Wednesday, March 9

Head bands, coasters and a scarf to knit

Here are the last 3 patterns that I donated for use in the 2010 Holiday Mystery Group. These are all patterns that are available as free downloads on Ravelry.

First up is the Twinkle Coaster. These star coasters are a take on the vintage circle dishcloths. They’re fast to knit on two size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles using short row wedges. It’s easy, I promise! Knit 7 points, cast off, and sew the edge together to form a star. A picture tutorial is given for sewing the short seam. Twinkle measures 4.5” across from point to point. Knit them with leftovers from other projects or make a bunch from one ball of worsted weight cotton yarn (about 15 yards per coaster). Knit piles of these for gifts or donate them to charity fundraisers.

Rambling Rows is a narrow scarf that hugs the neck. This scarf is worked in garter stitch and shaped using short rows (no wraps!). This shows off the long color runs in some yarns. Wrap the scarf around your neck and secure it with a pin. You can make it with 100-150 yards of Aran weight yarn and a pair of size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles. I used Lion Brand Amazing (red) and Trendsetter Tonalita (green) for the two pictured scarves. Finished scarf sizes are: Tonalita - 36” outside edge x 22” inside edge x 5” wide (100 yards) and Amazing - 43” outside edge x 35” inside edge x 5” wide (150 yards)
Heady Stuff is a trio of three simple headbands to knit. 1) A bulky weight garter stitch ski band that is seamed (in pink) and 2) a bulky weight ribbed ear warmer knit in the round (in red). Both are knit on size 10 (6 mm) knitting needles. 3) A tie on style headband is made with worsted weight yarn on size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles. Use up your odd skeins and scrap yarn for these projects. Add texture by combining 2-3 strands of different weights to create your own bulky weight yarn. Have fun using up your scraps!

Click on the underlined pattern title above to go to Ravelry for a free pdf download. Have fun and enjoy!

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