Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Dear Internet Archive:
Please remove my blog content from your site.  Please do not link this blog with your search engine.

I am posting this per your request.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Where Are My Patterns?

I've been asked many times about what happened to my pattern links.

The patterns now exist in my Ravelry Store in PDF format.

You don't have to be a member to purchase them.

What you say - you have to pay for them now?
Yes - a very small fee of $2.00

The proceeds will enable this senior citizen to make a little bit of money to pay for shipping charges to my favorite charities.

It's all for charity!

The following patterns are available:

Cuff Enuff

Easy Bottom Up Slippers

Half Circle Knit Shawl

Kidlett Mittenz

Nine Patch Scrap Afghan

Original Sideways Mittens

Quick Knit Irish Hat

Sideways Wristerz

Friday, September 30, 2016

Good Day! 
I have had some inquiries as to my health and whereabouts - lol!

I am fine, ok, good, etc.     I just do not use this blog as I used to.

I am now hanging out on Ravelry - an easier place to show my finished objects and projects.   Also a fun place to connect with other of like minds.

For those looking for my patterns, most of them are on Ravelry.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Mitten Tutorial - Step 6

Step 6

Last instructions were to knit 16 rows of stockinette stitch for the body of the mitten.

Next you will begin decreasing for the mitten tip.

Decrease for mitten top:

1. (k6, k2tog) 4x – 28 sts
2. Knit
3. (k5, k2tog) 4x – 24 sts
4. Knit
5. (k4, k2tog) 4x – 20 sts
6. Knit
7. (k3, k2tog) 4x – 16 sts
8. Knit
9. (k2, k2tog) 4x – 12 sts
10. Purl 2tog across – 6 sts, break yarn, gather up.

This is the almost finished mitten that just needs seaming up.

And that's all for the LEFT mitten.

The RIGHT mitten is about the same, the only difference is the shaping of the thumb gusset.

For those of you who want to jump ahead, here are the instructions for the RIGHT mitten - no pics, yet. I'll be back with those pics as soon as I get to that point in my knitting.

Right Mitten:

Cast on 32 sts and rib for 22 rows

Knit 4 rows in St st Increasing by 1 on first row. 33 sts

Begin Right Thumb Gusset:

Row1: K29, PM, M1, Knit to end of round – 34 sts

Row 2: Purl to marker, M1, slip marker, p to end of row.

Rows 3-11: Repeat last 2 rows 4 times more.

Keep increasing every row until 44 total stitches.

Next Row: Purl 28 sts, (remove marker) turn and work the next 13 sts for thumb as in left mitten.

Mitten Body & Mitten Tip: Same as in left mitten.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Mitten Tutorial - Step 5

Hope no one abandoned their mittens!

Step 4 (continued):

After you knit your 12 thumb rows your mitten should look like the pictured below.

Step 5:

Next Row: K3, k2tog across row 8 (12)sts,
turn purl back.
Then knit 2tog across – 4 (6)sts.
Break yarn leaving a 1 yard length, gather up thumb tip and seam up thumb.

Picture below is the thumb already sewn up.

Now I'll show you how I avoid a hole at the "crotch" of the thumb.
With the wrong side facing you go thru the left stitch purl bump and

then go thru the right stitch purl bump.

After you've done that, purl to the end of the row (going to the left)

On the right side knit 15 sts and pick up one stitch at the "crotch".
and knit to the end of the row.

Don't forget to mark this row.

You now have 32 sts on the needle and you are ready to knit the body of the mitten.

Knit for 16 rows for body of mitten.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mitten Tutorial - Step 4

Is everyone still with me?
I thought I'd give you a few days to complete step 3.

Step 4:

After you have 44 total stitches your mitten should look like this

And you just finished a knit row.

Next Purl Row - Purl 29 sts and turn. Don't purl past the marker.

This is what it looks like after you turn

Now you are ready to knit the thumb.

Thumb: Edited July 4th - changed # of rows to 12

Knit 13 sts, marking this row as row 1 and knit 12 total rows on these 13 sts.

This is the beginning of the thumb part with a marker.

Any questions?

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mitten Tutorial - Step 3

Now we will begin the left thumb gusset

Row 1: Knit 4, M1 (make one), PM (place a marker), knit to end of row.

Above picture shows how I M1 (make 1). I lift the stitch with the left needle and knit into the back of it so as not to leave a hole.

Knitting in the front and back of the stitch to increase does not work - it does not leave a smooth increase line and does not look quite as nice.

Above picture is the first row knit to the end with the marker in position.
You can see I have 5 sts at the right because I M1 and 29 sts on the left.

Row 2: Purl to marker, slip marker and m1.

To make one on the purl side, lift the stitch as above and

come in from behind to purl this stitch. We don't knit it because we do not want any purl bumps on the right side. It's a wee bit tricky but there are only a few more rows of this type of increase.

Rows 3-11: Repeat last 2 rows 4 times more.
Keep increasing every row until 44 (50) total stitches

You should end up with 15 sts on the right side of the marker and 29 sts on the left side.

Let me know if you get stuck anywhere and I'll see if I can better explain.
Or if I miscalculated the row counts.
Mostly it is the number of stitches at the end that matter.