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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Pattern: Owl Bit Socks

 
Finished Measurements:
Pattern is written for women's size 8 (US)

Materials:

2 skeins Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight in Surf (MC)
1 skein Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Collection Serenity Sock Weight in Deep Brown (CC)
Size 1 double pointed needles

Abbreviations:

K - knit
P - purl
Sl - slip unworked stitch from left needle to right needle
SSK - slip unworked stitch from left needle to right needle knitwise. Slip a second unworked stitch from the left needle to the right needle knitwise. Slip those two unworked stitches separately back to the left needle purlwise. Knit those two stitches together in the back of the  stitches (decrease).
K2tog - knit two stitches together (decrease).
P2tog - purl two stitches together (decrease).
Inc - knit into the front and back of the same stitch (increase).
Instructions:
Toe Shaping
Using provisional cast on method and MC, cast on 12 stitches
Round 1: P across
Round 2: K across
Round 3: P across
Round 4: K across

Remove live stitches from scrap yarn and place them on a double pointed needle. You should have 24 sts on two needles (12 sts per needle). Begin knitting in the round.


Round 5: *K2, Inc, K1 (add a needle) K1, Inc, K2.* Repeat from * to *

Round 6: Needle 1 - K2, Inc, K across needle
          Needle 2 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2
          Needle 3 - K2, Inc, K across needle
          Needle 4 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2

Repeat Round 6 until you have 40 sts total (10 sts per needle)


Round 7: K across

Round 8: Needle 1 - K2, Inc, K across needle
        Needle 2 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2
        Needle 3 - K2, Inc, K across needle
        Needle 4 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2

Repeat Round 7 and Round 8 until you have 64 sts total (16 sts per needle)


Round 9: K across
Round 10: Needle 1 - K2, Inc, K across needle
        Needle 2 - K across
        Needle 3 - K2, Inc, K across needle
        Needle 4 - K across (66 sts total)

Foot:
For all foot rounds, work the Owl Bits Pattern below. The MC appears in white on the chart and the CC appears in black. Work until the sock is the length from the toe to the bend of your ankle at the top of your foot.

Heel Flap:
Turn so WS is facing and work across Needles 3 & 4 only (leave Needles 1 & 2 unworked and to the side) in MC only, meaning you do not work in the Owl Bits Pattern for the heel flap. 
Row 1: Sl 1, P across
Row 2: Sl 1, K across

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 nine more times (10 repeats total, or 20 rows).

Row 3: P17, P2tog, P1, turn (leave rem sts unworked) 
Row 4: Sl 1, K3, K2tog, K1, turn (leave rem sts unworked) 
Row 5: Sl 1, P4, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 6: Sl1, K5, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 7: Sl1, P6, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 8: Sl1, K7, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 9: Sl1, P8, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 10: Sl1, K9, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 11: Sl1, P10, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 12: Sl1, K11, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 13: Sl1, P12, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 14: Sl1, K13, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 15: Sl1, P14, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 16: Sl 1, K15, K2tog.


Split the remaining heel flap sts so there's 8 sts on Needle 4 and 9 sts on Needle 3. Begin working in the round again.

Round 11: Pick up and K 10 sts along heel flap edge on same Needle 4; K across Needles 1 & 2 in Owl Bits Pattern; pick up and K 10 sts along the other heel flap edge with Needle 3 and K remaining sts on Needle 3. (70 sts total). K across Needle 4 to get to the end of the round.


Gusset Shaping: (decrease)
For the Gusset Shaping and the rest of the pattern until the end ribbing, work in the Owl Bits Pattern.

Round 12: Needles 1-2 - K across 

       Needle 3 - K1, SSK, K across.
       Needle 4 - K across until last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Round 13: K across.

Repeat Round 12 and Round 13 until there are 66 sts total, with 16 sts on Needles 1 & 3 and 17 sts on Needles 2 & 4. 


Continue working in Owl Bits Pattern until you reach 1/4 inch less than your desired length.

Ribbing:

Using MC only, Work K1, P1 for ten rows.
Cast off.

Owl Bits Pattern:
Here is the pattern in its entirety across the 66 sts:
Here is a view of an owl up close:


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Flowers in the Snow Blanket

Materials:
Size H crochet hook
9 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Heather 
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Lavender
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Amethyst
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Soft Rose
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Rich Orchid
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Arbor Rose
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aqua
Instructions:
Free pattern available here.

I crocheted 340 flowers total, making the blanket 17 flowers long and 20 flowers wide. 

I made the flowers all at once without working the last row of the pattern (the one that turns it from a circle to a square). In order to have a variety of colors, I worked all of the colors (except Heather) evenly in the different rows. To keep track, I crocheted 4 different Row 1's in Lavender, then Row 2 on all 4 in Amethyst, then finished with a different color Row 3 in the remaining colors (Soft Rose, Rich Orchid, Arbor Rose, and Aqua). Then repeat with different colors.

For the last row of the pattern, I used only Heather and worked the stitches the same but used this join as you go method to connect all the flowers at once. The chart of the website is particularly useful. If you use this join as you go method, you'll need to plan ahead and place all of your flowers in your desired layout beforehand. I tried to distribute similar-looking flowers evenly throughout. For example, if the last row of a flower was Lavender, I surrounded it in flowers that had a last row that wasn't Lavender.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Pattern: Stardust

Finished Measurements:
Pattern is written for women's size 8 (US)

Materials:

Size 1 double pointed needles
1 skein Patons Kroy Socks FX in Cadet Colors (MC)
1 skein Patons Kroy Socks FX in Clover Colors (CC)

Abbreviations:

K - knit
P - purl
Sl - slip unworked stitch from left needle to right needle
SSK - slip unworked stitch from left needle to right needle knitwise. Slip a second unworked stitch from the left needle to the right needle knitwise. Slip those two unworked stitches separately back to the left needle purlwise. Knit those two stitches together in the back of the  stitches (decrease).
K2tog - knit two stitches together (decrease).
P2tog - purl two stitches together (decrease).
Inc - knit into the front and back of the same stitch (increase).

Instructions:

Toe Shaping
Using provisional cast on method and MC, cast on 12 stitches
Round 1: P across
Round 2: K across
Round 3: P across
Round 4: K across

Remove live stitches from scrap yarn and place them on a double pointed needle. You should have 24 sts on two needles (12 sts per needle). Begin knitting in the round.


Round 5: *K2, Inc, K1 (add a needle) K1, Inc, K2.* Repeat from * to *

Round 6: Needle 1 - K2, Inc, K across needle
          Needle 2 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2
          Needle 3 - K2, Inc, K across needle
          Needle 4 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2

Repeat Round 6 until you have 40 sts total (10 sts per needle)


Round 7: K across

Round 8: Needle 1 - K2, Inc, K across needle
        Needle 2 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2
        Needle 3 - K2, Inc, K across needle
        Needle 4 - K across needle to last 3 sts, Inc, K2

Repeat Round 7 and Round 8 until you have 64 sts total (16 sts per needle)


Foot:

For all foot rounds, work the Stardust Pattern below. The MC appears in white on the chart and the CC appears in black. Work until the sock is the length from the toe to the bend of your ankle at the top of your foot.
Heel Flap:
Turn so WS is facing and work across Needles 3 & 4 only (leave Needles 1 & 2 unworked and to the side) in CC only, meaning you do not work in the Stardust Pattern for the heel flap. 
Row 1: Sl 1, P across


Row 2: Sl 1, K across


Repeat Rows 1 and 2 nine more times (10 repeats total, or 20 rows).

Row 3: P16, P2tog, P1, turn (leave rem sts unworked)
Row 4: Sl 1, K3, K2tog, K1, turn (leave rem sts unworked)
Row 5: Sl 1, P4, P2tog, P1, turn
Row 6: Sl1, K5, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 7: Sl1, P6, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 8: Sl1, K7, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 9: Sl1, P8, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 10: Sl1, K9, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 11: Sl1, P10, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 12: Sl1, K11, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 13: Sl1, P12, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 14: Sl1, K13, K2tog, K1, turn. 
Row 15: Sl1, P14, P2tog, P1, turn. 
Row 16: Sl 1, K15, K2tog, turn
Row 17: Sl 1, P15, P2tog, turn

Split the remaining heel flap sts so there's 8 sts on Needle 4 and 9 sts on Needle 3. Begin working in the round again.

Round 9: K across Needle 3; K across Needle 4 and pick up and K 10 sts along heel flap edge on same Needle 4; K across Needles 1 & 2 in Stardust Pattern; pick up and K 10 sts along the other heel flap edge with Needle 3 and K remaining sts on Needle 3. (69 sts total). The spot between Needle 3 and Needle 4 will be the new starting point and Needle 4 now becomes Needle 1 and so on for the rest of the pattern.


Gusset Shaping: (decrease)
For the Gusset Shaping and the rest of the pattern until the end ribbing, work in the Stardust Pattern.

Round 10: Needle 1 - K across until last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.
       Needle 2 - K across.
       Needle 3 - K across.
       Needle 4 - K1, SSK, K across.

Round 11: K across.

Repeat Round 10 and Round 11 until there are 64 sts total (16 sts per needle). Note: Needle 4 has one more stitch on it than Needle 1, so on the last decrease row, decrease only on Needle 4.



Continue working in Stardust Pattern until you reach 1/4 inch less than your desired length.

Ribbing:

Using MC only, Work K1, P1 for five rows.
Cast off.
Stardust Pattern:
Here is what the pattern looks like in its entirety from far away:
It's not only great for socks, but would be wonderful with a scarf or even a sweater. I realize it's difficult to actually read the chart above, so I have separated it out into five different sections for ease of viewing and printing:













Sunday, January 24, 2016

Vanilla Latte Socks

Materials:
1 skein Painted Desert in Color #14
Size 1 double pointed needles
Instructions:
I really liked the color change of this yarn and I wanted to showcase it with a simple pattern with a little bit of flair. This pattern was really easy to work with and gives the socks a nice snug feeling.

Free pattern available here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Pattern: Triangle Cluster Button Cowl

Materials:
Size H (US) crochet hook
2 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Gold
Three brown buttons to match. I got my buttons here.
Sewing needle
Thread that matches the color of the buttons (brown, navy blue, or dark grey look nice. Even a gold would make it pop)
Stitch marker

Gauge:
18 sts X 24 rows = 4 inches

Finished Measurements:
10 inches X 40 inches
Instructions:
Ch 34 loosely

Row 1: Sc in second ch from hook, *(1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr) in next ch, ch 1, (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in next ch, ch 2, skip next 3 ch.* Repeat from * to * until last 2 ch, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr,) in next ch, ch 1, (1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in next ch (7 clusters total).

Row 2: Ch 4, turn, *1 sc in ch 1 space, (1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr) in next ch 2 space.* Repeat from * to * until last cluster, 1 sc in ch 1 space of last cluster, 1 dtr in last sc.

Row 3: Ch 4, turn, (1 dc, 1 sc) in first dtr, *ch 2, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in next ch 3 space.* Repeat from * to * until after the last ch 3 space, ch 2, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr) in last dtr.

Row 4: Ch 2, turn, 1 sc in tr st, *(1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr) in next ch 2 space, 1 sc in ch 1 space.* Repeat from * to * until before last ch 2 space, (1 dtr, ch 3, 1 dtr) in next ch 2 space, 1 sc in last ch 4.

Row 5: Ch 2, turn, 1 sc in first sc, *(1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in ch 3 space, ch 2.* Repeat from * to * until last ch 3 space, (1 sc, 1 dc, 1 tr, ch 1, 1 tr, 1 dc, 1 sc) in ch 3 space, 1 sc in last sc.

Row 6: Repeat Row 2.

Repeat Rounds 2-5 until you reach your desired length. I made mine long enough to wrap comfortably around my neck and overlap the edges so they were perpendicular. 
Finishing:
Wrap the cowl around your neck so the edges are perpendicular and overlapping, with the RS facing. Since the two edges of the cowl overlap with the RS facing up on each edge, I will refer to the top side and bottom side of the cowl for the instructions below. Both the top and bottom have the RS facing out - do not confuse top/bottom below with RS/WS!

The buttons fit nicely into the holes along the second row of holes, specifically the 2nd, 4th, and 6th holes (there should be 7 holes total, meaning there is one unused opening on each edge and one opening between each button). 

With the edges lined up with each other, find the spot where the button openings on the top side of the cowl line up with the spot on the bottom side of the cowl where the buttons will be attached. Place one stitch marker in each of those three spots on the bottom side. Using your needle and thread, sew each button onto the bottom side of the cowl.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Pattern: Gracie's Cable Hat


Keep your baby's head warm this winter with this adorable knit cable hat with a little flair from a crocheted flower.

Materials:
1 skein Bernat Softee Baby in Antique White
1 skein Bernat Softee Baby in Prettiest Pink Size U.S. 6 double pointed needles
Size U.S. G crochet hook
Cable needle
Sewing needle
Scrap yarn

Sizes:
Small (Large)
3-6 months (6-12 months)
14 inches around (17 inches around) 7 inches high (7.5 inches high)

Hat Gauge:
20 sts and 24 rows = 4 inches 

Instructions
The pattern is available for sale here.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Mosaic Blanket

I love the color possibilities with this pattern and was inspired by the bright pink pictured on the pattern website. I decided to go with a bright blue rather than a pink and am obsessed with how it turned out. I gave this one away as a gift and I'm going to need to make another one!

Materials:
8 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Aran
8 skeins Loops & Threads Impeccable in Teal
Size 8 circular needles
Gauge:
4 inches = 18 sts and 24 rows

Finished Measurements:
70 inches X 60 inches
Instructions:
This amazing free pattern is available here.

I wanted to make the blanket larger than the pattern called for so I CO 315 sts and followed the pattern repeats. The row repeats are easy to memorize after you run through it a few times, making it an easy and fun project.