Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Freehanded Cardi

Project: Freehanded Cardi made for Princess Stomping Foot

Pattern:Gathered Cardi

Knit.1 magazine Spring/summer 2008

Written By: Cathy Carron

Debbie Bliss Wool/Cotton in pink (6 skeins) US size 3 needle

Time to Knit: 13 days

Notes:I never saw the actual pattern for this sweater. I saw the pictures, and just freehanded it. I probably should have done the increases in every other stitch, rather than every stitch, and I wish thew bottom was a little longer, but The Princess is happy.

Jaywalker Socks

Project: Jaywalker socks

Pattern Source: by Grumperina published in Magknits
Yarn: Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock (75% Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon) one hank Poppy, one hank Clay
Needles: Inox coated DPN size 1
Time to Knit: 2 and a half weeks
Pattern Notes:I've said it alrerady several times, but this pattern is just really well written. It made following it so simple, and it was a fun knit. These fit me well (good thing that I have tree trunk legs), but I did notice that I cut the foot a little short and am wearing the heel way down on my foot. It won't bother me, but it's something to pay a little more attention to next time. I loved knitting with the Lorna's Laces, and I can't wait to see how it washes and wears.

Global Economy Hat Pattern

Global Economy Hat Pattern


about 100 grams of worsted weight yarn (all in one color, or up to three colors) and coordinating needles in DPN's and 16 or 20 inch circular, one circular needle size smaller for ribbing and flower, and a tapestry needle

Size: completely customizable

Stitch Patterns

GARTER STITCH (in the round)

Row 1: purl all stitches
Row 2: knit all stitches

2x2 RIBBING (in the round)

knit 2, purl 2
all rows

FLOWER RIBBING (worked flat)

Row 1: purl one, knit one
Row 2: knit 1 TBL, purl 1


I saw a hat like this at an import store and I thought "That is *so* cute- I could make that!" So, instead of buying the solid colored, acrylic hat, I knit a multi colored hat out of leftover wool from different projects.

This pattern is worked from the crown down, enabling you to make it exactly the size that you want. You can also knit the hat as long as you want. I wanted my hat to have a sort of flapper/Cloche feel, so I made it long enough to cover my ears. I used a size 4 needle for the hat, and a size 3 needle for the ribbings. I am a very loose knitter, and I wanted a fairly tightly knit hat for winter wear. Use the needle that gives you the feeling that you want from your finished fabric. Leave the flower off, or try a different type of flower if you want. I used a different color of yarn for the hat body, the ribbing, and the flower trim. The hat that this pattern was based on was all the same solid color. Customize the colors to make it your own!


Using a long tail cast on, cast 8 stitches onto your DPN's. Divide the stitches onto 4 needles and purl one round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Place a stitch marker and join stitches for circular knitting. Knit into the front and back of each stitch on the next round. Purl one round even (no increases). Next Round: knit 1 stitch, knit front and back into the next stitch* repeat across row. Purl the next row even. Continue in this manner, knitting one extra stitch between increases on each knit row until your hat is the correct width, and switching to circular needle when needed. (For me, this was 82 stitches. Just be aware that if your number of stitches is not divisible by 4, your ribbing will have to be adjusted) Be sure to put your hat on waste yarn and try it on as you go.

When your hat is big enough around, continue in Garter Stitch until your hat is 1 1/2 inches shorter than you desire. (or the length that you want your ribbing to be)
If you want your ribbing to be a different color, switch yarn now. Begin knitting onto smaller circular needle in 2x2 ribbing. Knit until ribbing is desired length, and bind off in pattern. Weave ends in.
How big your flower will be is determined by the amount of stitches that you cast on. I pulled out about three yards of yarn and cast on until almost all of it was used up, although I don't know how many stitches it was. You may have to play around with it a bit to get it just right. Knit in Flower Ribbing Pattern for about one inch, and bind off in pattern. Block the flower into shape, sew it to itself when it dries. Sew it onto the hat at the edges. Weave in all ends, and pop it on your noggin.

Gentlemen's Fancy Socks

Project: Gentlemen's Fancy Sock

Source: Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns

Designer: Nancy Bush

Yarn: Claudia's Hand Painted Yarn fingering weight 100% Merino Wool in 'Just Plum' (2 skeins)

Needle: US size 1 coated metal Inox DPN's

Time to Knit: about three weeks

Pattern Notes:
I love Nancy Bush's book, but every time that I use it I end up changing the pattern a bit. These socks had some shaping to them, but I don't knit my socks long enough to really require that shaping, so I left it out. I also used a different gauge, and different size needles. Size zero needles and 80 stitches in a sock can take the fun out of knitting for me. I used my favorite modified Dutch Heel, and Flat Toe, and it all worked out great. At first I didn't really like this pattern with the yarn that I was using. The Claudia's is gorgeous, and I really wanted to show it off. Once I got a little ways into the sock though, I decided that I did like the combination, and I really like the finished effect. Claudia's Hand Painted is a very nice yarn- nice to work with, beautiful coloring, and a nice finished fabric. In my book, it's right up there with Lorna's Laces and Cherry Tree Hill Supersock. I hope that it washes as nicely as it knits- if so, I will be buying more!


Zonda said...
Those are lovely! Great job on them!
8:48 PM
Me said...
real pretty!
4:56 AM
lexa said...
Great work! I really like that color!

Twisted Socks

PROJECT NAME: Twisted Socks

DESIGNER: Bev Warner

SOURCE: free pattern from KnitPicks.com

YARN: Knitpicks Dancing in Tap

NEEDLES: size 1 coated INOX DPN's

PATTERN NOTES: This pattern was re-sized to fit a 6 year old's foot. I kept the stitch pattern, but also used a different heel and toe. These are really adorable on, and fit well. I wasn't fond of this twisted cable, as I have done a twisted cable in the other direction (which seemed much easier), and with more plain rows in between. I probably won't use this pattern again, but I am satisfied with the finished product.

Chevron Scarf

Project: Chevron Rainbow Scarf

Source: Original modification of this pattern

Designer: Me!

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool partial skein of each- Burgundy, Paprika, Camel, Leaf Green, Deep Olive, and Russet

Finished Measurements: 5 inches wide, 77 inches long

Needle: Clover Bamboo straights US size 7

Time to Knit: 3 days

Gauge: 6 sts/inch in chevron pattern


Row 1
*knit front and back(of the same stitch), k4, sl 1, k2tog, psso, k 4, k front and back* repeat
Row 2
purl all stitches


CO 30 sts in Burgundy

Knit two rows

Begin chevron pattern , leaving the first and last two stitches of each row as garter stitches (knit on both sides).

After 8 rows, switch to Paprika- changing colors every 8 rows (or 4 pattern repeats) in the following color order:
Leaf green
Dark Olive

When scarf has reached 6 repeats of the color order, or desired length, knit two rows at the end of a color strip without switching colors, and then bind off all stitches.

Block scarf and allow to dry thoroughly