16 Mar

Pattern: Twistler wristwarmers

Hi all, long time no see. So I’ll just jump right in with a new knitting pattern for your downloading and knitting pleasure!

I was planning to go to a famous quadrennial winter sports competition, and thought the arena might be chilly, so I designed these wristwarmers that should keep any winter sports fan warm. The name alludes to both a “twizzle” (an ice skating move, also visually reflected in the cable pattern) and a certain mountain venue…

Finished: Twistler wristwarmers Finished: Twistler wristwarmers Finished: Twistler wristwarmers

You can download the pattern here in PDF format.

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!










23 May

Pattern: Melusine lace scarf

Finished: Melusine Scarf

This beaded lace scarf pattern is knitted with light fingering weight yarn and 6/0 seed beads. The lace pattern is relatively simple, and this scarf can be knit very quickly. The entire scarf is knitted in one direction; no grafting necessary!

The pattern contains both stitch-by-stitch written instructions and charts, so you can use whichever type of instruction you prefer.

(Etsy and craft-fair sellers: This pattern may be used to knit up to 20 scarves for sale. If you wish to sell more than 20 of them, please contact me for licensing terms.)

Materials needed:

200-240 yards of light fingering weight yarn. The yarn called for is Brooklyn Handspun Signature superwash merino. I used roughly half a skein.

US6/4.0mm needles.

25g of 6/0 glass seed beads.

Gauge:
Not vital for this project; I suggest starting to knit the first part, then doing a partial blocking. If you like the look and drape of the lace, go ahead with it.

Skills:
Intermediate knitting; this is a relatively easy lace, and the lace stitches are only on one side of the fabric.

You can purchase this pattern for $5.50 via this link:

Here are some more pictures (click to see a larger version at Flickr):

Finished: Melusine ScarfFinished: Melusine ScarfFinished: Melusine ScarfFinished: Melusine Scarf

15 Mar

Pattern: Golden Rose Baby Sundress

This cute sundress was designed for my niece’s birthday last year. It’s very easy to knit, with a deceptively simple lace hem and a seed stitch bodice, and knits up really quickly. The pattern contains 3 sizes: 6mo, 1yr, and 2yr.

(Etsy and craft-fair sellers: This pattern may be used to knit up to 20 dresses for sale. If you wish to sell more than 20 of them, please contact me for licensing terms.)

Materials needed:

  • 414-500 yards of worsted or aran weight yarn. The yarn called for is Lion-Brand Cotton-Ease, which is a cotton-acrylic blend that is soft, nice to work with, and easily found in your local craft store. I used just a little more than 2 skeins.
  • US8/5.0mm needles
  • Two 3/4-inch buttons for shoulders
  • Yarn needle to sew in ends

Gauge:
18 stitches/4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Skills:
Basic knitting; this is a good beginner lace project.

You can purchase this pattern for $4.00 via this link:

Here are some more pictures (click to see a larger version at Flickr):

Lace close-up

The photos of the adorable baby modeling the dress were taken by Peter Backman. The dress she is wearing was knitted by Beth Ingersoll. (The other dress was knitted by me.) Thanks!

15 Dec

Pattern: W hat

Last year I designed Madison’s Hat, a simple two-color hat in bulky yarn that is an excellent project for learning stranded Fair Isle-type colorwork.

The next step, after mastering the Madison’s Hat, was to try a project with more colors and slightly finer yarn. So, here is a variant on the Madison’s Hat: the W Hat. (No, not that W. My initial is W and there are little W’s near the top of the pattern.)

This is essentially the same as Madison’s Hat, but the addition of a third color makes it slightly more challenging. Not too much, though, because no row has more than two colors, and the floats are very short, as they were in the Madison Hat.

Here is another picture of the hat (click to see a larger version at Flickr):
Finished item: W hat

Download the W Hat pattern (PDF) here.

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!

Minor errata: If you downloaded the pattern before December 17, 2007, you should download the fixed version. The old one suggested that leave the hat on the circular needles until you decrease to 54 inches, then change to dpns, and this is not correct for this hat. Most people would probably figure it out anyway, but to be safe I’ve edited the pattern to fix this. The new pattern says “W Hat v2” at the bottom of each page.


13 Nov

Pattern: Diane Sweater from 1921

1921 Fleisher Yarn ad

Recently I was looking through the book For The Love of Knitting, which includes many pictures of vintage knitting patterns and books, and I noticed that one of the illustrations was of a Fleisher yarn company ad from 1921. The ad included a complete pattern for a very cute drop-stitch sweater, which it claims takes “less than two days’ time”! Now, here’s the neat thing — anything published pre-1923 is in the public domain in the United States. So this ad and the knitting pattern it contains are in the public domain (probably why the book included it). So I’m reprinting the 1921 pattern here for anyone who is interested.

More photos and the pattern text after the jump!



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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.)

21 Dec

Pattern: 2 Hour Santa Hat (with cheap yarn!), adult and baby sizes

I was thinking about making a Santa hat. Didn’t have the right yarn on hand, didn’t have time to go to the yarn shop. I wanted bulky yarn, with something that would make a nice woolly white part.

I was idly walking down the yarn aisle at Fred Meyer last night, where they generally only have icky yarn like Red Heart. Then something caught my eye. Red Heart, no less. Light and Lofty, a yarn that usually looks UG-LEE, but in the color “Puff”… well, it should have said “Santa Hat” all over it. It is fuzzy and woolly (in the 100% acrylic sense) and looks exactly like the white trim on a Santa hat. (I guess I will also use it to make bunny tails and such on some knitted bunnies I have planned.)

So then I needed a bulky red yarn that would not be as fuzzy and woolly looking as the Light and Lofty. There is very little to choose from at Fred Meyer, but the Lion Brand Homespun in Candy Apple was the perfect red, and seemed as if it would be a tolerable texture (though a little more textured than I wanted). So I bought them both and later that evening I had a hat! So here’s the pattern if you want to make a last minute Santa Hat too. (If you want to make the baby version, read on — it’s after the adult one.)

(Edited in Nov. 2007 to add some important notes — READ THESE!)

Important note: There are two methods included here — the quick and dirty triangle shape which takes no thought whatsoever, and makes a right-triangle shaped hat (the Adult pattern), and the more normal hat with evenly distributed decreases which requires one to count a bit (the Baby pattern). You can knit either hat for either size — just change the number of cast-on stitches. I recommend the Baby hat method, even for adults, as it makes a nicer shape. But the Adult hat is slightly faster.

Gauge note: The gauge given here, 2.5 stitches/inch, is using the Light and Lofty yarn around the brim. The Homespun gauge will probably be smaller, but in the hats I made, it didn’t matter.

Yardage note: I don’t know exact yardage, but it was very little. You should be able to make several hats from a skein of Light and Lofty, and at least a couple if not more from a skein of Homespun.

Size note: To make a hat for toddler or child size, you will have to extrapolate, as the baby size is designed for the smallest babies. Some folks have found that the baby hat comes out fairly small, so add some stitches to make this for larger babies, toddlers, etc.

Materials:

  • 1 skein Red Heart Light & Lofty, “Puff” (you actually need much less than a full skein.)
  • 1 skein Lion Brand Homespun, “Candy Apple” (much less needed)
  • US 11 straight needles
  • Yarn needle
  • Pompom maker (or just use cardboard like I do)

The gauge is really hard to tell with the L&L; I just winged it and it turned out OK. Looks as if I was getting about 2.5 stitches/inch. The Homespun gauge is smaller but it didn’t seem to matter.

Cast on 44 stitches in the white yarn.
K all (garter stitch) for 1.5 – 2 inches, whichever you prefer.
Change to red yarn.
Knit stocking stitch until the cap is 4″ tall.

Decreasing:
* K1, SSK, K until 3 sts left, K 2 together, K1
P all
Repeat from * until you have decreased to 12 sts.
Break yarn, leaving about an 18″ tail, then pull the leftover yarn through the last stitches to make the tip of the hat. Sew up the seam down the back of the hat.

Make a pompom with the white yarn and attach it to the top of the hat.

Voila! Santa’s hat!

Baby version of the Santa hat

A note about the hat: by doing the decreases this way you end up with a hat that is a right triangle. This means that the hat is longer in the back. For a Santa hat that looks just fine. But if you want it to be more normal-shaped you just put the decreases all the way around instead of on the edge. The picture to the left is the baby version of the hat, which uses this method.

Baby Santa hat (Same materials used):

CO 32 sts
K all (garter stitch) for 1.5 – 2 inches, whichever you prefer.
Change to red yarn.
Knit stocking stitch until the cap is 4″ tall.
*K2, K2tog, repeat from * to the end of the row. (24 sts remain.)
P all.
K all.
P all.
K all.
P all.
*K1, K2tog, repeat from * to the end of the row. (16 sts remain.)
P all.
K all.
P all.
*K2tog, repeat from * to the end of the row. (8 sts remain.)
P all.
K all. (You can keep on in stocking stitch for as many rows as you like to make a floppy point,or just stop here.)

Break yarn, leaving about an 18″ tail, then pull the leftover yarn through the last stitches to make the tip of the hat. Sew up the seam down the back of the hat.

Make a pompom with the white yarn and attach it to the top of the hat.

Voila! Santa baby!

If you make one of these please send me the URL to your pictures so I can link to you here! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!

29 Nov

Pattern: Madison’s hat (easy Fair Isle hat, bulky yarn)

Hello, knitters! Here’s a new pattern to keep you warm now that it’s winter. Madison’s hat is named for our niece; I made the first hat for her. It’s a very very easy Fair Isle hat that I strongly recommend for people who are new to stranded knitting. Why? Because the hats I made with this pattern over the last few days are the first Fair Isle patterns I’ve ever knitted. If I can jump right into it, so can you. 🙂

The hats are made with bulky yarn so they knit up fast. And it’s fun, because the knitting changes so frequently. You keep saying to yourself “one more round… just… one… more…” because you want to see how the color pattern develops.

Here are a few more pics (click on each to see the larger photos at Flickr):
Two Fair Isle baby hats Two Fair Isle baby hats on a snowy day My new hat 3 new hats

Download Madison’s hat pattern here.

Some people have made this hat and posted their own pictures! I will link to photos here, so send me your URL if you post pictures of hats knitted from my pattern, 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!


15 May

Pattern: Cupcake baby hat

This is a pattern for a hat I knitted last month. The original Cupcake hat was knitted for my new niece’s baby shower. It was such a hit and I liked the hat so much I thought I’d submit it to an online knitzine (this is the submission I mentioned in a recent post). It was rejected, so here it is. At least this way you didn’t have to wait until July to see it. 🙂

Download the Cupcake hat here (PDF). The pattern is free but it is “Worthware”; if you like it, please send what you think it’s worth to my PayPal account (address is on the pattern).

Some people have made this hat and posted their own pictures! I will link to photos here, so send me your URL if you post pictures of hats knitted from my pattern:

Here are a few more pics (click on each to see the larger photos at Flickr):
Cupcake baby hat with real cupcakes Cupcake baby hat with real cupcakes Cupcake baby hat with real cupcakes

14 Mar

Pattern: Mossy Hat

This pattern is for a simple top-down hat from one skein of Noro Kureyon. (It’s actually the second pattern I wrote, last fall, so it had to be simple.) 😉 It’s really very basic — if you haven’t knitted a hat before, this is a good first pattern. I didn’t post the pattern here sooner, because it was going to be published in an online knitzine — but the knitzine ended up not being published at all, so here is the pattern, better late than never.

Download the Mossy Hat pattern here (PDF)

Please let me know what you think of it. Here’s another picture:
The Mossy Hat flat

If you knit this, send me your URL if you post pictures of it and I’ll link to your pictures here.

16 Feb

Pattern: “A Little Twist” Wristwarmers

I know I said “no more wristwarmers for a while.” But then I lost the pair that I wear every day, so I had to make a new pair. It’s boring to keep making the same one, so I had to come up with a new pattern. So here it is, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out: “A Little Twist” (PDF, should be readable on most systems — This is a big file, it might take some time to download, especially if you are on dialup! Please be patient and wait for the PDF to download!).

They are made of a soft cashmere blend yarn, with delicate cables and a thumb gusset. Like the other wristwarmers I’ve posted, these are a quick knit, and great for gifts.

Here are a couple more pics (click to see the larger ones at Flickr):

Some people have made these wristwarmers and posted their own pictures! I will link to photos here, so send me your URL if you post pictures of wristwarmers knitted from my pattern:

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!

14 Dec

Pattern: 1 Day Wristwarmers

Pastaza armwarmer

Here’s another wristwarmers pattern. Why more wristwarmers, you ask? Well, actually, this is the first pair I wrote my own pattern for, but I couldn’t post the pattern because the wristwarmers were supposed to be a gift for someone, so I had to wait until I gave her the gift. In the meantime, I made the cable wristwarmers I posted a few weeks ago. So here is the original pattern. It’s easier, so if the cabled version scared you, try these instead. I can make these in one (8 hour) day of knitting, and if you are not a slow knitter like me, you can probably make them faster. They are great for quick Christmas presents!

The wristwarmers are ribbed, with a vertical thumbhole. They are made of Cascade Pastaza, bulky yarn that is 50% Peruvian Highland Wool/50% Llama wool. (I really like this yarn!) They require US9 double-pointed needles.

You can download the pattern right here. If you like it, please let me know.

Here is another (not so good, sorry) photo:

1-Day wristwarmers

Some people have made these wristwarmers and posted their own pictures! I will link to photos here, so send me your URL if you post pictures of wristwarmers knitted from my pattern:

08 Nov

Pattern: Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers

This is a bit different from my other knitting posts. Because this time, I not only finished knitting something… I designed it and wrote up a pattern for it as well.

I basically wanted wristwarmers that didn’t cover the thumb or the knuckles, because the ones I have that do interfere with my typing. And I wanted to try a cable, a really obvious one. But not just a plain rope cable, as that seemed a little too boring. So I went off looking for a cable pattern I liked that would fit on the back of the wristwarmers. I found a loose braid in the Knitters’ Bible (I think) and liked it, so that is what I used.

I gave the wristwarmers ribbed cuffs and a two-row buttonhole-style thumbhole. They are made of Cascade Pastaza, bulky yarn that is 50% Peruvian Highland Wool/50% Llama wool. I am wearing them now as I type this. 🙂

You can download the pattern I wrote right here. If you like it, please let me know.

Here are a couple more pics (click to see the larger ones at Flickr):

Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers, shadowed Warm Braid Cable Wristwarmers

Some people have made these wristwarmers and posted their own pictures! I will link to photos here, so send me your URL if you post pictures of wristwarmers knitted from my pattern:

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