Free Pattern: Ygritte Shawl + The Loop Stitch

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Before we get knitting today, we’ll need to learn the loop stitch. The loop stitch is a really, really cool technique that can be used to create a shag-like texture.

To show you how it’s done–I’ve made a quick video. So grab some needles and yarn and let’s get practicing!

That wasn’t so bad! I promise it’ll become complete second nature in no time.

Now that we’ve mastered this rad technique, let’s try it out in a pattern: The Ygritte Shawl

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The Ygritte Shawl is a collar, wrap, loopy, over the shoulder thing that is gonna look amazing worn over a band t-shirt, a leather jacket, a denim button down–whatever your fabulous heart desires. The pattern named after the fiercest Wildling babe from Game of Thrones. Even if you aren’t a fan–think of this as your knitted battle armor.

This shawl is worked in two separate pieces–a left and right side–and then seamed down the center back. You are welcome to try and work it in one piece–I just thought that making stitches while trying to make loops at the same time was guaranteed to get a bit messy!

One last thing before we get started–here’s a diagram to guide you as to the shape of the pieces:

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • 1 pair of size 19 (15mm) straight needles
  • 1 skein of Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino in Black, or approximately 87 yards of a comparable bulky yarn
  • A sewing needle, scissors, measuring tape

ABBREVIATIONS USED

  • k: knit
  • p: purl
  • slst: slip one stitch knitwise
  • L: loop stitch

CASTING ON

Loosely cast on 15 stitches.

BODY

1(RS): slst, k, *(L, k) *repeat until there are two stitches left in the row, k2

2(WS): slst, k, p until there are two stitches left, k2

3: slst, k, *(k, L) *repeat until there are two stitches left, k2

4: slst, k, p until there are two stitches left, k2

Repeat these four rows, ending on a right side row, until your piece measures 10 inches.

As mentioned earlier, you are making two halves and then putting them together. The body is the same for both, so you will knit this section twice. You will then follow the instructions for “Decreasing – Left Side” for one piece “Decreasing – Right Side” for the other.

DECREASING – LEFT SIDE

Your next row should be a wrong side row. You will shape the shawl–aka make the decreases–on the wrong side rows. Right side rows will be knitted normally.

1(WS): slst, k, p2, p2, p until there are two stitches left, k2 (13 stitches remain)

2(RS): slst, k, *(L, k) *repeat until there are two stitches left, k2

3: slst, k, p2, p2, p2, p until there are two stitches left, k2 (10 stitches remain)

4: slst, k, *(k, L) *repeat until there are two stitches left, k2

5: Same as Row 3 (7 stitches remain)

6: Same as Row 2

7: sl st, k, p2, p1, pass p2 stitch over p1 stitch, k2 (5 stitches remain)

8: Same as Row 4

9: sl1, p2, p1, pass p2 stitch over p1 stitch, k1 (3 stitches remain)

10: Same as Row 2

11: (Three stitches left) p2, p1, pass p2 stitch over p1 stitch. Cut yarn and pull through to close the loop.

You are finished with the left side!

DECREASING – RIGHT SIDE

This side follows the same basic pattern as the left–the decreases just happen on the opposite side!

1(WS): slst, k, p7, p2, p2, k2 (13 stitches remain)

2(RS): slst, k, *(L, k) *repeat until there are two stitches left, k2

3: slst, k, p3, p2, p2, p2, k2 (10 stitches remain)

4: slst, k, *(k, L) *repeat until there are two stitches left, k2

5: slst, k, p2, p2, p2, k2 (7 stitches remain)

6: Same as Row 2

7: sl st, k, p2, p1, pass p2 stitch over p1 stitch, k2 (5 stitches remain)

8: Same as Row 4

9: sl1, p2, p1, pass p2 stitch over p1 stitch, k1 (3 stitches remain)

10: Same as Row 2

11: (Three stitches left) p2, p1, pass p2 stitch over p1 stitch. Cut yarn and pull through to close the loop.

You are finished with the right side!

ASSEMBLY

With yarn and thread, seam the two sides together at the cast-on edge.

FINISHING

Sew in all loose ends. If you choose to block, I recommend steam blocking under a towel. This texture is very sensitive!

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Things I Love Thursday: Loopy Shawls and E-Books

Happy Thursday, beautiful people of the world!

It’s been an unbearably cold (to say the least) week here in New York City. We had a beautiful snow the other morning that turned out to be a greeting from frozen hell. Thus, I have officially sworn off the outside world for the next two months and will only be found burrowing next to Klaus for warmth.

Here are a few things this week that still made my heart all warm and tingly…

♥ The Pattern I’m Publishing Tomorrow ♥ I’ve been working on a foxy loop stitch shawl the past few days, and I’ll be posting a how-to of the shawl and the loop stitch itself–it’s a seriously addicting technique. In the mean time, enjoy the sneak peak of the project in the picture above!

♥ Mozart in the Jungle ♥ This Amazon original series centers around the private lives and behind-the-scenes drama of professional classical musicians. All it really took was reading the description for me to be hooked, but I am loving it nonetheless. And no one even paid me to say this! You know this love is real if it meant I had to overcome my fear of Bernadette Peters’s neck.

♥ Nicki Minaj in W Magazine ♥ Artist Franceso Vezzoli recently collaborated with Nicki Minaj for an insanely stunning portrait series in which Minaj is transformed into various powerful and beautiful women of the 18th century. This is a combination of everything good and right in the world. She the entire collaboration HERE.

♥ Reading for Pleasure ♥ My stubborn, rooted in the magic of the past self would be shocked to hear me say this, but: I got a Kindle for Christmas–and I love it. I’ve been bringing it with me everywhere (from the bedroom to the living room and back) and have fallen back into the delicious groove of reading for fun and pleasure. Maybe my arms were just too weak to hold up those heavy books? I’m currently embroiled in Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain (enlightening, but not for the faint of heart), #Girlboss (a new seminal classic here at H&A HQ), and Gone Girl (better without Ben Affleck’s eyebrows every ten seconds).

♥ Frankie Cosmos at Brooklyn Magazine ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

My First (FREE) Pattern is Here!

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Hare & Anser is proud to be kicking off the new year with our first knitting pattern: The Wonder Woman Beanie and Cowl set. It’s a super-simple pattern that’s great for beginner knitters, and a fun quick knit for the more experienced knitter.

I promise you will not regret bringing these ultra-cozy pieces into your winter wardrobe.

The pattern is now available to download for free (!!!) in the shop. The pattern is also available on Ravelry.

I’d love to hear your feedback and see your own creations.

Look for more patterns to come in the next couple weeks….!

xoxo