FREE Twisted Float Scarf Pattern!

IMG_2277So you like using the hashtag #CaribouKnits, but you’re thinking, “Hey, what about some HAND knitting action?”

I hear you. Or I hear your internal thoughts. Yes, scary.

So here’s a free pattern for all of you!

Knit up a Twisted Float Side Knit Scarf and use up some of that worsted weight or bulky yarn you have lying around!

This scarf uses the twisted float technique that I like so much, but in this case it’s worked over 2 sts, not just one.

Closeup of the TechniqueIt’s a pretty simple technique, but the effect is very striking.

By working this technique in one direction for half the row, then working it in the opposite direction for the other half, your yarn will twist, then untwist itself, making the experience much more fun!

Knit this up, enjoy the free Twisted Float Side Knit Scarf pattern, and use it to create charity garments (or just a great gift for a friend!)

And have a cup of Caribou Coffee (or tea) while you knit – keep yourself warm, too!

Lovely Parting Gifts

The winner of Kristin Omdahl’s Compliments Collection is Robin! She’s been notified via email, and she’s probably just now recovering from the joyful shock.

That last part was tongue in cheek… I should make up an acronym ‘TIC’ and insert it when I’m speaking in a light sarcastic tone. I could spread it all over the internets, but I know the kids would just turn it in to something dirty. Those damned kids.

However, being a HUGE fan of 1960’s gameshows (not the point where I’d actually watch The Price is Right on the gameshow channel, like my mom used to do, and reminisce about the days when a can of leseur peas cost $.35) I would like to offer a lovely parting gift for everyone who played along at home.

So, for anyone who is interested, here’s a free pdf pattern of my wonderful HEN HAT.  I worked this up after a trip to England where I fell in love with a flock of chatty chickens.

At around the same time I was gifted with a few skeins of Laughing Hens Rooster Almerino DK and the connection seemed too good to pass up!

If you’d like a copy of the pattern, click here for the pdf file download.

It’s a cute little hat which will allow you to test your lace skills, your embellishment chops, and your giftee’s patience (Really?  You want me to WEAR that hat?)

HoTN / Ho2N Progress

One Cover Attempt - This May Change!

One reason I’ve been so silent is that I’m working through a lot of the History on Two Needles background stuff (photo approval & licensing rights, organizing the photo shoot, tech editing the patterns, actually FINISHING a few of the things…) and that takes up more time than I’d like to admit.

I’ve been working on the cover – what do you think?

Credits: The amazing shot of model Ellis is by Jen Simonson, photoshopped onto a background (stock photo purchased at, ©Boonsom)

I’m definitely moving slower on this than I ever intended, but I’m hoping a Spring/Summer of hard, concentrated effort will get the job done.

I feel KNOW that at some point in my life I’ll return to that energy level I used to have (perhaps when I’m not dividing my energies between teen age kids and a husband who requires a bit of TLC) but worrying that old bone won’t make life any easier right now.

My goal is to have the book printed in late Summer, in shops by the Fall and available for purchase and download by the holiday season 2012.

Cross your fingers for me (during the times when you’re not knitting or crocheting…)

Soft in the Middle

First Off –

The winner of the Knitgrrl Guide To Professional Knitwear Design is [drumroll]

Janice in GA – chosen entirely at random!

So Janice, contact me with your address (if you’re on Twitter, dm me @modeknit) and I’ll have the book out to you very soon!  Thank you to EVERYONE who left a comment!


Would you swear at someone over this scarf?

I’ve been offering a scarf as a free pattern for several years now, the key to obtaining it being that you have to walk into your local yarn shop and ASK for it.

Why did I do it? Because yarn shop owners – like many folks in this economy – can use a bit of help.  It’s SO easy to buy all your yarn online and never visit your local shop.

I, myself, love the availability of yarn online, and think it’s wonderful that we have so many options.  But I also love the yarn shops, the sense of community, the technical and emotional support a knitter can receive from helpful folks there.

So I thought that by offering a unique pattern that folks would want to have, I might help knitters find their way to a local yarn shop.  At this point almost 450 yarn shops have requested the scarf.  The list on my website desperately needs to be updated, I know, but that’s become one of the lower priority things to do as I try to get the ‘mortgage work’ done.

Since offering the pattern, most of the response has been very good.  Most yarn shops are happy to have this ‘only at brick and mortar shops’ pattern, and most knitters who write for the pattern have been understanding when I respond to them thus:

Dear Knitter

I would LOVE to send the Ruffled Roses Pattern to you, but I’ve promised myself (and US Shop Owners) that I would ONLY send it to yarn shops.  I’m doing it to raise awareness that we, as knitters, have to visit our local yarn

shop every now and then to keep them in business.

I love to buy off the internet as much as the next person, but I also make it a point that no matter WHAT yarn shop I visit, I buy at least one small thing.  My case is different, obviously I earn my living from yarn shops, but I feel that as knitters – we ALL benefit from having a local resource to stop into for advice or to physically connect with other knitters and FEEL new yarns.

So if you have a yarn shop near you, let me know their name and I’ll see if I’ve sent them the pattern.  You can contact them yourself and ask them to ask me for the pattern, then when you go in they’ll GIVE it to you for free!

I’m sorry that it’s a round-about process, but I was hoping that a free pattern for an unusual scarf would be a good inducement for folks to seek out their local yarn shop!

Thanks so much for writing!

Of course, every now and then someone writes very angry that I won’t send them the scarf; they say the live too far from a yarn shop, or that it’s too much trouble, but mostly they just write and swear at me.

I love knitters, but when you put yourself between some knitters and a pattern they want, watch out!

When folks write from other countries (and I can verify this) or if they’re handicapped, I will send them the pattern, but only after they’ve promised not to copy it, post it online or email it to anyone.

As you guys know, I’ve been nutsy busy trying to get the last 5 videos up and voiced and edited for my online classes. I answer email, but sometimes I’m not as quick as I should be (I get over a hundred non-spam emails a day with questions, comments, and business related stuff)

I received an email last week that I set aside, knowing I’d answer it when life got calmer.

Hello….My name is Barbara. I am a knitter and knit every Monday morning

at cafe 210 and every Tuesday nights at Bev’s Fabric and Thursday nights at Borders with groups of knitters.

My friend sent me the web with the picture of your beautiful Ruffled Rose Scarf. Its such a beautiful pattern.

I wonder if you can send me the pattern using my email, fortunately, I am a
better knitter than I am at opening files, pdf, etc. I hope that you will have time to do this.

A little about our group….I am deaf and I was hestiate of joining this group about 2 years ago. It was either

staying at home knitting alone or taking a chance of how the groups would accept a deaf member. Well, I can say these groups of women and one young man (he is the top knitter) have been kind to me.
Thank you for the pattern!!!   Barbara
(If you do have time can you type: Ruffled Rose Scarf in the subject box, so I know its you.)
Thank you!
Barbara C–

To be honest, it was one of the cases where I was going to send her the pattern, but it seemed clear from the email she may not have been entirely clear on the ‘free to yarn shops’ scenario.

I figured I’d write her a nice email sometime this week, making it clear that it wasn’t a pass-around pattern.  I wanted to find a way to tell her that I wanted folks who were not disabled to visit to their local independent yarn shop for the pattern.

So I hadn’t replied to her yet as she had just written 5 days ago.

I received this today

oh me gosh!!!!!!

one look at that scarf picture, I copied it out in 30 minutes….easy to knit.  Now I will put it on my list of 800 knitters and send them all a copy.
So there is your BIG DEAL of making your pattern just like any other pattern.

What the hell is so special about that scarf.  So here is one up “yours”!

JESUS CHRIST…just another pattern.

Okay, folks, what is up with this?

I’m glad she can figure the pattern – bless her heart – that’s fabulous!  So go make the scarf and make yourself happy.  But why the swearing, nastiness, and promise to copy it to the 500 knitters on her list?

I know – just let it go – and I’ve become better at letting stuff go.  The amount of angry mail I get about patterns that aren’t even mine – much less questions about my own patterns – is astounding.

But why on earth would this woman take such joy in wrecking a scheme I’d set up to help yarn shops?

I wrote back that the pattern is under copyright, that I don’t earn a penny on it, but I WOULD pursue any infringement on that copyright.

What are your thoughts?  Is it time to just give up with the pattern for yarn shops only thing? Should I just sell the damned thing?

Yes, I’ll admit, I did think it made the pattern kind of special that folks could only get it at a local yarn shop.  But I also know how many people it POs because they all write to me, most of the letters pretty angry.