Bandana Scarf (free pattern)

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Scarves are so simple, so needed, and have millions of variations– a quick sweep on Ravelry will show you the sheer glut of scarf designs. Yet they remain ever the popular beginner/commuter/in general cold weather project. This one, knitted in exactly the same manner as a center-out triangular shawl, aims to avoid the endless back-and-forth boredom, while being a knitterly twist on the wild west staple.

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A faster, more fun twist on the infinity scarf, the Bandana Scarf can be done a couple of weekends and has no limit on creative options, as well as being a great “pre” shawl practice piece. Sub out the silky wool superwash shown here for a fuzzy alpaca; work in some stripes (they’ll make a single, large, very cool chevron here) or color work slip stitches.

By adding 4 or 5 inches to the body of the scarf and skipping the lace, the bandana is a guy-friendly piece. Pictures to come soon of this variation, but what I did was swap out the picot lace for a wheatear cable border, knit separately and sewed on with a simple whip stitch.

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Thing is, as adaptable as this pattern is, there’s something beautiful about the simplicity of cranberry red  wool wrapped around one’s neck while strolling through an orchard or corn maze (I know, my Midwestern is showing.) The picot lace is sweet and girly, but not frilly, and just the right touch.

Unlike some scarf patterns, 220 yards isn’t a terribly large amount of yarn, just the right amount to make something from a single skein of expensive luxury yarn or save some cash and have a scarf for less than $10

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. On a totally unrelated note about these photos, who wants some apples? cider? donut? hay ride?

Pattern is given in written form below and PDF form

bandana scarf pattern PDF

Bandana Scarf

Devote Knits

Yarn & Materials

Knit Picks Swish Worsted

2 skiens Hollyberry, 110 yds each

I used every inch of yarn on the prototype, adding about 12″ to finish. I compensated in the design by reducing the pattern by 2 rows.

US 8 16″ circular needles

Stitch markers

Bandana Scarf Pattern

foundation: co 2 sts. Knit 10 rows. Turn and pick up 9 sts from edge of knitted string; 11 sts.

Set up row: RS: p2, pm, yo, k3, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k3, yo, p2. 15 sts.

  1. WS: purl all sts.
  2. RS: P2, yo, knit to marker, yo, k1, yo, knit to marker, yo, p2.

Rep rows 2 and 3 once more.

  1. RS: knit all sts.

For scarf body, work in this pattern: Row 1, Row 2, Row 1, Row 2, Row 3.

Repeat the pattern until there are 159 sts in total, ending with a non-increase row.

  1. next row: k2, inc 1 wyif, purl to center st, inc 1 wyif, p1, inc 1 wyif, purl to last 2 sts, inc 1 wyif, k2.
  2. Next row (WS): k2, *yo, p2tog, rep from * until 1 st before center st, p3, *yo, p2tog, rep to last 2 sts, k2.

next row (RS) rep row 4.

BO, using Picot Bind off

Picot BO:

BO 2 sts. transfer st to left hand needle. *CO 2 sts using finger method; bind off 4 sts. Rep from * to end of row.

Block piece thoroughly, drawing points out to exaggerate shape.

Abbreviations:

CO: cast on

k: knit

p: purl

pm: place marker

yo: yarn over

wyif: with yarn in front

inc: increase

p2tog: purl 2 together

BO: bind off

Pinecone Shawl (free pattern)

 

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Knitting in the summer seems like kind of an oxymoron. Why would you want to be handling yarn when it’s 90 degrees outside? There’s the camp of people who knit ahead for the winter, slogging through wooly fair isle and cables and by the time the weather is cool, they can actually wear their mittens, instead of just beginning them. Then there’s the professionals who work to meet magazine and book deadlines, always a season or two ahead (me, last summer.) Lastly, there’s the kind of summer knitter I aim to be this year, which is taking advantage of more free time for knitting little non-stuffy projects that let me experiment with cool cottons and lacy stitches.

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I actually designed this shawl almost two years ago, while in the throes of fascination over shawls’ construction. Knitted from the center out, starting at the top of the straight edge, 4 strategically placed increases create the triangular shape. The pinecone lace grows within the two “wings”, expanding in a logical pattern you may not need the chart for after a while.

The yarn is lighter-than-air undyed cotton from Knit Picks (Simply Cotton Sport.) It’s a sport weight, absorbent and just warm enough, though the pattern would work with lighter gauges as well. If I were to make this shawl again, I’d choose a snappy bright color, maybe in a fingering-weight silk. Come winter, the piece would be equally gorgeous made in a rich jewel toned alpaca…and for the courageous, a lace weight cashmere.

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Shawls are often seen as quaint, or unfathomably old-fashioned, but it’s really all in the way that you wear them. Worn with the point in back and the edges over your shoulders, you can evoke Little House on the Prairie (and hey, what’s wrong with Little House? The books, not the TV show– there’s lots wrong with the TV show, as entertaining as it can be, but I digress.) Nonchalantly wrapped around your shoulders or slung cowboy-style around your neck brings a fresh look. Heck, tie it as a sarong around your swimsuit (weird? Maybe. Only you can be the judge.) I wore this one as a shrug by tying the two front points in the back.

As a bonus, folded up and thrown in a purse or tote, a shawl takes up less room than a cardigan for wearing over sundresses in chilly movie theaters. Come fall, it works over a tee shirt and jeans as well as a scarf with your favorite denim or leather jacket. In fact, the original “fall” photo for this project was styled with a navy sheath dress and caramel riding boots.

To answer some requests in previous blog posts, this pattern is available within the post as well as a PDF for easy downloading and printing.

Pinecone Shawl Pattern

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Yarn
Knit Picks Simply Cotton Organic Sport
100% cotton, 164 yards
4 skeins 5441 Marshmallow

Gauge: approximately 5 sts and 7 rows per 1”
Note on gauge: the lacy manner of the fabric means guage won’t be exact, nor is it terribly important to be exact—you can simply stop knitting when the shawl is large enough, even if you haven’t completed every pattern repeat.

Needles
US 9 24” circular needles
One size, 78” top edge length (tip to tip)
Shawl Body
CO 2 sts. Knit 10 rows.
Pick up 9 sts along the edge of the cord for a total of 11 sts. Begin charts:
Start chart: Go through entire chart once (work each row 1 time, rows 1 thru 21)
Body chart: Go through 1 time exactly as pictured (work each row 1 time, rows 1 thru 16.)
Begin the chart again, starting at row 1, but this time repeat what’s in the red boxes 3 times. Work rows 1 thru 16 in this manner.  Repeat this pattern again for your 3rd repeat of the chart, except now repeat what’s in the red boxes 5 times. Work rows 1 thru 16 in this manner.

4th chart rep: work red boxes 7 times.

5th chart rep: work red boxes 9 times.

6th chart rep: work red boxes 11 times.

7th chart rep: work red boxes 13 times.

8th chart rep: work red boxes 15 times.

Border: work 5 rows in k1, p1 ribbing. BO. Block thoroughly to open up lace pattern.

 

 

Chevron Coffee Cup Cozy (free pattern)

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As promised, here’s the pattern for a chevron-printed coffee cup cozy, or sleeve. Small and quick to knit, it’s the perfect first fair isle project, with only two colors and no floats longer than 3 stitches. Stash one in your purse to use at the coffee shop instead of those wasteful paper sleeves, or slip onto your morning travel mug for a soft, pretty grip.

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The yarn is used is Knit Picks Palette in Cream (MC) and Sagebrush (CC) but I wish I’d used more contrasting colors for the purpose of photography for this site. If you have a large stash of fingering-weight wool, using many different colors would make a lovely Missoni-style pattern.

Yes, you probably don’t need one. But you know you want one. It will only take approximately 1 movie and 20 minutes of the news to finish. If you watch Lord of the Rings, you could probably make two.

Download the pattern here: Chevron Coffee Cup Cozy patt