  4. knit
  5. purl
  6. knit
  7. purl
  8. knit
  9. BO in purl, loosely.

A light blocking is suggested to help even out all the stitches.