By Jenn Wisbeck
Quick Knitting Holiday Project Round Up
*Knit a Super Bulky Handspun Yarn in to a quick scarf on big needles, like size 17's by casting on 5 or 6 stitches and knitting every row. Finish with fringe in a thinner yarn or leave the ends plain. If you are up for a slightly more adventurous scarf, try the drop stitch scarf.
*Make a cowl or neckwarmer from bulky or super bulky yarn (or thinner yarn and use a lace pattern). Make in a thick on thin or really textural yarn: Cast on 16 stitches and knitting every row until the scarflette is long enough to go around your neck. Secure with buttons that can be pushed through the knitted fabric- with this thick or yarn, no need to make buttonholes.
*Super bulky pixie hat- on large double pointed needles- say a size 15, cast on 8 stitches. Join in the round, knit 1 round. Divide on to 4 double pointed needles. Increase one stitch at end of each double pointed needle until hat is big enough to fit around your head or 46 stitches. Knit around until hat is long enough or until you are almost out of yarn, Bind off loosely. Use a Super Bulky Yarn- 2-3 stitches/inch
Quick variations: on the last rows work Knit 1 row Purl 1 row several times or ribbing or seed stitch to prevent curling.
*French Press cozies need only about 100 yards of bulky yarn. Make them like a top down hat by cast on 8 stitches and increasing every other row 6 or 8 stitches until it is wide enough. Or cast on 16 stitches to start to leave an opening at the top for the plunger. There is a pattern (pdf from Hello Yarn) here.
*Cowl/neckwarmer that fits over the head-this is especially fun in thick and thin or very textural yarns. On a pair of size 17 circular 16 inch needles for a gauge of 2 stitches/inch. Cast on 51 stitches, join in the round being careful not to twist. Work *K1P1* around for seed stitch until you are almost out of yarn, Bind off. For a more closely fitting cowl cast on fewer stitches or try ribbing to draw it in.
*Ribbed Hat- Use a bulky yarn, you will need 70 yards or so of handspun, 100 yards if you want a longer hat or a folded up brim.
Cast on 56 stitches on a size 11 16 inch circular needle. Work Knit 2 Purl 2 rib for 6 inches. Decrease as follows, changing to double points when the hat gets too small around for the circular needle:
*Knit 2, Purl 2, Knit 2, Purl 2 together* around. work 1 row
Jenn Wisbeck has been running Midnightsky Fibers since 2006. She specializes in natural dyes and natural dyeing yarns and fibers. Jenn has taught hundreds of people how to knit and crochet. She designs quick to knit knitting patterns for handspun yarns.
You can find naturally dyed yarn and fiber, knitting patterns, online classes, and yarnie business resources at http://MidnightskyFibers.com
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