Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bad Oyster - Pattern now up!

Why "Bad Oyster"? 'Cause it doesn't have any purls! (Badumching!! I'll be here all week, folks.)

This scarf/shawl/triangle/whatever you want to call it is knit entirely in the round, and then steeked open, a process which also creates the fringe pretty painlessly (you get to tie them together to avoid future unravelling, but there's no cutting-a-million-little-pieces-and-crochet-hooking-them-on.) It is a super low-stress introduction to steeks, since even if you mess up terribly and cut it open like a ham-fisted baby gorilla, you'll just have a few pieces of fringe that aren't quite right.

It's also wide open to personalization- the stockinette background would be perfect for an interesting stitch pattern or cables, even colorwork, since it's in the round. Would work up easily in another gauge, and you can make it as long or short as you like. You can even change the length of the fringe by putting more or fewer stitches in the "to be dropped" section. As written, it should work with just about any sock yarn and takes less than a 100g skein (which is what they usually are.) Good news for those of us who may have gone nuts at Sock Summit (ahem.)

I'll try to get a better picture of it flat so that you can see the shape a bit better...basically it's a shallow triangle with long arms. I haven't really tried wearing it as a shawl, as I'm not really the type, but it stays on great as a scarf (and you can tie it around your waist if you want to rock the belly-dancer look.)

Find it on Ravelry
or Buy Now

and as usual, it will be available through my etsy shop as well.

(the fine print: Your purchase of this pattern constitutes your agreement to use this pattern only for personal, non-profit use without specific written permission from the designer (just email me!) Items made from this pattern may not be sold without permission, nor may the pattern itself be copied, sold, or distributed in any way. You may print one copy for personal use but may not print multiples to distribute, nor may you share the digital file with others. Thanks guys!)

If you need to contact me with questions, my email address is presentsknits@gmail.com - please email instead of commenting since it's much easier for me to reply that way! Thanks!


  1. Gorgeous! You did a fantastic job with this pattern.

  2. Cute pattern. And perfect name! You are too funny.

  3. "...even if you mess up terribly and cut it open like a ham-fisted baby gorilla..." would not be good words of advice for a surgeon. I'm glad that even though I'm yarn-stupid your posts still crack me up.

  4. Come to me, my Kelly, and I will give you yarnsmarts!

    (Basically steeking = taking scissors to something you just spent a bazillion hours knitting, often in multiple colors. People are justifiably wary of them.)

  5. oh alex, you kill me. nothing like the smell of an ingeniously bad pun in the morning! also, i will be waiting for YOU to come up with all the clever stitch pattern variations. you go girl, i have utmost faith in you. and, um, hurry. i want to make this thing.

  6. Heh, don't hold your breath, Vivian dear... as much as I love the final product, I need some instant gratification projects now. Though I did library a book on shawl design for next time.

  7. This is fantastic! I also really like the spirally stripy hat from the last post... the colors are really unusual. I think the cuffs are cute too... wear them by themselves in the winter as bracelets!

  8. I love love love this shawl but I have one small question. How much yarn did you use?

  9. Less than one skein of Malabrigo sock, which is 440 yards.


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