Free Pattern: Colina Scallop Collar

I’m not usually know for my “whimsy” but I had this collar idea in my head for a while. Wear it to keep the spring chill off your neck or use this Peter Pan-style collar to make a plain top that little bit fancier. The name of the design (Spanish for “hill”) was inspired by hillock shape of the scallops.

Previously published in issue 33 of Knit Now magazine.

Tools and materials
Yarn usedLibby Summers Chunky 1 ball in shade Anqas (Blue) 860.
About the yarnChunky 55m per 50g ball; 100% Peruvian Highland Wool
Tension14 sts x 35 rows in g st
Needles used8 mm straight, 35 cm
Other supplies1 stitch marker, 2 pieces of 2.5 cm wide organza ribbon, 40 cm long sewing thread in colour complimentary to yarn, sharp hand-sewing needle
SizingOne size (circumference at neck edge without ribbon 47 cm). Adjustable.

g st = garter stitch. pm = place marker. m = marker. st(s) = stitch(es). sl = slip (as if to purl, unless otherwise noted). k = knit. k2tog = knit two stitches together.

Pattern instructions

Cast on 5 sts.

Set up row: K3, pm, k2.

Row 1: K to last st, m1, k1.

Row 2: K to m, TURN, sl 1, k to last st, m1, k1.

Row 3: Knit.

Rep Rows 1-3 two more times (9 rows worked in total). [11 sts]

Row 10: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 11: K to m, TURN, sl 1, k to last 2 sts, k2tog, k1.

Row 12: Knit.

Rep Rows 10-12 two more times (18 rows in total). [7 sts]

These 18 rows form pattern. Rep 7 times, or until collar is desired size.

Cast off all sts.

Finishing:

Lightly steam block collar to given dimensions. Weave in ends.

Cut 1 end of each ribbon into an inverted ‘V’. At the other end, fold over 1 cm of ribbon and tack or pin down. Sew ribbon to WS front edge of collar close to neckline, as shown. Rep for other side.

Hints and tips

The finished circumference of this collar is adjustable with the ribbon or by adding or removing repeats of the scallop pattern.

You may find it helpful to mark the neck edge of collar with moveable marker, to keep track of where you are.

Although this design features short rows, there is no wrapping of stitches because the garter stitch hides the turning point.

One collar can be made out of just 50 g of this yarn, but it does use almost all of that 50 g. If your tension is tighter than mine, you may want to get an extra ball just in case!

FO Friday: Tea Cosy take 2

Pattern: The imaginatively named “Tea Cosy” by Lily/Yarnspirations.

Yarn and needles: Worsted-weight cotton. 50 g of Peaches & Creme (blue) and 26 g of Sugar ‘n’ Cream (blue ombre). 5 mm straight bamboo needles.

Dates: 14th – 19th April 2015

Notes/mods:

  • Knew/thought I wouldn’t have enough of the solid to make this so added the ombre Sugar ‘n’ Cream yarn.
  • 2 row stripes, with colour changing on the WS.
  • Due to a user-error, I made the top in one colour, but I rather like it.
  • It’s a little roomy on my tea pot, but that does make it easier to take on and off!
  • Really quick knit and could have been made in a day or two but this yarn hurts my hands so I spaced the knitting out over several days.

Errata: Chess Set

Apparently I can’t count and there was a major mistake in the written instructions for my Chess Set pattern (thank you to the knitter on Ravelry who spotted it).

I’ve changed the pattern and uploaded new PDFs both here and over at Ravelry.

If you need the new pattern, please download it now.

The charts are unaffected.

Thank you, come again!

Free Pattern: Traeth bag from The Inside Loop

Traeth bag 1I love all those knitted and crochet market shopping bags I’ve seen around, but I wanted something I can use that will still leave my hands free.

The drop stitch pattern and the cotton yarn means the bag has some give and will stretch to accommodate your shopping or your beach essentials.

The webbing straps wont stretch out of shape, even with all your summer market purchases on board, and add a nice contrast to the yarn.

As for the name? Traeth is Welsh for beach.

Larger view: Medium (500 x 447)/ Large (1000 x 893)

Traeth bag 2Pattern: Traeth from The Inside Loop Summer 2008

Ravelry:

Yarn: Patons (UK) Cotton DK in colour 2710 (Purple)

Needles: Denise Interchangeable needle set in sizes US7 and US8

Knitting Style: Continental

Notes: I know it’s not very modest, but I really like this bag! I use it a fair amount and it’s proved useful for shopping and for carting stuff around the house, too.

The theme for this issue of The Inside Loop was “The British Summer” and for me this means the beach, market-day shopping, and rain!

Traeth bag 6I styled the bag on a mouldy deckchair stuffed with the essentials for a day on the beach in Britain; sunglasses, sunscreen, a towel, a book (Jane Eyre, in this case) and an umbrella!

With thanks to my neighbour for allowing me to use her gravel-garden to stand in as a pebble beach (I don’t leave near enough to the coast to warrant a photoshoot by the sea!).

And dudes – I made the front cover!

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