This week we’re looking at a soft, quick-to-knit, squishy yarn called Major, by Universal Yarn. Yesterday, I shared what happened when I washed the yarn by machine and by hand. Today we look at some free knitting patterns.
I’m a designer, and usually I can’t turn my brain off when I’m cuddling a skein of yarn in my hands, imagining what it could become. But sometimes, I just want to knit. I don’t want to do math. I don’t want to measure. I don’t want to check and recheck instructions. I just want to knit. At times like this, other people’s patterns really fulfill that wish. Good news at times like this is knowing that the design team at Universal Yarn has been very prolific coming up with ideas for Major. The abundance of colors and the sizable yardage make selecting and planning a project easy and fun. Today we’ll look at 4 of the free patterns available on the website.
The Collar Cowl is a warm-you-right-to-the-bone type accessory that hugs your neck and shoulders and will be sure to keep out unwanted chill. I really like the colorway, which is called Highborn. This yarn features purples, reds, an olive green, and grayish lavender. The pattern is very easy, and one skein of Major will make 2 cowls. That’s one holiday gift done — maybe more!
The classic entrelac technique works up into this amazing Woven Sky Throw! A blanket is a perfect application for learning this skill which looks like you’ve knit lots of strips of stockinette and then woven them together. Actually you make each rectangular segment and triangle ends as you go. You’re knitting an illusion! What fun! Major is a perfect yarn for this because it creates a beautiful play between light and dark colors. This model was made with Pebbles, which features several different values of gray and 3 different shades of blue, and with Graphite, which starts as dark as charcoal and moves along a gradient to a pale ash gray.
With an easy garter stitch border and using only 4 balls of Major, you will make someone very cozy and happy with this pattern.
The Hidden Treasure Poncho is a great 3-ball project that fits most sizes. If you’d like a little more length, just buy a 4th ball and add some pattern repeats before and after the neck opening. The lace and ribbing motif in this poncho gives it a classic elegance, not too bojo, quite a bit chic, and the colors are modern and inviting.
The one the model is wearing features the Lagoon colorway, which features grays, creams, and greens. It reminds me of a cloudy sky reflecting off a pond covered in lily pads, lily blossoms, and the occasional friendly ‘froggie’.
The fourth pattern I’d like to highlight is the Blue Heartstrings pullover. And pull at my heartstrings it does!
I LOVE cables, and these are perfect for beginners to learn, because as far as the rest of the sweater is concerned, there are no fancy shaping or complicated sleeve caps. With Major being a bulky yarn, you can have this sweater on and warming you up in a few weeks, even if you are learning cables along the way.
Even though I do like just knitting other people’s designs sometimes, I did take some time to design something else for you this week — we’ll look at that tomorrow.
This is part 3 of 5 in this series.
Go back to part 2: Should you hand-wash acrylic knits?
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