Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Queen of Hearts Infinity Loop

It has been a while (like 6 months) since I last posted anything here, mostly due to working and finishing up my degree (yay).  And then it was summer, and I was working on a big comfy sweater.  But finally, fall is almost upon us! School has started, the heat is slowly coming down, and as Ned Stark would say, winter is coming.  And that means it's time to start knitting. 

I envisioned this lovely pattern and knit it up in pretty much two days. It knits so fast and comes out super cozy and warm. I knit it in a smaller size, but if you double the stitches (and the yarn amount) you should come out with a lovely infinity loop that you can wrap around twice rather than just once. 

Without further ado, the pattern.

Size S(L) 

*note* I haven't knit this up in large just yet, but really I'm just doubling the number of stitches. Any multiple of 16 will do if you want a shorter or longer or in-between length loop.

You'll need:
Yarn - worsted weight, category 4 about 300(600) yards. I used Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in almond because even though wool would be warmer, I can't turn down soft and fluffy
Needles - size US 11, 8.0 mm circular needles
A tapestry needle to weave in the ends

Stitches to know:
Right twist (RT)
Left twist (LT)
For a great video tutorial on right and left twists, use this. I couldn't explain/show it better myself.

With 2 strands, cast on 80(160) stitches, place marker, be careful not to twist, and join

Work 2x2 ribbing for 3 rows

Row 1: *k2, p2, k2, p10* repeat across
Row 2: *k2, p2, k2, p1, RT, LT, RT, LT, p1*
Row 3: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 4: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k3, RT, k3, p1*
Row 5: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 6: *k2, p2, k2, p1, LT, k4, RT, p1*
Row 7: *k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2*
Row 8: *k2, p2, k2, p2, LT, k2, RT, p2*
Row 9: *k2, p2, k2, p3, k4, p3*
Row 10: *k2, p2, k2, p3, LT, RT, p3*
Row 11: *k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p4*
Row 12: *k2, p2, k2, p4, RT, p4*
Row 13: *k2, p2, k2, p10*
Row 14: *k2, p2, k2, p10*
Row 15: *k2, p2, k2, p4, RT, p4*
Row 16: *k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p4* 
Row 17: *k2, p2, k2, p3, RT, LT, p3 *
Row 18: *k2, p2, k2, p3, k4, p3*
Row 19: *k2, p2, k2, p2, RT, k2, LT, p2*
Row 20: *k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2*
Row 21: *k2, p2, k2, p1, RT, k4, LT, p1*
Row 22: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 23: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k3, RT, k3, p1*
Row 24: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 25: *k2, p2, k2, p1, LT, RT, LT, RT, p1*
Row 26: *k2, p2, k2, p10*

Work 3 rows 2x2 ribbing and bind off using your preferred method

TADA! If you knit the small size, you can also wear it like this (but hopefully with something cuter than I'm wearing in this picture)

Enjoy knitting this up, and keep your noses warm this winter!

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