28 February 2010

Running Diamonds Throw

The next throw for 2014 is a pretty good size at 64" x 70".  Very soft with James Brett Chunky yarn (once again I'm using this yarn because I need washable for a gift and this is perfect.)  The pattern is made with a 16 stitch ( plus 1) and 18 row repeats so can be adjusted to a larger or smaller size.  All my patterns work well for baby blankets as well.  Make a swatch to see what the pattern looks like with the yarn and needles you've decided on.  This, as well as any of the other throws can be easily adjusted.

Experience Level:  Intermediate
Materials:  -1365 yds Bulky Weight Yarn (you can very this based on the size you want to make.  This will also change if you're using a different weight of yarn with the pattern stitch.)
                    -US 10 1/2 (will very if different weight yarn is used.)



Abbreviations:
k: knit
p: purl
RS: right side
SSK:  slip one stitch knitwise, slip a second stitch knitwise, pass slipped stitches back to left needle, knit through the back loops.  Single decrease.
SK2P: slip 1 stitch from left needle to right, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch back over knitted stitches.  Double decrease.
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over







Pattern Stitch:
Row 1(RS): K3, *p1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, ssk*; repeat to last 4 sts, p1, k3.
Row 2 (WS) and all even numbered rows:  K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 3: K3, *p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk*; repeat to last 4 sts, p1, k3.
Row 5: K3, *p1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k7, yo, k2tog, yo, ssk*; repeat to last 4 sts, p1, k3.
Row 7: K3, (k2tog, yo) twice, *k9, yo, k2tog, yo, sk2p, yo,k2tog,yo*; repeat to last 16 sts then k9, (yo, k2tog)twice, k3.
Row 9: K3, *k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k3, ssk, p1, k2tog, k3, yo,k2tog, yo*: repeat to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 11: K3, *k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k2, ssk, p1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2tog, yo, k1*; repeat to last 4 sts, k4.


Row 13: K3, *k3, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, ssk, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2tog, yo, k2*; repeat to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 15: K3, *k4, (yo, ssk) twice, p1, (k2tog, yo) twice, k3*; repeat to last 4 sts, k4.
Row 17: K3, *k5, yo,k2tog, yo, sk2p, yo,k2tog, yo, k4*; repeat to last 4 sts, k4.

Row 18: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3.

Pattern:
Cast on 183 stitches.
Knit 4 rows.
Repeat pattern stitch to desired length ending with row 17.  Knit 3 rows then bind off.

Enjoy!!!

27 February 2010

Deco Columns Thow

This throw is large and soft and can be made any size to suit with a flexible 6 row repeat. The model is 50" x 62" knit with James Brett Marble Chunky…big, fluffy and soft..

Experience Level: Easy
Materials: - 1500 - 1700 yds Bulky Weight Yarn (You can vary this based on the size you want to make.
- US 10 1/2 (11 can be used for a bit loser knit)






Abbreviations:
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit 
M1: make one.  Knit one stitch from the row below to increase.
p: purl
RS: right side
sp2p: slip one stitch purlwise with yarn in back to the right-hand needle; bring yarn forward to purl 2 together; pass slipped stitch over 2 stitches purled together. 
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
 
Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 15+ 8)
Row 1 (RS): K3, p2 *m1, k3, p2, sp2p, p2, k3, m1, p2*; repeat between ** to last three sts, k3.
Row 2 (WS): (k5, p4)2x, *k2, p4, k5, p4*; repeat between ** to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 3:  K3, p2, *m1, k4, p1, sp2p, p1, k4, m1, p2*; repeat between** to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 4: K5, p5, k3, p5 *k2, p5, k3, p5*; repeat between ** to last 5 sts, k5.
Row 5:  K3, p2, *m1, k5, sp2p, k5, m1, p2*; repeat between ** to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 6:  K5, p6, k1, p6, *k2, p6, k1, p6*; repeat between ** to last 5 sts, k5.
Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern.


Instructions:
CO 188 sts. Knit 4 rows. Work in pattern stitch to desired length ending with row 5. Knit 3 rows. Bind off loosely (RS).

26 February 2010

Reverse Circles of Infinity

This reversible scarf was worked in a circle to achieve an infinity.  The yarn used for this model was 2 hanks of Ella Rae Merino Lace in violet black.  That made a large infinity with enough length for three wraps.  It can be made much smaller and narrower if you'd like.  If you would only like 2 wraps, cast on 270 stitches instead of the 400.  It will also reduce your yardage by 1/3.  The pattern is identical to my Reversible Circles of Lace with a few modifications to create the circle for knitting in the round.  There will be two rows where you will have to move your marker to properly place the holes.  

Experience Level: Intermediate 
Gauge for this example on this yarn is 3 stitches = 1".
Materials: 450-850 yds Lace or Fingering Weight Yarn -  (This can be made smaller or larger depending on yarn used.  Just check your gauge to alter the cast on sitches and go for it.)
- US 7 (4.5 mm needles)

Abbreviations: 
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit 

p: purl
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
SK2P: slip 1 st knitwise to the right-hand needle, k2tog, pass the slipped st over the knit sts.

SM: slip marker
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over (note: there are  some 3 yarn overs in a row to create the circle)




Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 10)  
Row 1: yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k5 - repeat to marker, SM
Row 2: Purl across, SM
Row 3:  k1, yo, SK2P, yo, k1, SK2P, yo(3x), k2tog - repeat to marker, SM
Row 4: P7, K1, *p9, k1*, repeat from * to * until 2 sts from end; p2. (the k1 should fall in the middle of your three yarn overs.)
Row 5: Remove marker, p1, replace marker, *yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog- repeat to marker, SM
Row 6: Purl across, SM
Row 7:  *k5, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo - repeat to marker, SM
Row 8:  Purl across, SM
Row 9:  *SK2P, yo(3x), k2tog, k1, yo, SK2P, yo, k1 - repeat to marker, SM
Row 10: p2, k1, *p9, k1* repeat from * to * to 7 sts from end; p6, slip next stitch to right needle, remove marker, slip stitch back to left needle, replace marker.
Row 11: *k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k3, yo -repeat  to marker, SM
Row 12:  Purl across


Instructions: 
CO 400 sts (for large)  You can cast on less in multiples of 10.
Set up: 
Place marker at beginning of row and continue working in the round making sure you have one half twist for a moebius and no twists for an infinity.  
Row 1: K across to marker, SM
Row 2: Purl across to marker, SM
Repeat these two rows one more time.
Work in pattern stitch to desired width.  Bind off loosely.  Block, tuck ends and enjoy!

25 February 2010

Cable and Holes Infinity Scarf

Here is a two for one.  Easy to knit as a scarf or connect for a cowl.  I have made a cowl and describe a couple of ways to do that. 

Experience Level: Intermediate
Materials: - 400+ yards of worsted weight yarn (You can vary this based on the width and length you would like to make.)
- US 7 needles ( A third needle will be needed if you would like to do the three needle bind off)

 
 
 







Abbreviations:
BO: bind off
C4F: Cable front cross by placing 2 stitches on your cable needle and holding in front of work.  Knit two stitches from left needle then knit 2 stitches from cable needle.
CO: cast on
k: knit
p: purl
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
RS: right side
SKP: (slip, knit, pass) slip 1 st knitwise to the right-hand needle, knit 1 st from the left needle, then pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch.  One decrease has been made.
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over


Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 10 + 4)
Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, yo, *P2, K4, P2, K2tog, yo*;  repeat from * to * until one stitch remains on the needle, K1.
Row 2, 4, 6 and 8 (WS): K1, P2, *K2, P4, K2, P2*; repeat from * to * until one stitch remains on the needle, K1.
Rows 3: K1, yo, SKP, *P2, C4F, P2, yo, SKP*;
repeat from * to * until one stitch remains on the needle, K1.
Rows 5: Repeat Row 1
Rows 7: K1, yo, SKP, *P2, K4, P2, yo, SKP*;
repeat from * to * until one stitch remains on the needle, K1.
Repeat rows 1-8 for pattern.


 

Instructions:
For Scarf: CO 54 sts.  Work in pattern stitch to desired length, ending with a row 8, bind off, block and enjoy!
For Cowl:  You can simply cast on as for the scarf, knit the piece through row 7  and pick up the cast on stitches for a three needle bind off (this is what I did).  You can also, just sew the stitches together to make the cowl once you have bound off.  Or you can do a provisional cast on, knit the piece, then put your cast on stitches on needle for the three needle bind off. 

NOTE:  For the cowl, remember that you want to do your three needle bind off on the back side so do not complete row 8 of the pattern.  Row 8 should be your bind off with the right sides together.

24 February 2010

Chevron Stripes


The story with this throw is….I made the first as version 1 is written.  However when I started the second, I got carried away and forgot to do my knit rows…so version 2.  I have put version 2 on here since the striping is easier to see.  For version 1, I used Ella Rae Seasons, which stripes on it’s own…then I added a striping pattern. For version 2, I used Berroco Vintage Chunky and kept it much simpler. 

Experience Level: Easy
Materials: - Version 1– 2620 yds Bulky Yarn  - size US 9 needle
                   -Version 2–1430 yds Bulky Yarn – size US 10 ½ needle

 
 
 
 
 
 
Abbreviations:
k: knit
p: purl
SK2P: slip 1 stitch from left needle to right, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch back over knitted stitches.
st(s): stitch(es)
yo: yarn over

 
Pattern Stitch:
Row 1: K5, *yo, k5, SK2P, k5, yo, k1; repeat from *  to last 4 stitches, k4.
Row 2: K4, purl to last 4 stitches, k4.
Rows 3–8:  Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Rows 9-10: Knit.




Version 1 Pattern:
Cast on 177 sts in color 1.
Knit 4 rows in color 1.

See Color Row Layout below.
Repeat pattern stitch to desired length ending with a right side row.
Knit 3 rows and bind off on right side in color 2.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Version 2 Pattern:
Cast on 177 sts in color 1.
Knit 4 rows in color 1.
 
See Color Row Layout below.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 of pattern stitch to desired length ending with a right side row.
Knit 3 rows and then bind off on right side in color 2.
 


Color Row Layout for Both:
Color 1 – 40 rows
Color 2 – 6 rows
Color 1 – 32 rows
Color 2 – 12 rows
Color 1 – 20 rows
Color 2 – 20 rows
Color 1 – 12 rows
Color 2 – 32 rows
Color 1 – 6 rows
Color 2 – 41 rows

 

23 February 2010

Simple Panel Lace Throw

The next throw in line for this year is a pretty good size at 48" x 58".  Very soft with James Brett Chunky (using this yarn a lot this year because I need washable) and can be made any size to suit with a flexible 6 stitch (+1 stitch), 2 row repeat.  Models show fringed and plain versions.

Experience Level: Easy

Materials: - 1365 yds Bulky Weight Yarn (You can vary this based on the size you want to make.  Fringe in model would require additional yarn)
- US 10 1/2 circular needle (11 can be used for a bit loser knit)




Abbreviations:
k: knit
p: purl
RS: right side
SK2P: slip 1 stitch from left needle to right, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch back over knitted stitches.  Double decrease.
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
yo
: yarn over

Pattern Stitch:
Row 1:  K1, *yo, k1, SK2P, k1, yo, k1*; repeat from * to * through the end of the row
Row 2:  Purl

Pattern:
Cast on 181 sts.
Knit 2 rows.
Repeat pattern stitch to desired length ending with a right side row.  Knit 1 row, then bind off

NOTE:  I usually slip the first stitch rather than knit to make a nice edge.  If that is what you would like then on the RS, slip the first stitch purlwise yarn in front.  Make your yo by just moving the yarn over the right needle to the back.  Make sure you catch the yarn over on your purl row.  It gets mixed with your slipped stitch and you might not see it.  For the WS, just slip the first stitch knitwise with yarn in back.  Move the yarn to the front between the stitches to continue with the row.

22 February 2010

Lace Wave Throw


This throw is large and soft and can be made any size to suit with a flexible 12 row repeat. The model is 50" x 60" knit with James Brett Marble Chunky…big, fluffy and soft..


Experience Level: Easy

Materials: - 1550 yds Bulky Weight Yarn (You can vary this based on the size you want to make.
- US 10 1/2 (11 can be used for a bit loser knit)





Abbreviations:
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit
p: purl
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
RS: right side
ssk: (slip, slip, knit) slip 2 sts (one at a time) knitwise to the right-hand needle; return sts to the left -hand needle and knit them together through the back loops
st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side
yo
: yarn over


Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 12 + 1)
Row 1 (RS): K6, k1, *k2tog, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, ssk, ssk, k1* repeat between ** 14 times, k6
Row 2 (WS): K6, p across to last 6, k6.
Rows 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15:
Repeat row 1
Rows 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16:
Repeat row 2
Rows 17 – 22:
Knit
Repeat rows 1-22 for pattern.


Instructions:
CO 181 sts. Knit 8 rows. Work in pattern stitch to desired length ending with row 22. Knit 2 rows. Bind off loosely.




21 February 2010

Reversible Circles of Lace

This reversible scarf was worked horizontally to be 13" wide, however  the pattern can also be worked lengthwise with more stitches. The yarn used for this model was a gray graded wool/tussah silk blend....so lovely...very soft and comfortable and handspun.




Experience Level: Intermediate
Materials: - 445 yds Fingering WeightYarn - Handspun yarn was used for model (This can be made smaller or larger depending on yarn used.  Just check your gauge to alter the cast on sitches and go for it.)
- US 7 (4.5 mm needles)

Abbreviations:
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit

p: purl
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
RS: right side (only to keep track of your rows)
SK2P: slip 1 st knitwise to the right-hand needle, k2tog, pass the slipped st over the knit sts.

st(s): stitch(es)
WS: wrong side (only to keep track of your rows)
yo: yarn over (note: there are 3 yarn overs in a row to create the circle)



Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 10 + 5)
Row 1 (RS): K3, k2tog, yo, k5, *yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, k5* repeat from * to * until 5 sts from end; yo, k2tog, k3
Row 2 (WS): Knit across
Row 3: K2, k2tog, yo, k1, SK2P, yo(3x), k2tog, *k1, yo, SK2P, yo, k1, SK2P, yo(3x), k2tog* repeat from * to * until 5 sts from end; k1, yo, k2tog, k2.

Row 4: K7, p1, *k9, p1*, repeat from * to * until 7 sts from end; k7. (the p1 is for the middle of the three yarn overs.)
Row 5: K4, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog, *yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k3, k2tog*, repeat from * to* until 4 sts from the end; yo, k4.
Row 6: Knit across
Row 7:  K5, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo, *k5, yo, k2tog, k1, k2tog, yo*, repeat from * to * until 5 sts from end; k5
Row 8:  Knit across
Row 9:  K6, yo, SK2P, yo, k1 *SK2P, yo(3x), k2tog, k1, yo, SK2P, yo, k1* repeat from * to* until 5 sts from end; k5
Row 10:  k12, p1, *k9, p1* repeat from * to * until 12 sts from end; k12
Row 11:   K4, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, *k2tog, k3, k2tog, yo, k3, yo*, repeat from * to* until 6 sts from end; k2tog, k4
Row 12:  Knit across

NOTE:

Row 5 shifts the repeat one stitch to the right and row 11 shifts the repeat one stitch to the left.  This is why I have not suggested using markers for this pattern.
Instructions:
CO 65 sts
Set up row (WS): K across
Work in pattern stitch to desired length (or width if making lengthwise). Bind off loosely.  Block, tuck ends and enjoy!









20 February 2010

Natural Leaf Wrap

This wrap is worked horizontally as a wide scarf and a center provisional cast on, but the pattern can also be worked lengthwise with more stitches. The yarn used is handspun Icelandic wool…beautiful, soft and warm for the fall and winter.

Experience Level: Intermediate

Materials: - 920 yds Worsted Weight Yarn - Handspun yarn was used for model (This can be made much smaller with less yarn or with thinner yarn as well)
- US 9 (5.5 mm needles)




Abbreviations:
BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit

p: purl
k2tog: knit t sts together
RS: right side
SK2P: slip 1 st knitwise to the right-hand needle, k2, pass the slipped st over the knit sts.
ssk: (slip, slip, knit) slip 2 sts (one at a time) knitwise to the right-hand needle; return sts to the left -hand needle and knit them together through the back loops

st(s): stitch(es)
ktbl: knit stitch through the back loop
wyif: with yarn in front
wyib: with yarn in back
RT: right twist: knit 2 together, but do not slip stitches off needle, then knit right stitch only and slip stitches off needle.
WS: wrong side
yo: yarn over

Pattern Stitch: (multiple of 11 + 8)
Set up row 1 (RS): slip stitch purlwise wyif, yo, ssk, place marker, knit to last three stitches, place marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Set up row 2 and all WS rows: slip 1st stitch knitwise wyib, purl to end.

Row 1 (RS): slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, RT, *yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, RT; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 3: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, *yo, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 5: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, *yo, k2, ssk, k1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 7: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, yo, k3, SK2P, k3, yo, k2, *yo, k3, SK2P, k3, yo, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 9: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k4, k2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk, k4, *k2, k2tog, yo, ktbl, yo, ssk, k4; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 11: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3, *k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 13: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2, *k2, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 15: slip 1st stitch purlwise wyif, ssk, yo, slip marker, k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2tog, *k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, slip marker, yo, k2tog, k1.
Row 16: slip 1st stitch knitwise wyib, purl to end.

Repeat rows 1-16 for pattern.

Instructions:
CO 96 sts with provisional cast on in different colored yarn.  (239 for lengthwise wrap). Work in pattern stitch to desired length (or width if making lengthwise). Bind off loosely.  If knitting horizontally, remove provisional cast on and pick up stitches.  Make sure you have all 96.  Beginning with row 1 work in the opposite direction.  Bind off loosely. Block, tuck ends and enjoy!

NOTE:  For the model, I used Judy's Magic cast on instead of the provisional cast on.  I wanted to give it a go and it worked beautifully.  I cast on, knit a couple of rows on the opposite side I would be working (this provided a little give on the needle), placed the stitches on a holder and continued to finish the originally intended side.  Because I was grading colors this mattered for me....would not otherwise.


19 February 2010

Michigan Blanket

Blanket measures 33" x 35".

Yarn:
850 yards of worsted/aran weight yarn  - blue
250 yards of worsted/aran weight yarn - gold
Note:  I used Caron Simply Soft - 3 blue and 1 gold.  Not all the yarn was used.

Gauge:
4.5 st per inch, 6 rows per inch

Materials:
· Size 8/5.0 mm circular needle
· Stitch markers


Stitches:

Seed Stitch:
Row 1: *K1, P1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: *P1, K1; rep from * to end.

Stockinette Stitch:
Row 1: Knit
Row 2 Purl

Abbreviations:
STS: Stitches
CO: Cast on
BO: Bind off
K: Knit
P: Purl

NOTE:  The chart is written to have a blue border.  Since my background was blue, I did the entire chart in gold, even the sts marked as blue.

Directions
CO 120 sts.
·        Working in Seed Stitch, complete 10 rows. 
·        Next row:  Work 8 sts in seed stitch, place marker, K 104 sts, place marker, work last 8 sts in seed stitch. 
·        Work 78 rows in Stockinette Stitch, maintaining the seed stitch borders. (This pattern eliminates the name from the picture)
·        For the Michigan M:  Work 8 sts in see stitch, slip marker, K 30 sts in blue, place marker, K row 1 of chart with blue and gold, place marker, K29 sts in blue, slip marker, work 8 sts in seed stitch.
·        Continue with the chart until complete.
·        Work to within 2 inches of desired length, then work 10 rows of seed stitch.
BO

PS.  Bear pattern from Berroco here.  The chart is an image...only way I could get it in here.  It is numbered left to right, but I work right to left.  Also, as stated above, note that the design is outlined if you want to do it on a different background.  Since I did it on a blue background, I just made the blue outline, gold also.  Copy and paste the chart into a word doc and you can make it as big as you'd like before printing.  This really helps me out.