Friday, July 31, 2020

Mitered square scrap blanket




I've been having a bit of a go at making a twin-sized blankets with odds and ends of worsted weight yarn. Maybe around 60 yards per square.

Using size 7 needles (I knit pretty loosely, so you may find you want to go up a bit in size).

For the first square, I cast on 48 stitches with a stitch marker placed in the middle.
Each row after - I slipped the very first stitch with yarn in front, then I knit to the stitch marker, slipped it, did an SSK, and then knit to the end of the row. Repeated until I only had two stitches left - and just did a P2Tog (though I imagine an SSK or K2Tog woutld work as well, it's just with the yarn in front after turning for that last row, it was just easier to P2Tog.

Subsequent squares in the same row - or starting a new row - I would pick up & knit 24 stitches off of an existing square, and cast-on the 24 needed to start another square. Subsequent squares in an existing row, I could pick up and knit 48 stitches from two existing squares.

I'm weaving ends in as I go ... and if a scrap of left over yarn doesn't make the whole square - I'd switch, or add a stripe... and have some fun with it.

I did do a 4-color square once (probably won't do that one again, it was more weaving in than I enjoyed. 

I did it by casting on/picking up 12 stitches in color 1; 24 stitches in color 2; 12 stitches in color 3... made sure in each row to wrap the color I was working in around the next color and worked the decreases until there was no more color 2. Then switched all stitches in the next row to color 4. It was an experiment ... and it was ok. And it did let me use ever decreasing amounts of yarn - say 15 yards -ish each. But, yeah... I think I'd rather just crack open another skein of yarn vs trying to use such tiny left overs. 

As you can see, it's not finished quite yet... Plan is to do 20+ rows of 10 squares each. It goes fast than one would think, but it's still one of those things that can get tiring after a bit. So four squares here, two squares here... bit by bit, it's growing.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Puppy Hat







ETA: Size 7 circular needles or double-points. Used scraps of Worsted Weight yarn.

Two sizes - preemie or newborn

CO 40 (48) sts (or any multiple of 8) with contrast color (I used blue)

Join in the round being careful not to twistKnit 3 rounds with K1, P1 ribbing with the first contrast color, cut yarn - leave enough of a tail to weave in endsKnit 1 rounds with just the Knit stitch with the second contrast color 
Knit 2 rounds with K1, P1 ribbing with the second contrast color, cut yarn - leave enough of a tail to weave in ends

Knit all stitches with main color for approx 4" (tweed turned out super cute)
Decrease round 1 - Knit 7 stitches, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease round 2 - Knit 6, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease round 3 - Knit 5, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease round 4 - Knit 4, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease round 5 - Knit 3, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Decrease round 6 - Knit 2, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Decrease round 7 - Knit 1, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Decrease round 8 - K2tog all stitches
Cut the yarn, leave enough to run through remaining stitches and tighten to close, weave in ends

Ears (make 2):
CO 8 with second contrast color
Row 1: K1, KFB, K4, KFB, K1 (10 sts)
Row 2: K10
Row 3: K1, KFB, K6, KFB, K1 (12 sts)
Row 4: K12
Row 5: K1, KFB, K8, KFB, K1 (14 sts)
Row 6: K14

Repeat row 6 for 2 1/2"
End Row 1: K1, K2tog, K8, K2tog, K1 (12 sts)
End Row 2: K12
End Row 3: K1, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K1 (10 sts)
End Row 4: K10
End Row 5: K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1 (8 sts)
Bind off loosely, leaving enough of a tail to seam
.

Eye patch:
CO 3 with first contrast color
Row 1: K1, KFB, K1 (4 sts)
Row 2: P4
Row 3: K1, KFB, KFB, K1 (6 sts)
Row 4: P6
Row 5: K1, KFB, K2, KFB, K1 (8 sts)
Row 6: P8
Row 7: K1, KFB, K4, KFB, K1 (10 sts)
Row 8: P10
Row 9: K10
Row 10: P10
Repeat rows 9 & 10 for 1" ending on a Purl row
End Row 1: K1, K2tog, K4, SSK, K1 (8 sts)
End Row 2: P8
End Row 3: K1, K2tog, K2, SSK, K1 (6 sts)
End Row 4: P6
End Row 5: K1, K2tog, SSK, K1 (4 sts)
End Row 6: P4
End Row 7: K1, K2tog, K1 (3 sts)
Bind off loosely, leaving enough of a tail to seam 


Eyes (make two):
CO 3 with black

Row 1: K1, KFB, K1 (4 sts)
Row 2: P4
Row 3: K1, KFB, KFB, K1 (6 sts)
Row 4: P6
Row 5: K6
Row 6: P6
Row 7: K1, K2tog, SSK, K1 (4 sts)
Row 8: P4
Row 9: K1, K2tog, K1 (3 sts)

Bind off loosely, leaving enough of a tail to seam 


Nose:
CO 6 with black

Row 1: K1, KFB, K2, KFB, K1 (10 sts)
Row 2: P10
Row 3: K10
Row 4: P10
Row 5: K1, KFB, K4, KFB, K1 (12 sts)
Row 6: P12
Row 7: K12
Row 8: P12
Row 9: K1, KFB, K6, KFB, K1 (14 sts)
Row 10: P14
Row 11: K14
Row 12: P14

Bind off loosely, leaving enough of a tail to seam 


Place ears, eyes, eye patch and nose on the front of the hat until you like the placement. Ensure you seam items on VERY SECURELY with multiple rounds of stitches.


Mock Cable Scarf

Worked with Marble Chunky yarn

wyif = with yarn in front
psso = pass slipped stitch over
repeat directions between asterisks (*)



Repeat is of 5 stitches + 2
CO 37 stitches

Row 1 - slip first stitch wyif, move yarn to back *slip 1, knit 2, psso (over both knit stitches), purl 2* 7 times, knit 1  (30 stitches)
Row 2 - slip first stitch wyif, *knit 2, purl 1, yo, purl 1* 7 times, knit 1 (37 stitches)
Row 3 - slip first stitch wyif, *knit 3, purl 2* 7 times, knit 1
Row 4 - slip first stitch wyif, *knit 2, purl 3* 7 times, knit 1

Repeat these four rows for desired length ending with a Row 1; bind off loosely


Super fast, quick & easy - just the way I like it!



Saturday, December 1, 2018

Snowmen

A semi-non-knitting project, for a change.

At the crafting store and a little bit of inspiration hit. Originally, I was going to put each of these inside of the clear plastic ornaments... and make them into mini-snowballs ... but the bottom bead is too big to fit. I might re-try again with smaller beads... but these turned out pretty adorable as they are, don't you think?



Here's a close up, they are about 2" x 3/4":



I could probably use a little practice with the glue gun, but eh, clear glue & white snowmen. I'm good with this as my first try.

Supplies needed:
3/4" bead
1/2" bead
1/4" bead
sparkly and/or white pipecleaners
1-2 yards of sparkly yarn
Glue gun

Optional:
Heart-shaped bead, or what-ever type of bead you'd like them to hold

Here are the steps I used to make these.

FWIW - Steps 1 & 2 can be skipped if you can find white beads (sadly, I couldn't)
1. I created a jig by putting nails through the bottom of the box - pointing inward into the box, then using wrap so that paint wouldn't stick to the box
2. Spray-paint the beads white (I used 3 coats)

3. hot glue the beads
a. ensure that the hole for the biggest bead is vertical, and the top hidden by the middle bead
b. ensure that the hole for the middle bead runs horizontal (arms will go through it
c. ensure that the hole for the top bead is vertical, and the bottom of it is hidden by the middle bead... and the top can be hidden by the hat

4. I folded each pipe cleaner twice (made them the length I wanted and the thickness to hold well into the middle bead) - and push them through the middle bead & shape them into the position you'd like

5. Hot glue the heart (or other bead you'd like them to hold) to one arm

6. I crocheted an itty-bitty scarf & tie it around the neck of the snowman
Scarf pattern:
a. Chain 20 sts
(no really, that's it - other than the cut yarn & weave through the ends bit)

7. I knit a tiny hat & hot glued it to his head
Hat pattern:
CO 10 stitches (leave a 4-6" tail)
Using double points, I joined in the round & knit two rows
K2tog 5 times
Using double points, I switched to I-cord knitting  & knit two rows.
Cut yarn 4-6" away, and run through all live stitches & pull tight
Take the yarn from the tail and weave it through the inside of a couple of stitches - heading towards the top of the hat....
Tie the ends of the two yarn ends to use them for helping hang it to the tree

8. Took a black & orange fine point sharpies and drew in the face & belly buttons




Saturday, September 15, 2018

Free Pattern - Zebra hat

I used a 9" size 8 needle, but you could use a longer needle if you do magic loop, OR you can use double-point needles. I'd also recommend switching to double-point needles near the crown.

I also used a Clover Pom-pom maker  1-3/8" (35 mm) (though you can make your own pom-pom maker with cardboard... I just find the clover tool helps me make really full and fluffy pom-poms.




Sizes - preemie (medium preemie)

CO 36 (42) sts (or any multiple of 6) with black

Join in the round being careful not to twist
Knit 1 round with black
Purl 1 round with black
Knit 1 round with black
Purl 1 round with white
Knit 1 round with white
Purl 1 round with white

Stripes in body:
Knit 1 round with black
Knit 1 round with white
Repeat these last two rounds  until the hat is 3-3 1/2" tall

Decrease rounds


k4, k2tog repeat for the round
knit round
k3, k2tog repeat for the round
knit round
k2, k2tog repeat for the round
knit round
k1; k2tog repeat for the round
k2tog round

Break yarn and pull through all live stitches and pull tight

Ears (make 2)
CO 10 in black (leave a fairly long tail so you can seam the front of the ear & attach to hat)
(garter stitch)
Knit 5 rows
K1, KFB, K6, KFB, K1 (12 sts)
Knit 1 row
K1, KFB, K8, KFB, K1 (14 sts)
K6, K2tog, K6 (13 sts)
K6, K2tog, K5 (12 sts)
K5, k2tog, K5 (11 sts)
K4, slip 1, K2tog, pass slip stitch over, K4 (9 sts)
K3, slip 1, K2tog, pass slip stitch over, K3 (7 sts)
K2, slip 1, K2tog, pass slip stitch over, K2 (5 sts)
K2, K2tog, K1 (4 sts)
K1, K2tog, K1 (3 sts)
slip 1, K2tog, pass slip stitch over (1 st)
Cut yarn & pull through
Using the cast-on tail - fold the front of the ear together and seam up the front 5 rows together  - see photo




Then attach the ears securely to the top of the hat.

Hair
Make a black pom-pom and when trimming the ends, make each side a little flat.

Attach the 'hair' securely between the ears.

Weave in all ends

Free Pattern - Spook baby hat

Using approx. 30-60 yards of white yarn; and less than 10 yards of black yarn - worsted weight yarn

Small Baby pictured



Small Preemie (Larger Preemie, Small Baby, Medium baby)

CO 32 (40, 48, 56) join in the round being careful not to twist
(seed stitch for 4 rows)
K1, P1 - round 1
P1, K1 - round 2
K1, P1 - round 3
P1, K1 - round 4
Knit all stitches for subsequent rows until hat is 2" (3”, 3 1/2", 4") tall
Decreases (staggered)
k6, k2tog around for round 1
k4, k2tog once, then k5, k2tog  around for round 2
k5, k2tog; around for round 3
k6, k2tog once, then k4, k2tog around, then K remaining sts for round 4
K3, k2tog around for round 5
K2, k2tog around for round 6
K1, k2tog around for round 7
K2tog around for round 8
- continue any further decreases until you are reduced down to approx.
(5 sts)
K 3 rows  (swirl)
BO

Eyes - knit 2
CO 5 with black
P1, KFB, P1, KFB, P1(7 sts)
Slip 1, KFB, K3, KFB, K1 (9 sts)
P all sts
K all sts
Slip 1, P2tog, P3, P2tog, P1 (7 sts)
Slip 1, K2tog, K1, SSK, K1 (5 sts)
BO

Note - turn eyes sideways before securely stitching to hat

Use white thread to embroider pupils

Mouth -
CO3
K2, KFB (4 sts)
P all sts
K3, KFB (5 sts)
P all sts
K4, KFB (6 sts)
P all sts
K all sts
P2tog, P4 (5 sts)
K all sts
P2tog, P3 (4 sts)
K all sts
P2tog, P2 (3 sts)
BO

Stitch eyes & mouth to body very securely and weave in all ends.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Free Pattern - Striped Preemie Beanie

Super Simple pattern



Two sizes: Small Preemie and Large Preemie

I used scrap yarns to build these... but approximately 20-30 yards per color.

I used a 9" size 8 needle, but you could use a longer needle if you do magic loop, OR you can use double-point needles. I'd also recommend switching to double-point needles near the crown.

I also used a Clover Pom-pom maker  1-3/8" (35 mm) (though you can make your own pom-pom maker with cardboard... I just find the clover tool helps me make really full and fluffy pom-poms.

CO 40 (48) sts (or any multiple of 8) with main color (I used white)

Join in the round being careful not to twist
Knit 4 rounds with K1, P1 ribbing with the main color
Knit 2 rounds with just the Knit stitch with the main color
Knit 1 or 2 rounds with the contrasting color
Knit 2 rounds with the main color
Repeat these stripes 3 times (or you can continue the striping all the way through the decrease rounds).

Decrease round 1 - Knit 7 stitches, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Knit 1 round
Decrease round 2 - Knit 6, K2tog; repeat through end of round
Knit 1 round
Keep repeating the decrease rounds each time removing one knit stitch until you are down to 8 stitches in total in the round.

Cut the yarn for both colors, and use a darning needle to run through remaining stitches and tighten to close.

Using the clover tool and the contrast yarn - make a pom-pom leaving two ends. You want to feed both ends through the top of the crown on either side of the ring that was made when you finished the top of the hat and you want to knot this pom-pom exceptionally securely. You want the pom-pom to have NO GIVE (safety, right, not that most preemies will be grabbing the pom-pom, but you still want it to be safe.).
Weave in all ends.