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Perrin Cabled Scarf: FO Spotlight

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Today the Finished Object Spotlight is on the Perrin Cabled Scarf, this is a knit gift for dad that I made for his birthday last year! 

Dad is all smiles posing in his Perrin Cabled Scarf!

You may recall that in honour of Mother’s Day I posted an FO round-up of the knitted gifts I’ve knit my mom over the years. And wow there was a lot, everything from socks to a knitted dinosaur. I haven’t knit my dad as many things (although he does have his own dinosaur), but as Father’s Day was last weekend I wanted to showcase his favourite handmade gift from me. 

Dad’s GIANT Ichthyosaurus (used bulky instead of sport…whoops)

The Perrin Cabled Scarf is designed by Leslie Alcock who is a fellow knitter and designer that I’ve had the pleasure to get to know through Instagram. Go give leslieslakelife a follow to keep up with her knitting and design adventures! 

This classic cabled scarf will suit anyone’s style and with the ability to use any colour combination you can dream up it will also suit every personality. It calls for worsted weight yarn and a US 10 needle size, which I found was a great gauge to work at.

Bold stripes, meditative garter and a cable detail make this a timeless scarf design

This would be a great first cable project for a beginner knitter and Leslie has even included tutorial photos in the pattern that show cabling step by step. 

The garter stitch is meditative while the striping pattern and cables keep the project engaging. It was such a joy to knit. And it’s definitely a pattern I will knit again! I’ve been thinking of making myself one out of some leftovers using a different colour for each section, maybe even doing some marling by holding lighter yarns double.  

I chose grey and black for my scarf as those are my dad’s favourite colours (very exciting right?! lol) but there’s nothing wrong with neutrals and the result with this pattern is an elegant scarf with a high contrast stripe that doesn’t feel overwhelming. 

I opted not to add any fringe or tassels, this scarf looks great with or without fringe! When I make one for myself I think I’ll probably add fringe.  

I couldn’t resist trying this scarf on before handing it over

I used Bernat Super Value for this project in the colours True Grey and Black. I chose this yarn because I wanted something that was going to be easy for my dad to take care of and would hold up over time. I wanted to make sure he felt like this was an item he could use every day in Winter, and not something delicate he could only pull out for a special occasion.  I also chose this yarn because it’s the suggested yarn for the pattern.

My dad absolutely loves this scarf and, as I think I’ve mentioned, so do I and I will definitely knit it again. Keep an eye out as the colder weather comes because you’ll probably see some posts from me about a scrappy marled version. 

You can check out the Perrin Cabled Scarf and Leslie’s other designs in her Ravelry store! And don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to keep up with what’s coming next!

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Free Patterns

Free Pattern: Scrappy Knit Coasters

Hi friends! Wow it’s been a minute, but I’m really happy to have a new post for you today AND it’s a fun free pattern! This is a pattern for a set of knit coasters with a cute lil’ tassel that are a perfect way to use up super bulky weight scraps.

I’ve really been slacking off on the blog lately, although I’m trying to be kind to myself that with the COVID-19 pandemic and stress at work there has been a lot of change. One of the reasons is that I just haven’t been using my planner to be accountable to myself and the goals that I set.

A floral 2020 Agenda book sits on a brown outdoor table with a glass of pink iced tea on a white hand knit coaster
I really need a hard copy planner to keep myself on track

Earlier this year, I posted about my 2020 knitting goals and one of them was to use more stash yarn and knit more scrappy projects. At the beginning of COVID-19 lock down I decided I would take the time to do some projects around the house. And one of them was to organize my stash.

While I was organizing I realized I have a lot of scrappy balls of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick. Like a lot of knitters this yarn is a staple for me for Winter items like hats, mittens, and scarves. But I always have a fair amount left over and I can’t just throw it out!

So I wanted to come up with a design to use up some of these scraps and these scrappy tassel coasters were born!

There are instructions for a 1 colour or 2 colour coasters. I love to make a set of 4 using two colours. There’s also a tutorial with photos for making the tassels.

4 knit coasters sit on a brown outdoors table
I used the bright Astroland colourway with the more neutral Fisherman to create this set of 4

These are perfect for keeping condensation off your furniture on a hot summer day when you enjoy a cold drink. The coasters can also be used for warm drinks, be careful not to place a very hot mug on them though, as Wool Ease Thick & Quick is primarily made of acrylic it can melt under high temperatures.

A glass of pink iced tea on a knit coaster, three other coasters are stacked next to it
Save your furniture from condensation when you enjoy a cold drink this summer!

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Materials

US 13 (9mm) needles

Yarn needle to weave in ends

Scissors

Approximately 20g (33 yds) of Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick or super bulky yarn per coaster

Square coaster or another small square/rectangle item (for making the tassel)

Gauge

8 stitches and 20 rows = 4 x 4 inches

Instructions

1-Colour

Cast on 10 stitches

Knit 14 rows

Bind off all stitches leaving an 8 inch tail, you’ll use this to attach the tassel

2-Colour

Cast on 10 stitches in colour A

Knit 7 rows

Switch to Colour B

Knit 7 rows

Bind off all stitches leaving an 8 inch tail, you’ll use this to attach the tassel

Tassel

I used a 3″ by 3″ coaster to create my tassel by winding the yarn around the coaster 12 times.

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Cut the yarn from the ball and then cut the wound yarn along the bottom of the coaster.

Take one strand of the yarn and put it to the side.

Hang the yarn strands over your needle and wrap the strang you put to the side around all of the strands and tie it.

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Sorry, this is upside down! It wouldn’t let me rotate the image!!

Trim the tassel to desired length.

Attach the tassel to your coaster by threading the tail from your bind off through the tassel and then weaving that end in.

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Weave in all remaining ends.

Share your WIPs and FOs on Instagram. Don’t forget to tag me @knitsofsteele!

Click here to view my designs on Ravelry.

You are allowed to sell your finished items made with this pattern. You may not use my photos/images to sell your items. Please give pattern credit to Knits of Steele/Cassandra Steele on your listings. Happy knitting!

 

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FO Spotlight

Mom is Knitworthy: FO Round Up

In honour of Mother’s Day this coming weekend I thought I would do a bit of an FO Roundup of knitted gifts that I’ve made my mom! My mom is really knitworthy and she’s one of the only people I knit gifts for.

If you follow me on Instagram then you’re familiar with her. This is Brenda!

Okay…Here’s a nice one…also an old one, clearly mom and I need to step up our selfie game!

Mother and daughter smile at the camera, wearing Winter jackets and scarves,
A picture of mom and I enjoying a walk from a few years ago

The first gift I ever made for my mom is this cute little dinosaur. I went through a whole dinosaur knitting phase, and I actually have a couple long-abandoned dino WIPS…I should pick those back up!

A purple and green knit Mesosaurus on a white blanket

Mom keeps her on the bed with her decorative pillows. Her name is Debbie the Dino. Debbie is a Mesosaurus knit from Knitted Dinosaurs by Tina Barret.

The second gift was this cowl. I made this many years later when I picked my knitting back up in 2017.

A woman smiles at the camera wearing a winter coat and a red, pink and grey striped knit cowl
Mom wearing her striped ribbed cowl at the mall in 2017

I used Caron Cakes, I think this colour is Red Velvet. It’s just a simple 5×5 rib pattern. This was right at the beginning of my Instagram career so of course, we had to do a photoshoot with this Christmas decor at the mall!

mother and daughter smile at the camera in front of a gold decorative background

I didn’t knit this hat specifically for her, or for anyone. It was just part of my Braided Cable Beanie obsession! But she took a liking to it so I gifted it to her in 2018, complete with a faux fur pom pom.

A knit striped hat in red and purple tones on a white background

Unfortunately, I don’ have any pictures of her actually wearing it!! This is also knit with Caron Cakes, but the Chunky kind.

What else is there…birthday socks!! Okay, I’ve knit way more things for her than I thought I keep remembering more as I go.

These are the Shag Carpet Shorties by Nicole Bracey. It’s one of my absolute favourite sock patterns. I’ve written a whole blog post about the Shag Carpet Shorties, it really reads more like a gushy love letter I love them so much!

Hand knit socks with an intricate cable in beige yarn
Close up of the beige version I knit my mom

When she asked for a sweater for Christmas in 2019 how could I say no?! I let her pick the style out of a few options I already had in my Ravelry library and she picked The Weekender by Andrea Mowry. But I kept the colour a complete surprise!

Read my The Weekender FO Spotlight (you haven’t already) for the project details! This is my favourite project for my mom, and I think it’s probably her favourite too. Just look at that happy face.

A white woman stands against a grey wall wearing a green knit sweater

…and I love it too. It was hard to give it up!! I’m definitely going to knit myself one.

A young white female takes a selfie in the mirror wearing a green knit sweater

Most recently I knit her a pair of Bun Bun Slippers for her birthday which was a couple weeks ago in April. Because of the COVID-19 lockdown, I haven’t been able to give them to her yet, but I know she’s looking forward to cozy feet!

A pair of red knit bunny slippers on a comforter

These slippers are really cute, I have a pair that I made myself and I’m planning to make a few more to use up some of my Thick & Quick stash.

Well, that’s it…I think…al the things I’ve made my mom. As you can see she’s very knitworthy and she appreciates and loves every piece. Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I haven’t picked out my gift…I guess it’s time to hit Ravelry!

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Free Patterns Knits of Steele Designs

Free Pattern: Reusable Cotton Face Scrubby

This free knitting pattern for a reusable cotton face scrubby is a great way to reduce waste instead of using one-use cotton pads. I was inspired to design this pattern by Earth Day and out of a need I had in my own skincare routine!

I was so tired of using toilet paper, tissues and one use cotton pads to take off make-up, remove nail polish, and apply toner. Not only was it a waste to use so many one-use products, but they didn’t work very well!

A white woman's hand holds a bottle of Lush Tea Tree Water Toner against a dark wood table with a reusable knit cotton face scrubby next to it
These scrubbies are great for applying toner – this is my favourite toner from Lush!

When cotton face scrubby patterns started cropping up last year, I thought wow that is such a great idea, but something was wrong….nearly all of them were crochet!! There’s nothing wrong with crochet, but I cannot crochet more than a chain so making a round face scrubby was out of the question.

So I grabbed some cotton DK from my stash and got started! I knew I wanted to design something that was pretty enough to leave stacked on the counter and also functional. So I sat down and designed Reusable Cotton Face Scrubbies 4 Ways!

The pattern includes instructions for

  • The Classic style
  • Mitered Square
  • Striped Mitered Square
  • And Bordered style

6 reusable cotton face scrubbies laid out on a white background
Four scrubby styles are better than one!

And today I’m so happy to bring you the pattern for the Classic style free on the blog in honour of Earth Day 2020!

Each square takes so little yarn, this is a perfect stash busting project to use up leftover bits of cotton, which adds to the sustainability of the design. I used Paintbox Yarns Cotton DK for my scrubbies in the colours Dolphin Blue, Duck Egg Blue, and Vanilla Cream.

If you plan on using your scrubbies for make-up or nail polish I would recommend a darker colour so it doesn’t show the stains as much.

A blue reusable cotton face scrubby sits on a grey washcloth
FREE on the blog the Classic Style Scrubby!

Free Pattern: Classic Style Scrubby

Inspired by the classic hand knit dishcloth, this classic style make-up pad is knit corner to corner with timeless eyelet details around the border.

Abbreviations

k: knit

k2tog: knit two sts together

yo: yarn over

st(s): stitch(es)

Pattern Instructions

Cast On 4 sts

Row 1: K all sts

Row 2: K all sts

Row 3: K2, yo, k to end

Repeat Row 3 until there are 18 sts.

Row 4: K1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end

Repeat Row 4 until there are 4 sts. 

Row 5: K all sts

Row 6: K all sts

Bind off all sts. 

Finishing

Weave in ends and block if desired. 

And that’s it – so easy! I bet you already want to make more. Did I mention that these make great gifts? I sent some pictures to my mom and she said she wants some, so I’m planning to make her a set for Mother’s Day.

A blue and cream reusable cotton face scrubby sit on a grey washcloth on a dark wood table
A close up look of the Bordered style. This one has two different textures on the right and wrong sides!

Don’t forget you can visit my Ravely store to purchase the downloadable pdf pattern that includes instructions for 4 Scrubby styles:

  • The Classic style
  • Mitered Square
  • Striped Mitered Square
  • And Bordered style

A reusable cotton scrubby sits on an aqua washcloth on a dark wood table
Shhhhh don’t tell the others, but the Striped Mitered Square is my favourite!

 

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FO Spotlight

FO Spotlight: Flax

A special FO Spotlight today on Flax by Tin Can Knits. An older project made new! This is my new favourite sweater that is getting me through COVID-19 quarantine keeping me looking professional on video calls and cozy all day long. 

I originally knit this Flax sweater for Matt in late 2018. But after realizing a couple of weeks ago that he never ever wears it – I took it back! There are no hard feelings for him not wearing the sweater, it’s not his style and he’s particular about the way things sit on his neck and the neck is a bit high for his liking. 

A young white woman takes a selfie in a mirror, she is posed with her hand on her hip. She is wearing a blue knit Flax sweater and grey leggings
I’ve pretty much been living in this sweater for the past week

The Pattern 

Flax is part of the Tin Can Knits Simple Collection which is a collection of free patterns that are designed with beginners in mind. 

Flax was the first sweater I ever cast on (just not the first one I finished LOL). I find it really easy to follow and I didn’t use any of the video tutorials which I”m sure are amazing and would further help first-time sweater knitters. 

I really enjoyed making this sweater and I plan to knit another one as well as a Flax Light

A picture taken from above of a white woman sitting cross legged, her torso, left arm and legs are visible. She is wearing a blue knit Flax sweater and grey leggings
The garter stitch on the sleeves is one of my favourite details

I didn’t make any modifications to the pattern, however, when I knit it again intend to add short rows at the back of the neck to bring the neck up in the back so it doesn’t sit so high in the front. 

The Fit 

This is a size medium and it should fit me with 1” of negative ease, but as you can see it’s a loose fit. My gauge is too big by half a stitch per inch so that’s why it’s a bit bigger. I like the fabric I’ve achieved and I like the baggy fit. 

It fits like a favourite sweatshirt and is so comfy to wear with leggings, but also looks good dressed up with jeans. I think it would look super cute layered with a white collared shirt underneath!

A blue knit Flax sweater lies spread out on a hardwood floor
The first FO picture of the sweater on the old wood floors of our last apartment!

When I make my next Flax I’m intending to size down to the small/medium size and knit at the same gauge, I’m using the same yarn. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

One of the things that is so great about this pattern is that it looks great with both positive and negative ease!

The Yarn

I used Wool And The Gang Shiny Happy Cotton for this sweater in the colour Cloudy Blue. Matt picked out the colour for this sweater and although it’s not a colour I would normally pick for myself I really like it. 

Shiny Happy Cotton

  • 100% cotton 
  • Aran/worsted weight (it’s on the heavier side)
  • 155 yds to a 100g ball

This yarn is super cozy and soft. I know that some knitters find knitting with cotton unpleasant and that it hurts their hands, I enjoy knitting with cotton in general, but I didn’t have any of those issues with this yarn. 

I used 6 skeins to make this sweater. 

A partially finished knit Flax sweater sits on a white background next to a cactus in a square yellow pot.
I love raglan detail! (RIP to the plan in this photo….I have a brown thumb)

You can check out my Ravelry project page for Matt’s Flax to see some more photos and yardage details. 

I’m in love with this sweater, and I can’t wait to make another and see how it turns out with a bit of negative ease. And I’m really excited for my Flax Light that I’m going to knit with a slub base. I’ll be sure to share those with you when they’re finished!