Friday, December 29, 2006
Small Newborn SizeSize Bernat Softee Baby Yarn
Size 3.5mm (4) needles
Large Newborn Size
DK Weight Yarn
Size 3.75mm (5) needles
k2tog = knit two stitches together
yo = yarn over
Cable Pattern For Booties
C1: P1, K4, P1
C2: K1, P4, K1
C3: P1, put 2 sts on cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2 sts from left needle, knit 2 sts from cable needle, P1
C4: K1, P4, K1
Cabled Bootie Pattern
(Based on bootie pattern submitted by Carol on the BBC Website)
Cast on 34 sts leaving a tail that is about 12" long.
Row 1: *k1, p2, k1, C1; repeat from * until 4 sts left. End k1, p2, k1
Row 2: *p1, k2, p1, C2; repeat from * until 4 sts left. End p1, k2, p1
Row 3: *k1, p2, k1, C3; repeat from * until 4 sts left. End k1, p2, k1
Row 4: *p1, k2, p1, C4; repeat from * until 4 sts left. End p1, k2, p1
Repeat above 4 rows 2 more times. 12 rows completed.
Row 13: Repeat row 1 increasing 1 stitch after 11 sts worked and another after 22 sts worked.
36 sts total.
Row 14: Purl across
Row 15: k1, *yo, k2tog; repeat from * across ending k1
Row 16: Purl across
Row 17: knit across 24 sts, turn
Row 18: purl across 12 sts, turn.
Work these middle 12 sts in stockinette stitch (k right side, p wrong side) for 16 rows. Cut yarn.
With right side of bootie facing you, attach yarn to the 12th stitch from the right. Pick up 8 sts on the right side of the instep, k12 sts, pick up 8 sts on the left side of the instep, k12. 52 sts total.
Work 11 rows of stockinette stitch (k right side, p wrong side) across all 52 sts.
Heel and Toe:
Row 1: k2, k2tog, k19, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k until 4 sts left, k2tog, k2
Row 2: knit
Row 3: k2, k2tog, k17, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k until 4 sts left, k2tog, k2
Row 4: knit
Row 5: k2, k2tog, k15, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k until 4 sts left, k2tog, k2
Row 6: knit
Row 7: k2, k2tog, k13, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k until 4 sts left, k2tog, k2
Row 8: knit
Cast off loosely.
Using the cast on tail, sew back, heel and sole seam. Weave in ends. Thread ribbon through eyelet holes.
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Small Newborn Size
Bernat Softee Baby Yarn (Sport Weight)
Size 3.75mm (5) double point needles or 11" circular
Large Newborn Size
DK Weight Yarn
Size 4.0mm (6) double point needles or 11" circular
p2ss0 = pass the two slipped stitches over the last knit stitch
m1 = make 1 stitch (increase 1)
Cable Pattern For Hat
C1: P2, K4, P2
C2: P2, K4, P2
C3: P2, put 2 sts on cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit 2 sts from left needle, knit 2 sts from cable needle, P2
C4: P2, K4, P2
Cabled Hat Pattern
Cast on 7o sts and join in the round being careful not to twist. Place marker at beginning of the round.
Row 1: *K2, P2, K2, C1; repeat from * around
Row 2: *K2, P2, K2, C2; repeat from * around
Row 3: *K2, P2, K2, C3; repeat from * around
Row 4: *K2, P2, K2, C4; repeat from * around
Continue in above 4 rows 2 more times (3 cables completed) ending on row 3.
On the last row for ribbing (row 4) increase as follows:
*K2, P1, M1, P1, K2, C4; repeat from * around (75 sts total).
Row 1: *K7, C1; repeat from * around
Row 2: *K7, C2; repeat from * around
Row 3: *K7, C3; repeat from * around
Row 4: *K7, C4; repeat from * around
Continue above 4 rows until hat measures about 4" ending on row 4. For large newborn work 4.5" ending on row 4.
Row 1: *sl2, k1, p2sso, k4, C1; repeat from * around
Row 2: *sl2, k1, p2sso, k2, C2; repeat from * around
Row 3: *sl2, k1, p2sso, C3; repeat from * around
Row 4: *sl2, k1, p2sso, k4, p2; repeat from * around
Row 5: *sl2, k1, p2sso, k2, p2; repeat from * around
Row 6: *sl2, k1, p2sso, p2; repeat from * around
Row 7: *sl2, k1, p2sso; repeat from * around
Cut yarn and thread onto tapestry needle. Thread through remaining stitches and pull tight.
Weave in ends.
I promised to post a picture of the fingerless gloves that I made my niece. Well, I forgot to take a picture before I mailed them to her but I decided to make a pair for me. The pattern is from the Giving Flower website. I knit mine using Peruvian Highland Wool from Elann and the cuff has a strand of Knit One Purl Two Sublime knit along with the wool. When the power was out I used them in the morning to knit since the house was cold and they worked great!
Next I worked on the dishcloth KAL pattern that was posted for mid December. The power was still out and our internet wouldn't work so I used my cell phone to download the instructions each morning (what would we do without all the technology). It is a very pretty lace pattern. If you sign up with the monthly dishcloth KAL on yahoo you can find the pattern (and many more).
And finally I finished this hat and bootie set also while we had no power. I made up the pattern for the hat and the bootie pattern came from the Ray of Hope website. Thanks Carol for a very easy to follow and easy to knit pattern. I used Bernat Softee Baby yarn.
I have more completed projects and will post those in a few days as well as a new pattern for a newborn cabled hat and bootie set. We had a wonderful time visiting my mom and dad in British Columbia. They had snow so we went sledding with my sister and her family. Lots of fun was had by all!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
I have always disliked knitting in the round with 3 or 4 needles. I could never seem to get the joins to look good. They were either too tight or too loose. I had been hearing lately of using two circular knitting needles and found these directions. She has wonderful pictures and the instructions were easy to follow (at least for me LOL!). I have been designing a child's size sweater knit in one piece and when I came to the sleeves decided to give this technique a try. It works very well and I love how the joins look ... I can't even tell where they are!
The yarn for this sweater I bought off eBay from the JOJOLAND store. She has a wonderful selection of DK 100% wool and sock weight 100% wool. This sweater is in colour M10 and uses the yarn doubled. The baby booties that I felted (see previous post) use this yarn as well but in a different colour.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
I am almost finished the spiral hat that I started last week. The knitting has been done for a few days and I just need to make a pom pom for the top. I don't have a template so will try the cardboard method. The hat should fit a 8 to 12 year old and will be sent along to the Dulaan project when I have a few more items completed. The pattern came from the Knitting for Peace book.
Finally the binding is sewn on this quilt. I made the top at a retreat I attended in Leavenworth, WA in July. The pinwheels are three dimensional. I had always wanted to try out this technique and I really like how it turned out. The hard part was all the layers of fabric that come together at the center of the pinwheel. Each triangle has 4 layers plus the 4 squares so 16 layers of fabric make it really hard to get the seams to line up. A preschooler will not be picky and will love the bright, fun fabrics!
Once my five items are made for the Dulaan project I plan to make some wool items for women and children in Afghanistan. Bev from Bev's Country Cottage has a new contact person in Afghanistan who will be delivering warm items there. I have finished reading a book called Meena about a women in Afghanistan who started the group RAWA. The book talks a lot about the plight of women and children there. I can not imagine what they must go through and my heart breaks for them!