The Marbius Cowl

August 4, 2015

Marbius handknit Cowl worn long over a white blouse

This is an easy-to-knit moebius cowl that takes only 1/2 skein of Marble Chunky. Knit it flat and seam it with a quick whip-stitch seam. You will have enough left over yarn to make a 2nd cowl or a hat.

 

 

 

 

 

Marbius handknit cowl worn looped twice around the model's neck

Size:
53 inches around (knit flat and seamed)

Materials:
James C. Brett Marble Chunky color MC27, about 170 yards (155 meters). You can make two cowls from a single skein, or a cowl and a hat.
Size US 10 (6 mm) needles or size to obtain gauge

Gauge:
13 stitches to 4 inches in garter stitch

Directions:
Cast on 172 sts
Row 1: *Knit 2 together (K2tog), yo. Repeat from * until 2 sts remain: K2tog.
Rows 2-30: Knit
Row 31: repeat row 1
Bind off loosely. Cut yarn, leaving a 12″ tail.
Bring the two short ends together, then flip one end of the scarf over. Whip stitch the ends together. This will result in a loop with a half twist – there is one continuous edge and one surface. Weave in yarn ends.

Marbius Handknit Cowl close-up

For personal, non-commercial use. Please do not sell items made from this pattern without written permission. Please do not copy and distribute this pattern.


New-England-Warm Hat

February 20, 2013

So much knitting and crocheting, but so little blogging! Here is a hat I made for my dad using the technique of thrumming. I took a mitten class at Metaphor Yarns, but once you know the technique, it can be applied to anything.
Thrummed Hat FO
Here’s the inside, showing all the bits of wool roving which makes it so warm.
Thrummed Hat FO inside
The pattern is made up out of my head with a fold-up brim for extra warmth. The grey is Cascade 220.

The report from Eastern Mass. is that it is warm. Mission Accomplished.


2 Pairs of Gloves Update

January 8, 2012

I just received this wonderful picture of my gloves being worn. That is a knitter’s favorite kind of picture — or, at least, this knitter’s favorite kind of picture:
Boys & Gloves


2 Pairs of Gloves

December 17, 2011

2 of my friends are young men who have trouble buying gloves that fit well. I had a lot of fun knitting these unique gloves, even if I did need to do quite a bit of rework to get them right. (Well, I hope they are right – I haven’t seen them worn yet.)
XL Gloves FO
The first pair is for a student who’s high school colors are orange and black (the Panthers).
HL Gloves FO
The second student’s school colors are red and white – the Wildcats.


Occupy Wool Street

December 12, 2011

Marvel Scarf
My dear friend Aimee of Compassionate Conversations told me about Occupy Wool Street, an effort to provide warm clothing for the Occupy Protestors. Occupy Wool Street started in Chicago, but I decided that I’d rather keep my items a little closer to home, so I sent these things to Occupy Boston. After a bunch of research, I found there’s a Ravelry group for Occupy Boston AND a Facebook group for knitters who support them.


I mailed them a warm wool scarf I made
Marvel Scarf FO


as well as 2 headbands / earwarmers that were in my UFO pile and really needed to be finished and donated to someone with cold ears:
2 Navy Headbands FO


The Occupy encampment in Dewey Square was broken up on Saturday morning, but I am hoping someone picked them up from the OB PO box a couple of weeks ago and someone got some good use of them. A little support from a couch potato [wink].


Designer Knows Best

December 10, 2011

Well, I found a cowl that I really liked and wanted to make. As usual, I made a few “tweaks” to the pattern, and by “tweaks” I mean I COMPLETELY CHANGED IT. It’s the Amanda Cowl and it’s knit in the round with a lovely stitch pattern.
Cowl WIP
I decided I wanted it knit flat, with buttons, instead of being over-the-head. Which means I needed to convert every other row. Usually very easy, in this case, I made a couple of mis-steps, and had to restart it twice. Normal for me. OK, so here I am:
Cowl WIP-1

and it is biasing like crazy. Guess I should have kept this particular stitch pattern in the round. Guess the designer knew what she was doing when she wrote the pattern, eh?


Will it block into a rectangle? We’ll see…

It’s intended for a gift. If it doesn’t block well, I can always sacrifice (cough-cough) and keep it for myself.


Warm the Children

December 8, 2011

Here is a collection of hats I made for the local Warm the Children.
Warm the Children
The boys’ school has a “mitten tree” every year to collect warm items. I can’t believe how many of the items this year (other than mine) were handmade!
Cascade 220 Handpaint Hat FO
This is Cascade 200 Superwash Handpaint from Metaphor Yarns (random pattern out of my head).
Earflap Hat FO-1
This is an earflap hat made of Wool-Ease, a free pattern on the Lion Brand Yarn site.
Wool Ease Hat FO-1
Here’s another Wool-Ease hat, this one made out of “Thick & Quick” left over from my mom’s sweater (another random pattern).
Wool of the Andes Hat FO
The third random hat is made from Wool of the Andes Bulky.
Fella FO 1
This isn’t a great picture, but the hat is quite cute. It is made from Luisa Harding Kashmir Aran using the pattern A Hat Fit for a Fella (AKA Men’s Cabled Hat). This is one of my favorite yarns, very soft and sqooshy and extrememly warm.

In case you are wondering, the tags are care tags. All are machine washable except the Wool of the Andes hat.