The Peapod Sloucher


The Peapod Sloucher, copyright Ingrid Murnane

I’m very pleased to announce that I have a new pattern available. I designed and knitted it up just before Christmas because I wanted a hat that would cover up my rather large hair (have you seen it when I leave it curly?) However, as not everyone wants a big slouchy hat, I have included a smaller version which makes a great beanie (or a child’s slouchy hat).

Knitted in the round on a circular needle, it has an unfussy textured pattern. Even the large size can be knitted from just one skein of either Cascade 220 or Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted so it makes for good stashbusting too. You can see the hat’s pattern page on Ravelry here.


The Peapod Sloucher - back view, copyright Ingrid Murnane

The Peapod Sloucher is available through Ravelry as a pdf download for £2.50, and the good news is that you can buy and download the pattern on Ravelry even if you aren’t a member.


Spring Greens Scarf

Inspired by all of the lovely spring flowers that are starting to bloom, and the beautiful green foliage bursting to life everywhere, I decided to knit up a simple scarf. It is made using some great recycled sari fabric yarn which I bought on my recent trip to Prick Your Finger. Combining it with my beloved apple green 4-ply alpaca which wasn’t ultimately any good for my Sun Ray Ribbing, I made a simple scarf which is light enough to be worn still in the spring and will come into its own again in the autumn.

It is a super-simple pattern knitted entirely in garter stitch on large needles for a light and airy feel and to show off the sari yarn to its best advantage.

You will need:

2 x artesano 100% alpaca 4-ply yarn (I used the colourway Brazil)

1 skein (of approx 150g of recycled sari fabric yarn or a similar accent yarn in a heavier weight than the 4-ply

7mm; 100cm circular needles

Tip: The recycled sari yarn knits up at approximately DK to aran weight.

Gauge: 5 stitches  and 7 rows per inch in garter stitch

The tension isn’t vital on this pattern, as it is a simple scarf, but the sari fabric yarn shows up better on a looser gauge and the alpaca drapes nicely at  this tension. Use larger of smaller needles if you need.


K: knit

MC: main colour; alpaca yarn

CC: complimentary colour; sari yarn


Using MC, cast on 180 stitches using the longtail cast on method (for stretch).

*MC: Knit 5 rows garter stitch. Do not cut yarn or fasten off at end.

CC: Knit 1 row and cut leaving a 5″ tail at the end

Swap ends and start work again using MC from where you last left off*

Repeat the pattern from * to * 12 times.

Next: Using MC, knit 5 rows in garter stitch and cast off very loosely.

Weave in the cut ends of the sari ribbon yarn and the ends of the alpaca.

Block . Or don’t block. You choose…

Wear it!

Please feel free to knit up this scarf to keep or as gifts/charity fundraising, but please do not knit up for commercial purposes or reproduce the pattern without first seeking permission.

Thank you to Giles for taking the top photograph!

Copyright © Ingrid Murnane 2010. All rights reserved.


Issue 9 of Knit on the Net went live a couple of weeks ago, and I have an article about the Knitting Reference Library, a couple of book reviews and  most excitingly, a pattern too!

This neck warmer was inspired by a pub discussion about the perfect scarf / neck warmer which could keep your face, neck and décolletage warm in one garment. It uses the Roman Rib stitch pattern to create stretch and texture. Knitted flat, it fastens with 23 buttons which can be done up all the way for protection against icy winds or alternatively some buttons can be left open to create a collar, as seen in the picture. It can be worn with or without a coat, in place of a scarf and is a unisex pattern. Although fitting much like a cowl around the neck, the ribbing pattern allows it to stay in place.

Issue 10, The Comfort Issue has lots of other stuff to read and includes some really good patterns: go take a look.