Is there anything better on a cold winter night, than curling up on the couch, escaping reality with a good movie, while your knitting needles are clacking away on a new project? As your project progresses it may cover your lap, keeping you warm and cozy! I think that is why I love knitting so much this time of year.
This week, I finished a couple of new projects. A beautiful light blue infinity scarf, with a simple but interesting pattern called Arctic Circle. I found this pattern on The Fibre Company website. While they have quite a few free patterns on their website, this one was available for $5. I purchased it and downloaded the PDF file in a jiffy and was ready to knit. For this pattern I pulled Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarn in Blue Surf, from my yarn stash. This yarn is hand dyed and a beautiful variegated light blue color. The pattern said it required two skeins but I only needed one of this type (about 210 yds per skein).
This pattern I would say was a beginner level pattern. It is just a combination of knitting, purling, and something they called a “tent stitch” that was really only slipping several stitches causing the long stitch, you see above, and then picking up that stitch a few rows later and knitting it into a stitch, creating what looks like a tent. I really enjoyed this pattern as it didn’t require a lot of concentration, so I could knit and watch a movie to my heart’s content!
My daughter convinced me to model this scarf. It is warm, and drapes really well. What do you think?
The second scarf pattern, I found on Pinterest and is called the Charly Infinity Scarf. It is probably one of the simplest patterns I’ve done. I actually used this pattern to make a scarf for my mom for Christmas (although I couldn’t talk about it then or I would have spoiled the surprise!). This time I used Cascade Magnum yarn in Magenta, (again from my stash!) that is very thick and bulky, but very soft!
For my mom, I used a slightly lighter weight yarn and knitted the scarf long enough so that it could be doubled around her neck. For this one, the yarn was so thick that I couldn’t imagine doubling it. I used just one skein for this also, about 120 yards.
US #17 (straight or circular, whatever you prefer)
Cast on 22 stitches
Row 1: (k1, p1) 3 times, knit 10, (k1, p1) 3 times
Row 2: (k1, p1) 3 times, purl 10, (k1, p1) 3 times
Repeat row 1 and 2 until you run out of yarn or have it the length you want. Seam ends together.
How easy is that one? You could totally get lost in a movie while knitting this one! And can you imagine how warm it would be on your lap? If you are a beginner, I would highly recommend this pattern as a starter scarf for you!
Well this week is supposed to reach a log of 0 (yes ZERO) and a high in the mid-teens. Don’t you think this one will come in handy? If I can steal it away from Amy!
If any of you try any of the scarves I mention, and have questions, I would be glad to help! Just ask!