Just as the weather is (sort of) starting to drop, here’s a big, squishy, warm, quick and bulky knit for you! Lemmy (ravelry link) is written for any gauge, but it’s ideal for super bulky weights, or aran-bulky yarns held triple stranded. The ends have big fat i-cords, which can be threaded through the eyelet holes in different ways, making it wearable in lots of different kinds of cowl and wrap configurations, fun!
This is the first pattern in a new leethal Bulk Trio (ravelry link), three patterns which will all work excellently with bulky and/or super bulky yarns! The second and third patterns (Wizzö and Mikkey) will be released in a few months, probably around December and January, no set dates but definitely during the winter season. So, if you pre-order the trio, you’ll get Lemmy right now, and you’ll get the second and third patterns automatically delivered to you as soon as they’re released.
Lemmy is a cabled cowl/wrap (and it can be made as a scarf or headband as well) with eyelets throughout the cable design, allowing the i-cords to weave through it in different ways. There are two different widths, which can vary greatly depending on your yarn weight /gauge, and it can be made in pretty much any length you want, as you can keep repeating the middle section as many times as you like (regardless of gauge). The i-cords can be made in a contrasting color, for an optional design feature, like you see in my white sample here.
A few pattern details: The whole pattern is written, and the middle (repeat) section is also charted. There is a photo tutorial for triple stranding your yarn as you knit, to make things as easy as possible! There is detailed sizing info, and I think the pattern is adventurous beginner friendly – there is only one simple (2 over 2) cable, and the pattern is pretty basic, nothing crazy happening. You just need one circular needle in your size choice, and you can knit the i-cords on the circular (so you won’t have to buy multiple different kinds of needles in crazy super bulky sizes; you can also use straights plus a pair of double points for the i-cord if you prefer).
You can see a preview of the first few pdf pages on the webpage here!
It can be made wide and short, for a cowl like my green sample, wide and large like my big white sample, kind of medium width and long-ish like my orange sample, which can be worn in lots of different cowl and wrap styles. Or, you can venture outside my sample pieces and make it narrow and extra long for a long scarf, narrow and short as a headband, or however you can envision your ideal version!
My wonderful test knitters made a wide variety of different types, like a small one in bulky weight on size US 11 needles measuring 8×24 inches, a long scarf in super bulky weight on size 15’s measuring 7×96 inches, and lots that are similar measurements to mine but with different gauges, for different looks. (Thank you test knitters, you are the best!!)
This pattern is great for making multiple times with totally different kinds of finished objects, especially because it can be a SUPER quick knit in the extra super bulky weights!
As for my samples, first, there’s my orange one, which is in aran weight yarn (it’s Cascade Eco+ which is labeled as bulky weight, but it totally looks/feels/acts like an aran weight, so I call it aran) held triple stranded. I used size US 19 needles for a somewhat loose gauge of approx 3 sts per 2 inches / 5 cm (after blocking), and I used almost the whole skein (478 yards, so it’s approx the same as 160 yards / 145 meters of super bulky weight yarn). The finished measurements are 52 inches / 132 cm long, 13 inches / 33 cm wide; I worked 4 middle sections total (the first, then 3 more repeats), and the smaller width. You can see more photos on my rav project page.
My white sample (which was my first prototype, with the contrasting i-cords) was knit in Patons Classic Wool Roving held triple stranded on size US 36 needles, for a gauge of approx 5 sts per 4 inches / 10 cm; almost 3 full skeins, which are 120 yards each, so approximately the same as 120 yards / 110 meters total of extra super bulky weight yarn. The extra long i-cords were made with Lamb’s Pride Bulky, also triple stranded, almost the full skein for super long cords. This is the smaller width option (which is actually very wide because of the gauge), and I worked the middle section twice (so the first time, then 1 more repeat); the final measurements are 51 inches / 130 cm long, and 16 inches / 41 cm wide. You can see more photos on my rav project page.
My green sample was made with Brown Sheep Burly Spun super bulky weight yarn (single stranded) on size US 13 needles, for a gauge of 2 sts per inch / 2.5 cm – I used one whole skein (132 yards / 121 meters), knitting the second i-cord until the yarn ran out, which was about 10 inches longer than the standard recommended i-cord length. This one is the wider width, and just 1 middle section worked (zero repeats), for final measurements of 31 inches / 79 cm long and 14.5 inches / 37 cm wide. It can’t be worn in so many different styles like the others, but it makes a great cowl! You can see more photos on my rav project page.
So that’s Lemmy! Happy September, hooray for fall knitting time!