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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.

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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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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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Free Ribbed Hat Knitting Pattern

Here’s a free knitting pattern for a ribbed hat! A very easy knit hat pattern that’s great for beginners. This unisex slouchy beanie is worked in a 1×1 rib stitch and will fit most adults and some children. 

This lightweight hat is the perfect accessory for transitioning in and out of Winter, thick enough to keep your head and ears warm, but not so thick that you’ll be burning up.

The Hacked Hat

You might be wondering how this hat got its name. I mean what does a nice knit hat have to do with hacking? Well, there is a story behind it…

One of the first hats I ever made was a slouchy hat made of denim cotton yarn. But as cotton tends to do, it stretched out quite a bit after a few wears. One day I wore it to work with a black hoodie and had my headphones on at my desk, and all my coworkers told me I looked like a hacker- LOL.

A young white woman wears a stretched out knit hat pulled over half her face
My cotton denim hat is now way too stretched out to wear!

My cotton denim hat is now too stretched to comfortably wear, but I found the perfect yarn to make a slouchy hat that would stay on my head! Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird

It’s 100% merino, so soft and a great value. Did I mention easy to come by because it’s available and big box craft starts and the colours!! I used the prettiest soft grey for this hat, and I have a bright coral colour in my stash that’s waiting to be knit.

And so with an idea and the perfect yarn, the Hacked Hat was born!

A young white woman with glasses on wears a great ribbed knit hat
The Hacked Hat is the perfect slouchy beanie to wear on a bad hair day!

The Hacked Hat is a unisex beanie worked in a 1×1 rib stitch. The stretchy nature of the stitch means it will fit most adults and some children without the need to adjust the pattern. The fit of the hat can be adjusted to be more or less slouchy as desired.

Hacked Hat Pattern

Skills required:

  • Knitting in the round
  • Knit
  • Purl
  • Knit two together 
  • Purl two together

Yarn

  • 149-164yds/136-150m of worsted weight yarn. 
  • Sample used 149yds/136m of Red Heart Chic Sheep by Marly Bird in Sterling

Needles

  • US size 6 (4mm) circular needles 16” (or longer if you wish to knit with the magic loop method)
  • US size 6 (4mm) DPNs

Notions

  • Yarn Needle
  • BOR Marker
  • Scissors

Gauge

  • 32 sts and 28 rows = 4”/10cm in 1×1 rib st. unstretched

Finished Measurements

  • Folded Flat 7” x 10”/18cm x 25.5cm

Abbreviations

BOR: beginning of round

CO: cast on

k: knit

k2tog: right leaning dec; knit 2 together 

p: purl

p2tog: right leaning dec; purl 2 together 

rnd(s): round(s)

st(s): stitch; stitches 

Instructions

CO 100 sts., join to knit in the round, place BOR marker. Be careful not to twist your sts. 

Rnd 1: K1, p1 to end.

Repeat this round until hat measures 9.5” (24cm). Approx. 62 rounds, depending on your row gauge. Proceed to decreases.

If you wish your hat to be more or less slouchy then either start the decreases sooner, or repeat rnd 1 until desired length is reached. 

Decreases

Switch to DPNs

Rnd 1: K2tog, p2tog to end (50 sts.)

Rnd 2-4: Knit.

Rnd 5: K2tog to end. (25 sts.)

Rnd 6: K2tog to last st., k1 (13 sts.)

Finishing

Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Use a yarn needle to thread the tail through the remaining sts. And pull to tighten. 

Weave in all ends. 

You’re ready to rock your new hat!! And maybe become a computer whiz 😉 

A young white woman wearing glasses and a grey knit hat smiles at the camera
Put on your new hat! And don’t forget to share a photo on social media

Use #hackedhat to 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 the Hacked Hat 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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Free Pattern – Luxurious Velvet Infinity Scarf

Luxurious Velvet Infinity Scarf

I wanted to design something with this beautiful velvet from the moment I saw it. But I had major design block! 

I knew I wanted to do an infinity scarf with this pretty pink. Something that would be mindless, but textured to show off the velvety-ness. I poured over my stitch dictionary and knit swatch after swatch after swatch…but nothing was right. 

A hand caresses a ribbed infinity scarf made of velvet yarn

The stitches were either too complex for what I wanted, a simple knit perfect for knitflixing. Or they weren’t reversible and wouldn’t work as an infinity scarf. Or too simple, I didn’t want garter stitch, and I tried it and it just didn’t work with this yarn.

Then it hit me. Twisted rib! One of my favourite stitches for the brims of hats or edging on cowls. It’s reversible, simple, and has a nice texture. So why not knit a whole scarf in it?

The results are a soft squishy luxurious infinity scarf that will make you feel like a million bucks. Knit to wrap comfortably around your neck twice this design is flexible and can be knit to any length or width. This project is great for beginners!

Pattern 

The scarf is knit flat and then the cast on and bind off edges are seamed together to create the infinity scarf. 

Required Skills

  • Casting on
  • Binding off
  • Knit through the back loop (if you can do a regular knit stitch you can do this no problem)
  • Purl
  • Seaming
  • Weaving in ends

Yarn and needles

1 skein of Bernat Velvet or another weight 5 velvet yarn 

Needles: US 11 (8mm)

Gauge: 13 stitches and 11 rows = 4 inches by 4 inches in twisted rib (unstretched)

As size isn’t an important factor, the gauge isn’t particularly important so don’t worry if your gauge is a bit off! 

Notions:

  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle

Abbreviations

CO: cast on

ktbl: knit through the back loop

p: purl

st(s): stitch; stitches 

Instructions

CO 30 Sts. 

If you wish to have a wider scarf cast on more stitches, if you want your scarf to be narrower cast on less stitches. Just make sure you have an even number of stitches on your needles! 

Twisted Rib

A ribbed velvet scarf hangs over the back of chair
Twisted rib is one of my favourite stitches and I think it suits this yarn so nicely!

Ktbl, p1 to end of row 

Work in twisted rib until scarf reaches X inches or desired length. 30 inches is enough to comfortably wrap the scarf twice

Bind off all stitches, leaving a long tail

Finishing

Use the long tail to seam the ends of the scarf together to create the infinity loop (make sure you don’t twist your scarf) 

Weave in all ends.

You’re ready to rock your Luxurious Velvet Infinity! 

Share your work! 

Young white woman wearing a blush pink knit infinity scarf

Share your WIPs and finished pieces on Ravelry and Instagram! 

#knitsofsteele

#LuxuriousVelvetInfinity

You may sell your finished items made with the Luxurious Velvet Infinity 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!