Monday, August 4, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Two-Tone Mod Hat!

This pattern from Lion Brand Yarns is oh so mod! Heads will turn on the slopes with this one!


SKILL LEVEL: Easy + (Level 3)
SIZE: One Size
Finished Circumference About 19 1/2 in. (49.5 cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes.
Finished Height About 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm)

MATERIALS
• 860-100 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn:
White 1 Ball (A) • 860-153 Lion Brand
Vanna's Choice Yarn: Black 1 Ball (B)
•Knitting Needles- Size 8 [5 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needle

GAUGE:
15 sts + 30 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (k every row).
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. The needle or hook size called for
in the pattern is based on what the designer used, but it is not unusual for gauge to vary from
person to person. If it takes you fewer stitches and rows to make your swatch, try using a
smaller size hook or needles; if more stitches and rows, try a larger size hook or needles.

Making a Gauge Swatch
NOTES:
1. Hat is worked flat in Garter st (k every row) and intarsia colorwork, and then seamed. The
colorwork creates 6 sections of triangles.
2. Body of Hat is worked first, then sts are picked up along one long edge to work top of Hat.
3. When working in intarsia, use a separate ball of yarn for each section of color. Wind each
ball of yarn into 2 separate balls before beginning. When changing color, twist strands on WS
to prevent holes.

HAT
With A, cast on 26 sts.
Rows 1 and 2: With A, knit.
Row 3: *With A, k1; with B, k12; rep from * once more.
Row 4 and all WS Rows: Knit, working A sts with A and B sts with B.
Row 5: *With A, k2; with B, k11; rep from * once more.
Row 7: *With A, k3; with B, k10; rep from * once more.
Row 9: *With A, k4; with B, k9; rep from * once more.
Row 11: *With A, k5; with B, k8; rep from * once more.
Row 13: *With A, k6; with B, k7; rep from * once more.
Row 15: *With A, k7; with B, k6; rep from * once more.
Row 17: *With A, k8; with B, k5; rep from * once more.
Row 19: *With A, k9; with B, k4; rep from * once more.
Row 21: *With A, k10; with B, k3; rep from * once more.
Row 23: *With A, k11; with B, k2; rep from * once more.
Row 25: *With A, k12; with B, k1; rep from * once more.
Row 26: Knit, working A sts with A and B sts with B.
Rows 27-156: Rep Rows 1-26 five more times.
Bind off.
Top of Hat
Note: A total of 72 sts for top of Hat will be picked up along the side of Hat – half with A and half with B.
From RS, with A and working along one long side of Hat, pick up and k12 sts evenly spaced across the
edge of each of the first 3 color sections for a total of 36 sts; change to B, and pick up and k12 sts evenly
spaced across the edge of each of the remaining 3 color sections – 72 sts.
Row 2 and all WS Rows: Knit, working A sts with A and B sts with B.
Row 3 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k9, k3tog, k9, k3tog, k8, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k9, k3tog, k9,
k3tog, k8, k2tog – 60 sts.
Row 5 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k7, k3tog, k7, k3tog, k6, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k7, k3tog, k7,
k3tog, k6, k2tog – 48 sts.
Row 7 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k5, k3tog, k5, k3tog, k4, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k5, k3tog, k5,
k3tog, k4, k2tog – 36 sts.
Row 9 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k3, k3tog, k3, k3tog, k2, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k3, k3tog, k3,
k3tog, k2, k2tog – 24 sts.
Row 11 (Decrease Row): With A, k2tog, k1, k3tog, k1, k3tog, k2tog; with B, k2tog, k1, k3tog, k1,
k3tog, k2tog – 12 sts.
Row 13 (Decrease Row): With A, (k2tog) 3 times; with B, (k2tog) 3 times – 6 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread tail through remaining sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.

FINISHING
Edging
From RS with B, pick up and k72 sts along lower edge of Hat, spaced in the same way as the 72 sts for the
top of the Hat.
Without working any rows, bind off.
Seam side edges together for back seam.
Weave in ends.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baby Layette

Any babies in your future?...yours, your sister's, your daughter's? The perfect gift for a new baby! This pattern from Fiesta Yarns is quick and easy!


MEASUREMENTS
Approximately 30" x 30"

MATERIALS
Yarn: Baby Boom (90% Extrafine Super Wash Merino
10% Nylon;4 oz./440 yds.) 2 skeins. Blanket shown i in the colorway Stargazer.
Needle: Size 4 (3.5 mm} needles

GAUGE
26 st x 32 rows= 4" square using size 4 needles

MATERIALS
Yarn: Baby Boom (90% Extrafine Super Wash Merino
10% Nylon;4 oz./440 yds.) 2 skeins.
Blanket shown in the colorway Stargazer.
Needle: Size 4 (3.5 mm) needles
GAUGE
26 st x 32 rows= 4" square using size 4 needles


PATTERN STITCH
Pattern: 12 + 1(If you wish to increase size of blanke just adding 12 st will increase the size by 
approximately 2" without changing pattern)
Row 1:(rs) kl,*pl,k9, p2,kl,rep from*
Row 2:(ws} kl,pl,kl,*p7,(kl,pl)twice, kl,rep from *to last 10 sts, p7,kl,pl
Row 3:(kl,pl)2x's,*k5,(pl,kl)3x's,pl,rep from* to last 9 sts, k5,(pl,kl}2x's
Row 4:p2, *kl,pl,kl,p3,rep from  * to last 5 sts,kl, pl,kl,p2
Row 5:k3,*(pl,kl)3x's,pl,k5, rep from 8 to last 10 sts,(pl,kl}3x's,pl,k3
Row 6:p4, *(kl,pl) 2x's, kl,p7,rep from  *to last 9 sts (kl,pl)2x's, kl,p4
Row 7:k5,*pl,kl,pl,k9 rep from     * to last 8 sts, pl, kl,pl,k5
Row8: Rep row 6
Row 9:Rep row 5
Row 10: Rep row 4
Row 11:Rep row 3
Row 12:Rep row 2
Rep these 12 rows

BLANKET:
Cast on 157 sts
Rows 1- 9: seed st (kl,pl)rep across
Next 6 seed sts,next follow  pattern across next 145 sts,end 6 seed sts
Continuing in this way until piece measures 29" from co
Last 9 rows Rep rows 1-9 seed st. Bind off. 

FOR HOOD
CO 49 sts
Row 1:seed st
Row 2:seed st
Row 3:and all alt. rows dec 1st at beg of row,then continue seed st
Row 10:6 seed sts, follow pattern across
Row 11:dec 1st,foil pattern across to last 6 sts (seed st)
Repeat these 2 rows until 1st remains. Bind Off
Finish: Whip st triangle hood to corner of blanket.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Ombre Cowl

This pattern from Freia Fibers really pops using their Ombre Sport Yarn! A quick and easy summer project! Ombre Sport yarn is hand dyed with long, rich color striations that do not repeat.
Choose from the 24 beautiful ombre shades.

Completed Cowl Measures: 6" x 41" circumference
You will need:
1 skein Freia Fibers Ombre Sport Yarn, shown in Melon Ombre
 Size US 6 circular 16" needles
 Finishing needle

Cast on 210 stitches, join in round being careful not to twist stitches. Place stitch marker.
Rounds 1-5 *Knit 5, purl 5. Repeat from * to * around.
Rounds 6-10 *Purl 5, knit 5. Repeat from * to * around.
Repeat Rounds 1-10 another 6 times.

Bind off and weave in yarn ends. Block lightly.
Gauge: 22 sts to 4" in basket weave pattern

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Knitted Kitty Beret..Oui Oui!

Is your kitty lacking in the fashion world? Well, now your favorite feline can sport an oh-so tres chic chapeau! Don't deny the CAT! this wonderful pattern from Wildtomato rocks! (check her blog out at: spindleandspices.blogspot.com)  She says:"Don’t be surprised when your cat dons the beret and demands a cigarette and coffee for breakfast."

Materials
• 60 yards of DK yarn. I used Tahki Cotton Classic because the resulting fabric is floppy.
• 2 US size 7 circular needles, any length, OR size needed to achieve gauge. US size 7 DPNs may also be used instead of 2 circular needles
• 4 stitch markers
• Row counter
• Tapestry needle
Gauge
• 6.5 stitches = 1 inch on US size 7needles in stockinette stitch
Finished Measurements
• Finished hat circumference is roughly 12 inches. To adjust the hat’s circumference, increase or
decrease the cast on number of stitches by 6.

Directions
CO 60 sts onto one US size 7 circular needle (needle A). Slip 30 sts onto the
other US size 7 circular needle (needle B). Join to knit in the round.
Rnd 1-5: [ktbl, p1] until the end of round
Rnd 6: On needle A, k10, pm, k10, pm, k10
Repeat for needle B.
Rnd 7: On needle A, k1, M1L, k until 1 sts before marker, M1R, k1,
slip marker, k1, M1L, k until 1 sts before marker, M1R, k1, slip
marker, k1, M1L, k until 1 sts before end of needle, M1R, k1.
Repeat for needle B.
Rnd 8: k all sts
Rnd 9-18: Repeat Rnd 7 and 8. 132 sts total.
Rnd 19: k all sts
Rnd 20: On needle A, ssk, k until next marker, slip marker, ssk, knit
until next marker, slip marker, ssk, k to the end of needle.
Repeat for needle B.
Rnd 21-40: Repeat Rnd 20 until 6 sts remain.
Rnd 41-43: k all sts. Repeat this round 2 more times.
Rnd 44: k2tog 3 times. 3 sts remain. Cut yarn, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Finishing
Using the tapestry needle, thread yarn tail through the 3 remaining sts. Pull closed. Weave in ends.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Scarf/ Shawl...You Choose!

This large knitted triangle scarf can be worn many ways in many climates...the pattern from www.auburnneedleworks.com will be your go to piece!



The samples were knit in:
(1) Black – Leinen Los (by Shoppel) 300 m – 100 g, which is 70% Virgin Wool and 30%
Linen – like a felted tape. The whole skein was used in the shawl.
(2) Mustard- a mix of Cascade 220 Fingering yarn (wool) in Yellow, with Classic Elite
Silky Alpaca Lace in Autumn Copper (70% Baby Alpaca, 30% Silk), the total used was
about 425 yds. of each held together and knit as one strand.
(3) Natural – Trekking Pro Natura by Zitron (75% Wool, 25% Bamboo) 100 gram ball –
approx. 450- yds. – fingering weight (size US 7, 24 “ circular needle for this one).
(4) Grey/Purple – Blue Heron Yarns, “Winter Sky” Heather yarn. 650 yards (40%
cotton, 40% rayon, 20% space dyed poly). This used approx 325 yards – so I made two
of the same by splitting the skein. (Yes, I liked it that much.)
With the exception of the shawl knit in Trekking Pro Natura - (natural sample
above) I used US size 10 ½, 24”, circular needles.

The trick is to use any yarn you like (from lace weight to DK) and then use a needle size at
least 2 sizes bigger than the one suggested.
The flow, like that in the ocean, is important here.
To keep the knitted object from going too “ loosey goosey”, the edges are created as a form of
I-cord – it holds the interior in place, but still allows for a flowing feel.
NOTE: You use as much yarn as you have or want – but the best effect requires at least 325 yards.

PATTERN: All rows end with three slipped stitches knit-wise. All increases are taken on the
Odd numbered rows - occurring right after the first stitch. Note – I have included placing a
marker on the beginning and end of the row so you can always remember where you are (and
as a subtle reminder that the next stitch will be either an increase or it is time to slip 3.)

Cast On 7 stitches (long tail style – you will use it later to weave in and finish
the point)
Set-up Row (Row 0): Knit 3 stitches, place marker, Knit 1 stitch, place maker (a
different colored one), slip 3 stitches with yarn in front.
Odd Rows: Knit 3, slip the marker, Knit1 front & back (the increase), knit to last
marker, slip the marker and then slip the last 3 stitches (do not knit) with the yarn in
front.
Even Rows: Knit all stitches to the last marker – slip the last 3 stitches with the yarn
in front.
Continue as above until you (are satisfied with the size or) have about 2 rows of yarn
left – cast off very loosely. The beginning cast on yarn can be woven in such a
fashion as to round off the point and make it match the last cast off stitch of the piece.
Tuck in ends, and sail to adventure (or the grocery store, whichever comes first).

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Knitted Shawl With a Twist

It's all in the back detail of this shawl pattern from Fiesta Yarns!

MATERIALS
Yarn: Ballet (50% Superfine Alpaca/50% Tencel; 4 oz./250 yds.) 1 skein each of two colorways.
Colorways are Wild Oak (A) and River Bank (B).Needles: Size 7 (or size needed for gauge).

DIRECTIONS twist].
With color A CO 11 sts.
K1, P1 (seed stitch) across row ending with K1. Repeat this row until piece measures 10”, cut yarn and leave sts on needle. Make 4 more tabs like this. There should be 55 sts on needle now. K 5 rows. Continue in seed st. Dec 1 st at end of row every 4th row. Dec are best made 1 st in from edge. Continue until 3 sts are left and knit them all together. With color B c/o 11 sts - - then continue as for color A. Place the 2 pieces on flat surface with the straight edges on top and the tabs touching. Take the top 2 tabs (one of each color) and fold them over each other giving a half  twist to each side. Sew cast on edge of tab to top of the same color. Continue with the other 4 sets of tabs. [They can also be put together without the  twist].

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Knitted Bubble Tee

The stripes make this knitted work! The pattern from Lion Brand Yarns is fresh and modern!

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate + (Level 4)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X, 3X

Finished Bust 46 (48, 50, 51, 54, 55) in. (117 (122, 127, 129.5, 137, 139.5) cm)
Finished Length 17 (17 1/2, 18, 18 1/2, 19, 19 1/2) in. (43 (44.5, 45.5, 47, 48.5, 49.5) cm)

SIZING NOTE: Top is designed to be oversized.

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
• 792-211 Lion Brand Homespun Thick and Quick Yarn: Granite Stripes 2 2, 3, 3, 3, 3 Balls
• Knitting Needles Size 11 [8mm] for neck bind off only
•Size 13 [9 mm] 29-inch [75 cm] Circular Knitting Needles
• Stitch Holders
• Split Ring Stitch Markers
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles
• Additional Materials
Circular needle size 9 (5.5 mm), 24 in. (61 cm) long (for neckband only)

GAUGE:
10 sts + 12 rows = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st (k on RS, p on WS) with larger needle
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 fewer 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.
pfb (purl into front and back) Purl next st without removing it from left needle, then p
through back of same st - 1 st increased.
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.
TECHNIQUE EXPLANATION
3-Needle Bind Off
With RS together, hold in one hand 2 needles (or 2 ends of a circular needle) with an equal
number of sts on each. With a 3rd 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. Cut yarn and pull
through last st to secure.
NOTES:
1. Top is worked in 2 pieces, Back and Front.
2. A circular needle is used to accommodate the number of sts. Work back and forth in rows
on the circular needle as if working with straight needles.
3. Shoulders are shaped with short rows. Short rows are rows that are worked over a portion
of the sts in a row, leaving the remaining sts unworked.
4. To work short rows, the pattern instructions will tell you to 'turn' before you reach the end
of the row. After turning, the first st is slipped to create a smooth line on the short row
shaping.

BACK

With larger circular needle, cast on 36 (38, 40, 42, 45, 47)
sts.
Work back and forth in rows on circular needle ass if working
with straight needles.
Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Pfb, purl to end - 37 (39, 41, 43, 46, 48) sts at the
end of this row.
Row 3: Kfb, knit to end - 38 (40, 42, 44, 47, 49) sts.
Rows 4-23: Rep Rows 2 and 3 ten more times - 58 (60, 62,
64, 67, 69) sts.
Row 24: Kfb, k to last 2 sts, kfb, k1 - 60 (62, 64, 66, 69,
71) sts.
Row 25: Pfb, p to last 2 sts, pfb, p1 - 62 (64, 66, 68, 71,
73) sts.
Rows 26-29: Rep last 2 rows 2 more times - 70 (72, 74,
76, 79, 81) sts.
Place a marker at beg and end of last row worked for beg of
armholes.
Work even in St st (k on RS, p on WS) until piece measures
about 5 (5 1/2, 6, 6 1/2, 7, 7 1/2) in. (12.5 (14, 15, 16.5,
18, 19) cm) from armhole markers, 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 Shoulders
Short Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts,
TURN.
Short Row 2: Sl 1, p to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts, TURN.
Short Row 3: Sl 1, k54 (56, 58, 59, 60, 60), TURN.
Short Row 4: Sl 1, p49 (51, 53, 53, 54, 54), TURN.
Shape First Side of Neck
Short Row 5 (RS): Sl 1, k9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), k2tog,
TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, p2tog, p3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, k4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, p to end - 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts on
this side.
Cut yarn and slip the last 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts worked
onto a st holder. Slip the next 26 (26, 26, 26, 27, 27) sts
onto a holder for back neck. 22 (23, 24, 25, 26, 27) sts rem
on needle for second side of neck.
Shape Second Side of Neck
With WS facing, rejoin yarn at side edge at beg of rem 22
(23, 24, 25, 26, 27) sts.
Short Row 5 (WS): Sl 1, p9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), p2tog
tbl, TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, ssk, k3 (4, 4, 4, 4, 4), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, p4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, k to end.
Slip the rem 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts onto a holder and
cut yarn.

FRONT

Work same as Back to shape shoulders, end with a WS row.
Shape First Shoulder
Short Row 1 (RS): Sl 1, k21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26), k2tog,
TURN.
Short Row 2: Sl 1, p2tog, p to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts,
TURN.
Short Row 3: Sl 1, k14 (15, 16, 17, 17, 17), k2tog, TURN.
Short Row 4: Sl 1, p2tog, p8 (9, 10, 10, 10, 10), TURN.
Short Row 5: Sl 1, k9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, p4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, k4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, p to end.
Use 3-Needle Bind Off to join the 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts
of this shoulder to corresponding Back shoulder sts from
holder.
Slip the next 22 (22, 22, 22, 23, 23) sts onto a holder for
front neck. 24 (25, 26, 27, 28, 29) sts rem on needle for
second shoulder.
Shape Second Shoulder
With WS facing, join yarn at side edge, ready to work across
rem 24 (25, 26, 27, 28, 29) sts.
Short Row 1 (WS): Sl 1, p21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26), p2tog
tbl, TURN.
Short Row 2: Sl 1, ssk, k to last 5 (5, 5, 5, 6, 7) sts, TURN.
Short Row 3: Sl 1, p14 (15, 16, 17, 17, 17), p2tog tbl,
TURN.
Short Row 4: Sl 1, ssk, k8 (9, 10, 10, 10, 10), TURN.
Short Row 5: Sl 1, p9 (10, 11, 11, 11, 11), TURN.
Short Row 6: Sl 1, k4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 7: Sl 1, p4 (5, 5, 5, 5, 5), TURN.
Short Row 8: Sl 1, k to end.
Use 3-Needle Bind Off to join the 20 (21, 22, 23, 24, 25) sts of this shoulder to corresponding Back shoulder sts from holder.

FINISHING
Sew side seams beg at lower edge and sewing to markers at beg of armholes. Remove the markers.
Neckband
From RS with smaller circular needle, pick up and k4 sts evenly spaced across right back neck edge, k26 (26, 26, 26, 27, 27) back neck sts from holder, pick up and k4 sts evenly spaced across left back neck edge, and 7 sts across left front neck edge, k22 (22, 22, 22, 23, 23) front neck sts from holder, pick up and k7 sts across right front neck edge - 70 (70, 70, 70, 72, 72) sts. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle.
Rnds 1 and 2: *K1, p1; rep from * around.
Bind off.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

So Sweet Knitted Cowl

From two of my favorite yarn companies, Be Sweet and The Fibre Comapny comes this beautiful cowl pattern. (this one works from a chart). If you are a beginner chart reader, this pattern is perfect for you!

MATERIALS:
• 1 Hank The Fibre Company Tundra (3.5oz/100g ea approx. 120yds/110m,
60% baby alpaca, 30% merino wool, 10% silk) in Lingonberry [Color A]
• 1 Ball Be Sweet Magic Ball (1.75oz/50g ea approx. 95yds/87m, multiple fibers) in Morocco [Color B]
• Size US 10 (6mm) 20” Circular Knitting Needles
• Stitch Marker
• Tapestry Needle

GAUGE:
• 17 sts and 20 rows/4” in lace pattern, blocked
APPROXIMATE FINISHED SIZE:
• 15” high x 25” circumference


LACE PATTERN:
• Row 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23: knit across
• Row 2, 12, 14 and 24: purl across
• Row 5, 9, 17 and 21: *[k2tog] three times, [yo, k1] five times, yo, [ssk] three times* five times across round
• Repeat rows 1-24 for pattern
INSTRUCTIONS:
• CO 85 sts with A, join into round being careful not to twist sts, pm for BOR
• Begin chart and work for 2 reps total, carrying alternate yarn up inside of cowl
• Work rows 1-23 once more
• BO loosely purlwise in B
• Weave in all loose ends with tapestry needle
• Block lightly


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Modern Knitted Dishcloth

With this cool dishcloth, I don't mind doing the dishes. A great pattern from www.KnitPicks.com

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Approx. 10” square

YARN
Knit Picks Cotlin (70% Tanguis Cotton,
30% Linen; 123 yards/50g): CC1
Whisker 24834, CC2 Swan 24134, CC3
Flamingo 25322, CC4 Conch 25776, CC5
Planetarium 24465, 1 ball each.


NEEDLES
US 5 (3.75mm) needles or size needed to obtain gauge

NOTIONS
Yarn Needle

GAUGE
5.5 sts = 1” in garter stitch

Notes:
Each stripe for CC1-CC4 will take approx. 7 grams of yarn, CC5
will take approx. 15 grams of yarn.

DIRECTIONS
CO 44 stitches with CC1.
Row 1: Wyif, slip first stitch P-wise, YO, K to end of row.
Row 2: Wyif, slip first stitch P-wise, YO, K to the last two stitches
and k2tog.
Repeat Row 2 sixteen more times, for a total of 18 rows or until
stripe measure 2” long.
With CC2, repeat Row 2 a total of 18 times or until stripe
measures 2” long.
With CC3, repeat Row 2 a total of 18 times or until stripe
measures 2” long.
With CC4, repeat Row 2 a total of 18 times or until stripe
measures 2” long.
For the final stripe (which will become the asymmetrical border),
repeat Row 2 a total of 18 times of until stripe measures 2” long.
Row 19: Wyif, slip first stitch P-wise (do not YO) and BO across
the row, leaving the last bound off stitch on your needle.
Turn piece clockwise in order to PU stitches along the lengthwise
edge of the dishcloth. You will be picking up stitches by going
into each selvage edge stitch (there will be one edge stitch for
every two rows of garter stitch).
PU 10 stitches along the edge of CC5 stripe and 9 sts along the
edge of CC4 , CC3, CC2 and CC1 stripes.
You will now have a total of 48 stitches picked up.
Row 1: Wyif, slip first stitch P-wise, YO, K to end of row.
Row 2: Wyif, slip first stitch P-wise, YO, K to the last two stitches
and k2tog.
Repeat Row 2 sixteen more times, for a total of 18 rows.
BO across entire row.

Finishing
Weave in ends, wash and block to size.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Knitted Famous Shawl

I have knitted over five shawls from this pattern using different yarns ( adjusting to gauge) and each one has turned out beautifully! You can never have too many triangle shawls, especially from this Fiesta Yarns pattern!
MATERIALS 
Yarn: La Boheme (50% Rayon, 34%
Brushed Kid Mohair, 14% Wool, 4% Nylon; 4 oz./165 yds.) 2 skeins.
You may substitute Starburst La Boheme or Insignia La Boheme. The colorway shown is Aster.
Needles: Size 17 circular needles and medium crochet hook. Notions: Scissors, yarn needle with big eye (pointed for weaving in ends) Optional: Beads with a hole large enough for a crochet hook to go through and Gelato ribbon for fringe.

GAUGE
9 stitches = 5”; 8 rows = 3”

PATTERN STITCH Garter Stitch - Knit all rows.


INSTRUCTIONS
Loosely cast on 18 stitches. Using size 17 circular needles work Garter Stitch increasing 1 stitch at the beginning of every row until you have 94 sts. Knit one row without increasing--you should have approximately 1.75 ozs of yarn left. Bind off loosely.

FINISHING
The shawl will measure less than the finished dimensions. Do not worry! It is designed to be  stretched. Go ahead and lightly ™block the shawl to the dimensions shown.

FRINGE
Cut a piece of cardboard into a 7 inch square. Wrap the yarn around  the cardboard 150 times. Cut the strands at the point where you began wrapping. Use two double strands of mohair and
rayon together for each fringe knot (approx. 75 total).
Beginning at point A,*fold the double strands in half and usea crochet hook to thread these strands through the outside edge of the shawl. Pull
without increasing--you should the end through the  loop created.* Repeat between * approximately every 1 1/8 inch to point B, across to point C, and up to point D.

Finishing Options
 ™Cut the ribbon the length of the fringe strands and use a few along the edge for a more luxurious look.

™Pull the fringe strands through a bead before attaching to the edge for an elegant look.

Knit a row of ribbon randomly throughout the stole for a different look.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Oh So Yummy...Slouchy and Soft Knitted Hat!

Want to feel warm and soft, knit this slouchy, soft hat from Lion Brand Yarns patterns.

SKILL LEVEL: Easy + (Level 3)
SIZE: Child (Multiple Sizes), Adult (Multiple Sizes)
Child S (Child M/L, Adult S/M, Adult L)
Finished circumference 16 (18, 20, 22) in. (40.5 (46, 51, 56) cm), will stretch to fit a range of sizes.
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
• 640-105 Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick Yarn: Glacier 1 Ball (A)
• 601-650 Lion Brand Bonbons Yarn: Party 1 Ball (B)
•  Double Pointed Needles - Size 11
• Double Pointed Needles - Size 13
• Split Ring Stitch Markers
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
• Additional Materials Piece of cardboard about 4 in. (10 cm) square for tassel

GAUGE:
9 sts = 4 in. (10 cm) in St st worked in rnds (k every rnd) with A and 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 fewer 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. Hat is worked in the round on double pointed needles, beg at lower edge.
2. Embroidery is free form.

HAT
With A and smaller needles, cast on 36 (40, 44, 48) sts. Divide sts onto 4 needles, placing 9 (10, 11, 12) sts on each needle. Place marker for beg of rnd. Join by working the first st on left hand needle with the working yarn from the right hand needle and being careful not to twist sts.
Work in St st (k every rnd) until piece measures about 2 (2, 3, 3) in. (5 (5, 7.5, 7.5 cm) from beg.
Change to larger needles.
Continue in St st until piece measures about 7 1/2 (8 1/2, 11 1/2, 12 1/2) in. (19 (21.5, 29, 32 cm) from beg.

Shape Crown (top of Hat)
Decrease Rnd: K2tog around - 18 (20, 22, 24) sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a long yarn tail. Thread yarn tail through remaining sts and pull to gather. Knot securely.

FINISHING
With B colors as desired, embroider Hat as desired. In our sample, we embroidered circles in stem stitch and long 'stems' in stem stitch. We embroidered straight stitch spokes inside some of the circles and worked a French knot in the center. We embroidered lazy daisy leaves on the stems. Braid 3 strands of B yarn to make a 16 in. (40.5 cm) braid, then thread the braid through the top of the Hat. If desired, tie a tassel to each end of the braid.
Tassel
Wrap B color as desired around a 4 in. (10 cm) piece of cardboard. Cut 2 lengths of yarn each about 18 in. (45.5 cm) long. Fold 1 length in half and draw under strands at top edge of cardboard. Pull tightly and knot around strands. Cut yarn loops at lower edge of cardboard. Use second 18 in. (45.5 cm) length to wrap strands about 1/2 in. (1.5 cm) below top knot. Knot ends of wrap securely, then thread ends into blunt needle and weave into center of tassel. Use remaining ends from top knot to tie or sew tassel to braid.
Trim tassel ends evenly.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tassel Hat and Scarf Set

You can never have too many tassels...and this pattern from Fiesta Yarns proves me right!

SIZE
Hat to fit head circumference 20 (21,22)" Scarf approx.6W' x 50" not including tassels

MATERIAlS
Yarn: Boomerang (MC) (100% Extra fine Superwash Merino;4 oz./250 yds) 2 skeins La Boheme (CC) (50%
Rayon,32% Brush
Kid Mohair,14% Wool,14% Nylon;4 oz./165 yds.) Both yarns shown in the colorway Sapphire.
Needles: Hat:US#8/5mm 16" circular, US#8/5mm dpn,
Scarf: US#10/6mm
Notions: Stitch marker,Tapestry Needle,
5" piece of cardboard

GAUGE
18sts over 4"/10cm in St st on US#8 needles with Boomerang

DESIGNER NOTE:
Make up the hat first,and then use what is left of Boomerang to make the scarf. The finished scarf
may be longer than indicated in the sizing.

SPECIALTY STITCHES:
1: With tip of left hand needle,pick up the bar between 2 sts from front to back. Knit through the
back of the picked up st.

Kitchener Stitch:
Set up: Cut your working yarn with about an 8-10" tail.  Thread the working yarn onto a tapestry
needle. Slide all the stitches to the right hand tips of both needles. Hold them together in one
hand. Step 1: Bring threaded needle through first front stitch as if to purl and leave stitch on
needle.
Step 2: Bring threaded needle through first
back stitch as if to knit and leave stitch on needle.
Step 3: Bring threaded needle through
first stitch as ifto knit and slip this stitch
off needle. Bring threaded needle through next front stitch as ifto purl and leave stitch on
needle.
Step 4: Bring threaded needle through first back stitch as if to purl,slip this stitch
off,bring needle through next back stitch
as if to knit,leave this stitch on needle. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until no sts remain on needles.

HAT:
With US#8 circular needles and both MC and CC held together,CO 80 (84,88) sts. Join ends,being
careful not to twist.  Place marker at beg of rnd. Work in K2,P2 ribbing for 214''.Drop  CC (do not
cut).Carry the dropped yarn up at the beg of the rnd.

Beg Hat Body: Rnd 1:with MC,K. Rnd 2:with MC,K Rnd 3:with MC,K Rnd 4:with CC,P Rnd 5:with CC,P

Rep Rnds 1-5  7(6, 5) times. Beg Dec Rnds:
Rnd 1:with MC,K Rnd 2:with MC,K
Rnd 3:with MC,*K8 (7, 9), K2tog*,rep
from * to end of rnd. Rnd 4:with CC,P
Rnd 5:with CC,P
Rep Dec Rnds 1-5,working 11ess st before K2tog on every 3.-.Rnd. Change to dpn when number of sts
can no longer fit comfortably around the needle. Rep Dec Rnds until there are 8 sts remaining.
Divide the sts evenly between 2 needles. Weave end closed with Kitchener St. Fold top of hat down
so woven end meets top edge of ribbing and jog at beg of rnd is hidden underneath the fold. Using
tail of yarn remaining from Kitchener stitch, fasten end of hat to side.

SCARF:
With US#10/6mm needles and CC,CO 3 sts.
Row1: K
Row 2: K1,M1,pm,K1,pm,M1,K1. Row3: K
Row 4: K to marker,M1,slm,K1,slm,M1, K to end of row.
Rep Rows 3 and 4 until there are 25 sts on
needle. Knit 2 more rows. Change to MC.
Scarf Body:
Rows 1-3: K1,St st,to 1st  before end, wyif,sl1.
Rows 4-5: K1,Rev St st to 1st before end, wyif,sl1
Rep Rows 1-5 until body of scarf is desired length,having just completed a Row 3 rep. leave approx
1yd of MC to use as wrap around tassels.
Change to CC. Knit 2 rows.
Dec Row 1: K to 2 sts before marker,ssk, slm,K1,slm,K2tog,K to end of row.
Dec Row 2: K
Rep Dec Rows 1and 2 until there are 3 sts left on needle. BO 3 sts,leaving 6-8" tail. TASSELS:
Wrap CC yarn approx 20 times around 5"
piece of cardboard. Cut bottom end of tassel. Attach folded end of tassel to end of scarf using the
yarn tail.  Using a piece of MC,wrap around folded tassel several times approx.1" from fold. Secure
and bury tail inside tassel.
Rep for tassel on other end of scarf.
Rep for tassel on Hat, attaching tassel at join point where top of Hat was sewn just above ribbing.
Trim tassels if necessary. It should not be necessary to block these pieces.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Knitted Headband with Pompom

A lot of you are suffering a terrible winter, no reason not to knit up this cute headband that will bring a smile and warmth to your days before spring hopefully arrives! This pattern from Caron yarns is quick and easy!

Caron® Simply Soft® (6 oz/170 g; 315 yds/288 m)
Watermelon (9604) 1 ball
Bernat® Faux Fur Pompom™
White Rabbit (01005) 1 pompom
Size U.S. 8 (5 mm) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

MEASUREMENTS
Approx 4" [10 cm] wide x 19" [48 cm]
around.
GAUGE
18 sts and 24 rows = 4" [10 cm] in
stocking st.
INSTRUCTIONS
Cast on 23 sts.
1st row: (RS). K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
2nd and 3rd rows: P1. *K1. P1. Rep from * to end of row.
4th row: K1. *P1. K1. Rep from * to end of row.
Rep last 4 rows for pat until work from beg measures 19" [48 cm], ending on a RS row.
Cast off (WS).

FINISHING
Sew cast on and cast off edges tog.
Gather Headband along seam and sew Bernat® Faux Fur Pompom™ to Headband.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Calling All Knitters...Little Penguins Need Our Help!

LITTLE PENGUIN KNITTED JUMPERS

Information and pattern for knitters
Knits for nature
This is not a fashion statement!
These jumpers play an important role in saving
little penguins affected by an oil spill.
Knitted jumpers are placed on oiled penguins to keep them
warm and prevent them from preening and swallowing toxic oil.
The jumpers are kept on the penguins until the penguins are strong enough to be cleaned.
Oil and penguins don’t mix
A patch of oil the size of an adult thumbnail can kill a little
penguin.
Oiled penguins often die from exposure and starvation. Oil
separates and mats feathers, allowing water to get in which
makes a penguin very cold, heavy and less able to
successfully hunt for food.
Many oiled penguins die of hypothermia before they can make it to shore. Other penguins die from swallowing the poisonous oil as they attempt to clean (preen) their feathers.

“95% of animals affected by oil spills in Victoria and Tasmania, Australia, are penguins.”

How do rescue crews treat oiled penguins?
Phillip Island Nature Parks’ Wildlife Rehabilitation Center can care for up to 1500 penguins in the
event of an oil spill. Staff and registered volunteers are trained in the handling and rescue of oiled
penguins. Rangers and volunteers patrol beaches looking for oiled wildlife. Oiled wildlife are taken to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, assessed and stabilized. Captivity is stressful for wild animals, so disturbance is kept to a minimum.
Knitted jumpers are placed on oiled penguins to prevent them from preening and swallowing the toxic oil, and to keep them warm.
The oil is washed from the feathers using warm water and detergent. Some penguins may require several washes to completely remove the oil.
Penguins are not waterproof after washing and need time to preen, re-align their feathers and recover the natural oils that help keep their feathers waterproof.
The penguins are released back into the wild once they are waterproof and a healthy weight.
For many years the Penguin Foundation and Phillip Island Nature Parks have received donations of
knitted penguin jumpers from kind and enthusiastic volunteers around the world.
Previously some of the jumpers were unsuitable, being too loose or knitted from oily wool. Rather
than waste the jumpers, they were placed on toy penguins in the Penguin Parade shop. They sold
immediately! The money raised was donated to penguin rehabilitation.
Since then many toy penguin jumpers have been sold and the sale of each jumper results in a
donation to the Penguin Foundation which, in conjunction with Phillip Island Nature Parks, has
funded the construction of a new Wildlife Rehabilitation Center that cares for sick and injured little
penguins.
A reserve of jumpers is kept on hand in case of an oil spill but many keen knitters are happy to knit
decorative and colorful jumpers for sale on toy penguins to help raise money for the Penguin
Foundation.
Want to know more? Visit:
www.penguinfoundation.org.au
or www.penguins.org.au or contact reception@penguins.org.au
Please send finished jumpers to:
“Knits for Nature”
Phillip Island Nature Parks
Reply Paid 97
Cowes, Victoria 3922
Australia
Thanks

My Projects- The Beekeeper's Quilt

Hi Y'all,
I've been busy as a bee, working on the Beekeepers Quilt from Tiny Owl Knits. A great project for using all your stash yarn! I'm making these little "Hexipuffs" and will probably need to make around 400 to complete a quilt.
Here is a sample of how it should look finished...

and here it is in process (photo from Tiny Owl Knits):
I started mine with a kit from http://www.knitcrate.com/products/beekeepers-quilt-kit 
it's a great way to start this fun project.
Also, KnitCrate has gathered us all together in Ravelry.com for a Hexipuff challenge at: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/knitcrate/2858576/1-25#23


  
My hexipuffs for February:



So come join us! Please post any questions or comments!




Saturday, January 4, 2014

Yummy Fluffy Cowl

Soft and yummy...and quick and easy!....This Lion Brand Yarn pattern is so easy and fast, make one for all your friends!


SKILL LEVEL: Easy
SIZE: One Size
Finished Circumference About 22 in. (56 cm)
Finished Height About 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm)

MATERIALS
• 325-149 Lion Brand Romance Yarn: Grey Shades 1 Ball (A)
• 325-124 Lion Brand Romance Yarn: Champagne 1 Ball (B)
•  Knitting Needles- Size 9 [5.5 mm]
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles
*Romance® (Article #325). 84% Nylon, 16% Polyester; package size: 1.75oz/50.00 gr. (27yds/25m) pull skeins

GAUGE:
12 sts + 14 rows = about 4 in. (10 cm) in Garter st (knit every row).
BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE. When you match the gauge in a pattern, your project will be thesize specified in the pattern and the materials specified in the pattern will be sufficient. If it takes you fewer 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. Cowl is worked as a long strip, then ends are sewed together to make a ring.
2. When changing color, do not cut old color. Carry unused color along side edge of piece.

COWL
With A, cast on 21 sts.
With A, knit 4 rows.
With B, knit 4 rows.
With A, knit 2 rows.
With B, knit 2 rows.
Repeat last 12 rows 5 more times.
Last 4 Rows: With A, knit 2 rows; with B, knit 2 rows.
Bind off.

FINISHING Sew cast on and bound off ends together to make Cowl.
Weave in ends.

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