Friday, 31 December 2010

Dochart Scarf

This is a bit of shameless advertising, but I've got a pattern up for sale on etsy and ravelry that's really lovely! It's a really beautiful scarf, with a braided pattern on one side and twists on the other. It knits up very quickly and would make a really nice present, the yarn is so soft and fuzzy and comes in lovely colours. It uses left twists and right twists for a cabled effect, but they're much easier than using a cable needle.

Available for download for a very reasonable $2 at ravelry (you need to be a ravlery member) or etsy

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Hillhead Mittens

I knitted these up as a Christmas present for my brother. He's just got a job working outdoors so I thought he could do with some more insulation! They fit an average sized man's hand, but they're easy to adapt to make smaller or larger. 


Yarn : Rowan pure wool dk, 2 balls = 248 m (hardly used any of second ball though). Scraps of rowan alpaca cotton for snowflake design.

Materials: Set of 4 4mm / US 6  double pointed needles, embroidery needle for swiss darning, two stitch marker, stitch holder (or scrap of yarn).

Gauge: 22 stitches = 10cm in stocking stitch.
         
Size: One size, fits average man's hand.

Notation: 
k = knit
p = purl
sl = slip
k1bf = knit into the back of a stitch then the front, slide stitch off left hand needle.
k1bfb = knit into the back of a stitch, then the front, then the back again. Slide off left hand needle.
CO = cast on
pm = place marker
ssk = slip two knitwise onto right hand needle, then knit them together
k2tog = knit two stitches together

mc = main colour = rowan pure wool dk
cc = contrast colour = rowan alpaca cotton


Directions:


Fisherman's Rib in the round:
Row 1:  *k1 p2* to end of row
Row 2: *sl1 p2* to end of row

Snowflake Chart:
Mittens (make two):
CO 45 stitches across 3 dpns in mc (15 stitches per needle) and join in the round. Work in fisherman's rib for 16 rows. Now work 6 rows in stocking stitch (i.e. knit every stitch). Now  k22 ,pm, kfbf, pm, k22.
Next row: knit
Next +1 row: knit to marker, slip marker, kfb, knit to one stitch before next marker, kfb, slip marker, knit to end of row.

Repeat these last two rows until you have 15 stitches between your markers. Next row, knit to marker, remover marker, place the next 15 stitches on a holder, remove second marker, kfb into next stitch, knit to end of row. Continue in stocking stitch until mitten measures 7'' from cuff or until it's approx 1'' shorter than the hand it's intended for. Next row: k19 ssk k2 k2tog k17 ssk k1.

Now divide the stitches so there are 21 on the first needle, 11 on the second needle and 10 on the third. Repeat the following two rows until 12 stitches remain.
Row 1: knit
Row 2: Needle 1:  k1 k2tog knit to last three stitches on needle, ssk k1. Needle 2: k1 k2tog, knit to end of needle. Needle 3: knit to last three stitches, ssk k1.

When 12 stitches remain, slip the stitches from needle 2 onto needle 3 and bind off using kitchener stitch.

Put the 15 thumb stitches back on the dpns (5 stitches on each). Work in stocking stitch until thumb measures 2 1/2 inches, or 1/2'' shorter than required.
Next row: *k3 k2tog* to end
Next +1 row: *k2 k2tog* to end
Next+2 row: *k1 k2tog* to end.
Cut yarn leaving a 6'' tail. Thread remaining stitches onto the yarn, pull tight and secure inside the mitten.


By swiss darning, (see tutorial) embroider the snowflake design using cc onto the front of each mitten. Weave in loose ends.


Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Ingram Scarf

A classic scarf worked lengthwise. Knits up to be very dense so should keep you nice and cosy!



Yarn : Cygnet Truly Wool Rich 4ply , held double. 4 balls = 820 m. 

Needles :5mm / US 8  60cm circular needle

Gauge: 28 stitches = 10cm with yarn held singly, with 3.25mm/US 3 needles.
               15 stitches = 10cm with yarn held double, with 5mm/US 8 needles, in stocking stitch.

Size: One size, 15cm x 200cm

Notation: 
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on

Directions:

With yarn held double C0 300 stitches

Row 1: k
Row 2: k
Row 3: p
Row 4: p

Repeat the above four rows 12 times, or until scarf measures 15cm = 6'' across. Bind off and weave in loose ends.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Supercosy Baby Hat

 Cute cabled baby beanie to keep tiny heads warm this winter!

Yarn : Garnstudio DROPS Nepal. Less than one 50g ball (= 75m). 

Needles : Four 5mm/US 8 dpns

Gauge: 17 stitches = 4'' in stocking stitch.

Size: Newborn - 1 year (it's very stretchy!). 10'' circumference, 5'' high.

Notation: 
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit two stitches together
p2tog = purl two stitches together
sl = slip
wyib = with yarn held to back of work
RT = right twist = k2tog without slipping stitches off the left
needle, knit into first stitch again, then slip both stitches off left hand needle


Directions
Cable Pattern:
Row 1: *p2 k2 p2 k1* to end
Row 2: *p2 k2 p2 sl1 wyib* to end
Row 3: *p2 RT p2 k1* to end
Row 4: *p2 k2 p2 sl1 wyib* to end

CO 49 stitches over three dpns. Work in Cable Pattern until hat measures 4.5'' ending with row 4 of pattern.  Now decrease as follows:

Row 1:*p2tog k2 p2 k1* to end
Row 2: *p1 k2 p2 sl1 wyib* to end
Row 3: * p1 RT p2tog k1* to end
Row 4: *p1 k2 p1 sl1 wyib* to end
Row 5: *k2tog k1 p1 k1* to end
Row 6: *k2 p1 sl1 wyib* to end
Row 7: *RT k2tog* to end
Row 8: *k2 sl1 wyib* to end
Row 9: knit
Row 10: *k2 tog* to end

Cut the yarn leaving a 6'' tail. thread remaining stitches onto the tail, pull tight and secure inside the hat. Weave in ends and top with a pompom if desired!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Pirouette Hat


I'm making this as a Christmas present for a french teacher friend using a bit of leftover malabrigo. It's such a nice yarn and very cosy! I've used a lace pattern that has five stitch repeats, but one extra stitch in the round which gives the twirl effect. 

Yarn Less than one ball Malabrigo Worsted ( = less than 192 m).

Needles 4.5mm/ US 8 dpns

Gauge 18st = 10cm in stocking stitch with 5mm/US 8 needles

Dimensions 19'' circumference, 9'' high. 

Notation 
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit two stitches together
yo = bring the yarn to the front of your knitting
k1fb = knit into the front, then the back, of the next stitch
dpn = double pointed needle



Directions

CO 80 stitches, 30 on first needle, 25 on second, 25 on third. Work in k2 p2 rib for 8 rounds. Now k1fb, k2, k2tog, yo *k3, k2tog, yo* until your hat measures 7''. You should end up working a k2tog at the end of each dpn (and working the next yo at the start of the following dpn), if this isn't the case shift the stitches around so it is! For the last five stitches on the last dpn before you start decreasing, only work k3 k2tog, don't do a yo on the next needle. Now work decreases as follows:

Row 1: *k3 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row (i.e. repeat the part in **'s 8 times)
Row 2: *yo k2 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 3: *k2 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 4: *yo k1 k2 tog yo k3 k2 tog* to end of row
Row 5: *k1 k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 6: *yo k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 7: *k2tog yo k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 8: *k4 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 9: k3 k2 tog *k4 k2tog* to end of row
Row 10: *k3 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 11: k2 k2tog *k3 k2tog* to end of row
Row 12: *k2 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 13: k1 k2tog *k2 k2tog* to end of row
Row 14: *k1 k2tog yo* to end of row
Row 15: k2tog *k1 k2tog* fto end of row
Row 16:*k2tog* to end of row


Note that "to end of row" means work three dpns, rather than 81 stitches, this ensures the pattern "twists" nicely!

8 stitches remain, cut yarn leaving a 6'' tail, thread through remaining stitches, pull tight and secure inside the hat. Weave in loose ends.


Dunlochay Cushion Cover



 So, those who know me will be well aware that I'm borderline obsessed with buttons. This pattern's for a cute but simple cushion cover decorated with vintage buttons and bright embroidery thread.
Yarn 4 balls (you won't need all this) Rauma Finullgarn, =700m (you will probably only need around 500m though).

Other Materials Two 2cm buttons, plus extra to decorate if desired, embroidery thread, one 40cmx40cm cushion.

Needles One pair 7mm/ US 8 needles.

Gauge Held singly, 26 stitches = 10cm with 3mm/ US 2 1/2. Held double, 12 stitches = 10cm with 7mm needles.

Dimensions 45 cm across (after light felting)

Notation 
k = knit
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit two stitches together
k2tog tbl = knit two stitches together through the back of the loops
yo = bring the yarn to the front of your knitting.
garter stitch = knit every row
Directions

With yarn held double, CO 45 stitches. Work in garter stitch until your knitting is 80 cm long. 
For 3 rows:
k1 k2tog tbl, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog k1.
 6 stitches decreased, 39 stitches remaining.
Next row:
k1 k2tog tbl k6 yo k2tog k17 yo k2tog tbl k6 k2tog k1
Next 4 rows:
k1 k2tog tbl, k to last 3 stitches, k2tog k1.
Bind of remaining 29 stitches.
Fold the cast on edge up to the start of the decreases. Sew up along the sides. Felt very lightly and block stretched so cushion cover fits a 40cmx40cm cushion. The two yo's form buttonholes, sew the two 2cm buttons onto the cushion cover with embroidery thread to meet the holes. Sew the other buttons on with embroidery thread to decorate.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Figure 8 Wristwarmers

Supercute ladies mitts in an amazingly lovely yarn!

 

Yarn : K1 Yarns Selkie, 30% Cashmere, 70% Superwash Merino. Less than one 50g ball (= 217m). 

Needles : One pair 3 3/4 mm (US 5) and two cable needles.

Gauge: 26 stitches = 10cm in stocking stitch.

Size: One size fits all ladies!

Notation: 
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on
k2tog = knit two stitches together
k2tog tbl knit two stitches together through the back of the loops
k1fb = knit into the front of the next stitch without slipping it off the left needle, then knit into the back
sl = slip
wyif = with yarn in front
RT = right twist = k2tog without slipping stitches off the left
needle, knit into first stitch again, then slip both stitches off left hand needle
CN = cable needle
X5 = slip first stitch onto CN and hold at the front of your knitting, the slip the next three stitches onto a second CN and hold at the back. Knit the next stitch, then the three from the second CN, then knit the stitch from the first CN.

Directions
Fisherman's Rib
Row 1: p1 *k1 p1* to end
Row 2: k1 * sl 1 wyif k1* to end

Cable Pattern:
Row 1: p2 k2 sl1 k2 p1 k1 p1 k1 p1 k2 sl1 k2 p2
Row 2: RT p2 k1 p2 k2 p1 k2 p2 k1 p2 RT
Row 3: as row 1
Row 4:  k2 p2 k1 p2 k2 p1 k2 p2 k1 p2 k2
Row 5: as row 1
Row 6: : RT p2 k1 p2 X5 p2 k1 p2 RT
Row 7: as row 1
Row 8: as row 4

Left Mitt

CO 37. Work Fisherman's Rib pattern for 11 rows.

Next row ( = wrong side) : k2 sl1 wyif k1fb *sl 1 wyif k2* four times, work 1st row of cable pattern, k2

Now work as follows:

Right side  p2, work next row of cable pattern *p2 k1* five times, p2
Wrong side k2 *sl1 wyif k2* five times, work next row of cable pattern, k2

On row 5 of the second repetition of the cable pattern and row 4 of the third repetition of the cable pattern k1fb instead of k1 on the first and last stitches of the row. After this there should be 42 stitches. Work the extra stitches in reverse stocking stitch (i.e. knit on wrong side, purl on right side).


Repeat the cable pattern five times, then work rows 1 to 7 once more.


Now work in Fisherman's Rib for 9 rows, ending on a right side row. Bind off on wrong side.

Right Mitt

CO 37. Work Fisherman's Rib pattern for 11 rows.

Next row ( = wrong side) :   k2, work 1st row of cable pattern, *k2 sl1 wyif * four times, k1fb sl 1 wyif k2

Now work as follows:

Right side   p2, *k1 p2* five times, work next row of cable pattern,  p2
Wrong side k2 , work next row of cable pattern, *k2 sl1 wyif * five times, k2

On row 5 of the second repetition of the cable pattern and row 4 of the third repetition of the cable pattern k1fb instead of k1 on the first and last stitches of the row. After this there should be 42 stitches. Work the extra stitches in reverse stocking stitch (i.e. knit on wrong side, purl on right side.)


Repeat the cable pattern five times, then work rows 1 to 6 once more. Then work row 7, but with a k1fb instead of the first knit stitch.


Now work in Fisherman's Rib for 9 rows, ending on a right side row. Bind off on wrong side.

Thumbs (Make Two!)

CO 14 .
Row 1: p2 *k1 p2* to end
Row 2: k2 *sl1 wyif k2* to end
repeat these two rows until thumb measures 4cm (or longer if you have long thumbs, mine are a little stubby...)

Continue working in this pattern, but decrease two stitches on every wrong side row by working k2tog tbl at the start, and k2tog at the end of each wrong side row. Also ensure the edge stitch is always worked in reverse stocking stitch (i.e. purl the first and last stitches of the row even if the pattern says knit). Keep going until you have two stitches left, then bind off and weave in loose ends.

Sew up along the straight 4cm of the thumbs, then sew the slanted decrease edge of the thumb onto the mitts as you sew the mitts' side seams. See diagram:


 Weave in loose ends and you're finished!


Monday, 6 December 2010

Klein Scarf


Here's another geeky one.This pattern is made up algorithmically, it's a repeating pattern of 4 stitches x 4 stitches with knits and purls randomly assigned. I really like the way the pattern turned out, makes a good manly scarf. If you like it please check out my random tea cosy design too!


Yarn 3 balls (=372 m = 150 g) Rowan Pure Wool dk.

Needles One pair 4.5 mm/ US 7 needles.

Gauge 22st = 10cm in stocking stitch with 4mm/US 6 needles

Dimensions 5'' x 80''

Notation 
k = knit
p = purl
CO = cast on


Directions

Random Pattern
Row 1: *p2 k2* to end of row
Row 2: p1 * k1 p3* until last 3 stitches, k1 p2
Row 3: k1 *p2 k2* to last 3 stitches, p2 k1
Row 4:*k1 p1* to end of row

CO 32 stitches. Work in pattern until scarf measures 80'' or desired length, bind off.