zondag 1 februari 2009
maandag 15 december 2008
Needles 2.25 & 4 mm
Gauge : 22 stitches = 4 inches / 10 cm. This pattern asks for a specific gauge. You need exactly 36 stitches to make the pattern fit. Ofcourse you can use thicker yarn and make your own thrummed snowflakes, but if you intend to make the mittens for a toddler the gauge has to be right.
Finished? Now the decreasing starts. I tried to figure out where to put stitchmakers, but the easiest way for me to explain is to take the 18 and 36 stitch and decrease on both side of these stitches every row. Looking at this 'center stitch of the decreasing part' the two stitches to the right are knit together and the two stitches left to the center stitch are decreased with a Slip One, Knit One, Pass the Slipped Stitch Over decrease. When there are 12 stitches left seam them together with a kitchener stitch. See here for a great tutorial. Knit another one, knit an I cord (also shown on knittinghelp.com) and attach the cord to both mittens and your baby has some warm comfy mittens!
zondag 13 juli 2008
I got this lovely handspun yarn from her. The yarn was 2 colour plied and had a pretty repetition of colours . I wanted to accentuate the way the colours worked in the yarn, they had a kind of rythm to them. So I came up with summerbreeze. A very simpel knitted in the round top or dress. That all depends on how much yardage you have!
Yarn: aran weight probably, wool. I guess any yarn will do but I like the way the stitch sets off the self striping pattern and two colour plying in this particular yarn.
Needles: circular 4 mm /6 mm
Yardage: 120 meter (131 yards). This is enough for a top for a 4 year old. I wanted to make a dress, but ran out of yarn. So more yardage makes a dress, less makes a top. Both cute!
Measurements: I made this summerbreeze for my 4 year old girl
Use smaller needles. Cast on 96, place stitchmarker. Start knitting in the round
Knit 7 cm (2,8 inches) in 1-1 rib.
Use bigger needles knit the following four rounds untill you run out of yarn
Round 1: *yarn over, k2tog*
Round 2: knit all
Round 3: knit one*yarn over, k2tog* knit one
Round 4: knit all
dinsdag 1 juli 2008
Yarn: Any yarn that feels soft to the face. This Scarfhat was made with mystery sheep wool. In Holland that's usually Texelaar. So not so soft at all. I spun a worsted single is my guess.
Gauge: This patterns doesn't call for a perfect matching gauge. Just use needles, yarn and gauge that add up to the measurements of your liking. I used needles 4 mm with a worsted singles, that makes a very loose knit. 10 cm = 12 stitches
Measurements: for my 4 year old girl: from the top off the head to the end of the scarf is 75 cm (30 inches). Width of the scarf: 25 cm (10 inches)
Yardage: Sorry, I just started knitting, without even knowing if I had enough yardage.
Pattern: This pattern is so easy, it has to be out there somewhere. The Scarfhat is made of two identical rectangles of each approximately 75 cm long (30 inches). Below are my own notes while knitting, but it can be made with any stitch, lace pattern, yarn, lenght etc. This pattern leaves plenty of room for your own adjustments, fantasy and experiments.
In this Scarfhat I added shells randomly. Shells are made by knitting in one stitch 10 times in front loop, back loop, front loop, back loop etc. In the next wrongside row you purl all these stitches together.
Work 2,5 cm ( 1 inch) in 1-1 rib stitch
1. Right side row: slip first stitch purlwise, k2, yo, ssk, k, yo, ssk, knit till the last 8 stitches, k2tog,yo, k, k2tog, yo, k3
2. Wrong side row: purl all stitches, slip first stitch purlwise.
3. Right side row, slip first stitch purlwise, knit all stitches
4. Wrongside, slip first stitch purlwise., purl all stitches.
Repeat these four rows untill you reach the length you need. Throw in the shell-stitch where ever you feel like it.
When the rectangle is as long as you want it to be, leave the stitches on the needle and make a second rectangle. When finished with the second rectangle seam them together with a three needle bindoff, wrong sides facing eachother. Get you kid, boyfriend or a friendly stranger, try it on and seam a small part in the back of the hat together. Voila, you're done.