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.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Best I Could Give

So...we are "celebrating" the first Christmas without my sister, who died of liver failure this summer.

I really can't believe the words I just typed.  I am still so stupefied.

...man, that is REALLY a good word for grief!  Stupefied:  What happened?!  What happened?!  How can this have happened?!  How can this be real?!

Grief is trying to bring back order from the chaos that remains in the wake of the hurricane that was her life and death.  It is overwhelming and confusing and hard.  It is very, very hard.

While she was dying, I became oddly obsessed with her feet.  I don't know what it was about her feet.  Perhaps it was just that everyone wanted to be up by her face, and her feet were out of the way.  I could stay there and be close and not feel like I was hogging up the last moments of her.

I had this image in my mind of a lady at the feet of Jesus. (It was probably a Mary.) She was weeping. She knew His death was imminent, and she poured out her heart upon him.  She anointed his feet with her tears, wiping them with her draping, dark hair.

I knelt at Kerri's feet.  I let my tears roll.  I watched her skin absorb each one.  I let my hair down anyway.  I looked at her toes.  The chipping, yellow paint made me sad.

We had changed her attitude toward the potential of having to move into a nursing home with the promise of a pedicure.  She was supposed to go recuperate and prepare for a liver transplant.  I had put aside the horror of looking at nursing homes for my 45-year-old sister, and turned the horror into determination to make it THE BEST place possible.  She was most excited about the salon.

But now, here we were at her deathbed.  She would never go.  She would not recuperate.  She would not get a transplant.  She would not go to the salon, and I could not change this truth.  My tears fell more intensely.

Kerri had been less and less responsive over the last few days.  What had started out as minimal became non-existent.  "Kerri, can you squeeze my fingers?" Nothing.  "Kerri, can you wiggle your toes?" Nothing.  We struggled to accept the inevitable, as we watched her body struggle to breath, and I held her feet in my hands.

I held her feet in my hands, and then, I felt her point her toe.

She pointed her toe!

I thought it must be reflex, but I spoke back with a squeeze.  She pointed.  I squeezed. She pointed.  I squeezed.  And I knew this was not reflex.  This was communication.  This was MY big sister, comforting me in her death.  And this was me responding, "I love you" and "We are going to be okay."

I arranged one last pedicure.  My love came to me with purple polish from the gift shop, and he knelt for me...and he honored my sister...and he honored me...as he painted her toenails.  My throat tightened, but my heart swelled, and my tears fell more peacefully.

My sister loved high school.  She was pretty.  She was popular.  She was involved in everything.  Those were some of her best days.  I remember being dragged along to football games and band concerts and all kinds of places I'd rather not have gone.  It is interesting...her last moments were spent with some of those same people from the old days.

I can't imagine there has ever been a death experience anything like hers.  The room was full, and we were all talking...speaking, praying... messages of love, happy thoughts, encouragement, promises.  I was taken back to the old times, out on the football field.  As the home team was announced, the fans would form a tunnel and cheer the boys through as they ran onto the field.  I held that image in my mind, and I saw that WE were that tunnel.  Here we were, cheering and encouraging Kerri through from life into eternity.  A happy thought in the midst of our sorrow.

And that last breath.  We somehow knew, in rhythm, that this one was the last...so that we had the privilege to shout one last goodbye.  "Good-bye, sister.  Good-bye.  I love you!"

And the sorrow hit like a heavy weight on my chest. Yet, there was gratitude in the midst.  There is always gratitude in the midst of pain, for to those determined to hunt.  Even in Kerri's burial...gratitude...I had the privilege, once again, to honor her feet.

When we came to view her, I wondered...and I could not let her be buried with unanswered questions in my heart.  So, I opened the casket to look at her feet.  Had they changed her toes?  They had not.  However, we were disturbed that her feet were bare.  She would NOT have wanted her feet to be bare, and even though we knew it didn't really matter...it mattered.

So, I gave her the best final gift I could give.  My special hand-knit socks.  I had made them FINE.  Small stitches (like zero's...) of Cascade Heritage Silk in K.C. Royal's blue (her favorite team).  They were precious...some of my best work.

And I had the privilege of putting them on her feet...a precious, piece of me to go with her to the grave.  She is not alone.  I am not alone.  WE are not alone.  We are united in our hearts, in our love, in the people who remain who knew her and love her and love me.  We are united in a Kingdom that is beyond this desolate, barren world, and we are united in a King who gives hope to the hopeless and healing to the broken...and I am grateful to give Kerri the best I could give, from my needles and from my heart, as I let go a piece of it.

With love, to my sister...



Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Free Knitting Pattern: Cotton Dress

Materials

  • 5 US size 10 ½ double pointed needles
  • US size 10 ½ circular needles ( 24 inch)
  • 8 - 2 oz. rolls 100% cotton yarn (Shown in Peaches and Creme Pink Lemonade and Pink Lilacs)
  • Stitch markers, if desired.

Gauge

3 stitches and 4 rows per inch

Finished Measurements

14 inches wide; 24 inches long (before adding straps)

 

 

Dress Knitting Pattern

  1. Knit with two strands of yarn at once using double pointed needles. Cast on 70 stitches.
  2. Knit 22 rounds in stockinette stitch. Switch to circular needles.
  3. M1, k 35, m1, k to the end of the round.
  4. Knit 4 rounds.
  5. M1, k36, m1, k to end.
  6. Knit 4 rounds.
  7. M1, k37, m1, k to end.
  8. Knit 4 rounds.
  9. M1, k38, m1, k to end.
  10. Knit 4 rounds
  11. M1, k39, m1, k to end.
  12. Knit 4 rounds.
  13. M1, k40, m1, k to end.
  14. Knit 4 rounds,
  15. M1, k 41, m1, k to end.
  16. Knit 4 rounds.
  17. M1, k 42, m1, k to end.
  18. Knit 4 rounds.
  19. M1, k 43, m1, k to end.
  20. Knit 4 rounds.
  21. M1, k 44, m1, k to end.
  22. Knit 4 rounds.
  23. M1, k 45, m1, k to end.
  24. Knit 4 rounds.
  25. M1, k46, m1, k to end.
  26. Knit 4 rounds.
  27. M1, k47, m1, k to end.
  28. Knit 4 rounds. (96 stitches)
  29. Purl one round.
  30. Knit one round.
  31. Purl one round.
  32. Knit one round.
  33. Purl one round.
  34. Knit and bind off. Sew in loose ends.

 

Dress Straps Knitting Pattern

Using 2 double pointed needles, cast on 4 stitches. Knit 35 rows. Bind off (approximately ¼ inches long and 1 ¼ inches wide). Position straps to fit child and sew in place.

 

Knitting Pattern Abbreviations and Explanations


  • When knitting in the round, stockinette stitch is creating by simply knitting all stitches.
  • M1 = Make one stitch. Place the left hand needle under the horizontal bar between the 2 stitches (from front to back). Use the right hand needle to pick up the back side of the new stitch and knit.
  • Alternative top: The original top is knit in straight knit stitch,which gives it a curl-down effect. To create a border to match the bottom of the dress, alternate between knit and purl rows for 6 rounds: knit, purl, knit, purl, knit, purl. Then, continue using the knit stitch for 16 more rows. Begin increase at step 3. 

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Free Knitting Pattern - Lamb's Pride Bulky Hat and Scarf





Materials

2 skeins Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% wool/15% mohair), shown in Blue Skyways M-230 (3 skeins total if making gloves)

5 US size 10 ½ double pointed needles

Stitch markers, if desired


Gauge

4 ½ stitches per inch; 4 rows per inch




Knit Hat Pattern

Cast on 68 stitches. Knit 30 rounds in single rib stitch. Continue knitting in single rib. Begin decreasing:
  • K7, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k7, skspk2tog, k6 skspk2tog, k7, k2tog, k6, k2tog, k7, skspk2tog, k6, skspk2tog (60 stitches)
  • *K6, k2tog, k5, k2tog* (52 stitches)
  • *K5, k2tog, k4, k2tog* (44 stitches)
  • *K4, k3tog, k3, k2tog* (36 stitches)
  • *K3, k2tog, k2, k2tog* (28 stitches)
  • *K2, k2tog, k1, k3tog* (20 stitches)
  • *K1, k2tog, k2tog* (12 stitches)
  • K2tog, knitting between needles as necessary (3 stitches)
  • K2tog until 1 stitch remains


Cut yarn and draw through the loop to secure. Sew in loose ends.


* * These signs are used to designate areas to be repeated. Repeat the stitches from * to * until the end of the round.


Scarf Knitting Pattern

Cast on 16 stitches. Complete scarf in single rib stitch. Knit for 63 inches (about 250 rows) or desired length. Bind off and sew in loose ends.


Knitting Pattern Abbreviations and Explanations

Single rib stitch: Keep the pattern in k1, p1. As you begin decreasing, you may have two knit stitches together at times to keep the pattern consistent.


SKSPK2tog: Slip the first stitch, as if to knit, onto the right hand needle. Slip the second stitch, as if to purl, onto the right hand needle. Stick the left hand needle into the front of the stitches and knit the two stitches together. This keeps the knit stitch in front to maintain the appearance of the single rib pattern.

K2tog: Knit two stitches together at one time.




Friday, November 18, 2016

Simple Little Knit Cloth: Free Knitting Pattern



I love using these small knit washcloths!  They fit right in the palm of my hand.  The cloths work great as coasters, since they absorb condensation from iced drinks.  They also make cute gift sets when tied up in a bundle.


Materials
100% cotton yarn
US size 2 needles





Small Washcloth Knitting Pattern
  1. Cast on 30 stitches.
  2. Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows.
  3. Begin knitting in stockinette stitch: Knit one row, Purl one row with a 4 stitch border on each edge (K4, purl until 4 remain, K4).
  4. Continue knitting in stockinette stitch for a total of 35 rows.
  5. Knit 6 rows in garter stitch.
  6. Bind off.

Explanations

  • Garter stitch: knit every row
  • Stockinette stitch: knit one row, purl the next, repeat
  • K = knit, P = purl 

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sweetly Simple Knit Prayer Blanket


When I first found out about Sophia's conception, I knew the pregnancy was going to require a serious prayer battle. Karla, who had a history of miscarriage, was already spotting. My heart ached. I'd had four miscarriages myself, and I didn't want Karla to have to go through another one.

I knew this baby was worth the battle, but I had no idea how hard we would have to fight. When precious Sophia was finally born, her doctors discovered she had a serious heart malformation (tetralogy of fallot). She had to have open-heart surgery as a newborn, and she faced two more in her lifetime.

As she and her parents spent many weeks in the hospital, I prayed over them daily. One night, it dawned on me that I HAD to knit Sophia a blanket, and I HAD to have it done by the time she came home. I went to the knitting store and found the softest, prettiest yarn and an intensely soft backing material.
It was an overly expensive blanket...my alabaster box...and I prayed over Sophia with every stitch. It comforted me to be doing something for her. Now that blanket has become a source of comfort to this very precious baby girl. The experience bound my heart to Sophia and her family! I still feel as though I walked through that anxious time with Karla.

I was so fulfilled that I decided to make more prayer blankets. I modified the pattern a few times and have finally settled on two versions. I use the first when I want a blanket done quickly. I use the second when I need an easy project for some extended back and forth knitting.
I hope you get as much satisfaction from it as I do. Enjoy!  


Free Knitting Patterns - Baby Blanket:

Bulky Yarn Baby Blanket Pattern

Materials
US size 15, 29 inch circulars (The circulars can hold more stitches.)

6 skeins of yarn in gauge (I used Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn. It is made in the USA.)
1 yard of fleece (or other soft and heavy) fabric
 Gauge
2 stitches and 2.75 rows = 1 knitted square inch*

Measurement
Finished Knitting Size (before sewing)= 35 inch x 35 inch

Knitting Instructions
  1. Cast on 70 stitches.
  2. Knit in SS for 96 rows.
  3. Bind off on the right (knit) side.
  4. Sew in all loose ends.

Sewing Instructions
  1. Measure a 35 inch square of fabric and cut.
  2. Pin fabric and knitting with right sides together. Sew a 1/4 to 1/2 inch from edge around all four sides of the blanket (turning corners). Leave a small opening for pulling material right side out.
  3. Turn material right side out. Sew opening by hand.
  4. Sew a 1/2 inch border, pushing inside material edging to the side to create a "puffy" edge.

Worsted Weight Baby Blanket Pattern



Materials

US size 8, 29 inch circular needles
5 skeins of yarn in gauge (I used Lion Brand Vanna's Choice, but I am considering trying Impeccable, a Canadian brand.)
1 yard of fleece (or other soft and heavy) fabric

Gauge
4 stitches and 6 rows = 1 knitted square inch*


Measurement
Finished Knitting Size (before sewing)= 35 inch x 35 inch



Knitting Pattern
  1. Cast on 140 stitches.
  2. Knit in SS for 210 rows.
  3. Bind off on the right (knit) side.
  4. Sew in all loose ends.

Sewing Instructions
  1. Measure a 35 inch square of fabric and cut.
  2. Pin fabric and knitting with right sides together. Sew a 1/4 to 1/2 inch from edge around all four sides of the blanket (turning corners). Leave a small opening for pulling material right side out.
  3. Turn material right side out. Sew opening by hand.
  4. Sew a 1/2 inch border, pushing inside material edging to the side to create a "puffy" edge.

Knitting Pattern Abbreviations/Explanations
SS = Stockinette Stitch, *knit one row and purl the next* repeat from * to * until desired number of rows are completed.

*NOTE: Gauge and sizes do not have to be exact. Simply measure and cut fabric to match the size of your blanket.          

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bath Mitt and Soap Sack

Free Knitting Pattern in Scalloped Pattern


Perfect to hold your soap and hang in the shower, this scrubbie is also designed to fit on your hand. It makes a very versatile gift!






Materials

US Size 7 needles
Cotton Yarn, such as Lily Sugar and Cream



Scalloped Pattern:
P2, *s1, k2, psso*, p2.
K2, *p1, yo, p1*, k2.
P2, *k3, p2*, p2
K2, *p3, k2,* k2









Knitting Pattern
  1. Cast on 52 stitches.
  2. Repeat scalloped pattern 11 times.
  3. Knit 10 rows SS.
  4. Bind off.
  5. Make a loose crochet chain about 35 stitches (or a 10 inch i-cord). Add tassles to the ends of the tie. Weave the tie into the open spaces of the top scalloped pattern.





Abbreviations/Explanations
  1. * * - Repeat from * to * until the last two stitches.
  2. s - slip stitch knitwise (See video instruction.)
  3. psso - pass slipped stitch over (video)
  4. yo - yarn over (video)