Sunday, February 16, 2014

Riss Rainbow Cowl (Updated Feb. 18, 2014)


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Here's a fun cowl that was designed for my sister. She wanted something "Rainbow-y", so I went out and bought rainbow wool. The problem I soon found, was that most stitch patterns look like sh** with rainbow wool. So after much trial and error, I believe I found the stitch design that complements Rainbow wool.

For this project, I used a medium (4)/worsted weight wool, 5 mm circular needles, and a stitch marker to keep track of the round end/beginning, as it will change frequently.

Abbreviations Used in Pattern:

sts = stitches
k = knit (so k6 = knit 6 stitches).
p = purl (so p6 = purl 6 stitches).
s = slip stitch (so s3= slip 3 stitches).

p3sso = pass/pull all three/both previously-slipped stitches over.  
yo = yarn over (bring yarn around so it will be worked as a new stitch on the next row/round).  

k4tog = knit 4 together (*note, if you find this rather difficult, this can also be worked by knitting 1 stitch, passing it back onto the left needle, then pulling the next 3 stitches over that knit stitch, then sliding that knit stitch back onto the right needle).

Knitting the Cowl...

Cast on 144 sts.

Rounds 1 & 2: knit. Place stitch marker at round end/beginning.

Round 3: *k4tog, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k6. Repeat from * to end of round.
Round 4: knit.
Round 5:  Remove stitch marker, s1, re-place stitch marker. *k6, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, s3, k1, p3sso. Repeat from * to stitch marker/new end of round.
Round 6: knit all but last stitch. Reposition stitch marker here (new round end/beginning).

Repeat rounds 3-6 until cowl reaches desired length, and just knit two more round. Bind off.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Herringbone Hat

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I know...it's been quite a while since I posted some new knitting. The world is a hectic place, but let us never forget our knitting, lest we lose our sanity!

Anyway, here is a hat I made for my mother. The design is fairly simple, but Herringbone certainly takes a long time to do...

The hat is worked band first, with straight needles, while rest of the hat is worked in the round.



For this project, I used a medium weight worsted wool, 4 to 5 5.0mm double-pointed needles, and a tapestry needle for finishing the top of the hat.


Abbreviations Used in Pattern:

sts = stitches
k = knit (so k6 = knit 6 stitches).
p = purl (so p6 = purl 6 stitches).
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together.


Knitting the Hat Band...

With 2 of your double-pointed needles, cast on  25 sts.

Row 1: Purl.

Row 2: k1, *ignoring the first stitch, proceed to insert your needle into the second stitch through the back of the loop. Knit the stitch, but don't pull it off the needle yet. Instead, proceed to knit the first stitch previously ignored, then pull both stitches off the needle. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Row 3: P1, *ignoring the first stitch, proceed to insert your needle into the second stitch. Purl the stitch, but don't pull it off the needle yet. Instead, proceed next to purl the first stitch previously ignored, then pull both stitches off the needle. Repeat from * to the end of the row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to desired length (when band wraps comfortably around the head that will wear it). *Note: whatever length you work to, make sure the number of rows is a multiple of 6. I ended up with 114 rows.

Last row: knit. Don't bind off yet.

Next, you'll be connecting the two ends of the hat band. With a free needle, pick up all 25 stitches from the first row. now bring the first and last row close together to bring the hat band together. With a third needle in hand, alternate moving one stitch from the first and last rows onto the third needle, so that the stitches become one interwoven row. Proceed to bind off the stitches. Whatever side your yarn tail is on is the side from which you will continue working the rest of the hat.

Finishing the Hat/Working in the Round...

 With 4 of your needles, pick up all the stitches along the edge of the hat band. For the length I made the band, I ended up picking up 114 stitches.

Work in the round, even for 24 rounds.

Next, begin making decreases as follows: *k2tog, k4. Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Next round: knit.

Next round: *k2tog, k3. Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Next round: knit.

Next round: *k2tog, k2. Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Next round: knit.

Next round: *k2tog, k1. Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Next round: knit.

Next round: *k2tog. Repeat from * to the end of the round.

Next round: knit.

Repeat last two rounds one more time. cut yarn tail, leaving about 9 inches. With a tapestry needle, pull the yarn tail through all of your last round's stitches, pull tight, then weave through the hat center and knot off.