How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - book cover

Have you been wondering how to knit a bag? Bags are great projects to knit because you can start wearing and using them right away, no matter what the season! Today, I’m sharing my review of a book of knit bag designs and techniques. My review also includes an excerpted knitting pattern for the Flower Basket bag and your chance to win a copy of the book, so read on for details!

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Search Press North America provided with a free review copy of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown. Although I accept free products for review, I do not accept additional compensation, nor do I guarantee a positive review. My reviews are based entirely on my honest opinions.

Book Review

At first glance, How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown seems to be an above average collection of knit bag patterns, but once you dive deep into it, you’ll realize that it is much more! This book is actually a guide to how to knit bags in general, and provides all the information you’ll need to make not just these 22 projects, but ANY knit bag into something beautiful, functional, and durable.

The book opens with a visual Table of Contents with a thumbnail of each of the projects in the book so it’s easy to find a favorite bag pattern again. The book then moves on to an Introduction from Sian where she explains why she loves to knit bags (because they are relatively quick projects where you can try out new techniques). She also explains that each bag in this book is both lined and has pockets. (Spoiler alert: Don’t be intimidated about the lining, because it’s all explained later.)

The next section, Materials and Tools, covers everything you’ll need to knit the bags in this book. Most of the items are standard supplies that most knitters would have available, but Sian also includes a sewing machine (for creating the lining and pockets), wadding (also known as batting in the States), interfacing, and handles.

The next sections include the bag patterns. The patterns are organized into Simple Bags (7 patterns), Summer Bags (4 patterns), Cablework (4 patterns), Evening (3 patterns), and Colourwork (4 patterns). Each pattern includes a short description, the skill level, a list of equipment with needle sizes and yarn listed using both UK and US terminology, measurements (in both metric and US customary units), tension/gauge, and finished size. Each pattern also includes at least one full-page photograph of the bag, usually shown being worn or hung so you can see how it drapes, and 2-4 additional pictures.

In terms of skill level, there are 7 beginner patterns, 1 beginner/intermediate pattern, 11 intermediate patterns, and 3 advanced patterns. The patterns are written in abbreviations, but 5 patterns also include color charts.

Techniques is the final, 20-page section. It includes information about 

  • Gauge/tension, 
  • Colorwork (including stranded/Fair Isle and intarsia), 
  • How to embellish your bag (with written and illustrated tutorials for appliqué; 5 types of embroidery stitches; attaching beads, sequins, and knit flowers; and making pom poms), 
  • Finishing methods (including blocking, weaving in ends, and backstitch and mattress stitch seams), 
  • Fastening your bag (with zippers, buttons, snaps, and magnetic closures), 
  • Adding lining using batting or interfacing (for less bulk), and
  • Making braided cords and attaching handles.

The book concludes with a list of pattern abbreviations, a yarn “translation” chart from UK to US to Australian terms for yarn weights, and a list of the specific yarns listed in each pattern.

Overall, it’s a wonderful reference guide to making your knit bags beautiful, adding lining, and finishing with lovely details. The patterns are a lot of fun, but this is more than just a pattern book. Although the Technique section in How To Knit Beautiful Bags is substantial, it really focuses on the specific techniques for finishing knit bags. There is no “how to knit” information in this book, so it is best suited to intermediate knitters or adventurous advanced beginners. If you’d love to learn how to knit a bag for yourself or to gift or sell, then I highly recommend How To Knit Beautiful Bags!

Flower Basket

Knitting Pattern by Sian Brown 

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - Flower Basket bag

Published in How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs

Text © Sian Brown 2018. Photographs and design © Search Press Ltd 2018. Shared with permission from Search Press North America.

With simple garter stitch handles and top, this design features an attractive, basket-weave pattern for the body of the bag. Topped off with a delicate flower in a complementary colour using lightweight, mohair yarn, add some matching seed beads for a bit of sparkle and shine.

Notes from Underground Crafter

Equipment

  • Knitting Needles
    • 4.5mm (UK 7, US 7)
  • Materials
    • 4 balls of aran (10-ply/worsted) yarn in mauve (A); 50g/98yd/90m
    • Small amount of 1–3-ply (lace weight) yarn in lilac (B); 25g/218yd/200m
    • 16 lilac seed beads
    • Magnetic closure
    • Lining and wadding/batting: 36 x 29cm (14 x 11.5in)
    • Lining for pocket: 18 x 33cm (7 x 13in)
    • Interfacing for pocket: 15 x 15cm (6 x 6in)
  • Tension (Gauge)
    • 24 sts x 32 rows over 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) in pattern
  • Finished Size
    • 33 x 26cm (13 x 10.25in) excluding handles

Instructions

Front and Back (Make 2)

  • With yarn A, cast on 63 sts.
  • Row 1: knit.
  • Row 2: purl.
  • Row 3 (RS): k4, *p7, k5, rep from * to last 11 sts, p7, k4.
  • Row 4: p4, *k7, p5, rep from * to last 11 sts, k7, p4.
  • Row 5: knit.
  • Row 6: purl.
  • Row 7: as row 3.
  • Row 8: as row 4.
  • Row 9: knit.
  • Row 10: purl.
  • Row 11: p5, *k5, p7, rep from * to last 10 sts, k5, p5.
  • Row 12: k5, *p5, k7, rep from * to last 10 sts, p5, k5.
  • Row 13: knit.
  • Row 14: purl.
  • Row 15: as row 11.
  • Row 16: as row 12.
  • These 16 rows form the pattern. Repeat three more times, then work rows 1–8 once more.
  • Work 30 rows knit.
  • Cast off.

Handle (Make 2)

  • With yarn A, cast on 8 sts. Knit until handle measures 40cm (15.75in).
  • Cast off.

Flower (Make 5 Petals)

  • Using yarn B held double, cast on 6 sts.
  • Row 1: knit.
  • Row 2: purl.
  • Repeat these 2 rows three more times.
  • Row 9: k2tog, k2, k2tog (4 sts).
  • Row 10: purl.
  • Row 11: k2tog twice (2 sts).
  • Row 12: purl.
  • Row 13: k2tog.
  • Fasten off.

Making Up

  • Press the main pieces of the bag under a damp cloth. Pin the flower petals to one side of the bag with the cast-on edges at the centre and sew in place. Sew the beads in the centre of the flower. With right sides facing, pin and sew the bottom seam using backstitch. Then sew the side seams using mattress stitch. Turn over the top border to half the depth, and slip stitch it in place. Pin and sew the handles to the inside top of the bag. Follow the lining instructions below to make and fit the lining and pocket, and the instructions below to fit the magnetic closure.

Lining

  • Lining is used to neaten the inside of the bags so that you do not see the back of the knitting. It also adds another layer, and gives the inside of the bags a splash of colour and print. Choose your own lining fabrics to personalise your bag.

Lining the bags

  • Cut out the lining fabric and wadding/batting for the main bag, and lining fabric and interfacing for the pocket according to measurements given in each pattern (NB: if the print on the lining does not have a specific direction, cut in one piece and fold it at the centre. If it does, cut it in two pieces and sew them together with the seam at the bottom, keeping the print on the pocket going in the same direction as the lining).
  • Pin the wadding/batting to the lining if it is being used. Fold over to the WS a 1.5cm (5/8 in) seam allowance at the top of one side of the bag and machine stitch in place.
  • Fold the lining fabric for the pocket right sides together and press. It is neater to have the folded edge at the top of the pocket. If using iron-on interfacing, press this on now, with one edge against the fold. Sew one side and the top. Clip corner, turn pocket right side out and press again. Pin and sew the remaining seam.
  • Pin the seam allowance on the open side. Pin and sew the pocket in place around the sides and bottom, a little below the top at the centre.
  • Fit the magnetic closure now if you are adding one.
  • Pin the lining pieces together around the sides and bottom and try inside the bag for fi t, pinning around the top to check. Make sure that it fits well and adjust if needed (it is better for the lining to be slightly smaller than the bag in depth and width to avoid it looking loose).
  • Once the fit is adjusted, sew the side and bottom seams, RS facing.
  • Place the lining inside the bag, referring to the making up instructions, and pin to the knitted piece, then hand sew it in place.

Snap Fasteners 

  • Snap fasteners are a practical way to fasten pieces together and easy to open and close. Choose a sewing thread close to the colour of the knitted pieces, and use a fine sewing needle. Doubling up the thread will make sewing on quicker and more secure. 
How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - snap closure illustration 1
  • Snap fasteners come in two sections: a ball and socket (see above). The ball at the centre of one section presses or snaps tightly into the socket at the centre of the other. 
How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - snap closure illustration 2
  • Decide where the snap fastener is to be placed. Secure the thread at the back of the work. Bring the needle up through one of the holes, around the edge and into the back. Repeat this a few times for each hole until the snap fastener is secure (see above). 
  • For the second half of the fastener, position it to line up with the first half and repeat step 2. 

Giveaway

How To Knit Beautiful Bags by Sian Brown Book Review with Flower Basket bag pattern via Underground Crafter - giveaway

Now that you’ve read my review of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs by Sian Brown and tried the Flower Basket bag pattern, I’m guessing you’re ready to get your hands on the book. Well, the nice folks at Search Press North America have set aside a copy for one lucky winner!

This giveaway is open to readers with mailing addresses in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, or other parts of Europe, except where prohibited by law. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 25, 2019. One winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted via the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will receive 1 copy of How To Knit Beautiful Bags: 22 Gorgeous Designs, courtesy of Search Press North America. Good luck!

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Chunky Knit Cowl Pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | woman wearing textured, hooded cowl looking to the left

The Rustic Hooded Cowl is a textured, chunky knit cowl pattern that you can knit seamlessly in the round, or knit flat on straight needles and then seam. It’s a versatile, unisex hooded cowl that works up quickly in a super bulky, self-striping yarn that does the colorwork for you. The simple, textured stitch pattern is perfect for beginners, or for more advanced knitters looking for a project to work on while distracted.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Lion Brand. Camera and vinyl backdrop were generously provided by B&H Photo Video and Pro Audio.

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | textured chunky knit cowl on faux brick background

I used a new-to-me yarn, Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick, for my version. It’s a soft, easy care, self-striping yarn that does the colorwork for you. This chunky knit accessory can be worn as a cowl…

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | smiling woman wearing textured, hooded cowl

…or as a hooded cowl.

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | smiling woman wearing textured, hooded cowl looking to the right

I used a simple, meditative stitch pattern. The pattern naturally rolls at the top and bottom edge because of the stockinette stitch. If you’d like to remove the roll, you can block your hooded cowl after you finish it.

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | textured chunky knit cowl on faux brick background

If you’re just hearing about the Finishing Touches Knit Along, you can get all the details including the schedule and how to win prizes from Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America in this blog post.

  • Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when a new pattern is released.
  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group
  • Use the button below on Ravelry or elsewhere social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
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If you make your own Rustic Hooded Cowl, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

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Rustic Hooded Cowl

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Rustic Hooded Cowl in Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn by Underground Crafter | woman wearing textured, hooded cowl looking to the left

This versatile, unisex hooded cowl works up quickly in a super bulky, self-striping yarn that does the colorwork for you. The simple, textured stitch pattern is perfect for beginners, or for more advanced knitters looking for a project to work on while distracted. The chunky knit cowl pattern includes instructions for working seamlessly in the round and for knitting flat on straight needles and then seaming. This is the eleventh pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 26” (66 cm) circumference x 15” (38 cm) height.

Materials

  • Lion Brand Mandala Thick & Quick yarn (100% acrylic, 5.3 oz/150 g, 87 yd/79 m) – 2 skeins in 203 Stairwell, or approximately 174 yd (158 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • US 13/9 mm circular knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain correct gauge.
  • Yarn needle.
  • Stitch marker.

Gauge

  • 9 sts = 4” (10 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • pm – place stitch marker
  • rep – repeat
  • Rnd(s) – Round(s)
  • RS – right (front) side
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Instructions

Hooded Cowl – Knit flat on straight needles version

  • CO 61 sts, or any multiple of 5 sts, + 6 sts.
  • Row 1: (RS) K across.
  • Row 2: P across.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Rows 1-2.
  • Row 5: *K1, p4; rep from * across to last st, k1.
  • Row 6: Rep Row 5.
  • Rep Rows 1-6 until hooded cowl measures approximately 15” (38 cm) long, or approximately desired height, ending after a repeat of Row 4.
  • BO in pattern for Row 1. Fasten off with long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming.
  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail. Fold cowl with RS together. With yarn needle, seam closed with mattress stitch. If you’re new to the mattress stitch, you can find a photo tutorial here.
  • Continue on to Finishing.

Hooded Cowl – Knit in the round on circular needles version

  • CO 60 sts, or any multiple of 5 sts.
  • Set Up Row: (RS) K across, pm, being careful not to twist begin working in the round.
  • Rnd 1: K around.
  • Rnds 2-3: Rep Rnd 1 twice.
  • Rnd 4: *K1, p4; rep from * around.
  • Rnd 5: Rep Rnd 4.
  • Rnd 6: Rep Rnd 1.
  • Rep Rnds 1-6 until hooded cowl measures approximately 15” (38 cm) long, or approximately desired height, ending after a repeat of Rnd 3.
  • BO in pattern for Rnd 1. Fasten off.
  • Continue on to Finishing.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside (wrong side) of cowl.
  • If desired, spray or wet block to reduce curl on edges.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/05/23/knitting-pattern-rustic-hooded-cowl/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Knitting Pattern: Garter Ridge Headband

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

The Garter Ridge Headband combines a simple, textured stitch to allow the color-changing, netted yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner and it works up quickly to make a great last-minute gift, or even a last-minute earwarmer for a cold snap.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links. Materials for the sample were generously provided by Lion Brand and Clover USA.

The weather has been warming up in New York City, but it is still dipping regularly below 40 degrees. I don’t quite feel that a hat is necessary, but some nights after work, I still want to cover my ears.

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter on smiling woman

Recently, I got the chance to try a new-to-me yarn, Lion Brand Stitchbird. It has a black netting over the fiber which is light and airy, like roving. The yarn changes color in unexpected ways. I really enjoyed working with it, but I knew that a complicated stitch pattern would get “lost” in the yarn…

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter on smiling woman

I decided to use one of my favorite classic stitch patterns, the garter ridge. (I’ve previously used it in a square in the Anthology Blanket here, and in the Garter Ridge Dishcloth here.)

I used my Clover Takumi Bamboo Circular needles for this project because they are gentle on my hands. In the winter months and in transitional weather, metal needles are not as comfortable for me.

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter in progress on Clover Takumi bamboo knitting needles

If you’re just hearing about the Finishing Touches Knit Along, you can get all the details including the schedule and how to win prizes from Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America in this blog post.

  • Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when a new pattern is released.
  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group
  • Use the button below on Ravelry or elsewhere social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

If you make your own Garter Ridge Headband, I’d love to see it! Share your progress and questions by tagging me on Facebook as @Underground Crafter, Instragram as @ucrafter, or Twitter as @ucrafter. You can also share a picture in the Underground Crafters Facebook group. Sign up for my weekly newsletter and get a coupon code for your choice of one of my premium patterns and other subscriber goodies. Plus, you’ll never miss one of my free patterns again!

Add the Garter Ridge Headband to your favorites or queue, or buy the ad-free PDF on Ravelry.

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Garter Ridge Headband

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Garter Ridge Headband, free knitting pattern in Lion Brand Stitchbird yarn by Underground Crafter

This headband works up quickly in a bulky yarn. A simple, textured stitch pattern allows a special yarn to shine. This is the eighth pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 20” (51 cm) headband circumference x 3” (7.5 cm) height. See Pattern Notes for instructions for customizing size.

Materials

Gauge

  • 11 sts = 3” (7.5 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • RS – right (front) side
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • A video tutorial for this stitch pattern is available at the end of this pattern.
  • A tutorial for seaming with the mattress stitch is available here.
  • To customize this headband pattern to a different finished size:
    • The cast on stitches will determine the height of the headband. Adjust your cast on stitches in multiples of 4 sts, + 3 sts so that it is as wide as you want your headband to be.
    • The length will determine the circumference of the headband. I recommend 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) of negative ease for headbands. This means that the headband will measure 1” – 2” (2.5 cm – 5 cm) smaller than the circumference of the head you want it to fit.
    • If you want to make the headband for someone whose head you can’t measure, my preferred hat sizing chart is this one from Top Toppers. Remember that this lists head circumference, not headband circumference.

Pattern Instructions

Headband

  • CO 11 sts, or any multiple of 4 sts, + 3 sts.
  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1, *p1, k3; rep from * across to last 2 sts, p2.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k1, *p3, k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 3: Rep Row 1.
  • Row 4: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rep Rows 1-4 until headband measures approximately 20” (51 cm) long, or approximately the desired finished headband circumference, ending after a repeat for Row 3.
  • BO in pattern for Row 4. Fasten off with a long yarn tail for seaming, approximately 12” (30.5 cm) long.

Assembly and Finishing

  • Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail. With wrong (back) sides facing, seam short edges together using the mattress stitch (see Pattern Notes).
  • With yarn needle, weave in ends on inside of headband.
© 2019 by Marie Segares (Underground Crafter). This pattern is for personal use only. You may use the pattern to make unlimited items for yourself, for charity, or to give as gifts. You may sell items you personally make by hand from this pattern. Do not violate Marie’s copyright by distributing this pattern or the photos in any form, including but not limited to scanning, photocopying, emailing, or posting on a website or internet discussion group. If you want to share the pattern, point your friends to this link: https://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2019/04/11/knitting-pattern-garter-ridge-headband/. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner (Part 2: Head)

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

KAL Corner, the knit along group started by me, Pia from Stitches n Scraps, and Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop, is back for the second part of the Finishing Touches Knit Along! In this part, we’ll be sharing six free knitting patterns by five designers for the perfect finishing touch! We’re focusing on the head this time with a headwear theme.

This post contains affiliate links. I may receive compensation (at no added cost to you) if you make a purchase using these links.

This is the main post for this knit along. Read on for more details including:

  • How the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Works,
  • How To Join the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head),
  • Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Schedule,
  • Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway Prizes, and
  • Enter the Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway.

How the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Works

Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

I’ve teamed up with KAL Corner, the group founded by me, Pia from Stitches n Scraps, and Joanita from Creative Crochet Workshop, and some of our favorite knitting designers to bring you 24 free knitting patterns for the perfect finishing touch!

Every other Thursday from January 3 through November 21, 2019, we’ll share a free knitting pattern. Lion Brand has generously provided us with yarn for this KAL, so all of the patterns will be made with Lion Brand yarn.

To keep things interesting, every quarter we’ll have a new theme and a new set of giveaway prizes. This part of the KAL is all about the perfect finishing touches to wear on your head. We also have two great prizes from Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America!

How To Join the Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head)

  • Sign up for our newsletter to get an email when a new pattern is released.
  • You can join in by knitting the patterns as you have time.
  • By the end of the KAL, you’ll have up to 24 knitted projects. You’ll also have the chance to win great prizes!
  • Share your progress and post pictures of your finished projects. Tag your projects and posts #KALCorner on all social media.
  • If you’d like to chat with other knitters, join the KAL Corner Facebook group or visit this thread in the Underground Crafter Ravelry group
  • Use the button below on Ravelry or elsewhere social media. Right click (on desktop) or tap and hold (on mobile) to save.
Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner

Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) Schedule

Each participating Finishing Touches KAL designer will create a free knitting pattern for the head using Lion Brand yarn. This post will be updated as each pattern goes live.

Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway Prizes

My regular readers know I love prizes, so this knit along has three great ones. We’ve teamed up with Lion Brand, Clover USA, and Search Press North America to bring wonderful prizes to three lucky winners!

Lion Brand is providing one winner with a choice of colors for 3 skeins of Stitchbird and 4 skeins of Beautiful You. Show your support by following Lion Brand on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Lion Brand prize

Clover USA is providing one winner with a Swatch Ruler and Needle Gauge and the Knitting Accessories Set for Beginners. Show your support by following Clover USA on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Clover USA prize

Search Press North America is providing one winner with both Knitted Beanies by Susie Johns and Knitted Hats by Monica Russel. Show your support by following Search Press North America on Website | Facebook | Instagram.

Finishing Touches Knit Along Part 2 Head via Underground Crafter - Search Press North America prize

Continue reading to learn how to enter the giveaway for your chance to win!

Enter the Finishing Touches KAL (Part 2: Head) End-of-KAL Giveaway

  • This is the end-of-KAL giveaway for the 2019 Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head). The knit along is hosted by KAL Corner and the giveaway is organized by Underground Crafter.
  • To enter the end-of-KAL giveaway for one of the prizes described above, share one picture of each project you completed using a 2019 Finishing Touches Knit Along (Part 2: Head) pattern or tutorial by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, June 17, 2019. Each completed project will count as one entry into the giveaway.
  • If you do not wish to share a project picture, you may also enter by mailing a letter with your name, the name of the knit along, and your email address (so we can contact you if you win) to Underground Crafter, Planetarium Station, P.O. Box 340, New York, NY 10024 USA. The letter must be received by Monday, June 17, 2019 to be eligible to win this end-of-KAL giveaway.
  • You are not required to use a link to enter, but if you do, please link directly to the project on your blog/Instagram and not to your main profile page. If you are new to InLinkz Link Ups, you can find a tutorial here.
  • Winners will be chosen from the entries at random. Each will win one of the prizes listed above.
  • Winners will be contacted approximately one week after the entries close. Winners will have two weeks to claim their prizes. If winners do not respond within two weeks, prizes will be awarded to alternates.
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Knitting Pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf | Finishing Touches Knit Along #2

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter |Today’s knitting pattern is the Seeds and Cables Scarf. It’s the second pattern in the Finishing Touches Knit Along with KAL Corner. If you love the bold look of cables, this may become your new favorite scarf. And, the seed stitch background sets off the cables while keeping your project from curling.

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I love the look of cables, but I’m a relatively slow knitter. When Lion Brand released the Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn, I was pretty excited. It’s a larger skein of Wool-Ease Thick and Quick with enough yarn for a scarf in one skein.

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Scarf with shawl pin on smiling womanI love that the cables really pop, but with a super bulky yarn, I can knit up the scarf much faster. And, of course, there are fewer yarn tails to weave in with one skein than with two!

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Scarf as infinity scarf with ends tucked inIf you prefer an infinity scarf, I’ve included instructions for seaming the scarf together. You may want to leave off the garter stitch borders, but I actually think they would add a nice touch on an infinity scarf.

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Scarf as infinity scarf on smiling woman(I just tucked the ends of the scarf underneath for the photo. My version is still a regular straight scarf.)

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground Crafter | Flat lay of scarfI chose a marled color and I love how it turned out! This would also look great in a solid color yarn.

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Seeds and Cables Scarf

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

Free knitting pattern: Seeds and Cables Scarf in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick Bonus Bundle yarn by Underground CrafterMake a bold statement with classic cables. The seed stitch background sets off the cables while keeping your project from curling.

Finished Size

  • Adult: 6.5” (16.5 cm) width x 48” (122 cm) length.

Materials

Gauge

  • 19 sts = 6.5” (16.5 cm) across in pattern. Exact gauge is not critical for this project.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • C4F – 4-stitch cable – Sl 2 sts to cn, hold cn at front, k2, k2 from cable needle. New Stitch a Day has a helpful video tutorial for the C4F cable here.
  • cn – cable needle
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • rep – repeat
  • sl – slip stitch knitwise
  • st(s) – stitch(es)
  • *Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Note

  • This scarf can be easily made into an infinity scarf. At the end, fasten off with a long yarn tail (approximately 24”/61 cm) for seaming. Thread yarn needle with long yarn tail and seam short edges together using the mattress stitch. A photo tutorial for seaming with the mattress stitch is available here.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • CO 19 or any multiple of 7 sts, + 5 sts.
  • Row 1: K to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1, k to last st, p1.
  • Rows 3-4: Rep Row 2 twice.
  • Row 5: (Right Side) Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1,** k4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, rep from * to **, p1.
  • Row 6: Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1,** p4; rep from * across to last 4 sts, rep from * to **, p1
  • Row 7: Sl 1, *p1, k1, p1,** C4F; rep from * across to last 4 sts, rep from * to **, p1.
  • Row 8: Rep Row 6.
  • Rows 9-12: Rep Rows 5-6 twice.
  • Rep Rows 5-12 until scarf measures approximately 2” (5 cm) (or length of your Rows 1-4) shorter than desired length, ending after Row 6.
  • Rows 13-16: Rep Row 2, 4 times.
  • BO in pattern for Row 2.

Finishing

  • With yarn needle, weave in ends.
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