Jharana Scarf

As part of my Project Yarnway challenge on Ravelry, I designed this wavy edged lace scarf, and I am now offering the pattern for sale. It can be knit in fingering, sport or dk weight yarn.  Gauge is not crucial to this pattern, but knitting on size US 7 or US8 needles should give a scarf that is about 8 inches wide.  I recommend a blockable solid color yarn to best show off the lace pattern, as variegated yarns tend to overwhelm the detail.

The pattern includes a chart as well as row by row written instructions.

Jharana Scarf Pattern – .pdf download – $1.99

I hope you enjoy the pattern.  Please check back as I will be adding more patterns (both free and for purchase)


February 5, 2011. Tags: , , , . Knitting, patterns, Project Yarnway. 2 comments.

Lacy Flouncy Skirt

I’m back on the Project Yarnway wagon!  It’s the finale and we have to put together a collection of 5 items by the end of February.  This is the first item I have finished, though one more item is nearly complete.

I’m so pleased with this doll skirt that I’m thinking about making it in my size 🙂

needles: US7, US9
gauge: 11sts/2 inches
yarn: worsted (10 ply) – less than 200 yards (shown in Patons Classic Wool)
size: 18″ doll

other materials needed: 10.5 inches of 1/4″ wide elastic, safety pin, stitch markers

LLinc: Left-leaning Lifted Increase. Insert your left needle, from front to back, under the left leg of the stitch two rows below the stitch just knit. Knit into the back of this stitch.

RLinc: Right-leaning Lifted Increase. Insert your right needle, from front to back, under the right leg of the stitch below the first stitch on the left needle. Transfer this stitch to your left needle and knit into the front of it.

ssk: Slip next 2 stitches one at a time as if to knit.  Insert the left needle into the fronts of these two stitches and knit them together.

Errata (fixed 1/12/11):  In written out lace instructions rounds 9 and 11…it should end with yo, k4, yo, k1 in both instances.

CO 60
Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist

rounds 1-4 – Knit
round 5 – purl (this will be the fold line for the waistband)
rounds 6-8 – knit
round 9 – [Insert tip of left needle into first st of CO edge which is directly behind first st on needle, k this st together with first stitch on needle] to last 8 sts; k to end. This leaves an opening for elastic to be inserted.

knit 4 rounds, marking center of round and end of round
next round – k2, LLinc, k26, RLinc, k2, sl marker, k2, RLinc, k26, LLinc, k2

repeat these 5 rounds 2 more times (72 stitches)

knit without increasing until skirt is 4.5  inches long (on last round place stitch markers every 9 stitches to mark pattern repeat)

switch to larger needles

round 1 – *k2, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k3  rep from * to end of round
round 2 (and all even rounds) – knit
round 3 – *yo, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1 rep from * to end of round
round 5 – *yo, k1, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k1, yo, k1 rep from *
round 7 – *yo, k4, yo, ssk, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k1 rep from *
round 9 – *yo, k4, yo, k1, ssk, k2tog, k1, yo, k4, yo, k1 rep from *
round 11 – *yo, k4, yo, k2, ssk, k2tog, k2, yo, k4, yo, k1 rep from *
round 12 – knit

Here is the chart for the lace repeat that is written out above:

Bind off

Use a safety pin to run the elastic through the waistband. Overlap the ends about 1/2″ and sew together making sure the elastic is not twisted.  Use the yarn tail from CO to sew casing closed.

Block to open up the lace. I placed it in this position, pinned and steam blocked the hem:

December 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Knitting, patterns, Project Yarnway. 7 comments.

Trendy Tween

My April’s Project Yarnway challenge has changed slightly from my original concept.  My daughter is a social butterfly and always on the go, so instead of a bag for all of her electronics, I made a less specialized bag for all her carrying needs (as well as one for her American Girl doll who often accompanies her on her escapades.)

She loves bright colors and wanted a roomy bag to toss her stuff in when going over a friend’s house. The whimsical embroidery fits her personality and I incorporated her requests for an attached change purse, adjustable strap and matching bag for her doll.

I don’t have a pattern written out for this bag yet, but I think I’ll be able to come up with a formula for the construction so that you can make the same bag in any size you want. In the meantime, why don’t you stop by the Project Yarnway group and vote for your favorite bag? Voting will be open May 1-15.

April 30, 2010. Knitting, Project Yarnway. Leave a comment.

Project Yarnway – Bag it & Tag it challenge

The April Project Yarnway challenge is in full swing (and voting on the March entries is open until the 15th!).  I’ve dyed my yarn with kool-aid and started knitting.

The task is to create a bag for a specific client.  My client is my daughter who is looking for that perfect bag to carry around her netbook, camera, i-pod and a notebook and pencils.  She has a bright and cheerful personality and so I dyed the yarn a bright orange with some yellow and pink/red.  The base will be slightly felted with some foam for protection, and the pockets will be knit in black with some kind of lace pattern, I think, so that if they are empty the bright color will show through.

April 10, 2010. Knitting, Project Yarnway. Leave a comment.

A knitted vase?

Yes….that’s what I just finished.  A knitted vase.  I guess it’s more of a basket considering the material I used and the fact that it’s not watertight, but I tried to get the structure and sculpted feel of a vase.

I alternated garter stitch and stockinette stitch at the bottom to form the base, then used a spiral lace pattern for the main section, then switched back to garter stitch at the top (I increased needle size twice to get the fluted shape) and one row of eyelets before binding off.

March 12, 2010. Tags: , , . Knitting, Project Yarnway. Leave a comment.


Well, the second month of Project Yarnway is underway.  March’s challenge is to use a material not sold for the purpose of knitting.  Hmmm…this certainly is going to be a challenge.

I had to take a trip to the hardware store anyway, so I looked around for something I could knit with.  I found this lovely sisal twine….it’s very rough, but it’s so natural and beautiful.  I’ve started a vase out of it.  I had originally planned to make some sort of curtain panel or canopy for my daughter’s room, but this stuff is just too stiff, I can’t get a fabric that will drape at all.  I hope the vase will work – it seems stiff enough that it will stand up on its own, and I think it will look really pretty with a bright and colorful bouquet of flowers placed in it (of course I’ll need to have a glass vase inside since my vase won’t be watertight)

March 6, 2010. Tags: , . Knitting, Project Yarnway. Leave a comment.

Framed Moss Cable Vest

I love to knit.  I love Project Runway. I love Ravelry.  So when I saw a group on Ravelry putting these three elements together I knew I had to join.  Project Yarnway Group

The first challenge was in February, and was to create something entirely out of  materials you had on hand. For this garment I wanted to create something for my 9 year old daughter since I typically have a tough time finding knitting patterns in her size. She has an eclectic sense of style and loves to layer as well as mix and match textures and patterns. I tried to give this the slightly grown up feeling that she is starting to prefer while keeping it age appropriate in style and fit. I’m almost finished writing up the pattern and it’s a challenge that I am thoroughly enjoying.  I’m very excited about my first original design.

March 5, 2010. Tags: , , . Knitting, Project Yarnway. Leave a comment.