• Knitting Pattern,  Scarf/Cowl

    Chevron Button Cowl

    Introducing: The Chevron Button Cowl! This is my first ever pattern I have made, and started off with a rather simple but fun one! It is a simple, chevron seed stitch 4 row 8 stitch pattern repeat with button holes on one end. Supplies: US size 8 needles Worsted weight yarn (approximately 200 yards) 5 buttons Needle and thread I used up scrap yarn while experimenting with creating a pattern. I used Red Heart Super Saver Yarn which is something I would never really pick but, hey, it was in my stash as a gift from my husband. Pattern: CO 48 stitches, purl the 48 stitches (this will be the…

  • Scarf/Cowl

    The Align Cowl

    It is finished! And I love the way it turned out. The pattern is called Align, created by Norah Gaughan, published in Berroco. Supplies: US Size 8 needles: I use Hiya Hiya interchangeable needles and love them Caron Simply Soft Solids yarn: worsted weight, 1 skein (315g), colorway Country Blue The Process: I used an invisible provisional cast on to make sure I didn’t have a break in the lace pattern. It was my first time doing the provisional cast on for lacework, and it went…less than optimal. Though it does look much better than doing a mattress stitch to seam it together in the end!   I found it…

  • Scarf/Cowl

    Keeping Blocked Knitting Away from a Dog

    This weekend, my husband and I went to the family cabin to spend time with friends. On the drive there and back, and during relaxing time throughout the day, I got to finish all the pattern repeats of my work in progress. I never did master the pattern and had to rely on my print-out the whole time. I did, however, understand it after several repeats enough to know when I made a mistake before it was too late. How to Block Your Knitting as a Dog Owner: Key Concept: Keep it up high out of the dog’s reach! With my last project,┬áThe Katy Cowl, I had a struggle blocking…

  • Knitting Tutorial

    Using a Lifeline in Complicated Patterns

    My current project has already taught me several new lessons and reinforced some already-known techniques: lifelines, provisional cast ons, and how to slip stitches. Today let’s talk about lifelines! The de-stashing goal continues! The next yarn for me to finally get out of my stash is Simply Soft by Caron. This is my favorite yarn for baby blankets. As the name implies, it is extremely soft and perfect for brushing against sensitive baby skin. It also holds up pretty well being washed. I made a blanket for my new baby nephew and I know that thing has gone through the wash many times thanks to spit-up. And it still looks…