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4 free patterns to knit with Major yarn

 

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 patterns.

The Russet Colorway of Major is warm and inviting, like anything knit from this yarn.
The Russet Colorway of Major is warm and inviting, like anything knit from this yarn.

 

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 perfect for the beginner knitter who knows how to knit and purl, and wants to learn the basics of decreases
The Collar Cowl is perfect for the beginner knitter who knows how to knit and purl, and wants to learn the basics of decreases

 

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!

Learn to simulate woven ribbons with the entrelac technique!
Learn to simulate woven ribbons with the entrelac technique!

 

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.

These subdued blues and grays will relax anyone who needs a break and a little warmth. Just add a cup of tea and a good book!
These subdued blues and grays will relax anyone who needs a break and a little warmth. Just add a cup of tea and a good book!

 

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 cool teals, greens, and grays make this poncho as lovely as a warm and lush oasis to chase away the winter blahs. If these hues aren't in your "crayon box," use your favorites!
The cool teals, greens, and grays make this poncho as lovely as a warm and lush oasis to chase away the winter blahs. If these hues aren’t in your “crayon box,” use your favorites!

 

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 Pebbles colorway is the perfect match for these large, but not complex cables.
The Pebbles colorway is the perfect match for these large, but not complex cables.

 

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’s 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.

This model is also knit in Pebbles, but any of the 30 colors (scroll down in linked page) would be a perfect candidate for this design.

The short tunic length, with the criss-cross cables and ribbing alongside gives the Blue Heartstrings Pullover a svelte silhouette.
The short tunic length, with the criss-cross cables and ribbing alongside gives the Blue Heartstrings Pullover a svelte silhouette.

 

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?

Go to part 4: Knitting a beanie using marled yarn and THIS spiral textured shaping

About Charles Voth

I’m Charles Voth, a crochet and knitting professional. I enjoy reviewing yarns and tools to help others find materials that will help them be happy with what they stitch. I design garments and accessories and items for the home. I teach both crafts at yarn stores, in schools, and at craft shows and retail events. I am also a technical editor of both crochet and knitting patterns and illustrate the charts and diagrams that make pattern reading accessible to so many.

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