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.)