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Working With Linen

April 21, 2019
Linen Yarns

Linen Yarns

I’ve recently knit a few sleeveless summer tees with linen yarn. Working with linen is nice during the warmer months and you end up with a beautiful garment with lots of drape! Some shy away from working with linen due to it’s coarse texture and tendency to skew. I do the following before using the yarn.

1. Add extra ties to the skeins. Tie the skeins tightly every 5 or 6 inches to prevent tangling.

2. Wash skeins in warm soapy water. I’m not afraid to work the yarn as linen gets stronger when wet. Let it sit for half an hour or so.

3. Rinse well. If you are using a dark colour, you may see some bleeding. Using warm water, rinse until soap is gone and water runs clear. Finish with a cold water rinse. Wring and hang up each skein. Allow to dry.

4. Wind each skein twice. I use a swift and ball winder. Wind normally the first time. For the second time, start with the opposite end of the yarn.

I find that taking these steps softens the yarn a bit, making it nicer to work with. Also, there is almost no skewing even when working in the round!

I like to use the yarn from the outside in. I’ve tried knitting from the centre, but towards the end of the ball, it collapsed and tangled.

Yarns shown above: Louet Euroflax in Teal. Espace Tricot Petit Lin in Clock Tower, Madame Outremont, Cinq a Sept, Rougemont.

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Spring Roll – Free Pattern

February 16, 2018

Spring Roll is knit on the bias from end to end and has bands of stockinette, reverse stockinette and eyelet stitches. Length is adjustable. Sample scarf knit with Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton in Paprika 3771. Blocking required.

Spring Roll Cotton Scarf

Spring Roll Cotton Scarf

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Materials

4.00mm / US 6 needles / UK 8
600 meters / 660 yards DK weight yarn
4 stitch markers

 Gauge
20 stitches in stockinette stitch = 4 inches

Measurements
Approximate, after blocking:
13 inches wide x 80 inches long

Download pattern here.

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Inchworm – Free Pattern

January 27, 2018

Inchworm uses an assortment of fingering weight yarns to create a tubular, colorwork scarf. You will knit in the round using stockinette, and rib stitches. Follow the sample scarf color sequence or use your own color combination. Length is adjustable. Enjoy!

Inchworm

Inchworm

Inchworm

Inchworm

Materials

1354 yards / 1250 meters fingering weight yarn in various colors and lengths from 15 to 60 yards. Sample scarf knit with Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply fingering weight yarns.

3.50 mm / US 4.0 / UK 9.50 circular needles 24 inch

4.00 mm / US 6.0 / UK 8.00 circular needles 24 inch

1 stitch marker

Measurements (approximate, after blocking)

Circumference: 17.5 inches

Length: 79 inches

Download Inchworm pattern here or click here to see Inchworm projects on Ravelry.

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Cold Snap Beanie Fingering Weight – Free Pattern

January 15, 2018

Cold Snap Fingering Weight is the same design as the DK weight beanie, but is designed for fingering weight yarns. This beanie is knit in the round using 2×2 rib and stockinette stitches. You will need 220 to 320 yards / 201 to 292 meters fingering weight yarn. Pictured hat is size 2, knit with Miss Babs Woodbury Merino/Tussah Silk in White Peppercorn. Enjoy!

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Cold Snap Fingering Weight Beanie

Click here to download pattern: ColdSnapFingeringWeight

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Cold Snap Beanie DK – Free Pattern

January 8, 2018
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Cold Snap Beanie

Cold Snap is knit in the round using 2×2 rib and stockinette stitches. You will need 150 to 250 yards / 140 to 230 meters DK weight yarn. Pictured hat is size 2, knit with Miss Babs Kaweah Merino DK in Frog Belly. Enjoy!

Click here to download pattern: ColdSnapDKWeight

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Mock Rib Cowl

January 7, 2018
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Mock Rib Cowl

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Mock Rib Cowl/Snood is knit back and forth and in the round using stockinette and garter stitches. Deep yoke is worked back and forth to create an opening that can worn on left or right shoulder. Main part of cowl is worked in the round. When the wind is cold and biting, pull your cowl over your head to keep warm! Pattern includes instructions for four sizes. Height of cowl is adjustable. You will need 400 to 700 yards / 365 to 650 meters DK weight yarn. Pictured cowl is size 2 shown on US size 12 dressform.  Enjoy!

Silver sample knit with Blue Skein Yarns Maeve in Shel Silver.
Purple sample knit with Miss Babs Yowza in Dusk.

Materials 400 to 700 yards / 365 to 650 meters DK weight yarn
4.00mm / US 6 / UK 8 circular knitting needles, 24 inch
3.50mm / US 4 / UK 9.50 circular knitting needles, 24 inch
1 Stitch marker

Measurements
Size 1: 23.50 inch circumference, 19.00 inches height
Size 2: 25.00 inch circumference, 19.50 inches height
Size 3: 26.50 inch circumference, 20.25 inches height
Size 4: 28.00 inch circumference, 20.75 inches height

Pattern Information Number of pages: 3
Language(s): English
Instructions: Written
Sizes: 4
Photos: 2 Schematic: 1

or click to see Mock Rib Cowl projects on Ravelry .

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Colorful Plaid Scarf

May 10, 2017

Colorful Plaid Scarf uses Miss Babs Yummy 2-Ply fingering weight yarn and plain weave to create a long, random strip/block, colorwork scarf. Length is adjustable. I like my scarves long! This scarf is 100 inches including fringe. The weft is made up of random amounts of color. You could make a shorter or longer scarf depending on your preference and/or amount of yarn you have. My scarf is woven on a 16 inch rigid heddle table loom. Enjoy!

Download free instructions here:  Colorful Plaid Scarf

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