Block Baby Blanket 2010-02

I started knitting away without really knowing what I wanted to do.  Before I knew it, I was using left over soft baby yarn and creating a blanket.  I am a little less than midway through it, but wanted to post the pattern anyway.  People keep asking me who I am knitting it for.  My response, “By the time I’m finished, someone will be pregnant.”

I am using Patons Beehive Baby Yarn in 11421 Natural Girl colors.  It has tones of pink, blue, beige and white.  There is a double seed stitch border, with alternating squares in stockinette and seed stitch.

6 stitches and 8 rows = 1 inch in stockinette

Size 4 circular knitting needle at least 16 inches long.  Using stich markers every ten stitches will help keep track of the changes.

Cast on 170 stitches (@36 inches wide)

Row 1: K2P2, continue to end.

Row 2: K2P2, continue to end

Row 3: P2K2, continue to end

Row 4: P2K2, continue to end

Continue for 12 rows total

Row 13: K2P2 (4 times) K2, *K1P1 (5 times), K10, continue from * to last 10 stitches, K2P2 (4 times) K2

Row 14: P2K2 (4 times) P2, *P1K1 (5 times), P10, continue from * to last 10 stitches, P2K2 (4 times)

Row 15: P2K2 (4 times) P2, *K1P1 (5 times), K10, continue from * to last 10 stitches, P2K2 (4 times) P2

Row 16: K2P2 (4 times) K2, *P1K1 (5 times), P10, continue from * to last 10 stitches, K2P2 (4 times)K2

Repeat Rows 13-16

Row 21: K2P2 (4 times) K2, *K10, K1P1 (5 times), continue from * to last 10 stitches, K2P2 (4 times) K2

Row 22: P2K2 (4 times) P2, *P20, P1K1 (5 times), continue from * to last 10 stitches, P2K2 (4 times)

Row 23: P2K2 (4 times) P2, *K10, K1P1 (5 times), continue from * to last 10 stitches, P2K2 (4 times) P2

Row 24: K2P2 (4 times) K2, *P10, P1K1 (5 times), continue from * to last 10 stitches, K2P2 (4 times)K2

Repeat Rows 21-24 through Row 30.

Rows 31-40: Repeat Rows 13-17

continue in this manner until you’ve knit the desired length of blanket.

Ending: Repeat Rows 1-4 for a total of 12 rows.  Bind Off.

Felted Heating Pad 2010-01

We all have aches and pains and what a great way to soothe them than with a heating pad.  To create your own knitted or felted heating pad, begin with natural fiber.  Acrylics are likely to melt with heat.  If you are not sure how the material will react to heat, make a swatch and apply a hot pan to it.  If it melts/scorches, don’t use it.  If felting, use 100% wool.  Other materials will not felt as well.

For the heating pad above, choose three colors of 100% wool yarn.  I used Galway from Gabriella’s knit shop.  Gauge does not really matter because of the shrinkage, but the gauge in this case was 5 stitches x 4 rows = 1 inch with size 7 needles. 

Cast on 50 stitches.

With colors A,B,C

Row 1:  K2A, K1B, K2A, continue to end

Row 2: P1A, P1B, P1C, P1A, continue to end

Row 3: K1A, K3C, K1A, continue to end

Row 4: P1A, P3C, P1A, continue to end

Row 5: K1A, K1B, K1C, K1A, continue to end

Row 6: P2A, P1B, P2A, continue to end

Work these six rows until it measures about 14×9 inches.

Work another panel as you did above.

Sew these two with right sides together leaving a small section 2-3 inch section open.

Turn so that right side is facing out.

Throw it in a pillowcase rubberbanded closed or zippered shut.  Place in washer machine to felt.  To felt, put washer machine on lowest water setting with highest heat setting and use a pair of jeans or tennis balls to help with agitation.  Put  longest cycle and check regularly.  Finished project should be about 11×7 inches, unless otherwise desired.  If necessary, let machine cycle again- do not let it go into rinse cycle.  Take felted project out, rinse manually, and allow to completely dry.  (See my entry on felting https://knitwerks.com/2010/02/20/felting/.

Fill with buckwheat husks (better at maintaining heat), rice, or beans.  Sew up the small hole and toss in microwave.  Relax.

Easy Ribbed Kindle Case

Last year, my mother used her Amazon credits to buy the original Kindle.  I went to visit her in June and she gave it to me.  She had trouble figuring it out and decided she’d rather read her traditional books.  Lucky me, I get to play with it now.  I’ve pretty much fallen in love with it, and take care not to damage it.  I’ve been using the black leather case, but I’d rather have something less bulky.

I decided to knit a case!  Surprise!  I pulled out some colorful old yarn, Caron Simply Soft Embroidery Print.  This yarn is slightly thicker than the regular Caron Simply Soft Yarn.  I love the bright colors and have made some eye catching cat toys out of it.

The pattern below is for the original Kindle.  The Kindle dx is slightly smaller and the nine inch version is larger.  Please adjust per size of device.

Gauge 7 stitches = 1 inch /5 rows = 1 inch on size seven needles.

Hold aside about 3 feet of yarn for button hole.  Button used is slightly over 1 inch in diameter. 

Cast on 24 stitches (or in multiples of 4)

Row 1: K2P2, continue to end.

Row 2: K2P2, continue to end

Do this for 20 inches.

Creating the Button Hole:

K2P2 for 12 stitches (1/2 the width of case).  Continue rib for 12 stitches with 3 feet of yarn placed aside earlier.  Turn work and rib for 12 stitches with short yarn.  Continue with row using the orginal yarn. Do this until hole is about 1 inch in size.  The hole should not be larger than the button used.  Once the hole is the appropriate size, continue rib pattern for full row using original length of yarn. 

Continue rib pattern for an additional 2 inches.  Bind off.

Fold 8 inches of the material in on itself and sew the seams together.  You should have approximately 6 inches to ‘fold over’ the case with the button hole in place.  Flip the case inside out so that the seam binding is on the inside.  Sew the button onto the front panel about 3 1/2 inches from the top.  Check your button hole location before adding button. 

Insert Kindle and have fun!!!

Wedding Garter

Wedding Garter

I wanted a couple of special knit accents to my wedding ensemble, seeing as I am a bit of a knitting nut!  If I had more time, I am sure Iwould have knit my own wedding dress, but with less than three months for an engagement, I just was not prepared to rush a design and dress out- especially for a beach wedding.  Instead, I’ve made a beaded scarf and now I have finished the garter.  It is a bit different from the traditional garters that I have seen, but I think that it will be treasured. 

I used Aslan Trends Class Yarn, which is a sport weight yarn as the main part of the garter.  For the blue edge, I used a lace weight yarn that I had bought years ago and never found a use for.  Any lace, light sport weight yarn should do.  The ribbon is 1/8 inch wide.  I knit the ribbed section with white elastic held together with the aslan yarn.  Also,I recommend using a stitch marker to keep track of where the row begins.

The gauge is 14 stitches = 4 inches wide, 8 rows = 1 inch for the ribbing with size four circular needle 16 inches long.

Cast on 70 stitches. 

Row 1: Join without twisting stitches, K5,P2, Continue to end.

Row 2: K5, P2 holding yarn and elastic together.

Continue for 6 more rows, end using elastic in row 8.

Row 9: K1, Yarn Over, continue to end (140 stitches)

Row 10: K2, Yarn Over, continue to end (210 stitches)

Row 11: Knit

Row 12: K2together 3 times, K1 Yarn over 6 times, repeat to end.

Row 13: Knit

Row 14: Knit

Row 15: Bind off using blue or other colored lace/light sport weight yarn.

Lace ribbon into the wholes that were created in Row 9.  Tie the ribbon to hold the garter up on the leg.

wedding garter

garter

Quick Knit Easy Tie Scarf

The Finished Scarf
The Finished Scarf

This is a quick project that is easy for beginners as well. You can make a fuzzy scarf like this from many materials such as fun fur, but I prefer Paton’s Cha Cha. For a thicker scarf, use two balls of yarn held together.

For this scarf:
1 ball Paton’s Cha Cha
10 1/2 needles (6.5mm)
Gauge: 5 stitches equals 1 inch
Cast on 15 stitches
Row 1: K1, P1, continue to end
Row 2: K1, P1, continue to end
Continue until scarf is about 24 inches in length.

Then:
K1,P1 5 times- you should have 5 stitches remaining on right needle.
Turn and P1,K1,P1,K1,P1
Turn and P1,K1,P1,K1 P1
Continue until this mid section is about 1 inch long

Joining the middle
Joining the middle

Rejoin middle to the rest of the scarf:
Continue rest of row: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Next Row: K1, P1, continue to end
Continue for about 4 more inches or to the length you desire.

Feather and Fan Baby Blanket

I finished a simple baby blanket for my 7 month pregnant co-worker. I was feeling quite lazy after my last few projects and picked the thickest yarn I could find for this. This is made out of James C Brett Marble Chunky (bulky 12 ply yarn), knit up on size 15 needles. The gauge is 12 stitches, 12 rows equals 4 inches by 4 inches.
This is a very simple feather and fan pattern.
Cast on 91 stitches (or in multiples of 18 +1)

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3 Knit 1, *Knit 2 together three times, Knit 1 Yarn Over 6 times, Knit 2 together three times Repeat from * to end.
Row 4: Knit
Repeat these four rows. It should be about 40 inches wide by 30 inches long. This is a great size for a baby blanket for a bassinett or over a car seat. However, it is a versatile pattern that can be made smaller bigger, wider, longer. I love how simple it is and how fast the project goes.Feather and Fan Baby Blanket

Finished the Beaded Wedding Scarf

The picture does not do it justice!
The picture does not do it justice!

I finally finished it. It did not take as long as I thought it would, but of course I was overly eager to get it done. The pattern is fairly simple. I used 4 skeins of Lana Grossa Secondo in white (200 grams). I also used 4 containers (about 100) clear beads from Jo-Ann Fabric. They are 2/0 Czech Glass E-Beads from Beader’s Paradise.
This is my first pattern, so please bare with me.

String approximately 50 beads on. Cast on 78 stitches with size 6 needles.  Gauge is approximately 6 stitches, 4 rows per inch but it is a stretchy yarn and pattern, so gauge is not necessary.
Row 1 – Purl 1, add one bead, Knit 4, Purl 1, add one bead, Repeat- continue to last stitch, add one Bead, Purl 1
Row 2 – Knit 1, Purl 4, Knit 1, Repeat till end.
Row 3 – Purl1, Knit 4, Purl 1, Repeat till end
Row 4- Repeat row 2
Continue this until you run out of beads, then continue without beads. When you get to the fourth skein, string the remaining beads (approximately 50). Repeat the four rows until you run out beads. Scarf should be about 20 inches wide when stretched out and 60 inches long.