Chevron scarf pattern

I’m sure you’ve noticed the temperature dropping so it is the perfect time to start knitting a scarf for the winter months ahead. The design of this scarf makes it a suitable gift for both males and females.

As with my other knitting patterns, this scarf is a rectangle with no increases or decreases, so is suitable for those with basic knitting abilities – as well as being a quick project for the more experienced 😉

grey chevron knitted unisex scarf pattern beginnerAbbreviations I have not mentioned before are:

Sl1 – slip stitch knitwise (put right needle through stitch on left needle as if to knit but just slip it onto right needle without knitting)

Sl1p – slip stitch purlwise (put right needle through stitch on left needle as if to purl but just slip it onto right needle without purling)

Here is a video I found on Youtube that demonstrating slip stitches

By slipping, instead of working the first stitch on the row, you end up with a neater edge!

Chevron Scarf

I used 7mm needles & 100g chunky yarn to make a scarf approx 5″ wide & 44″ long. Use more yarn for a longer scarf.

As this is a scarf you do not need to check the gauge.

Cast on 24 sts

For beginning row only (RS): [K2, p2] 4 sts in brackets to be repeated 5 more times.

Now continue with Row 1 of 1st pattern

1st Pattern:
Row 1 : Sl1, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2
Row 2: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 3: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k2, p1
Row 4: Sl1, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 5: Sl1p, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 6: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 st3, k2, p1
Row 7: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 8: Sl1p, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2

Rows 1-8 of 1st pattern repeated (in total 16rows)

2nd pattern:

Row 1: Sl1, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2
Row 2: Sl1, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k2,p1
Row 3: Sl1, [p2, k2] to last 3 sts, p2, k1
Row 4: Sl1p, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 5: Sl1p, p1, [k2, p2] to last 2 sts, k2
Row 6: Sl1p, [p2, k2] to last 3 st3, p2, k1
Row 7: Sl1p, [k2, p2] to last 3 sts, k2, p1
Row 8: Sl1, k1, [p2, k2] to last 2 sts, p2

Now repeat rows 1-8 of 2nd pattern (in total 16 rows)

Continue working as above: 1st pattern (8 rows) twice followed by 2nd pattern (8 rows) twice until desired length. For the best effect, try to finish at the end of the 2nd repeat of a pattern.

Cast off

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I must update my blog more often!

I may have been busy over the last couple of months but should really have put some time aside to keep my blog updated. I finished my first large item of clothing using fairisle technique last week, so maybe that’s a good place to start.

I saw the Scribble Tanktop pattern in issue 44 of The Knitter and it screamed DAVE! My partner Dave already owns a couple of patterned tanktops and is also a big fan of the colour brown, so I decided to use the recommended yarn which also added a bit of variety to his wardrobe – i.e blue

I had to learn the continental method of knitting to alternate between my standard method for the brown (working yarn in right hand) and the continental for the blue (working yarn in left hand). This ensured I kept the brown yarn above the blue as I knitted without having to keep swapping the yarn in my right hand and avoided the 2 yarns getting tangled. I’ve found it really rewarding to learn the continental method for knit stitch as it is much quicker to work. The tanktop was knitted in the round so I only had to purl rows after shaping for the arm holes. I recommend persevering with learning it if you can’t already!

You can also buy the Scribble Tanktop pattern separately on The Making Spot website.

starting fairisle technique for tanktop in The Knitter

I experimented to find the best method for the 2 colour yarns on the back of the knitting. I tried ‘wrapping’ the yarn as shown above (stops you having long stretches of loose yarn) but as the maximum length was 6 stitches I settled on leaving it loose as the front looked better

first repeat of fairisle scribble pattern tanktop from The Knitter

It took a while to get my tension right, so the yarn travelling across the stitches on the back wasn’t too tight, but became really easy once I got used to swapping between the blue and brown yarn. There are 2 different rows of repeat scribble designs that are offset

fairisle scribble tanktop knitted in the round

I really like how the gap between rows increases from the bottom of the tank to the top and the great thing about knitting in the round is less joins to sew 🙂

fairisle scribble tanktop modelled by Dave

As you can see, my partner Dave is very proud of his new tanktop 🙂

Current stage with Wool-Eater crochet along project

Last Wednesday I had completed the 6th round of my crochet-along blanket…

I’m continuing with Granny Squares as found that I had to stop at the 8th round of colour. The oddments I had weren’t long enough to complete a further round (the original reason for starting it) and I would need to purchase new full balls. I can see why it’s called a Wool-Eater Blanket! 🙂

Wool Eater Crochet along Sarah London blanket oddment yarn

This is how my project looked last Wednesday

Wool Eater blanket crochet Granny squares oddments yarn

Here is the stage I’ve reached today with my blanket.  I have to make a lot more Granny squares!

Springtime cardi is finished!

I have completed my cardigan and it is still Springtime! 🙂

alpaca lace knit bat wing sleeve cardigan

The waistband was added by picking up the stitches along the bottom of the lace knit body as the cast on row. When this was completed the neckband (knitted separately) was attached. I added press stud fasteners and the cardi is finished!

cream sideways knit lace alpaca yarn cardigan

This is the cardi after completing the two sideway knit sleeve

lace cardi knit sideways joined centre back

The batwing sleeves each include half the body section and are sewn together down the centre of the back to assemble

Join in and crochet a Wool Eater Blanket with Sarah London

I had this on my list of to-do-projects since January but have finally started it 🙂

wool eater blanket crochet double knit oddment yarn

Link to Sarah London Wool Eater CAL 2012

It is another project for using up oddments of yarn. Where as the knitted squidgy hexipuffs use up oddments of 4 ply yarn, this crochet-along-with-Sarah project uses double knit yarn.

Click on the image above to link to her site and the Wool Eater Blanket instructions. Obviously I’m more than a little behind having just started!

My dress is finished!

At last I can show you the finished dress!

It’s a shift dress but if I want a fitted look it can be worn with a belt. I decided not to make a belt in the pink fabric as planned but think it looks more interesting with a gold or tan belt.

making short sleeve shift dress with patch pocketsmaking block colour dress with peter pan collar patch pocketsdress opening on shoulder with press stud and collarThe shoulder opening is fastened simply with a press stud and the collar fixes over it with another press stud.

understitching facing on dress neckline

understitching on facing close to neckline seam

how dress facing on neckline looks from inside

how dress facing on neckline looks from inside

no stitching visible on rightside of dress neckline

no stitching visible on rightside of dress neckline

Some of the useful techniques I picked up while making the dress were:

1) understitching – sewing close to seam on facing to make the facing around the neckline sit flat. I found a good understitching video on YouTube.

2) invisible hand hemming – this is an old hand stitching method.

(Top of picture) Inside dress – the stitches sit close to the edge of the hem (should be hidden – I think I need more practice!)

(Bottom of picture) You shouldn’t be able to see the stitches on the right side of the dress.

Here is another useful You Tube video showing blind stitch hemming to help you understand how to sew a hem by hand.

I hope this has inspired you to take the plunge and start making a dress too! 🙂

Springtime cardigan

Now we are entering spring I thought I’d show you the cardigan I’m knitting. It’s still warm enough (using lovely soft alpaca wool!) to take me through the cooler pre-summer weather but the lacy cream look makes me feel like I’m leaving winter behind…

I have finished the first half which is knitted from the sleeve towards the centre of the body incorporating the front and back in one piece. It is the first time I’ve used a pattern using this construction. The cardigan will have batwing style sleeves and a tighter ribbed lower body section. If you have problems picturing this then you’ll just have to wait and see the finished item 😉

alpaca yarn lace wool knitted batwing cardigan no sleeve seamlace knit pattern for alpaca yarn cardigan

first half of batwing lace pattern alpaca wool knitted cardigan