Free knitting pattern: Grass Stitch Scarf

Free knitting pattern: Grass Stitch Scarf in Malabrigo Caracol yarn | A simple slip stitch pattern adds a gentle texture to this unisex scarf. Tie it with a knot or use a shawl pin to keep it closed.I love using slipped stitches in knitting. They are fun for colorwork (as in my Ladder Stitch Cowl and Ribbon Stitch Cowl patterns), but also for adding texture.

This post contains affiliate links. Yarn for the sample was generously provided by Malabrigo Yarn.

I’ve always been a Malabrigo fan — in fact, two of my most popular free crochet patterns, the Justine Shawl (in Malabrigo Lace) and the Picnic Basket Shawl (in Malabrigo Sock) are made in Malabrigo yarns. I love playing with new-to-me yarns, so I was very excited when Malabrigo mailed me some of their new Caracol yarn in the mail.

Free knitting pattern: Grass Stitch Scarf in Malabrigo Caracol yarn | A simple slip stitch pattern adds a gentle texture to this unisex scarf. Tie it with a knot or use a shawl pin to keep it closed.Caracol is a thick and thin yarn, with plenty of texture. The yarn has a great construction. A single ply, kettle dyed yarn is at the core, while a black (or white, depending on the colorway) binder thread wraps around it. The yarn is a squishy soft superwash, Merino wool.

Now, back to the slip stitches (I didn’t forget about them). With a yarn like Caracol that has so much going on, I didn’t want a stitch pattern that was too fussy. It would just get lost in the yarn anyway. But the texture that slip stitches can add seemed like the perfect fit.

Free knitting pattern: Grass Stitch Scarf in Malabrigo Caracol yarn | A simple slip stitch pattern adds a gentle texture to this unisex scarf. Tie it with a knot or use a shawl pin to keep it closed.This scarf is designed for using up just one skein of yarn. Naturally, you can make a traditional length scarf by using two skeins.

Free knitting pattern: Grass Stitch Scarf in Malabrigo Caracol yarn | A simple slip stitch pattern adds a gentle texture to this unisex scarf. Tie it with a knot or use a shawl pin to keep it closed.With the shorter length, you have a few styling options. You can do “the tuck” where you tuck the ends into your coat or sweater. You can knot the scarf, as I do in the top photo. Or, you can use a shawl pin to keep it closed. (My favorite shawl pins are designed by Michelle’s Assortment on Etsy.)

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Grass Stitch Scarf

Knitting Pattern by Underground Crafter

02-easy 50US terms 506-superbulkyA simple slip stitch pattern adds a gentle texture to this unisex scarf.

 

Finished Size

  • Adult: 5.5” (14 cm) width x 34” (86.5 cm) length before blocking; 6” (15 cm) wide x 37.5” (95 cm) length after blocking.

Materials

  • Malabrigo Caracol yarn (100% superwash Merino wool, 5.3 oz/150 g/90 yd/87 m) – 1 skein in 886 Diana, or approximately 90 yd (87 m) in any super bulky weight yarn.
  • US Size 13/9 mm knitting needles, or any size needed to obtain gauge.
  • Yarn needle.

Gauge

  • 9 sts x 13 rows in pattern = 4” (10 cm) before blocking. Exact gauge is not critical for this pattern.

Abbreviations Used in This Pattern

  • BO – bind off
  • CO – cast on
  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • RS – right (front) side
  • rep – repeat
  • sl – slip
  • yo – yarn over
  • * Repeat instructions after asterisk as indicated.

Pattern Notes

  • All stitches are slipped with yarn in back.

Pattern Instructions

Scarf

  • CO 18 (or any multiple of 4 sts, +2).
  • Row 1: (RS) Sl 1 knitwise, *k1, sl 1 purlwise, k1, yo, pass slipped stitch over (k1 + yo), k1; rep from * across to last st, p1.
  • Row 2: Sl 1 knitwise, p across.
  • Rep Rows 1-2 until approximately 3 yd (3 m) remain, or until desired length is reached.
  • Rep Row 1.
  • BO in pattern for Row 2.

Finishing

© 2016 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: http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/2016/12/06/free-knitting-pattern-grass-stitch-scarf. Thanks for supporting indie designers!

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Holiday Stashdown Challenge 2015 Sponsor Spotlight: Michelle’s Assortment

Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-long 2015: 15 crochet designers * 15 free patterns * Great prizes! Starts September 14, 2015. For more details, visit http://undergroundcrafter.com/blog/HolidayStashdownCAL2015I’m continuing my series spotlighting all of the great prize sponsors for the end-of-CAL giveaway for the Holiday Stashdown Crochet-a-Long. (If you’re just learning about the CAL now, you can find more details here, and you have until January 11, 2016 to enter the end-of-CAL giveaway.)

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Sponsor Spotlight: Michelle’s Assortment

I’ve actually met today’s sponsor in real life, so I’m excited to tell you more about Michelle’s Assortment.

Michelle from Michelle's Assortment at Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2014Michelle is a talented wire worker who designs shawl pins, stitch markers, row counter bracelets, and other crochet and knitting accessories. (Recently, she added knitting patterns to her repetoire.)

In addition to her Etsy shop, Michelle attends fiber festivals and yarn events around the U.S. as a vendor. Back in 2014, she invited me to help out at her booth at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City, and I had the chance to spend a few hours with Michelle and her amazing wire work.

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Since then, I’ve used many shawl pins by Michelle, and I’ve been delighted with each one! Here are just a few, making cameo appearances in some of my designs…

Cranberry Dreams Shawl #knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter with Michelle's Assortment shawl pin
On the Cranberry Dreams Shawl knitting pattern.
Go West, Young Man Scarf, free #crochet pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter #scarfie
On the Go West, Young Man Scarf free crochet pattern.
Alaskan Moonrise Scarf, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
On the Alaskan Moonrise Scarf knitting pattern.
Thaden's Ridged Shawlette, knitting pattern by Marie Segares/Underground Crafter
And on the Thaden’s Ridged Shawlette knitting pattern.

I’ve also given quite a few as gifts along with handmade shawls.

So, as you may have guessed, Michelle’s Assortment is offering the winner’s choice of any one shawl pin in her Etsy shop to one lucky end-of-CAL giveaway winner!

Thank you, Michelle’s Assortment, for sponsoring the crochet-a-long.

Which Michelle’s Assortment shawl pin do you like the best?

2014 Sampler MKAL March Giveaway Sponsor: Michelle’s Assortment

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You can find more information on the 2014 Sampler MKAL here, and can order the pattern here.  Join in any time for a fun project with great prizes!

This month’s giveaway sponsor is Michelle’s Assortment.  Michelle sells her wireworked shawl pins, stitch markers, bookmarks, and charms on Etsy and at fiber events around the country.  You may remember that I had the opportunity to meet her at Vogue Knitting Live in January.

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I snapped that picture of her in her booth, where I helped out for a few hours.  Michelle has some lovely work.  In fact, I’m the proud owner of three of her stunning shawl pins.

Michelles Assortment shawl pins for Marie

In addition to her Etsy shop, Michelle can be found online as CraftyFlutterby on Ravelry and on the Michelle’s Assortment Facebook page.  Michelle will be a vendor at several upcoming fiber events, including the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival from March 14 through March 16.  (I had a fabulous time at the festival last year, which you can read about here.) She’ll also be at several Ohio events in the next few months: A Knitter’s Fantasy in April, OddMall in May, the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair in August, and the Autumn Fiber Festival in October.

Michelle will also be the MKAL giveaway sponsor in November.  Thanks, Michelle, for your generosity and support!

 

Giveaway

blog Michelles Assortment Shawl Pin Collage

Michelle will be providing the winner’s choice of any straight pin with a single bead in her shop inventory.  You can find her current inventory of straight pins in her Etsy shop here.  Be aware that her stock is likely to change by the end of March after the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival.  (The shawl pins shown above are, from left to right: the Heart Shaped Stone Bead, the Winter is Coming Shawl Pin, and the Glass Bead with Hot Pink Wrap.)

To enter the giveaway, post a picture of any 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-A-Long sampler square you knit during Marcj in the relevant spoiler thread onRavelry by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, March 31, 2014.  (KAL participants who are not Ravelry members can instead share pictures with theUnderground Crafter Facebook page or Tweet pictures to @ucrafter.)  Each square you share a picture of will count as one entry.  One winner will be chosen at random on or about April 3.

Vogue Knitting Live 2014: Day 3 and Stash Musings

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Today was the last day of Vogue Knitting Live, and I felt a bit under the weather (perhaps that cold shower yesterday was to blame).  I did actually take my obligatory pre-event picture, but I looked so grumpy that I decided not to post it.  I was wearing my All Weather Cowl (you know, the one that brought me fame and fortune), which turned out to be just right because I could wear it indoors comfortably.

I had a chance to interview Sally Melville today, as well as catch the back end of her lecture on Creativity.  She had some fabulous samples on display, including several sizes of the lovely L’Enveloppe.  Sally was wearing her own version over a stunning coat with a coordinating pair of Fluevogs.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Sally Melville

I walked through the Marketplace one last time before saying goodbye to Vogue Knitting Live for 2014.  Though it was extremely tempting, I managed just to touch the buttons at Dusty’s Vintage Buttons without buying anything.  (I think we all know that I have way too many buttons at home to buy them at random.  I have to at least pretend there’s a plan for using them first!)

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And then I visited the Feederbrook Farm booth.  Yesterday, in the rare quiet moments at the Michelle’s Assortment booth, I would look across at their yarns, and I ended up developing quite an attachment.  I decided on four skeins of Shepherd Spun, which is quite a bit of yarn for someone allegedly trying to reduce their stash.  In my defense, I fell in love with two of the hand dyed yarns, and rather than have them sit in my stash forever, I paired each with a coordinating solid.

blog Feederbrook Farm Mocha & Ava with shawl pin

These two are a bit out of my comfort zone, but I really was drawn to the skein on the bottom, called Ava, which is surprising because it isn’t in my typical colors.  And then I had to buy a coordinating Matryoshka pin from Michelle – I had been eyeing them, too, but couldn’t decide on a color until I had the yarn.

The other two skeins are much more “me” – purples, blues, and greens.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Feederbrook Farm Wia and Michelles Assortment shawl pin

This skein is called Win and is paired up with the shawl pin I picked up yesterday.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelles Assortment shawl pins

So after 3 days of Marketplace exposure, I ended the show with 3 shawl pins, and 5 skeins of yarn.

blog VKL NYC 2014 yarn haul

It was more than I (consciously) planned to spend, but I did happen to have cash left over, so apparently it was within the budget I had (subconsciously) created for the event.  I actually spent less than the cost of registering for a class, so in the end things seem to have worked out.

The charcoal Studio Donegal yarn in the center is already dedicated to being a cabled hat for my dad, and I have ideas about what I want to do with each of the other pairs.  But (head hanging in shame)…

I have yet to use any of the yarns I bought at last year’s Vogue Knitting Live.  (They’re pretty too, don’t you think?)

Vogue Knitting Live Yarn Haul

Partly it’s because I suffer from the “I must make something extra super fantabulous with yarn bought at a special event” syndrome, and the rest of it is because none of these lovelies are machine washable, which means they are unsuitable for most of my gift crafting.

I’m not going to feel too bad about buying five more skeins of yarn, since I did use over 19,000 yards of yarn (through both knitting and crocheting projects) last year.  I do, however, think it’s time to go through my stash again and see what I might be able to donate or sell.  Not only will that free up room for these five new skeins, but it will probably excite me about what I have on hand to use.

In my mind, I actually have new designs waiting for each of these pairs of yarn, but I think we all know that our initial ideas and our final plans don’t always align…

Vogue Knitting Live 2014: Day 2

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My second day at Vogue Knitting Live started off with no hot water at home (and who doesn’t love showering in cold water when it’s sleeting outside?).  In the rush to get out the door, I forgot to take the ceremonial pre-show picture of me in my handmade goodies.  (I was wearing my 2013 Temperature Scarf, which is perfect for cold weather.)

My first stop was an interview with the delightful Kate Atherley from Wise Hilda.  I should be posting it in a few weeks.  I asked her to pose with her two books, Beyond Knit & Purl and Knit Accessories.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Kate Atherley

Then I walked through the fashion and art exhibits.  I’m planning a separate post about these, so I’m sharing just one picture today.  This is a crocheted piece by fashion designer, Gabriela Serigatto.

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My next stop was the Marketplace.  I learned a lot from Rosemary Drysdale‘s Entrelac: The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting, and she was signing books at the Vogue Knitting booth.

VKL NYC 2014 Rosemary Drysdale Autograph

From there, I snuck over to the Leilani Arts table.  You see, they sell this Soft Donegal yarn, which has become the favorite amongst the men in family: soft but charcoal (with a little tweed to keep my interest).

VKL NYC 2014 Studio Donegal

I promised my dad I’d make him a version of this cabled hat, so I needed another skein.  Melissa Leapman rung up my sale.

Then, I went to the Knitty City booth (it’s always a treat to see your favorite local yarn shop at an event) to get my copy of Knitwear Design Workshop: A Comprehensive Guide to Handknits signed by Shirley Paden.

VKL NYC 2014 Shirley Paden autograph

Shirley was really quite friendly and we had a nice chat about her class on Craftsy, which is a companion to the book, as well as the We Love Shirley Paden group on Ravelry.  (Shirley assures me she didn’t name the group!)  The group sounds like a lot of fun and they have even hosted three Design-a-Longs.

I had a few minutes after the book signing to watch the beginning of the Fiber Factor Fashion show.  I learned there will be KALs throughout 2014 and the next “season” will begin in 2015, but I missed the announcement of the winner.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Fiber Factor Rachel Henry Gates of Dawn

This stunning felted dress, Gates of Dawn by Rachel Henry, was one of my favorite Fiber Factor projects on display.

Believe it or not, I had time for two more quick stops before reaching my final VK Live destination.  I took a picture of Virginia from Yellowfarm (interviewed here), who I met at last year’s event.

blog VKL NYC 2014 YellowFarm Virginia

And, then I visited the Full Moon Farm booth, to snap a picture of Laura.  My interview with her will be coming up soon.  We met last year, too.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Full Moon Farm Laura

And then I headed off to the Michelle’s Assortment booth.

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I helped out in Michelle’s booth for a few hours in the afternoon, so she could stretch her legs and walk around the Marketplace for a bit.  It was a great opportunity to learn more about her creative process.  She’s sponsoring two months of prizes for my 2014 Sampler Mystery Knit-a-Long, so it was great to meet her in real life and see all of her awesome shawl pins, bookmarks, and stitch markers.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment circles

I particularly like Michelle’s round shawl pins.  It was also great to see her collaboration with other indie business owners.  Michelle had several samples from Ash Kearns on display to show off her shawl pins including Havelock (left) and Everton Lace Wrap (right), along with the print versions of the patterns.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment Ash Kearns samples

Of course, I couldn’t spend all that time in Michelle’s booth without falling in love with some shawl pins.  I was initially drawn in by the circles, I ended up choosing two straight pins for myself.

blog VKL NYC 2014 Michelle's Assortment goodies

These will definitely need to be re-shot in natural lighting because you can’t see the beauty in this picture.  I’m off to get some rest before Day 3!