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Vortex Infinity Scarf

I love infinity loop scarves and, while I don’t like anything tight around my neck, I do adore something thick and soft and squishy to snuggle into.  I also have a tendency to wear scoop-neck and v-neck shirts, which leave my front a bit chilly in our New England winters.  I worked up this scarf loosely using some of the ideas from the Whirlwind cowl, but at a looser gauge and omitting the cables.  I love the bias the constant use of the k2tog gives the fabric in the previous pattern, and so used that as my main stitch.

Doesn’t it look cozy?  The first is a gift for my baby sister (colorway Crush), and the second, in Looking Up, is for me.  Mine, all mine!  (Until Rachel runs off with it anyway.)

To make one of your own, you need 2 skeins of Big Shot (I used all but 1.5 yards of both 97 yard, 115 gram bulky weight skeins), and size 13 36-inch circular needles.  Gauge is not hugely critical, but may affect yarn usage, so do be mindful.  Approx. 8 stitches and 18 rows over 4 inches in pattern stitch.

Cast-on 108 stitches and join being careful not to twist.  I used the cabled cast-on to be sure to keep the edge nice and stretchy.

Knit one row, then purl one row.

Pattern Stitch:

Row 1 – (Yo, k2tog) repeat to end.

Row 2 – Knit

Repeat rows 1 & 2 for approx 8 inches or 35 rows, ending with Row 1. (I managed to get 37 rows for the purple cowl, but your mileage may vary, and you need a fair amount of yarn for the bind off.)

Purl one row, then knit one row.

Bind off.  I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy bind off, which is amazingly easy and really allows the scarf to wrap easily around the neck.

And that’s it!  Wear and enjoy!

 

 

Need to make a quick holiday gift?

This is my gift to you — a simple and quick cowl pattern!  This pattern uses just one skein of soft and squishy Big Shot.  Enjoy!

Whirlwind Cowl

Clone Trooper Chart

Got an avid sci-fi geek in your household?   We have many (including myself).  For Christmas, I designed this Clone Trooper chart for a special 8 year old boy and it was inspired by my son’s deep and abiding love for everything Star Wars and especially the Clone Troopers he has been introduced to through the animated show Star Wars The Clone Wars.  This chart is now also my gift to you!  I used it in conjunction with Sarah Bradberry’s “Star Wars” logo chart, and designed it to work as a replacement for her R2D2 or Storm Trooper charts.  What you do with it from here is up to you, and may the force be with you!

And a picture of the hat I made for that special little boy, using Sarah Bradbury’s “Star Wars logo” chart as well —

 

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