Monday, November 26, 2012

Miss Emma

Introducing the Emma hat.
I fell into love with this yarn when I saw it (it's Red Heart Collage in Tundra).  I've started things, frogged them, ripped them out, and started again more times than I could explain.  This wool called for something great.
Finally, I gave up.  I picked it yesterday and just started knitting.  Whatever came of it, came of it, and I promised I could not frog another project with this yarn.  And, well, this is what happened!
I'm kind of in love with this hat.  It actually might be more than love.  I'm even knitting another as we speak because my mom loved it so much she wants one!  You gotta love successful knitting projects!
This pattern features a twisted rib, with a double moss stitch stripe alternating with a stockinette stitch stripe.
So, here is the Emma hat.  I knit this in one afternoon, so it's perfect it add to your Christmas knitting list for a quick, last minute gift!  And then maybe make one for yourself... :)
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The Emma Hat




100 grams of any medium weight yarn.  I used Red Heart Collage.
5mm 8US 16" circlar needle (one)
5mm 8US double point needle (four)
Wool needle to darn in edges
Stitch marker
Cast on 74 sts.  Place marker, careful not to twist.
Knit 10 rows:   *K1 twisted (knit into the back of the stitch), P1* repeat to end of row.
Set up row: *K1, KFB (knit into front and back - this increases by one stitch)* to last two stitches, K2.
This will bring your total stitches to 110
Body Pattern
Row 1-2: *K1, P1* repeat to end of row.
Row 3-4: *P1, K1* repeat to end of row.
Row 5-6: *K1, P1* repeat to end of row.
Row 7-12: Knit all stitches
Knit body pattern twice.
Knit rows 1-9.
Row 1: *K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 2: *K2tog* repeat to last stitch, K1.
Row 3: *K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 4: *K2tog* repeat to end of row
Row 5: *K2tog* repeat to last stitch, K1.
Thread yarn those last four stitches.  Pull tight, and darn ends it.
And that's it!
You have your lovely Emma hat :)  Enjoy!
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Florence Crochet Cowl

Here you go…
Potentially the easiest thing to make ever. Hands down. And I can barely even crochet!

Introducing the Florence Cowl. Quick and easy, soft and comfy, warm and snuggly… everything you need for when the winter comes and the snow starts falling!

This is a really basic cowl made with chunky wool.  It’ll take you one evening to complete; that’s how quick and easy this is!  If you don’t know how to crochet, or you’re not very advanced in crocheting, I think this would be a great pattern to get your feet wet.  Take it from me… I am not in any way experienced in crochet!

What you will need…

Approx. 100 grams of Bernat Roving – I think this pattern works best with Roving, because it’s so soft and cozy, but you can use any kind of chunky you have.  I’ve made others in chunky wool and they’ve also turned out lovely J Also, the grams of wool you need will be directly affected by how tight you are crocheting.  I made one, and had to start a second 100g ball, but I made two more and didn’t even finish a 100g ball!

Wool darning needle

8.00mm L crochet hook
Chain 50

Join the two ends using a slip stitch, careful not to twist your chain.

Double crochet each stitch.

Repeat until you have 12 rows!  You can make them wider by chaining more initially, or make them taller by doing more rows!  I also found that the very last crochet I did, I made a single instead of a double, just so that there wasn’t just a row that ended abruptly.  I found that making a single crochet transitioned better.

If there are people reading this that have experience crocheting, any suggestions to make this pattern better are welcomed!  As I mentioned before, I am NOT experienced in crocheting, I just dabble in it a bit!  All of the technique used in this cowl was from knitting experience J
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Monday, November 5, 2012

Facebook group

Hello folks!!
So I may not have added my new pattern yesterday, but to be fair, I'm in the middle of studying for midterms and being a full time student/working part time/christmas knitting/creating a new Facebook group.  Not to mention I had every intention of taking pictures of the cowls (that's right, more cowls!) today, but the sun has already gone down.

So. Tomorrow.
I promise.
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hello everyone!!
New pattern coming today!
Here's a little hint... it's crochet, it's warm and cozy, and it takes no time whatsoever to whip one up!
Check back later today!
Did I mention it's free?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Salt Water House Socks

Wool socks!

I love them. My obsession with wool socks had a reluctant beginning. At first, I really couldn't stand knitting them. The fact that everyone else seemed to really love it was totally and completely boggling to me. Why would anyone want to knit such fussy little things, with annoying double points, and beyond skinny yarn? I'm a circular needle & chunky wool kinda girl. The bigger, the better.

But then... something changed.

I knit my ex a lovely pair of thick, chunky house socks.

And then everything made sense.

Socks can be chunky |:  

Since then, I've been experimenting with sock knitting. I still don't care for the whole double point thing, and I certainly don't knit any socks with itsy bitsy wool, but holy moly can they ever knit up fast! When you really put your mind to it, socks can be done as soon as they're started. 

But that's enough yabbering. On with the sock making. 

These socks are my first socks c:

Not the first socks I've knit - the first socks I've designed. What you get is a loose, slouchy, cozy pair of slipper socks perfect for wearing around the house when it's cool or to keep your toes toasty in bed.


Salt Sea House Socks

Designed by Winter Bird Knits

You will need...

- a medium weight yarn. I used Red Heart Super Saver in Aruba Sea. I'm not a huge fan of acrylics, but sadly, the only place I have to buy wool in my little Labrador town is a department store. Usually when I go out of town I stock up on lovely wools and alpacas but it doesn't really last long.

- 4.5mm double points

- wool needle for darning

- measuring tape

Using 4.5mm dpns, cast on 40 stitches. Join in the round, careful not to twist stitches.

Row 1-12: *K1 twisted, P1*

***K1 twisted simply means to knit into the back of the stitch. I really love the way a twisted rib looks. If you don't you can easily do a classic K1, P1 rib :) Whatever suits you!


Once you've finished knitting your rib, you will start knitting the pattern above the ankle. This pattern is a repeat of four rows. Simply repeat these four rows, ending with row four, until it's as long as you desire! You can make em short, you can make em medium, you can make em long! I did a bit of a shorter top, so they could be worn with skinny jeans or boots without being too bulky. Just because their house socks don't mean that they have to stay in the house :P
Row 1: Knit all
Row 2: *P1, K1*
Row 3: Knit all
Row 4: *K1, P1*
Easy or what?
Knit until it's the length you desire. You will then begin the heel. I chose a wrapped stitch heel that I recently came across that I just fell in love with. It might sound a smidge complicated when it's all wrote out, but trust me, it's easy and lovely and clean!
For the heel...
Divide the 40 sts into 20 & 20. Move first 20 sts onto one needle. These will be the stitches you use for the heel. Feel free to divide the other 20 sts amongst two needles or a stitch marker to make the knitting a bit more comfortable.  
Knit 19 sts. Move yarn to the front of the work as if you were going to purl. Slip the 20th stitch without working it. Turn work.  
When you turn your work, slip the first stitch. Purl one stitch. The stitch you slipped in now wrapped. You won't return to work this stitch until the second half of the heel.
Purl until you have one stitch left. Keep the yarn in the front of the front of the work as you have been while purling. Slip the last stitch, and turn your work. 
Slip the first stitch. Move your yarn to the back as if to knit. Knit 1. You have now wrapped another stitch! Continue knitting until you reach the last unwrapped stitch.  
Move yarn to the front as is to purl and slip stitch. You will have your first unwrapped stitch left on your needle. Turn work.  
Slip the first stitch. Purl until the last unwrapped stitch. Keep yarn in front and slip stitch. You will have your first unwrapped stitch left on your needle. Turn work.  
Continue in this manner until there are 7 wrapped stitches on either side and 6 unwrapped stitches in the middle.
Still with me? :)

Once you have 14 wrapped stitches total and 6 unwrapped, you will begin to reactivate these stitches.
Knit the 6 unwrapped stitches in the middle. You've come to the first wrapped stitch. To work this stitch, lift the yarn that wraps the stitch.
Knit both the stitch AND the wrapping together. Wrap the next stitch as described above. This stitch will have been wrapped twice. Turn work.
Purl until first wrapped stitch. Lift wrapping & knit together with stitch. Wrap the next stitch. Turn work.
Continue in this manner until you have you only have one stitch left on either end to knit together with wrapping, and there is none left to wrap. Knit to last stitch, lift wrapping and knit together with stitch. Turn work. Purl until last stitch. Lift wrapping and knit together with stitch.  
You will now have 20 active stitches and a turned heel!

Knit across the 20 heel stitches. Work row 1 of pattern across the top 20 stitches. Continue with a straight knit on the sole of the foot, and work the pattern on the top of the foot. Knit until the sock is the length you desire.
Decreasing for the toe...
Row 1: (Top of foot) K1, K2tog, continue pattern until last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
(Sole) K1, K2tog, continue is straight knit until last 3 stitches, K2tog, K1
Row 2: (Top of foot) K2tog, knit in pattern until last 2 stitches, K2tog
(Sole) Knit all.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have 18 stitches left. Finish by threading yarn through live stitches and darning in the end. Enjoy your new socks!!
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

So, I'm trying my hand on designing. And boy, is it discouraging.
Yes, I can design and knit a scarf or a cowl (who can't? They're so easy) but what I really want to design are garmets. And I just can't get a hang of it. I do gauge swatches, and somehow the garmet grows and grows and grows. When things do look like they're going to work out, I run out of wool. I'm knitting this totally gorgeous vest and I'm running out of wool!! Too soon! That's what I get for just knitting something with stash yarn. Ugggh...
How do you keep going and not want to give up? 'Cause right about now I'm so ready to give up.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Double Chunky Cowl Recipe

The Double Chunky Cowl... it knits up in no time and is so warm and cozy! Perfect for outside in the cold, or snuggling down inside, under a blanket.
I call this a recipe more then a pattern, because you can make your own out of any wool, on any needles, to any size! 
The Double Chunky Cowl features a double moss stitch pattern knit with two strands of contrasting chunky wool. It's knit flat, and knit up in only a couple hours! Nothing to it at all :) 

You can find it on Ravelry

Like I said, you can do this with any materials you want (as long as you get the gauge), but I'll let you in on what I used! 

  • US 19 15mm straight needles 
  • I had some Bernat Chunky wool laying around in balls left over from a few other projects. I have no idea how many grams I used to make this, but if I were to guess, about 50 to 75 (I think) of EACH colour! This pattern is double stranded, which used TWO strands of yarn, one from each colour! 
  • GAUGE: 2 inches (height) by 2 inches (width) = 5 by 4 stitches in double moss stitch 
  • The final measurements will be 12 inches wide, 25 inches long 

CAST ON 25 sts

Row 1: K1, P1 repeat to end of row 
Row 2: Knit as appears (knit where you have knits, purl where you have purls)
Row 3: Purl where you have knits, knit where you have purls 
Row 4: Knit as appears (knit where you have knits, purl where you have purls)

Continue in this pattern (knitting as appears for two rows, then switching for the next two) until the cowl reaches 25 inches or desired length. Cast on, and sew edges together. 

And that's it! Easy, painless, and easily changed to suit your wool and needles.

Have fun! 

(Here's a close up of the pattern, and how the cowl looks flat)

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