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The Weekender – FO Spotlight

Today’s FO Spotlight, and the very first FO Spotlight, is on the sweater that I knit my mom for Christmas. My mom knew she was getting a sweater, and she picked the pattern – out of a selection of what I had in my library. I wanted to make sure it was an item she would wear and love, and I needed her measurements of course!  And she chose The Weekender by Andrea Mowry

I gave it to her on Christmas and she was thrilled. She put it on right away!

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I kept the colour a secret from her so that there would be some element of surprise. And I blocked her from Insta to make sure she didn’t get any sneak peeks while I worked on it. I used Cascade 220 superwash in the colour Shire from Yarn Canada.

I chose this yarn because I wanted something that was going to be durable and easy for her to care for. And also something that wouldn’t break the bank, because listen I love my mom but Christmas is expensive already and I really needed a value yarn. 

Now onto the pattern. 

I really enjoyed knitting this pattern, although it did take me a bit of time to get started. Not any fault of the pattern, but I had to start over three times, I read the needle size wrong, the measurements wrong…it took me two weeks, maybe longer to finally get through the ribbing. 

I really was worried that I wouldn’t finish in time. But luckily, this sweater is a joy to knit. The right side texture of reverse stockinette is so beautifully simple, but the sweater is knit inside out so you get all the mindless knit stitches that you want. While the seam up the centres of the front and back keeps you engaged. 

The only modifications that I made were to speed up the last sleeve decrease by a few rows because I was running out of length before the ribbing. And I didn’t do the tubular cast on because after I had to start the sweater over twice, I just couldn’t be bothered with it. So I did a long tail cast on and I don’t think it’s had a negative effect on the garment overall.

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The ribbed texture on the shoulders and the drop shoulder has got to be my favourite feature of this sweater!

Let’s talk about the fit! I thought “wow 10 inches is a lot of positive ease”, but it is so comfy and flowy and the fit is perfect. After a good block the shape of the sweater really came through. 

I tried it on several times and I was so in love, and I don’t know…if my mom didn’t know she was getting it for Christmas I just might have kept it for myself. Lucky for my mom, she’s very knitworthy. 

I am planning to make a Weekender for myself. I’m not sure what yarn I’m going to use, but I know I want a heathered grey colour. As far as modifying the pattern further for my second go, I plan on making the back hem a little bit longer to exaggerate the split hem.

If you’re looking for a really comfy sweater that’s simple, but with nice details, The Weekender is a great choice. 

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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! 

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#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!