Free cowl pattern: The Uber Cowl

This hardly qualifies as a pattern. But given that I needed a two-class project for beginners-of-discriminating-taste, I went big. Big needles. Big yarn. Big impact. Big challenges wrangling big needles for the newbies. But they did smashingly well. And are well on their way to knitting what I hope will be their first neckwarmer of many. Pattern below.


To fit head 21 in circumference.


1 skein Cascade Magnum, 100% wool, 123 yds (112m)/8.8 oz. (250g)

Tapestry needle


Circular or straight needles size 19 US (15mm)


1.75 stitches to the inch in stockinette stitch


Cast on 17 stitches.

Rows 1: Purl across to end of row.

Row 2: Knit across to end of row.

Repeat rows 1-2 until piece measures 19 inches. (Knit extra inches for a drapey look.)

Bind off loosely.


Using tapestry needle seam cast on edge to bind off edge using mattress stitch. Weave in ends.

Knitting pattern--Frank Zappa

Was going to do something all clever with lyrics but soon realized none would find a home on this PG-rated website.

For Zappa fans, there will be an intarsia chart soon. Off now. Shuttin' up to knit.

Proud knitting teacher!

Last night my March beginning knitting class from Wild Yarns gathered at the Nake-id Bungalow to wrap up their felted bags. (Pattern available for free here.) When they each whipped out beautifully fulled projects, I kvelled. Could't have been more proud if I'd given birth to a litter of chihuahuas!

Congratulations Ladies, and welcome to the mad, mad, mad, mad world of knitters!


Free knitting pattern: Egg cozy

For a little background: I was looking for an image that would say food and knitting, since these are the things I natter on about, and was delighted to find the above image from

Not that there's been a hue and cry--definitely more hue than cry--but there have been requests for the stocking cap pattern in my banner.

Eggs + watch cap--Get it food and knitting?

In my mind, though, the most successful image combining yarn and a meal was Karin's March 2009 cover for Yarn Market News. Scroll down to see the spaghetti and meatballs. Makes you want to tuck right in.  And Berroco's fabulous knit beet is enough to inspire a summer's worth of roasted root salads.

But here we have our huevos. So when a request came in for the hat pattern, well, it was high time to design one. (Incidentally, an egg cozy--or cosy--is used to keep boiled eggs warm until one is ready to dine.)


Nake-id Stocking Cap Egg Cozy

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted, 1 skein, Blue Blood Red 

Needles: Size 8 US, 32" circular or size 8 DPNs

Gauge: 20 sts in k1,p1 pattern = 4"


CO 20. Join in the round being careful not to twist stitches. Place marker.

Row 1 and all subsequent rows: K1, p1.

Repeat pattern until hat is 3.5" long.

Decrease row 1: K2tog around--10 sts.

Decrease row 2: K2tog around--5 sts.

Finishing: Cut yarn leaving 8-inch tail. Thread tapestry needle through tail then pick up live stitches with tapestry needle and cinch closed. Weave in ends. Make and attach pom-pom.

Boil eggs. Enjoy!



Free Crochet Pattern: Wattle Warmer Cowl


So as not to have to do my hair and train Nake-id IT in the use of the camera, I enlisted the help of the next America's Top Model. Look how he works that neckwarmer!

Yarn: Tahki Donegal Tweed, 853 Deep Purple, three skeins

Hook: J/10

Finished size: 18" x 22" tube

Gauge: 12 sts sc=4"

Wattle Warmer

Ch 96 loosely and without twisting ch, sl st in first ch.

Rnd 1 and all subsequent rnds: Ch1, sc in first ch, sc in each ch around, sl st in first sc to join.

Continue until piece measures 22" or desired length. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Wear myriad ways.

Free crochet pattern and pics...Monday

Watch for the "Wattle Warmer" Scrunchy Cowl, Monday. Assuming I can get Nake-id IT to cooperate.

Have a splendid weekend!

Alpaca lace scarf--finished object

Alpaca lace scarf on the rack

Alpaca lace scarf being subjected to really poor art direction

Would that our photography skills were better. But above you'll find a sumptuous Royal Baby Alpaca scarf made from one skein of Goosebump's natural black. The blocking wires served their purpose, though for this piece I might've been just as well served by smooshing, patting and cajoling. The instruction to "simply slip the wire through the edges of your lace project" took about 30 minutes of weaving and eyestrain, but it's done and soft like a kitten's belly.

Want the pattern? I used Babs' Track of the Turtle, version I from the Second Treasury.

Needles: US size 10

CO 23 stitches.

Knit six rows.

Start lace pattern below:

Row 1: (WS) K7, p9, k7.

Row 2: (RS) K4, p3, yo, k4, ssk, k3, p3, k4.

Row 3: Repeat row 1 for all odd numbered rows.

Row 4: K4, p3, k1, yo, k4, ssk, k2, p3, k4.

Row 6: K4, p3, k2, yo, k4, ssk, k1, p3, k4.

Row 8: K4, p3, k3, yo, k4, ssk, p3, k4.

Row 10: K4, p3, k3, k2tog, k4, yo, p3, k4.

Row 12: K4, p3, k2, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, p3, k4.

Row 14: K4, p3, k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p3, k4.

Row 16: K4, p3, k2tog, k4, yo, k3, p3, k4.

Repeat rows 1-16 until you almost run out of yarn.

Knit 6 rows.


Block with care. But maybe not as much care as shown above.

Free Pattern Wednesday: The Nake-id Tote

Nake-id Tote al fresco: The perfect beginner project

This is the pattern I use for all my beginning knitting classes. It teaches everything a new knitter needs to begin his or her career: knitting and purling, casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, seaming and felting. Students like it because felting forgives a world of "sins," plus they get something chic they can really use.

I've knit this bag countless times in orange, red, purple and multis. It'd be cool in brown with embroidered leopard spots, too.

Pin a rhinestone brooch on it and you're good to go!

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky; 2 skeins

Needles: 11 US/8 mm 16-inch circular  


1. CO 40 stitches.

2. Work 9 rows in St st, starting with a purl row.

3. Row 10 (decrease row): K2, K2TOG, knit to within four stitches of row’s end and K2TOG, K2. Repeat this decrease row every 10th row until you have 30 stitches remaining.

4. Work 19 more rows in St st.

5. Next row (increase row) K2, inc 1, knit to within two stitches of row’s end and inc 1, K2. Repeat this increase row every 10th row until you have 40 stitches.

6. Work 9 more rows in St st.7. BO. 


1. Weave in all ends.

2.      Sew side seams together.

3.      Felt until you have achieved a thick, dense fabric. Allow to dry flat.

4.      Attach handles to the top of the bag using a basic whip stitch. 


Acrylic 5- x 3-inch handles available from


Free Pattern Thursday: The Coolest Un-Poncho You Totally Will Wear

It's a poncho, wrap, capelet, scarf-cum-schmata

Ponchos are so 2004, but I reach for this little garment again and again. Though it began life as a poncho, it "reads" as a wrap. Bunch it around your neck as a dramatic scarf or cover your shoulders when the early fall air begins to chill.

The Un-Poncho

Yarn: Fiesta Yarns Rayon Boucle in Onyx

Amount: 2 skeins

Needles: Size 9 US


CO loosely 56 sts.

Proceed in k3, p1 ribbing for 34 ins.

BO loosely.


Weave in ends. Bring short end of rectangle over to meet top of long side of rectangle and seam. (If your neck edge seems floppy, pick up stitches around neckline and bind off loosely for a more finished, tighter look.)

Wear with flair and an air of mystery.


To customize your garment, follow this formula:

Measure from your neckline to your wrist. That's the width of your rectangle. To figure the length, divide the width by 4. Multiply that result by 9.
Example: you want the neck to wrist measurement to be 15". Divide that by 4 (3.75"). Multiply that by 9 (33.75") Make 1 rectangle 15"X34".
Plug in your stitch gauge and your row gauge.
With the Un-Poncho, the beautiful Fiesta Yarn does all the work!

Free Pattern Wednesday: Auntie Mitts

If you are "afeared" of lace, these sexy mitts are a great starter project. Knit flat using the simple two-row "Stripe with Twisted Bars" pattern from Barbara Walker's second treasury, they whip up in a flash and look great peeking from underneath a simple cardigan or leather jacket.

Yarn: Sport weight (I used my own wonky handspun)

Amount: 100 yds

Needles: Size 6 US


Lace stitch is a multiple of 6 sts plus1.

Cast on 37 sts very loosely.

Row 1 (right side): K1, *yo, k1, k3 tog, k1, yo, k1; rep from *.

Row 2: P1, *k5, p1; rep from *.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 6.5 ins or until you reach desired length. BO loosely.


From CO edge using mattress st., seam mitt (about 4 ins.), leaving a 1.5-inch opening to accommodate thumb, continue seaming to BO edge.

Weave in ends. Add buttons to embellish. Wear with leather. And attitude.