Every knitter and crocheter I’ve ever met has certain things they’re afraid/intimidated to try. I hadn’t been knitting for very long before I made myself a sweater…then I did some cables, and then some colorwork…but for some reason, I avoided projects that required fringe. However, in my experience, once I put my mind to learning something new, it is rarely as difficult or scary as I anticipated. I just designed a chunky knit scarf, and looked at several different ways of finishing it, and kept coming back to fringe. Let me just say, of all the knitting techniques you might be intimidated to try, adding fringe should NOT be one of them! I’m sure there are many other tutorials on how to do this, but I decided to do my own, just to show you all how simple this is to do!
Free pattern and my styling ideas are soon to follow. If anyone decides to make this, I would love to see your FOs when they’re done. :)
As anyone who’s read my blog for awhile knows, I love knitting cowls. You can imagine my delight and excitement when Stephanie at Unwind Burbank let me design two patterns for Yarn Crawl LA this year!
I’m one of those knitters who aims to use up every scrap of yarn on a project. I’m not too crazy about leftovers. Aside from the fact that these two cowls are soft and squishy, the other great thing about the design is that you can just keep going until you’re almost out of yarn. Just make sure you leave enough to do the rows of ribbing, but otherwise, just knit through your supply!
One day I was looking to make a superfast gift for someone, and I realized I had two skeins of Malabrigo Rasta, which this pattern lends itself to perfectly. This yarn really highlights the texture of my design pattern, and I used every last inch to make this cowl! For those of you who are not familiar with Rasta, let me just say, it is so chunky, that with a few modifications to my original pattern, all you need is 2 skeins and 2 days (or 2 hours, depending how fast you knit!) and you have yourself a supersoft, squishy cowl. This is going to be my go-to version for when I need to pull a gift out of thin air!
2 skeins Malabrigo Rasta – shown in Stitch Red #873
Size 15 24″ circular needles
CO 84 sts. Place stitch marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Work 1 1/2″ in 2×2 rib, then switch to the double seed stitch.
(Double Seed Stitch: Rows 1-2: K2, P2. Rows 3-4: P2, K2.)
Work in Double Seed Stitch until piece measures 9″ from CO. Switch to 2×2 rib for 1 1/4″. BO in pattern.
Spanish Synagogue in Prague, ceiling, designed by Vojtěch Ignátz Ullmann, 1868, photo by John Galbo.
There are certain taboos in the design world – no yellow and black unless you want to look like a bumble bee. Too much orange and black and it’s Halloween. I have no idea how this architect managed to use so much red and green without it looking too Christmas-y, but I would love to design some knitwear with this color palette!
Part 2 of our inspiration-collecting trip to the California Science Center: the Pompeii exhibit. I enjoyed this exhibit very much, and found so much inspiration! It is filled with art and artifacts and gives the viewer great insight into the lifestyle of people in Pompeii before the eruption of Vesuvius. If you are interested in Pompeii from a more scientific point of view, the exhibit also features background information about volcanic eruptions and details of the 79 AD eruption of Vesuvius. You will see casts of the bodies as they were found in the ruins many centuries later. The city was so well preserved that it provided historians the most concrete information about Roman life.
I’ve designed quite a few patterns in a short amount of time, and after working nonstop, I wanted to take a break from the studio. I have company at the moment, so of course, we needed to entertain as well. Yesterday, we combined entertainment for our house guests with collecting new inspiration. Los Angeles has so many places to see new things, get inspired, and explore. I love a day out on the metro, exploring the city!
We saw so many things at the California Science Center that I will break down my visit into a few different posts. We will start with the Endeavour, something Angelenos are so proud to call their own, and so happy to have right here at home. The one and only sonic boom I have ever heard was when the Endeavour made its last reentry from its last space mission. And when it flew back to California and made its way through the city to its final resting spot at the Science Center, my children took a break from school to watch it fly over, and I stood in the middle of my street with my neighbors staring at the sky waiting to catch a glimpse. As you will see in my photos below, it is an impressive sight, worthy of inspiration.