Free Knitting Patterns

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Free Knitting Patterns

I love knitting. I take my knitting everywhere with me and that includes trips in my RV.  If you were to look very hard, you would find skeins of wool smashed into almost every nook and cranny of my camper.  The reason I pack so much yarn is simply that I never know what I might want to knit when on the road.  I don’t like being held to a firm plan or pattern, either in my road trips or my knitting. Of course, some would say I just don’t like to follow directions. But that’s not true. I just like having the freedom to do it my way.  Given my propensity to take creative leave from a pattern (or a recipe for that matter) I have started writing my own patterns.   Look below to find some of my own interpretations.  I would like to share them with you.  I offer these free knitting patterns with the hope that if you enjoy them, you will share your completed work with me on my Ravelry page. I would love to see your projects and interpretations too.

Camp Beanie With a Twist

Hand Knit Beanie With Some Cabling

Camp Beanie With a Twist

This easy to knit camp beanie knits up super fast making it a great travel project. I love the simple detail that makes it interesting. For a travel knit, I generally steer away from patterns that include cables, not that cabling is difficult to keep track of, but rather for fear of losing my cable needle. This particular pattern calls for just a touch of cable that could be handled without using a cable needle. I have made this beanie numerous times; but this is the first time I have actually taken the time to write down my pattern. Although it may look complicated, it is actually quite a simple knit with a slightly different way to knit the hat’s crown.

My thirteen year old daughter has commissioned two already. But now that she has seen my other hat, The Slip Stitch Hat with the pompom, I may only have to make her one Camp Beanie.

To adjust for size in this pattern, I suggest you just change the size of your needles. I used a size 7 needle for my small head and a size 8 for my daughter’s medium/large head. I also started my crown at 5.5 inches from the beginning, which allowed for the band just to cover my ears. For my daughter, who has voluminous hair, I started her crown at 6 inches.

Gauge: 5 sts per inch in Stockinette St. with a 7 needle.

Materials:

· US Size 7 or 8 circular needle depending on required hat size

· US Size 7 (or 8) dpns if needed

· 1 stitch markers (optional)

· 1 cable needle

· Yarn needle

· 1 skein worsted weight yarn

· For this sample I used Patons Classic Wool Yarn.

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

SM= Slip Market

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

SSK= Slip Slip Knit Decrease. Slip two stitches knitwise, one at a time from left needle to right needle. Insert left needle into the front of these two stitches and knit them together.

K2tog = Knit two stitches together.

C2B = Slide 1 stitch to the cable needle, hold to the back, knit 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch from the cable needle.

C2F = Slide 1 stitch to the cable needle, hold to the front, knit 1 stitch, knit 1 from the cable needle.

Directions:

The Cuff

CO 84 stitches and begin by adding 2 rows of 4×2 ribbing (K4,P2) knitting in the round. Careful not to twist stitches.( These two rows are just to keep the edge flat before starting the pattern. One row would also work.)

Start cuff pattern:

1.*C2B, C2F, P2* repeat around.

2. *K4, P2* repeat around.

3. *K4, P2* repeat around.

4. *K4, P2* repeat around.

5. *C2F, C2B, P2* repeat around.

6. *K4, P2* repeat around

Repeat rows 1-6 one more time.

The Body

Continue in the knit stitch till piece measures 5.5 inches from cast on edge for small. (6 inches for medium/large) Hat should just cover ears. 

Camp Beanie Knitted in the Round

Hand Knitted Camp Beanie View of Crown

The Crown

When piece measures desired length, start your decrease. The crown will be divided into 4 sections, so take note. As you move around the crown, you will be adjusting your marker to the right in order to keep the stitches in a straight line. 

1. *SSK, K1, K2tog, K16* repeat around. (76 sts)

2. Knit to the last stitch. Slip the last stitch to your right needle, remove the marker, replace your last stitch back on the left needle, place the market on your right, and start your next round. (you have moved the marker one stitch to the right.)

3. *SSK, K1, K2tog, K14* repeat around.

4. Repeat row 2.

5. *SSK, K1, K2tog, K12* repeat around.

6. Repeat row 2.

7. *SSK, K1,K2tog, K10* repeat around.

8. Repeat row 2.

9. *SSK, K1, K2tog, K8* repeat around.

10. Repeat row 2.

11. *SSK,K1,K2tog, K6* repeat around.

12. Repeat row 2.

13. *SSK,K1,K2tog,K4* repeat around.

14. Repeat row 2.

15. *SSK, K1, K2tog, K2 around.

16. Repeat row 2.

17. *SSK, K1, K2tog, around

Finishing:

Leave an 8-10 inch tail. Cut yarn and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in ends. Lightly block if needed.

Stay Warm!

Crazy Simple Gloves

Hand-Knitted Fingerless

Easy to Make Fingerless Gloves

Knitting mittens or fingerless gloves has never excited me. I guess that’s because I hate repeating myself. When I finish a project I want to admire it, not start all over again. In this case, the fingerless gloves, which are knit on straight needles, knit up so fast that I enjoyed jumping into the second glove. The best part about this project is that it uses less than a skein and I can use yarn left over from a previous project. There is nothing like diving into my stash to make me feel guilt free about starting another project.

What I also love about this pattern is that it’s like a blank canvas. After you have made your first glove, you will likely see what I mean. It’s such a simple knit that it begs for creativity the next time around. According to my 13 year old, the gloves don’t even have to match to look “cool”. She suggested that next time I do one in a stripe and the second one in a color block. Hmm. I will have to give that some thought!

Gauge: 5 sts per inch in Stockinette St.

Materials:

· US Size 7 needle

· 2 stitch markers (optional)

· 2 stitch holders

· 1 skein worsted weight yarn

· Used wool yarn from stash.

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

SM= Slip Market

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

M1R = Make One Right

M1L = Make One Left

Directions:

1. CO 36

2. K2P2 ribbing until piece measures 2 ½ inches

3. K , add 2 Sts evenly across row (38 Sts)

4. P

5. K

6. P

7. K18, PM, M1R, K2, M1L, PM, K18 (40 Sts) Thumb Increases

8. Repeat rows 4-6

9. K18, SM, M1R, K4, M1L, SM, K18 (42 Sts)

10. Repeat rows 4-6

11. K18, SM, M1R, K6, M1L, SM, K18 (44 Sts)

12. Repeat rows 4-6

13. K18, SM, M1R, K8, M1L, SM, K18 (46 Sts)

14. Repeat rows 4-6

15. K18, SM, M1R, K10, M1L, SM, K18 (48 Sts)

16. Repeat rows 4-6

17. Work the thumb. K18 and place Sts on holder, K12 and leave on needle, K18 and place on second holder. Leave yarn attached.

18. With new yarn, ( I changed color here to add some character to mine.) K12 Sts on needle in K2P2 pattern. 6 rows. BO loosely. (larger needle suggested)

19. Place 18 Sts with yarn attached back on to needles and K18 in K2P2 pattern for 6 rows. BO loosely.

20. Finally, place last group of 18 Sts back onto needles and knit in K2P2 pattern for 6 rows. BO loosely.

Two Needle Knitting Patern Fingerless gloves

Fingerless Gloves Knitting Completed Before Seaming

Finishing:

Block first. Then complete the gloves. Fold wrong sides together and stitch sides of glove and side of thumb together. Weave in Ends.

Last Minute Hat

Quick to Knit Last minute Hat Displayed on Mannequin

Quick to Knit Last Minute Hat

What’s faster to knit for a last minute gift, a cowl or a hat? Well, up to recently I had my favorite quick knit cowl, The Eyelet Cowl, as my standby. With hats being so big this year my new favorite last minute quick knit is my bulky beanie. This hat can be done in one evening if absolutely necessary. Ideally, two days make for a quick and enjoyable knit.

Gauge 14.5 on a size 10 needle

Materials:

· US Size 8 circular needle

· US Size 10 circular needles

· US Size 10 dpns if needed

· 1 stitch markers (optional)

· Yarn needle

· Stitch market

· 1 skein bulky weight yarn

· For this sample I used Jiffy by Lion Brand Acrylic yarn from stash.

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

P2tog = Purl two stitches together

Directions:

CO 80 stitches and PM and begin with a K1, P1 ribbing using the smaller size needles. Be careful not to twist stitches. Knit in the ribbing pattern for 2 inches.

The Body

Switch to the larger needles and start the pattern. Continue in the pattern stitch until the hat measures 5 ½ from cast on edge.

The Pattern

Row 1 *K1, P7*

Row 2 * Slip 1 stitch with yarn held in back, P7*

The Crown

When the hat measures 5 ½ from cast on edge start your crown decreases. Switching to dpn’s when needed.

Row 1 * K1, P5, P2tog* around

Row 2 *Slip 1 with yarn in back, P6* around

Row3 *K1, P4, P2tog* around

Row 4 * Slip 1 with yarn in back, P5* around

Row 5 *K1, P3, P2tog* around

Row 6 * Slip 1 with yarn in back, P4* around

Row 7 *K1, P2, P2tog* around

Row8 *Slip1 with yarn in back, P3* around

Row 9 *K1, P1, P2tog* around

Row 10 *Slip 1 with yarn in back, P2* around

Row 11 *K1, P2tog* around

Row 12 *Slip1 with yarn in back, P1* around

Row 13 * P2tog* around

Quick to Knit Last Minute gift Hat

Last Minute Hat Details Viewed From Above

You should be left with 10 stitches. Cut yarn, leaving an 8 to 10 inch tail, and weave through remaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in ends. Lightly block if needed.

Youshould be left with 10 stitches. Cut yarn, leaving an 8 to 10 inch tail, and weave through remainingstitches. Pull tight and weave in ends. Lightly block if needed.

What’s faster to knit for a last minute gift, a cowl or ahat? Well, up to recently I had my favorite quick knit cowl, The Eyelet Cowl, asmy standby. With hats being so big this year my new favorite last minute quickknit is my bulky beanie. This hat can be done in one evening if absolutelynecessary. Ideally, two days make for a quick and enjoyable knit.

Gauge 14.5 on a size 10 needle

Materials:

·        US Size  8circular needle

·        US Size 10 circular needles

·        US Size 10 dpns if needed

·        1 stitch markers (optional)

·        Yarn needle

·        Stitch market

·        1 skein bulky weight yarn

·        For this sample I used Jiffy by Lion BrandAcrylic yarn from stash.

 

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

P2tog = Purl two stitches together

Directions:

CO80 stitches and PM and begin with a K1, P1 ribbing using the smaller sizeneedles. Be careful not to twist stitches. Knit in the ribbing pattern for 2inches.

The Body

Switch to the larger needles and start the pattern.  Continue in the pattern stitch until the  hat measures 5 ½ from cast on edge.

The Pattern

Row 1   *K1, P7*

Row 2 * Slip 1 stitch with yarn held inback, P7*

The Crown

Whenthe hat measures 5 ½ from cast on edge start your crown decreases. Switching todpn’s when needed.

Row1   * K1, P5, P2tog* around

Row2   *Slip 1 with yarn in back, P6* around

Row3  *K1, P4, P2tog* around

Row4   * Slip 1 with yarn in back, P5*around

Row5   *K1, P3, P2tog* around

Row6   * Slip 1 with yarn in back, P4*around

Row7   *K1, P2, P2tog* around

Row8   *Slip1with yarn in back, P3* around

Row9   *K1, P1, P2tog* around

Row10   *Slip 1 with yarn in back, P2*around

Row11   *K1, P2tog* around

Row12   *Slip1 with yarn in back, P1* around

Row13   * P2tog* around

Finishing:

Block first. Thencomplete the gloves. Fold wrong sides together and stitch sides of glove andside of thumb together. Weave in Ends. The Crown

This fun beanie knits up super fast making it great a greattravel project. I love the simple detail that makes it interesting. For atravel knit, I generally steer away from patterns that include cables, not thatcabling is difficult to keep track of, but rather for fear of losing my cableneedle. This particular pattern calls for just a touch of cable that could behandled without using a cable needle. I have made this beanie numerous times;but this is the first time I have actually taken the time to write down my pattern. Although it may look complicated, it isactually quite a simple knit with a slightly different way to knit the hat’s crown.

My thirteen year old daughter has commissioned two already. Butnow that she has seen my other hat, The Slip Stitch Hat with the pompom, I mayonly have to make her one Camp Beanie.

To adjust for size in this pattern, I suggest you just changethe size of your needles. I used a size 7 needle for my small head and a size 8for my daughter’s medium/large head. I also started my crown at 5.5 incheswhich allowed for the band just to cover my ears. For my daughter, who hasvoluminous hair, I started her crown at 6 inches.

Gauge: 5 sts per inch in Stockinette St. with a 7 needle.

Materials:

·        US Size 7 or 8 circular needle depending on requiredhat size

·        US Size 7 (or 8) dpns if needed

·        1 stitch markers (optional)

·        1 cable needle

·        Yarn needle

·        1 skein worsted weight yarn

·        For this sample I used Patons Classic Wool Yarn.

 

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

SM= Slip Market

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

SSK= Slip one stitch,

K2tog = Knit two stitches together.

C2B = Slide 1 stitch to the cable needle, hold to the back,knit 1 stitch, knit 1 stitch from the cable needle.

C2F =  Slide 1 stitchto the cable needle, hold to the front, knit 1 stitch, knit 1 from the cableneedle.

Directions:

The Cuff

CO 84 stitches and begin by adding 2 rows of4x2 ribbing (K4,P2) knitting in the round. Careful not to twist stitches.(These two rows are just to keep the edge flat before starting the pattern. Onerow would also work.)

 

Start cuff pattern:

1.*C2B, C2F, P2* repeat around.

2. *K4, P2* repeat around.

3. *K4, P2* repeat around.

4. *K4, P2* repeat around.

5. *C2F, C2B, P2* repeat around.

6. *K4, P2* repeat around

 

Repeat rows 1-6 one more time.

 

The Body

Continue in the knit stitch till piece measures5.5 inches from cast on edge for small. (6 inches for medium/large) Hat shouldjust cover ears.

 

The Crown

When piece measures desired length, start yourdecrease. The crown will be divided into 4 sections, so take note. As you movearound the crown, you will be adjusting your marker to the right in order tokeep the stitches in a straight line.

 

1.      *SSK,K1, K2tog, K16* repeat around. (76 sts)

2.      Knitto the last stitch. Slip the last stitch to your right needle, remove themarker, replace your last stitch back on the left needle, place the market onyour right, and start your next round. (you have moved the marker one stitch tothe right.)

3.      *SSK,K1, K2tog, K14* repeat around.

4.      Repeatrow 2.

5.      *SSK,K1, K2tog, K12* repeat around.

6.      Repeatrow 2.

7.      *SSK,K1,K2tog, K10* repeat around.

8.      Repeatrow 2.

9.      *SSK,K1, K2tog, K8* repeat around.

10.   Repeat row 2.

11.  *SSK,K1,K2tog,K6* repeat around.

12.  Repeatrow 2.

13.  *SSK,K1,K2tog,K4*repeat around.  

14.   Repeat row 2.

15.  *SSK,K1, K2tog, K2 around.

16.  Repeatrow 2.

17.  *SSK,K1, K2tog, around

Finishing:

Leave an 8-10 inch tail. Cut yarn and weave throughremaining stitches. Pull tight and weave in ends. Lightly block if needed.

Stay warm.

The Eyelet Cowl

Model wearing Eyelet Cowl over leather jacket.

The Eyelet Cowl

This super cozy cowl has been a favorite quick knit for me for a couple of years. It’s great for travel or the last minute gift. It looks wonderful when made with a hand dyed yarn or one with a touch of glitter. This cowl dresses up really nicely. It only takes one skein. That makes it the ideal project for that yummy yarn you just had to buy last summer but never could figure out what to make with it.

The finished size after blocking is approximately 10 inches wide and 14 inches long when folded. This scarf is meant to drape down around the neck for a soft light dressy look.

Gauge: 4 inches on a # 9 needle

In this particular project the gauge is really not that critical. If it ends up an inch longer, or shorter it will still look fabulous.

Materials:

US Size 9 on 16 inch circular needle

1 stitch markers (optional)

1 skein bulky weight yarn.

The yarn I used for this project was Firefly by Trendsetters. I used almost all of the 165 yards.

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

YO = Yarn Over

PM= Place Marker

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

Eyelet Pattern

Row 1  P

Row 2 *P2tog, YO* around

Row 3 P

Note:  If you are a loose knitter and you think you are going to run out of wool, then skip an eyelet repeat. In this sample I had enough yarn for 7 eyelet repeats. One less repeat will not affect the overall look and feel of the cowl.Close up view of the eyelet pattern.

Close up view of the eyelet pattern.

Directions:

CO 100, PM, begin to knit as follows. (Be careful not to twist stitches.)

Row 1  K

Row 2  P

Rows 3-6 Knit

Rows 7-9 Eyelet Pattern

Rows 10-13 Knit

Rows 14-16 Eyelet Pattern

Rows 17 – 20 Knit

Rows 21 -23 Eyelet Pattern

Rows 24 -27 Knit

Rows 28 – 30 Eyelet Pattern

Rows 31 – 34 Knit

Rows 35 – 37 Eyelet Pattern

Rows 38 – 41 Knit

Rows 42 – 44 Eyelet Pattern

Rows 45 – 48 Knit

Rows 49-51 Eyelet Pattern

Rows 52 – 55 Knit

56. P

57. K

58. BO purl wise loosely

 Block. Weave in ends.

Men’s Cowl Infinity Scarf

Close up view of knit pattern for men's cowl infinity scarf

Men’s Cowl Infinity Scarf

“Diamonds in the Ruff”

This super cozy cowl is for the man in your life. It is a super fast knit and makes a great last minute gift. This project is great for travel or social knitting. It is also a great project for using that lonely skein.  What do I love most about it? It’s reversible; so it looks great when warn twisted around the neck. 

Finished size after blocking is approximately 7 wide and 24 long when folded. This scarf will wrap twice around the neck.

Gauge : 5 sts per inch in Stockinette St.

Materials:

·        US Size 7 circular needle

·        1 stitch markers (optional)

·        1 skein worsted weight yarn

·        For this sample I used Patons Classic Worsted Yarn

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

Directions:

CO 198, PM, begin to knit in the round in a K1, P1 ribbing. Be careful not to twist stitches.

Continue in a K1, P1 ribbing for a total of 12 rows. Then start the pattern.

 The Pattern

This pattern is knit in multiples of 9. (Please keep this in mind if you wish to shorten or lengthen the pattern.)

Row 1 (RS): k4, *p1, k8; rep from * to last 5 sts, p1, k4

Row 2: K3, *p3,k6, rep from * to last 6 sts, p3,k3

Row 3: k2, *p5, k4; rep from * to last 7 sts, p5, k2

Row 4 K1, *p7,k2, rep from* to the last 8 sts, p7, k1

Row 5: P

Row 6: Rep Row 4

Row 7: Rep Row 3

Row 8: Rep Row 2

Repeat this pattern (rows 1 – 8 ) one more time. End  by finishing it with Row 1. (  That’s 3repeats of row 1 in total. Two repeats of the pattern.)

Continue on in a K1, P1 ribbing pattern for 11 rows then BO off loosely in pattern.

Block and weave in ends.

Wrist Warmers

View of completed wrist warmer

Easy to Knit Wrist Warmer

Over the holidays I needed to come up with a gift for a friend’s mom who has been ill. She is one of the nicest people I know. She always has a big smile on her face. I hated to hear she was ill. Christmas was around the corner and I did not have time to knit her a shawl, which would have been the perfect answer.

Her daughter said she is mostly bed-bound; but she sometimes makes it to the couch to do crossword puzzles. She is always cold. So I needed a project that was easy and quick. But the knit would have to do the job of helping her to keep warm.

That’s when I thought about wrist warmers. I made my fist pair back in the dark ages when I was backpacking through Europe on my Euro Rail Pass. Fall had come and I just reached Switzerland. I was desperate to hang out there for as long as I could; but I did not have the money to purchase clothes that would keep me warm. A fellow traveler suggested wrist warmers and taught me how to make them. To my surprise, they were extremely effective at keeping me warm.

I had to put my thinking cap on;  but eventually the pattern came to me. This easy project took me less than an evening to finish. I am told they made it to my friend’s mom in time for Christmas!

Kniter wearing wris warmers

Wrist Warmers in Action

Here is my pattern:

Gauge: 5 sts per inch

Materials:

·        US Size 8 circular 16 inch needle or dpns.

·        1 stitch markers (optional)

·        1 skein worsted weight yarn ( I used less than half a skein for the pair from my stash)

·        For this sample I used Patons Classic Worsted Yarn

Abbreviations:

·        St= Stitch

·        K= Knit

·        P = Purl

·        SSK = Slip Slip Knit

·        K2tog = Knit two together

·        P2tog = Purl two together

·        PM= Place Marker

·        BO= Bind Off

·        CO = Cast On

Directions:

CO 80

Row 1. *K8, P2* around

Row 2  *K8, P2* around

Row 3  *SSK, K4,K2tog, P2* around

Row 4  *K6, P2* around

Row 5  *SSK, K2,K2tog, P2* around

Row 6  *K4, P2* around

Row 7  *SSK, P2tog,P2* around

Row 8  *K2, P2*

Continue in a K2, P2 Ribbing until piece measures 5 inches from beginning.

BO in pattern.

Slip Stitch Beanie Hat

Green Hand knit beanie hat with pom pom on manequin

Slip Stitch Beanie Hat

Of all my hats, this one is my favorite. That’s probably because I love the fluffy pompom at the top that works so well with this pattern. It’s also a great hat without the pompom. In which case, it’s makes the perfect beanie.

This hat knits up quickly and the pattern is simple but still interesting,  making it a great travel project. 

Gauge 22 sts per inch in Stockinette St.

Materials:

  • US Size 6 circular needle
  • US Size 7 circular needle
  • US Size 7 dpns
  • 1 stitch marker
  • 1 skein dk weight yarn
  • Pompom ( optional)
  • Button ( to secure pompom, optional but works really well)

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

SM= Slip Market

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

P2tog = purl two stitches together

SSK = Slip, Slip, Knit

K2tog = Knit two together

Slip2wyif = Slip two stitches with yarn in front

Slip1wyif = Slip one stitch with yarn in front

Directions:

With smaller needles CO 100.

Join in the round and knit in a  K2P2 ribbing for 2 inches.

The Body

Switch to larger needles and start the pattern.

Pattern:

The pattern is a two row repeat.

Row 1. *Slip2wyif, P2 * repeat to end

Row 2.  *K2,P2* repeat to end

Continue in pattern till piece measures 6.5 inches long from cast on edge for a small adult hat,  7 inches long for a medium, and 7.5 for a large size hat.

If you are making this into a beanie, knitting to 5 ½ inches from cast on edge will just cover the ears.  However, if you are looking for more slouch, add an extra half inch.  

The Crown

Start decreasing once you have reached your desired length and after a Row 1 has been completed. Switching to dpns when needed.

  • *K2, P2tog* around
  •  *K2 P1* around
  •  *K1, SSK* around
  •    K around
  •  *K1, SSK* around, ending with a K2
  •    K around
  • *K, SSK* around, ending with a K1
  •    K around
  •  *K1, SSK* ending with a K2
  •    SSK around
  •  Leaving 8 stitches

Finishing

Thread the needle and pull yarn through remaining 12 stitches. Weave in ends. Block lightly if needed.

Finally, add a pompom. Secure  the pompom with a button by tying it with a firm bow on the inside of the hat for stability and enjoy. (Securing it with a button will also allow you to remove the pompom for washing.)

Banded Beanie Hat

Here is my pattern:

Gauge: 5 sts per inch

Materials:

·        US Size 8 circular needle. This pattern is knitin the round so a 16 inch or longer if using he magic loop, or dpns.

·        1 stitch markers (optional)

·        1 skein worsted weight yarn ( I used less thanhalf a skein for the pair from my stash)

·        For this sample I used Patons Classic WorstedYarn

Abbreviations:

·        St= Stitch

·        K= Knit

·        P = Purl

·        SSK = Slip Slip Knit

·        K2tog = Knit two together

·        P2tog = Purl two together

·        PM= Place Marker

·        BO= Bind Off

·        CO = Cast On

Directions:

CO 80

Row 1. *K8, P2* around

Row 2  *K8, P2* around

Row 3  *SSK, K4,K2tog, P2* around

Row 4  *K6, P2* around

Row 5  *SSK, K2,K2tog, P2* around

Row 6  *K4, P2* around

Row 7  *SSK, P2tog,P2* around

Row 8  *K2, P2*

Continue in a K2, P2 Ribbing until piece measures 5 inchesfrom beginning.

BO in pattern.

Over the holidays I needed to come up with a gift for a friend’smom who has been ill. She is one of the nicest people I know. She always has abig smile on her face. I hated to hear she was ill. Christmas was around thecorner and I did not have time to knit her a shawl, which would have been theperfect answer. Her daughter said she is mostly bedbound; but she sometimesmakes it to the couch to do crossword puzzles. She is always cold. So I needed aproject that was easy and quick. But the knit would have to do the job ofhelping her to keep warm.

That’s when I thought about wrist warmers. I made my fistpair back in the dark ages when I was backpacking through Europe on my EuroRail Pass. Fall had come and I just reached Switzerland. I was desperate tohang out there for as long as I could; but I did not have the money to purchaseclothes that would keep me warm. A fellow traveler suggested wrist warmers andtaught me how to make them. To my surprise, they were extremely effective atkeeping me warm.

I had to put my thinking cap on. But eventually the patterncame to me. This easy project took me less than an evening to finish. I am toldthey made it to my friend’s mom in time for Christmas!

“Diamonds in the Ruff”

This super cozy cowl is for the man in your life. It is asuper fast knit and makes a great last minute gift. This project is great fortravel or social knitting. It is also a great project for using that lonelyskein.  What do I love most about it?It’s reversible; so it looks great when warn twisted around the neck.

Finished size after blocking is approximately 7 wide and 24long when folded. This scarf will wrap twice around the neck.

Gauge : 5 sts per inch in Stockinette St.

Materials:

·        US Size 7 circular needle

·        1 stitch markers (optional)

·        1 skein worsted weight yarn

·        For this sample I used Patons Classic WorstedYarn

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

Directions:

CO198, PM, begin to knit in the round in K1, P1 ribbing. Be carefulnot to twist stitches.

Continue in K1, P1 ribbing for a total of 12 rows. Thenstart the pattern.

 

The Pattern

This pattern is knit in multiplesof 9. (Please keep this in mind if you wish to shorten or lengthen thepattern.)

Row 1 (RS): k4, *p1, k8; rep from * to last 5 sts, p1, k4

Row 2: K3, *p3,k6, rep from * to last 6 sts, p3,k3

Row 3: k2, *p5, k4; rep from * to last 7 sts, p5, k2

Row 4 K1, *p7,k2, rep from* to the last 8 sts, p7, k1

Row 5: P

Row 6: Rep Row 4

Row 7: Rep Row 3

Row 8: Rep Row 2

Repeat this pattern (rows 1 – 8 ) one more time. End byfinishing it with Row 1. (  That’s 3repeats of row 1 in total. Two repeats of the pattern.)

Continue on in a K1, P1 ribbing pattern for 11 rows then BOoff loosely.

Block and weave inends.

Directions:

CO 100, PM, begin to knit as follows. (Be careful not totwist stitches.)

K

P

Rows 3-6 Knit

 Rows 7-9 EyeletPattern

 Rows 10-13 Knit

 Rows 14-16 EyeletPattern

 Rows 17 – 20 Knit

 Rows 21 -23 EyeletPattern

 Rows 24 -27 Knit

 Rows 28 – 30 EyeletPattern

 Rows 31 – 34 Knit

 Rows 35 – 37 EyeletPattern

 Rows 38 – 41 Knit

 Rows 42 – 44 EyeletPattern

 Rows 45 – 48 Knit

 Rows 49-51 EyeletPattern

Rows 52 – 55 Knit

56.  P

57.  K

 58. BO purl wiseloosely

Block. Weave in ends.

This super cozy cowl has been a favorite quick knit for mefor a couple of years. It’s great for travel or the last minute gift. It lookswonderful when made with a hand dyed yarn or one with a touch of glitter. Thiscowl dresses up really nicely. It only takes one skein. That makes it the idealproject for that yummy yarn you just had to buy last summer but never couldfigure out what to make with it.

The finished size after blocking is approximately 10 incheswide and 14 inches long when folded. This scarf is meant to drape down aroundthe neck for a soft light dressy look.

Gauge: 4 inches on a # 9 needle

In this particular project the gauge is really not thatcritical. If it ends up an inch longer, or shorter it will still look fabulous.

Materials:

US Size 9 on 16 inch circular needle

1 stitch markers (optional)

1 skein bulky weight yarn.

The yarn I used for this project was Firefly byTrendsetters. I used almost all of the 165 yards.

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

YO = Yarn Over

PM= Place Marker

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

Eyelet Pattern

P

*P2tog, YO* around

P

If you are a looseknitter and you think you are going to run out of wool, then skip an eyeletrepeat. In this sample I had enough yarn for 7 eyelet repeats.  One less repeat will not affect the overalllook and feel of the cowl.Banded Beanie Hat

Banded Beanie Hat

I like a hat that has a nice wide band around it better to frame my small narrow face. With that in mind, I made this hat. Of course the second I had it finished my daughter complained that it was too small for her big head and hair. Perhaps it never dawned on her that maybe, just this once, I was making a hat for myself. 

I had initially planned to make this a multi color hat. It would be great in a plaid; but then I would have a hard time matching it to my jackets. As such I went with a solid. However, next time I plan to knit one using colors from my yarn stash to get that plaid look. I think it just screams for more color. If I use a color that matches my winter jackets then it might work.

In the between time, my maternal guilt took and I ended up making one for my daughter.  That’s the pattern I describe below. It is a hat that will fit a medium to large woman’s head with a little bit of slouch, since that’s what my 13 year old wants (this week). To get a smaller version, like the one I made for myself, one needs only to adjust the needle size down and shorten the length.

Gauge: 5 sts per inch

.Materials:

·        US Size 7 and Size 8 circular needle for a size Medium to Large. This pattern is knit in the round on circulars and dpn’s if needed.

·        US Size 6 and Size 7 if making the Small size

·        1 stitch marker (optional)

·        1 skein worsted weight yarn (for this sample I used Patons Classic Worsted Yarn)

Abbreviations:

·        St= Stitch

·        K= Knit

·        P = Purl

·        K2tog = Knit two together

·        PM= Place Marker

·        BO= Bind Off

·        CO = Cast On

Directions:

CO88 with the smaller needles

Start Pattern:

1.     K2, P2

2.     K2, P2

3.     K

4.     K

5.     K2, P2

6.     K2, P2

7.     P

8.     P

Rows 9 – 16 repeat Pattern 1X

Rows 17 -22 repeat Rows 1-6 (The last row is a K2, P2)

This ends the band portion of the hat, now switch up a needle size for the rest of the hat and knit in the Stockinette stitch till that measures 8 ½ inches from beginning.

For the beanie version, knit until hat measures 5 ½ inches from beginning for a small hat, 6 inches for a medium to large hat. 

Crown

Decrease as follows:

1.     *K6, K2tog* repeat around

2.     K

3.     *K5, K2tog* repeat around

4.     K

5.     *K4, K2tog* repeat around

6.     K

7.     *K3,K2tog* repeat around

8.     K

9.     *K2, K2tog* repeat around

10.  K

11.  *K1,K2tog* repeat around

12.  K

13.  *K2tog*repeat around

End with 11 stitches.

Finishing

Thread needle and pull yarn through remaining 11stitches. Weave in ends. Block lightly if needed.

Banded Beanie Hat in Grey

Banded Beanie Hat in Grey

The Francesca Hat

View of knit hat topped by a pompom.

Simple Slouch Hat with Pompom

A friend of mine asked me if could make her a simple hat. Her daughter had lost hers at school and she was upset about it. She had bought the hat with her own money at Francesca’s. It was a simple hat but it had a great pompom on the end and she loved it. While over at my house, my friend had noticed the great pompoms I had bought on Amazon. So she asked me if could make a hat similar to the one her daughter lost so that she could surprise her. This is the pattern I came up with.

This hat works well for any size woman’s head. On my small head it was comfortably loose so as to not smash my hair. For my daughter’s larger head of hair, it fit perfectly and it was the perfect replacement for my friend’s daughter’s lost hat. (Apparently my Amazon sourced pompom was nicer than the one on her previous hat. Phew! Sometimes with teenagers you never know if you are going to get it right. I would say this was an exception.)

Simple Slouch Hat with Pompom

Simple Slouch Hat with Pompom

Gauge: 21 sts per inch on US 6 Needle in Stockinette

Materials:

·        US Size 4 and Size 6 circular needle for a size Medium to Large. This pattern is knit in the round on circulars and dpn’s if needed.

·        1 stitch markers (optional)

·        1 skein DK weight yarn for this sample I used Isaac Mizrahi Craft.

·        1 Tapestry needle

·        Pompom

·        Button ( for securing Pompom)

Abbreviations:

·        St= Stitch

·        K= Knit

·        P = Purl

·        K2tog = Knit two together

·        PM= Place Marker

·        BO= Bind Off

·        CO = Cast On

 

The Pattern:

With smaller needles CO 108 Stitches

Join in the round.

PM at beginning of round

K1, P1 around till knitting measures 3 inches from beginning. 

Switch to larger needles.

K1, P2 around until knitting measures 8 ½ from beginning and then start your decrease.

The Crown

1.     K2tog , P1 (72)

2.      K

3.     K2tog (36)

4.     K

5.     K2tog (18)

6.     K

7.     K2tog (9)

Finishing

Thread your tapestry needle and pull through remaining 9 stitches.  Weave in ends. Block lightly if needed.

 

Pompom – With a tapestry needle and yarn secure the pompom to the inside of the hat using a button for stability. Tie it with a strong bow to the button.

 

The great thing about using a button for securing your pompom is that when it comes time to wash this hat, unfastening the pompom from the hat will be easy.

Spring Shawl 

Hand knit shawl in bright gold and pink

Spring Shawl

Dog wrapped in shawl lying in the grass

Whisper’s Spring Shawl

Thinking bright thoughts about spring, with only a skein and a half of gold in my hands and one of bright pink, this is what I came up. 

Gauge – After blocking 4 inches in Stockinette.

4 stitch markets

Tapestry needle

Size US8 needle. I used circulars to accommodate large number of stitches.

ABBREVIATIONS

 k = knit

p = purl

yo = yarn over

 k2tog = knit 2 stitches together

RS = right side of work

WS = wrong side of work

PM = place marker

 SM = slip marker

Construction

This shawl has a two stitch garter boarder. It is knit from the top down. Knitting starts at the center neck and knitted to the bottom edge, ending with a stretchy bind off.  In this case I used a suspended bind off, but your favorite stretchy will work too.

The shawl starts with a solid color, when the stitches on the needle reach 200,  a second color is added.  The finished shawl measures 62 wide after blocking. For a bigger shawl, just keep on knitting!

Start with the Garter tab

CO 6 stitches using long tail method.  This is considered row 1.

2. Knit

3. knit

4. (RS) -k2, PM, yo, PM, k2, PM, yo, PM, k2 ( establishing 2 outer edge stitched, 2 center stitched, all knit in a garter stitch.)

5. (WS) -K2, SM, p to marker, SM, K2, SM, p to market, SM, K2

6. K2, SM yo, k to one before marker, yo, SM , K2, SM, yo, k to one before marker, yo, sm, k2 ( increasing 4 stitches each row creating a garter edge of two stitches and a 2 stitch garter spine)

Repeat row 5 and 6 till you have 200 on the needle then switch to Color B.

Pattern

  • (RS) K one row in Color B while keeping with Shawl construction pattern.
  • (k2,sm,yo, k to marker, yo, sm k2 sm, yo k to marker, yo sm , k2)
  • (WS) K one row in Color B  ( one garter row in Color B)
  • Carry up color A and knit one row in color while keeping with shawl construction pattern.
  • K one row of color A ( one garter row in Color A)
  • Repeat row 1 and 2 with color B to create another garter row.
  • (RS)  Alternate color A and B in the knit stitch across keeping to shawl construction pattern
  • ( WS) Alternate color B and A and Purl keeping in construction pattern ( K2, purl to marker, sm, k2 sm, purl to marker, sm, k2)  * if you ended with color A, then start this row with color B or vice versa .
  • Color B k across in shawl construction pattern
  • Color B K across ( creating a garter row)
  • Alternate color A and B in the knit stitch across
  • Alternate in color B and A in the purl stitch while keeping to pattern. pattern ( K2, purl to marker, sm, k2 sm, purl to marker, sm, k2)
  • -14 repeat your three garter rows you started the pattern with. ( rows 1-5)

      15 -24 With color B, knit on RS, purl on WS keeping to construction pattern

       25. k

       26. p

       27. (RS)  k2 , sm *yo k2tog* to marker yo sm, k2, sm , *yo, k2tog* to maker, yo sm k2

        28. (WS) k across

        29. BO using the suspended bind off.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZLqqzYjpmY

Evil Eye Template

Evil Eye Pattern

Evil Eye Pattern

Evil Eye / Basic Beanie

Basic Beanie Knitting Pattern with Evil Eye duplicate stitched on

Evil Eye Beanie

Although we are not off to DC at the end of the month to participate in the March For Our Lives in support of  effective gun control following the Florida high school shooting earlier this month, my daughter said she must have an Evil Eye Hat to wear in support of her fellow Florida students.

The hat itself is a basic beanie construction. I made this hat using Caron Simply Soft Tweed since March can be a bit warm for wool hats. I then duplicate stitched the Evil Eye based on the chart I made above. I considered using Intarsia for this knit, but when I saw all those hanging yarns, I changed my mind and ripped it out. Not sure what my issue is with hanging yarns, other than I do not enjoy weaving in lots of ends. I actually love a little Intarsia as it is the best method for using up little bits of stash.  Regardless, I enjoyed doing a little stitch work. Before I picked up knitting (again) I was hooked on needlepoint (pun intended).  That was when I had more patience and better eye sight. These days I like to work on a project that gives me immediate returns. I really enjoy that feeling of accomplishment when a project is done. I can get there much faster knitting than needlepoint.

Gauge: 18sts per inch in Stockinette St on size 8 needle

Size: One size.

This hat ideally fits a medium to large head. As a small head I am still able to wear it. Ideally though if I were going to make one for my small head I would have used a CO of 72 and used a K2, P2 ribbing. However this hat was made for my daughter and she was looking for a beanie that was not too snug so she could wear it indoors and one that was “cool.”

Materials:

  • US Size 8 circular needle
  • US Size 8 DPNs if needed
  • 1 stitch markers (optional)
  • 1 skein of heavy worsted  or aran weight yarn
  • For this sample I used an acrylic, Caron Simply Soft Tweed.

Abbreviations:

St= Stitch

K= Knit

P = Purl

PM= Place Marker

K2Tog = Knit two stitches together

BO= Bind Off

CO = Cast On

Directions:

CO 84 to knit in the round.

The Band

The band is just four rows long. For this sample I used a mistake stitch ribbing but any ribbing pattern will do.

Row 1. K2, P2

Row 2. K1, *P2, K2*, till the last stitch,  then end with a K1

Repeat row 1 and 2

The Body

Switch to a Stockinette stitch and kit till hat measures 5 ½ from beginning.

The Crown

Row 1. K5, K2tog

Row 2. K

Row 3. K4, K2tog

Row 4. K

Row 5. K3, K2tog

Row 6. K

Row 7. K2, K2tog

Row 8. K

Row 9. K1, K2tog

Row 10. K2tog around.

With 12 sts left, cut yarn and pull through remaining loops.

Slip Stitch Shawlette

picure shows the back and front stitches

Stitch Detail. Ribbing on ones side, slip stitches on the other, with the Decrease Bind Off edging.

Small triangle shaped shawl knit in a simple slip stitch creating a rich texture.

Slip Stitch Shawlette

With spring just a few days off and summer on the horizon, I have chosen to do lighter knits. In this case, it’s a little shawlette that I can wear as an accessory or keep in my carry on when traveling.

Since I like symmetry, this is a triangle shawl. It is knit from the top down, increasing stitches at the end of each row. Since it’s a two row pattern it makes for a great travel project. It’s a super easy scarf and one that I found very therapeutic to knit. It did not require any thinking on my part, or even counting. Sometimes you just need something that is simple to work on!  The end result looks a lot more detailed and complicated than it is. I love the finished texture.

Shawlette

Lite worsted weight or DK yarn ( approx 2 skeins or 420 yrds)

Size 9 circular needle to accommodate large number of stitches

This sample was made using Serendipity Tweed from Brown Sheep Company. It’s a mix of cotton and wool.

The gauge is 5 stitches per inch using a size 7 needle in Stockinette stitch. For this project I sized up 2 needle sizes in order to accommodate the slip stitches in the pattern and still get a nice drape to the shawl and a little space between the stitches.

ABBREVIATIONS

Co = cast on

 k = knit

p = purl

kfb = knit through the front and back, which makes a one stitch increase.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsWzpwSURUM

kfbf= knit through the front, back and again through the front, which makes a two stitch increase.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L06hGxNt24w

Slip wyif  = slip the stitch from left to right with the yarn held in front , as if to purl.

The Start

CO 3

Kfb, k , kfb ( 5 sts)

Kfb, p, k, p , kfb ( 7 sts)

Kfb, p, slip next stitch wyif, p, slip wyif, p, kfbf  (9 sts)

Slip first stitch, p, k, p, k, p, k, p, kfbf  (11 sts)

Slp 2wyif,* p, slip1wyif,* to last stitch, kfbf  (13)

Start the two row pattern with 13 stitches on the needle.  (Note going forward I increased two stitches at the end of each row slipping the first stitch of the next row. This keeps the edges looking similar.)

Pattern Stitches

  • Slip1, p, *k, p* to last stitch, kfbf
  • Slip2wyif, *p, slip1wyif,* to last stitch, kfbf

Repeat these last two rows till you have approximately 250 stitches on your needle.

After blocking, my shawl measures 60 inches long and 15 inches deep.  

Ideally you should end with a slip stitch row so that the rib side is facing you for the bind off. If not, then just bind off in the purl stitch. My suggested bind off is the Decrease Bind Off.  It makes for a very clean elastic bind off. (See picture)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lodi0B4QeGU

Bamboo Stitch Shawl

small shawl knit in the Bamboo stitch using a reverse yarn over

Bamboo Stitch Shawl

This is another one of my therapy shawls. I go through phases in my knitting where I gravitate toward the simple patterns.  Sometimes I really enjoy a good knit that does not require too much thinking; but one that allows me as I knit along to get into a good rhythm. For me it’s okay to keep repeating something as long as the end result is pleasing. In this knit, it’s just a two row pattern. But as the pattern unfolds, the texture that it creates is interesting. The stitch is commonly called a Bamboo stitch. In this case I have done the yarn over in reverse, which adds just a little more texture to the stitch. Since it required me every now and then to remind myself not to wrap the yarn from the front as I usually do, this pattern  kept my attention long enough to finish it.  The end result is a squishy soft textured little shawl, perfect for spring wear.  

Shawlette

For this sample I used approximately 290 yards of DK yarn (approx 2 skeins of Louisa Harding Cassia.)

Finished measurements are 55 inch long and 20 inch wide, unstretched.

Size 8 circular needle to accommodate large number of stitches

My gauge was 4 stitches to the inch in this pattern after blocking. However, gauge for this pattern is not important. What is important is that you get the openness and the drape you are looking for. I originally knit this up in light worsted DK wool yarn on a US 10 which made a nice winter scarf and one that would make a nice gift.   However, when I went to knit in a similar gauge yarn but one that was 25% nylon I had to change down to an 8 in needle size to get the flow I was looking for.  Swatching is not something I enjoy. But for this project it was worth the time.  

ABBREVIATIONS

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

 K = knit

P = purl

YO = yarn over (In this pattern all YO’s will be a reverse yarn over.)

PFB = purl through the front and back, which makes a one stitch increase.

PFBF= purl through the front, the back and again through the front, which makes a two stitch increase.

TUTORIALS

Purl through the Front and Back

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOHAqYFjvUM

How to make a tassel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kl10gDNSXSo

 Suspended Bind off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZLqqzYjpmY

Reverse yarn over

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkyZGUSk6GQ

The Start

CO 4

Row 1. K

Row 2. pfb, p2, pfb ( 6sts)

Row 3. Slip 1, k1 , (yo, k2, pass yo over the 2 stitches you just knit) * repeat to last stitch, kfbf (8 sts)

Row 4, slip1, purl to end, pfbf (10 sts)

Row 3 and 4 make the pattern stitch. With 10 stitches on your needles start the pattern by repeating rows 3 and 4 to you get to your desired length.  I ended mine when I reached 220 stitches, binding off with a stretchy bind off. I favor the suspended bind off for this project.

 

Old Shetland Cowl

Hand knit cowl using the Old Shale Stitch also known as the Feather and Fan Stitch.

Old Shetland Cowl

What I love about this pattern is that everyone knows the Old Shale Stitch, which is also known as The Feather and Fan Stitch. But everyone has a slightly different version of it. It’s an old Shetland pattern that has been around forever. It is as popular among knitters today as it was a century ago.  For the new knitter, it’s a great beginner lace stitch and for the advance knitter it’s still very pleasing to knit. It’s also a pattern that once you understand it, it does not require great concentration to knit. A few rows of knits and purls and one row of pattern make for a simple knit that really looks a lot more complicated than it actually is.

For this cowl I wanted something that I could wear as an accessory that draped nicely around my neck, that was light enough to throw in a purse, but pleasant enough to wear at night. (I was going on a business trip.) I also needed something that made for a great travel knit. I did not have time to look up a pattern or write one out. (That’s the beauty of the Old Shale Stitch, knit it once and you never forget it.) This was a last minute trip so I had just enough time to grab a few needles and yarn. By the time I landed at my destination, I had my perfect cowl, which matched perfectly with my outfit.

Finished Measurements: 28 long and 14 tall

Yarn: 2 skeins Louisa Harding Cassia (A mix of wool and nylon.) (I actually used only 1 ½ to get the size I wanted.)

Gauge 22 stitches to 4 inches in Stockinette using a size 6 needle

Needles used: Size 6, 7, 8 on 16” circular

ABBREVIATIONS

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

 K = knit

P = purl

YO = yarn over

K2TOG = knit two stitches together

PM = place marker

TUTORIAL

Suspended Bind Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZLqqzYjpmY

Cable Cast On

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YUfdREnSQI

PATTERN

This pattern is a 17 stitch pattern. If you want to make a larger cowl that wraps around your neck, or a smaller one that fits closer to the neck, you will need to adjust your stitch count in increments of 17 for knitting in the round.

To help keep track of your pattern I suggest that you place a marker at intervals of 17 stitches. Since I did 7 repeats per round, I used 7 markers.

I knit a total of 18 repeats of the pattern. I started with a size 8 needle, and then moved to a size 7 needle after 7 repeats. Then to a size 6 needle after 7 more repeats and finally finishing with 4 repeats of the pattern on a size 6 needle before binding off.  By adjusting needle size I was able to get that funnel shape so that it drapes inward showing off the pattern a bit more.

  • K
  •  K
  • *(K2 TOG) x3, (YO, K1) x 5, YO, (K2TOG) x 3 * repeat around
  • P

THE START

CO 119 (I used the cable cast on. It is not very stretchy but it is neat. If you are going to make a smaller cowl, I suggest you use a cast on with more stretch.)

  • Purl your first row
  • Start the pattern. Adjust needle size as you move along. See above reference to adjusting needle size.
  • When you have reached the end, make sure you end on a row 4 of the pattern. You want your last row before the bind off to be a purl. Your next row will then be your bind off row.

A Day at the Beach Cowl

An uncomplicated lace knit cowl in Berroco Comfort. Knit in a blend of nylon and acrylic. Perfect for spring wear.

A Day at the Beach Cowl

A Day at the Beach Cowl

Sometimes knitting lace can be therapeutic. That is, as long as it does not require more concentration then I am willing to give it. Relaxing on the beach over Spring Break, I found this knit quite relaxing. Having no desire to knit with wool in the sun, I chose a mixed fiber that I could wear with some of my spring outfits. As for the pattern, I wanted to knit something that did not require line after line of intense concentration on my part as I still had to keep track of the kids on the beach. I wanted to knit something that was visually interesting but that required me to only think every other line. It sounds quite silly as I write this; but that’s how I ended up with this pattern. The actual pattern stitch is only 4 rows. In between there are simple knit rows. It made for a quick and uncomplicated knit for a day at the beach.

For this lace pattern, I used progressively smaller needles. The end result has a flattering flare to it. So when being worn the pattern is more visible and does not get lost in the folds around the neck. To help prevent mistakes and keep track of the pattern I placed a marker after every 10 stitch pattern repeats. It also helped me to count stitches every now and then to catch any mistakes early on. That said it really is not as difficult a pattern as the end result might have you think. After just a couple of rows the pattern became quite intuitive, making for a pretty fast knit.

In this sample I used Berroco Comfort in worsted weight for a soft spring feel. I was going for the look rather than the warmth. However, I do think that if knit in wool this cowl would make a great gift come the holidays.

Finished Measurements after blocking: 30 long and 12 tall

Yarn: 1 skein Berroco Comfort  (A mix of acrylic and nylon.)

Gauge 20 stitches to 4 inches in Stockinette using a size 8 needle

Needles used: Size 6, 7, 8 on 16” circular

Stitch Markers: 12

ABBREVIATIONS

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

 K = knit

P = purl

YO = yarn over

SK2P = Slip 1 knit wise, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over knit 2 together. ( double left-leaning decrease.)

PM = place marker

TUTORIAL

SK2P

http://newstitchaday.com/slip-knit-two-pass-double-decrease/

Decrease Bind off

http://newstitchaday.com/decrease-bind-off-knitting/

PATTERN

  • *K1, YO, K3,  SK2P, K3, YO*
  • K around
  • *K2,YO, K2, SK2P, K2,YO, K1*
  • K around
  • *K3, YO, K1, SK2P, K1, YO, K2*
  • K around
  • *K4, YO, SK2P, YO, K3*
  • K around

THE START

CO 120 using the size 8 needle.  I used a cable cast on.

Join in the round and purl your first round.

Knit your second round and PM every 10 stitches.

Start your pattern on Row 3.

After 3 repeats switch to the size 7 needle.

After 3 more repeats, switch to the size 6 needle.

After your last repeat, purl one row then BO.

Suggested BO is the Decrease Bind off. (The yarn I used has stretch to it so I did not need a very stretchy bind off.  If you are a tight knitter or will be using wool you may want a stretchier bind off.)

Block and weave in ends.

Brevard Cowl

Brevard Cowl in DK

Have you ever been to Brevard, North Carolina? What a great town. It’s a college town set in the Blue Ridge Mountains with a cool vibe. Brevard is famous for its white squirrels, mountain bike trails, waterfalls, and Sliding Rock, a 60 foot natural rock slide located in the Pisgah National Forest. Tuckered out and truly relaxed at the end of each day, camping along the Davidson River is where I came up with this cowl. For inspiration, I borrowed a lace pattern I had used not too long ago for the edging of a sweater.   

For my first project I used a cotton blend by Cascade Yarns called Sarasota that I had bought at a local yarn store (black and grays). I chose it because I found the color interesting; however, in the end I felt the color fought with the pattern. So for my second round I grabbed a stash yarn I had with me and started again.  I have to be honest; I much prefer to work with wool. I understand it better. With cotton, I never know how it’s going to block out or wear. More importantly, if I am going to spend some serious time with a project, I want to knit it with something that will last a bit longer and look and feel a bit richer.

Brevard Cowl Finished Measurements: 29 long and 12 tall after blocking

Yarn: 1 skein DK from Stash (100g)

Gauge 24 stitches to 4 inches in Stockinette using a size 5 needle

Needles used: Size 5, 6, 7 on 16” circular

Stitch Markers: 13 

Tapestry Needle

ABBREVIATIONS

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

 K = knit

P = purl

YO = yarn over

K2TOG = knit two stitches together

SSK = slip, slip, knit

PM = place marker

TUTORIALS

Decrease Bind Off

http://newstitchaday.com/decrease-bind-off-knitting/

Suspended Bind Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZLqqzYjpmY

Cable Cast On

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YUfdREnSQI

Slip Knit

https://www.thesprucecrafts.com/slip-knit-ssk-2116155

THE START

CO 143 using the size 7 needle.  I used a cable cast on. (Pattern can be adjusted in increments of 11)

Row 1, purl, at the same time PM every 11 stitches (13) and join in the round.

Row 2, start the pattern as described below.

THE PATTERN

Row 1. *K11*

Row 2. *K5, P1, K5*

Row 3. *K4, P3, K4*

Row 4. *K4, P3, K4*

Row 5. *K2tog, K2tog, YO, K1, YO, K1, YO, K1, YO, SSK, SSK*

Row 6. * K*

Row 7. Repeat  Row 5

Row 8. *K*

Row 9. Repeat Row 5

Row 10. *P1, K9, P1*

Row 11. * K *

Row 12. *P1, K9, P1*

After you have repeated the pattern 1 time, switch to the next size needle (6). Knit the pattern 2 x with the size 6 needle. After 2 repeats on a size 6 needle, switch to a size 7 needle and repeat the pattern again 2 more times. You should have a total of 6 repeats of the pattern for the whole cowl.  The end result should give you a slight funnel shape so that the cowl has a nice drape when worn.

After your last repeat of the pattern, purl your last row then bind off using a stretchy bind off of your choice. I used the decrease bind off.

Block. Wear. Enjoy.

Wood River Hat

hand knit hat in light blue with grey pompom

Wood River Hat

My Wood River Hat is a pattern I have been meaning to publish for along time. I actually came up with the pattern last summer camping along the Wood River just north of Ketchum, Idaho with my family. I have since used it as my “go to” pattern for gifts as it knits up quickly and has just enough detail to make it an interesting hat.

GAUGE

20 stitches = 4 inches in Stockinette

This pattern is for a size Medium (Adult) : Finished hat measures 8 inches tall with a 16 inch circumference.

SUPPLIES

1 skein worsted weight yarn (I used exactly half a skein of yarn (50 grams) for my medium size beanie. Adding more slouch to it, or increasing the size will require more yarn.)

US Size 7 and size 9 on 16 inch circular needles when working with Paton’s Classic Wool.

 For Plymouth Yarn Encore, I used a US Size 8 and 10 on 16 inch circulars.

Double pointed needles as needed.

Stitch Marker(S)

Tapestry Needle

Pompom

Button (For securing the Pompom)

ABBREVIATIONS

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

 K = knit

P = purl

K2TOG = knit two stitches together

P2TOG = purl two stitches together

KTBL = knit through the back loop (twisting the stitch)

SL  = slip stitch

PM = place marker

THE START

Begin by CO 88 on the smaller needle. Join in the round and PM to designate the beginning of a round.

(For a larger or smaller hat, adjust CO by increments of 8.)

Knit in a K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches.

** A K2, P2 ribbing will add ease to the brim if you are concerned about fit.

Change to larger needles and start pattern

PATTERN

Row 1 – *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P5*

Row 2 – *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P1, K3, P1*

Repeat pattern rows 1 and 2 until hat measures 6 ½ inches from CO edge.  End on row 2.

**Next step is the decrease section to establish the crown of the hat. This section will add another 2 inches to your hat. If you would like your hat to have a slouch, at this point consider adding another inch for a medium size hat, two inches for a large size hat, before starting the decrease section. ( Keep in mind you will get a little extra length out of your with blocking.)

THE CROWN

Row  1.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P3, P2 TOG* (77)

Row 2.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P1, K2, P1*

Row 3.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P2, P2TOG* (66)

Row  4.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P1, K1, P1*

Row  5.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P1, P2TOG* (55)

Row  6.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P2*

Row  7.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P2TOG*(44)

Row  8.  *K1TBL, P1, K1TBL, P1*

Row  9.  SL1, * K2TOG* around to the last stitch.  SL the last stitch to the right hand needle, remove marker, SL1 stitch back on to left needle and K2 TOG. Replace marker and start Row 10.  (22)

Row  10. *K2 TOG* (leaving 11 stitches on needle)

Cut thread, leaving a long tail, and with a tapestry needle, draw the yarn through the remaining stitches to close the crown.

Finally, add a pompom. Secure the pompom with a button by tying it with a firm bow on the inside of the hat. (Securing the pompom with a button will give the pompom more stability and make it easier to remove for washing.)

Wind River Hat

free pattern for hat with pompom

Wind River Hat

GAUGE

20 stitches = 4 inches in Stockinette

This pattern is for a size Medium (Adult) : Finished hat measures 8 inches tall with a 16 inch circumference.

SUPPLIES

1 skein worsted weight yarn (I used exactly half a skein of yarn (50 grams) for my medium size beanie. Adding more slouch to it, or increasing the size will require more yarn.)

US Size 8 and 10 on 16 inch circulars needles when working with Plymouth Yarn’s Encore.

Double pointed needles as needed.

Stitch Marker(S)

Tapestry Needle

Pompom

Button (For securing the Pompom)

ABBREVIATIONS

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

 K = knit

P = purl

K2TOG = knit two stitches together

P2TOG = purl two stitches together

KTBL = knit through the back loop (twisting the stitch)

K2TOG TBL = knit two stitched together through the back loop

SL = slip stitch

PM = place marker

THE START

Begin by CO 88 loosely and join in the round and PM to designate the beginning of a round. ( I used a cable cast on with the larger needles then switched to the smaller needles to knit the ribbing.)

For a larger or smaller hat, adjust CO by increments of 8.

Knit in a K1, P1 ribbing for 2 inches using smaller needles.

** A K2, P2 ribbing will add ease to the brim if you are concerned about fit.

Change to larger needles and start pattern

PATTERN

Row 1 – *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, K2, P2*

Row 2 – *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, K2, P2*

Row 3 – *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, P2, K2*

Row 4 – *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, P2, K2*

Repeat pattern rows 1 and 2 until hat measures 6 ½ inches from CO edge.  End on row 2.

**Next step is the decrease section to establish the crown of the hat. This section will add another 2 inches to your hat. If you would like your hat to have a slouch, at this point consider adding another inch for a medium size hat, two inches for a large size hat, before starting the decrease section. (Keep in mind you will get a tad bit extra length out of your hat with blocking.)

THE CROWN

Row  1.  *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, K2, P2 TOG* (77)

Row 2.  *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, K2, P1*

Row 3.  *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, P1, P2TOG* (66)

Row  4.  *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, P2*

Row  5.  *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, P2TOG* (55)

Row  6.  *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL, P1*

Row  7.  *K1TBL, P2, K2TOG TBL*(44)

Row  8.  *K1TBL, P2, K1TBL,*

Row  9.   *K1TBL, P2TOG, K1TBL* (33)

Row 10.   SL1, * K2TOG TBL* to the last stitch.  SL the last stitch to the right hand needle, remove marker, SL  stitch back on to left needle and K2 TOG TBL. Replace marker and start Row 10.  (22)

Row  11. *K2 TOG* (leaving 11 stitches on needle)

Cut thread, leaving a long tail, and with a tapestry needle, draw the yarn through the remaining stitches to close the crown.

Finally, add a pompom. Secure the pompom with a button by tying it with a firm bow on the inside of the hat. (Securing the pompom with a button will give the pompom more stability and make it easier to remove for washing.)

Quick Scrappy Cowl

free knitting pattern

Quick Scrappy Cowl

This is one of those super quick simple projects that’s great for travel (or TV binging) since there’s no stitch pattern to memorize.  Better yet, you can use any two contrasting weight yarns, which I think makes for a great stash busting project.

 For this pattern I used some left over sock yarn and some worsted weight wool.

Gauge

4 sts per inch in garter (size 5 needle, worsted weight yarn)

Supplies

Size 8 – 16 inch circular needles

Size 5 – 16 inch circular needles

Super fine yarn (approximately 1 ounce or 100 yards)

Worsted weight yarn (less than 50 yards)

Stitch Marker

Tapestry Needle

 Finished size

20 inches in circumference

7 ½ inches tall with 3 repeats of pattern, or 10 inches tall with 4 repeats

ABBREVIATIONS

CO = cast on

BO = bind off

 K = knit

P = purl

K2TOG = knit two stitches together

K1BF = knit one stitch through the back and then through the front of stitch, one stitch increase

Yarn A – Worsted weight yarn

Yarn B – super fine weight yarn

Start – With smaller needle and yarn A, CO 80, loosely. PM and join in round

Row 1 – purl

Row 2 – knit

Row 3 – purl

Row 4 – knit

Row 5 – purl

Row 6 – With larger needles, and yarn B, *K1BF* around (doubling the number of stitches).

Row 7 – 16 knit

Row – 17 with smaller needles and yarn A, *K2tog* around. (Now there is half the number of stitches as the previous row.)

Repeat rows 1 -17 until you reach your desired length. End on a row 5.  BO loosely.  Block. Weave in ends. Enjoy!

(I bound off and cast on using the larger needle to ensure a nice stretchy edge. I also cut the thread after each section.)

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