Friday, May 31, 2019

A Year of Giving - May - Fixation Picc Line Cover



For May, Carly in our office suggested I make a PICC Line Cover in Fixation Splash.  PICC stands for Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter - a long IV line that is inserted in the arm and ends in a vein the chest near the heart. These are intended for long-term use for delivering medications, chemotherapy or other IV fluids. The exposed part of the line should be covered when not in use. What is provided to cover the PICC line is usually not very comfortable or durable. 
Hand knit covers are a great alternative because they are comfortable and look more like a knit accessory than a medical dressing. Many hospitals will accept these. One organization that is distributing PICC line covers to medical centers for Cystic Fibrosis is The Finding Jenn Project.
Fixation is a DK weight blend of cotton with just a hint of spandex. We chose Fixation Splash because the cotton is breathable and the spandex is stretchy to allow comfortable movement of the elbow.
We will be giving away 3 kits of 2 skeins each (enough to make at least 2 PICC line covers) - 2 through Facebook and 1 here on the Blog. To enter on the Blog, comment with your charity to knit or crochet for. The winner will be selected on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 3 pm PST.

Materials
  • 1 ball Fixation Splash (98.3% Cotton/1.7% Spandex) - shown in 105 (Sun Drop)
  • US 5 DPNs
  • Yarn Needle (to weave in ends)
Abbreviations
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • Sts - Stitches

Shown in Medium (60 sts) (measures 8" circumference) to fit 11-12" bicep
Length - 7.5" long

Sizes
  • Small will fit 9-10" bicep
  • Medium will fit 11-12" bicep
  • Large will fit  12.5-13.5" bicep
  • Can be adjusted in 4 st increments to make larger or smaller
CO 52, 60, 68 sts
Join in round
Round 1 - *[K3, P1] - rep from * to end of round
Round 2 - P1, *[K1, P3] - rep from * to last 3 sts, end K1, P2

Continue until 7, 7,5, 8" long
Bind off in K3, P1 ribbing
Weave in ends


Thursday, April 18, 2019

A Year of Giving - April - Cantata - Hackensack


For April, I made another hat in Cantata - a fun, multi-season yarn with a unique construction (a cotton cage with superwash wool blown inside). A heathery-denim look pairs well with great stitch definition in this soft, lightweight yarn. The stitch pattern is a swirling, slightly lacy rib that moves in a diagonal direction.
We will be giving away 3 kits of 2 skeins each (enough to make 2 hats) - 2 through Facebook and 1 here on the Blog. To enter on the Blog, comment with your favorite color of Cantata. The winner will be selected on Monday, April 22, 2019 at 3 pm PST.
Materials

  • 1 hank Cantata (70% Cotton/30% Merino Wool - 218 yds/100 g) - #13 (Purple)
  • US 7 - 16" circular needles
  • US 9 - 16" circular needles and DPNs
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle (to weave in ends)
Abbreviations

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • K2tog: Knit 2 together
  • YO: Yarn over
Sizes
Teen/Small Adult, Med/Large Adult

With US 7, Cast on 80, 96 sts
Join in the round, careful not to twist
Place marker to show beginning of round
Work K4, P4 until 1.5", 2" from cast-on edge

Change to US 9

P4, K12 for 2 rounds

Start pattern:
Row 1: P4, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1, YO, K1
Row 2: P4, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1, YO, K2
Row 3: P4, K1, P1, K1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1, YO, P1, K2
Row 4: P4, K1, P1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1, YO, K1, P1, K2
Row 5: P4, K1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1, YO, P1, K1, P1, K2
Row 6: P4, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K1, YO, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2

CHART
















Cont until 7.5", 8.5" from cast-on edge
Start decreases (change to DPNs when necessary)
Row 1: P4, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K2
Row 2: P4, K1, P1, K1, P1, K2tog, P1, K1, P1, K2tog
Row 3: P4, K1, P1, K1, K2tog, P1, K1, K2tog
Row 4: P4, K1, P1, K2tog, P1, K2tog
Row 5: P4, K1, K2tog, K2tog
Row 6: P4, K1, K2tog
Row 7: P3, K2tog,
Row 8: P2, K2tog
Row 9: P1, K2tog
Row 10: K2tog
Cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.

Monday, March 18, 2019

A Year of Giving - March - Anchor Bay - Pannonica Slouch

For March, I made a lacy slouch in Anchor Bay, one of my favorite yarns. It is an ultra-soft and versatile blend of Superwash Merino and Cotton that is fabulous for a variety of projects - from babies to adults in both knit and crochet. We will be giving away 3 kits of 2 skeins each (enough to make at least 2 hats per kit) - 2 through the Cascade Yarns Facebook page and 1 through the blog. To enter on the blog, comment with your favorite spring knitting project. The winners will be drawn at 3 pm PST on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
Materials
  • 1 skein Anchor Bay (50% Cotton/50% Merino Wool - 262 yds/100 g) - shown in #22 (Chrysanthemum)
  • US 4 - 16" circular needles
  • US 6 - 16" circular needles and DPNs
  • Stitch Marker
Abbreviations
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together
  • SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit 2 Slipped stitches together

Gauge
7.5 sts = 1" in K3, P3 - US 4

Finished Measurements 
15, 16" unstretched at brim
Approximately 8.75", 9.75" long

With US 4 - Cast on (108), 120 sts
Join in the round - place marker to show beginning of round
K3, P3 for (1.5"), 2"

Change to US 6

Start Pattern:
Row 1- K3, K2tog, YO, K1
Row 2 - K2, K2tog, YO, K2
Row 3 - K1, K2tog, YO, K3
Row 4 - K2tog, YO, K5
Row 5 - K1, YO, SSK, K3
Row 6 - K2, YO, SSK, K2,
Row 7 - K3, YO, SSK, K1
Row 8 - K4, YO, SSK

Repeat 8 rounds until (8.5"), 9.5" from cast on edge


Start Decreases:
Row 1- K3, K2tog, YO, K4, K2tog, K1 (99, 110 sts)
Row 2 - K2, K2tog, YO, K4, K2tog, K1 (90, 100 sts)
Row 3 - K1, K2tog, YO, K4, K2tog, K1 (81, 90 sts)
Row 4 - K2tog, YO, K4, K2tog, K1 (72, 80 sts)
Row 5 - K1, YO, SSK, K3, K2tog (63, 70 sts)
Row 6 - K2, YO, SSK, K1, K2tog (54, 60 sts)
Row 7- K4, K2tog (45, 50 sts)
Row 8 - K3, K2tog (36, 40 sts)
Row 9 - K2, K2tog (27, 30 sts)
Row 10 - K1, K2tog (18, 20 sts)
Row 11 - K2tog (9, 10 sts)

Cut yarn. Thread tail through remaining stitches. Weave in ends.


Friday, March 1, 2019

Year of Giving - February - Cherub Chunky Wave - Introspection

For February, I made a quick hat out of Cherub Chunky Wave - a new color effect for Cherub Chunky with a gradation wave. Cherub Chunky Wave is a nylon-acrylic blend that is easy care - machine wash and dry making it perfect for charity knitting and gift giving. We will be giving away 3 kits (2 skeins of Cherub Chunky Wave in each) - 2 through the Cascade Yarns Facebook page and 1 through the Blog. To enter on the Blog, please comment with the last person/organization you gave a handmade item to. The winner will be drawn at 3 pm PST on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Materials

  • 1 skein Cherub Chunky Wave (55% Nylon/45% Acrylic - 137 yds/100 g)
  • US 8 16" Circular Needles
  • US 10 16" Circular Needles
  • US 10 DPNs (Double Pointed Needles)
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
Abbreviations
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • K2tog - Knit 2 Together
  • Sts - Stitches

Gauge
  • Approx 4 sts = 1" in Stockinette (unstretched)
With US 8 circular needle, Cast On 63, 72, 81 sts (Child, Adult - S/M, Adult L)

Place Stitch Marker to show beginning of round

Start Ribbing
K2, P1 (repeat around)

Continue until 1", 1.5", 1.5" from cast on

Change to US 10 Circular Needle

Start Pattern
K for 6 rounds
P for 2 rounds
Repeat these 8 rounds 4, 5, 5 times

Start decreases (change to DPNs when necessary)
1 - K7, K2tog
2 - K6, K2tog
3 - K5, K2tog
4 - K4, K2tog
5 - K3, K2tog
6 - K2, K2tog
7 - K1, K2tog
8 - K2tog

Cut yarn, weave in ends.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

A Year of Giving - January - Baby Llama Chunky - Lush Life Scarf

This year we will be featuring a pattern each month with the theme of giving. For each pattern we will give away enough yarn to make the project and draw a winner. Each month will feature a new pattern and we will select a winner from the blog and a winner through Facebook. This month's winners will be selected on Monday, March 28 at 3 pm. To enter on the blog comment below with your favorite project to make for giving.

This month, we are featuring a scarf I designed in Baby Llama Chunky - Lush Life Scarf. I started crocheting again in December since I was unable to knit for a while after elbow surgery. I wanted to create a gift for a neighbor that has been a wonderful friend to my family. I thought a dressy scarf would give her warm and a hug when she needed it - with the added bonus of being in her favorite color.
Materials
  • 3 skeins Baby Llama Chunky (100% Baby Llama - 109 yds/100 g) - shown in #19 (Acai)
  • J Hook (6 mm)
  • Yarn Needle
Gauge
12. sts x 5.5 rows = 4” (10 cm) in DC

Finished Size
9" x 72"



Abbreviations
Ch - Chain
DC - Double Crochet
SC - Single Crochet


Ch 30 sts
Set-up row - DC in 4th chain from hook, DC in each Ch across

Start Pattern:
Row 1 -  Ch 1, SC in 1st DC, *[Ch1, skip next 2 DC, SC in next DC] - rep from *, end with SC in 3rd ch of turning ch
Row 2 - Chain 5 (counts as DC, Ch 2), SC in next Ch-4 loop, [Ch 4, SC] in each Ch-4 loop across to last Ch-4 loop, Ch 2, DC in last SC
Row 3 - Ch 1, SC in 1st DC,  [Ch 4, SC] in each Ch-4 loop across, end with last SC in 3rd Ch of Turning Ch
Row 4 - Ch 3 (counts as DC), 3 DC in each Ch-4 loop across (28 DC including Ch-3)
Row 5 - Ch 3 (counts as DC), Skip 1st DC, DC in next DC, *[Ch 1, skip next DC, DC in each of next 2 DC] - rep from * until last 2 sts, Ch 1, skip next DC, DC in 3rd Ch of turning Ch
Row 6 - Ch 3 (counts as DC), Skip 1st DC, DC in each DC and Ch-1 space across, ending with 3rd Ch of Turning Ch

Repeat rows 1-6 until scarf is desired length
Block (I did wet blocking to let it really open up)

Weave in ends.

Remember - to enter on the blog, leave a comment below with your favorite project to make for giving.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Washcloths for Safe Passage

This past weekend Rob and I (along with our 2 year old) had the pleasure of being a part of Webs Fall Knitting Retreat held on the University of Massachusetts - Amherst campus. We got to spend time with a fabulous group of knitters and had a wonderful time. 
In the evenings we did the Late Night Knitting Lounge (this included 3 different yarn tastings and door prizes). We were a part of this last year and thought it would be great to add charity knitting for the attendees.
Steve and Kathy Elkins suggested Safe Passage as the charity and along with Amy Greemen (who is an amazing person and organizational force) came up with the idea of knitting washcloths. Safe Passage provides emergency shelter, counseling and support for victims of domestic violence in Hampshire County. Often they have to leave home to seek shelter with nothing.
We donated yarn for all of the attendees to each get a skein of Nifty Cotton in their swag bag. I created a pattern that was inspired by the Safe Passage logo and mission that features a house with a heart on it. The pattern is now available on our website and Ravelry as a free download. Each skein of Nifty Cotton should make 2-3 washcloths.
I was completely blown away by the generosity of the attendees. Not only did they knit 60 washcloths over the course of the weekend but over $500 was donated. Both Cascade Yarns and Webs offered to match the donations.
Most areas have local shelters and support organizations for victims of domestic abuse. Unfortunately, there is a need for it. DAWN is a local organization in the Seattle area that provides shelter and support. This pattern (and any others on our website) are free downloads and available for charity knitting and crochet.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Introducing the Cascade Critter!

This week the Cascade Critter came to be. He came together quickly and is already getting into all sorts of trouble. You can follow his adventures on Instagram as well as on the Cascade Yarns social media feed. To make your own Critter you need 1 skein of Pacific Chunky, US 9 DPNs, stuffing and safety eyes.
Materials:
- 1 skein Pacific Chunky Color Wave (60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool) - 120 yds/100 g - shown in color 415 (Puget Sound)

- US 9 DPNs

- Stuffing/fiberfill

- Safety Eyes

- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- Kfb - Knit into the front and back of 1 stitch (increase 1)

 - K2tog - Knit 2 together (Decrease 1)
- 3 Needle Bind off - move stitches to 2 needles with half of work on each needle. With 2 needles parallel, insert a 3rd needle knitwise into the first stitch of each needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit. Knit these 2 stitches together and slip them off the needle. Knit the next 2 stitches together (same manner). Slip the first stitch on the 3rd needle over the 2nd stitch and off the needle. Continue until all stitches are bound off. 
Body:
CO 8 sts - join in round
1 - K
2 - Kfb of each stitch (16 sts)
3 - K
4 - K1, Kfb of each stitch (24 sts)
5 - K
6 - K2, Kfb of each stitch (32 sts)
7 - K
8 - K3, Kfb of each stitch (40 sts)

K in round for 20 rounds
Start head shaping:
K18, K2tog - 2 times (38 sts)
K17, K2tog - 2 times (36 sts)
K16, K2tog - 2 times (34 sts)
K15, K2tog - 2 times (32 sts)
K14, K2tog - 2 times (30 sts)
K 1 round
Distribute stitches to 2 dpns
Stuff body
Attach 2 safety eyes
Use 3 needle bind off when happy with eyes & stuffing
Ears  - make 2 -
work back and forth in garter stitch on 2 needles
CO 3
1 - K
2 - K1, Kfb, K1 (4 sts)
3 - K
4 - K1, Kfb, K2 (5 sts)
5 - K
6 - K2, Kfb, K2 (6 sts)
7 - K
8 - K2, Kfb, K3 (7 sts)
9 - K
10 - K3, Kfb, K3 (8 sts)
11-18 - K
Bind off - leave a long enough tail to sew the ear to the head.
Fold ear in half at bound off edge (with open part facing forward), sew to head

Legs/arms (make 4)
CO 10  sts - join in round, careful not to twist
K for 8 rounds
K3, K2tog - 2 times (8 sts)
K2, K2tog - 2 times (6 sts)
K1, K2tog - 2 times (4 sts)
Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches - stuff lightly

Sew to sides or bottom of body