Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Here's a Mega free pattern!

The Tilli Tomas Mega skeins have caused quite a stir here in the shop. And the price has just been lowered (thanks Tilli!) They tend to end up right up at the cash register as soon as they are seen (or touched!) Most of our customers have purchased them for lengthwise scarves or shawls. But what are they exactly?

The Mega skeins are one strand of Tilli Tomas Milan (a super soft fingering weight blend of merino wool, cashmere and silk) and one strand of something else. And that something else changes throughout the skein. In some parts it's Disco Lights, in some parts it's Symphony Lace, in some parts it's Nile ribbon, in some parts it's Pure & Simple... So you get consistency throughout with the Milan, and then inconsistency with the rest. What fun!
I just made a simple rolled brim hat with one skein, and it's a really easy (and quick) project. The Milan gives it overall softness, warmth and adds a nice heft to the silk yarns.

Here's the free pattern. Enjoy!

120 yards of worsted weight yarn (we used 1 Tilli Tomas Mega skein)
Size 9 US circular needle in 16" length
Size 9 US double pointed needles

Gauge: 4 stitches = 1 inch

With the circular needle, cast on 80 stitches. Place marker and join, being careful not to twist stitches. Knit for 6”, ending at the marker.

Begin decreasing on the following round, as follows*, changing to double pointed needles when needed:
*Round 1: (Knit 6, k2tog) repeat to end.
Rounds 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12: Knit.
Round 3: (Knit 5, k2tog) repeat to end.
Round 5: (Knit 4, k2tog) repeat to end.
Round 7: (Knit 3, k2tog) repeat to end.
Round 9: (Knit 2, k2tog) repeat to end.
Round 11: (Knit 1, k2tog) repeat to end.
Round 13: (k2tog) repeat to end.
Cut the yarn leaving a 12" tail. Thread it through the remaining stitches, draw up tightly and secure. Weave in ends.

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