Well hello there, I've had a break from posting over the holidays. Happy 2011 to all! One of my goals for this year is to keep posting regularly...guess I haven't been off to a very good start:S
I have a very easy free pattern to share today. I'm heading to China for Lunar New Year to visit some friends and it's going to be cold! I thought the best remedy would be a new scarf, a thick scarf, a scarf that would be comfy and handy to travel with, a scarf to bury my face in while watching the thousands of fireworks...a TUBE SCARF! A tube scarf won't fall off my neck. I won't have to adjust it AND if you make it big enough you can wrap it around your neck twice for extra warmth. I am not only going to China in a few weeks, Phil and I are in the midst of packing up and leaving Korea after 4 years...I've got a stash of yarn that needs attention. Perfect!
Here's how I made my Chinese Tube Scarf:
~12mm circular needles
~1 skein of chunky 0-Wool from the Vermont Fiber Co.
~scraps in DK weight. I used three colours but you could use anything really
Holding two strands together(one of the chunky and one of the DK weight)Cast on 60 stitches. Change the coloured strand every 8 rows.
1. Begin knitting in the round for two rows.
2. Start pattern.
Purl two rows, knit two rows.
3. Repeat pattern 5 times.
4. Cast off and weave in ends.
~Remember to pull stitches tightly at join to prevent loose stitches. Use a stitch marker to mark the beginning of each row.
TA DA! You are finished your cozy tube scarf! If you have any questions please leave a comment.
Over the holidays I've also been working on perfecting my cable hat pattern( see previous post 'The Cable Hat Pattern'). I have some work to do lining up the ribbing and creating a nice gradual increase at the crown. I still have a few things to tweak, but I'm happy with the progress. Here's a new version using 0-Wool from The Vermont Fiber Co. Phil was also worried about the cold weather in China so this extra thick and cozy cable hat will hopefully do the trick.
I've even got another hat on the needles. This one will be made a bit smaller to fit me! More tweaking...