Friday, July 1, 2016

Play Yarn Chicken No More!! At Least when you Bind Off

 I am soooo happy to have found this excellent knitting hack!  It is easy to understand and implement.  Sometimes you need just one more row in your pattern and there just isn't enough yarn, so with this type of Bind Off, you get that "bind off with good behaviour"....no more epithets, no more pulling of hair, grinding of teeth!

Sapphires-n-Purls: A Knitting Blog: Yarnless Bind Off:

Another hint to add to this is, if you know that you are going to use this excellent bindoff, and you need a stretchy edge, I recommend that you knit that next to last row on larger needles to get more ease in the YBO.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

BRAIN DEAD ZOMBIE SHAWL..to be worn while watching Walking DeadπŸ˜†

Hello.! This latest knit is one that I have worked on for much longer than it should have taken.  Here's why....even if you don't care to know, because in the explanation lies a Cautionary Tale!!!! OOOH SCAREEEY STUFFF!  This shawl starts very small and through Yarn Overs gets bigger and bigger, so there are many stitches on your needles.  I use cabled or circular needles by the way.  (Deep breath here) Anyway....about halfway through the shawl, I noticed that several rows down, there was a strange looking stitch.  Checked it and....I realized that I had knit the same stitches twice in one row.  How does that happen you wonder.  Well you put down your knitting somewhere near the middle of a row, go back to it and without thinking, start knitting back on the same row.  So, I had to unravel a few inches and many, many stitches to get back to the row I had goofed on and fix it.  One would think, "Well, I will be more careful about not doing that again." Uhhh, no!  Did it TWO more times!!!! After the THIRD fix (taking out a Zillion stitches) I said to myself "Whaaat! Were you Brain Dead the second and third times?"  So, I named it Brain Dead Zombie Shawl, and shortened it to Zombie Shawl.  Do you see the Rainbow?  Now You Know!  Feel free to rename it to something pretty if you desire.😊😘
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::Please read the pattern all the way through to get an understanding and overview of what you will be doing.::
You may use any yarn you choose and the appropriate size needle to get the guage you want.  For this Shawl I chose Red Heart Super Saver yarn, Aspen Print colourway.   Needle size, 5 mm.I recommend a cabled or round needle as you will have many stitches and the work gets heavy as you increase the size of your work.  You could use a bigger size to have a more loose knit, or a smaller size for a tighter look.  I suggest doing a 4" swatch to see how you like the guage for the needle you choose.
Pattern: Verrry simple..
A Prologue first:  It is a version of the Granny's Dishcloth, but you only need to make it into a Triangle.  Easy, peasy!  The difference in this pattern is that when you get to one stitch before the middle stitch, you do a Yarn Over, knit the middle stitch, Yarn Over, this increases the stitch count and gives the shawl 'Wings' or a little more ease when it is worn.  Also I highly recommend stitch markers for when you get to that middle area.  So, one marker before and after that middle stitch.
The Open Lacey 'Holes' in the 'Fancy' Version are done by a Yarn Over Knit 2 together Combo. Yarn Over Combos in this shawl are  implemented by Slip, Knit, lift slipped stitch over the knit stitch, then a Yarn Over.  This gives a Left leaning decrease.  For the Right leaning decrease Knit 2 stitches together knit ways, then a Yarn Over. If  you prefer a Plain, but still attractive version, just keep doing the Yarn over after the first 2 stitches, Yarn Over before and after the Middle stitch and a Yarn Over before the last 2 stitches.
Abbreviations:  SM=Stitch Marker  Sts=Stitches  K=Knit  P=Purl  YO=Yarn Over  K2tog=Knit 2 together(left leaning decrease)  SKTog= Slip a stitch, Knit the next stitch, put the slip stitch over the knit st, (right leaning decrease)
Ready, Set....Start knitting....Cast on 3 stitches.  Knit those 3 stitches.
Row 1: (Right Side): K 1 stitch, YO, K 1, YO, K 1.  You now have 5 stitches on your needles.
Row 2: (Wrong Side): K1 Purl to Last Stitch K1
Row 3: K 2,  YO, K1, YO, K 2. (7 sts on needle)
Row 4: K 2, P to last 2 sts, K2
Row 5: K 2, YO, K1, YO. place a SM, K 1, place the second SM, YO,  K1,YO, K2
Row 6: K2, P to last 2sts,( move the SM as you come to them) K2.
Row 7: K2, YO, K to 1st SM. move the SM onto the Right Needle, YO, K1 (this is your middle stitch) YO, move SM right needle. Knit to the last 2 sts. YO, K2.
Row 8: K2, P all stitches (moving marker from left to right needle) to the last 2sts, K2.
Now let's take a breath and see what we have done so far.
We have a Yarn Over after the first 2 Stitches and before the last 2 stitches on the Right Side of our Shawl.  We have a YO before and after the Middle Stitch.  We have, on the wrong side, Knit the first  and last 2 stitches. We have purled the rest in between.
You may continue in this manner until the shawl is large enough to suit you and then for the last 3 rows of your work you will do this:
Knit 2, YO, K2tog,YO, K2tog to the middle stitch,(taking off the SMs before and after)which may be included in the K2tog, depending on how many stitches you have on the needles.  For the rest of the stitches you will do YO, SKTog to the last 2 sts, K2.
Next Row:  K2, P to the last 2sts. K2
Last Row is Binding Off.  I suggest a loose bind off using a Larger size Needle, even 2 sizes larger, so that you get a 'stretchy' last row. If you have a favourite loose-type bind off, go ahead and do that.
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The above was the simple, solid shawl that is good to go.  If you want to be Fancy, then  Knit/Purl, Yarn Overs, before and after Middle Stitch, as the pattern above instructs, for several rows or a few inches from the cast on, and do a Knit 2 together, Yarn Over repeating to the middle stitch, with a YO before and after middle stitch, then do the Slip, Knit, Pass slipped stitch over, thenYarn Over repeating to the last 2 Stiches, K2. Maintain the YO after the first 2sts. and before the last 2 sts.  Then as before on the wrong side, K2. Purl to last 2, K2. Knit a few more inches and on the right side, do the same YO, K2tog ,etc as explained in the preceeding sentence.
When you are all done, weave in any ends, wash according to the label and block.
There you are! A Beautuful Shawl that you can name anything that suits your Fancy!  I have knit this shawl in finer yarn and larger needles to get a light, airy summer shawl, with or without the extra Yarn Overs in the body.  You can add beads as you knit or sew them on after.  You can add sequins as you knit or sew them on after.  You can add a Tassel at the bottom point and even at the two points at the top of the shawl ...use your imagination and Have Fun!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tower of Cowl

Yes, another cowl. A Tower of a Cowl.  Very easy and satisfying  to knit up.  This is outta mine own talented (lol) head. It's Reversible, Foldable, and Affordable!

What you need: 1 skein  4 ply yarn in a colour and type you like.

Needles   Size 6   24" Cable Needles or set of size 6 straights.

Pattern:  Using Cables Needles, cast on 61 stitches. Place a marker at the last cast on stitch.  Then, making sure that the stitches are not twisted, knit into the first stitch you cast on. If you are using straight needles, you do not need a stitch marker.  Purl the next st., K1, P1, to the marker or if using straights to the end of the row.  This is the end of your first row. Move the marker to the right needle, if using cabled needles.   For the next row, look at the previous row of stitches, you now want to put a purl stitch over the previous row knit stitch and a knit stitch over the previous purl stitch.
What you are doing is called Seed Stitch. Look at the picture above to see how this looks.  Do this for 50 rows, or more if you want to have a deeper cowl that you could pull up to cover your head as well as your neck.  Cast off loosely knitting every stitch. If you have used straight needles, now you will join the sides to make the circle.
Now, how easy was that!!!!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Knit Picky


Got a few 'irons' in the fire, so knitting has been on the back burner.  Ha!  References to heat are appropriate as the weather here  has heated up quite a bit in the last week.  So, I will be posting soon, just have to finish the latest item.  It's a shawl and very easy to work up.

Not Knitting

Here is an item that is not knit by me. It was sewn by me.  It's a cooler for your neck or head when the weather is unbearably hot.  I made it because I couldn't find the one I bought many years ago on a trip to New Brunswick, and, being really desparate to cool off, I decided to make a new one.  It's a cotton tube partialy filled with a product called "Water Babies".  The 'Babies' are capsules that swell up in water, so they expand  in the cotton tube and hold the cold.  It was a lifesaver and kept me from keeling over while outside and even inside it made me so much more comfortable while the AC kicked in.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

New Cabled Hat - BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

                                                  BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE

Another Cable pattern from me, Ann of Green Cables.

Yarn:  Any Yarn that will give the gauge of 8 row/6sts. = 2"
Needles: Size 6mm  - 10US  Straight or Cabled/Circular
Terms:     Sts. = Stitches  K = Knit  P= Purl  Tog= Together  Sl = Slip  RS =Right Side  WS=Wrong Side  Dec.=Decrease

                                               :PATTERN:
 
Slip 1st st.,  K 2,  P2  to last stitch, K1, for 16 rows.  This will give you a fold up brim for extra warmth. If you don't want a fold up brim do 8 rows of Ribbing.
Row 1    (RS) This is the set up row for the Cables and Ribs:   Sl 1, K2, P2, K6,: P2, K2, P2, K6,: P2, K2, P2, K6; P2, K2, P2, K6; P2, K2, P2, K6;  P2 K1
Row 2    (WS) Sl 1, Knit the Knit sts, Purl the Purl sts Knit the last stitch.
Row 3    As Row 1 (RS)
Row 4    As Row 2 (WS)
Row 5    As Row 1 (RS)
Row 6    As Row 2 (WS)
Row 7    (RS)  This is the Cable and Rib Row.  Sl 1, K2, P2, (1st cable) put the next 3 stitches  on a stitch holder and holding those stitches at the front of the work, knit the next 3 stitches onto your right needle.  Now Knit the 3 stitches fron the holder onto the right needle; First Cable made.  P2; K2; P2; (2nd)Cable next 6 stitches as before.  P2, K2, P2:  (3rd), Cable next 6 sts, P2, K2,P2:  (4th) Cable next 6sts. P2, K2, P2: (5th Cable) Cable next 6 sts. P2, K1
Row 8    As Row 2  (WS)
Row 9    As Row 1  (RS )
Row 10  As Row 2  (WS)
Row 11  As Row  1 (RS)
Row 12   As Row  2 (WS)
Row 13  As Row  1  (RS)
Row 14  As Row  2  (WS)
Row 15  Cable Row as Row 7 (RS)
Row 16  As Row  2 (WS)
Row 17  As Row  1 (RS)
Row 18  As Row  2 (WS)
Row 19   As Row  1 (RS)
Row 20   As Row  2 (WS)
Row 21   Cable Row as Row 7  (RS)
Row 22   Decrease Row (WS) Purl the purl sts.  When you come to the Knit Sts, K 2 tog. to end of row
Row 23   (RS)  Sl 1; K2 tog., P1; K6; P1; K2 tog;  P1: K6; P1; K2tog;  P1; K6; P1; K2tog; P1; K2tog; P1; K6; P1; K 2tog; P1; K6; P1; K last St.
Row 24   (WS) Sl 1; Knit all the stitches (this makes a decorative stitch before the multiple decreases you will make in the next rows.
Row 25   (RS) Decrease row.  Count the stitches on your needle.  Divide by 4.  e.g. 32/4 = 8. ( if you have a leftover,  just knit it at the end of the row.)  Now you will knit to 2 stitches before the division answer and Knit 2 tog to the end of the row.
Row 26   (WS) Sl 1, Purl all the stitches
Row 27   (RS) Sl 1 Note where your decreases were on Row 25.  Knit to 2 stitches before the previous decrease and K 2 tog.tothe end of the row.
Row 28   (WS)Sl 1,  Purl all the stitches.
Row 29   (RS)  As in Row 27, note where you decreased and knit to 2 sts. before the dec. and K 2 tog. to the end of row
Row 30   (WS)  Sl 1;  Purl row
Row 31   (RS)  Sl 1;   As in previous dec. rows, knit to 2 sts. before the previous dec and K2 tog.
Row 32   (WS)  Sl 1;  Purl row
Row 33   (RS) Sl 1;    As previously, Knit to 2 sts before previous dec and K2tog
Row 34    Hooray!!!! This is the last 'Row' ---  No more knit or purl, just measure off 24" of yarn from the needel to the skein and cut there.
Now thread a yarn needle with the cut end and run the needle through the live stitches on your needle to the last stitch and pull tight.  Now, matching up the sides making sure that Purl Row on the Right side matches up an sew down the side of the hat. 
VOILA!!!!!! You have a hat that will keep you warm and get compliments from everyone!
I hope you had fun knitting this and of course you can pass the pattern around for Free!  A thank you to me would be appreciated.  Ann of Green Cables., aka Mar
I have checked this pattern for errors, ets., but if you have any difficulties or questions my blog is:   annofgreencables.blogspot.ca   where you can post in the comments section and I will do my best to help.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

LEARN TO CABLE and KEEP YOUR COFFE and TEA WARM

A very easy set, by Ruth Churchman on Ravelry,to knit up. The pattern tutorial for learning to knit Cables, is called
Cosy Cafetiere & Tea Cosy.
A quick knit for the experienced knitter, a great way to learn cable knitting and have useful, lovely items to keep or gift.
There is a link to Ravelry on the Sidebar.  It's the first on the list.  A great site for knitters and crocheters.