Monday, August 31, 2015

Off Minor Cowl - Alpaca Lana d'Oro

Alpaca Lana d'Oro has been one of my favorite yarns over the years. It is a workhorse yarn with a little something special. The Alpaca - Peruvian wool blend offers the best of both fibers. From the wool, you get memory, durability, and stitch definition. The alpaca adds softness and some drape.
The 219 yard skein worked up quickly into a 1 skein cowl.  The stitch pattern I chose is a rib that looks like a cable, however the look is actually achieved with yarn overs and decreases.
Materials
- 1 skein Alpaca Lana d'Oro (50% Alpaca/50% Peruvian Highland Wool - 219 yds/100 g) - shown in color 1129 (Faded Rose)

- US 7 Circular Needle (16-20")

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle
Finished Measurements
16" circumference (unstretched) - 11" long

Gauge Unimportant

Abbreviations
K - Knit
P - Purl
K2tog - Knit 2 Together
YO - Yarn Over
SSK - Slip, Slip, Knit 2 slipped stitches together
Cast on 112 stitches
Join in round, careful not to twist stitches; place stitch marker to mark beginning of round

K6, P2 for 4 rounds

Start Pattern:
1 (and all odd rows) - K6, P2
2 - K6, P2
4 - [YO, K2, SSK, K2, P2]
6 - [K1, YO, K2, SSK, K1, P2]
8 - [K2, YO, K2, SSK, P2]
10 - [K6, P2]
12 - [K2, K2tog, K2, YO, P2]
14 - [K1, K2tog, K2, YO, K1, P2]
16 - [K2tog, K2, YO, K2, P2]
Continued in pattern until almost desired length.

K6, P2 for 5 rounds

Bind off loosely in ribbing
Weave in ends

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Satin Doll - Baby Hat in Sateen


Sateen is a soft, silky acrylic that has the look and feel of bamboo. Available in 36 solids and 8 multis, there is a virtual rainbow of colors to choose from. Each 100 gram skein contains a generous 300 yards and it works up beautifully in sport gauge.

While swatching with Sateen, it became quite evident that a simple hat in a variety of sizes was a must. This would work beautifully for a baby hat as well as a chemo hat. The softness of the yarn would feel lovely against even very sensitive skin. It would be easy to get 2-3 hats out of 1 skein.  The 14" size only used 1/3 of my skein.
Materials:
 - 1 skein Sateen (100% Acrylic, 300 yds/100 g) - shown in 413 (Baby Mix)

- US 4 - 16" Circular needles (for the smallest size you will only use the DPNs)

- US 4 - DPNs

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle
Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- K2tog - Knit 2 Together

Gauge:
6.5 sts = 1"

Shown in 14" size - Length ~ 6.5" from cast on edge

Available sizes:
(12"), 14", (16", 18", 20") 
With US 4 
Cast on (84), 96, (108, 120, 132)
Join in round

K2, P2 for (1"), 1", (1.5", 1.5", 2")

Change to K every round

Continue until (5"), 5.5" (6", 6.5", 7") from cast on edge

Start decreases - change to DPNs when necessary ((7), 8, (9, 10, 11) decreases per round)

1 - K10, K2tog ((77), 88, (99, 110, 121) stitches remain)
2 - K9, K2tog ((70), 80, (90, 100, 110) stitches remain)
3 - K8, K2tog ((63), 72, (81, 90, 99) stitches remain)
4 - K7, K2tog ((56), 64, (72, 80, 88) stitches remain)
5 - K6, K2tog ((49), 56, (63, 70, 77) stitches remain)
6 - K5, K2tog ((42), 48, (54, 60, 66) stitches remain)
7 - K4, K2tog ((35), 40, (45, 50, 55) stitches remain)
8 - K3, K2tog ((28), 32, (36, 40, 44) stitches remain)
9 - K2, K2tog ((21), 24, (27, 30, 33) stitches remain)
10 - K1, K2tog ((14), 16, (18, 20, 22) stitches remain)
11 - K2tog ((7), 8, (9, 10, 11) stitches remain)



Cut yarn leaving 6" tail, weave through remaining stitches

Weave in ends

Saturday, January 31, 2015

11+1 Hat in 220 Superwash Sport

I decided it would be fun to do a hat that revolved around the number 12. Both charts are 12 stitches across and the feather chart is also 12 rows tall. There are 12 repeats of the 2 charts. The hat can be a slouchy or a stocking cap if you fold up the ribbing.
Materials:
- 220 Superwash Sport -100% Superwash Merino Wool - 137 yds/50 g - 2 skeins color A (813) and 1 skein color B (802)

- 16" Circular Needles - US 4 & US 6

- DPNs - US 6

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle


Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- K2tog - Knit 2 Together

- Kfb - Knit into the front & back of a stitch

Finished dimensions - brim = 17" circumference unstretched
Length = 10" from cast on edge

Stitch Gauge - 6 stitches = 1" in stockinette


With US 4 cast on 120 with color B
K1, [P2, K2], end P2, K1 for 2 rows

Change to color A
Continue 
in 2x2 rib until 3" from cast on edge 

Change to US 6 circular needle
Increase row - [add 24 stitches evenly]
K4, Kfb

K for 2.5"

Change to Color B - K 1 round
Start Chart 1

Blue = Color A
Green = Color B

Then:
K 2 rounds in color B
K 2 rounds in color A
Start Chart 2
Start decreases - switch to DPNs when necessary.

 1 -  K10, K2tog-12 times
 2 -  K9, K2tog
 3 -  K8, K2tog
 4 -  K7, K2tog
 5 -  K6, K2tog
 6 -  K5, K2tog
 7 -  K4, K2tog
 8 -  K3, K2tog
 9 -  K2, K2tog
10 - K1, K2tog
11 - K2tog
12 - K2tog
Pull yarn through remaining stitches to bind off.

Weave in ends

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Triangles Cowl in Tivoli

Tivoli is a lovely woolen spun wool-silk tweed.  The 2-ply yarn has a rustic hand and stitch definition.  The cowl works up quickly on US 10 needles and makes a quick gift.
Materials 
 - 1 skein Tivoli - 60% Wool/40% Silk (109 yds/100 g) - shown in 01 - Dove

- US 10 - 20" Circular Needles

- Stitch Marker

- Yarn Needle

Abbreviations
K - Knit

P - Purl

CO 90 stitches
Join in round, careful not to twist

Place marker at beginning of round

Row 1: K5, P5
Row 2: K4, P1, K1, P4
Row 3: K3, P2, K2, P3
Row 4: K2, P3, K3, P2
Row 5: K1, P4, K4, P1
Row 6: P5, K5
Row 7: K1, P4, K4, P1
Row 8: K2, P3, K3, P2
Row 9: K3, P2, K2, P3
Row 10: K4, P1, K1, P4

Continue until desired length from cast on edge, bind off. Weave in ends.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blue Rondo - Highland Duo

 Highland Duo is an amazingly soft blend of Baby Alpaca and Merino Wool.  It is the solid dyed family member of the Duos (which also includes Eco Duo, Eco Highland Duo and Color Duo).  A while ago I designed a cowl in Highland Duo since it feels so nice and warm against your skin.
I love cables - especially reversible ones. With enough wool to make the Alpaca behave, Highland Duo cables quite nicely and works up into a lovely, soft scarf. This 16 row pattern works up fairly quickly into a warm scarf.
Materials:
- 2 skeins Highland Duo (70% Baby Alpaca/30% Merino Wool - 197 yds/100 g) - shown in 2324 (Dark Blue)

- US 9 needles

- Cable needle (or dpn in at least 1 size smaller)

- Yarn needle

Gauge:
40 sts = 5" (in ribbed cable pattern)
Abbrevations:
- K - Knit

- P - Purl

- C8BRib - Hold 4 stitches in back with cable needle, [K1, P1] 2 times and [K1, P1] the 4 stitches on the cable needle

- C8FRib - Hold 4 stitches in front with cable needle, [K1, P1] 2 times and [K1, P1] the 4 stitches on the cable needle

- C16FRib - Hold 8 stitches in front with cable needle, [K1, P1] 4 times and [K1, P1] the 8 stitches on the cable needle


Pattern:

Cast on 40 sts

1 - K1, P1
2/4/6/8/10/12/14/16 - K1, P1
3 - K1, P1
5 - [K1, P1], C8BRib, [K1, P1] - 10 xs,  C8FRib, [K1, P1]
7 - K1, P1

9 - [K1, P1] - 6 xs, C16FRib, [K1, P1] - 6 times
11 - K1, P1
13 - [K1, P1], C8BRib, [K1, P1] - 10 xs,  C8FRib, [K1, P1]
15 - K1, P1

Continue until reach desired length
Bind off loosely.
Weave in ends.





Saturday, July 5, 2014

Dude Scarf - Rabat


Sometimes a yarn tells me what it wants to be.  In this case, the color screamed at me to make a Dude Scarf.  Something that would work up quickly, be reversible and perfect for the guys in your life.

Rabat is the newest addition to the Casablanca family and the first chunky.  There are 8 colors per colorway and 15 rich colorways to choose from.  This wool/acrylic/silk blend works up quickly and the color changes keep it interesting.
Materials:
 - 2 skeins Rabat (50% Wool/30% Acrylic/ 20% Silk - 109 yds/100 g) - shown in 10 (Glade)

- US 10.5 needles

- Yarn Needle

Abbreviations:
- K - Knit

- P - Purl
Cast on 27 stitches

1 - [P2, K1, P1, K1], repeat until last 2 stitches, end P2

2 - [K2, P3], repeat until last 2 stitches, end K2
Continue until desired length.

Bind off.
Weave in ends.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

April in Atlanta Shawl - in Heritage 150 Multis

I've been wanting to create something in Heritage 150 for a while.  When the samples for the new Multis came in I could not resist the color I named Valentine.  With almost 500 yards per 150 gram skein, it would work into a nice shawlette.  I knew the merino-nylon would block out nicely and show off a simple lace pattern.
In April, I attended Stitches South for the first time in several years and was reminded how valuable a shawl was everytime I went inside and was faced with the chill of the air-conditioner. Thus was the inspiration for a small shawl that would cover the shoulders, but be light enough to carry along when it was needed.  The merino would allow it to breathe while insulating.

In the pattern there is a 12 row Lace Section repeat and a 4 row Garter Stitch Section repeat.
Materials
- 1 skein Heritage 150 Multis (75% Superwash Merino Wool/25% Nylon; 492 yds/150 g) - shown in 103 (Valentine)

- US 6 circular needles (recommend at least 32" cord)

- 2 stitch markers

- Yarn Needle

Finished Measurements (after blocking)

52" across top; 17" deep from edge to edge


Abbreviations
K - Knit

pm - place marker

sm - slip marker

st - stitch

Kfb - Knit into the front & back of stitch (increase 1)

YO - Yarn Over (increase 1)

K2tog - Knit 2 Together

SKP - Slip 1, Knit 1, Pass slipped stitch over (decrease 1)

S1K2P- Knit 1, Slip 1, Knit 2 together, Pass slipped stitch over (decrease 2)


Cast on 4

Set-up:

1 - K1,Kfb,Kfb,K1
2 - K
3 - K1, Kfb, k to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1
4 - K
5 -K1, Kfb 2x, pm, Kfb 2x, pm, Kfb 2x, K1
6 - 8 - K
9 - K1, Kfb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1


Lace Section (12 rows)
1. K1,[K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until last st, end K1

2. K

3. K1,[K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] -
repeat until last st, end K1

4. K1, Kfb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

5. K2, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] -  repeat until 1 st before marker, K1, sm, K1, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO]-  repeat until 1 st before marker, K1,  sm, K1, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until last 2 sts, K2

6. K

7. K2, [K2
, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] -repeat until 1 st before marker, K1,  sm, K1, [K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] - repeat until 1 st before marker, K1, sm, K1,[K2,YO, S1K2P, YO,K1],  repeat until last 2 sts, end K2

8. K1, KFb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, k to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

9. K3, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K1, YO, SKP, K1, K2tog, YO] - repeat until last 3 sts, K3

10. K

11. K3,[K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] -  repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1] - repeat until 2 st before marker, K2, sm, K2, [K2, YO, S1K2P, YO, K1], repeat until last 3 sts, end K3

12. K1, KFb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

Repeat Lace Section 3 more times (total of 4 times)

Then do 3 sets of Garter Stitch Section (12 rows)

Garter Stitch Section (4 rows)
1-3 - K
4 - K1, Kfb, K to st before Marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to st before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K to last 2 sts, Kfb, K1

Repeat Lace Section 3 times
3 sets of Garter Stitch Section (12 rows)

Repeat Lace Section 3 times
3 sets of Garter Stitch Section (12 rows)

Picot bind off

1: Cast on 2 stst
2: K 2
3: Pass 1st st over 2 st
4: K, pass 1st st over 2nd st
5: K, pass 1st st over 2nd st
6: K, pass 1st st over 2nd st
7: Slip st back to main needle

Continue until reach last stitch

Weave in ends.
Block