Wednesday, 1 December 2010

way basic toddler mittens.

Yarn: Lion Wool-Ease Worsted Weight (shown in Rose Heather 140)
Needles: size 7 DPN's
Size: Toddler age 1-2.

Stitches: 
kte: knit to end
m1: make 1 stitch

Pattern
CO 25

*K2, p1, k1, p1 repeat around  for an inch or whatever you want. I did about 6 rows.

R1: k1, m1, kte
R2: rep r1
R3: k1, m1, k1, m1, kte
R4: k1, m1, k3, m1, kte
R5: k
R6: k1, m1, k5, m1, kte
R7: k
R8: k
R9: k1, slip 7sts to holder, CO 4 sts., kte (30 sts)

Knit for 2-3 inches

R1: k2, k2tog, k9, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k9, k2tog
R2: k2, k2tog, k7, k2tog, k2, k2tog, k7, k2tog

Continue until 10 sts remain and pull yarn through loops

Thumb:
Place 7 stitches on holder back onto needle and pick up another  6 stitches on top of thumb hole.
Knit around for an 1.5"-2" and then pull yarn through loops. 

Weave in all ends.


Silly Kids (semi-off topic)

So, my daughter is 22 months old and is going through this phase where she tells you everything that just happened a second ago. For example, if she burps, walks, runs, eats, drinks, whatever she'll say, "drinking" or "running" etc.

Sometimes in the morning she'll wake up and while on the changing table she will yawn and she always says, "yaaaaarn" : ) which is super cute.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Sunday, 21 November 2010

A small step!

Cheryl's Knitting finally hit 20,000 page views! I have a lot of people to thank.

First, I'd like to thank the top 2 sites for posting my patterns: Knitting Pattern Central and The Daily Knitter. Without them I'd probably be barely at 2,000 hits. So, Thanks! KPC was the very first knitting website I ever visited and its a huge honor for me be on their site!

I'd also like to thank my family and friends for encouraging me to continue knitting. I've never really been good at one specific thing and I feel like knitting is something that I can work on my whole life and can eventually be really good at. I know I'm still learning, but know with hard work I can make that happen!

I also need to thank my daughter Violet for making me be a stay at home mom so I have time for knitting! And, my husband for letting me!

And last but not least, a big THANKS to all my viewers!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Bulky 2 Needle Hat

 
This pattern is pretty simple because its worked on 2 needles.


Last Minute Bulky Toddler Hat
Yarn Shown: Lion Brand Hometown USA (Super Bulky)
Needles: 13 straights
Gauge: 9sts =4”
Size of pattern: 18-24months (roughly 16 inches around)

Pattern:
CO36
Row 1 and 3: k1, p1, across
Row 2 and 4: P1, k1, across
Row 5: K2tog, knit across
Row 6 through 12:  Next 7 rows are stockinette stitch beginning and ending with purl rows
Decreasing: (every other row is purled)
Row 13: K2tog, k5, across
Row 15: K2tog, k4, across
Row 17: K
Row 19: K2tog, k3, across
Row 21: K2tog, k2 across
Row 23: K2tog, k1, across
Row 25: K2tog across
Break a LONG piece of yarn and pull through remaining loops and then sew seam.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Lazy Blocking


1. Saturate knit fabric and try to squeeze out excess water.
2. Lay flat on a towel and shape.

 3. fold edge of towel just over end of knit or crochet fabric.

4. Roll up towel carefully, and not too loose or tight, trying to keep shape.
5. Put away for a few hours to a day, or until piece is dry.


 Blocking made easy. This is how I tell my friends who dont knit or crochet how to block their pieces. Except, I dont call it blocking, I call it shaping since that is a generic term that most can adopt.

Manly Bib

This tie has 20 rows in the center for length.
This tie has 10 rows in the center for length.
The Manly Bib
 After Chelsey told me that I only make girly stuff this was my thought process.

"girly stuff? girly bib......... bib........girly...........OH OH!!!  MANLY BIB!!!!

Enjoy

Yarn: Sugar N Cream Cotton
Needles: size 6
Size: 0-9mos
notions: 3---1/2" buttons

stitches:
CO-cast on
BO-bind off
k- knit
k2tog- knit 2 stitches together
m1- make 1 stitch. (increase 1 stitch)


Pattern:
CO 27
Knit in seed stitch for 34rows.
BO
Collar
CO 10
Decreasing
R1: k1, k2tog, k across
R2: K
Knit these 2 rows until there are 6 stitches
Knit  for 10”
Increasing
*make sure that you start your increases on the same side as your decreases. There should be a pointy edge on the bottom right.
R1: k1, m1, k across
R2: K
Knit these 2 rows until there are 10 stitches on needle.
BO
Sew buttons on back side of collar and push through shirt from the front so they are invisible. Make sure the pointy edge of the collar is down.

Tie
CO2
1. k1, m1, k1
2. k1, m1, k1, m1, k1
3. k1, m1, k3, m1, k1
4. k
5. k2, k2tog, k3
6-15. knit at least 10 rows here (up to 20 is good)
16. k2, k2tog, k2
17. k
18. k1, k2tog, k2
19. k
20. k2tog, k2tog
21. k1, CO4, k1
22-24. k
BO

Sew button on back of tie at top and push through fabric
Weave in all ends.

CO Manly Bib on Ravelry!  

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Snowman

http://www.freewebs.com/spunknit1/knittedsnowman.htm




This is a quick and fun project. And you get to totally personalize it with your own hat/scarves/mittens etc.

I'd rate it on the pretty easy level. You only need to know how to increase, decrease and knit! sweet! I love stuff like that.

Try it!

The 1 finger bowling ball!!

Okay, its not really a bowling ball for a 1 fingered person. Its a hollow ball with a hole to hold your yarn!!!  Why don't I own a million of these of all colors and sizes!? What is wrong with me. 

http://thefibersphere.com/

This is way cute!

sweater
So, I just happened upon this sweater from Children's Place. I think I might try to make my own version of this. Looks pretty easy to me. I'll try to remember to make this.

I'm still busy as a bee with my shawl, dish cloths, bibs, scarves and mittens. overload. Good thing I have a decent yarn stash because I'd be lost without it. : )  Mostly because I'm way broke.

Friday, 29 October 2010

I just realized

I originally started this blog to save all my friends on facebook from boring "old lady" crap like knitting, and I just realized, I never really stopped. Now I just post everything twice. Or I'll blog about something and then link it to FB. haha. Sorry facebooker friends for all the double posts. But, uh, I'm kind of positive not many of my friends actually care about my knitting journeys..so they never even knew I started a blog because they probably blocked me a LONG time ago.

Oh well.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Crap I'm doing now..

I say crap, but I dont really mean it in a bad way. I just say "crap" a lot. Its like the Cheryl version of "stuff" or "things n such."  So, dont hate on the word crap. Or I will kill you. not really. omg. chill. I was joking. 

 Alright, so now that we know the inner Cheryl is a little insane, here are the projects I'm working on that need to be done before Christmas.

Mom wants me to make her this: Ember's Embrace in Lion Baby Soft Pompadour. In white. Its going to be gorgeous. 

My aunt wants more dishcloths.

And I'm making another one of these because mine is not so "fresh" anymore. btw- this scarf gets me more compliments than any other that I wear. Because its so cute and festive.


So, I have slightly complicated, very simple, and crochet. So, I cannot get bored with any of these! 

Yay for yarn!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Taking a small break

I am about to start a shawl for my mama and I think she needs it asap, so I will be putting all other projects on hold until I'm finished. Hopefully she wants it in crochet because I can whip up crochet MUCH faster than knit.

Ninja Cat Hat

Ninja Cat Hat
Yarn: Chunky/Craft/Rug (5-Medium)  If you’re making a ninja hat, it must be black.
Needles: 10 DPN's and 10 Straights
Sizes: Toddler (Child)

Pattern
Neck
CO 52 (58)

Rows 1-4 1x1 rib, Work flat on straights. 

Toddler: BO 13, knit 26, BO 13
Child: BO 14, knit 30, BO 14

***It may be easier to knit those center stitches right onto your DPNs, since the next step is casting on in the round to make the top part of the hat. Whatever, it’s up to you! :)

Time to cast on 30 (32) stitches I did it to the left of the working stitches and join in round to start hat! **Make extra sure you knit the hat right side out!
Knit in Stockinette Stitch for 7.5” (8.5”)

BO with Kitchener Stitch.

Sew both corners shut, sewing all the way through both layers of fabric.

sew on button.
Weave in ALL ends.
No button hole is necessary if you use a small button.
DONE! :)

Sunday, 24 October 2010

I Love My Viewers!

As of now, these are the top 10 countries with the most views!
So far there have been 11,046 viewers since August 6th!


1. United States......
7,240
2. Canada
......1,167
3. United Kingdom.......
1,008
4. Australia......
297
5. Germany........
144
6. New Zealand
......122
7. Ireland
........79
8. Denmark........
60
9. South Africa
...........54
10. India............
43

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Thinking about a new pattern.

Leg Warmers!!

I really love all this pattern writing that I'm doing, so I'm going to measure up my skinny legs and make some leg warmers! Sweet!  I'm going to skip the baby sizes and just go with child-adult woman. Legs are an unfortunately odd size so I will just be posting inches around and will give freedom for any length. All legs are not created equal! I'm thinking something super simple. Like a hat, it would be nice to have just a simple X amount of stitches pattern. Since some women have huge muscles down there, I do not,  I was thinking about making a longer upper border with A LOT of stretchability.


hubba hubba
These are my legs. So, I have super skinny ankles. we're measuring in at:

Below knee: 11"
Thickest part of leg: 11.75"
Ankle: 8.25"

My legs are about the size of most peoples arms. I know this, because I massage a lot of people. So, maybe there will be a good leg/arm alteration somewhere along my pattern. We'll see!  Ohh! I'm getting excited now! So should you. This is ground breaking. ok. not really. But still, a dual purpose leg/wrist warmer!  sweetness!

Now I just have to pick out a yarn!  Oh, the stress. 

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Cable and Rib Hat


When I can get a better pic I will upload it. This will have to do for now.

Cable and Rib Hat
Yarn: worsted/aran.  (4 medium)
Needles: size 7 DPN’s
Sizes: Preemie (Baby, Toddler, Child, Woman, Man)       Sizes are according to the CYC Standards.

Stitches: 
C2F: slip 2 stitches purlwise to right needle holding yarn in back, knit 2 stitches, return 2 slipped stitches to left needle keeping them in front, yarn in back and knit them.

m1t: Make one toward.  Though after seeing the finished product I think m1a(make 1 away) might look better. Its up to you. Just increase 1 stitch between the 4 purl stitches.

Pattern

CO 56(64, 72, 80, 88, 96)

K4, p4 rib around for 4 rounds.

Cable Pattern
R1: C2F, p2, m1t, p2 across
R2-4: K4, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 across
R5: C2F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 across
Repeat Rounds 2-5 until piece is at desired length and then begin decreases. 4-5" (5-7", 8", 9", 11", 12")

Decreasing:
R1: Knit the first 7 stitches in the pattern and then decrease the last 2 as a k2tog, repeat across.
R2: Knit a regular round of the pattern
R3: knit the first 6 stitches in the pattern and then decrease the last 2 as a k2tog, repeat across.
R4: Knit a regular round of the pattern

Once you have decreased 4 times and there are 5 stitches in the first group follow this row and you need to cable.

Hold first 2 cable stitches to the front, k1, k2tog, Continue the cable stitch using the k2tog stitch as the 4th stitch. If this is confusing, just don’t do it and leave out the last cable. I totally understand and I wont know. And neither will anyone else.

When there are 2 stitches left in the first group, pull a piece of yarn through all loops knitwise. Pull nice and tight and weave in all ends. You are done!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Bobble Hat Pattern



Well folks, here it is! My bobble hat pattern.

Yarn: Aran/Worsted
I used Bamboospun which is distributed by Hobby Lobby.
Needles: 7 DPN’s
Sizes: Preemie (Baby, Toddler, Child, Woman, Man)       (I'm not sure how comfy this will be for a preemie or infant that cant hold their head up.)

The bobble (B) stitch: k5 times into 1 stitch. turn work and purl into those 5 stitches. turn work again and k2tog, slip it back onto the left needle and slip remaining 3 stitches over the k2tog stitch. slip back to right needle. (remember to knit tightly before and after the bobble stitch so there isn't a huge gaping hole.)

Pattern
CO 56(64, 72, 80, 88, 96)
sts on needles   14(16, 18, 20, 22, 24)

r1-3: *k4, p4, repeat across

8 stitch pattern; also knit 2 rows between pattern.
r1: k1, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k6
r2: k2, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k5
r3: k3, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B k4
r4: k4, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k3
r5: K5, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B k2
r6: K6, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k1
r7: K7, B
r8: k 2 rows

Repeat these 8 rows in this sequence until desired length. 4-5" (5-7", 8", 9", 11", 12") 
***DO NOT forget to knit 2 rows between each bobble row.

Decreasing
When you want to start your decreases, use this formula
Continue bobble stitch pattern from wherever you currently are in the pattern.
1 ssk after each bobble.
Continue pattern until there are 8 sts left on needles.
Pull yarn on a needle through the 8 loops and secure.
**optional, make a huge pom pom and pop it right on top.

Football!

I've decided to go ahead and post the pattern. The football pictured does not reflect the small change I'm making to the pattern. I hope you enjoy this one!


These are great gifts for babies/toddlers/children.  These are great to throw at the TV when you're pissed at a bad call. ---because you know there are ALWAYS bad calls.

Yarn: I LOVE This Cotton! Brown and Ivory. You really dont need much yarn for this project, you could easily make multiple footballs with 1 skein of brown.


Needles: size 3 DPN's

Stitches:
m1a : make one away
m1t : make one towards
k: knit
sski: slip knitwise, slip purlwise, knit 2 slipped stitches through the back loop. (sski= slip slip knit improved)
k2tog: knit 2 together

**Knit all even rows

Begin with brown
CO:      6 sts onto 2 needles
R1:       k1, m1a, k1, m1t, k1
R3:       k2, m1a, k1, m1t, k2
R5:       k3, m1a, k1, m1t, k3
R7:       k4, m1a, k1, m1t, k4 (22 sts)

Switch to white
R9:       k5, m1a, k1, m1t, k5
R11:     k6, m1a, k1, m1t, k6
R13:     k7, m1a, k1, m1t, k7 (34 sts)

Switch to brown
Continue increasing in the same way until there are 58 sts. Don’t forget to knit every other row.
Knit 4 rows
Decreasing:
R1:       k12, sski, k1, k2tog, k12
R3:       k11, sski, k1, k2tog, k11
Continue decreasing before and after middle stitch until there are 38 sts. Don’t forget to knit every other row.

Switch to white
Continue decreasing before and after middle stitch until there are 26 sts.
This is a good time to fill the football with polyfil(or whatever you like)

Switch to brown
Continue decreasing until there are 6 sts, pull yarn through and tuck in ends. Sew on finger laces and you’re done! 


Here is a link to help you knit the football in your favorite team colors. 

Football Update

The first one is the big one in the back. The new one is a little too diamond shaped. Also notice the difference between size 7 and size 3 needles The smaller one is knit much tighter and you cant see the polyfil. I also took out about 10 knit rows, which I think need to be added back in.

Side view of increases and decreases.

I think as soon as I add in the knit rows, it will look much more round and footbally.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

20 reasons I love knitting

Maybe I'm not as hardcore about it as some people can be, but I really love knitting. What do I love about knitting?

1. The excitement of picking out a pattern.
2. Knowing when I see something in a store I want, I can probably make it.
3. Getting excited about making something for someone I love.
4. Yarn shopping.
5. Buying new needles.
6. Starting/finishing a project.
7. Knitting multiple projects at a time, so I don't get bored.
8. Not screwing up in the middle of a complicated project.
9. The fact that there is yarn all over my house.--My husband isn't such a fan of this one...
10. Seeing people use/enjoy my gifts.
11. Creating my own patterns.
12. Finding awesome patterns that someone else created so my brain can have some off time.
13. Telling people that I knit.
14. Being asked if I knit something that was actually store bought.
15. Using the needle to scratch my head or back.
16. Using the needle to hold my hair up.
17. Sitting down on a windy/rainy/snowy day in front of my big front window with a hot cup of coffee/tea.
18. Reading while knitting.
19. Using stitch markers to count for me.
20. Knitting anywhere I freaking can.

Wow, I came up with those really fast! I'm sure I could come up with 20 more. What are your favorite things about knitting?

Monday, 11 October 2010

Football woes

I thought I would post this so people know how pattern making can be annoying. This is my fourth attempt at this football. The first attempt helped me make the bib pattern. Which wasn't my original plan. The second attempt helped me make a small, purse size candy corn kleenex cozy. And the football above was the result of me not decreasing correctly. 

I was so sure this pattern was right, but it ended up being WAY wrong. Oh well. I will just have to adjust it. Also, I think I need to use MUCH smaller needles. I dont plan on making the laces look like that, I just sewed something on really quick. I dont think I calculated the decreasing rows/color pattern right. They are exactly the same on both sides as far as increasing and decreasing, but the striping was off by 2 rows. :( bummer. I will just give this one to my daughter, who I'm sure will become the owner of many odd shaped items.

You live and learn.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Today I will break.

I'm taking a break from pattern writing...because after last night I think I might have 8 hairs left on my head. :(

So, my friend Sher emailed me this cute pumpkin pattern and I made it for my daughter today. (she loves pumpkins, but who doesn't?)

Everyone else should make this too! It is EXTREMELY easy and quick!



Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Football Bib

This is what I've been working on! I think its adorable. Sorry for the really bad button. But ya know....I didn't have anything better. ps, the football can be knit without the strap. : )


Yarn:
2 balls Sugar N Cream, brown and white. The white I had as left overs. You really dont need much. The final product is about 7 inches long.

size:
nb-9months

Needles:
size 7 straights

stitches:
m1a: make 1 away
m1t: make 1 toward
If you need help go to knittinghelp.com 
sski: slip slip knit improved.  (slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 purlwise, knit  through the back loops)

Pattern:

CO5
brown
r1 -all odd            k1, m1a, k to last st, m1t, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 11 sts
white
r1 -all odd            k1, m1a, k to last st, m1t, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 15 sts
brown
r1 -all odd            k1, m1a, k to last st, m1t, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 23 sts

continue in stockinette st pattern for another 2 inches or for another 10-14 rows. Whatever you want. 
                **Make sure to knit the first and last st of every wrong side row.
               
r1 -all odd            k1, sski, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 17 sts
white
r1 -all odd            k1, sski, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 13 sts
               
brown
r1 -all odd            k1, sski, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 5 sts
BO

finishing:
sew in some stripes for the ball laces.
strap
pick up 5 stitches just right of left white stripe.
knit for desired length
button hole at the end.
k1, sski, yo2, k2tog.
BO
This may need to be blocked.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Just had a...

Brilliant idea....off to the drawing board! Football fans, you're gonna LOVE this! I guarantee it! That's all I'm going to say right now. stay tuned. You wont regret it.

first attempt: fail  :( 

Monday, 4 October 2010

Hat

Pattern coming soon!

This is my latest knitting pattern. Tell me what you think!




Monday, 27 September 2010

Choc-o-late



Yarn used:
Red Heart Shimmer
 Worsted (medium-4)  10 ply (9 wpi)
A little over a half a ball

Stitches Used
C2B: 4 stitch cable. Slip 2 sts to cable needle (or right hand needle) and hold in front of work, with yarn in back knit next 2 sts on left needle. Then move first 2 sts back to left needle and knit them.
C2F: Same as above except hold the slipped stitches to the back and the yarn to the front.
MS: kfb, slip marker, kfb
Kfb: knit through the front then back of a stitch
Pbf: purl through the back then front of a stitch. (If you don’t want to figure this out, kfb will work)
Kt1: knit to 1 stitch before marker
pm: place marker

Things you will need
1 skein Red Heart Shimmer
Size 7 circs and DPN’s
Stitch markers
This fits size 12-18 months. (probably closer to 12) ps- It’s not meant to meet in the middle. 

Pattern

Neck/body
CO 45 sts.
K1, p1, k1 across for 3 rows creating a seed stitch collar.
Row 1 ws: k1, p1, k2, p4, k1, pm, p7, pm, p13, pm, p7, pm, k1, p4, k2, p1, k1
R2 (rs): k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, pbf, sm, kfb, kt1, MS, kt1, MS, kt1, kfb, sm, pbf, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1
R3: (all odd rows) k1, p1, k2, p4, k1, p to last 9 sts, k1, p4, k2, p1, k1
R4: (k1, p1 2x) C2B, p1, (MS, kt1 3x) MS, p1, C2F, (p1, k1 2x)
R5: same as row 3
R6: (k1, p1 2x) k4, p1, (MS, kt1 3x) MS, p1, k4, (p1, k1 2x)
Repeat rows 3-6 until there are 93 stitches.
On right side as you knit across continuing cable and seed stitch, remove markers and place sleeve stitches on stitch holders.
Continue in Stockinette Stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side), cable and seed stitch for desired length.  For half sweater continue for 12 more rows.
                For full sweater continue for 20 more rows. 

Bottom edge
R1(rs): k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p1, *k2, p1 to last 10 sts, , p1, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1   
R2: k1, p1, k2, p4, k1, p1, *k1, p2 to last 8 sts, l1, p4, k2, p1, k1
R3: k1, p1 across
R4: BO

Sleeves
Place 29 sts on double pointed needles, pick up 4 stitches in armpit. 33 sts. 

K for approx  3” for half sweater
6” for full sweater 

Cuff:
R1-2: k2, p1 across
R3: k1, p1 across
R4: BO


Tuesday, 21 September 2010

My knitting Tools

 Not that any of you really care that much
 but here is my current assortment of knitting/crochet tools.
I buy as I need. So, this is what I've needed so far. yes, I have used EVERY item here at least once. 

What we have here:
beads
scissors
needle point protectors
stitch markers
row counters
thread
weaving needles
pens/highlighter
paper
stitch holders
cable needles
Straights and DPN's from size 13-3 
A respectable stash if you ask me.

Here we have:
Circular needles
crochet hooks
a latch hook(with big knobby handle)
Broomstick lace thing (H shaped thing)
Cro-hook (long thing at bottom)

Free Shipping on Beads and Yarn!

WEBS

Spend $25 and get free shipping? too easy! Do it now!

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

wash cloths galore!

I am making them for 3 people right now. I finally have Aunt Jan's done. They're in the USPS box. all 6 of them. Now I'm working on 6 more for another Aunt of mine, a few for a friend of mine and I plan to make some for an unsuspecting friend too. ---because I know she will love them!

The yarn shown in about 15 cloths worth, but I need to buy different yarn for my Aunt.

I'm just using Grandmother's Favorite pattern. Quick and easy.

I like size 7 needles, but have also used a 6's.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Sneapeeky of Bolero



Here is a sneak peek of my bolero project. All that's left for me are the sleeves and then I will be posting the pattern! Stay tuned! 

I've decided to make another one, just to double check my pattern. Hopefully this doesn't take too long. 
It wont be more than a couple days at most.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Little Cable and Seed Stitch Vest


Yarn: Lion Brand Yarn, Hometown USA (shown in Honolulu Pink) (machine washable and dryable, I'm in!)

Needles: size 13 circulars and straights

This is knit from the bottom to the top.

Little Cable and Seed Stitch Vest
9m (12m, 18m, 2T)
Super Bulky Yarn
Size 13 circs and straights
Tapestry Needle
Scissors

Pattern
Body: (using circs)
CO 40(44, 48, 50)
Join and knit 2 rounds.
Purl 1 round.
Knit around until piece is around 6 ¼ (6 1/2, 6 ½, 7 ½) long. Or, whatever you want :)

Back: (using straights)

r1- k 22 (24, 26, 28) on straight needles and leave remaining 18 ( 20, 22, 22 ) stitches on circular needle.

Work in stockinette stitch for 1 ½”

On right side(front), ssk 1st 2 stitches, knit across to the last 2 stitches. k2tog.

Continue stockinette stitch for 7 (9, 11, 13) rows
Piece should be approximately 10”(10 ½”, 11 ½”, 12 ½”)
BO on wrong side
Front: (using straights)

Left Yoke:
r1: k1, p1 for the first  13 (15, 17, 17), leaving 5 stitches on circs.
r2: *k1, p1 across, k1

**All odd rows (RS): *k1, p1 across, last 2 stitches k2tog
**All even rows, continue seed stitch pattern. Knit the purls and purl the knits.
Continue odd and even rows for 7 (9, 11, 13) rows, There should be 6 stitches left, BO.

Right Yoke:
before you knit any stitches, pick up last stitch from left yoke onto circs so there are 6 stitches to start with.

r1: p1, k4, p1
r2: k1, p4, k1
r3: p1, c2b,p1
r4: k1, p4, k1

Repeat these 4 rows until you’ve hit 7 (9, 11, 13) rows. BO

Finishing:

Sew 2 shoulder seams and weave in all ends. When sewing the left yoke to the back only sew as wide as the right yoke, so its symmetrical. 

Friday, 27 August 2010

bolero

I'm currently writing my first knitting pattern for a toddler sized bolero. Its taking a while. Stay tuned.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Violet

Violet

#1 Stefanie Japel = awesome!

#2 My daughter's name is Violet and I MUST make this for her!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

dishcloths and bibs

Here is what I'm currently working on. I'm trying to get rid of all my cotton at the moment. My plan is to not buy anymore yarn until my stash runs completely out!

Organizing

Part 1, books

Here are all of my knitting books. I dont have many because as soon as I discovered the HUGE amount of patterns on the internet, I have only bought books that I REALLY wanted.
Punk Knits
Illustrated Guid to Knitting
Fitted Knits
Baby Knits for Beginners
Crochet Basics
One Skein
Domiknitrix
Stitch'n bitch
A Collection of Afghans
Handknit Holidays

I have made at least 1 think from all the books except the afghan book and Punk Knits.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

I cant believe the response from posting that bib pattern. I feel bad because its not a completely original design. I only posted it because I hoped people would enjoy it, and they seem to be! I'm so happy I did.

Now that so many people like this bib, I feel like it might be time to start posting some of my original knitting patterns. Unfortunately, most of my original knitting patterns have been gifted and I dont have pictures of them, so I guess I need to get cracking on my knitting...

Friday, 6 August 2010

dishcloth turned bib


Girly Bib
 To make this bib I started out with this pattern and altered it.

The Cotton Dishcloth (Once Removed or Dressed Up!)
Designed by: Marion Torgerson
Rating: Easy - Medium
Materials: 1 ball worsted weight cotton yarn, size 7, 8, 9 or 10 US needles. (7 gives a tight knit that is still soft, yet scrubs)  (I used 7s)
Instructions:
Cast on 15 stitches
Row 1 and all odd rows: K across.
Row 2: K3, YO, K to last st, turn.
Row 4: K3, YO, K to last 2 sts, turn.
Row 6: K3, YO, K to last 3 sts, turn.
Row 8: Bind off 3 sts, K2, YO, K to last 4 sts, turn.
Row 10: K3, YO, K to last 5 sts, turn.
Row 12: K3, YO, K to last 6 sts, turn.
Row 14: Bind off 3 sts, K2, YO, K to last 7 sts, turn.
Row 16: K3, YO, K to last 8 sts, turn.
Row 18: K3, YO, K to last 9 sts, turn.
Row 20: Bind off 3 sts, K across row.

To make the bib:
knit this 20row repeat 5 times. 
To make Strap:
BO the first 9 stitches so that only 6 stitches remained on the needles
Knit garter stitch for approximately 5-6 inches.
To make Button Hole
row 1 k1, k2tog, YO twice, SSK, k1
row 2 k2, KFB of YO, k2 
row 3 knit 
row 4 BO


The size is about 0-9 mos. 

Seamless Baby Sweater

The Pattern(updated)

I'm going to start this pattern sometime soon for Violet.

Patons Pure 100% organic cotton in Aqua Plum

I thought this would be beautiful yarn for this sweater. I need to get a contrasting color for the edging.

I started this blog...

To save all the people on facebook.com who have blocked my feed because I post old lady crap like knitting.

So, this blog is dedicated to knitting. And knitting alone!

I also want to be able to contribute patterns to Ravelry.com sometime in the future and feel like I should organize my knitting thoughts/patterns.