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Let’s Celebrate with this Free High Sierra Scarf


Moving to Lake Tahoe has definitely influenced my knitting. The temperature here at 7,000 feet swings widely from fall to spring.  The temperature rises as high as 70 during the bright  sunny days and is freezing during our crystal clear nights. It always makes sense to carry along a wrap or cozy scarf.


What better way to start our winter season than with this beautiful lacy infinity scarf? It’s got a nice balance of fun new techniques and an easy to remember pattern. Let’s take a closer look:

  • high_sierra_ellieAlternating Long Tail Cast On: We discussed the benefits of this cast on last winter in this post. It adds interest and flexibility that’s important in a wavy pattern.
  • Shaping: The top of the infinity scarf is slightly smaller than the bottom. This helps the scarf drape better to highlight the stitch pattern.
  • Showy Decrease: Yes, of course there has to be a Showy Decrease in the pattern. This central double decrease is a simple modification that results in cleaner more modern lines.
  • Resilient Bind Off: This new bind off gives you a small picot-like edge that also has more give. There is a tutorial in the pattern and a blog post will announce it next.

The pattern comes with two sizes, an infinity scarf and this blue cowl.

Let’s Celebrate. This Pattern is Free!

I am so excited to be back to blogging that I am offering this pattern for free as a celebration! I even tried a video to show you some details. Let me know if you think it helps.

The good (great) news is that after months of not being able to blog, I finally figured the whole health thing out. I had Lyme Disease left over from years ago and now I’m on the road to recovery. That means we’re going to have a busy busy winter! I have two full collections just waiting for patterns. I’m very excited to share them with you.

Helpful Links

If you’re new to our blog, you’ll want to catch up on a few of the techniques used in this scarf. Here are some helpful blog posts:

It was such a beautiful snowy day when I was taking pictures that I just had to share the larger version of the first photo with you! We’ve moved to Tahoe but all my ‘models’ (like my niece Ellie shown above) still live in San Diego so I have to be creative until I get back there.


16 comments on “Let’s Celebrate with this Free High Sierra Scarf

  1. Jennie
    December 5, 2016

    As always, thanks so much for sharing all your tips and free patterns. Have a wonderful holiday season. I hope you will consider teaching another class with the SD No Coast Knitting Guild!!

  2. Judy
    December 5, 2016

    Welcome back! Thank you for the pattern, chock full of technique.

  3. Amy
    December 6, 2016

    Thank you for sharing this and all your inventive tutorials! Glad you’re on the toad to recovery. I’m. Looking forward to more wonderful things from you!

  4. Rachel
    December 6, 2016

    It’s good to see you back in action, many thanks for a lovely new pattern. So pleased you worked out what the health problem was – stay well.

  5. Willena Talbot
    December 6, 2016

    Glad you are recovering. Great pattern, thx!

  6. Debby Costas
    December 6, 2016

    Absolutely lovely! Thank you!

  7. Christine Hall
    December 11, 2016

    Love it! Welcome back. I missed your blog.

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  9. Lilly
    December 12, 2016

    Laura, so very pleased you have a diagnosis so can get right down and be treated. Hope the symptoms disappear quickly and you feel fully well again soon.

  10. Laura Cunitz
    December 13, 2016

    Thanks everyone for the comments here and the private emails. Love being back

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  12. M-R
    February 20, 2018

    This is BEAUTIFUL !
    I’m gobsmacked by everything in your blog and in your site – not forgetting your Youtube channel – rendered almost speechless …
    (Very glad indeed you mastered the Lyme disease ! – ticks from where, up there in the snow ?)
    Your generosity is amazing, Laura – imagine if there were many people like you … how great would the world be ?!

    • Laura Cunitz
      February 20, 2018

      Well, you just keep making me smile! Our first house was in Connecticut just down the coast from Lyme. We had a house built in 1770 with 3 acres of land that needed lots of work. I was always crawling under bushes to chop them down. We also had a lot of deer that came to eat my garden. Not a match made in heaven.

      • M-R
        February 20, 2018

        Ah, of course! – from BEFORE the high white country. Downunder we specialize in tick-generated horrible things. :-\

    • Laura Cunitz
      February 21, 2018

      MR – I am in the midst of planning a one month trip to Australia/NZ with my husband in October. I’ve never been and I’m so excited. I also just started a 3-month writing class, I didn’t know I was chatting with a published author. 🙂 How exciting for you.

      • M-R
        February 21, 2018

        You’v chosen a good time, Laura: Oz in spring is terrific (but autumn is my personal favourite). if you need answers to anything. 🙂

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