Friday, April 23, 2021


This is the Bandit Bandanna Cowl by Kelsey Stephens (the owner of Primrose Yarn). You can purchase the pattern on Primrose’s website.

Bandit is a super fun, and easy accessory knit, worked flat from the bottom point, up, increasing as you go, and then seamed after blocking.  It is knit using an uncommon technique called: "Jacquard Colorwork", which is a cross between mosaic knitting and stranded colorwork, where the knitter is using both colors simultaneously on both the RS and WS rows and knitting on both the RS and WS rows.  You hold your yarn in the back to carry your floats for the RS, and you hold your yarn in the front on the WS to carry your floats.
Anyone who knows me, knows my love for all things with a southwest / cowgirl feel.  I found the inspiration for this cowl, oddly enough, from the patterning on a roll of paper towels we had sitting on our kitchen counter.  The intricate diamond pattern caught my eye, while I was making coffee one morning.  Early on in the pandemic, toiletries like paper towels were hard to come by, and I couldn't help but think back to how struck I was when I saw people using handkerchiefs to cover their faces, when we were standing in line, one morning at the grocery store. They looked like bandits! I was craving a quick accessory knit with a little texture, a lot of colorwork, and a fun technique to achieve a mosaic look, but knit using stranded colorwork.  I quickly sat down and charted out the colorwork, with the roll of paper towels sitting next to me, and the Bandit Bandanna Cowl was born.

Photos © Kelsey Stephens

To knit this you need 2 skeins of Roan DK and 2 skeins of Dream State. I didn’t find this pattern until after I left the store so I didn’t put together combinations. But, there are some combinations of Roan and Dream State further down the post for another project. I will take more pictures tomorrow.

Tin Can Knits has a new pattern. This is called Lullaby and you can purchase the pattern on the Tin Can Knits website.

Soft waves of colour cascade over your knees as you knit, keeping you cozy and inspired by their ever-changing combinations.

There is nothing complex, new or groundbreaking here, but instead the comforting repetition of soft stripes.

These gentle waves are shaped by a stitch pattern as old as the hills, like a lullaby sung by parent to child down the generations.

The finished stroller (crib, throw) size blanket measures approximately 26 (32, 40)” wide by 32 (40, 52)” long, but will vary based upon finished gauge and blocking.

You can knit the blanket in fingering weight, DK, worsted or bulky. 

I played with Minikins this afternoon. These are for Stephen West’s Painting Waves. You can purchase the pattern on Stephen’s website. I loved knitting the shawl. The pattern was easy to follow and the colours are changing quickly.
When I put this together I envisioned starting at the right and working around to the left. The tosh merino light is the garter stitch stripes.

Coral Crush
Dirty Harry

This is the Painting Waves that I knit with a Minikin Palette Pack. There are 9 Minikins in my shawl but it would be more than long enough with 7 or 8.

Here is my bright suggestion for Passeggiata.

Across the top - Fuchsia, Lipstick, Harvest
Middle row - Vitamin C, Dirty Hippy, Fuchia (I didn’t realize that I duplicated the colour - it works or you can add in another colour)
Bottom row - Metropolis, Vamp, Wildflower

Then I did a few combinations for Moonwhistle. You can purchase the pattern on Andrea Mowry’s website.

For this you need 
Roan DK - main colour - 2 skeins. This colour is running throughout the shawl
Roan DK - second colour - 1 skein. This is used in the garter stitch section with the main colour
Dream State - 2 skeins. This is used with the main colour - you are working a pattern stitch.

Beautiful Ambition, Wololo, Cerulean
Cerulean, Castaway, Charmed.
Charmed, Close Call and Devotion.
Divine, Stay out of the Forest, Cerulean.

It’s a busy TV night. The Jays. Lots on HGTV. Plus Law & Order Organized Crime and Top Chef from last night. Hopefully Beth will look after the converter so I can knit.

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