Arete 1.

Arete 1 is a new shawl pattern—a simple design to show off a good yarn, with ribbing to make it compressible and more wearable as a a scarf.

It’s a triangle.

It’s also a pretty decent shawl, with no gauge to check (knit it at a density that gives you a fabric you like) and easy customization (knit it any size).


Dog Days for the Dog Days; Template Scarf.

This is just a very quick update, but I’ve got two new patterns coming up this weekend—Dog Days 7 (headband) and Template (scarf).

Dog Days 7 was my hiking project for a little while; Template has a pretty strong movie-night feeling to it, for me, although I didn’t watch anything specific while working up the first sample. The yarn was a commercial core-spun, and seemed a little delicate to drag along to a drive-in.

New Patterns: Small Summer Projects.

The complete .PDFs for Dog Days 6 and the Wool Market Bag launch later today! Check the Ravelry page to see them, and to get a chance at a free copy of the former.

I would highly recommend the knot version of Wool Market as a felting/fulling project—when you knit this project in wool, and then throw it in a hot washing machine with towels (this is my very imprecise go-to method for felting), it ends up being a dense, sturdy wool wristlet with a good, secure knot closure. It no longer has that dangerous stretch. I don’t really have any attractive photos of it for now, but seriously, this thing has a solid sense of utility about it. I just want to take it camping and use it as a potholder.

Another Thing: Offshoot.

If you’d like to support the future general production of mouse army knitting patterns, it’s easy to do for this one: there is a paid version available! The cost is a token $2 US. The .PDF includes this version and a slightly different one, plus a schematic. If you’d like the free version, find it below!

The Offshoot scarf is related to the Garter Scrap Shawl, but small changes make a big difference to the overall shape. This is the simplest possible version of this scarf,* and it’s the version I knit for my main sample—the one you see in all the photos. I like it a lot; it’s got a solarpunk/optimistic-but-apocalyptic feel when you drape it just right. It’s also a good way to use scraps, although a part of me would love to see it knit up from a big lot of soft, rustic woolen handspun yarn.

Knit the Offshoot from scraps, as shown, or with a deliberate, planned color-scheme of your own! It would make an excellent template for knitting a temperature scarf, or for showing off texture or color effects of big skein of special handspun. And to me, the long triangle seems preferable to a wider one, in terms of wearability.

Materials are for the scarf as shown, and the pattern is based on worsted-weight/dk for the sake of consistency. You can knit this in any weight, at any gauge!

  • Approximately 670+ yards of soft, scarf-appropriate worsted-weight scrap yarns
  • 1 16” circular needle in US7-8/4.5-5.0mm, or size needed for gauge, or size needed for yarn weight chosen
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge is whatever suits you and your yarn! Knit this scarf in any yarn you like, whether you want it bulky or want the luxury of fine-knit garter stitch. (I love garter stitch in fine yarn.) Gauge in the sample shown is 15 sts and 29 rows in garter stitch, prior to blocking. 

Terms used:
m1r—make 1 right. I really wasn’t joking; this shawl is 3 stitches if you count this increase as a stitch. 
RS/WS—right side, wrong side. 
sl1–slip one. Sts are generally slipped purlwise unless otherwise specified.

Begin Work.
Using the cable cast-on method, CO 4 sts. Work flat. Odd rows are RS rows.

Row 1 (RS). sl1, k remaining.
All Even Rows, 2-6. sl1, p1, k remaining,
Row 3. sl1, k to last 2 sts, m1r, k2 (1 st inc) 5 sts total. 
Row 5. sl1, k to end of row.
End with Row 6.  

Rows 3-6 form the basic pattern repeat.

Repeat Rows 3-6 until triangle reaches desired size, only enough yarn remains for a standard bindoff, or you’re sick of knitting triangles. 

Bind off using the basic bindoff, working loosely and evenly for a good edge, or using an alternate flexible/stretchy substitute of your choice. 

The Wool Market Bag.

The Wool Market Bag is another one of those designs that’s been percolating since last summer. I wanted to get it done by Estes Park Wool Market, but missed it by a long shot last year, and then missed it by days this year.
This year, I didn’t even go. I made a bad choice of wool purchase and felt like I’d been, well, fleeced. (You should always check the skirting! And don’t let a random wool grower sell you on a non-coated fleece when you’re thinking about coated or even washed wool! Man I do not like washing fleece, honestly. I don’t have an efficient system for that at all.)

It turned out to be a market tote in the style of a Japanese knot bag. I’m working on a second finishing, so there will be two options. So you can make a knot bag, or you can…knot.

This pattern will go out two different ways: via an informal knitalong I’m hosting on Patreon (my page is brand new! My tentative plan is to use the patron-only posts feature for this knitalong, and then go from there; I don’t think I’ll add tiers until I feel like the initial bonus content has been a success, and the actual Patreon page has some real value for people. I’m not sure it will. I think Patreon could factor in to my knitwear design and be a viable venue for it, and help a lot with adding to the overall production values of the my independent designs, but it’s kind of uncomfortable in some ways, too, for me personally. I am not entirely sure about it), and then afterward as a basic .PDF.

I’m aiming to start the knitalong thing on June 17th! If there’s some response but not a lot, I may postpone it slightly, but other than that, we’ll aim for a Monday. Right now, my calendar is set up for updates at 3-day increments—this is a relatively quick knit, so that should be a nice pace for it.

If you’d like to join in on the Patreon knitalong, the link is here:
Become a Patron!

If not, no sweat—the Wool Market pattern will be available to everyone else just a week or two after the knitalong completes, if there’s enough interest for a knitalong in the first place, honestly.