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