Every late November and early December, I whip up a bunch of super bulky mitts, scarves and cowls as gifts for my loved ones. I want patterns and yarns that knit up fast, look gorgeous, and appeal to everyone. That’s why I’m usually wearing out my 10 and 15 mm needles making seed stitch cowls, garter stitch scarves and the Lightning Fast Mittens by Hill Vintage and Knits using Malabrigo’s Rasta and Berroco’s Macro yarns.
I choose very simple patterns that let the vibrant colours and textures of the single-ply Rasta and Macro do all the work for me. The mittens take about two hours per pair, while the scarf and cowl take approximately three—they look and feel like I’ve spent days, not hours, working on them.
I love Rasta’s vibrant colourways for the Lightning Fast Mittens. The only modification I make to this pattern is I use 10 mm needles instead of 9 mm. I like the feel of the fabric and the extra room the 10 mm needles create. For scarves and cowls, I use Macro—which gives me the look and texture I want, whether it’s a simple garter stitch scarf or seed stitch cowl.
For an easy seed stitch cowl, cast on 15 stitches using Macro on 15 mm needles. The pattern is knit one, purl one, repeat every row—that’s it. Use up almost the entire ball, leaving just enough, after you’ve bound off, to seam the two ends together. One cowl complete!
I also love knitting up super bulky garter stitch scarves for gifts. This year, they’re on-trend, and Macro’s colours are fabulous. Cast on about 15 stitches and knit every row. One ball will make a nice-sized scarf, while two will make a big, wrappy scarf that’ll fend off even Winnipeg’s extreme winter weather.