Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Eco Duo Cowl - Designed by Jilldeal (Free Pattern)

So, yesterday that Cascade Sheep made it over to Milford, PA and found a yarn shop - Jilldeal, Inc and a lovely cowl.  The cowl was designed by Jilldeal to match the Eco Duo Slouch Hat designed by Betty Balcomb.  The cowl only requires 1-2 skeins (depending on the length) of Eco Duo (70% undyed Baby Alpaca/30% undyed Merino Wool - 197 yds/100 g)


Of course, the Cascade Sheep thinks it needs to have this cowl made.....
Per Jilldeal, "This Cowl can be made in 2 lengths.... the original 33" finished....but can be made smaller is desirous of being closer to the neck with little drape.  So smaller or large, you decide....."


Abbreviations:
YO - Yarn Over
K2Tog - Knit 2 Together
SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit
Cast on 100 (130) stitches on a US 10 - 16" circular needle.


Rows 1 - 3:  Purl
Rows 4-10:  Knit
Row 11:  Purl
Row 12:  Knit
Row 13: [YO, K2Tog] - repeat to end of row
Row 14:  Knit
Row Purl


Work Rows 1 - 5
Work Rows 4 - 15
Work Rows 4 - 10
Work Rows 1 - 3


Turn to wrong side and bind off with the wrong side facing.


To put tab on, pick up 29 stitches along the join line and work the following:
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 - [Slip 1, Purl] - repeat to end of row
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 - Slip 1, SSK, knit to last 3 stitches - K2Tog, Knit 1

Friday, October 14, 2011

On the Needles - Pacific Chunky Multi

Quick Lacy Slouch
I've become a very big fan of fun projects that I can do and be able to pick it up and put it down (and not loose my place and have rip a good part of it out).  We got in a new yarn - Pacific Chunky - it is super soft, has lots of color choices (34 solids and 8 multis), and knits up quickly.  I picked this color because it was the one multi that was self indulgence when I put it together.

So here is the pattern:

Quick Lacy Slouch

Designed by Shannon Dunbabin
 
A simple lace pattern works up quickly into a fun, soft hat.

Materials

-        1 skein Pacific Chunky Multi (60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool – 120 yds/100 g) – shown in 609

-        Size US 10 (6.0 mm) 16” circular needle

-        Size US 10 (6.0 mm) double point needles



Abbreviations

-        K – Knit

-        K2Tog – Knit 2 Together

-        YO – Yarn Over

-        K2P2 – Knit 2, Purl 2



Cast on 72 stitches with the 16” circular needle.  Join to knit in the round – be careful not to twist stitches.  Place marker at the beginning of the round.



Work K2P2 (2 x 2 ribbing) for 8 rounds.

Begin pattern:

-        Row 1 - [K2Tog, YO] – repeat until end of round

-        Row 2 – K entire round

Repeat until hat measure about 7” from cast on edge



Start decreases:

-        Row 1 – [K2Tog, YO] – repeat until end of round

-        Row 2 – [K7, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round (8 times – 64 stitches remain)

-        Row 3 – [K2Tog, YO] 3 times, K2Tog – repeat until end of round (8 times -  56 stitches remain)

-        Row 4 – [K5, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round  (8 times – 48 stitches remain)

-        Row 5 – [K2Tog, YO] 2 times, K2Tog – repeat until end of round (8 times – 40 stitches remain)

-        Row 6 – [K3, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round (8 times – 32 stitches remain)

-        Row 7 – [K2Tog, YO], K2Tog – repeat until end of round (8 times – 24 stitches remain)

-        Row 8 – [K1, K2Tog] – repeat until end of round (8 times – 16 stitches remain)

-        Row 9 – K2Tog – repeat until end of round – 8 stitches remain



Cut yarn – thread through remaining 8 stitches (using tapestry needle).  Weave in ends.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Office Knit-Along Progress


Betsy is ready to add her thumb!

Bonnie has made great progress after having to rip everything out.  We helped her get started on her thumb earlier this week.




I actually got some knitting in last weekend!  I am doing a slip stitch everytime I change colors and left the thumb open at the end.



Stacy had to rip hers out and start again - I look forward to seeing her progress next week!

Ann has been working on some projects for the office and has not gotten much knitting in.... hopefully soon!