Barbara Benson

eBooks available as Ravelry Downloads

eBook : 2 patterns

This ebook contains both the small and large versions of Alia and Lady Jessica. Shawls are also available separately from their pattern pages.

eBook : 2 patterns

This is a single document containing 2 patterns. One each for cowl and hat. It is set up as an “e-book” because that is the way Ravelry works!

eBook : 2 patterns

Worked in a deep, brioche like honeycomb pattern this hat and cowl set will fly off of your needles. Designed to take advantage of the slightly crazy speckle dyed yarns the goal was for the yarn to look as good in the pattern as it did in the skein.

eBook : 4 patterns

What can you do with two stitches? That is the question that prompted this exploration into simple knitting. First peruse the fourteen different stitch patterns in the stitch dictionary. Then select which one of the four easy and fun accessories you would like to make first. Decide which of the stitches you would like to use in the pattern and you are on your way.

Patterns available as Ravelry Downloads

Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Slipped stitches are combined with striping to create this intricate appearing hat that really isn’t any where as difficult as it might appear. The only stitches used are knit, purl, slip, and slip with yarn in front (there are k2tog but they are just for the crown decrease.
Knitting: Cowl
Designed for the YarnOver Truck Fandom club this cowlette was inspired by the villain Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove. Yzma sports some over-the-top elaborate neckwear in the film and it is ALWAYS in purple. Of course you can use whatever color fits your nefarious plans.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Bulky yarn is awesome. It is fast to knit and provides almost instant gratification. But it is, well, bulky and it can be a challenge to find patterns that will allow me to indulge in my love of bulky yarns all year round. That is where lace comes in! Combining the openwork of lace with larger yarns yields bold, graphic designs with big impact.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I love patterns that look like they took more effort than they actually required. This shawlette uses the bunching characteristic of a single special stitch to play with color dominance while knitting simple stripes.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This pattern is The Fiber Seed Swifties Pattern 4!
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
I love the intricate look of stranded colorwork but I don’t necessarily want to deal with two strands of yarn running along every round. Slipped stitches to the rescue! By taking advantage of the fact that working in the round allows a knitter to change colors at the beginning of each new round I was able to create a slipped stitch pattern that...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This is the second shawl in my “face framing lace” series. After I designed one shawl focused on the idea that it would be fun to move the lace trim from the bottom edge up to the top I couldn’t stop thinking about the different ways I could accomplish the effect. (That first shawl is Ononclea)
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
If you picture a lace edging on a shawl the majority of the time one would probably imagine delicate lace dripping off of the edges. But it occurred to me that it might be fun to have the lace up around the neckline where it can flatter the wearer’s face. This shawl is my experiment to see what would happen.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
It’s a Mosaic Lace Mystery Knit-a-long! The mystery has been solved but we kept track of the clues so if you run into any snags, check out this thread and you might find answers to your questions.
Knitting: Pillow / Cushion
Knit entirely in the round this is a super fun pouf, ottoman, footstool, whatever you’d like to call it! The colorwork is slip stitch mosaic style so it is much easier than it looks, you’re only ever working with one color at a time.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
You can find a video tutorial of this pattern FREE Here on Watch Barbara Knit
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
My husband has always asserted that the most romantic fictional couple is Morticia and Gomez Addams, and it is hard to argue with that assertion. Completely devoted to one another in all things, their love transcends all obstacles and is a constant in all of their tales.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This pattern is part of a collaboration with Miss Babs and Jennie the Potter! Kits are on sale on the Miss Babs website!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
You can find a video tutorial of this pattern FREE it is in two parts Part One here and Part Two Here
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
You can find a video tutorial of this pattern FREE Here on Watch Barbara Knit
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
You can find a video tutorial of this pattern FREE Here on Watch Barbara Knit
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
You can find a video tutorial of this pattern FREE Here on Watch Barbara Knit
Knitting: Legwarmers
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
One of the simplest shawl shapes to make is a bottom up triangle. The knitter increases two stitches per row, one stitch on each edge. One of the simplest forms of color-work is knitting stripes. You work with two different balls of yarn and then alternate between knitting two rows of each color.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Beginning with a garter tab this shawl follows traditional top down triangle shaping. You start off with an easy texture pattern that brings just enough to the party to keep you interested. About the time you are getting bored with that it is time to switch things up into slip stitch mosaic colorwork.
Knitting: Cowl
The combination of baby alpaca and ultra soft merino in this amazing yarn made me want to have a squooshy cowl to snuggle up to. To take full advantage of the insulating qualities of this yarn I decided that the denser fabric created by mosaic slip stitch colorwork would be a perfect fit.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Designed to show off the craziest of variegated skeins this sock makes use of a stitch I developed by combining slipped stitches with a lifted bar and named the Sandpiper Stitch.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Designed to match my fingerless mitts pattern I Can’t Control My Fingers this hat features the same super stretchy ribbing I have called Wobble Rib.
Knitting: Cowl
I wanted a cable to run around the top of this cowl, but I didn’t want to do any grafting. My solution is decorative buttons! First you knit the 19 stitch cable and then you pick up to knit in the round while allowing the cable band to overlap by a few stitches. A simple texture worked in the round provides height for this big, smooshy cowl tha...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Cast on from one small tip, this generously sized asymmetrical shawl grows in ever expanding rows alternating bands of texture and beaded lace. The texture is easy to work and allows the beautiful gradient yarn to shine through. Just when you might be getting bored with the simple knitting the beaded lace arrives to engage your interest.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Drawing inspiration from the clouds themselves, this graciously sized stole is worked in delightfully soft Cloud from Anzula.
Knitting: Cowl
By switching between a simple texture panel and a section of stitches worked in a simple double knitting technique, this cowl creates the illusion that you are doing something complicated when in fact you are not.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Worked holding only one yarn at a time, this shawl is Mosaic Lace which is a fusion of slip stitch color-work and lace techniques. There is no yarn management of a carried yarn (except up the side), only knitting stripes and slipping stitches.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This pattern is available as part of an e-book called One
Knitting: Cowl
This pattern is available as part of an e-book called One
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This pattern is available as part of an e-book called One
Knitting: Scarf
This pattern is available as part of an e-book called One
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Beginning with Judy’s Magic Cast On allows this shawl to have chunky cable that runs seamlessly along the neck edge of this simple and elegant shawl. Instead of joining to work in the round, you simply work flat. The beautiful bulky yarn from Stitch Sprouts makes the knitting go super fast and causes the easy-to-work 2/2 cables pop!
Knitting: Cowl
This luxuriously soft cowl is a really good way to get your feet wet working a lace pattern that has a bit of action on the wrong side rows. It also features icord edging and an icord bind off.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Starting with the easy to wear crescent shape, this shawl adds on swooping lace and bountiful beads that come together in an ode to the ocean. The inspiration behind this watery theme is the beautifully dyed sock blank Sea Garden from Gale’s Art.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This stole is an attempt to re-envision how a gradient could be used. Instead of working in the typical order I have used the different colors in the set to create stripes with varying levels of contrast. To allow the gradient to shine I have paired it with a simple to knit combination of mosaic style color-work and lace that provides just enou...
Knitting: Cowl
There is a balancing act between designing a fast knit and a boring knit. This cowl knits up quickly in 2 skeins of the the delightfully smooshy and chunky Crater Lake and yet has a little bit of cabling to keep things interesting.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Knit with two contrasting colors in a beautiful palate from The Fiber Seed, this hat is a features simple stripes with a fun little stitch to keep things interesting.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The shawl was designed for Miss Babs armchair travel trip to Sri Lanka!
Knitting: Scarf
This scarf is an easy carry-along project suitable for picking up and putting down repeatedly. It is worked all in one piece with no short rows or assembly. It is suitable for adventurous beginners and a good beginning lace project.
Knitting: Cowl
With a true Moebius cowl, there is no right side/wrong side dichotomy, there is only the one side. By combining reversible cables with the Moebius form a truly reversible cowl is achieved. To make things super fast I have chosen to work the pattern up in yarn that leans towards the chubbier side.
Knitting: Cowl
Starting with a true Moebius cast on this cowl works out from the center in panels of seed stitch and simplified double knitting to create a mix of textures that highlight the wonderful softness and color of both Malabrigo Silky Merino and Silkpaca.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knit from side to side using slip stitch patterning, Zagless creates a fun optical illusion with a surprisingly simple combination of stitches. By taking advantage of the construction the stripes switch between moving from a Zig to a straight line - without ever zagging.
Knitting: Cowl
This is a tall cowl. Not a big cowl, or a bulky cowl … just tall. By combining mosaic color work with simple lace a fabric is created that allows the cowl to be collapsed down around your neck and ears to keep them snuggly and warm.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
When starting with the luxurious, drape-y, 100% silk yarn it was inevitable that this shawl was going to evoke water.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
It looks complicated, but it really isn’t. This shawl is worked from side to side, starting at the small point and growing towards a long, swooping bind-off. Believe it or not the stitch pattern is 4 stitches wide and 4 rows long. By working the pattern in stripes and shifting which color is on which two rows you create two very different looks...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Designed in the soft new Dream in Color Classy this pattern is shown in the colors Grey Tabby & Amber Glass. One hat takes approximately 1/2 a skein of each color.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
What would happen if I worked beads in gradient on a yarn that is also a gradient? That is the question I asked myself and this shawl is the answer. A little bit of texture plus a little bit of lace allows the beauty of the yarn & beads to shine through.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A video tour of this shawl is available by clicking this link.
Knitting: Cowl
You know those big, bulky cowls that use enormous yarn and knit up in a couple of hours? Well, because you are holding your yarn doubled up and using a big ole needle, this pattern knits up like one of those bulky cowls but manages to not actually be bulky.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
This pattern now has a matching hat called I can’t control my brain!
Knitting: Headband
Lace and Summer just seem to go together, but sometimes it is too hot to wear even the lightest of wrap. This little headband allows you to have lace in your life even on the hottest of days. Worked in heavier than typical yarn, the bulkier lace takes on a graphic pop which is well defined by the yarn’s rounded shape.
Knitting: Cowl
Worked in a fun mixture of texture and easy mosaic knitting, this cowl is great for guys and gals; it all depends on your color selection. It is knit in the round and consists of knits, purls and slipping of stitches so the skill level is appropriate for a confident/advanced beginner on up.
Knitting: Scarf
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Elegance can be based in simplicity and that is the basis for this shawl fit for Royalty. Irulan is the Princess daughter of House Corrino in the Frank Herbert Dune books and the namesake for this shawl. A mixture of texture and lace, the luxury of the Sunshine Yarns UltraLuxe Light shines through in this pattern. Worked in the subtly luminous ...
Knitting: Scarf
Just in time for Oscar watching parties, I am pleased to announce this elegant mens scarf fit for the discerning agent. Whether you are sitting back drinking a martini or you have to leap onto a convenient snowmobile for a high speed chase, this scarf will keep you warm in style.
Knitting: Scarf
Knit until you run out of yarn, that is the plan with this piece. Designed with Malabrigo Arroyo in the colorway Marte (Spanish for Mars) while following the Mars Rover mission; this curiously shaped wrap is somewhere between a shawl and a scarf. If you use a lot of yardage - you get a shawl, if you use less you get something easy to wrap as a ...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This design takes its inspiration from the Egyptian revival of the 1920s, which was sparked off by the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
Knitting stripes and lace while slipping a few choice stitches produces color work lace without any of the stranding. Working it in the round makes it even easier because all of your slipped stitches keep their yarn in back. You have to pay attention to what you are doing, but it isn’t exactly hard.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sample knit in Roasted Tumeric and Zircon from Hermione Jean Creations.
Knitting: Scarf, Cowl
Worn as either a long loop or doubled up for warmth, this pattern was specifically developed to work well with highly variegated yarns. I have a passion for hand dyed yarns and this beautiful SoftnShiny color-way, Sliced Blood Oranges, wonderfully represents the category. Too often these wildly colorful yarns do not play well with patterns, and...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Caladan is the stormy and windswept ocean home world of House Atreides; the watery and wavy elements of this crescent shaped shawl were designed to evoke these images, with some beautiful beads added in for fun. It is particularly well suited to watery colored variegated yarns, not to say that it wouldn’t look fabulous in other colors!
Knitting: Headband
This headband/earwarmer tapers to the back and is closed with a button. This means no bulk at the nape of your neck and you can take it on and off without destroying your hair by pulling the headband over repeatedly.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A companion shawl to Alia, Lady Jessica is a sport weight shawl that is little snugglier than a fingering weight shawl while avoiding the weight of worsted.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A Sport weight shawl; Alia is a little snugglier than a fingering weight shawl without all of the weight of worsted.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The second in a series of shoulder hugging crescent shaped shawls, the Mapes pattern is a set of simple to knit, comforting wraps. Included in this pattern are the instructions for a simple stockinette/garter version, the sample shown in the photographs, and variations for self design.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
While not a universal truth, it is common for the male recipients of knitted hats (and perhaps some male knitters themselves) to like things relatively … basic. Utilitarian pieces that will serve their purposes well but tend to be fairly boring to knit. This hat is my compromise. It isn’t too fancy, nor is it pedestrian.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
A crescent shaped shawl with unusual shoulder shaping, Atreides is a stylized representation of a soaring eagle in flight.
Knitting: Scarf
Sometimes you fall in love with yarn. You buy it, take it home, stash it … lovingly horde it. And then you pull it out and wonder “what was I thinking” “how did I ever think I could wear/want those colors”?
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
I was making Myra Wood ‘s Magic Loop Mitts: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/magic-loop-mitts