Sunday, February 22, 2015

Free Knitting Pattern! A Minion Hat

Minion Hat!

I made this for a friend.  The baby was born premature at just 2 pounds.  He is still very tiny at 4 months, I fear this will be too big for a while.  Otherwise I would say this would fit a 4-6 month old.
This was a "fly by the seat of my pants" pattern.  This is probably the most informal I have ever written a pattern - if you are a seasoned knitter then you'll have no problem figuring this out.  Here is what I did.

Using #8 DPNs, I cast on 64 stitches in royal blue
I worked a 1x1 ribbing for 8 rounds.

Using yellow yarn next, I knit 12 rounds.

Using black yarn, I knit one round, purled one round, knit 4 rounds, purled one round, knit one round.  (8 rounds total of black yarn).

Using yellow yarn, I knit two rounds. 
Next round, k7, k2tog, repeat around to last st, k1.
Knit one round.
K6, k2tog, repeat around to last st, k1.
Knit one round.
Cont. decreasing with one less between the k2tog followed by a knit round, until you work k2, k2tog,... etc.  do not work the knit round afterward. 
Instead work k1, k2tog, repeat around until last st, k1.
Now work k2tog across to last st, k1.
Cut yarn, thread yarn tail thru remaining sts and cinch up to gather.  Secure and weave in end.

I hope I can remember to tell how I did the eyeball.  Using #7 DPNs I cast on with a provisional cast on of 4 sts, then I Icord knit for the length I wanted to make a circle (the size of the eyeball).  Once I got the length I wanted I grafted the ends together.  Then Using DPNs I picked up 36 sts around the eyecord using white yarn.  I did about 4 rows making decreases to reduce the size of the circle as I went.  Then I tied on brown yarn and worked 3 rows decreasing as I went until I had only 5 sts left, I cut yarn, threaded the tail thru the remaining stitches and cinched up to gather.
I sewed a black button in the center of the brown area. 
When I was done I didn't like the broken edge look of the brown against the white, I wanted it to look more circular so I used a crochet hook and did a chain stitch around the brown. 

Anyhoo, thats how I made mine.  I see a lot of folks crochet the eyeball which would be simple enough, I just preferred the knit look myself.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Free Knitting Pattern! Ridgley Mittens

Fun and different!
Level of difficulty: Intermediate

You will need to be acquainted with W&T, picking up wraps, and 3-needle bind off.
These mittens are knit flat, sideways, using short rows to shape. To finish off you do not need to sew, but will use a 3-needle bind off.
These are both “knit flat”, and “knit in the round” the mitten is knit flat on size 7 needles, the thumbs are knit in the round on size 6 DPNs.
These can be made in one solid color or 2 color stripes.  The garter stitch makes these very squooshy and comfy.
To Download, Print, or save this pattern scroll down just above the last picture and see the link to click on.

Sizes are for Women, Sm, Med, Lg.

Gauge: 18 1/2 sts & 40 rows per 4" in garter stitch.  It is important
to gauge as worsted weight yarn varies SO much in thickness and you want to ensure a proper fitting mitten.

Worsted weight yarn approx. 120-140 yds.
Size 7 (4.5mm) knitting needles
1 extra knitting needle either in size 7 (4.5mm) or a
size or two smaller.
Size 6 DPNs for the thumb
Stitch marker or pc of contrast color yarn to mark right side.
K = Knit            
P = Purl               
Stst = stockinette stitch
CO = cast on    
BO = Bind off      
W&T Wrap and turn  
RS =right side   
yb = yarn back  
k2tog = knit 2 together 
sl = slip             
yf = yarn forward
Rep = Repeat    
wyib = with yarn in back    
ssk = slip, slip, knit them togeteher (a left lean decrease)

Video showing how to do the 3-needle bind off: 
Video showing how to do the W&T:

Using long tail cast on, CO 44(46,48) sts, leave a 6” or so tail to gather mitten top at the end.  *you may also use a provisional cast on it you prefer (at the end you will pick up stitches to perform a 3-needle bind off).
-->  1.     Knit. 
*if using 2 colors for these mittens, you would need to tie on new color now.  You will work each color for 2 rows.  W&T’s count as 2 rows.
2.     Picking up wrap as you go, K38(39,40) W&T, K38(39,40).
3.     Picking up wrap as you go, K39(40,41), W&T, K39(40,41).
4.     Picking up wrap as you go, K40(41,42), W&T, K40(41,42).
5.     Picking up wrap as you go, K41(42,43), W&T, K41(42,43).
6.     Picking up wrap as you go, K42(43,44), W&T, K42(43,44).
7.     Picking up wrap as you go, K43(44,45), W&T, K43(44,45).

Sm Size Only: Proceed to row 8.

Med size only:
Picking up wrap as you go, K45, W&T, K45.
Proceed to row 8.

Lg Size Only: 
Picking up wrap as you go, K46, W&T, K46. 
Picking up wrap as you go, K47, W&T, K47.       

  8. Knit across picking up the last wrap.  *Please tie a contrast color piece of yarn or use a marker to  mark this side as your right side.  You will need to know it later.
       9.  Knit Across.  
10.     K43(45,47), W&T, K43(45,47).
11.     K42(44,46), W&T, K42(44,46).
12.     K41(43,45), W&T, K41(43,45).
13.     K40(42,44), W&T, K40(42,44).
14.     K39(41,43), W&T, K39(41,43).
15.     K38(40,42), W&T, K38(40,42).

Sm Size Only: Proceed to row 16 .

Med Size Only:
K39, W&T, k39.
Proceed to row 16.

Lg Size Only:
K(41) W&T, K(41).
K(40), W&T, K(40).

16.     K13(15,16), * wyib, sl-1, yf, slip that stich back to the left hand needle, yb, sl same st to right needle again**, bind off next 8(9,9) sts, rep from * to **,         knit remaining sts picking up wraps as you go. 
17. K22(21,22) sts, CO 8(9,9) sts, knit remaining sts  .
18. Rep rows 2-8(8,8)
19. Knit.
20. Rep rows 10-15. (Sizes Med & Lg make sure you work the extra rows between 15 & 16).
21. Knit across, picking up the wraps.
22. The method I chose to close the “seam” was a 3-needle bind off, this will  
produce a ridge on the outside of the mitten.  You can, if you prefer, perform a grafted garter stitch (Kitchener) if you do not want the ridge.
 With RS facing out. starting at the cuff end, use extra knitting needle (I prefer a size or 2 smaller than the 7’s) and pick up 44(46,48) stitches on the original cast on edge.   Perform a 3-needle bind off, placing one edge to the other.  This will make the “seam” on the outside –this is correct.
Now it won’t be against your skin and it looks good because it matches the garter stitch pretty well.  Cut yarn, secure and weave in end.  These mittens will look narrow, but don't fear, they have a lot of stretch!

Close the top of the mitten:
Using the yarn tail at the top of the mitten, thread through darning needle, weave in and out around the top of the mitten, pull to gather.  Secure and cut yarn.  Weave in end.

You will now use your Size 6 DPNs.
Tie on yarn at the bottom (cuff side) of the thumbhole.  Pick up 8(9,9) sts on each side of the thumbhole.  16(18,18) sts.
1.     Knit
2.     K1, k2tog, k to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.   14(16, 16) sts.
3.     Rep last 2 rnds 0(1,1) times.  14(14,14) sts.
4.     Knit until thumb measures 2 ¼ ”(2 ½ “) from where sts were picked up.
5.      *K2tog, rep from * to end of rnd. 7(7,7) sts.
6.     Knit.
7.     Cut yarn leaving about 6” of tail, use darning needle, thread yarn through needle and then thread through all remaining stitches.  Remove needles, cinch/gather all stitches to close the top of the thumb.  Secure and weave in yarn end.

If you’re a member of Ravelry, I hope you’ll post your mitten project so we can all see. 
Happy Knitting!


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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Cats Paw Scarf - Free Knitting Pattern!

©2014 Kris Basta

I love this scarf!  Light, airy, and pretty.  This works up fairly quickly with an 8 row pattern repeat.  If you would like to Download, view, or print this pattern, scroll down past the photos and there is a link to click on that will give you the pattern. 

Materials & Tools:
Sock yarn, 300 yds
#9 needle  (I use a circular needle because it is better to hold the large number of stitches) but you can use 2 straight needles if that is your preference.

Gauge: Mine was 4.25 sts per inch in stockinette st. 

K = knit                       Beg = beginning           sts = stitches
P= purl                        Rep = repeat                 K2tog = knit 2 together
CO = cast on               K2togtbl = knit 2 together through the back loop
yo = yarn over             k3tog = knit three together

References:  Casting on at the beginning of the row (knitted cast on):

CO 9 sts.

Now work these set up rows:
Knit 3 rows
Purl one row

Now work these rows:
1.     CO 5 sts at beg of the row (see reference link above, do not use a different cast on or it will not look as tidy on the edges), k7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2.     [14 sts]
2.     CO5 sts at beg of the row, k5, p to last 5 sts, k5.  [19 sts]
3.     K6, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k6.
4.     K5, p to last 5 sts, k5.
5.     K8, yo, k3tog, yo, k8.
6.     K5, p to last 5 sts, k5.
7.     CO9, Knit across. [28 sts]
8.     CO9, K5, p to last 5 sts, k5. [37 sts]

Now work pattern rows:

1.     K5, *k2, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2, rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
2.     K5, p to last 5 sts, k5.
3.     K5, *k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k1, rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
4.     K5, p to last 5 sts, k5.
5.     K5, *k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k3, rep from * to last 5 sts, k5.
6.     K5, p to last 5 sts, k5.
7.     CO9, knit across.  [46 sts]
8.     CO9, k5, p to last 5 sts, k5. [55 sts]

Repeat rows 1-8 of pattern rows over and over until you have 199 sts. 
Work pattern rows 1-6.
Knit 4 rows (do not cast on at beg of rows).
Bind off.
My finished scarf (lightly blocked) measured 60"L x 14"W.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crochet Slouchy Hat - Easy 'n Fast! Free Pattern

Materials & Tools:

Super Bulky/Chunky yarn - 93-100 yds
Size N (9mm) crochet hook

Gauge: 2.5 sc's per inch


1. ch3, join w/ slst in 1st chain.
2.  sc 10 in rnd.
3.  2 sc in ea sc around, join with a slst in the top of the 1st sc.  [20 sc's]
4.  2 sc in ea sc around, join with a slst in the top of the 1st sc.  [40 sc's]
5.  sc 19, 2 sc in next sc, sc 20, join round with a slst in top of 1st sc. [41 scs]

*the rest of the hat will be made with sc's done in the back loop only.

6. Now you can continue to sc in the back loop only of every sc.  You do not need to join at the end of each round you can simply just keep working round and round until the length you like.  I like to make my slouchy hats to measure between 11 - 12" from top to bottom.

Once you've reached the length you like make your last st a slst into the next sc.
Tie off/weave in ends.

This hat is reversible, you can either wear it on the ribby looking side...

or the bumpy looking side.

Using Hobby Lobby's "I love this chunky" (off white hat) I used 100 yds.
Using Hobby Lobby's "Whimsy Bulky" (multi colored) I used the whole skein - 93 yds.
* on this hat I had to add a few more scs as it was not quite as thick as the off-white one.  I used 44 sc's for this, so on row 5 instead of increasing 1 sc, I increased 4 sc's.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knitted Towel Topper - Free Pattern!

Knitted Towel Topper
By Kris Basta

I had a of couple people ask me for these and decided to make a batch of them to take to a craft show in December.  I just made up a pattern that I liked the look of and was fast.  I bought 5 towels at a Dollar store, in retrospect they are pretty flimsy, next time I'll buy a better quality towel.  Anyhoo, here is the pattern, if you want to download and print it you can scroll all the way down past the pictures to the bottom, you'll see a link to click on which will take you to the pdf file. 

Worsted/Aran weight cotton yarn such as Peaches 'n Cream - approx. 24 yds.
Size 8 knitting needles
Darning needle

k2tog = knit 2 together 
ssk = slip, slip, knit
WS = wrong side
BO = bind off

Rep = repeat

K = knit

P = Purl
sts = stitches

Video References:

One row buttonhole:

Before starting to knit you must have a prepared dishtowel.  I start by purchasing a dishtowel, cut it in half and hem the cut edge at about 1/4".  I hem mine on the sewing machine.  You will be able to make 2 of these from 1 purchased towel.
Now you must make a foundation row of stitches using your yarn.  There are several ways to do this, my preferred method is simply to make a running stitch across the towel like this:

Stitching just below the hem (as close as you can get) I like to make the stitches no more than 1/8” in length.  I thread my darning needle with the yarn still attached to the skein/ball, I pull out enough length that I think it will take to make the running stitches across, with towel’s right side facing, I make my running stitches.  I shoot for a stitch count of 31 – 34.  It doesn’t matter if you have an even number or an odd number at this point.

Once you have made your running stitches, remove the darning needle.  Make a tight knot at the end that your darning needle ended at.  (The other end is the attached skein end).

With right side facing and working on the skein end, pick up and knit each stitch until you’ve worked them all – you will now be at the knotted end.

NEXT:  (WS) Knit the next row making some decreases, you will want to make decreases in this row to end with 30 stitches.  Examples:  if you had 31 running stitches you will want to decrease 1 stitch in the middle of the row.  If you had 33 stitches you would decrease 3 stitches evenly across the row, and so forth.

Now it’s easy peasy from here, working on 30 sts:

1-3. Knit 3 rows. 
4.  Purl 
5.  (RS) K1, k2tog, k across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.  (28 sts) 
6.  (WS) Purl 
7-24.  Rep rows 5 & 6 until you have 10 sts remaining. 
25. Knit 
26. Purl 
27. Purl  *(you are now working in reverse stockinette, what was once your knit side will now be your purl side, what was once your purl side will now be a knit side.  This will make a nice folding edge.) 
28. Knit 
29. Purl 
30-33. Rep rows 28 & 29 2x more.

34.  K4, -MAKE BUTTONHOLE-, knit to end of row.  ….I make a one-row buttonhole (see video how-to  here: )  but you can certainly use any method buttonhole you like.  I use only a 2-stitch buttonhole whereas on the video she demonstrates it with a 3-stitch buttonhole.
35. Purl 
36. K1, k2tog, k across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1. (8 sts) 
37. Purl 
38. K1, k2tog, k across to last 3 sts, ssk, k1.  (6 sts) 
39.  Knit.  (this is correct, I know you were expecting to purl this row, but this will make your edge roll less).

40. BO knitwise.

Cut yarn, weave in ends.  Fold buttonhole flap over to right side, mark where your button will be sewn on, sew button in place.

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