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Showing posts with label patterns. Show all posts

Crochet Pattern: Hazy Daze Hat

Stay cool this summer and block the sun with an easy crochet hat pattern.

We're expecting temperatures near 115° today in Tucson. Even I have a tough time getting excited about fiber crafts when it's this hot. But I have a super cute crocheted summer hat pattern that I think you are going to love.

The hat is made with a cool cotton, linen, silk and nettle fiber yarn. It's generously sized (22 inches in circumference) so that you can comfortably wear it with a ponytail or hairclip.

Materials

  • 1 50 g/218 yd ball of Plymouth Yarn Nettle Grove (shown in Seashell)
  • US size E (3.5 mm) crochet Hook

Gauge


6 sts or 2 rows of dc = 1 inch

Special Stitches


Cluster (CL)
- Holding back the last loop of each dc on hook, 2 dc in same st or sp, YO and draw through all 3 loops.

Beginning Cluster Shell (Beg CL Shell) - Ch 3, dc in same st or sp, ch 2, CL in same st or sp.

Cluster Shell (CL Shell) - In same st or sp work (CL, ch 2, CL). 

V-Stitch (V st) - In same st or sp work (dc, ch 2, dc).

Directions


Ch 8 and join with sl st to form a ring.

Rnd 1: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), 23 dc in ring, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 24 dc

Rnd 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), dc in next dc, [ch 3, holding back the last loop of each dc on hook, dc in next 2 dc, YO and draw through all 3 loops] 11 times, ch 3, sl st in 2nd dc. 12 ch 3 sp

Rnd 3: Sl st in ch 3 sp, [ch 5, sc in next ch 3 sp] 11 times, ch 5, sl st in beginning sl st. 12 ch 5 sp

Rnd 4: 2 sl st in ch 5 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 3, CL Shell in next ch 5 sp] 11 times, ch 3, sl st in 1st CL. 12 CL Shell

Rnd 5: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg Cl Shell in same sp, [V st in ch 3 sp, Cl Shell in ch 2 sp of next Cl Shell] 11 times, V st in ch 3 sp, sl st in beginning CL.

Rnd 6: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 1, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 1, CL Shell in ch 2 sp of next CL Shell] 11 times, ch 1, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 1, sl st in beginning CL.

Rnd 7: Sl st in ch 2 sp, Beg CL Shell in same sp, [ch 2, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 2, CL Shell in ch 2 sp of next CL Shell] 11 times, ch 2, V st in ch 2 sp of next V st, ch 2, sl st in beginning CL.

Repeat Rnd 7, seven more times.

Rnd 8: Ch 3 (counts as first dc in this and all following rnds), 2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in CL,[(2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in dc) twice, (2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in CL) twice] 11 times, (2 dc in ch 2 sp, dc in dc) twice, 2 dc in ch 2 sp, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 144 dc

Rnd 9: Ch 3, dc in 10 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 11 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 156 dc

Rnd 10: Ch 3, dc in 5 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 12 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in 6 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 168 dc

Rnd 11: Ch 3, dc in 12 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 13 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 180 dc

Rnd 12: Ch 3, dc in 6 dc, 2 dc in next dc, [dc in 14 dc, 2 dc in next dc] 11 times, dc in 7 dc, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 192 dc

Rnd 13: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, ch 3, [skip 1 dc, sc in next dc, ch 3] 95 times, sl st in 1st sc, fasten off. 96 ch 3 sp

Flower

Rnd 1: Starting with a magic loop, ch 3 (counts as first dc), 15 dc in loop, tighten the magic loop, sl st in 3rd ch of beginning ch 3. 16 dc

Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same ch as joining, [ch 3, sc in next dc] 15 times, ch 3, sl st in 1st sc. 16 ch 3 sp

Rnd 3: Sl st in ch 3 sp, ch 1, sc in same ch 3 sp, [(hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc) in next ch 3 sp, sc in next ch 3 sp] 7 times, (hdc, dc, 2 tr, dc, hdc) in next ch 3 sp, sl st in 1st sc, fasten off.

Attach the flower to the hat and you are ready for some summer fun.

A printable version of this crocheted Hazy Daze Summer Hat pattern with additional sizing options is available in my pattern shop.






Stitch of the Month: Twisted Seed Stitch

How to knit the Twisted Seed Stitch or Beehive Waffle Stitch

I love knitting stitches that are just as pretty on the wrong side as the right side. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to discover these gems because most stitch dictionaries only show the right side of the pattern. So, I'd like to start sharing some of my favorite stitches that don't really have a "wrong" side.

To get things started, here's the Twisted Seed Stitch, aka the Beehive Waffle Stitch. The pattern is very similar to the Garter Stitch with just a little twist that adds a cushiony texture.

Abbreviations


k - knit
k1b - knit 1 below by inserting the right needle into the center of the stitch one row below the stitch on the left needle and knit into it.

Directions


This pattern is worked across an odd number of stitches.

Row 1 (Wrong Side): K all sts.
Row 2 (Right Side): [K1, k1b] repeat across to last st, k1.
Row 3: K all sts.
Row 4: [K1b, k1] repeat across to last st, k1b.

Repeat Row 1-4

The picture above is technically the right side of the work, but don't you think the wrong side (below) is lovely as well?

How to knit the Twisted Seed Stitch or Beehive Waffle Stitch

Happy knitting!




Knitting Pattern: Best Worsted Socks

Stash buster sock knitting pattern: quick and easy worsted weight acrylic socks

A couple weeks ago I showed you how I tamed my tangled and unusable yarn stash. As I was sorting through my fibers I realized that I had quite a bit of leftover worsted weight acrylic. I will happily admit that I am not a yarn snob. I enjoy working with fancy fibers and indie dyed, but I have no problem using inexpensive acrylic in projects, too.

Since I have been sock obsessed for the last few months, I decided to whip up a quick pair of worsted weight acrylic socks. I think you are going to love this pattern. There's no grafting, no picked up stitches and an adult sized pair of ankle socks can easily be completed in a weekend.

Materials

  • at least 2.5 oz/70 g, 128 yd/117 m of worsted weight acrylic for ankle socks
  • US size 6 (4.25 mm) dpns
  • yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

  • 18 sts or 24 rows = 4 inches

Sizing

  • Women's (Men's)
  • foot circumference = 7 (9) inches
  • foot length = 8 (10) inches

Abbreviations

  • CO - cast on
  • k - knit
  • p - purl
  • RS - right side
  • skpo - slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
  • tr st - triplet stitch
  • tw st - twin stitch
  • WS - wrong side
This pattern uses shadow wrapped short row heels. If you are unfamiliar, here's a free shadow wrapped short row heel tutorial that also includes an explanation of how to make the necessary twin and triplet stitches.

Special Stitches


1 x 1 Ribbing

All Rnds: [K1, p1] around.

Moss Stitch - worked across 16 (20) stitches

Rnd 1: [K1, p1] across.
Rnd 2: K all sts.
Rnd 3: [P1, k1] across.
Rnd 4: K all sts.

Directions


Leg

Rounds begin and end at the left-hand side of the sock. CO 32 (40).

Work 1 x 1 Ribbing for at least 1 (1 ½) inches. If you prefer a longer leg length, simply work more rnds of 1 x 1 Ribbing.

Rnd 1-4: Work Moss Stitch across 16 (20) sts, k 16 (20) sts.

Heel

The heel section is worked using the Shadow Wrapped Short Row Method, across half of the sock sts, 16 (20) sts.

Row 1 (RS): [K1, p1] 7 (9) times, k1, tw st in last st, turn.
Row 2 (WS): P 14 (18), tw st in last st, turn.
Row 3: [K1, p1] to 2 sts before tw st, k1, tw st in next st, turn.
Row 4: P to 1 st before tw st, tw st in next st, turn.

Repeat Row 3-4 until there are 5 (7) twin stitches of each side of the heel and 6 regular stitches at the center of the heel.

Row 5 (RS): [K1, p1] to first tw st, k both strands of the tw st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.
Row 6 (WS): P to first tw st, p both strands of the tw st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.
Row 7: [K1, p1] to tr st, k all strands of tr st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.
Row 8: P to tr st, p all strands of tr st together, tr st in next tw st, turn.

Repeat Row 7-8 until one tr st remains on each side of the heel.

The remainder of the sock is worked in rounds with the right side facing.

Rnd 5: [K1, p1] to tr st, k all strands of tr st together, k 16 (20).
Rnd 6: K all strands of next tr st together, k 31 (39).

Foot

All Rnds: Work Moss Stitch across 16 (20) sts, k 16 (20) sts, until sock measures 7 (8 3/8) from the back of the heel or 1 (1 5/8) inches less than desired sock length.

Toe

For Men's Size: [Skpo, k3] 8 times (32 sts remain). K all sts for 3 rnds.

For Both Sizes: The remainder of the toe is worked the same for both sizes.

[Skpo, k2] 8 times (24 sts remain). K all sts for 2 rnds.
[Skpo, k1] 8 times (16 sts remain). K all sts for 1 rnd.
[Skpo] 8 times (8 sts remain). 

Break yarn leaving a 12 inch tail. Thread yarn onto a yarn needle and pull through the remaining 8 sts to close the toe.

Stash buster sock knitting pattern: quick and easy worsted weight acrylic socks

Enjoy stash busting all of your acrylic leftovers into comfy house socks. A printable version of my Best Worsted Socks pattern (with additional sizing options) is available in my shop.

I'd love to see your finished projects. Feel free to tag me, @thechillydog, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with your project pictures.

Happy knitting!




Sewing Pattern: Small Project Bag for Knitters

Free Sewing Pattern: Small travel bag for your knit and crochet projects.

At the beginning of the year I started attending a monthly sock knitting group at my local yarn store. It is so refreshing to chat with other knitters, see their projects and share tips and ideas. Of course having a small project bag dedicated to my sock club projects is handy, so I raided my fabric stash to stitch up a cheery tote.

Materials


  • 1/3 yd each of 2 coordinating fabrics (one for the bag and one for the lining)
  • Dritz 1/4" eyelets with setting tool
  • hammer
  • 1 x 2 inch piece of fusible interfacing
  • iron
  • 2/3 yd of 1/8-inch elastic cord
  • Dritz cord stop
  • compass, paper, pencil
  • sewing, measuring and cutting supplies

Directions


Before you start cutting your fabric, you'll need to draw a template for the bottom piece of the bag. Using a compass, draw a circle with a 3 3/8 inch radius on a piece of paper and cut out the circle.

Cut a rectangle that's 19 1/16 inches wide x 11 3/4 inches tall from both the outer and lining fabrics. Use your circle template to cut a circle from both the outer and lining fabrics.
Before sewing, the eyelets need to be attached to the outer bag fabric. Fold the outer fabric in half width-wise and finger press the center line.
Using a fabric marking pen or pencil make a mark 1 3/4 inches below the top edge of the fabric and 1/2 inch to either side of the center line.
Attach a piece of fusible interfacing on the wrong side of the outer fabric behind the eyelet marks according to the manufacturer's instructions.
With scissors or a hammer and the eyelet tool, cut/punch 1/4 inch holes centered over your marks.

(Note: As I was writing this post I discovered that my style of eyelet tool is fairly old and may not be available anymore. Some of the newer tools only secure the eyelets and can not be used for making the hole.)
Insert the eyelets into the holes from front to back.
Use a hammer and the other end of the eyelet tool to flatten and secure the eyelets.
Fold the top edge of both the outer and lining fabrics over 1/2 inch and press with an iron.
Now it's time to sew. First assemble the outer portion of the bag, then repeat the same process for the lining.

Unfold the top edge of the bag. Fold the bag in half width-wise, right sides together and stitch the side using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Attaching the round bag bottom can be a little intimidating so it is helpful to make some temporary guidelines to help with the placement.
Fold the bottom piece in half and finger press the center line.
Fold the piece in half again and finger press the center line.
Unfold the circle and you can see the quadrants nicely marked.
Next, finger press the fold opposite the seam on the side of the bag.
Fold again so that your finger pressed line is even with your stitches and finger press.
Now the bottom of the bag is also divided into quadrants.
With right sides together, align the quadrant lines of the circular bottom with the quadrant lines on the bag and pin in place.
Carefully align the edges and pin around the remainder of the bag bottom.

Stitch around the bag bottom using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
Turn the outer bag right side out. The lining can remain wrong side out. Make sure the top edges are folded down.
Insert the lining into the bag. With wrong sides together, align the side seams of the outer and lining fabric. Pin around the top edge of the bag.
Stitch around the top of the bag 1/8 inch from the edge.
Create a channel for the drawstring by stitching around the top of the bag approximately 1/4 inch above and below the eyelet edges.

Pull the cord through the channel and secure with a cord stop.
And finally, the very best part, fill your bag with yarn, your latest project and your favorite knitting necessities like a Clover quick locking stitch marker set and a cute tape measure (mine is from All About the Buttons).

Free Sewing Pattern: Small travel bag for your knit and crochet projects.




How to Knit Star Toes for Socks

Learn how the formula for knitting star toes for any size socks using any yarn.

I have been a knitter for well over 20 years and a sock knitting addict for more than 10, but like many knitters before me, I was very much stuck in the rut of always knitting banded, paired-decrease toes on my socks. It is by far the most common type of toe shaping. And then I discovered the star toe.

Star toes on hand knit socks have a much more rounded, natural shape, and do not have to be joined with the Kitchener Stitch. Also, since the decreased stitches that shape the toe are distributed evenly around the sock so there is no obvious band on the sides of the toe. I personally think socks with star toes are more comfortable and have a sturdier toe.

To make a star toe, you will need to divide your toe sts evenly around 4 double pointed needles. For example if your sock is 64 sts around you would have 16 sts on each needle. To simplify things, we'll notate that as 64/16, or the total number of stitches/number of sts per needle.

And now the secret formula.

Start by finding your ratio of total number of stitches/number of sts per needle in the left column of the chart. Follow the directions then see what row of the chart to look at next.

Total Sts/
sts per needle
What to do Now go to
88/22 [K2tog, k9] 8 times.
Work 9 rnds with no decreases.
80/20
84/21 [K2tog, k19] 4 times.
Work 9 rnds with no decreases
80/20
80/20 [K2tog, k8] 8 times.
Work 8 rnds with no decreases.
72/18
76/19 [K2tog, k17] 4 times.
Work 8 rnds with no decreases
72/18
72/18 [K2tog, k7] 8 times.
Work 7 rnds with no decreases.
64/16
68/17 [K2tog, k15] 4 times.
Work 7 rnds with no decreases
64/16
64/16 [K2tog, k6] 8 times.
Work 6 rnds with no decreases.
56/14
60/15 [K2tog, k13] 4 times.
Work 6 rnds with no decreases
56/14
56/14 [K2tog, k5] 8 times.
Work 5 rnds with no decreases.
48/12
52/13 [K2tog, k11] 4 times.
Work 5 rnds with no decreases
48/12
48/12 [K2tog, k4] 8 times.
Work 4 rnds with no decreases.
40/10
44/11 [K2tog, k9] 4 times.
Work 4 rnds with no decreases
40/10
40/10 [K2tog, k3] 8 times.
Work 3 rnds with no decreases.
32/8
36/9 [K2tog, k7] 4 times.
Work 3 rnds with no decreases
32/8
32/8 [K2tog, k2] 8 times.
Work 2 rnds with no decreases.
[K2tog, k1] 8 times.
Work 1 rnd with no decreases.
[k2tog] 8 times.
Break the yarn and pull through the remaining 8 sts with a yarn needle.

If you are feeling really adventurous, you can substitute a different type of decrease, perhaps skpo, for every k2tog in the pattern. The shape of the toe will remain the same, but the star pattern becomes more noticeable.

Happy sock knitting!




Knitting Pattern: November 2016 Yarnbox Infinity Scarf

Free November 2016 Yarnbox knit infinity scarf pattern featuring Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres Re<>Luxe Lite recycled cashmere.

My best friend knows me better than just about anyone. Last year for my birthday she supported my fiber addiction and got me the November 2016 Yarnbox Classic.

I was absolutely delighted when my Yarnbox arrived and inside were two luxurious skeins of Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres Re<>Luxe Lite recycled cashmere. It was love at first sight!

Of course I could have followed one of the patterns that were included in my yarnbox, both were lovely by the way, but I had a vision for an elegant and cozy infinity scarf. It's 7 1/2 inches wide by 55 inches long and is a treat to wear on chilly days.

Gauge


18 sts or 24 rows = 4 inches

Materials


Abbreviations


BO - bind off
CO - cast on
k - knit
k2tog - knit two stitches together
p - purl
RS - right side
skpo - slip one stitch knitwise, knit one, pass slipped stitch over
WS - wrong side
yo - yarn forward and over

Directions


CO 34.

Set-up row (WS): P34.

Row 1 (RS): K2, [k6, skpo, yo, k2tog, yo] 3 times, k2.

Row 2 and all WS rows: P 34.

Row 3: K1, [k6, skpo, yo, k2tog, yo] 3times, k3.

Row 5: [K6, skpo, yo, k2tog, yo] k6] 3 times, k4.

Row 7: K5, [skpo, yo, k2tog, yo, k6] 2 times, skpo, yo, k2tog, yo, k5.

Row 9: K4, [skpo, yo, k2tog, yo, k6] 3 times.

Row 11: K3, [skpo, yo, k2tog, yo, k6] 3 times, k1.

Row 13: K2, [skpo, yo, k2tog, yo, k6] 3 times, k2.

Row 15: K1, [skpo, yo, k2tog, yo, k6] 3 times, k3.

Row 17: K2, k2tog, yo, [k6, skpo, yo, k2tog, yo] 2 times, k6, skpo, yo, k2.

Row 19: K1, K2tog, yo, [k6, skpo, yo, k2tog, yo] 2 times, k6, skpo, yo, k3.

Row 20: P 34.

Repeat Row 1-20 until piece measures 55 inches.

BO and join cast on to bound off edges to form an infinity scarf.

Free November 2016 Yarnbox knit infinity scarf pattern featuring Jade Sapphire Exotic Fibres Re<>Luxe Lite recycled cashmere.

A printable version of my Cashmere Stripes Infinity Scarf is available in my pattern shop. Happy Knitting!




Clover Oval Loom Sock Pattern

How to knit socks with a Clover Standing Oval Knitting Loom

This is the last project in my four part series featuring the Clover Standing Oval Knitting Loom that will keep you warm from head to toe. So far I've shown you how to make an earwarmer headband, a striped cowl and fingerless gloves. You're all cozy and covered except for your feet.

As a long time knitter (with pointy sticks), I have to say that these socks are faster to make than any other socks I have ever knit. I was easily able to make one sock in just an evening. The socks may be a little too chunky to wear in shoes, but they are absolutely perfect for wearing around the house as slippers. Or, if you feel cold all the time, like me, you could wear these socks inside your slippers.

Many thanks to Clover for providing me with a Standing Oval Knitting Loom. Also, if you would like an opportunity to win all the materials needed to complete all four patterns, don't miss this month's giveaway, going on through January 23, 2017, sponsored by Clover.

Materials


These materials are enough to complete all four patterns.

Directions


Again, familiarize yourself with the basic instructions included with the loom.

Begin by casting on with the Bubble Gum yarn following the directions included with the loom.

Row 1: Knit the first row by using the hook to lift the bottom wrap up and over the top wrap, then over the peg so only one wrap remains on each peg.

Row 2-9: With Bubble Gum, knit around all of the pegs.

Row 10: With the White yarn, skip the first peg, knit on the next three pegs, skip 1 peg by bringing the working yarn behind the peg, knit on the next 3 pegs. Repeat this pattern around the rest of the loom - skip one peg, knit on 3 pegs.

Row 11: With Bubble Gum, knit around all of the pegs.

Repeat Row 10 - 11 six more times.

Now for the heel. The heel section is worked entirely with a single strand of the Bubble Gum Yarn on the first 12 pegs only. Follow the directions included with the loom to make the heel.

After the heel is complete, work the foot rows in full rounds as before.

Row 12: With White yarn, [skip one peg by bringing the working yarn behind the peg, knit on next three pegs] repeat bracketed section around.

Row 13: With Bubble Gum, knit around all of the pegs.

Repeat Row 12 - 13 four more times.

Now it's time for a quick and easy calculation to make sure your sock fits nicely.

First, measure the length of your foot. Mine is 9 1/2 inches long.

Next, use measure the length of the pink heel section. For my sock it is 2 1/2 inches.
Then you need to measure the Gauge, or how many rows are in one inch. If you have already made the earwarmer, and are making your sock with the same yarn, you can use your previous gauge calculation. My gauge was 6 1/2 rows per inch.

Otherwise, you will need to measure the ankle of your sock and figure out how many rows are in one inch.
Now for the math.

     Number of  Foot Rows = (Gauge x [Foot Length - Heel Length]) + 2

     Example: Number of Foot Rows = ( 6 1/2 x [ 9 1/2 - 2 1/2]) + 2 = 45 1/2 + 2 = 47 1/2

Of course you can't make 1/2 of a round, so round your answer to the nearest even number. In my example that's 48.

(Note: For those of you who are wondering why my equation adds two extra rows and the equation in the loom directions doesn't, it has to do with how the heel is measure in my pattern. When you measure all of the pink heel rows, one of those rows is technically part of the ankle and not the heel, so you need to knit 1 extra row on the heel side of the foot and one on the toe side to make everything work out.)

Back to the loom.

Continue repeating Row 12 - 13 until your sock has the right number of foot rows. Trim the white yarn to about 12 inches.

Work the toe section, with one strand of Bubble Gum yarn, exactly the same way as the heel.

I chose to finish my sock differently than the loom instructions because I have a difficult time staying untangled when I do the Kitchener stitch. Instead, I grafted the same way as for the headband and cowl patterns.

Cut the Bubble Gum yarn about 120 inches or 10 feet long and use the strand to do a "Sewn Bind Off" as shown in the loom instructions.

Don't freak out when the sock comes off the loom because the toe looks crazy.
Follow the loom instructions for "Tightening and Finishing Edges" on both the cast on and bound off edges of the sock.
The toe is looking better already.
To graft the toe, you will need to look at the "V" shaped stitched that point toward the seam.

Using the same strand of yarn that was used for the bind off, slip the needle under both strands of the first "V" stitch that points up towards the opening on the toe side and gently pull the yarn through.
Next, slip the needle under the first pink"V" stitch that points towards the opening on the foot side and pull the yarn through.
Slide the needle under the next "V" stitch on the toe side
and then the next stitch on the foot side.
Continue grafting across the toe until it is completely joined. Trim the yarn to about 12 inches and pull the yarn through to the inside of the sock.

Weave in and conceal all of the yarn tails on the inside of the sock.
After you are done with the first sock, make a second exactly the same way.

Loom Knit Socks Pattern: The fourth of four Clover Oval Standing Knitting Loom projects that will keep you cozy from head to toe.

I hope you have enjoyed all four of my Clover Standing Oval Knitting Loom Patterns - the earwarmer headband, a cowl, fingerless gloves and socks. Again many thanks to Clover Needlecraft for sponsoring these posts.

Loom Knit Socks Pattern: The fourth of four Clover Oval Standing Knitting Loom projects that will keep you cozy from head to toe.

Happy loom knitting!