Funchal Twisted Wrap

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This was a lot of fun to knit. I love stranded colourwork and I love Jamieson & Smith’s 100 per cent Shetland wool. Couldn’t go wrong with this pattern either: Kate Davies’ Funchal Moebius!

I did adapt it by adding a full twist rather than forming a Moebius strip as written. I also shortened it so it fits comfortably around the neck rather than shoulders.

The piece is knit in the round, as a tube, and then grafted together after the twist. Fun, fun, fun! I came across The Purl Bee’s video tutorial for Kitchener stitch, which I think is helpful if you haven’t grafted before, or need a refresher before diving in.

I hope you enjoy wearing it, Jane! And a very happy holiday to all!


Pattern: Saltchuck Scarf

Saltchuck Scarf

Saltchuck Scarf

Happy New Year! I thought I’d kick off 2013 by sharing a cozy infinity scarf pattern – the Saltchuck Scarf. I knit this one up for Chris and managed to finish it on Christmas Eve – just in time to gift it!

I loved the texture of double seed stitch from his Sag(itarrius) Snood and came across the Sailor Rib, which incorporates a similar patterning complemented by twisted stitches. I’m a fan of the vertical and horizontal lines that the stitch pattern gives – with the added benefit of lying nice and flat.

Saltchuck is Chinook Jargon for the ocean. The pidgin trade language evolved in the Pacific Northwest where it was used to bridge the linguistic gaps between inhabitants in the 19th century. The most common word still in use in British Columbia is likely skookum, which means big and powerful. I chose the name because of its connection to seafarers as well as my personal connection as a coastal British Columbian.

Enjoy the pattern – I’m going to knit myself one in charcoal while the snow is still falling in Toronto!

Finished Measurements

140 cm (55″) circumference and 30.5 cm (12″) high


4 skeins Worsted Hand Dyes – Blue Sky Alpacas (I used 2014 – olive)


5.5 mm – US 9 circular needle (61 cm/24″ or 81 cm/32″ long), or size to achieve gauge


Stitch marker
Tapestry needle


16.0 sts = 10 cm (4″) in stitch pattern in the round

Stitch Pattern

Rounds 1 & 2: k1tbl, p1, k2, p1
Rounds 3 & 4: k1tbl, p4


– Cast on 220 stitches using Long Tail Cast-On method
– Place stitch marker and join to work in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches
– Work stitch pattern until you have completed round 3 in the 16th pattern repeat (or desired length)
Bind off in round 4 stitch pattern
– Weave in ends, wet block and lay flat to dry
– Brave the weather!

Holiday knits

A whole whack of holiday knits ready to be wrapped! I was taking my sweet time documenting them and since December is now here I felt the window closing… Canada Post does need an ample amount of lead time.

The top photo is Veera Välimäki’s Stripe Study Shawl in Tanis Blue Label, which made great travel knitting in France and Spain this fall!

The second is Jane Ellison’s Griffin in Classic Elite MountainTop Vista. Thanks to Jane for helping me pick out the colourway, which is natural and undyed 50/50 wool and alpaca.

Then we have another Veera design – this one Shimmer in Blue in Malabrigo Yarn Rios. I love the fact that the cables are reversible, and the wider opening at the bottom so that you can pull it down over your shoulders.

Finally, another of Michele Wang’s Eternity Scarves – this time in Tanis Green Label. I love this pattern and plan to make one or two more!

Happy December and happy knitting!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]

[Ravelled: Stripe Study Shawl, Griffin, Shimmer in Blue, and Eternity Scarf]

Sylkie + Norfolk

Two alpaca knits to share with you! This is Gudrun Johnston’s Sylkie knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The slipped stitch pattern is worked without a cable needle, which was quite nice once I got the hang of it and trusted that I wouldn’t drop the stitch! It’s knit lengthwise and grafted together at the end so you could easily knit it as long as you like.

And this is Amy Christoffers’ Norfolk Hat. This was a very exciting project for me – my first using the tubular cast on technique. I’m in love. Seriously. It results in such a neat, flexible edge. I used these two tutorials.

Now for more projects using tubular cast on…

[Second photo courtesy of Christopher]

[Ravelled: Sylkie + Norfolk Hat]

Come Sail Away

Happy New Year! Chris and I rang it in at Pearson airport after collecting our bags. We spent the holidays in British Columbia – plenty of good times with family and friends. We also made some tasty discoveries while there. Most notably Oyama Sausage Co. on Granville Island and the Soho Road Naan Kebab food cart in front of the Supreme Court in Vancouver. I highly recommend Sarb Mund’s veg sabji. It was the perfect combination of sweetness and spice — delicious. He’s opening up a second cart soon — this one for chai — lucky Vancouverites!

We spent most of the time in Powell River, my hometown, and made a woolly discovery there. Great Balls of Wool is celebrating its first anniversary. I’d never been there before and was very happy to see such a nicely stocked yarn store in Powell River. They have a knitting lounge so next time I’ll have to sit and stitch a while.

I was a bit lax in blogging my holiday knits as they were finished so here are two of them! Both are from Heidi Kirrmaier’s Come Sail Away collection. The scarf in the top two photographs is Windward and was a gift for Jane. I used Viola M/C/N sport in Sea Storm and absolutely love this colourway! The pairing of pattern and yarn seemed perfect for Jane, who was born and raised in Ireland and loves the sea.

The cowl in the last photograph is Circumnavigate and was a gift for my aunt Tracy. I used a few skeins of Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend in Pewter and am pretty crazy about this colourway as well! Nice cool, moody shades. Both patterns were fun to knit – especially Windward with its changing directions.

All the best to you and yours in 2012!

[Top five photos courtesy of Christopher]

[Ravelled: Windward and Circumnavigate]

Aquarella Scarf

Aquarella Scarf

Aquarella Scarf

Continuing with the seasonally inappropriate gifts…

The two skeins of Malabrigo Aquarella yarn that I used for this infinity scarf were among the first purchases I ever made at The Purple Purl. That’s going back — over three years back! My knitting partner for life (a.k.a. Erin) commented on how much she liked the yarn when I posted a photo of my stash (along with some New Year’s resolutions that never came to pass…) so I made her this modified Purl Ridge Scarf for her birthday.

Aquarella Scarf

Stephen West wrote the Purl Ridge pattern for a worsted weight yarn and Aquarella is super bulky so I cast on 120 stitches with a gauge of 2.25 stitches per inch and just followed the pattern until the two skeins were gone. The pattern is a free download and a very nice way to showcase variegated yarn — I love the texture and colour of the scarf.

Wishing Erin a very happy birthday!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]


Miura Cowl

Miura Cowl

Miura Cowl

Miura Cowl

I bought this pattern back in March, when Olga Buraya-Kefelian was generously donating 85% of all pattern sales to Japanese relief efforts. The Miura Cowl has beautiful texture and folds, and knit in Plymouth Earth Hillside Linen, is the perfect weight for the cool spring we’ve been having in Toronto.

I cast on 228 stitches for a longer, infinity-style cowl but check out RobbyRaccoon’s shorter version. Very pretty! I’ll just have to make another one!

[Photos courtesy of Christopher]


More hats and some cables too…

16 Cable Hat

Continuing on the hat kick… this is the 16 Cable Hat by Circé Belles Boucles. Nice, chunky cables worked in Debbie Bliss Fez. I really love teal right now and this is the perfect shade. I made the beret version and I think when I make another I’ll give the smaller, fitted version a try.


And this is Jane Ellison’s Raymond from Queensland Collection Book 9. It’s a bit big for me but should fit the recipient quite nicely! I used the last of the now discontinued Estelle Alpaca Cashmere Tweed.

Cabled Cowl

Cabled Cowl

For something a little bit different (but just a little bit), a cabled cowl in Malabrigo Merino Worsted. Susan Lawrence wrote her free Tuesday Night Cowl pattern for three different weights of yarn – worsted, aran, and chunky – so it’s a great pattern if you have a skein or so of yarn in your stash that needs a good home.

If you’re on your own holiday knitting kick right now I wish you luck with it! I have to admit, I’m feeling the pressure! What are you making?

[Photos courtesy of Chris]

[Ravelled: 16 Cable Hat, Ribbed Tuque, Cabled Cowl]

Destroyed Cowl

Destroyed Cowl

Destroyed Cowl

Destroyed Cowl

It’s been so warm and summery here in Toronto that it really doesn’t feel right to be modelling knits! I can imagine though, that once the summer is over this will make quite a cozy cowl. It’s a simple, infinity-style knit with dropped stitches forming ladders at either edge.

Destroyed Cowl

Destroyed Cowl is a free download by Martha Merzig (Ravelry link) and takes just one skein of worsted-weight yarn. I used Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Pearl. Love it, but I’m giving it up!

[Photos courtesy of Chris]