Malguri Morning

2017_10_20-02Malguri Morning

This triangular garter-stitch shawl is simple and quick, yet thick and warm, just right for those mountain morning breakfasts on the terrace. It has a 2-stitch stockinette edging that is intended to roll, making a nice border.  It is named for Ilisidi’s mountain fortress, “Malguri,” from the C. J. Cherryh Foreigner books (recommended reading!).

Materials:
8 skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma, bulky:5, 3.5 oz./100 g, 109 yd./100 m, Color: Mulberry Bush
US size 10 (6.0 mm) 29-inch and 45-inch circular knitting needles.

Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb (5 stitches)
Row 2: P2, k1, p2
Row 3: k1 kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (7 stitches)
Row 4: P2, k3, p2
Row 5: k1, kfb, knit until 3 stitches left on row, kfb, k2
Row 6: P2, knit until 2 stitches left on needle, p2.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 until shawl has reached the desired dimensions (or until all the yarn you have left is a ball about the size of an orange) .

Finishing: After an even numbered row, knit 1 row, bind off in this manner: *P2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, p2tog, repeat from * to end of the row. Weave in ends.  Enjoy!

Made with Loops & Threads Charisma Yarn, colors Northern Light (variegated), and Electric Blue (solid).

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Cobblestone Pie Shawl with Garter Stitch Edging

2016_10_26-03Cobblestone Pie Shawl with Garter Stitch Edging

This pattern takes about 3-4 skeins of knitting worsted weight (Medium:4) yarn on a size US 8 (5.0 mm) or 9 (5.5 mm).  You can go with Fine or even Fingering weight yarn on either a large or small needle if you want light and lacy.  If you want thick and warm, go with a heavier weight (Bulky:5 yarn) on a larger (US 10 or 13 — 6.0 mm or 9.0 mm) needle.  You will have to do a gauge swatch with yarn of the same weight to calculate how much yarn to buy.  To calculate the area of a triangle, see here:2016_10_26-04

Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: K1, kfb, k1
Row 2: Knit. (4 stitches)
Row 3: K1, k2fb, k1
Row 4: Knit (6 stitches)
Row 5: K3, yo, k3
Row 6: Knit (7 stitches)
Row 7: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3
Row 8: Knit (9 stitches)
Row 9: K3, p1, k1, p1, k3
Row 10: K3, yo, knit until 3 stitches left on the row, yo, k3
Row 11: K3, *p1, k1, repeat from * until 4 stitches left on row, p1, k3
Repeat rows 10 and 11 until piece is the size you want.
Row 12: K3, yo,*k1, yo, repeat from * until 3 stitches left on row, k3.
Row 13: K3, drop yo, *k1, drop yo, repeat from * until 3 stitches left on row, k3.
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: Knit.
Bind off, weave in ends.

Cobblestone Pie Head Scarf

2016_05_22-012016_05_22-02Cobblestone Pie Head Scarf

Materials: 1 skein of knitting worsted,
size US10(6.0 mm) circular needle.

Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb. (5)
Row 2: P2, k1, p2.
Row 3: k1 k2fb, k2. (7)
Row 4: P2, k1, p1, k1, p2.
Row 5: k1, kfb, knit until 3 stitches left on row, kfb, k2.
Row 6: P2, *(k1, p1) repeat from * until 3 stitches left on needle, k1, p2.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until scarf measures 18 inches across the top. (Remember, scarf will stretch when tied around the head.P

2016_05_22-03Finishing with 5-stitch I-cord:
Row 1: Slip 1 stitch, knit till one stitch remains. Turn work.
Row 2: Slip 2 stitches, knit until two stitches remain. Turn work.
Row 3: Slip 3 stitches, knit until 3 stitches remain. Turn work.
Row 4: Slip 4 stitches, knit until 4 stitches remain, Turn work.
Row 5: Slip first 5 stitches of the row off onto a stitch keeper. *K2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, k2tog. Repeat from * until 5 stitches remain. (Knit this row as tightly as you can to prevent stretching.)
Row 6: Using the 5 remaining stitches, knit 10 inches of I-cord and bind off.
Row 7: Using the 5 stitches on the stitch keeper, attach yarn and knit 10 inches of I-cord. bind off.

Finishing with 3-stitch I-cord:
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Slip 1 stitch, knit until 1 stitch remain. Turn work.
Row 4: Slip 2 stitches, knit until 2 stitches remain, Turn work.
Row 5: Slip first 3 stitches of the row off onto a stitch keeper. *K2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, k2tog. (Knit this row as tightly as you can to prevent stretching.) Repeat from * until 3 stitches remain.
Row 6: Using the 3 remaining stitches, knit 10 inches of I-cord and bind off.
Row 7: Using the 3 stitches on the stitch keeper, attach yarn and knit 10 inches of I-cord. bind off.

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Yarn:  Lily Sugar & Cream, Medium: 4,  113g/4 oz, 184 meters/200 yards colors Hot Pink and a discontinued Peaches & Cream yarn same size and weight. On US8/5.00 mm needles 3 skeins of the Lily’s Sugar & Cream make 2 scarves.

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Cobblestone Pie Triangular Shawl

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Materials: 3 skeins of knitting worsted, size US10(6.0 mm) 36-inch circular needle.

Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb (5)
Row 2: P2, k1, p2
Row 3: k1 k2fb, k2 (7)
Row 4: P2, k1, p1, k1, p2
Row 5: k1, kfb, knit until 3 stitches left on row, kfb, k2
Row 6: P2, *(k1, p1) repeat from * until 3 stitches left on needle, k1, p2.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until shawl has reached the desired dimensions.

Finishing: Knit a row, purl a row, Knit a row,
Bind off in this manner: *P2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, p2tog, repeat from * to end of the row.

Note:  The 2-stitch stockinette edging on either side , as well as the top border of stockinette are going to curl/roll because unblocked stockinette will do that.  This is intentional, and creates a nice rolled edge.

Your Common or Garden-Variety Prayer Shawl

Your Common or Garden-Variety Prayer Shawl

This is a dead easy triangular shawl in garter stitch for an absolute beginner.  All you need to know to do this project is casting on, knit, yarn over, and binding off.  That’s it.  It’s also a great stashbuster project.

Note:  Skinny yarn on big needles makes a delicate and lacy shawl; skinny yarn on small needles makes a thin, lightweight shawl that takes a long time to finish; fat yarn on big needles makes a thick, heavy shawl that is quick to knit; worsted weight yarn on medium size needles makes a medium weight shawl. You can use odds and ends of leftover yarn that are similar in weight to make a colorful striped shawl.

Materials:  Any kind of yarn(s) you want to use in any color(s) you like.

Needles:  A circular knitting needle at least 29 inches long in any needle size you like.

Cast on 2 stitches.

Row 1:  K1, yo, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat row 1 until the shawl is the size you want it.  Bind off.

 

 

Linus Scarf/Shawl

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Linus Scarf/Shaw

This is a lovely asymmetrical scarf/shawl pattern by Annett Cordes that I got from my blog-friend The Innocent Abroad. I’ve borrowed Annett’s picture of it, too, for the time being.  The pattern is a free download, but I’ve made it a little easier for American knitters to understand, and put that version here.  What a great stashbuster project.

Cast on 5 stitches.
Row 1:  K4, kfb
Row 2:  K2, yo, knit until 2 stitches left. K2tog tbl.
Row 3:  Knit until 1 stitch left kfb.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece has reached the desired length. Bind off.

Hulda Scarflet

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Materials:
1 skein Lion Brand “Vanna’s Choice,” Weight Medium/4, 3 oz/85 g, 145 yd/133 m, color: Denim Mist.
1 Circular needle size US8/5.0 mm
2 stitch markers (the # symbol in the pattern indicates where to place them.)

Using either long-tail or chain method, cast on 11 stitches.
Row 1: K1, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1. (13 stitches)
Row 2: P5, p3tog, p5 (11 stitches)
Row 3: K1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 (13 stitches)
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: K1, yo, k1, yo, ssk, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1 (13 stitches)
Row 6: Purl.
Row 7: K1, yo, k1, yo, ssk, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1 (15 stitches)
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: K1, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1, ssk, #, yo, k1, yo, #, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1 (17 stitches)
Row 10: P7, k3, p7.
Row 11: (K1, yo) x2, ssk, k1, ssk, #, yo, knit to second #, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, (yo, k1) x2
Row 12: P7, #, knit to second #, p7.
Repeat rows 11 and 12 until scarflet measures 40 inches.

Finishing:
Count stitches (there will be an odd number), divide by 2. Using the “odd” stitch as the center point, place marker just to the right of the “odd stitch.”
Row 1: (Ssk, yo) to marker, knit center stitch, (yo k2tog) to end of row.
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, *yo, ssk, repeat from * to #, k1, *K2 tog, yo, repeat from * until 1stitch remains, K1.
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Bind off loosely.

Note: This pattern also makes a nice shawl. Keep knitting until the shawl is desired size and finish off.  (You will probably need about 3-4 skeins depending on the yarn you use. )