Linear Links Sweater Attempt


Let me start by saying this project really tested my sanity. I have spent so many tears on this project and ripped it out and restarted so many times, I am lucky I didn’t end up strangling someone with the yarn. With that ominous intro, let me bring you to the beginning!

So a few years back, I was perusing my local Barnes and Noble around the holidays trying to find inspiration for that perfect winter pattern. After flipping through a few, I purchased Love of Knitting – Winter 2015. Back then, I was a pretty novice knitter and was pretty intimidated by some of the patterns. But last Christmas, my boyfriend gave me the most beautiful skeins of merino wool, Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton in Forest.


Isn’t it beautiful? So instead of knitting up ANOTHER boring scarf – I wanted to do something special with it. And so I set out to began my first sweater project! I flipped through that magazine that was collecting dust in my ottoman and settled on the Linear Links Sweater.

Optimistically, picked up my needles and jumped right in… and then almost immediately stopped. Something was wrong. The repeating stitch pattern for the WHOLE sweater had a mistake and I spent 3 days trying to sort it out. Eventually, with the help of the Raverly community, we figured out the pattern (check out the thread here). So again – I pick up my needles and jumped right in! But time and time again, I followed along and found mistakes, or simply not enough instruction, to direct me correctly through the pattern. I’d knit 30 rows only to rip them all out in 4 hours time. I seriously did the first arm 3 times over. I feel to save space in the magazine, they cut out vital information that would help direct knitters through it successfully.

Frustrated and exhausted, I took a break from this pattern to work on the Brioche Knit Blanket for my sister. But once that project was complete and I went to return to my sweater – I couldn’t find it anywhere! Now I live in only 400 square feet, so there are not that many hiding places! We turned the house inside out only to come up empty handed. No dice, no sweater. I reluctantly gave up, angry I wasted so much time and lost my beautiful yarn. A month later I went through my closet to find my backpack for the LA County Fair. When I picked it up, I thought “That’s oddly heavy”! When I opened it up, it was like Christmas in September! My long lost project! I had taken it with me on a work trip a two months earlier and never taken it out.


And so once more, I picked up my needles and jumped right back in. I struggled through the neck shaping, pushed through beginning the second sleeve, and started to see the light at the end of the tunnel when – I ran out of yarn.  I rushed to the store to try to see if they had the same dye lot as 9 months ago (fat chance, right?) to find out they don’t even carry that yarn at all anymore. I search my other local stores – goose egg. I went to Amazon – doesn’t deliver to the United States. Broken-hearted over my nearly finished project, that by then was full of tears of frustration, I gave one last search into the wonderful world of the internet. Thank my stars for the beautiful Australian store Craftee Cottage and the lovely people that work there!

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Seriously, my knights in shinning armor. I ordered 3 skeins and paid for some crazy shipping to get the yarn from Australia to my Los Angeles suburb tiny home. Totally worth it.

And now, for what must have been the millionth time, I picked up my needles and jumped in for my final time to finish my sweater. I could hardly bind off without my hands shaking with excitement; I completed my first sweater and it fit perfectly. Just shy of a whole year later, I was able to wear my new sweater for Christmas.


I love my sweater to pieces. It took patience, tears, math, time, a search party, and a little shop in Australia – but I have a piece that I am enormously proud of and am happy to have crafted with my own two hands.

always, ashley


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Brioche Knit Blanket

My sister was recently accepted to Humboldt University which is a 12 hour car ride from our home WITH NO STOPS! Needless to say I was devastated and wanted to give her a going-away gift as special as her. It offen gets cold up there so I thought a blanket would be a great idea. I wanted to make one she could use for years to come so I decided to make it big enough for a Queen, so at least 60 inches by 60 inches. I’ve made a few blankets and wanted to try out a stitch I love on scarfs – the brioche stitch. Chucky and reversible, this stitch turned out beautiful on a blanket! Let’s jump into it!


Size 11 circular needles (I used a set with a 48 inch cord)

About 15 balls of bulky weight yarn – 5 weight (I used Premier Serenity Chunky in After Dark)

Sewing needle


CO 100 sts

Set up row: *Slip one with yarn in front, knit one

Every row after: *Slip one with yarn in front, knit two stitches as one

Having trouble with the pattern? Check out this walkthrough video!


Cut your yarn leaving several feet to bind off and weave in.

always, ashley

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Baby Beanie Pattern

Baby beanies are one of my favorite things to knit. They are small, fast, cute and easy to stylize. One of these hats without the extra duplicate stitch work takes only 2 hours or less.


Size 6 circular needles (I use addi turbo 10″ circular needles)

Worsted weight yarn – 4 weight (I use Caron Simply Soft)

Stitch marker

Sewing needle


CO 56 (newborn), 60 sts (2-6 months), or 64 sts (7-12 months)

Rows 1-6: K1, P1

Knit for 4.5 inches (newborn), 5.5 inches (2-6 months), or 6.5 inches (7-12 months) from brim to top

Binding off (Switching to dps when needed): K2tog* one row then K* one row

Stopping on a k2tog row, continue until you have under 10 ers across all of your dpns. *Note: for the 2-6 month size, you will have one extra stitch after k2tog around. Knit this stitch normally to complete the round.


Cut your yarn and weave it through your live stitches to create a circle.

Pull the circle closed, thread the yarn through the middle and flip the hat inside out to weave in ends. Having trouble? This should help.

Now, you can either leave your hat plain or choose to add a pom pom or do a duplicate stitch to add some character.

Here are some of my favorite designs!




Polka dots

always, ashley

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Chunky Infinity Scarf


Infinity scarves may just be the best thing that ever happened to Fall and Winter fashion. They are stupid simple to wear, they keep you toasty warm and they can be warn by anyone, regardless of age.  This pattern is for a chunky, ribbed infinity scarf with a mobius twist. I know it sounds like alot, but it will probably be one of the easiest things you have ever had to knit. In fact, you might just end up knitting a bunch for holiday presents!



Size 13 needles

Super chunky yarn – 6 weight (I used Loops & Threads Country Loom in Driftwood)

Sewing Needle


CO 18 sts

All Rows: K1, P1

Repeat until you reach your desired length (I used all 104 yards of my yarn)


Bind off you project and create a mobius twist by holding your project flat and rotating one end so there is a single twist in your scarf. It may seem unnecessary now, but the twist helps it look better when looped over your head.

Sew your project’s ends together, keeping this twist in your scarf. Weave in your ends and cut the excess yarn.

Ta-da! Now wrap that bad boy around your neck twice and you are ready to go. Easy peasy.

always, ashley

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Simple Knit Beanie


A great, simple beanie can be the best staple of any outfit. This beanie is light weight, best for spring or fall and will fit the average adult head.


Size 8 circular and/or double point needle

Worsted weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft Charcoal Heather)

Stitch marker

Sewing Needle


Body of the hat:

CO 88 & join in the round

Row 1-6 rows:*K2, P2

Row 7 onward: Knit in the round until project reaches 6.5 inches tall

Crown of the hat: (You will have to switch to dpn if you have not been using them all along.)

Row x: *K2tog, K9

Row x2: *K2tog, K8

Row x3: *K2tog, K7

Row x4: *K2tog, K6

Row x5: *K2tog, K5

Row x6: *K2tog, K4

Row x5: *K2tog, K3

Row x6: *K2tog, K2

Row x7: *K2tog, K

Row x8: *K2tog

Take your yarn and sew it through the live stitches to make a circle. Take your yarn through the center hole so your hat is inside out and weave in ends.

The end!

always, ashley


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Simple Knit Wrist Warmers

2016-04-12 17.35.24Good afternoon everyone!  Sorry for the delay between my posts, I have been busy getting a new job!  Whoo hoo!  But we’re not here to talk about how well I’m adulting, we’re here here to discuss my new wrist warmer pattern.

So…every year my boyfriend and I go to the Southern Californian Renaissance Faire, you know, like a bunch of nerds. We go all out…like I have a corset and he has armor type of all out.  Well anywho, it was rainy and cold for opening weekend and my outfit is built for SoCal temperatures.  No good!  So I needed a quick solution to make my costume more weather ready.  So I thought and thought and then boom, wrist warmers that come up to the elbow.  The pattern I came up with is simple and easy, I fact, I finished both in 2 days with the many interruptions of life.  The pattern is designed for a smaller person, such as myself, but could be adjusted to be larger by simply adding on multiples of 4 for the CO and increasing the button hole size.  So without further delay, here it is.

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On size 6 needles, knitted in the round, with worsted weight yarn.

CO 36 sts & join in the round

R1-R5: K2, P2

R6-71 (or until you have your desired arm length): K

R72: Create an 8 stitch, one row button hole for your thumb and then K the rest of the round

R73-74: K

R75-80: K2, P2

Bind off and weave in ends


So there you have it!  Told you it was easy!  I hope they keep you as warm as they kept me!  Until next time…

always, ashley

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boot cuffs

OKAY!  End of shameless promo!  Stay tuned for new knitting patterns & inspirations!

always, ashley

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Eleventh Hour Blanket Rendition

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BUURRRRR! If you haven’t noticed lately…it’s cold out there! In fact, it got down to 41 degrees today. (FYI that’s cold for us So-Cal people!) In fact, for the last few nights, I’ve gone to bed dressed like an Inuit to try to keep warm! (You see, my house has furnace heating and I do not like to leave it on while we sleep.)


While wearing a million layers helped me keep warm, I have to say it wasn’t very comfortable. Naturally, I began to scour the web for the FASTEST and WARMEST blanket pattern I could find. Luckily, I found the Purl Soho’s Eleventh Hour Blanket!

(As shown below!)

11th hr

Let me first say that the Purl Soho’s pattern is absolutely beautiful! If I could afford it, I would have loved to complete the pattern exactly as they wrote it. However, in order to adjust their pattern to fit my Queen-sized bed, it would have required 10+ balls of their gorgeous Cascade Magnum yarn which is $24.90 a ball and lezbehonest…

Im poor

So naturally, I began working on a more cost-effective idea to “get the look”. First, I calculated how many stitches I would need to work with in order to fit my Queen-sized bed decently. I decided to go with 65 stitches, however, if I could do it over again, I would probably go with 71 so it would drape over the bed more. Next, I began to look for some cheaper bulky yarn that still had some wool in it in order to retain warmth. After debating between Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Think & Quick and Loops and Threads’ Cozy Wool, I decided to go with the latter due to the deals that were available. I ended up purchasing 14 balls of Cozy Wool in an off-white color for $5 a ball plus 20% off my purchase. (If you’re looking to duplicate my version of the pattern, make sure to add 2 extra balls if you wish to do 71 stitches rather than my original 65.)

Now, all that was left to do was to get to work. I picked up my size 36 circular needles and casted on 65 stitches, working 2 balls of yarn at a time. I followed the K1, P1, adding new balls of yarn as I went, until the blanket reached my desired length of about 55-60 inches. (It’s very stretchy, so the dimensions change.) With an adequate amount of yarn left, I binded off, sewed in, and boom… after only TWO DAYS a new, warm blanket was born and boy was she a ‘beaut. At almost 1/4th the cost, I was able to create a decent stand-in for the original Eleventh Hour Blanket.

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In the end, I can honestly say I am absolutely thrilled with how the blanket came out and how warm I was last night! Now, I no longer have to layer up before bed –PLUS– I still had some extra money left over to go to the movies! Win-win. Eventually, I am going to add an edging to the blanket like they did in the original pattern, but for now, I am knee-deep in knitting washcloths for holiday gifts!

always, ashley

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Last Minute Halloween Costume!

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“AHH!!! Tomorrow is Halloween!?” – me this morning after realizing I have NOTHING to wear to the party tomorrow. (Seriously though, I had zero costumes or ideas until 11 a.m. on October 30th.)

I needed a costume and I needed it FAST, but I didn’t want to break the bank on a pricey costume from those creepy Halloween stores or try to throw something together from my closet that looked half-assed.


So, I sat and thought hard about all the costumes I could do on a budget that would still be fun and allow for some creativity.  I thought and thought and thought and then…. BOOM. Nailed it. I would be Where’s Waldo.Halloween post2

It was a perfect fit.  I had just purchased some cobalt pants, I found a stripped shirt & glasses from Goodwill and I work with seniors, so finding a cane was a no brainier.  My only issue?  THE HAT!  And then I remembered, oh shit, I knit!  I ran to my craft store, picked up some yarn and picked up my needles.  FYI this hat only took 2 hours! (That’s only 4 episodes of House Hunters!)

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Size 13 circular and/or double point needle

Super Chunky yarn in red & white

Stitch marker

Sewing Needle

Pom pom maker or a make shift option


CO 48 in red & join in the round

R1-7: *K2, P2

Change yarn to white

R8-19: *K

R20: *K4, K2tog

R21: *K3, K2tog

R22: *K2, K2tog

R23: *K1, K2tog

R24: *K2tog

Weave yarn through remaining stitches and weave in all ends

Yay!  The bulk of the project is done!  Now all you have to do is the pom pom.  I use a pom pom maker, but it’s up to you how to proceed.  When done, sew that bad boy on!  Costume complete!  Who would have thought that just a few hours ago, I didn’t have a single costume idea.  Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the result of the hat and the costume as a whole; I can’t wait to wear it tomorrow!  Anywho, have a safe and fun Halloween!

always, ashley

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Fake Cables


Hey y’all!  So I want to share a stitch pattern I found as a new knitter when I was TERRIFIED of actual cabling.  While I am no longer intimidated by real cable stitches, I still love doing this easy-peasy fake cable!  (And you will too!)  I use this stitch pattern on my famous boot cuffs, dishcloths, and so much more!  It’s such an awesome stitch because it is reversible!  One side will have your fake cables and the other will have a traditional rib stitch.


Before you begin, you will need to know what I mean by K2tog&1st.  When you see this shorthand in the pattern below, you will do the following: K2tog but DO NOT slip stitch from left needle to right needle.  Knit again into the first stitch in your K2tog.  NOW you can slip these two new stitches onto your right needle.  Got it?  I promise it is REALLY easy once you do it!  Here are some pictures of me doing the stitch step by step if you’re having trouble following me!




Yay!  Congrats on learning this semi-silly stitch!  Not too bad, right?  Now that you have that down, you can begin a project!

Here is the stitch pattern:

CO multiples of 4 (try 20 for starters!)

R1: *K2, P2

R2: *K2, P2

R3: *K2tog&1st, P2

R:4 *K2, P2

always, ashley

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