Easy Knitted Accessories in Three Skeins or Less


We'll be debuting Knitscene Winter 2014 soon—like, next week, I think—and it's really hard to believe that another year of Knitscene issues will be out there in the world. My first year as editor, in which I planned out the content for all five issues, flew by so fast!

Also this is a reminder to go pick up Knitscene Fall if you haven't already, because it will be pulled from newsstands in just a few short weeks! (But of course you can always get it online.)

One of the challenges I like to set myself for each issue is to include accessories designs that people are able to knit without having to make the drive to the LYS. A trip to the LYS is always enjoyable, but sometimes we want to cast on right now without having to go get ten skeins of yarn to knit a project. Projects like the Dauphine Hat, Rockland Socks, or Soldier Canyon Scarf can likely be knit with a quick dive into the stash. (If you're one of those who doesn't stash yarn and only buys it for a particular project, I am in awe of you.)

That's what I love about the new 3 Skeins or Less: Fresh Knitted Accessories book by Tanis Gray.

Tanis has collected 25 incredible projects from talented designers, using a minimum of yardage—small quantities of yarn in my stash? I'm coming for you.

Tanis cleverly noted the number of skeins needed for each project in the table of contents, so I easily know that the projects I love, such as the Annular Mitts by Ann Weaver, take two skeins of Spud and Chloë Fine (well, that and there's two colors, so…).

Heather Zoppetti's Interessere Stole only needs one skein of Tanis Fiber Arts Pink Label Lace Weight to work up this incredible mix of entrelac and lace. And I know I've got some long-yardage laceweight skeins in my stash.

Three skeins of Schoppel-Wolle's In-Silk is all I need to knit the Quinsnicket Cowl by Cirilia Rose and continue my love affair of cabled cowls.

And Carrie Sullivan's Ogival Socks are worked up with just one skein of SweetGeorgia Yarn's Tough Love Sock (and there's an almost embarrassing number of skeins living in my house).

I've been busy knitting garments for winter all summer, but now I'm seriously tempted to put down my sweaters and whip up some quick knitted accessories for the season.


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