Thursday, June 25, 2009

Mitten Tutorial - Step 1

Are you ready? Well here goes - my very first mitten tutorial!

We'll be working on just the small size for now - I'll add the next size up on the actual pattern.

Step 1

Cast on 32 sts and knit in rib of your choice for 3 1/4"

I like 2x2 rib, so I used that - does not matter what you choose.
3 1/4" for me worked out to about 22 rows.

Tomorrow I'll post the next step.

Can't think of a name for this pattern - they're nameless right now!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mitten Time

Okay, so I'm on a roll of mitten knitting!

Pairs 13, 14 & 15

The lovely blue yarn is Ironstone Multi 95% Wool 5% Polyester
These are worked on double points in the round.

Pairs 16, 17 & 18

Same Ironstone yarn here but these are knit on 2 needles.

Mitten Tutorial

I'll be posting a step by step little tutorial on how to knit these mittens with the "Indian thumb gusset " on 2 needles.

What you need is worsted wt yarn - light or medium wt worsted will work.
I think a little over 100 yds will work as I was able to squeeze out 3 pairs from one ball of Ironstone.

My gauge was 5 sts to 1 inch - use whatever needles give you that gauge.
Yes you should knit up a swatch, unless you already know your gauge with worsteds. I do ;)

I'll post step 1 tomorrow and after I'm done with all the steps I'll be posting the pattern over on my pattern blog.

And for those of you who hate to seam and would rather make your mittens in the round - stay tuned for that pattern.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mitten Factory

Here is another pair of "hoot-less" mittens. I followed the pattern of Give-A-Hoot mittens omitting the cabled parts.

Close up of what the Finnish knitters call "Indian Thumb Gusset"

I did not really care for the 34 sts width of these. A little too wide even for my wide hands. I assume when you work the cabled part it would draw in the hand for a tighter fit.


Inspired by Give-A-Hoot mittens I came up with these "Life Line" mittens.
I cut down the pattern to 32 sts wrist and body.
About 2-3 oz of worsted wt yarn and based on 32 sts for a snugger fit.
I'm calling them Life Line Mittens because the thumb gusset curves along the life line on your palm.

Recipe/Mods for Life Line Mittens

Inspired by Give-A-Hoot Mittens

About 2.5 – 3 oz of worsted wt yarn and needles to give you a gauge of 4 – 4 ½ sts per inch.

CO 32 sts, join in round and knit ribbing of our choice for 3.5”

Knit 4 rows in stockinette stitch.

Left Thumb Gusset
Rnd 1: K3, kfb next st, PM (place marker) K to end of row (33sts)
Rnds 2-9: Knit to 1 stitch before marker, kfb of that stitch, slip marker and knit to end of round.
You should end of with 41 total stitches.

Next row; Knit 13, place next 11 sts on a holder, cast on 2 sts on right hand needle and knit to end of round. (32 sts)

Knit until top of mitten just clears your little finger. This was about 5” from the base of my palm or from the beginning of the stockinette part. I have short fingers, so you might want to knit more rows for longer fingers.

Mitten Top
1. (K2tog, K6) 4x – 28 sts
2. Knit this row and every even row.
3. (K2tog, K5) 4x – 24 sts
5. (K2tog, K4) 4x – 20 sts
7: (K2tog, K3) 4x – 16 sts
9: (K2 tog, K2) 4x – 12 sts
10: K2 tog across, break yarn, gather up

From holder, pick up and knit 11 sts for thumb, 1 st in the corners and 2 sts at the base of thumb. (15 sts)
*On next round decrease at the corners so there are 13 sts total for thumb.
Divide on 3 needles and knit even about 2”.
Last row; knit 2 together across, break yarn and gather up.

Right Thumb Gusset
Rnd 1: K11, PM, kfb next st, K to end of row (33sts)
Rnds 2-9: Knit to marker, slip marker, kfb of next stitch, knit to end of round.
You should end of with 41 total stitches.

Next row; Place next 11 sts on a holder, cast on 2 sts on right hand needle and knit to end of round. (32 sts)
Knit body same as left hand mitten.

What's Next?
Having met puzzled out the new thumb gusset on one strand mittens, I've moved on to modifying my favorite 2 strand mitten pattern.

Red Rocks Mittens

#9 needles and 2 strands of knitting worsted
Thumb hole might be too large, I won't know yet until I work it.

Stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Half Hexagons

I decided to "fill in the gaps" and make some half hexies for the sides.
I Googled around and looked at Ravelry hexagons, but could not find any thing that would work.

No Pictures available - somehow they disappeared from Flickr
Only one available is on Ravelry

This is how I made up the half hexie.

R1: 8 dc in a ring (however way you want to make the ring, I did a magic loop) Break yarn. DO NOT TURN

R2: Ch4, (2dc cluster in next DC, ch1) repeat 5x, ch1, dc in last dc. Break yarn do not turn.

R3: Ch3, dc in ch1 space, (ch1, 3dc’s in next ch 1 space) 5x, ch1, dc in ch1 space, dc in last dc. Break yarn.

R4: TURN hex motif to wrong side and start this row with a sc, ch2, (sc, ch3) 5x, ch2, sc in last stitch, TURN

R5: Ch4, 3dc in ch2 space, (3dc in next ch3 space, 3dc, ch2, 3dc in next ch 3 space) 2x, 3dc in next ch3 space, 3 dc in last ch2 space, dc in last dc.

Hopefully I typed this out right, but if in doubt you should look at the pictures.
Since I did not take a pic of the last row on the 2nd attempt, I do not have a model to go by. It fit so well I did not want to take if off the blanket ;)

So there might be an error on the last row - let me know :)

Which ever way you choose to make your half hexies fit is probably ok as long as they look good on your blanket!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Getting Closer To Completion

This Hexagon Blanket is coming along very quickly. It's so much fun to just pull out a motif and join it up to the next set.

Since I did not want the full blanket laying on my lap, I decided to work it in sections. Below you see that I am almost done with the sections and then I have to join them with motifs in between. For that I'll have to have the whole thing on my lap, or I just might work it on a table.

Here's a close up of the sections - so much color!

And to answer Knitting Angel's question of how I choose my colors.

I just throw everything into a plastic bin and pull out the next color.
IF I don't really, really like the combination or if it's too close to the first color, then I allow myself to pull out another one.
I also tried to alternate light and dark motifs. Sometimes that worked, and sometimes it didn't.
All in all they're still combining very well.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Rainy Days Make For Lots of Knitting FO's

Finally some knitting pics!

These are knit with 2 strands of Lion Brand Magic Stripes. I was inspired by Lizzie and all those beautiful socks she knits. I also taught myself a new toe finish - the star toe.

Here's another pair based on the CIC sock pattern.
Yarn: Lion Brand Woolease.

I think I like making smaller socks!

Ugg Booties or Suede Booties

Whatever you want to call them, these are based on this pattern.
Suede Booties by Candi Jensen

So again I did not follow the pattern for the booties exactly. I modified the cuff part by adding some ribbing with a smaller needle.

Dandy Little Booties

Pattern: A Dandy Little Bootie
Somehow I made a mistake - I have garter ridges and there is not supposed to be any. Must make more and re-read the pattern!

Fair Isle Slippers
This used to be a free pattern awhile back, but not anymore.
It is now in the Bernat Great Gift Ideas #530181 booklet.

2 Strand Slippers

The above pair of slippers was based on Dilys Sutherland's Three Strand Slipper pattern. I knit them from the toe up and used 2 strands of knitting worsted.

Here's another tweedy pair from the same pattern as above. I guess I really like this pattern!

Friday, February 06, 2009

Slipping Along Here

Another quick knit are these slippers by Kathy North.

Pattern: Ballet Slippers
On Ravlery:

I used size 8 needles and worked a couple more decrease rounds because I wanted a taller/warmer top. So mine are not really "ballet" type slippers, just plain 'ole slippers.

Finished off 2 pairs of socks - need to take pictures.

On the needles right now:
1. Bond/ISM scarf
2. Ugg Booties

And can you believe that I only have 2 projects? I need to dig into that WIP pile and rescue some orphans!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bottom Up Boots

As promised my "mods" to Bernat's Organic Cotton Knit Booties.
(Link leads to Ravelry)

Please keep in mind that I am a very loose knitter, so #8 needles will give me a gauge of 3.5 sts in garter stitch. Use whatever needles give you that gauge or your slipper might be too big and the fabric to stretchy.

Bottom Up Boots

Based on Bernat’s Baby Booties
Knit with 2 strands of worsted wt yarn and #8 circular needles

CO 44 sts and place a marker in center

1. K

2. K (1 ridge made)

3. K1, m1, knit to 1 st before marker, m1, k1, slip marker, k1, m1, k to 1 st before end, m1, k1 (48 sts)

4. K 48 sts – 2 ridges made

5. Repeat Row 3 (52 sts)

6. K 52 sts – 3 ridges made

7. Repeat Row 3 (56 sts)

8. K 56 sts – 4 ridges made

9. Inc in center only (m1,k1, slip marker, k1, m1) (58 sts)

10. K 58 sts – 5 ridges made

11-14. Knit 58 sts – 7 ridges made

15. K across and dec in center by K2tog, k1, slip marker, k1, SSK (56 sts)

16. K 56 sts – 8 ridges made

17. Decrease as in row 15 (54 sts)

18. K 54 sts – 9 ridges made

19. Decrease as in row 15 (52 sts)

20. K 52 sts – 10 ridges made

21. Decrease as in row 15 (50 sts)

22. K 50 sts – 11 ridges made

23. K 15 sts, bind off 20, k 15 sts (30 sts)

24. K across 30 sts. This might be a little tight so you might want to try dp’s or longer circ using the magic loop technique. After a few rows it gets back to normal.

25-28. Knit – 14 ridges made

Bind off next row with #10 needle and sew up the seams that need sewing!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Another Christmas Present Revealed

This is what I knitted for the Grandson for Christmas 2008.

Every little boy (and big ones too) could use a Nintendo pillow in their room!

Side 1

Side 2

I made both sides on the knitting machine to fit an 18" pillow form.
Then I crocheted up 3 sides, used some white yarn to weave thru the stitches, making 4 sections for side 1. This was just a temporary guideline to help me place the stitches evenly. After all the duplicate stitching was done I just pulled the yarn out.

I found the two Mario Kart charts on Animal Crossing Ahead.
I had to adjust the original patterns which are in squares to a knitting type chart, where the height is taller than the width. Lots of time spent on Excel!

The Yoshi head was the one I used on his sweater a few years back. I think I used KnitPro to make that and this time I just downsized it to fit the pillow section.

For the 1up mushroom, I used this dishcloth chart.
I don't know much about Nintendo games and rules, so I made the mushroom red. Showed it to my son and he said that 1up mushrooms are supposed to be green! I had to carefully clip and pull out all the red and do it over with green. Oh what a mess that was!

The really neat Mario Jumping scene I found at the WikiKnitting site.
Lots of charts!

The Nintendo Logo - KnitPro again.

After all the duplicate stitching was done, I just finished crocheting the edges together.

He loves it!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Forgotten FO's

I had forgotten all about these FO's, so thought I'd post them.

First is a pair of Mittenz, showing how they look before seaming and after.

Next is a pair of Kidlett Mittenz with stripes.

Answers To Some Comments:

Amy - thanks for the award! I've been so very busy lately I have not had time to respond but I will.

Carol, Sandy and anyone else that would like the instructions for the double and triple roll brimmed hats: I am still waiting for Karen to write up the pattern. Not sure where she will post it, but I'll be sure to update the info here on my blog.

That's all for today - hope the next few days are stress free for everyone.
I've got last minute gifts to finish up AND wrap!

Sunday, December 07, 2008

There Is Knitting Going On - Really

In the background - for Christmas surprises!
So no photos of those projects until they've been gifted.

But I have managed to finish an FO - A shawl or laprobe for the Elders.

I started this 2 years ago, put it away for the summer, knit on it awhile, put it away again.... But now it is done and ready to be mailed.

Pattern is my own. Look on the sidebar for the link to my Half Circle Knitted Shawl.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Oh No! More Hats!

I'm almost up to my 50 that I pledged for the Hatz Blitz!

Hat 45
So I've had the Bond/ISM for years and really never tried ribbing on it. I did a closed cast on - something else I'm not really great at. I decided on an easy rib of k3, p1.
With the machine, you knit the amount of rows you want and then undo every 4th stitch and latch it up. Fun and I'm happy that I was able to try these two techniques and get them almost right.
I say almost because I forgot to use a smaller keyplate for the ribbing to make it tighter. There's always next time.

Hat 46
Now this one is a "Hybrid Hat". I knit the stockinette body all on the machine and worked the ribbing with smaller needles by hand. Learned a new bind-off technique that produced that chain effect. I then worked the crown decreases by hand in the round with double points and sewed the little seam up.
Still took me just the same amount of time as if I had done the ribbing on the machine.

Hat 47
Finally finished this one!
Pattern: Dylan's Beanie by Woolly Wormhead

I used #6 needles and Caron Rainbow Yarn
Size: medium

And that's all for now.....

Still working on the Juliet Cardi and the Sally Melville Vest.
What is taking most of my time is the last few squares of an crocheted afghan.
Arranging the squares and seaming up is next.

Friday, October 31, 2008

More Candy Corn?

I finally got around to knitting up a Candy Corn hat for DD#2. She's been bugging, oops, I mean asking me for years to make one.

Pattern: Candy Corn Hat by Sarah Nopper
Red Heart Yarn and #8 needles

I have lots more treats (FO's) but I need to take pics.
More hats have been made.
Mittens too.
Babette is finished.
Garter stitch blankie, finished.
More squares done.

Shopping my stash for yarn and projects to finish. Fun and cheap!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hold On To Your Hats!

It's very windy here in Fontana, and fall has arrived in the Inland Empire.
We're having gusts of about 49 mph and that makes it pretty darn hard to go outside and pull weeds. I hope they die down soon because we are in need of a few groceries.
Meanwhile I've been busily knitting up more Hatz!

Hatz 26 - 30

Four of them are just a basic beanie - no pattern. I used up lots of little oddballs of chunky type yarn, like Lion Brand Jiffy.

# 26 is two strands of knitting worsted started from the top down with a 2.5" garter stitch brim. Nice and warm around the ears.

#28 is the RAD Hat knit with bulky yarn, and several oddballs of Lion Brand Jiffy.

Still working on the Juliet Cardi, Sally Melville Vest, Squarz and blankets.

Saturday, October 11, 2008


It's fun to go digging in one's hidden Wips. Look what I discovered!

It is a vest from Sally Melville's Styles book; The Whistler Vest.
This one was hanging out deep in my closet with some other forgotten projects.
We were discussing what to make for the elders of the Rez and vests were mentioned. I think this one will be going up to South Dakota this winter.

These are the two fronts and they are already up to the armholes, so I really do not have much more to knit. It's a simple linen stitch knit on #5 needles.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Thrift Shop Score and More

Yesterday I went to several thrift shops and found a very nice small afghan, 37" x 52". I washed it and it's ready to go for the Blanket Blitz.
Found a few bags of odds and ends that will be great for my crochet squares. I've separated them into cool and warm colors.

Still knitting mittens - a pair here and there. Here's one from the Warm Woolies pattern knit with 2 strands of yarn. One Red Heart and the other mohair. This is about the 2nd or 3rd pair I've made with this combination of yarn. The mohair sure makes them soft and fluffy.

Saw this hat pattern in one of my Ravelry Groups - Hats Hats Hats

They're having a Hat KAL for October and this was one of the suggested patterns.

Crocheted Brimmed Hat

It's a quick project and was fun to do.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Mitten Challenge Totals & More

The totals for the Mittenz Challenge of 2008 are in!

1003 pairs of mittens/gloves/wristers were were mailed last week to the Rez!

Simply amazing, isn't it? What one group of people can do when called to the challenge!

Now back to our regular programming.... digging out the WIPs

Found two more hats in the WIP pile.

Hat #23
Pattern: Slip Stitch Quilted Baby Hat by Shelly Kang
It's a Ravelry Download too. $5

Since this was my first attempt at quilted stitches, I used stash yarn.
It was a bit hard for me to keep track of the pattern and I know I made at least one "design element". But I like the outcome so much that I'll probably make another and choose some prettier colors. This one reminds me a little pineapple!

Hat #24
Pattern: Gansey Hat by Gail
Yarn: Bernat Soft 'n Cozy
Needles: #7's

I was a test knitter and I thought this was a fun hat with all the patterns going on.
I plan on making more.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Getting Back To Other Projects

Rita's House Socks are done! The garter stitch sole worked out great.
I worked the afterthought heel on 20 sts, leaving 16 for the instep.
Hope they fit!

Here's the start of the Juliet Cardigan that I am knitting for my sis, Rita.
She saw the pattern knit up at her local yarn shop.
It calls for a gauge of 14sts per inch. Caron One Pound yarn and size 8 needles gave me the right gauge.

I spend yesterday catching up on some Tivo'd shows and working on putting together the small granny square baby-ghan.
I'll have pictures soon.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Keeping Track Of Hatz

And so I said I was going to go thru my knitting projects yesterday...
Guess what I found? Hatz! I had stored them away somewhere different from where I usually keep them.

So now I have all my hats to take pictures and I had a picture that included the 6 hats I mailed out last Friday.
I went back and looked at all my posts and photos in my computer and I've found out I have made a total of 44 hats since Jan 2008.
38 of these I've made for the Rez.

But wait! My sidebar says 22....
Looking back at my posts I see that I started counting for a Hat Blitz I thought was going to start soon.
I started with the yellow butterfly hat as #1

So thanks to BigHugeLabs, I made this mosaic of all my hats from 1-22

I think I'll take Lizzie's advice and bring down my finished hats to the computer area and COUNT them!

Meanwhile here are some pics of the latest hatz.