Saturday, November 11, 2017

Chain Two headband

Chain Two Headband

Size I/9-5.50mm hook

approximately 47 yards of worsted weight yarn

one button I used 1/2 inch size

gauge = first three rows shown in photo, main body 4 inches wide


ch= chain

sc= single crochet


Chain one after each row (turning chain) through out pattern, does not count as stitch. Pattern is worked into the sc's only, skipping the chains in between.

chain 4

1) sc into second ch from hook, sc 2

2) sc twice into each ch ( 6 stitches )

3) sc 6

4-6) sc1, *ch1, sc1* to end ( working only in sc's here and through out )

Main body

this section determines the length of the headband. I made mine to fit approximately 23" ... add or subtract rows to adjust size as desired.

7-51) sc1, *ch2, sc1* to end 


52-54) sc1, *ch1, sc1* to end

55) sc 6 ( remember to skip chain stitches )

56) sc 2 together three times

Button loop

size can be changed to fit the button you are using by adjusting the chains in between sc's

57) sc1, ch3, skip next sc, sc1 in last sc, fasten off, weave in ends, sew on button.

Pattern by Barbra Szabrowicz, items made with this pattern may be sold.

PDF's can be purchased at

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Texture Stitch Headband free knit pattern

Texture Stitch Headband

Can be made to any size and width you like by sticking to the multiple of 2+1 for width and knit until as long as you want.
Any yarn will work just use appropriate needle size for said yarn, if unsure check label.

The cool thing about this stitch other than it's ease is it is reversible, not sure which side I like better lol

the stitch is as follows
1) right side: purl
2) k1, *yf, sl 1 purl wise, yb, k1* to end

that's it... super easy

I cast on 19 for this one.. didn't pay attention to gauge or yardage just worked until it was the right size for me and cast off..... seamed it wove in ends and good to go.. super fast ...

yf= yarn forward
yb= yarn back
sl= slip one
k= knit

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
and Ravelry click here to download from ravelry
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