Thursday, January 1, 2015

Crazy 8 Cable Set

Happy New Year!  Here's the story: I designed and developed the Crazy 8 Cable Hat, Mitts, and Cowl Set a couple years ago.  I  made interpretations of two stitches from 400 knitting stitches by Potter Craft, small fancy twist, p47, and cabled rib, p55; but I got busy with other projects, and never published. While revisiting the set in December, I knew this was an exciting/crazy pattern, and I wanted to share.  I'll be sharing both sets of photos, as well. 

 
Crazy 8 Cable Hat, Mitts, and Cowl Set
Marilynn Blacketer '15

The Crazy 8 Cable Hat, Mitts, and Cowl Set works well in a wool blend. The cables are worked with 5 stitches held to back, and 3 knit from the left. The set is worked with rhythmic rib patterns, can be knit in a weekend or two, and makes a perfect gift or accessory. This may be considered an intermediate level pattern because knowledge of cable and stitch construction is helpful.

Finished size: Adult/teen
Hat: flat 12”, stretches to 22”circumference;  height 9.5”
Mitts: flat 6”, stretch to 10” circumference;  height 10”
Cowl: flat 18”, stretches to 30” circumference; height 8.5”

Gauge: 5 stitches = 1” Adjust needle size to match gauge.


Materials:
Yarn: wool blend in worsted weight
Adult Hat: 155 yards/ 2.5 oz;
Mitts: 155yards/ 2.5 oz; Cowl: 200 yards/ 3.5 oz;
Photo: Crazy 8 Cable set is knit in  Plymouth Encore; 75% acrylic, 25%wool; #1607 Fuchsia (pink)
and Berroco Vintage; 50% acrylic, 40% wool, 10% nylon; #5167 Dewberry (purple)
Needles: Size US#8, 16”circular needles, and
Size US#8 set of double pointed needles for hat.
Size US#8 your choice: two 16”or 24”circular needles, or 9”circular needles, and size US#8 set of double pointed needles for the mitts.
Size US#8, 16”or 24” circular needles for the cowl.

Notions: Stitch markers, cable needle, tapestry needle, 2 yards yarn different color (for mitts),
set of smaller double pointed needles (for mitts)

Abbreviations: k = knit       p= purl       Rnd/s=round/s     yo= yarn over       k2tog=knit 2 together
p2tog=purl 2 together       st/s=stitch/es     M1= make one stitch
(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:
t3 = twist3: slip one stitch knitwise, knit1, yarn over, knit1, pass slipped stitch over the three stitches

c8B = cable 8 Back: slip 5 stitches to cable needle and hold in back of work, knit 3 from the left-hand needle, then work the 5 stitches from cable needle as purl 2, knit 3.

t2 = twist2: slip one stitch knitwise, knit 2, pass slipped stitch over the two stitches (decrease 1st)



Crazy 8 Cable Hat
Directions:
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #8, 16” circular needles.
Adult hat: cast on 80 stitches
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.

Work ribbing as follows:
Rib rnds 1-13: Knit 2, purl 2 rib 80 sts
Rib rnd 14: *M1, k2, p2; repeat from * to end 100sts
(Helpful hint: place markers after 25, 50, 75 sts)
Rib rnd 15: *t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Work hat as follows:
Rnds 1- 4: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: *t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 6 - 9: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 10: *t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 11 -14: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 15: *t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Complete hat rounds 1-15 twice, then set up for crown decreases.

Crown Decreases as follows: Work stitches on four double pointed needles.
Rnd 1: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end 100sts
Rnd 2: *K3, p2tog; repeat from * to end 80sts
Rnd 3: *K3, p1; repeat from * to end 80sts
Rnd 4: *K3, p1, (k1, k2tog, p) twice, k3, p1, k1, k2tog, p1; repeat from * to end 68sts
Rnd 5: *t2, p1, (k2, p1) twice, t2, p, k2, p1; repeat from * to end 60sts
Rnd 6: * K2, p1; repeat from * to end 60sts
Rnd 7: * K2tog, p1; repeat from * to end 40sts
Rnd 8: * K1, p1; repeat from * to end 40sts
Rnd 9: K1, *K2tog; repeat from * until 10sts remain.

Finishing: Cut 12” yarn and thread end through remaining 10 stitches.
Pull together, and tie off neatly. Weave in ends.



Crazy 8 Cable Mitts

Directions: Make two mitts.
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #8, your choice of two16” circular needles, set of double pointed needles, or 9” circular needle. The mitts are worked from wrist to fingers.

(Helpful hint: I prefer working both mitts, at the same time, on two 16”circular needle. KNITTING circles around SOCKS by Antje Gillingham is an excellent resource for getting started.)

Cast on 40 stitches. Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
Work ribbing as follows:
Rib rnds 1-13: Knit 2, purl 2 rib 40 sts (back of hand 16sts, palm 24sts)
Rib rnd 14: *M1, k2, p2 ; repeat from * to end 50sts (back of hand 20sts, palm 30sts)
Rib rnd 15: t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, *k3, p2; repeat from * to end

Work mitt/s as follows:
Rnds 1- 4: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: (back of hand)t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, (palm)*k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 6 - 9: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 10: t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, *k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 11 -14: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 15: t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, *k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 16- 19: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 20: t3, p2, (k3, p2)twice t3, p2, *k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 21 - 24: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 25: t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, *k3, p2; repeat from * to end

(The mitts are identical, and you've been looking at the back of the hand/s. This round will determine the right and left thumb placement.)

Work the right thumb opening as follows:
Rnd 26: (back of hand)(K3, p2)4times, (palm) k3, then drop MC yarn, with a strand of different colored yarn, purl 2, knit 3. Slip the 5sts back to the left needle. Drop colored strand, pick up MC,
purl 2, knit 3 across 5sts once more, and continue p2, (k3, p2)4 times.
The thumb cuff will be put in later.
Work the left thumb opening as follows:
Rnd 26: (back of hand)(K3, p2)4times, (palm)(k3, p2)4times, then drop MC yarn, with a strand of different colored yarn, knit 3, purl 2. Slip the 5sts back to the left needle. Drop colored strand, pick up MC, knit 3, purl 2 across 5sts once more, k3, p2
The thumb cuff will be put in later.


Rnds 27- 29: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd: 30: t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, *k3, p2; repeat from * to end

Work ribbing as follows:
Rib rnd 1: *K1, k2tog, p2; repeat from* to end. 40 sts
Rib rnds 2-13: Knit 2, purl 2 rib
Rib rnd 14: Work stitches as presented, and bind off loosely. Tie off neatly. Weave in ends.


Mitt/s Finishing: Create the thumb cuff/s: Carefully slide the 5sts below, and 5sts above the colored yarn to 2 (smaller spare) double pointed needles. Carefully remove the colored yarn.
Attach MC yarn, working with size#8 double pointed needles, picking up 3 stitches at the beginning of each needle, knit 2, purl 2. Work 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 cuff onto 4 double pointed needles (k2, p2 per needle).
Thumb Cuff/s rnds 1-9: Knit 2, purl 2 rib
Thumb Cuff/s rnd10: Work stitches as presented, and bind off loosely in pattern.
Tie off neatly. Weave in ends.          Make second mitt.



Crazy 8 Cable Cowl

Directions:
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with size #8, 16” or 24”circular needles.
Adult: cast on 120 stitches;
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.

Work ribbing as follows:

Rib rnds 1-8: Knit 2, purl 2 rib 120 sts
Rib rnd 9: *M1, k2, p2; repeat from * to end 150 sts
Helpful hint: place markers after 25, 50, 75, 100, 125 stitches
Rib rnd 10: *t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end

Work cowl as follows:
Rnds 1- 4: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 5: *t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 6 - 9: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 10: *t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 11 -14: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 15: *t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Complete cowl rounds 1-15 twice. Then set up for ribbing.

Work ribbing as follows:
Rib rnd 1: *K1, k2tog, p2; repeat from* to end. 120 sts
Rib rnds 2-9: Knit 2, purl 2 rib
Rib rnd 10: Work stitches as presented, and bind off loosely.
Finishing: Tie off neatly. Weave in ends.

 
Crazy 8 Chart following Key for Special Stitches
chart created on Intwined Pattern Studio

KEY Special Stitches:

c8B = cable 8 Back: slip 5 stitches to cable needle and hold in back of work, k3 from the left-hand needle, then work the 5 stitches from cable needle as p2, k3.


t3 = twist3: slip one stitch knitwise, knit1, yarn over, knit1, pass slipped stitch over the three stitches







This pattern is available on MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
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Copyright 2015, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 1/01/15
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