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  • The perfect fall scarf

    October's in-between-y weather calls for a scarf that's cozy but not so stifling that you have to take it off the minute you get indoors. This lacy lightweight scarf can be made with just about any yarn you like (and it's a great way to use up your stash), but I used super soft organic merino wool.

    Here's the pattern:

    Lightweight lace scarf

    Materials:
    1 skein Sublime organic merino wool DK
    Size J/10 crochet hook
    Scissors
    Tapestry needle

    Chain 20. Single crochet into the 8th chain from the hook. Chain 5. Skip 3 stitches and single crochet into the 4th stitch over. Repeat ch 5 and SC into 4th stitch until you reach the end. Chain 5, turn.

    Row 2: SC into the middle of the loop you just made. Chain 5 and SC into the next loop. Repeat until the end of the row, ch 5 and turn. Repeat the pattern across every row until piece measures 60 inches. Weave in ends.

    I've made this scarf with a lot of different yarns. I really liked the softness and extra bulk of Lion Brand's organic cotton yarn, which is discontinued now, but there are a lot of similar cotton yarns out there.  

    This pattern is really adaptable to whatever yarn you want to use and whatever length and width you want the scarf to be.

    It's been really fun seeing all the different versions on Ravelry. You gotta love a pattern that works up this quickly and easily!

  • Arm knit cowl pattern

    I'm happy to say that my first knitting class went very well. We had a huge turnout — 16 people. Which is a challenge as far as helping each person goes, but it was fun to see that many cowls come together in all different colors.

    I put together a tutorial for the class and I thought I would make it available here in case anyone wants to give arm knitting a try. It's certainly helpful to have the in-person instruction of a class. But there are a lot of helpful YouTube videos that are great if you are trying to teach yourself.

    Download the PDF here.

    The pattern shows you how to make either a single loop or longer double loop cowl.

    I'm thinking that teaching more classes could be a really great next step for me in my business. So I'm trying to come up with more ideas for quick and easy projects. After churning out so many of the same design it's fun to put on your super creative hat sometimes!

  • Cozy knit reversible cowl

    Here's another freebie pattern that I absolutely love for fall and winter. This cowl is super warm and cozy, and the bonus is that it is ribbed on one side and bobbly on the other. You can wear it long like a scarf, or doubled up around your neck. Or you can even pull it over your head like a hood or lower on your shoulders like a shawl.

    Cozy knit reversible cowl

    Materials

    • 3 skeins Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick yarn in cranberry (or your favorite color)
    Other super bulky yarns would work great for this, too.

    • Size US 15/10 mm straight knitting needles

    • Yarn needle to sew up the seam

    Instructions

    Cast on 32 stitches.
    Row 1: K1P1 across.
    Row 2: Knit.
    Repeat these two rows until the piece measures 52 inches. Bind off on last knit row, leaving a long tail to sew up the seam.

    With right sides facing and using the long tail of yarn, sew up the seam using mattress stitch or your favorite seaming stitch. Weave in any ends and turn the piece right-side-out.

    *You could also just leave the piece as a scarf and make it longer or shorter. Up to you!

  • Super bulky cowl

    If you're looking for a project that works up quickly (a la the arm-knit cowl), try this one. I can have one of these babies finished in half an hour!

    At first this project came up out of necessity — my other cowl patterns were just taking too long to make, especially when I needed to make lots of them for shows. But now I think I would make this cowl anyway, just because it is so cute and so warm.

    Super bulky cowl

    Materials

    • 4 skeins Lion Brand wool-ease thick and quick yarn in navy (or your favorite color). *Note: 2 skeins is actually just the right amount for this cowl, but you will have to separate them into 4 equal parts to make the cowl.
    Other super bulky weight yarns would also work great for this.

    • Size US 50/25 mm knitting needles (the biggest they have, baby)

    • yarn needle to weave in ends

    Instructions

    Start by holding 4 strands of yarn together and tying a knot in the end. Leave a few inches of tail and then cast on 6 stitches.

    Work in garter stitch (knitting every row) until the piece measures approximately 48 inches. Bind off, leaving about 12 inches of tail to sew up the seam.

    Tie another knot on the end of the tail and then use it to seam the two ends of the cowl together. I usually just do this part with my hands. When you're done, you can cut off the knots from both tails and then use the yarn needle to weave any remaining ends into the cowl. I usually make a few knots just so the seam is nice and secure. Then snip off any extra yarn.

    The garter stitch pattern makes this cowl nice and stretchy, so you can wear it doubled up or let it hang longer like a scarf.