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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Hydra Cowl



This cowl-shawl hybrid is knit with fingering weight yarn and is a great way to show off a precious sock yarn. The lacey pattern is pretty and easy to memorize. It’s as practical as it is gorgeous and will quickly become a favourite!

This cowl is knit in one piece from the bottom to the top with a simply crocheted fringe worked in a contrasting colour. It buttons at the sides to ensure it doesn’t slip down and keeps you nice and warm. This shawl has one size.


This is a 6-page PDF pattern, $5 CAD
The pattern is emailed to you within 24 hours.

Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, YO, K3tog, sssk, basic crochet: ch, sc

Sizes: one size
Gauge: approx 26 sts and 28 rows = 10 cm in St st on 3 mm as given on Madelinetosh Tosh Sock ball band

approx 28 sts and 36 rows = 10 cm in Hydra Patt on 3 mm

Yarn: fingering wool + fingering cotton
Suggested Brand: 1 skein Madelinetosh Tosh Sock (100% merino; 361 m per 100 g): shown in colour Baltic (blue)
 
OR 1 skein Malabrigo Sock (100% merino; 402 m per 100 g): shown in colour 862 Piedras
(yellowy-purple)
 
+ 1 ball Katia Mississippi 3 (60% cotton, 40% acrylic; 210 m per 50 g): shown in colour 757
(blue)


Needles: 3 mm 80 cm circular
3 mm crochet hook
or size needed to obtain gauge


Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook; stitch marker; 2 buttons approx
3-4 cm


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Sea Monkey Baby Hat

 
This hat is a favourite baby gift and knits up really quickly (for those last-minute gifts). Cotton is nice and soft for babies, plus the little ears are just so darn adorable. 
The pattern features three different sizes and three brim styles. It is constructed from the bottom up on circular needles.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, grafting/Kitchener stitch (optional)

Sizes: newborn; 0-6 mos; 6-12 mos
Gauge: 18 sts and 28 rows per 4" on 5 mm in st st (20 sts = 4" on
4.5 mm as given on ball band)


Yarn: 50 g, 90 yds (82 m) worsted weight cotton (dishcloth cotton is perfect!)
Suggested Brand: 1 ball Sugar n’ Cream cotton

Needles: 5 mm 16" circular; 5 mm dpns (for grafting - optional) or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook; 1 stitch marker


Instructions:

CO 52 (60, 68) sts, join in the round being careful not to twist sts. Pm for beg of rnd.
Work either Brim 1, 2, or 3.


Brim 1: (roll) Knit in St st for 6 rows.
Brim 2: (rib) K2, P2, repeat to end of row; repeat this row 3 times more.
Brim 3: (garter, shown in blue) Knit 1 row, purl one row; repeat these two rows two times more.
 

All styles:
Change to St st and knit until hat measures 5-5.5-6" from CO (if you are making the roll brim style, measure from the bottom of the roll and not the CO edge). It may seem tall for a baby hat, but it will shorten after you make the ears.

Finishing: You can either BO all your sts and then sew up the top with a darning needle, or graft (kitchener st) your sts together. Do not cut yarn.

Ears: Once the top is closed up, insert your needle from the inside about 1.5 inches from the top corner and pull through. Wrap the yarn tightly around the corner a few times; fluff out the ear and give it a few tugs until it is the shape you desire, then tie off and weave in the ends. For the second ear, cut a length of yarn and attach it 1.5" from the top corner and repeat the rest of the instructions.

Notes and Tips:

• After tying off the ears, use your needle or crochet hook to pull the ends into the ear itself and then trim; this way you don't need to worry about weaving inthe ends, but make sure your knots are secure.
• If you choose to graft the top together, be sure to change to dpns first.


 






Friday, November 15, 2013

Philosopher Sleeves


Everyone needs some philosopher sleeves to help with reading, thinking, tea drinking - whatever you like to do! The smallest size only uses one skein of sock yarn, so dive into your stash 
and pull out that one special skein you’ve been saving.

These fun sleeves are knit from the top down to the wrist and have basic shaping for a sleek fit. 
The optional elbow patches are knit separately and sewn on later.


Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, ssk, K2tog, M1

Sizes: adult xs, s, m, l
Finished Measurements: xs measures approx. 3.5" wide at mid-arm and 20" in length (shown)
Gauge: approx. 28 sts and 44 rows = 4" in St st on 3 mm needles 

Yarn: 100% superwash merino (MC), 114-228 g/4-8 oz, 395-790 yds (361-722 m); small amount of CC in fingering weight (for elbow patches); Note: xs requires one ball, larger sizes require two balls
Suggested Brand: 1-2 skeins of Tosh sock fingering weight merino (shown in William Morris)

Needles: 2.5 mm dpns; 3 mm dpns or size needed to obtain gauge

Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook; 1 stitch marker


Instructions: (Make two.)

Starting at the top of the sleeve, CO 70 (75/80/85) sts with long-tail method and smaller needles in MC. Join in the rnd, being careful not to twist sts. Pm for beg of rnd. Divide sts evenly on needles.

Work in K3, P2 ribbing for 1.75" (approx. 18 rnds) or to desired length of top cuff. Change to larger needles and St st.

Next: Knit 10 rows even.
Dec rnd: K1, K2tog, knit to last 3 sts, ssk, K1.

Rep these 11 rnds 4 times more. 10 sts decreased.

Work even in St st until sleeve measures approx. 14.5 (14.5/15/15)" from beg. Try them on. They should end 3-4 inches below the wrist.

Note: If you would like a slouchier look, work extra rnds here. 
If you would like to get away with making a larger size with a single ball of yarn, you may want to make the total length shorter here.

Next: Rep dec rnd once.
Next: Knit 4 rnds even.

Rep these 5 rnds 4 times more. 10 sts decreased. 50 (55/60/65) sts rem.
Try sleeve on again. Work extra rnds here if you like. They should be 1" shorter than total length.

Change to smaller needles. Work K3, P2 rib for 1” (approx. 10 rnds).


BO fairly loosely in rib or use a 3 mm dpn to bind off. Weave in ends.

Elbow Patches: (Make two.)

CO 15 sts with smaller needles and long-tail method in CC.

Knit 2 rows.
Row 1 (RS): K2, M1, knit to last 2 sts, M1, K2.
Row 2 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2.
Rep these two rows four times more. 25 sts total.

Next: Knit.
Next: K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2.
Rep these two rows 7 times more.

Decreases:
Row 1: K2, ssk, knit to last 4 sts, K2 tog, K2.
Row 2: K2, purl to last 2 sts, K2.
Rep these two rows four times more, ending with a Row 1. 15 sts total.

Knit three rows. BO kwise. Weave in ends.

Try on your sleeve, making sure the shaping runs down the inside of your arm. Place the patch on your elbow and mark the placement or pin it on. Sew it in place. Enjoy!