The Rippling Diamonds Dishcloth is crazy simple- it’s literally only knits and purls. No slipped stitches, no yarn overs, no shaping of any kind. Its carefully charted pattern of knit and purl bumps make an interestingly-textured washcloth that’s fun (and easy!) to work up. (And, bonus! The pattern is totally reversible, so it looks just as cool from both sides!)Head over to Knit Picks’ website and download a free copy of the pattern. I’m really proud of it!
Last week, I told you about the kids I teach in my knitting class. They are all doing an amazing job, and they all like making different things. Some want to make tiny little projects they can finish in a day, some want to spend weeks working on a single item. Some only want to make garments for themselves, and some make garments for their stuffed animals.
But all kids love a new stuffed animal. (Or “stuffie” as my students say. Is that a regional thing? Or is it a generational thing. I never called them “stuffies” when I was a kid.”
So, I designed a pattern for two new stuffies, a bear and a bunny, that is easy enough for even an early beginner knitter. These two little guys are totally adorable (if I say so myself), and are made without any shaping, purling or other “complicated” knitting. If you can knit garter stitch, you can make yourself a new little friend. And, I’ve included step-by-step instructions, including pictures!But, I think my favorite part of this pair is their tiny little tails! (The bunny has a teeny pompom and the bear has an even tinier little nubbin. Adorable!)Are you a very beginning knitter looking to make something more fun than a potholder or a scarf? Do you have a kid itching to take up needles and yarn? Give these two a try!
I’ve got another free pattern for you. And this is one that I know you’ve been waiting for.
It’s Tea Cozy Time!
I finished my tea cozy a couple weeks ago, so all that I needed to do was to write out the instructions in a way that people could understand (ie, not the chicken scratching in my little notebook), and to give my tea cozy a name. Typing up the instructions is the easy part, coming up with a name is the hard part.
Which is why most of my patterns have either very literal names (Lace-Edged Shawl) or names that I’ve lifted from parts of Seattle (Ballard Pullover).
This time I decided to go with (drum roll please)… Stripes and Dots!
I know. Not a great name, but the pattern is super cute (if I say so myself).
You can grab a copy of the pattern in my Pattern Library, or click below!
Let me introduce you to my newest pattern, the Zagged Cowl.It’s knit with Knit Picks’ newest yarn, Woderfluff. It’s super soft and light and cozy, yet surprisingly strong (because it’s not actually spun- it’s a teeny tube of nylon filled with baby alpaca and merino). (But really, you could use any bulky yarn.)
The Zagged Cowl is worked in the round with no shaping, just garter stitch and an impressive-looking oversized cable up one side. The pattern only uses one skein, and works up on big (US 10.5) needles, so it knits up super fast. Talk about a great holiday gift!Head on over to Knit Picks to pick up a free copy of this pattern (and maybe a skein or two of Wonderfluff)!
It’s an incredibly rainy morning in Seattle- we’re bracing for the biggest wind storm since the 1960’s, so keep you fingers crossed that we don’t lose power!
But what could be better on a rainy day than looking at some brand-new patterns!
Maybe looking at some brand-new garter-stitch patterns? I don’t think anything says “cozy up inside” better than a hot cup of tea and a book full of garter stitch coziness.
Introducing: Garter Ridge, a new collection by Knit Picks, featuring a pattern from yours truly.This is probably the sweater that I wear the most. I love my Carkeek Park Pullover. It’s super comfy, surprisingly warm and soft. And, it’s knit with DK-weight yarn, so it’s not bulky (in other words, I can wear it under a jacket or, if it’s really chilly, with another sweater on top… I get cold sometimes),I love the bands of multi-color garter at the hems and yoke. It’s so fun to order lots of each color and watch how they blend together as you knit them up. My prototype was knit in shades of green and brown, but I’d love to see Carkeek Pullovers in every color of the rainbow!But my sweater isn’t the only gorgeous pattern in this collection!
I think I might make the Helianthus Shawl. It’s just so pretty, and Preciosa yarn is so fluffy and warm, that you know it’ll even manage to keep me warm.And that cover sweater! I know the last thing I need is another oversized cardigan. But I think I need the Nineveh Cardigan. I love the weird modern shape, and the tiny sleeve detail in the contrasting color- to die for!There are a ton of other gorgeous patterns in this collection. You definitely want to get yourself a copy!
Want to try your luck and win a free copy? Comment below with your favorite rainy-day knitting! I’ll hold the drawing next Friday (rain or shine)!
Last week I did my first try at writing up the Tea Cozy pattern.
This week I did a bunch of knitting (and proofreading)!
Remember that math I did last week? I determined that I needed about 120 sts around the belly of the pot. I could just cast on 120 sts, but I want the ribbing at the bottom to be a little tighter. I think it’ll look better that way.
I figured if I want to increase about 1 st per 8, that should give me the result I’m looking for- just a little tighter, without any weird puckering. So, a little more math, a bit of estimation, and I’ll cast on 106 sts.
I worked a p2 (k2p2) rib for a generous half inch (5 rows), then worked an increase row to get me up to 120 sts.
Then it was colorwork time! Hoo boy, did I underestimate the amount of ends I would be generating! So many stripes, so many color changes. Oops! At least it looks pretty.
Also, I want to bring your attention to a detail I’m really proud of. Look at the edge of the handle hole (I really need a better word for that):See the brown edge? I made a little mini-skein of brown for each side, and used intarsia to work a few stitches of garter stitch to keep the ends from curling. I think it makes the tea cozy look really professional.
Now I just have to figure out how I want to make the hole for the spout… Hmm.
I made another pattern, you guys! It’s a silly little one, and I kind of love it.
Say hello to the Mini Knapsack!This tiny backpack is totally functional (if you’re about a foot tall). It has straps, a flap to keep the rain off your tiny books and a drawstring that keeps the whole thing closed.
It’s about the right size for an American Girl Doll, or something a little smaller.It works up pretty quickly in fingering-weight yarn (I used KnitPicks’ Palette, since I had some in the right colors), a perfect gift for a favorite school-aged doll-enthusiast.
I’ve got the gauge, I’ve got the stitch pattern, and I’ve got the design in my head. It’s time to start getting this pattern on paper.
I’ll start by measuring my teapot. 19″ around the fattest part, which, with some math, can give me my stitch count.
Then I’ll sketch out my design, adding in notes about all the details- where the increases will be, what stitch pattern to use, etc. I’m going to make this tea pot like a modified hat. So, I’ll start from the bottom and work up, but I’m going to knit flat (until I make it to the “crown”). That will make it easy to make the big hole for the handle; I’ll just sew up an inch or so at the hem, and voila! Tea cozy. (Or at least that’s the plan.)Then, starting with the cast on at the bottom, I write a first draft of the pattern, knowing that a bunch of it will be wrong. But that’s OK, that’s what first drafts are for!Then, I finalized the stitch pattern…
I totally used up most of the yarn I was planning on using (I got excited about another project and used up almost all the red and yellow and blue… oops!)Well, I’ve got lots of neutrals, so I guess this teapot will be more neutral than bright and colorful. Ooh! I can use neutrals for the stripes and colors for the dots. That should look cute!OK, now that everything’s set up and beautiful, it’s time to start knitting! (And time to start figuring out where all my mistakes are!)
I’ve re-done my pattern library for the first time since I started the blog three years ago. Instead of the terrible single column list of patterns, I now have multiple pages! Three columns! Standardized photo sizes! I’m very pleased with myself.
Check it out! If you hover over “Pattern Library” at the top of the page, you’ll see a drop-down list with all the pattern categories. (Fancy!)Or, if you click through, you can visit the Pattern Library Main Page. So many patterns! (I guess I’ve been busy the last few years.)So, please, take a minute to check out the new-and-improved pattern library (and tell me if you see any problems-I’m sure I messed it up somewhere). It was a shockingly large amount of work to get to look the way I wanted it. And, a big ol’ thank you to my husband for helping me with formatting- I certainly wouldn’t have figured out how to do columns on my own.
And! Don’t forget to sign up for both of my giveaways! I’ll be doing the drawing on Monday, so you’ve just got through the weekend!
That’s right, knitters! I’ve got another brand-spanking-new pattern, just for you!
(Actually it’s kind of 4 patterns in one! I know! Crazy!)
Last week, Knit Picks published another great collection, Knits for Everybody. It’s such a smart book- I know I’ll be keeping my copy close at hand.Knits for Everybody is a collection of four super simple patterns (hats, sweaters, socks and mittens), useful staples that everyone can use (and make customize, if that’s how you roll). But here’s the awesome part: They are literally for everybody. The sweater sizes go from a 3-month-old baby all the way up to a Men’s XXL. The hats fit everyone from a preemie to a big-headed adult (like me). And, my socks go from a 4″ foot circumference all the way up to a 10.5″ circumference.My sock pattern is a super simple knitted sock with a heel flap in literally every size. But here’s the cool part: You can follow the directions to knit from the top down (my favorite), or from the toe up (my second favorite), and end up with virtually the same sock. That way you can use whichever method feels right for you.And, I’ve provided two slightly different variations: Socks (knit in sock weight, with a long ribbed cuff) and Slippers (knit in super-squishy worsted with a shorter cuff).
Of course, you can jazz up these socks and slippers whatever way you like. Add stripes? Yes. Change the ribbing? Why not! Work some cables? Sure! You can customize these socks (or any other pattern in the book) with no problem for socks that are truly your own!Want to win a copy of Knits for Everybody? Tell me which pattern you would make, and who it would be for. Socks for your auntie? A hat for your nephew? A sweater just for you?