Sunday, February 22, 2015

Oh,Cable Hat & Mitts

Oh! It's a ribbed hat with one vertical line of Oh,Cable working its way toward the crown. The hat pattern is written as five sizes for worsted, light/tight worsted, and DK weights of yarn to knit an Oh,Cable Hat for any member of the family. The mitts pattern is written as three sizes also giving the knitter choices of yarn and needle sizes. If finished neatly, the hat and mitts are interestingly reversible.



Hat Finished sizes:
Large Adult: 14”, stretches to 24” circumference, height 12”
Adult: flat 12”, stretches to 22”circumference, height 11”
Child: flat 10”, stretches to 20”circumference, height 9”
Infant: flat 8”, stretches to 18”circumference, height 8”
Newborn: flat 6”, stretches to 16”circumference, height 7”

Mitt Finished sizes:
Large: Flat 6”, stretches to 12”circumference, height 10”
Medium: Flat 5.5”, stretches to 10”circumference, height 10”
Small: Flat 5”, stretches to 8”circumference, height 9”

Gauge: (size #8 needles) 6 stitches =1” flat 2x2 ribbing; (size #7 needles) 7sts = 1” flat 2x2 ribbing;(size #6 needle) 8 stitches = 1” flat 2x2 ribbing. Adjust needle size to match gauge.

Materials:
Yarn: wool blend in Worsted Weight, light/tight Worsted Weight, DK
Hats: Large Adult: 200yards / 3.5oz; Adult: 175 yards / 3 oz;
Child: 125 yards / 2 oz; Infant, Newborn: 90 yards / 1.5 oz
Mitts: 200 yards / 3.5oz


Photo: Oh,Cable Hats are knit in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Superwash; 100% superwash wool; colors: Delft Heather, Amethyst Heather, Fjord Heather (size US#7 needles)
Oh, Cable Mitts are knit in KnitPicks Wool of the Andes Superwash; 100% superwash wool;
color: Amethyst Heather ( size medium, size US#7 needles)


Needles for hats: (Check the yarn label recommendations)
(Worsted) Size US #8, 16”, 12” circular needles, set size US#8, double pointed needles.
(Light/tight Worsted )Size US #7, 16”, 12” circular needles, set size US#7, double pointed needles.
(DK) Size US #6, 16”,or 12” circular needles, set size US#6, double pointed needles.
Notions for hats: Stitch marker, cable needle, tapestry needle

Needles for mitts:
Two Size US#8, US#7, US#6, or US#5, 16”or 24” circular needles; and/or set sizeUS#8, US#7, US#6, US#5, double pointed needles (I prefer to knit both mitts at the same time on two circular needles.
KNITTING circles around SOCKS by Antje Gillingham is an excellent resource for getting started.)
Notions for mitts: Stitch markers, tapestry needle, cable needle, 2 yards different color yarn, (smaller spare) set double pointed needles, crochet hook

Abbreviations: CO = cast on      BO= bind off      K = knit k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
p = purl       p2togbl= purl 2 stitches together through the back loop      cn=cable needle
MC= main color      Rnd/s = round/s       sts = stitches      c8B=cable 8 Back      c8F= cable 8 Front
Special Stitches:
c8B = cable 8 Back = slip 4sts to cn and hold in back, work 4sts on left needle as presented
(k1, p2, k1), work sts from cn as presented (k1, p2, k1)
c8F = cable 8 Front = slip 4sts to cn and hold in front, work 4sts on left needle as presented
(k1, p2, k1), work sts from cn as presented (k1, p2, k1)

Oh,Cable Hat

Directions: Directions are written for size large adult [adult, child, infant, newborn directions are in brackets]. (Notes are in Italic)
Use the long-tail cast-on method, with 16” [16”,16”, 12”, 12”] circular needles,
and cast on the number of stitches for desired yarn, needles, and hat size.

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

Hat:
(the first 20 stitches and 20 rounds make the Oh,Cable)
Rnds 1- 9: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 10: K1, c8B, c8F, k1, p2; * knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 11 - 19: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 20: K1, c8F, c8B, k1, p2; * knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end

Work hat with Oh,Cable pattern for 11” [10”, 8”, 6", 5”] ending on rnd 10 or 20.
For a taller hat, or fold-up brim work extra rounds of pattern before starting the crown decreases.

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

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

Directions: Directions are written for size large [medium directions are in brackets;
size small, follow size medium directions just use smaller needles.] (Notes are in Italic)
The mitt/s are worked from wrist to fingers. Make two mitts.

Use the long-tail cast-on method, with two SizeUS #8 [#7, #6, #5], 16”or 24” circular needles,
and cast on the number of stitches for desired yarn, needles, and mitts size.

Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.
24, 28sts per needle [24, 24]sts, per needle
Rnds 1- 9: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 10: (back of hand) K2, p2, k1, c8B, c8F, k1, p2, then (palm) (k2, p2) 7 [6]times
Rnds 11-19: * Knit 2, purl 2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 20: K2, p2, k1, c8F, c8B, k1, p2, then (k2, p2) 7 [6]times

Work mitt/s with Oh,Cable pattern at least 6” from CO completing rnd 5.

Thumb opening:
The mitts are (fraternal) identical, and you've been looking at the back of the hand. This round will determine the right and left thumb placement.
Right Thumb Opening Rnd 6: (K2, p2)6times(back of hand), then k2, drop MC yarn, with a strand of different colored yarn, p2, k2. Slip the four stitches back to the left needle. Drop colored strand, pick up MC, p2, k2 across 4 stitches once more, and continue p2, (k2, p2)5[4]times (palm).
The thumb cuff will be put in later.
Left Thumb Opening Rnd 6: (K2, p2)6times(back of hand), then (palm)(k2, p2)6[5]times, drop MC yarn, with a strand of different colored yarn, k2, p2. Slip the four stitches back to the left needle. Drop colored strand, pick up MC, k2, p2 across 4 stitches once more.
The thumb cuff will be put in later.

Continue to work mitt/s an additional 3” with Oh,Cable on the back of hand, ending work on a rnd 9.
Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in tail/s very neatly for interestingly reversible mitt/s.

Finishing:
Thumb Cuff: Carefully slide the 4sts below, and 4sts above the colored yarn to 2 (smaller spare) double pointed needles. Carefully remove the colored yarn.
Attach MC yarn, working with sizeUS#8,[#7,#6,#5], double pointed needles, picking up 4[2] stitches at the beginning of each needle, and knit 2, purl 2 as the stitches present themselves, work one round. (You'll have the rib pattern established, and 8[6] sts 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[3] double pointed needles (k2, p2 per needle).
Rnds 1-10:* K2, p2; repeat from * to end
Bind off loosely in pattern. Weave in tail/s very neatly for reversible mitt/s.
Make the second mitt.
Chart: Oh,Cable
Key:(Rnd 10): knit , cable8B >//<, cable8F >\\<, k , purl - , p -
(Rnd 20): knit , cable8F >\\<, cable8B >//<, k , purl - , p -
Special Stitches:
c8B = cable 8 Back = slip 4sts to cn and hold in back, work 4sts on left needle as presented
(k1, p2, k1), work sts from cn as presented (k1, p2, k1)
c8F = cable 8 Front = slip 4sts to cn and hold in front, work 4sts on left needle as presented
(k1, p2, k1), work sts from cn as presented (k1, p2, k1)

This pattern is available on MarilynnsGardenKnitDesign.blogspot.com
Oh,Cable Hat & Mitts Set  pattern pdf is available on Ravelry.com (login needed)
Copyright 2015, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 2/22/15
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kids' Crazy 8 Cable Cap

The Kids' Crazy 8 Cable Cap is a companion to the Crazy 8 Cable Hat, Mitts and Cowl Set. The cap works well in a wool blend. The cables are worked with 5 stitches held to back, and 3 knit from the left. The cap is worked with rhythmic rib patterns, can be knit in a weekend or two, and makes a perfect gift or accessory. Directions are written for the Kids' Crazy 8 Cable Cap. Sizes are determined by choice of yarn and needles. This may be considered an intermediate level pattern because knowledge of cable and stitch construction is helpful.


 Finished size: 
 newborn: flat 7”, stretches to 14”circumference; height 7”
infant: flat 10”, stretches to 18”circumference; height 8”
child: flat 12”, stretches to 20” circumference;  height 10”
Gauge:
DK, #6 needles: 5.5 stitches = 1”;
Worsted, #8 needles: 5 stitches = 1”;
Bulky, #10 needles: 3.5 stitches = 1”;
Adjust needle size to match gauge.

Materials: Yarn: wool blend:
newborn: DK, 75 yards / 1 oz;
infant: Worsted weight, 90 yards / 1.5 oz;
child: Bulky weight, 140 yards / 3.5 oz

 Photo: Kids' Crazy 8 Cable Cap is knit in Plymouth Encore; 75%acrylic, 25% wool; color #471

Needles:
Newborn: Size US #6, 12” circular needles, and/or Size US#6 set of double pointed needles
Infant: Size US #8, 12” or 16” circular needles, and/or Size US#8 set of double pointed needles
Child: Size US #10, 16” circular needles, and Size US#10 set of double pointed needles

Notions: Stitch markers, cable needle,  tapestry needle

Abbreviations: k = knit       p= purl      Rnd/s=round/s      yo= yarn over      k2tog=knit 2 together p2tog=purl 2 together       st/s=stitch/es      CO=cast on      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 1 stitch)


Directions: Directions are written for the Kids' Crazy 8 Cable Cap. Sizes are determined by choice of yarn and needles. Use the long-tail cast-on method, cast on 60 stitches.
Newborn: DK; size US#6, 12” circular needles, or Size US#6 set of double pointed needles
Infant: Worsted; size US#8, 12” or 16” circular needles, Size US#8 set of double pointed needles
Child: Bulky; size US#10, 16” circular needles
Place marker & join together by knitting first stitch being careful not to twist.

Work ribbing as follows:
Rib rnds 1-10: Knit 2, purl 2 rib
Rib rnd 11: *M1, k2, p2; repeat from * to end
(Helpful hint: place markers after 25, 50 sts)
Rnd 12: *t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end

Work cap as follows:
Rnds 1- 3: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 4: *t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 5- 7: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 8: *t3, p2, (k3, p2) twice, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnds 9 -11: *K3, p2; repeat from * to end
Rnd 12: *t3, p2, c8B, p2, t3, p2, k3, p2; repeat from * to end
Complete cap rounds 1-12 twice, then set up for crown decreases. (about 5”, 6”, 7” from CO)

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

Finishing: Cut 12” yarn and thread end through remaining 8 stitches.
Pull together, and 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
Kid's Crazy 8 Cable Cap pattern pdf  is available on Ravelry.com (login needed)
Copyright 2015, Marilynn Blacketer. All rights reserved. 2/20/15
For pattern support please contact: marilynnblacketer@gmail.com