Thursday, December 26, 2013

Sew What? scarf/mitt/beverage cozy

12/26/13  Yes, this is my knitting blog, but sometimes fleece and sewing seem like a better choice!  You'll have 363 days to complete this project, but I decided early Christmas Eve morning that I wanted to present gifts to some good friends of mine.   I had just a few hours!


Materials and supplies:
3 hours and basic sewing skills
1 yard fleece (2yards in photo)
thread (matching or contrasting)
scissors
pins
sewing machine
ruler or yardstick
oven mitt
 

Taking inspiration from three excellent sources, Pints&Purls, Don't Forget Your Mitten by Karida Collins, p79;
 Beer Mitt by Toby Roxane Barna available on knitty,  and fleece scarf  by StellaBellaRose,
I decided to sew the University scarf/mitt/beverage cozy.





You will need: 1 yard fleece (2nd yard waiting in the chair), ruler or yard stick, scissors, pins, and an oven mitt.  You'll also need a sewing machine and matching or contrasting thread.


Make 3 cuts at 9".  This creates four 9" x 60" strips.

Trim the salvage, and cut fringe for scarves or go to the sewing machine.

Scarf, or go to the sewing machine with two strips.

 With all the spools of thread, no orange.  I solved that problem by sewing in a contrasting black.  It looked good, and made it easier for you to see the detail.  







Sew two of the strips together at the 9"ends.  Be careful to put right sides together, and the print reading in the same direction.  Then trim the seam, and top stitch (faux flat-felt) down.

Again, you could stop here and have a long scarf, but let's keep going.

With one of the strips, fold double, and cut loosely around the oven mitt. Also cut a 9" by 12" rectangle for the beverage cozy.  I measured a few beverage containers, d x pi = c.   3 x 3.14 = 9.42"  I rounded up to 12".

To make the beverage cozy, fold right sides together, and pin along the 9" edge.  Then fold the 12" edge in half, twice, to sew four 1.5"seams.  This will create a square bottom for the round beverage, but that was not perfect...
As you're sewing the 1.5" seams, make a curved seam as illustrated in the photo. Trim away the excess fleece.
Turn right-side out, and place the beverage cozy on the left mitt being careful to have the opening up, and very near the thumb joint.  Sew the 9"seam, trim the seam closest to the mitt, and top stitch (faux flat-felt) down.

Place mitts on ends of scarf, wrong sides together and the print reading the same direction. 
 Sew around the mitts leaving the wrist open.  I stitched around a second time.


 Trim away the excess fleece around the fingers and thumb.  I'm sorry I forgot to take a photo of that step.



 With 2 yards of fleece, I was able to make 2 University scarf/mitt/beverage cozy(s).  I also had fabric to make a scarf and  age appropriate beverage cozy for the undergrad.


Wrapped, and in a gift bag!  I made a phone call, and headed over for Christmas Eve Brunch!  We had a great visit, and the family has new scarves to enjoy while attending functions at OSU.

Happy Holidays!


Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 12/26/13
for pattern support please contact marilynnblacketer@gmail.com 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Extra-Fanciful Felted Curly-Toe Stocking

11-3-13  I'm revisiting the Fanciful Felted Curly-Toe Stocking pattern.  Let me present the longer stocking embellished with novelty yarns.  It's a great project, and the stocking will be available at the  Sou'Wester Garden Club Holiday Craft Sale.


Extra-Fanciful Felted Curly-Toe Stocking
Marilynn Blacketer '13

This is a great next-step beginner project because knitting a stocking is simply knitting a really long hat with a heel. You'll be using worsted weight wool yarn and big needles.The best part of the project is tossing the stocking into a top-loading washer to felt away any minor errors, and to be amazed with the results!
Finished size:
Knit, not felted: 20” circumference, height cuff to toe 40(48)”
(If you happen to use superwash wool or acrylic yarn, the stocking will remain this size.)
Felted, for 30 minutes: 11” circumference, height cuff to toe 23(27)”

Materials:
Yarn: 3 (210 yards) skeins worsted weight wool in contrasting colors
Color C for cuff, heel, stripes and toe, Colors A and B for stripes
Photo: Galway worsted weight wool; #16 red, #82 green, and #60 gold
Gedifra Mexican; 66 yards, 50 grams; #67 gold  (discontinued)
Katia Sevilla; 153 yards, 50 grams; 0.5 skeins = 76.5 yards; #35 red
Knitting Fever Dazzle Metallic; 142 yards, 50 grams; 0.5 skeins = 71 yards; #2 green gold
Lion Brand Martha Stewart Crafts Glitter Eyelash; 39 yards, 25 grams; #513  red

Needles: Size US#11, 16” circular needles, set size US#11 double pointed needles
Notions: 2 stitch markers, tapestry needle, sewing thread (Color C) and needle to tack curly-toe

Abbreviations: CO = cast on       K=knit      k2tog= knit 2 stitches together       p=purl
p2tog=purl 2 stitches together       pm=place marker       sm=slip marker      Rnd/s=round/s         st/s=stitch/es

The directions are for shorter stocking with longer stocking in parentheses. (Notes written in italic.)

To begin: Cuff and leg:
Cast on 90 stitches, with Color C, using the long-tail cast-on method, with #11, 16” circular needles. Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
(Start with the eyelash held w/worsted wool rounds 1-10, then work the eyelash/novelty yarn held w/worsted wool on every other round through-out the stocking.)
Rounds 1 – 5: Knit
Rnd 6: *Knit 1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round (60 stitches)
Rnds 7 - 18: Knit, continuing with color C. Cut yarn, and join in Color A
Rnds 19 - 27: Knit 9 rounds with Color A
Rnds 28 - 36: Knit 9 rounds with Color B
Continue striping with Colors C, A, and B until there are the cuff and 7(8) stripes.
While working the last round of Color A(B), knit 30 stitches, let stitches rest on the circular needle,
knit 30 sts onto a double pointed needle.  (If you forget, just slip the 30sts to the double pointed needle.)

Heel:  (work the novelty yarn as it becomes available again, about every third row)
Using Color C, and working on the double pointed needle, and the wrong side of heel stitches,
Row 1: Slip 1 st, purl to the end of row. Turn.
Row 2: Slip 1 st, knit to the end of row. Turn.
Repeat rows 1 - 2 seven more times, ending with a purl row. (16 rows in Color C)

Row 1: Slip 1 st, k14, k2tog, k1. Turn 
Row 2: Slip 1 st, p3, p2tog, p1. Turn 
Row 3: Slip 1 st, k4, k2tog, k1. Turn 
Row 4: Slip 1 st, p5, p2tog, p1. Turn 
Row 5: Slip 1 st, k6, k2tog, k1. Turn 
Row 6: Slip 1 st, p7, p2tog, p1. Turn 
Row 7: Slip 1 st, k8, k2tog, k1. Turn 
Row 8: Slip 1 st, p9, p2tog, p1. Turn 
Row 9: Slip 1 st, k10, k2tog, k1. Turn 
Row10: Slip 1 st, p11, p2tog, p1. Turn 
Row11: Slip 1 st, k12, k2tog, k1. Turn 
Row12: Slip 1 st, p13, p2tog, p1. Turn 
Row13: Slip 1 st, k14, k2tog, k1. Turn 
Row14: Slip 1 st, p14, p2tog. Turn       (16 stitches)

Gusset:
Continuing with Color C and the double pointed needle,
G.Rnd 1: Slip 1 st, k15, pick up and knit 10 sts along heel flap, (26 st are on the double pointed needle) cut color C (continue with C). Using the circular needle, replace marker and join Color B(C), knit 30sts for instep, place a second marker, pick up and knit 10sts along heel flap, and continuing with the circular needle, knit the 26sts on the double pointed needle. (30 sts for instep, 36 sts for heel)
G.Rnds 2, 4, 6: Knit
G.Rnds 3, 5, 7: Knit 30, sm, k2tog, knit to last 2sts before marker, k2tog. (2 sts decreased on heel)
G.Rnds 8, 9: Knit (60 stitches)

Foot:
Continue maintaining stripes with Colors C, A, and B through the gusset and foot of the sock until there are 4 stripes total from the heel. (Remove second marker.)

Decreasing for the curly-toe:
Using Color C, (B),
Rnd 1: *K8, k2tog; repeat from * to end (54 sts)
Rnds 2, 3: Knit
Rnd 4: *K7, k2tog; repeat from * to end (48 sts)
Rnds 5, 6: Knit
Rnd 7: *K6, k2tog; repeat from * to end (42 sts)
Rnds 8, 9: Knit
(Using Color C, and moving to double pointed needles)
Rnd 10: *K5, k2tog; repeat from * to end (36 sts)
Rnds 11, 12: Knit
Rnd 13: *K4, k2tog; repeat from * to end (30 sts)
Rnds 14-17: Knit
Rnd 18: *K3, k2tog; repeat from * to end (24 sts)
Rnds 19-22: Knit
Rnd 23: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end (18 sts)
Rnds 24-27: Knit
Rnd 28: *K1, k2tog; repeat from * to end (12 sts)
Rnds 29-32: Knit
Rnd 33: *K2tog; repeat from * to end. Slip the 6 remaining stitches to one needle.
Rnds 34-37: Knit I-cord (for 4 rounds).
Rnd 38: *K2tog; repeat from * to end. (3 sts)
Knit I-cord for 8”to create the length for the curl. K2tog, and bind off.
Cut 6” tail, thread through and tie off neatly.

Finishing:
To hang the stocking, knit a 8” I-cord, and attach to cuff before felting.
Turn stocking inside-out and weave tails.
  
Felting:
Place stocking in a zippered bag. Using a top-loading washer, machine wash in hot, slightly soapy water for 20- 30 minutes, checking every 10 minutes to see if felted to desired size. As necessary, shape stocking, reset the machine, and continue washing until stocking is completely felted. DO NOT SPIN. When stocking is completely felted, blot with towels and shape (curling the toe). Lay flat to dry.

Finishing: Use sewing thread (Color C) and needle to tack curly-toe into place.

This pattern is available on Marilynn'sGardenKnitDesign@blogspot.com
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer.  All rights reserved 11/3/13

The pdf of Fanciful Curly-Toe Stocking is available on Ravelry.com (login needed)
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 11/15/13
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com


Here are a few photos of the process :

Start with worsted wool, novelty yarn, pattern, stitch markers and needles.
I started with the eyelash held w/worsted wool rounds 1-10, then worked the eyelash/novelty yarn held w/worsted wool on every other round through-out the stocking.  You might have noticed I started the project with a partial skein of gold wool.  Had I completed the project as the shorter stocking, not a problem!

 I made progress because I enjoyed working on the stockings in the evenings, and I purchased two more skeins of red and gold (LYS had one of each in that dye lot).  Working around the novelty yarn may have required more yardage.   
Yes, I needed a few more yards of red and gold. I solved that problem by shopping.  It could have  also been solved by knitting the shorter stocking, or a not quite as many rows in the cuff.


These my favorite photos....  
the before and after felting!



 Oh, please pardon the pun, but I felt I had a problem. I was not happy with the many dots created by the Gedifra Mexican. The wool was available for the integrity of the stocking, so I simply snipped out about half of that embellishment.

I am pleased with the stocking. It is extra-fanciful, and I have enough yarn to knit the shorter one!





11/15/13 Using stash yarn from the October project, (11-11-13) I started another fanciful stocking. I held the Flutter w/wool through-out the cuff, then worked the wool following the directions for the shorter stocking.  The stocking was relaxing work, and knitted quite quickly.

Knitting Fever Flutter; 75 yards, 20 grams, #46 red & pale yellow
Galway worsted weight wool; #16 red, #82 green, and #60 gold



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Safety First



                                                                                           photo by Ruth Kero


1, 2, 3 Broken Rib Hat Patterns 

Taking inspiration from family members working in the construction trade and the Plymouth Yarn Encore neon colors, I decided to create this safety first series. The hats are designed as variations to the ribbed watch cap. I took a good look at 400 knitting stitches by Potter Craft, decided to use the standard broken rib (p16), but made modifications to the interrupted rib2 (p27), and 5/5 checks (p21). The breaks, interruptions, or checks give the knitter something interesting to do, and if finished neatly, the recipient can wear each inside-out for a very reversible look. Each hat takes just a few hours to knit, and makes a perfect gift or accessory for either gender. Use the neon colors for safety at the work site, or while waiting for the school bus. The 1, 2, or 3 Broken Rib Hats also work well in a cotton or wool blend for a more traditional look. 
 


#1    Rib Broken Hat  
Marilynn Blacketer '13
 
The Rib Broken Hat works well in a cotton or wool blend. The broken rib gives the knitter something interesting to do,
 and if finished neatly, the recipient can wear it inside-out for a different look. This hat takes just a few hours to knit,
 and makes a perfect gift or accessory for either gender.

Finished sizes:
Adult: flat 16”, stretches to 24” circumference, height 10"
Child: flat 15”, stretches to 22” circumference, height 9”
Infant: flat 14”, stretches to 20” circumference, height 8”
Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size to match gauge
Materials:
Yarn: cotton or wool blend in worsted weight
Adult: 175yards/ 3oz; Child: 125 yards/ 2oz; Infant: 90 yards/ 1.5oz
Photo: Rib Broken is knit in Plymouth Yarn Encore worsted; 75%acrylic/ 25%wool; color #479
Needles: Size US#8, 16” circular needles, set size US#8 double pointed needles
Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle
Abbreviations: CO = cast on      K = knit       P = purl      Rnd = rounds      sts = stitches
      pm = place marker      K3togbl = knit 3 stitches together through the back loop
Special Stitches: Broken Rib
Rounds 1: *Knit 1, purl 1; repeat from * to end
Round 2 : Knit
(These two stitches and two rows create the Broken Rib pattern.)


Directions: Directions are written for adult size. [child and infant directions are in brackets]

Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #8, 16” circular needles.

Cast on 80 [72, 64] stitches.

Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.

Round 1: *Knit 1 , purl 1; repeat from * to end

Round 2: Knit

Work in broken rib pattern for 8” [7”, 6”] from CO

For a taller hat, or fold-up brim work extra rounds of pattern before starting the crown decreases.

Crown: Change to double pointed needles when needed.

Rnd 1: Work k1, p1 rib and place 3 more markers evenly around (* 20sts, [18sts, 16sts] pm; repeat from * to end) You’ll have 4 markers placed evenly around work. 

Rnds 2, 4, 6, even rounds…: * Knit to last 3 stitches before marker, k3togbl; repeat from * to end (decreasing 8 sts) 


Rnds 3, 5, 7, odd rounds...: K1, p1 rib


Rnd: With 24sts (6sts between markers) * K3togbl; repeat from * to end

Finishing: Cut 12” yarn and thread end through remaining 8 stitches.

Pull together, and tie off neatly for a reversible hat.

This pattern is available on Marilynn'sGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 8/22/13
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com 
pdf available at Ravelry.com  (login needed)




#2   Rib-Interrupted Hat
Marilynn Blacketer '13
The Rib-Interrupted Hat works well in a cotton or wool blend.  The rib-interrupted gives the knitter something 
interesting to do, and if finished neatly, the recipient can wear it inside-out for a very simple ribbed look. 
This hat takes just a few hours to knit, and makes a perfect gift or accessory for either gender.

Finished sizes:
Adult: flat 12”, stretches to 22”circumference, height 9”
Child: flat 10”, stretches to 20”circumference, height 8”
Infant: flat 8”, stretches to 18”circumference, height 7”
Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size to match gauge.
Materials:
Yarn: cotton or wool blend in worsted weight
Adult: 175 yards/ 3 oz; Child: 125 yards /2 oz Infant: 90yards / 1.5 oz
Photo: Rib-Interrupted is knit in Plymouth Yarn Encore worsted; 75%acrylic/ 25%wool; color #476
Needles: Size US#8, 16” 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      p2tog= purl 2 stitches together      Rnd/s = round/s      sts = stitches
Special Stitches: Rib-Interrupted
Rounds 1-4: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Round 5: Purl
(Optional Round 5: * Purl 2, knit 2; repeat from * to end. When finished neatly, it's a very reversible hat.)
(These 4 stitches and 5 rounds create the Rib-Interrupted pattern)

Directions: Directions are written for adult size. [child and infant directions are in brackets]

Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #8, 16” circular needles.

Cast on 80 [72, 64] stitches.

Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.

Rounds 1- 4: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end

Round 5: Purl

(Optional Rnd 5: * Purl 2, knit 2; repeat from * to end)

Work the hat in pattern for 8” [7”, 6”] from CO

For a taller hat, or fold-up brim work extra rounds of the pattern before starting the crown decreases.

Crown: Change to double pointed needles when needed.

Rnd 1: *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end

Rnd 2: *Knit 2, p2tog; repeat from * to end (60 [54, 48]sts)

Rnd 3: *Knit 2, purl 1; repeat from * to end

Rnd 4: *K2tog, purl 1; repeat from * to end (40 [36, 32]sts)

Rnd 5: Knit 1, then *K2tog; repeat from * to end. Remove marker, k2tog.

Finishing: Cut 12” yarn and thread end through remaining 20 [18, 16] stitches.

Pull together, and tie off neatly for a reversible hat.

This pattern is available on Marilynn'sGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 8/22/13
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com 
pdf available at Ravelry.com  (login needed)



#3   3/3Checks  Hat
Marilynn Blacketer '13
 
The 3/3Checks works well in a cotton or wool blend. The checks give the knitter something interesting to do, and if finished neatly, the recipient can wear it inside-out for a very reversible look. This hat takes just a few hours to knit, 
and makes a perfect gift or accessory for either gender.

Finished sizes:
Adult: flat 18”, stretches to 22”circumference, height 9”
Child: flat 16”, stretches to 20”circumference, height 8”
Infant: flat 12”, stretches to 16”circumference; height 7”
Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size to match gauge.
Materials:
Yarn: cotton or wool blend in worsted weight
Adult: 175yards/ 3oz; Child: 125 yards/ 2 oz; Infant: 90 yards  /1.5oz
Photo: 3/3Checks Hat is knit in Plymouth Encore worsted; 75%acrylic/ 25%wool; color #478
Needles: Size US#8, 16” 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 p2tog= purl 2 stitches together Rnd = round sts = stitches
Special Stitches: 3/3Checks
Rounds 1- 5: *Knit 3, purl 3; repeat from * to end
Rounds 6-10 : * Purl 3, knit 3; repeat from * to end
(These 6 stitches and 10 rounds create the 3/3Checks. )

Directions: Directions are written for adult size. [child and infant directions are in brackets]

Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #8, 16” circular needles.

Cast on 84 [72, 60] stitches.

Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.

Rounds 1- 5: *Knit 3, purl 3; repeat from * to end

Rounds 6-10 : * Purl 3, knit 3; repeat from * to end

Work in 3/3checks pattern 8” [7”, 6”] from CO


For a taller hat, or fold-up brim work extra rounds of the pattern before starting the crown decreases.

Crown: Change to double pointed needles when needed.

Decrease: Continue to work in modified 3/3checks pattern as follows:

Rnd 1: * Knit 3, purl 1, p2tog; repeat from * to end (70, [60, 50] sts)

Rnd 2: * Knit 3, p 2; repeat from * to end

Rnd 3: * Knit 1, k2tog, purl 2; repeat from * to end (56, [48, 40] sts)

Rnd 4: * Knit 2 , purl 2; repeat from * to end

Rnd 5: * Knit 2, p2tog; repeat from * to end (42, [36, 30] sts)

Rnd 6: * Purl 2, knit 1; repeat from * to end

Rnd 7: * P2tog, knit 1; repeat from * to end (28, [24, 20] sts)

Rnd 8: * K2tog; repeat from * to end.

Finishing: Cut 12” yarn and thread end through remaining 14, [12, 10] stitches.

Pull together, and tie off neatly for a very reversible hat.

This pattern is available on Marilynn'sGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 8/22/13
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com 
pdf available at Ravelry.com  (login needed) 
 

 


Monday, April 29, 2013

West Coast Wave Hat and Scarf


4-29-2013  Taking inspiration from our view of the North Oregon Coast, I developed the West Coast Wave Hat and Scarf Set.  The set was developed with "LITTLE WAVES" from 4oo knitting stitches, by Potter Craft, p201, but I modified the wave with an additional knit1 for ease of counting.  I also modified the pattern with yarn over twice, dropping the second yarn over in the next round.  This created larger lace openings and peaks/waves.  If West Coast Wave Hat and Scarf Set is knit in  a cotton blend, perfect for cool spring and summer evenings.  If knit in blended wool, great for the blustery winter.


West Coast Wave Hat and Scarf Set
Marilynn Blacketer '13

 The West Coast Wave works well in a cotton or wool blend.
The West Coast Wave has a fun lace pattern, and can be knit in just a few hours making it the perfect gift or accessory.

Finished size:
hat: adult: brim 16”flat, stretch 22”, circumference, height 10”
scarf: width 6", length 60” 

Gauge: 4.5stitches = 1” Adjust needle size, and row count to match gauge.
Materials:Yarn: Cotton or wool blend in worsted weight
          Photo: Yarnia shop blend, Silverton; 41% cotton/ 34% bamboo/ 20% acrylic/ 5% lurex;   360 yards/ 8oz cone
          West Coast Wave adult size hat 180 yards/ 4oz;  and scarf 180 yards/ 4oz.  (possibly 400yds for total project)
Needles: Size US#7, 16”, Size US#8, 16” or 24” circular needles, size US#8 set double pointed needles
Notions:  Stitch markers, tapestry needle, crochet hook
Abbreviations: CO=cast on      k = knit      p= purl      k2tog=knit 2 together     Rnd/s=round/s    
 M1= make one stitch     sts=stitches       yo2= yarn over twice, drop the second yo in the next round 
 pm=place marker           S1=slip one stitch knitwise            RS=right side                       WS=wrong side
(Helpful hint: 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.)

Special Stitches: Wave  (working in the round)
Rnd 1: Knit (dropping second yarn overs as you knit)
Rnds 2, 3: Knit
Rnd 4: *(K2tog)4times, (yo2, k1)4times; repeat from * to end

West Coast Wave Hat


Directions:
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size US#7, 16” circular needles. Cast on 80 stitches.
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
Rib Rounds 1- 10: *Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 11: With size US#8, 16”or 24”circular needles, *M1, k1, m1, k3; repeat from * to end         120sts
Rnd 12: Follow round 4 of wave pattern one time, place markers after 12 stitches.
*(K2tog)4times, (yo2,k1)4times, pm; repeat from * to end

Hat:
Complete wave pattern rounds 1-4 ten times.
Rnds 1-3: Knit
Rnd 4: *(K2tog)4times, (yo2, k1)4times; repeat from * to end
After working wave pattern rounds 1-4 ten times, set up for crown decreases                             8” from CO

Crown Decreases:
Change to double pointed needles when needed.
Rnds 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: Knit
Rnd 2: *K4, k2tog; repeat from * to end                                   100sts
Rnd 4: *(K2tog)4times, (yo2,k1)twice; repeat from * to end       80sts
Rnd 6: *K2, k2tog; repeat from * to end                                    60sts
Rnd 8: *(K2tog)twice, yo2, k2tog; repeat from * to end            40sts
Rnd 10: *K2tog; repeat from*to end                                          20sts
Rnd 12: *K2tog; repeat from*to end                                          10sts
Finishing: Cut 12” yarn and thread end through remaining 10 stitches. Pull together, and tie off neatly.

This pattern is available on MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved.4 -29-13
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com


West Coast Wave Scarf
The West Coast Wave Scarf is designed as a companion, but not a perfect match to the hat. The garter stitch binding works well for attaching fringe, and garter stitch ridges add interest to the field. The scarf is knit back and forth, requiring rows of purl, and the wave yo2 pattern arrives in a different row order. I like the flow and wave of the scarf. I really like the fringe.


Special Stitches: Wave  (with edging and working flat)
RS Row  3: S1, k1, p1, [(k2tog)4times, (yo2,k1)4times] twice, p1, k2
WS Row 4: S1, p (dropping 2nd yarn overs as you purl)
RS Row  5: S1, k1, p1, k24, p1, k2
WS Row 6: S1, p to end
 
Directions:
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size US#8 , 16” circular needles. Cast on 30 stitches. Do not join, turn, and work.
RS Row  1: Knit 3, pm, k12, pm, k12, pm, k3
WS Row 2: Knit
RS Row  3: S1, k1, p1, [(k2tog)4times, (yo2,k1)4times]twice, p1, k2
WS Row 4: S1, purl (dropping 2nd yarn overs as you purl)
RS Row  5: S1, k1, p1, k24, p1, k2
WS Row 6: S1, purl to end
Work rows 3-6 wave pattern ten times, then knit 4 rows to create garter stitch ridges.
Rows 7-10: knit
Repeat the Row 3-10 wave and ridges sequence six times ending on a row 9.                    60”
Finishing: Bind off loosely in knit (for a neater finish, k2tog last 2sts, bind off), and add fringe.
Fringe: Cut 12” strands of yarn. Hold about 2 strands together and fold in half. With a crochet hook draw fold through edge of scarf, forming a loop. Pull ends of fringe through loop and tighten. Place fringe evenly along the short ends of scarf.


This pattern is available on MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 4-29-13
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com
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Monday, March 4, 2013

Sweater Lots of Love

The bunny pattern is available. I had added sleeves. 

My grandchild has outgrown the bunny sweater!  
 It is time to knit another sweater with lots of love.

 

3/3/13
Sweater Lots of Love
Marilynn Blacketer '13
The Sweater Lots of Love works well in an acrylic, cotton, or wool blend.  
The sweater can be finished in a weekend or two, and makes a perfect gift or accessory.

Finished sizes: Toddler: 25” chest, 16” height neck to hem, 10.5” sleeve from underarm

Gauge: US#8     4.5 stitches = 1”;     US#7     5sts=1”     Adjust needle size to match gauge.

Materials: Yarn: acrylic, cotton or wool blend in worsted weight; 370yards, 200g
Photo: Sweater Lots of Love was knit in Caron Simply Soft; 100% acrylic (This size required a two skeins.)

Needles:
Size US#7 and US#8, 16”, 24” circular needles, and/or set size double pointed needles
Use your choice of two 16”circular needles, set of double pointed needles for the sleeves (I prefer working both sleeves at the same time, using the two circular needles.)

Notions: Stitch markers, tapestry needle

Abbreviations: CO = cast on      K = knit      k2tog = knit 2 stitches together       KFB=knit front&back
pm = place marker      rm = remove marker      sm =slip marker      Rnd = round      sts= stitches
RS = right side      WS = wrong side      yo = yarn over

Sweater Directions:
Yoke: With #8, 24” circular needles, CO 29 sts. Do not join, work back and forth in rows.
Row 1(RS): Knit2, pm, k5, pm, k15, pm, k5, pm, k2
Row 2 ( and all WS Rows): Purl
Row 3: KFB, k, sm, KFB, k3, KFB, sm, KFB, k13, KFB, sm, KFB, k3, KFB, sm, KFB, k
Row 5: KFB, k2, sm, KFB, k5, KFB, sm, KFB, k15, KFB, sm KFB, k5, KFB, sm, k, KFB, k
(Rows 3, 5 were 8 sts increased creating 37sts, then 45sts)
Row 7(RS): KFB,*knit to 1stitch before marker, yo, k, sm, k, yo; repeat from * to last 2 sts, KFB, k
Row 8(WS): Purl
Repeat Rows 7-8 a total of 12 times. (10 sts increased on RSs , creating 165 sts)
Work the WS row.
Divide Body and Sleeves:
RS: Knit to 1st marker, sm, k33 then slip33sleeve sts onto holder, rm, CO3 underarm sts, k43 across back, sm, k33 then slip33sleeve sts onto holder, rm, CO3 underarm sts, knit to end
WS: Purl, snug the underarm stitches, and remove remaining markers           105sts
RS: Set up round: With size#8,16" circular needles: k27, pm, k26, pm, k26 pm (beginning row marker), k25, k2tog joining the work at center front in the round, pm                                                            104sts

Now work sweater 104 sts in the round, slip markers,repeat chart 4 times each round.
Chart: 26 stitches
Rnd 1: *k, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k14; repeat from * to end.
Round 2 (and all even number rounds): Knit.
Rnd 3: *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog tbl, k13; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 5: *k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, yo, k2tog tbl, k13; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 7: *k2tog, yo, k9, yo, k2tog tbl, k13; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 9: *k2, yo, k2tog tbl, k5, k2tog, yo, k15; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 11: *k3, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 13: *k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 15: *k5, yo, k3tog, yo, k5, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, yo, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 17: *k6, yo, k2tog tbl, k5, k2tog, yo, k9, yo2, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 19: *k15, yo, k2tog tbl, k5, k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 21: *k, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, k2tog, yo, k3; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 23: *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog tbl, k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k4; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 25: *k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, yo, k2tog tbl, k5, yo, k3tog, yo, k5; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 27: *k2tog, yo, k9, yo, k2tog tbl, k6, yo, k2tog tbl, k5; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 29: *k2, yo, k2tog tbl, k5, k2tog, yo, k15; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 31: *k3, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k, yo, k2tog tbl, k; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 33: *k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 35: *k5, yo, k3tog, yo, k5, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, yo, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 37: *k6, yo, k2tog tbl, k5, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, k2tog tbl; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 39: *k15, yo, k2tog tbl, k5, k2tog, yo, k2; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 41: *k16, yo, k2tog tbl, k3, k2tog, yo, k3; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 43: *k17, yo, k2tog tbl, k, k2tog, yo, k4; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 45: *k18, yo, k3tog, yo, k5; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 47: *k19, yo, k2tog tbl, k5; repeat from * to end.
Rnd 49: *k24, k2tog; repeat from * to end. 100 stitches
Rnd 50: knit 100 stitches
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Sweater Lots of Love pattern&chart pdf  available on Ravelry.com ; login needed 
 Bottom Ribbing:
With size#7 circular needles, work k1,p1 ribbing, for 10 rounds.
BO loosely (using size#8) in pattern. Tie off neatly, and weave in tail.

Sleeves: Move 33 stitches from holder onto size#8 circular/or double pointed needles. Pick up and knit 10 sts from underarm, pm and join to work in the round.       43sts
Rnds 1-4: Knit
Rnd 5: K, k2tog, knit to last 2 sts before marker, k2tog
Repeat Rnds 1-5 a total of 5 times                       33sts
Work even another 25 rounds. (sleeve measures 9” from underarm)
Next round: K2tog, knit to end                            32sts
Ribbing: With size #7 needles, work k1, p1 ribbing for 10 rounds.
BO loosely (using size#8) in pattern. Tie off neatly, and weave in tail.
Repeat for other sleeve.

Finishing: neck ribbing:
With size#7, 16”circular needles, starting at center front, pick up and knit 3/4sts (25sts)up the right front edge, pick and knit all sts across shoulders and back (25sts), pick up and knit 3/4sts (25sts) down the left side. Join to work in the round.
Rnd1: K1, p1 for 73sts, k2tog                              74sts
Rnd 2-5: K1, p1 ribbing
Rnd 6: BO loosely (using size#8) in pattern. Tie off neatly, snug center front, and weave in tails.

Sweater Lots of Love
is available at MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Copyright 2013, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 3/3/13
Sweater Lots of Love pattern&chart pdf  available on Ravelry.com; login needed 
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com 

Here are a few photos of the project in process.
I have many needles, yarn and pattern ready to begin.
I also needed stitch markers and a second skein of yarn.
You'll notice that pattern is not the finished project.  The small hearts proved too busy.
I'll finish that project as a vest, and give it to charity.


The yoke is knit.  I prefer knitting the sleeve stitches, slipping the sleeve stitches to spare needles, CO3 underarm stitches, and continuing.  I snug up the underarm stitches in the next round.
As I set up for knitting in the round, I knitted the work onto 16" circular needles.
I have worked about half the chart.  I like this lace pattern.  (I've worked the stitches onto 24"circular needles for the photo.)

The body is done, and ready for the neck ribbing finish.

To be very honest, I pick up and knit stitches with a crochet hook, then slip them through the back loop to the knitting needles.  My friend just picks up and knits.  You'll pick up 3 of the 4 stitches along each side, and all the shoulder and back stitches.  You'll have an odd number of stitches. As you finish the first round of ribbing, you'll work the last stitch and the first stitch as k2tog.  Continue ribbing 4 more rounds then bind off loosely.

The neck is finished! Time to work on the sleeves.  I'd only CO3 stitches, but if you look and feel the underarms there really are more stitches available.  Pick up 10 stitches and work them with the sleeve.

I prefer working both sleeves on two circular needles.  KNITTING circles around SOCKS, by Antje Gilliaham is an excellent resource for getting started.
Sweater Lots of Love is finished, and ready to be mailed to my grandchild.

The Sweater Lots of Love has arrived.   It looks great, and my grandchild looks happy!