Knitmas Day One

On the first day of Knitmas…

Day One – Lumps of coal…

This stitch pattern was borrowed from the Lumpy Hat and Socks which will be introduced in issue eleven : head over heels. It’s a variable ribbing that changes from 1×1 to 2×2, with the knits and purls shifting their positions every fourth row. There’s a gentle rhythm that emanates from my fingers as I knit ribbing, and changing this up every few rows keeps my mind engaged enough to be interesting, but not too much that I can’t socialize with my lingering Christmas guests or catch up on my favorite shows.

Notes: The pattern directions are written as: scarf (shawl). For example, CO 100 (300) means the scarf knitters CO 100 and the shawl knitters CO 300. This notation will be used throughout the pattern.

Each section of the pattern will include the approximate weight (in grams) used for that section. We did this to help you determine how much wiggle room you have for modifying the pattern if you decide to add length, skip a day, sub in colors, etc.

The edges of the scarf and shawl are worked in faux i-cord – slipping the last 3 sts with the yarn in front every row – to create a clean border. Join the next color before slipping the last 3 sts of the row before by laying the yarn between the needles with the tail sticking out the RS of the work. Don’t stress if you haven’t done it before; it’s easy!

[k1, p1] – any time you see brackets [ ] around a set of directions, it means you will repeat those directions.

Most of all, have fun!

It’s cast-on day!


Using C1 and gauge needles (the smaller ones), cast on 100 (300) sts using the cable cast-on or your favorite not-very-stretchy CO.

Setup Row (WS): k2tog x 3, [k2tog, p2tog] to last 6 sts, k2tog x 3. 50 (150) sts.

Note: Place a removable stitch marker (progress keeper) on one of the first few stitches in the next row to mark the RS. Use it to keep track of your daily progress by moving it to your daily starting row, if you wish.

Refer to written directions or chart below for the Lumpy Stitch pattern.

Row 1 (RS): k3, work Row 1 of Lumpy Stitch pattern to last 3 sts, sl 3 wyif.

Row 2 (WS): k3, work next row of Lumpy Stitch pattern to last 3 sts, sl 3 wyif.

Work in established pattern of Row 2, working the next row of Lumpy Stitch pattern with faux i-cord edging, until you have worked Rows 1 – 16 twice and then Rows 1 – 8 once more. Cut C1.

Using C2: 

Maintaining edge pattern, work Lumpy Stitch Rows 9 & 10. Cut C2. 

Using C3:

Maintaining edge pattern, work Lumpy Stitch Rows 11 – 16, then Rows 1 – 8. Cut C3.

Lumpy Stitch Pattern 

Row 1 (RS): [k1, p1] across.

Row 2 (WS): [k1, p1] across.

Rows 3 & 4: as Rows 1 & 2.

Row 5: [k2, p2] across.

Row 6: [k2, p2] across.

Rows 7 & 8: as Rows 5 & 6.

Row 9: [p1, k1] across.

Row 10: [p1, k1] across.

Rows 11 & 12: as Rows 9 & 10.

Row 13: [p2, k2] across.

Row 14: [p2, k2] across.

Rows 15 & 16: as Rows 13 & 14.

Yarn used: 

Approximately 3 grams for every 15 (5) rows.

C1 – 8 (24) grams

C2 – 0.5 (1.5) grams

C3 – 3 (8.5) grams

C4 – 0 grams

The PDF of Day One can be downloaded here: Twelve Days of Knitmas 2021 Day 1.

If you would like to add it to your Ravelry patterns, please click here.

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