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While you’re waiting to get started on our summer knitalong, we’ve put together some quick projects to crank out while you’re lounging on the beach (or in the AC!).  The two I’m highlighting today feature fat yarns, fat needles and super easy drop stitch patterns.

The first is a brand new yarn from Plymouth Yarn called Oskar!  Oskar is a super bulky thick and thin yarn that is put up in giant 200g hanks.  Each hank has a main background color and splashes of a fun contrast throughout for a fun play of texture and color.  Oskar is on sale right now for $20 a skein! Click here to check out colors and scroll down for our free scarf pattern.

The second is a long-loved fur yarn, also from Plymouth Yarn, called Just Fur Kicks.  This one-skein scarf has been a store favorite for some time now and works up even faster than the Oskar scarf.  I’ve also always wanted to make a pair of mittens with fur cuffs using this yarn!  We have 5 fun colors of this yarn on sale right now for $5 a skein!  Click here for this scarf pattern and if you want to make it a long cowl, just sew the cast on and bind off edges together!

Oskar One Skein Drop Stitch Scarf (or Cowl)
Click here for a printable version!  Oskar Drop Stitch Scarf or Cowl

Finished Size: 12″ wide by 70″ long
Gauge: not critical, but our sample is 2.5sts to the inch in garter stitch
Materials Required: 1 hank of Plymouth Yarn Oskar; one pair of US size 11, 13, 15 or 17 needles (really, anything in there will work!); yarn needle.

Note: I would recommend knitting drop stitch patterns on straight needles.  As the multiple yarn overs slide onto the cord of a circular needle, they tighten up.  I found it VERY difficult to slide the stitches back onto my needle to knit the following row.

Cast On 26 sts.
Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: Knit across
Row 3: *K1, yo twice; repeat from * across, end with k1.
Row 4: *K1, drop two yarn overs off the needle; repeat from * across, end with k1.

Repeat rows 1-4, until you almost run out of yarn.  Finish with row 1.  Bind off all stitches knitwise.

If you wish to turn this into a long cowl, use the tails to sew the cast on and bind off together.  Weave in all ends and enjoy!