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1 week till Christmas

One more week!  Are you all done your gift knitting yet?  If you need one more thing to stuff a stocking or for under the tree, then check out these ideas for projects that use Super Bulky yarn.  You might notice that most of these projects are hats and other small accessories.  That is no accident! All of these should be quick knits.

the gathering

The Gathering by Kalurah

I have had a few folks come into the shop lately with this pattern on their mind. The designer was inspired by the cowl worn by Claire Randall on the series Outlander. It is knit with two strands of extra bulky yarn held together on a 25 mm needle, so it is extra, extra, extra big. Two full twists in the cowl makes it hang just so, and so big it can be pulled over you head as a hood or over your shoulders as a capelet. This pattern features a provisional cast on and kitchener stitch to seam it together, but you could omit these details if you are an inexperienced knitter.  The Gathering cowl is a free pattern found HERE

For a similar pattern that takes only one skein of Burly Spun by Brown Sheep, have a look at The Knit Cafe’s Mondo Neck Cozy Pattern right HERE

childrens quick knitted cable cowl

Childrens Quick Knitted Cable Cowl by A Crafty House

The name says it all! It’s quick to knit, it’s cabled and it’s for kids to wear.  There is also a version for adults which can be found HERE. The designer says you can easily finish the kids version in an hour.  It takes only 46 – 50 m of yarn, so one skein of Madelinetosh ASAP will do the trick.  This merino wool will not cause the ichies and it’s machine washable too! Find this free pattern HERE

bonnie beret

Bonnie Beret by Rachel Oglesby

This pattern is only 9 rounds long.  Imagine how quick that must be to make.  You’ll need a sizable hook and an extra chunky yarn like Brown Sheep Burly Spun or Malabrigo Rasta and maybe an hour of your time to make this fashionable crocheted beret. The pattern is free and you can find it HERE

bohemian

Bohemian by Eva Stone

Extra chunky yarn shows off the different textures in this hat. Hats are just the ticket for fast knitting.  This pattern is a free one and you can find it HERE

acorn hat

Acorn Hat by Susan B. Anderson

This is a nice thick hat that resembles an acorn.  Knit it in two tones like the picture shows to accentuate the acorn effect, or all in one colour. The hat fits newborn, baby, toddler/young child, or older child/teen/adult.  The original hat was knit in Spud and Chloe Outer, but Madelinetosh ASAP would also be splendid. Find this pattern for sale HERE

meathead hat

 Meathead Hat by Larissa Brown

I love the pocket in this hat! The pointy shape is adorable too, and of course it is knit in chunky yarn! You can find the pattern HERE

headbandknit 101 headband

Knit 101 Headband and Knit 101 Headband Too! by The Knit Cafe

If you are really short on time try the Knit Cafe’s chunky headband pattern. Both are free patterns on our blog.  HERE and HERE.

That is all the knit suggestions for this year.  I’m sure you have all come up with your own great ideas.  We would love to know about them.  Do share!

Craftily yours
Kristin

The new yarn keeps coming!

If it seems like every week I have a new yarn to brag about, it is because that’s true.  Today I have two more!
One of them is Flicker by Berroco.  This deliciously soft yarn is made with 87% baby alpaca and (yes your eyes are not deceiving you) a wee bit of sparkle.  It has just enough flash to add the glint of glamor, but not so much that it’s kitschy. The corded construction in this yarn gives the alpaca extra elasticity and means knitted goods will keep their shapes nicely.

berroco flicker

We used two strands of Flicker held together to make this chunky hat. The Twinkle Hat is a great hat for beginners. You don’t even need to know how to knit in circles to make it.  We are offering it as a free in store pattern till Christmas with purchase.  If you can’t make it into the store you can buy just the pattern HERE.

twinkle toquetwinkle toque

Also new in the shop is a small amount of the Super Bulky yarn from Malabrigo called Rasta.  Many of you may be already familiar with this lovely soft merino yarn.  It comes in pretty hand dyed colours like this one ↓

malabrigo rasta

The Rasta might be just thing for a last minute knit gift like a chunky headband.

Last year we published a free pattern right here on the blog called Knit 101 Headband.  Since then I have seen many charming versions of this pattern all knit up and keeping ears cozy.  Many clever people have adapted the pattern. One beautiful version combines knits and purl stitches in a stocking stitch pattern to make a more refined look.  I thought I might knit up a version like this and share the results with you.  Here it is ↓ and the pattern too!

head band

Knit 101 Headband Too

Finished Dimensions: Width 10cm (4″), Circumference unstretched: 44cm (17″)

9mm needles, and cable needle

1 skein Spud and Chloe Outer 55m (60yds). For my version I used exactly half the ball.  Or like the original Knit 101 Headband you can double strand an Aran Weight yarn like Madelinetosh Tosh Chunky.

Gauge in stocking stitch – 12 sts/10cm (4″)

Cast on 12 stitches
Slip 1, Knit to end
Slip 1, Purl to end
Repeat these 2 rows till measures 23 cm (9″) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out some. End with a purl row.

To make Cable Twist:

Slip 1, Slip the next 5 stitches on a cable needle and hold behind the rest of your stitches
Knit the next 5 stitches from your original needles (not the ones on the cable)
Knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle
Knit the last stitch from your original needle.

For a picture tutorial on how to do the cable twist check out the original Knit 101 Headband pattern HERE

Slip 1, Purl to end
Slip 1, Knit to end
Repeat these two rows till measures 23 cm (9″) or to fit half way around your head when stretched out.

Bind off, leaving a long tail for seaming and seam ends together.

Note: Slip 1 as follows: On knit rows slip the stitch knitwise by inserting your needle as if you were knitting and transfer it to the other needle. On purl rows slip the stitch purlwise by inserting your needle as if you were purling and transfer it to the other needle.

Much like the first Knit 101 Headband project I think there are a few different ways to seam it together. One way will leave a less bulky seam but not as pretty a finish on the right side.  For this type of seam:
Insert needle through the cast off edge and the cast on edge straight through.

head band

Pull through both, and change the direction of your needle to connect cast on to cast off. Keep weaving back and forth till you have connected all the stitches.

head band

Or you can make a very pretty looking join with a more bulky underside like this:

head band

Insert your needle under a stitch on one side of your headband.   Make sure you get both sides of the V shaped stitch.

head band

 Insert your needle under a stitch on the other side of the seam . Move back and forth across the two pieces to join stitch to stitch.

head band

When you are done it will look much like this!

head band…but as I mentioned, a little thick on the underside.  You can see the seam a little bit in this pic.
Seam it up however you like.  I hope you enjoy the pattern.

Craftily yours
Kristin