• Knitting Pattern,  Scarf/Cowl

    Smoke & Water

    Guys, I am so excited to share this project with you! The “Smoke & Water” cowl features two lacework patterns merged into one amazing infinity scarf. The pattern came alive at the cabin. I wanted a cozy scarf I could wear out on the boat on brisk mornings and also around the campfire. The lacework keeps the scarf light enough to wear during late summer/early fall. I love it so much I may wear it year round! The first lacework (on the edges) is reminiscent of rushing water. The inner lacework is a calmer water with a twisting smoke ring down the middle. It can be worn single or double…

  • Knitting Pattern,  Scarf/Cowl

    The Green Arrow Cowl

      The Green Arrow Cowl is a two-toned cowl knit in the round with fair-isle technique. The pattern was inspired by pine needles, and turned into a super cool reverse arrow design. It took several attempts to figure out the best way to create the cowl. The first try was made back and forth, rather than in the round and I discovered that purling in fair isle is the worst thing ever. I am an English style knitter (meaning I hold my working yarn in my right hand) and found that purling with my left hand was going to take an eternity. I mastered knitting with my left hand so…

  • 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…

  • Scarf/Cowl

    The Katy Cowl: Easy Bulky Garter Cowl

    Every winter, my sister-in-law throws a super amazing craft sale called The Red Door Sale. Creative people from around the Twin Cities sell their handmade products in this magical, Christmas tree-filled home. For the past two years, I have been blessed to sell some knit headbands at the shop. Last Christmas, I went a little hung-ho and bought almost $100 worth of super bulky yarn from Jo-Ann’s. On sale, that was like 25 skeins. And I made all of these headbands with knit flowers in a week’s span. Hello, arthritis. But I didn’t finish off the whole supply. I had 3 different colorways left and wanted one cozy project to…