Sunday, January 20, 2013

Knitting Winter–Trivet Edition

I found a pattern in the Vogue Stitchionary (Lace) for a “Ferris Wheel” pattern, which is essentially an ornate hexagon made of yarn. The draw of this project is that it is doable in a day or less. I sat down and banged one out in a few hours. Lots of fun to make! I will be using them as trivets.

Ultimately I made two trivets. The one directly below is made from Noro Kochoran yarn.

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The second one is made from Lamb’s Pride Bulky – color: Wine Splash.

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You can see it in use here:

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I didn’t copy the pattern from the book and it’s far too long to type out anyway. Get the stitchionary from the library, it’s that wonderful place that loans out books.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Knitting Winter– Cozy edition

Sometime during my many searches for new knitting patterns on the interwebs, I started to come across patterns for “cozies.” For to-go coffee cups these are basically knitted sleeves, but cozies also include iPod cozies, tea cozies, and so on. I have to say that it is a perfect little project for scrap yarn (the yarn left over after a scarf, sweater, or whatever is done but that you love and don’t want to throw away).

Using Noro Kureyon yarn I made a bowl cozy. In all honesty this started out as a coffee cup cozy but I made it too wide.


I had more success with Noro Kochoran yarn, which is sadly discontinued. But I had a bunch of scrap yarn of this kind because it’s so much fun to knit with that I couldn’t part with it. This is the result:

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The Pattern

Materials: Worsted weight scrap yarn and size US 4 double-pointed needles (dpns)

CO 38 st over 3 dpns

Knit 6-8 rounds in 3-2 rib

reduce to 34 st by k2tog every other rib

Knit 6-8 more rounds in new rib pattern

Reduce to 30 st by k2tog remaining 3 st ribs (yields a 2-2 rib all the way around)

K to end

Monday, January 7, 2013

Knitting Winter–Part 2

As I mentioned last time, I am addicted to knitting. Knitters are shameless showoffs and always want to share their finished work. It’s such an accomplishment when a project is actually finished! So here is another scarf.

I had a ton of leftover Misti Alpaca yarn that I had purchased to make a blanket with a few years ago. The blanket didn’t work out and I had random little balls of yarn in various colors. This is what I used to make the scarf below!

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The finished piece is a little short but it was measured before blocking - 5.5 inches wide by 49.5 inches long.

Materials: Misti Alpaca Chunky – various colors and US 9 knitting needles

Cast on 33 stitches

Used the “Mr. Ziggs” cable pattern from Vogue Stitchionary Volume 2: Cables

6-st RC = Sl 3 sts to cn and hohld in back, k3, k3 from cn

6-st LC = Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, k3 from cn

6-st RPC = Sl 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, p3 from cn

6-st LPC = sl 3 sts to cn and hold in front, p3, k3 from cn

R1-4: Knit

R5: (WS) k6, p9, k9, p3, k6

R6: k6, 6-st LC, p6, 6-st LPC, k9

R7: k6, p6, k9, p6, k6

R8: k9, 6-st LC, p6, 6-st LPC, k6

R9: k6, p3, k9, p9, k6

R10: K12, 6-st LC, p6, k9

R11: k6, p3, k6, p12, k6

R12: k15, 6-st LPC, p3, k9

R13: k6, [p3, k3] twice, p9, k6

R14: k9, 6-st RC, p3, k3, 6-st RC, k6

R15: k6, p9, k3, p9, k6

R16: k6, 6-st RPC, k3, p3, 6-st RC, k9

R17: k6, p9, [k3, p3] twice, k6

R18: k9, p3, 6-st LPC, k15

R19: k6, p12, k6, p3, k6

R20: k9, p6, 6-st LPC, k12

R21: K6, p9, k9, p3, k6

repeat rows 6-21 until reaching the desired length

Knit last four rows

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Knitting Winter–Part 1

I am addicted to knitting!! I can’t stop doing it or looking up patterns or posting patterns to Pinterest. Of course, I’m not doing anything serious – like a sweater or socks or mittens. I’m making scarves and leg warmers because I enjoy the patterns. In fact, I’m somewhat hooked on cables. 

So here is an example of a scarf I just finished – it’s a braided cabled.

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It is a dense, substantial scarf. Probably would have been looser if I had used bigger needles. Here are the specs:

Finished piece is 4 inches wide and 55.5 inches long.

Materials: Lamb’s Pride Bulky yarn – Grassy Knoll and US 10.5 needles

C6F = sl 3 st onto cn, hold to front, k3, k3 from cn

C6B = sl 3 st onto cn, hold to back, k3, k3 from cn

Cast On 24 stitches

R1: (RS) Knit

R2: (WS) Purl

R3: C6F four times

R4: Purl

R5: Knit

R6: Purl

R7: K3, C6B three times, K3

R8: Purl

R9: Knit

R10: Purl

Repeat rows 3-10 until scarf has reached desired length