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Is Knitting Easy?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

“Is knitting easy?”…This is a question I get asked often.  My son plays at least one sport every season so this means mommy gets lots of time to sit and knit.  On the rare occasion a coach may ask me to help out when they are light on parent helpers, but after seeing me try to throw a baseball to a catcher from second base, coach tells me I can go back to my knitting.  A couple of the moms have asked if I could teach them.  With all of the time we spend at practices and games, we could knit entire wardrobes!

I am going to baseball practice tonight loaded up with Encore Mega and needles, for the students of course.  After I get them started, I am going to pull out a skein of our new yarn, Scandalicious and get to work.  I am excited for them to see what they can do after they have their basic stitches down.

Scandalicious

Scandalicious

What I love most about some of these ruffle yarns is that it just takes one skein and a couple hours and you have something that looks like a masterpiece.  Don’t get me wrong, I have knit many a complicated pattern but since I am showing folks new to the craft, I want to wow them and Scandalicious will surely do that.  It is a very versatile yarn.  You can follow the instructions below, in both knit and crochet,  for  the scarf .  But since it’s been flowing into the shops, some of the customer have shared their ideas and projects with me.  I saw a great cowl made by sewing two lengths of it together and a shrug made from cutting off the ends and using the tube as the sleeve!  Let your imagination run wild with this one and beginner knitters can look like they’ve been at it for years! Share your pictures with us on facebook, twitter or pinterest!

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F415

F415 PDF Download

SCANDALICIOUS
Scarf
Needles & Hook:   Size 7 needle, Size H Hook
Knit Scarf – Shorter, heavily ruffled version
Length:  about 36-40”

1.    Unfold the ribbon.  Fold the ending piece over about 4 inches.  The original cast on sts will go through both thicknesses.
2.    Cast on 3 sts by sticking needle through the top edge of the netting from right to left.
3.    Turn the needle.
4.    Insert the needle in to the most left hand st, pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off the needle.  Insert needle into middle st , pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off of the needle.  Insert needle into the most right hand st, pull netting through to create a new st, do not drop original st off of the needle.
5.    Now there are 3 sts on each needle.  Let the original 3 sts drop off of the needle.
6.    Turn needle and repeat steps  4 & 5.
7.    Continue repeating steps 4 & 5 until most of skein is used.  At the end, fold the last piece (about 4”) over for the final set of sts so you will knit through both thicknesses.   Without turning, bind off just before the end – pulling the middle st over the left hand st, then the right most st over the remaining one.  Use a small piece of yarn to anchor the last st in place so it will not unravel.

Longer, less ruffled version:
Length:  about 55”.

Work as for the shorter version, casting on and working 2 sts instead of 3 sts.
Crochet  Scarf
Length:  About 55”.

1.    Unfold the ribbon.  Fold the ending piece over about 4 inches.  The first sts will go through both thicknesses.
2.    Loop over crochet hook.  Go out about 2” and loop over crochet hook again.  Repeat for a 3rd loop on the hook.  Pull the 3rd loop through the second loop, then the second loop through the 1st loop.  Only 1 loop is on the hook now.
3.    Go out about 2” and loop over crochet hook again.  Repeat for a 3rd loop on the hook.  Pull the 3rd loop through the second loop, then the second loop through the 1st loop.
4.    Repeat step 3 until most of skein is used.  At end, fold over last 4” or so and work through both thicknesses.  When final loop is left on needle, Use a small piece of yarn to anchor the last loop in place so it will not unravel.

©2011 Plymouth Yarn Company. 121211jbt

A Mitt for Mom

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Now that my Easter ham is gone and the jelly beans have been eaten, it’s time for me to get set for the next Spring celebration.  Wouldn’t mom love a homemade gift this Mother’s day that doesn’t involve elbow macaroni and glitter?

Since I’ve become a mother,  I love all the things my son glues and glitters up for Mother’s day.  Those paintings and attempts at pottery will be cherished forever.  However, my mother and mother-in-law most likely would not appreciate it if I made them a plastic beaded bracelet.  But homemade gifts are still cherished, this I know from the great Christmas cowl knit-a-thon I endured just a few months ago.    So this year, I have started on  new pattern in a favorite yarn and wanted to share it with you.

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If you’ve read my blogs before, you might know that I love felting.  It’s been a while since I’ve felted anything so I am excited to see how my new washer will do(I guess that means I get the test mitt!).  I also came across a couple of charms at a craft fair that I want to sew in at the end.  This oven mitt made in Galway is going to be adorable.  I love the wide range of colors, it’s perfect to match everyone’s kitchen.  Check out the free pattern below.

F439 Galway Oven Mitt PDF download

F439 Galway Oven Mitt

F439 Galway Oven Mitt

GALWAY WORSTED
Felted Oven Mitt

Materials:  2 balls Galway Worsted
Needles: US #11 (8.0 mm) double pointed needles, Stitch markers
Gauge: Not important on this project –
about 2.5-3 sts =1”.

NOTE:  Galway used double stranded throughout.
Loosely cast on 46 sts and divide onto 3 DPN’s.  Join, taking care not to twist and work 1 ridge of garter st as follows: knit 1 round, purl 1 round.
Continue in st st – knitting every round for 15 rounds.
Next round:  With a piece of waste cotton, knit next 5 sts. Slide the 5 sts just worked back to the LH needle and picking up the MC yarn, Knit them again.  Continue working in st st for 24 additional rounds.
Place a stitch marker at the beginning of the round and between sts 23 & 24. Work decreases at the top of the mitten as follows:
Round 1: * (SSK, knit until 2 sts remain before marker, K2tog), repeat from * once more for second side of mitt.
Round 2: Knit all sts.
Repeat these 2 rounds until a total of 20 sts remain.
Divide sts onto 2 needles and work Kitchener st to join at top of mitt. Weave in ends.

Thumb
Remove the waste cotton and place the 5 sts at the bottom of the opening onto one DPN and put the 5 sts at the
top of the opening on another DPN. Knit 5 sts from first needle, pick up and knit 3 sts on side between needles, k5 from second needle, pick up and knit 3 sts between needles. Distribute the 16 sts between the 3 needles. Work 10 rounds in st st.
Begin decreases at top of thumb as follows:
Round 1: (K2, k2tog) 4 times.
Round 2: Knit
Round 3: (K1, k2tog) 4 times.
Round 4: Knit
Round 5:  (K2tog) 4 times.
Cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Pull yarn through all sts on the needles and pull top of thumb
together. Weave in ends.

Felting Instructions
Place the mitt in a zippered bag and put in washing machine with a small amount of soap and a pair of old jeans.
Use lowest water level and hottest water temperature possible.  All machines work differently so check the progress about halfway through the first wash cycle.  Check to make sure that the thumb has not felted to itself.
Depending on machine, and water chemistry and temperatures, two or three cycles may be required to fully felt the mitt.   Once felted to desired level, rinse and spin lightly so as to remove excess water, but not create creases.  Pull into shape and air dry over a tall bottle.

©2012 Plymouth Yarn Company.
Designed by JoAnne Turcotte.  All rights reserved.

Free Pattern, Put a Bear in The Basket

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Peter Cottontail is about to embark on his bunny trail.  This time of year, I like to create smaller or lighter projects that I can throw in my bag and take to my son’s baseball games.  This little bear was my project last weekend.

The pattern calls for Fantasy Naturale, and  I used the same colors listed. There is a huge color selection with Fantasy Naturale so the possibilities are endless and it’s so easy to customize.   I found that because of the mercerized cotton , the bear was soft, smooth and cuddly. I know my little guy will love it (he’s 6 so don’t dare tell his friends he still likes to sleep with a bear!)

There is just enough time to knit a keepsake gift for that special little boy or girl in your life.  You can tuck it right in their Easter basket after the bunny puts all those sweets in!

Pattern F203 PDF Download

Pattern F203

Pattern F203

FANTASY NATURALE
Stuffed Bear

Finished Size (Approx): 5” x 9”
Materials:  1- 100g hank of Fantasy Naturale (MC) and (CC), small pieces of black yarn for face.  Shown in colors 7360 (MC) and 5398 (CC).
Gauge:  18 sts = 4” on a US 7 needle over garter st.
Needles: US 7,  double pointed and straights. Crochet hook size E.  Polyfill stuffing, stitch holder.

Beginning at head:  Use double pointed needles & MC.
With MC, cast on 25 sts.  Work in the round.  Knit for 2½”.
Next row:  *(K3, k2tog); repeat from * around: 20 sts.  Knit 2 rounds even.
Next round: *(K4, M1); repeat from * around: 25 sts.  Knit 1 round even.
Next round: (K8, M1); 3 times, end k1: 28 sts.
Knit even in the round for 3”.
Next round: K14,  place remaining sts onto a stitch holder, or spare needle.
Leg: Working on 1 set of 14 sts only in the round: knit for 2½”.  Next round: (k2tog) around.  Cut yarn, pull through remaining 7 sts.  Pull up tight and fasten.  Reattach yarn to remaining sts, repeat as for 1st leg.  Sew up crotch area.
Stuff Bear legs.  Sew a seam across top of legs to allow them to bend.  Stuff  Body.  Sew up across head.

Ears (Make 2):  Using straight needles, & MC, cast on 4 sts. Knit 1 row.   Next row:  P1 M1, p2, M1, p1: 6 sts.  Work in st st for 1½”, ending with a purl row.  Next row:  K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1: 4 sts.  Purl 1 row.  Bind off.  Fold ear in half with purl side out.  Sew in place.  With small bits of black yarn sew on eyes, nose, mouth.

Arms (Make 2):  With double pointed needles & MC, cast on 10 sts.  Work in the round for 2”.  Next row:  (K2tog) around: 5 sts.  Cut yarn, pull through remaining 5 sts.  Pull up tight and fasten.  Stuff Arm.  Sew up cast on edge and sew that edge to side of bear.  Repeat for other arm.  Wrap yarn around neck area to accentuate neck.

Vest:  With straight needles & CC, cast on 30 sts.  Work in garter st for 1½”, ending with a WS row.  Next row: Divide: Knit 7 sts, BO 1 st, Knit 14, BO 1 st, K7 sts.  Working on last set of sts only, knit 2 rows.  Decrease 1 st at beginning of next row and every following alternate row 4 times total: 3 sts.  Continue even until length from underarm is 1½”.  Bind off.  With WS facing, reattach yarn to center back sts  Work even until total length  is same as front.  Bind off.  With WS facing, reattach yarn to remaining 7 sts.  Knit 2 rows.  Decrease 1 st at end of next row and every following alternate row 4 times total: 3 sts.  Continue even until length from underarm is 1½”, same as other front.  Bind off.   Sew up shoulder seams.  Make 2 chains with crochet hook for ties in front, sew in place.
Bow tie:  With straight needles & CC, cast on 8 sts.  Knit for 7 rows.  Bind off.  Wrap a strand of yarn several times around the center to draw it in.  Tie off.  Run a strand of yarn behind the bow, through the wraps.  Use this to tie around back of neck.  Weave in all ends.

©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company.   Design by Linda Jones & JoAnne Turcotte.  All rights reserved.