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Quick Free Knitting Pattern – Chunky Cable Scarf

Back in the Summer when it seemed I had all the time in the world, I thought I would make my Etsy shop look more festive this Winter by giving all the little creatures and creations a scarf or a hat to wear. I got as far as making one cabled scarf for a robot. Obviously there were too many other things going on and I ran out of time, but I also got very interested in the little cable pattern I’d improvised on the scarf and decided to make it into a big scarf as well. The big scarf turned out very well, so I’m sharing the pattern with you.

This is a super easy cable pattern and a great way to learn about the cable notation.


Approx 2 balls of Bulky weight yarn

US size  10 1/2 (6.5 mm) needle

Cable Needle


4 sts and 6 rows = 1″ in garter stitch


Approx 4″ wide

To Knit Scarf

CO 18 sts

Row 1: K
Row 2: K8, P2, K8
Row 3: K7, C2R, C2L, K7
Row 4: K7, P1, K2, P1, K7
Row 5: K6, C2R, K2, C2L, K6
Row 6: K6, P1, K4, P1, K6
Row 7:  K5, C2R, K4, C2L, K5
Row 8: K5, P1, K6, P1, K5
Row 9: K
Row 10: K5, P1, K6, P1, K5
Row 11: K5, C2L, K4, C2R, K5
Row 12: K6, P1, K4, P1, K6
Row 13: K6, C2L, K2, C2R, K6
Row 14: K7, P1, K2, P1, K7
Row 15: K7, C2L, C2R, K7
Row 16: K8, P2, K8

Repeat as required



BO – Bind Off

C2R – Cross 2 Right. Slip 1 stitch onto a cable needle and hold it at the back of the work. Knit the next stitch, then knit the stitch from the cable needle.

C2L – Cross 2 Left. Slip 1 stitch onto a cable needle and hold it at the front of the work. Knit the next stitch, then knit the stitch from the cable needle.

CO – Cast On

K – Knit

P – Purl

St(s) – Stitches



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Neon Flash Socks – Quick Free Knitting Pattern

I’d like to start with a disclaimer. This is not a sock pattern. At least, it’s not a full sock pattern. But it is a motif that could be used to great effect on a sock.

Look at this poor sad gray sock, it may be practical, but it’s a little dull:

But wait, what is this? Funkily stacked boxes? In super bright colors? I think this sock wearer may be a secret party animal!

I love squares and I love intarsia colorwork. Intarsia in the round is a hideous headache of many loose ends or of changing the direction of knitting. The motif on these socks is designed to get that funky color effect with the minimum number of ends. Here’s how it looks in full:

A Note About The Yarn

These socks were knitted in Knit Picks Stroll yarn. The main color is Ash and the two contrasting colors came from one ball of Stroll Multi in Sorbet. Because there is more than one solid color in a ball of Stroll Multi, I was able to cut lengths of each color from the main ball. Unfortunately, Sorbet is no longer an available color. I would recommend substituting Felici Self Striping yarn, Afternoon, Peachy or Tiki all have good bright colors.

Where to Place the Motif

That’s up to you, (I warned you this wasn’t a full sock pattern.) I placed the motif on the side of the leg, 2 stitches after where the heel flap would be made. The motif is flipped on the other sock and oriented to be on the opposite side, so that the socks are symmetrical. But it could also go down the front or the back. The motif also repeats, the last square is the same size and in the same position as the first square, so you could knit it into a long sock too.

Chart for the Motif

Please note, that even though you are knitting top down, the chart still starts in the bottom right corner. X = contrasting color 1 and O = contrasting color 2.

Easy Intarsia Squares

Cut a long length of contrasting yarn for the square. The length will depend on which size of square you are knitting, but remember that it’s better to have too long a piece of yarn than too short a piece. Attach the contrasting yarn to the main color yarn in the middle of the contrasting piece. Each side of a square is just one end of this same strand of contrasting color yarn brought down from the row above. Before you knit a stitch for the side of one of the squares bring the contrasting color under the main color, knit one stitch then bring the main color over the contrasting color.

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Last Minute Camera Case – Quick Free Pattern

Less than 12 hours before I left for vacation, I realized that I didn’t have a case for my new camera. Luckily, I can knit. I previously knitted a case for my husband’s smart phone and spent a long time worrying about how to close the top. It turns out that if you have a tight gauge and use a yarn with high wool content, then simple ribbing will keep your electronics safely stowed.

It took me an hour to make this quick and easy camera case, so I thought I’d share the pattern with you. This case fits a Canon PowerShot camera, but you could measure, swatch and adjust the numbers accordingly, just make sure you start with an even number of stitches.


Approx 20 yds Bulky weight yarn

US size 8 (5 mm) DPNs

Tapestry Needle


4 sts and 6 rows = 1″


3″ x 4.25″

To Knit Case

CO 24 sts, join to work in the round, being careful not to twist

Work K1, P1 for 6 rnds

K 20 rnds

Divide sts onto two DPNs and BO using Kitchener Stitch.

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Random Factor Hat – Quick Free Knitting Pattern

A few weeks ago I started to think of ways to make knitting patterns with randomly generated content. It was quite a random thought.

If a knitting pattern has random content, then the finished objects made from that pattern are unlikely to be the same. Of course there is an astronomical chance that two knitters could generate exactly the same random numbers and use the same yarn in the same colors. But essentially a random factor in a knitting pattern would lead to some unique objects.

I had a few ideas, but to start my random explorations I knitted this beanie hat. The stripes in the hat are knitted in a randomly determined number of rows. It’s a very simple pattern and an even simpler concept, so it’s ideal to share in a blog post.

I decided to knit the hat in sock yarn because I live somewhere warm, so big woolly hats are useless to me. I also like the idea of the smallest possible stripe being only one twelfth of an inch tall.  This particular hat was knitted in Knit Picks Stroll Sock yarn in Dusk and Cork.

Random Factor Hat

Tools and Materials

US size 1 (2.25 mm) double pointed needles

Approx 100 yds of sock yarn in 2 solid colors (50 yds of each color)

A random number generator or a die


8 sts and 12 rows = 1″

Finished Size

22″ diameter

The hat can be resized to 20″ (CO 160 sts, K50 st st rnds before decreasing and repeat decreases 10 times)

or 24″ (CO 192 sts, K 62 st st rnds before decreasing, and repeat decreases 12 times)

To Knit the Random Factor Hat

First, set the parameters of your random number generator. If you’re using a die, this is already done for you. I used a random number generator and set the parameters between 1 and 10.

Make a list of random numbers, the sum of which adds to around 80. Each of these random numbers is the number of rows you will knit to make a stripe.

CO 176 sts in the round using yarn color 1

K1, P1 for 12 rows

Still using yarn color 1, K the first randomly generated number of rows

Join yarn color 2, K the second randomly generated number of rows

Alternate between yarn colors 1 and 2 until you have knitted approx 56 rows since the end of the rib (68 rows in total)

(Don’t cheat and move those random numbers around. They’re supposed to be random, that’s the point!)

Start Decreasing

Continue working the random number stripes as you decrease. The decreases are worked over 30 rows, the last stripe should be made in yarn color 1, extend the number of rows in the final stripe if necessary.

(K14, K2tog) x 11 (165 sts)

K1 rnd

(K13, K2tog) x11 (154 sts)

K1 rnd

Continue decreasing 11 sts each rnd until you have 11 sts left.

K 1 rnd

K2tog x 5, K1 (6 sts)

Cut yarn, thread through the live sts, pull tight and secure on the inside


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Quick Lace Cowl Pattern

Quick Lace Cowl (and my freckled chin)

Quick Lace Cowl (and my freckled chin)

I recently went on a quest to find sparkly yarn, one of my favorite finds was a hand painted alpaca/merino/acrylic mix made by Originally, I made an owl from this yarn, but then realized that it could be so much more. The yarn inspired me to design and make a cowl. I used a simple lace pattern to keep it light and warm. I’ve pretty much been wearing it ever since.

It’s such a simple pattern that I thought I’d just add it straight to the blog, rather than as a download (like the ones on the right). As usual, if you have any questions, I’ll be happy to help.

Stitch Pattern Close Up


Aprox 140 yds Worsted yarn (something a little fluffy)

US size 11 straight needles

Tapestry Needle for sewing up


4 rows and 3 sts is 1″ in stockinette stitch


Approx 9″ wide and 24″ long

To Knit Cowl

CO 31 sts

Row 1 – K1, yfwd, K2tog tbl, repeat to last st, K1

Row 2 – P1, yrn, P2tog, repeat to last st, P1

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until the cowl is long enough (for me, this was 88 rows)


Sew the CO and BO edge together


BO – Bind Off

CO – Cast On

K – Knit

K2tog – Knit two stitches together

P – Purl

P2tog – Purl two stitches together

St(s) – Stitches

Tbl – through the back loop

Yfwd – bring the yarn to the front of the work as if to purl

Yrn – loop the yarn round the needle anti-clockwise

Copyright Clare Doornbos 2011


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