Opinionated Stripes

 These stripes are biased! They believe color should dance diagonally from row to row across knit fabric, with strong contrast or bold blends. There are two takes on the same garment in this pattern, as well as mini-tutorials on the shape and striping. Stash Dive plays with color and texture while Optical Blend explores what the eye sees when mixing color. Which “Take” will you try?

Both Takes are given in two sizes. The necklines in Stash Dive are both 28˝ [71 cm], while the necklines for Optical Blend are 26˝ [66 cm]. In both Takes, the smaller size has a bottom circumference of 52˝ [132 cm] while that of the larger size is 56˝ [142 cm]. 

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Stash Dive

  • Stash Dive black and cream
  • Stash Dive original blues
  • Stash Dive original blues back
  • Stash Dive, yellow stripe
  • Stash Dive, yellow stripe side
  • Stash Dive yellow triangle`

Optical Blend

  • Optical Blend front
  • Optical Blend Back
  • Optical Blend side

Measurements

Stash Dive

Width 12 (14)˝ [ 30.5 (35.5) cm] 

Circumferences after seaming
Neck: 28˝ [71 cm]
Bottom: 52 (56)˝ [132 (142) cm] 

Optical Blend

Width: 13¼ (15)˝ [ 33.5 (38) cm] 

Circumferences after seaming 
Neck: 25¾ (26)˝ [65.5 (66) cm]
Bottom: 52¼ (56)˝ [132.5 (142) cm] 

Materials

Stash Dive

  • #6 weight 130 (170) yds [119 (156) m] each thick and thin A and chenille
  • US 10½ [6.5 mm] 24˝ [60 cm] circular needle or size needed to get gauge 
  • stitch markers 
  • yarn or tapestry needle 

Optical Blend

  • #5 bulky wt yarn, 196 (250) yds [179 (229) m] each smooth multicolor A and brushed alpaca blend B
  • US 10½ [6.5 mm] 24˝ [60 cm] circular needle or size needed to get gauge
  • stitch markers 
  • yarn or tapestry needle 

Round Up Wristers and Neck Warmer

One of the first classes I taught nationally was called “Round Up! Four Ways to Knit Around.” The projects used to teach the techniques are now available outside of class, as well as with size options for the mitts. Simple knitting will let you practice working in the round. The neck warmer has a curled bottom border, with slight shaping as you knit upward in Roman Stitch. Work the mitts on double-pointed needles, two circulars, or one super-long needle, it’s up to you!

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Measurements

Neck Warmer

Circumference 17˝ [42.5 cm] at shoulders, 16˝ at chin [40.5 cm] 
Depth 6˝ [15 cm]

Fingerless Mitts

Palm circumference 7 (7½, 8¼, 9, 9¾)˝ [18 (19.5, 21, 23, 24.5) cm]  
Length 6¾ (7¼, 7¾, 8, 8½)˝ [17 (18.5, 20, 20.5, 21.5) cm] 

Materials

#5 weight yarn

  • neck warmer: 70 yds
  • mitts: 65 (78, 88, 106, 114) yds 

US 11 [8.0 mm] needles or size needed to get gauge:

  •  16˝ [40 cm] circular for neck warmer
  • set of double-pointed needles for mitts

scrap yarn in same weight for thumb placeholder 

Hearts & Diamonds

  • Beth Whiteside Design Hearts and Diamonds

Hearts & Diamonds surrounds your head with color, keeping it warm even on a winter beach day (aka July in San Francisco). Background or pattern, one remains the same while you change colors every few rounds for the other. Make it light or dark, and the rest of the colors will POP!

Note: This pattern uses charts for specifying when to change colors.

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Measurements

Adult S/M, 19½˝ [49.5 cm] around, 9˝ [23 cm] deep

Materials

You will need approximately 20 yds each #4 weight yarn in 8 colors.

I used Universal Yarn Deluxe Worsted, 1 skein each in 12505 Rust A, 12506 Azure B, 12507 Shamrock Heather C, 12182 Gold Spice D, 12176 Teal Viper E, 12275 Mulberry F, 12509 Mulberry Heather G, 14016 Ice Flow H.

US 5 3.5 mm 16˝ 40 cm circular needle 
US 7 4.5 mm 16˝ 40 cm circular and double-pointed needles, or size needed to get gauge

Convertible

  • Beth Whiteside Design Convertible

Imagine: a little red convertible, the Pacific Coast Highway, you and your bestie. Sunglasses on, wind in your face, and the scenery rolls by, sand and beach and mountains. You’re a star in your own movie. And your hair is kept perfectly coiffured by the cowl that can be worn up on the road and down around town.

Convertible is knit from the neck down in the round, with increases shaping the lower skirt. Multicolor yarns may pool color in unexpected ways in the skirt portion as the number of stitches increases. Dyeing method is the main reason for this and is part of the charm of hand-dyed yarn!

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Finished Measurements

19˝ [48.5 cm] around at the top
33¼˝ [84.5 cm] around the bottom

Materials

340-360 yds [311-329 m] #2 (sport) wt yarn
Samples worked in Madeline Tosh Pashmina

Cosset

  • Cosset cowl, apple green and lime blue
  • cosset gallery
  • Beth Whiteside Design

A ball of luxurious angora, a skein of soft wool, and the ease of simply knitting. What better way to cosset yourself (and your neck)? Choose your colors, decide whether to work horizontally or diagonally, and begin. Join the ends with a graft to finish, and give your neck a cozy treat!

Finished Measurements

62 to 66˝ [157.5-167.5 cm] around, 4½ to 5¾˝ [11.5-14.5 cm] wide

Materials

50-60 yds [approx. 50 g] #4-5 (chunky) wt handspun angora (A)
210 yds [100 g] #4 (worsted) wt merino wool (B)

Samples worked in Malabrigo Angora (A) and Worsted (B)

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