Scarf for a Man

I finished a scarf for a man (a friend’s husband) last night.  It’s a simple pattern – one row repeated over and over – but produces a good result which is perfect for a man, especially in the right colours.  I used Patons Fab DK in a variegated browns/cream:

One Row Scarf
Scarf for Brian
One Row Scarf
Scarf for Brian

I apologise for the poor quality of the photos.  Between them, they almost capture the actual tones of the yarn.

You can find the pattern here.

Loved My Christmas Gifts

I love the stuff my wife, Jenny, got me for Christmas Red heart I did choose one item myself, but the rest was a surprise!

The first was a great knitting bag that is “manly” enough to work for me – actually a briefcase Smile It came from Argos and has tons of pockets, is robust, light and can be carried with or without a shoulder strap.

The surprise consisted of a box full of knitting goodies Smile Three different balls of yarn (100g each) plus a collection of accessories of my own!  The accessories were a little craft box from The Range, a set of needles (for making up, not knitting needles), a great pair of scissors, some plastic stitch markers and a tape measure.  I’d been asking to get the last two items for a while and Jenny had put it of and put it off – now I know why! Open-mouthed smile The needles are great as they have big eyes, which I definitely need!

I’m nicely set up for my knitting adventures now Smile

Triple Braid Cable Scarf

Kimberley's ScarfI made this scarf for the youngest of my granddaughters, for Christmas.  It’s based on the cable pattern from New Ideas in Knitted Cables.  I added a four stitch garter stitch border on each side.  It’s only a little scarf but was still a challenge for me, as a beginner.  The photo isn’t brilliant, and the pink should be more of “baby pink”.  The yarn was a lovely soft double knit but that’s all I know about it, as it came from an old stash and the yarn band had been lost years ago.

Just Days To Go…

As if anyone didn’t know!  Christmas 2010 is mere days away.  What a shame I started learning to knit so late in the year Sad smile I’ve only made one thing for it, as a gift.  Perhaps Christmas 2011 will be better, with a mix of gifts and ornaments knitted for it.  I reckon that I’ll have to work on it throughout the year!

For now, all I can say is:

Merry Christmas!

Learning Cable

Thanks to articles like New Ideas in Knitted Cables I’ve been learning more about how to design cable patterns.  I find it a fascinating subject, along with other methods of creating texture in knitting.  In time, I would love to create my own patterns, making use of what I’ve learnt.  It occurs to me that textured items would be of great value to those with visual impairments, not just being something of visual attractiveness.  I know that there is no shortage of cable patterns, but there’s always room for more.

Green Clutch Bag

Issue 75 (January 2011) of Simply Knitting Magazine includes a great freebie: a clutch bag clasp and a pattern leaflet with four different variations.  I’m working on the second one, though not in green.  It’s my first attempt to use a cable needle!

If you do this too, be aware that there are a few errors, so look out for the errata (Ravelry is an excellent source of information).

Hopefully I’ll have a photo of the completed bag soon.

Diamond Basketwork Scarf

This scarf took me about a week to knit, so you now know I’m a slow knitter.  I came up with the pattern on my own, so I’m rather proud.  I guess there’s nothing new or original about it but, as a beginner, I was pleased that I could come up with a pattern without any help.

There are no complicated instructions so the pattern is suitable for all skill levels.


Diamond Basketwork Scarf
Diamond Basketwork Scarf
Diamond Basketwork Scarf Close-up
Diamond Basketwork Scarf Close-up


Diamond Basketweave Scarf Pattern

Copyright © Steve K Smy, 2010

UK No. 8 needles (US 6/4mm),  1 x 100g DK yarn,  Darning needle


Cast on 59 sttches
Row 1 : (K11, P1) repeat 3 times,K11
Row 2 : K1, (P9, K3) repeat 3 times, P9, K1
Row 3 : P2, (K7, P5) repeat 3 times, K7, P2
Row 4 : K3, (P5, K7) repeat 3 times, P5, K3
Row 5 : P4, (K3, P9) repeat 3 times, K3, P4
Row 6 : K5, (P1, K11) repeat 3 times, P1, K5
Row 7 : P4, (K3, P9) repeat 3 times, K3, P4
Row 8 : K3, (P5, K7) repeat 3 times, P5, K3
Row 9 : P2, (K7, P5) repeat 3 times, K7, P2
Row 10 : K1, (P9, K3) repeat 3 times, P9, K1
Repeat rows 1 to 10 in whole runs of 10 rows, until desired length achieved.
(K11, P1) repeat 3 times, K11
Cast off. Sew tail ends of yarn in to finish off.
(I knitted a total of 231 rows in the illustrated scarf.)
The scarf in the photos, knitted as a gift, was very well received, I’m relieved to say.

Hello and Welcome!

Hi.  My name is Steve and I’m recently addicted to knitting.  In fact, I became an addict in November 2010.  Since then, I’ve knitted 3 scarves – 1 for my wife, Jenny, and 2 for friends.  I’ve also knitted the parts for an owl soft toy, but I haven’t yet assembled that.  As a way to clear my head between bigger projects, I’m knitting up “dishcloth” patterns, which will eventually all be put together as a blanket.

I plan on using this blog to keep my friends updated on my knitting efforts, including photos of completed projects and even the occasional pattern.