Friday, March 28, 2008

Stash Mittens


Here's my mitten pattern that was published in the 2008 Knitting Pattern a day calender(appearing on July 16). It's on Ravelry so I thought I'd add it here so it would be free :)

Yarn: 1 skein of MC worsted weight, small amounts of worsted weight yarn in several different colors

Needles: US size 6, dpns

Gauge: 6 sts and 7.5 rows=1" in st st

Size: Women's small

Directions:

Cast on 36 sts, divide between 3 dpns (12 sts on each). Join in the round and knit garter st (k1 rnd, p1 rnd) for 2-1/2," ending in a knit round. Here the stripes begin, each are 3 rounds, in any pattern, continue for the rest of the pattern. Switch colors and knit for 3 rounds.
Thumb increases

Rnd1: m1, knit around, m1 (both m1s made between same stitches)
On all even rounds, 2 through 16: knit around
Rnd3: k1, m1, k until 1 st is remaining, m1, k1
Rnd 5: k2, m1, k until 2 sts are left, m1, k2

Continue these odd rounds, with one more stitch left on each end between m1s each round until there are 17 total rounds. Place thumb sts on stitch holder.

Rejoin round and knit even for 1-3/4."

Decreases

R1: (k7, k2tog) to end-32 sts
All even rounds, k around
R3: (k6, k2tog) to end-28 sts
R5: (k5, k2tog) to end-24 sts
R7: (k4, k2tog) to end-20 sts
R9: (k3, k2tog) to end-16 sts
R11: (k2, k2tog) to end-12 sts

Knit last round even and then cut yarn, leaving 4" end and draw through sts. Pull tight. Turn mitten inside out to weave in ends.

Thumb

Place sts on dpns from marker. Cast on1 st at the beginning and end of the round, twisting the sts to prevent a hole. K around until thumb measures 1-1/2" from 1st round.

Next round: (k2, k2tog) to last st, k.
Knit next round
Next round: (k2tog) around to last st, k.
Cut yarn, leaving 4" end and draw through sts.
Weave in remaining ends.

Using main color, make cross stitches around edges of mitten.

Knit second mitten the same as the first.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Baby Hoodie


This is the other pattern I submitted to the 2009 Knitting Pattern a day calender (again, haven't heard if it's been accepted). I made it for my youth pastors' baby, Elijah. They took some pictures for me with Elijah as the model, but they didn't turn out very good... and the others I took aren't much better, so I'm afraid it might not get accepted because of them. The sweater turned out the way I wanted it to, though; I had to rip parts of it out a few times(who knew babies had such huge heads?), but the end result was worth it. I used Knitpicks Crayon so it would be machine washable; I really like the softness and knitted fabric, but it split rather easily. Anyway, here's the not-very-good pictures (except for the ones with Elijah, I just looked and I can't find them....), and the pattern:

Yarn: KnitPicks Crayon (100% Pima Cotton, 50g/128 yds), 3 skeins Green

Gauge: 5 sts=1" on size 6 needles in st st

Directions:

Back

Cast on 48 sts. Knit 2x2 ribbing (k2,p2) for 1," ending on a RS row. Knit in st st until 6 1/2." Bind off 2 sts at the beginning of the next 4 rows. Dec 1 st at the beg & end of the next 2 RS rows (ssk, then k2tog). ** Continue in st st until 9." Inc 1 ea. side every RS row for 8 rows. After 4 rows, place middle 30 sts on scrap yarn. Join another skein of yarn. Complete rows and then BO if piece is 10." If not, knit rows until 10" and BO.

Front

Knit as for back until **. Continue in st st until 8 1/2." BO middle 12 sts (k12, bo12, k12). Join another skein of yarn. Purl next row. Dec 2 sts ea. next edge each RS row 5 times (k2tog, ssk). BO if 10," or knit until 10," then bind off.

Sleeves (make 2)

Cast on 28 sts. Knit 2x2 ribbing for 1," ending on RS row. In st st, inc 1 st ea. side 9th (RS) row, then 10th row 3 times. Knit 1 row. For the next 12 rows, dec 1 ea. side every RS row (ssk, then k2tog). Dec 2 ea. side for the next 2 rows. BO 5 at the beg of the next 2 rows, then BO rem sts.

Join shoulder seams, then sew sleeves to body. Next, sew sleeve and side seams.

Pocket

Cast on 28 sts. Dec 1 ea. side (ssk, k2tog) 5th row, then every 6th row twice. K1 row, then BO. Sew to front of sweater, first at the top, then 1/2" at the bottom of the sides, then base.

Hood

Place sts on yarn on back on dpn. Pick up 3 ea. side to shoulder seams. Pick up 12 sts ea. side, overlapping last few sts (60 sts). Divide evenly on 3 dpns. K2 rows st st, *k10, m1* 5x then k10. *K8, m1* 7x, then k9. K until 7 1/2." Divide half of the sts on 1 dpn and the other half on another needle. Do 3 needle bind off.

Weave in all ends.


Lindsey Tote


Here's a felted bag I made for my friend Lindsey for her birthday. I made it last December and stayed up late to finish it the night before we left (out of state for a visit). I entered it in the 2009 Knitting Pattern a day contest but haven't heard yet if it's been accepted. Here's the pattern:

Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Bulky, 2 skeins grape

Gauge: 3 sts & 5 rows = 1" in garter st on size 15 (10 mm) circular needle

Finished Dimensions: height: 6.75," width at top: 14," depth at base: 4.5"

Directions:
Cast on 16 sts. K in garter st until 8 1/2." BO and weave in ends. Beginning with a short side, pick up and knit 16 sts along each short edge and 21 sts along each long edge using circular needle (74 total sts). Join in the round and place marker at each corner. P next row. Continuing in garter st, m1 at the beg and end (1 st in) of each side of rectangle every 14th row 2 times, then once the foll 6th row. P next row and BO. For handles, CO 4 sts, then knit in garter st until 11." BO. Sew handles in place (as in picture), and weave in ends.

To felt, place bag in pillow case and tie closed. Wash with a pair of jeans for agitation, with woolwash or shampoo on the hot/cold cycle of your washing machine. Check periodically until the bag is the dimensions listed or desired size. Let dry with stuffing to keep the bag's shape.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hand-Painted yarn

Last Saturday I hand-painted this yarn, after I finished spinning it on my new Little Gem. It's a 50/50 alpaca/jacob blend and I used Jacquard acid dyes in 4 colors: Navy, Emerald, Sky Blue, & Teal. I'm so excited because I've wanted to try hand-painting yarn for a long time and I finally did! Here's my first project with the yarn:
Wow. It looks a lot different than the yarn picture... well, the gloves look more like it does in real life. With the rest I'm going to make socks using the magic loop method (first time!), toe-up (another first time!). Yay! I also just got my Ravelry invite the other day and I'm having so much fun with it (that's why this is short).
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