Saturday, June 3, 2017

Best of Fingerless Gloves Free Knitting Patterns


I have become a bit of a fingerless gloves pattern connoiseur.  I made my first pair of fingerless gloves about 10 years ago.  I rarely used quality yarn at the time.  I tended toward middle end acrylics...think Michael's and Wal-Mart.  Then, I had this friend who wanted to learn to knit Fetching fingerless gloves by Cheryl Niamath, and she had found these lovely skeins of yarn online for $18.  I almost choked, but...I splurged, for my friend's sake.

Thus began my affection for fine things - especially fine yarn.  I still only splurge on fine yarns occasionally.  (I have a mountain of second-hand acrylics I use to make blankets and items for donation...projects I work just to keep my fingers moving.)  When I do splurge on a high end skein, I love to make fingerless gloves.  They feel so nice on my hands on a spring or fall evening.  They keep me warm and keep my fingers free, so I can continue knitting...or typing.  And above all, I love to give them as fine gifts to my precious friends.

Here is a collection of the favorite fingerless gloves patterns on my to-do list.  Enjoy!

Best Free Fingerless Glove Knitting Patterns:

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Sometimes simplicity is the best option.  Camp Out Fingerless Mitts by Tante Ehm on Ravelry are rated as an "easy" knit with a very high rating.  Kara Stanley makes it easy to see why knitters are so happy with the results of this free knitting pattern.  These gloves are simply lovely!  They will definitely be in my queue, and I think I will splurge on the Noro yarn to get the most delectable results.


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© Alexandra Brinck
It's hard to believe Linda K's Yummy Mummy Wristwarmer's is offered as a free knitting pattern by Alexandra Brinck on Ravelry.  The lovely cable works make the gloves look like a complicated, delicate work of art.  The quality yarn choice shines through in the beauty of these fingerless gloves.

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© Tracybug  Flickr
I was shocked when this fingerless gloves image came across my Pinterest feed.  The diagonal rib is a delightful play on the eyes.  Ravelry reviewers give fingerless gloves pattern, Straightforward Mitts , by Mone Dräger a high 4.5 star rating and a low difficulty score.  Tracybug offers a sweet image of the diagonals.  I think I will pick out a high quality yarn and give this free knitting pattern a go.

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©  nemesia  Flickr
Unforgettably feminine.  Pink yarn adds to the delicacy of the playful cables on these fingerless gloves.  I love the detail on the thumb gusset, an area that is rather typically ignored. The free fingerless gloves knitting pattern, Roosa Ruusu ,by Emma Karvonen is a must knit for my future.

© Kandipandi
I love the fingerless gloves pattern, The Hand of Friendship Fingerless Mits by Kandipandi.  The eyelets give the pattern a delicate look of complexity.  The picot bind off makes the edge of these gloves appear royal - crowning your hands with delicacy.  The pattern offers an option for shorter gloves, and one ball of the angora merino wool makes two pairs of fingerless gloves.  Knit one for a friend.  Knit one for yourself!

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© twinsetellen  Flickr
Handed Yes, Fingered No - Mitts that Fit is a simple, but lovely fingerless gloves pattern offered free by Ellen M. Silva.  The pattern boasts the stripey technique, which I had to research further.  It is apparently a "jogless stripes" knitting technique, and since I am all about learning new things, I may have to practice it out on these lovely mitts.

Colorblock Hand Warmers | Purl Soho
© Purl Soho
Top 1 reason to try their lovely yarn: 1) This free knitting pattern, Colorblock Handwarmers, by Purl Soho.  I am a little hesitant with the longer cuffed fingerless gloves patterns.  I have some serious texture sensitivities...but...I really hate sleeves, and this yarn IS light, merino.  So, I'm betting they could stretch out my short sleeves season, and they would feel pretty great.  I just love the simply elegant thumb "gusset."  Purl Soho offers several suggested color schemes in the pattern.  I think I like this one the best!
Traveling Cable Hand Warmers | Purl Soho
© Purl Soho

While we are on the topic...here is another free fingerless gloves pattern by Purl Soho - Traveling Cable Hand Warmers.  It's not every day that I am up for complicated knitting, but when I am, you'd better believe I am going to use a delightful, fine yarn.  This pattern is written for extra fine merino wool with 20% mulberry silk...a textural explosion in my hands, I'm sure.  I'm not one to hide behind neutral colors, but there are several other choices available.  (I'm feeling Super Pink or Tumeric Yellow).

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© Rosie
This pattern is very similar (multicolored fingers and all) to my ABSOLUTE, very, very favorite pair of gloves EVER...honestly, I loved these gloves.  I bought them at a store...not hand knit...and they had this little overlap that went over the thumb but could be "kicked back" easily.  Unfortunately, the thumb eventual began to unravel (after many years' wear), and though I fixed it several times, there came a day these gloves were beyond repair.  I still have them tucked away in a knitting drawer, in case I ever decide to write a pattern to knit them.  (I had a favorite pair of shoes that wore out once, too.  I allowed myself to take a picture of them before I finally made myself throw them out.)  I was so excited when I fell upon this fingerless gloves Magic Mitts pattern by Rosie on Sew and Sew.  This is on my Must Knit Soon! list.

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My final fingerless gloves free knitting pattern is Jacoby offered by Berroco.  I love the stripes.  I love the ribs.  I love the thumb gusset.  Oh!...and WHAT?!!...I researched a little deeper and found that this is a self-striping yarn.  I think I am in love.  Must try Berroco yarn and make the Jacoby!  *Caution...the yarn may be hard to find.  It looks like it was a limited time only yarn in 2007, but I found several options for buying recently.  Search "Berroco Lang Jawoll Yarn."  Otherwise, we may have to find a substitute.


Feel free to comment to add your favorite free fingerless gloves pattern links to the list.  I will update as I make my way through these patterns.  Happy Knitting!



Sunday, May 28, 2017

Upcycled Knitted Socks



Thrift Store Sweater Socks




I saw this knit sweater at a local thrift store and fell in love with the colors.   I had the idea in mind that I would look for cheap sweaters to recycle the yarn. The tag on this one claimed it to be 100% shetland wool. It is a little scratchy and it the sweater was stretched out, so I thought it would upcycle nicely into a pair of knee-high socks. I purchased the sweater for less than $10.


Step 1:  Find the Seams






On each side of the sweater, I stretched the seam to find the yarn that bound the front and back together.



Step 2: Remove the Seam Stitches





On this sweater, it was not too difficult to find the seam stitches, since they were done in gray, and there were a lot of other colors in the sweater.  I used a darning needle to pull out the seam yarn section by section, so I could salvage it, as well.








Once I got the seams separated, I looked for a starting point on the bottom hem of the sweater. Whenever I had trouble finding a starting point, I would simply sacrifice a little bit of yarn by making a cut at one end and pulling until I found where the yarn end had been tucked.







Step 3: Unravel Sweater and Wind Yarn Balls



All in all, it was a slow but steady process. This yarn was particularly fragile and broke in places. I chose to just knot it together, leaving long ends to weave in later. The yarn was also thin, so I used two strands together to knit. Actually, I wound 4 separate yarn balls: the front, the back, and one each for the sleeves. I wasn’t exactly concerned with making the socks to match perfectly, but because I used a front and arm together for one sock and a back and arm together for the other sock, they matched exactly.










I chose to make them long enough to be boot socks (knee-high). I used the pattern in Getting Started Knitting Socks by Interweave Press appropriate for the gauge. I altered the top of the sock to be the length of my shin, with an increase appropriate to the measurement of my shins.














I LOVE the finished product. That itchy thrift store sweater feels great (and looks cute) on my feet in the winter!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pocket Scarf and Fingerless Gloves: Free Knitting Pattern

I designed this pocket scarf and fingerless glove knitting pattern set to match my original earflap hat knitting pattern.  The pocket scarf is super long, so that it can wrap around your neck and still reach to hip length - a handy little feature that allows you to keep your fingertips warm when you are not using them to knit...or text...or any other activity that typical gloves won't allow.  Happy Knitting!

Fingerless Gloves Knitting Pattern

Gauge

8 stitches and 12 rows per 2 inches

Materials

One skein Impeccable yarn

5 US size 7 dpn (double pointed needles)

Small stitch holder (or large safety pin)







Instructions

Main Glove


  1. Cast on 28 stitches and divide onto 4 needles (7 sts. per needle).
  2. Join round and knit in rib (K1, P1) 12 rnds.
  3. Continue knitting in stockinette (knitting all stitches) M1, k14, m1, K14.
  4. Knit 2 rounds.
  5. Continue as established, increasing at the beginning of the 1st and 3rd needles every third round, six more increases and a total of 42 sts. (Balance the stitches between the 1st and 2nd needles and the 3rd and 4th needles, as needed.)
  6. On the last increase round, knit until 4 sts remain on the 4th needle.
  7. Separate the last 4 stitches from the fourth needle and the first 4 stitches on the first needle. Place on a small stitch holder (or large safety pin).
  8. Balance remaining stitches on the 4 needles, join together as a round, and knit 15 rounds.
  9. Bind off. (The top edge is designed to roll over slightly.)


Thumb


  1. Holding with the cuff at the bottom of the work, pick up 6 stitches around the top and edges of the main glove.
  2. Knit the 7 existing stitches.
  3. Balance stitches onto 3 or 4 needles.
  4. Join stitches into a round. Knit 4 rounds, marking the beginning of the first round after the picked up stitches.
  5. Bind off.

Finishing

Sew in all loose ends.



Pocket Scarf Knitting Instructions




Gauge

5 stitches and 7 rows per 2 inches (gauge is not essential)



Materials

One skein Impeccable Yarn

US size 11 straight needles







Instructions


  1. Cast on 20 stitches.
  2. Knit in rib (K1,P1) for 30 rows.
  3. Purl one row.
  4. Knit in rib for 225 rows (or to desired length).
  5. Purl one row.
  6. Knit 30 rows.
  7. Bind off.


Finishing


  1. Fold scarf ends along the purl lines to form pockets. 
  2. Sew sides together along the fold. 
  3. Sew in all loose ends. 
  4. If desired, add pom-poms or tassels along the folded edges.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

Free Knitting Pattern - Earflap Hat


Free Knitting Pattern Flashback: August 28, 2012

Earflap Hat Knitting Pattern


Free knitting pattern author modeling the Earflap Hat in a multicolor set.

This hat was one of my first original free knitting pattern designs.  It is knit in single rib stitch with pick up stitches to add the earflaps.  The ties are made from 3 braided i-cords.  The hat is finished with a border and home-made pom-poms on the top and tails.  (Learn how to make a pom-pom with Vickie Howell here).

I haven't made an earflap hat from this knitting pattern in awhile...may have to add one in my Ravelry queue.  I remember it as a fun knit.  I enjoyed experimenting with fun color combinations (see more pics below).  As always, I would love to see your finished products!  I hope you enjoy the free knitting pattern.  Happy Earflap Hat Knitting!

Gauge:
18 sts and 24 rows per 4 inches

Materials:



  • Impeccable Yarn - 1 skein mc, 1 skein cc
  • US size 7, 24 inch circular needles
  • 5 US size 7 dpn


Seafoam/gray variation of the free earflap hat knitting pattern.


Instructions:



  1. Cast on 104 stitches.
  2. Knit in 1 x 1 rib for 28 rounds.
  3. Begin decrease. *K k2tog. K11 skspk2tog.* Repeat across round.
  4. Dec. Round 2: *K10, K2tog* repeat across round.
  5. Continue decrease as established for 9 more rounds, switching to dpn when needed.
  6. Next three rounds: k2tog around.
  7. Last round: k2tog, cut yarn tail and pull through loop.


Green/pink variation of the free earflap hat knitting pattern.


How to Add Earflaps and Braided I-cords


  1. Using 2 dpn, pick up and k 29 sts. on each side of hat. (Use start tail as a center point on one side of hat. Start and end pick up on a purl stitch.)
  2. K two rows in rib.
  3. Begin dec. Row 1: Skspk2tog, k in rib to last two sts., k2tog.
  4. Row 2: P2tog, k in rib to end, p2tog.
  5. Repeat rows 1 and 2 three times.
  6. Repeat row 1 one more time. (9 sts.)
  7. K two rows in rib.
  8. Separate first 3 sts., k into an I-cord 50 sts. long (using contrast color). Knit 3 middle stitches into an I-cord (using main color). Knit final 3 sts. into an I-cord (using the contrast color). 
  9. Braid and sew ends together. Make and attach a small pom-pom.


Original variation of the earflap hat with no model.


How to Add Earflap Hat Border


  1. Pick up the sts. on front side of hat, from flap to flap. (Number does not have to be exact, but make sure it is the same on the front and back.)
  2. Knit one row (or three, if desired) in garter st.
  3. Next row: Knit and bind off.
  4. Repeat for back of hat.



Finishing Your Earflap Hat:

Sew in all loose ends.

Abbreviations:


  • dpn - double pointed needles
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • k2tog - knit 2 together
  • skspk2tog - slip one as if to knit, slip one as if to purl, knit the two together. (This stitch keeps the knit stitch in front to maintain the ribbed look.)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Harry Potter Knitting Patterns - Free


Well, I finally fell onto the wagon.  I have fallen in love...with Harry Potter.  Honestly, after finishing the series, I don't know why it took me so long.  My darkest fears of being snatched into the sacrilegious, have been completely eradicated.  In fact, I've stumbled upon many embedded biblical themes in the magical, albeit fictional, world.

I have to admit, I'm glad I saved the series for now.  This year is the exact year that I desperately needed to escape into an amazing fictional world...to leave behind my own challenges, triumphs and heartbreak, for a bit, and enter into someone else's.

Harry's world has given me respite, and more...many new things to knit!  Here are the best (and most realistically worth my time) Harry Potter Knitting Patterns - Free I have found.

Harry Potter Knitting Patterns - Free


1.  Hogwarts Scarves Knitting Patterns by Studio Knit


Knitting Pattern for scarves in all the house colors using the first year scarf pattern, which rotates large, even color blocks.

Studio Knit provides a lovely Free Gryffindor Scarf Knitting Pattern tutorial.  The scarf is knit in the round with Lion's Brand Wool Ease yarn on size 8 16-in. circulars.  I love the addition of the Hogwarts badge!



2.  Harry Potter Bag Knitting Pattern by Rosemary Waits


Lovely knitting pattern with intarsia design and charts for all four Hogwarts houses.
by Quietish  Flickr
I absolutely LOVE this pattern by Rosemary Waits as a Ravelry download.  Both of my girls decided they wanted scarves and hats for their Hogwarts Houses.  (Get sorted just like Harry Potter at the Pottermore Website!)  So, I bought a boat load of Impeccable Yarn by Loops and Threads at Michaels (which is the yarn I use for my Harry Potter scarves!).  Before I even began, the first daughter had changed her mind.  She didn't think she would wear the knitted scarf much, so I ended up making her slippers in Hufflepuff's black and gold colors.

I went on the hunt to find something more authentic Harry Potter and Hogwarts themed for my other daughter, and I landed on this lovely Harry Potter bag knitting pattern, which includes charts for all four Hogwarts Houses!  I am currently working on the Slytherin chart.


3.  Harry Potter Knee Highs Knitting Pattern by Nicomara


These blue and silver Ravenclaw knee highs, using the small repeated striping of the later Hogwarts years could easily be knit in any of the four Hogwarts School Colors.
by simplyeca  Flickr
I am DEFINITELY going to put these Harry Potter Knee Highs in my knitting queue! They are pictured in Ravenclaw blue and silver.

Actually, the official Hogwarts house colors are defined by J.K. Rowling on her Pottermore website:

"The four Hogwarts houses have a loose association with the four elements, and their colours were chosen accordingly. Gryffindor (red and gold) is connected to fire; Slytherin (green and silver) to water; Hufflepuff (yellow and black, representing wheat and soil) to earth; and Ravenclaw (blue and bronze; sky and eagle feathers) to air."

However, in the movies, the Ravenclaw colors are blue and silver.  Not-Literally.com has an interesting explanation of the whole debate.

 Regardless, the Harry Potter Knee Highs are easily knit, using fingering weight yarn (30 stitches and 41 rows per 4 inches) in whichever house colors you choose!  Just be sure to pay attention to the addendum mentioned on Ravelry!


4.  Harry Potter Uniform Sweater Knitting Pattern via Katie Marcus


Katie Marcus provides a link on Ravelry for this archived sweater pattern in the Hogwarts uniform style.
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I love this version of the Hogwarts uniform sweater provided by Katie Marcus.  Katie has kindly included a web archived link to an old pattern that has since been removed from the internet.  Thanks, Katie...I didn't even know that was possible!  It looks like it is worth the hunt and the pattern was definitely worth archiving.  I may just have to try it out.  Find the archive link for yourself on Katie's Ravelry page.



5.  Harry Potter Doll Knitting Pattern by The Leaky Cauldron


Knitting Pattern provided by The Leaky Cauldron through a link on Mamynany's Ravelry page.
by lily411  Flickr


Because...doesn't EVERYONE need a Harry Potter stuffie?!!  I know I do, and thanks to The Leaky Cauldron, we can all make one for our dearest Harry Potter Fanatic.  Thanks to Mamynany for posting the link to the Harry Potter Doll Knitting Pattern on Ravelry.








6.  Hogwarts Inspired Coffee Cozy Knitting Pattern by Pattymac Knits


Free Knitting Pattern for Coffee Cozies in Hogwarts School Colors provided by PattyMacKnits.
© Pattymac Knits


The question is, who doesn't need this cozy for their Starbucks in the morning?  (Actually, I tend to make my own mochas at home...very Weasley-ish of me, I know.  Then, again, we do have 4 kids.  Not red-heads, but just as much of a handful!)  Thanks to PattyMacKnits for the lovely knitting pattern and link on Ravelry!  I know a few deserving friends, who would appreciate a lovely gift.  






7.  Hogwarts House Hats Knitting Patterns by Sara Belcher


Lovely stocking hats in all four Hogwarts House colors.  The hats include the House names, along with some fair isle work.
© ForeverSarah


It doesn't get much cuter than this!  What a lovely set of Hogwarts House hats provided as a free knitting pattern download on Ravelry by Sara Belcher.  Sara designed these fair isle hats using worsted weight yarn. I love that the Hogwarts house names are written into the design.   I must make one for my winter collection!  The only question is...Ravenclaw, Gryffindor, Slytherin or Hufflepuff?






8.  Harry Potter Inspired Sock Patterns by Karen S. Lauger


Four lovely sock pattern designs, inspired by our favorite wizarding school.
 © Karen S. Lauger
Yet another talented, generous knitter, provides us with a quality pattern.  I really can't believe the free knitting patterns you can find on Ravelry...not to mention the cute titles!  As a fellow knitter and designer, I realize the amount of work this takes, and I am happy to share the links.  Karen provides patterns for all four Hogwarts Houses as Ravelry downloads.  Check out each separate link below:

9.  Hermione Sweater Knitting Pattern by Fuschia12


The lovely Hermione in a sweater.  The pattern is inspired by the one she wore in The Order of the Phoenix.

For the true Harry Potter fan, Jessica aka Fushia12 on Blogspot, provides a knitting pattern to match Hermione's in The Order of the Phoenix.  I love the color, and the 1980's retro appeal.  I would knit this, even if I didn't know it came from the movies.  I would like to see a picture of a sweater knitted from the patterned work, however.  So, if I ever get to it in my queue, I will post a pic of my own!






10.  Hermione Hearts Ron Hat Knitting Pattern by Christy Aylesworth  


Lovely knit hat with cables and eyelets, based on the hat Hermione wore in The Half-Blood Prince.
© Christy Aylesworth


While we are on the topic of Hermione, no Harry Potter pattern compilation would be complete without this lovely knit hat pattern, inspired by Hermione's own in Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.  It is another lovely piece that I would knit-to-own, even if it had no connection to the movie.  Christy provides the popular pattern as a free download on Ravelry.






11.  Harry Potter Knitting Collection by In The Loop Knitting



Wonderful knitting pattern based on the sweater Neville wore in Deathly Hollows part 2.
by JMN  Flickr
Tiny scarves in Hogwarts house colors make a perfect bookmark to keep your spot in our favorite wizard series.
© KnittingWithLaura

Cute little broomstick bookmark, reminiscent of our dear Harry Potter's wizarding world.
© Kristina Gill

Terry Matz offers a delightful variety of patterns (some knitting patterns for free and some patterns for purchase), on her site at InTheLoopKnitting.com.  Among my favorites free patterns are: 
  1. An AMAZING replica of Neville's Sweater from the final movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
  2. A sweet set of Hogwart's Double Knitted Bookscarves (i.e. bookmarks) in colorwork
  3. A Broomstick Bookmark
  4. A Hogwart's scarf pattern bookmark, the Harry Potter Bookscarf
  5. A knitted and felted Sorting Hat
  6. A knitted and felted Aragog the Spider Monster
*Matz also provides a link to the Harry Potter Bag.



So many Harry Potter Knitting Patterns for Free!!!  I don't know where to begin.  If you know of a great Harry Potter Pattern that I did not link, comment and link below.

Happy Knitting!












Sunday, March 12, 2017

Girl's Beret Knitting Pattern


A sweet pattern from the early days of my knitting design.  I hope you enjoy the free girl's beret knitting pattern, with matching scarf and mittens!


Materials


1 skein Lion’s Wool (100% wool) by Lion Brand Yarn, shown in Cadet Blue #110

2-4 skeins specialty yarn to gauge *

5 pairs US size 5 double pointed needles

5 pairs US size 10 ½ double pointed needles

1 pair US size 19 straight needles
Stitch holder


*Note: I originally knit this pattern with the lovely yarn pictured called "Ragdoll." It was, sadly, discontinued. Isaac Mizrahi has a similar gauge specialty yarn at Michael's that would be a reasonable replacement.

Gauge


  • Using 10 ½ needles (or sized to gauge) and specialty yarn in SS: 12 stitches per 4 inches
  • Using Lion’s Wool and size 5 needles in (K2,P2) rib: 21 stitches per 4 inches

Abbreviations and Explanations

  • K2tog = knit 2 together
  • P2tog = purl 2 together
  • * * = repeat from * to * until the end of the round
  • Rib = knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches until the end of the round
  • Garter stitch = straight knit stitch all around

Girl's Beret Knitting Pattern


  1. Using Lion’s wool and size 5 needles, cast on 100 stitches. Divide stitches between 4 needles.
  2. Round 1: Using K2, P2 rib, join work in round.
  3. Rounds 2-8: Knit in rib.
  4. Round 9: *K8 (in rib), k2tog, k8 (in rib) p2tog* (90 stitches remain).
  5. Switch to size 10 ½ needles and Lamb’s Pride yarn.
  6. Round 10-25: Knit.
  7. Begin decreasing by knitting together as directed. You may have to knit together stitches between needles at times.
  8. Round 26: *K13, k2tog* (84 stitches)
  9. Round 27: *K 12, k2tog* (78 stitches)
  10. Round 28: *K 11, k2tog* (72 stitches)
  11. Round 29: *K 10, k2tog* (66 stitches)
  12. Round 30: *K 9, k2tog* (60 stitches)
  13. Round 31: *K8, k2tog* (54 stitches)
  14. Round 32: *K7, k2tog* (48 stitches)
  15. Round 33: *K6, k2tog* (42 stitches)
  16. Round 34: *K5, k2tog* (36 stitches)
  17. Round 35: *K4, k2tog* (30 stitches)
  18. Round 36: *K3, k2tog* (24 stitches)
  19. Round 37: *K2, k2tog* (18 stitches)
  20. Round 38: *K1, k2tog* (12 stitches)
  21. Continue k2tog until 1 stitch remains. Tie off and sew in loose ends.

Mittens to Match Girls Beret Knitting Pattern

  1. Using size 5 needles, cast on 32 stitches. Distribute 8 stitches per needle onto 4 needles.
  2. Rounds 1-9: Join in round and knit in rib.
  3. Round 10: K2tog at the beginning of each needle and p2tog at the end of each needle (23 stitches).
  4. Round 11-13: Switch to Lamb’s Pride Yarn and 10 ½ needles. Knit straight.
  5. Begin increase.  Round 14: *Knit 5, increase in between 5th and 6th stitches, knit 7, increase between the 7th and 8th stitch* (28 stitches)
  6. Rounds 15-18: Knit
  7. Round 19: *Knit 5, increase between the 5th and 6th stitch, knit 9, increase between the 9th and 10th stitches* (32 stitches)
  8. Rounds 20-23: Knit
  9. Round 24: Knit until 4 stitches remain. Separate the last 4 stitches on needle 4 and the first 5 stitches on needle 1 onto a stitch holder.
  10. Divide remaining 23 stitches onto 3 needles (8 stitches, 8 stitches, 7 stitches). Join work on the 3 needles.
  11. Rounds 25-39: Knit
  12. Round 40: Knit until the last stitch remains. K2tog with the 1st stitch of needle 1.
  13. Round 41: K9, k2tog, k9, k2tog
  14. Round 42: K8, k2tog, k8, k2tog
  15. Round 43: K7, k2tog, k7, k2tog
  16. Bind off with Kitchener’s stitch.
Thumb Knitting Instructions
  1. Pick up 3 stitches around the open edge. Knit around joining in stitches from holder. Distribute 4 stitches per 3 needles as you knit.
  2. Rounds 1-6: Knit
  3. Round 7: Knit until the last stitch remains. K2tog with the 1st stitch on needle 1.
  4. Round 8: K5, k2tog, k4
  5. Round 9: K2tog, k3, k2tog
  6. Balance stitches onto 2 needles. Bind off with Kitchener’s stitch and sew in loose ends.

Scarf to Match Gloves and Beret Knitting Pattern


Using Lamb's Pride yarn and size 19 needles, cast on 6 stitches. Knit in garter stitch until work measures 65 inches (or desired length). Bind off. Sew in loose ends. Using Lion’s wool, make tassles and tie on the edge. 






Monday, January 16, 2017

Girl's Gift Set Knitting Pattern: Tiara, Purse, Scarf


Materials

1 skein Lion Brand Fun Fur (Shown in Hot Pink)

1 skein Lion Brand Lion Wool (Shown in Rose)

1 pair size 6 needles

1 pair size 10 ½ needles

Darning Needle

One button

Beads (optional)




Gauge

18 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch using Fun Fur and size 6 needles.

12 stitches x 24 rows = 4 inches in garter stitch using Fun Fur and Lion Wool and size 10 ½ needles.



Purse Knitting Pattern


  1. Using Fun Fur and size 6 needles, cast on 54 stitches.
  2. Knit 6 rows in garter stitch.
  3. Knit 25 rows in stockinette stitch.
  4. Knit 6 rows in garter stitch.
  5. Bind off.
  6. Sew bottom and sides together so that the garter stitch creates a border on the top and bottom.
  7. Sew in loose ends.
  8. (Option not shown) Sew strings of beads spaced evenly around the top edge.

Purse Handles: Cast on 4 stitches with the size 6 needles. Knit in garter stitch until the strap measures 7 1/2 inches (or desired length). Make 2 straps. Sew each end of one strap in the inner part of one side of the purse, spacing each end about 1/2 to 1 inch from the edge. This will form a u-shaped handle. Repeat with the other strap on the other side of the purse.



Scarf Knitting Pattern

Using Fun Fur and size 10 ½ needles, cast on 8 stitches. Knit in garter stitch until work measures 40 inches (or desired length).



Tiara Knitting Pattern

Use Lion Wool and Fun Fur together on size 10 ½ needles. Slip 7 beads onto Lion Wool, if desired.


  1. Cast on 84 stitches.
  2. Knit 1 row.
  3. Create a button hole over the next two rows: k5, *k1, bo” repeat from * to * 3 times, k to end.
  4. K to 5 stitches remaining, K in front and back of stitch 2 times, k4.
  5. Knit one row.
  6. Drop Fun Fur and continue in Lion Wool alone.
  7. *K1 , bo1* repeat from * to * 32 times, k18, *k1, bo1* repeat 32 times.
  8. Knit one row.
  9. K2tog, k1, sb, k12, sb, k1, ssk.
  10. Knit one row.
  11. K 2 together, k12, ssk.
  12. Knit one row.
  13. K2tog, k, sb, k8, sb, k1, ssk.
  14. Knit one row.
  15. K2tog, k10, ssk.
  16. Knit one row.
  17. K2tog, k8, ssk.
  18. Knit one row.
  19. K2tog, sb, k4, sb, ssk.
  20. Knit one row.
  21. K2tog, k4, ssk.
  22. Knit one row.
  23. K2tog, k2, ssk.
  24. Knit one row.
  25. K1, sb and k2tog, k1.
  26. K2tog.
  27. Draw yarn through loop and sew in loose ends. Felt and sew on button.


Felting Instructions



Place washing machine on hottest setting with highest agitation. Put the tiara in with a small amount of detergent. Agitate for approximately 40 minutes, resetting the dial as needed. Check the shrinkage every 10 minutes until work measures 21 inches. (Note: The orginal length should be about 26 inches pre-felting. As you are felting, the band will initially lengthen.)


Explanations and Abbreviations


  • Garter stitch is knitting both sides of the work.
  • Stockinette stitch is knitting one side of the work and purling the other side.
  • K = Knit
  • BO = Bind off
  • K2tog = Knit two stitches together.
  • SB = Slip bead. If you do not choose to use beads, ignore the SB and just knit the stitches in between decreases.
  • SSK = Slip two stitches without knitting onto the right hand needle. Use the left hand needle to pick them up and knit them together.