I recently attended a conference, which means I needed a project to work on so I could focus and listen attentively during long days of sitting in one spot (nothing to do with my hands often means me being distracted by my phone and/or everything else except what I’m supposed to be paying attention to). I had some really lovely gradient yarn in my stash in fingering weight, which is my favorite weight for this type of project: the yarn cake is small enough to be easy to travel with and the yarn is an ideal thickness to work with without my reading glasses on/without paying a ton of attention.
So, here’s the Oryx Scarf! A free pattern I’m happy to share with you. It’s a simple 6-row repeat that’s easy to memorize, and you just keep on knitting until you reach the end of your skein or it’s as long as you want it to be. Pick up this pattern on Ravelry, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.
This is the Tony Scarf, which I designed to be one that is different on both sides but is equally pleasing no matter which side you’re looking at. It’s also super easy and will work well with a variety of fibers. This one is made from locally raised alpaca and is THE SOFTEST. This is a great pattern to work while watching a movie and if you choose a yarn this soft, will be as much a pleasure to knit as it is to wear later.
Sometimes you want an accessory that will keep your neck warm but doesn’t have long drapey bits, and this neck wrap is perfect for that! It gives you a lovely bit of color (or not, depending on the yarn you choose) and is a great way to show off that spectacular brooch you picked up at an estate sale last summer (or, as pictured, the one you bought while at a theme park. IT’S ALL GOOD.)
Are your ears cold? If you live in my neck of the woods, they probably are. You may even be spending a bunch of time outside shoveling snow and your ears are REALLY cold, but if you put a hat on, your head gets too warm because you’re doing physical labor. Perfect solution: the Murry Headband. It’s warm and cozy for your tender ears, but won’t mess with your hairdo or make you overheat.
Another month, another free pattern! This is another one of my favorites for working while I’m doing other things. It’s a snap to memorize and you can freely watch media without missing the subtitles, pay attention to a speaker, or interact with other humans if that’s your thing.
Here’s another freebie and it’s another super easy shawl to make when you don’t want to pay a lot of attention to your knitting.
This one can be made to whatever size you want it to be, but I have usually made it with one skein of yarn approximately 400 yards in length. It shows off variegated yarn really nicely, like the one pictured here made with Knit Picks Chroma Fingering.
When I go to a conference or other situation where I know I’m going to be sitting still and listening for a number of hours, I take a project that I don’t have to think much about. That way my hands are busy so I can ditch the ants in the pants and pay attention to what’s being said. Because I don’t want to pay much attention to what I’m knitting, I want a pattern than is easily memorized and, if possible, doesn’t have a right/wrong side and doesn’t involve repeats that need to be counted. I wrote this pattern to meet all of these wishes! It’s an openwork wrap and since it doesn’t need to be a particular length, all you need to do is memorize the one line of stitches and then work that line until the piece is as long as you want it to be. I also get a TON of compliments on this when I wear it (I’ve made a few and wear them a lot in the cooler months).
Happy new month! I’ve got another freebie here, and it’s another thing that I found I needed so I made it. I like to have a glass of ice water with me at pretty much all times. I take allergy medicine that dries me out so I’m almost always thirsty and a refreshing glass of ice water is the best. The only problem is that in the warmer months, my glass of ice water sweats copiously, which either soaks my coaster (if it’s a porous one like a beer deckle) or temporarily adheres the coaster to the glass and it falls off after I picked up the glass (leading the sweated-off water to splash all over and the coaster to fall to the floor). Either way I am annoyed.
So, here we have the Cotton Coaster! It’s just as simple as it sounds – it’s a coaster made of cotton yarn. It is super absorbent and soaks up the glass sweat without getting the surface underneath it wet and it doesn’t stick to the glass.
It works well for other things like La Croix, of course, or a mixed drink or a glass of chocolate milk or whatever suits you. It’s astonishingly simple and quick to knit and takes a very small amount of yarn.
I like to use a handknit cloth for washing my face and I wanted to make one that would fit on my hand so the ends wouldn’t be flopping around while I’m using it. The result is the Scrubbie Square!
I’m pleased to offer this pattern as a freebie! It’s super easy and quick to knit and can be used for almost any cleaning purpose. It would work just as well as a way to dust your baseboards or wash your dishes or whatever else. It fits over an adult hand nicely with some wiggle room.