Friday, December 31, 2010

A Winter Cabled Capelet

Tired of making cowls??? Extend the cowl out into a beautiful winter capelet. Great for Apres-ski in front of the fire.


SIZES
To fit bust measurement
Extra-Small/Large
28-42 ins [71-106.5 cm]
Extra-Large/5 Extra-Large
44-62 ins [112-157.5 cm]

MATERIALS
Patons® Classic Wool Roving (100 g/3.5 oz; 109 m/120 yds) (77010 Natural)
XS/L 5 balls
XL/5XL 7 balls
Size 6.5 mm (U.S. 10½) knitting needles.
Size 6.5 mm (U.S. 10½) circular knitting needles 24 ins [60 cm] and 36 ins [90 cm] long or size needed to obtain tension. Cable needle.
TENSION
14 sts and 18 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

ABBREVIATIONS
C12B = Slip next 6 sts onto cable needle and leave at back of work. K6, then K6 from cable needle.

INSTRUCTIONS
Cable Band
With pair of needles, cast on 15 sts.
1st row: (RS). Knit.
2nd and alt rows: P12. K3.
3rd and 5th rows: Knit.
7th row: K3. C12B.



9th row: Knit.
10th row: As 2nd row.
These 10 rows form Cable Pat.
Cont in Cable Pat until work from beg measures approx 46 (54) ins
[117 (137) cm], ending with a 10th row. Do not cast off. Break
yarn leaving a long end. Using end, graft sts to cast on edge to form
ring (center back seam).
Capelet Body
With RS facing and longer circular needle, beg at center back seam, pick up and knit 160 (192) sts evenly around top garter st edge of
Cable Band. Join in rnd, placing a marker at first st.
Next rnd: Purl.
Cont in stocking st (knit every rnd) until work from pick up edge
measures 8 (9) ins [20.5 (23) cm].
Dec as follows, changing to shorter needle where appropriate:
Dec rnd: *K8 (10). K2tog. Rep from * around. 144 (176) sts.
Knit 4 rnds.
Dec rnd: *K7 (9). K2tog. Rep from * around. 128 (160) sts.
Knit 4 rnds.
Dec rnd: *K6 (8). K2tog. Rep from * around. 112 (144) sts.
Knit 4 rnds.
Dec 16 sts evenly around next rnd and following 5th rnd (as before).
80 (112) sts.
Next rnd: Purl.
Next rnd: *K2. P2. Rep from * around.
Cont in (K2. P2) ribbing until collar measures 9 ins [23 cm].
Cast off in ribbing.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Real Winter Project- A Knitted Hanging

With the "holidaze" winding down and winter gearing up, what better way to stay indoors and commit to a grand project. This knitted hanging (designed by knitting artist Kaffe Fassett) could easily be turned into a huge project by doubling the strips for a blanket...it up to you...or it's up to how long your winter lasts...LOL.


YARN
Rowan Summer Tweed
A 525 Blueberry 9 x50gm
B 529 Denim 4 x50gm
C 521 Storm 5 x50gm
D 547 Navy 1 x50gm
E 543 Sweet Pea 1 x50gm
F 507 Rush 1 x50gm
G 500 Powder 1 x50gm
H 546 Loganberry 1 x50gm
I 515 Raffia 1 x50gm

NEEDLES
1 pair 5mm (US 8) needles
5mm (US H8) crochet hook

GAUGE
16 sts x 23 rows over st st using 5mm (US 8) needles

FINISHED SIZE
107cm (42in) wide and 166cm (65½in) at longest point.

Strip A
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn C cast on 10 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 to 4: Using yarn C.
Rows 5 to 10: Using yarn A.
Rows 11 to 16: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 5 to 16, once.
Rows 29 to 32: Using yarn C.
Rows 33 to 40: Using yarn G.
Rows 41 to 49: Using yarn C.
Rows 50 to 57: Using yarn A.
Rows 58 to 63: Using yarn C.
Rows 64 to 69: Using yarn A.
Rows 70 to 76: Using yarn C.
Rows 77 to 86: Using yarn A.
Rows 87 to 94: Using yarn C.
Rows 95 to 102: Using yarn A.
Rows 103 to 111: Using yarn C.
Rows 112 to 121: Using yarn G.
Rows 122 to 129: Using yarn H.
Rows 130 to 138: Using yarn A.
Rows 139 to 146: Using yarn C.
Rows 147 to 154: Using yarn A.
Rows 155 to 162: Using yarn C.
Rows 163 to 172: Using yarn A.
Rows 173 to 180: Using yarn C.
Rows 181 to 188: Using yarn A.
Rows 189 to 197: Using yarn C.
Rows 198 to 207: Using yarn G.
Rows 208 to 215: Using yarn H.
Rows 216 to 230: Using yarn C.
Rows 231 to 236: Using yarn A.
Rows 237 to 242: Using yarn C.
Rows 243 to 248: Using yarn A.
Rows 249 to 257: Using yarn C.
Rows 258 to 266: Using yarn G.
Rows 267 to 274: Using yarn A.
Rows 275 to 280: Using yarn C.
Rows 281 to 286: Using yarn A.
Rows 287 to 294: Using yarn C.
Rows 295 to 304: Using yarn A.
Rows 305 to 312: Using yarn C.
Rows 313 to 320: Using yarn A
Rows 321 to 330: Using yarn C.
Rows 331 to 340: Using yarn G.
Rows 341 to 348: Using yarn H. Cast off.

Strip B
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A cast on 10 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 to 4: Using yarn A.
Rows 5 to 7: Using yarn B.
Rows 8 to 11: Using yarn A.
Rows 12 to 15: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 8 to 15, 8 times.
Rows 80 and 81: Using yarn B.
Rows 82 and 83: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 8-15, 16 times.
Rows 212 and 213: Using yarn B.
Rows 214 and 215: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 8-15, 7 times.
Rows 272 and 273: Using yarn B.
Rows 274 and 275: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 8-15, 6 times. Cast off.


Strip C
Work as strip H from row 42 to end, then work rows 89 to 131. Cast off.

Strip D
Work as strip K starting at row 47. Cast off.

Strip E
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn B cast on 22 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 and 2: Using yarn B.
Rows 3 to 6: Using yarn A.
Rows 7 to 12: Using yarn D.
Rows 13 to 18: Using yarn A.
Rows 19 to 24: Using yarn B.
Rows 25 to 30: Using yarn E.
Rows 31 to 35: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13-24, once.
Rows 48 to 51: Using yarn A.
Rows 52 to 57: Using yarn C.
Rows 58 to 64: Using yarn A.
Rows 65 to 70: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13-24, once.
Rows 83 to 86: Using yarn F.
Rows 87 to 91: Using yarn B.
Rows 92 to 95: Using yarn G.
Rows 96 to 100: Using yarn B.
Rows 101 to 104: Using yarn A.
Rows 105 to 108: Using yarn B.
Rows 109 to 112: Using yarn A.
Rows 113 to 117: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13-24, once.
Rows 130 to 135: Using yarn A.
Rows 136 to 140: Using yarn B.
Rows 141 to 145: Using yarn G.
Rows 146 to 149: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 58 to 139, then rows 3 to 108. Cast off.

Strip F
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A cast on 22 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 to 6: Using yarn A.
Rows 7 to 12: Using yarn C.
Rows 13 to 18: Using yarn A.
Rows 19 to 24: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13 to 24, twice.
Rows 49 to 54: Using yarn F.
Rows 55 to 60: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13 to 24, 5 times.
Rows 121 to 126: Using yarn G.
Rows 127 to 132: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13 to 24, 3 times.
Rows 169 to 174: Using yarn F.
Rows 175 to 180: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13 to 24, twice.
Rows 205 to 210: Using yarn C.
Rows 211 to 216: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13 to 24, 5 times.
Rows 277 to 282: Using yarn G.
Rows 283 to 288: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 13 to 24, 3 times. Cast off.

Strip G
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A cast on 20 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 to 8: Using yarn A.
Rows 9-16: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 1 to 16, once.
Rows 33 to 40: Using yarn A.
Rows 41 to 50: Using yarn C.
Rows 51 to 56: Using yarn A.
Rows 57 to 64: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 1-16, once.
Rows 81 to 86: Using yarn F.
Rows 87 to 94: Using yarn C.
Rows 95 to 102: Using yarn F.
Rows 103 to 111: Using yarn C.
Rows 112 to 118: Using yarn A.
Rows 119 to 127: Using yarn H.
Rows 128 to 134: Using yarn A.
Rows 135 to 140: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 1-16, once.
Rows 157 to 162: Using yarn A.
Rows 163 to 168: Using yarn C.
Rows 169 to 176: Using yarn A.
Rows 177 to 184: Using yarn H.
Rep rows 1-16, twice.
Rows 217 to 224: Using yarn A.
Rows 225 to 234: Using yarn C.
Rows 235 to 240: Using yarn A.
Rows 241 to 248: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 1-16, once.
Rows 265 to 270: Using yarn F.
Rows 271 to 279: Using yarn C.
Rows 280 to 287: Using yarn F.
Rows 288 to 296: Using yarn C.
Rows 297 to 303: Using yarn A.
Rows 304 to 312: Using yarn H.
Rows 313 to 319: Using yarn A.
Rows 320 to 325: Using yarn C.
Rows 326 to 334: Using yarn A. Cast off.

Strip H
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn C cast on 17 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 to 4: Using yarn C.
Rows 5 and 6: Using yarn A.
Rows 7 to 10: Using yarn C.
Rows 11 to 14: Using yarn A.
Rows 15 to 18: Using yarn C.
Rows 19 to 21: Using yarn A.
Rows 22 and 23: Using yarn D.
Rows 24 and 25: Using yarn F.
Rep rows 22 to 25, once.
Rows 30 and 31: Using yarn D.
Rows 32 to 35: Using yarn A.
Rows 36 to 38: Using yarn D.
Row 39: Using yarn B.
Rows 40 and 41: Using yarn A.
Rows 42 and 43: Using yarn B.
Rows 44 to 47: Using yarn A.
Rows 48 to 51: Using yarn B.
Rows 52 to 54: Using yarn A.
Rows 55 to 58: Using yarn H.
Rows 59 to 61: Using yarn A.
Rows 62 to 65: Using yarn B.
Rows 66 to 69: Using yarn A.
Rows 70 to 73: Using yarn B.
Rows 74 to 76: Using yarn G.
Rows 77 to 79: Using yarn C.
Rows 80 to 83: Using yarn I.
Rows 84 to 86: Using yarn C.
Rows 87 to 90: Using yarn A.
Rows 91 to 94: Using yarn C.
Rows 95 to 99: Using yarn A.
Rows 100 to 103: Using yarn B.
Rows 104 to 106: Using yarn A.
Rows 107 to 111: Using yarn D.
Rows 112 to 114: Using yarn G.
Rows 115 to 117: Using yarn B.
Rows 118 to 121: Using yarn A.
Rows 122 to 125: Using yarn B.
Rows 126 to 131: Using yarn A.
Rows 132 to 135: Using yarn B.
Rows 136 to 139: Using yarn E.
Rows 140 to 143: Using yarn B.
Rows 144 to 147: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 36 to 147, then rows 1 to 88. Cast off.

Strip I
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A cast on 15 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 to 5: Using yarn A.
Rows 6 to 11: Using yarn B.
Rows 12 to 17: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 6 to 17, once.
Rows 30 to 37: Using yarn B.
Rows 38 to 43: Using yarn A.
Rows 44 to 47: Using yarn B.
Rows 48 to 51: Using yarn A.
Rows 52 to 57: Using yarn B.
Rows 58 to 63: Using yarn A.
Rows 64 to 69: Using yarn B.
Rows 70 to 75: Using yarn G.
Rows 76 to 80: Using yarn B.
Rows 81 to 85: Using yarn A.
Rows 86 to 91: Using yarn H.
Rows 92 to 96: Using yarn A.
Rows 97 to 102: Using yarn B.
Rows 103 to 108: Using yarn A.
Rows 109 to 114: Using yarn B.
Rows 115 to 118: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 109 to 118, once.
Rows 129 to 134: Using yarn B.
Rows 135 to 139: Using yarn A.
Rows 140 to 145: Using yarn C.
Rows 146 to 151: Using yarn A.
Rows 152 to 157: Using yarn C.
Rows 158 to 161: Using yarn A.
Rows 162 to 165: Using yarn D.
Rows 166 to 171: Using yarn A.
Rows 172 to 175: Using yarn B.
Rows 176 to 179: Using yarn A.
Rows 180 to 185: Using yarn B.
Rows 186 to 191: Using yarn A.
Rows 192 to 197: Using yarn B.
Rows 198 to 203: Using yarn G.
Rows 204 to 208: Using yarn B.
Rows 209 to 213: Using yarn A.
Rows 214 to 219: Using yarn F.
Rows 220 to 224: Using yarn A.
Rows 225 to 230: Using yarn B.
Rows 231 to 236: Using yarn A.
Rows 237 to 242: Using yarn B.
Rows 243 to 246: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 237 to 246, once.
Rows 257 to 262: Using yarn B.
Rows 263 to 267: Using yarn A.
Rows 268 to 273: Using yarn C.
Rows 274 to 279: Using yarn A.
Rows 280 to 285: Using yarn C.
Rows 286 to 289: Using yarn A.
Rows 290 to 293: Using yarn D.
Rows 294 to 297: Using yarn A.
Rows 298 to 303: Using yarn C.
Rows 304 to 309: Using yarn A.
Rows 310 to 315: Using yarn C.
Rows 316 to 321: Using yarn A.
Rows 322 to 328: Using yarn C.
Rows 329 to 334: Using yarn A.
Rows 335 to 340: Using yarn H. Cast off.

Strip J
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A cast on 12 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as
folls:
Rows 1 to 4: Using yarn A.
Rows 5 to 8: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 4 times.
Rows 41 to 44: Using yarn G.
Rows 45 to 48: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 4 times.
Rows 81 to 86: Using yarn A.
Rows 87 to 90: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, twice.
Rows 107 to 108: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 6 times.
Rows 157 and 158: Using yarn A.
Rows 159 to 162: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 4 times.
Rows 195 to 198: Using yarn G.
Rows 199 to 102: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 4 times.
Rows 235 to 238: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 3 times.
Rows 271 to 274: Using yarn B.
Rows 275 to 278: Using yarn G.
Rows 279 to 282: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 8 times.
Rows 347 to 350: Using yarn G.
Rows 351 to 354: Using yarn B.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 3 times. Cast off.

Strip K
Using 5mm (US 8) needles and yarn A cast on 13 sts.
Beg with a K row and working in st st throughout cont as folls:
Rows 1 to 4: Using yarn A.
Rows 5 to 8: Using yarn C.
Rows 9 to 12: Using yarn A.
Rows 13 to 15: Using yarn C.
Rows 16 to 19: Using yarn E.
Rows 20 to 22: Using yarn C.
Rows 23 to 26: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 1 to 8, once.
Rows 35 to 37: Using yarn A.
Rows 38 to 41: Using yarn D.
Rows 42 to 46: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 5 to12, 6 times.
Rows 95 and 96: Using yarn C.
Rows 97 and 98: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 5 to 12, 3 times.
Rows 123 to 127: Using yarn C.
Rows 128 to 131: Using yarn F.
Rep rows 5 to 12, twice.
Rows 148 to 151: Using yarn C.
Rows 152 to 155: Using yarn E.
Rows 156 to 158: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 5 times.
Rows 199 to 203: Using yarn A.
Rows 204 to 207: Using yarn D.
Rows 208 to 210: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 5 to12, 3 times.
Rows 235 to 237: Using yarn C.
Rows 238 to 241: Using yarn E.
Rows 242 to 244: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 1 to 8, 4 times.
Rows 277 to 280: Using yarn A.
Rows 281 and 282: Using yarn C.
Rows 283 and 284: Using yarn A.
Rep rows 5 to12, 3 times.
Rows 309 to 313: Using yarn C.
Rows 314 to 317: Using yarn F.
Rows 318 to 322: Using yarn C.
Rep rows 1 to 8, twice. Cast off.

Finishing
Press as needed. Assemble strips in order from left to right and keeping cast off edges straight join together at sides. (Bottom edge will beuneven).

Top edge
With RS facing, using 5mm (US 8H) crochet hook and yarn C, attach yarn at top right corner of hanging, 1ch (does NOT count as st), dc evenly to end, turn
Row 1: 1ch (does NOT count as st), 1dc into each dc to end.
Fasten off.

Bottom edge
With RS facing using 5mm (US 8H) crochet hook and yarn C, attach yarn to bottom left corner of hanging and work as given for top edge all around shaped bottom edge.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Amish Loom Afghan

Should you have asked Santa for an Amish Loom to try your hand at loomed knitting (weaving), here is a great pattern to get you started. Have a happy and safe holiday!
SIZE: One Size
About 32 x 35 in. (81.5 x 89 cm), not including fringe

MATERIALS
• 790-395 Lion Brand Homespun Yarn: Meadow 1 Ball (A)
• 790-312 Lion Brand Homespun Yarn: Edwardian 1 Ball (B)
• Amish Loom
• Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size K-10.5 (for casting off and fringe)
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

GAUGE:
5 1/2 single wraps = 4 in. (10 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the
gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials
specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4
in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a
larger size hook or needles.

NOTES:
Follow instructions provided in the Loom manual for how to cast on, join new color
and cast off.

AFGHAN
With A and using all pegs, cast on. Following loom manual directions for Single Wrap method, work 16 rows with A.
Change to B. Continuing to work Single Wrap, work 6 rows with B.
Change to A and work 18 rows.
Change to B and work 9 rows.
Change to A and work 18 rows.
Change to B and work 4 rows.
Change to A and work 22 rows.
Cast off loosely.

FINISHING
Fringe
Cut 2 strands of yarn about 27 in. (68.5 cm) long. Hold strands together and fold in half. Use crochet hook to draw fold through edge of piece, forming a loop. Pull ends of fringe through this loop. Pull to tighten. Make 46 fringe along each end of Afghan. Knot end of each fringe. Weave in ends.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wavy Tote

Brighten up your winter wardrobe with this fun tote. Don't be afraid to use bright colors!



Bag measures 11 1/2” tall x 12
1/2” wide, after felting.

RED HEART® “Eco-Ways® Bamboo Wool”: 3 Balls 3845 Twilight A; 2 Balls each 3650 Dill B and 3920
Cayenne C.
Knitting Needles: 5.5 mm [US 9].
Pair of 18” D-Shaped Faux Leather Handles.
1” elastic: two 9” pieces.
Sewing thread and needle.
Yarn needle.

GAUGE: 1 pattern repeat = 2 1/2”; 22 rows = 4” in Pattern
stitch before felting. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needle to obtain the gauge.

Special Abbreviations
M1 = Make 1 (inc): Lift strand between needles to lefthand needle and work strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole.
Pattern Stitch (multiple of 12 sts)
Row 1 (Right Side): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: *[K2tog] twice, [M1, k1] 4 times, [k2tog] twice; repeat from *.
Row 4: Knit.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for Pattern stitch.

FRONT AND BACK (both alike)
With A, cast on 54 sts.
Work in St st for 20 Rows, end with a right side row.
To form casing, fold wrong sides together and knit a stitch from the left hand needle together with a stitch from the
cast on edge.
Increase Row (Wrong side): P12, [p1, M1] 30 times, p12 – 84 sts.

Begin Pattern
Change to B and beginning with Row 1, work in Pattern stitch for 12 rows.
Continue to work in Pattern stitch in the following sequence:
Change to C and work 12 rows.
Change to A and work 12 rows.
Change to B and work 12 rows.
Change to C and work 12 rows.
Change to A and work 12 rows.
Change to B and work 12 rows.
Change to C and work 12 rows.
Change to A and work 12 rows.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew Front and Back pieces together along bottom and
side seams to bottom of first stripe of C.

Felting
Place purse in washing machine, with a small amount of
detergent. Wash on hottest wash – do not allow the rinse
cycle to complete until finished dimensions are reached.
Once you are satisfied allow the cycle to complete. Pull the purse into shape and trim any loose fibers. Allow purse to dry at room temperature for (36 – 48 hours depending on humidity).


With one piece of elastic, make a small slit approx 1/2” from
the end. Sew the other end of elastic to end of handle.
Insert straight knitting needle into slit and use it to pull the
elastic through the casing. Pull slightly to gather and trim
excess elastic before threading through the other side of
the handle; sew securely. Repeat on the other side.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Knitted Bomber Hat

The bomber hat with a feminine touch!

Directions are for Size 16" circumference; changes for Sizes 18" and 20" are in parentheses.

Materials
MODA DEA® "Tweedle Dee™": 1 Ball No. 8911 Blue Heather.
Knitting Needles: 6mm [US 10].
Crochet Hook: 5mm [US H-8].
Stitch markers, yarn needle.

GAUGE: 15 sts = 4"; 20 rows = 4" in St st. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size needles to obtain the gauge.

EARFLAPS (Make 2): Cast on 3 (3, 5) sts. Work in Garter st (K each row), inc 1 st each end of every other row until there are 15 (15, 17) sts. Put sts on a holder. Fasten off yarn. Make second earflap – DO NOT FASTEN OFF. Continue as follows: With sts of second earflap on needle, cast on 3 (5, 7) sts. K across these sts and next 15 (15, 17) sts of earflap, turn and cast on 17 (21, 25) sts, turn and K15 (15, 17) sts across sts on holder for first earflap, turn and cast on 3 (5, 7) sts – 53 (61, 73) sts. K 5 (7, 9) rows.
Now work in St st, begin K row, until 4 (5, 6)" from beg, end P row.

Shape Top: [K2tog, K9 (11, 14) sts, K2tog tbl, place marker on needle] 4 times, K1.
Next Row: Purl.
Next Row: [K2tog, K to 2 sts before marker, K2tog tbl] 4 times, K1.
Rep last 2 rows until 13 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving long end for sewing. Weave through remaining sts, draw up tightly and fasten securely. Sew back seam.

Edging and Ties: With right side facing and crochet hook, attach yarn at center back seam; ch 1, sl st across back section and earflap to center point of earflap, ch 31 (41, 51); turn; sl st in each ch across; sl st into last st of earflap, sl st around front and down to point of next earflap, ch 31 (41, 51); turn; sl st in each ch across; sl st into last st of earflap, sl st to back seam; join. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

....Even More Knitted Gifts...Plastic Bag Keeper

Ok, we're knitting potholders; how about a knitted plastic bag keeper to match those fabulous potholders.
(Picture has both versions- crochet & Knitted, pattern below is for knitted version)

SIZE: One Size
Finished circumference: 10 1/2 in. (27cm)
Finished Length: 15 1/2 in. (39.5cm)

MATERIALS
• 760-136 Lion Brand Lion Cotton Yarn: Clove 1 Ball (A)
• 760-159 Lion Brand Lion Cotton Yarn: Mustard 1 Ball (B)
• 760-146 Lion Brand Lion Cotton Yarn: Fuchsia 1 Ball (C)
• Double-Pointed Needles - Size 7
• Stitch Markers
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles

With double pointed needles (dpn) and C, cast on 15 sts. Place marker for beginning of rnd. Join by working the first
st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: Knit
Rnd 2: Kfb into each st around – 30 sts.
Rnd 3: Knit.
Rnd 4: *K 1, kfb; rep from * around – 45 sts.
Rnd 5: Purl.
Rnd 6-15: Knit.
Change to B and k one rnd.
Change to A and work in St st worked in the rnd (k all rnds) until piece measures about 15 in. (38 cm) from beg.
Bind off 42 sts – 3 sts remain on needles.
Finishing
Attached I-Cord Border and Hanging Loop
Notes:
1.I-cord is attached to Keeper at the same time the cord is knit.
2.Cord is worked on 2 double-pointed needles (dpns).

Hanging Loop
Slip 3 remaining sts onto one double-pointed needle. **Do not turn work. Slide sts to other end of needle and k
across. Rep from * until cord measures about 7 in. (18 cm), then pick up a st along top edge of Keeper to join.

Edging
You will continue to work I-cord, attaching it to the Keeper as you go.
Work attached cord as follows: *insert needle through edge of Keeper, pick up one st and place onto dpn – 4 sts on
needle. Slide sts to other end of needle and k2, k2tog. Rep from * around edge of Keeper.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through rem 3 sts, then use tail to sew end of cord to beg of cord.
Weave in ends.

Friday, December 17, 2010

...More Quick Gifts...Pretty Potholders

Are you a "qwik-knitter" LOL...whip up a couple of these potholders and gift them with a great bottle of Olive Oil or spices.

About 6 x 6 in. (15 x 15 cm)

MATERIALS
• 760-136 Lion Brand Lion Cotton Yarn: Clove 1 Ball (A)
• 760-159 Lion Brand Lion Cotton Yarn: Mustard 1 Ball (B)
• 760-146 Lion Brand Lion Cotton Yarn: Fuchsia 1 Ball (C)
• Knitting Needles - Size 7 [4.5 mm]
• Double-Pointed Needles - Size 7
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles


GAUGE:
17 sts = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (k every st of every row).
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
kfb (knit into front and back)
An increase worked as follows:
1.Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2.Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3.Drop the st from your left hand needle – you will have increased 1 st.

FRONT
Note: Front and Back of Potholder are worked in random color stripes. Cast on and work Increase Section with A,
then change color as desired to work Decrease Section.
With A and straight needles, cast on 3 sts.

Increase Section
Increase Row: K to last 2 sts, kfb in next st, k last st – 4 sts at the end of this row.
Rep Increase Row until you have 35 sts on your needle.

Decrease Section
Decrease Row: K to last 3 sts, k2tog, k last st – 34 sts at the end of this row.
Rep Decrease Row until you have 3 sts on your needle.
Bind off.

BACK
Make same as Front, changing color as desired.

FINISHING
Sew Front and Back together.
Attached I cord border
Notes:
1.I-cord is attached to Potholder at the same time the cord is knit.
2.I-cord is worked on 2 double-pointed needles (dpns).
Work attached I-cord Border as follows:
With B, cast 3 sts onto one double-pointed needle. Beg at one corner of Potholder, *insert needle through both
layers of Potholders, pick up one st and place on dpn – 4 sts on dpn. Slide sts to other end of needle and k2, k2tog.
Rep from * to next corner.
Hanging Loop: Work I-cord without picking up sts from Potholders as follows:
**Do not turn work. Slide sts to other end of needle and k across. Rep from ** for 11 more rows, then pick up next
st in corner (to the left of the corner), to join hanging loop to Potholder.
Work attached I-cord border around rem des of Potholder, picking up sts evenly spaced around and 3 sts in each of
the remaining corners. Do not bind off.
Cut yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through rem 3 sts, then use tail to sew end of cord to beg of cord.
Weave in ends.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cowl, Cowl and More Cowls!

It's been a few days since my last blog, busy wrapping gifts and more important, busy making gifts.


To all my Northern friends... You're getting a fabulously warm, thick cowl.


Here are a few examples of what I've been doing...and the yarns are from knit collage, and pagewood farm.
T
he needle I used was a 19 circular 16 in.
Let me know if you would like the easy pattern.


Friday, December 10, 2010

The Cowl and More!

A little shaping goes a long way to looking spectacular!


FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Length: 40 inches
Width: 34 inches
Note: Measurement taken after blocking.

MATERIALS
Yarn
Manos del Uruguay [100% wool; 138yd/126m per 100g skein]
[MC] G-Coffee; 1 skein
[CC] 115-Flame; 2 skeins


Recommended needle size
[always use a needle size that gives you the gauge listed below -- every knitter's gauge is unique]
1 40-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
1 set US #10/6 mm double-point needles (for I-Cord loop; only two are used)
Notions
3 stitch markers
1 toggle or button (optional)
Yarn needle

GAUGE
14 sts/20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st

PATTERN NOTES
yo2: Yarn over twice (wrap yarn twice around right needle, from front to back)

DIRECTIONS
Stockinette Section:
Using MC, CO 42 sts.
K 3 rows.
Set-up Row [RS]: K2, [yo, k8, yo, k1, place marker, k1] three times, yo, k8, yo, k2. 50 sts.
Next Row [WS]: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Next Row [RS]: K2, [yo, k to 1 st before marker, yo, k1, slip marker, k1] three times, yo, k to last 2 sts, yo, k2.
Repeat these 2 rows 14 times more. 170 sts. Break MC and join CC.

Lace Column Section:
Note: In the following directions, a semi-colon denotes the end of a section indicated by the placement of a marker. In order to make the directions easier to read, the few differences between Row 1 and Row 3 are shown in bold type.
Row 1 [RS]: K2, yo, k4, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before first marker, yo, k1; k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2]
to 5 sts before next marker, k4, yo, k1; k1, yo, k4, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before next marker, yo, k1;
k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2] to last 6 sts, k4, yo, k2. 8 sts increased.
Row 2 [WS]: K2, p to last 2 sts, working [k1, p1] into each yo2, k2.
Row 3 [RS]: K2, yo, k2, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before first marker, yo, k1; k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2]
to 3 sts before next marker, k2, yo, k1; k1, yo, k2, [yo2, k2tog, k2tog] to 1 st before next marker, yo, k1;
k1, yo, [k2tog, k2tog, yo2] to last 4 sts, k2, yo, k2. 8 sts increased.
Row 4 [WS]: Work as for Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 seven times more. 298 sts.
K 4 rows. Loosely BO all sts.

FINISHING
Weave in ends and block. Note that shawl shown was blocked gently, only enough to open the lace pattern
and smooth the edges.

Button Loop (optional):
Using double-point needle and MC, CO 3 sts. Work I-Cord until cord forms a loop long enough to fit around button or toggle (loop shown measures 5 inches). BO all sts.
Sew ends of cord to side edge of shawl, using photos as guides; loop shown has been sewn approx. 4 inches down from upper edge.
Sew button or toggle to other side edge, opposite loop.
Weave in remaining ends.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Your First Sweater

OK, you've made your scarves and cowls and wraps...it's time for an easy sweater...it's only 4 pieces...come on newbie...give it a shot!


SIZE: XS, Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X
Finished Bust 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50, 54) in. (76 (86.5, 96.5, 106.5, 117, 127, 137) cm)
Finished Waist 25 (29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 49) in. (63.5 (73.5, 84, 94, 104, 114.5, 124.5) cm)
Finished Length 23 (23 1/2, 24, 24 1/2, 25, 25 1/2, 26) in. (58.5 (59.5, 61, 62, 63.5, 65, 66) cm)
Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

MATERIALS
• 825-210 Lion Brand Amazing Yarn: Joshua Tree 5 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Balls
• Crochet Hook - Size H-8
• Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

GAUGE:
17 sts + 22 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on RS) on larger needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.



STITCH EXPLANATION:
kfb (knit into front and then back)
An increase worked as follows:
1. Knit the next st through the front loop, but do not remove the st from your left hand needle.
2. Knit the same st once more, this time inserting your needle through the back loop of the st. You will have created 2 loops (sts) on your right hand needle.
3. Drop the st from your left hand needle - you have increased 1 st.

sk2p (slip-k2tog-pass slipped st over) A double decrease worked as follows:
1. Insert right needle as if to knit, and slip the next st from the left needle to the right needle.
2. Knit the next 2 sts together.
3. With tip of left needle, lift the slipped st (the 2nd st on right needle) up and over the k2tog (first st on right needle)
and off the needle - you have decreased 2 sts.
ssk (slip, slip, knit) Slip next 2 sts as if to knit, one at a time, to right needle; insert left needle into fronts of these 2
sts and knit them tog - 1 st decreased.
NOTES:
1. Pullover is worked in 4 pieces; Back, Front, and 2 Sleeves. Each piece is worked from lower edge up.
2. Crochet slip sts are worked as edging on Sleeves, neck and lower edge of Pullover. If desired, you may work a knit edging instead. To work a knit edging, pick up evenly spaced sts around neck, Sleeves or lower edge of Pullover. Without working any rows, bind off all sts.

BACK
Cast on 64 (72, 81, 89, 98, 106, 115).
Work in St st (k on RS, p on RS) work until piece measures about 2
1/2 in. (6.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Note: End with a WS row means that the last row you work should
be a WS row, and the next row that you are ready to work will be a
RS row.

Shape Waist
Decrease Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 62 (70,
79, 87, 96, 104, 113) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 5 rows (work even means to work without
increasing or decreasing).
Rep last 6 rows 4 more times - 54 (62, 71, 79, 88, 96, 105) sts rem.
Increase Row (RS): K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 - 56 (64, 73,
81, 90, 98, 107) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 5 rows.
Rep last 6 rows 4 more times - 64 (72, 81, 89, 98,106, 115) sts
when all increases have been completed.
Work even in pattern as established until piece measures 15 in. (38 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Armhole
Bind off 3 (4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6) sts at the beg of next 2 rows - 58 (64, 73, 79, 86, 94, 103) sts rem.
Bind off 2 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts at the beg of next 2 (2, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4) rows - 54 (58, 61, 63, 66, 74, 83) sts rem.
Decrease Row (RS): K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1 - 52 (56,
59, 61, 64, 72, 81) sts at the end of this row.
Next Row: Purl.
Rep last 2 rows 2 (3, 3, 3, 3, 5, 8) times - 48 (50, 53, 55, 58, 62, 65) sts rem, then work even in St st until armhole measures 7 (7 1/2, 8, 8 1/2, 9, 9 1/2, 10) in. (18 (19, 20.5, 21.5, 23, 24, 25.5) cm), end with a WS row.
Shape Shoulders
Continue in St st, working shoulder shaping as follows: Bind off 3 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts at beg of next 2 rows - 42 (44, 47, 47, 48, 52, 55) sts rem.
Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts at beg of next 4 rows.
Bind off rem 34 (36, 35, 35, 36, 36, 35) sts.

FRONT
Work same as Back until armhole measures 6 (6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2, 8, 8
1/2, 9) in. (15 (16.5, 18, 19, 20.5, 21.5, 23) cm), end with a WS
row - 48 (50, 53, 55, 58, 62, 65) sts.
Shape Neck
Next Row (RS): K16 (16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24) sts for first shoulder; join a 2nd ball of yarn and bind off next 16 (18, 17, 17, 18, 18, 17) sts for neck, k to end of row for 2nd shoulder - 16 (16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24) sts for each shoulder.
Work both shoulders at the same time using separate balls of yarn.
Next Row (WS): Purl across first shoulder; on 2nd shoulder, bind
off 2 sts, purl to end.
Next Row (RS): Knit across first shoulder; on 2nd shoulder, bind
off 2 sts, k to end - 14 (14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22) sts rem on each
shoulder.
Rep last 2 rows 2 more times - 10 (10, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18) sts rem
for each shoulder.

Shape Shoulders
Next Row (WS): Bind off 3 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts,
p to end of first shoulder; on 2nd shoulder, p to end of row.
Next Row (RS): Bind off 3 (3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts, k to last 3 sts of first shoulder, k2tog, k1; on 2nd shoulder, k1, ssk, k to end of row - 6 (6, 8, 8, 8, 10, 12) sts rem on each shoulder.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts, p to end of first shoulder; on 2nd shoulder, p to end of row.
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts, k to last 3 sts of first shoulder, k2tog, k1; on 2nd shoulder, k1, ssk, k to end of row - 3 (3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 6) sts rem on each shoulder.
Next Row (WS): Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts, and fasten off last st on first shoulder; on 2nd shoulder, p to end of row.
Next Row (RS): Bind off 2 (2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5) sts, fasten off last st.

SLEEVE (make 2)
Cast on 34 (36, 38, 40, 42, 42, 42) sts.
Beg with a knit row, work in St st for 6 rows.
Increase Row (RS): K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 - 36 (38, 40,
42, 44, 44, 44) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 5 (5, 5, 5, 3, 3, 3) rows.
Rep Increase Row - 38 (40, 42, 44, 46, 46, 46) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 6 (6, 6, 6, 4, 4, 4) rows 2 (2, 2, 3, 4, 10, 14) more times - 42 (44, 46, 50, 54, 66, 74) sts when all increases have been
completed.
Work even in St st for 7 rows.
Rep Increase Row - 44 (46, 48, 52, 56, 68, 76) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 8 rows 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 3, 2) more times - 52 (54, 56, 60, 66, 74, 80) sts when all increases are complete.
Work even in St st until piece measures 19 (19 1/2, 19 1/2, 20, 20, 20 1/2, 20 1/2) in. (48.5 (49.5, 49.5, 51, 51, 52, 52) cm) from beg, with a RS row.

Shape Cap (top of Sleeve)
Bind off 3 (4, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6) sts at the beg of next 2 rows - 46 (46, 48, 50, 54, 62, 68) sts rem.
Bind off 2 (2, 3, 4, 5, 5, 5) sts at the beg of next 2 rows - 42 (42, 42, 42, 44, 52, 58) sts.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Decrease Row (RS): K1, sk2p, k to last 3 sts, sk2p, k1 - 38 (38,
38, 38, 40, 48, 54) sts at the end of this row.
Rep last 4 rows 3 (3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5) more time(s) - 26 (26, 26, 26, 28, 32, 34) sts rem.
Work even in St st until piece measures 4 (4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 5 1/2, 6) in. (10, 11.5, 12.5, 14, 14, 14, 15) cm) above beginning of cap shaping, end with a WS row.
Decrease Row (RS): K1, sk2p, k to last 3 sts, sk2p, k1 - 22 (22,
22, 22, 24, 28, 30) sts at the end of this row.
Work even in St st for 3 rows.
Rep Decrease Row - 18 (18, 18, 18, 20, 24, 26) sts rem.
Rep last 4 rows until 14 (14, 14, 14, 16, 16, 18) sts rem.
Bind off 4 (4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6) sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Bind off rem 6 sts.
FINISHING
Sew shoulder seams. Sew Sleeves into armholes. Sew side and Sleeve seams.
Neck Edging
Note: If you'd rather not work a crochet edging, see Note #2 at beg of pattern.
From RS with crochet hook, join yarn with a sl st on neck edge at one shoulder seam. Sl st evenly around neck edge.
Fasten off.
Lower Edging
From RS with crochet hook, join yarn with a sl st on neck edge at one side seam. Work edging around lower edge.
Sleeve Edging
From RS with crochet hook, join yarn with a sl st at one Sleeve seam. Work edging around Sleeve. Rep on rem Sleeve.
Weave in ends.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Ruffle Cape

It's a sweater...not it's a poncho...no it's a cape and it's going to keep you toasty!

Finished Measurements
Width 24in/ 61cm
Length 50in/ 127cm

Yarn
Misti Alpaca Chunky (100% baby alpaca, 100g = approx. 108 yards/ 100 meters)
10 hanks or Misti Alpaca Tonos Chunky (50% baby alpaca/ 50% fine merino, 100 g = approx. 108 yards/ 100 meters 10 hanks

Needles
U.S. 10 (6 mm) needles or size necessary to obtain gauge

Gauge/Tension
12 sts = 4 in/ 10 cm in garter stitch

Knitting Notes

The ruffle effect is achieved by a method called Short Row Shaping, commonly
indicated in patterns as "wrap and turn" and abbreviated as w&t.
To work short rows:
1. With yarn in back, slip the next stitch purlwise.
2. Pass the yarn between the needles to the front of the work.
3. Slip the same stitch back to the left needle, then turn the work (yarn is in the back of the work).
4. Knit back to the beginning edge.
For a smooth edge: Purl the last stitch of every row, and slip the first stitch of every row
knitwise.
All measurements are approximate.

To knit
CO 72 st.
Rows 1 - 4: Knit.
*Work short rows as follows:
Row 5: K6, w&t.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: K12, w&t.
Row 8: Knit.
Row 9: K18, w&t.
Row 10: Knit.
Row 11: K24, w&t.
Row 12: Knit.
Row 13: K30, w&t.
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: K36, w&t.
Row 16: Knit.
Rows 17 - 20: Knit.*
Rpt from * to *, ending with 4 rows of garter and approx 6 yards/5.5 meters of yarn rem. BO loosely.

Finishing:
Weave in ends.

Abbreviations
approx = approximately
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
rem = remain/remaining
rpt = repeat
st/sts = stitch/stitches
w&t = wrap and turn

Saturday, December 4, 2010

On the Road...Knit up a Travel Blanket!

This blanket is small enough to bring on the airplane or keep in the car...wherever you go, don't forget your wobbie!


One size

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Approximately 30” x 36” (Not including wrap)

MATERIALS
2 Hanks BERROCO VINTAGE (100 grs), #5105 Oats and 1 hank each #5122 Bananne, #5112 Minty, #5192 Chana Dal, #5121 Sunny, #5125 Aquae, #5179 Chocolate, #5156 Cork, #5185 Tide Pool, #5176 Pumpkin,
#5184 Sloe Berry, #5182 Black Currant, #5175 Fennel, #5183 Lilacs, #5134 Sour Cherry, #5177, Douglas Fir, #5123 Blush and #5150 Berries
Straight knitting needles, size 8 (5.00 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE Crochet hook, size 5.00 mm (H-8)
Five 1” button

GAUGE
18 sts = 4”; 32 rows = 4” in Seed St
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE SEED STITCH (Odd number of sts)

Row 1: K1, * p1, k1, rep from * across.
Rep this row for Seed St.
NOTE
This throw is made in 3 strips

THROW
Strip 1: With straight needles, using #5105, cast on 45 sts. Keeping 2 sts at each edge in St st and remaining sts in Seed St, work even for 7”, end on WS.
Change to #5129 and work even for 7”, end on WS.
Change to #5179 and work even for 3”, end on WS. Change to #5176 and work even for 8”, end on WS.
Change to #5175 and work even for 3”, end on WS. Change to #5177 and work even for 8”, end on WS.
Strip should measure 36” from beg. Bind off.
Strip 2: With straight needles, using #5122, cast on 45 sts. Keeping 2 sts at each edge in St st and remaining sts in Seed St, work even for 5”, end on WS. Change to #5121 and work even for 7”, end on WS.
Change to #5156 and work even for 8”, end on WS. Change to #5184 and work even for 5”, end on WS.
Change to #5183 and work even for 7”, end on WS. Change to #5123 and work even for 4”, end on WS.
Change to #5105 and work even for 11”, end on WS. Strip should measure 47” from beg. Bind off.
Strip 3: With straight needles, using #5112, cast on 45 sts. Keeping 2 stseach edge in St st and remaining sts in Seed St, work even for 7”, end on WS. Change to #5125 and work even for 7”, end on WS.
Change to #5185 and work even for 3”, end on WS. Change to #5182 and work even for 8”, end on WS. Change to #5134 and work even for 3”, end on WS. Change to #5150 and work even for 8”, end on WS. Strip should measure 36” from beg. Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew strips together, following diagram.
Buttonloops: With RS facing, using crochet hook, join #5105 with a sl st in first st on bound-off edge of Strip 2. Ch 1, working 1 sc in each bound-off st, work 3 sc’s, ch 2, skip 2 sc’s, * work 7 sc’s, ch 2, skip 2 sc’s, rep from * 3 times more, work in sc to end. Fasten off. Fold blanket in thirds lengthwise along seams
between strips. Starting at cast-on edge, roll blanket towards bound-off edge. When 3 strips are rolled, wrap #5105 single section in center around roll. Mark placement of 5 buttons under buttonloops. Unroll blanket and sew on buttons.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

O-Ring Cowl...Keep That Neck Warm!

This cowl will keep you oh-so warm and it's oh-so easy to knit!

Materials:
1 skein Malabrigo Merino Worsted in Rich Chocolate
4.5 mm 16” circular needles (U.S. size 7)
1 stitch marker

Gauge:
4 inches = 16 stitches/24 rows in stockinette stitch

Stitch Guide:
Inc: Increase. To increase, insert the tip of the right needle into the stitch below the one you are about to knit and slip it onto the left needle. Knit the new stitch through the back loop.
K2tog: Knit next two stitches together.

Instructions
Cast on 84 stitches, place marker, and join to knit in the round.
Knit for 11 rounds.
Round 12: *Inc 1, k1. Rep from * to end.
Rounds 13 through 18: Knit.
Round 19: *K2tog. Rep from * to end.
Rounds 20 through 25: Knit.
Repeat rounds 12 to 25 two more times. Knit 4 rounds more. Cast off.

Finishing
Sew in the ends, steam block and wear.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Not Your Average Beret!

This hat will have heads turn and have other berets and beanies just plain jealous!

SIZE One Size

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
22"/56 cm circumference

MATERIALS
• 2 balls S. Charles Collezione TINKA 100% fine merino wool (1.75oz/50g; 108yds/100m) in color #10 ebony (A)
• 2 balls S. Charles Collezione NATASHA 38% wool, 33% acrylic, 24% alpaca, 5% nylon (1.75oz/50g; 38yds/35m) in color #03 ebony (B)
• One pair size 11 (8mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
• One pair size 15 (10mm) needles
• Yarn needle

GAUGE
12 sts and 15 rows = 4"/10 cm in k2, p3 rib using smaller needles and 2 strands of A held together 8 sts and 12 rows = 4"/10 cm in
Stockinette stitch using larger needles and B
TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

SPECIAL TERMS
M1: Make 1 (inc) – Lift strand between needles to left-hand needle and work strand through the back loop, twisting it to prevent a hole, [knit or purl as indicated by pattern st].

PATTERN STITCHES
Stockinette stitch (St st)
P3, k2 rib (multiple of 5 sts)
Rev Stockinette stitch (Rev St st)
Purl on RS, knit on WS.

BRIM
Using larger needles and 2 strands of A held together, cast on 6 sts.

Shape Brim
Row 1 (RS): P4, k1, p1.
Row 2: Slip 1, M1, p1, k4 – 7 sts.
Row 3: Slip 1, p3, k2, p1.
Row 4: Slip 1, M1, p2, k4 – 8 sts.
Row 5: Slip 1, p3, k2, p2.
Row 6: Slip 1, M1, k1, p2, k4 – 9 sts.
Row 7: Slip 1, p3, k2, p3.
Row 8: Slip 1, M1, k2, p2, k4 – 10 sts.
Row 9: Slip 1, p3, k2, p4.
Row 10: Slip 1, M1, k3, p2, k4 – 11 sts.
Row 11: Slip 1, p3, k2, p3, k1, p1.
Row 12: Slip 1, M1, p1, k3, p2, k4 – 12 sts.
Row 13: Slip 1, [p3, k2] twice, p1.
Row 14: Slip 1, M1, p2, k3, p2, k4 – 13 sts.
Row 15: Slip 1, [p3, k2] twice, p2.
Row 16: Slip 1, M1, k1, p2, k3, p2, k4 – 14 sts.
Row 17: Slip 1, [p3, k2] twice, p3.
Row 18: Slip 1, M1, k2, p2, k3, p2, k4 – 15 sts.
Row 19: Slip 1, [p3, k2] twice, p4.
Row 20: Slip 1, M1, [k3, p2] twice, k4 – 16 sts.
Row 21: Slip 1, [p3, k2] twice, p3, k1, p1.
Row 22: Slip 1, M1, p1, [k3, p2] twice, k4 – 17 sts.
Row 23: Slip 1, [p3, k2] 3 times, p1.
Row 24: Slip 1, M1, [p2, k3] 3 times, k1 – 18 sts.
Row 25: Slip 1, [p3, k2] 3 times, p2.
Row 26: Slip 1, M1, k1, [p2, k3] 3 times, k1 – 19 sts.
Row 27: Slip 1, [p3, k2] 3 times, p3.
Row 28: Slip 1, M1, k2, [p2, k3] 3 times, k1 – 20 sts.
Row 29: Slip 1, [p3, k2] 3 times, p4.
Row 30: Slip 1, [k3, p2] 3 times, k4.
Rep Rows 29 and 30 until piece measures 14 1/2" from beginning, end

with a RS row.

Shape Brim
(WS) Dec 1 st this row, then every other row 13 times, as follows: P2tog, work to end – 6 sts rem. Bind off in rib.

CROWN
With RS of BRIM facing, using smaller needles and 2 strands of A held together, pick up and knit 58 sts along left-hand (shaped) edge of BRIM. Purl 1 row.
(RS) Change to larger needles, B, and Rev St st; work even for 5 rows.

Shape Crown
Dec Row 1 (WS): K1, *k2tog, k2; rep from * to last st, k1 – 44 sts rem. Work even for 3 rows.
Dec Row 2 (WS): K1, *k2tog, k1; rep from * to last st, k1 – 30 sts rem. Work even for 3 rows.
Dec Row 3 (WS): K1, *k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1 – 16 sts rem. Work even for 1 row.
Dec Row 4 (WS): *K2tog; rep from * to end – 8 sts rem. Break yarn, thread through rem sts, pull tight and fasten off. Sew back seam.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving! Ready! Set! Make Gifts!

Happy Thanksgiving to all! OK...you cooked, you cleaned, you ate...now it's time to get your gift making in full gear! And if you don't make the gift...make the bag it comes in!


SIZES
S (M, L)
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Small: 4 x 6 1/4"/10 x 16cm
Medium: 7 1/2 x 10"/19 x 25.5cm
Large: 8 1/2 x 11"/21.5 x 28 cm

MATERIALS
Caron International's Simply Soft Party (99% Acrylic/1% Polyester,
164 yd/150m, 3 oz/85g): 3 oz(A), 2 oz (B), 1 oz (C)



Shown in: #0005 Royal Sparkle (A); #0006 Purple Sparkle (B);
#0003 Spring Sparkle (C)

Note: Yarn quantities are sufficient to make all three bags.
One circular needle, size US 9 (5.5mm), 20"/50cm or 24"/60cm long, or size to obtain gauge 23"/58.5cm sage green organdy ribbon (for small bag)—3/8"/10mm 32"/81.5cm cream organdy ribbon (for medium bag)—7/8"/22mm 1yd//91.5cm cream wired organdy ribbon (for large bag)—7/8"/22mm
Yarn needle.


GAUGE
Gauge is not critical for this project.

SPECIAL STITCH
k1-f/b: Knit 1 front and back – Knit next st, then knit it through the back loop. (1 st increased)


GAUGE
Gauge is not critical for this project
NOTE
Circular needle is needed to accommodate large number of stitches
in ruffle. Work back and forth on circular needle, as if working on straight needles.

SMALL BAG
With C, cast on 30 sts.
Row 1 (WS): K2, *p2, k2; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Row 1 until piece measures 5"/12.5cm from beginning, end
with a WS row.
Eyelet Row (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1—9 eyelets.
Ruffle
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1-f/b in each st across—60 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Rows 4 and 5: Knit.
Bind off in knit. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew side and
bottom seam.

Finishing
Block if desired. Fold piece in half with WS together, bringing side edges together. Sew side and bottom seam. Using yarn needle,
weave in all ends. Weave the 23"/58.5cm ribbon through the eyelet
row, beginning at center front of bag. Tie ends of ribbon into a bow and trim ends.

MEDIUM BAG
With B, cast on 50 sts.
Beginning with a WS row (purl row), work in Stockinette st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures 8 1/2"/21.5cm from beginning, end with a WS row.
Eyelet Row (RS): K2, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row—
16 eyelets.
Ruffle
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1-f/b in each st across—100 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Rows 4-8: Knit.
Bind off in knit. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew side and bottom seam.

Finishing
Block if desired. Fold piece in half with WS together, bringing side edges together. Sew side and bottom seam. Using yarn needle,
weave in all ends. Weave the 32"/81.5cm ribbon through the eyelet
row, beginning at center front of bag. Tie ends of ribbon into a bow and trim ends.

LARGE BAG
With A, cast on 76 sts.
Row 1 (RS): *k2, p1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: P1, *k2, p1; repeat from * to end of row.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 9 1/2"/24cm from beginning, end with a WS row.
Eyelet Row (RS): K1, *yo, k2tog, k1; repeat from * to end of row—
25 eyelets.
Ruffle
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: K1-f/b in each st across—152 sts.
Row 3: Purl.
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: Purl.
Rows 6–8: Knit.
Bind off in knit. Fasten off, leaving a long enough tail to sew side and bottom seam.

Finishing
Block if desired. Fold piece in half with WS together, bringing side edges together. Sew side and bottom seam. Using yarn needle,
weave in all ends. Weave the 1yd/91.5cm ribbon through the eyelet
row, beginning at center front of bag. Tie ends of ribbon into a bow and trim ends.


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Surplus Blanket Coat

Everyone is talking about going green and recycling...well, with this pattern you can do both!


Surplus is created from an army surplus woven and felted woolen blanket. It's trimmed it all around with Ultra Alpaca in a simple blanket stitch and then a crocheted edging of Memoirs. Simply cut slits for the armholes and attach sleeves knit in Trilogy and voila, you have an ultra stylish wrap blanket coat. It's perfect travel outerwear for the cold winter months.

SIZES
Directions are for women’s size Small/Medium. Changes for size Large/X-Large are in parentheses.

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Approximately 70” around x 60” long (20” above sleeves turns back for cuff)

MATERIALS
6(7) Hanks BERROCO TRILOGY (50 grs), #7620 Perthshire Green
1 Hank BERROCO ULTRA ALPACA (100 grs), #6277 Peat Mix
1 Hank BERROCO MEMOIRS (50 grs), #7704 Zola
One 60” x 70” olive drab felted woolen army surplus blanket or blanket cut to size
Straight knitting needles, size 9 OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Crochet hook, size 6.00 mm (J)
Metal yarn needle with point

GAUGE
17 sts = 4”; 18 rows = 4” in Rib Pat on size 9 needles TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

SLEEVES (Worked from the top down - Make 2)
With straight needles, using Trilogy, cast on 70(84) sts.
Row 1 (RS): * K1, p1, rep from * across.
Row 2: Purl. Rep these 2 rows for Rib Pat. Work even in Rib Pat until for 1”, end on WS. Dec 1 st each end of next row, then every 1 (3/4)” 16(23) times more – 36 sts.
Work even until sleeve measures 20” from beg, end on WS. Mark beg and end of last row for beg of cuffs.
Cuff: Inc Row 1 (RS): * K1, M1k, k1, p1, M1p, p1, rep from * across – 54 sts.
Next Row (WS): * K3, p3, rep from * across. Rep this row until cuff measures 2 1/2” above markers, end on WS.
Inc Row 2 (RS): * K2, M1k, k1, p2, M1p, p1, rep from * across – 72 sts.
Next row (WS): * K4, p4, rep from * across. Rep this row until cuff measures 3 1/2”above markers, end on WS. Bind off.

FINISHING
Thread yarn needle with 1 strand of Ultra Alpaca and knot end. Work around entire perimeter of blanket using Blanket St. With crochet hook, join Memoirs in any st, then work in Reverse Sc around entire perimeter of blanket, working 1 sc in each Blanket St. Lay blanket out flat and measure down 20” from one short end and mark each side edge. Measure 26(25)” in from each side edge marker and mark for top of sleeves.
Measure down 8(10)” from first set of side edge markers and mark each side edge.
Measure 24(22)” in from each side edge marker and mark for bottom of sleeves. With sharp scissors, cut an 8(10)” long slit between sleeve markers on each side. With yarn needle and Ultra Alpaca, work in Blanket St around each armhole slit. Sew sleeve seams from cast-on edge to cuff markers, leaving lower edges of cuffs open. Sew caston edge of sleeves to Blanket St around each slit with sleeve seams at bottom edges.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shoulder Shawl

What a great little shawl for your holiday dresses! Try a metallic yarn or add a sequin yarn to this knit to give it some sparkle!

YARN
Naturally Caron.com Spa (75% Microdenier acrylic, 25% rayon from bamboo; 3oz/85g, 251yds/230m): Color #00042 Coral Lipstick, 6oz/170g
One U.S. size 6 (4mm), 24”/61cm or 29"/73.5 cm circular needle or size to obtain gauge

SIZE One size

KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
Approximately 19”/48.5cm deep x 48”/122cm wide

GAUGE
On Stockinette st, 23 sts and 30 rows = 4”/10 cm.

NOTES
Due to the elasticity of the pattern stitch, gauge is measured over Stockinette stitch.
Due to the difficulty in measuring the shawl while on the needles, size is determined by the number of stitches.
Circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of sts. However be sure to work back and forth on circular needle and do not join.

SHAWL
CO 7 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2 (RS): K3, yo, k1, yo, k3—9 sts.
Row 3 and all odd numbered rows (WS): K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, k3, yo, k3—11 sts.
Row 6: K3, yo, k1, yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k1, yo, k3—13 sts.
Row 8: K3, yo, k2, yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k2, yo, k3—15 sts.
Row 10: K3, yo, k3, yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k3, yo, k3—17 sts.
Row 12: K3, yo, k4, yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k4, yo, k3—19 sts.
Row 14: K3, yo, k1, *yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, yo, k3—21 sts.
Row 16: K3, yo, k2, *yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, yo, k3—23 sts.
Row 18: K3, yo, k3, *yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to last 5 sts, k2, yo, k3—25 sts.
Row 20: K3, yo, k4, *yo, sl 1, k2 tog, psso, yo, k1; rep from * to last 6 sts, k3, yo, k3—27 sts.
Rep Rows 14-21 for patt until there are 179 sts on needle, ending with Row 21.
Knit next row loosely and BO all sts.

FINISHING
Block shawl to measurements. Weave in ends.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Twin Rib Cowl

It's a scarf...no it's a cowl...no it's a hood...wait, it's all three and so easy to knit!

Yarn: Cascade Cash Vero, 2 skeins.
Needles: Circular, US size 7; circular or straight, US size 15.

Gauge: 4 stitches = 1 inch in Stockinette stitch.

Size: One size fits most women.
Finished circumference (unstretched): 17½ inches.
Finished length (unstretched): 14½ inches.

Pattern
Round 1: *K3, p3; rep fr * to end.
Round 2: *K1, p1; rep fr * to end.
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 for 11 inches (or longer, if desired).

Instructions
Cast on 84 stitches on size 7 circular needles, place marker to note beginning of round, and join, keeping stitches untwisted. Work first 6 rounds in border pattern.
Work body in pattern stitch (for 11 inches). Work last 6 rounds in border pattern.
Bind off loosely with size 15 needles. (This bound-off edge is the bottom of the cowl.)

Border Pattern (1x1 Rib)
Round 1: *K1, p1; rep fr * to end. Work a total of 6 rounds in border.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Chunky Yarn Knit Cuffs

These cuffs are jiffy quick and they make great gifts!


SIZE: One Size
About 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm) circumference. Cuff will stretch to fit a range of sizes.

MATERIALS
• 640-106 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Sky Blue 1 Ball
• Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 13 [9mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

GAUGE:
About 9 stitches = 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter stitch (knit every row). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

CUFF (make 2)
Cast on 15 stitches.
Work in Garter stitch (knit every stitch on every row) until piece measures about 8 1/2 in. (22 cm) from beginning.
Bind off, leaving a long yarn tail.

FINISHING
Fold knit piece in half. Thread yarn tail into blunt needle. Sew sides of Cuff together for about 2 in. (5 cm). Leave next 1 in. (2.5 cm) unsewn for thumb opening, then seam remainder of sides.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Cabled Shrug

If I can learn cabling so can you...what a pretty way to show off a great cabling project...You can wear this so many ways!Finished size
16" (40.5 cm) wide and 54" (137 cm) long.


Yarn
Worsted (Medium #4). Shown here: Classic Elite Lush (50% angora,
50% wool; 123 yd [112 m]/50 g): Princess Pink #4489, 8 skeins.
needles
U.S. size 9 (5.5 mm). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
notions
Stitch markers (m); twelve removable markers; cable needle (cn); size G/6 (4.00 mm) crochet hook; tapestry needle; twelve ½" (1.3 cm) buttons.

Gauge
38-st cabled center panel = 5¼" (13 cm).
19 sts and 24 rows = 4" (10 cm) in scattered seed patt.

Stitch guide
2/2rC (2 over 2 right cross): Sl 2 sts to cn and hold in back of work, k2, k2 from cn.
4/4lC (4 over 4 left cross): Sl 4 sts to cn and hold in front of work, k4, k4 from cn.
4/4rC (4 over 4 right cross): Sl 4 sts to cn and hold in back of work, k4, k4 from cn.
M1lP (make one left purlwise): With left needle, pick up strand
between last st worked and first st on left needle from front to back and purl into back of the lifted loop—1 st inc’d.
M1rP (make one right purlwise): With left needle, pick up strand
between last st worked and first st on left needle from back to front and purl into front of the lifted loop—1 st inc’d.
M2P (make two purlwise): With left needle, pick up strand between last st worked and first st on left needle from in front to back and purl into back and front of the lifted loop—2 sts inc’d.


shrug
CO 86 sts.
Row 1: (RS) Work Right-Side Panel chart over first 24 sts, place marker (pm), work Center Cable Panel chart over next 38 sts, pm, work Left-Side Panel chart over last 24 sts.
Continue working respective patterns until piece measures 54" (137 cm) or desired length, ending after Row 43 of Central Cable Panel chart. BO in patt.

Finishing
Block piece to measurements. Weave in ends.
With crochet hook and RS facing, sc evenly around all edges,working ch 2 at corners, join with slip st to first sc. Using removable markers, mark for 4 buttons spaced 3" (7.5 cm) apart at one short end, mark for 4 buttons spaced 3" (7.5 cm) from end and 3" (7.5 cm) apart at lower left end of long edge, mark for 4 buttons spaced 3" (7.5 cm) from end and 3" (7.5 cm) apart at upper right end of
long edge (see diagram).
Next sc row: Ch 1 and turn, sc in each sc and work 3 sc in each ch-2 corner space, work buttonhole loops of (sc, ch 5, sc) all in each sc on edge opposite buttons, join with slip st to first sc.
Next sc row: Ch 1 and turn, sc in each sc and work 5 sc in each ch-5 buttonhole loop, join with slip st to first sc, fasten and end off.
Attach buttons at marked places.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Ripple Scarf

This scarf is oh-so soft, ultra feminine, yet it will keep you warm even on the snowiest day!


MEASUREMENTS
Approx 6 x 60 ins [15 x 152.5 cm].

MATERIALS
Bernat® Harmony (100 g/3.5 oz; 169 m/184yds) 05732 (Ultra Pink) 2 balls
Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.


GAUGE
15 sts and 22 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 28 sts.
1st and 2nd rows: *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
3rd row: P1. *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K2. P1.
4th row: K1. *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P2. K1.
5th and 6th rows: *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
7th row: K1. *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P2. K1.
8th row: P1. *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K2. P1.
9th and 10th rows: *P2. K2. Rep from * to end of row.
11th row: K1. *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P2. K1.
12th row: P1. *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K2. P1.
13th and 14th rows: *K2. P2. Rep from * to end of row.
15th row: P1. *K2. P2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. K2. P1.
16th row: K1. *P2. K2. Rep from * to last 3 sts. P2. K1.
These 16 rows form pat.
Cont in pat until work from beg measures approx 60 ins [152.5 cm].

Cast off in pat.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My New Favorite Knitting Book

My new favorite knitting book is:
Cowlgirls by Cathy Carron

And I've already knit a pattern from the book! I want to knit them all!




Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Multi-Purpose Striped Wrap/ Cowl

This striped wrap is extremely versatile, just button up one day, and wrap the next.


SIZE One Size
KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
17"/43 cm wide x 48"/122 cm long

MATERIALS
• 3 balls S. Charles Collezione TINKA 100% fine merino wool (1.75oz/50g; 108yds/100m) in color #10 ebony (A)
• 1 ball EACH in color #07 raisin (B), #08 plum (C), and #01 (brown sugar) (D)
• One pair size 10 (6mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
• Crochet hook size H-8 (5mm)
• Three buttons, ¾"/20 mm diameter
• Yarn needle
GAUGE
18 sts and 25 rows = 4"/10 cm in Slip Stitch

Pattern
TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE SPECIAL TERMS
Yf: Yarn forward – bring yarn to front.
Yb: Yarn back – bring yarn to back.

PATTERN STITCHES
Single Crochet (sc)
Slip Stitch Pattern (multiple of 2 sts)
Row 1 (RS): K1, *yf, slip 1, yb, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: K1, purl to last st, k1.
Row 3: K1, *k1, yf, slip 1, yb; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 for Slip Stitch Pattern.

Stripe Pattern
Working in Slip Stitch Pattern, *work 4 rows each in A, B, A, C, A, D; rep from * for Stripe Pattern.

NOTE: When A is not in use, do not break off yarn; carry strand up outside edge on RS rows.
However, when you have completed a 4-row stripe in B, C, or D, break off yarn at end of stripe.

WRAP
Using A, cast on 72 sts. Beg Slip Stitch Pat; work even until piece measures approx. 48" from beg, end with 4 rows in A. Bind off knitwise.

FINISHING
Block piece to measurements.

TO WEAR AS A COWL
With WS facing, sew cast-on and bound-off
edges of piece together. Weave in ends.

TO WEAR AS A WRAP
Button Loops
With RS facing, using crochet hook and A, join yarn at cast-on edge, along righthand (long) edge of piece. Work 2 sc, ch 4, [work 10 sc along edge, ch 4] twice. Join with slip st to edge. Fasten
off. Sew 3 buttons to opposite end of same long edge as Button Loops, opposite Button Loops. Weave in ends.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Flirty Girl Ruffled Shawl

Be a Flirty Girl with this adorable ruffled shawl! this new yarn is to die for. Check it out at your favorite yarn shop!

One Size
KNIT MEASUREMENTS
18½“/47cm long x 36“/91.5cm wide

MATERIALS
1 ball Filatura Di Crosa SUPERIOR 70%
cashmere, 30% schappe silk (0.88oz/25g;
330yds/300m) in color #45 lipstick red (A)
1 hank Filatura Di Crosa OPERADARTE
39% wool, 39% acrylic, 13% polyamide,
9% kid mohair (1.75oz/50g; 44yds/40m) in
color #10 ruby (B)
One size 6 (4mm) circular needle, 24”
long OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Yarn needle, to weave in ends

GAUGE
22 sts and 26 rows = 4"/10cm in Stockinette stitch with Superior(A)
TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE
PATTERN STITCHES
Stockinette Stitch (St st)
Knit on RS, purl on WS.
Garter Stitch (Garter st)
Knit every row.

WORKING WITH OPERADARTE
OPERADARTE is a ribbon yarn with black (or white) mohair picot along one edge and square eyelets along the opposite edge. While it can be knitted alone, it is more frequently used as a carry-along yarn to create dramatic ruffles on a garment or accessories knit from a classic yarn.
To add a ruffle, simply pick up Operadarte [with tip of the needle inserted into a square eyelet] and knit it together with the main yarn. The pick-up should be made in each stitch in that
row, inserting the needle into EVERY OTHER square eyelet on the Operadarte (or as indicated in the pattern).
NOTE: Piece is knit on circular needle to accommodate the large number of stitches.

SHAWL
With A, cast on 273 sts.
Purl one row.
NOTE: For a smooth finished edge, join B at the beg of each Ruffle Row by folding the end of B under and inserting the tip of the needle through the first and second eyelets for the first st. Knit the row as directed until the last st, cut B, leaving 3
eyelets intact, fold B under, inserting the tip of the needle into the 2nd and last eyelets to end row.
* Ruffle Row (RS) With A and B, knit every st, picking up every other eyelet on B, and working together with A. Cut off B.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3. **
Dec Row 1 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k10] 7 times, [k2tog, k9] 10 times, [k2tog, k10] 6 times, k2tog, k2 – 249 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 2 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Rep from * to ** (Ruffle Row).
Dec Row 2 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k9] 6 times, [k2tog, k8] 11 times, [k2tog, k9] 6 times, k2tog, k2 – 225 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 6 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Dec Row 3 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k8] 6 times, [k2tog, k7] 12 times, [k2tog, k8] 5 times, k2tog, k2 – 201 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 8 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Rep from * to ** (Ruffle Row).
Dec Row 4 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k7] 5 times, [k2tog, k6] 13 times, [k2tog, k7] 5 times, k2tog, k2 – 177 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 6 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Rep from * to ** (Ruffle Row).
Dec Row 5 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k6] 5 times, [k2tog, k5] 14 times, [k2tog, k6] 4 times, k2tog, k2 – 153 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 8 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Dec Row 6 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k5] 4 times, [k2tog, k4] 15 times, [k2tog, k5] 4 times, k2tog, k2 – 129 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 8 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Rep from * to ** (Ruffle Row).
Dec Row 7 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k4] 4 times, [k2tog, k3] 16 times, [k2tog, k4] 3 times, k2tog, k2 – 105 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 8 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Dec Row 8 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k3] 3 times, [k2tog, k2] 17 times, [k2tog, k3] 3 times, k2tog, k2 – 81 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 8 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Dec Row 9 (RS) K3, [k2tog, K2] 3 times, [k2tog, k1] 18 times, [k2tog, k2] 2 times, k2tog, k2 – 57 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 8 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Dec Row 10 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k1] 2 times, [k2tog] 19 times, [k2tog, k1] 2 times, k2tog, k2 – 33 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 4 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Dec Row 11 (RS) K3, [k2tog] 14 times, k2 – 19 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, k3.
Work 2 rows in St st, keeping first 3 and last 3 sts in Garter st.
Dec Row 12 (RS) K3, [k2tog] 7 times, k2 – 12 sts rem.
Next Row K3, purl to last 3 sts, K3.
Dec Row 13 (RS) K3, [k2tog, k1] 2 times, k3 – 10 sts rem.
(WS) K3, p2, fold in half and bind off rem sts using 3-needle bind off method.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Shaggy Bag!

Winter Blues? Already? Knit up a little fun...this cute bag will brighten even the cloudest days!


One Size

SIZE
Approximately 12” wide x 8” high (Not including handles)

MATERIALS
3 Balls BERROCO ZODIAC (50 grs), #9629 Aquarius (MC)
1 Ball BERROCO TUTU (50 grs), #5797 Flip Flops (CC)
Straight knitting needles, size 15 OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
Two 12” wide wooden handles
3 St holders

GAUGE
12 sts = 4” in St st with 2 strands MC held tog on size 15 needles
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

PATTERN STITCH
Rows 1, 3 and 5 (RS): With 2 strands MC held tog, knit.
Rows 2, 4 and 6: With 2 strands MC held tog, purl.
Row 7 (RS): With 1 strand CC, purl.
Row 8: With 1 strand CC, knit.
Rep these 8 rows for Pat St.

BAG
3 Top Tabs: With straight needles, using 2 strands MC held tog, cast on 6 sts. Work even in St st for 3 rows, end on RS. Sl sts to holder. With straight needles, using 2 strands MC held tog, cast on 26 sts. Work even in St st for 3 rows, end on RS. Sl sts to
holder. With straight needles, using 2 strands MC held tog, cast on 6 sts. Work even in St st for 3 rows, end on RS.
Joining Row (WS): P6 sts on needle, cast on 4 sts, p26 sts from holder, cast on 4 sts, p6 sts from holder – 46 sts. Beg with Row 5, work even in Pat St until piece measures approximately 16” above joining row, end on WS with Row 2 of Pat St.


3 Top Tabs: Dividing Row (RS): With 2 strands MC held tog, k6, sl remaining sts to holder – 6 sts. Beg with a p row, work even in St st for 3 rows, end on WS. Bind off.

With RS facing, sl 40 sts from holder to straight needle, join 2 strands MC held tog and bind off 4 sts, k until there are 26 sts on RH needle, sl remaining sts onto holder. Beg with a p row, work even in St st for 3 rows, end on WS. Bind off. With RS facing, sl 10 sts from holder to straight needle, join 2 strands MC held tog and bind off 4 sts, k to end – 6 sts. Beg with a p row, work even in St st for 3 rows, end on WS. Bind off.

FINISHING
Fold bag in half with top tabs together. Sew side seams. Fold tabs on one side around handle and sew to inside. Repeat on the other side.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Autumn Leaves that Keep You Warm & Toasty!

This blanket is elegant and fun to knit. You could even knit it in Cotton- Ease for a summer throw!


SIZE: One Size
About 48 x 68 in. (122 x 172.5 cm)

MATERIALS
• 450-099 Lion Brand Jiffy Yarn: Fisherman
15 Balls
• Knitting Needles - Size 10 [6 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles
• Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 10 (6 mm), 29 in. (73.5 cm) long

GAUGE:
1 Square = 7 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. (18.5 x 18.5 cm). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be the size specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you less stitches and rows to make a 4 in. [10 cm] square, try using a
smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
M1 (make 1) An increase worked by lifting horizontal thread lying between needles and placing it onto left needle.
Knit this new stitch through the back loop.

SQUARE (make 48)
Beginning in one corner, with straight needles, cast on 1 st.
Row 1 (RS): Work (k1, yo, k 1) in front lp of the 1 st - 3 sts at the end of this row.
Row 2: P3.
Row 3: P1, M1, k1, M1, p1 - 5 sts at the end of this row.
Row 4: K1, M1, p2, (p in front lp, then k in back lp) of next st, k1 - 7 sts at the end of this row.
Row 5: P2, (k1, yo) twice, k1, p2 - 9 sts at the end of this row.
Row 6: K1, M1, k1, p5, k1, M1, k1 - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Row 7: P3, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p3 - 13 sts at the end of this row.
Row 8: K1, M1, k2, p7, k2, M1, k1 - 15 sts at the end of this row.
Row 9: P4, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p4 - 17 sts at the end of this row.
Row 10: K1, M1, k3, p9, k3, M1, k1 - 19 sts at the end of this row. Row 11: P1, k1, p3, k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p3, k1, p1 - 17 sts at the end of this row.
Row 12: K1, M1, p1, k3, p7, k3, (p in front lp, then k in back lp) of next st, k1 - 19 sts at the end of this row.
Row 13: P2, M1, k1, M1, p3, k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p3, M1, k1, M1, p2 - 21 sts at the end of this row.
Row 14 and all even-numbered rows through Row 30: K1, M1, k the knit sts and p the purl sts and all yo's and M1's to last st, M1, k1.
Row 15: P3, k1, (yo, k1) twice, p3, k1, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k1, p3, (k1, yo) twice, k1, p3 - 25 sts at the end of this row.
Row 17: P4, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, p3, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p4 - 29 sts at the end of this row.
Row 19: P5, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p7, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p5 - 35 sts at the end of this row.
Row 21: P2, k1, p3, k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p3, k1, p3, k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p3, k1, p2 - 33 sts at the end of this row.
Row 23: P3, M1, k1, M1, p3, k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p3, M1, k1, M1, p3, k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p3, M1, k1, M1, p3 - 37 sts at the end
of this row.
Row 25: P4, (k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p3, k1, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k1, p3) twice, (k1, yo) twice, k1, p4 - 41 sts at the end of this row.
Row 27: P5, (k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, p3) twice, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p5 - 45 sts at the end of this row.
Row 29: P6, (k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p7) twice, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p6 - 53 sts at the end of this row.
Row 31: P1, p2tog, p4, (k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p3, k1, p3) twice, k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p4, p2tog, p1 - 47 sts at the end of this row.
Row 32 and all remaining even-numbered rows: K the knit sts, p the purl sts and all yo's and M1's.
Row 33: P1, p2tog, p3, (k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p3, M1, k1, M1, p3) twice, k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p3, p2tog, p1 - 43 sts at the end of this row.
Row 35: P1, p2tog, p2, (k1, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k1, p3, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, p3) twice, k1, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k1, p2, p2tog, p1 - 39 sts at the end of this row.
Row 37: P1, p2tog, p1, (sl 2, k1, p2sso, p3, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p3) twice, sl 2, k1, p2sso, p1, p2tog, p1 - 35 sts at the end of this row.
Row 39: P1, p2tog, p4, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p7, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p4, p2tog, p1 - 37 sts at the end of this row.
Row 41: P1, p2tog, p3, k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p3, k1, p3, k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p3, p2tog, p1 - 31 sts at the end of this row.
Row 43: P1, p2tog, p2, k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p3, M1, k1, M1, p3, k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p2, p2tog, p1 - 27 sts at the end of this row.
Row 45: P1, p2tog, p1, k1, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k1, p3, k1, (yo, k1) twice, p3, k1, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k1, p1, p2tog, p1 - 23 sts at the end of this row.
Row 47: P1, p2tog, sl 2, k1, p2sso, p3, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, p3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, p2tog, p1 - 19 sts at the end of this row.
Row 49: P1, p2tog, p3, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, p3, p2tog, p1.
Row 51: P1, p2tog, p2, k3, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k3, p2, p2tog, p1 - 15 sts at the end of this row.
Row 53: P1, p2tog, p1, k2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k2, p1, p2tog, p1 - 11 sts at the end of this row.
Row 55: P1, p2tog, k1, sl 2, k1, p2sso, k1, p2tog, p1 - 7 sts at the end of this row.
Row 57: P2, sl 2, k1, p2sso, p2 - 5 sts at the end of this row.
Row 59: P1, p3tog, p1 - 3 sts at the end of this row.
Row 61: P3tog - 1 st at the end of this row.
Fasten off.

BLOCK (make 12)
With cast-on corners touching at center of Block, sew 4 Squares tog to form a 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. (37 x 37 cm) Block (leaves radiate
from center out to corners of Block).

FINISHING
Sew Blocks tog to form a rectangle, 3 blocks by 4 blocks.

Border
From RS with circular needle, pick up and k180 sts (30 sts across each Square) across one short edge of rectangle.
Next (Inc) Row: K1, M1, knit across to last 2 sts, M1, k1 - 182 sts at end of this row.
Rep last row 15 more times - 212 sts when all incs complete.
Bind off.
Rep on other short edge. Work in same way, picking up 240 sts, along each long edge. Sew edges of border tog.
Weave in ends.

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