Monthly Archives: December 2011

The ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Cowl’ Cowl

Using alternating rows of knit and purl, with a 100% silk yarn and a paillette mohair held together, the Twinkle Twinkle Little Cowl cowl (say that ten times fast) can be knit in a night, and is a perfect project if you have just learned how to knit and want to polish up your purls.

The piece is knit flat, and then one end is sewn to the center of the piece, rather than the outside edge.  So what you end up having is a cowl with a big flap hanging off, which you can tuck in, turn inside-out, or just let hang down.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Cowl

Materials: US size 11 needles, 1 ball Himalaya Duke Silk Yarn, 1 ball Schulana Kid-Paillettes, jumbo darning needle

Instructions:

Cast on 38 sts loosely.

*Knit 5 rows.  Purl one row.  Repeat from * until piece measures 18 inches from cast on.

Cast off loosely, leaving a 10″ tail.

Using the darning needle, sew the cast off edge to the center of the piece, lining up the top corner with the top edge, and the bottom corner with the bottom edge.  You’ll end up with a small cowl with an extra flap hanging off of it.

You can wear the flap out, like a small scarf, tuck it in, like a cowl, or turn it inside-out with the flap folded over the edge, like a collar.

Weave in ends.

Graffiti Wrap

Knit on the very biggest needles there are and using a simple eyelet stitch, the Graffiti Wrap is a great baby-steps introduction to lace knitting.

This lace stitch really gets the most mileage out of the yarn.  Try the same pattern with smaller yarn and needles, and you will get a more delicate lace.  I love using this lace pattern in just about everything!  (See the Lace Beret and Lacy Beret: Chunky Edition)

Graffiti Wrap

Materials: US size 35 or 50 needles, 2 balls Katia Inca

Instructions:

Cast on 25 sts.

Row 1: Slip the first stitch knitwise, purl remaining stitches.

Row 2: Slip the first stitch purlwise, k1, *yo, k2tog.  Repeat from * until 1 st remains, k1.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length.  (I used about 1 and a half balls.)  Cast off loosely.  Weave in ends.

My First Triangle Scarf

This triangle scarf is designed for the newbie knitter.  It is worked entirely in garter stitch (that means you knit every row), with simple yarn-over increases leaving little eyelets at the edge which are later used to attach the fringe to.

You can make one of these relatively quickly and using only 1 ball of Noro Taiyo Sock yarn.  This yarn is self-striping, so all those beautiful color changes you see in the picture… the yarn did that, not me!

My First Triangle Scarf

Materials: US size 7 24″ circulars, 1 ball Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn

Instructions:

Cast on 3 sts.

Row 1: Slip 1, k1, yo, knit to end.

Repeat row 1 until you have 13 stitches on the needle.

Row 2: Slip 1, yo, k5, yo, knit to end.

Repeat row 2 until you have 227 stitches on the needles.

Cast off loosely.

Making the fringe:

Cut many 6″ long pieces with of the leftover yarn.  Take 3 strands, fold them over, and using a crochet hook, loop them through the inner eyelets (rather than the eyelets at the edge) of the scarf.  Pull the ends through the loops, and pull them tight.

Attach bunches of 3 strands to every inner eyelet, and to the only eyelets at the bottom point of the triangle.

Weave in ends.

Dip-Dyed Convertible Scarf

This scarf uses color to create a “dip-dyed” effect and can be worn an infinite number of ways.

Materials: US size 11 needles, 1 ball each in 3 different shades of Cascade Kid Seta,  jumbo darning needle

Color Key: Main Color (MC): light blue, Second Color (2C): cream, Third Color (3C): red

Instructions:

Using 1 strand of MC and one strand of 2C held together, cast on 50 sts losely.

Row 1: Knit all stitches.

Row 2: Purl all stitches.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 for 34″.

Cut the 2C from the piece and hold 2 strands of the MC.  Work 2.5″.

Cut the 2nd strand of MC and join 3C, holding the two strands together.  Work 6″ of this combination.

Cut MC from the piece and use a double strand of 3C for the remaining 1″.  Cast off loosely.

Tie opposite corners together and this scarf becomes a cowl.

Lacy Beret: Chunky Edition

This pattern is essentially the same as the other Lacy Beret pattern on the blog except I have substituted a bulkier yarn and larger needle size, making the hat quicker to finish and cuter to wear.

I used 2 balls of Katia Fabula, a creamy-soft, machine washable, big-and-bulky merino wool yarn that comes in an unusually short self-striping repeat.  It’s almost somewhere between a striping yarn and a space-dyed yarn, and looks great in the bulky weight with the giant stitches highlighting the color changes.

Lacey Beret: Chunky Edition

Materials: US size 10 16″ circular needles, US size 15 16″ circular needles, stitch markers, jumbo darning needle

Instructions:

Using the US size 10 needles, cast on 50 sts.  Join in the round, place a marker, and work a K1, P1 rib for 4 rounds (knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat).

Switch to the US size 15 needles and knit 1 round.  (The way you switch between needle sizes is simply to begin knitting stitches with the new needle size off the old needles, and eventually the project will be on the new needles.)

Now that lace pattern begins:

Round 1: *Yo, k2tog.  Repeat from * to end of round. (yo = yarn over)

Round 2: Knit every stitch.  (Even the yarn-overs from the previous round– which will feel different.)

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until hat measures 8″ from cast on, ending having just completed the 1st round.

*Knit 10 stitches, place a marker.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Shaping the crown:

Round 1: *Work a (yo, k2tog) until 2 stitches before the marker, k2tog.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Round 2: *Knit to 2 sts before the marker, k2tog.  Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are too few stitches left on the needle to fit around the 16″ circular.

Cut the yarn,. leaving a 10″ tail, and using a jumbo darning needle, thread the tail through the remaining stitches on the needle, slipping the stitches off the needle as you do so.  You should end up with all of the stitches on the tail yarn.  Pull teh tail yarn tight like a drawstring.  This closes the very top of the hat.

Tie off and weave in ends.

Fingerless Mitts: Seed Stitch

These super cute and cozy little mitts can be whipped up in less than an hour.  They are knit flat, and then sewn closed, leaving an opening for your thumb.  One size fits all!  If you do, however, come across an extra large or extra small hand, add or subtract stitches in 4s (ie. 36, 32, 28, 24, and so on).

You can make a pair with about 50 yards of worsted weight yarn, believe it or not.  That’s 2 pairs per ball!

If you want them a little longer, just knit the 2×2 rib section at the beginning of the pattern for more rows.

This is a great stashbuster project since they only use a very little amount of yarn, and a nice way to sample yarns you’re not sure about.

Fingerless Mitts: Seed Stitch

Materials: US size 8 needle, 1 ball Debbie Bliss Andes, jumbo darning needle

Instructions:

Loosely cast on 32 sts leaving at least a 10″ tail.

Work a K2, P2 rib for 10 rows. (Knit 2 stitches, Purl 2 stitches, repeat.)

Now, repeat the following 2 rows for 15 more rows:

Row 1: *K1, P1.  Repeat from * to end of row.

Row 2: *P1, K1.  Repeat from * to end of row.

Cast off loosely in pattern (knit the knits and purl the purls as you cast off).  Fasten off and cut yarn, leaving a 10″ tail.

Using the tail yarn and jumbo darning needle, sew up from the bottom and down from the top, leaving an opening for the thumb.  Tie off and weave in ends.

Remember to make two!

The Whipped and Frothed Infinity Scarf

Super lightweight, yet completely cozy, this infinity scarf is crocheted using frothy whipped alpaca-wrapped cotton.

All you need to know to make this is the Single Crochet Stitch!  Working a single crochet into only the front half of the stitch results in this classic rib pattern.

This infinity scarf is worked flat, lengthwise, and then sewn closed.  So when you do the first chain, you are actually chaining the circumference of the scarf.

This is the perfect project for beginner crocheters, and can be completed in a couple nights!

The Whipped and Frothed Infinity Scarf

Materials: Size L crochet hook, 4 balls Rowan Alpaca Cotton (2 balls in Rice and 2 balls in Fog), jumbo darning needle.

Instructions:

Using a strand of each of the two colors held together, chain 108.

Prep Row: Make a turning chain, and then, beginning with the 3rd chain from the hook, work 1 single crochet stitch unto the top half of each of the chains.

Row 1: Make a turning chain, skip the 1st stitch, the, working into the front half ONLY of the stitch, work 1 single crochet into each stitch until the end of the row.  Turn.

Repeat row 1 for 22 rows (or until infinity scarf is desired width).  Fasten off.  Using the tail yarn and jumbo darning needle, sew the ends together.  Weave in ends.