KBN Annex Summertime Blog
Five Patterns Every Knitter Needs in their Repertoire
Most knitters tell me that they prefer to knit a pattern only once especially if the project is large like a sweater or afghan. There are some patterns, however, that we repeat time and again. This may be be due to a number of reasons - ease of knitting, the timeless style of the item, the way it showcases a great skein of yarn or the enjoyment of the knitting.
These are my five most repeated patterns. We would love to know the favorites that you return to time and again.
1. KBN Annex revised sock pattern - A sock is great knitting! It’s portable, repetitive and a great excuse to buy one more skein of fingering weight yarn. The Pinot & Purl girls love sock weight yarn and we have a huge selection. Summer is a great time to get a jump on Christmas or holiday knitting and nothing is more special than a pair of hand knitted socks. There are lots of sock patterns on Ravelry but time & again, I turn to our basic KBN sock pattern. It can be knit on dpn’s or the Magic Loop and is totally customizable for size. If you would like to learn to knit socks or simply need a refresher on the pesky heel turn, give us a call and we will be happy to set up a private lesson or call us if you’d like to shop our full range of sock yarn.
2. Barley hat - every knitter needs a great go-to hat pattern and for me, Barley by Tin Can Knits fills that need. It’s a free pattern on Ravelry, fits newborn through adult, and looks good on everyone! Using worsted weight yarn and a simple combination of knit and purl stitches, this hat may quickly become your favorite also. Rising in the ranks of favorite hat patterns is the Squarshy hat also on Ravelry. It uses a bulky yarn, bigger needles, and a simple slip stitch pattern. We have worked it up in camouflage yarn both with and without a band of orange.
3. Lace Stripe Scarf by Wendy Knits Lace - my go to scarf for keeping and gift giving. It works up great in every yarn I knit it in. The pattern is free on Ravelry and uses a couple of skeins of dk or worsted weight yarn. I have knit it in wool, cashmere, cotton, linen....you name it. It’s an easy to memorize pattern which makes it great for travel or TV knitting. You can fringe it or not or even sew it into a cowl! Try knitting this one with the new June Casmere or Sew Happy Jane yarn for a luxurious and enjoyable knit. If you prefer a summer scarf, try it in Fuji or Firefly. Let us help you get started on one and we predict it will become one of your favorites too.
4. Classic Mesh Scarf - this is another one of those easy to memorize patterns that looks great in any yarn. We have knit it as a skinny scarf, cowl, and wide shawl. The pattern is a great introduction to bias knitting and uses simple garter and eyelet stitches to really show off your beautiful yarn. The Pinot & Purl girls would love to help you select yarn for this one and help you customize the pattern to get the look you want.
5. Zig Zag Baby Blanket by knitculture - nothing gets a knitter to knitting quite like a baby needing a blanket. This one is available on Ravelry. We have knit this blanket in organic cotton from Blue Sky, modern cotton from Berroco, sock yarn held double, superwash wool, and many others but nothing is quite as yummy as Cumulus from Juniper Moon. The pattern is super easy to memorize and offers two sizes. When you add that to the yarn choices in solid and variegated, you have a winner and my favorite baby blanket pattern.
Knitters knit for lots of reasons but most of us knit first and foremost for the pleasure of creating something beautiful and useful with wonderful materials. At the Annex we understand that and strive to provide you with the best yarns, needles, and patterns as well as the support, inspiration and instruction to help you knit your best.
BTW our Mosaic Knitting class scheduled for Sunday July 8th has been postponed due to delayed shipping of yarn.