Free Pattern :: Beginner Two Color Cowl

 " Knitting not only relaxes me, it also brings a feeling of being at home. -- "Magdalena Neuner

" Knitting not only relaxes me, it also brings a feeling of being at home. -- "Magdalena Neuner

I loved making this simple slip stitch cowl. It's a great way use up little bits of yarn from previous projects, though in this case I had a couple of packages of Lion Brands BonBons which are 28yd balls of yarn, little fuzzy bits of colorful yumminess. This cowl is knit in the round, but there is no decreasing or switching to double pointed needles. If you are a beginning knitter give this pattern a go for learning to knit in the round and to learn how to work two colors across the fabric.  

Think of the designer fun. Instead of color, work a monochromatic palette from black to light grey.  Or go for a rainbow. Or switch the main color from white to black and add jewel tones for  a semi-stained glass affect. Don't want to sew in ends. Then just use one background color and a variegated yarn. The possibilities for fun are really endless.

This pattern is 27" in circumference. Just big enough to comfortably slide over an adult head and tuck into a coat.  For a child size make it 25".  I tend to add 6" to a an average child's hat circumference of 19" to get  my cowl size.  So adjust accordingly to your needs.

For the 27" circumference you will need:

1 skein of Lion Brand Vanna's Choice in white1 package of Lion Brand Bonbon (I used two packages to get this color shift, but you could use just one.) Or if using up your stash, you 5 colors of 28yds each
26" #9 circular needle
stitch marker
row counter
scissors
tape measure
tapestry needle

Gauge" 16st and 22rows to 4" or 4sts and 5.5rows to 1" in stockinette

Cast on 108 stitches in white. Place stitch marker, join round. Mark each round as completed by counting it on your row/round counter to make it easy to keep track of where you are in the pattern.

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To read more about slip stitch knitting.

Round 1: Knit one round with the white.
Round 2: With Yellow, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 3: With Yellow, *Purl the yellow knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 4: Knit one round with white.
Round 6: With Yellow, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 7: With Yellow, *Purl the yellow knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 8: With Yellow, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 9: With Yellow, *Purl the yellow knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *.
Round 10: Knit one round with the white.
Round 11: With Light Green, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 12: With Light Green , *Purl the Light green knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 13: Knit one round with the white.
Round 14: With Light Green, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 15: With Light Green , *Purl the Light green knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 16: Knit one round with the white.
Round 17: With Light Green, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 18: With Light Green , *Purl the Light green knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 19: Knit one round with the white.
Round 20: With Light Green, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 21: With Light Green , *Purl the Light green knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *.
Round 22: Knit one round with the white.
Round 23: With Light Green, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 24: With Light Green , *Purl the Light green knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 25: Knit one round with the white.
Round 26: With Turquoise, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 27: With Turquoise , *Purl the Turquoise knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 28: Knit one round with the white.
Round 29: With Turquoise, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 30: With Turquoise , *Purl the Turquoise knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 31: Knit one round with the white.
Round 32: With Turquoise, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 33: With Turquoise , *Purl the Turquoise knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 34: Knit one round with the white.
Round 35: With French Blue, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 36: With French Blue, *Purl the French Blue knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 37: Knit one round with the white.
Round 38: With French Blue, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 39: With French Blue, *Purl the French Blue knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 40: Knit one round with the white.
Round 41: With French Blue, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 42: With French Blue, *Purl the French Blue knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 43: Knit one round with the white.
Round 44: With Sky Blue, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 45: With Sky Blue, *Purl the Sky Blue knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. 
Round 46: Knit one round with the white.

Bind off all stitches loosely. Sew in all ends.

For another of my patterns using two color slip stitch knitting, take a look at this hat pattern.

Please note that Lion Brand and Clover USA provided me with my materials.

Free Pattern :: Baby Beanie with a Diagonal Rib

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Sometimes you need a little change.  You've done the basic rib at least a zillion times. So let's shake things up.  This rib travels on the diagonal and is as easy as the basic rib. It has a lovely heavy texture that dresses up any beanie with ease.  This pattern is part of my ongoing series for the American Heart Association project Little Hats Big Hearts. Make one for  the newest member of your family and then make one to donate.

You will need:

 I used  Red Heart Soft in Cherry Red and a variegated for the PomPom.
16" #8 circular knitting needles
#8 double point needles
stitch markers
Tapestry needle
tape measure
Scissors
pompom maker (I use on from Clover).

This one was designed for a baby at 16" in diameter.

Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch.
in Stockinette n the round
Always do a gauge check.

Stitches: 3x3  Diagonal Rib in the round.
Round 1:  *P3,K3*; Rep from * to *.  End with a  1K stitch past the stitch marker.
Round 2: *P3,k3,*  Rep from *to*. End with  2K stitches past the stitch marker
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Round 3: *P3,k3,*  Rep from *to*. End with  3K stitches past the stitch marker.
Repeat Rounds 1-3 for desired length.
This creates a diagonal shifting of the rib.  This rib will add some lovely texture at the brim.

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Let's Knit

Cast on 65 stitches.
Place a stitch marker. Join circle.

  1. Start knitting the 3x3 Rib.  Continue in this pattern for 2 inches ending with round 3.  
  2. Switch to Stockinette. Work in Stockinette (which in the round is just knitting) for 2.5 inches.
  3. When you have knit 4.5 inches from the beginning, K2Tog before the stitch marker, for a total of 64 stitches. Place a stitch marker after every 8 stitches.
  4. Begin decreases. 
  5. Round 1 Decreases: K2Tog before every stitch marker.
  6. Round 2 Decreases: Knit.
  7. Repeat this round sequence (5 and 6) until only 8 stitches remain. Switch to double point needles when necessary.
  8. Cut yarn leaving a 6 " tail.  Thread tapestry needle an run the tail through the final 8 stitches. Draw it closed.  Weave in all tails.
  9. Make a PomPom and sew it to the top of the beanie.

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Free Pattern :: Pearly Queen Dog Collar made with Buttons

  Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.  --  Tahar Ben Jelloun    

Real friendship, like real poetry, is extremely rare - and precious as a pearl.  --  Tahar Ben Jelloun

 

 Toony joined our family 4 years ago when we adopted her from the local Humane Society.  She is quite a character and brings us endless joy.   As she is no ordinary pooch, she deserves a collar befitting her ladyship.  Inspired by the history of the Pearly
Kings and Queens of London, I made her this pearly collar using buttons from my stash.  It makes a great gift for the canine lover on your gift list.

You will need:

  • dog collar with plastic clip, not buckle, and sized for your pooch
  • assorted pearl buttons
  • Nymo or other beading thread
  • sewing needle (sharp or milliners)
  • matches or lighter
  • scissors

Let's create!

1.     Fit the collar to your dog, adjusting the nylon strap as necessary. 

2.     Cut an arm's length of Nymo and thread your needle.  Tie a knot at the end. Use a match to melt back the tail of the knot.
        This will secure the knot and prevent it from coming undone.

3.     Stitch the buttons along the collar.  As I used a narrow collar made for small dogs, I stitched a single row of dress shirt
        buttons. If you have a Great Dane, your collar's width will be wider and will require 2-3 lines of pearl buttons to cover it.

4.     When you have finished sewing the buttons in place, tie a knot on the back of the collar.  Clip the thread and use a match to  melt back the knot's tail.

 

Super quick DIY Gift :: Hand-Knit or Crochet a Bookmark

 "Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

"Handmade presents are scary because they reveal that you have too much free time." -- Douglas Coupland

Well, Christmas is in less than a month and you need a quick gift.  You like to personalize what you give.  A book is a great gift, but you can make it stellar with a hand-knit or crocheted bookmark. These are super simple, beginner basic and will take less than one hour each.

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To make the knitted one with the button -

You will need: 

Patons Grace Cotton
size 4 knitting needles
tapestry needle
scissors
button
 

Cast on 55 stitches. Work in Seed Stitch. Continue working in seed stitch until you've knitted an inch. Bind off all stitches. Sew in the ends with a knitting needle.  Stitch on a large button. This tagua nut one is from a friend's company - One World Button Supply Co.  Lucky me to have such a friend, she sent me a box of buttons for Christmas one year.  I love each of them.  You may want to block your bookmark or iron it lightly with a steam iron. This will make it look crisper.

The crochet one is nearly as simple:

Patons Grace Cotton
Size B crochet hook.
tapestry needle
scissors

Chain 50.  Turn and work a DC into each chain. *Chain 2 at end of row, Turn and work a DC into each stitch.*  Work from * to * for one more row.  Then turn and work a row of scalloped stitches. Make 1ch, 1sc into first st * Miss skip 1, 7DC into next stitch, skip 1, 1sc into next st ** repeat from * to **.  Cut thread, pull through last loop, sew in all tails.  Again, press or block. 

Snowman Knit Hat

 "Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. " -- John Ruskin

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. " -- John Ruskin

It may be early November, but I am ready for Christmas!  Well, I am trying to get ready.  For me it's all about the anticipation.  With the temperatures having recently dropped, I've been thinking about snow. What fun to wear a Frosty the snowman hat.  The brim is rolled up in the photo. My daughter tends to do her own styling when she models for me. She felt the 21" hat was a bit big on her and wanted a firmer fit. I should have made her the 19" hat.

I've written this pattern to fit many sizes.  I was thinking of making one to her size request so we get a cute Christmas photo! 

Infant (toddler, child/youth, adult)

Sizes are for 16”(18”, 19”, 21”) ( for a really custom fit, go to this pattern)

Gauge: 4sts and 6 rows to the inch.  Check your gauge to have a truly fitting hat.

HINT: If you have too many sts to the inch. Go down  a needle size. If too few, go up a needle size.

This pattern is not written for straights. 

You will need:

1 skein of white worsted yarn approx 130-180yds pending on size – I used Red  Heart in the sample.

#8 16” circular knitting needles

 #8 double point knitting needles

two large black buttons

1smaller orange button

1 yard of red worsted  yarn

tapestry needle

scissors

stitch markers

tape measure

Sewing thread.

Sewing needle.

For Pompom –

Pompom maker (large)

Black worsted yarn

scissors

2x2 rib – *K2,P2*, repeat  around , end with a P2 at stitch marker. Repeat for the next round until you have knit 1 inch.

Cast on 64(72,80,88) stitches onto the circular needles. Join circle. Add stitch marker. Knit in a 2x2 rib for one inch.

Now just knit each round until your crown from beginning to top measures 4”. On this last round at a stitch marker every 8 stitches.

Begin decreases.

Round 1: *Knit to stitch marker. Slip the stitch marker.  K2tog.* Repeat from * to * until you finish the round.

Round 2: Just knit this entire round.

Continue working decreases. Switch to double points when it is too tight to work the decreases on the circular needles.

Continue working the decreases until just 8 stitches remain.

Cut yarn leaving a 6” tail.  Thread tapestry needle with tail. Run tail through the remaining stitches. Cinch it tight.  Sew in all ends.

Make a black pompom.  Sew it onto the hat.

Using sewing needle and thread sew on the buttons.

Using red worsted yarn and the tapestry needle, carefully embroider on the mouth. Don’t pull stitches tight.  Sew in tails.

If you try this, please post a family pic on my Facebook page. I'd love to see it! And as always, if you have a question, feel free to contact me.

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Beginner's Quick Knit Shawl

 This is a stock photo by Guilia Bertelli from Unsplash.  The featured Shawl is being blocked since broadcast and then must be photographed. Blogging and Scoping is a process.

This is a stock photo by Guilia Bertelli from Unsplash.  The featured Shawl is being blocked since broadcast and then must be photographed. Blogging and Scoping is a process.

Welcome.  This is the pattern for the shawl featured in my November 7th Scope on Periscope. 

You can catch the taping here on my Youtube channel. 

You will need:

1 skein of worsted yarn
#8 knitting needles (or needles for guage of 4 stitches to the inch).
scissors
Tapestry needle.

This pattern is for a basic bias knit shawl with eyelets running along the edges. 

Cast on 4 stitches.

Knit one row.

*Turn and K2, YO, knit across the rest of the stitches*. Repeat from * to* until you have 5o stitches on the needle and what looks like half a square.  if you want it bigger, that's fine Keep going until the desired width is achieved.

Next row* K1, K2tog YO, K2tog, Knit across the rest of the stitches.* Repeat from * to * until you are back to just 4 stitches.  You will end up back with just 4 stitches.  Bind off final 4 stitches.

These directions are tried and true. The pattern will work up quickly. Consider it a weekend or two weekend project depending on how fast you knit.  I don't recommend trying to speed up the process by using a bulky yarn as the drape won't be fluid.  

For the dishcloth pattern that this is based upon click here.

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Free Pattern:: Quick knit Infinity Scarf

 A n infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space.   ―  Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space. 
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

This is the EMILY SCARF.  She saw me knitting the cowl for my niece and said, "Well, when are you going to make an infinity scarf for me?! (note pout and pathetic look)  You know I get cold while standing outside waiting for the bus at 5:30 am." My daughter is subtle as a sledge-hammer. So while talking with a friend about Christmas, I realized that I didn't have much for my daughter.  We decided to have a lean Christmas this year as we have all we really need and well, funds are tight.  But my daughter needed an infinity scarf!  I had the perfect yarn.  A friend at my knitting ministry restashed some luscious Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky.  It is buttery soft and Alpaca is one of the warmest fibers on the market. Sweet Pea will no longer be cold while waiting for the bus, not on this mom's watch!!!!!!  So shhh shhh, don't tell her about the scarf. It's a surprise, though the sneak walked into my studio as I was trying it on for the first time.  She exclaimed- THAT's MINE! I WANT IT!  Again, subtle as a sledgehammer.   At least I know my last minute knitting will be appreciated!  This cowl took about 4 hours from beginning to end.  As it's a chunky yarn, it is a fairly quick knit and a good almost last minute present.

I wanted a quick knit with lots of texture.  I contemplated cables, but the yarn is soft, so the cables didn't have the pop I wanted, so I settled on a rib, but then half way through, I got bored and switched to welts.  As a result, there are vertical ribs and horizontal ribs.  I like how the textures play against each other.

I wanted a quick knit with lots of texture.  I contemplated cables, but the yarn is soft, so the cables didn't have the pop I wanted, so I settled on a rib, but then half way through, I got bored and switched to welts.  As a result, there are vertical ribs and horizontal ribs.  I like how the textures play against each other.

You will need:
2 skeins of Cascade Yarn's Baby Alpaca Chunky, 100g / 3.5oz 108yds /100m in color 0558 ( velvet leaf)  Alpaca has a fabulous drape, so working this pattern up in another yarn will lead to a garment with quite a different flow and drape.   
#9 26" circular needles.
Scissors
Tapestry needle
stitch marker

Gauge: 3.5 sts to the inch 4 rows to the inch.

Let's Create!

Cast on 176 stitches using long tail or cable cast on method.

Begin 2x2 rib: place a stitch marker (K2, P2) repeat across the round, ending with a P2.   Be careful on the first round not to twist your stitches. (I twist the cast on edge to the inside of the ring, so I can keep track of my stitches.) 

Continue working in the 2x2 rib for the next 4 inches.

*Knit for the next 6 rounds.

Purl for the next 4 rounds.*

Repeat from * to * ending with a knit round of 6.  

Bind off all stitches.  Sew in tails.

An infinity scarf doesn't really need to be blocked.  So, wrap and give!

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Free Pattern :: Last minute Knit Gifts! :: Knit Cowl for Beginners

  What is bought is cheaper than a gift.  ~Portuguese Proverb

What is bought is cheaper than a gift.  ~Portuguese Proverb

have an adorable high energy neice who refers to herself as a fashionista.  She is a seriously silly little girl.  And as my favorite and only neice, I wanted to make her a special handmade gift for Christmas.  A few years ago I made her a pink and purple hat with her name embroidered on it.  Given that she is still into pink and purple, I decided on making her a hot pink cowl that tucks into her jacket and keeps the winter chill out. It's also nice to wear indoors with a t-shirt.  

You will need:

#8 circular knitting needle
1 ball of worsted yarn, approx 200yds (I used Red Heart Soft)
tapestry needle
scissors

Let's Create!

Terms:

4x4 rib (knit 4, purl 4 and repeat

Guage: 4 sts to the inch in stockinette on an 8.  For a firmer rib, go down a needle size or two.

Cast on 120 stitches and work in a 4x4 rib for 10 inches.  Bind off in the pattern.  Sew in all ends.  Done! This took me approximately one evening to make, so not the very last minute of very last minute gifts to make, but doable before December 25 given that today is December 18.  And really is there anything more fun to give than something handmade and from the heart?

This would be equally cute for a boy in a tweedy brown, gray or forest green.

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