If you didn’t grab the October Stitches newsletter yet, you’ll want to do so soon. The November/December one will be out shortly and this free pattern from October will no longer be available for free.
Fit to Be Tied was designed to be a flexible pattern, using a smaller repeat stitch pattern so you can maximize the yarn yardage you have available. It is knit sideways from tip-to-tip, so just weigh your yarn at the start, then work the increase section until you’ve used nearly half and then switch to the decrease section. If using fingering weight yarn you’ll get a nice neckerchief/head scarf size from a 50 gram skein of yarn. If you have 100 grams you’ll get a fuller coverage scarf or shawlette. The flexibility of this pattern is great for those special skeins of yarn that are one of a kind or a splurge. The side to side construction can be friendly to handpainted yarns too. The constantly changing row length often reduces pooling and flashing.
The entire project is worked in a garter stitch based pattern so there is no purling! The lace edging is small and relatively simple and matches up well with the increase pattern of the body so the whole thing is worked with a 4 row repeat that is easily memorized for experienced knitters and a realistic project for adventurous beginners looking to give a bit of lace knitting a try.
The pattern was designed with a Art Yarns’ Cashmere Sock yarn, a fingering weight blend of cashmere, wool and nylon. The flexibility of the pattern though allows for easy substitution of any yarn and gauge is only required if you wish to match the stated dimensions. It is recommended that you use needles 2-3 sizes larger than recommended on the yarn label to achieve a nice drape in your garter stitch fabric. Additional length or width in the final product can be achieved in how you block it. It can be laid flat to dry for no extra length or width or you can use blocking wires and pins to really open up the fabric and dramatically increase the size.
There were two errata in the pattern when it was first released. The fixes were made and the PDF updated on October 15th so if you downloaded the newsletter before that date, delete the file and re-download.