Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Cuddle Me Neck Warmer

About the Cuddle Me Neck Warmer:
Initially I intended on making this a scarf, but I felt like it was too wide and getting way too heavy.  All I did was seed stitch until the length was enough to wrap around my neck, bind off, and sew buttons on!  I didn't even create button holes because the buttons fit between the stitches.  I like that I don't have button holes because I can choose where I want to button my neck warmer to make it tighter or looser each time I wear it. If you want to use larger buttons, you may need to add button holes in your work.

Neck warmers are great because they keep you so warm but are not as bulky and heavy as scarves.  When I wear scarves underneath my jacket, I usually tuck in the ends anyway -- so why not just wear a neck warmer?

Materials I used:
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn (color: fisherman); less than 150 yards
- US size 13 straight needles
- 2 buttons

The Cuddle Me Neck Warmer Pattern:
Using US 13 needles, cast on 17 stitches

For each row : *K1, P1*

Repeat the pattern until it is long enough to wrap loosely around your neck.
Bind off.
Sew on buttons.

You can easily customize it to fit your own style:
  • You can make it more/less wide.  If you cast on an even number of stitches, the pattern will be: row 1: *K1, P1*
  • row 2: *P1, K1*
  •  You can use more/less buttons, or different style buttons. If you choose to use larger buttons, you may need to make button holes - so plan in advance!

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
K1= knit one stitch
P1 = purl one stitch

There are endless ways to work off of this simple pattern. Be imaginative! 
Have fun and send me photos if you make something similar :]

More photos:

Happy Knitting!

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Chunky Seed Stitch Scarf

Question of the day:

What's a simple pattern you turn to when you are knitting with chunky yarn?

 I tried starting a new project multiple times within the last 2 weeks and I ended up knitting a few rows and not liking how the pattern was turning out with the type of yarn/needles I was using.

After unraveling nearly 6 different incomplete projects, I think I'm going to stick with this simple pattern: the seed stitch!

I'm using chunky yarn and all the seed stitch is... is *K1, P1* (cast on an odd number of stitches).

Details and more pictures will be posted once I complete the scarf.  I'll also have to think of a more clever name for this scarf.  Generally I name it after the person I gift it to -- but I don't decide if I really want to gift it to a particular person until the project is complete. Gotta see the complete piece to judge if the receiver will wear it or not!

Quick pics of the scarf in-the-making:

Simple & plain, but will easily be versatile with different outfits :)

Stay tuned for updates!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Project On the Way

Now that mother nature has finally decided it's autumn, I've started wearing scarves :)

I started knitting a scarf this weekend -- yay! Using the raspberry stitch... but I am not great at it yet, so the scarf is looking a little crooked. I think I'm going to take it apart and start over.

Pictures when the scarf is more complete!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I am still alive!

I will resume my knitting very soon! New project info and patterns coming soon!
I'm sorry for the hiatus, but school and work rules my life -- as always.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Slightly Slouchy Cabled Hat

I'm still indecisive as to whether I like straight or curly hair when wearing slouchy hats...

** ATTENTION: there is an issue after row 7 on this pattern **
I still have to figure out what I did differently. I will post an update when I figure it out. I'm very sorry for the inconvenience >.<

About the Slight Slouchy Cabled Hat:

I tried to make this a slouchy hat, but it didn't quite turn out as slouchy as I anticipated. Nevertheless, I would still wear it! The combination of the yarn I used and the fact that I am a tight knitter resulted in a slightly stiffer feel to the hat. I wish I had used a softer yarn. Perhaps a size 11 needle would have been more appropriate for rows 12 until the decrease. I am still learning!

Materials I used:
- BERNAT softee Chunky yarn (color: grey heather); less than 180 yards
- US size 10 circular needles 16''

The Slightly Slouchy Cabled Hat pattern:
Using US 10 circular needles, cast on 60 stitches

row 1-6: *K2,P2*
row 7: *KFB, P2*
row 8-10: *K4, P2*
row 11: *C4B, P2*

row 12-15: *K4, P2*
row 16: *C4B, P2*

Repeat rows 12-16 an additional 4 times

Then start decreasing:
row 1: *K1, K2tog, K1, P2*
row 2: *K2tog, K1, P2*
row 3: *K2, P2tog*
row 4: *K2, P1*
row 5: *C2B, P1*
row 6-7: *K2, P1*
row 8: *K2tog*

Draw yarn through remaining stitches, remove the circular needles and pull tight.
( You may feel more comfortable using DPNs toward the last few rows because it gets tight)

Knot it up and weave in any loose ends. All done!

Abbreviations used in this pattern:
C4B= slip next 2 sts onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then knit sts from cable needle
C2B= slip next stitch onto cable needle and hold at back of work, knit next stitch from left-hand needle, then knit stitch from cable needle.