Thursday, December 25, 2008


Done! The Christmas knits fit, my needles are stashed, my next project will be for me! Merry Christmas to everyone, Happy Holidays

Debbie in the Mohair hoodie, Gabe in the leftover Mohair hat, Corinne in the Malabrigo hat

Friday, December 5, 2008

FREE pattern: Recyclable Shopping Bag, aka the meshy tote

Recyclable Shopping Bag
3 skeins Lily Peaches and Cream cotton yarn
16" circulars in the following US sizes: 6,8,10.5
1 stitch marker
darning needle for sewing in ends

Beginning with smallest sized needles (working back and forth to start) and one strand of MC, cast on 41 sts.
Rnd 1: Knit 1, Purl 1 across
Rnd 2: Knit across
repeat these two rows 20 more times, for a total of 42 rows.
Next row: work in pattern across 41 sts, Pick up and knit 30 sts along edge, Pick up and knit 40 sts. across cast on edge, pick up and knit 30 sts along edge, place marker and join for working in the round (141 sts total)
Work one round even in stockinette stitch
Bagbody pattern: Rnd 1- *Knit 2 sts. together (K2g), yo, repeat from * around
Rnd 2- Knit all sts
Repeat these two rounds 7 more times
, switching to size 8 ndl on the 6th rnd and then size 10.5 on the 14th rnd.

Stockinette panel: Knit 10 rnds.
Repeat the Bagbody pattern rounds
2nd Stockinette panel: Knit 1 round,
dec round:*k8, k2tog; rep from * around to last 3sts, K3tog (126 stitches)
Knit 4 rounds
dec round: *k7, k2tog; rep from * around (112 stitches)
Knit 3 rnds
Repeat the Bagbody pattern rounds
Final stockinette panel: Change to size 8 needles, Purl 1 round
dec round: *k6,k2tog; rep from * around (98 stitches)
Purl 1 round
dec round: *k5,k2tog; rep from * around (84 stitches)
Purl 1 round
Handle round K18, Bind off 20 sts, K22, BO 20, K4
next round: *P to bound off stitches, CO 30 sts over opening, rep * around to beginning.
K one round
P one round
K one round
BO all stitches, weave in any loose ends, and enjoy!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

This ones for Kristi.... and anyone else confused by the slant pocket pattern

Thanks for contacting me-This was my first published pattern, and everyone that test knit my project has been knitting with me for ages and understands what I mean as opposed to what I say/write! I am flattered that you chose this particular pattern.
The bag is should look like a large rectangle, a large triangular shape, and the strap. Fold the rectangle on the turning ridges, so you have something resembling a cereal box minus sides. Pin the strap to the bag using clips, and crochet (or whipstitch) from the bottom front up, over the two short flaps bringing them together at the center corners so that they meet in the middle, and then continue on down the other side. Repeat for other side. Fold the triangle on the turning ridges, lay it on top of the bag, and begin crocheting (or whipstitching) the pockets to the bag starting at one top corner going down, across the bottom, and then up the other side.
Does that sound better?

Those are the Bella tights, but the color is so far off you wouldn't believe me if I told you it was the same Cascade Heritage sock yarn that I posted a few months back-hows that for a cellphone camera?
And the yarn leftover from the Cloud armwarmers became the mini purse, made from Leigh Radfords' One Skein design, with some handle modifications because I was running out of time.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Happy December!!!

The countdowns on-24 days to knit, block, and seam my way into completion! The Bella tights are down, moms present is done, Debbie's is still on the needles and almost done, and then all the rest are impatiently waiting in the wings. too soon, too soon the holidays come...