Thursday, October 9, 2014

Cotton Sofa Throw

Cotton Sofa Throw

Yarn: 10 balls of Elann Lara (100% cotton DK weight)
Needles:  4mm (US6) circular (not to knit in round, but to hold all the stitches)
Several stitch markers. (13)
Gauge: not terribly important, but approximately 16 sts to 4 inches in wave pattern, or 18 sts to 4 inches in stocking stitch (after blocking!)
Size: 42 inches by 52 inches - *** after wash blocking*** .  This blanket grows and drapes even better after a full machine wash and block to dry (I draped it over a lawn chair and the breeze dried it perfectly).

Cast on: cast on 1, PM, [cast on 17, PM] repeat 12 times, cast on 1  (206 sts)  You will always have 17 sts between the markers.

ROW 1:   k1,  [ k2tog,  k6, YO, k1, YO, k6, k2tog] repeat 12 times, k1  (slip markers as you go, you may remove them once you get the rhythm of the pattern if you like)
ROW 2:  Purl all.
ROW 3:  Knit all.

Repeat rows 1 , 2, and 3 until you have only about five yards of your last ball of yarn, then cast off loosely knitwise.  Wash and air dry.

To make longer, use more yarn. To make wider or narrower , use less repeats of pattern and adjust 17 for each 4 - 5 inches smaller or larger.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Little Lamb

Here is a new pattern for your little lamb.  Enjoy!

Little Lamb Baby Hat

Yarn: DK weight, Elann DK04 superwash merino
Needles: 4mm (US 6)
Gauge:  22 sts to 4” in stocking stitch,  AND  18 sts to 4” in Lamb Stitch Pattern (after blocking)
Size: 6 months to 1.5 years. (Infant)
***** a knowledge of pattern knitting required here, you need to get a “feel” of how the bobbles are placed, so that you can handle the back of head decreases without counting EVERY stitch in the pattern.  NOT for beginners**************

k FBF:  means knit into the front, then back, then front again, creating new three stitches in one stitch.  It is the start of the bobble.
k 3tog:  means knit three together,  reducing three stitches back to one.  It is always done three rows above the start of the bobble.


Cast on 57
Work 6 rows in K1, P1 ribbing.
Next row: Row 7:  (right side) Purl across
Row 8: knit across
Row 9: Purl
Row 10:  k2, k FBF, [k3, k FBF] times 13, k2
Row 11: purl
Row 12: knit
Row 13: p2, p 3tog, [p3, p 3tog] times 13, p 2
Row 14: k4,k FBF, [k3, kFBF] times 12, k4
Row 15: purl
Row 16: knit
Row 17: p4, p 3tog, [p3, p 3tog] times 12, p4
Rows 10 thru 17 make the Lamb Stitch Pattern.
Repeat this pattern until hat measures 4 inches from the start. *** make sure you have just finished row 13 or 17 (57 stitches)****
Find the center stitch, and place markers on each side.
Right side facing: continue in pattern, decrease one stitch on each side of center stitch.  Continue to decrease here every right side row.  As you go, stop doing the bobble if it will be within 3 stitches of center stitch.  Here is where you need to learn to place bobbles at the right place by instinct.  Sorry if that is difficult….   But the bumps could be a little mis-aligned and still look cute!
Keep pattern and decreases until total length is 6inches from start.  Cast off all stitches.
Sew back of head seam.
Pick up 48 across bottom edge, and work 6 rows of k1, p1 ribbing.  Cast off loosely.

TIES:  make two: cast on 30 stitches, next row cast off 30 stitches.  Sew to bottom front .

EARS: Cast on 20 sts.  Work in seed stitch (Row one:  k1, p1, repeat. Row2: knit the purls, purl the knits) for 2”.  Decrease one each side every other row until 2 sts, knit both together, and bind off.
Sew pink fabric lining (optional)

Fold in three and hand sew to middle of side of hat (see photo)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ice Dogs and New Knits

I finished my new Niagara Ice Dogs sweater, just weeks before the first game.  It features Bones and the team colours.  Made of superwash merino from Elann, it should keep me warm watching the Dogs play this year.

 Sneak peek at the newest pattern, It is a garter stitch shoulder shawl, with short flags along one side.. It will be done and posted within days.  Very easy.
 This one is a longer project, that I have been working on and off for several months.  It is a blanket, worked in a wave pattern out of a lovely soft cotton from Elann.  It should be finished in a few weeks and the pattern will also be posted here.  It takes a long time to knit, but is much simpler than it looks with just a three pattern row repeat.
 And a bonus few photos of our recent trip to beautiful Nova Scotia.  It was a baby, mom and grandma trip that I thoroughly enjoyed.  We three are wonderful travelling companions.  Here is the rough and beautiful Bay of Fundy.
 Here baby Claire found a fish to pilot on the waterfront in Halifax.
 And anyone who has visited Halifax will know, this is "the Wave" and everyone has a photo under it.  It is clearly quite large (and Claire is clearly quite small!).

Friday, August 1, 2014

Winter is well underway?

I have been busy making my winter stock.... nuno felt coats, and full size, winter coats!  New this year on Etsy, and at Pamela's in a few weeks are beautiful hand felted winter coats, embellished with silk, and beaded vintage sarees.  The photos look cool, but in person the textures really POP.

 Above is the spring, fall or indoor weight nuno felt jacket....  Below are two very warm winter coats (it is a hot summer morning, and I am modelling winter coats!!)
 yes, you can see they are all Aspen Approved, as great bird perches.
I have a burgundy winter coat in the works, and stock materials for a purple, denim, and two more blacks!  I also have several more complete sarees for the light weight coat, that already sells very well at Pamela's.

Please visit my Etsy store (upper right corner link) or Pamela's in early September. (Pam also has lots of scarves, vests and dryer balls for sale right now).  Let's everyone start WEARING their favourite ART!

Monday, July 7, 2014

baby's first yarn sale....

We just got back from the annual "tent sale" by The Needle Emporium.  Fabulous as usual, yarns for $3.50 a 50gram ball.  You can see some of the delights surrounding baby Claire.

She was great, and clearly loves the feel of merino wool in her hands!
Start 'em young!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Productive Sunday

I was on a roll.... started with a great round of golf in the morning, then hit the workshop.  I completed two pieces of fabric for the new winter coat.  I made 6 sets of dryer balls, as they are selling well at Pamela's in Jordan Village.  Then still not tired, I made a new nuno felt vest.  The vest is made in one piece (no sewing) using a resist.  I have made 5 of these over the last couple of weeks, and they will end up at Pamela's too.
 The vest has lots of beading and sequins embedded in the fabric.  Super light weight, and crazy warm.
 Here is the coat.  I assembled it this morning, and I love the finished product.  You can see it (and buy it) on etsy.
 Funny to model it in my short jeans and the warm sunny day.  Too warm to wear it today!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Baby Red Riding Hood

Baby Red Riding Hood.

This one is made from an amazing stretchy yarn, and will probably not work to gauge with any other yarn, so knitter beware....  Elann's Esprit yarn, a mostly cotton, with a bit of elastic, makes it soft and stretchy. I used only four balls to make this, but you could use 5 and make a toddler size.

Sizes:  first year,[ second year]
Yarn: Esprit, red , 4 balls [5 balls]
Needles: 4.5mm, (US 7)  Circulars work well to hold all the stitches.  Do not join, this is NOT knit in the round
4 stitch markers
YO = yarn over
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
seed stitch= k1, p1, k1, p1.... across first row, then knit the purls and purl the knits on the second row.
stocking stitch; knit right side, purl wrong side.

Gauge: 25 sts = 4 inches  *** again, I suggest it will be difficult to find a yarn that knits to this gauge OTHER than Esprit.  It is worth getting this yarn!  They ship anywhere.

Pattern:  Cast on 200 stitches.  Work in seed stitch for 2 inches.
Next row (right side):  Seed stitch for 10, place marker, knit until last ten stitches are remaining. Place marker, seed stitch last 10 stitches.
Next row (wrong side):  seed 10, slip marker, purl 180, slip marker, seed 10.
Work these two rows , seed outside 10 bands, and stocking stitch between the markers for 2 [ 5] more inches above the lower seed stitch band.
BUTTONHOLE ROW:  (right side facing you) Seed 3, k2tog, YO, k2tog, seed 3, work rest of row the same.  Next row: work the same until end seed stitch band, where you need to knit in the front and the back of the yarn over below... making up the missing 2 stitches.
Work even for 1 more inch.
Decreases:  with right side facing:
Next row:   seed stitch to marker,  [k2 , k2tog] repeat across this row to next marker, seed stitch last 10.  155 sts remain.
Work even for next 3 rows (seed the seed stitch part and stocking stitch between the markers)
Next row:   Seed to marker, [k1, k2tog] repeat across this row to next marker, seed 10. 110 remain.
Work one row even,  Work one BUTTONHOLE ROW, work next row even, increasing 2 in the yarn over button hole.
Next row:   seed 10,  [k1, k2tog] repeat until next marker, seed 10.  80 remain
Work one row even,  Work one BUTTONHOLE ROW, work next row even, increasing 2 in the yarn over button hole.
Next row:   seed 10,   [k1, k2tog] repeat until next marker, seed 10.  80  remain on needles.
work even for 3 rows.
Next row: Cast OFF 10 sts, remove marker,[k1, p1 ] across the row (seed stitch for the neckline) until the end of row (remove the last marker as you pass by).
Next row (wrong side) Cast off 10 stitches, and seed stitch across the row.
Work seed stitch only for 4 more rows.
Right side facing:  seed 10, place marker, stocking stitch to last 10 sts, place marker, seed last 10 sts.
Work, as established for 3 more rows.
Increase row: seed 10, k 2, [knit front and back of next stitch, k2] repeat to last marker, seed 10
Work even for 3 more rows.
Back of hood shaping: seed 10, knit 12, place marker, k2, place marker, knit 12, seed 10.
Work even for 3 more rows.
Increase row for hood:  Seed 10, knit to stitch before first middle marker, knit in front and back of this stitch, slip marker, knit 2, slip next middle marker, knit in front and back of this stitch, knit to last marker, seed 10.
Work even for 3 rows.
Repeat last four rows, increasing 2 sts at center back of hood, then 3 rows even.... until hood is 6 [ 8] inches from neckline.
Cast off all stitches, and seam top of hood together.  Sew button on.