Wednesday, 3 April 2013

until next winter, Wool-Ease Thick & Quick

So, even though part of me will miss this past winter, the sunshine and bright evenings are getting me excited for spring. So, I am trying to rearrange some of my routines and activities to usher springtime into my life and welcome the new season. For crafting, specifically knitting, that means saying goodbye to some of my favorite thick, bulky yarns that I used to make some pretty warm, wind-resistant scarves. These colorful pieces were made by doubling up the Wool- Ease Thick & Quick yarn by Lion’s Brand (which came in the coolest vintage colors) and were designed as either outerwear or to compliment an outfit while staying cozy warm.
In saying goodbye to one of my favorite seasonal yarns, I am posting my simple knitting pattern, transferrable to any yarn used, and to keep creative juices flowing for good Christmas gift projects that can be started extra early in the year!
Cozy Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Scarves
3 balls of Lion’s Branch Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn, your color of choice
Size 15 knitting needles
Double up yarn by casting on both at the same time onto the needle and work from both balls of yarn.
Cast on 17 stitches.
Knit stitch until both balls of yarns are used.
Divide third ball of yarn in half by cutting midway and creating two piles of yarn to work from (this is to continue working the doubled yarn and avoiding having to buy a fourth ball).
Knit until desired scarf length (I knitted mine until they reach my belly area).
Cast off at desired length.
Cut36 pieces of 3 inch pieces of yarn (18 for each end of scarf) to create tassels.
Create 12 groups of yarn, 3 strings per group.
Double knot each 3-piece group of yarn around the bottom holes of the scarf until there are tassels around the entire ends of both sides to the scarf.
Enjoy these last days of wintery cold!