Friday, February 2, 2018

Wintery Mittens and Hat

Early in November, while in Seattle, and getting ready to happily push a stroller through the snow, I knew I needed a good pair of wintery mittens and hat! 
Once I returned home, I ordered yarn, gathered supplies, designed and knitted the Wintery Mittens and Hat.  I would be ready for our New Year's visit!  
(And the pattern is ready to publish in celebration of Groundhog Day)
Wintery Mittens
Marilynn Blacketer '18
 

The Wintery Mittens are a companion to the Wintery Hat. They are designed left & right hand neutral, and if finished neatly, reversible! The mittens are worked from wrist to fingers in bulky weight yarn, with a gusset-afterthought thumb. They can be knit in a weekend, or two, making them a perfect accessory, gift, or for charity. This may be considered an intermediate level pattern because knowledge of stitch construction is helpful.

Finished sizes:
Adult: Flat 6”, stretches to 12”circumference, height 12
Child: Flat 5”, stretches to 10”circumference, height 10”
Infant: Flat 4”, stretches to 8”circumference, height 8”
Gauge: (size #8 needles) 6 stitches =1” flat 2x2 ribbing; Adjust needle size to match gauge.

Materials:
Yarn: Wool or wool blend in bulky weight;
Adult: 200 yards/7oz; (two skeins);   Child 125yds/3.5oz;   Infant: 95yds/2.5oz
Photo: Wintery Mittens are knit in Knit Picks Chroma Twist Bulky; color: Lupine
Needles: Two Size US#8, 16”or 24” circular needles, set Size US#8 double pointed needles
(I prefer to knit both mittens at the same time on two circular needles.
KNITTING circles around SOCKS by Antje Gillingham is an excellent resource for getting started.)

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, 2 yards different color yarn, (smaller spare) set double pointed needles

Abbreviations: CO = cast on       K = knit       p = purl      k2tog= knit 2 stitches together p2togbl=purl 2 stitches together through the back loop       MC = main color      pm=place marker
sm=slip marker      Rnd/s = rounds       st/s = stitch/es      M1=make one stitch
(I prefer the M1 (m1tbp): place point of working (right-hand) needle behind other needle, inserting needle from the top through the purl stitch below next stitch, and knit, then knit the stitch above.)

Directions: Make two mittens. Directions are written for size adult [child, infant in brackets]
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with two Size US #8, 16” circular needles, 
cast on 40 [36, 32] stitches.     Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist. (20 [16&20, 12]sts per two needles)
Cuff Rnds: *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Work mittens 6”[4”, 3”]
For a deeper cuff, work extra rounds before working the thumb gusset and opening.

Thumb gusset:
Rnd 1: K2, p2, pm, (M1,k1)twice, pm, p2, *k2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 2: K2, p2, sm, k4, sm, p2, * k2, p2: repeat from * to end.
Rnd 3: K2, p2, sm, M1,k1, k2, M1,k1, sm, p2, * k2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 4: K2, p2, sm, k6, sm, p2, * k2, p2; repeat from * to end. (44 [40, 36])sts

Thumb opening: K2, p2, drop MC yarn, with a strand of different colored yarn (working between markers), k6, turn and p6 back. Drop colored strand, pick up MC, k2, p2, k2 across 6 stitches, p2, then * k2, p2; repeat from * to the end. Remove markers, and the thumb will be put in later.

Hand Rnds: Continue * K2, p2; repeat from * to end
Continue to work mittens 5” [3.5”, 2.5”] from thumb marker, then begin the finger decreases.
Rnd 1: * K2, p2togtbl; repeat from * to end (making the mittens very reversible)
Rnd 2: * K2, p1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 3: * K2tog, p1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 4: * K1, p1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: * K2tog; repeat from * to end
Cut 12” yarn, and thread end through remaining stitches.
Pull together, and tie off neatly for a very reversible mitten.

Thumb: Carefully slide the 6sts below, and 6sts above the colored yarn to 2 (smaller spare) double pointed needles. Carefully remove the colored yarn.
Attach MC yarn, working with Size US #8, double pointed needles, knit 2, purl 2, knit 2, then pick up 2 stitches and purling at the end of each needle, working one round. (You'll have the rib pattern established, and 8sts on the two needles. This will help avoid “holes” on the sides, and offer comfort for the thumb.) Now work the thumb onto 3 double pointed needles, or two circular needles.
Thumb Rnds: * K2, p2; repeat from * to end.
Work the thumb 2.5” [2”, 1.5”] then begin the thumb decreases.
[Infant: Work Rnds 1, 3, 5]
Rnd 1: * K2, p2togbl; repeat from * to end
Rnd 2: * K2, p1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 3: * K2tog, p1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 4: * K1, p1; repeat from * to end
Rds 5: * K2tog; repeat from * to end
Cut 12” yarn, and thread end through remaining stitches.
Pull together, and tie off neatly for a very reversible mitten.
Finishing: Weave in tails. Make the second mitten.


Wintery Hat


Marilynn Blacketer '18


The Wintery Hat is a companion to the Wintery Mittens. The hat can be knit in a weekend, or two, making it a perfect gift, accessory or for charity. This may be considered an advanced beginner level pattern because knowledge of stitch construction is helpful. If finished neatly, it's reversible!


Finished sizes:
Adult: flat 14”, stretches to 22”circumference, height 13
Child: flat 12”, stretches to 20”circumference, height 11”
Infant: flat 10”, stretches to 16”circumference, height 9”

Gauge: (size #8 needles) 6 stitches =1” flat 2x2 ribbing. Adjust needle size to match gauge.
Materials: Yarn: Wool or wool blend in Bulky weight
Adult: 140 yard/5oz (possibly two skeins); Child: 125 yards /3.5 oz; Infant: 100 yards/2.5 oz

Photo: Wintery Hat is knit in Knit Picks Chroma Twist Bulky; color: Lupine
Needles: Size US#8, 16”, [16, 12”], circular needles, set size US#8 double pointed needles
Notions: Stitch marker, tapestry needle

Abbreviations: CO = cast on      k=knit      k2tog = knit 2 stitches together      p = purl
p2togbl= purl 2 stitches together through the back loop       Rnd/s = round/s      sts = stitches

Directions: Directions are written for size adult [child, infant in brackets] (Notes in Italic)
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size US#8, 16” [16”, 12”] circular needles, cast on 80, [72, 64] stitches. Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.

Hat Rnds: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Work hat 12”, [10”, 8”]. (10 to 7 yards/grams remaining for crown decreases)
For a taller hat, or deeper fold-up brim work extra rounds before starting the crown decreases.

Crown Decreases: Change to double pointed needles when needed.
Rnd 1: * Knit 2, p2togbl; repeat from * to end (making the hat very reversible)
Rnds 2, 3: * Knit 2, purl 1; repeat from * to end
Rnd 4: * K2tog, purl 1; repeat from * to end
Rnds 5, 6: * Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * to end
Rnds 7, 8: * K2tog; repeat from * until 10 [9, 8] sts remain.

Finishing: Cut 12” yarn, and thread end through remaining stitches.
Pull together, and tie off neatly for a reversible hat.

This pattern is available on  marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com.
Wintery Mittens and Hat pattern pdf is available on Ravelry (login needed)
Copyright 2018, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 2-02-18
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com



Here are photos of the process: 

I gathered supplies.
 
I balled the yarn, and selected the two most similar to work the mittens.  The third would be worked into the hat.
I worked the cuff, gusset, and ready to work in the scrap yarn for the afterthought thumb.
 
Holidays and family arrived, I finished the mittens, and hat forgetting to take progress photos.

Wintery Mittens and Hats were ready for a New Year's Day adventure.


This pattern is available on  marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com.
Wintery Mittens and Hat pattern pdf is available on Ravelry (login needed)
Copyright 2018, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 2-02-18
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com













Monday, January 22, 2018

MixMatch Hockey Socks (and Hat)

Have fun working the MixMatch Hockey Socks with a gradient, self striping, or create-your-own-from-stash acrylic or acrylic blend in worsted or aran weight yarn. The hockey socks (and hat) can be worked in a weekend or two making them the perfect gift or accessory for any young skater. The MixMatch set is designed to fit a 6 to 8 year old, but can easily be made larger by working with larger needles.



















MixMatch Hockey Socks


Finished size: top cuff: 10” flat, stretch to 14” circumference; ankle cuff: 8” flat, stretch 10” circumference; leg height: 27”

Gauge: 4 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size, and row count to match gauge.

Materials: Yarn: acrylic or acrylic blend in worsted or aran weight

Photo: Premier Yarns, Sweet Roll; 100% acrylic 245yards/5oz 2 cakes= 490 yards
The model is 7 years old. Working from the inside and the outside of two cakes of SWEET ROLL, the mix-matched socks are 27” long, and remaining yarn was knit into a slouchy hat.

Needles: Size US#7 and US#8, 16”and/or 24” circular needles, or size US#7 and US#8 set double pointed needles (I prefer to knit both leg warmers at the same time on two circular needles.) 

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Abbreviations: CO=cast on      k=knit     p=purl       k2tog=knit 2 stitches together       Rnd/s=round/s       sts=stitches


Directions: (Make two leg warmers.)

Top Cuff:
With size US#8 needles, use the long-tail cast-on method. Cast on 48 stitches.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-20: With US#7 needles, *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end (3”from CO)

Leg: With US#8 needles,
Rnds 1-19: Knit
Rnd 20: K1, k2tog, knit to last 2sts, k2tog
Work Rnds 1-20 six times (12sts decreased = 36sts)
Work until leg measures 24” from CO. For a longer leg, knit extra rounds before working ankle cuff.

Ankle Cuff:
With size US#7 needles, Rnds 1-20: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Finishing: With size US#8 needle, bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in tails.

Make the second leg warmer.





 MixMatch Hat


Finished size: flat 15”, stretches to 22” circumference, height 11

Gauge: 4 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size to match gauge.

Materials: Yarn: acrylic or acrylic blend in worsted or aran weight
Photo: Premier Yarns, Sweet Roll; 100% acrylic 245yards/5oz (2cakes) for hockey socks;    2.5oz remaining yarn for hat

Needles: Size US#7 and US#8, 16” circular needles, and US#8 set double pointed needles
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Abbreviations: CO=cast on       K=knit    P=purl     Rnd/s=round/s    sts=stitches      k2tog=knit 2 stitches together

Directions: Directions are written for size Child.

Brim: With size US#7, 16” circular needles, use the long-tail cast-on method. Cast on 72 stitches. Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
Rnds 1-20: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end (3” from CO)

Hat:
With US #8, 16”circular needles, Knit. Work for 10from CO. For a taller hat, work extra rounds of pattern before starting the crown decreases.

Crown:
Change to double pointed needles when needed.
Rnd 1: * K4, k2tog; repeat from * to end
Rnds 2, 4, 6, 8 : Knit
Rnd 3: * K3, k2tog; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: * K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end Rnd 7: * K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end
Rnds 9, 10: * K2tog; repeat from * to end
Finishing: Cut 12” yarn and thread end through remaining stitches. Pull together, and tie off neatly, and weave in tails.



This pattern is available on marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com
 MixMatch Hockey Socks (and Hat) pdf is available on Ravelry.
Copyright 2018, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 1-21-18
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com 


Here are photos of the process:
 
With two cakes of Sweet Roll, I needed to gather needles and a few markers.

Worked from the inside and the outside of two cakes of SWEET ROLL.

As the hockey socks became longer, I worked with them in a project bag.  I placed an orange marker to note the Rnd 20 decreases.
Following six (Rd 20) decreases, it was time to work the cuff ribbing.  I didn't take a photo of the fisnished legwarmers, but started right away on the mix-match hat.

 
With the remaining yarn, I worked a hat.

MixMatch Hockey Socks & Hat!


This pattern is available on marilynnsgardenknitdesign.blogspot.com
 MixMatch Hockey Socks (and Hat) pdf is available on Ravelry.
Copyright 2018, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 1-21-18
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com












 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

TripCheck Shawlette


We always check the weather and road conditions before heading out on an adventure. WE also pack plenty of snacks and my knitting thus the name, TripCheck.
TripCheck is a reversible triangle shawlette with an increase worked near the left edge. The shawlette is created by working sets of “yo, k3tog, yoeyelet and rows of garter stitch. TripCheck might be considered an advance beginner pattern because knowledge of stitch and shawl construction are helpful. With an enjoyable eyelet pattern and a few rows of garter stitch, the shawlette can be completed in a few evenings, weekends, or while riding along as the passenger, making the TripCheck Shawlette the perfect gift or accessory.



Shawlette finished size: 25” depth, 60” wingspan

Gauge: 5 stitches & 5 ridges (garter stitch) = 1” Adjust needle size to create a soft fabric.

Materials: Yarn: Cotton or wool blend in fingering weight; 100grams/ 350~ 500yards

Photo: TripCheck Shawlette is knit in JazzHandz FusionFiber 
100% cotton; 100grams/ 480yards color: Lava

Needles: Size US#6(4mm), 24” circular needles

Notions: hanging and ring stitch markers, tapestry needle

Abbreviations: k = knit      Kfb= knit front&back       k3tog= knit 3 stitches together
k2togbl=knit 2sts together through the back loop       RS=right side WS=wrong side      
sts=stitches       yo=yarn over      S=slip stitch as purl w/yarn in back      EBO=elastic bind off

Directions: Cast on 5sts, WS: Knit (Notes in italic.)

Set Up Rows: Work fifteen garter ridges as follows:
RS rows 1-29 (odd rows): S1, knit to last 3sts, Kfb, k2.
WS rows 2-30 (even rows): S1, knit to end.
(The completion of the RS,WS “row/s” increases 1 stitch.) (20sts)
(I placed a beginning of row marker after 4sts, end of row marker 2sts from the left edge.)

TripCheck Eyelet Rows:
Work WS rows 2-16 (even rows): S1, knit to end.
Work the right side rows as follows:
RS row 1: S1, k3, * yo, k3tog, yo, k5; repeat from * (knit last few) to 3sts, Kfb, k2.
RS row 3: Sl, knit to last 3 sts, Kfb, k2.
RS row 5: S1, k3, * yo, k3tog, yo, k5; repeat from * (knit last few) to 3sts, Kfb, k2.
RS row 7: S1, knit to last 3sts, Kfb, k2.
RS row 9: Sl, k7, * yo, k3tog, yo, k5; repeat from * (knit last few) to 3sts, Kfb, k2.
RS row 11: S1, knit to last 3sts, Kfb, k2.
RS row 13: S1, k7, * yo, k3tog, yo, k5; repeat from * (knit last few) to 3sts, Kfb, k2.
RS row 15: S1, knit to last 3sts, Kfb, k2.
completion of rows 1-16: (28, 36, 44, 52, 60sts) (78, 86, 94, 102, 110sts) (128, 136, 144, 152, 160sts)
Repeat eyelet rows 1-16 five times.         (60sts)                           (110sts)                                (160sts)

Work ten garter ridges as follows:
RS rows 1-19 (odd rows): S1, knit to last 3sts, Kfb, k2.
WS rows 2-20 (even rows): Sl, knit to end.     (70sts)                     (120sts)                       (170sts)

Repeat TripCheck eyelet and garter stitch sequence until nearing end of yarn, completing a knit row, and saving 3 times the amount of yarn needed for one row to work the Elastic Bind Off.

RS: Elastic Bind Off: (Cast on, Bind Off, Cap Sease, p123 variation)
Sl, * k1, insert left needle into the front of both stitches on right needle from left to right, and k2togbl; repeat from * to end. (This will elastic bind-off one stitch.)

TripCheck, Lava: 100grams; I completed 152sts. With 10 yards of yarn available, EBO.
finished size: 24" depth, 46" wingspan
blocking: 25" depth, 60" wingspan

Finishing: Tie off. Weave in the tails. Block loosely.


Copyright 2018, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 1/16/18
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com
The TripCheck Shawlette pdf is available on Ravelry (login needed)

Here are photos of the process:
I am always excited when JazzHandz arrives!
I gathered supplies.
I worked the first TripCheck eyelet repeat and garter ridges.
I worked the second TripCheck eyelet repeat and garter ridges.
I had enough remaining yarn to work 5 repeats of the third eyelet and an elastic bind-off.  In my enthusiasm, I forgot to take a photo before blocking.  I blocked the TripCheck Shawlette using mats, wires and pins.
"Modeled" photos taken.
TripCheck Shawlette!