Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kid Seta - Lacy Infinity Cowl

 I love red.  Or at least reds with blue undertones.  We finally got a red that I really liked in Kid Seta (Ruby) and I couldn't resist playing with it.  Fortunately one ball of Kid Seta goes quite a ways (300 yards of Lace weight mohair) and it can be worked on big needles.
Anyone that has spent any time with me knows that when I travel I always have at least 1 or 2 projects (OK, sometimes more like 4-8, plus yarn to swatch) with me to work on.  Kid Seta has been in my knitting bag twice this year and I really appreciate how light the project is (and that I can easily carry it in my purse). 
So, I was knitting while on a flight (and getting hopeful that I would be able to finish the project) when somehow the yarn got wrapped around some guy's foot as he passed my seat. As quickly as I could, I extricated myself from my seat (with my needles and project still in my hand) and chased after him, yelling, "Excuse me sir, please stop..." and finally caught up with him to explain that my yarn was wrapped around his foot.  Fortunately the yarn did not break and I was able to finish the cowl.

Materials

- 1 ball Kid Seta (61% Super Kid Mohair/35% Silk/4% Merino Wool – 300 yds/25 g) – shown in 37
- Size US 9 needle
- Yarn needle


Finished Measurement
 - Approximately 58" circumference and 8" long from Cast on edge

Pattern

Cast on 160 stitches.  Join in the round, be careful not to twist.  Place stitch marker.
Row 1 – [K2, YO, SSK]
Row 2 – [K2Tog, YO, K2]

Continue until reach desired length.  Bind off loosely and weave in ends.  Block lightly with steam.








Sunday, December 16, 2012

Easy Lacy Scarf - Pluscious

I love new yarns.  They have endless possibilities and lots of suggestions as to what they would like to become.  Pluscious is a fun machine washable yarn and 148 yards per 100 grams.  It is great for baby toys, blankets, pillows, and more.  I wanted to try something different and throw together a scarf out of one skein.  It is amazingly soft and would be a wonderful scarf or shawl for someone that is sensitive to wool.
Pluscious is similar is feel to Chenille, but it doesn't worm.  I found it easy on my hands and got a long scarf out of 1 skein.
Materials
  • 1 skein Pluscious (100% Polyester - 148 yd/100g ) - shown in color 02 (Open Seas)
  • US 10.5 Needles
  • Yarn Needle

Abbreviations

  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 Together
Cast on 16 stitches



Row 1-4 K
Row 5-8 K1 [YO, K2tog]* K1 (repeat from * to last stitch)

Continue until reach desired length.
Bind of loosely.
Weave in ends with yarn needle.

*For a wrap - cast on 40 stitches and use 2 skeins.


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Popcorn Scarf - Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints

 So, at the office we do Secret Santa.  Which means we have a drop dead date to have projects done by (aka deadline).  I'm actually doing pretty well this year - probably mostly because I decided to be realistic as to what I could actually accomplish before Christmas (we are not going to discuss the 4 other projects I am working on).  Last year I took on a rather large project (Feather and Fan wrap in Venezia Worsted) that ended up being taken from me on the flight from Peru back home. Fortunately I did get it back, but lost more than 8 hours of valuable knitting time (the flight attendant was obviously not a knitter - no knitter would actually risk ruining a project to use needles for anything besides knitting while they are occupied with yarn).
Anyway, I digress.  Sadly, Secret Santa is not so secret this year - at least for the person that I have (whom also has me).  I thought it would be fun to try a Popcorn Scarf in Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints.  I used 2 skeins, but could've easily added a third.  It is a very simple, but fun pattern - I have to say I like anything I can work on intermittently and not completely mess up.
Materials -
- 2-3 skeins Baby Alpaca Chunky Paints - 108 yds/100 g - 100% Baby Alpaca (hand painted)
- US 10.5 needles

Cast on 20
Knit 8, Wrap and Turn
Knit 8, Turn
Knit 6, 
Wrap and Turn
Knit 6, Turn
Knit 4, 
Wrap and Turn
Knit 4, Turn
Knit 20

Continue until reach desired length.
Weave in ends.





Thursday, November 29, 2012

Magnum Paints Uber Cowl


Magnum is a fabulous yarn for instant gratification knitting.  It is a glorious 250 gram hank with 123 yards of Peruvian Highland Wool that knits up very quickly on larger needles (US 15 - 19).  Now it even comes in Hand Paints!

I have been waiting (rather impatiently) for the Paints to come in so I could actually see them knit up - and I am not disappointed.  It probably helps that I love reds and burgundy and that was the colorway (Red Mix) I got to play with.  I've knit a hat and a scarf in Magnum but had yet to make a cowl and thought it would be a great way to show off the colors!
This works up long enough so you could wear it 3 ways - like a long cowl, double around your neck, or down on your shoulders.  I also came up with some variations where you could do 2 smaller cowls out of 1 skein or a narrower but longer cowl.  This ends up approximately 40" circumference (about 1.75 sts = 1" in pattern) x 10" long
Materials:

  • 1 skein Magnum Paints (shown in 9729)
  • US 15 circular needle (I would recommend US 17 if you are a tight knitter or you would like it to be a little more open)
  • Stitch marker





Abbreviations:
  • K - Knit
  • YO - Yarn Over
  • Sl 1 - Slip 1
  • PSSO - Pass Slipped Stitch Over
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 Together

Pattern:
Loosely cast on 70 stitches
Join in round, careful not to twist.
Place marker.

Begin pattern:
Row 1 - [K2Tog, YO, K1, YO, Sl1, K1, PSSO]
Row 2 - K

Continue until reach desired length.  Bind off loosely. Weave in ends.

Variations:
  • For smaller cowl - CO 35 stitches (approx 20")
  • For super long - cast on 105 stitches (approx 60" circ)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Lace Rib Beaded Ruffled Scarf - knit in Venezia Sport


While at Stitches Midwest, I took one of their market sessions with Deanna Van Assche for bead knitting and that it was one of those techniques that looked much harder than it was.  So I bough some beads (she sells the kind that are pre-strung) with the intention of designing something using beads.  I really do like the pre-strung beads as you tie the string that the beads are on to the yarn and slide them over.  This way, I did not have to worry about chasing beads on airplanes.
  
Last December, I had written a scarf pattern for Kim in our office to make with Venezia Worsted and never got around to making myself.  It had a ruffle on each end and a simple lacy rib pattern for the body of the scarf.  I thought the beads would be beautiful at the end of the scarf and I absolutely love an excuse to play with Venezia Worsted. So I picked a lovely shade of purple that matched one of the colors of beads that I had purchased.  Then I sadly realized that Venezia Worsted was just a bit too heavy for the beads.  So, back to the drawing board.

Fortunately, we have a lighter version of Venezia Worsted - Venezia Sport - the same luscious blend of 70% Merino Wool and 30% Mulberry Silk, but in a lighter weight - 307.5 yds/100 g.  So I found a shade of blue that worked with other beads.

So Cascade Yarns sponsored its first ever cruise with Knit and Stitch in Cocoa, FL and I wanted to have something new to share with all of the lovely knitters and crocheters that attended.  Happily I bound off during dinner on Saturday night - so I was able to finish it before the Fashion Show that evening.

1 skein Venezia Sport - shown in 195
US 6 needle

Abbreviations
  • K – knit
  • P – purl
  • K2tog – Knit 2 together
  • YO – yarn over
  • SSK – slip, slip , knit - slip 2 stitches to right hand needle, pass left hand needle through front of 2 stitches, wrap yarn over top of R needle and pull through – decrease
Slip approximately 715 beads (around 4 -5 strings) of size 6 seed beads onto the yarn

Cast on 144 stitches (with beads) - using long tail cast on, slide 1 bead between each stitch


Ruffle
  • Row 1 – Knit - slide 1 bead between each stitch
  • Row 2 – K2tog to end of row (72 stitches remain)
  • Row 3 – Knit - slide 1 bead between each stitch
  • Row 4 – K2tog to end of row (36 stitches remain)
  • Row 5 - k - slide 1 bead between each stitch.


Body of scarf
  • Row 1 – K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
  • Row 2 – K2, P2 *[K1, YO, SSK, P2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
  • Row 3 – K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
  • Row 4 – K2, P2 *[K2tog, YO, K1, P2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2


Knit until reach desired length – the start end ruffle –
Knit row 1 of pattern ( K4, *[P3, K2] – repeat to last 2 stitches, K2)
Knit 1 row with beads
Start Ruffle –
Row 1 – Knit in front and back of all stitches (72 stitches)
Row 2 – Knit with beads
Row 3 – Knit in front and back of all stitches (144 stitches)
Row 4 –  Knit - with beads

Bind off all stitches loosely with beads
Weave in ends.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Bentley's Hat - Fixation

So, I was in upstate New York last week and was getting some serious knitting time riding in planes and cars (after 4 days of Stitches East) and stopped by a cute shop (no it wasn't a yarn store) that was selling a hat.  I looked at the hat and realized I could probably come up with something pretty similar and that Fixation would be better than the cotton it was knit in since it was stretchy and machine washable and dryable.  I probably noticed this hat in the first place, because a friend is expecting her first child (a little boy to be named Bentley - although I may have butchered the spelling) and I was trying to figure out something to make that would be somewhat special.   
 So, I whipped out my handy black sheep measuring tape, measured the brim and drew a quick sketch when I got back to the car.  Then, I realized that the one color I had of Fixation would simply not do for what I had in mind.  Fortunately, I was visiting yarn stores and was able to find a more appropriate color..... So, now I need to knit another so I can send this one off to the very worthy recipient.....  Also, I decided I needed to make a second size since it was so quick and really is quite cute.....
Fixation - 1 ball - shown in 9120
US 5 DPNs

Abbreviations
K - Knit

P - Purl

C6F - Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold in front of work, knit next 3 stitches from LH needle, knit 3 stitches from cable needle

C6B - Slip 3 stitches to cable needle, hold in back of work, knit next 3 stitches from LH needle, knit 3 stitches from cable needle

Cast on 70 (80) stitches
Join in round, careful not to twist.

Row 1 - K
Row 2 - P
Continue for 2"

Change to US 6
Row 1-3 - K2, P2, K6, P2, k11 (16), P2, k6, p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k11 (16), p2, k6, p2, k2
Row 4 - K2, P2, C6B, P2, k11 (16), P2, C6F, p2, k4, p2, C6B, p2, k11 (16), p2, C6F, p2, k2
Row 5-6 - K2, P2, K6, P2, k11 (16), P2, k6, p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k11 (16), p2, k6, p2, k2

Continue until 6 (7)" long.
Bind off using 3 Needle Bind off (turn work inside out before staring).  Weave in ends.

3 needle bind off.
1. With the right side of the two pieces facing each other, and the needles parallel, insert a third needle knitwise into the first stitch of each needle. Wrap the yarn around the needle as if to knit.

2. Knit these two stitches together and slip them off the needles. *Knit the next two stitches together in the same way as shown.

3. Slip the first stitch on the third needle over the second stitch and off the needle. Repeat from the * in step 2 across the row until all the stitches are bound off.  

Friday, October 19, 2012

Market Mitts - Casablanca

I have been wanting to create a pair of quick mitts for Casablanca and was pleasantly surprised that I was able to get 2 pairs out of 1 skein - 1 woman's and 1 man's (or large woman's - as it fits me).  They knit up very quickly and are super cozy.  I had them end farther up on the fingers - where you could still use your fingers, but also stay warm.
I divided the skein approximately in half to try to get the mitts to match.  Also, I placed the marker before I got to the thumbs - one 3 stitches before the marker for the beginning of the round, the other 3 stitches after the beginning of the round.




Materials 
  • 1 skein Casablanca - shown in 07
  • US 8  - DPNS
  • Cable needle (or smaller DPN)
  • 3 stitch markers (2 in one color and 1 in another)
Abbreviations
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • SM - Slip Marker
  • PM - Place Marker
  • C8F - Slip 4 stitches onto a Cable Needle, Hold in Front, Knit Next 4 Stitches, Knit 4 Stitches from Cable Needle
  • C8B - Slip 4 stitches onto a Cable Needle, Hold in Back, Knit Next 4 Stitches, Knit 4 Stitches from Cable Needle
Wind the skein of Casablanca into 2 equal size balls - there are 8 colors in a colorway and it repeats approximately 2 times per skein.





Cast on 32 (36)
Divide evenly between 3 needles - join in round, careful not to twist
Place marker at beginning of round
K2, P2 for 1.5" (~ 8 rounds)

For left mitt -

Row 1 - 2 - k3, p1, k12, p2, k14 (18)

Row 3 - k3, p1, [k4, c8f], p2, k14 (18)
Row 4 - 6 - k3, p1, k12, p2, k14 (18)
Row 7 - k3, p1, [c8b, k4], p2, k14 (18)
Row 8 - k3, p1, k12, p2, k14 (18)
Thumb:
1 - k2, inc 1, pm, k12, p2, k 11 (15), pm, inc 1, k2
2 - k3, p2, k12, p2, k15 (19)
3 - k3, inc 1, sm,  [k4, c8f], p2, k11 (15), sm, inc 1, k3
4 - K4, p2, k12, p2, k16 (20)
5 - k4, inc 1, sm,  k12, p2, k11(15), sm, inc 1, k4
6 - K5, p2, k12, p2, k17 (21)
7 - k5, inc 1, sm,  [c8b, k4], p2, k11 (15) sm, inc 1, k5
8 - K6, p2, k12, p2, k18 (22)
9 - k6, inc 1, sm,  k12, p2, k11 (15), sm, inc 1, k6
10 -  K7, p2, k12, p2, k19 (23)
11 - k7, inc 1, sm,  [k4, c8f], p2, k11(15), sm, inc 1, k7

For smaller size:
12 - K8, p2, k12, p2, k11, remove marker, k3, bind off 6
13 - Bind off 6, k2, p1, remove marker, p1, k12, p2, k14
14 - k2, p2, k12, p2, k14
15 - k2, p2, [c8b, k4], p2, k14
16 - k2, p2, k12, p2, k14

For Larger Size:
12 -  K8, p2, k12, p2, k24
13 - k8, inc 1, sm,  k12, p2, k15, sm, inc 1, k8
14 - K9, p2, k12, p2, k15, remove marker, k3, bind off 7
15 - bind off 7, k2, p1, remove marker, p1, [c8b, k4], p2, k18
16 - k2, p2, k12, p2, k18

Continue - 

Row 1 - 2 - k3, p1, k12, p2, k14 (18)
Row 3 - k3, p1, [k4, c8f], p2, k14 (18)
Row 4 - 6 - k3, p1, k12, p2, k14 (18)
Row 7 - k3, p1, [c8b, k4], p2, k14 (18)
Row 8 - k3, p1, k12, p2, k14 (18)

K2, P2 for 1 1/2"
Bind off
For right mitt -
Row 1 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 2 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 3 - k14 (18), p2, [k4, c8f] , p1, k3
Row 4 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 5 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 6 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 7 - k14 (18), p2, [c8b, k4], p1, k3
Row 8 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3

Thumb:
1 - k2, inc 1, pm, k11(15), p2, k12, p1, pm, inc 1, k2
2 - k15 (19), p2, k12, p2, k3
3 - k3, inc 1, sm, k11(15), p2, [k4, c8f], p1, sm, inc 1, k3
4 - k16 (20), p2, k12, p2, k4
5 - k4, inc 1, sm, k11(15), p2, k12, p1, sm, inc 1, k4
6 - k17 (21), p2, k12, p2, k5
7 - k5, inc 1, sm, k11(15), p2,  [c8b, k4], p1, sm, inc 1, k5
8 - k18 (22), p2, k12, p2, k6
9 - k6, inc 1, sm, k11(15), p2, k12, p1, sm, inc 1, k6
10 - k19 (23), p2, k12, p2, k7
11 - k7, inc 1, sm, k11(15), p2, [k4, c8f], p1, sm, inc 1, k7

For smaller size:
12 - k20, p2, k12, p1, remove marker, p1, k2, bind off 6
13 - Bind off 6, k3, remove marker, k11, p2, k12, p2, k2
14 - k14, p2, k12, p2, k2
15 - k14, p2, [c8b, k4], p2, k2
16 - k14, p2, k12, p2, k2

For Larger Size:
12 -  K24, p2, k12, p2, k8
13 - k8, inc 1, sm,  k15, p2, k12, p1, sm, inc 1, k8
14 - K25, p2, k12, p1, remove marker,p1,  k2, bind off 7
15 - bind off 7, k3, remove marker, k15,  p2, [c8b, k4], p2, k2
16 - k18, p2, k12, p1, k3

Continue -
Row 1 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 2 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 3 - k14 (18), p2, [k4, c8f] , p1, k3
Row 4 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 5 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 6 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3
Row 7 - k14 (18), p2, [c8b, k4], p1, k3
Row 8 - k14 (18), p2, k12, p1, k3

k2, p2 for 1.5"

Bind off - weave in ends












Thursday, October 11, 2012

Football Hat - Cascade 220 Sport

So, it's fall, which means football in a lot of households.  Last spring, I figured out some colors in both Cascade 220 Sport and Cascade 220 Fingering that would work for all of the NFL teams.  I had the idea for a hat that could be adapted for any team colors.

Cascade 220 Sport is one of my favorite yarns to work with - it plays well on the needles, comes in more than 70 colors, and there are 164 yards per 50 grams.


Materials:

  • 2 skeins - Cascade 220 Sport - shown in MC (9573) and CC (8903)
  • US 4 - 16" Circular Needles
  • US 6 - 16" Circular Needles
  • US 6 double points
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • kfb - knit in front and back of same stitch
Using US 4
Cast on 120 (108) stitches with CC (8903)
Join in round - careful not to twist, place marker
P1, [K2, P2], to last 3 - K2, P1

After 2 rounds change to MC (9573)

Cont in 2 x 2 rib for 2" (1.5")

Change to US 6
Increase - kfb - K9 (K8) 12 times

Knit for 2" (1.5")











Pattern A





K 3 (2) rows


Pattern B








K 3 (2) rows

Pattern C















K 3 (2) rows

Pattern B








K 3 (2) rows


Pattern A






Knit 1 row


Start decreases (change to double points when necessary)
K10, k2tog - 11 (10) times
K9, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K8, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K7, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K6, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K5, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K4, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K3, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K2, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K1, k2tog 
- 11 (10) times
K2tog 
- 11 (10) times

Bind off, weave in ends.








NFL Football Colors in Cascade 220® Sport and Cascade 220® Fingering
Team
Color1
#
Color2
#
Color3
#
Color4
#
Color5
#
Arizona Cardinals
Red
9404
White
8505
Black
8555
Yellow
7827


Atlanta Falcons
Red
9404
Black
8555
White
8505
Gray
9602


Baltimore Ravens
Purple
9570
Gold
9566
White
8505
Black
8555


Buffalo Bills
Red
8895
Blue
7818
Dark Blue
8393
White
8505


Carolina Panthers
Black
8555
Grey
9602
Blue
9468
White
8505


Chicago Bears
Orange
7824
Dark Blue
8393
White
8505




Cincinnati Bengals
Orange
7824/9542
Black
8555
White
8505




Cleveland Browns
Brown
7822
Orange
7824
White
8505




Dallas Cowboys
Silver
9602
White
8505
Navy
8393




Denver Broncos
Orange
7824
Blue
9543
White
8505




Detroit Lions
Gray
9602
Blue
9487
Black
8555
White
8505


Green Bay Packers
Gold
7827
Green
8267
White
8505




Houston Texans
Red
8895
Blue
8393
White
8505




Indianapolis Colts
Blue
9568
White
8505






Jacksonville Jaguars
Teal
9420
Gold
9566
Black
8555
White
8505


Kansas City Chiefs
Red
8895
Gold
7827
White
8505




Miami Dolphins
Orange
9542
Aqua
7813
Navy
8393
White
8505


Minnesota Vikings
Purple
9570
Gold
7827
White
8505




New England Patriots
Gray
9602
Red
8895
Blue
9543
White
8505


New Orleans Saints
Gold
9566/4010
Black
8555
White
8505




New York Giants
Gray
9602
Red
8895
Blue
9568
White
8505


New York Jets
Green
8267
White
8505






Oakland Raiders
Gray
9602
Black
8555
White
8505




Philadelphia Eagle
Green
8393
Gray
9602
Black
8555
White
8505


Pittsburgh Steelers
Black
8555
Gold
7827
Gray
8401
White
8505


San Diego Chargers
Gold
7827
Navy
8393
Powder blue
9487
White
8505


San Francisco 49ers
Red
8895
Gold
4010
Black
8555
White
8505


Seattle Seahawks
Pacific Blue
9573
Blue
8393
Green
2409/8903
White
8505


St Louis Rams
Gold
4010
Navy
9543
White
8505




Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pewter
9459
Red
9404
Orange
9542
Black
8555
White
8505
Tennesse Titans
Navy
8393
Red
8895
Blue
8905
White
8505
Silver
9602
Washington Redskins
Burgundy
2401
White
8505
Gold
7827