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I’m Biased – A Free Knit Café Pattern

 

The Knit Café has a brand new pattern to share with you!

I'm biased

 I’m Biased

I may be biased but I find this scarf really cozy! In construction it is very simple. A wonderfully plain garter stitch gets glamourized when knit on the bias with easy to stitch increases and decreases. The bias fabric has extra drape and is so comfortable to wear. Colour is another essential consideration in this neck garment. One main colour is knit double stranded with several contrasting colours in colour-blocks. The colours are divided so that a bit of each is visible when it is worn wrapped around the neck. A one-ply, fingering weight yarn like Madelinetosh Merino Light won’t allow the scarf to get too heavy despite the doubling up.  Merino Light comes in handy small skeins of 47 meters each, sweetly called “Unicorn Tails”. We made good use of them for this project utilizing two Unicorn Tails for each of the four contrasting colours. This is a great project for a new knitter or a knitter who wants an easy-breezy TV watching project.

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Get all the materials for I’m Biased in a Knit Café Knit Kit HERE

Materials: One skein Madelinetosh Merino Light 384m/ 420 yds for MC, eight Madelinetosh Unicorn Tails (47m/ 52 yds each), two of each CC A, B, C, D.
5mm needles, or to obtain gauge.
Finished Dimensions: Length measured tip to tip 135cm/53”, width 23cm/9”
Gauge: 16 sts per 10cm/ 4” in garter stitch

With MC and A held together CO 65 sts
S1 purlwise (leave yarn in back for first row only) K2tog, K to last st, M1, K1.

Bias stitch pattern:
Row 1: S1, K to end
Row 2: S1, K2tog, K to last st M1, K1

Repeat these 2 rows till first contrast colour runs out, aprox 28cm/11” measured along the selvedge on its diagonal. Make sure your last row is a Row 1.
Begin knitting with MC and B together in bias stitch pattern beginning with Row 2. Continue for another 28cm/11”
Repeat with MC and C, and then with MC and D.
Four colour sections knit!

Note: Both sides of the garter stitch look the same. You may find it helpful to place a marker on one side of your knit fabric to indicate the row where you make your increases and decreases.

Finishing: BO
Weave in ends, and block if desired

Abbreviations:
MC: Main Colour
CC: Contrast Colour
St(s): stitch(s)
CO: Cast On
BO: Bind Off
K: Knit
K2tog: Knit two stitches together
S1: Slip One. Insert the stitch as if to purl and transfer it from left to right needle, then bring the yarn into the back of the work between the two needles like you just finished a purl and were about to knit the next stitch. All the S1 are made this way except for the first row of the pattern as described.
M1: Make One. An Elizabeth Zimmerman backward loop make one.  See diagram

backward loop 1 abackward loop 2

I'm biased schematic

Print A PDF of the I’m Biased Pattern HEREI'm biased

 

Polish Festival – it’s next week!

The Polish Festival on Roncesvalles Ave is coming up this coming weekend. Whoopee! It will be the Knit Cafe’s first time participating in the Polish festivities and we are so looking forward to it, and not just because of the Perogies (but we are looking forward to those too).
Busy preparations have brought us to knit some nifty samples.

arm warmer

We searched our lexicon to find the perfect beginner project to introduce to folks who might come to the festival.  The answer to this search – ARM WARMERS!
This fingerless mitten pattern is as easy to knit as any scarf and much quicker too!

arm warmers

I spent part of today poking through our button jar for treasures to decorate this pair.

arm warmer

Iwona unpacked her needle felting skills to embellish these guys.

easy peasy mittens

We hope to have a few more examples ready to inspire some new knitters come this September 13 and 14. If you-yourself are a brand new knitter who is in need of a new project, or if you know such a soul, you can find the Easy Peasy Garter Stitch Arm Warmers pattern HERE. The mitten is knit flat in good old garter stitch.  They are seamed up after the knitting is done and the pattern includes a tutorial for the seaming!

See you on Roncey!
Craftily yours
Kristin