03/16/15: Our latest free pattern is two patterns in one.

Our newest shop pattern incorporates a clever yarnover that crosses ridges of stockinette and reverse stockinette. The fabric reminds us of slender bamboo stalks, and so Panda Lunch (the scarf) and Panda Snack (the cowl) were born!

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The pattern is our gift to you with purchase of the yarn to make it. We chose five contrast colors against a single background color, but fewer colors would be every bit as effective. The scarf sample shown above was knit in a DK weight wool; Cascade 220 Superwash Sport was used for the blue cowl. A worsted weight yarn, such as Rowan Pure Wool or Liberty Wool from Classic Elite, would work equally well.

Whether you choose the cowl or the scarf version, there’s just a simple repeat that even an adventurous beginner knitter can master in no time. Many thanks to our super beta test knitters Shelly, Catherine, Wanda, and Sarah for their invaluable input on the instructions.

Wanda knit her delicious Panda Lunch in Berroco Vintage worsted. It incorporates several of the the same colors she chose for her Drawing Nigh* shawl by Susan B. Anderson, both shown below.

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Cheryl used Cascade Heritage Sport for this adorable baby set. The sweater is My Aunt Doris – Fingering* by Kelly Brooker, who also designed the hat, Dainty Doris*. The booties are made with a personal pattern of Cheryl’s. So sweet.

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Renee completed her Elizabeth Zimmermann Baby Surprise Jacket*  in silky Cascade Ultra Pima and used vintage pearl buttons. This is one very elegant BSJ!

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*Patterns marked with an asterisk (*) are available at GYI.

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