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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 0.0 (0 users)

My friend Diana found a very old, typewritten with penciled notes, missing its second page, well loved pattern for a shawl in her grandmother’s knitting box. It was the original pattern for a traditional Shetland Hap shawl that her grandmother knit several times. The language in the original is out of date, and it calls for a construction that is not in favor in these days of flexible circular needles. Diana asked me to update the shawl so she could knit it herself and share it with the world.

Like a traditional Hap, this shawl starts with a garter stitch square. Stitches are picked up...

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 3.1 (7 users)

This cozy has a bit of whimsy and a bit of seriousness – just right for keeping your tea warm over a cozy afternoon. The cables are inspired by steam wafting up from a teacup, sometimes overlapping in a bit of a breeze.

The cozy is knit flat from the bottom up with a gap for the spout. Buttons close the cozy at the handle, and a thin I-cord cinches it closed at the top. It is designed to fit your pot snugly.

The version available as a direct download fixes several problems with the original, particularly with the ribbing at the top. It is also in a slightly different gauge and...

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 3.4 (5 users)

Felted tote using one skein of Malabrigo Worsted wool. This tote uses cables to add detailing to the flap and sides, and has decreases at the bottom to give depth. The strap is adjustable; mods suggested by testers exist (see projects). A joy to knit - both because of the yarn and the pattern - and looks great either felted or unfelted and with a lining.

Skills needed: Cabling, cable cast-on, knitting in the round, three-needle bindoff, I-cord, felting.

Available via the Katherine Vaughan Designs shop in Ravelry!

Craft: Knitting
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Difficulty: 3.0 (1 user)

This collar takes the great aspects of small-project knitting and runs with them. It pairs just one skein of a luscious wool/alpaca/silk chunky yarn in a bold teal color with a simple but dramatic slip-stitch pattern to make a warm and stylish accessory for any occasion. Additional personalization is added with two interesting buttons. This would be a great gift project!

Why the “Alley” collar? The stitch pattern is adapted from the “Bricks” two-color slipstitch pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and the narrow strip of scarf made me think of the narrow space between two...

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 2.2 (6 users)

Sometimes inspiration for baby blankets strikes in the oddest places. For me, the bus to the university offers a wealth of colors, textures, and patterns to choose from in design. The Amirah blanket started from two very different images: a stop sign, and a Persian carpet that I saw on the cover of a book. Both of these images had strong octagonal lines, a deep red color, and a connotation of pausing to be aware of the world.
This, paired with the impending birth of a friend’s daughter—Amirah, which means “princess” in Arabic—plus the addition of some Wild Cherry yarn, and this blanket was born.

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 2.3 (6 users)

Whether at work or play, I like a little something to wrap around my shoulders to ward off a bit of a chill. But I’m very picky: I like a rounded shape, with motion in the stitch, lacy but not too complex, and the same on both sides. For this shawlette, l I took an interesting ripple stitch pattern that is lacy but not technically lace, adapted it to have an odd number of rows (to make the final wrap reversible), and paired it with some wonderfully striping sock yarn. Shaping is done by adding decrease rows to the pattern nearly invisibly. The end result is everything I had hoped for!

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

Like many journeys, this cowl starts out one way and takes a turn in the middle to end up with something that wasn’t quite like what you started with but much more than what you’d hoped to get. It starts innocently enough, like any traditional top down triangle shawl, but then joins the ends together to start working in the round like a cowl. The end product wears like a hybrid of both—style and substance, warmth and glam. It’s just the thing for any explorer, whether out on the mountains or snug in her home.

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Difficulty: 2.0 (1 user)

This sideways-knit skirt evokes thoughts of sand, sea, and summer skies with just the hint of clouds. Your favorite girl will love having a cotton/linen skirt perfect for playing at the beach or at home!

The skirt is shaped at the knee with short-row gores. Short rows are a quick and easy way to change the shape of a knit garment without having to work in increases or decreases. You will knit part of the row, then turn your knitting around and knit back across the stitches you just did. Unlike some short row patterns, you should not wrap the turned stitch here; the...

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 0.0 (0 users)

This linen/cotton tank top evokes thoughts of wide sandy beaches along a foamy sea. The shirt is a straightforward knit, with picked up garter stitch trim at the neckline and armholes that echoes the colors in the more glamorous skirt. With extra deep armholes and a generous scoop neck, this linen/cotton top is sure to be a favorite even in the heat of summer.

This top pairs nicely with the Beachwalker Skirt, also available from Katherine Vaughan Designs. Both patterns were originally published in Love of Knitting, Summer 2010.

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 2.4 (17 users)

The Beehive Cap meets all of the standard criteria for hospital chemo caps, plus it is a fun and quick knit appropriate to a wide range of yarns and heads.

Hospitals have a continuing need for hats for newborns and cancer patients of all ages. In general, these hats should:

  • Be made of natural materials.
  • Be machine wash– and dryer-safe.
  • Include a brim or other shaping to distract from the lack of hair.
  • Be soft and beautiful.

Hat is sized for baby (14in/35cm circumference), toddler, child, adult s, adult m, adult l. Each size is approximately 2in/5cm larger in circumference and 1in/2.5cm taller. This hat is designed to fit loosely on the head; please choose a size smaller than normal if you desire a snug fitting hat.

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Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

Beide is the German word for “both” and, in addition to being a pretty word that bounces off the tongue like sunlight bouncing off water, is a concept that describes this summer tee nicely. Why? The top combines both cables and lace. It has both circular knitting and flat knit sections. The sample yarn is a pairing of both cotton and bamboo. And it pairs well with both formal skirts and informal shorts! Interesting features include the placement of a single braided cable with eyelets along the sides of the tee, then an overall pattern of the braided cable and eyelets along the sleeves. The eyelets are repeated in the...

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Difficulty: 5.0 (1 user)

The Shenandoah National Park, through which Skyline Drive snakes, is very close to my home in the mountains of Virginia. At all times of year we like to go up in the Park for quick hikes with the dog and kids.

One of my favorite places in the park is Big Meadows, which is exactly what it sounds like–a huge meadow where people like to picnic, camp, play with their dogs, and just be out under a huge sky on top of an old, old mountain. This cowl echoes the rough scrub, mown grass, and gravel paths in its three sections.

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Difficulty: 3.0 (1 user)

Cabled socks are lovely, and ribbed socks always fit so nicely, but it can be a challenge to pair the two techniques. In this toe-up pattern, a simple cable twist pattern flows up the sides of the sock from toe to cuff while ribbing fills in the space on the instep and sole. The pattern is maintained over the short-row heel. In all ways this sock is centered on comfort; the thick cotton/silver/lycra yarn cushions and coddles the feet, a slight gusset keeps the heel from binding, and the short leg allows for comfort even in the warmest months. These are quick, happy socks, with just a twist of cable along the sides!

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This one-of-a-kind tee is all about the details. The surprise crossed cable bands on the back neck compliment the stylish sophistication of this new design. A great look in a wonderful color for summer or anytime of year.

Pattern was originally published in Love of Knitting but is now available as an individual pattern in PDF from the designer.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Clothing • Tops • Tee
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Age: Adult
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Sometimes you just want a little something warm and special to wrap around your shoulders—maybe when you’re hanging out at home or tromping about in the country. This reversible, slightly felted wrap fits comfortably on the shoulders, knits up in a flash because of the sizeable gauge, and really shows off interesting yarns well.

Note: Because this wrap is knit at such a loose gauge, it is lightly felted/fulled to give the yarn a bit more strength. If you have chosen a strong, bulky yarn and/or wish to avoid felting it, simply block the wrap to finish.

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 2.0 (1 user)

There are days in the winter when the sky is almost painfully blue, when the wind snaps the flags (and your hair) briskly, and the reflection of the bright sun against the snow makes your eyes water. This scarf helps cut that wind in a stylish and simple way. The vertical pleating created by the stitch pattern means you end up with a double-thick fabric that carries interest during the knitting as well as visually from a distance and up close. Don’t like the pleats? Block the scarf to highlight the pennant pattern.

Gauge is not critical for this project.

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This cozy sweater is a great knit for the depths of winter. Its generous sleeves are knit cuff to cuff in a cabled rib pattern that drapes nicely over the shoulders and across the fingers. The wide boat neck slides easily over the head and sits without binding. The body is roomy and has enough length to make you want to just curl up in it – with a book or a loved one. Cabling without a cable needle was never so fast and easy – or with such flattering results!

The sleeves on this sweater are deliberately longer than usual. If you wish to have shorter sleeves, decrease the distance between increase rows from 3 rows to 1 rows, and adjust remaining overall length in the space...

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

My great-great-aunt, an impressive woman who moved with my great-grandmother from Ireland to Mexico in the 19th century, was named for the equally impressive Florence Nightingale of nursing and data visualization fame. My steampunk alter ego is based on their exploits. Knit from the fingers down, these gloves split just below the wrist in a daring reinterpretation of Crimean War calvary officers’ gloves. They’re simple to knit but stunning to wear—fitting for an alter ego or a real one.

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Difficulty: 4.2 (11 users)

Even people who have never seen the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” know a few basic plot points: there’s a weird guy in a mask who is in love with a singer, he plays the organ at inappropriate times, and at some point the theater’s grand chandelier falls spectacularly. These opera-ready gloves were inspired by that last bit of common knowledge.

The back of the hand has tracery lace that is reminiscent of the chandelier’s chains, while the drop lace pattern on the hand reminds one of the crystals. The gloves are knit flat and shaped from the finger loop up to the mid-arm with simple increases, then seamed up the...

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 1.9 (36 users)

This lovely baby blanket combines a simple design with a beautiful look to make the perfect gift for the newborn (and new parents!) in your life. Unlike other patterns in a standard checkerboard layout, this one has instructions for two different weights of yarn (DK and worsted) and two different sizes. The “half” blanket is 20in by 30in (50cm by 75cm) and the “whole” blanket is 30in by 40in (75cm by 100cm).

Gauge in DK weight is 22 stitches and 32 rows to make a 4in 10cm square in stockinette stitch on US6 (4mm) needles. Gauge in worsted weight is 18 stitches and 28 rows to make a 4in 10cm square in stockinette stitch on US9 (5.5mm) needles.

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 3.3 (4 users)

It is said that Cleopatra nurtured her beautiful skin by bathing in fresh milk and honey. You can do her one better by using a milk/cotton or pure milk yarn for your bathing accoutrements. Milk fiber is soft, silky, has the same pH as human skin, and is naturally antibiotic.

This bath set consists of a quick and fun soap sack and washcloth. The stitch is an adaptation of the Roman Stripe - Cleopatra did love her Roman men! - made to be reversible for the washcloth but not for the soap sack. Instructions are given for the sack to be knit either in the round or flat. This set would make a great gift, but remember to keep one for yourself!

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 2.7 (3 users)

Shawls and capes are such comfort clothes, with their gentle drape and ease of both wear and creation. However, many shawls are created in a triangle shape… which for those of us with (ahem) derrières isn’t the most flattering of looks. Who wants an arrow pointing right at their largest body part?

This cape/shawl was designed to have a simple silhouette and construction while also allowing for a gentle curve around the back. This is a nearly infinitely customizable pattern: multiple options exist for closures, and the more adventurous knitter is encouraged to play with stitch patterns and lace...

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Difficulty: 2.0 (1 user)

Every summer, knitters the world over plan to get a jump on their winter gift knitting. But, for many of us, it’s so hot in the summer! Who wants to work on some large woolly shawl all summer long? This is probably is why so many of us make cotton dishcloths as gifts… So… why stick to the same-old-same-old when there are so many techniques to try and so many little home projects to experiment with – like… napkin rings!! These rings use sock yarn (perhaps the end of a skein already turned into socks?) and a small number of beads each to depict four popular...

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Difficulty: 2.5 (2 users)

The textures available with just two stitches, arranged in a pleasing rib and diamond pattern, are like crystals in a dish—regular yet sometimes surprising in their simple beauty. This cowl is quick and easy to work, great for fast fall knits or winter gifts.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Cowl
Gender: Unisex
Age: Teen • Adult
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Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

This long and flowing stole is equally good for a special night out on the town and for cuddling on the couch—two of my favorite weekend activities. First one end is worked in a lace stitch that looks like swan feet, then the second end and the body are worked. Finishing is a matter of a simple graft to join the two sides.

Cygne is worked in a heavier weight yarn with big needles, making the project go quickly even though the finished stole is generous in length.

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Difficulty: 3.0 (1 user)

I used to love digging through all of my grandmother’s various lace “social gloves” that she would wear (with hats and pearls) whenever she went out to a friend or neighbor’s home for tea. My generation has never been forced into such social niceties—which means we can play with bold colors, stitch patterns, and other modifications of the traditional summer glove.

This version is a simple riff on the idea, with an easy stitch pattern and minimal shaping that really lets hand-dyed and handspun yarns shine.

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Difficulty: 3.0 (1 user)

This relatively simple scarf uses an eyelet rib placed against a reverse stockinette stitch background to let lovely hand-dyed sock yarns shine.

The astute knitter will notice that, while every row is written out, the increases follow an established pattern pretty quickly. Make the scarf larger or smaller by using larger yarn (and needles) or keep going with increases every fourth right side row. Start the ribbing any row that has repeats that are divisible by four.

This scarf shares a stitch pattern with the Damariscotta Mitts.

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Difficulty: 3.7 (3 users)

Sometimes you have a small amount of some precious yarn—handspun, hand dyed, a gift, or a luxury item that you could afford just one skein of. You think it’s enough for a hat, but adding in the swatch could just put you over.

Sometimes you just want to jump into a project and not worry about working that swatch, particularly for something as simple as a hat or other small accessory.

This pair of matching hats are written to be “gaugeless”. They use two different techniques to achieve a good fit. In the first hat (shown in Adult L on James), you will start by working a brim sideways to length, then will pick up and knit stitches for the crown. In...

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Difficulty: 5.0 (4 users)

I love designing socks with handpainted yarn; the challenges of preventing pooling while bringing out the beauty of the yarn pushes me to try new techniques and patterns. For these socks I wanted to use reverse stockinette stitch to spread out the speckling of the lovely Phydeaux Designs yarn, but a whole sock of purling was just too basic for this yarn.

The front of the socks feature a mirrored lace pattern that reminds me of the Dark Hollow Falls in the mountains near my home, bouncing back and forth on their way to lower ground. The back of the socks are ribbed, helping the socks hug the feet and adding further textural interest. A shortrow, gusseted heel keeps the...

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Difficulty: 2.0 (3 users)

This baby blanket offsets eyelets and decreases to create a rippled, feathery pattern that will appeal to both baby and mom.

Designed for two sizes—carseat and crib—and worked in a worsted weight, this pattern would work for lots of babies. It may look stunning, but the pattern is remarkably simple and easy to execute.

Instructions apply to both sizes, with changes marked as carseat (crib) for cast on and length.

Many thanks to my technical editor, Tracey Davidson, for her help with this and many other patterns! Thanks also to my testers, AlwaysAlice, Amgoth2000, and Isa1950!

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Difficulty: 3.0 (12 users)

The stitch pattern for this blanket is an old eyelet lace, called “Dewdrop Stitch” by Barbara Walker. Babies love having small holes to peek and/or poke their fingers through. This pattern runs a lower risk of “pulling” a strand out than most traditional laces. In addition, it is easy to work and memorize, with only two rows out of the eight that have yarnovers and decreases.

This blanket may be made in two sizes to fit your situation. The instructions are given for a small or “half” sized blanket that is appropriate for a car seat or bassinet, with instructions for a “full” sized blanket in parentheses. These two sizes are...

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Dorothy’s journey, like many long trips, had quite a lot of excitement at the beginning and the end, with long stretches of travelling in the middle. This end-to-end wrap is the same— a pleasing lace pattern at each edge with a 2-row lace in the middle to help you relax along the way. When paired with a double gradient yarn, such as the Emerald City by KnitCircus shown, you’ll end up feeling like a wonderful wizard full of heart and brains—without needing a lot of courage!

Scarf uses one 100g skein of double gradient fingering-weight yarn
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Baby blankets offer such fun opportunities to play with pattern, texture, color, and material. In this case I paired a very boyish blue cotton/acrylic with a diamond motif to create a blanket fit for a younger prince. (In pink, it would be perfect for a princess, too!)

The stitch used is a completely reversible diamond pattern surrounded by seed stitch. Unblocked, this pattern will pull in and ripple slightly, which is somewhat pleasing in its softness. Blocked, the purled diamonds “pop” against their knit opposites in a bold motif.

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The Shenandoah National Park, through which Skyline Drive snakes, is very close to my home in the mountains of Virginia. At all times of year we like to go up in the Park for quick hikes with the dog and kids. This hat is named for one of my favorite little spots—a little tricky to get to but breathtaking once there. It mixes twists, cables, and a little slipping, just like my hikes do.

Thanks to my tech editor, Stephannie Tallent and to Stitch Sprouts for yarn support.

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Energy rightly applied and directed will accomplish anything. - Nellie Bly

This is a top-down shawl worked on the same general principle as a triangle shawl, but with three spines instead of just one. This softens the point in the back, making the shawl more of a crescent/half-circle than a triangle. The main part of the body is done in stockinette stitch, with an expanding mesh ribbing forming the lower part of the body.

You will need three different colors of stitch markers, as the mesh ribbing travels across the body with each row (and this is marked with markers).

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Difficulty: 2.5 (2 users)

This is a bulky-weight, bottom up, seamless adult hat with eyelet-lace ridges for interest. For real interest, though, the knitter works the hat inside out and then reveals the public side at the end. This construction takes advantage of the easier k2tog and ssk over the p2tog and ssp stitches to make the interesting texture of the ribs. The name comes from a small cactus – actually a cactus lookalike named “spurge” – that I saw at Longwood Gardens while visiting my grandmother. This hat was knit that afternoon while enjoying the early spring Gardens.

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Working with fingering weight yarn—particularly when you’re not wild about socks—can be a challenge. How many triangle shawls does one woman really need? This pattern explores other shapes for small shawls, or “fichus” (fee-shoos). Alternating which side of a marker the yarn over increases fall on the fichu results in wedges of increase sections instead of spirals. The end shape is a circular, rather than triangular, wrap. To counter the simple garter stitch but not confuse the eye, a bobble stitch bindoff is used.

Eydi (a derivative of “Edith”, which means “strife for wealth”) sits very comfortably on the shoulders, and can be worn in a variety of ways. I prefer pinning it at the collar with either...

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Pity the punk babies. They have no hair. They have no control over what they get dressed in – and so they’re stuck with duckies or puppies. All they can do to show their true colors is to yell (which they do well)! Help support the inner punk in your little one by knitting a skullcap complete with a faux fur fauxhawk.

The inspiration for this hat came on a bus trip across campus. A young man in front of me had the most amazingly colored, fuzzy Mohawk. I was not the only one staring, though I may have been the only one trying to derive a hat from his head. Then I looked down at my newborn, and it hit me – while I could never in a million years get my attorney husband to wear a hat like that, my child wouldn’t have a choice!

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A “fettle” is the seam line left behind when metal or plastic is cast in a mold—the verb means to sand down this seam. The slipped stitches reminded me of this seam—though the cowl is seamless, and uses just one skein of a wonderful single-ply yarn. This pattern goes fast, plays well with color, and fits great around the neck.

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These wonderfully chunky pillows take three standard Aran stitches and play with the order they are worked across each pillow. What a difference this order makes to the look and feel of each – one has a “typical” Guernsey look with a center panel flanked by cables and a broken rib stitch, while the other clusters those same cables in the center with the panel broken up and edged with the rib on both sides. These pillows are fast and cozy – a great project for the knitter’s home!

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A fulcrum is a hinge or point around which a lever pivots. The mosaic pattern that forms the wide border of this garter-based, ¾ths square shawl reminded me of Archimedes’ quote, “Give me a place to stand, a lever long enough, and a fulcrum, and I can move the earth.”

In order to achieve a loose increase along the spines and edges, you will work a two row increase technique. On RS rows you’ll work yarnovers at the edges of the three increasing sections. On WS rows, knit the yarnovers through the back loops to close the holes.

Note that the mosaic stitch is charted only.

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Many years ago my then elementary school-age daughter and I were on vacation in Maine. We stopped (as knitters do) in a tiny, now closed, yarn shop in Biddeford. It was full of lots of mass-market yarns, but what I really wanted was something special—something Mainer. I found this skein of loosely spun 2-ply that reads as purple but is really a wonderful heathery mix of blues, reds, and even some green.

My daughter wanted mittens. Mittens with holes for her fingers but not—and this was important—flaps. So I started right away to design a pair of top-down mittens with a buttonhole-like gap. They were a disaster.

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Knit totes are fabulous items. They are simple in construction but carry a lot of wow! factor. They allow you to play with a stitch, yarn, or color that you might not pick for a sweater but still love. And to top it all off, they’re useful! Good Day Sunshine will brighten your day while knitting it and while carrying it. At 11 inches square by 2 inches deep, it’s a good size for toodling around town, without being so large that it’s unwieldy.

Fans of cabling, here’s a new challenge for you: this tote IS cabled, but not in a traditional roping pattern. Instead, the cables on the sides cross one knit stitch with three purls, forming sunburst checks. Just for a fun contrast, the strap is a super-traditional woven braid. This is a great project to practice cabling without a needle!

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Babies love textures, and who can blame them? This blanket uses a simple knit/purl basketweave stitch for extra depth. Beginners will find this not too challenging for a first “fancy” baby blanket, while more advanced knitters will quickly memorize the pattern and find it good for comfort knitting.

Note: The instructions are given for a small or “half” sized blanket that is appropriate for a car seat or bassinet, with instructions for a “full” sized blanket in brackets. Sample shown is the small size.

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The Happy Wrap takes three different lace stitches, all based on a diamond motif, to create a flowing but nonrepetitive whole.

It is named for and inspired by my grandmother, Harriett. The smiles are for her joyous spirit; the diamonds for her brilliance; the hearts for her boundless love.

Also designed in partnership with Brooklyn Handspun, whose lovely hand-dyed yarn makes this a pleasure to knit AND wear.

Stitches used: Knit, Purl, Slip, K2tog, SSK, SK2P (slip, K2tog, pass slipped stitch over). Stitch instructions are charted and written out line-by-line, with a photo to show the stitch...

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Some ancient and relatively simple stitches are just made for baby blankets. The Harris Tweed Stitch is one such. It is easy to memorize, reversible, and results in a fabulous three-dimensional texture that will please Mom if not baby. This pattern has special meaning for me, since Harris is the middle name of both my son and his godfather.

This blanket may be made in two sizes and two weights of yarn to fit your situation. The instructions are given for a small or “half” sized blanket using worsted weight yarn, with instructions for small bulky weight and “full” sized blankets in both weights in parentheses. These two sizes are approximately 20in by 28in (50cm by 70cm) and 30in by...

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One of my favorite flowers in the spring garden is the pansy, or Viola tricolor. This flower has such a happy “face” decorated with all sorts of colors from reds and yellows through deepest blues and purples. The pansy is a traditional part of English herbals under the name of “heartsease” because it was believed to help with respiratory and cardiac ailments.

This simple triangle shawl is worked in garter stitch and garter eyelet, meaning that it is completely reversible. It is designed for a sportweight yarn and large needles, making it a quick project. Guidelines are given to...

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My favorite thing about traditional gansey sweaters are the patterned yokes, which luckily are readily adapted to other knitwear. In this case three similar knit/purl textures combine smoothly to produce a quick, easy, and cozy cowl that can be worn as a single loop or doubled for extra squish.

Pattern is presented with both written and charted instructions. Tech edited by Stephannie Tallent.

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The Hugs & Kisses Purse is a little package of love all bundled up. At approximately 5 inches (12.5cm) square, and with a 16 inch (40cm) skinny strap, it is the perfect accessory for a night out on the town - with or without a date. The cabled Xes and Os give it the right amount of whimsy without being too heavy.

The pattern is designed for exactly one skein of Patons SWS (wool/soy blend) yarn, plus US 10 (6.0mm) needles and a cabling needle. You may need additional yarn if you make modifications and/or don’t knit to gauge.

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A well-known fact about me is my ongoing and eternal love of pie. I have never met a (dessert) pie that I didn’t like, and am unable to pick just one favorite. Apple? Berry? Key lime? Chess? Pecan? Peach cheesecake? Sweet potato? But I also love the mathematical constant pi—that is, the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, or 3.1415926535 (and so on). Math team cheers need it, calculations of distance, momentum, and volume need it in every branch of math, science, and engineering, and it’s fun to yell at sporting events when there’s 3:14 left on the...

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You keep using that wrap… I do not think it is what you think it is. Is this a wrap? A cowl? A capelet? A shrug? The options are numerous, the lace is good for beginners, and the results are fit for a princess or a bride. It’s Inconceivable!

Why else is this Inconceivable!?

  • It’s perfect for a pleasure cruise at night through eel (or shark) infested waters (or for curling up with a good book or movie)…
  • It looks good on both sides, which is inconceivable! in a wrap…
  • The wrap can be worn at least six different ways, depending on how you choose to lace it with ribbon through the border…
  • It is inspired by the embroidered pattern of Vizzini’s coat…
  • The original yarn is a golden green, also inspired by Vizzini’s coat…
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Oh what a tangled story some shawls tell. This one was inspired by several of my loves coming together at once. In this case a reference to the taxi driver in Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, combined with Isadora Duncan’s love of shawls and drapes in her dancing led to the creation of this very stylized shawlette.

Isidore starts off like most other top down triangular shawls, with increases at the sides and along a center spine. Halfway down, the increases move away from the center, creating a shape for the shawl that is not a triangle, but rather something more visually interesting.

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There’s something just fun about convertible or “flip-top” mittens. They have all the warmth of regular mittens, with the added practicality of being able to get to your fingers when you need them. This makes them ideal for situations where you want to stay nice and toasty warm—such as in a snowball fight—but still need some manual dexterity—such as when you need to open the door to run back inside!

The pattern includes instructions for a child’s size and three adult sizes, with modifications to make either a fingerless or “regular” set of mittens rather than convertible ones.

These mittens were inspired by some lovely handspun purchased at the Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, MA. The wool will gradually felt slightly with use, adding even more to the waterproof and warm aspects of these mittens. Heavy worsted weight wool means the knitting on these flies by!

Look for the “Jaume” ribbing motif repeated in a hat, cowl, and other Katherine Vaughan Designs patterns designed for men and their families in the Jaume Collection.

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Joss Whedon fans, show off your true natures by knitting and wearing the most famous piece of knitting from the short-lived but excellent series “Firefly.”

Of course, it is modeled on the hat that Ma Cobb sends to Jayne in the episode The Message. There is much debate in the ‘verse over proper colors - particularly whether the earflaps should be red or orange. While popular opinion seems to have come down somewhere in the middle, I’ve been informed by someone who knows someone who asked the costumer’s assistant who knit the thing that there was only one hat, and Adam Baldwin kept it after filming wrapped. Go figure.

The basic idea is that this hat should LOOK homemade, and possibly poorly homemade at that - and so it’s a great project for a beginning knitter OR an advanced one who wants...

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July is the time of relaxing, of playing in the shade, of hot vacations at the beach or cool escapes to the mountains. There are so many national holidays in July – regardless of your nationality – and, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, a time when kids are out of school and everyone just wants to take a break from work.

This tank top is knit in the lovely fingering-weight Baah La Jolla yarn, making it light and airy for the hottest weather. The central cable stitch uses dropped stitches to further play with the idea of airy solidity.

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June is full of music—end of school performances, first dances at weddings, road trip playlists, and campfire singalongs. This tank top is knit in the lovely fingering-weight Baah La Jolla yarn, making it light and airy for the hottest weather. The cable stitches along the sides use dropped stitches to further play with the idea of airy solidity.

Knit in the round from the bottom up, it has a hint of an A-line shape that gives you a bit more room in the hips, some light waist shaping, and a smidge of closer or negative ease in the bust.

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This simple cowl blends two of my favorite things in knitting - simple lace and simple cables - and ends up with a nifty shape that reminds me of ships’ keels. The points help the cowl fit nicely into the neck of a coat - leaving room for your chin and shoulders while giving a little length at the ears.

Tech edited by Stephannie Tallent. Photography by Vivan Aubrey.

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Lalima is a girl’s name meaning “Beauty” in Sanskrit. You’ll feel beautiful in this lightweight summer shawlette. The unique shaping and matching borders at the top and bottom show off long color changing yarn to full advantage. The sample shown is in a cotton fingering yarn from Wolle’s Yarn Creations.

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Peekaboo is so much easier when you’ve got some eyelets to help you peek! This gender-neutral but still light and lacy blanket packs a lot of movement and texture into a very simple stitch.

If you’ve never done the s2kp stitch (sometimes called sl2-k1-psso) before, you’ll get lots of practice with this blanket. Put the right needle into the first two stitches as if you were going to knit them together, and slip them off the left needle. Knit the next stitch normally. With the tip of the left needle, lift and pass over the knit stitch the two stitches that were slipped. You have decreased two stitches. What...

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In a summer storm in the mountains I was struck by the horizontal peaks of the hills turned and made electric by the vertical bolts of lightning.

This wrap is knit from end to end, beginning with a horizontal zigzag lace edge. The center panel is a mirrored vertical zigzag lace that flows from the border and forms diamonds in the center. The ending border is a similar horizontal zigzag lace as used in the beginning border, but shifted over a half of a horizontal repeat.

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Throughout history, spies and counter-spies have made complex locks with equally complex keys to try to keep things safe. These socks use four simple but related colorwork motifs as keys; along the way you’ll also unlock the “forethought” heel. This heel works on the “afterthought” principle, but works the heel first and then the foot.

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What a sweet little blanket, with an easy to remember lace pattern that gives a great graphical punch to a simple knit. The eyelets could look like hearts, birds, tents, mountains, or faces, depending on the angle of view and the imagination of the viewer.

Instructions are given for two weights (DK and Worsted) and two sizes (half and full); enough variation in one pattern for the overworked auntie or grandma!

Note that gauge for the DK weight version is 22 stitches and 32 rows to make a 4in 10cm square in stockinette stitch on US6 (4.0mm) needles; gauge for the worsted weight version is 18 stitches and 28 rows to make a 4in 10cm square in stockinette stitch on...

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It seems like one thing that post-apocalyptic fiction agrees on is that we’ll be walking a lot after the end of civilization. With all that walking going on, you’ll need a good set of boots as well as sturdy socks. For some reason, the books tend not to focus on socks…

These worsted weight cuties are designed for heavy use. They have a slipped stitch pattern to cushion the feet and a short leg tailored for 
wear with ankle boots, and work up so quickly you’ll be able to wear a pair and trade 
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It’s funny how seemingly simple words can evolve into different but related concepts over time. The Latin verb “lustro” referred to the circular movements priests made during a ritual purification. The word has since evolved into concepts in Italian, Spanish, Polish, and English that range from “to shine” to “a mirror” to “a five year period.”
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It’s funny how seemingly simple words can evolve into different but related concepts over time. The Latin verb “lustro” referred to the circular movements priests made during a ritual purification. The word has since evolved into concepts in Italian, Spanish, Polish, and English that range from “to shine” to “a mirror” to “a five year period.”
Similarly, these relatively simple mitts (and their matching hat and shawl patterns) mix standard ideas—mostly stockinette stitch, with a little eyelet trimwork—to create a new set of knit ideas.

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It’s funny how seemingly simple words can evolve into different but related concepts over time. The Latin verb “lustro” referred to the circular movements priests made during a ritual purification. The word has since evolved into concepts in Italian, Spanish, Polish, and English that range from “to shine” to “a mirror” to “a five year period.”
Similarly, this relatively simple shawl (and its matching hat and mitts patterns) mix standard ideas—mostly stockinette stitch, with a little eyelet work—to create a new set of knit ideas.

Construction of this shawl is a little different from the norm; first you start with a pentagram knit in the round, then you bind off stitches along three sides, leaving live stitches to form two arms. These are knit flat and...

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Somehow lace just seems appropriate for baby knitting—but what to do about those grabby little fingers? And what if the baby is a boy, when “lace” may seem a bit girlish? This pattern uses a simple border and ingenious eyelet non-lace to create a blanket with interest for knitter, baby, and mom. What a great combination!

The blanket may be made in two sizes to fit your situation. Instructions are given for a small or “half” sized blanket that is appropriate for a car seat or bassinet, with instructions for a “full” sized blanket in parentheses. These two sizes are approximately 20in by 28in (50cm by...

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This scarf, hat, and mittens set uses an easy twist stitch to provide texture, interest, stretch, and just plain fun to knit. The hat is a very stretchy beanie, the scarf has a keyhole design to allow for less length but more stability, and the mittens have extra twisting detail along the sides for fun and comfort. Done in a bulky alpaca/wool blend yarn, there’s plenty of time to knit up a set to keep everyone in the family toasty warm this winter!

The e-book/collection are available via Ravelry and the KnitPicks website (URL above).

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This scarf, hat, and mittens set uses an easy twist stitch to provide texture, interest, stretch, and just plain fun to knit. The hat is a very stretchy beanie, the scarf has a keyhole design to allow for less length but more stability, and the mittens have extra twisting detail along the sides for fun and comfort. Done in a bulky alpaca/wool blend yarn, there’s plenty of time to knit up a set to keep everyone in the family toasty warm this winter!

The Marlie ebook/set is available via both Ravelry and KnitPicks.

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This scarf, hat, and mittens set uses an easy twist stitch to provide texture, interest, stretch, and just plain fun to knit. The hat is a very stretchy beanie, the scarf has a keyhole design to allow for less length but more stability, and the mittens have extra twisting detail along the sides for fun and comfort. Done in a bulky alpaca/wool blend yarn, there’s plenty of time to knit up a set to keep everyone in the family toasty warm this winter!

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May is the month when the days start to really warm up for much of the US and Europe—the month when dancers of all types come out of their winter stupor and take to the streets and fields to celebrate the return of spring and life. This tank top is knit in the lovely fingering-weight Baah La Jolla yarn, making it light and airy for the hottest weather. The central cable stitch uses dropped stitches to further play with the idea of airy solidity.

Knit in the round from the bottom up, it has a hint of an A-line shape that gives you a bit more room in the hips, some light waist shaping, and a smidge of negative ease in the bust.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS:
Bust: 28.5 (32.5, 36.5, 40.5, 44.5)in / 72.5 (82.5,...

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In preparing to take a hike on the Mendenhall Glacier outside of Juneau, Alaska, I knew I needed new knitwear that would keep me cozy and warm. That gap between my scarf and hat has always bothered me, so I designed this hat/scarf combination (or “harf,” as my children have christened it). In this version, a long band is knit that becomes both the scarf and the band of the hat. The crown of the hat is picked up from the center of the scarf, allowing the ends to cross at the back of the neck to seal the gap and keep you extra warm.

In bulky yarn, this is a quick and simple knit—great for your own expeditions, wherever they may be!

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I have an abiding love of shawls, particularly ones that play with the top-down shape and how it changes as you move the increases away from the center. This version uses a simple lace inset and a two-row increase to achieve a lovely one-skein shawl that looks a lot more intricate than it really is. The result is light, airy, but strong, like the mithril mined at Moria, in the caves above the Mirrormere lake in the Mines of Moria in Tolkein’s Middle Earth. Many thanks to folks who suggested names for this shawl!

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This scarflette is easily fastened at the neck by tucking the cast off end through a pocket formed at the beginning. As a result, you can use a smaller amount of luxurious fiber to get a warm and snuggly scarf - just one skein of worsted weight yarn will do fine.

Muntins are the proper name for the strips of wood that separate the panes of glass in traditional windows; the pattern here looks a bit like old windows with decorative frames.

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Just one skein of bulky weight Wool of the Andes and some fancy mirrored cabling produces this simple but effective purse—a great gift for yourself or a friend!

The purse is knit sideways, then folded and seamed along the sides. Go wild personalizing it with fancy handles and lining material, or let the cables sing on their own with simpler accessories.

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NOTE: This pattern was re-released in December 2014 with an additional size, recharted, and with the many errors in the written and charted instructions fixed. The free version remains online via Knotions but is no longer supported.

The scarf requires 325yds, and the stole requires 1000yds of DK-weight yarn. I recommend something with a nice drape, but I like the slinkiness of the bamboo in the sample!

This mesh scarf could have been used by a particularly glamorous water maiden (a German Nixe or Nixie) to snare passing fishermen and women. The basic stitch is based on Barbara Walker’s Mermaid Mesh, but with tendrils at the short sides that gently wave like seaweed. The light bamboo yarn lends a light crunchy softness perfect for warding off the cool breath of the night – or overactive air conditioning.

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Difficulty: 2.0 (2 users)

I love going to the beach, the pool, the pond, basically anywhere I can go swimming. But I don’t love what my hair looks like when I’m lounging afterwards! This slouchy, linen blend hat was designed as a cover-up for the head on a lovely summer’s day. Knit in the round with a folded brim and simple lace welting pattern, you’ll have one worked up just in time for your next outing.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Hat

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Difficulty: 2.0 (3 users)

This cowl was inspired by the need for a simple, lightweight garment to keep the chill off while on vacation in the fall at the beach. The stitch pattern echoes the foam-flecked waves of the Atlantic, and the yarn used includes a small amount of chitin, made from the exoskeletons of small invertebrates like shrimp and crabs. The pattern is simple enough to take anywhere, but looks complex enough to impress your friends. It is knit in the round with a rippled lace pattern that is completed in two rounds.

This is a great project for an odd skein of sock yarn—or any other lightweight fingering yarn you may have lying around. Whether you keep one for yourself, or knit several for gifts, this is a good stashbusting project for any time of year!

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 3.5 (2 users)

When Pandora opened her box, all of the evils of the world flew out, leaving hope behind to comfort her. These bowls are inspired by ancient Greek lidded vessels, use Peruvian yarn manufactured in the US, and a pattern published by an Australian magazine. If the international nature of knitting doesn’t bring you hope, maybe you’ll find something to put in these bowls that will!

Yarn Magazine is an Australian knitting publication and is available from www.yarnmagazine.com.au. For US and European purchasers, one issue costs AU$16 including postage.

Note: Published under “KT Vaughan”. This is the same person as Katherine Vaughan.

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Difficulty: 2.0 (4 users)

Everybody needs a nice roomy tote to carry around projects, patterns, supplies, and the odd snack. Felted totes are particularly appealing, as they use all natural materials and are solid enough not to need a lining.

Unfortunately, creating a large tote in one piece has drawbacks - particularly in the summer months when it’s just way too hot to carry around a large project. If you want to incorporate colorwork, you’ve got to organize all those skeins at once. And it’s difficult to feel like you’re making any progress until the very end.

This bag solves those problems. Since each square is knit individually and seamed...

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Difficulty: 4.0 (2 users)

The Payden hat and mittens set is designed for knitters who love cabling but aren’t quite in the mood for cables AND shaping at the same time. In this set, the hat’s brim and the mittens’ cuffs are first knit flat with a bulky cable motif, then sewn into a band. Stitches for the crown and hand are picked up from the selvedge of this cabled band and knit in the round. The hat and mittens are both decreased along two sides instead of in a circle; this allows the mittens to fit more comfortably on the hand and the hat to lay flat (as well as to mimic the mittens). Instructions for the mittens are mirrored so that the seam for...

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Difficulty: 7.0 (1 user)

The Payden hat and mittens set is designed for knitters who love cabling but aren’t quite in the mood for cables AND shaping at the same time. In this set, the hat’s brim and the mittens’ cuffs are first knit flat with a bulky cable motif, then sewn into a band. Stitches for the crown and hand are picked up from the selvedge of this cabled band and knit in the round. The hat and mittens are both decreased along two sides instead of in a circle; this allows the mittens to fit more comfortably on the hand and the hat to lay flat (as well as to mimic the mittens). Instructions for the mittens are mirrored so that the seam for...

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 1.8 (4 users)

The idea behind this very cute child’s hat and scarf set was simple: create something with bold lines that a knitter would enjoy making AND that a kid would enjoy wearing. Simple in idea, but not so simple in execution!

The finished design uses a strong reversible diagonal rib to keep the knitting and the scarf/hat interesting. A keyhole in the scarf keeps it from falling off or dragging on the ground during play. The very gradual decreases in the hat give it an elfin look that is cute either stood up on end or flopped over. Best of all, the stretchiness of the overall pattern means that this combo will last several seasons by growing with the child.

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Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

This light, lacy shrug is great for summer nights, when you want a little extra weight around your shoulders but don’t need anything too clingy and warm. The ribbon yarn gives some interest to the eyelet and mesh stitches, particularly because of the pearlescent variations in the nylon half. This shrug is called “The Pearl” for the seaside colorway chosen, the fishnet stitch of the main body pattern, for the shimmer of the yarn, and because most of the rows are done in purl. The rectangular base cloth is folded and seamed to form a three dimensional shape without “shaping”, making it a particularly quick pattern to...

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Difficulty: 3.0 (1 user)

This light and lacy cowl is inspired by the granite coast of Maine, where the chilly evenings prompt the wise knitter to keep a stock of quick handknits around—even in August!

A large number of stitches are initially cast on, but 60% are bound off on the next row, resulting in a looped edge. The simple lace body allows the mottling pattern of the Malabrigo Lace (held doubled) to shine. Loops are also created at the bind off by adding back the stitches that had been removed at the beginning.

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Difficulty: 3.9 (13 users)

“Perri: Traveler. Someone who lives near a pear tree.” I am fascinated with name meanings, especially when they lead to inspiration in knits. “Perri’s Pattern” evokes decorative windows in houses of worship worldwide as well as heavy hanging fruits from pears to figs. The textural lace of the body of the beanie travels into ribs inspired by the ceiling of Baroque cathedrals. Tourist or homebody, this cozy hat will comfort you year round.

A version of this pattern was published as “Soy Beanie” in 101 Luxury Yarn One-Skein Wonders.

This version is graded for multiple sizes, includes charted instructions, adds length, and has other modifications.

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Difficulty: 2.0 (1 user)

It’s hard for me to believe that five years ago I joined a community of awesome farmers, dyers, spinners, potters, beaders, designers, and other fiber artists all participating in the Phat Fiber Sampler Box. This shawl is a tribute to Jessie and my “Phatties” - it uses samples from various boxes spun as singles and plied with a neutral grey merino.

The shawl is worked from the bottom tip up with a simple angled lace pattern. Because the increases are located along the center spine, the finished shape is like a squat diamond that results in a shawl collar when worn. This version has a...

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Difficulty: 2.0 (3 users)

This lovely scarf has everything going for it: the strong geometric pointed pattern (modeled on the Pinnacles stitch pattern) lends movement and grace, the wool/bamboo blend gives warmth and silkiness, and the length means it works in nearly any climate.

Pinnacles is made on US 6 (4mm) needles from three skeins of Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo, a renewable fiber blend that has the warmth of wool but the smoothness of bamboo. It is constructed from the center out to points in pattern for a polished, professional look. The relatively simple stitch pattern is balanced by the slightly advanced construction techniques to make a project that is...

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Difficulty: 4.3 (3 users)

The alternating blocks of k2tog and ssk lace blocks in this cowl pull the fabric alternately to the right and the left, which gives it the ripple effect when knit up in a striped yarn. The lace itself is particularly simple to work, with only two true patterned rows.

Craft: Knitting
Category: Accessories • Neck/Torso • Cowl
Gender: Female
Age: Teen • Adult
Size: One size: 22.5in circumference by 7.5in tall [57cm by 19cm]
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Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

Short row shawls are all the rage, but most are worked from the bottom up. This limits the flexibility that is one of my favorite aspects of standard top-down shawls; the ability to change the size and border as you know how much yarn you’ll have at the end.

This shawl starts with a garter stitch body shaped into a triangle with short rows (no wraps!), then moves into a mesh lace border with a fun bindoff. Make the shawl larger or smaller by changing the number of stitches in the body and/or the number of rows in the border.

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Difficulty: 3.5 (4 users)

This lovely lace wrap knits up quickly in DK-weight yarn on large needles. The very open pattern is created with frequent yarnovers and decreases arranged to give a wave and feather motif. Every wrong side stitch is purled – making this much easier to knit than your friends will believe!

MATERIALS:
750yd / 686m DK weight yarn
1 set size US9 (5.5mm) needles or size needed to match gauge
7 stitch markers (optional)
String or unwaxed dental floss for lifelines (optional)
Yarn needle
Blocking wires and pins

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Sometimes yarn tells you what it wants to be, and sometimes it just doesn’t. This yarn, a handspun alpaca/merino/silk blend, was definitely destined for hatdom—but what kind? After much negotiation, what you see is the result!

Top-down hats allow you to make adjustments to length after the crown is worked, resulting in a more precise fit. This “onion dome” shape expands to a wider circumference than normal and then pulls in right before the last set of ribbing to be snug at the cuff. It’s a trick taken from tams and berets and applied to a beanie. “Punica” is the genus...

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Difficulty: 7.0 (1 user)

Finished Size 513⁄4 (571⁄2, 64, 693⁄4, 761⁄4, 82, 881⁄2)” hem circumference. To fit 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54)” bust. Sample shown measures 30”.
Yarn Anzula For Better or Worsted (80% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% polyamide; 200 yd 183m/4.06 oz 115 g): nimbus, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) skeins.
Needles Size 5 (3.75mm) and 7 (4.5mm): set of double-pointed (dpn) and 16” and 24” circular (cir). Adjust needle sizes if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions 1 marker (m) for end of rnd, 12 markers (m-a) to indicate cable increase sections, 2 markers (m-b) to indicate center cable; cable needle (cn); tapestry needle....

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Designed by Katherine Vaughan
Difficulty: 3.0 (8 users)

A different take on the string bag - this one uses approximately 20 plastic (nonbiodegradeable!) grocery bags.

Gauge is not important for this project.

I like to think of myself as a good steward of the earth. When I go shopping, I try to use canvas bags to cut down on the number of those cheap plastic bags that I accumulate. But still, I have an ever expanding bag of bags in my pantry. Every so often we foist off these bags on friends and family that have dogs but this year I decided to reduce, reuse, and recycle those bags into a new grocery bag.

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Difficulty: 4.0 (3 users)

Relevé is a step in ballet in which the heels are lifted off the floor and the dancer balances on the balls of her feet. Not only is that a lovely visual for a sock, but it relates to the inspiration stitch for these cable and lace socks. The “Germaine” stitch is a pairing of a basic cable with an arrowhead lace. Germaine has a similar spelling to the word “germane”, which means “relevant” – and so, in the same way that changing a few letters leads to a completely new meaning, changing a few aspects of the original stitch leads to a charming sock!

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Difficulty: 1.5 (16 users)

Hospitals have a continuing need for hats for newborns and cancer patients of all ages. In general, these hats should:

  • Be made of natural materials.
  • Be machine wash– and dryer-safe.
  • Include a brim or other shaping to distract from the lack of hair.
  • Be soft and beautiful.

The Ripple Brim Chemo Cap meets all of the above criteria, plus it is fun and quick to knit. As an added bonus, the cotton yarn makes it hypo-allergenic and appropriate for summer climates.

Hat is sized for Adult S (20in/50cm head circumference), Adult M, Adult L. Each size is approximately 2in/5cm larger in circumference and 1in/2.5cm taller.

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Difficulty: 4.0 (1 user)

One of the most popular tricks of spycraft is that of the “dead drop” - a place to leave messages for other spies to find. I once read a story of a spy caught on a bridge in Berlin during the Cold War. He was trying to conceal a note in a fake cobblestone, which he kicked into the river to prevent the East Germans from discovering it.

This socks starts out as a plain stockinette, cuff-down standard pattern. Once the sock itself is complete, stitches are picked up around the ankle and worked up in a cobblestone pattern to create a pocket around the leg. A secret pocket, good for stashing secrets. Or, you know, cab fare.

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Sadz Resama Bega uses a dense stitch pattern knit in the round to create a tote bag out of recycled sari silk that will stand up to normal wear without needing a lining.

The inspiration for this bag came from some very yummy recycled sari silk found on eBay. Unfortunately, the silk is very fuzzy, shifts colors suddenly, and has varying weights – so can be difficult to work into items that are picky about pattern and gauge. The stitch used for the tote is very dense, so it has diminished need for lining to prevent stretching or stuff from poking out. At the same time, the slipped stitches form a pleasing hint of pattern among the strong color...

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So much of 20th century spycraft involved coding, decoding, and cracking radio messages. I love all of the stories of how governments fought wars over short wave through coded language from the lovely simplicity of Morse code to the ingenious complexity of the Navajo windtalkers.

These socks are worked from the top down in a chevron stitch adapted to each size. A gusset is worked into the pattern before and after the short row heel. Patterning continues all the way from the cuff to the toe, which means that variegated and stripy yarns really sing. This is knit in a heavier weight of yarn than normal for socks, resulting in a quick knit that’s oh so...

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In the summer, particularly in the American South, it is (to paraphrase Robin Williams) hot. Darned hot. But who’s to tell a little girl that she can’t run around in the muggy, buggy, sunny afternoon? And further, that she can’t do it while wearing something pretty and pink?

This skirt was born of a desire to have a workhorse garment that was highly washable, durable, not expensive to make, and simple to knit. It’s the kind of thing you won’t feel bad about knitting every year after the annual growth spurt. The natural striping of the yarn means you don’t need much in the way of a stitch pattern – just the little detail...

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