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: Catvent Cowl

a crumpled looking cowl sits on a green surface. It is make up of many coloured yarns and there are geometric shapes, lave and textured knitting patterns in it. There are also stylised cats!
Cats! Cats operating in gangs!

 

Such a lovely pattern and I really enjoyed making it. Also, anything that helps me use up my 4ply/fingering/sock weight scraps is golden for me!

It’s a little purple/pink-heavy, because that’s the colour that I have the most of in my scraps piles, but I think it lends a sort of unity to the whole, which I like.

a crumpled looking cowl sits on a green surface. It is make up of many coloured yarns and there are geometric shapes, lave and textured knitting patterns in it. There are also stylised cats!

I love the little braids that break up the sections, even if they took me ages to do!

I also love this literal twist-in-the-tale of the cowl when you graft the beginning to the end (although I skipped the last braid and did a three needle cast off instead).

a crumpled looking cowl sits on a green surface. It is make up of many coloured yarns and there are geometric shapes, lave and textured knitting patterns in it. There are also stylised cats!

Pattern: Catvent Cowl by Marna Gilligan a.k.a. An Caitin Beag
Yarns: Are you sure? There are quite a lot! Okay then, ready?

  1. Regia Silk – beige
  2. Ripplecrafts
  3. Opal Uni (purple)
  4. Mothy & The Squid (pink)
  5. Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply
  6. Some kind of Shetland 2ply (?Ripples Crafts)
  7. Manos del Uruguay Fino
  8. Opal Uni (orange)
  9. Mothy & the Squid (rainbow/cream)
  10. Lang Jawoll Magic
  11. Jamieson & Smith (green)
  12. Shetland 2ply (?Ripples Crafts)
  13. Moth & The Squid (blue-green speckled)
  14. Regia Silk(?) – charcoal grey
  15. Jamieson & Smith (red)
  16. Regia Color (blue)
  17. Unknown natural – maybe Patons Diploma Gold 4ply?
  18. Opal Cotton?
  19. Jamieson & Smith (pink)
  20. Regia Color (blue) – rep of 16
  21. WooSheeps (hot pink)
  22. Cygnet 4ply
  23. WooSheeps (yellow)
  24. Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock

And Uncle Tom Cobbly and all!

Ribble Hat and Cowl

mosaic image of a woman wearing a bright stranded colourwork hat and cowl
Like a clown with cataracts dressed me!

 

Surprise pattern drop!

Like stranded colourwork? Like a lot of it? Like overly long hats and cowls? Then have I got the pattern for you?!

Knitted in a DK-weight yarn this pattern is a relatively simple make worked in the round. Also you can make a GIANT pom-pom and it won’t look weird.

Enjoy 20% off my Ribble Hat and Cowl set until 23:59GMT on Monday the 2nd of December 2019 with the code “ribble2019” (or use the link – that should take you straight there).

https://www.ravelry.com/redeem/amy-pickard-designs?code=ribble2019

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.

WIP Wednesday

Short but sweet today.

I’m about to rip the heel out on the second Jules sock for the third time (I didn’t take notes when I did the first heel – bad knitter), so no photo-progress of that.

The Birch stole has had another tier added:

This is what it looks like when it's not all pinned out.
This is what it looks like when it’s not all pinned out.

But the most progress has come on the Honeybee Cardigan:

honeybee_wip_01Apr2015
Total progress (oof, those sleeves need blocking)

Here’s the maths planning I did to get the lace panels in the right places:

I may have used a calculator (just to double-check my figures, obviously. I still have my pride!)
I may have used a calculator (just to double-check my figures, obviously. I still have my pride!)

Well, that wasn’t very short, was it? Moving on ….