13 Mar

Pattern: Whirlwind (neckwarmer)

Another pattern, so soon? This is a neckwarmer pattern that I wrote last year. It’s knitted in a very easy spiral rib stitch, and there are only 23 rows so it is a very quick knit — a whirlwind knit, if I do say so myself. 🙂

I was going to submit this to a knit zine, but never got around to it — I wanted to get some better pictures first. And now it’s just about Spring again, so I figured I might as well post the pictures (though I wanted better ones) and pattern now, or else I’d have to hold on to it until Winter again. So the zine’s loss is your gain!

Here are a few more pics (click on each to see the larger photos at Flickr):
Whirlwind neckwarmer, unfolded Whirlwind neckwarmer, folded Whirlwind neckwarmer Close-up of new pattern

Download the Whirlwind neckwarmer pattern here.

If you knit this, I would love to link to pictures of your version! Please send me a URL and I will link to you.

This pattern is Worthware — that means, if you like it, please send what you think it’s worth via the PayPal button here. I hope you think it’s worth something. 🙂 Thanks for looking at my pattern!

11 Mar

Pattern: Detlef-13 (Felted laptop sleeve for 13-inch laptop)

Photo by litlnemo.

I finished the laptop sleeve this week! It came out quite nice; I think it will do a great job of keeping my Macbook from getting scratched! Here is the pattern.

It takes three skeins of Cascade 220 (two main color, one contrast color), and is knitted in the round, double-stranded. It has a zipper around three sides, so you can open it up all the way instead of having to slide the laptop in and out of a pouch-type bag. It’s a quick knit and lots of fun.

Here are a couple more pics (click on each to see the larger photos at Flickr):
Finished laptop sleeve and kitten paws Unzipped laptop sleeve and kitten

If you make one of these, please send me a picture! I’ll post a link to it here. 🙂

(Wondering why the pattern is “Detlef-13”? Well, the original name turned out to already be taken, by a German maker of laptop sleeves. And Detlef, a German name, is “felted” backwards.)

09 Mar

Blurry laptop sleeve progress

Sorry for the blur. This is the felted laptop sleeve for my Macbook, currently drying. It felted down to the right size, so my math worked! I think it could probably felt slightly more, because I can still see the vertical “grain” where the stitches were, but I can live with this.

The top is held together with safety pins so that it will dry tall enough. The rubber bands are not part of this project — they are on the safety pins for another project, so I left them there.

I will probably sew a zipper around 3 sides of this, instead of just leaving the opening at the top. I have a long zipper with a nice metal zip on it already. Hey! I should get an apple-shaped or computer shaped charm to put on the zipper pull. 🙂

That is NOT the Macbook in there. It’s two books that were about Macbook size, sealed in a plastic bag. I did not want to risk my Macbook getting moisture damage!

One note, the slight reddish bit in some of the apples is because I was weaving the strands in while I was knitting. This turned out to be a bad idea because now you can see the red yarn through the white. So if you knit one of these, don’t do that. :/ Maybe I will embroider something over those later, like initials or something. I don’t know.

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