Free Gentlemans’ scarf…..pattern

GENTLEMANS’ scarf using a SELF-PATTERNING sock yarn.

by using a Garter stitch pattern ( knit every row) and half the number or so stitches that would be for a sock, the self patterning yarn will produce a pattern similar to what would be on a sock.

A SELF STRIPING yarn would also be interesting.

I found that 100 gm of sock yarn (420 m/ 100 gm) produced a 50 inch scarf, 7” wide. If, I had used fewer stitches, it would have been longer. I need to break into another ball of yarn to knit 6 ft.

Usually, scarves are knit to the height of the recipient. 6 ft for a 6 ft man.




CAUTION: start the yarn at the beginning of a yarn pattern repeat. i.e. a solid colour repeat.

Cast on 44 st on 2.25 mm needle.

Knit every row. Slip first stitch purl wise at the beginning of every row.

Knit as long as you wish.

Enjoy the colour changes as your knitting progresses.

Feel free to share…….those knitters who have a Knitting machine with a garter carriage would find this pattern useful.

Mary Anne Cutler, Yet Another Canadian Artisan,

July, 2019






Feta Cheese/Brussels Sprout Salad

As a Diabetic, I’m always on the lookout for a low glycemic salad thats a bit different.

  • Fresh oregano, thyme and chives from my garden. Or, use Dry Italian seasoning.(flakes)
  • Feta cheese, any amount to your liking.
  • Frozen Brussel sprouts, cooked for a few minutes.
  • Kraft Greek salad dressing. Occasionally, I will add some fruit, ie a small can of Mandarin oranges.
  • Mix together. I like it served cold, but could be served hot after assembling.

Crochet….Virus Shawl

This is my most ambitious crochet project to date, and a month in the making.

Noro Taiyo lace yarn, approx 75 gm. This is a cotton/silk mix yarn.

The pattern “Virus Shawl” is a free one with video tutorials and also graphed. It is available from The developer of this pattern has made a great effort to help the crocheters achieve success.

Show and Tell

Show and tell is quite a popular feature at my local Machine Knitting Guild. Here a couple of items.

The scarf is a bias knit. Cast on,on one side of the machinebed. Knit 2 rows, cast off 1 stitch on the left side, cast on 1 stitch. Repeat until you are satisfied about the length.

The sweater was a commission that the knitter accepted. The yarn was supplied. It was done on the Chunky Knitting machine, the lace was hand manipulated. Very time consuming.

Secrets of learning to Machine Knit.

To KICK START your machine knitting skills, it is very prudent to use your Knitting Machine, EVERY single day!

Practise a small skill. i.e hanging up a mock rib hem, short rowing a shoulder decrease, full fashioned decreases, seaming edges of various stitch patterning. Lots of small skills that add up quickly.

Those of us who took formal classes, we were assigned homework and needed to produce it for the next class.

Machine knitting requires experimentation. The yarn, the shape, the sizing, the type of stitches, which machine works best for the yarn etc. There is no one size fits all. If your goal is production type knitting, once these questions are answered, then go ahead and knit 100 sweaters, all the same. Keep in mind, changing the yarn type or colour of yarn, the garment will also change.

I can’t stress enough, the value of the info in the Manuals that are supplied with your knitting machine. Learn to make your machine go and then learn how to make things on it. They are TWO different skill sets.

Here is a cast-on that I find most useful, and a suggestion of a book for those who knit garments for ourselves or customers.

Mary Anne

MOCK (FAUX) RIB for Machine Knitters

This is a stitch that is highly under utilized. It is produced with very little hand manipulation, can be produced on all knitting machines, and solves a problem of added weighting of the bottom edge of a garment.

The applications are numerous. Bottom edges of sweaters, hats and scarves, neckline edges, sleeves, body of shawls etc. The configuration of the mock rib can be 1×1, 2×2, 2×1, etc…… any combination that you can think up.

Simply, it is a combination of needles in work and others out of work across the needlebed. jjojjojjo, jojojo, jjjjjojjjjjo, etc.

Sometimes, it is knit and then folded up and the cast-on edge is hung onto the stitches that are already on the needles.

i.e on a hat. Knit 1×1 setup and knit 30 rows, then hang up cast-on edge onto the empty spaces on the needle bed as in the photos, continue to knit as you choose, with all needles in work or continue with the Mock Rib set up.

A few samples.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan, Mary Anne Cutler 2019


Knit on any knitting machine, any width.

I used a dress yarn along with a very, very thin yarn on tension dial at 9, using a standard 4.5 mm gauge machine.

Cast on 40 stitches.

Setup: 5 st in work, 1 stitch out of work. jjjjjojjjjjo…….etc

Pattern: repeat the following 20 rows.

A)Knit 20 rows.

B)Make the Holes: manually transfer stitch #3 of each 5 stitch group, onto its neighbour stitch. Leave the transfer needle in work so that it knits on the next passage of the carriage.

Knit as long as desired. Mine was 6 ft, 640 rows.

EMBELLISHMENT at the hem edges.

Thread desired number of beads on the yarn that is to be used for the crochet edge. Secure yarn at the starting point of the scarf edge.

*Crochet 5 chains, move bead through the crochet yarn, crochet 5 more chains. ( 1 bead is now on the crochet chain. Next, Slip stitch the 10 stitch chain stitches onto the scarf edge. * Repeat along edge of scarf.

Finish with a bit of steam.

Free pattern,

Yet Another Canadian Artisan,

Mary Anne Cutler 2019