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Pocket Monster

My friend Jenn is having a rough time Рshe and her youngest son have both had surgery recently Рso I decided she needed a special present.  Tomorrow morning this Pocket Monster will go to the post office, but I wanted to put a picture up here before he went into the mail.

My turn for a scarf!

Usually I knit with wool, but since I can’t wear it I’m always looking for different yarns that feel nice but aren’t impossible to knit with. Some of the cottons I’ve used have driven me CRAZY because they tangle so easily and make it really hard to keep consistent tension. My current scarf is worsted weight, 50% super fine nylon 50% super fine acrylic. I don’t usually like to knit much with acrylic but the nylon makes it nice and smooth and the acrylic makes it washable!

CO 18 sts
P all rows

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to put fringe on the ends.

This is also a nice practice in keeping consistent tension and you can really see if you have a consistent gauge or not.

Sampler Scarf

This is a fun scarf pattern adapted from one I found on lionbrand.com. They designed the scarf almost twice as wide as my pattern below, but I really liked the idea of the sampler where you can practice different kinds of stitches, and it still makes a pretty scarf. I picked this yarn both because it was nice and soft and the higher acrylic content means it’s easier to wash and dry without worry. I almost always use circular needles rather than straight needles as I find my gauge and tension stay more consistent.

Yarn: Reynolds Signature; 80% acrylic 20% wool
Color: 044 (forest green)
Needles: 16″ round 9

Note: each row begins and ends with K4 to create garter stitch border

CO 24 sts
K 6 rows

Basket Weave (12 rows)
row 1: K all sts
rows 2-6: K4 *K4, P4* until 4 sts from end, K4
row 7: K all sts
rows 8-12: K4 *P4, K4* until 4 from end, K4

Repeat Basket Weave set of 12 rows (total 24 rows Basket weave)

K 4 rows

Mesh Stitch (4 rows)
row 1 (RS): K4*YO, K2tog* until 4 from end, K4
row 2 – K4, P16, K4
row 3 – K4 *SKP, YO* until 4 from end, K4
row 4 – K4, P16, K4

Repeat Mesh Stitch set of 4 rows (total 8 rows Mesh Stitch)

K 4 rows

Sugar Cubes Stitch (8 rows)
row 1 (RS): K all sts
row 2: K4 *P6, K2* repeat until 4 sts from end, K4
row 3: K4 *P2, K6* repeat until 4 sts from end, K4
row 4: K4, P16, K4
row 5: K all sts
row 6: K4, P2, K2, P6, K2, P4, K4
row 7: K8, P2, K6, P2, K6
row 8: K4, P16, K4

Repeat Sugar Cubes stitch set of 8 rows (total 16 rows Sugar Cubes stitch)

Seed Stitch (2 rows)
row 1: K4 *K1, P1* until 4 sts from end, K4
row 2: K4 *P1, K1* until 4 sts from end, K4

Repeat Seed Stitch set of 2 rows, 4 times (total 8 rows Seed Stitch)

Repeat the following section until scarf is desired length:
*****
K 4 rows
24 rows Basket Weave
K 4 rows
8 rows Mesh Stitch
K 4 rows
16 rows Sugar Cube Stitch
K 4 rows
8 rows Seed Stitch
*****
Finish scarf by K 6 rows

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