Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jean's Scarf - knit in Kid Seta Noir

Kid Seta Noir is a lovely lightweight (yet warm) mohair blend with just a hint of sparkle.  It also has the lovely ability to play nicely on big needles and still hold its shape.  In December I had made a scarf for Ann which I called Popcorn Scarf rather than Potato Chip Scarf (something about mixing up snack foods late at night).  I thought is would be lovely in the Kid Seta Noir, but knew that I wanted to modify it a bit.  Even better, I knew the perfect color to use for a gift.
Materials
 - US 8 Needles
 - 1 Ball Kid Seta Noir (60% Super Kid Mohair/22% Silk / 11% Nylon/7% Metallic Yarn (Lurex) - 232 yds/25 g) - shown in 13 - Lavender

Abbreviations
K - Knit
W&T - Wrap and Turn

Cast on 23

Knit 9, W&T
Knit 9, Turn
Knit 7, W&T
Knit 7, Turn
Knit 5, W&T
Knit 5, Turn
Knit 23

Continue until reach desired length.
Bind off loosely and weave in ends.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Ribbed Hat - knit in Greenland

This holiday season, I took on a bunch of projects (more than I would normally think was sane) and was able to complete most of them.  This hat was was for a neighbor and I was more than happy to knit with Greenland again.  Greenland  is an ideal yarn to knit for a guy - it is durable yet soft - plus it is easy care - just throw it in the washer and dryer.
While knitting this, I realized this stitch would also make a lovely cowl, so I am sure that will be on the needles at some point in the near future.

Materials - 

  • 1 ball Greenland (100% Superwash Merino Wool - 137 yds/100 g) - shown in 3533 - Walnut Heather
  • US 8 16" Circular Needle
  • US 8 DPNs
  • Stitch Marker
  • Yarn Needle
Abbreviations - 
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 Together
Using 16" Circular Needle - Cast on 80 stitches.
Join in the round.  Be careful not to twist stitches.  Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round.

Start Pattern:
Row 1 - K1, P1, K1, P2
Row 2 - P2, K3
Continue for 6"
 Start Decrease Rows - Switch to DPNs when necessary.

Row 1 - K1, P1, K1, P2, K1, P1, K1, P2tog
Row 2 - P2tog, K3,P2, K2
Row 3 - P1, K1, P2, K1, P1, K2tog
Row 4 - K2tog, K2, P2, K1
Row 5 - K1, P2, K1, K2tog
Row 6 - K2tog, K1, P1, K1
Row 7 - P2, K2tog
Row 8 - K2tog, K1
Row 9 - K2tog

Cut yarn, pull through remaining 8 stitches.  Weave in ends.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Honeycomb Cable Hat - Greenland

I got the brilliant idea this year to knit a number of people gifts.  I managed to finish 6 projects in the month of December and write out the patterns for most of them.  One of my favorites was this lovely cabled hat knit in Greenland.  Greenland is one of my favorite yarns - it has this amazing springy twists and has fabulous stitch definition.  Sadly, I seem to never get a chance to knit it.

The finished hat shown is for an average adult - finished (unstretched) measurement is 7" wide and 8" long from the cast on edge.  I cast on 88 stitches.  It can easily be adapted to be smaller (cast on 80 stitches) or larger (cast on 96 stitches).
Materials:

  • (1), 1, (2) ball Greenland (100% Superwash Merino Wool - 137 yds/100 g) - shown in color 3549
  • US 7 - 16" circular needles
  • US 9 - 16" circular needles
  • Cable needle (or spare DPN)
  • Stitch Marker

Abbrevations
  • K - Knit
  • P - Purl
  • cn - cable needle
  • Sl - slip
  • 4-st RC - Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to back, K2, K2 from cn. 
  • 4-st LC - Sl 2 sts to cn and hold to front, K2, K2 from cn
  • K2Tog - Knit 2 together
Using US 7 - 16" circular needle.  Cast on (80),88, (96) stitches.  Join in the round, be careful not to twist.  Place marker.
K2, P2 for 2"


Change to US 9 - 16" Circular Needle

Row 1 - *4-st RC, 4-st LC; rep from * 
Row 2 (and all even rows) - K
Row 3 - K
Row 5 - *4-st LC, 4-st RC; rep from * 
Row 7 - K

Rep rows 1–8. 

Continue until reach 6.5 - 7" in length from Cast on edge (for smaller hat - 6", for larger hat - 7 - 7.5").  Begin decreases.

Row 1 -  *4-st RC, 4-st LC; rep from *
Row 2 - k6, k2tog
Row 3 - k2tog, k5
Row 4 - k4, k2tog
Row 5 - k2tog, k3
Row 6 - k2, k2tog
Row 7 - k2tog, k1
Row 8 - k2tog

Cut yarn, pull through remaining stitches.  Weave in ends.