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Free Pattern – Man Hands!

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

A few years ago I tried to knit a pair of fingerless mitts for a workmate, but to my eternal shame it got lost in the shuffle of other knitting projects and the joke of ‘hey, when are you gonna get Ben those mitts?’ was born.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

It took me a while, (and the office collectively enjoyed much mocking) but I finally got Ben’s mitts together last Christmas. I not only got him mitts, I wrote him his own pattern and then whipped off a pair for Tito to test-drive it.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Man Hands. Easy and quick, these simple gloves have just enough pattern to keep you from going batty but are simple enough for dudes to rock without complaining. The waffle stitch pattern is super warm and can show off a variety of yarns. Instructions are given in the pattern for either knitting a basic pair or customizing them exactly to your recipients hands.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

They take one skein of worsted weight yarn. Samples shown are Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran and Madeline Tosh MCN Merino. As with the man-slouch these are totally free :) Ravelry project page here!

Gettin’ my knit on…

I’ve had a horrid problem these past few months (that, as a positive, side effect, led to my spending so much time exploring resin) which is this: something is the matter with my wrists.

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

They ache like nobodies business. It’s not even a mystery – between 17 years of karate, 20 years of using computers, 10 years of pottery and the knitting marathon that followed my discovery of hand knit socks…. it’s a wonder they don’t creak like old wheels.

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

As a result, I’ve focused more on resin and given up (largely) on knitting for a few weeks now. It’s been _awful_. I couldn’t take it anymore, and started (slowly) trying to get my knit on again. Here is my latest FO – another Bev Cowl, done up with 2 skeins of TFA green label in ‘Chris Grey’. This pattern is so snugly and warm, and totally free! If you like it, click here to make one of your own :)

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

My knitting partner in Crime, Rayna from the Crystal Diva, went out with me on the weekend and helped me choose a few needles for magic loop, which should ease up some of my issues – and gave me a lesson to go with my shiny new Chiagoo cables :) wish me luck!

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Free Pattern – The Bev Cowl!

I know you guys have patiently sat through an awful lot of posts about Resin Jewelry – so it’s time for a triumphant return to knitting. And where better to start than with a free pattern?

Bev Cowl

The Bev Cowl uses 200g of worsted weight yarn to created the comfiest, squishiest easiest-to-wear cowl ever.

Bev Cowl

I had a few design goals for this cowl. I wanted it to be versatile – warm in the winter and loose for the transitional seasons. I wanted to fit flatteringly around the neck, and not feel like I was wearing a lot of fabric that draped in the front, but didn’t actually cover my chest. Finally, I wanted it to sit well under a jacket, without a ton of fabric bulking up the back of the neck.

Bev Cowl

The Bev has a clever little split in the back, that helps me achieve all of these things. It’s knit in the round for most for the cowl, and then back and forth for the last third or so. The sewn bind-off means that the bottom of the cowl is loose – to cover your chest and shape itself to your body so it’s not like wearing a tube. Best of all, on 5mm needles this baby can be worked up quickly – because winter is coming!


Bev Cowl

Here are the instructions – it’s super simple, and mindless. If you really want something special, switch the yarn from Green label to Orange Label Cashmere/Silk – you’ll never take it off!

The Bev Cowl

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

You will need:

  • 2 skeins Tanis Fiber Arts Green or Orange Label. Sample shown in ‘Sunset’
  • 5mm, 24″ circular knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle for sewn bind-off and weaving in ends
  • 3 Stitch Markers

C/o 120 stitches, place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.

Ribbed Section: 
Row 1 – 20: *k2, p1* repeat from * to end

Begin patterned stitch:
Row 1: *k2, p4* repeat to end
Row 2: k to end
Row 3: *k2, p4* repeat to end
Row 4 – 6: k to end
Row 7: *p4, k2* repeat to end
Row 8: k to end
Row 9: *p4, k2* repeat to end
Row 10-12: k to end

Repeat rows 1 -12 four times

Prepare for split section:
Row 1: p6, pm *k2, p4* repeat to last 6 stitches, pm, p6
Row 2: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 3: p6, sm *k2, p4* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 4: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 5: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 6: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 7: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 8: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 9: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 10: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 11: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 12: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6

Split section (you will now switch from working in the round to working back and forth, keeping the 6 stitches of garter stitch on both sides of the split. At the end of every row, turn your work.)

Row 1: p6, sm *k2, p4* repeat to last 6 stitches, sm, p6
Row 2: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 3: p6, sm *k2, p4* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 4: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 5: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 6: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 7: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 8: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 9: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 10: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 11: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 12: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6

Repeat rows 1-12 twice and then rows 1-9 once more

Re-establish ribbed section:
Row 1 (WS): p6, sm, *p2, k1* repeat from * to marker, sm, p6
Row 2: p6, sm, *p1, k2* repeat from * to marker, sm, p6

Repeat rows 1 & 2 eighteen more times (20 rows of ribbing)

Bind off using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind-off. I recommend sticking with this bind-off to make sure the cowl fit correctly at the bottom.

Wet-block, weave in your ends and rock it on super chilly days!

Ravelry project page here.

Jeanette – Free Cowl Pattern!

I’m on a designing binge lately – though to my shame I confess I have an embarrassing number of WIPs – including (gasp!) Christmas knitting that is long overdue. But really, what’s more exciting than getting an idea in your head and bringing it to life? Against such fun my poor WIPS, including the shawl-that-just-won’t-end don’t stand a chance.

Jeanette ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Jeanette Cowl is like a collection of my favourite things – it’s a worsted weight, one skein project,  simple without being boring, classy and good for quick project gratification :) The finished cowl is seamed together to create pockets for a drawstring that gathers it fetchingly at the neck, or is let out to maximize warmth.

You will need 100 grams of worsted weight. A quick word of advice here – though it’s not mandatory, to really shine this piece needs a wet block before seaming. Therefore, I don’t recommend acrylic, or acrylic blends. Wool, wool blends with merino, cashmere or alpaca, all this is perfect :)

The sample is knit using Classic Elite Yarns, Vista, in the colourway ‘Alabaster’, purchased from Eweknit here in Toronto :)

Download the pattern for free on Ravelry – project page here:

A Christmas gift to my readers – the Man Slouch.

The Man Slouch ©Shireen Nadir 2012

I’d like to celebrate today with a free pattern for my awesome blog readers :) Thank you everyone, for making the Blue Brick such an enjoyable, inspiring experience! This simple slouch/touque is a quick, mindless, easy knit for both guys and gals, but really, it’s one for your man.

The Man Slouch ©Shireen Nadir 2012

Because, let’s face it; guys are picky. It can’t be too detailed, in a girly colour or contain un-manly motifs. Here then, is a base pattern for a very simple hat that can be worn slouchy or not, and dressed up in a number of ways for the more adventurous, from using variegated or self striping yarn to filling in the stockinette sections with your choice of pattern (seed, moss, lace etc.).

The Man Slouch ©Shireen Nadir 2012

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry – Project page here :) In response to the ambitious yet disorganized among us (including me…): yes, if you start one today it can be ready for Christmas!

However, and whatever you celebrate, I hope you have a beautiful holiday season :)


Free Pattern – The Mushin Cowl

Free Pattern Mushin Cowl

Cool weather is coming; just last night in Toronto it was downright chilly. Time to stock up on some fall accessories! Mushin is a Japanese term frequently used in Martial Arts training that means ‘Without Mind’. It’s totally appropriate because this is completely the easiest, most mindless project for instant gratification.

I worked this up over a day (no kidding) just carrying it around wherever I went. No TV show or conversation, however complex, will make you err on this simple, sweet crochet project. The simple pattern is great for both solid yarns or that special skein of variegated that you love, but don’t know what to do with ;)


  • 4 mm crochet hook
  • 335 yards of sport weight yarn
  • Sample is using one skein of Malabrigo’s ‘Arroyo’
  • in Colourway ‘Jupiter’
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in your ends

Finished dimensions:

When lying flat: 12.25 inches wide and 13.25 inches tall.

Download the pattern here!

Ravelry Project Page here!

Put a Little Love Out – 1st Edition

Put a Little Love Out – 1st Edition is ready! Click here to download the free e-book.

I know there are good people out there doing great things.  I see them every day – giving up their seat on the train, buying a coffee for someone who’s cold, smiling at someone who looks like they need it, helping someone cross the street. I wanted to collect these little stories into a short celebration of Nice Things That Folks Do.

Here was the idea; I wrote a knitting pattern that was free. All one had to do was write to me and tell me something nice that they did. I put it out there on my blog and sat back and waited (pessimistically, I grant you) for the knitting community to send me a big ‘fat chance’ in the form of collective inaction.

They didn’t. They sat and they wrote and they sent stories and photos. And I sat and I read and I occasionally got teary eyed and I emailed out knitting patterns. The response was huge and affirming and immensely cheering.

I want to reference the very first story that was sent to me – because it was as significant a first story as one could ask for. A woman wrote to tell me that she let a stranger use her phone, and discovered later that she had averted a suicide.

To me, this shows as clear as anything that the consequences of our smallest actions can be huge beyond our reckoning – it reminds me that the tiny pieces of kindness that we put out there go a long way. It was also a sobering glimpse into the possible consequences of tiny pieces of negativity too – something to ponder if you’re short with the person who made you coffee, cut someone off in traffic or neglected to hold open the elevator door.

I’ve collected some of my favourite stories, removed the names and created a free e-book from them. Feel free to download it, share it, and help put a little love out.

Will I do it again? Absolutely. I’m working on the next design, so stay tuned. Oh, and thank you – you guys rock.

(psst – now that Put a Little Love Out is over the pattern is available for free here)

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