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 Instructions

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 Instructions

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.


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





Knitting Instructions
  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!  


Large Stitch Baby Blanket

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.

Small Stitch Baby Blanket



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 Instructions
  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 Instructions 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

 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









Instructions
  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)






Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Free Knitting Pattern - Checkers Board

Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver brand, or similar gauge
(Gauge on package is 17 sts and 23 rows to 4 inches with size 8 needles.)

Instructions:
1. Using mc, cast on 50 stitches.
2. K7 mc, k6cc, *k6 mc, k6 cc,* repeat once, k6 mc, k7 cc.
3. P7 cc, p6 mc, *p6 cc, p6 mc,* repeat once, p6 cc, p7 mc.
4. Repeat rows 2 and 3 three times.
5. Switch color positions. Knit in cc over mc and in mc over cc. Knit in SS for 4 rows.
6. Switch colors every 5th row six more times. (You will have 8 rows of squares.)
7. Bind off in blue.


Borders
1. With wrong side facing, pick up 49 stitches across top of work.
2. P 1 row.
3. K 5 rows.
4. Bind off.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 at the bottom of the work.
6. With wrong side facing, pick up 48 stitches on the side of work, (including 4 per edge at top and bottom borders). P 1 row. K 5 rows. Bind off.









Backing:
1. Cast on 50 stitches.
2. Knit in SS for 76 rows.
3. Bind off.












Finishing:
  1. Tuck in loose ends. Sew backing to the board.
  2. Find some draughts (or buttons) and play! (I used recycled game pieces for mine.)



 
Abbreviations:
k: knit
p: purl
ss: stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl the next, repeat)
mc: main color

cc: contrast color

Monday, September 19, 2016

Free Knitting Pattern: Newborn Hat

Knit Flat with Seam



I had a lovely ball of Cascade Superwash yarn just sitting in a basket with no purpose.  Fortunately, I found this lovely pattern for a newborn sweater.  Written by Kelly Brooker, the Puerperium Cardigan pattern is available for free on ravelry.

Of course, once I had completed the sweater, I realized my little guy would need a matching hat.  So, I wrote this simple pattern to be completed on straight needles (or knit flat with circulars…my favorite!).

Happy Newborn Knitting!


Materials

Yarn: 1 skein Cascade 220 Superwash Sport wool yarn (or yarn with same gauge)

Needles:  1 pair US size 5, 1 pair US size 3

Stitch Markers
Gauge: 22 sts/4 in. – SS
Instructions

  1. CO 68 sts., using size 3 needles.
  2. K garter stitch 6 rows.
  3. Change to size 5 needles.  K SS until work measures 4 in., starting with a purl row.

    Begin Decrease
    :
  4. *K6, k2tog, PM, K7, k2tog, PM.* Repeat * to * across row. (Obviously, no marker needed on the last set.)
  5. P2tog, *P to marker, slip marker, p2tog.* Repeat * to * across row.
  6. *K to 2 before marker, k2tog.* Repeat * to * across row to last 2 sts., k2tog.
  7. Repeat rows 5 and 6 until 12 sts. remain.
  8. P2tog across, removing markers.
  9. K2tog across.
  10. Loop yarn through the last 3 sts to bind off.
Finishing

  1. Sew up sides.
  2. Tuck in ends.
Abbreviations/Explanations


SS: Stockinette Stitch – K one row, purl the next.  Repeat.

CO: Cast on

Garter Stitch: Knit every row.

K2tog: Knit two stitches together to decrease by one stitch.

PM: Place Marker

P2tog: Purl two stitches together to decrease by one stitch.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Free Knitting Pattern - Adult Gloves


Materials

1-2 skeins Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% wool/15% mohair), shown in Blue Skyways M-230 (3 skeins total if making the hat and scarf)
5 US size 10 ½ double pointed needles
1-3 stitch holders

Stitch Markers, if desired


Gauge

4 ½ stitches per inch; 4 rows per inch

 

Glove Knitting Instructions

(Make two alike.)
Cast on 20 stitches. Divide stitches between four needles. Knit in the rib stitch for 10 rounds.

Begin increase, using m1 option 1:
  1. M1, k10, m1, k10 (22 stitches)
  2. M1, k11, m1, k11 (24 stitches)
  3. Knit two straight rounds.
  4. M1, k12, m1, k12 (26 stitches)
  5. M1, k13, m1, k13 (28 stitches)
  6. Knit two straight rounds.
  7. M1, k14, m1, k14 (30 stitches)
  8. M1, k15, m1, k15 (32 stitches)
  9. Knit two rounds straight
  10. M1, k16, m1, k16 (34 stitches)
  11. M1, k17, m1, k13 (36 stitches)


Separate last 4 stitches of the last needle and the first 4 stitches of the first needle for the thumb. Join remaining stitches together. Knit 5 rounds. Shift all stitches onto 2 needles (or stitch holders). Separate evenly as if for the palm and top of the hand. Begin fingers, using m1 option 2 :

Pointer Finger Knitting Instructions

Work with stitches closest to thumb opening. Place 4 stitches from the front needle and 3 stitches from the back needle onto 2 separate working needles. Use third needle to knit. K4, M1, K3 (8 stitches). Knit 12 more rounds in pattern.
Cast off by either removing stitches from the needle and lacing yarn through the middle of each stitch.

Middle Finger Knitting Instructions

Place 3 stitches from the front needle and 4 stitches from the back needle onto 2 separate working needles. Pick up one stitch in the side of the pointer finger (to close the gap). Knit remaining stitches in pattern (8 stitches). Knit 12 more rounds. Cast off as directed above.

Ring Finger Knitting Instructions

Place 4 stitches from the front needle and 3 stitches from the back needle onto 2 separate working needles. K4, m1, k3 (8 stitches). Knit 12 more rounds in pattern. Cast off as directed above.

Pinky Knitting Instructions

Use remaining stitches. Pick up 1 stitch from the side of the ring finger, k3, k4 (8 stitches). Knit 8 more rounds. Cast off as directed above.

Thumb Knitting Instructions

Place stitches from the stitch holder onto 2 separate working needles. Pick up 2 stitches from the side of the glove, knit around in pattern (10 stitches). Knit 9 more rounds. Cast off as directed above.

Finishing

Sew in all loose ends. Sew together the opening between the middle and ring fingers.

Abbreviations and Explanations for Knitting Gloves

K: Though k generally refers to knit, in this pattern it represents both knit and purl stitches. Knit the knit stitches. Purl the purl stitches.
M1: Make one. This pattern uses two methods for increasing.

  • Option 1: 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. Option 1 is used on the hand of the glove.
  • Option 2: Increase into the stitch on the back needle. Knit as normal, but do not drop the stitch. Instead, knit the back of the stitch, as well. Then, drop the stitch as usual. There should be two new stitches on the right needle instead of one. Option 2 is used on the fingers of the glove.