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!


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

  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.

  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.)

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.

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.

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

  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.)

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!


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

  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.

  1. Sew up sides.
  2. Tuck in ends.

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


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


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.


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.

Free Knitting Pattern - Leg Warmers

I designed and knit these leg warmers with a vintage yarn. Be sure to choose a yarn and needle size that matches gauge. DK weight on US 5-7 needles or Sport Weight on US 3-5 needles should work.

Guage: 6 stitches and 10 rows per inch
Yarn: One skein each of three colors.
M1: Make one stitch.
SS: Stockinette Stitch (*knit one row, purl the next,* repeat).
Rib: Knit one stitch. Purl one stitch. Repeat across the row. (Purl one, knit one across the back of the work.)

Knitting Instructions (make two)
  1. CO 56 stitches.
  2. K in rib for 14 rows.
  3. Next row: Knit 14, m1,k28, m1, k14.
  4. Knit 11 rows in SS (starting wi th a purl row, since you just knit a row).
  5. K14, m1, k29, m1, k15.
  6. Continue increasing every 12th row, following the succession below:
    K15, m1, k30, m1, k15.
    K15, m1, k31, m1, k16.
    K16, m1, k32, m1, k16.
    K16, m1, k33, m1, k17
    K17, m1, k34, m1, k17
    K17, m1, k35, m1, k18
    K18, m1, k36, m1, k18
    K18, m1, k37, m1, k19
  7. Knit 14 rows in rib.
  8. Bind off.
  9. Sew sides together.