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When I started this blog back in 2009, it was my first foray into the world of website management. So my early patterns were just included in blog entries since I didn’t know how to make them downloadable at the time.

Since then, I’ve learned a ton about operating in the internet world and I’ve started a number of other websites on various topics. Plus I’ve discovered that my readers’ expectations have changed. Blog readers now just expect that every pattern on a site will be downloadable. So I’m working on it.

Last night, I posted the first downloadable version of one of my scarf patterns, for the Single-Rib Chenille Scarf. I even updated it a bit, including an alternative yarn (Patons Bohemian) in addition to the original Lion Brand Chenille.

I’m hoping to make downloadable versions of my other patterns available soon, plus get some new ones posted. Eventually, I’m hoping to start a mailing list for notices of new patterns. In the meantime, to stay up to date with new stuff, you can click to Follow This Blog on Facebook, or to add my RSS feed to your Google homepage or Google Reader.

Thanks for reading. If you have any questions about knitting, or want me to do a pattern for something (EASY only, please), or if you want to know about how to get started with your own website, please leave a comment below.

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This is the third in my series of easy knitting patterns for scarves. It can be adapted for men or women depending on the colors used. I made this one for a young lady attending West Virginia University in the school colors.

This scarf knitting pattern is just a little different because it incorporates a crocheted border. If you aren’t familiar with working single crochet, check out this video. The other thing that makes this scarf special is that it is worked with Lion Brand’s Homespun yarn. This makes it extremely soft, plus it has a nice nubby texture. However, you have to be careful to put a knot in the loose ends to prevent raveling.

Yarn:

Color A:  Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (394) Golden

Color B:  Lion Brand Homespun Yarn (368) Montana Sky

OR any other two colors of Homespun or bulky #5 yarn.

Tools:

–Needles:  size 10

–Hook:  size K

–Yarn needle

Finished Size:  roughly 8-1/2” x 60”

Gauge:  14 sts = 4 inches

Scarf Knitting Pattern

Body of scarf in Color A:

Cast on 28 sts.

Row 1:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 2:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 3:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 4:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 5:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 6:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Row 7:  *P4, K4*, repeat across row.

Row 8:  *K4, P4*, repeat across row.

Repeat first eight rows until scarf is desired length.

Bind off. Weave in ends.

Contrasting Border in Color B:

Work a sc border around entire scarf.

Weave in ends.

For instructions on working a sc border, click here.

Tip about knitting with Homespun:

Sometimes this yarn bunches up, especially when knitting. If you are having this problem, try holding the yarn more loosely. Pull a yard or two out of the skein at a time to help reduce the tension.

If you are still having problems, you can cut out the bunched up part and restart with the fresh end, or rewind the skein and start knitting from the opposite end. In either case, make the switch at the end of a row.

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Christmas (or any other winter holiday/occasion) is a great opportunity to try a new afghan knitting pattern. Here are links to some pretty afghan patterns I found on the Lion Brand website. You might want to try one or more of these for a special holiday gift:

Garter Stitch Baby Throw – This is trickier than it sounds because it’s worked on the diagonal. If you managed to do either the Cromwell Court Afghan or the Spumoni Crib Afghan, you won’t have any problems.

Car Blanket – This pattern should work up fast since it’s made with Thick & Quick yarn on size 13 needles. Plus it introduces how to make a really easy buttonhole (for the straps). Finished size is 41 x 42 inches.

Layfayette Square Throw – This lap blanket is worked with two strands of yarn at a time on size 11 needles. The suggested color changes are beautiful. With a seed stitch border and stockinette in the middle, you’ll be able to knit pretty much on autopilot except for remembering to change colors.

Cozy Nook Throw – This pattern is just a hair more challenging because it’s done in the woven stitch. Lion Brands rates it Easy+. But they give you complete instructions on how to do it. This pattern be perfect to do up in college colors for use as a stadium blanket.

Whichever afghan knitting pattern you choose, be sure to check out the prices at fabric.com before you order elsewhere.

What are you planning to make for Christmas (or other holiday or occasion)? Please share your ideas and pattern links by leaving a comment below.

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This Allison Isaacs video gives general information about types of yarn and stitches you might use for a simple baby blanket.  It shows some nice examples. However, it does not give you an actual baby knitting pattern. The video in my next blog entry actually demonstrates a pattern and lists how much yarn you will need.

As this video states, a baby blanket is usually about 2 feet by 3 feet. The best type of yarn is machine washable (since babies have been known to spit up and do other generally unclean things!). Allison points out that you should avoid yarns with fibers that shed, such as mohair, angora, and alpaca. (I never use anything that expensive anyhow!) Between the washability issue and the shedding issue, I would say you should pretty much stick to acrylic.

Expert: Allison Isaacs Contact: www.imagiknit.com Bio: Allison Isaacs learned to knit and needlepoint at an early age. Filmmaker: Sam Lee Duration : 0:1:50

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