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: Beyond Beginner Baby Beanie

 Children are the bridge to heaven. -- Persian Proverb

Children are the bridge to heaven. -- Persian Proverb

I continue my series of Patterns for the American Heart Association's charity call "Little Hats, Big Hearts."  This is another beginner basic with a twist.  The beanie is knit in the round using circular needles, but what gives it the twist is the window pane brim knit from a series of slip stitches. If you've been wanting to try fair isle knitting, this is a pattern to get your toes wet.  Once you try this pattern, like a potato chip you will want to make more as the color variations are limitless.  This is sized for a newborn at 14" circumference, but it could be scaled up. 

The brim is a variation of Barbara Walker's Window Pane Stripe pattern.

You will need:

 I used Lion Brand Yarn Vanna's Choice in Red and White
16" #8 circular knitting needles
#8 double point needles
stitch markers
Tapestry needle
tape measure
Scissors

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

A=Red
B=White

14" (16") hat sizes. 

Round 1: With A, Cast on 56 (64) stitches. Place stitch marker. Join ring.
Round2: Knit all stitches. 
Round 3: Purl all stitches.
Round 4: Repeat Round 2.
Round 5: Repeat Round 3.
Round 6: With B, *Knit1, Bring yarn to back, Slip next stitch* Repeat from * to *
Round 7: With B, *Purl the White knit Stitch, bring yarn to the back, slip the next stitch.*  Repeat from * to *. Switch to A. Carry the non working color on the inside of the hat. Don't pull the tension tight.
Repeat Rounds 2-7 two times.  You should have the stripes of red with white dots.
Repeat Rounds 2-5 with A.
Repeat Round 2-3 with B.
Repeat Rounds 6-7 reversing the colors. 
Repeat Round 2-3 with B.   

Your brim will be 3".

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Cut B.  Leave a 6" tail. Switch to A.

Knit another inch in A. On the last round, place stitch marker  every 7 (8) stitch.  

Begin decreases.
Round 1: knit to stitch marker.Slip stitch marker, K2tog next two stitches. 
Round 2: Knit all stitches.
Repeat Rounds 1 & 2 until only 7(8) stitches remain.  Switch to double point needles when necessary.
Cut a 6" tail. Thread tapestry needle and run the tail through the final 7(8) stitches. Draw it closed.  Weave in all tails.

Now that you've made one for the American Heart Association, try a few colorful variations. Instead of white, try a variegated yarn to see the color flicker around the brim. Or do it in team color so your newborn is Super Bowl ready.

Download the PDF of this pattern.

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
.
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.

Download this patttern.

Thank You Sachets

 "Praise the bridge that carried you over." --  George Colman

"Praise the bridge that carried you over." --  George Colman

These sachets are quick to make and a great way to say "Thank you!"  The size of a business card, one will sway nicely from a car's review mirror or tucked on a hanger in the coat closet.  The lavender scent is refreshing and better yet, a natural alternative to moth balls!

Materials (for one sachet):
12" x 12" patterned paper
business card enevelope die (2 3/16"w x 3 11/16"h - assembled) 
die cutter (I used my AccuCut GrandeMARK.) 
glue stick
1/2" round sticker
hole punch (1/16")
8" of 1/4"  double-faced satin ribbon
1 T dried lavender  

Directions:

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Center the paper on the die and run through your die cutter.  (Don't have a die cutter?  Use a store bought envelope of the same size and embellish with rubber stamps!) 

Fold the edges of the envelope.  Seal 3 of the 4 sides with glue stick.  

Fill the envelope with a tablespoon of dried lavender.

Use a 1/2" round sticker to seal the envelope.

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Punch a hole toward the top envelope with your hole puncher.  

Fold the ribbon in half.  Thread the folded edge through the hole and pull the two ends through the loop.

Knot the ends togehter.

That's it!  You've made a sachet.   For a lovely twist, mix dried rosemary, thyme and lemon balm. 

Present your gift with a handmade card or tie one to a bottle of wine.  

 

Finger Knit a Valentine's Day Wreath

 All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. -- Charles M. Schulz  

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. -- Charles M. Schulz
 

You've taken down the Christmas tree and the house is looking a bit sparse.  Well don't fret.  Make a Valentines Day wreath for your front door. This one is  simple.  It requires minimal tools or skills and is kid friendly.

This is essentially a wreath made from one very long strand of finger knit cord. Yes, finger knitting.  Remember doing it in camp or elementary school?  If not check out this video for a refresher.

The tools required are minimal. 

  • yarn - I used one entire skein of Red Heart yarn in a variegated color way. Though a solid hot pink or flame red would be cute too!
  • scissors
  • Smoothfoam 1O" culled wreath
  • ball-head pins
  • pipe cleaner

 

Let's craft.

  1. Begin finger knitting. Finger knit the entire skein into one long rope.
  2. HINT: Or wind off the yarn into smaller balls and have your children finger knit lengths.  Cast off each length. Tie them together.
  3. Tie knots at each end of the rope.  Clip the tail short. Wind the rope into a ball so it stays neat and tangle free.
  4. Pin the end of the tail onto the wreath form. Wind the rope around the wreath. Pinning it in place on the back.
  5. Cover the entire wreath. Pin the other end into place on the back.

 

 

 

    For the knit bow:

    #8 knitting needles
    White worsted acrylic. 
    scissors
    tapestry needle
    Smoothfoam 1O" culled wreath
    ball-head pins
    pipe cleaner

      Knit the Bow.

      Cast on 28 stitches. Proceed to knit in Seed Stitch for 3".


      Seed stitch
      Row 1: * K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
      Row 2: * P1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
      Repeat Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.

      Bind off all stitches.   Weave in tails using tapestry needle.

      Cut a 12" length of yarn and wrap it around the center of the knit rectangle to cinch it into a bow. Knot the ends on the back and clip the ends short.

      Pin the bow onto the wreath using matching ball-head pins.

      Slide a pipecleaner under the rope on the back. Pull through and twist ends to form a small loop hanger.

      HINT: If you don't want to knit a bow, just add a large satin ribbon one for a luxurious look. 

       

       

      Free Pattern :: Beginner Baby Beanie

       A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -- Carl Sandburg

      A baby is God's opinion that life should go on. -- Carl Sandburg

      The American Heart Association has a call out for hand knit or crocheted Baby hats to  inspire moms to take their family’s heart health to heart while also raising awareness about Congenital Heart Defects.  They are taking hats through February. Chapters around the country are participating. As someone who has had a stroke and various heart issues. You could say that this project strikes close to the heart. I am posting at least one new baby hat pattern per week. These are mostly basis patterns with the beginner in mind.  To learn more about this project watch the following video.

      This particular pattern is perfect for the knitter who claims "I only know how to knit a scarf."  Okay, if you can knit a scarf, you can knit a hat!

      You will need:

       I used a Red Heart Soft in  White and a Cherry Red
      Size 8 knitting needles
      Tapestry needle
      tape measure
      pins
      pompom maker (I use on from Clover).

      This one was designed for a newborn at 14" in diameter.

      Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rows per inch.
      Always do a gauge check.

      Stitches: 2x2 rib:
      Row 1: *K2,P2* and repeat from * to * ending with a P2.
      Row 2 - 6: same as Row 1.

      Stockinette:
      Knit all the stitches and then purl all the stitches on the next row. Repeat. Knit a row, purl a row.
       

      Cast on 28 stitches using the long tail method. Leave a 12" tail.

      Row 1: *K2,P2* and repeat from * to * ending with a P2.  Work this repeat pattern known as a 2x2 rib for 1 inch.

      Once you have finished the rib, you are to continue in stockinette for the next 10 inches.  

      Complete the last inch in 2x2 rib.

      You should now have a "scarf" that is 12" long and 7" wide.
      Cast off all stitches. Leave a long tail.

      It will be easier to seam up the edges if you first block the fabric.

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      I do much of my blocking on my ironing table. I purchased a cover with a 1x1" grid specifically for this purpose.  Pin the fabric down, stretching it to its full width. Once all the edges are pinned. Mist with cool water.  Allow to thoroughly dry.  As you can see I left long  tails.

      Fold the fabric in half and pin the edges and sew it up using the Mattress stitch.

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      Once I have seamed up both edges using the tails. I sew in all ends. 

      Make 2 large white pompoms.  Attach them to the corners.  

      I would love to see your final creation. I started a charity knitting group.  Please join the fun and share your project in progress. Ask questions.  Add links to your favorite patterns.  

      Valentine’s Day Desk Cube

       Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! -- Thomas Hood  

      Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine! -- Thomas Hood
       

      Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year – all that pink, red and sparkly with liberal doses of chocolate. I mean what’s not to love about the holiday of love? My desk is a giant mess, so to keep certain papers in order (and also to honor the holiday), I made a desk paperweight. Smoothfoam is lightweight, but all the straight pins used to tack in the sequins gives the cube some heft. You can decorate the sides any way you want – try adding photos inside the hearts and flowers.

      You will need:

      3″ Smoothfoam cube
      Red acrylic paint
      100+ silver sequins
      75+ fuchsia/pink sequins
      1 tube red seed beads (size 11/0; silver-lined)
      1 tube pink seed beads (size 11/0 )
      Washi tapes – red and pink patterns
      Valentine-themed scrapbook paper
      Card stock – pink, yellow, fuchsia, hot pink
      4 pink head pins
      2 packs silk steel pins
      Scalloped circle punch
      Felt heart stickers
      Red craft felt
      Craft glue
      Sponge brush, scissors, pencil, ruler

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      1.  Paint the cube with two coats of red. Allow to dry in between coats.

      2.  Cut a 3″ square from the Valentine-themed paper. Fold it in half, draw half of a heart shape and cut it out.

      3.  Glue the paper heart to the top of the cube, let dry, then glue a felt heart to the center. With a pin, pick up a red bead and then a pink sequin (with the cup side facing up) and push it into place along the edge of the heart. With a pin, a pale pink bead and a silver sequin, edge the square with sequins.

      4.  Cut four 3″ pieces of washi tape. Pin a row of silver sequins with red bead on the edge of one side of the cube. Lay down one strip of wash tape. Pin 2 rows of silver sequins with red beads,  lay down another strip of washi tape. Continue in the same pattern until the side is covered. Add more silver sequins/red beads to the top and bottom edges of the cube face.

      5.  On the next side of the cube, glue another paper heart to the center. Pin an outline of silver sequins with cup side facing up.  Stick a felt heart to the center.

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      8.  Push pink ball head pins into each corner of the bottom of the cube for feet.

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      Christmas Card Photo Cube

       Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead. David Cameron

      Christmas gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on the important things around us - a time when we can look back on the year that has passed and prepare for the year ahead.
      David Cameron

      The holidays have come and gone and now it is time to tidy up after the festivities. I never know what to do with all the Christmas cards, especially those with photos of family and friends. It just doesn’t seem right to toss or even recycle the photos. A Smoothfoam photo cube is the perfect solution. This way I can see the images year ’round on the bookshelves within my office.

      You will need:
      Christmas card photos of family and friends
      3″ Smoothfoam cube
      Washi tape
      Paper trimmer, ruler
      Scissors (look for non-stick blades)
      Tacky glue
      Sequins and sequin pins
      Ball head pins

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      Trim your stash of holiday photo cards to 2.75″ squares. Choose your favorite five (no photo for the bottom).

      Center and glue each photo to one side and the top of the cube; allow to dry.

      Frame the photos on each side with 3″ lengths of washi tape, folded over the edges of the cube.

      Pick up a sequin cup, face up, with a sequin pin and push one into each corner of the cube.

      On the bottom of the cube, push a ball-head pin into each corner, angled slightly toward the center of the cube, to act as feet for the photo cube.

      Free Pattern :: The Quick Knit Cowl

       “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”  -- Elizabeth Zimmermann

      “Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either.”  -- Elizabeth Zimmermann

      This is it.  The ultimate in cozy quick knit gifts.  I tend to measure time to knit required by my Netflix binging, so this took 2.5 episodes of Gilmore Girls to complete, so in real time about 2.5 hours.

      I rank this project as beginners. Super easy. Yes, you can do it. Get your yarn now and knit one for everyone on your gift list by the end of your Thanksgiving break! Seriously!

      You will need:

      2 skeins of Lion Brand Yarns Color Clouds Yarn (55yd /50m)
      10.5 knitting needles
      Tapestry needle
      Tape measure
      scissors
      3 large buttons
       

      Gauge: 1.5 sts to the inch. 

      Seed Stitch:
      Row 1: *K1, P1* repeat across the row.   
      Row 2: Repeat Row 1.
      Continue repeating Row 1 and 2

      Cast on 13 stitches.  Begin knitting in Seed Stitch pattern. Continue working in Seed stitch for 31 ". 
      Last 9 rows:
      Row 1: Knit
      Row 2: Purl
      Row 3: K3,YO1,K3YO1,K3,YO1,K4
      Row 4: Purl - remember to purl the YO1. (These make the button holes.)
      Row 5-9: Knit.

      Finished length will be 34".

      Sew in all tails.

      Sew buttons into place.  You get different looks based on where you place them. Mine are sewn along one edge, 2" up from the bottom. Be sure button holes line up with the buttons.

      Print this pattern

       

      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.

      To download and print this pattern, click here.

      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.

      To download and print this pattern, click here.

      embroidery :: a pillow inspired by antique crewel work textiles

       A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  --  Chinese Proverb

      A bird does not sing because it has an answer.  It sings because it has a song.  --  Chinese Proverb

      Lately, I've been tidying and organizing my studio.  I don't believe I have previously shared this pillow I made.  Inspired by traditional American crewel work of the 18th century, I blended embroidery stitcheson a scrap of wool fabric with some needle felting.  Crewel work is a form of free embroidery as opposed to counted embroidery such as cross stitch.  Linen and cotton fabrics are typically used, but I thought this tartan was especially festive. 

      I used a cardinal shaped cookie cutter as my needle felting form for the bird.  This makes it
      quick and easy to develop an image with the added bonus of protecting your fingers as you stab at the wool.  The eye is a black bead stitched into place. To give the wing and bead more definition, I employed satin and back stitches.

      The tree is composed of chain stitched limbs and back stitched leaves. I sketched their placement on paper prior to using transfer paper to trace the pattern onto the fabric.   This saved me hours of guess work and ripping out misplaced stitches!  The thread is a single strand of Persian embroidery wool that is more typically used for needlepoint.  I like its slightly rough texture.

      To finish off my pillow, I knit an i-cord for trim.  The pillow is a basic knife-edge shape, so super simple to work up.  I used another plain wool in navy for the back.  I need to make a trio for my studio couch.  Maybe a robin next?  Or a golden finch? 

      Do it Yourself: Contemporary Needle felted pillows

        "The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth."  --  Gaston Bachelard    

      "The subconscious is ceaselessly murmuring, and it is by listening to these murmurs that one hears the truth."  --  Gaston Bachelard

       

      I am finishing up the final details on new needlefelt designs.   It never ceases to amaze me how much my art influences my designs and my designs influence my art.  The above photo is a detail of a pillow worked in wool yarn on felted wool.  When not designing or knitting, I embroider.  Inspiration comes from the interior landscape - patterns of the human body as seen through a microscope.

       This is an image of a healthy red blood cell count.  Circles floating and overlapping.  

      This is an image of a healthy red blood cell count.  Circles floating and overlapping.  

       Flip the over the pillow front and you have a myelinated optic nerves cut in cross section.

      Flip the over the pillow front and you have a myelinated optic nerves cut in cross section.

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      And the cool surprise was to get a copy of the book in the mail to find my pillows on the cover. The full pattern and design to make these pillows are included in the book.  To order your copy, click on this link.

      Free pattern :: Snowman Pompom Ornament

       "Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas." --  Stephen Graham Jones  

      "Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas." --  Stephen Graham Jones
       

      That is so me! Yep, Halloween just comes and goes.  The squirrels have already run off with my pumpkin, but that's okay, I can be snug as a bug in my home preparing for Christmas.  I am focusing on decorating a tree with homemade ornaments and as I prepare, I thought I'd share my projects with you.

      This fluffy snowmand is made from two pompoms and hat from a previous project, a ribbon scarf, and button eyes and nose.  "Oh that's really cute, Mom" High praise from my millenial-aged daugther who tends to think I am slightly nuts and is now the family Christmas Scrooge. 

      To make your own:

      You will need:

      White acrylic yarn
      pompom maker (I used this set from Clover.)
      2 small black buttons
      1 small orange button
      12" of ribbon (only 1/2" wide)
      scissors
      tapestry Needle
      hot glue gun
      tweezers
      Hat from previous project

      Make one small and one large pompom following the directions.  Leave the tails used to cinch the pompoms.  

      Cut a 12 inch piece of yarn. Thread your needle.  Pull it through and even. Run the needle up and throught the middle of the smaller pompom and up into and throught the hat's pompom. Knot the ends.

      Now, tie the two pompoms togehter.  Knot the tails.  Trim away the access.

      Trim your snowman. I clipped into the underside of the smaller (head) pompom to obtain more of a "neck."

      Cut a 12" inch piece of ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the "neck" as a scarf.  Trim the ends.

      Hot glue the buttons in place.  Use tweezers to place them or you may burn your fingers. If children are making this project, leave this part for the adults. Hot glue can cause nasty burns.

      A short video from my Periscope for you to follow. 

      Enjoy!  These are cute on the tree. Would be cute attached to a present.  


       

      Free Pattern :: Adorable, Easy, Yarn Hat Ornaments

       “The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.” -- Andy Rooney

      “The Christmas tree is a symbol of love, not money. There's a kind of glory to them when they're all lit up that exceeds anything all the money in the world could buy.” -- Andy Rooney

      I freely admit. I am morphing into my mother.  She loved Christmas and to make sure she had time to enjoy it even when mad busy with her carering company during the holidays, she would get everything purchased, packed and wrapped by mid-October. No fooling! The Christmas tree went up on or the day after Thanksgiving. I've been thinking about her a lot as she passed away 8 years ago this month.  I'm reading novels set during Christmas. Making ornaments and watching Christmas movies on Netflix.  I'm not crazy, I'm just my mother's daughter. 

      This ornament is super easy and would make a great rainy afternoon craft with the kids to get them in the holiday spirit.  

      For the original introduction of this project on Periscope as part of the PeriGirls Scopetober challenge (I am posting  a new craft project or tip on a daily basis.  You can catch me live and join the converstation on Periscope at 8pm most evenings.  I post under @lbostudio).  

       

      You will Need:

      1 toilet paper roll

      Acrylic yarn (worsted weight, like Red Heart)

      Scissors

      ruler

      Pen

      tapestry needle

      Let's Create!

      Measure your toilet paper tube.  Make a mark at the 1/2 inch mark.  Cut 1/2 inch deep ring from the tube.

      Measure and cut 39 lengths of yarn.  

      Take one piece, fold it in half.  Stick the bent end into the tube and pull the tails through the bent ends loop. Tighten.

      Repeat step 2 until you have completely covered the entire tube.  

      Finger comb the fringe straight.  Cut 2 foot lon legth of yarn.  Wrap it aroun the the fringe 1/2 inch down from the top.  Tighten the wrap and knot it and trim the yarn..  You should now have a fluffy pompom at the top.  Trim your pompom round.  

      cut a 12" piece of yarn. Fold it in half and knot the ends.  Thread your needle with the loop end of the yarn.  Run your needle up inside the hat and throught the pompom, now you have a hanging loop for your ornament.  

      Make dozens of them to create a garland for the doorway or mantle. 

      Dotty Needle-Felted Beads

       "Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."  --  Claude Monet

      "Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment."  --  Claude Monet

      I love making these felted beads.  They are quick to make, easy to do and can be used in a variety of jewelry projects.  They are an offshoot of my other felting experiments and a nice alternative to the more common ball-shaped bead.  

      For this particular group, I chose a woodsy palette in shades of green, chocolate and cream.  To get started you will need the following:

      Materials

      1 package each of Clover's Natural Wool Roving in Chocolate, Mint, Moss Green and Off White

      1 Clover Needle Felting Claw & Mat Cleaner

      1 Clover Needle Felting Mat (small)

      1 Clover Pen Style Needle Felting Tool

      1 1" biscuit cutter

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      Put your biscuit cutter on the mat and press it slightly into the surface to keep it stable.  Pull a tuft of the roving . Gently roll it into a ball shape and stuff it into your biscuit cutter.  

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      Using your needle felting tool, begin punching down the roving.  Move from the center to the edge of the circle and back.  I hold the biscuit cutter with one hand while punching with the other. (In the case of this photo, I was using my left hand to take the photo!)  Once you have a fairly uniform surface, lift up the biscuit cutter and flip it over and felt from the other side using the same process.  Continue until the bead is flat like a pancake and about 1/4 inch thick..

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      Remove the biscuit cutter form.  Hold the bead in place with the claw in one hand and continue felting with the tool along the edge of the bead to firm up the sides.

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      When the bead feels dense and firm, pull a thin tuft of a contrasting color and lay it across the surface.

      Remove one of the needles from the needle felting tool.  Punch down in the center of the tuft to begin attaching it to the bead.  Twirl the tuft of roving around the needle and continue punching it into place.

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      It will soon form a dot.  Continue punching around the edge until the dot it is round and dense.

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      You now have a bead!  You may add another dot to the flip side if you wish.  

      Glue your new creation on a pin.  Thread it onto a cord.  Add it to a jacket zipper. There are many possibilities!  

      Free Pattern :: Paper Christmas Decoration

        Remember   This December,   That love weighs more than gold!   ~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

      Remember
      This December,
      That love weighs more than gold!
      ~Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

      A colorful holiday tree to decorate your sideboard, mantle or dining table.  Use a paper with a holiday print or upcycle from your stash.  This project is easily completed in an afternoon.

      You will need:

      1" diameter circle paper punch
      1" star paper punch
      12" tall x 4" diameter base paper cone
      thick glue (I used Aleene's® Fast Grab Tacky Glue™.)
      scissors
      ruler
      toothpick
      awl
      pencil or pen
      2 sheets of 12" x 12" holiday-themed paper in one print
      1 sheet of holiday-themed cardstock 

      Let's create!

      1. Mark your cone.  Begin by making a mark  1" up from the base of the cone.  Now mark every 3/4" from this mark to the tip.  These marks will be your guide for lining up and overlapping your circles.

      2. Punch circles.  With your ruler, mark 1 1/4"  rows along the back of your holiday-themed paper.  Cut the paper into strips along the lines.  Using your circle punch, cut circles out of the paper strips.

      3. Glue the circles around the cone.  Starting from the base and working your way to the top, glue the circles to the cone.  Add glue only to top underside of the circle.  This will allow the cicles to overlap like scales.

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      4.  Make a star.   Once you've covered your cone with overlapping circles, use your awl to poke a hole at the tip.  Punch out two starts from cardstock.  Add some glue to the center back of one star. Place the toothpick in the glue.  Add the other star.  Allow to dry.  Be sure you glue the backsides of the cardstock together and not the frontsides!  

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      5.  Place the star at the top of the tree.  Push the toothpick into the hole you made at the top of the tree.  Allow only the star to be visible.  If the connection is not secure, add a dab of thick glue and allow to dry.

      If you have seen this post previously, I am transferring posts from my previous blog. If you left a comment and don't see it, they didn't make the transfer, so just leave me a new one!

      Free Pattern: Autumn Bow Beret

        No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace   As I have seen in one autumnal face.-- John Donne

      No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
      As I have seen in one autumnal face.-- John Donne

      Lower temperatures are the perfect excuse to pull out the knitting needles.  This beret is sure to warm you through autumn.  The yarn is a heavy-worsted acrylic, so the beret knits up quickly.  I made mine in an afternoon!  Some basic knitting skills are needed, but trust me, if you can knit a scarf, you can knit a beret.  

      These directions are for a 21" head / medium adult female.

      MATERIALS

      Size 9 (5.5mm) 16" circular needles
      Size 9 double-pointed needles
              (Hint: If you are new to double-pointed needles, use bamboo or wood ones.)
      1 skein each of Lion's Brand Yarn "Jiffy" in Espresso, Camel, and Paprika (or other similar yarn)
      split ring stitch marker
      large tapestry needle
      scissors

      GAUGE

      4 stitches / 5 rows to the inch in the round on #9 needles

      STITCHES

      Stockinette Stitch (in the round):  Knit every row
      Moss Stitch: *K1, P1* repeat from * to * end with a K1

      Hey Lindsay, I want to PRINT this Pattern! 

      Free Pattern :: DIY Quick Knit Gift / DIY Spa Gift

        The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

      The only gift is a portion of thyself.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

      Oh my goodness! Christmas is in just three weeks!  What to make? What to make?  You want it to be a nice gift with a sense of thought put into it, no problem.  What about a spa package! WHAT?! Those are impossibly expensive.  Not if you make it yourself.

      I've become addicted to making dish cloths and face cloths.  I have to admit, I didn't get the craze for these tiny knit treasures when they first started appearing on Ravelry and such until  I received one as a gift from a student.  A worsted cotton knit up into a wash cloth is super absorbent and extra soft and add that it is handmade, it's the ultra luxury item.  Add it to a delicious smelling soap or bath salt, and you have fabulous spa gift.  

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      You will need:

      1 skein of Sugar-n-Cream
      #8 knitting needles
      scissors
      Tapestry needle.

      This pattern is for a basic bias face cloth which is knit from one corner to the next.  

      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.  

      Weave in tails.

      Click here to download the pattern. -  Download Bias Knit Dish or Face Cloth

      Buy a bag of plain Epsom salts.  For every cup of salt mix in 4 drops of your favorite essential oil. I like lavender and rosemary mixed together, stir thoroughly. Use a glass or stainless steel bowl as plastic may absorb the essential oils.  Package the salts in a pretty bag or jar.