Another Armwarmer: Hightower!


Winter Is Coming Came and Now Has Decided Not Leave. So even though it’s spring, I’m still in a keeping-warm mindset. Today we’re giving some attention to a house that has been mentioned only in passing in the books: House Hightower. I’m hoping that they become more important in future books (they’re super smart and into necromancy – how have they not become more popular?), but for now, we only have a smattering of history and a sigil of a tower topped with a flame.

This pattern follows the same instructions as my Tarth armwarmer, with a different pattern, obviously. Luckily, this pattern is also simpler.

You will need: 176 white beads, 18 red beads, 9 orange beads and 3 yellow beads.

String them onto your yarn in the following order:
























And this is the pattern to follow:



And stay tuned, because I should be posting more exclusive cocktails for the season 4 premiere soon!

Tarth Sigil Armwarmer (with Tutorial!)


Oh, dear readers, this project was such a thorn in my side! I wanted to make a Tarth sigil hankie back when I first started this blog, but the design (quartered, with a moon on an azure background and a sun on a rose background) didn’t lend itself to the minimalist aesthetic I was going for. But with Brienne being one of my favorite characters, I thought a bit about what kind of craft I could make that was Tarth-related.

Then, it hit me.



I’ve done bead knitting before, although it had been so long I had to remember how to do it. And then, when I was halfway through the design, I realized that the yellow beads I had chosen didn’t contrast enough with the rose beads, so my sun looked like a slightly lighter blob. So I had to undo my work, buy new beads, re-string the beads and redo all my knitting. It SUCKED.

But second time’s the charm, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

And here’s how you can make one yourself!


Gauge: 16 rows/9 stitches=1 inch

Size: 6 inches x 6 inches 

NOTE: There are a couple of different ways to do beaded knitting. I chose the pre-stringing method. The beads are pre-strung on the yarn prior to knitting. Then when the pattern calls for a bead, the bead is moved right next to the right needle, and the next stitch is knit. The bead symbol on the pattern refers to placing the bead and knitting the stitch after it. You can also place the beads on the stitches as you go with a crochet hook. This post gives a good tutorial on how to do that.

Here is the order in which you string the bead colors, helpfully broken up by rows (r=rose, a=azure, g=gold and s=silver):

5r 13a
7r 13a
1r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 1r 13a
3r 3g 3r 13a
1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 4a 1s 5a 1s 2a
2r 7g 1r 4a 1s 5a 1s 2a
2r 7g 1r 4a 2s 3a 2s 2a
2r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 4a 7s 2a
5r 3g 3r 5a 5s 3a
5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 1r 13a
13r 13a
13a 13r
12a 13r
12a 5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 2r
3a 1s 5a 1s 1a 6r 3g 4r
3a 1s 5a 1s 1a 3r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 1r
2a 2s 3a 2s 1a 4r 7g 2r
2a 7s 1a 4r 7g 2r
2a 5s 2a 3r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 1r
9a 6r 3g 4r
8a 5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 2r
7a 13r
5a 13r


Slide beads on to yarn with beading needle.

Cast on 45 stitches.

Knit 23 more rows.

Follow pattern (all stitches will be knit):


Knit 30 rows, or as needed to fit arm.

Cast off stitches, leaving a long tail.

Block knitting; knit together seams. Weave in ends.

Enjoy your sassy armwarmer and very warm wrist!

I hope this tutorial is clear. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

Winter Is Coming and I Have a Scarf 2: Westeros Boogaloo

Since my office had to face the wrath of Sandy, I inadvertently had a week off, which meant a lot of time to finish up some projects that I hadn’t had time for. A big project was dealing with my Stark scarf.

You see, knitting my scarf in Fair Isle (i.e., knitting both right and wrong sides instead of purling the wrong side) meant that, after painstakingly finishing my scarf, it curled. Each side rolled inward until it looked like a jelly roll. My beautiful six-inch-wide scarf was barely three inches wide. You could barely even read it!

So I went hunting about the internet for a solution, and stumbled upon this post by TECHknitting which offered a simple solution: line the back of the scarf with polar fleece. I ordered some fleece, although I still wasn’t sure whether the fleece would be sturdy enough to keep the scarf from curling. But it was! I was so happy! My scarf looked so spiffy. Although, I made the mistake of sewing the lining at 2am, which means that there is bunching in some places where I didn’t hold it taut. SIGH.

Here is the front:

Here is the back:

And here is an ACTION SHOT:

You guys, this scarf is so warm and snuggly. I can barely even handle how nice it feels.

And, I made an honest to God pattern for you guys! I am excited to share it with you, but also a little nervous, since this is my first chart pattern. Note that I futzed around with the direwolf as well, since he had one leg bigger than all the others.

Winter Is Coming Scarf

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in 625 graphite  (1 skein) and 615 tulip (2 skeins)

Needle size: 8 or whatever you need for gauge

Gauge: 18 stitches/21 rows=4 inches in garter stitch

Cast on 25 stitches.

Knit 30 rows in garter stitch.

Follow the pattern here: winter is coming scarf. (Note: I had to make the pattern in segments, which is why the row numbering is weird. Ignore, please!)

Knit 30 rows in garter stich.

Bind off.

Sew polar fleece onto back using overcast stitch (tutorial here).

Wear your scarf, you sassy thing.

And now to give due credit where credit is due:

Lettering is from here

Chart pattern was made from the generator here

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Winter is Coming and I have a SCARF

UPDATE: More pictures of the lined scarf and pattern tutorial here!

It’s almost here! In a few hours, the year-long wait for season two of Game of Thrones will be over. And just in the nick of time, I have finally managed to finish the fabled Winter is Coming scarf. It only took weeks and weeks of knitting and attempting to knit and trying to figure out this crazy Fair Isle knitting method. And boy, is it big. Like, almost six feet long. At least I won’t be cold.

For the knitters in the group wondering about the details, I used Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in 625 graphite for the letters and direwolf  (1 skein) and 615 tulip for the background (2 skeins). For the design, I used a letter pattern found here and the direwolf sketch I made when I was designing my hankies. In retrospect, I should have used a sans serif font to make my life easier, but I had to push on through once I had started. Also, my direwolf’s legs are a little uneven. Oops.

And now on to the pictures!

This was the only way I could make the entire scarf fit into one picture.

A closeup of the direwolf

And my poor little lion Thom had to be my unwitting model, but at least he got treats as payment.

And here is a pattern for the direwolf in case anyone wants to make one.

All in all, I think it turned out pretty well, considering this is the first time I have made a pattern and done Fair Isle. The stockingette stitch is causing it to curl a lot, even after I blocked it, but it makes it a lot thinner and chicer, in my opinion. I’m looking forward to wrapping it around me to watch the premiere tonight.

Other ASoIaF crafts

Like I said, finding crafts people have made is hard, especially since when I Google “ASoIaF crafts” I get a lot of links talking about Martin’s writing craft. But I’m trying to make this as complete as possible in the future, so if you know of anything that can be added, please leave a comment.

Inn at the Crossroads is a simply glorious blog that makes recipes mentioned in the books. Nothing makes my mouth water like going to this blog and drooling over pictures of beef and bacon pies.

There are some neat projects that have been made by the good people over at Craftster. Here is a link to pictures from a themed swap that was done (sadly, no tutorials!), here is a nifty Stark crest and here is a direwolf-embroidered pouch.

Etsy has some crafts for sale, but not as many as, say, Harry Potter or Star Wars. This must change, people!

While not specifically aimed at ASoIaF fans, Stella Four did point out some wolf and dragon crafts that you can make.

And while makeup doesn’t really fall into a craft, per se, Meredith Jessica’s Game of Thrones makeup series is too beautiful not to include in this list.