Tuesday, September 27, 2011

You must be mistaken - Cowl pattern

After all the recent baby knits I have been itching to knit something for an adult, in chunky weight yarn & with next to no sewing up. It's a chunky textured cowl knit in mistake ribbing, & is ever so cosy. It's simple enough for even conservative wearers, though you could liven it up for more daring types with a contrasting colour in the i-cord bind off & with decorative buttons

The cowl is first knit in the round, & then knit back & forth to make a slit to one side. It's intended to be worn folded down at the top, but of course, you can wear it without the fold & tucked into more layers on cold days. The finished cowl is approx. 23.5 cm high & 23 cm across.

Yarn; 108 g / 130 metres of chunky weight yarn 
I used Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky (50 g / 60 m per ball, recommended tension of 15 st/ 10 cm)
The body of the cowl used 2 balls; the partial 3rd ball was for the optional i-cord edging.

Recommended Tension; 14 st/10 cm in stocking stitch.

Needles; 5.5 mm circular for the body, 5 mm circular for the i-cord edging. 
Spare DPN for picking up stitches.
(I'm a slightly loose knitter; you may need to use larger needles)

Cast on 74 stitches & join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist. 
Mark the beginning of the round with a stitch marker.

Knit in mistake ribbing in the round
 Round 1; knit all stitches
Round 2; *K1 P1* repeat for the round.
Continue knitting these 2 rounds until the piece measures about 15 cm, ending with a knit round. Increase one stitch at the end of this round.

Change to knitting flat
WS; * P1, K1* repeat until last stitch P1
RS knit all stitches
Continue knitting these two rows until you're almost out of yarn - approximately 8 cm (or until the desired length).
If you do not want to add i-cord edging bind off now.

i-cord edging
WS facing, and using the smaller needle; (knit, YO knit) into the first stitch. Slip these 3 stitches back to the left needle tip without twisting.
*K2, K2tog, slip stitches from right needle to left needle tip* along the remaining live stitches.
Pick up 16 stitches along the first edge of the side slit; continue knitting the applied i-cord onto these stitches. Pick up another 16 stitches on the second slit edge, & continue with the applied i-cord until just 3 stitches remain. K2tog, k1; slip last 2 stitches onto left needle tip; K2tog.

Weave in ends, & add decorative buttons, if desired.

I may have spoiled myself by knitting this; the yarn is ever so squooshey & cosy & lovely to handle. Watch this space for more cowls....

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Baby Boom continues...

I've been churning out the baby knits. 
First, a hat & cardigan set for a little boy due in November;

Cardigan Pattern; Sweet Bunting by Laura Chau
Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK
Hat Pattern; made-up.
Buttons; from Studio 54 in Blackrock
For the cardigan I (obviously) ignored the wee colour pattern. I just wanted a relatively seamless cardigan for an infant. 

I knit a wee hat to match with some of the leftover yarn. It's made from a mixture of previous patterns. I'm usually one for knitting in the round where possible, & avoiding seams. However, I don't like the appearance of coloured stripes when knit in the round.

Yarn; DK weight
needles 4 mm ( I used 3.5 mm for my loose tension)
Tension; 22 st / 10cm
Cast on 74 stitches (2 stitches for seaming); knit flat; knit 2 x 2 rib for 2 - 3 centimetres.
Then knit in striping stocking stitch for 10 centimetres.
Decreases; Row 1 (RS)Knit 1 *knit 7, k2tog* (across row) knit 1
Row 2 and all WS rows; purl
Row 3 Knit 1 *knit 6, k2tog* across row, knit 1
Continue in this way, keeping first and last stitches as seam stitches, until you decrease to 6 stitches. 
Bind off first & last stitches over the next round; knit last 4 stitches in icord until long enough to tie a wee knot.
Sew seam using mattress / ladder stitch.
I may or may not have had to fudge those last couple of decrease rounds. I intend to knit a few more of these, to use up partial balls of DK weight yarn.

This baby boy already has a 3 year old sister who loves hats & the colour purple, so I decided she deserved a gift too.
Pattern; Capucine by Adela Illichmanova (Ravelry Link)
Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
Needle; 4.5 mm circulars.
Buttons; from stash. Heart buttons from A Rubanesque, Crayola button from a previous Knitting & Stitching show

Some of the pattern directions were a little.. vague. Tension, for example. Anyway, this makes a very cute wee hat. I'm a slightly loose knitter, so most others may need to knit using 5 mm needles to get a similar size. I only moved on to the second ball of yarn for the last couple of decrease rows & the tassles. I used sewing thread for the buttons to ensure they were secure. 

Then I decided the other half's niece (now 15 months old) deserved a knit too; using aran-weight leftovers. 
PatternScrap-Happy Celebration Hat by Cosette Cornelius-Bates

 Yarn; leftovers of Debbie Bliss Aran weight yarns
Needles; 4mm

When knit according to the pattern (CO 96 stitches) this was big enough to fit over my abnormally large head; I started with 80 stitches, changed colour when the colour ran out & then fudged the decreases. I also should have added under-the chin ties because 15 month olds are not known for leaving hats on their heads. 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Baby Boom; finished knits

I've recently finished & given some knitted gifts for the bumps-in-progress, so I can now show freely show off my knitting without spoiling surprises!

Bitty Cabled Cardigan by Heather Cabanas 
Yarn; Louisa Harding Kashmir DK

This is a dotey wee cardigan & it knit up in a flash. I knit the largest size (intended for a newborn) & it seems tiny. I would normally knit at least 3 − 6 months for babies, but the mother-to-be really liked this one.
It'll hopefully fit the child long enough for a photo!
Rib-Knit baby hat by Jennifer Sauselein 
Yarn; Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

A very simple pattern; knit a tube of ribbing & then bind it closed at the top & adorn with button/toggle/beads of your choice. It's very stretchy so I think it will last the wee ones for a while as they grow. I used just under a ball for each hat so it's be a great way of using up those odd balls of aran weight yarn.

 Daisy by Stephanie Pearl McPhee
Yarn; (grey cardigan on left) Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran
(blue cardigan below) Debbie Bliss Rialto DK

I've now knit this pattern 4 times; enough!! For these two cardigans, I sewed the sleeves & body together before knitting on the collar. My recently learned mattress stitch skills meant the original knit-on collar would not sit right. 

The baby knitting continues, & the bumps continue to grow.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Frankenshawl

For the last number of weeks I have been struggling with The Frankenshawl. My mother celebrates a big round birthday this coming Sunday & I wanted to knit something special for the occasion. But no one pattern seemed to suit. So I decided to mix & match charts from a view different patterns.

Yarn; The Natural Dye Studio Dazzling Sock in Bluebell
Needles; 3.5 mm circular

  • I began with the set-up instructions from Laminaria, & then knit the Star chart from the same pattern, until I had increased to 196 stitches.
  • After much sketching & doodling & charting, I realised that the 3-into-3 stitch in the Laminaria shawl is the same stitch called a gathered stitch in the Miralda Shawl lower border. Starting with a WS row, I knit a modified version of the Miralda lower border chart.
  • Next I knit the Laminaria star chart again, increasing until I had 365 stitches, & then repeated the Miralda border, but with fewer garter ridges.
  • At this point I knit the Blueberry chart from Fylleryd, & then finished with the edge chart. 

I'm quite happy with the results, in spite of the troubles with excess dye in the yarn.
I adore the curves created by the nupps & yarn-overs in the Fylleryd charts & am determined to use these stitch patterns again.

I just hope The Mammy likes it!