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Wheat and Malt

June 14, 2013

Whether you are a complete beginner or you have been knitting for years, the first 2 designs from The Simple Collection have something for everyone.

An easy combination of stockinette, garter, and ribbing make the Wheat scarf and the Malt blanket cozy knits that fly off the needles.  The patterns are perfect for beginners, and a treat for knitters who love modern lines and simple details.

Emily and I originally met while working at a yarn shop in Vancouver (Urban Yarns). We spent our days helping people pick out the perfect combination of pattern, yarn, and needles. One of my favourite tasks was setting up a new knitter with their very first project. Most of the time I would set them up with a project that would mean lots of practice: the scarf. A scarf is a wonderful first project because there is no issue of fit (just keep going if it’s too short!) and a simple scarf offers a lot of knits and purls, a perfect place to figure out your personal knitting style and tension. And so we offer Wheat, a reversible scarf to learn and practice your knits and purls on.

Wheat Scarf by Tin Can Knits

yarn:Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in ‘spanish coin’ (400 yards)
suggested needles: US 8/ 5mm (either straights or circulars will work)
size: the finished scarf will be approximately 8″ wide by 60″ long
pattern: Free! download the Wheat Scarf pattern now

Another reason people find themselves inspired to knit are new babies! New and expectant mums come into the shop with visions of tiny babies swaddled in a blanket of their own creation. Grandmas-to-be would return to knitting after a hiatus, ready to pick up the needles and create an heirloom for their little Grandbaby. Aunts that want to decorate the baby seat themselves, in the style we can can see more at  We designed Malt with these loving customers in mind.

yarn:Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted in Tea Leaves (750 yards)
suggested needles: US 8/ 5mm
size: the finished blanket will be approximately 30″ wide by 32″ long
pattern: Free! download the Malt Blanket pattern now

Hunter is cuddled up in the Malt blanket, and is wearing the Barley Hat – one of the upcoming Simple Collection free patterns! The Barley hat pattern (including tutorials on knitting in the round) will be available in July 2013.

The Simple Collection Tutorials ::: If you have never knit before, or used to knit but have forgotten how, we have step-by-step tutorials on each technique you will need for both Wheat and Malt. From casting on and knitting, to binding off and blocking, we will be with you each step of the way.  Start by casting on now!

The Yarn :::  Wheat and Malt are knit in Sweet Fiber Cashmerino Worsted, which is currently one of my very favorite yarns. Buttery soft with beautiful subtle shifts in colour, this yarn is a sweet treat indeed! Composed of superwash merino, cashmere, and nylon, this yarn is both soft and practical, as it is machine washable (but I always lay my knits flat to dry). After knitting Malt it became Jonesie’s car-seat and stroller blanket, and even though it has received some hard use it still looks as new as the day it came off the needles!

Like the new Simple Collection? To hear about our new designs and in-depth tutorials as they are released, get our email updates!  Please help us to spread the word about these new designs by clicking the links below to share on facebook, twitter, or email to a friend.  Do you teach knitting?  To make your life easier, we have created downloadable PDF handouts that you can use (along with the free patterns) in your knitting classes – download them here.

Looking for other simple designs from Tin Can Knits?  Check out some of the others:

Tall Dark and Handsome pattern by Tin Can KnitsWaffle Blanket by Tin Can KnitsHipster Hat by Tin Can Knits

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Rose Frame permalink
    September 13, 2021 2:27 pm

    making the world’s simplest mittens. Tin Can Knits
    Working on the thumb gusset
    Pattern states .. next round
    Place stay between BOR and marker on waste yarn.remove marker,cast on 1st,knit to end of round. Which sts go on the waste yarn!

    Please help

    • September 17, 2021 8:59 am

      Hi Rose – The stitches between the BOR marker and the second marker go on waste yarn.

  2. vee permalink
    June 20, 2014 8:19 pm

    I am a beginner knitter. I am a bit confused with this pattern. It said to us a 24″ circular needle. Do I need to knit in the round for this blanket or am I just using a circular needle and knit as usual moving from one needle to the next. Please help/

    • June 21, 2014 1:20 am

      Hi – that’s a great question! You just knit back and forth on the circular needle, not in rounds! Most folk find it easier to knit blanket-sized pieces on circular needles, rather than trying to force a large number of stitches to fit on straight needles. You just knit to the end of the row, turn the work over, and then knit back in the other direction, working onto the other needle tip! Good luck!

  3. June 15, 2013 1:12 pm

    This is so generous! I love the way you’ve written patterns that are simple but look sophisticated. Thanks so much – my students are going to love these.

  4. Brenda permalink
    June 15, 2013 9:39 am

    Love all your books, and am so looking forward to these patterns!!
    I’ve knit many of your patterns, and can’t wait to have all of these :)

  5. Jean Sweezie permalink
    June 15, 2013 6:45 am

    Your yarn is STUNNING. Great idea with the very attractive beginners patterns

  6. Erin permalink
    June 15, 2013 5:47 am

    Y’all are just amazing….I love these! Thanks for sharing – and you’re brilliant; I can totally see setting up a new knitter with any of these patterns, and so introducing them not just to the insane joy that is knitting, but also the wonderful resource that is Tin Can Knits. (;

  7. precapgroup permalink
    June 14, 2013 6:45 pm

    Beautiful yarns and beautiful easy patterns! Good Job!! Thank you..


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