Category Archives: Free Kntting Patterns

Missing in Action

Yes I have been missing in action from the blogosphere of late, but I have been keeping busy.

Looking for a job of course.

Teaching Spindling Classes at the Woolpack in Acton, MA.  This has been loads of fun!  9 new spinners so far!  I just love this place!

I spent much of January and early February shoveling and battling the weekly snow storms.  But it appears that the little rodent may have been right predicting an early spring.  It’s been in the high 50Fs the past two days!  I know we will most likely still have cold snowy weather, but with the days getting longer and a bit warmer it feels like we’ve finally turned the corner of this winter.

I have been busy spinning and knitting of course.  I finished spinning the beautiful brown roving (all three pounds!)  for Cece!  It was lovely fiber to spin.  I wish we knew what it was because I would definitely get more of it!  I have also been spinning from my stash.  This was lovely merino superwash from Blue Moon. It was supposed to be socks but I wanted something more substantial, so spun it a bit on the bulky side and made hats.

This is a wonderful hat to knit and I adapted several patterns.

Simple Hand Spun Hat Pattern

I used 100 grams of my bulky/heavy worsted handspun on size 8 US – 16 inch circular needles.

Cast on 80 stitches – join being careful not to twist the stitches.

Twisted rib pattern for three inches. (K1tbl, p1 – repeat)

Knit stockinette for 6 inches.  Then do a radical decrease

K2 tog all the way around

Knit next row.

Repeat the last two rows until there are ten stitches left.   Leave about 8 inches of yarn and run it through the last 10 stitches, pull tight to close and weave in ends.

This makes a warm, comfortable, uni-sex hat.

I also finished the Arroyo Shawlette (ravelry link) from some merino superwash that I had dyed and spun into a fingering/dk weight yarn.

Cindy, Stacy and I took a trip to Pasa Yarns last month and now I have a boat load of dyeing to do.  I’m testing our some different techniques and having fun playing in the studio.

Cindy and I are building up inventory for the upcoming Andover Craft Fair on Mother’s Day.  I am also carding some lovely batts for spinning and felting.  And in response to several neo-needle felters that have dropped by the studio, I now have a big basket of my left over carding bits and dye soppers.  You can fill a bag of your picks for $1/oz.

Last night I made some Oatmeal cookies that were to die for.  I basically opened the cupboard and pulled out leftover bits that I thought would taste yummy.  They were so good I am sharing this one for prosperity.

Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix together well

Add

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 (approx) leftover bag of butterscotch chips

3 Tbsp chopped candied ginger

3 Tbsp chopped pitted dates

(I didn’t have any nuts, but pecans or walnuts would be good too)

Bake 375F for 9-11 minutes.  Let cool on cookie sheet for about 3 minutes before sliding off on to a cooling rack.  This made about 2 dozen cookies.

A Rainy Friday

The rain is coming down hard and fast.  I’m just glad this isn’t snow right now.   Either way it still would have been a good morning to stay in snuggled in bed with the cats, my knitting, and the clicker in hand.  But I didn’t.

So instead of showing your grey day photos, how about this beautiful bright red alpaca silk scarf.  It’s all finished except for the blocking.  I probably could get away without blocking, but I think blocking makes the end product look really finished.  I still have plenty of time to get it to Jonathan, he isn’t scheduled to arrive before the very end of January.  Maybe I will send it as an early Valentine.  The color is certainly perfect.

red-scarf2.jpg

Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Alpaca Silk Aran – 5 skeins used

Needles:    US 8 (5.00 mm) Bamboo

Unblocked size 5 inches wide, 66 inches long – most likely it will be the same after blocking as this yarn seems to spring back to shape once it’s dry.

Pattern:  Broken rib

Cast on 30 stitches

Row 1: K2, P1 repeat ending with a K1

Row 2: P1, K2 repeat ending with a P1

Repeat until you run out of yarn.

This is a quick and mindless scarf to knit, but I loved the way it came out.  The pattern is perfect for this very soft, squishy, drapy yarn.

Very Berry Lace Scarf

 © 2005 Lynne Chantler
Finished scarf measures approximately 11” X 60” after blocking

600 yards hand-painted finger weight silk

Size 6 (4.25mm) needles

 

Cast on 59 stitches.  Knit 3 rows of garter stitch.

 

Pattern:

Knit 1 row slipping first stitch (and slip the first stitch of every pattern row).

 

Row 1: & 3: (WS) s1, p1, k2, * p3, k3; repeat from *, last 4 stitches, k2, p2.

Row 2: s1, p3, * k3, p3; repeat from *, end p1.

Row 4: s1, p1, k2, * yo, sl 1- k2tog, psso, yo, k3; repeat from * to the last 4 stitches and end with k2, p2.

Row 5 & 7 (WS): s1, p3, * k3, p3; repeat from *, end p1.

Row 6: s1, p1, k2, * p3, k3; repeat from *, to the last 4 stitches and end with, k2, p2.

Row 8: s1, p1, k2tog, *yo, k3, yo, sl1 k2tog, psso; repeat from *,  to last 7 stitches and end with; yo, k3, yo, ssk, p2.

 

Repeat rows 1-8 for length of scarf.

 

Finish:

 

Knit 4 rows of garter stitch, and bind off by *k2, slip last knit stitch back on to left hand needle* repeat so the bind of is as stretchy as the cast on row.

Jeffrey’s Mittens

This was part of my last post on my previous blog.  I wanted to repost it so others could find it.

This is a pattern I designed for knitting both mittens at the same time on two circulars using the Queen Kahuna’s sock method and Aloha Cast-On.  So there is virtually no construction to these mittens, other than tightening the end of the thumb and weaving in the ends.

These are also named after my nephew Jeffrey.  Jeffrey lives in Albuqueque, NM and the last night Grandma visited in the winter she had to put socks on his hands to play outside.  Since she is heading off to visit again at the end of January, I knit Jeffrey a couple of pairs of mittens.

 

Jeffrey's mittens

 

Here is the pattern for:

 

Jeffrey’s Mittens

© 2006 Lynne Chantler

Materials:

Two 3.75 (US 5) 24″ circular needles

Sport weight yarn, approx 120 yds.

Gauge:  6 sts/in. 8 rows/in.

Size: Childs small (6.5” girth, length from cuff to tip 7.5”)

Pattern:cast on 12 stitches (6 on each needle)using the long tail “Aloha” cast on method from Queen Kahuna leaving an extra long tail.

Round 1 – using the yarn from the tail and from the ball of yarn, (2 strands) knit into each cast-on stitch. You should now have 6 groups of 2 stitches for a total of  12 stitches on each side of the needle.

Note:  Be sure to tug tightly the first stitch of every row, so there are no ladder holes

Round 2 – in the first 2 groups (4 stitches) knit into each stitch, in the next 2 groups knit 2 tog, 2 times, in the last 2 groups (4 stitches) knit into each stitch – repeat on the other side and you should now have a total of 10 stitches on each needle. 

Round 3 (increase rnd): K1 (pull it tight – see note above), place marker, then knit into the knit ‘bump’ below the next stitch on the left hand needle increasing one stitch, knit across to last 2 stitches,. k1, knit into the bump below the stitch you just knit (right hand needle) making one stitch, place marker, k1.

Round 4: KnitRepeat rows 3 and 4 until there are 40 stitches.

Continue to knit around – until mitten measure 4” from top  4.5 inches.

Left thumb

K2,  Using waste yarn knit 7 stitches, slip waste stitches back on to left hand needle then knit the waste yarn, continue to knit to the end.

Right thumb

Knit to the last 9 stitches, knit the next 7 stitches with waste yarn, put the waste yarn stitches back onto the left hand needle and re-knit them, continue to knit remaining stitches on round. .

Continue to knit in the round for 8 more rows.Start the ribbing (K1, P1) repeat,  for 2 1/2 inches, bind off loosely or as follows:

Thumb

Remove waste yarn and pick up the 7 live stitches under the waste yarn with one needle including an extra 1 stitch in the “corner” and pickup the 7 live stitches  above and 1 extra stitch in the opposite corner (16 total stitches)

Knit around until thumb is 2 inches from the end.

Taper tip of thumb:

K2tog around (8 stitches).  Draw yarn through remaining loops and tie off securely.

Weave in all ends.

Let me know if you have any questions or comments please.  It was suggested that to make a snugger, huggier thumb, one should knit them in a ribbed pattern.  I might also suggest trying to do a SL1 every other stitch and every other row for a thicker thumb.