Lacy Drop Stitch Scarf

So normally, the last thing you want to do is drop a stitch. Well, with this lacy scarf that’s exactly what you want to do! Dropping a stitch is harder than you may think, it takes awhile to work the stitches out all the way down the scarf. This technique creates a beautiful ladder all the way through the scarf giving the scarf almost a woven look.

This technique can be used for anything from knitted curtains to let a bit of light through. Or to a plain sweater pattern to jazz it up, you can even drop the stitch different lengths down the sweater  to create a design (at the end of the ‘run’ just sew it with matching thread to keep it from running further). To get started with the technique try our latest scarf pattern.

 

Drop Stitch Sock yarn scarfWhat you will need:

Materials:
400-500 yards sock weight striping yarn. Sample is 2 skeins Mary Maxim Gemstones color #21 Peridot variegated sock yarn. (Or try Premier Yarns Wool-Free Sock Stripes, or Deborah Norville Serenity Garden Yarn for a silky satiny feel.)

Size 6 needles for main scarf, Size 9 for bind off or bind off very loosely.
9 safety pin type stitch markers

Measurements:
Before drop: 6 ½” X 59” After drop: 8 ¼” X 62”

Gauge:
28 stitches = 4” Gauge is not all that important for this project.

Buy this pattern online $5 or get the pattern free when you buy the yarn from us!

 

Herringbone Ruffled Cowl

I find the Herringbone stitch pretty interesting because it looks more like woven fabric, than knit. Some people would even say it looks crocheted! It’s only a 2 row repeat so it gets easier as you do it.

Yarn:Herringbone Ruffle scarf
Super Bulky weight 80 to 90 yds. I chose Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick 1 skein 87 yds). New color Marble (black accent on white and grey) makes for an interesting repeat pattern for the cowl. You might also try Sandstone which has the creams and grey.

Supplies:
Size 19 US short needles Size 15 US short needles 3 complementary buttons

Gauge:
About 5 Herringbone “V’s” to 4”
Finished size before ruffle: 7” by 25”
Using your favorite method, cast on 20 stitches.

You can wear this with the collar up or down for effect!

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Turtleback Fitted Shrug Pattern

Yarn:
1,050 yards of worsted weight yarn for small/medium – Add 150 yards for large/X-large.

Pictured shawl is made from Simply Soft Shadows, 0005 Soft Merino color and it took 7 skeins.

Needles all 29” or 36” circular knitting needles:Turtleback Shrug
Size 6 (4 mm)
Size 9 (5.5mm)
Size 11 (8mm)
Plus Size 10 straight needle for bind off row.
Or any size to obtain correct gauge.

Notions:
Yarn needle to finish seams
Package of safety pin or split ring markers

Gauge:
20 sts = 4”; 28 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row) using size 6 needles.

Special Stitches:
SK2P: Sl 1 st as if to Purl, K2tog, pass the sl st over the K2tog.
Project Notes:

Because the cast-on edge must be stretchy (for use at neckline), you may wish to use a larger needle size to work this row.
Circular needles will only be used to knit back and forth.

Finished Measurements:
Approximately 33” wide slightly stretched by 18” long folded in half.

Turtleback shrug

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Feza Ripple Scarf

Buy the yarn for this scarf from Yarn Designers Boutique and get the pattern FREE. (Just ask for “FEZA RIPPLE SCARF PATTERN” in the notes box when you order online.)

MATERIALS: 1 ball Alp Premier or Alp Dazzle
You can also use Alp Light with size 10 needles as it is finer and you will get the longest scarf.

NEEDLES: 8 mm (US 11)

GAUGE: 12 R X 21 S = 4”

Block this scarf to look really nice!

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Flora Fina Keyhole Scarf Pattern

Materials:
1 skein Flora Fina by Pagewood Farms (sample shown in Black) Size 15 short needles

Flora Fina is an art yarn brought in by Pagewood Farms from Argentina. In California, Pagewood Farms does the hand dyeing and has hand made needle felted flowers needle felted every so often to the yarn so there are really no substitutions for this unique scarf. The roving for the flowers is also hand dyed with all the hand work being done in California. You can purchase the yarn on our website at www.yarndesignersboutique.com.

Scarf size: 4” X 48”
Gauge: Garter portion = 2 1⁄2 stitches X 5 rows per inch

When you reach a flower (flora) be careful to knit it in gently but snugly. I usually try to put the first stitch just before the flower and the next stitch after the flower. This will keep your scarf flowers looking neatly placed. If the first flower hangs off the edge, don’t worry about it – just make sure it’s snug.

To wear your scarf: Carefully feed your beginning end through the keyhole and arrange on your neck and enjoy your compliments for your own original art scarf!

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MaggiKnits Fashion Show New Date!

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The New Date

We are sorry that we didn’t have enough people for our retreat this coming weekend. The good news is we have a new date for early Summer 2014 – the weekend of June 20th-22nd. I hope those of you who are interested will save this date to join us! This way you have plenty of time to plan and you can reserve your place with a $50 refundable deposit.

Reserve your place online

 The Location

We have reserved the Mary Johnson Center (40946 Big Bear Blvd) in Big Bear Lake for the weekend
which is a very special place. Mary Johnson was a devoted artist and quilter who passed away a few years ago. Her artwork and quilts grace the walls with a description for each. The Center gives us plenty of room for the Friday Night Fashion Show as well as plenty of room for our workshops and displays that Maggie is bringing with her. Don’t miss this really fun and entertaining knitting weekend!

What if I’m a ‘Flatlander’?

Many of us who live in or frequent Big Bear know of its beauty and relaxing, fun filled atmosphere. If you and your knitting friends would like to attend our MaggiKnits Weekend Extravaganza, think about staying at the Pine Knot Guest Ranch where the wonderful owners, Larbie and Gloria, have their own llamas and bunnies nearby for you to visit! Or think about renting a cabin for a bunch of you. There are specials on lodging during the Fall. Here are some activities you could also think about while you’re here.

If flying you will want to fly in to Ontario Airport, rent a car and make your way up to Big Bear which is about 1 ½ hours away. We planned our retreat in June so that you can enjoy the beautiful summer weather and maybe even go out on the lake.

MaggiKnits Weekend Retreat: Last Chance!

MaggiKnits Retreat

We are now going for the finish line on our weekend with Maggie Jackson! If you are planning to join us, you really need to register NOW so that we can make our final plans to make this a wonderful weekend for you and your knitting friends! You can even call me anytime on my cell phone (909) 261-9185 with any questions regarding registration, lodging problems, Big Bear questions – whatever. Let’s get you registered so you don’t miss out as classroom space is limited! I hope to hear from you soon and have a great Labor Day Weekend! PS I will be working Friday through Monday so don’t hesitate to call!

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