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.