Varsity Basketweave Tricolour Scarf

SIZE: approx. 9” x 60” (23cm x 160 cm) without fringe.

MATERIALS: 100g each of 3 colours of worsted weight yarn.
Col. A: navy
Col. B: gold
Col. C: red
5.5mm knitting needles
4mm crochet hook for fringe.

TENSION: each square within the basketweave pattern measures
1.5” x 1.5” (4x4 cm) and is made up of 7 stitches and 8 rows.

-Cut 28 pieces (10” long) of each of the 3 colours of the scarf for the fringe (if desired).
- Using 5.5mm needles and Col. C, cast on 14 sts. Anchor Col. B in the last st of Col. C then cast on 14 sts in Col. B. Anchor Col. A in the last st of Col. B then cast on 14 sts in Col. A. (42 sts)
NOTE ON USING SECTIONS OF DIFFERENT COLOURS ON A SINGLE ROW: In order to avoid leaving gaps between the different colours when several are worked in one row, always pick up the new colour strand that you will be working with from under the strand of colour that you have just finished using. Follow this technique throughout this pattern, making sure that this “wrapping” always takes place on the wrong side of the work.

-Row 1 (right side): Using Col. A: k7, p7. Following technique described above and using Col. B k7, p7. Following same wrapping technique and using Col. C k7, p7.
-Row 2: Using Col. C k7, p7. Using Col. B k7, p7. Using Col. A k7, p7.
-Repeat these 2 rows 3 times more.
-Row 9: Using Col. A p7, k7. Using Col. B p7, k7. Using Col. C p7, k7.
-Row 10: Using Col. C p7,k7. Using Col. B p7, k7. Using Col. A p7, k7.
-Repeat rows 9 and 10, 3 times more.
-These 16 rows form the basketweave pattern of the scarf. Repeat these 16 rows until the scarf is the desired length or until you run out of yarn. Be sure to end on the 8th or 16th row before casting off in pattern.

-FINISHING: Sew in loose ends at the cast on and cast off edges. Block the scarf using a damp towel to give it a more even texture.

-FRINGE: Using 2 precut strands from each of the 3 colours (6 strands all together), fashion
a fringe, placing one group of strands at each end of the cast on and cast off rows, then place one group of strands at every 7th stitch along each of these ends.

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The Dorm Pillow

This beginner project is perfect for teaching those who are off to College how to knit, or to give any beginner a chance to add a simple decorative knitting touch to their living space.
Knit, Purl, and an infinite number of creative ways to decorate this useful and stylish accessory.

Size: 16 x 16 inches.

Gauge: 16sts=4inches.

Materials: 400g of easy care Chunky Weight yarn (650m). We used Hayfield Colour Rich Chunky
                   6mm needles or whatever size is required to achieve the gauge.
                   16 inch square pillow form.
                   1m or yard of sturdy ribbon or twill tape or decorative rope for closing.

Directions: Cast on 64 stitches and work in stocking stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row) until the piece measure 16 inches from the cast on edge ending with a purl row.
Next row: Purl
Next row: Knit
Work in this reverse stocking stitch until the piece measures a total of 35 inches or longer if you wish a deeper closing flap.
Cast off loosely

Determine which side you prefer to be the front of your pillow and fold along the line where the reverse stocking stitch began. Sew side seams for the 16inches, leaving the excess for the fold over flap.
Insert the pillow and use your creativity to think of how you would like to secure the flap down. In the picture we have decorative rope that has been threaded through the flap and the front of the pillow case at 1-2 inch intervals with a knot to secure it close to each end of the flap, leaving about 6 inches of rope hanging on either side.

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