Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Totem Scarf - Free Knitting Pattern!

©2014 Kris Basta

I love this totem stitch and I wanted to see if I could use it in a scarf with my favorite shaping - worked from the bottom up and casting on stitches as you go to extend the width of the scarf.  I LOVE it!  I especially love the way this yarn worked up ("Polo" by Zitron - 60% cotton/40% Acrylic), it is nice and soft and drapey.  I highly recommend a cotton blend for this pattern.  Yarn is labeled as worsted weight but I would call it light worsted.
To download the pattern to your computer, scroll past the photos at the bottom and you will see the link that you can click on to download.  Happy knitting!

Tools & Materials:

1 circular needle, U.S. size 10  (circular is used to accommodate the large number of stitches that you will work with).
320 yds of worsted weight yarn

Gauge: 4 sts = 1" in stockinette



References:

1. Cast on at beginning of the row, otherwise known as knitted cast-on.  Tutorial video here:
  
2. ssk (slip, slip, knit), here is a tutorial showing how to do this:

Abbreviations:
K = knit                                              yo = yarn over                     
P = purl                                              st = stitch K2tog = knit 2 tog
CO = cast on                                     Rep = repeat
ssk = slip, slip, knit  (*slips are made knitwise)

DIRECTIONS:  CO 18 sts.

Set up rows:
1.  Knit

2.  (Wrong Side): K2, p14, k2.

3.  K1, p1, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k3, p1, k1.

4.  K2, p14, k2.

5.  k1, p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k2, p1, k1.

6.  CO16 sts (*make sure you use the type of cast on at beg of row as referenced above.  Use this type of cast on throughout the pattern), k1, p6, k4, p5, k1, *K1, p14, k1, rep from * to last st, k1.

7.  CO16 sts, k6, p4, k6, p1, *P1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, p4, k2, yo, ssk, k1, p1, rep from * to      last st, k1.

8.  K1, *k1, p5, k4, p5, k1, rep from * to last st, k1.

9.  K1, *p1, k2tog, yo, k3, p4, k3, yo, ssk, p1, rep from * to last st, k1.
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Now begin pattern rows:
1. (Wrong Side): K1, *k1 p14, k1.  Rep from *  to last st, k1.

2.  K1, *p1, k3, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k3, p1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

3.  K1, *k1, p14, k1.  Rep from *  to last st, k1.

4.  K1, *p1, k2, k2tog, yo, k6, yo, ssk, k2, p1.  Rep from * across to last st, k1.

5.  CO16 sts, k1, p6, k4, p5, k1, *K1, p14, k1, rep from * across to last st, k1.

6.  CO16 sts, k6, p4, k6, p1, *p1, k1, k2tog, yo, k2, p4, k2, yo, ssk, k1, p1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

7.  K1, *k1, p5, k4, p5, k1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

8.  K1, *p1, k2tog, yo, k3, p4, k3, yo, ssk, p1.  Rep from * to last st, k1.

Work these 8 pattern rows until you have 240 sts total and have worked through row 8.

Work rows 1-4 of pattern rows

Knit 2 rows.
Bind off.








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Monday, April 14, 2014

Crocodilly Mocs for Women - Free Pattern!


These fun moc style slippers have an added touch to the cuff. I’ve always liked the crochet version of the crocodile stitch, although this is not quite the same, it still offers a nice reptillian texture.Pattern calls for chunky yarn but you can use (I did) Dbl strands of worsted to get the same gauge. One word of caution, please take a look at the crocodile stitch video first so that you understand the stitches, as using double strands makes it a little harder to see them. (not too hard though). :)
A video reference is included so you can learn the crocodile stitch.
These knit up super fast! If you need a quick gift this is it.
I would rate this pattern between easy-intermediate.  Check my other postings, I have posted a version of this for newborns as well.
To download, view or print this pattern, scroll down past the pictures and click on the link.
Enjoy!


Materials:  
Chunky yarn (you can use 2 strands of worsted tog. But make sure you watch the crocodile stitch video so that you fully understand it – dbl strands make it harder to see your stitches but not that big of a deal).
Sole:  92(100, 114) yds
Slipper body: 92(110, 124) yds
Cuff:  58(68, 68) yds

U.S. Size 9 (5.5mm) needles

Sizes: Sm (6-7.5), M/L (8-9), XL (9.5-10.5)
Gauge: 14 sts = 4” in Stockinette 


Abbreviations:
  • k = knit
  • p = purl
  • yo = yarn over
  • sl1 = slip one
  •  PSSO = pass slipped stitch over
  • p2tog = purl 2 together
  • k2tog = knit 2 tog
  • ssk = slip, slip, knit
  • wyif = with yarn in front
  • wyib = with yarn in back
  • yon = yarn over needle (same as yarn around needle)
  • WS = wrong side
  • RS = right side
  • PM = place marker

Starting with Sole:

Using sole color, Cast on 47(50,52) sts using a long-tail method.


Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K1, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k1(2,2), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k1. [51(54,56) sts]

Row 3 and all odd rows: Knit.  *knit the yo’s through the back of the loop. 
Row 4: K2, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k3(4,4), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k2.  [55(58,60)sts]

Row 6: K3, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k5(6,6), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k3.  [59(62,64)sts]
Row 8: K4, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k7(8,8), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k4. [63(66,68) sts]

Row 10: K5, yo, k22(23,24), yo, k9(10,10), yo, k22(23,24), yo, k5.  [67(70,72)sts]

Row 12: Size Sm ONLY: k6, yo, k22, yo, k11, yo, k22, yo, k6. [71sts]

Row 12: Sizes M/L & XL ONLY: K6, yo, k(23,24), yo, k6, yo, k6, yo, (k23,24), yo, k6.  [75,77 sts]
Row 13: Sizes Sm & M/L proceed to #1 of foot.  Size XL: Knit one row.
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FOOT 
Change color now if making foot different color than sole.
Row 1: Size Sm ONLY:  (RS) Knitting all yo’s thru the back of the loop, k34, k2tog, k35.  [70 sts]

Row 1: Size M/L ONLY: (RS) K across (knit the yo’s through the back of the loop).
Row 1: Size XL ONLY: (RS) Knit

Row 2: (WS) P31(33,34), PM, p8(9,9), PM, p31(33,34).

Row 3: K24(26,27), ssk 2x, k3tog, k8(9,9), sl1, k2tog, psso, k2tog 2x, k24(26,27). [62(67,69)sts)
Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K20(22,23), ssk 2x, k3tog, k8(9,9), sl1, k2tog, psso, k2tog 2x, k20(22,23). 54(59,61)sts]
Row 6: Purl.

Row 7: K31(34,35), ssk,
turn.    [53(58,60) sts]

Row 8: Sl1, p8(9,9), p2tog,
turn.   [52(57,59) sts]
Row 9: Sl1, k8(9,9), ssk, turn.
  [51(56,58) sts]
Row 10: Sl1, p8(9,9), p2tog, turn.  [50(55,57) sts]
Rows 11-26: Repeat rows 9 & 10.   [34(39,41)sts]

Row 27: (RS) Sl1, k8(9,9), ssk, DON’T TURN, k11(13,14).   [33(38,40)sts]
Row 28: P20(23,24), p2tog, p11(13,14).  [32(37,39) sts]

Row 29: Removing markers as you come to them, knit one row.

Row 30: Size Sm ONLY: P1, p2tog, p to last 3 sts, p2tog, p1.  [30 sts].
Row 30: Sizes M/L & XL ONLY:  P1, p2tog, p2tog, p across to last 5 sts, p2tog, p2tog, p1 [33, 35sts]

Row 31:  Knit.

Row 32:  Purl.

Row 33: Size Sm ONLY: P1, k1, repeat across.  *NOTE, if changing color for cuff, please change on the last stitch of this row, knitting that last stitch in your new color.

Row 33: Size M/L ONLY: [p1, k1] 8x, p2tog, k1, [p1, k1] to end.   (32,34 sts) *NOTE, if changing color for cuff, please change on the last stitch of this row, knitting that last stitch in your new color.

 Row 33&34: Size XL ONLY: Repeat rows 31 & 32 once more.

 Row 35: Size XL ONLY: [p1, k1] 8x, p2tog, k1, [p1, k1] to end. (32,34 sts)  *NOTE, if changing color for cuff, please change on the last stitch of this row, knitting that last stitch in your new color.
 








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CUFF


Begin Crocodile Stitch for cuff.  To see/learn this stitch pattern see video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjHGYfMM5C4

Row 1: (WS) Sl1 wyib, then bring yarn to front, *sl1, yon, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 2: (RS) Sl1 wyib, then bring yarn to front, *p1, sl2, yon, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 3: (WS) Sl1 wyib, *k3tog, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 4: (RS) Sl1, wyib, *k1, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 5-12: repeat rows 1-4 twice more.
Row 13: (WS) Do not slip 1st st, Bind off in p1, k1.
Sew seam using single strand.  I turn the slipper inside out and seam using a simple whipstitch.  Take care to make your stitches small and close together for best results.



 
 
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Questions? feel free to email me: kris@kriskrafter.com
Comments? would love to hear your comments about the pattern and better yet, would love to see projects posted on Ravelry so we can see your work!





  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Crocodilly Mocs for Newborns - Free Pattern!

Crocodilly Mocs
I love the way the crochet version of the crocodile stitch looks, I wanted booties that had a similar crocodile type cuff but knitted.  Here it is.  Not quite as heavy in the texture but I really like it!
To Download or print the pattern, scroll down past the pictures on click on the link.

Materials & Tools

Worsted weight yarn approx. 105 yds.
U.S. Size 6 knitting needles

Gauge: 5 sts per inch.

Abbreviations:
K = knit
P = purl
k2tog = knit 2 together
p2tog = purl 2 together
sl 1 = slip one
psso = pass slipper stitch over
yo = yarn over
yon = yarn over needle
wyif = with yarn in front
wyib = with yarn in back
WS = wrong side
RS = right side

INSTRUCTIONS: Starting at the sole....

Using Long tail cast-on, cast on 23 stitches.
Row 1: K1, yo, k10, yo, k1, yo, k10, yo, k1.  [27 sts.]
Rows 2, 4, 6:  Knit (knit the yo's through the back of the stitch)
Row 3: K2, yo, k10, yo, k3, yo, k10, yo, k2.  [31 sts.]
Row 5: K3, yo,  k10, yo, k5, yo, k10, yo, k3. [35 sts.
]
 
Row 7: (RS) Knit
Row 8: (WS) Purl
Row 9: 
(RS) Knit
Row 10: 
(WS) Purl
Row 11: 
(RS) Knit
Row 12: 
(WS) Purl
Row 13: 
(RS) K19, sl 1, k2tog, PSSO, turn.
Row 14:
(WS) sl 1, p5, p3tog, turn.
Row 15:
(RS) sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1, PSSO, turn.
Row 16: 
(WS) sl 1, p5, p2tog, turn. 
Row 17: (RS) sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1, PSSO, turn.
Row 18: 
(WS) sl 1, p5, p2tog, turn.
Row 19: 
(RS) sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1, PSSO, turn.  
Row 20: (WS) sl 1, p5, p2tog, turn.
Row 21: 
(RS) sl 1, k5, sl 1, k1, PSSO, knit to last 4 sts, k2togtbl, k2.
Row 22:
(WS) P14, p2tog, purl to last 4 sts, p2tog, p2.
Row 23: (RS) [P1, k1] 4x, p2tog, k1, *p1, k1, rep fom * to end.  20 sts.

Begin Crocodile stitch for cuff.  To see/learn this stitch pattern see video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjHGYfMM5C4

Row 24: (WS) sl 1 wyib, then bring yarn to front, *sl 1, yon, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 25: (RS) sl 1 wyib, then bring yarn to front, *p1, sl 2, yon, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 26: (WS) sl 1 wyib, *k3tog, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 27: (RS) sl 1, wyib, *k1, p1, repeat from * to last st, k1. 
Row 28-31: repeat rows 24-27 once more.
Row 32: (WS) Bind off in p1, k1.  Cut yarn and leave 12” tail for seaming.

Sew Seam. 
*special thanks to Ravelry user Minky for letting me use her photo (below).








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Friday, March 28, 2014

Oil Pulling - I tried it!

This is my first non-craft related blog but wanted to report on something I have heard many people talking about lately, oil pulling.
Don't worry folks I'm still going to keep plugging away on free knitting patterns to post.  :)
 

So I read on facebook or somewhere about something called "Oil Pulling".  I ended up googling it and decided it was worth a try.  "Oil pulling or oil swishing is a traditional folk remedy where oil is swished or held in the mouth. Ayurvedic literature states oil pulling is capable of improving oral and systemic health, including a benefit in conditions such as headaches, migranes, diabetes mellitus, asthma, and acne, as well as whitening teeth."
Although I am very good at brushing my teeth, flossing, and using a water pik, I still end up with sore gums that bleed and my hygienist says I have early signs of periodontal disease.  Drives me crazy because I feel like I am doing all I can to maintain good dental health.  This is what drove me to try the oil pulling.
I am now on day 5 of swishing the oil around in my mouth, first thing in the morning for 15 - 20 minutes.  You are supposed to do this in the morning prior to eating, brushing teeth, or drinking.  At first it seemed like the time would never end and I was dying to get to my first cup of coffee.  Now I just turn on my computer, check my emails, facebook, etc., and the time seems to fly by.
Maybe I am imagining it but honestly my gums aren't as sore as usual and I'd swear my teeth are a tad bit whiter.  I started out using regular old Canola oil as that is what I had in the pantry.  Yesterday I ran to town and bought some Coconut oil which is supposed to be the best for oil pulling.  I bought this coconut oil from the GNC store in the mall:




Coconut oil is super thick and gummy, I had not known this prior to buying it.  I put a pot of water on low temperature on the stove and just let the jar sit in the water.  Once the coconut oil softened up and was soupier, I stirred it up real good.  It was then no problem to swish it around in my mouth - it also gets more liquid as you swish.  I like the coconut oil, it leaves a nice aftertaste even after I have thoroughly rinsed my mouth.   I will report back in a couple weeks after I've continued the oil pulling.  So far I think I have seen some results.  Keep checking back.....

For those of you who came to my blog for free patterns, don't worry they're still here.  Click on the older posts (different months) on the right hand side and you'll find plenty.  happy knitting!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Free Knitting Pattern - Soft Shoulder Cowl

I am always cold.   My husband says it's because I "have no heart" ha!  I like to wear turtlenecks but like a little extra around my neck and on my shoulders.   I wanted to make something that was a cross between a cowl and a shawl.  Below is my "Soft Shoulder Cowl".  I am now making my second one because I have worn the 1st one three days in a row!  I don't know if anyone else will like my crossbreed but hope you do.   Enjoy!

*To download or print the pattern just scroll down past the photos and click on the link.

Size S/M Materials & Gauge      Size L Materials & Gauge

Aran weight yarn, approx 327 yds                               Worsted weight yarn, approx 350 yds
Size 8 (5mm) circular needle                                        Size 9 (5.5mm) circular needle
(needle length 20 or 24")                                              (needle length 20 or 24")
4 stitch markers                                                             4 stitch markers
Gauge: 16 sts & 22 rows = 4" in Stst                            Gauge: 15 sts & 24 rows = 4" in Stst

Abbreviations:

 

K=knit
P=Purl
CO=cast on
PM = Place marker
Slm = slip marker
rep = rep
sts = stitches
KRL = Knit Right Loop
KLL = Knit Left Loop
Stst = Stockinette Stitch
CRXsts = crossed stitches

Pattern Stitch



CRXsts:  Knit the second stitch on the left needle but do not let the stitch come off the left needle, then knit into the first stitch on the left needle, then let both of them fall off the left needle.  Continue on in this manner to the end of the round.

References: 

 KRL - to learn this increase see this video:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/knit-right-loop-english 

KLL - to learn this increase see this video:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/video/play/knit-left-loop-english

DIRECTIONS:

CO84 sts using long-tail cast on method, pm and join in the round being careful not to twist.  This may be a little tight at first but after a few rounds it won’t be.
1.     Knit 
2.     Knit 
3.     Purl 
4.     Knit 
5.     Knit 
6.     Purl 
7.     Knit each round until pc measures 9” in length. 
8.     K3, *KRL, k7, rep from * around to last 4 sts, KRL, k4.  (96 sts)
9-12 knit
13.  *k8, KRL, rep from *to end of round.  (108 sts)
14.  k40, PM, k14, PM, k40, PM, k14.

You will now be back @ the original starting marker.  You may want to make sure that your starting marker is identifiable, perhaps a different color than the other 3 markers.

15.  *K1, KLL, k to 1st st before next M, KRL, k1, Slm, rep from * to end.  (116 sts)
16.  Knit
17-32.  Rep last 2 rows 8x more.  (180 sts)
33.  Purl
34.  Knit

Begin Pattern rounds

35.  CRXsts around.
36.  Knit
37.  Rep last 2 rounds until the patterning measures 2 ¾ ”.
38.  Purl
39.  Knit
40.  Bind off loosely.

I lightly steam blocked mine simply to get the bottom edge and the neck edge to lay flat and not roll.










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Friday, February 14, 2014

Occasional Cable Cowl - FREE Knitting Pattern!

As many of you know, I really really like this simple lace pattern.  It is a 2-row repeat, I have used it on a couple of my scarf/cowl patterns.  This time I wanted to see what it would be like if I threw in an occasional cable.
This cowl, although more decorative, does add some warmth around the neck.  I was traveling when I knit this and all I had to use was Red Heart yarn - needless to say not my favorite yarn or preferred in any way.  But, it did turn out and looks quite nice and I already have someone begging to have it.
Mine was 22" in circumference prior to blocking but after blocking grew significantly to 26" in circumference.  I was happy about this as I like it a bit wider so it will drape and look nice.
Here is the pattern if you want to give it a try!
*If you'd like to download or print the pattern just scroll down past the pictures and you will see a link where you can do that. 

Materials:

Aran weight yarn 175 yds
Size 10 (6mm) circular needle (24” length)
1 Cable needle
5 stitch markers (I used 4 that were the same color to mark where cables are, and the other marker was a different color to mark the beg of the round).

Gauge:

14.5 sts & 20 rows = 4" in stockinette st.

Abbreviations:

K = knit                                P = purl
beg = beginning                   M = marker
yon = yarn over needle        yo = yarn over
p2tog = purl 2 together        Rep = repeat
k2tog = knit 2 together        CO = cast on
SM = slip marker                 PM = Place marker
CF2= Cable forward 2
**IMPORTANT: please make sure you know the difference between yo & yon.  If not, google it or watch some youtube videos, it's important that you do the correct one.

DIRECTIONS:

Using Long Tail cast on method, CO 80 sts

1.     Place marker to mark beg of round, Knit one round. (this first round may be a little tight, it will get better after a few rounds).
2.  P16, *PM, k4, p16, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.

Slip markers as you come to them.  Please note: make sure on the purl rounds that the yo falls before the marker, not after.

3.     *yo, k2tog, k2, rep from * to M, k4,**.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.

4.     *P2, p2tog, yon, rep from * to 4 sts before marker, p2, p2tog, yo, (yes, I said yo instead of yon, this is correct) SM, k4, **.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.


5.     *yo, k2tog, k2, rep from * to M, k4,**.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.

6.     *P2, p2tog, yon, rep from * to 4 sts before marker, p2, p2tog, yo, SM, k4, **.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.

7.     *yo, k2tog, k2, rep from * to M, k4, **.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.

8.     *P2, p2tog, yon, *p2, p2tog, yon, rep from * to 4 sts before marker, p2, p2tog, yo, SM, k4, **.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.

9.     *yo, k2tog, k2, rep from * to M, CF2, **.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.

10. *P2, p2tog, yon, rep from * to 4 sts before marker, p2, p2tog, yo, SM, k4, **.  Rep from * to ** to end of round.

11. Work rounds 3-10 until piece measures approx. 10” or 7 cables have been completed.  End with round 10.

12. Work rounds 3-7.

13. Same as round 2, remove cable markers as you come to them as they are no longer needed.

14. Knit one round.

Bind off.  I blocked mine and it grew a bit.  Unblocked measured 22” in circumference and 11” in height.   Blocked mine measured 25" in circumference.







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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Free Knit Pattern! 2-Needle Boot Toppers / Cuffs

I think boot toppers/cuffs are pretty darn cute.  They close the gap between the top of your boot and your pants that are tucked in (or leggings), and add an element of design.
I had never made any and decided to see if my daughter wanted a pair.  She did, so I whipped these out.  I have no adversity whatsoever to double point needles, but I know some folks do.  I wanted to write the easiest pattern I could just to tempt people to try it, so these are made on 2 regular needles.
For downloading or printing of this pattern, simply scroll down past the photos, the pattern is there.  *Special thanks to my Ravelry tester Karinamaza for letting me use her picture of the gray/blue toppers.  ☺
Here are my 2-needle boot toppers.....

Sizes: Sm(Med, Lg/XL) 

Sm = up to 13” calf width, Med = up to 14” calf width, Lg/Xl = up to 15” calf width. 

Materials:  

Worsted weight or Aran yarn 110(130,150) yds.
A few yards of waste yarn
1 set of U.S. size 8 (5mm) needles
1 extra needle either size 7 or 8 (for 3-needle bind off at the end.)

Gauge:

18 sts & 36 rows  = 4” in Garter st.


Abbreviations:

k = knit                                p = purl 
rep = repeat                          CO = cast on       
sts = stitches

References:

3-needle bind off: 

DIRECTIONS:

To begin, first choose what length you would like your toppers to be.  Since you are working sideways the length will be determined by the amount of stitches you cast on.  28 sts will be 6.2” long.  33 sts will be 7.3 “ long.  38 sts will be 8.4” long.  *The toppers shown are 28 sts.

Using Waste yarn CO your chosen amount of sts. 
Still using waste yarn, knit one row, then purl one row.  OR You may use a provisional cast on method if you prefer something else.
Now join main color yarn.

1. (RS) Using Main Color: Knit
2. (WS) K4, *k1, p4, rep from* to last 4 sts, k4.
3. (RS) K4, *k3, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
4. (WS) K4, *k3, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
5. (RS) K4, *K1, p4, rep from * to last 4 sts, k4.
6. (WS) Knit
7. Rep rows 1-6  ten(eleven, twelve) times more – on the last rep of rows,
stop at row 5.
8. Now grab your other needle and pick up the original stitches being held by the waste yarn.     Remove waste yarn. 
9. Fold your knitting RIGHT sides together, Use 3-needle bind off method to bind off knitwise.

Cut yarn and weave in end.   Make second topper the same way.







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