Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Bells Lake Afghan

I find even in summer, in the house, I can get a chill while knitting or watching a movie. I still grab a wrap or a throw to put around me. Make this afghan in your room's color scheme and keep it close while the AC is blasting!

SIZE: One Size
36 x 45 in. (91.5 x 114.5 cm)

MATERIALS
• 640-135 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Spice
2 Balls (A)
• 640-143 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Claret
2 Balls (B)
• 640-178 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Cilantro
2 Balls (C)
• 640-122 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Taupe
2 Balls (D)
•Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
•Additional Materials
Circular knitting needle size 19 (15 mm), 36 in. (91.5 cm) long

GAUGE:
6 sts + 8 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in Moss st with 1 strand each of A and B held tog. 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:
Moss Stitch (over an odd number of sts)
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Row 3: *P1, k1; rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 4: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rep Rows 1-4 for Moss st.
NOTES:
Circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of sts. Work back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles.

AFGHAN:

With 1 strand each of A and B held tog, cast on 67 sts.
Rows 1-9: With 1 strand each of A and B held tog, work in Moss st.
Rows 10-18: With 1 strand each of B and C held tog, continue in Moss st as established.
Rows 19-27: With 1 strand each of C and D held tog, continue in Moss st as established.
Rows 28-36: With 1 strand each of A and D held tog, continue in Moss st as established.
Rows 37-72: Rep Rows 1-36. Bind off.
FINISHING
Weave in ends.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Drop Stitch Wrap

Another great wrap for spring and summer! Easy drop stitches makes this wrap easy and quick!


SIZE: One Size
32 x 60 in. (81.5 x 152.5 cm)

MATERIALS
•860-153 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice® Yarn: Black 4 Balls
•Knitting Needles - Size 10.5 [6.5 mm]
•Stitch Markers
•Large-Eye Blunt Needle
•Additional Materials- 1 button, 1 in. (25 mm) diameter

GAUGE:
16 sts + 20 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). BE SURE TO CHECKYOUR 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.

WRAP
Cast on 63 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 60 in. (152.5 cm) from beginning, end with a WS row.
Drop-Stitch Row: Bind-off 6 sts, drop next 3 sts from left needle, *(loop yarn around right needle and bind off as if it were a st) 3 times, k3, drop 3 sts from left needle; repeat from * to last 6 sts, *(loop yarn around right needle and bind off) 3 times, k6. Unravel dropped sts back to cast on edge.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Collar Mark center point along one long side of Wrap. Place markers 20 in. (51 m) from each side of center point. From RS, pick up and k 65 sts evenly spaced between markers. Work in St st for 9 in. (23 cm). Bind off. Weave in ends.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Colorscape Scarf

A colorful scarf from Rowan Yarns. They have some great yarns and patterns on their website:
http://www.knitrowan.com/default.aspx

YARN
Rowan Colourscape
Colourway 1








A Northern Lights 436 x1 100gm.
B Frosty 433 x1 100 gm.

Colourway 2








A Bracken 441 x1 100gm.
B Storm 439 x1 100gm.

NEEDLES
1 pair US 10.5 needles

GAUGE
14 sts and 18 rows to 10 cm measured over st st using 7mm (US 10.5)
needles.

SCARF
Using 7mm (US 10.5) needles and yarn A cast on 30 sts.
Work 2 knit rows.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: K2, P to last 2 sts, P2.
Last 2 rows set patt, st st with 2 edge sts in garter st. Cont as set:
Rows 3-8: Using yarn A.
Rows 9-16: Using yarn B.
Last 16 rows set stripe sequence.
Cont until nearly all yarn has been used, ending after first 8 rows of stripe
sequence.
Next row using yarn A purl.
Next row using yarn A knit.
Cast off.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sweet Dreams Travel Pillow

Summer travel is just around the corner, knit up this travel pillow and get to your destination in style and comfort! SIZE: One Size, Varies Width 13 in. /33cm Length 12 in. /30.5cm
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
• 270-105 Lion Brand Lion Cashmere Blend: Light Blue
1 Ball (A)
• 270-098 Lion Brand Lion Cashmere Blend: Cream 1 Ball (B)
•Knitting Needles - Size 7 [4.5 mm]
• Crochet Hook - Size H-8
•Stitch Holders
•Large-Eye Blunt Needle

•Additional Materials
1. ½ yd fleece fabric
2. Sewing thread

3. Buckwheat hulls or fiberfill stuffing

4. 3½ (13mm) pearl buttons

GAUGE:
17 sts and 25 rows to 4 in. /10 cm over St st using size 8 (5 mm) needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

NOTES:
Clouds are embroidered in duplicate st after front piece has been knitted. When referring to "right" front or "left" front, we’re talking about the neck pillow as it is worn.

MAKE THE RIGHT FRONT

With A, cast on 7 sts.

Rows 1, 3, 5 (RS) Inc, k to last st, inc.

Rows 2 and 4 Inc, p to last st, inc.

Row 6 Purl. Rep rows 5–6 three times more-23 sts.
Work 12 ro
ws even in St st. Row 25 (RS) Inc, k across.
Work 3 rows even in St st.

Row 29 (RS) Rep row 25.
Row 30 Purl.
Row 31 Rep row 25.

Row 32 Purl across to last st, inc-27 sts.
Place all sts on holder.


MAKE THE LEFT FRONT AND COMPLETE FRONT
Work as for rows 1–32 of right front, reversing all shaping, do not put sts on holder.

Row 33 (RS) Knit to end, cast on 4 sts, k across 27 sts on holder-58 sts.
Work 19 rows even in St st.

Row 53 (RS) Ssk, k to last 2 sts, k2tog-56 sts.

Work 3 rows even in St st.

Row 57 (RS) Rep row 53-54 sts.
Work 1 row even in St st. Rep last 2 rows 4 times more-46 sts.
Row 67 Rep row 53-44
sts.
Row 68 P2tog, p across, ssp-42 sts.
Rep last 2 rows once more-38 sts.
Bind off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows, 6 sts at beg
of next 2 rows.
Bind off rem 18 sts.


MAKE THE BOTTOM BACK
Note Back is made in 2 pieces.
With B, work as for front through row 52. Rows 53–56 Work in k1, p1 rib. Bind off.


MAKE THE TOP BACK
With B, cast on 58 sts. Rows 1–4 Work in k1, p1 rib. Row 5 (buttonhole row) [K13, k2tog, yo] 3 times, k13. Row 6 Purl. Complete to match front, starting with row 53.
FINISH THE PILLOW COVER
Steam all pieces. Using B and yarn needle, follow chart to embroider clouds in duplicate stitch, spacing them randomly over front (our sample has 7 clouds, 3 of which are reversed image of chart). Trace around front to make a liner pattern. Cut out 2 identical liner pieces from fleece fabric and sew tog leaving a gap for stuffing. Clip seams and turn right side out, stuffing with buckwheat hulls or fiberfill. Sew gap. Pin knitted back pieces to front, overlapping ribbed edge of top back over ribbed edge of lower back. With A, crochet hook and front facing, work a rnd of sc around entire edge, followed by 2 rnds of sl st. Fasten off. Sew buttons on ribbed edge of bottom back. Place stuffed pillow inside cover.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Weekend Lapghan

A great throw for your sofa or favorite chair!

SIZE: One Size 46 x 60 in. (117 x 152.5 cm)

MATERIALS
• 640-402 Lion Brand Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick Yarn: Wheat
6 Balls
•Knitting Needles - Size 50 [25 mm] ('Speed Stix')
•Crochet Hook - Size P-15
•Large-Eye Blunt Needle

•Additional Materials-
11 in. (28 cm) piece of cardboard

GAUGE: 9 sts = 8 in. (20.5 cm) in pattern. GAUGE IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR THIS PROJECT. 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.

LAPGHAN
Cast on 53 sts.
Row 1: K3, *yarn over, slip 1, k1, pass slipped st over, rep from * across row. Rep Row 1 until a total of 80 rows have been worked. Piece should measure about 60 in. (152.5 cm) from beginning. Bind off.

FINISHING
Fringe
Wrap yarn around cardboard and cut 162 strands of yarn approximately 22 in. (56 cm) long. For each fringe, hold 3 strands of yarn together and fold in half. Use crochet hook to draw fold through edge of Lapghan, forming a loop. Pull ends of Fringe through this loop. Pull to tighten. Make Fringe in every other stitch along top and lower edges of Lapghan. Trim Fringe ends evenly. Weave in ends.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Harry Potter- Order of the Phoenix Hat

What a cool hat for all your Harry Potter Fans! I may have to knit one up! And a quote from Harry:
"You sort of start thinking anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Yarn: 1 skein of malabrigo merino wool
Tools: #7 Single Points, Tapestry Needle

Sizing: 22 stitches for babies, 66 stitches for kids & adults

Cast on/Brim (Kids Size/66 stitches)
Cast on 22/66 stitches and work 20 rows, knitting both ways to create garter stitch brim
Body of hat start stockinette and knit for 20 rows (for adult sizes, or for hats that need
to be more hat, less beanie, add another 20 rows, for a total of 40 before you start to
decrease for the crown.
Create crown (decrease)
Next row - knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together
Next row - purl 2 together, purl 1, purl 2 together
Repeat above set 2 times
Next row: knit 2 together every stitch
Next row: purl 2 together every stitch
Continue knitting 2 together till you have 6-8 stitches on the needles.

Leaving a really long tail, cut your yarn. Thread tail onto tapestry needle, thread through remaining stitches on needle and pull to close stitches together.

Fold hat so that stockinette right side is facing in, stitch from crown to bottom of brim using tapestry needle threaded with tail. Tie off, fold right side out.

Thanks to: fabulousyarn.com

Monday, March 22, 2010

Boucle Wrap

A cute little wrap to keep your shoulders warm on a cool summer night. Depending on the yarn, what a neat little wrap for a teen's prom dress!

SIZE: One Size Finished Circumference 48 in. [122 cm] Finished Length 17 in. [43 cm]
MATERIALS

•930-211 Lion Brand Lion BouclĂ© Tutti Frutti 7 Skeins

•Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]

•Knitting Needles Size 11 [8 mm]

•Large-Eye Blunt Needle


GAUGE:
13 sts + 11 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in k 2, p 2. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
STITCH EXPLANATION:

WRAP
With larger needles, cast on 50 sts.
Row 1 (RS): * K 2, p 2, rep from * to last 2 sts, k 2.

Row 2: * P 2, k 2, rep from * to last 2 sts, p 2

Rep Rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 48 in. [122 cm] from beg. Bind off. seam cast on edge to bind off edge with RS facing

CENTER RING
With smaller needles, cast on 8 sts. Work in Garter st (k every row) until piece measures 10 in. [25.5 cm] from beg. Bind off.
FINISHING
Sew short ends of Wrap together. Wrap Center Ring around Wrap, over seam, and sew short ends of Ring together. Weave in ends.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Cleo Ribbon Collar

Want to dress up a simple black dress? Give this a try!
Materials:
1 skein Tilli Tomas Cleo 100% Dupioni Silk Ribbon threaded with glass beads (100gms/ 80yds)
Needles 17 US straight
Instructions:
Cast on 10sts. Knit every row until end. On the last row k2tog and bind off at the same time.
Use a jeweled button for closure.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Scribble Scarf

A really nice, light summer scarf or shawl,and super easy... but don't wear dangling earrings with this one!

SIZE: One Size
This is a very stretchy scarf! Size will vary.

MATERIALS
• 640-099 Lion Brand Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick: Fisherman 1 Skeins (A)
• 770-124 Lion Brand Lion Crochet Cotton Ecru 1 Skeins (B)

  • Knitting Needles Size 15 [10 mm]

NOTES:
Gauge is not crucial to this project.
Note: Carry yarn not in use loosely up the side of your work.

SCARF:
With A, cast on 20 stitches. Knit 2 rows. * Do not cut A. With B, knit 2 rows. Do not cut B. With A, knit 2 rows. Repeat from * until a total of 42 rows have been worked, ending with 2 rows A.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pom-Pom Hat...thinking gifts for next season...

Yes, spring is here...we are now in daylight savings time...but, you will need to make holiday gifts for December. What???? Yep, I know we haven't even gotten a chance to put on our swimwear (ick!), but think of making this spring and summer your chance to make some great gifts for your family and friends. Not just to help in this still, horrifying economy, but to give a very special personal gift to those around you that will say more than any tweet or facebook comment ever could.

So this hat would be great for any snowboarders or skiers or anyone that lives in a cold winter climate!
Yarn Any skein of yarn approx 140 yards or more, worsted weight
Shown on photo- Blue Sky Mutlicolored Cotton, Marmalade.
Tools #5 Set of DP needles, stitch holder, darning needle

EARFLAPS & HAT
Start first tie/earflap:
1. Create knit tie for earflap: Cast on 3 sts work in garter stitch for 9 inches until you have your first tie - this turns into the earflap.

Increase width of tie to turn into Earflap:
Keep knitting in garter stitch, but start increasing the width of the tie you’ve just knit by adding a stitch at the beginning of each row. Continue adding stitches this way until you have 12 stitches on your needle. Place this first Tie/Earflap piece on a stitch holder.
Repeat from 1. to create second earflap.
Working with the 2nd earflap that is on your needles, you are now going to create the first row in the body of the hat and attach the first earflap you made to that row and then continue knitting in the round to make the body of the hat. On your needles is the second earflap. Cast on an additional 14 stitches - this begins to build the body of the hat.

Attach second earflap Move the first earflap you made from the stitch holder onto the needles, attaching it to the knitting by knitting across it.

Create additional row to make body of hat Cast on an additional 26 stitches, join to first earflap(use marker if you need to to mark this stop, which is where you will change from knit to purl on each row for the next 6-8 rows to create the brim).
Brim of hat continue to knit in the round in garterstitch (purl a row, knit a row, repeat) for 1 1/2 inches. This creates the ‘brim’ of the hat.
Body of hat start working in stockinete stitch (knit every row) for 4 inches. Knit two to- gether on all stitches for the next three rounds. Run yarn through remaining stitches with darning needle. Sew in all ends.

Poms and tassles for top of hat and end of ties:
POM- Hold four fingers out wraoping the yarn around your fingers wrap with as many loops of cotton as you can - the more you loop, the poofier your pom. Leave a very long tail and cut the yarn. Slide the wad off your fingers, make a loop thru the bottom of the wad of loops, and pull tightly to tie off and anchor the loops. Taking a length of the yarn, wrap the bottom of the tassle to create a band at the bottom of the pom. Tie it really tightly. Using scissors, slide thru the unbanded end of the loop to cut open the untied end
of the loops. Fluff with fingers. Using a tapestry needle, come up from inside the hat, up and thru the bottom of the pom, and back into the hat three or four times. Tie off INSIDE the hat. Fluff the pom.

TASSLES- Same as the POM, use the wrap method to create a bunch of loops around fingers - except this time, - use as many fingers as you can, and make the loops as LONG as you can. Some people use a piece of cardboard to make really LONG loops. Using the same method as the POM, tie off the bottom of the loops, wrap a band around the
bottom of the tassle, and cut the untied ends of the loops open. Using a tapestry needle, sew the tassles onto the ends of the ties.
from: www.Fabulousyarns.com

Friday, March 12, 2010

Glam Wristwarmers

Even though spring has almost sprung, there is still s slight chill in the air in the evenings...what better way to stay a little warm than to knit up a pair of Glam Wristwarmers...they'll rock out on a Friday night goin' out with the girls or on a romantic date.
Yarn: 1 skein malabrigo merino or similar heavy worsted weight yarn (4 st per inch); 1 skein Artyarns Beaded Sequined Silk.

Tools: #8 Needles, straight pins

Prep: Wind the beaded and the malabrigo into separate balls. Then create a new, merged ball with the malabrigo and the beaded held and wound together into a separate ball until you’ve run out of beaded (you will have malabrigo left over – it has more yarndage – but you need that anyhow, so it’s ok!

To Begin:
Begin using the ball of PLAIN malabrigo.
Cast on 30 Stitches in the Malabrigo Merino.

Underside/bottom of wristwarmer: Begin knitting In stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next to create stockinette) Knit 16 rows. (this will be the bottom, or underside of the warmer.) A row more or less isn’t critical. For larger arms and hands, increase number of rows knitted in this section by about 20% in number
of rows, for skinny arms, decrease total number of rows by about 10%.

Next section/ first section of the top of the wristwarmer:
At beginning of the next row, which starts the first section of the wristwarmer, join the beaded/merino combination ball to the strand, and beginning knitting in stockinette. Knit 2 rows in stockinette. (knit/purl). Then create a purled row by knitting next two rows in garter (knitting both sides, no purl stitch). This will create
a single row of garter ridge. After you’ve knitted the garter ridge, go back to stockinette stitch and knit 11 rows.

Next section
The next 4 rows, knit every row, (garter) to create a double garter ridge. Then go back to regular stockinette for 13 rows. You have finished the body of the warmer, or the top of the wristwarmer.

Joining the edges of the Wristwarmer
Knit Join: Fold the glamolette in half lengthwise so that the outside is facing in (the side showing the stockinette stitch) and the wrong side is facing out. Line up the edges. If you like, you can pin them together to make sure there is no stretch
and the sides knit together correctly.
Treating both sides as a single edge, knit thru the two sides, by knitting thru the stitches that are still on the needle AND the other edge. This takes some getting used to. Knit the edges of the glamolette together the whole length of the warmers. On the next row, after you have finished knitting the sides together, knit
back the whole way casting off as if it was a reqular piece of knitting.

Tie off and weave in your ends.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Cool Headband!

This simple headband is perfect to stash in your purse or your gym bag. The double strand of yarn makes it very quick to knit. Depending on the yarn you choose, you can easily knit two headbands from just one skein of the yarn. Finished Sizes: 18” slightly stretched

Yarn: Knit Picks Dancing (41% Cotton, 39% Wool, 13% Nylon, 7% Elastic; 253 yds/50 g): Hula 23591, 1 ball.

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm): Circular or straight
Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain correct gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle

Gauge: Approximately 20 sts /24 rows = 4”.in garter st on US 7s. Gauge is not really critical for this project.
Note: Yarn is doubled throughout.

Directions:
With two strands of yarn, CO 7 sts.
K 18 rows.
Increase pattern
Next row: K1, m1, k to end of row.
Next row: K.
Repeat these two rows eight times more: 16 sts on the needle.
K 30 rows.
Decrease pattern
Next row: K1, k2tog, k to end of row.
Next row: K.
Repeat these two rows eight times more: 7 sts on the needle.
K 18 rows.
BO.
Sew left and right edges together; work in all ends.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Mobius Scarf/ Cowl

I've given you a couple of cowl patterns, but the mobius scarf definitely puts a twist on things!
SIZE: 6 ½" x 38"

MATERIALS:
• LION BRAND Landscapes 2 balls #273 Spring Desert or color of your choice
• Size 13 (9 mm) knitting needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
• Large-eyed, blunt needle


GAUGE:
11 stitches + 14 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch (knit 1 row, purl 1 row) using size
13 (9 mm) knitting needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

SCARF

Make a slip knot – first stitch on needle.
Cast on 17 stitches – total of 18 stitches.
Knit 6 rows (= 3 garter stitch ridges).
Work in stockinette stitch for 6 rows.
Repeat last 12 rows until piece measures 38” or all yarn except 24” is used.
Loosely bind off all stitches.
Fold scarf, giving one end a 180 degree
turn. Join short ends.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

3/4 Sleeve Pullover

An easy, sweater pattern that you can make with a varity of yarns, adjusting the gauge, of course!

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X
Finished Chest 37 (40, 43, 47, 51) in. (94 (101.5, 109, 119.5, 129.5) cm)
Finished Length 23 1/2 (24, 24, 24 1/2, 25) in. (59.5 (61, 61, 62, 63.5) 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:
• 460-100 Lion Brand Cupcake: Marshmallow 7 8, 9, 10, 10 Balls
• Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles

GAUGE:
19 sts + 27 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS). 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.

PATTERN STITCH
K1, p1 Rib
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: K the knit sts and p the purl sts.
Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.





BACK
Cast on 80 (86, 92, 102, 108) sts.
Work in K1, p1 Rib until piece measures 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) from beg, increase 8 (10, 10, 10, 12) sts evenly spaced across last row - 88 (96, 102, 112, 120) sts.
Change to St st (k on RS, p on WS) and work until piece measures 14 (14, 14, 14, 14 1/2) in. (35.5 (35.5, 35.5, 35.5,
36.5) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Armholes
Bind off 5 (5, 7, 8, 8) sts at beg of next 2 rows - 78 (86, 88, 96, 104) sts. Dec 1 st each side every other row 4 (6, 6, 8, 9) times - 70 (74, 76, 80, 86) sts. Work until armhole measures 8 1/2 (9, 9, 9 1/2, 9 1/2) in. (21.5 (23, 23, 24, 24) cm), end with a WS row.
Shape Neck
K24 (25, 25, 26, 29), bind off center 22 (24, 26, 28, 28) sts, k to end of row.

Left Shoulder
Working on left shoulder sts only, continue as follows:
Row 1 (WS): Bind off 6 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts, p to end of row.
Row 2: Bind off 3 sts, k to end of row.
Row 3: Bind off 6 (6, 6, 7, 8) sts, p to end of row.
Row 4: Bind off 3 sts, k to end of row.
Bind off remaining 6 (7, 7, 7, 8) sts.

Right Shoulder
Rejoin yarn to work right shoulder.
Row 1 (WS): Bind off 3 sts, p to end of row.
Row 2: Bind off 6 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts, k to end of row.
Row 3: Bind off 3 sts, p to end of row.
Row 4: Bind off 6 (6, 6, 7, 8) sts, k to end of row.
Purl 1 row. Bind off remaining 6 (7, 7, 7, 8) sts.


FRONT
Work same as Back until armhole measures 6 1/4 (6 3/4, 6, 6 1/2, 6 1/2) in. (16 (17, 15, 16, 16) cm), end with a WS row - 70 (74, 76, 80, 86) sts.

Shape Neck
K28 (29, 29, 30, 33), bind off next 14 (16, 18, 20, 20) sts, k to end of row.

Right Shoulder
Working on right shoulder sts only, purl 1 row.
Bind off 2 sts at beg of next RS row 3 (3, 2, 2, 2) times. At same edge, dec 1 st every other row 4 (4, 6, 6, 6) times - 18 (19, 19, 20, 23) sts. P 1 row. K 1 row.
Row 1 (WS): Bind off 6 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts, p to end of row.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Bind off 6 (6, 6, 7, 8) sts, p to end of row.
Row 4: Knit. Bind off remaining 6 (7, 7, 7, 8) sts.

Left Shoulder
Rejoin yarn to work Left Shoulder.
Bind off 2 sts at the beg of every WS row 3 (3, 2, 2, 2) times.
Dec 1 st at beg of every WS row 4 (4, 6, 6, 6) times - 18 (19, 19, 20, 23) sts. Knit 1 row. Purl 1 row.
Row 1 (RS): Bind off 6 (6, 6, 6, 7) sts, k to end of row.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3: Bind off 6 (6, 6, 7, 8) sts, k to end of row.
Row 4: Purl. Bind off remaining 6 (7, 7, 7, 8) sts.



SLEEVES (make 2)
Cast on 40 (42, 44, 48, 50) sts.
Work in K1, p1 Rib until piece measures 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) from beg, inc 6 sts evenly spaced across last row - 46 (48, 50, 54, 56) sts.
Knit 1 row, purl 1 row.
Next Row: Knit inc 1 st each side.
Continue to work in St st, AT THE SAME TIME, inc 1 st each side every 6 rows 10 (10, 11, 11, 11) times - 66 (68, 72, 76, 78) sts. Work until piece measures 11 (11, 11 1/2, 11 1/2, 11
1/2) in. (28 (28, 29, 29, 29) cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Shape Sleeve Cap
Bind off 5 (5, 7, 8, 8) sts at beg of the next 2 rows - 56 (58, 58, 60, 62) sts.
Dec 1 st each side every other row 4 (5, 5, 4, 5) times - 48 (48, 48, 52, 52) sts. Dec 1 st each side every 4th row 5 (5, 5, 6, 6) times - 38 (38, 38, 40, 40) sts. Dec 1 st each side every other row 3 times - 32 (32, 32, 34, 34) sts.
Bind off 2 sts at beg of next 2 rows; 3 sts at beg of next 2
rows; 7 sts at beg of next 2 rows. Bind off remaining 8 (8, 8, 10, 10) sts.


FINISHING
Sew left shoulder seam.
Neckband: From RS, join yarn at right shoulder and pick up and k34 (36, 38, 40, 40) sts along Back neck, 44 (46, 50, 54, 54) sts along Front neck - 78 (82, 88, 94, 94) sts.
Work 5 rows in K1, p1 Rib.
Bind off.
Sew right shoulder and neckband seam. Sew in Sleeves. Sew side and Sleeve seams. Weave in ends.

Diva Scarf

A nice, light spring scarf to brighten up any outfit!


SIZE: One Size 10 x 42 in. [25.5 x 106.5 cm]

MATERIALS: (for earth tone scarf)
• 860-126 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn: Chocolate 1 Ball (A)
• 860-135 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn: Rust 1 Ball (B)
• 860-123 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn: Beige 1 Ball (C)
• 860-170 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn: Pea Green 1 Ball (D)
• Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles

GAUGE:
18 sts + 20 rows = 4 in. [10 cm] in Pattern st. 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:
PATTERN STITCH (multiple of 12 + 6 sts)
Row 1: K3, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Rows 2 and 4: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: Knit.
Rows 5 and 8: K3, *k3tog, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4; rep from * across, end k3.
Rows 6, 7 and 9: K3, *p3tog, p4, yo, p1, yo, p4; rep from * across, end k3.
Rows 10-18: Rep Rows 1-9.
Rep Rows 1-18 for Pattern st.

SCARF
With A, cast on 42 sts. Work Rows 1-8 of Pattern st.
Change to B and work Rows 1-18 of Pattern st.
Change to C and work Rows 1-18 of Pattern st.
Change to D and work Rows 1-18 of Pattern st;
*Change to A and work Rows 1-18 of Pattern st.
Change to B and work Rows 1-18 of Pattern st.
Change to C and work Rows 1-18 of Pattern st.
Change to D and work Rows 1-18 of Pattern st;
Rep from * once more (12 stripes total).
Change to A and work Rows 1-8 of Pattern st for last stripe.
Bind off in Pattern.

FINISHING
Weave in ends.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Romance Cover-Up

The look of this cover-up goes from jeans, to leggings and over a swimsuit. What a versatile item to knit up!

SIZE: One Size
About 36 in. x 75 in. [91 x 191 cm]

MATERIALS:
• 440-101 Lion Brand Romance: Cherry Blossom 1 Skein
• Knitting Needles - Size 19 [15 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles
GAUGE:
6.5 sts + 6.8 rows = 4" [10 cm] in St st (k on RS rows, p on WS). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

COVER-UP:
Cast on 60 sts. Begin with a k row, work in St st for 30 rows.
Row 31(RS) K 22, loosely bind off next 16 sts for first slit, k 22.
Row 32 (WS) P 22, cast on 16 sts, p 22.
Rows 33-62 Work in St st.
Rows 63 & 64 Repeat Rows 31 and 32 for second slit.
Rows 65-94 Work in St st.
Rows 95 & 96 Repeat Rows 31 & 32 for third slit.
Work in St st for 30 more rows. Bind off all stitches loosely.

FINISHING: Weave in ends.

TO WEAR: Put right arm in slit one. Wrap across back of body and put left arm in slit two. Wrap across front of body and put right arm
in slit three. Alternately, put head through second slit, right arm through first slit, and left arm through third slit.

OPTIONAL: The garment may be knitted without slits (simply cast on 60 sts and knit the entire garment in Stockinette stitch) and worn as a shawl.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Knit Cotton Table Runner and Placemats

Now that I' ve completed my move into my new abode, my color scheme has changed and I want a fresh look, and a great way to add a little zing is to knit up a brand new table runner with matching placemats!

SIZE Table Runner: 10" x 45" Placemat: 10" x 9"
MATERIALS:

• LION BRAND Lion Cotton 2 balls # 158 Banana (A) 1 ball #183 Periwinkle (B) 1 ball #181 Sage (C) 1 ball #108 Morning Glory Blue (D)

• Size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE

• Large-eyed, blunt needle
GAUGE:
16 stitches + 32 rows (16 ridges) = 4" (10 cm) in Garter stitch (knit every row) using Size 8 needles. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

TABLE RUNNER
With A, cast on 40 stitches. Knit 72 rows (36 ridges); repeat with colors B, C and D. Change to A and work another 72 rows (36 ridges). Bind off all 40 stitches. Weave in ends.

FINISHING With A, sew an overcast stitch all around the runner and along the line of each color change.

PLACE MATS Cast on 40 stitches. Knit until there are 72 rows (36 ridges).
Bind off all stitches and weave in ends.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thigh High Socks

Now that you have fingerless wrist warmers (see March 1st blog), you can make yourself a pair of "toeless" leg warmers...
SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X
Finished Circumference at thigh 15 (18, 21, 24) in. (38 (46, 53.5, 61) 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:
• 240-204 Lion Brand Sock-Ease Yarn: Lemon Drop 2 Balls
• Crochet Hooks- Size D
• Knitting Needles- Size 3 [3.25 mm]

GAUGE:
25 sts = 4 in. (10cm) in Stockinette st (k on RS, p on WS) 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:
K1, p1 Rib (Even number of sts)
Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: K the knits and p the purls.
Rep Row 2 for K1, p1 Rib.

THIGH HIGH (make 2)
Beg at toe end, cast on 46 (54, 64, 72) sts. Work in k1, p1 rib for 14 rows.
Change to St st (k on RS, p on WS) and work until piece measures 3 in. (7.5 cm from beg, end with a WS row.

Heel Slit
Next Row: Bind off 23 (27, 32, 36) sts, knit to end.
Next Row: Purl, cast on 23 (27, 32, 36) sts over bound-off sts of previous row.
Continue in St st until piece measures 5 1/2 in. (14 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Inc 1 st each end of next row – 48 (56, 66, 74) sts. Rep inc row every 4 rows 11 (13, 15, 17) more times –70 (82, 96, 108) sts.
Work even until piece measures 14 in. (35.5 cm) above heel slit, end with a WS row.
Inc 1 st each end of next row, rep inc row every 4 rows 10 (12, 15, 17) more times – 92 (108, 128, 144) sts.
Continue in St st until piece measures 22 in. (56 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Work in k1, p1 rib for 13 rows.
Bind off.

FINISHING
Sew seam. With crochet hook, join yarn with slip stitch at heel slit. Work 1 round of single crochet around slit. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Wrist Warmers

Even though spring is in the air, you still may need a little warmth. These wrist warmers fit the bill!


Materials:
• Yarn: Bernat Satin (Solids: 100 g/3.5 oz or Ombres: 80 g/2.8 oz) 2(2) balls or Bernat Berella '4' (Solids: 100 g/3.5 oz or Ombres: 85 g/3 oz) 1(2) ball(s) or Bernat Super Value (Solids: 197 g/7 oz or Ombres: 142 g/5 oz) 1(1) ball
• Knitting needles: Size 5 mm (U.S. 8) or size needed to obtain gauge.
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] in stocking st.

Instructions:

Make 2 alike
Cast on 45 sts.
1st row: P1. *K3. P2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K3. P1.
2nd row: K1. *P3. K2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. P3. K1.
Rep last 2 rows until work from beg measures 2½ ins [6 cm].
Cont in stocking st (Knit on RS and purl on WS) until work from beg measures 9 ins [23 cm], ending with RS facing for next row.
Rep 1st and 2nd rows of (K3. P2) ribbing until work from beg measures 13 ins [33 cm], ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off in pat.
Mark 2 sts at cast off edge 2 ins [5 cm] in from each side edge.
Sew side seam.
Sew marked sts tog to form division for Thumb opening and Fingers.

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