Monday, October 9, 2017

Free patterns and hat sale

I love this time of year.. still warm enough that no jacket s needed but night are perfect for cozy shawls and playing with yarn... about the time of year I start wearing my fingerless gloves at night too.. I keep a pair in my car to year round.. great for grabbing a hot steering wheel..
with this in mind here are a couple of patterns to help enjoy this wonderful time of year..
stop by my Etsy shop to take advantage of my hat sale going on now ( sale ends 10/14/17 )

Etsy shop

Now the patterns...

The larger needle size makes these very quick and easy,great for last minute gift. The ribbing gives them enough stretch to fit a wide range of hand sizes. Beads add a bit of flare but are optional. 

1 by 1’s fingerless gloves 

Both gloves are made the same
Size 10 US dpns needles
Gauge 4.5 stitches by 5.5 rows per inch 
50 yards of sport weight yarn ( for both )
26 size 11 clear seed beads
k = knit
m1 = make new stitch by picking up bar between stitches and knit through the back loop
p = purl
1 by 1 ribbing = knit 1 stitch, purl 1 stitch, repeat. Always purling the purl stitches and knitting the knit stitches. Continue in this manner
** repeat instructions to end of round

Cast on 26 stitches using alternating knit one purl one long tail method after placing 13 beads on thumb side off cast on tail sliding beads in place with the purl stitches, join in the round

1 - 7 ) *1 by 1*

8 ) k1, m1, p1, *1 by 1*

9 ) *1 by 1*

10 - 13 ) repeat rows 8 and 9 twice more

14 - 16 ) *1 by 1*

17 ) Bind off 6 stitches in 1 by 1, *1 by 1* turn ( next few rows are knit flat )

18 ) *1 by 1* turn

19 ) *1 by 1* rejoin in the round knitting

20 - 26 ) *1 by 1*

Bind off in 1 by 1, weave in ends

mindless knit shawl

 I used worsted weight yarn as well as some fun fur and other novelty yarns
the needles were a size 11 US
cast on 5 stitches

1) k1, yo, knit to the last stitch, yo, k1

2 ) knit until the center stitch yo, knit center stitch, yo, knit to end

I kept knitting until I liked the size ..... this one was huge, felt like wrapping up in a cozy blanket ... I have since made them in all sizes.. smaller ones double quite well as a scarf                                                        
bind off and weave in ends

I will admit to putting in a bit of thought but not much lol...... I knew I would be using at lot of different yarns so to keep things even ( sort of ) I added the novelty yarns on the "wrong" side as well as the variegated yarn....
by even I mean, not all of the ends of the added in yarns were on the same side, there for the thickness that weaving the ends adds was on both edges.... in my latter shawls I started to join my yarns instead of weaving in.. so much easier and only two ends to deal with :) see post with video on fast way of joining yarn here not my video but love this method used it often. Work the last stitch of a row before yarn change.. cut yarn very close to end of stitch.. remove stitch and join new yarn.. your new yarn should start at the end or middle of the stitch.. done.. no extra weight, join is hidden in stitch... if you don't mind change overs mid row join before you start to knit shawl ... making the change over random can result in some very interesting projects...  

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Egg frying pan

 Been seeing these cute little frying pans with an egg on the handle for some time at department stores... as they were dang near as much as a full sized one saw no point in getting one.. Then we came across one at a dollar store... had to grab one now... LOVE it... makes a two egg omelette to perfection super fast.. Jorden was able to make us each one ( 4 plus one made with a goose egg ) in less time than it normally to make one.. even browning, bits of cheese fully melted through out....

Monday, October 2, 2017

Witch Hat for pets knit pattern

Happy October

Every year our little dog gets a new witch hat. This year I made her one. I don't think she was real happy when we put it on the cat though ; )

Not spoiled at all ; )

Witch Hat for pets
now at Craftsy click here to download a pdf of this pattern $1.00
and Ravelry click here to download from ravelry $1.00
6 inches wide with brim, 6 inches tall, approximately
Size 6 US dpn needles set of 6
Gauge 5 stitches by 7 rows per inch ( exact gauge is not essential to this project )
42 yards worsted weight yarn

K = knit
Kf/b = knit into the front and back of the next stitch
P = purl
* * = repeat instructions between as many times as indicated

Cast on 3 stitches

Kf/b all stitches

Place on 3 dpns join in the round, place marker at beginning of round if needed
1) knit 3 rounds
2) ( kf/b, k1 )x 3
3) knit 3 rounds
4) ( kf/b, k2 )x 3
5) knit 3 rounds
6) ( kf/b, k3 )x 3
7) knit 3 rounds
8) ( kf/b, k4 )x 3
9) knit 3 rounds
10) ( kf/b, k5 )x 3
11) knit 3 rounds
12) ( kf/b, k6 )x 3
13) knit 3 rounds
14) * kf/b, k3* to end
15) knit 4 rounds
16) * kf/b, k4* to end
17) knit 2 rounds
18) * kf/b, k5* to end
19) knit 1 round
20) knit into the back bar ( the purl bump ) from the front, of your knit stitch, then knit the stitch itself, pass the first stitch over the one you knit, to end. This helps firm up the brim as well, being decorative.
21) knit to end
22) *kf/b, k6* to end
23) knit to end
24) purl to end
25) *kf/b, k7* to end
26) purl to end
27) *kf/b, k8* to end
28) purl
29) *kf/b, k9* to end
Bind off, weave in ends.

I made a I-cord about 7 ½ inches ( or to fit under chin ) the last inch of the cord I stockinette stitched. I don’t want any of my pets getting chocked with the hat cord, so I put a snap on the flat end of the I-cord and the other snap to the inside of the brim about a inch in, then sewed the other end of the cord to the opposite side of the brim to form the chin strap.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Color pooling scarf

Part 1
color pooling scarf
Talk of color pooling has been every where for some time now.. I love the look ut never got around to trying..
Came across some clearance yarn the other day.. $1.50 for a skein of Red Hearts Super Saver in Earth and Sky color way..
I love the way it looks so far..
Although I would not do the purl on each end next time.. tends to curl along the edges.. thinking a black edge will make the colors pop however so I'm not frogging.
I cast on 37 stitches using a size 8/5.00mm needle ( long tail )
knit the first row
purl one, knit one to the last stitch, purl one, repeat these two rows
nothing else to it ..
 Will update as soon as I get the edging done

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

One button cowl free knit pattern

This cowl works up very fast using both bulky and worsted weight yarn.. first started making them a few years ago.. still a favorite for last minute gift giving

I didn't count the yardage with this pattern.. I just grabbed two balls of yarn one bulky, one worsted weight.. the closest needles and started knitting... I wanted something mindless to work on.. come out with this very easy quick cowl...

Size 15 US needles
gauge is not essential for this project 
( made with bulky and worsted weight yarns held together )

One button ( about 1 and 1/2 inches in size )

k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
k3tog = knit 3 stitches together
yo = yarn over needle

Cast on 15 stitches, using both yarns held together through out the pattern
knit all stitches until you reach 24 inches or the length to go around your neck

start decreases for button loop

1 ) k2tog,  k11,  k2tog
2 ) k2tog,  k9,  k2tog
3 ) k2tog,  k7,  k2tog
4 ) k2tog,  k5,  k2tog
5 - 15 ) knit
16 ) k2tog,  k3,  k2tog
17 ) k2,  k2tog,  k1
18 ) k2tog,  yo,  k2tog
19 ) k3
20 ) k3
21 ) k3tog
bind off weave in ends, sew on button using photo for placement

Monday, September 25, 2017

Football can cozy/wrist warmer

Not only do these cover cans nicely they work very well as wrist warmers

Football can cozy
10 US dpns
15 yards brown worsted weight yarn
2 1/2 yards white worsted weight yarn
yarn needle for stitching on "seam"
gauge 7 sts. by 10 rows per 2 inches

cast on 24 join in the round
1-2) knit all stitches using brown
3) knit all stitches using white, cut white yarn
4-16) knit all stitches using brown
17) knit all stitches using white, cut white yarn
18-19) knit all stitches using brown, bind off purl wise, weave in ends.. add stitching for seam using photo as guide.

Friday, September 1, 2017

small crochet flower

I came across some clearance embroidery floss the other day.. 10 cents each.. down from 43 cents.. in perfect colors for flowers... way too good of a deal to pass up..  fits in to the cuff style bracelets out of crochet thread beautifully...

here is one of the flowers so far

gauge isn't important, just try to keep your stitches even

I used a size B1/2.25mm hook for both the center and outer pieces

The outer flower petals are made with DMC 3608, center petals are made with 3689 .. I did not separate the floss as I was happy with the thickness, if you do you may need to go with a smaller hook size

in the center of the flower I stitched in one bright pink size 6/0 seed bead

ch= chain
sl st= slip stitch
dc3tog= yarn over hook, insert hook into ring, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops..  yarn over insert into ring, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loops....  yarn over insert hook into ring, pull up a loop,  yarn over, draw through two loops... yarn over pull through four remaining loops

tr3tog= yarn over hook twice, insert into ring pull up a loop pull through two loops, yarn over pull through two loops.. yarn over the hook twice insert into ring, pull up a loop, pull through two loops, yarn over pull through two loops... yarn over the hook twice insert into ring, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through two loop, yarn over pull through two loops, yarn over pull through four remaining loops

Outer flower petals
ch 6, join with a sl st to form ring
*ch3, trb3tog, ch3, sl st into ring* five times, fasten off

Center flower petals
ch 5, join with a sl st to form ring
*ch3, dc3tog, ch3, sl st into ring* four times, fasten off

seam smaller flower petals to the inside of the larger outer petals, add bead