Thursday, March 27, 2014

Maipo Chunky Infinity Scarf

This infinity scarf was so fun and quick to make! The yarn is so soft and squishy!

I used a size 13-32" inch circular needle (about 2 stitches = 1 inch) and 3 skeins of Maipo from Auracania Yarns. We have all 14 amazing colorways in stock at The Naked Sheep.

Here's what to do:  Cast on 120 stitches, place marker and join in the round.

Round 1:  Knit 1, purl 1; repeat to end of round.
Round 2:  Slip 1, purl 1; repeat to end of round.

Repeat the last 2 rounds 7 more times.

Round 1:  Knit.

Round 2:  Purl.

Repeat the last 2 rounds 7 more times.

Bind-off using a nice stretchy bind-off. Block if desired, or just put it on and wear it proudly!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Free Pattern! Sunseeker Cowl and Infinity Scarf

As promised, here is the pattern for my Sunseeker Cowl and Infinity Scarf!

For the Cowl:  You'll need one skein each of Sunseeker Multis (MC) and Sunseeker Solids (CC) that complement each other.

Using MC and a size 5-24" circular needle, cast on 120 stitches. Place marker, join in the round and knit 10 rounds. Change to CC and knit 1 round, then purl 9 rounds.

Repeat last 20 rounds 3 more times. Change to MC and knit 10 rounds.

Bind-off as follows:  Knit 2, *insert left hand needle into fronts of these 2 sts from left to right and knit them off together through the back loop. One stitch is bound off. Knit 1; repeat from * to end of row. I recently learned this stretchy bind-off from Michele Bernstein, and it is pure genius!

For the Infinity Scarf: You'll need 3 skeins of Sunseeker Multis.

Using a size 5-32" (or longer) circular needle, cast on 240 stitches. Place marker, join in the round and knit 10 rounds. Purl 10 rounds.

Repeat last 20 rounds 3 more times. Knit 10 rounds.

Bind-off as for Cowl. Weave in ends and Enjoy!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My Lovely Api One-Skein Cowl

New yarn arrived at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop last week, and of course I had to make something with it! Since the Rose City Yarn Crawl is coming up this weekend, I decided to design a One-Skein Cowl to feature the yarn.

Here are the details!

I used just one skein of Api (from Mirasol) and a size 8-24" circular needle. I got a gauge of 4.5 stitches to the inch.  Adjust your needles accordingly.

Loosely cast on 90 stitches, place beginning of round marker and join in the round. Knit one round.




Next Round:  Purl 1, knit 44, place mid-round marker, purl 1, knit 44.
Next Round:  Purl 2, knit 43, slip mid-round marker, purl 2, knit 43.
Next Round:  Purl 3, knit 42, slip mid-round marker, purl 3, knit 42.

Continue in this fashion, until you are purling all the stitches.

Bind off using a stretchy bind-off; like Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off.

Enjoy!  And I hope to see you this weekend!


Friday, February 14, 2014

Soft and Squishy Zig Zag Scarf

I used 3 skeins of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky and size 10 needles to make this scarf; and it has a really great soft and cozy feel to it!

Here's the pattern if you want to make one for yourself!

Abbreviations
K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
M1 = make one stitch--pick up the bar between the stitches with the left needle, from the front to the back; and then knit it through the back loop

Cast on 21 stitches.

Row 1: K1, m1, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 nine more times.

Repeat row 2 once.

Work the last 21 rows until desired length. Bind-off and weave in ends.

Easy, huh? Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Free Patterns Coming Soon!

Here's a sneak preview of the 2 FREE Patterns you'll have a chance to score at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop during the Rose City Yarn Crawl in less than 3 weeks!  The crawl is Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday (February 27, 28, March 1 and 2).  For details on the crawl, check out the Rose City Yarn Crawl's website!

Three Pointed Love, designed by Cheri Clark, is our free knitting pattern;



















and The Overlook House Cowl, designed by Natalie Laderas-Kilkenny, is our free crochet pattern.



















Hope to see you during the crawl!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Team Spirit Scarf!

In honor of the approaching Super Bowl game, I give you the Team Spirit Scarf! I used 2 skeins of Eco Wool (1 skein each of colors 8457 and 8449); but you choose colors that support your favorite team! Using a size 9 16” circular needles, I got a gauge of about 4 stitches and 5 rows to the inch. 

Cast on 56 stitches using color A. Place marker and join into the round, being careful not to twist your stitches. Knit 19 rounds. (Note: As you change colors, don't cut the yarn; just carry them up the inside of the scarf.)

Change to color B and knit 2 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 18 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 3 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 17 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 4 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 16 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 5 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 15 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 6 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 14 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 7 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 13 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 8 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 12 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 9 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 11 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 10 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 10 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 11 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 9 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 12 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 8 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 13 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 7 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 14 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 6 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 15 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 5 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 16 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 4 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 17 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 3 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 18 rounds.
Change to color A and knit 2 rounds.
Change to color B and knit 19 rounds.

Bind off. Cut 28 11” lengths of yarn for fringe, in both colors. Apply the opposite color fringe to the color at each end. 

Put on scarf and cheer on your team in style!


Friday, December 27, 2013

Process vs Project

A lovely customer sent this to me this morning thinking it would give me a chuckle, and it did J

http://www.twistcollective.com/collection/component/content/article/35-articles/features/1405-process-this/

I am very much a process knitter. How about you?  Enjoy!