Monday, April 30, 2012

Ultra Pima Fine - ZigZag Lace Scarf/Wrap

Ultra Pima Fine is a light sport-weight cotton - the little sibling of Ultra Pima.  It is already available in 53 colors and is a joy to work - it is equally good for knitting and crocheting.  As usual, I was curious what I could create out of 1 skein.  In the ZigZag lace pattern, I was able to get an 8" x 30" scarf out of one skein and now I have 3 options -1, 2, or 4 skein - short scarf, long scarf, wrap.  Also, this is a great learning/teaching pattern - as you can see the bias created by both SSK and K2Tog.


















Materials
-        1 – 4 skeins Ultra Pima Fine (100% Pima Cotton – 136.7 yds/50 g) – shown in 3706
-        Size US 5 needle
-        Yarn needle
Finished Measuments & Gauge
-        Gauge = 15 stitches = 4” in pattern stitch
-        1 skein = 8” x 30”
-        2 skeins = 8” x 60”
-        4 skeins = 16” x 60”
 
Abbreviations
-        K – Knit
-        YO – Yarn over
-        K2Tog – Knit 2 Together
-        SSK – Slip, slip, knit
-        P - Purl
 
Cast on 30 (60) stitches.
Row 1 (and all other odd numbered rows) – Purl
Row 2/4/6 – K1, *[YO, K2Tog] – repeat from *, end K1
Row 8/10/12 – K1, *[SSK, YO] – repeat from *, end K1
Continue until desired length.
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends and block.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Casablanca Barred Scallop Cowl

I love new yarns.  They are so much fun to play with and explore.  Casablanca is a new yarn that we are adding that is a new direction for us.  There are 8 colors in each colorway and they repeat about 2 times in the 220 yards in each 100 g skein.  I'm also extremely proud of this yarn as it is the first time I have put together this many colors per colorway.

So I have a new simple small project offering - the Barred Scallop Cowl - a one skein cowl knit out of our beautiful new wool/silk/mohair blend.  Casablanca will be start to available in stores sometime in June.
Materials
-        1 skein Casablanca(Wool/Silk/Mohair – 220 yds/100 g) – shown in 07
-        Size US 9 – 16” circular needle
Gauge & Finished Measurements
-        22” circumference and 17” long
-        Approx 4 ½ sts = 1” in pattern

Abbreviations
-        K – Knit
-        YO – Yarn over
-        K2Tog – Knit 2 Together
-        SSK – Slip, slip, knit
-        P – Purl
-        SL1 – Slip 1
-        PSSO – Passed slipped stitch over

Cast on 98 stitches.  Join to knit in the round (be careful not to twist stitches).  Place marker at the beginning of the round.
Row 1/3/5/7/9 – Knit
Row 2/4/6/8/10 – [YO, K3, SSK, YO, SL1-K2Tog-PSSO, YO, K2Tog, K3, YO, K1] – repeat until end of round
Row 11 – Knit
Row 12 - Purl
Repeat until desired length.
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends and block.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

David's Cabled Hat

April in National Autism Awareness Month.  It seemed appropriate to share this hat this month.  My son David picked out the color and wanted me to make him something.  Some of you have had the pleasure of meeting him and some are aware that he is high-functioning autistic.  He is an amazing individual and early intervention has made a huge difference in his life.  The hat works up quickly and is made in a machine-washable and -dryable acrylic/superwash merino blend.
Materials
-        1 skein Pacific Chunky Multi (60% Acrylic/40% Superwash Merino Wool  – 120 yds/100 g) – shown in 603
-        Size US 10 (6.0 mm) 16” circular needle
-        Size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) 16” circular needle
-        Size US 10.5 (6.5 mm) double point needles
 Abbreviations
-        K – Knit
-        P – Purl
-        K2Tog – Knit 2 Together
-        KFB – Knit into the front and back of one stitch (increase 1)
-        K2P2 – Knit 2, Purl 2
-        C3B – Slip 3 stitches to a cable needle and hold in back.  Knit the next 3 stitches, then knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle.
-        C2B3 - Slip 2 stitches to a cable needle and hold in back.  Knit the next 3 stitches, then knit the 3 stitches from the cable needle.
-        P2Tog – Purl 2 Together
 Cast on 64 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 6 rounds.
Change to US 10.5 circular needle.
Increase row – [K7, KFB]* - repeat 8 times
Begin pattern:
-        Row 1 - [K2, P2, C3B, P2] – repeat until end of round
-        Row 2 – K2, P2, K6, P2
-        Row 3 – K2, P2, K6, P2
-        Row 4 – K2, P2, K6, P2
 Repeat until hat measures about 6.5” from cast on edge
Start decreases:
-        Row 1 – [K2Tog, P2, C3B, P2] – repeat until end of round (6 times – 66 stitches remain)
-        Row 2 – [K1, P2tog, K6, P2] – repeat until end of round (6 times – 60 stitches remain)
-        Row 3 – [K1, P1, K6, P2Tog] – repeat until end of round (6 times -  54 stitches remain)
-        Row 4 – [K1, P1, K2Tog, K4, P1] – repeat until end of round  (6 times – 48 stitches remain)
-        Row 5 – [K2Tog, C2B3, P1]– repeat until end of round (6 times – 42 stitches remain)
-        Row 6 – [K4, K2Tog, P1] – repeat until end of round (6 times – 36 stitches remain)
-        Row 7 – [K3, K2Tog, P1] – repeat until end of round (6 times – 30 stitches remain)
-        Row 8 – [K2, K2Tog, P1] – repeat until end of round (6 times – 24 stitches remain)
-        Row 9 – [K1, K2Tog, P1] – repeat until end of round (6 times – 18 stitches remain)
-        Row 10 – [K2Tog, P1] – repeat until end of round (6 times – 12 stitches remain)
-        Row 11 – K2Tog – repeat until end of round – 6 stitches remain.
 Cut yarn – thread through remaining 8 stitches (using tapestry needle).  Weave in ends.