Sunday, February 27, 2011

One Hat...Three Versions!

It's your choice, knit the hat that suits you, and anyone you adore!

SIZES: Directions are written for size Small (Childs) Changes for Medium (Adult S) and Large
(Adult L) are written in parentheses.


The stitch pattern has a lot of stretch so finished measurements do not equate with head size, and each size can fit a lot of different head measurements.

Approximate head sizes fit: Small: 14-20”, Medium: 16-22”, Large: 18-14”, depending on how tight or loose the wearer likes their hats to be.
YARN: 1 skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted
NEEDLES: 1 set each: # 6 16- inch circular, # 7 16-inch circular,# 7 double pointed
OTHER MATERIALS: tapestry needle, stitch marker

GAUGE: 28 sts to 4” in 4 Row Cable Stitch Pattern un-stretched. Due to the very stretchy nature of this pattern stitch exact gauge is not as crucial as in other stitch patterns. Be sure that your gauge is close to this. If it is off by a lot it can adversely effect the fit of the hat, but if it is close to correct fit should be fine.
STITCHES USED IN THIS PATTERN: Knit (K), purl (p), Knit 2 stitches together (K2tog) and Right Front Cross (RFC)

Right Front Cross (RFC) Worked over 3 stitches as follows:
1 – Insert right needle into the third stitch from the tip of the left needle as to knit. Pull a loop of yarn through, but do not slide any stitches off of the left hand needle.
2 – Insert right needle into the stitch closest to the tip of the left needle, knit, and slide off left needle as usual.
3 – Knit next stitch (originally second from the tip, now closest to the tip) and slide it and the first stitch knit (originally the third stitch from the tip of the left needle) off the left needle.
There is a photo Tutorial for this stitch at the end of this pattern.
4 ROW CABLE STITCH PATTERN:
ROWS 1, 2, and 4: * p1, K3* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 3: * p1, RFC over next 3 sts. * Repeat from * to * across row.
BRIM: CO 84 (96, 108) stitches on #6 16” circular needles. Place marker and, being careful not to twist the stitches, join and knit in the round. Work one of the two brims below as directed:
BRIM #1 (Rolled Brim) – K 7 rows. Switch to #7 16” circular needles and K 3 ROWS, for a total of 10 K rows.
BRIM #2 (Ribbed brim) - *p1, K1* Repeat from * to * across row. Please note that this 1/1 ribbing starts with a p stitch and not a K stitch as usual for ribbing. Work in ribbing for 1.5 inches.
BODY OF HAT: Switch to #7 16-inch circular needle and to 4 Row Cable Stitch Pattern, and work evenly until 4 ½ (5, 5 ½ ) inches from beginning OR 3 inches less than desired length measured from crown of head down to ear. End having just completed a ROW 3 of 4 Row Cable Stitch Pattern.

DECREASES: Decreases are worked in the 4 Row Cable Stitch Pattern. Continue in pattern as written below, switching to dp #7US needles when necessary.
ROW 1 – * Work 10 sts in pattern as established, K2tog,* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 2 - * p1, K3, p1, K3, p1, K2* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 3 - * p1, K3, p1, K3, p1, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row. ROW 4 - *p1, RFC over next 3 sts., p1, RFC over next 3 sts., p1, K1* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 5 - *p1, K3, p1, K3, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 6 - *p1, K3, p1, K4* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 7 - *p1, K3, p1, K2, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 8 - *p1, RFC over next 3 sts, * Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 9 - *p1, K3, p1, K1, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 10 - *p1, K3, p1, K2* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 11 - *p1, K3, p1, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 12 – *p1, RFC across next 3 sts, p1, K1* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 13 - *p1, K3, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 14 - *p1, K2, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 15 - *p1, RFC across next 3 sts* Repeat from * to * across row. ROW 16 - *p1, K1, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 17 - *p1, K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row.
ROW 18 - *K2tog* Repeat from * to * across row. 7 (8, 9) sts remain.
Break yarn and run end through remaining stitches. Pull tight, run end inside and secure.

Weave in ends.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Knit a Throw Rug!...Using a Knitting Board

Knitting home accessories is so rewarding, because all of the knitted projects you do, you see these everyday!


SIZE: One Size
20 inches X 40 inches with fringe [51 cm x 102 cm]
MATERIALS
• 640-112 Lion Brand Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick: Raspberry 3 Balls
• 640-132 Lion Brand Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick: Lemongrass 2 Balls
• The Knitting Board
• Crochet Hook - Size N-13
• Additional Materials
Knit hook
NOTES:
Knits up quickly with simple color stripes and Stockinette Stitch.
At each color change, tie on new yarn. Cut the working yarn. The tails can be left in the fringe once complete, or tucked into the knitting.
Rug
Cast On 84 stitches in Raspberry.
Lay anchor yarn.
Knit 6 Rows.
Tie on Lemongrass.
Knit 3 rows.
Raspberry 5 rows.
Lemongrass 4 rows.
Raspberry 7 rows.
Lemongrass 4 rows.
Raspberry 7 rows.
Lemongrass 6 rows.
Raspberry 6 rows.
Lemongrass 4 rows.
Raspberry 7 rows.
Lemongrass 3 rows.
Raspberry 5 rows.
Bind Off with crochet hook with 1 thru 1.
Bind Off at anchor Yarn with pulling 1 loop thru 1 loop.

Fringe:
Cut strands of Lemongrass yarn approx 7 inches [18 cm] long for 3 inches [8 cm] fringe. Insert each strand into edge stitches on both ends of rug for a colorful fun finish.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sick of Winter...Knit a Beach Bag!

Nothing is better than thinking of spring and summer, while in the clutches of winter's end...this is one cool bag to hold all your hot summer needs!



Materials:
1 ball of each TAHKI STACY CHARLES Cotton Classic in color #3336 Brown (A), #3203 Taupe (B), #3226 Eggshell (C), #3475 Coral (D), #3453 Soft pink (E).
US 7-9 needles

Note
(For bag bottom and handle only) Sl sts purlwise with yarn at RS.

Bag
Bag body
With E, CO 32 sts. Row 1 (RS) With E, knit.
Row 2 With E, purl.
Rows 3 and 4 With B, knit.
Row 5 With A, knit.
Row 6 With A, purl.
Rows 7–14
With C, work 8 rows of Moire St Pat.
Row 15 With B, knit.
Row 16 With B, purl.
Rows 17 and 18 With A, knit.
Rows 19 and 21 With D, knit.
Rows 20 and 22 With D, purl.
Rows 23 and 24 With B, knit.
Rows 25–32 With E, work 8 rows of
Diamond Drop Pat.
Row 33 With C, knit.
Row 34 With C, purl.
Rows 35 and 36 With D, knit.
Row 37 With B, knit.
Row 38 With B, purl.
Rows 39- 52 With A, work 14 rows of Pebble St Pat.
Rows 53 and 54 With E, knit.
Rows 55 and 57 With C, knit.
Rows 56 and 58 With C, purl.
Row 59 With A, knit.
Row 60 With A, knit, inc 1 st—33 sts.
Rows 61–66 With B, work 6 rows of Crocus Buds
Pat. Row 67 With D, knit.
Row 68 With D, purl.
Rows 69 and 70 With C, knit.
Rows 71 and 72 With B, knit.
Rows 73–80 With D, work 8 rows of
Knotted Openwork Pat, dec 1 st on last row—32 sts.
Rep rows 1–80 once more.
With E, knit 1 row, purl 1 row. Bind off.

Bag bottom
With D, CO 45 sts. Rows 1 and 2 With D, knit.
Rows 3 and 4 With A k1, *sl 1, k1; rep from *.
Rows 5 and 6 With D, knit. Rows 7 and 8 With
A, k2, *sl 1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1. Repeat
rows 1–8 two more times. With D, knit 2 rows.
Bind off.

Handle
With E, CO 97 sts. Rows 1 and 2 With E, knit.
Rows 3 and 4 With D, k1, *sl 1, k1; rep from *.
Rows 5 and 6 With A, knit.
Rows 7 and 8 With C, k2, *sl 1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 9 and 10 With B, knit.
Rows 11 and 12 Rep row 3.
Rows 13 and 14 With E, knit.
Rows 15 and 16
Rep row 7.
Rows 17 and 18 With A, knit.
Rows 19 and 20 Rep row 3.
Rows 21 and 22 With B, knit.
Rows 23 and 24 Rep row 7. Work rows 1–4 once more. Bind off.
Rows 61–66 With B, work 6 rows of Crocus Buds
Pat. Row 67 With D, knit.
Row 68 With D, purl.
Rows 69 and 70 With C, knit.
Rows 71 and 72 With B, knit.
Rows 73–80 With D, work 8 rows of Knotted Openwork Pat, dec 1 st on last row—32 sts.
Rep rows 1–80 once more. With E, knit 1 row, purl 1 row. Bind off.
Assemble using photo as guide.

Bag Patterns

knotted openwork pat MULTIPLE OF 3 STS
Row 1 (RS) Knit. Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8
Purl. Rows 3 and 7 K2, * yo, k3 (illust. 1),
pass 3rd st on right needle over first 2 k
sts (illust. 2); rep from *, end k1. Row 5
K1, * k3, pass 3rd st on right needle over
first 2 k sts, yo; rep from *, end k2.

crocus buds pat ODD # OF STS
Rows 1 and 5 (RS) K2, * yo, k2; rep
from * to last st, k1. Rows 2 and 6
P2, *p3 (illust. 1), pass 3rd st on right
needle over first 2 p sts (illust. 2); rep
from *, end p1. Row 3 K3, * yo, k2; rep
from * to end. Row 4 P1, * p3, pass 3rd
st on right needle over first 2 p sts; rep
from *, end p2.

pebble stitch pat EVEN # OF STS
Row 1 (RS) Knit. Row 2 Purl. 3 K1,
* k2tog; rep from *, end k1. Row 4 K1,
* k1, insert left needle from front to
back under strand between last st
worked and first st on left needle, k
this strand through front loop (illusts.
1 and 2); rep from *, end k1. Rows
5–12 Rep rows 1–4 twice. Row 13 and
14 Knit.

diamond drop pat MULTIPLE OF 4 STS
Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 (RS) Knit. Rows
2 and 6 P1, * yo, p2 (illust. 1), pass yo
over 2 p sts (illust. 2), p2; rep from *,
end last rep p1, instead of p2. Row
4 P3, * yo, p2, pass yo over 2 p sts, p2;
rep from * to last st, p1. Row 8 Knit.

moire stitch pat eVEN # OF STS
Row 1 (RS) Knit. Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8
Purl. Rows 3, 5, and 7 K1, * sl 1, k1,
yo (illust. 1), pass sl st over k1 and yo
(illust. 2); rep from *, end k1.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Pretty (Easy) Ribbed Scarf, But in Cashmere!

Sometimes simple feels sooo good!

One Size-7"wide x 70" long
Materials:

Sinful by Classic Elite 100% cashmere 50 gram hank= approx. 65 yards- 4 hanks
Shown in sinful 20591

Gauge
18 sts=4" ribbed pattern- Take time to save time, check your gauge!

Pattern Stitch
Rib (multiple of 6 sts + 3)
Row 1 : *K3. P3; rep from * across to last 3 sts. K3.
Row 2: *K1, P1; rep from * across to last st, K1.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for Rib pattern.
Scarf
Cast on 27 sts, work in Rib pattern until piece measures 70" from begininng or desired length.
Bind off all sts. loosely.

Finishing
Block piece lightly to measurements.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Mohair Shoulder Warmer/ Cowl

Still in snow, cold and don't see any sign of spring? This mohair shoulder warmer/ cowl will keep you warm until the buds bloom!


SIZE One Size
KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
42" circumference x 11" wide/106.5 x 28cm
MATERIALS
• 1 ball EACH S. Charles Collezione LUNA 71%
kid mohair, 20% silk, 9% lurex (0.88oz/25g;
232yds/212.5m) in colors #23 stormy skies
(A), #25 blue moon (B), #22 champagne fizz
(C), #24 twilight (D) and #26 sunbeam (E)
• One #10 (6 mm) long circular needle
OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
• Yarn needle

GAUGE
12 sts and 16 rows = 4”/10 cm in Open Star
Pattern, using 2 strands of yarn held together TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE

PATTERN STITCH
Open Star Pattern (multiple of 3 sts)
Row 1 (WS): K2, *yo, k3, with tip of left-hand needle, pass first st of k3 over last 2 stitches and off needle; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K1, *k3, with tip of left-hand needle, pass first stitch of k3 over last 2 stitches and off needle, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4: Knit.
Rep Rows 1-4 for Open Star Pattern.

Open Star Stripe Sequence
*Working in Open Star Pattern, and using 2 strands of yarn held together, work 2 rows each in A, B, C, D, then E; repeat from * for number of stripes indicated.


NOTE: Two strands of yarn are held together throughout. Circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of stitches.

COWL
With A, cast on 108 sts loosely.
Begin Open Star Pattern and Stripe Sequence in rows until piece measures 11" from beginning (total 5 Stripe Sequences).
Bind off loosely in pattern.

FINISHING
With wrong sides facing, sew short ends of piece
together. Weave in ends.


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mosaic Scarves for You and Him!

Last weekend I took a knitting class at Hill Country Weavers on Mosaic Knitting. What fun! So in honor of my fellow classmates, here is a great scarf pattern to continue on past that washcloth we made!

MATERIALS
Naturally Caron.com Country
75% Microdenier acrylic, 25% Merino wool; 3 oz/100 g, 185 yds/170 m ball):
Shown in (Hers): #09 Renaissance Rose (MC) and #08 Silver Service (CC), 1.5oz/43g each
Shown in (His): #17 Claret (MC) and #15 Deep Taupe (CC), 2.5oz/64g each
One pair size U.S. 8(5 mm) needles, or size to obtain gauge
Stitch markers
Yarn needle

SIZES: Hers (His)
KNITTED MEASUREMENTS
Width 6 (8)"/15 (20.5cm
Length 36 (42)"/91.5 (106.5)cm

GAUGE
In Mosaic pattern, 22sts and 32 rows = 4"/10 cm

STITCHES USED
Garter stitch (Garter st)

NOTES
On all RS rows, slip all slip stitches with yarn in back. On all WS rows, slip all slip stitches with yarn in front.
Slip all stitches as if to purl.
When changing colors at right edge on RS, bring new color up from under the previous color.

SCARF
Using MC, CO 35 (45) sts.
Row 1 and 2: Knit with MC.
Row 3 and 4: Change to CC, knit.
Rep Rows 1-3, 0 (1) times, ending with a WS row.
Place markers (pm) 1 (3) sts in from each edge and keep sts outside markers in garter st as est, changing colors according
to pattern st.

Est Pattern
Row 1 (RS): With MC, k to marker, slip marker (sm), k2, *sl 1, k1; rep from * to 1 st before marker, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 2: K to marker, sm, k2, *(sl 1, p1) twice, sl 1, k1; rep from * to 1 st before marker, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 3: With CC, k to marker, sm, k3, *sl 1, k1, sl 1, k3; rep from * to marker, sm, k to end.
Row 4: K to marker, sm, k3, * sl 1, p1, sl 1, k3; rep from * to marker, sm, k to end.
Row 5: With MC, k to marker, sm, k4, *sl 1, k5; rep from * to 5 sts before marker, sl 1, k4, sm, k to end.
Row 6: K to marker, sm, p4, *sl 1, p5; rep from * to 5 sts before marker, sl 1, p4, sm, k to end.
Row 7: With CC, k to marker, sm, k1, * sl 1, k5; rep from * to 2 sts before marker, sl 1, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 8: K to marker, sm, k1, * sl 1, k2, p1, k2; rep from * to 2 sts before marker, sl 1, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 9: With MC, k to marker, sm, k2, *sl 1, k1; rep from * to 1 st before marker, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 10: K to marker, sm, p2, *(sl 1, k1) twice, sl 1, p1; rep from * to 1 st before marker, p1, sm, k to end.
Row 11: With CC, k to marker, sm, k1, * sl 1, k5; rep from * to 2 sts before marker, sl 1, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 12: K to marker, sm, k1, * sl 1, k2, p1, k2; rep from * to 2 sts before marker, sl 1, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 13: With MC, k to marker, sm, k4, *sl 1, k5; rep from * to 5 sts before marker, sl 1, k4, sm, k to end.
Row 14: K to marker, sm, p4, *sl 1, p5; rep from * to 5 sts before marker, sl 1, p4, sm, k to end.
Row 15: With CC, k to marker, sm, k3, *sl 1, k1, sl 1, k3; rep from * to marker, sm, k to end.
Row 16: K to marker, sm, k3, * sl 1, p1, sl 1, k3; rep from * to marker, sm k to end.
Row 17 (RS): With MC, k to marker, sm, k2, *sl 1, k1; rep from * to 1 st before marker, k1, sm, k to end.
Row 18: K to marker, sm k2, *(sl 1, p1) twice, sl 1, k1; rep from * to 1 st before marker, k1, k to end.
Row 19: With CC, k to end.
Row 20: K to end.
Rep Rows 1-20 until piece measures approx 36 (41)” from beg, ending with Row 20.
For Hers: Change to MC, k 1 row. BO in pattern
For His: Change to MC, k 2 rows. Change to CC, k 2 rows. Change to MC, k1 row. BO.

FINISHING
Block pieces to measurements.
Using yarn needle, weave in ends.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Winged Pillows

For you and your valentine...a soft place to lay your heads...pleasant dreams!

SIZE: One Size
Heart at widest part 15in.[38cm]
Wingspan approx 34in.[86.5cm]

MATERIALS
• 570-170 Lion Brand Festive Fur-Gold
3 Balls
• 990-150 Lion Brand Glitterspun: Silver
5 Balls
• Lion Brand Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
• Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 10 [6 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
• Additional Materials
Fiberfill for pillow Alternate colorway: 570-113 Red Festive Fur 990-170 Gold Giltterspun

GAUGE:
22 sts and 16 rows to 4in.[10cm] over St st using larger needles and Festive Fur. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
The Gathered Rib Stitch
(multiple of 4 sts plus 4)
Rows 1 and 3 (RS) P1, *k2, p2; rep from *, end k2, p1.
Rows 2 and 4 (WS) K1, *p2, k2; rep from *, end p2, k1.
Row 5 P1, *inc 1, k1, p2; rep from *end inc 1, k1, p1.
Rows 6 and 8 K1, *p3, k2; rep from *, end p3, k1.
Row 7 P1, *k3, p2; rep from *, end k3, p1.
Row 9 P1, *[inc 1] twice, k1, p2; rep from *, end [inc 1] twice, k1, p1.
Row 10 K1, *p5, k2; rep from *, end p5, k1.
Row 11 P1, *SKP, k1, k2tog, p2; rep from *, end SKP, k1, k2tog, p1. Row 12 K1, *p3, k2; rep from *, end p3, k1.
Row 13 P1, *SK2P, p2; rep from *, end SK2P, p1.
Row 14 K1, *inc 1, k2; rep from *, end inc 1, k1.
Repeat rows 1–14 for gathered rib.

WINGS
Piece 1 (make 2)
With smaller needles and Glitterspun, cast on 32 sts. Work rows 1-14 of gathered rib. Next row (RS) Cast on 4 sts, work Row 1 of gathered rib to end.
Cont until rows 1–14 have been worked a total of 4 times, casting on 4 sts at the beg of each row 1—44 sts. Bind off.

Piece 2 (make 2)
With smaller needles and Glitterspun, cast on 32 sts. Work rows 1-14 of gathered rib. Work row 1 of gathered rib.
Next row (WS) Cast on 4 sts, work row 2 of gathered rib to end.
Cont until rows 1–14 have been worked a total of 4 times, and cast on 4 sts at the beg of each row 2—44 sts. Bind off.

HEART (make 2)
With larger needles and Festive Fur, cast on 2 sts.
Knit one row, purl one row. Cont in St st, inc 1 in first st of every row 28 times—30 sts. Next (inc) row (RS) [Inc 1]
twice, work to last 2 sts, [inc 1] twice—34 sts.
Purl one row. Cont to work inc every RS row 3 times more—46 sts.
Next (inc) row (RS) Inc 1, work to last st, inc 1—48 sts. Work 3 rows even.
Rep these last 4 rows 1 time more—52 sts. Work 4 rows even.

SHAPE TOP OF HEART
Next (dec) row (RS) K1, SKP, k19, k2tog, k1, sl rem 25 sts to holder. Cont to work decs every RS row twice more—19 sts. Purl one row.
Next (dec) row (RS) K1, SKP, k3, SKP, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1—15 sts. Purl one row.
Next (dec) row (RS) K1, SKP, k2, SKP, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1—11 sts. Purl one row.
Next (dec) row (RS) K1, SKP, k1, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k1—8 sts. Purl one row.
Next (dec) row (RS) [SKP] twice, [k2tog] twice—4 sts. Next (dec) row (WS) P2tog twice—2 sts. Bind off. Sl 25 sts from holder and work as above.

FINISHING
For each wing, sew Piece 1 to Piece 2, leaving short, straight side edge open. Stuff and sew edge closed.
Sew 2 pieces of heart together, leaving opening on one side for stuffing. Stuff pillow, sew opening closed. Sew wings to back side of heart.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Knit Up A Sporty CarryAll

This carryall will do just that...Carry All!


One size
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Approximately 15” wide x 13” high x 4” deep

MATERIALS
4 Balls BERROCO SOX (100 grs), #1435 Doon or #1454 Morton (MC) and 3 balls #1411 Sprinkles (CC)
29” Length circular knitting needles, sizes 7 (4.50 mm) and 8 (5.00 mm) OR SIZE TO OBTAIN

GAUGE
Straight knitting needles, size 6 (4.00 mm)
Crochet hook, size 5.00 mm (H-8)
4 St holders
2 St markers (2 different colors)
Two 15” long zippers
One 34” long zipper that zips from both ends
Sewing needle and matching thread
Optional: One piece of cardboard or heavy plastic 15” x 4” to stiffen bottom of bag

GAUGE
22 sts = 4”; 32 rows = 4” in Moss St with 2 strands of MC held tog on size 7 (4.50 mm) needles
TO SAVE TIME, TAKE TIME TO CHECK GAUGE MOSS STITCH

(Even number of sts)
Rnds 1 and 2: * K1, p1, rep from * across.
Rnds 3 and 4: * P1, k1, rep from * across.
Rep these 4 rows for Moss St

BAG
With larger circular needle, using 2 strands of MC held tog, cast on 166 sts. Join, being careful not to twist sts. Mark for beg of rnd and carry marker up. Work even in Reverse St st (purl every rnd) for 1”. Change to smaller circular needle and work even in Moss St until piece measures 10” from beg. Change to 2 strands of CC held tog.
Inc Rnd: K83, increasing 22 sts around, place marker, k to end, increasing 22 sts around – 210 sts.
Next Rnd: * Working in k1, p1 ribbing, work 11 sts, sl the next 11 sts to holder, cast on 11 sts, work to 22 sts before next marker, sl the next 11 sts to holder, cast on 11 sts, work to marker, rep from * once more – 210 sts. The 11 sts on each of 4 holders form base of the straps. Work even in k1, p1 ribbing for 2”. Purl 1 rnd for folding ridge. Work even in k1, p1 ribbing for 4”. Purl 1 rnd for folding ridge. Work even in k1, p1 ribbing for 2”. Work Next Rnd once more, forming the other base of the straps.
Dec Rnd: K to first marker, decreasing 22 sts around, drop marker, k to last marker, decreasing 22 sts around – 166 sts. Change to 2 strands of MC held tog and work even in Moss St until piece measures 9” above last rnd of CC. Change to larger circular needle and work even in Reverse St st for 1”. Bind off.

FINISHING
Straps: With RS facing, sl 11 sts from one holder to straight needle. Join 2 strands of CC held tog.
Row 1 (RS): K1, (p1, k1) 5 times.
Row 2: P1, (k1, p1) 5 times. Rep these 2 rows until strap measures 19” or desired length, end on WS. Bind off in ribbing. Repeat on each of the remaining 3 holders. Sew one 15” long zipper into each end of the bag (which is a tube) at beg of Moss St section. Reverse St st edges will roll inward partially concealing zippers.
Gussets (Make 2): With crochet hook, using 2 strands of MC held tog, make a chain long enough to reach from folding ridge at one side of the bag bottom, up side of bag to start of Reverse St st section, across top, then down the other side of bag to the other end of folding ridge. Work even in sc for 1½”. Fasten off. Lay the bag flat. Sew one gusset to edge of bag, (working through double thickness of bag). Sew side edges of gusset to bottom of bag. Repeat with the other gusset on the other side of bag. Outer edges of gussets should be approximately ½" apart. Sew long zipper into the opening between the 2 gussets. Sew 2 ends of straps on one side of bag together being careful not to twist straps. Repeat with 2 ends of the other strap.
Tack straps to sides of bag at lower edges of Reverse St st edges to hold in place. Finished bag should have a 15” wide zippered pocket on each side and a zipper in the center opening which zips from both ends.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Guantlets in All Lengths...So Cool!

Mini wristers...midi wristers & maxi wristers. Mix 'em up! Have fun!


SIZE:
Mini About 6 in. (15 cm) circumference, about 7 in. (18 cm) long
Midi About 7 in. (18 cm) circumference at upper edge, about 14 in. (35.5 cm) long
Maxi About 8 in. (20.5 cm) circumference at upper edge, about 21 in. (53.5 cm) long
Wristers are meant to fit with negative ease ( Wrister circumference should be less than body measurement) for a snug fit.
Note: Pattern is written for Mini Wristers with changes for Midi and Maxi Wristers 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
• 860-130 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn: Honey 1 1, 2 Ball
• Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)

GAUGE:
16 sts = 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.

STITCH EXPLANATION:
kfb (knit in front and back) Knit next st without removing it from left needle, then k through back of same st - 1 st increased.

NOTES:
Also shown are wristers in LION BRAND® VANNA’S CHOICE® #144 Magenta or #147 Purple 1 (1, 2) ball(s)

WRISTERS
Cast on 25 sts.
Work in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures about 7 in. (18 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.

Mini Wrister Only
Bind off.
Midi and Maxi Wristers
Next (Inc) Row: K1, kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 - 27 sts.
Continue in St st until piece measures about 12 in. (30.5 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row: Rep Inc Row - 29 sts.

Midi Wrister Only
Continue in St st until piece measures about 14 in. (35.5 cm) from beg. Bind off.

Maxi Wrister Only
Continue in St st until piece measures about 15 in. (38 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row: Rep Inc Row - 31 sts.
Continue in St st until piece measures about 18 in. (46 cm) from beg, end with a WS row.
Next Row: Rep Inc Row - 33 sts.
Continue in St st until piece measures about 21 in. (53.5 cm) from beg. Bind off.

FINISHING
Beg at hand edge of Wrister, seam sides for 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm). Leave 2 in. (5 cm) unseamed, then sew remainder of seam. Weave in ends.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Knitted Embroidered Hood

Winter won't leave! ugh!!! but you can stay warm with this adorable knitted hood.


SIZE: One Size

MATERIALS
• 630-127 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Chunky Yarn: Walnut
2 Balls (A)
• 830-148 Lion Brand Cotton-Ease: Turquoise
1 Ball (B)
• Size 10.5 [6.5 mm] 29-inch [75 cm] Circular Knitting Needles
• Stitch Holders
• Split Ring Stitch Markers
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles
• Additional Materials
Spare knitting needle size 10.5 (6.5 mm) or slightly smaller, for 3-needle bind off 4 buttons, 1 in. (25 mm) diameter
GAUGE:
13 sts + 18 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.
NOTES:
1. Circular needle is used to accommodate the large number of sts. Work back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles.
2. Button Flap and Buttonhole Flap are worked first, then stitches are cast on between the Flaps for front edge of the Hood.
HOOD
Button Flap
With circular needle and A, cast on 20 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Working back and forth on circular needle as if working on straight needles, knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Rows 3 and 4: Knit.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Knit.
Rep last 6 rows 5 more times.
Cut yarn and sl sts to a st holder.
Buttonhole Flap
With circular needle and A, cast on 20 sts.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Row 3 (Buttonhole Row): K4, yo, k2tog (buttonhole), k to last 5 sts, yo, k2tog (buttonhole), k3.
Row 4: Knit.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Knit.
Rep Rows 1-6 of Button Flap (not Rows 1-6 of Buttonhole Flap) 5 more times.
Hood
Row 1 (RS): Knit across sts of Buttonhole Flap, place marker (pm), cast on 50 sts for front edge of Hood, pm, knit across Button Flap sts from st holder – 90 sts at the end of this row.
Row 2: P to first marker, slip marker (sm), *k1, p1; rep from * to next marker, sm, p to end of row.
Rows 3 and 4: K to first marker, sm, *k1, p1; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 5: P to first marker, sm, *k1, p1; rep from * to next marker, sm, p to end of row.
Row 6: K to first marker, sm, *k1, p1; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 7 (Buttonhole Row): K4, yo, k2tog (buttobhole), k to 5 sts before first marker, yo, k2tog (buttonhole), k3, sm, *k1, p1; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Note: Continue to slip markers as you come to them.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: Knit.
Row 10: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 11: P to first marker, sm, k to next marker, sm, p to end of row.
Row 12: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 13: Knit.
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: Knit.
Rep Rows 10–15 two more times.
Shape Back of Hood
Row 1: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 2: P to first marker, sm, *k8, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, p to end of row – 85 sts at the end of this row.
Row 3: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 4: K to first marker, sm, *k7, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row – 80 sts at the end of this row.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: K to first marker, sm, *k6, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row – 75 sts at the end of this row.
Row 7: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 8: P to first marker, sm, *k5, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, p to end of row – 70 sts at the end of this
row.
Row 9: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 10: K to first marker, sm, *k4, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row – 65 sts at the end of this row.
Row 11: Purl.
Row 12: K to first marker, sm, *k3, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row – 60 sts at the end of this row.
Row 13: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 14: P to first marker, sm, *k2, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, p to end of row – 55 sts at the end of this row.
Row 15: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 16: K to first marker, sm, *k1, k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row – 50 sts at the end of this row.
Row 17: Purl.
Row 18: K to first marker, sm, *k2tog; rep from * to next marker, sm, k to end of row – 45 sts at the end of this row.
Row 19: K to first marker, sm, p to next marker, sm, k to end of row.
Row 20: P to marker, remove marker. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail (at least 36 in. (91.5 cm) long). Thread tail onto large-eyed blunt needle and thread through next 5 sts to next marker (sl sts off needle as you thread them onto yarn tail), sm, purl to end of row.

Note: There should be 20 sts on each needle. Photo shows piece with buttonholes already embroidered.
3-Needle Bind off: Hold both needles in one hand. With spare needle, knit tog 1 st from each needle, *knit tog 1 st from each needle. Pass first st worked over 2nd to bind off; rep from * across. Pull yarn tail through last st to secure.
with French knot centers are embroidered for decoration.
Buttonhole Embroidery
Thread B onto blunt needle. Work buttonhole stitch around each buttonhole. When you reachthe first st, insert needle through to the wrong side of your work and fasten off.
Daisies
Note: Embroider as many Daisies as desired onto Hood.
Lazy Daisy Embroidery
Thread B onto blunt needle. *Insert needle from WS to RS through Hood (center of daisy). Insert needle from RS to WS in same spot, leaving a large loop of yarn on RS. Insert needle back up, from WS to RS, through yarn loop and about 1 in. (2.5 cm) away from center of daisy (tip of petal). Draw yarn through. Insert needle, from
RS to WS, just to the other side of the yarn loop. Draw yarn through to hold petal in place; rep from * 4 more times, evenly spacing the 5 petals around center of daisy. Fasten off on WS.

French Knot Centers
Note: Embroider one French Knot in the center of each Daisy.
Thread B onto blunt needle. Insert needle from WS to RS through center of daisy and draw through. Wrap yarn around needle 2 or 3 times, then insert needle from RS to WS, close to where it emerged and draw through to WS.
Tighten knot. Fasten off on WS.
Sew buttons to Button Flap, opposite buttonholes. Weave in ends.

Monday, February 7, 2011

A Knitted Wonderland Art Project...Part 4

Cici and I completed our tree sweater! Tree 59, hold on to your branches...here we come!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

All Cables..No Scarf Scarf

This scarf is all knitted cables sans scarf!
In this pattern, if you remove the cables, it’s basically just k1, p1 ribbing all the way up.

Shown in: Be Sweet Jacaranda Ribbon Ball with Purple Hannah Silk

Materials:
• 2 balls of Be Sweet Ribbon Ball (95 yds/50g, baby mohair, metallic, ribbon) . . . Magic Ball works just as well
• 20 yards of Hannah Silk ribbon or similar
• US 11 (8 mm) and 19 (15 mm) needles
• Cable needle and yarn needle

Instructions: Using size 19 needles, cast on 12 sts with ribbon yarn. Knit 4 rows in garter st. Change to Be Sweet Ribbon Ball and size 11 needles.

Row 1: Increase in each st by knitting in front and back of st. Row 2-6: SI 1, p1, *k1, p1* across.
Row 7: Slip 6 stitches to cable needle and hold in back of work, (k1, p1) 3 times, (k1, p1) 3 times from cable needle, slip 6 stitches to cable needle and hold in back of work, (k1, p1) 3 times, (k1,p1) 3 times from cable needle.
Row 8-13: SI 1, p1, *k1, p1* across.
Row 14: SI 1, p1, *(k1, p1) *2 times, slip 6 stitches to cable needle and hold in back of work, (k1, p1) 3 times, (k1, p1) 3 times from cable needle, (k1, p1) 3 times.
Row 15-20: SI 1, p1, *k1, p1* across.
Repeat rows 7-20 to desired length or second ball of Be Sweet yarn runs out, ending with row 13. Change to ribbon yarn and size 19 needles.
Next row: K2tog across. Knit next 3 rows Bind off.

For added blossom of ribbon: Pull out garter stitch bumps of wide ribbon and with needle and thread, tack them full and open at base to create a bubble effect. Be creative and add ribbons, beads, and bows.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Easy lapghan...Hip to be Squared

Making this squared lapghan will make you totally hip!


SIZE: One Size
Each square approximately 10 inches x 13" [approximately 25 x 33 cm]
Finished lapghan approximately 44 inches x 50 inches

MATERIALS
• 640-153 Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick: Black4 Skeins (A)
• 640-138 Wool-Ease® Thick & Quick: Cranberry2 Skeins (B)
• 430-210 Jiffy Thick & Quick: Ozarks 3 Skeins (C)
• Lion Brand Knitting Needles - Size 17 [13 mm]

GAUGE:
8 stitches + 10 rows = 4 inches [10 cm] in Garter stitch (knit every row). BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.


NOTES:
1. The Jiffy Thick and Quick in our example happened to produce a pattern when knitted at the gauge and in the size square shown. Not all skeins will yield an identical result.

LAPGHAN
SIMPLE SQUARE
make 2 in (C) and 1 in (B) - 3 total
Cast on 20 stitches. Work in garter stitch for 32 rows. Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.


SQUARE WITH BORDER
Make 3 in (C) and 3 in (B) - 3 total
Cast on 20 stitches. Work in garter stitch for 32 rows.
Change to (A). Work in garter stitch for 6 rows. Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.

FINISHING
Assemble squares into strips as shown:
Strip B Make 2 Strip A Make 1

Pick up 54 stitches on one lengthwise edge of strip A. Knit 6 rows, bind off.
Pick up 54 stitches on the other side of the same strip. Knit 12 rows, bind off.
Repeat for second strip A.
You will now have strips that look like this:


Lay the strips out as shown and sew together. Note that one of the black edges is wider than the other -- this goes
on the outside. You may find that the sizes of the squares vary somewhat, particularly if they were made by
beginning knitters. The purpose of the black strips is to allow some ease in joining the squares if they are a little
different in sizes.

Pick up all stitches across the end of the throw (78 stitches). Knit 12 rows, bind off, weaving in ends. Repeat for
other end. Finished throw:

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Felted Netbook Bag

This felted bag is perfect for your new netbook or your iPad.
The back and front of our felted hand bag are each knit in a different shade of Ultra Alpaca, sewn together and trimmed with a blanket stitch. The front is decorated with needle felted roses in Hip-Hop.

One size

SIZE
14” wide x 13 1/2” high after felting (Including handles)

MATERIALS
2 Hanks each BERROCO ULTRA ALPACA (100 grs), #6229 Sweet Potato (A) and #6276 Woodland Mix (B)
1 Hank each BERROCO HIP-HOP (100 grs), #7240 Zion, #7256 Autumn Leevz and #7255 Red Spyda
Straight knitting needles, size 15
Tapestry Needle
1 Needle felting tool and brush

NOTE 1
There are no gauge requirements for this project.
NOTE 2
2 Strands of Ultra Alpaca are worked tog throughout.

BAG BACK
With straight needles, using 2 strands of B held tog, cast on 60 sts. Work even in St st until piece measures 15” from beg, end on WS.
Shape Top: Dec Row (RS): K1, SSK, k to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1 – 58 sts. Rep this dec every RS row 4 times more, end on WS – 50 sts.
Shape Handle: Row 1 (RS): K1, SSK, k14, bind off 16, k14, k2 tog, k1.
Row 2: Purl, casting on 22 sts over sts bound off on previous row – 54 sts. Rep Dec Row every RS row 7 times more, end on WS – 40 sts. Bind off.

BAG FRONT
Work same as bag back using A.

FINISHING
Felt bag back and front by washing in washing machine using hot water and soap. Check fit often while washing. Rinse well. Shape pieces by hand and allow to air dry. Following directions on needle felting tool package, make 4 flowers using Hip-Hop on bag front as in photo. With RS tog, sew side and bottom edges of back and front tog with blanket stitch. Turn bag right-side out. Using 1 strand of A and tapestry needle, work in blanket stitch around handle opening and along top edge of back. Using 1 strand of B and tapestry needle, work in blanket stitch around handle opening and along top edge of front.

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