Tuesday, June 11, 2019

CAT MAT BASED ON ORIGAMI POT PAD




MATERIALS: 
Worsted weight
Size M (9 mm) hook

SIZE:  15 inches square

Notes: 

1     I tied the partial skeins together using this tutorial:



DIRECTIONS:
With two strands of yarn held together throughout, Chain enough to make a loose chain the length of the DIAGONAL.  (47 chains made about 15 inches)

Sc in the second chain from the hook. Sc in each chain to the end of the chain. Sc back to the beginning in the free loops of the beginning chain.

Sc in the top of the first sc and every following sc around until the work measures half as high as it is wide. When a neat diagonal is attained, finish off the work leaving a tail about twice as long as the area to be seamed.
Whip stitch up along the diagonal to yield a flat, square thick pad. 


Sunday, March 10, 2019

COOL STRIPES COWL

 SIZES:  Woman’s average and large

NOTES: 
1.    Read instructions through before beginning.
2.    For the M1, make one I did it two ways, a yarn over and this one: http://www.lionbrand.com/how-to-knit-increasing-between  You choose which one you prefer.  The yarn over makes a bit larger hole.  I like the hole as a decorative element.
3.    The first picture is Red Heart Super Saver color Cool Stripe.  Second picture is RHSS Monet.
4.    For the bind off I tried both binding off in seed stitch and in knit.  My preference was the knit.  Use whichever you like best.

The picture below is the knitted bind off.



MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn about 53/60 grams
US 8 (5.0mm), 16 inch circular needles
US 9 (5.5mm), 24 inch circular needles
Yarn needle

With size 8 needle cast on 80, join and work in the round. 

Rounds 1-12:  K2, P2 around.  80 sts

Ribbing measures approximately 2 inches.

Change to size 9 needle.

Round 13:  K1, *M1, K4.  Repeat around end with M1, K3.  (100 sts)

Rounds 14-17:  Knit.

Round 18:  K4, *M1, K5.  Repeat around end with M1, K1.  (120 sts)

Rounds 19-22:  Knit.

Round 23:  K1, *M1, K6.  Repeat around end with M1, K5.  (140 sts)

Rounds 24-27:  Knit. (140 sts)

Round 28:  Kfb, K1, P1.  (141 sts)

Round 29:  P1, K1.  This shouldn’t be ribbing, but seed stitch. (141 sts)

Round 30:  K1, P1. (141 sts)

Round 31:  P1, K1.  (141 sts)

Round 32:  K1, P1. (141 sts)

Bind off.

Weave in ends.

SIZE:  Women’s large

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn
US 8 (5.0mm), 16 inch circular needles
US 9 (5.5mm), 24 inch circular needles
Yarn needle
                   

Co 88, join and work in the round.

Rounds 1-12:  K2, P2 around.  88 sts

Repeat round 1 until ribbing measures 2 inches.

Round 13:  K1, *M1, K4.  Repeat around end with M1, K3.  (110 sts)

Rounds 14-18:  Knit.

Round 19:  K4, *M1, K5.  Repeat around end with M1, K1.  (132 sts)

Rounds 20-24:  Knit.

Round 25:  K1, *M1, K6.  Repeat around end with M1, K5.  (154 sts)

Rounds 26-30:  Knit.

Round 31:  Kfb, K1, P1.  (155 sts)

Round 32:  P1, K1.  This shouldn’t be ribbing, but seed stitch. (155 sts)

Round 33:  K1, P1. (155 sts)

Round 34:  P1, K1.  (155 sts)

Round 35:  K1, P1. (155 sts)

Bind off.

Weave in ends.


Monday, December 31, 2018


CREAMSICLE BABY/TODDLER 2 STRAND CAP


SIZE: 3-9 months, 13-15 inches

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn, less than 2 ounces ( sample is knit with white and gold Mainstays)
US size 10.5 (6.5 mm) needle
US size 11 (8.0 mm) needle
US size 11 (8.0 mm) double point needles
Tapestry needle
Marker

INSTRUCTIONS:
With size 10.5 needle, cast on 42 sts. Join and work in the round.

Place marker to denote beginning of round.

Rounds 1-6:  K1, P1.  Repeat around.  (42 sts)

Switch to size 11 needle and continue knitting in the round.

Rounds 7-8: Knit.  (42 sts)

Round 9: K2tog around.  (21 sts)

Round 10: *P1, insert left needle under next horizontal loop of previous row (between sts) and purl this stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Be sure you do that last lift and purl.  (42 sts)

Rounds 11-12: Knit.  (42 sts)

Round 13: K2tog around.  (21 sts)

Round 14: *P1, insert left needle under next horizontal loop of previous row (between sts) and purl this stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Be sure you do that last lift and purl.  (41 sts)

Round 15-16: Knit.  (42 sts)

Round 17: K2tog around.  (21 sts)

Round 18: *P1, insert left needle under next horizontal loop of previous row (between sts) and purl this stitch.  Repeat from * around.  Be sure you do that last lift and purl.  (42 sts)

Continue knitting in the round until cap is 5.5 inches inches from cast on edge.

Begin decreases:

Decrease round 1:  *K5, k2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (36 sts)

Decrease round 2:  K around.  (36 sts)

Decrease round 3: *K4, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (30 sts)

Decrease round 4: *K3, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (24 sts)

Decrease round 5: *K2, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (18 sts)

Decrease round 6: *K1, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (12 sts)

Decrease round 7: *K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (6 sts)

Finishing:

Cut yarn leaving 6 inch tails.  Use tapestry needle to run yarn tails through the stitches and pull to close. 

Weave in ends. 


Monday, November 05, 2018

2 STAND CAP FOR ADULTS




APPROXIMATE SIZE:   21-24 inches, depth (9.5) 11.5 inches

MATERIALS:
Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool or other worsted weight wool 3.5 ounces
US size 10.5  (6.5 mm) 16 inch circular needle
US size 11  (8.0 mm) 16 inch circular needle
US size 11  (8.0 mm) double pointed needles
Tapestry needle
Marker

GAUGE:  Ribbing 8 stitches = 4 inches, 14 rows = 3 inches

NOTES: 
1.  Cap is worked with two strands of yarn throughout.
2.  Can knit two caps with one skein Paton’s Classic held w/ LB Fisherman’s.

INSTRUCTIONS:
With 10.5 circular needle cast on 68 sts. Join and work in the round.  

Place marker to denote beginning of round.

Rounds 1-9:  K2, P2.  Repeat around.  (68 sts)

Should be about 2 inches from cast on edge.

Remainder of cap is knit with US 11 needle(s)

Knit even until cap is about 6.5 inches from cast on edge.

Begin decreases.

Dec Round 1:  *K32, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (66 sts)

Dec Round 2:  Knit.  (66 sts)

Dec Round 3:  *K9, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (60 sts)

Dec Round 4:  Knit (60 sts)

Dec Round 5: *K8, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (54 sts)

Dec Round 6:  Knit (54 sts)

Dec Round 7: *K7, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (48 sts)

Change to dpn

Dec Round 8:  Knit (48 sts)

Dec Round 9:  *K6, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (42 sts)

Dec Round 10:  *K5, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (36 sts)

Dec Round 11:  *K4, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (30 sts)

Dec Round 12:  *K3, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (24 sts)

Dec Round 13:  *K2, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (18 sts)

Dec Round 14:  *K1, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (12 sts)

Finish:  Cut yarn leaving 6 inch tails.  Use tapestry needle to run yarn tails through the stitches and pull to close. 

Weave in ends. 

WOMAN’S INSTRUCTIONS:
With 10.5 circular needle cast on 64 sts. Join and work in the round.

Place marker to denote beginning of round.

Rounds 1-7:  K2, P2.  Repeat around.  (64 sts)

Should be about 1.5 inches from cast on edge.

Remainder of cap is knit with US 11 needle(s)

Knit even until cap is about 5 inches from cast on edge.

Begin decreases.

Dec Round 1:  *K14, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (60 sts)

Dec Round 2:  Knit.  (60 sts)

Dec Round 3: *K8, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (54 sts)

Dec Round 4:  Knit (54 sts)

Dec Round 5: *K7, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (48 sts)

Change to dpn

Dec Round 6:  Knit (48 sts)

Dec Round 7:  *K6, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (42 sts)

Dec Round 8:  *K5, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (36 sts)

Dec Round 9:  *K4, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (30 sts)

Dec Round 10:  *K3, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (24 sts)

Dec Round 11:  *K2, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (18 sts)

Dec Round 12:  *K1, K2tog.  Repeat from * around.  (12 sts)

Finish:  Cut yarn leaving 6 inch tails.  Use tapestry needle to run yarn tails through the stitches and pull to close. 

Weave in ends. 


Saturday, May 26, 2018

KNIT CAT MAT


KNIT CAT MAT

I wanted the mats to be nice and cushy, so used two strands yarn.  Have taken several to our Humane Society and they were happy to receive them.


Size:
Approximately 15x15 inches

Materials:
Two colors of worsted weight yarn about 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of each color, 200 grams total.
Size US 10.5 (6.5mm) circular needle at least 24 inches long
Tapestry needle

Notes:
Mat is worked with two strands throughout. Tied together using this technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nq_7EXTWHE&feature=youtu.be
I wouldn’t use this technique for anything else, but I figure with two strands and for animals it will be okay. 

Instructions:
With two strands of yarn cast on 2 stitches.

Row 1: Knit.  (2 sts)

Row 2: Kfb of each st.  (4 sts)

Row 3-4: Knit.

Row 5: Knit 2, yarn over, k across the row.

Repeat Row 5 until you have 68 stitches on the needle.

Decrease rows

Row 6: Knit 2, turn, knit 2, turn, knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.

Row 7: Knit 2, turn, knit 2, turn, knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to end of row.

Row 8:  Knit 1, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit to the end of the row.

Repeat Row 8 until you have 6 stitches on the needle.

Row 9:  Knit 1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k1.   (5 sts)

Row 10:  Knit.  (5 sts)

Row 11: K2tog, k1, k2tog.  (3 sts)

Row 12:  K2tog, k1.  (2 sts)

Bind off and weave in ends.



CROCHET CAT MAT


CROCHET CAT MAT


I wanted the mats to be nice and cushy, so used two strands of yarn held together .  I have taken several to our Humane Society and they were happy to receive them.  I tied the small balls together using the double knot.  I wouldn't use this technique for other things, but for this project it seems okay.

Notes: 

1     I tied the partial skeins together using this tutorial:


    With only a ch 1 turning, you’ll need to pay close attention where the last stitch goes.  Until you get used to it you might like to mark the first stitch.  Using the ch 1 makes a more even edge than if you did a ch 2.         


Materials:
Worsted weight (4) yarn, about 120 grams worked with two strands held together.
US size L (8.0mm) crochet hook

Size:  Approximately 15 inches square

Gauge: Unimportant

Chain 32 
Row 1: 1 dc in 4th ch from hook, 1 dc in each remaining ch across.  (30 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1 and turn, sc in each st across.  (30 sts)

Row 3: Ch 1 and turn, dc in each st across.  (30 sts)

Repeat rows 2 and 3, until mat is desired size.  It took 23 rows for mine.

Fasten off and weave in ends.


Saturday, November 25, 2017

TOWEL TOPPER


MATERIALS: 
Worsted weight yarn 1 ounce main color
Small amount of contrasting color if desired
US size H (5.0 mm) and F (4.0 mm) hooks
Awl or ice pick
Yarn needle
Whole or half a kitchen towel

NOTES:
1.    Read instructions through before beginning.
2.    I use an awl to poke the holes for my crochet hook.
3.    Work the first row with the F hook if it is too hard getting the H through the hole made with an awl.
4.    I think it is best to use cotton yarn for the topper.  That said I have made plenty of them using Red Heart Super Saver. 


INSTRUCTIONS:
Prep towel:  If using a whole towel fold in half and pin across.  If using half a towel fold cut edge over about ¼ inch.

Row 1 (RS):  Single crochet across top.  Chain 2, turn.  (Use F hook for this row)

Row 2:  Switch to H hook.  Dc in each sc.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 3:  Dc in first sc.  *Skip one dc, dc in next dc.  Repeat from * across.  Ch 2, turn.

Row 4:  Repeat row 3.

Row 5:  Repeat row 3. Adjust the number of skipped stitches and dc on this row so that you end up with 9 dc.  Ch 2, turn. (9 dc)

Row 6:  Dc in next 4 dc, ch 2, skip next dc, dc in next 4 dc.  Ch 2, turn.  (8 dc and ch 2 space)

Row 7:  Dc in next 4 dc, 2 dc in ch 2 space, dc in next 4 dc.  Ch 2, turn.  (10 dc)

Row 8-14: Dc in each dc.  Ch 2, turn.  (10 dc)

Row 15: Dc in each dc.  Ch 1, turn.  (10 dc)

Row 16: Sc in first dc,* ch 2, sc in next dc.  Repeat from* across.  Ch 3, turn.  (9 ch 2 loops)

Row 17:  5 dc in each ch 2 loop.  Dc in last sc.  Fasten off.  Don’t turn.

Row 18: Attach contrasting yarn with a sc in first dc on right hand side of towel, *ch 2, sc in next dc.  Repeat from * across.


Fasten off and weave in ends.

KIDS BEANIE WITH NARROW STRIPES

SIZE:  Kid’s 16-18 inches, depth about 7.00 inches 

MATERIALS:
Worsted weight yarn, less than 2 oz of main color and 1 oz of contrasting color
US I (5.5 mm) crochet hook (if you crochet loosely use a H hook)
Optional US H (5.0) Crochet hook
Tapestry needle

GAUGE:  First 5 rounds measures about 5 inches in diameter

NOTES:
1.  Read instructions all the way through before beginning.
2.  When joining with a slip stitch, pull the slip stitch tight.
3.  Do not count the ch 2 at beginning of rounds as a dc.
4.  When changing colors complete the last stitch of the previous round with the new color.
5.  The optional H hook can be used for the last double crochet round and the front and back post rounds for a tighter “rib” cuff.

Caps donated November 2017


ABBREVIATIONS:
Ch = chain
Dc = double crochet
Ea = each
St -= stitch
Sts = stitches
Sc = single crochet

INSTRUCTIONS:   

ROUND 1: Ch 3, working over tail, 12 dc in first ch.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (12 sts)

ROUND 2:  Ch 2, 2 dc in ea st.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (24 sts)

ROUND 3:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (36 sts)

ROUND 4:  Change to contrasting color.  Ch 1, sc in ea st.  Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (36 sts) 

ROUND 5:  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next st, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in next 2 st, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc. (48 sts)

ROUND 6:  Change to contrasting color.  Ch 1, sc in ea st.  Join with a slipstitch in first sc. (48 sts)

ROUND 7:  Change to main color.  Ch 2, dc in same st as join, dc in next 10 sts, 2 dc in next st.  *Dc in 11 sts, 2 dc in next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (52 sts)

ROUND 8:  Change to contrasting color.  Ch 1, sc in ea st.  Join with a slipstitch in first sc.  (52 sts)

ROUND 9:  Change to main color.  Ch 2, dc in each st.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.  (52 sts)

ROUND 10:  Change to contrasting color.  Ch 1, sc in ea st.   Join with a slipstitch in first sc.   (52 sts)

ROUND 11:  Change to main color.  Ch 2, dc in ea st.  Join with a slipstitch in first dc.   (52 sts)

ROUND 12:  Change to contrasting color.  Ch 1, sc in ea st.  Join with a slipstitch in first sc.  (52 sts) 

ROUND 13:  Change to main color.  Ch 2, dc in ea st.  Join with a slipstitch around first true dc as if to front post. (52 sts)

ROUNDS 14-16: Ch 2 (counts as a fpdc), bpdc around next st.  *Fpdc around next st, bpdc around next st.  Repeat from * around.  Join with a slipstitch around ch 2 as if to front post. (52 sts)

Fasten off.  Weave in ends.

With the beginning tail and using your tapestry needle run tail through the beginning double crochets and pull tightly to close any hole in the top of the cap.



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