Thursday, December 2, 2010
Hannele's Mohair Madness Cowl and Headwarmer
This cowl is extra warm and just right for temperatures in the 20s.
Better even, it can be made with just 2 hours to spare. It is excellent
tube knitting while you watch a good DVD. The pattern comes
from Hannele, who came to visit from Finland. Believe me, she
knows cold! Both of us fell in love with the Mohair possibilities and just
tried yarns and patterns, the best so far is the cowl which is just a lightweight dream.
Mohair Madness Cowl
1 skein of Mohair yarn
( Ours was made with Drifting Gardens from Plymouth, but any bulky weight mohair yarn will work.)
Size US11, 16 inch circular needle
2 hours of your time
Cast on 53 stitches, join in the round (careful not to twist!) and work in garter stitch (knit one round, purl one round) to the end of the ball. Leave enough yarn to cast off loosely. Weave in ends.
Voila! A beautiful one of a kind cowl!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I am happy to report that while playing with my Cascade Lana Grande, I created this beautiful Shawl Cowl. I think shawl collars are so very flattering and after bending the fabric a bit the cowl emerged. I added two simple Plymouth wooden buttons and attached them with i-cord loops.
Voila - it was done. A very simple and good looking cowl. I am ready for the winter.
Here is the Shawl Cowl pattern:
Take two skeins of Cascade Lana Grande or Rowan Big Wool or Rowan Drift
Size US 15 needle (straight or circular as you please)
Cast on 26 stitches and knit in garter Stitch for 60 ridges or 120 rows
(it takes almost two balls)
(27" long and 11" wide)
Fold one edge over so that 3.5" overlaps to create the shawl collar look.
Sew on two buttons 1.75" from each edge.
Create two I-cord loops about 3" long (make larger loops if you are using larger buttons). On the end opposite the buttons, attach the loops on the long end 1.75" and 3.5" from the corner. These loops will be attached on the side that is not folded down to create the collar.
Voila, your Shawl Cowl is done! Great last minute knitted gift!
(Need help with I-Cord? Check out this video!)
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Look at these wonderful mittens Melynda made and wrote the pattern for as well.
There is a pair at the store for you to look at.
Materials: 1 Skein of Malabrigo Chunky
Size 9 US DPN
Some waste yarn
Body of Mitten
CO 28 sts and divide them between 3 DPN. I had 9,9 and 10sts
Row 1-10: *K1,P1 repeat to end* or knit for a rolled edge
Row 11-28: knit all rounds
Row 29: k1 with working yarn, then k5 with waste yarn, then return those 5 sts back onto left needle and knit again using working yarn. Continue in k –stitch for the rest of round
Row 30-54: knit all rounds
Row 55: k2tog until end (14 sts remaining)
Row 56: * k2tog, k1, k2tog *twice, k2
Row 57: k2tog until end, k1
Cut yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail and using a darning needle pull through the 4 sts on the needles and pull top closed. Weave in the tail on inside of mitt.
Pick up live stitches while carefully removing the waste yarn. I like to do top and bottom at the same time. Once you have all your stitches take 2 from the top needle and 2 from the bottom needle and put them on a 3rd needle. This left me with 3 sts on the bottom needle and 4 on the other 2 needles. Now you can begin to knit the thumb.
Knit at least 13 rows (more if you have a longer thumb)
Row 14: k2tog and close top of thumb just like the top of the mitt.
***For the left hand mitt repeat the pattern exactly as the right hand except for row 29. Row 29 for the left mitt is as follows; k9 with working yarn, then with waste yarn k5, then return those 5 sts back onto left needle and knit again using working yarn. Continue with k for the rest of round. Continue to knit the rest of the mitt as you did the right hand.
And Voila! Mittens and her very first pattern.