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Riverside Scarf

The Riverside Scarf is a simple four row pattern that creates a diagonal seed stitch scarf. The free pattern is perfect for an advance knitter looking for a ‘TV knit’ or a advanced begginner ready to work on a pattern with increase and decrease stitches.

East Bay Scarf

If you buy something using the links on this blog post, I may earn a small commission (these are called affiliate links). You can read The Knit McKinley’s full disclosure policy here. At the end of January, I shared the first of three free scarf patterns that I’m going to release this winter (the Shipyard Scarf). These…

Winter Bluffs: A free hat pattern

This free pattern is for a one-sized fits many adult beanie that knits up quickly on US 10 and US 10 1/2 knitting needles! This is a perfect quick knit when you want a satisfying, warm knit.

Prospect Terrace: A Cabled Hat Pattern

Prospect Terrace is a free knitting pattern for an adult-sized cabled hat. This hat pattern offers two sizes (small and large) with a lot of negative ease to fit a variety of head sizes.

Otterbein Hat: A Pattern Update

Release of the updated Otterbein Hat Pattern (cabled hat pattern for adults). This pattern now offers written and charted instructions.

The Knit McKinley Podcast Episode 4: Lion Brand Re-Spun yarn review and the Lighthouse Beanie

Episode 4 features a review of the new Lion Brand Re-Spun yarn and the Lighthouse Beanie. If you buy something using the links on this blog post, I may earn a small commission (these are called affiliate links). You can read The Knit McKinley’s full disclosure policy here. You can watch episode 4 by clicking here. I…

The Knit McKinley Podcast Episode 2 & Modifying the Beacon Hat for a Chunky Weight Yarn

Episode 2 includes yarn reviews of Urth Yarn’s Harvest Worsted, Lion Brand’s Hue + Me, and Lion Brand’s Re-Spun Thick & Quick. If you buy something using the links on this blog post, I may earn a small commission (these are called affiliate links). You can read The Knit McKinley’s full disclosure policy here. Episode 2…

21 in 2021!

A Round-Up of My 21 Hats for Hat Not Hate (with Links to Free Patterns) If you buy something using the links on this blog post, I may earn a small commission (these are called affiliate links). You can read The Knit McKinley’s full disclosure policy here. I just finished up my 21 hats for the…

Farmer’s Market Tote

Construction: This knit tote features a solid base and stretchy lace sides. You begin with a diagonal base knit back and forth before switching to knitting in the round to make the sides, top, and handles.  This means minimal ends to weave in and no seams to sew.

Community Knitting: Free Hat Patterns

I have been looking for a new community knitting project to donate hats to and have found a really good project that aligns with things I consider important.

Picture of 3 Super Bulky Hats

Super Simple, Super Bulky Knit Hat

The Super Simple, Super Bulky Hat is pretty much exactly what the name says. It’s a basic beanie pattern knit with super bulky yarn. If you’re a new knitter ready to take on knitting in the round and interested in knitting a hat, I’d give this pattern a try. If you’re a more experienced knitter looking for an under ninety-minute knitting project, this is a really fun, fast knit.

Mandala Striped Scarf

Does anyone remember those striped scarfs that were popular 10 to 15 years ago? You took two skeins of self-striping yarn and worked two rows from each ball to create a striping, color-changing very cool looking scarf that is actually really easy to make? This was a really popular pattern with Noro yarns sometime around…

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About Me

Hi, I’m Kara McKinley. I learned to knit in college (sometime around 2004!) . I love knitting beautiful accessories and with the help of my assistant, Teddy the Goldendoodle, I share my projects and interesting things I’ve learned about knitting on this blog!

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