YELLER – Scarf

About this pattern: I first decided I wanted to make a yellow scarf with a fringe when I saw a rendition of the “Florence Scarves” on ravelry.com that has a nice beachy look to it.  I really wanted the fringe-iness to be reflected throughout, so I designed a pattern based around fringe-like delicate dropped stitch stripes alternated with a more substantial stripe.  The inspiration for the diamonds in the more solid stripes came from some Navajo blankets I have been looking at.  Of the three hanks of yarn required for this scarf, one is entirely used for fringe – I really like the full effect it gave, but you can experiment with more or less if you want to change the look a little.

Difficulty: moderate.  Pattern requires knitting through the back loop.

Size: 6 feet with fringe, 5 feet without.

Needles: size 5.  I prefer to use circulars because the scarf can really grow horizontally on the needles when you’re wrapping the yarn for the dropped stitches, but longer straight needles should work as well.

Yarn: Alchemy Juniper (color: Michelle’s Marigold) 3 hanks (about 700 yards) OR 700 yards of a fingering weight yarn of your choice.

Gauge: 1″ = 7 stitches across and 6 stitches down in garter stitch.

Key:

K = knit

P = purl

K2tog = knit 2 stitches together

SSK = slip slip knit

KTBL = knit through the back loop

YO = yarn over

W2 = wrap yarn around needle twice

W6 = wrap yarn around needle 6 times

DW = drop wrapped stitches

Pattern:

Cast on 58 stitches loosely.

**Preparation for the fringe – you may choose to skip this if you do not want to put a fringe on this scarf**

Row 1: K all stitches

Row 2: *K1, YO, K2tog* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 3 and 4: K all stitches

You should now have 19 small holes in your work, which will be used for the fringe later.

**Begin scarf pattern**

DROPPED STITCH STRIPE:

Row 1: *K1, W2* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 2: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 3 and 4: K all stitches

Row 5: *K1, W6* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 6: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 7 and 8: K all stitches

Row 9: *K1, W2* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 10: *K1, DW* rep until last stitch, K1

Rows 11 and 12: K all stitches

NAVAJO DIAMOND STRIPE:

Row 1: K4, [K4, K2tog, YO, K2, YO, SSK, K4], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 2: K all stitches

Row 3: K4, [K3, K2tog, YO, K4, YO, SSK, K3], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 4: K all stitches

Row 5: K4, [K2, K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K1, YO, SSK, K2], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 6: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 7: K4, [K1, K2tog, YO, K8, YO, SSK, K1], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 8: K all stitches

Row 9: K4, [K2tog, YO, K1, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K1, YO, SSK], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 10: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 11: K4, [K2, YO, SSK, K6, K2tog, YO, K2], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 12: K all stitches

Row 13: K4, [K3, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, K3], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 14: K all stitches, but always KTBL on the first stitch of each double YO.

Row 15: K4, [K4, YO, SSK, K2, K2tog, YO, K4], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 16: K all stitches

Row 17: K4, [K5, YO, SSK, K2tog, YO, K5], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4, [repeat bracket pattern], K4

Row 18: K all stitches

Alternate the stripes until you have 11 dropped stitch stripes and 10 Navajo diamond stripes OR until you have a scarf of the desired length.  Always finish the scarf with the end of a dropped stitch scarf.

**Preparation for the bottom fringe, you may skip this if you choose to not include a fringe**

Row 1: *K1, YO, K2tog* rep until last stitch, K1

Row 2: K all stitches

Bind off loosely.

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THE FRINGE

Create 380 20″ pieces of yarn for the fringe (or try a different size for a shorter/longer fringe).  This can be done easily by wrapping the yarn around a hardcover notebook longways.  Thread 10 pieces of yarn through each hole at the ends of the scarf, trying to keep the ends as even as possible.  The center of each piece of yarn should be in the hole and each fringe should be about 10″ long.  There should be 20 pieces of 10″ fringe per hole/knot.  Tie knots, allowing some space between the end of the scarf and the knots.  Trim any fringe pieces that seem too long.

PALM FRONDS – Shawl

About this pattern: I knit this shawl for my mom as a Christmas present in 2009.  This is a great project for knitters looking to get into lace knitting, since the pattern is simple enough to easily memorize and the results are visually stunning (as most patterns based around feather and fan tend to be).  The combination of large needles and lace weight yarn means that the shawl knits up quite quickly and has a nice airiness to it.

Needles: size 11.

Yarn: Knitpicks Shadow, between 500-600 yards.

Pattern:

Loosely cast on 56 stitches.

Row 1: Knit all stitches.

Row 2: Purl all stitches.

Row 3: K1, *K2TOG x3, (YO, K1) x6, K2TOG x3* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 4: Knit all stitches.

Repeat rows 1-4 until the shawl measures approximately 7 feet, bind off loosely.  Block!

ERRATA:

The shawl in the picture actually included an extra repeat of the pattern, meaning you would have to cast on 74 stitches.  I apologize to those who have already started the shawl!  Thank you Liz for pointing this out!

SPIRAL AND EYELET – Kindle 2 Cover

About this pattern: the second Kindle 2 cover I knit for myself (after losing my first Kindle and first cover).  This is a nice design because it has good coverage, but still retains from of the visual interest from lace knitting.

Attention: I did not gauge this pattern.  It is useful to work this with your Kindle 2 handy, so that you can ‘try it on’ as you knit (if you don’t have a Kindle 2, you can look up the dimensions online and create a correctly sized cardboard cut out).  The pattern below reflects my natural gauge – if your cover is too tight or too loose, try removing or adding stitches on the sides of the cover.  As you are knitting, the cover will always look too small – it’s what keeps it snug.

Needles: size 3 circulars, at least 30” long for Magic Loop or double pointed needles.

Yarn: Sublime Soya Cotton DK, between 80-100 yards.

Pattern:

Loosely cast on 64 stitches, pattern is worked in the round.  Work in k1, p1 rib until the work measures about half an inch.  Begin lace stitch.

Row 1: k1, p3, k3, k2tog, k4, yo, p2, yo, k2tog, p2, yo, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k3, p3, k1.
Row 2 (and every even row): k1, p3, k9, p2, k2, p2, k9, p3, k1.
Row 3: k1, p3, k2, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, p2, k2tog, yo, p2, k1, yo, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k2, p3, k1.
Row 4: same as Row 2.
Row 5: k1, p3, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p2, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, yo, k4, sl1, k1, psso, k1, p3, k1.
Row 6: same as Row 2.
Row 7: k1, p3, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, p2, k2tog, yo, p2, k3, yo, k4, sl1, k1, psso, p3, k1.
Row 8: same as Row 2.

Repeat all rows until the Kindle 2 is completely covered.  Bind off using Kitchener’s stitch.

ERRATA: Row 3 should begin with k1, p3. Thanks Pam!

MOCK CABLES – Kindle 2 Cover

About this pattern: a Kindle 2 cover I knit for my boyfriend.  The lace pattern is the same as the Artichoke scarf pattern – easy to remember and looks nice!

Attention: I did not gauge this pattern.  It is useful to work this with your Kindle 2 handy, so that you can ‘try it on’ as you knit (if you don’t have a Kindle 2, you can look up the dimensions online and create a correctly sized cardboard cut out).  The pattern below reflects my natural gauge – if your cover is too tight or too loose, try removing or adding stitches on the sides of the cover.  As you are knitting, the cover will always look too small – it’s what keeps it snug.

Needles: size 4 circulars, at least 30” long for Magic Loop or double pointed needles.

Yarn: Sublime Soya Cotton DK, between 80-100 yards.

Pattern:

Loosely cast on 68 stitches, pattern is worked in the round.

Row 1: K2, P2, *K2, P2* repeat between *s to last 2 stitches, K2.

Row 2: K2, P2 *K1, YO, K1, P2* repeat between *s to last 2 stitches, K2.

Row 3: K2, P2, *K3, P2* repeat between *s to last 2 stitches, K2.

Row 4: K2, P2, *K3, P2* repeat between *s to last 2 stitches, K2.

Row 5: K2, P2, *K3, pass first stitch of stitches just worked over last 2, P2* repeat between *s to last 2 stitches, K2.

Repeat rows 2-5 for pattern until the Kindle 2 is completely covered.  Bind off using Kitchener’s stitch.

BEAR CLAW – Kindle 2 Cover

About this pattern: a more manly Kindle 2 cover, knit for a friend.

Attention: I did not gauge this pattern.  It is useful to work this with your Kindle 2 handy, so that you can ‘try it on’ as you knit (if you don’t have a Kindle 2, you can look up the dimensions online and create a correctly sized cardboard cut out).  The pattern below reflects my natural gauge – if your cover is too tight or too loose, try removing or adding stitches on the sides of the cover.  As you are knitting, the cover will always look too small – it’s what keeps it snug.

Needles: size 8 circulars, at least 30” long for Magic Loop or double pointed needles.

Yarn: Lion Brand Lion Wool Solid, between 75-125 yards.

Pattern:

Cast on 52 stitches loosely, pattern is worked in the round.  Each row should be knit twice per round, creating the stitch on both the front and back of the cover.

Row 1: K5, YO, (K1, P3) 4 times, K1, YO, K4.

Row 2: K6, (K1, P3) 4 times, K6.

Row 3: K6, YO, (K1, P3) 4 times, K1, YO, K5.

Row 4: K7, (K1, P3) 4 times, K7.

Row 5: K7, YO, (K1, P3) 4 times, K1, YO, K6.

Row 6: K8, (K1, P3) 4 times, K8.

Row 7: K8, YO, (K1, P2tog, P1) 4 times, K1, YO, K7.

Row 8: K9, (K1, P2) 4 times, K9.

Row 9: K9, YO, (K1, P2tog) 4 times, K1, YO, K8.

Row 10: K10, (K1, P1) 4 times, K10.

Row 11: K10, YO, (sl1, K1, PSSO) 4 times, K1, YO, K9.

Row 12: knit all stitches.

Repeat rows 1‐12 until the Kindle 2 is completely covered. Bind off using Kitchener stitch.

*This pattern has been edited to fix a mistake – it was missing a YO after the first 10 stitches on row 11! Thank you Lo and Becca for pointing this out!*

*This pattern has been edited again, because I wrote it up incorrectly! So sorry!*

ARTICHOKE – Scarf

About this pattern: this is a nice lace stitch scarf that is great for a beginner – remembering the pattern is very easy and the results look very nice!  It’s also substantial enough to be an appropriate scarf for winter if you live in a cold place.

Gauge: doesn’t really matter – experiment to get the width that you most like, then knit it until it’s long enough.

Needles: I used size 6, but use whichever needles give you the results that you like.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK, about three balls (360 yards).

Pattern:

Loosely cast on 36 stitches (for a wider scarf, increase number of stitches by 4 to add an extra column of loops).

Row 1: K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 2: K3, *P1, YO, P1, K2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 3: K1, P2, *K3, P2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 4: K3, *P3, K2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Row 5: K1, P2, *K3, pass first stitch of stitches just worked over last 2, P2* repeat between *s to last stitch, K1.

Repeat rows 2-5 for pattern until scarf measures 7’ or desired length.

Bind off loosely.

WAVE – Kindle 2 Cover

About this pattern: this was my 4th Kindle 2 cover, which I knit for my mother-in-law.  It is done in a fairly simple lace stitch that is suitable for beginners and knits up pretty quickly.  The cover is knit similarly to an ankle-down sock without the headache of the heel and without toe decreases.

Attention: I did not gauge this pattern.  It is useful to work this with your Kindle 2 handy, so that you can ‘try it on’ as you knit (if you don’t have a Kindle 2, you can look up the dimensions online and create a correctly sized cardboard cut out).  The pattern below reflects my natural gauge – if your cover is too tight or too loose, try removing or adding stitches on the sides of the cover.  As you are knitting, the cover will always look too small – it’s what keeps it snug.

Needles: size 8 circulars, at least 30” long for Magic Loop or double pointed needles.

Yarn: Sublime Soya Cotton DK, between 80-100 yards.
Pattern:
Cast on 40 stitches loosely, pattern is worked in the round.
Row 1: Knit all stitches.
Row 2: Knit all stitches.
Row 3: K2, [K2TOG]x3, [YO, K1]x6, [K2TOG]x3, K2. Knit pattern twice per round, creating the stitch on both the front and back of the cover. *
Row 4: Purl all stitches.
Repeat rows 1‐4 until the Kindle 2 is completely covered. Bind off using Kitchener stitch.
* If the cover is too tight, add knit stitches before the lace. If the cover is too loose, try starting and ending the pattern with K1 or with no knit stitches at all. Make sure to add/remove stitches both from the beginning and end of the pattern, so that the lace is centered.