Sunday, 19 November 2017

Knitting Knotes - Vienna Christmas Market Hat

I'm off to Vienna Christmas Market next week with a group of lovely ladies. My cousin, who is one of the ladies, jokingly asked me to make her hat to wear. I found a ball of cream Stylecraft Aran in my stash, bought a cream pompom key chain for a £1 at my local garden centre and here it is.



I made it up as I went - so here are the instructions.

Abbreviations

C2FP - Put 2 sts on cable needle, hold at front, purl 2, knit 2 from cable needle.
C2BP - Put 2 sts on cable needle, hold at back, knit 2, purl 2 from cable needle.
C2F - Put 2 sts on cable needle, hold at front, knit 2, knit 2 from cable needle.

Using 4.5 mm (circular or dpns) cast on 92 stitches and knit 26 rows 2x2 rib.
Row 27 - increase to 126 stitches.

Change to 5mm (dpns or circular)

Set up row - Knit 5, Purl 8, Knit 5 - repeat to end.

Row 1 - Knit 3 C2FP, Purl 4, C2BP, Knit 3 - repeat to end.
Row 2 as set (knit the knit sts and purl the purl sts).
Row 3 - Knit 3, Purl 2, C2FP, C2BP, Purl 2, Knit 3 - repeat to end.
Row 4 as set.
Row 5 - Knit 3, Purl 4, C2F, Purl 4, Knit 3 - repeat to end.
Row 6 - as set.
Row 7 - Knit 3, Purl 2, C2BP, C2FP, Purl 2, Knit 3 - repeat to end.
Row 8 - as set.
Row 9 - Knit 3, C2BP, Purl 2, C2FP, Purl 2, Knit 3 - repeat to end.
Row 10 as set.

Work rows 1 to 10 three times, then work and complete row 7, begin decrease on row 8.

Decrease for crown - keeping pattern going (I think this is what I did but I didn't make notes).

Row 8 - Knit 3 - Purl 2 tog - Purl 1 - Knit 2 - Purl 2 - Knit 2 - Purl 1 - Purl 2 tog - Knit 3
Row 9 - work as above but only moving 1 purl st to back or front.
Row 10 - decreases are each end of the Knit 6 panel - so the panel becomes Knit 4.
Row 1 - Work pattern where possible.
Row 2 - decreases are each end of the Knit 4 panel - so this panel becomes Knit 2.
Row 3 - Work pattern where possible.
Row 4 - Decreases are Knit 2 tog in the Knit 2 panel.
Row 5 - Work pattern where possible.
Row 6 -  Decrease in the Knit 4 cable bit by Knit 2 tog. Knit 2 tog.

Not sure about this bit -

Row 7 - Purl 3 tog, Knit 2 from the cable pattern.
Row 8 - Knit 2 tog all round.

Cut yarn and thread through stitches - attach pompom.

I have linked this post to the winter link party Thistlebear.

Here is the hat in Vienna.



Sunday, 12 November 2017

Knitting Knotes - Retro Denim


Yarn: 6 balls 50g - Drops Melody
Needles: rib 6mm, body 7mm

Pattern: Changed from old 80s Tootal Pattern to Drops Design 16-17 old pattern was not flattering on me. 



I omitted the moss stitch though and changed the neck, because I'll wear it with a roll neck.

Back

70sts 2x2 27 rows
inc to 86 sts on row 28.

Set cable pattern (16 rows) - stocking stitch 31, pattern 24, stocking stitch 31.*

At 64 cm on row 6 - divide 26, 34, 26
Dec 1 st at neck edge  on next row.
Work to row 11 - cast off.

Match other side and put middle 34 on a holder. 

Front

Work to *
At 62 com on a row 12 divide for neck - 29, 28, 29

Dec at neck edge on alt rows x 4.
At 66 cm - row 11 - cast off. 

Sleeves

Rib = 34 sts12 rows 2x2
Change to stocking stitch
Increase 1 st each end of 3rd row = 36 sts
Inc 1 st each end of 4th row x 3 = 42 sts
Inc 1 st each end of 6th row x 7 = 56 sts
Knit 2 rows 
Cast off

Neck

Front pick up 10, 28, 10
Back pick up 4, 34, 4

Knit 12 rows 2x2
Cast off loosely. 



Monday, 23 October 2017

Knitting Knotes - Celtic Beanie


Using the pattern Oxenhope I made this bigger by adding another pattern repeat, I also wanted a fold over 2x2 cuff - but I didn't have enough yarn. So the rib was 14 rows 2x2.

I used 4.5mm for the rib and 5mm for the body.

The yarn was Tivoli Celtic Aran - bought in Dublin.


Here it is in use in Vienna.


Knitting Knotes - Silky Cables





Yarn: Stylecraft Malabar Aran 800g
Pattern: adapted from chunky to aran from Cosy Cables by Jane Ellison



Front

Cast on 106 on 4.5mm
Rib 2x2
Increase to 128 on last rib row

Change to 5mm

Pattern set up:

13sts reverse stocking stitch /10sts pattern/13rss/10patt/13rss/10patt/13rss/10patt/13rss/10patt/13rss

Pattern to 44cm

Shape armholes
Cast off 6sts at beg of next 2 rows - 116sts
Decrease 1 st each end of next 6 rows - 104sts
Work 7 rows decrease 1 st each end of alternate rows - 96sts***

Work until armhole measures 14cm (57cm in total)

Divide for neck
39 18 39

Work one side at a time.
Work 1 row
Work 6 rows decrease 1st at neck edge.
Work 4 rows decrease 1st at neck edge on alt rows.
Work 9 rows decrease 1st at neck edge on 4th rows.

Knit until armhole = 26cm

Back

Knit to ***

Work until armhole measures  24cm.

Divide for neck
33 30 33

Work one side at a time.
Work 1 row
Decrease 1st at neck edge on next 4 rows (29 rows)

Neck

4.5mm
Back neck - 6/30/6
Front neck - 30/18/30

K2 P2 rib
Work 2 rounds
Dec 1st either side of shoulder
Work 27 rows
 

Sleeves

4.5mm
2x2 rib
40sts 11rows
Increase to 58sts
Increase 1st each end of 7th rows to 74sts.
Knit 1 row 
Decrease 6sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Decrease 1st each end of next 4 rows.
Work 28 rows decrease 1st each of alternate rows - 26sts.
Work 6 rows dec 1st each end of every row.
Cast off 4 sts at beg of next 2 rows.
Cast off



This jumper came up massive but I love it.
If I did it again I'd start the row with the cables and miss off the two reverse stocking stitch panels.



Saturday, 23 September 2017

Crochet Notes - Milky Buttons Bag





Cream Cotton DK
Black DK
3.75mm hook
Black retail bag.

I used the Pinwheel Circle for the front and back - making 18 of them (adding a round of trebles) and Circle into Square for the sides making 12 (also adding a round of trebles) - these were from Crocheted Granny Squares.



I sewed these altogether (doing a round of trebles around the nine pinwheel circles) and made the bag shape.


Then crocheted around the top with two rounds of trebles and a round of double crochets in the contrast colour.


Then I sewed the bag to the crochet, having turned the bag inside out.



Finally an autumnal flower picture to finish.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Crochet Notes - Tiny Tokyo Tote Bag





Yarn: oddments of aran yarn
Hook: 4mm
Bag: canvas tote bag - the type given away free at conferences and open days.

Like most knitters and crocheters I like to take a little project with me on holiday, and this year I decided to take a little tote bag project. I went to Japan and our first hotel was rather on the tiny side in Tokyo, as that was where I started the bag I decided to call it the Tiny Tokyo Tote Bag.



I took this rather interesting square pattern with me from Crochet Now and just made it up I as I went along.

I made 4 of the large squares (2 for each side) and then made another 16 squares (8 for each side) which were just rounds 1 and 2 followed by a round of half trebles.

Once each side was sewed together I did a round of half trebles, then 2 rounds of trebles.
I crocheted the 2 sides together and sewed the little tote bag inside - then all I had to do was block.
The bag does look a little Japanese, so may be I was influenced by my surroundings.





I also recently finished the most comfortable slouchy socks.

I used The March Hare fingering superwash merino and pattern called Andie.


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Crochet Notes - Mandala and Bunting


My friend wanted me to help her decorate her new textiles classroom, she asked for crocheted bunting in blues, pinks and purples and a rainbow mandala - I think I've fulfilled the brief. I;m leaving her to string the granny triangles. 






I used double knit oddments.
The granny triangles were from Yuletide and the mandala was Crochet Mandala.

Knitting Knotes - Vienna Christmas Market Hat

I'm off to Vienna Christmas Market next week with a group of lovely ladies. My cousin, who is one of the ladies, jokingly asked me to m...