Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Go Chiefs! Hat and Scarf

This warm knit hat and scarf is done in the KC Chiefs colors. The yellow is an 70% acryllic/30% wool blend, and the red yarn is wool for extra warmth.

The hat is a 2x2 rib with the red portion long enough to cuff for extra warmth, as shown in the photo. The scarf is knit flat in seed stitch. Seed stitch is so dense that I loosened it up by using larger needles.


1 skein bright yellow worsted weight yarn
1 skein bright red-orange worsted weight yarn

Size 8, 16-inch circluar needle (hat)
Size 8 double-pointed needles (hat)
Size 10 circular needle (scarf)

Size: Medium - Large
Time: hat 3 hrs, scarf 9+ hrs

See close-up of seed stitch scarf below

Monday, March 24, 2008

Linda's Brimmed Hat and Vertical-striped Scarf

I mixed it up by crocheting the scarf and knitting the hat. The hat has a floppy brim and the scarf is long, thick, and heavy and has a woven look.


I made this from 3 partial worsted-weight skeins

Size 8 circular needle (hat)
Size 8 doublepoint needles (hat)
Size H crochet hook (scarf)

Size: Large
Time: hat 3 hrs, scarf 6 hrs

See close-up of scarf below.

Linda's Cuffed Hat and Reversable Scarf

This hat is a beanie top cuffed hat done in a 2x2 rib with chunky weight yarn. The scarf, also chunky, is nice and long. I don't know what the name of the stitch pattern is - I was fooling around trying to come up with a different reversible pattern and stumbled my way to this. It's a four stitch repeat of k3 p1, plus an extra k2 on the end on every row.


1 skein black chunky yarn
1 skein blue chunky yarn
size 10, 16-inch circular needle
size 10 doublepoint needles

Size: Large
Time: hat 2-3 hrs, scarf 6-ish hrs

See close up of scarf stitch below.

Linda's Earflap Hat and Scarf

This is another no sew earflap hat in seed stitch with short braided tassels. The scarf is a loose garter stitch. The scarf is short, but long enough to wrap around the neck for wear under a coat.


1 skein (200 yds) worsted
Size 8, 16 inch circular needle (hat)
Size 8 double-pointed needles (hat)
Size 11 circular needle (scarf)

Size: Large
Time: hat 3-4 hrs, scarf 2 hrs

See closeup of seed stitch hatbelow.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Linda's Tam and Tube Scarf

There is nothing more fun to me than fair isle and multistranded knitting, and tams are quick and fun and can even be works of art.

The hat is knit in tru fair isle style, in DK worsted weight yarn and is mostly maroon, black, and white but I used a little blue on the front. The scarf is a knit tube using the same maroon, black, and white in aran worsted weight yarn.



Less than 50g of each:
- White DK yarn
- Black DK yarn
- Maroon DK yarn
- Blue DK yarn

2 Size 6, 16-inch circular needles


1 skein black worsted-weight yarn
1 skein maroon worsted-weight yarn
1 skein white worsted-weight yarn

Size 9, 16-inch circular needle

Size: Large
Time: Hat 6 hrs?, scarf 10 hrs? - not sure...

Linda's Big Blue Hat and Scarf

This knit beanie and scarf was quick and easy with Plymouth Encore Chunky, and I love that vibrant koolaid-blue color!

This hat is just a plain knit beanie using a 1x1 rib. The scarf is the basketweave pattern based on 4 k 4 p repeat across 6 rows. i cast on 22 stitches and slipped the first stitch to give it a more finished edge.


1 1/2 skeins chunky yarn
Size 10 circular needle
Size 10 double-point

Size: Large
Time: hat 2 hrs, scarf 4 hrs

See close-up of basketweave scarf below.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Linda's Think Pink Beanie and Scarf

Pink is the color of passion and this dayglo fuzzy pink yarn is full of passion! The beanie is knit in a 2x2 rib, and the scarf is garter stitch.

Yarn donated by the Yarn Shop in Overland Park, KS.


1 skein chunky fuzzy yarn
Size 11 circular needle
Size 11 double-point needles
Size 19 needles (scarf)

Size: Medium
Time: hat 2 hrs, scarf 1 1/2 hrs

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Donation from The Yarn Shop in OPKS

Thanks to the Yarn Shop in Overland Park, KS ( for their kind donation, we have some fun and interesting yarn to knit up!

The blues and pinks are baby yarn. The big one says it's enough for a baby blanket. The ribbon has a suede feel. The colorful batch is mostly fun fur.

Linda's Scrap Beanie and Scarf (Crochet)

It was time to use up some of my leftovers, and this is the result. I had almost a skein plus a tiny ball of one of my favs - the Plymouth Encore brown and black twill. After making the hat I still had a bit left and dug up 3 other scraps and made the scarf. The brown/black rows are single crochet, and I was sweating running out before the end of the last row...but I made it with 2 inches to spare.


Scraps of worsted weight yarn
Size K crochet hook

Size: Medium / Large
Time: hat 2 hrs, scarf 3 hrs

Linda's Cuffed Beanie and Scarf (Crochet)

This roll-cuff beanie and scarf is done in single crochet and is fast and easy. I had less that a skein of the colorful yarn to use up and used white to fill in the rest.

The beanie is done in the round from top to bottom by crocheting in the back loop of each stitch.

The scarf is crocheted width-wise, back and forth, crocheting in the back loop every other row, so that one side resembles the hat. The scarf is has three rows of single crochet in white and is turned toward the plain side.


1-2 skeins worsted weight yarn
Size K crochet hook

Size: Medium - Large
Time: hat 2 hrs, scarf 5-6 hrs

Monday, March 3, 2008

Linda's Linen-look Scarf and Beanie

I was doodling around the other day, and I remembered this stitch. I haven't done it in years and forgot how much I liked it. It is a very dense stitch that has a linen appearance on the front side, and makes the finished piece feel more like fabric. The back side is seed stitch, with a very different and interesting appearance and texture. I made a simple 2x2 ribbed beanie to match.


I normally use a size 8 needle with most worsted weight yarn, but because this is such a dense stitch, I upped the needle size. This takes out some of the weight and gives the scarf that fabric feel without losing any warmth of the dense stitch.


1 skein worsted weight brown
1 skein worsted weigh rust

size 10 1/2, 24-inch circular needle
size G crochet hook (for fringe)


k1 - knit 1
p1 - purl 1
s1k - slip 1 as if to knit
s1p - slip 1 as if to purl


This scarf is worked flat on circular needles
* = Repeat stitches between the asterisks

Cast on 225 stitches.

Row 1: * k1, s1p *, end with k1.
Row 2: k1, * p1, s1k *, end with k1.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 to end, then bind off. I used the following color pattern and leave long tails for fringe, and finish adding fringe at the end.

Cast on and bind off: brown
Rows 1-2: brown
Rows 3-6: rust
Rows 7-14: brown
Rows 15-16: rust
Rows 17-20: brown
Rows 21-26L rust
Rows 27-30: brown
Rows 31-32: rust
Rows 33-40: brown
Rows 41-44: rust
Rows 45-46: brown

Size: Medium / Large, scarf is about 4 1/2 ft long without fringe
Time: hat 2 hrs, scarf 12 hrs

Linda the Knitwit

I'm Linda, and love to knit and crochet, and when my eyes permit, I like to do counted cross stitch and play with tatting.

I learned to knit when I was 7 years old. I was taught by my babysitter, a teenage girl down the street. She was from a family of knitters - her older sister, her mother, and her grandmother - and it now seems pertinent to mention that they were from Poland, because 25 years later I found out that I knit differently than other knitters I encountered. I use the pick method and the throw method, but the difference is in the way the stitch is made, particularly in flat knitting. All I know is it's fast and it looks the exact same in the end!

My favorite craft is knitting fair isle. I love the use of color to keep it interesting to make and to look at. I designed and finished this scarf set in February. I found the lovely fox chart on the web and it spoke to my Native side, and I created the rest of the designs to make it into this scarf.

Email me know if you like my knitting or want to contribute to Operation Breakthrough!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Linda's Harry Potter Hufflepuff PoA Scarf and Cap

The Harry Potter scarf is knit of washable yarn in stockinette stitch the round to form an 80-inch long tube and is fastened together on each end by fringe. This scarf is double thick, double long, and double warm.

To follow the Harry Potter PoA official style, the scarf has 15 bands of solid black and 14 bands of goldenrod stripes. The stripe pattern consists of 3 rows goldenrod, 5 rows of black, 3 rows of goldenrod and the band is about 2 inches wide. The black bands are 3 1/2 inches wide and was 18 rows on my yarn, needles, and gauge.

The cap has a black 2X2 ribbed band, and the remainder is stockinette stitch. and was decreased slowly. The cap can be worn with point on the top, or pulled down snug with the band cuffed for extra warmth on the ears.


4 skeins Plymouth Encore black
1 skein Plymouth Encore goldenrod

Size 8, 16-inch circular needle
Size 8 double-point needles

Size: Medium-Large
Time: hat 2 hrs, scarf 15 hrs

See closeup of Harry Potter Hufflepuff PoA Hat and Scarf

Linda's Beanie and Brioche-like Scarf

This is a small fast simple set to use up to partial skeins of yarn. The beanie is knit in a 2x2 rib, and the scarf is made in a stitch similar to brioche.


Approx. 1 1/2 skeins of Plymouth Encore Colorspun worsted weight yarn

Size 8, 16 inch circular needle
Size 8 double-pointed needles

Size: Small
Time: hat 2 hrs, scarf 3-4 hrs

See closeup of brioche-like scarf below.