28 February 2013

26 February 2013

Finished Reversible Nepal Hat


This is the 'inside' of the hat. This is what the 'wrong' side of the work will look like.


Fully reversible, this is the 'inside'  of the finished hat (on the left) and the 'outside'.
Pattern detail... 'outside' on the left, this time. :)





25 February 2013

Train Track Infinity Scarf Cowl pattern

Yarn
King Cole Merino Blend DK, double stranded. (or any 16 ply/22 wpi yarn) 

Needles
8mm circular needle (60,80 or 100cm long)

Cast on 136 stitches.

Join work, place marker and knit one row.

Train Track stitch: 
(here's a link for more details on the Train Track stitch which includes a video demonstration)

Row 1: *K2tog, yo twice, SSK. Repeat from * to marker.
Row 2: *K1, [K1, P1] into the yarn overs, K1. Repeat from * to marker.

Repeat these two rows until work measures 17cms.

Knit one row and cast off.  Weave in ends.


Nepal Hat Reversible hat pattern


This is the 'inside' of the hat. This is what the 'wrong' side of the work will look like.

This is a smaller knitted hat, suitable for a child or anyone who likes a snug fit.

Yarn 
Drops Nepal Alpaca blend (or an Aran/Worsted weight yarn).

Needles 
6mm for casting on, using the Old Norwegian Cast On.
4mm DPN (or circular needle with 100cm or longer cable for Magic Loop knitting).
5mm circular + 5mm DPN.

Pattern
Using 6mm needles, cast on 76 stitches.

Switch to 4mm needles, join work and K2, P2 until work measures 7cm.

Switch to 5mm needles, place a marker and alternate between a K2, P2 row and a knit row.
Repeat these two rows until work measures 20cm.

Crown 
Unlike the crown decreases on most of my patterns, this crown decrease skips the alternating knit row half way through. This is optional, so if you find you're doing a knit row between a decrease row, just go with it.

Switch to DPN when necessary.

Row 1: [K17, K2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 2: Knit to marker.
Row 3: [K7, k2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 4: Knit to marker.
Row 5: [K6, K2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 6: Knit to marker.
Row 7: [K5, K2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 8: Knit to marker.
Row 9: [K4, K2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 10: [K3, K2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 11: [K2, K2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 12: [K1, K2tog]. Repeat to marker.
Row 13: K2tog  to marker.
There should be 8 stitches left on your needles.

Cut yarn, leaving a 25/30cm tail.

Thread the loose end onto a darning/tapestry needle.

Beginning with the stitch you would knit, if you were to knit, thread the tail through all the stitches and remove the knitting needles.

Pull the tail tight to close up the hole.

Sew through to the inside of the hat and sew/weave in the loose ends as neatly as possible. Remember, the hat should be able to be worn 'inside out'.

Here's a video by Judy Graham, demonstrating this technique.



Fully reversible, this is the 'inside'  of the finished hat (on the left) and the 'outside'.
Pattern detail... 'outside' on the left, this time. :)





22 February 2013

Finished Hat Info for Buyers

All striped hats look like this inside, with the threads knotted and cut. I don't weave in the ends, as this creates an uneven texture in the finished fabric which is noticable on the outside of the hat.


17 February 2013

LAST DAY! VOGUE Knitting pattern SALE

Just had to share this! VogueKnitting.com have got a pattern SALE on at the moment - lots of winter knit patterns, garments, accessories, toys and more - from as little as $2.99!

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Current Projects. Sunday 17th February 2013

I'm using the lovely, green, Merino DK I got from my brother to try out an idea for a infinity scarf/cowl. I'm using two strands of it. I cast on over 100 stitches and I'm doing the Train Track stitch I found in the Knitting Stitch Encyclopedia.  I'll post the pattern if it works out well.

The pink/red/orange is a Findings Headsock.

The grey is another big Mitred Square. Three strands of sport weight yarn and 10mm needles.

Giant Mitred Square

When I need a break from hat-knitting, I like to make these using Staci Perry's Mitered Squares pattern. I thought I'd try something different.
I stranded three different DK yarns together. Using 10mm needles, I cast on 50st.

14 February 2013

Norwegian Purl & Knit stitch

Wish I'd painted my nails! :)


Dreamy Symfonie Wood Starter Set from Issy's Knitting barn

I've wanted some of these gorgeous wooden multi-coloured needles since I first laid eyes on them!
I finally gave in and bought myself this starter set online from Issy's Knitting Barn.


When the set arrived it was sealed and the cables are sealed in these little bags. The pack contains
three sets of needles, 4mm, 5mm and 6mm, and three cables 60cm, 80cm and 100cm.

My pack had 2x60cm cables and one 80cm. No 100cm. I sent Issy an email and I received a 100cm cable a few days later. Excellent service! I highly recommend Issy's Knitting Barn! She/he is not a friend of mine and I'm not getting anything for free, so trust me when I say it's 'top dollar'! =)

The tips are super pointy and the surface super smooth!
The needles have the size printed on them and the join is very smooth
although you do need to tighten them well otherwise they come undone while you're knitting. 

13 February 2013

Train Track stitch


CO a multiple of 4 stitches.

Row1: K2tog, yo twice, SSK.
Row2: K1, [K1, P1] into rhe 2 yarn overs, K1.

Here's a good SSK and K2tog tutorial.

In my demo video below, I'm using DK yarn and 6mm needles.








Surprise Gift of Wool!

My brother asked me about a week ago if Id received any post from him. The next day, this bundle of joy arrived! I'm expecially excited about the Merino Aran! :-D

4 February 2013

Findings Headsock Stashbuster Hat pattern









Yarn:
Any DK yarn.
If you want, you can plan what colours you'll use beforehand.
This hat is made with 100% wool and the finished hat weighs 60g.
Other yarns might weigh more or less.

Needles:
6mm, for casting on. 4mm for the rib, 5 (5.5)mm for the body and 5 (5.5)mm DPNs for the crown.

(I have used both 5mm and 5.5mm needles for the body of this hat. Obviously, 5.5mm gives a looser knit.)


Using 6mm needles, CO 90 stitches.
Alternatively, use 4mm needles and a stretchy cast on method, such as the Chinese Waitress cast on.

I don't use a marker, because I can see quite clearly where the new row starts, but you might want to place a marker at this point.

Switch to 4mm, join work and K3, P3* until work measures 8cm.**


Switch to 5.5mm needles and knit until work measures 23cms.



*The rib can be worked over any multiple of stitches that can be evenly distributed over 90 stitches.
I have used 2x3, 3x3 and 2x4.
**Change colour as and when you feel like it, or depending on what you have in your stash.
Staci Perry of Very Pink demonstrates here a method for smoothly merging colour stripes when knitting in the round.
Another tip,  if you're going to change colour in the rib, here's a nice clean way to do it. (Also by Staci Perry)

Crown - switch to DPNs when necessary.
Place marker, if you haven't already.
Row 1: K3, K2tog.
Row 2 and every alternate row: Knit.
Row 3: K2, K2tog-
Row 5: K1, K2tog.
Row 7: K2tog.
Row 9: Repeat row 7. There should be 9 stitches left on your needles.

Cut yarn, leaving a 25/30cm tail.

Thread the loose end onto a darning/tapestry needle.

Beginning with the stitch you would knit, if you were to knit, thread the tail through all the stitches and remove the knitting needles.

Pull the tail tight to close up the hole.

Sew through to the inside of the hat and sew/weave in the loose end.

Here's a video by Judy Graham, demonstrating this technique.