Frilly Spiral Scarf Pattern (Free Pattern)

Here is another small project  that is easy to take along with you.

I saw a photograph of a model wearing a curly spiral scarf, and I wanted to make one for my friend for her birthday.  I'm sure that there are a lot of patterns for this kind of scarf, but I didn't have one in any of my books, so I made up my own.

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Frilly Spiral Scarf

Materials:
Size 10 circular knitting needle, 36 inches or longer

I used the following, but you can substitute another fluffy yarn:
Laines Du Nord "Papavero" yarn, made in Italy.  Three 50 gram (76 yard) balls.  This yarn is 46% wool, 44% polyamid and 10% cupro.  It is black with white accents and has gold and silver "tinsel" like threads running through it.

Cast on 115 stitches.
Knit the first row.
Increase in the next row as follows: K1 and then draw the yarn over the needle to increase a stitch.  Do this across the row until the last stitch.  Knit the last stitch and turn. (about 229 stitches)

Knit next two rows.

Work the increase row again.  You should have approximately 457 stitches on the needle.

Knit the next two rows.

Work the increase row again.  You should have approximately 913 stitches on the needle, which is a lot of stitches to manage!

Knit one or two more rows, depending on how wide you want the scarf to be.
Cast off the stitches.  Weave in the ends of the yarn.

Notes: I first tried to knit this scarf in a cotton yarn, and it had no character.  It came out about one and a half inches wide.  I unraveled it and found a fluffier yarn.  I switched to larger needles and I added an extra row between increase rows.

This is a very forgiving project, so it isn't important to be perfect.  I say this because it is frustrating to try to unravel stitches when there are hundreds of them on the needles and the yarn is so fluffy.

The nature of the pattern is that the scarf will twist around the needles, so the stitches become very compacted by the end of the project.  Therefore, work loosely!

It might be fun to add beads to this project.  String the beads onto the yarn first and then slide them up the yarn and add them at random. 

Basic Knitted Stocking Hat (Free Pattern)

In the hot summer months, I tend to knit smaller projects.  Here is a free pattern that I designed for a basic knitted stocking hat.

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Supplies:

Size 8 circular knitting needle, 16" in length.
4 ply knitting yarn (Use wool, acrylic or blend.  Cotton does not work well for this hat because it needs to be stretchy.)
A yarn needle for finishing.

Note: this hat is worked from the bottom edge up to the top.

Cast on 88 stitches loosely.
Being careful not to twist the stitches, join into a circle for working in the round.

Work in k2, p2 ribbing for approximately 60 rows.

Decrease pattern:

(k2 together, p2 together) across row.
k2 together across next row.

Finishing:

Thread the sewing needle with yarn and  put it through the remaining stitches at least two times.  Tie off on the inside of the hat.  Fold up the bottom edge of the hat about 1 1/4 inches.