I closely follow Ravelry’s Hot Right Now (HRN to the kids who are down with the lingo; greetings, fellow young people).
Every year, it happens: the Big Yarn Patterns of December. Just when you think all of the super fast, super simple, super gauged patterns had been thought of, some kind and clever designers come through with the lifesaving patterns we gift-knitters crave.
I rarely plan to knit with bulky yarns like Malabrigo Rasta, Madtosh A.S.A.P. or our very own Jill Draper Brunswick. But in December, the impulse to whip up quick, cushy knits to stick under the tree becomes overpowering. It’s fun to blast through a quick knit using one of these lush fat yarns. Whee!
Here are a few new patterns, just in time for last-minute gift knitting:
Rasta Fasta by Monika Anna. One skein=one hat.
And the Rasta Fasta Cowl by Monika Anna. One skein=one cozy neckwarmer. (Note: both patterns are free until January 1. Thanks, Monika Anna!)
Loey by Alexandra Alfonso. One skein=one hat. I’m loving the herringbone stitch and conical shape of this beautiful hat. (Get 15% off the pattern with the coupon code “masondixon.” Thanks, Alexandra!)
Giftalong Report Card
My Big Plucky Garter Scarf gets a big Plucky check mark: it’s all done but the drying. (Still a little damp in these photos.)
Pattern: 6-8 skeins of Plucky Knitter Bello Worsted, double-stranded, US 9 Needles. Cast on 58. Knit, slipping the first stitch of each row purlwise. never change both colors at the same time. bind off.
a case of unintentional roy g biv. no violet, but otherwise it’s a marled color wheel.
Something that will always amaze me: how much superwash yarn grows with washing. Especially if it’s garter stitch. This mega-scarf was big on the needles, but now it is worthy of Lenny Kravitz.
I hope the recipient isn’t over-muffled by this muffler.
Of course I immediately cast on another gift, without skipping a beat. Needs must! With each project, the pattern gets smaller and the yarn gets bigger.
Stay strong, Giftalongers! We can do it!
Programming Notes: Vogue Knitting Live
The holidays have me so distracted that I was shocked to realize how soon Vogue Knitting Live (New York) is coming up. January 12-14 is just around the corner! For readers who are planning to attend, a couple of programming notes.
On Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m., we’ll be hanging out in the Knitty City booth in the marketplace, signing Field Guides and saying hi. (Thanks Knitty City, for always making room for us in your double-wide booth.)
On Saturday at 5:30 there will be a special fashion show: Rowan on the Runway. (Guess who’s going to be in it? Hint: a superfoxy matron who may look familiar.) Rowan fans will not want to miss the chance to ogle patterns from Rowan’s glorious past and present. And if you don’t know Rowan well, and want a quick history lesson (with the risk of falling in love), it will be an excellent overview of this iconic design house.
Finally, we’re cooking up some kind of MDK sit & knit & beverage event, time and location to be announced, near the Marriott Marquis. When we get the details ironed out, we’ll announce it here, but save some mental space on your VKL dance card for us if you can. We’d love to see you.
our Thanks to DESIGNERS Monika Anna and Alexandra Alfonso for KIND permission to use their photos.