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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Levity Shawl


This vintage-style shawl is ideal for lovers of garter stitch. 
Wrap yourself up and take in some theatre at the park or go for a whimsical stroll.

This shawl is made in two sections: the first is a crescent shape made up of garter stitch and the second is “knitted on” to the first section so there is no seaming. 
The lacey “rays” pattern is very easy, but fun to make (and looks really impressive!). 

This shawl is knit with two skeins of fingering weight yarn and has one size.

This is a 6-page pattern with written instructions. 
$5 USD.
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours.


Skill Level: 
Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, yarn over, “knitted on” edge

Sizes: one size

Finished Measurements: 
approx 152 cm wingspan and 53 cm deep lying flat after blocking       

Gauge: 
approx 30 sts and 44 rows = 10 cm in St st on 2.5 mm as given on ball band

approx 18 sts and 37 rows = 10 cm in garter st on 4 mm after blocking

Yarn: fingering weight wool

Suggested Brand: 
2 skeins Bohoknits Ramble
75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon 
422 m per 100 g 
shown in colour Colonel Mustard

Needles: 
4 mm 80 cm circs or longer
or size needed to obtain gauge


Miscellaneous Stuff: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Bohemian Shawl


This triangle shawl is so easy and fun to make - you may want to make a few of them! It knits up quickly and has a beautiful drape when it’s blocked. It’s a great way to explore creative colour combos.

Made with a few easy stitches, this shawl is almost like a sampler. Some techniques include double moss stitch, eyelets, garter stitch and ribbing. 

This shawl is knit from the middle of the neck with increases fanning outwards. It is knit in one piece with two balls of fingering weight yarn. 

Skill Level: 
Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, yarn over, tab cast on (instructions given)

Sizes: one size

Finished Measurements: 
approx 158 cm wingspan and 76 cm deep lying flat after blocking       

Gauge: 
approx 30 sts and 44 rows = 10 cm in St st on 2.5 mm as given on ball band

approx 18 sts and 32 rows = 10 cm in double moss/seed st on 4 mm after blocking

Yarn: fingering weight wool

Suggested Brand: 
2 skeins Bohoknits Ramble
75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon 
422 m per 100 g 
shown in colour Olive Juice and Salmon Shuffle

Needles: 
4 mm 80 cm circs or longer
or size needed to obtain gauge


Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook; stitch marker 

Please note: This pattern will be free for the summer and starting September 1st, 2015 it will be $5 USD.



Instructions:

Beginning at middle neck and working back and forth work a tab CO as follows:

CO 3 sts. Knit 6 rows. Do not turn after the last row. Rotating your little tab clockwise, pick up and knit 3 sts along next two edges. 9 sts.

Notes: M1s in this pattern are worked by casting on a backwards loop. The reason for using this method is that it doesn’t pull your fabric tight (like it does when you pick up a st from the row below) and it doesn’t leave a gaping hole (like it does with a yarn over).

There is a 3-st garter edging, so the first 3 sts and the last 3 sts are always knit (this is included in the instructions). There is always an increase after the first 3 sts and before the last 3 sts on the RS only.

The middle st is always knit (on both the WS and the RS) with an increase on either side (in this case, it’s a YO) on the RS only. Always make sure your marker is right next to the middle st (it can sometimes shift below your YO).


Confused? Don’t worry - it’s all in the instructions!


Section 1 (double moss/seed st)

Note: After working a few rows, you may want to place a removable m on the fabric to mark the RS.

Row 1 (WS): Knit.

Row 2 (RS): K3, M1 (by casting on a backwards loop), K1, YO, pm, K1 (middle st), YO, K1, M1, K3. 13 sts.

Row 3: Knit.

Row 4: K3, M1, *K1, P1*, rep from * to * to m ending with a K1, YO, sl m (slip m throughout), K1, YO, rep from * to * to last 3 sts, M1, K3.

Row 5: K3, *K1, P1*, rep from * to * to 2 sts before m, K2, (sl m), rep from * to * to last 3 sts ending with a K1, K3.

Rep rows 4 and 5 until it measures approx 10” deep measured along the middle st, ending with a WS row. Cut MC. Attach CC.


Section 2 (eyelets)

Row 1 (RS): K3, M1, knit to m, YO, K1, YO, knit to last 3 sts, M1, K3.

Row 2 (WS): Knit.

Row 3: K3, M1, *K2tog, YO*, rep from * to * to 1 st before m (don’t forget the last YO), (K1, YO) twice, K1, *YO, K2tog*, rep from * to * to last 3 sts, M1, K3.

Row 4: Knit. 


Cut CC. Attach MC.


Section 3 (double moss/seed st)

Row 1 (RS): Rep Row 1 from Section 2.

Row 2 (WS): Rep Row 5 from Section 1.

Rep rows 4 and 5 from Section 1 until it measures 8-10 cm/3.5-4” from end of Section 2, ending with a WS row. Cut MC. Attach CC.


Section 4 (eyelets)

Rep Rows 1-4 from Section 2 twice.


Section 5 (double moss/seed st)

Rep Section 3 until it measures 8-10 cm/3.5-4” from end of Section 4, ending with a WS row.


Section 6 (eyelets)

Rep Rows 1-4 from Section 2 three times. Do not cut CC when you are finished.


Section 7 (garter st)

Beginning with MC, work two rows in MC and then two rows in CC.

Row 1 (RS): Rep Row 1 from Section 2.

Row 2 (WS): Knit.


Rep these two rows (alternating MC and CC) for 22 rows (or to desired length), ending with MC and a WS row.


Section 8 (ribbing)

Row 1 (RS): Rep Row 1 from Section 2.

Row 2 (WS): K3, *P3, K2*, rep from * to * to 1 st before m, K1, begin rib again mirroring the rib sts you ended with before m (i.e. if you ended on a K2, then start with a K2), rib to last 3 sts, K3.

Row 3: K3, M1, work rib as set to m (knit the knits and purl the purls), YO, K1, YO, rib to last 3 sts, M1, K3.

Row 4: K3, work rib as set to 1 st before m, K1, continue with rib to last 3 sts, K3.

Note: Incorporate increases into rib pattern as you go.

Rep Rows 3 and 4 for 4” or to desired length ending with a WS row. BO loosely in rib. Weave in ends.


Spritz with a water bottle and iron gently.



Monday, April 27, 2015

108 Oms Hat


This slouchy cabled hat can be worn three ways by adjusting the button tab. It is encircled with two different braided cables and a meandering cable on one side with buttons in the spaces. It is as much fun to knit as it is to wear!

This hat is a great way to show off a semi-solid luxurious merino yarn and beautiful buttons. It makes a really special gift.

This hat is knit from the bottom to the crown with a DK weight yarn. The garter tab is picked up and knitted afterwards. This hat has one size and no visible seam. 

This is a 7-page pattern with charts and written instructions.
$5 USD.
The pattern will be emailed to you within 24 hours of payment.



Skill Level: 
Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius

Skills: knit, purl, crossovers 

Sizes: one size

Finished Measurements: 
approx 22 cm wide and 28 cm tall lying flat after blocking; fits a 56 cm head          

Gauge: 
approx 22 sts = 10 cm in St st on 4.5 mm as given on ball band

approx 25 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm in 108 Oms patt (measured across braids section) on 5 mm before blocking 

Yarn: DK merino wool

Suggested Brand: 
1 skein madelinetosh Merino DK
100% Superwash Merino Wool 
206 m per 100 g
shown in colour lowlands (green)

Needles: 
3.5 mm 40 cm circs
5 mm 40 cm circs 
5 mm dpns
or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook; stitch marker; cable needle; 3 small buttons, approx 8-10 mm