Posts Tagged ‘Free Pattern’
Saturday, March 6th, 2010
I have written before about how crazed I am about cowls. And even though the air is warming up and spring is just around the corner- a good cowl is seasonless. I found this cowl recently on Ravelry by a designer named Andrea Satterlund. She even knit it in my favorite cowl yarn- Baby Alpaca Grande. I absolutely love the geometric look of this stitch pattern.
Here’s what Andrea writes about her design:
I had a hard time coming up with a name for this pattern. I thought about calling it Zzzs because the stitch pattern looks sort of Z shaped but I wasn’t really happy with the name. Sometimes I read numbers as letters and the other day when I looked down at the ball band to the yarn I used for this, I read “Zoz”. [[the color number is 202]]. It just kind of stuck. Zoz is a cozy cowl featuring a migrating ribbing that is broken up by eyelets. The ribbing gives it a little more structure when it’s tucked into a coat and the eyelets help prevent the alpaca from being too toasty.
To get the free pattern for this design: visit Andrea at her blog: http://theandipants.blogspot.com/ or check her out on Ravelry.
Friday, January 29th, 2010
Royal Llama Silk Hat by Jan Wise
I promised last month that I would get you the pattern for this really fine hat by Jan Wise. After some coaxing she agreed to share her talents. Here is the pattern. NOTE: PATTERN HAS BEEN CORRECTED FOR THE TURNING ROW. jbt
Thanks Jan, and Happy Knitting to all
Slouchy Hat With Picot-Edge
Designed by Jan Wise, Mount Vernon, WA – June 24, 2009
Materials: 2 skeins Plymouth Yarn Royal Llama Silk
(shown in #1002/Gray, #1844/Moss and #1842/Denim)
(102 yds per/skein) or 200 yds worsted weight yarn
Needles: US Size 6 (4.00 mm) – 16” circular
US Size 8 (5.00 mm) – 16” circular and 5 double points
Or sizes needed to obtain gauge
Gauge: 4.5 stitches = 1-inch on size 6 needles
4 stitches and 6 rows = 1-inch on size 8 needles
Sizes: Finished sizes 19.55, 20 – inches at band/opening
TERMS: Kf&b – knit front and back of stitch to make increase
K2 tog – knit two stitches together to decrease
Using the smaller circular needle, cast on 88 (90) stitches.
Leave a long tail (18-24 inches) to use when sewing up hem.
Join without twisting, place marker between first and last sts.
Rounds 1-4: Knit
Round 5 (turning row): *YO, K2tog*, repeat to end of round.
Rounds 6-10: Knit
Round 11: Purl
Round 12: Knit
Round 13: Purl
Rounds 14-15: Knit
Round 16: *YO, K2tog*, repeat to end of round.
Round 17-18: Knit
Round 19: Purl
Round 20: Knit
Round 21: Purl
Rounds 22-24: Knit
Round 25 (increase rnd):
19.55-inch Size: [(K2, k1f&b) x3, K1, K1f&b] x8 (120 sts)
20-inch Size: *K2, K1f&b*, repeat to end (120 sts)
Change to larger circular needle
Rounds 26-27: Knit
Round 28: Purl
Round 29: Knit
Round 30: Purl
Rounds 31-36: Knit
Repeat Rounds 28-36 Two more times (ending on Round 54).
Round 55: Purl
Round 56: Knit
Round 57: Purl
Rounds 58-62: Knit
Round 63 (decrease round): *K1, K2 tog*, repeat to end (80 sts)
Round 64: Purl
Round 65: Knit
Round 66: Purl
Round 67: Knit
Round 68 (decrease rnd): *K2 tog*, repeat to end (40 sts)
Round 69: Knit
Round 70 (decrease rnd): *K2 tog*, repeat to end (20 sts)
Round 71: Knit
Round 72: Purl
Round 73 (decrease rnd): *K2 tog*, repeat to end (10 sts)
Round 74: Purl
Round 75: Knit
Cut yarn. Thread tail through remaining stitches. Pull tightly and fasten off on inside of hat. Weave in end.
Turn under the hem at the bottom/beginning of the hat and sew in place with tapestry needle using the long beginning tail. Weave in ends.
Sunday, December 6th, 2009
Talitha Kuomi is a talented designer who has used Happy Feet sock yarn for some interesting bracelets. She calls them Pleasant Places, and her pattern is available on Ravelry.
This is a wonderful way to use Happy Feet- either alone, or as bits & pieces for one band each. Talitha found it to be a wonderful way to use up leftovers. You could knit one bracelet in each of 10 sock yarn colorways.
Pleasant Places Bracelets
Tal says she has toyed around with knitting in beads along with the Happy Feet and with tiny cables running around the length of each band. You can really let your imagination out to play on this one.
The pattern for Pleasant Places is written so that you can make this “to fit” for any size wrist and forearm from pre-teen to adult.
My thanks to Talitha Kuomi for allowing me to present her ideas here. Feel free to contact Talitha on ravelry or at email@example.com with any questions.
Check out Tal’s other designs on Ravelry.com.
And don’t forget to check out Happy Feet on our Plymouth Yarn Website
Monday, November 23rd, 2009
Poppin’ is a yarn that is at its best during the holiday knitting season. With this yarn you can whip up a fun scarf in an evening.
Use size 7 or 8 needles, cast on 8 – 10 sts using a backweards loop cast on and knit- using 1 flat area for the first and last st of every row, and working 2 sts in each flat area in between.
Knitting With Poppin'
Cast on an even amount, using the backward loop technique—1 st per straight area between pops. Knit every row- working 1 st per straight area between pops for the first and last st of every row, and 2 sts per straight area between pops for every stitch inbetween (so work 1-2-2-2-1 for 8 sts, 1-2-2-2-2-1 for 10 sts). Bind off working 1 st per straight area between pops.
Use 1 or 2 balls depending on how long and wide you want your scarf to be. Using the backward loop technique for casting on, cast on 8 or 10 sts. Knit every row until almost out of yarn. Bind off.
Sunday, November 15th, 2009
Ok, we all agree that the Cowl is this year’s scarf. Whether long or short- it is indeed a fast project for this Holiday’s gift giving. I have talked about the ultimate yarn for cowls- Baby Alpaca Grande. But for those on a limited budget- I have an idea: Use a less expensive, but interesting yarn. Here is a quickie pattern using 1 ball of Encore Boucle. This member of the Encore family of fine yarns will give you dazzling colors and texture at a very low price.
Here Nancy, a customer at my LYS, sports a cowl she whipped up in an evening.
Materials: 1 –100g ball Encore Boucle
Needles: 16” US 15 needle, marker.
Size: Approx. 22” x 10”
Gauge: 3 sts =1” over st st.
LOOSELY cast on 55 sts, Place marker and join, making sure not to twist the sts.
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *(K3, p2): repeat from * around.
Repeat rounds 1 & 2 until almost out of yarn, ending with a Round 2.
Bind off LOOSELY knitwise. Weave in all ends.
©2009 Plymouth Yarn Co.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009
2 weeks ago I promised to post a cowl pattern and finally- here it is. These things are definitely “This Year’s Scarf”. They can be fast to knit, using simple repetative stitch patterns and use very little yarn so they are a perfect way to try that luxury fiber you have been drooling over.
The one posted here has been an absolute favorite at my local yarn shop. Even newbie knitters are quick to pick up the easy stitch repeat and are on their way to instant gratification with this weekend project.
Baby Alpaca Grande is a perfect yarn for this cowl- soft and warm around your neck, with beautiful drape. Please try this pattern- it requires only 1 hank of this Plymouth Classic. I will have another pattern for you soon too.
EASY ONE ROW COWL
Materials: 1- 100g hank- Baby Alpaca Grande.
Size: About 22” around, about 10” long.
Gauge: 12 sts = 4” using size US 11 needles over st st.
Needles: US 11- 16″ circular; 1 stitch marker.
With the 16” circular needle, loosely cast on 60 sts. Place marker and join in the round, taking care not to twist the sts.
Round 1: Knit 1 round.
Round 2: *(YO, k2tog); repeat from * around.
Repeat ROUND 2 until almost out of yarn, ending at the marker. Bind off loosely. Weave in all ends.
©2009 Plymouth Yarn Co. Design by Amanda Johnson
Sunday, October 11th, 2009
A couple of weeks ago I posted about the latest rage- Cowls. I intend to carry on more about them because I just can’t stress strongly enough what a great knitted accessory they are. Fast and easy to knit, and soft and warm around your neck, cowls are an absolute wardrobe must for this fall-winter season.
This week I have a photoshoot which will contain about six cowls – most knitted in Baby Alpaca Grande. I can’t imagine a softer yarn for around your neck.
So keep watch- right here next week -I will have some photos to post showing new, fast & easy knitted cowls. I promise a free pattern or two as well.
Friday, September 18th, 2009
I am thrilled at the current hot thing for Fall 2009. Cowls are all the rage! The wonderful thing for knitters is that they are very simple to make and look great in big yarns on big needles.
Trabaojos del Peru is the perfect yarn for a fall cowl. The yarn is soft, cozy, and warm around the neck and works up fast on size 13 needles for a gently draping cowl. The blending of colors makes the knitting a joy to watch develop. The size of this cowl makes it quite versatile- around the neck, or over the head as a hooded scarf.
Follow this pattern from Carol Crowley of Carol’s Needleworks to quickly knit a mobius cowl you can wear this weekend!
Trabajos del Peru Mobius Cowl
Trabajos del Peru Mobius Cowl
Materials: 2 hanks of Trabajos del Peru.
Needles: #13- 32” circular needles, 1 stitch marker.
Gauge: Not too important- about 3 sts =1″.
NOTE: Usually when working in the round, you’re instructed NOT to twist your stitches. This pattern is an exception. When you join, you are to insert a twist to make the mobius hug you!
Loosely cast on 100 sts, place stitch marker, and join with a twist,
Round 1: Purl.
Round 2: Purl.
Round 3: *K1, P1* around.
Round 4: *P1, K1* around.
Round 5: Knit.
Round 6: Knit.
Round 7: *K1, P1* around.
Round 8: *P1, K1* around.
Repeat these 8 rounds 6 more times.
Repeat round 1 & 2 once more.
Bind off loosely on next round in ribbing.
Weave in all ends.
Sunday, August 30th, 2009
As we move into the upcoming cooler days, a bit of lightweight fashion is a must for the hands. Fingerless gloves, or gauntlets are usually more for warmth, but don’t have to be. Here, we have used Buckingham, a fingering weight baby alpaca/ silk blend which is perfect for these lacey look feminine gauntlets.
Check out the soft palette of colors in Buckingham- from the Bristol Yarn Gallery Collection and Plymouth Yarn.
Buckingham Lace Fingerless gloves
Materials: 1 Hank Buckingham
Size: Approx. 7” around and 8” long.
Gauge: Size 4 needles: about 7 sts =1” over st st.
Ribbed Lace Gloves ( make 2)
Cast on 40 sts.
Row 1(RS): K2, *(p2, k2, p2, k1, yo, k2tog, k1), repeat from * across to last 8 sts, p2, k2, p2, k2.
Row 2: K2, *(k2, p2, k2, p4), repeat from * across to last 8 sts, k2, p2, k4.
Row 3: K2, *(p2, k2, p2, k1, ssk, yo, k1), repeat from * across to last 8 sts, p2, k2, p2, k2.
Row 4: Repeat Row 2.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until total length is about 8”, ending with a WS row. Bind off in ribbing as set on the previous WS row. Sew up side seam leaving a 1” gap about 2” from the top for the thumbhole. Weave in all ends. Make second glove the same.
Abbreviations: K = knit, P = purl, yo = yarn over, k2tog = knit 2 sts together, sts = stitches, RS = right side, WS = wrong side.
Enjoy the Fall!
Monday, May 25th, 2009
Happy Memorial Day to all! I hope many of you were able to get outside and enjoy some wonderful weather- maybe even a cook- out. Most of all- I hope you did something enjoyable to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer!
I spent the weekend as I have every Memorial Day weekend for the past 10 years – with my daughter at a large Dance Competition in Lancaster PA. The weekend always gives me some much needed knitting time. Since small easy projects are the best for me to work on in the subdued lighting of the resort’s large auditorium, I took yarn for a top down baby sweater, and matching bibs. I got the baby sweater done to the point where I needed to sew up the sleeve seams (can’t do that in the dark) so I started a bib. What I love about these small projects is that they are very portable, very easy, and very fast to knit.
Since the weather is getting warmer, I choose Fantasy Naturale for my weekend knitting project. This cotton is a wonderful hand knitting yarn- available in many colors, quite affordable, and easy to care for. Fantasy Naturale is a mercerized cotton with a cabled twist. It knits up best for adult garments at 4.5 sts to the inch, but also works very well at 4 sts to the inch, which is where I like it best. The more open gauge lightens the fabric for a baby garment.
The baby sweater pattern I used is the top down cardigan available on our Plymouth website under free patterns. I added a bib using the pattern included here. I started a small one to go with the smallest size sweater, and might make a coordinating one in the larger size too.
Hope you enjoy this pattern- small projects make for great summer knitting.
Finished Size (Approx): 5 x 7 (8 x 10)”.
Materials: 1- 100g hank of Fantasy Naturale. Shown in color 6399 (9951); 3 small buttons.
Gauge: 18 sts = 4” on a US 7 needle over st st.
Needles: US 7, or size necessary to obtain given gauge.
Cast on 25 (35) sts.
Knit 6 rows.
Row 1(RS): Knit.
Row 2: K5, P15 (25), K5.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 – 13 (20) more times.
Knit 6 rows.
(RS): K8, and place these 8 sts on a stitch holder. Bind off to last 8 sts, K8.
Working on the 8 sts on the needle: Work button strap.
WS: K5, k2tog, k1. Turn, knit back.
WS: K4, k2tog, k1. Turn, knit back.
WS: K3, k2tog, k1. Turn, knit back: 5 sts remain.
Knit for 42 (46) more rows. Bind off.
Reattach yarn to 8 sts from the stitch holder.
Work buttonhole strap
Shape as for button strap, working the shaping rows as RS rows. Work 8 rows of garter st.
Make buttonhole as follows: K1, K2tog, YO, K2. Continue in garter st, working 2 more buttonhole rows every 14th (16th) row- always on a right side row. Once 42 (46) rows of garter st are complete, and strap is same length as buttonstrap, bind off. Weave in all ends. Attach 3 buttons along strap as same intervals as buttonholes. Bib can be buttoned at different lengths.
©2006 Plymouth Yarn Company. Design by Linda Jones & JoAnne Turcotte. All rights reserved.