Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Little Twist

I love hand made gifts, especially when they keep you warm. This is a pattern I originally made for my mother-in-law. She wanted an infinity scarf that wasn't too bulky while still thick enough to look and feel warm.

You'll need:
-US 13 knitting needles
-100yds Super Bulky wool blend (you'll want a blend or 100% acrylic so it won't be itchy) I used Loops and Threads Cozy Wool. Not a bad yarn but mine did eventually start to shed.
-Tapestry needle

-Cast on 20 stitches
-Begin working straight and Knit every row
-Work until you have about 50 inches of yarn left.
-Cast off.
-Sew ends together.
Optional: Twist your scarf before you sew the ends to keep your scarf from looking like a turtle neck.

You can use one skein for a simple scarf or two for more drama!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Made this hat to teach my sister to knit in the round. Really fast and easy chunky hat. Learning is so much more fun when there’s a sweet hat as the reward!

1 skein (100g) Bernat Roving (I used the color 'Rice Paper' for mine)
US 19 circular needles

Long tail CO 32. Join, being careful not to twist.
Row 1: (P1, K1) Repeat until end of row, add row marker.
Repeat this row until hat measures 7.5 inches (20cm)

Row 1: (K2tog) Repeat until end of row
Row 2: Knit to end of row
Row 3 (K2tog) Repeat until end of row

Cut off long tail of yarn and thread through remaining 8 stitches. Pull and fasten to bind off.

Add pom pom and you're done!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Classic Slouchy Tuque

Classic Slouchy Tuque
US 6 & 8
About 80 g of Patons Classic Wool

I love slouchy tuques (that's right, I'm Canadian), unfortunately I have never found one to buy at a store that was just plain with a long brim that could be worn rolled up or not!
There was a big sale on Paton's Classic wool at Michaels so I picked up a couple of skeins and got to work deciding on what to use it for.

CO 100 with US 6 needles, join in round
K2, P2 for 3 inches

Change to US 8 needles
Work Stockinette Stitch for 3 inches

Decrease 2 evenly around
*K 12, k2tog* Repeat *-* to end of round
*K 1 row *
*K 11, K2tog*
*K 1 row*
*K 10, K2tog*
*K 1 row*
*K 9, K2tog*
*K 1 Row*
*K 8, K2tog*
*K 1 Row*
*K 7, K2tog*
*K 6, K2tog*
*K 5, K2tog*
*K 4, K2tog*
*K 3, K2tog*
*K 2, K2tog*
*K 1, K2tog*

Cut 3 inch tail and pull through remaining stitches.
Tie off and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

On my needles....

Next project on the list: Sloucher by Tracy Rolling! Very excited about this one, I needed a good "rastaffa hat" (what my husband calls any hat with a slouch).
And it's not even the hat I'm most excited about, it's the yarn I've found specifically with this hat in mind; Bernat's Roving in Low Tide. Really soft, and the nicest color!
Pictures comming soon!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Chalice Lace Tanktop

In celebration of my first post; free tanktops for all!
I had my eye on Paton's silk bamboo for ages waiting to find a pattern to justify my spending money on more yarn. But I got impatient and made my own!
The fun thing about this pattern is that it's pretty interchangeable. I used the lace pattern from the 'Baby Chalice Blanket' (they're more technologically advanced than I am and have a chart you can follow) but you can use your favorite lace and change needle or yarn size to fit gauge. (Please don't mind the 'deer in the headlight' shot we got here...)
Unfortunately I only made this pattern for me (34 bust), but the Chalice Lace is devisable by 10, so I think you can go up or down a size pretty easily. It's worked from the bottom up and fitted by changing needle sizes to make the work tighter or looser.
On with the show!

Yarn: 3 balls of Paton's Silk Bamboo in Sapphire at 65g/2.2oz each
Needles: US 7 circulars and US 9 circulars
Gauge: 21 sts in lace = 6 inches
Abbreviations: K2tog - knit two together
yo - yarn over
sl -slip
psso - pass slip stitch over
stbl - slip one st knitwise, put st back on left needle, knit two sts together through back loop

CO 150 sts with US 9 needles, place marker, join in round.
Row 1: (k1, yo, k1, stbl, k3, k2tog, k1, yo) Repeat to end.
Row 2: This and every even row, K to end.
Row 3: (k2, yo, k1, stbl, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1) Repeat to end.
Row 5: (k3, yo, k1, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k2) Repeat to end.
Row 7: (k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, stbl) Repeat to end. Place marker 1 st to the right.
Row 9: (sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k3, yo, k2) Repeat to end. Place marker 1 st to the left after first psso.
Row 11: (k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, stbl, k1) Repeat to end.
Row 13: (k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1, stbl) Repeat to end. Place marker 1 st to the right.
Row 15: (sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1) Repeat to end. Place marker 1 st to the left after first psso
Row 17: (k2, yo, k1, stbl, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1) Repeat to end.
Row 19: (k2, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k1) Repeat to end.
Row 20: Knit
Repeat last 20 rows until work measures 5 inches from cast on edge, change to US 7 needles and continue lace pattern until work measures 13 inches. Change back to US 9 needles and continue lace pattern until work measures 18 inches.
Row 1: Using US 7 needles (k2, p2)
Row 2: (k2, p2) 11 times, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2tog, pass next st over last, (p2, k2) 15 times, p2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2tog, pass next st over last.
Continue in ribbing for 1 inch.
Bind off using 'Jeny's surprisingly stretchy bind off' found here:

Block your Tank!

I put straps on mine using 4 crochet chains I made with a size F hook and the same yarn. Each chain was 15 inches, but make your own so they fit. Feel free to use lace, string, braided yarns, etc.
If you'd like to do a tube top:
Skip Row 2 of ribbing and continue k2, p2 for 3 inches.
Using a 1 inch wide elastic, wrap once around your chest right under your arms. Pull so it's snug but not constricting, add another inch to that length and cut. Sew ends together leaving a .5 inch allowance.
After bind off and blocking, turn work inside out and fold ribbing over elastic and pin. Sew the ribbing down without sewing the elastic.

Ta-dah! This is my first pattern from my head that I've put to paper so if you see anything that doesn't make sense or have a question, please let me know!

Please don't use this pattern to make money! It's a free for all pattern and I want to keep it this way!