Giant cabled cowl

Hello all!

I found some lovely big, chunky yarn the other day whilst out shopping. It was the perfect excuse to get my 20mm needles out too, at last. R refused to come into the room until I had put them safely away as I looked like some kind of yarn crazed vampire hunter.

SMC super big wool in orange and 20mm knitting needles

If you too are itching for an excuse to use them and have a couple of hours to spare, try this pattern for a warm, cosy and above all enormous cowl. It is a cable pattern, and I doubt any of us have a cable needle this big, so check out YouTube for some tutorials on cabling without a cable needle. It’s a little scary at first but much quicker once you’ve got the hang of it.

You will need:

One ball SMC super big yarn ( I used shade 133)
One pair 20mm knitting needles
The biggest crochet hook you have, used for joining the two ends together ( I think I used a 9mm)

Cable abbreviations explained:

C10B – slip 5 stitches onto the cable needle, hold to the back of the work, knit the next 5 stitches from the left hand needle, knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle.
C10F – slip 5 stitches onto the cable needle, hold to the front of the work, knit the next 5 stitches from the left hand needle, knit the 5 stitches from the cable needle.

Instructions:

Cast on 20 stitches (use a cast on method with a bit of give)

1. Knit
2. Purl
3. C10B, C10F
4. Purl
5. Knit
6. Purl
7. Knit
8. Purl
9. Knit
10. Purl
11. Knit
12. Purl

Repeat these rows 4 times and loosely cast off.

Use the crochet hook to mattress stitch the cast on edge and the cast off edge together. I found it best to start on the end with the tail of yarn from the cast on and then match the stitches up from there.

Weave in ends and plonk over your head. You will have the warmest, cabliest neck in all the land.

Giant Cabled Cowl in bright Orange

Please do send me some pics of your finished cowl to katie@buttonsandpickles.com and I’ll get them in the gallery.

Until next time….

Kx

Chunky Lace and Garter Stitch Scarf

Howdy Doodies!

Well, another week has begun, and this time …. WITH SNOW! EEEEEEK! How very exciting!

It seems the cold weather is set to continue, so why not wrap up warm in this chunky lace and garter stitch scarf?
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Knit up in a wool/acrylic blend it’s warm and soft but can still be popped in the washing machine (on a 30 C wash) so no real danger of felting it.

You can purchase the pattern here.

Happy knitting!

Kx

 

Pickle’s Zigzag Scarf

Bonjour my lovelies!

Quick bit of tres exciting news. My first pattern is available to buy on ravelry. You only need to know how to knit, purl and cast on and off.

It’s a lovely scarf with a reversible zigzag pattern on it. Made in DK, I used SMC Bravo in the Pastel shade, it’s perfect for spring and cool summer evenings.

Pickle's Zigzag Scarf

reversable scarf pic

This would also be beautiful made in something like King Cole Galaxy to add a bit of sparkle.

You can purchase the pattern right here and you don’t need to be a Ravelry user to get it. Membership is free to Ravelry and it really is an amazing site full of free patterns as well as those to purchase, so why not sign up while you are there.

Get knitting! 🙂

K
x

Quick and easy knitted mittens

Nice and Easy Fingerless Mittens

What with all the cold weather we have been having lately I thought I’d have a go at some fingerless mittens. After my sock knitting adventures (a post still to come), I am fully aware of my limitations when it comes to using more than 2 needles, i.e. two needles is my limit. Magic looping on a circular needle is fine but a bit tooooo faffy. One pair of flat-knit fingerless jobbers it is then!

Oh, and my dearest sister, if you are reading this you need to stop reading and looking right now because these make lovely Christmas gifts. Not that I’ve made you any *cough* honest!

There is no left and right to these so they are even easier to make, and if you are anything like me, to wear. I’m easily confused. 🙂 They are also knit from finger(less) bits to wrist.

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You will need:

One pair of 5mm knitting needles
A ball of bulky/chunky yarn. I used Patons Shadow Tweed in shade 6917.
Stitch markers (optional but very helpful)
A darning needle

Cast on 32 stitches
Row 1: K2, P2 all the way across
Row 2: K2, P2 all the way across
Row 3: P2, K2 all the way across
Row 4: P2, K2 all the way across
Row 5: K2, P2 all the way across
Row 6: K2, P2 all the way across

Rows 7 – 11: K one row, P one row etc

Row 12: P to end, place stitch marker at beginning and end of row

Row 13 – 21: K one row, P one row etc

Row 22: P to end, place stitch marker at beginning and end of row

Row 23: K to end
Row 24: P to end

Row 25: K14, K2tog, K2tog, K14

Row 16 – 36: P one row, K one row etc

**If you want to make your mittens come further down your arms, just keep repeating rows of stocking stitch after row 36 until you have the desired length. **

Cast / Bind off leaving a fairly long tail.

Thread the darning needle and mattress stitch (click the words for a brilliant video tutorial) the two sides together until you reach the first set of stitch markers, fasten and weave in end. With a fresh piece of yarn restart your mattress stitch at the second set of stitch markers and continue until you reach the top. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Make sure not to stitch between the stitch markers or you won’t have anywhere for your thumbs to poke out of.

Make another.

Kapow! You have a lovely pair of fingerless mittens. Hooray!

May your Christmas be full of very warm wrists 🙂

Kx

P.s. if you have any feedback on the pattern, I’d love to hear it. Or you could upload your project in Ravelry and share your pics.