Little wraps for cool nights
Free patterns using one skein of yarn
There's no doubt about it, knitting can become an expensive hobby. Passionate knitters can find a work around with free patterns posted on the web, and with summer coming, work with one skein of yarn to create those ever-needed little wraps for cool summer nights.
Sock and lace yarn has ample yardage with several different blends of fiber. The high end yarns are handspun, cashmere, yak and other exotic fibres. But yarns with plenty of yardage can also be purchased in alpaca, merino, cotton and silk blends.
SusannaIC has provided her beautiful "Annis" pattern with organic roots in the design. The pattern instructions, knit from sock or lace yarn, are available in French, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, and English. Find the link for English at the bottom of this article. There is also a mini version of this triangular shawl, available free on Ravelry. Annis is knit from one skein, requires 370-400 yards of yarn on a US size 8 or 5 mm needle. The cast on of 363 stitches is done with a US size 10 needle (6 mm) to provide a loose edge.
The little summer shawl below is called "Citron", from a previous Knitty.com issue, knits a lovely ruffled shawlette from just one skein of sock or lace yarn. The beauty of this pattern is the cast on is only three stitches, so there's no endless counting before you even knit one row. If you don't like knitting with lace yarn, other weights of yarn can be substituted with adjustments made to needle size.
On the high end, cashmere yarn can be used to knit either Annis or Citron. Artyarns has beautiful cashmere yarn available at $48.00 for 510 yards. Artyarns sock yarn, mostly cashmere at 60%, merino and nylon, is an even better deal at $36.00. Trimming the budget even further, Classic Elite's Silky Alpaca Lace yarn is $9.95 a skein and 460 yards each. The pattern requires 470 yards, so it may or may not be a tight squeeze. These yarns can be purchased at Loop in Philadelphia and at WEBs Yarn Store.
Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle, rated 5 stars, is an interesting knitting pattern book of 25 shawl patterns from at least 14 different countries and tales from around the world.