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Riverside Scarf

Sunday, May 15th, 2016

Riverside is one of Toronto’s most vibrant communities, stretching a distance of ten city blocks along Queen Street East from the Don Valley Bridge to just past Degrassi Street.  This urban hub is well-known for its eclectic vibe, featuring a mix of art galleries, fashion boutiques, and trendy eateries, which dot the landscape like colourful gems between acres of green space and historic buildings.

Inspired by this neighbourhood’s unique streetscape design, a border of blue bricks depicting a winding river, our Riverside Scarf is a lightweight summer accessory, ideal for wearing on relaxed weekends enjoying a picnic in the park, or wandering leisurely through an outdoor festival.

 

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 RIVERSIDE SCARF

Finished Size: 30.5 cm/ 12 ins x 127 cm/ 50 ins

Yarn: 1 skein SUMMERTIME (100g) by Diamond Luxury Collection in col. #162

Needles: 5.00 mm/US 8 (begin with a pair of straight needles then switch to a circular needle if needed)

Tension: 15 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/ 4 ins over garter stitch

Cast on 3 sts.

Set-up: K 1 row.

*Row 1: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, k to end.

Rows 2-19: Rep last row 18 times.

Row 20: Cast on 5 sts using backward loop method, cast off 3 sts, [yo, k2tog] rep to end, knit any rem st if there is an extra.*

Rep [Rows 1-20] 3 times more = 80 rows.

Picot Cast Off Row:  Cast off 3 sts, [slip rem st back to left needle, cast on 3 sts, cast off 6 sts] rep across row until all sts have been cast off.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows

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CLOUD ~ COVER

Monday, December 14th, 2015

When a mass of clouds roll in to blanket the sky, you can choose to run for cover or embrace one of the moodiest of weather patterns.  On an average day, at any given time, more than half of our planet is wrapped in a layer of clouds, formed by tiny droplets of moisture collecting in the air.  The warmer the air is, the more water vapor it can gather. Inspired by the mystic beauty of a cloudy day, this lightweight shawl is designed in gradient shading and adds just a whisper of warmth.

C L O U D  ~  C O V E R

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Three shades of our all-new Pure Superkid Mohair in watery hues

softly transition from top to bottom.

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This shawl weighs slightly less than a 100g chocolate bar and can be worn

front and centre as a stylish neckerchief or across the back as a light blanket for the shoulders.

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“I wandered lonely as a cloud…..”

William Wordsworth

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Gradient colouring makes this shawl all the more alluring.

Our top picks (shown above) include majestic blues, elegant purples and watery hues

or design your own one-of-a-kind palette from more than twenty shades

of heavenly Pure Superkid Mohair exclusive to the Diamond Luxury Collection.

C L O U D ~ C O V E R

Finished Size (after blocking): 127 cm /50 in wide x 61 cm /24 in deep

Yarn: MC- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1504), A- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1503), C- 1 skein of Diamond Luxury Collection Pure Superkid Mohair (col #1505)

Needles: 5 mm/ US 8 – 80 cm/32 in circular

Tension: 14 sts and 26 rows = 10 cm/4 in over st st (after blocking)

pm: place marker

sm: slip marker

skp: slip one stitch, knit one stitch, pass slip stitch over

yo: yarn over

NOTE: (This shawl is worked from the top down and due to the nature of the yarn will crinkle up until fully blocked).

Cast on 9 sts with A.

Row 1 (RS): K2, pm, yo, k2, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k2, yo, pm, k2 = 13 sts.

Row 2 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3: K2, sm, yo, k to first centre marker, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 4: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

Rep last 2 rows 5 times more = 37 sts.

Row 15: as Row 3.

Row 16: Knit.

Row 17: as Row 3.

Row 18: Knit.

Rep Row 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 73 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 81 sts.

Cut A.

Continue in MC.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 109 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 117 sts.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 145 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 18 = 153 sts.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 a total of 7 times = 181 sts.

Rep Rows 15 to 17.

Rep Row 18, inc 2 sts evenly spaced = 191 sts.

Cut MC.

Continue in B.

Border:

Row 1: K2, sm, yo, [k2, k2tog, yo] rep until 1 st before first centre marker, k1, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k1, [yo, skp, k2] rep to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 2: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3: K2, sm, yo, [k2, k2tog, yo] rep until 3 sts before first centre marker, k3, yo, sm, k1, sm, yo, k3, [yo, skp, k2] rep to last marker, yo, sm, k2.

Row 4: as Row 2.

Rep these 4 rows 3 more times = 223 sts.

Picot Cast Off Row: Cast off 1 st, [slip st from right to left needle, cast on 3 sts using knitted cast on method, cast off 8 sts] rep to end.  Fasten off.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Woodsman Tuque

Sunday, November 8th, 2015

Standard winter gear for men includes a wool hat, which quite literally tops the list by keeping the heat in and the cold out.  As synonymous with Canadian culture as Tim Hortons coffee is, our official winter hat is affectionately known as a ‘tuque’, and has a long history in the spotlight.  With or without a pompom, a tuque is a stretchy knitted hat with a turn back brim which fits closely to the head and tapers gradually at the crown.  It may have been hockey legend, Jacques Plante, who brought it to the forefront during the 1950’s.  While he was the first goalie to don a mask on the ice, he was also known for hand knitting his own collection of tuques which he could frequently be seen wearing under a mask during games.  But it was the beer-chugging duo who first appeared in the 80’s as Bob and Doug McKenzie, on the ‘Great White North’ series who truly created a cult following and will fondly be remembered for their comedy sketches that played upon Canadian stereotypes all the while proudly sporting their winter tuques.

If you are looking for a man’s tuque that knits up quickly in a nice thick rib, stretchy enough to fit any size head, and looks rugged with the durability to last season after season through any type of outdoor work or play ………then this one may become your new go-to hat pattern.

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Click Chunky by Sirdar is one of our most popular easy care wool blends with a rustic palette consisting of more than thirty-five heathered, marled, flecked, and solid shades.  Clockwise from top right- Gull Grey, Camo, Indigo, and Flannel Grey. Pick your colour and join in the Canadian tradition of knitting a winter tuque.

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WOODSMAN TUQUE

Size: Men’s (Very Adjustable Fit)

Needles: 5 mm/US 8

Yarn: 2 balls Sirdar Click Chunky col. Pigeon (shown above)

Tension: 16 sts and 22 rows = 10 cm/4 in over Pattern St.

Cast on 78 sts.

Row 1: [K2,p2], rep to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 2: [P2, k2], rep to last 2 sts, p2.

Repeat the last 2 rows until work measures 23 cm/9 in, ending with a Row 2.

Shape Top:

Row 1: [K2tog, p2tog], rep to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 2: [P1, k1], rep to last st, p1.

Rows 3 to 6: Work in ribbing as set.

Row 7: K1, [k2tog], rep to end.

Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: [K2tog], rep to end = 10 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts, tighten and secure.

Sew side seam reversing seam for fold back brim.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Spirit Of The Woods Cowl

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Cowls have now become a standard fashion item and having one for every season is equally important.  For spring, its all about a pop of colour to brighten up an outfit combined with a side order of warmth to ward off the damp chill.  In summer, the look lightens up with a lacy linen or cotton version worn strictly as a decorative element.  When fall rolls around, a cosy cowl becomes indispensable as an extra layer, easy on, easy off as the weather fluctuates and finally, there is the heavy artillery cowl, ready for winter action in a super bulky wool designed to stand up to the fiercest of elements.

 

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This season, Sylvan comes out of the shadows, playfully light in nature and incredibly soft.  A new wool blend from Sirdar, this yarn is spun with a thick and thin twist in a choice of eight tri-shaded woodsy hues.

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The unique texture of Sylvan combined with a simple pattern stitch forms an interesting pebbly-effect while the fun colour interaction creates a versatile topsy-turvy cowl design.  By flipping the cowl from top to bottom, the colour changes instantly.

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SPIRIT OF THE WOODS COWL

Finished Size: 86 cm/34 ins x 33 cm/13 ins

Yarn: 1 ball each of Sirdar Sylvan in 3 shades (as shown above)- A = #202, B = #204, C = #205

Needles: 7.00 mm/US 10.75 – 60 cm/24 ins

Tension: 11 sts and 20 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Moss St.

Moss Stitch:

Rounds 1: [K1, p1] rep.

Round 2: [P1, k1] rep.

Rep these 2 rounds for pattern.

Cast on 92 sts in A. Join in round being careful not to twists st over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

Work in Moss St throughout following Stripe Sequence

10 rounds in A.

2 rounds in B.

2 rounds in A.

Rep last 4 rounds 3 more times. Cut A.

10 rounds in B.

2 rounds in C.

2 rounds in B.

Rep last 4 rounds 3 more times. Cut B.

10 rounds in C.

Cast off loosely with C.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Surprise Cowl

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Its not everyday that we can have our cake and knit it too.  What that means to a knitter, is very seldom do we find a truly innovative array of textures and colours in one single ball (or cake) of yarn.  South African designer, Adele, is a visionary who has been handcrafting her very unique line of luxury yarns for the past thirty two years as a cottage industry following strict fair trade and eco standards.  Spun from locally sourced mohair and merino wool, these art yarns are currently being introduced in Canada.

Let’s chat with Adele and discover more about her enchanting yarn creations-

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MM: Hi Adele!  Your yarns are exquisite and we are super excited to welcome this Thick ‘n Thin collection to Canada.  What got you started on this creative path?

AC: It was an expansion of my hobby.  Both of my grandmothers taught me to knit and in my early childhood I developed a love for it.

MM: Can you remember your very first project?

AC: Oh yes!  A scarf for my grandfather knitted in leftover yarns, of varying thicknesses, and bless him he wore it til he died.

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Thick ‘n Thin by Adele

‘What you see on the outside of each yarn cake is a mere fraction

of the delightful surprise that you will find

as you knit your way through to the centre core.’

MM: Did you know at a young age that you would  find your passion in the yarn business?

AC: Well…. After doing a BSc degree I traveled and worked in the UK, visited woolen mills, and on the Isle of Harris I met the lady who wove tweed for the queen, a Mrs McDonald.  She collected the wool off the fences and went on to spin, dye and then weave. This blew me away and I decided that this is what I wanted to do.

MM: So you literally fell into producing designer knitting yarns, accessories and home textiles headfirst!

AC: Just about.  The craft developed through my passion and where I needed a skill I turned to books or guilds, friends and experimentation. I have no formal training at all.

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MM: Your workshop is located in a rural area of South Africa, between East London and Port Elizabeth.  Do you draw inspiration from the landscape for your brilliant colour palette?

AC: I live on a farm where abundant wildflowers grow, and I love the outdoors, so yes, that’s where it comes from.  Also, from travel and the world around me….. alas nothing fancy.

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Surprise Cowl

SURPRISE COWL

Finished Size: 81 cm/ 32 ins x 20 cm/ 8 ins

Yarn: 50g ball Thick ‘n Thin by Adele col. #9 (shown above)

Needles: 6.50 mm – 80 cm circular

Tension: 11 sts and 16 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st

Cast on 88 sts, join in round being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

Round 1 to 4: Purl.

Round 5 to 6: Knit.

Round 7: [Yo, k2tog], rep [to] across row.

Round 8 to 9: Knit.

Round 10 to 12: Purl.

Rep Rounds 5 to 12 twice.

Knit 2 rounds.

Cast off loosely.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Summertime Shawl

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

As the calendar flips over to June this week, the anticipation of summer activities is at an all-time high.  There may be a long weekend camping trip to plan, an end-of-school trek to the amusement park, or the annual family picnic to organize followed up by a road trip to a friend’s cottage and let’s not forget all those magical days of just hanging out in between.  For knitters, there isn’t much that stops our needles from clicking, and part of the ritual of summer is finding a tag along project, not too big, and not too challenging, something that fills the time and gradually becomes a stitch by stitch compilation of our favorite memories.

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This shawl is knit in our newest worsted weight cotton blend, Summertime, in a trio of colours that represents the season perfectly from the lushness of cool green grass to the sparkling blue of a favorite lake, and the stunning sunset that tops off an ideal day.

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An easy style to knit and wear as a lightweight shawl or a fashionable neck scarf.

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SUMMERTIME SHAWL

Finished Size: 211 cm/83 ins x 43 cm/17 ins

Yarn: Summertime by Diamond Luxury Collection 100g skein each in col. #162 (MC), #160 (A), #161 (B)

Needles: 5.00 mm/ US 8 – 32 ins/80 cm circular

Tension: 15 sts and 30 rows = 10 cm/4 ins in garter stitch

Abbreviations:

Kfb: Knit into front and back.

Tbl: Through back loop.

Yo: Yarn over needle.

 

Cast on 3 sts with (MC).

Row 1: K to last st, kfb.

Row 2: K2, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2togtbl.

Rep these 2 rows throughout in Stripe Sequence I as follows-

30 rows in (MC), 2 rows in (A), 2 rows in (MC).  Cut (MC).

30 rows in (A), 2 rows in (B), 2 rows in (A).  Cut (A).

30 rows in (B), 2 rows in (MC), 2 rows in (B).  Cut (B).

Rep 102 rows of Stripe Sequence I once, then rep first 34 rows only.

Continue in Stripe Sequence II as follows for 30 rows-

2 rows in (A).

2 rows in (B).

Cast off loosely in (A).

Fringes (optional):

Cut strands of each colour in 35.5 cm/14 ins lengths.

Attach one fringe consisting of all three cols. in first and every following third cast off st.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Tropic Kerchief

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

What a difference a few days can make when it comes to bringing out the smiles in everyone.  The sun is stretching its rays to warm even the shadiest of spots, luring us outside as the long-awaited migration to backyard decks and patios gets underway.  Pull up a chair on the sheltered side of the yard and relax with a quick project designed to knit on a sunny afternoon and wear later the same day.

 

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Tropic Kerchief

Knit in one of this season’s trendy ribbon yarns, Tropic by Katia, an interesting jersey-style cotton that has the same laidback attitude as your favorite soft and stretchy t shirt.  Choosing the right colour is a breeze, as Tropic comes in a range of ten transitional shades all equally suited to this triangular openwork scarf that can be worn relaxed with denim, either as a warm weather shawl or a fun new neck accessory.

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Tropic Kerchief

TROPIC KERCHIEF

Finished Size: 48 cm/19 ins x 117 cm/46 ins

Needles: 9 mm/US 13

Yarn: 3 balls Tropic by Katia (col #76)

Tension: 6 sts and 11 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Pattern St

Cast on 4 sts.  K1 row.

Continue as follows-

Row 1- K2, yo, k2.

Row 2- K2, p1, k2.

Row 3- K2, yo, k1, yo, k2.

Row 4- K2, p3, k2.

Continue in Pattern St as follows-

Row 1- K2, yo, [k2tog, yo], rep [to], end with, k1, yo, k2.

Row 2- K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.

Row 3- K2, yo, k1, [yo, k2tog], rep [to], end with, yo, k2.

Row 4- as Row 2.

Repeat these 4 rows until there are 69 sts on the needle, ending with a Row 3.

K 2 rows.

Work stretchy cast off as follows- K1, yo, cast off 1st st over yo, [k1, yo, cast off previous st over yo], rep [to] end.

Fasten off.

Cut fringes into 33 cm/13 ins lengths.  Attach 1 fringe every 2 rows along side edges.

Design by: Michele Meadows

 

Tri-Colour Slouch Hat

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Colour is a powerful force in all our lives, it mesmerizes us and has the ability to elevate our mood by clicking endorphins into high gear.  In order to see colour we need light.  It was British scientist, Sir Isaac Newton, who first discovered that white light could pass through a prism and divide itself into a full range of visible colours.  He also found that each color is made up of a single wavelength and with light could combine to make additional ones, for example- red plus blue equals purple.

The colour purple, very seldom seen in nature really didn’t exist in clothing until the Roman Empire when twelve thousand shellfish were needed just to extract one and a half grams of dye, barely enough for an emperor’s toga (no wonder it has become the colour of luxury).  Modern science has revealed that purple is also the most visible wavelength of electromagnetic energy, so perhaps that would explain why it is often associated with the supernatural.

This deep, rich magical colour that evokes a sense of mystery is featured in this week’s fab tri-colour slouch hat, designed in graduating shades of Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo, a soft and silky yarn that knits up as a lightweight yet warm layer for the milder days of winter-

Tri-Colour Slouch Hat

Tri-Colour Slouch Hat

TRI-COLOUR SLOUCH HAT

Finished Size: Womens Medium

Length: 23 cm/9 ins

Width: 53 cm/21 ins

Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo– 1 ball each in Col. A (shade no. 161), Col. B (shade no. 179), Col. C (shade no. 110)

Needles: 3.25 mm- 60 cm and 4.00 mm- 60 cm circular 

Tension: 22 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st on larger needles

Cast on 112 sts in Col. A with smaller circular, join in round being careful not to twists sts over needle.  Place a marker on 1st st. Work in [K2.p2] ribbing for 12 rounds.  Change to larger circular and continue with Col. A as follows-

Rnd 1- [K7, p1] rep

Rnd 2- [K6, p1, k1] rep

Rnd 3- [K5, p1, k2] rep

Rnd 4- [K4, p1, k3] rep

Rnd 5- [K3, p1, k4] rep

Rnd 6- [K2, p1, k5] rep

Rnd 7- [K1, p1, k6] rep

Rnd 8- [P1, k7] rep

Rep these 8 rounds throughout for Pattern.

When hat measures 8 cm/3 ins, work as follows-

Next Rnd- [work 1 st in Col. A, and then 1 st in Col. B] rep to end.

Continue with Col. B only until hat measures 15 cm/6 ins.

Next Rnd- [work 1 st in Col. B, and then 1 st in Col. C] rep to end.

Continue with Col. C only until hat measures 20 cm/8 ins.

Shape Top:

Rnd 1- [K2, k2tog] rep

Rnd 2- K

Rnd 3- [K1, k2tog] rep

Rnd 4- K

Rnd 5- [K2tog] rep

Rnd 6- [K2tog] rep = 14 sts.

Cut yarn and thread through remaining sts, tighten and secure.

Sew in ends.

Design by: Michele Meadows

Poems Wrist Socks

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

This week we are keeping things merry and bright in the twinkling colours of the season with a project that is sure to bring jolly smiles around the Christmas tree.  As a stocking stuffer or ‘after holiday’ gift, these cosy wrist socks are as much fun to knit as they are to wear.

May your holidays sparkle and shine

with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill.

From all of us at Diamond Yarn, we wish joy and peace

to you and yours this festive season.  

 

Knit in Poems Sock, a superwash wool and nylon blend yarn that is magically-dyed to allow colors to gradually travel from one set to the next, and repeat again all within one 100g ball.  Choose from nineteen gradient shades and knit a pair or two!

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POEMS WRIST SOCKS

 

POEMS WRIST SOCKS

Finished Size: 25.5 cm/10 ins x 19 cm/7 1/2 ins

Yarn: 100g Poems Sock by Wisdom Yarns (col #958)

Needles: 2.75 mm double point set

Tension: 32 sts and 40 rows = 10 cm/4 ins

Right Wrist Sock-

Cast on 60 sts, and divide evenly onto three needles.  Join in round, being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

Work in knit rounds for 20 cm/8 ins.

Thumb Opening-

With a scrap piece of fingering weight yarn in a contrast colour, knit across first 10 sts, slip these 10 sts back onto left needle, now knit across these 10 sts in main yarn, continue across round (scrap yarn will be removed later). Work in knit rounds until 25.5 cm/10 ins.  Cast off all sts purlways on next round.  Remove scrap yarn carefully and place 10 sts from bottom of opening on a needle and 10 sts from top of opening on a second needle.  Divide sts onto three needles, rejoin yarn and work in knit rounds until thumb measures 2.5 cm/1 ins or desired length.  Cast off all sts purlways on next round.

Left Wrist Sock-

Make a second wrist sock to match, working thumb opening over last 10 sts instead of first 10 sts.

Design by: Michele Meadows 

Top Ten BIG Knits

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Take a deep breath, and relax, even with the holiday hoopla descending faster than a flurry of snowflakes, there is still time to get out your secret weapon, the BIG needles.  They are ready and able to cast on a few more last minute gift ideas and get you to the finish line before the final roll of wrapping paper runs out.

This week the spotlight is on fast and fabulous gift ideas, in a few of our favorite cozy, bulky, marshmallow-soft yarns, Kiko, Ushya, Big Softie, Rasta and Paloma, all knit on BIG needles with just one or two skeins.  These ten FREE Patterns are complimentary from the wonderful designers on Ravelry.

Merry Knitting!

Quick Mittens

Really Quick Mittens

1. Really Quick Mittens – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of 9 mm double pointed needles.

Margot Cowl

Margot Cowl

2. Margot Cowl – requires two skeins of Mirasol Ushya (double strand) and a 15 mm circular needle.

Hat

Moss Stitch Rib Hat

3. Moss Stitch Rib Hat – requires two skeins of Debbie Bliss Paloma, and a pair of 9 mm and 10 mm needles.

Turban

Two Hour Turban

4. Two Hour Turban – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta (makes two turbans) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Big Softie Cowl and Beret

Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret

5. Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret – requires three balls of Sirdar Big Softie (for the set) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Rainbow Twist Cowl

Rainbow Twist Cowl

6. Rainbow Twist Cowl – requires 1 skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 12 mm needles.

The Big Hat

The Big Hat

7. The Big Hat – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a 10 mm circular needle.

Wristers

Simple Wristlets

8. Simple Wristlets – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of double pointed 8 mm needles.

Cowl

Aujourd’hui Cowl

9. Aujourd’hui Cowl – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 10mm needles.

Kiko Slouch Hat

Kiko Slouch Hat

10. Kiko Slouch Hat – requires two balls of Sirdar Kiko and a pair of 10 mm needles.