Monday, October 26, 2009

Free Pattern: Carolina Jasmine Hat

Carolina Jasmine Hat
By Katie Rose Pryal
of The Knitty Professors

Here in North Carolina, we have a flowering and nigh indestructible plant called Carolina Jasmine. It can grow anywhere: abandoned lots, town dumps, superfund sites, etc. Despite its hardy nature, it is beautiful, with yellow flowers that give a deep fragrance. Unlike a lot of flowers around here, the G. sempervirens is native to this part of the world. I grow it on the front of my brick home, and it is slowly clambering to the roofline. This hat is inspired by the plant: the Leaf Motif around the middle, the Vine Motif at the crown, and the small crocheted flowers added at the end.

Yarns pictured
Dark Red: Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, 1 skein, 50 g/150 yards.
Bright Pink: GGH Java, 2 skeins, 50 g/99 yards.

1 pair US size 4 circular needles, 16 inches in length.
1 pair US size 6 circular needles, 16 inches in length.
1 pair US size 6 circular needles, any length OR one set of US size 6 DPNs. (The top of the hat is worked in the double-circular method, but if you know how, you may use DPNs.)
Size 4mm crochet hook for optional flowers.
Yarn needle.

Stitch Abbreviations
SSK = slip, slip, knit. Slip 2 stitches knit-wise from left to right, place them back on the left needle, then knit together. Creates a left-leaning decrease. You can substitute a SKP if you would prefer.
K2tog = knit two stitches together. Creates a right-leaning decrease.
SK2P = slip, knit two together, pass slipped stitch over. Creates a centered, two-stitch decrease.

Using smaller needles, CO 100 sts for Sport/DK weight yarn (the dark red yarn pictured) and 80 sts for Worsted/Aran (the bright pink). Join for working in the round. (Pattern requires multiples of 20 sts.)

Work p2, k3 rib for 2.5 inches for shorter hat (dark red) or 3.5 inches for longer hat (bright pink). Switch to larger needles. (It is important that you p2 first, and then k3, and not the other way around.) Work 1/2 inch more.

Begin Leaf Motif Increases
Round 1: *p2 k1, m1, k1, m1, k1* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 2: *p2, k5* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 3: As round 2.
Round 4: *p2, k1, yo, k3, yo, k1* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 5: *p2, k7* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 6: As round 5.
Round 7: *p2, k1, yo, k5, yo, k1* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 8: *p2, k9* repeat ** to end of round.
Rounds 9, 10, 11, 12: As round 8.

Begin Decreases
Round 13: *p2, ssk, k5, k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 14: *p2, k7* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 15: As round 15.
Round 16: *p2, ssk, k3, k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 17: *p2, k5* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 18: As round 17.
Round 19: *p2, ssk, k1, k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 20: *p2, k3* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 21: As round 20.
Round 22: *p2, s2kp* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 23: *p2, k1* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 24: As round 23.

Vine Motif on Crown
Round 25: *p2, k1, p1, k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 26 and all even-numbered rows: Purl the purl sts and knit the knit sts.
Round 27: *p2, k1, k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 29: *p2, k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 31: *p1, k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 33: *k2tog* repeat ** to end of round.
Round 34: As row 26.

You should now have 8 sts on your needles if you CO 80 and 10 sts on your needles if you cast on 100. Break yarn leaving 8 inch tail. Using yarn needle, thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight. Pass yarn to the interior of the hat and weave in the end.

Crochet Flowers
Using leftover yarn, chain five sts then join for working in a circle. Work two single crochet sts into each st for one round--10 sc total. To create five "petals," chain 5, then skip 1 st and sc into the next one. Repeat five times. Break yarn leaving a long tail to sew the flower onto the hat. Make as many as you like.


Kitty Legwarmers in Punk Pink

These kitty legwarmers are made from recycled fabric. (The designer also sells knitwear for humans. See her Etsy store here.)

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Total Bummer - Knotions is Closing

Read about it here on the web site's blog. We like Knotions a lot, for a variety of reasons: fresh patterns with new-to-the-scene designers, great price (i.e. free), the good sense to publish our own Jordynn's pattern.

We will miss Knotions.

FYI--I would have paid $15 a year without batting an eye for a subscription. Prospective online knit-mag folks, keep that in mind!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Baby Layette Set

I made this set for my sister’s new baby, Nicholas. The yarn is Paton’s Silk Bamboo, in “Sea” and “Ivory.” The yarn is a little slippery, but not too bad to work with. It doesn’t split like a lot of craft store yarns do.


The patterns I used are:

Hat – Welcome to the World Newborn Hat

This was quick and easy. My only mod was to use garter stitch instead of ribbing for the edge.

Pants – Pimp My Longies

These turned out a bit skinny, compared to regular newborn size pants, but Nicholas is kind of long and skinny, so I think they will fit him well.

Sweater – Garter Yoke Baby Cardi

This turned out a bit wide, I think. But it was easy to knit.


Booties - Seamless Baby Booties (top down)

I highly recommend this pattern! I made mine a bit smaller by doing fewer short row rounds to shape the front of the bootie. I was happy to find ribbon that matched so well!


Hopefully I’ll get pictures of Nicholas wearing this soon!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Verena FO: "Britta"

Pattern: Britta (#7), Verena Fall 2009
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Color 206, 6.5 skeins
Needles: Size 9 and Size 7 circulars, two of each (sleeves worked in double-circular method)
Modifications: Lengthened sleeves and body. Worked looser gauge than called for, size is about 37".

This went REALLY fast. This sweater jumped right out at me in the magazine. I had the yarn on hand, a gift from another local knitter. I'm struggling with the post-partum weight--the pictures really emphasize how I'm not the same size as before. Nevertheless, this is a super snuggy sweatershirt substitute. I'm wearing it now, as I write this.

This is the first top-down yoke sweater I've knitted and I really love the technique. This was a great project to learn on and I really recommend it. I made a list of modifications on my Ravelry project page for this, if you are considering knitting it.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Knitting in Miniature

This is amazing—check out this video showing Althea Chrome, who knit tiny garments for the movie Coraline:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Itty Bitty Knitty Model

Here's Adrian, modeling some items that were knit for him before he was a person.

First, a baby blanket based on the Lady Eleanor shawl, knit of Noro Niji, a super soft silk blend. [See project on Ravelry.]

And a close-up:

Second, and more importantly, here he is in the outfit that Jordynn knit for him. The sweater and pants are of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease, which is really soft and easy to care for. Plus the colors are just great. She also got the sizing just right, because this is start to fit him just as we are coming into winter. [See project on Ravelry.]

Monday, October 5, 2009

Add THIS To Your Wish List

Don't get me wrong. I really liked the Twilight books.

This, however, is too much. Too weird. Too freaky. Seriously--Ken Dolls are already one of the most bizarre inventions of the 20th century. So, weird vampire Ken?

In swanky boot-cut jeans, Italian leather shoes, and a P-Coat.

Yours for just 25 bucks.

Friday, October 2, 2009

In case you’re thinking about holiday gifts already…

There’s a new site for craft items that should never have been made: Regretsy. Crocheted toilet paper roll, anyone? How about a Christmas nativity featuring meerkats?

I’m going to skip the holiday gift guide this year, because Regretsy has you covered.