A knitting teacher who's fond of Buddhist philosophy. Free knitting patterns, knitting advice, knitting lessons, and anecdotes. My blog is where City Meets Suburbs in design, and where peace meets chaos in my daily knitting life.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Free Patterns for Frigid Monday
It's -7 in Buffalo today, and even the best built houses have a draft here and there on days like this. Just the thought of going outside makes my teeth chatter! What better to add to your outfit than a cozy wrap? Bigger than a scarf, they're the versatile layer that can go with just about any ensemble from suits to jeans. (Sorry guys, this is a girl thing.) Here are some patterns I know you'll enjoy:
From Classic Elite Yarns is this beautiful La Gran Stole. Pick a color, pick a yarn, and knit this up quickly. The pattern is easy, and the look is elegant in mohair, casual in cotton, and versatile in wool. Don't let the lacy look fool you; lace can be very warm in mohair or alpaca!
From Naturally Caron is the Santiago Entrelac Shawl. Thick and cozy, this is a basic entrelac pattern with a beautiful effect. Make it in the staple colors of your wardrobe for a go-to garment to moderate those drafts. Make it in a slightly shimmery fabric for a unique evening wrap. Make it in white mohair or alpaca and it's perfect for a winter bride!
I hear the coffee pot beeping. (Thank you inventors of Mr. Coffee!) Keep busy and stay warm!