Saturday, August 27, 2011

New Patterns!

Two new patterns are available from my Ravelry shop!

The first is Liller, a top-down, any-gauge pattern for a pretty, frilly baby hat trimmed with a delicate contrast-color edge. The pattern includes seven sizes ranging from newborn to age four and includes instructions for seven gauges of yarn ranging from 16 to 32 stitches to 4 inches/10cm. Measurements are written in inches and centimeters.

The second is the Lacette Scarf.

This pretty scarf uses only one 50g ball of yarn and one easy lace pattern.

Pattern includes written and charted directions, as well as instructions for steam-blocking the scarf in order to discourage the edges from curling.

The scarf in the photo was knit using Patons Lacette which has been discontinued. The new Patons Lace is very similar.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Little Rugged Raglan

A little boy’s raglan pullover made with a hard-wearing but soft-to-the-touch acrylic/cotton yarn with bright red accent stripes at the cuffs, hem, collar and front pocket.

The pattern includes a matching ribbed hat and scarf.

The Little Rugged Raglan pattern is available as a free Ravelry download. The full text is also available online here.

The sweater in the photos is size 6 (worn by a size 4 boy). 4 balls of yarn made the sweater (size 6), hat (size 6-8) and scarf.


Main color: Bernat “Denim Style” 70% acrylic / 30% cotton, 3.5 oz / 100 g / 196 yd per ball, colour 03044 “Sweatshirt”; 3[3, 3, 3] balls (7.25[8.25, 9.5, 10.25] oz / 207[237, 270, 290] g / 405[465, 530, 567] yds required)

Contrast color: Bernat Super Value 100% acrylic, 7 oz / 197 g / 335 yd per ball, colour Scarlet; 1[1, 1, 1] ball (small amount required)

1 set US #8 / 5.0 mm straight needles or size needed to get gauge.

1 set of 4 or 5 US #8 / 5.0 mm dpns or size needed to get gauge.

Contrasting thread or thin yarn.

Darning Needle

Size: Boy’s 2[4, 6, 8]


Finished Chest: 28[30, 32, 33.5] inches; 70[75, 80, 84] cm

Finished Length: 14[14.5, 15.75, 18] inches; 35[37.5, 40, 45 cm]

Gauge: 15 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in stockinette stitch

18 stitches and 20 rows = 4 inches / 10 cm in k2p2 rib, slightly stretched

Felted Cloche

An easy, warm and flattering winter hat that is knitted and then felted. The hat includes directions for a flat brim (shown above) and a rolled brim (shown below). The Felted Cloche pattern is also available as a free Ravelry PDF download.

-Pre-felting: aprx. 22" circumerence and 12" length (including brim)
-After felting: aprx. 21" circumference and 8" length (including brim)

-Briggs & Little Heritage - 100 % wool, 215 yd/196m per 4 oz/113 g ball; Colour 41 (Navy Blue), 2 balls (aprx. 6.75 oz / 190 g / 365 yd / 333 m) per hat
-1 set of US #9/5.5mm dpns
-1 US #9/5.5mm circular needle, 24" length or less (optional)

Gauge: 15 sts and 23 rows = 4 in/10 cm on 5.5 mm needles (Note - to facilitate felting, the hat is knit at a looser gauge than the 17 stitches to 4 in/10cm recommended on the ball band).


Using dpns or circular needle, cast on 100 stitches. Mark beginning of round.

Option 1: For a flat brim, work in garter stitch in the round until work measures 2.5
Option 2: For a rolled brim, work in stockinette stitch in the round until work measures
2.5 inches.

Next row (flat or rolled brim): K3, k2tog around - 80 stitches remain. Begin working in
stockinette stitch, in the round, until work measures 8.5 inches from the beginning.

Begin crown shaping:
Row 1 - *k8, k2tog* around.
Row 2 and 3 - k around.
Row 4 - *k7, k2tog* around.
Row 5 and 6 - k around.
Row 7 - *k6, k2tog* around.
Row 8 - k around.
Row 9 - *k5, k2tog* around.
Row 10 - k around.
Row 11 - *k4, k2tog* around.
Row 12 - k around.
Row 13 - *k3, k2tog* around.
Row 14 - *k2, k2tog* around.
Row 15 - *k1, k2tog* around.
Row 16 - *k2tog* around.

Break yarn and pull through remaining 8 stitches.Weave in ends.

Felting: Put the hat in a lingierie bag or an old pillow-case and put it in the washing
machine with a little soap and some old clothes for friction (I used dark-coloured clothes
in case the dye from this dark-coloured hat ran), on hot water setting. Check hat
frequently. Throw it in the washing machine again if it isn't small enough yet - I had to
send my hat through my little washing machine four times.

Rolled brim hat before felting (shown on phonebook for scale):

Rolled brim hat after felting:


Got left-over sock yarn? Looking for something to knit while watching your favorite Sci-Fi or Fantasy movies? How about your own set of pointy ears!

The S(p)ock Pattern is available as a free download from Ravelry.

The ears are knit from the lobes up with short-rows shaping the front and back of the tip. Stitches are then picked up around the sides and bottom of the ear to form the “cuff.” Left and right ears are knit the same; they are simply embroidered on opposite sides.

After some research (OK, I wore the ears around the house for a while), I learned that the ears stay on well enough by themselves, but if they are to be worn for a long time, or by children, affixing the ears with a little double-sided tape may be good insurance.

Small (older child or small adult) [Large (adult)]

Length: 3.5 ins / 9 cmWidth: 1.75 ins / 4.5 cm

[MC] Scheepjes Invicta Extra [75% wool, 25% polyamide-nylon; 218 yd/200 m per 50g skein]; color: 1415 (fawn); 1 skein - a pair of ears uses approximately 8 g/35 yd/32 m of yarn
[CC] Scheepjes Invicta Extra [75% wool, 25% polyamide-nylon; 218 yd/200 m per 50g skein];color: 1419 (chocolate); one yd/m
1 set US #1/2.25mm double-point needles
1 set US #1/2.25 mm straight needles (optional – you may also work back-and-forth on dpn’s)
darning needle

40 sts/56 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

Media: as seen on:
Boing Boing
Atlantica Magazine, Sept-Oct 2008 issue


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