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 PROJECT DETAILS :::
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 carseatexperts.com. We designed Malt with these loving customers in mind.
MALT PROJECT DETAILS :::
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
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!
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