Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Doggie Sweater revisit

UPDATE: This turned out to be her sweater of choice

Doggie Sweater
Little dog is kind of picky about what she will wear. She can't have her paws going through anything at all, her last sweater had sleeves....once on it was all good but the getting on part was always a issue, hates to have her paws touched.....
She likes to have her back, belly and lower neck covered.....nothing else. Oh and the neck needs to be a pull over style.
So this is what I came up with.....
The belly flap fits a wide range of sizes, and can easily be adjusted, as every part can be.

Doggie SweaterThe body of the pattern is knit flat starting from the tail end working up to the belly flap with button holes.
The neck is low set on shoulders, made in pull over ( turtle neck style) 2 by 2 ribbing, done in the round. The legs are left “open” for ease of walking and getting on doggie :D

16 inches long by 23 inches wide ( with belly flap )
Size 9 US needles dpns or cable needles
Gauge 4 stitches by 5 ½ rows per one inch done in straight stitch
Parts of this pattern knit both flat and in the round
3 one inch buttons
210 yards of worsted weight
k = knit
kf/b = knit into the front and back of the next stitch
k1 tbl = knit 1 stitch through the back loop
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
2 by 2 ribbing = knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches, repeat, continue in this manner
Tail end of the bodyCast on 46 stitches
Knit 10 rows
1 ) k1, kf/b, knit to last 2 stitches, kf/b, k1
2 ) knit
3 - 4 ) repeat rows 1 and 2
5 - 6 ) knit
Repeat rows 1 - 6 until you have 60 stitches on your needles
Belly flapKnit to end, increase 20 stitches using single cast on method.
K20 tbl ( to tighten new stitches ), knit to end
Knit 2 rows
Button holesKnit to last 5 stitches, bind off 3 stitches, k2
K3, increase 3 stitches, knit to end
Knit to last 8 stitches, k6 tbl, k2
Knit 11 rows
Knit to last 5 stitches, bind off 3 stitches, k2
K3, increase 3 stitches, knit to end
Knit to last 8 stitches, k6 tbl, k2
Knit 11 rows
Knit to last 5 stitches, bind off 3 stitches, k2
K3, increase 3 stitches, knit to end
Knit to last 8 stitches, k6 tbl, k2
Knit 2 rows
Bind off 20 stitches, knit to end
Front legs portionKnit 8 rows
K1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
Repeat last 2 rows until you have 50 stitches ( this creates a curve going up to the neck )
Knit 4 rows
NeckKnit to end increase by 20 stitches and join in the round
Knit to last 10 stitches k10 tbl
2 by 2 ribbing for 4 inches
Bind off in pattern.
Weave in ends and sew on buttons.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Yes Yes Shawl

                                                  I love this pattern.. fun and free yippee...
 I used Lion Brand's Mandala in Valkyrie .. totally love the look.. only problem is I started to run out of yarn before the last repeat of 4 rows was done.. not wanting to give up the length or color change up.. I skipped the 3rd row repeat and added an row of trebles instead of dc's .. kept the over look of the pattern going.. Think I might end the next one with trebles as well.

yes yes shawl on Raverly

My last row ...
ch5, (treble (tr) around back post (bp) of dc , ch1)x's 7 , * ch2, hdc around chain 6 space of previous row, ch 6, hdc around next ch 6 space, ch 2, (treble around back post, ch1)x's 8 repeat from * to center stitches, tr in dc from previous row, ch2, tr in next dc skipping center ch2 space , ch1, * ( tr bp, ch2 )x's 8, hdc around chain 6 space of previous row, ch6, hdc around next ch6 space, ch 2, repeat from * to last cluster, (tr bp, ch1)x's 8, tr into the third start up ch of previous row.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

mindless knit shawl even easier with color changing yarn

There are times when you want to make things without a lot of thought.. well at least there are for me lol..... a few years back I started make these shawls.. lost count on how many long ago .. I needed to try the new Lion's Brand Mandala ... fell for their color ways hard.. got just one..
thinking I could just make one scarf size I started out.. then I came across just one more... in another color way on sale.. half price..  at this point I was liking how it was working up so much I didn't want to stop, so I grabbed it up thinking about half of the colors would work nicely but the other colors not so much.. I did me some cutting.. kept the darker colors and later added them to another skein I got on clearance.. I thought it was a pretty good match up
 This is a top down crochet shawl pattern by Red Heart..
get it free here top-down shawl
 I then came across just one skein of the first color way I used .. all at the same store.. at this point I am thinking what a mess their store room must be to keep coming up with these one at a time lol.. but half price no way I could pass on it.. so now it must become a large shawl.. scarf be damned ;) ..
I love the look of it .. the super soft feel of the yarn.. the drape ( used a 10.5 needle so a bit larger then called by the yarn maker ) ..
a day after getting the last skein my mom comes by with two more for me.. full price :( .. I happened to go back to the store the next day and the rest of them were marked down.. got me a few more lol.. thinking more shawls are on the way :D
the pattern can be found on the link below

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Lace Top Bag
I adapted a lace pattern called little arrowhead lace, for the opening of this bag. It’s in many pattern stitch books, including harmony guides and different sock books.

10 yards Frosty Green Redheart worsted weight
16 yards Aspen Print Redheart worsted weight
34 yards Café Redheart worsted weight
Size 6 ½” by 7 ¼”
Size 8US dpns
Exact gauge is not essential to this project

Kbl = knit through the back loop
Psso = pass slid stitch over
Yf = yarn forward
Yo = yarn over needle
K2tog = knit 2 together

Cast on 31 stitches with Frosty Green, join in the round.
1) k1, *yf, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, k2tog, yf, k1* repeat to end
2) knit
3) k2, *yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf, k3* repeat to last 5 sts yf, sl 1, k2tog, psso, yf, k2.
4) knit
5) repeat 1 - 4
Change color to Aspen Print.
9 - 11 knit
12) *k5, yo* repeat to last st. k1.
13) *k5, Kbl* repeat to last st. k1.
14) *k5, yo, k1, yo* repeat to last st. k1.
15) *k5, Kbl, k1, Kbl*, to last stitch k1.
16 - 21 knit
Change color to Café.
22) knit
23) purl
24 - 26 knit
27) purl
28 - 30 knit
31) purl
32) knit
33) * k5, k2tog, * to last stitch k1
34) knit
35) * k5, k2tog, * to end
36) purl
37) * k5, k2tog, * to last stitch k1
38) knit
39) * k5, k2tog, * to last 3 stitches, k3
40) knit
41) * k5, k2tog, * to end
42) knit
43) * k2tog, * to end
44) knit
45) * k2tog, * to end

Cut yarn thread through remaining stitches, weave in end securely. Weave in all other ends. Make I-cord about 24” long, or to desired length. Weave through first row of lace yo’s cloeset to body of bag.