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?