Fast Knitted Wrap

This pattern is the Melanie Shawl (free pattern link), This is a repeat knit for me. I made the first one a little longer and can actually double it and wrap it as a scarf.

This shawl I used 3 skeins of Lion Brand Homespun, I didn’t know what to do with it. I had started another wrap with it that was crochet and forgot how I dislike working with the Homespun yarn. It is so splitty! Terrible to crochet with (for me anyway)!  Knitting with this is OK and it is soft and fluffy, easy to care for, machine wash and dry on cool air.

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This was super fast and fun way to get rid of this yarn and ended up looking very nice. Good to toss over your shoulders or I keep it on the back of a chair for anyone who gets chilled in the house.

Need more options for a rectangle wrap? Check out these free knit patterns:

From Tonia Berry, a classic wrap (link), Look at her other free pattern on Yarn and Soul (link)

Marji LaFreniere offers this pattern that has some textured interest to it (link)

From Lion Brand a shawl that looks cozy and good for snuggling (link)


Arlequin shawl with hand dyed

It was the middle of summer, that time when the humidity is high and the temps are triple digits. Sultry outside and yet walking indoors your are greeted by the icy blast of chilly air that initially feels great, but quickly chills you. I started looking for a simple, fast wrap, but I wanted something a little edgy with some interest. But not too hard.


I like the long  triangle shape of this wrap, easy to secure around my shoulders and keep my hands free while looking stylish. Added texture adds interest without being too difficult of a knit, and makes this wrap fast to complete. Pattern is Arqulein Shawl by Peggy Maxheim (free pattern link)


I like how variable this pattern is, if you browse through the completed ones on Ravelry, it is amazing how different this pattern can look. Vary the yarn and color and size of this, and it can result in a small neck wrap or a larger body covering shawl.

I had some various colors of my own hand dyed from peach solid to a darker papaya with some green mixed in. I mixed this together starting with the solid peach (lightest) on the small end (tip) to the darker colors at the other end. I’m happy with how this wrap turned out enough to have started another one in a lighter weight yarn.

I would highly recommend this pattern for everyone from beginners to stash busting your hand spun mini skeins!



Lopi Sweater KAL (Berroco)

I started the Berroco Lopi Sweater KAL Feb 1, and it has been a wonderful experience and so much fun. You can find them on the Berroco blog and/or the Ravelry Berroco group! Even if you are not planning on knitting a sweater right now, there is lots of valuable info there. The mods are very helpful and have made it easy enough to tackle even if this is your first sweater. The KAL knitters are an inspiring, chatty group.
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I”m making Afmaeli from Veddis Jonsdotturm see his designs in the following link: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/vds-jnsdttir

This sweater was a free pattern and I love how it looked. I picked out Lettlopi to knit it in black, white and light gray. I’m happy with how it looks and the feel of the yarn. I did add a steek in the body, this meant some frogging, but the sweater felt so warm that I decided I would get more wear out of it as a cardigan. I’m hoping to put a zipper in it.
Free Lopi Sweater Pattern Links

My free lopi sweater pattern (link)
A variety of free lopi patterns from Istex (link)
Berroco blog suggestions for a sweater (link) free and pay patterns
More patterns (link)
My ravelry queue has exploded!
The Berroco KAL has all kinds of helpful posts to help anyone knit a Lopi sweater, they have made it so easy and a great learning tool.

Knitting a sweater that is customized to your body shape and needs will make a difference between an OK sweater and a sweater that you love. I recommend using a well loved sweater for measurements (taking these flat are so much easier and takes the guess work out of amount of ease you like included). It is not hard to shape the waist, fit the hips and make some short rows across the back to make your sweater fit you and complement your shape. Once you read these tricks and start adding them to your knitting patterns you will understand why some patterns looked good on you and some didn't.

I’ll link to some helpful blog posts that can be used for any sweater.
Some of these are from the Berroco blog, and some from other KAL knitters that have shared helpful links along the way.
I’ll add more as they come.
Getting ready to knit a sweater from the bottom up (link)
Sweater modification, pullover to cardigan (link)
Upsizing a pattern (in the round) (link)
Tips when casting on a large number of stitches (link)
Adding waist shaping (link)
German short rows (video link) a nearly invisible method, for the neck back.
Knitting with a Norwegian knitting thimble (link),
My favorite fair isle knitting techniques by averypinkknit (video link) (this one really helped me with my tension &      
     carrying the two strands of yarn!
Understanding ease in patterns (link)
Adding a steek to a sweater (link)
Picking up steek stitches (crochet method) (link)
My husband bought me several magazines with patterns & articles on lopi sweaters.
They all have beautiful patterns in them,
The Vogue knitting Winter 17/18 has the best articles on bottom up and top down sweaters. Covering fit and techniques. I would highly recommend that one, (pictured far right)
The Interweave Knits winter 18 has the prettiest patterns, (pictured middle) The one of the front I love!
Happy knitting & hope your staying warm & enjoying the winter!
May your knitting needles fly as fast as Dragonflies!