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

waistband:
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.

body
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)

lace
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:

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

‘Tis the Season

I love Christmas. I love all the lights and decorations, the handmade ornaments, the cookies and cakes, and the television specials.

We went to a friend’s home for a tree-trimming party. I thought they had a fabulous idea – they pulled out all their ornaments and let the children decorate the tree. It was so much fun to watch! As always I had my camera with me and in between taking pictures of the action I stopped to take a couple of shots of the table which held the decorations and the sweets. This was my favorite photo of the day.

I used a fixed 20mm lens and got in really close.  I wish I had brought a tripod with me since there wasn’t a whole lot of light and it required a long shutter speed.  Until I got home and saw it full size I was afraid that the camera shook and the photo was horribly blurry.  The focus isn’t 100%, but overall I’m pleased with it.  It definitely feels like Christmas and makes me feel happy 🙂

Happy Holidays!

December 6, 2010. photography. Leave a comment.

Eyelet Hem Skirt

 

Yay!  I finished another item for the girl’s American Girl dolls.  This is an A-line skirt with a ridged eyelet border at the hem.  It is worked in the round from the waistband  down to the hem.


Needles: US3 (circular or DPNs)
Yarn: fingering weight sock yarn (pictured in Plymouth Sockotta) 200 yards
Gauge: 7 sts/inch
Additional supplies needed: 10.5 inches of 1/4″ wide elastic, needle and thread, safety pin


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.

**Increase round:  k1, LLinc, knit to one stitch before center of round, RLinc, sl marker, k1, LLinc, knit to one stitch before end of round, RLinc, k1.


CO 76 stitches leaving a 6-8″ yarn tail

Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist

Waistband:

knit 5 rounds
purl 1 round
knit 4 rounds
next round: [Insert tip of left needle into 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.

Body of skirt:

knit 4 rounds, being sure to mark beginning of round and center of round.
work one increase round**
(repeat these 5 rounds 4 more times)

knit 8 rounds
work one increase round**
(repeat these 9 rounds once more)

Ridged eyelet border:

round 1 – purl
round 2 – knit
round 3 – (k2tog, yo) to end
round 4 – knit
round 5 – purl
rounds 6-8 – knit
round 9 – purl
round 10 – knit
round 11 – (k2tog, yo) to end
round 12 – knit

Bind off purlwise

Block to open up the lace and get rid of any slight rolling.

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.

November 28, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Knitting, patterns. 2 comments.

Ribbed Fingerless Mitts

Both of my daughters have American Girl dolls.  From now until Christmas I am going to see how many pieces of clothing and accessories I can make for them.  The first project was a quickie and used just  a small amount of sock yarn.

 

Needles: size US3 (3.25mm) circular (for magic loop) or double pointed needles.
Yarn: fingering weight sock yarn (25-30 yards)
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch in stockinette

CO 24, join to work in the round being careful not to twist.

Work 10 rounds of 2×2 rib

Gusset:

Round 11: k1fb, k1fb, (p2, k2) to end [26 sts.]
Round 12: k4, (p2, k2) to end
Round 13: k1fb, k2, k1fb, (p2,k2) to end [28 sts.]
Round 14: k6, (p2, k2) to end
Round 15: k1, bind off next 4 sts, (p2, k2) to end [24sts]

Hand:

Round 16: you now have 1 stitch, a gap where the thumb stitches have been bound off, and then the rest of the stitches.  Ignore the gap and (k2, p2) to the end continuing to work in the round.
Round 17: k2tog, (p2, k2) to end. [23 sts.]
Rounds 18-21 – k1, (p2, k2) to end
Bind off in pattern

November 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . Knitting, patterns. 1 comment.

Marled Yarn

I’m frugal, thrifty, and penny-pinching. Whichever word you want to use, that’s me – I don’t like to spend money if I don’t have to.  In that vein, I’m no stranger to unraveling thrift store sweaters, and I’ve gotten some great yarn from $5 x-large sweaters.  My latest obsession is using the yarn from more than one sweater to create a marled yarn.  It adds so much depth to the finished item, and you can play with color and contrast as much, or as little, as you like.

This is a lap blanket (the beautiful Hemlock Ring) I am making from 2 cotton sweaters – one mint green, and the other chocolate brown.  I love how the colors contrast.

In this shrug I used much less contrast – an off white and a beige.  This gives a much more subtle effect.

I wind each color into a separate center pull ball and hold the strands together, lightly twisting as I knit.  I find gauge a bit unpredictable, so swatching is important.  Even if fit is not a concern, I’ll usually try the stitch pattern with a couple different needle sizes to make sure I get a fabric I love.

Here are two great tutorials for reclaiming yarn from thrift store sweaters:

dawnprickett.blogspot.com
neauveau.com

If you’re not an unraveller, no worries…this technique can be used with new yarn too 🙂

November 24, 2010. Tags: , , . Knitting. Leave a comment.

Mitered Diamond Dishcloth

I’ve recently become a dishcloth convert.  I got sick of the stinky sponges that I was constantly throwing out and replacing (I absolutely despise that smell on my hands when I pick up a sponge I didn’t realize was yucky already!)  It is so much easier to squeeze out the water from a dishcloth and when hung over the faucet it dries out nicely wth no stink!

I’ve been going through the dishcloth patterns on Ravelry and making the ones that catch my fancy, but then thought that it would be more interesting for me to play with my own designs.  Here is my first foray into dishcloth design. It is a mitered square worked from the center out with a diamond lace motif in two of the sections.  I’m not sure what size I’m going to like for dishcloths, so I’m experimenting with different sizes. I think this is a bit big, but we’ll see – I’m sure it will come in handy for something in the kitchen 🙂

needle: size US5 circular or double pointed needles
yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream (worsted weight cotton)
gauge: 18sts/4in
size: 12″ square

CO 8 stitches – join to work in the round and knit all stitches

I used magic loop, half the stitches on one needle, half on the second.  Mark the beginning of round and center of round so that when there are too many stitches on the needle to continue magic loop it is easy to see where the repeat starts/ends.  On the odd rounds 9 – 35, the written instructions are for one half of the washcloth, the entire line will be repeated once after the center of round marker.

**I’ve had several inquiries about a possible mistake in the pattern – getting wrong stitch count in the beginning – It’s been so long since I knit this that I can’t double check without reknitting it…will get to it as soon as I can, sorry for not keeping up with this** 2/9/14

Round 1 – [yo, k1] 8 times
Round 2 (and all even rounds) – knit
Round 3 – k1, [yo, k1, yo, k3] 3 times, yo, k1, k2
Round 5 – k2, [yo, k1, yo, k5] 3 times, yo, k1, k3 (32sts)
Round 7 – k3, [yo, k1, yo, k7] 3 times, yo, k1, k4 (40 sts)
Round 9 – *k4, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k5 (repeat from *) (48 sts)
Round 11 – *k5, yo, k1, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k1, yo, k6 (repeat from *) (56 sts)
Round 13 – *k6, yo, k1, yo, k2, [k2tog, yo]twice, k1, [yo, ssk]twice, k2, yo, k1, yo, k7 (repeat from *) (64 sts)
Round 15 – *k7, yo, k1, yo, k2, [k2tog, yo]twice, k3, [yo, ssk]twice, k2, yo, k1, yo, k8 (repeat from *) (72 sts)
Round 17 – *k8, yo, k1, yo, k2, [k2tog, yo]3 times, k1, [yo, ssk]3 times, k2, yo, k1, yo, k9 (repeat from *) (80 sts)
Round 19 – *k9, yo, k1, yo, k2, [k2tog, yo]3 times, k3, [yo, ssk]3 times, k2, yo, k1, yo, k10 (repeat from *) (88 sts)
Round 21 – *k10, yo, k1, yo, k2, [k2tog, yo]3 times, k5, [yo, ssk]3 times, k2, yo, k1, yo, k11 (repeat fom *) (96 sts)
Round 23 – *k11, yo, k1, yo, k4, [yo, ssk]3 times, k3, [k2tog, yo]3 times, k4, yo, k1, yo, k12 (rep from *) (104 sts)
Round 25 – *k12, yo, k1, yo, k6, [yo, ssk]3 times, k1, [k2tog, yo]3 times, k6, yo, k1, yo, k13 (rep from *) (112 sts)
Round 27 – *k13, yo, k1, yo, k8 [yo, ssk]twice, yo, (sl, k2tog, psso), yo, [k2tog, yo]twice, k8, yo, k1, yo, k14 (rep from *) (120 sts)
Round 29 – *k14, yo, k1, yo, k10, [yo, ssk]twice, k1, [k2tog, yo]twice, k10, yo, k1, yo, k15 (rep from *) (128 sts)
Round 31 – *k15, yo, k1, yo, k12, yo, ssk, yo, (sl, k2tog, psso), yo, k2tog, yo, k12, yo, k1, yo, k16 (rep from *) (136 sts)
Round 33 – *k16, yo, k1, yo, k14, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k14, yo, k1, yo, k17 (rep from *) (144 sts)
Round 35 – *k17, yo, k1, yo, k16, yo, (sl, k2tog, psso), yo, k16, yo, k1, yo, k18 (rep from *) (152 sts)
Round 37 – k18, [yo, k1, yo, k37]3 times, yo, k1, yo, k19 (160 sts)
Round 39 – k19, [yo, k1, yo, k39]3 times, yo, k1,yo, k20 (168 sts)
Round 40 – purl
Round 41 – k20, [yo, k1, yo, k41] 3 times, yo, k1, k21 (176 sts)
Round 42 – purl
Round 43 – k21, [yo, k1, yo, k43] 3 tmes, yo, k1, k22

Bind off purlwise

Weave in ends and block.

November 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Knitting, patterns. 4 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.

Spiral Legwarmers

OK, I’ve been making legwarmers as gifts for my daughter’s dance teachers, so I have for you here another legwarmer pattern.  They are worked in the round with a simple spiral lace pattern which wraps up the legs in opposite directions.

Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (Worsted / 10 ply)

Needle: size 8 – 5mm(circular or DPN for your preferred method of working in the round) I used 2 circular needles, but 2 at a time (on 1 circular with Magic Loop or 2 circulars) doesn’t work because of the lace pattern.

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in stockinette

Sizing:  Average adult woman [infant and child sizes below]

yo: yarn over

k2tog: knit next 2 stitches together

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. 

CO 48 and join to work in the round

Work in 2×2 rib for 4.5 inches.

Knit the next round

For Right Legwarmer work chart “Spiral A” 4 times (after round 13 you will have to move your stitch marker one stitch to the left).  Worked over 14 rounds, all even rounds are knit. I have also written out the lace pattern for those who do not prefer charts:

Round 1: k6, k2tog, yo (repeat to end of round)

Round 3: k5, k2tog, yo, k1 (repeat to end of round)

Round 5: k4, k2tog, yo, k2 (repeat to end of round)

Round 7: k3, k2tog, yo,, k3 (repeat to end of round)

Round 9: k2, k2tog, yo, k4 (repeat to end of round)

Round 11: k1, k2tog, yo, k5 (repeat to end of round)

Round 13: k2tog, yo, k6 (repeat to end of round)

For Left legwarmer Work chart “Spiral B” 4 times. (after round 13 you will have to move your stitch marker one stitch to the right)

Round 1: yo, ssk, k6 (repeat to end of round)

Round 3: k1, yo, ssk, k5 (repeat to end of round)

Round 5: k2, yo, ssk, k4 (repeat to end of round)

Round 7: k3, yo, ssk, k3 (repeat to end of round)

Round 9: k4, yo, ssk, k2 (repeat to end of round)

Round 11: k5, yo, ssk, k1 (repeat to end of round)

Round 13: k6, yo, ssk (repeat to end of round)

Work 2×2 rib for 4.5 inches.

Cast off using sewn bind off (or your preferred stretchy bind off method) and weave in ends.

Infant/toddler (child) size

CO 24 (36), join to work in the round

10 rows ( 3 inches) of 2×2 rib

For right legwarmer work “Spiral C” twice (4 times), for left legwarmer work “spiral D” twice (4 times)

10 rows ( 3 inches) of 2×2 rib

Finish with sewn bind off – http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/howto/archive/2008/05/15/sewn-bind-off.aspx

Weave in ends

April 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Knitting, patterns. 40 comments.

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.

Eyelet Rib Legwarmers

Worsted weight superwash merino

US8 needles – 5mm (circular or DPN for preferred method of knitting in the round)

Sizing: These legwarmers fit my 8.5” ankle/13” calf, but the ribbing pulls in a lot and would fit smaller legs.  If you add a full repeat, you will add about 4.5” at the widest point (when stretched. again, the ribbing pulls in a lot and will fit smaller)  You can also fiddle with the ribbing in between the eyelet sections to get the size you need.  If you knit this, I would love feedback.

M1: I used the nearly invisible increase found here: http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/05/very-nearly-invisible-increase.html

When it came to increasing in the purl section, I used the same method, but purled the stitch instead of knitting it. (I looked at the back of the work to find the stitch I needed to place on the left needle)

CO  42 and join to begin working in the round

Lace pattern over 4 rounds

Rounds 1-3: [K5, p3, k3, p3] 3 times

Round 4: [K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3, k3, p3] 3 times

Repeat these 4 rounds until the legwarmer measures 9 inches from cast on edge

Increase round: [k5, p3, k1, m1, k2, p3] 3 times

[k5, p3, k4, p3] 3 times

[k5, p3, k4, p3] 3 times

[k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3, k4, p3] 3 times

Rounds 1-3: [K5, p3, k4, p3] 3 times

Round 4: [K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3, k4, p3] 3 times

Repeat these 4 rounds for another 2 inches

Increase round: [k5, p3, k1, m1, k3, p3] 3 times

[k5, p3, k5, p3] 3 times

[k5, p3, k5, p3] 3 times

[k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3, k5, p3] 3 times

Rounds 1-3: [K5, p3, k5, p3] 3 times

Round 4: [K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3, k5, p3] 3 times

Repeat these 4 rounds for another 2 ½ inches

Increase round: [k5, p3, k5, p1, m1, p2]  3 times

[k5, p3, k5, p4] 3 times

[k5, p3, k5, p4] 3 tmes

[k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3, k5, p4]

Rounds 1-3: [K5, p3, k3, p4] 3 times

Round 4: [K2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, p3, k3, p4] 3 times

Repeat these 4 rounds to 18” or desired length (from cast on edge). End with 3 rounds of [k5, p3, k5, p4]

Finish using sewn bind off (see link below) and weaving in ends.

http://www.knittingdaily.com/blogs/howto/archive/2008/05/15/sewn-bind-off.aspx

April 9, 2010. Tags: , , , . Knitting, patterns. 9 comments.

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