Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Autumnal Air Scarf



After a very long and hot summer, It's officially Autumn. I miss wearing scarves and sweaters. The cold weather got me in the mood of knitting, and I came up with this quick and easy knitted scarf. 


Measurements:
Length: 74 inch / 188 cm.
Width: 9.5 inch / 24 cm


Materials:
Yarn: Nako Baby (luks minnos) 100 g / 3.53 Oz, 336 mt / 367 yds, 50% polyamide, 50% acrylic.
Colors: light powder 1479 (1 skein), light beige 6690 (1 skein).

Needles: 4 mm/ 6 US.

Small cable needle.

Gauge:
27 sts in 33 rounds 10X10 cm 4X4 inch.

Intermediate level

Knitting terms used in patterns
K: knit
P: purl
Yo: yarn over
S: slip stitch
P: pass stitch
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
K2togtbl: knit 2 stitches together through back loops
S2k1p2: slip the first two stitches together as if you were going to knit them together, knit the next stitch, them pass the two slipped stitches over the stitch just knit.

Patterns used in the scarf:

Seersucker pattern:
(Matching the number of stitches chosen for the scarf)

Number of rows: 8
Number of stitches: multiple of 4 plus 1

Row 1: k 1, p1, repeat to last stitch, k 1.

Row 2: and every back row, work stitches matching the previous row.

Row 3: p 1, k 3, repeat to last stitch, p 1.

Row 5: k 1, p 1, repeat to last stitch, k 1.

Row 7: k 2, p 1, k 1, repeat to last 3 stitches, p 1, k 2.


Lace pattern

(Matching the number of stitches chosen for the scarf)

Number of rows: 8
Number of stitches: multiple of 4 plus 1
Row 1: k 1, yo, k2togtbl, k 1, k2tog, yo, repeat to last stitch, k 1.
Row 2: and every back row, p all stitches,
Row 3: k 1, yo, k 1, S2k1p2, k 1, yo, repeat to last stitch, k 1.
Row 5: k 1, k2tog, yo, k 1, yo, k2togtbl, repeat to last stitch, k 1.

Row 7: k2tog, k 1, yo, k 1, yo, S2k1p2, repeat to last 3 stitches, k 1, yo, k2togtbl.



Simple cable braid pattern:
Number of rows: 4
Number of stitches: 4


At the right side of scarf:
Row 1: p 1, k 2, p 1.

Row 2: k 1, p 2, k 1.

Row 3: p 1, place stitch to cable needle behind work, k 1, place the stitch back to left needle and k 1, p 1.

Row 4: k 1, p 2, k 1.

Repeat rows 3-4 as required.

At left side of scarf:
Row 1: p 1, k 2, p 1.

Row 2: k 1, p 2, k 1.

Row 3: p 1, place stitch to cable needle in front of work, k 1, place the stitch back to left needle and k 1, p 1.

Row 4: k 1, p 2, k 1.

Repeat rows 3-4 as required.



Making the scarf
With light powder color yarn, cast on 69 stitches.

First light powder yarn part:
Work 4 stitches cable braid pattern, 61 stitches seersucker pattern, 4 stitches cable braid pattern.

Repeat the seersucker pattern 7 times (56 rows), cut light powder color yarn.

Light beige yarn square:
Change to light beige color yarn, and repeat seersucker pattern 2.5 times (20 rows).

Change to lace pattern, repeat 7 times (56 rows), and cut yarn.

Light powder color yarn square:
Change to light beige color yarn, and repeat lace pattern 2.5 times (20 rows).

Change to seersucker pattern, repeat 7 times (56 rows), and cut yarn.

Repeat the color sequence squares 2 more times. Then work Light beige color yarn square one last time.

With the same yarn, work seersucker pattern 11 rows, and cast off, cut yarn.

Weave in loose yarn and block.


 

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Striped Autumn Sweater




It's fall already, and a walk to the playground needs a warm sweater with worm colors.

Sizes

To fit chest measurements:

2 years, 21 in. (53 cm)

4 years, 23 in. (58.5 cm)

6 years, 25 in. (63.5 cm)

Finished chest width:

2 years, 26 in. (66.5 cm)

4 years, 29 in. (74 cm)

6 years, 31 in. (86.5 cm)


Sweater length:

2 years, 14 in. (36 cm)

4 year, 16.5 in. (42 cm)

6 year, 22.5 in. (57 cm)


Materials

Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) knitting needles, US 4 (3.5 mm) circular needle 40 in. (100 cm) long, sewing needle, stitch marker, three buttons 0.65 in (1.5 cm) diameter.

Yarn: ALIZE HAPPY BABY SOFT, 100 g. – 3.53 oz. 330 m. - 361 yds.

Size 2 years

Color A: 56 red, 1 skein
Color B: 556 pinkish orange, 1 skein

Size 4 years

Color A: 55 white, 2 skeins.
Color B: 187 yellow, 1 skein.

Size 6 years

4 skeins of any matching colors, 2 skeins each; domain color A and the other B.


Note: () are used, for larger sizes.




Tension:

 24 sts x 34 rows= 10 x 10 cm (4 x 4 in.)

Stitch glossary:

K: knit
P: purl
Inc.: increaseDec.: decrease
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together
Yo: yarn over








Patterns used

Socks pattern: K right side, P wrong side.
Rib pattern: K st, P st.





Eyelid pattern 




color fading pattern

Instructions

(Front Back one piece)

Front:

With color A, cast on 19 st (21 st, 23 st), purl one row. Work as follow:

1st row: K all sts, inc. 5 st (6 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row.
2nd row: P all sts, inc. 5 st (6 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row. 29 (33, 35) sts
3rd row: K all sts, inc. 5 sts (5 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row.
4th row: P all sts, inc. 5 sts (5 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row. 39 (43, 47) sts
5th row: K all sts, inc. 5 sts (5 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row.
6th row: P all sts, inc. 5 sts (5 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row. 49 (53, 57) sts


Change to color B, continue the increasing rows as follow:

7th row: K all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row.
8th row: P all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row. 57 (61, 67) sts
9th row: K all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row.
10th row: P all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row. 65 (69, 75) sts

Change to color A, continue the increasing rows as follow:

11th row: K all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row.
12th row: P all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row. 71 (75, 83) sts
13th row: K all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 3 sts) at the end of row.
14th row: P all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 3 sts) at the end of row. 77 (81, 89) sts
15th row: K all sts, inc. 2 sts (2 sts, 2 sts) at the end of row.
16th row: P all sts, inc.2 sts (2 sts, 2 sts) at the end of row. 81 (85, 93) sts


Change to color B and continue the increasing rows as follow:

17th row: K all sts, inc. 0 sts (2 sts, 1 sts) at the end of row.
18th row: P all sts, inc. 0 sts (2 sts, 1 sts) at the end of row. 81 (89, 95) sts
19th row: K all sts.
20th row: P all sts.
(Change to color A, work 6 rows in socks pattern, change to color B, work 4 rows in socks pattern), repeat 5, (7, 9) more times.
Change to color A, work 6 rows in socks pattern, then work with the two colors six rows of (fading color pattern), then with color B work 4 (4, 6) rows.




Neckline shaping:


With color B dec. 11 (13, 15) sts in the middle and work each side separately.
Left side neckline, dec. at the beginning of every alternate row, 3, 3, 2, 1 ((4, 3, 2, 1) (4, 3, 2, 1)). Work in socks pattern so that you have 16 (18, 20) rows from (color fading pattern).
Work right side neckline conversely.
Now you have 26 (28, 30) sts in each Shoulder side.


Left band shoulder opening:

Change to color A, work two rows in rib pattern, then make two button holes in the next row as follow:
1st row: 8 sts in rib pattern, dec. 2 sts, 10 sts rib pattern, dec. 2 sts, 4 (6, 6) sts rib pattern
2nd : 4 (6, 8) sts in rib pattern, inc. 2 sts, 10 sts in rib pattern, inc. 2 sts, 8 sts in rib pattern
Make 2 more rows in rib pattern, cast off all.

Note: you may need extra 3.5 mm needle to cast on the other band of left side, or just use the circular one, it is only few rows before joining the two sides of back.
With color A, cast on 26 (28, 30) sts, cast on work six rows in rib pattern, change to color B and start back piece, work as follows:
Purl all sts, inc. 9 (10, 10) sts. (Leave this side for now)  


Right band shoulder:

Change to color A, work 6 rows in rib pattern.
Change to color B. Work as follow:
K all sts, inc. 9 (10, 10) sts
P all sts
K all sts, inc. 11 (13, 15) sts, join the other sidepiece and k all sts.
Now the back sts number is 81 (89, 95).


Back:

Work in socks pattern with color B until the rows counts 16 (18, 20) from shoulder bands
Then work 6 rows of color fading pattern using both A and B colors.
(With color A work six rows, with color B work 4 rows) repeat 5 (7, 9) more times.
With color A work 6 rows, change to color B and start the decreasing rows opposite the Front as follow:
1st row: K all sts.
2nd row: P all sts. 81 (89, 95) sts
3rd row: K all sts, inc. 0 sts (2 sts, 1 sts) at the end of row.
4th row: P all sts, inc. 0 sts (2 sts, 1 sts) at the end of row. 81 (85, 93) sts
5th row: K all sts, inc. 2 sts (2 sts, 2 sts) at the end of row.
6th row: P all sts, inc. 2 sts (2 sts, 2 sts) at the end of row. 77 (81, 89) sts


Change to color B, continue the increasing rows as follow:

7th row: K all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 3 sts) at the end of row.
8th row: P all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 3 sts) at the end of row. 71 (75, 83) sts
9th row: K all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row.
10th row: P all sts, inc. 3 sts (3 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row. 65 (69, 75) sts


Change to color A, continue the increasing rows as follow:

11th row: K all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row.
12th row: P all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 4 sts) at the end of row. 57 (61, 67) sts
13th row: K all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row.
14th row: P all sts, inc. 4 sts (4 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row. 49 (53, 57) sts
15th row: K all sts, inc. 5 sts (5 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row.
16th row: P all sts, inc.5 sts (5 sts, 5 sts) at the end of row. 39 (43, 47) sts


Change to color B and continue the increasing rows as follow:

17th row: K all sts, inc. 5 sts (5 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row.
18th row: P all sts, inc. 5 sts (5 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row. 29 (33, 35) sts
19th row: K all sts, inc. 5 st (6 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row.
20th row: P all sts, inc. 5 st (6 sts, 6 sts) at the end of row. 19 (21, 23) sts
Knit one more row, cast of all sts


Sleeve (make 2)



With color A, cast on 42 (48, 52) sts, work six rows in rib pattern.
Change to color B, work one row purl (optional), and then work eyelid pattern
1st row: slip first st, (yo, K2tog) repeat between brackets to the last st, K.
2nd row: slip first st, P to the end.
Repeat the two rows more times (optional: one more to size 2 years)
(Change to color A, work four rows in socks, inc. one st at each end of first row, change to color B, work six rows in socks pattern). Repeat 7 (8, 9) times more.
Change to color A, work four rows, inc. one st at each end of first row. 58 (66, 72)
Cast off all sts.



 Finishing:






Neckband:

Starting From back necklines on to front, with 3.5 mm needle, and color A yarn, Pick up 93 (95, 97) sts evenly.
Work as follow:
1st row: (wrong side) K to end of row
2nd row: rib pattern starting with P st.
3rd row: rib pattern starting with P st.
4th row: rib pattern starting with K st to last 5 sts, dec. two sts (for the button hole), continue in rib pattern to end.
5th row: rib pattern starting with P, inc 2 sts, continue in rib pattern to end.
6th row: rib pattern starting with K st.
Cast of all sts.
Put left front shoulder band over back left shoulder band. Mark the middle st of the upper end of sleeves.
Sew left sleeve in place reaching 20 rows (26 rows, 32 rows) under fading color pattern on back and front. Sew right sleeve the same way.
Sew sleeve seems, side seams of front and back together.



Lower band of sweater:

 Using circular needle, and color B yarn, starting from one side seam, pick up 162 (178, 190) from lower edge of sweater, work Eyelid pattern in rounds as follow:
1st row: (yo, k2tog), repeat to end of round. (Mark beginning of rounds)
2nd row: k to end.

Repeat these two rows two times more, change to color B, purl one round (optional), work 6 rows in rib pattern, cast of all sts, weave in ends, sew buttons in place on back left shoulder band. Enjoy the sweater look on your child.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mandala Rays Coaster




Hello everyone. I love Mandalas. There is something very soothing about making them. I make tons each year, but I have never made my own design. I thought I’d give a try the other day, and this is what I came up with. Hope you like it.  


Materials


Yarn: Alize “diva silk effect” yarn, 100% Microfiber Acrylic (100 g), one skein of:
Rose 354 (A)
Cream 01 (B)
Light cream 62  (C)
Grey 355 (D)

Hook size 3 m.

Tapestry needle.



The coaster is about 10 1/8” (26 cm) diameter



The instructions are written in US terms




Intermediate level


Making the Mandala

With yarn B, make a magic ring.

Round 1: ch 4 (counts as dtr st), 35 dtr, sl st to 4th ch of first ch 4. (36 tr)

Round 2: (ch 3 and dtr2tog) in first 3 st, ch 5 * dtr3tog, ch 5, repeat from * to end of round, sl st to first 3dtr cluster, cut yarn.

With yarn A, join in any ch 5 space.

Round 3: ch 1 *(sc 1, hdc, dc, tr, ch 1, tr, dc, hdc, sc 1) in ch 5 space. repeat from *in each ch5 space.  sl st to first sc, cut yarn.

With yarn D, join in any ch 1 space.

Round 4: ch 1, sc in ch 1 space, ch 7, *sc in next ch 1 space, ch 7, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc.

Round 5: sl st to ch7 space, ch 3, dc 8 in the same ch 7 space, * dc 9 in next ch 7 space, repeat from * to end, sl st to 3rd  ch of first ch 3, cut yarn.

With yarn C, join in 3rd  dc of any 9 dc cluster.

Round 6: (ch 3 dtr4tog), ch 4, tr in the 7th dc of the 9 dc cluster, tr in 3rd  dc of next 9 dc cluster, ch 4, * dtr5tog in the middle five dc of previous round, ch 4, tr in the 7th dc of the 9 dc cluster, tr in 3rd  dc of next 9 dc cluster, repeat from * to end, sl st first (ch 3 dtr4tog) cluster, cut yarn.

With yarn A, join in any ch 4 space to left of dtr5tog cluster.

Round 7: ch 1 *(sc, hdc, dc, tr, 2 dtr) in ch 4 space, (2 dtr, tr, dc, hdc, sc) in next ch 4 space, repeat from* to end, sl st to first ch 1, cut yarn.

With yarn D, join in between 2 scs over dtr5tog of round 6.

Round 8: ch 5 (count as dc and ch 2 space) and dc in the same st, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2, sc in space after 2 dtr, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2, *(dc, ch 2 dc) between next 2 scs, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2, sc in space after 2 dtr, ch 2, sc in tr of previous round, ch 2,  repeat from * to end, sl st to 3rd ch of first ch 5, cut yarn.

With yarn C, join in any ch 2 space, right of (dc, ch 2, dc) cluster.

Round 9: ch 1, *sc in the ch 2 space, *9 dtr in ch 2 of (dc, ch 2, dc) cluster, sc in next ch 2 space, ch 7, sc in the next ch 2 space, repeat from * to end, sl st to first sc after last ch 7, cut yarn.

With yarn A, join in 5th dtr of 9 dtr cluster.

Round 10: (ch 4 ((counts as dtr)), dtr, ch 3, 2 dtr) in the same st, ch 3, sc in ch 7 space, ch 3, *(2 dtr, ch 3, 2 dtr) in 5th dtr, ch 3, sc in ch 7 space, ch 3, repeat from * to end, sl st 4th ch of first ch 4, cut yarn.

With yarn D, join in ch 3 space of (2 dtrc, ch 3, 2 dtrc) cluster.

Round 11: (ch 4 ((counts as dtr)), 2 dtr, ch 3, 3 dtr) in the ch 3 space, ch 4, (dc, ch 2, dc) in sc, ch 4, *(3 dtr, ch 3, 3 dtr) in ch 3 space, ch 4, (dc, ch 2, dc) in sc, ch 4, repeat from * to end, sl st 4th ch of first ch 4, cut yarn.

With yarn C, join in ch 3 space.

Round 12: (ch 4 ((counts as dtr)), 3 dtr, 1 picot st, 4 dtr) in the ch 3 space, ch 6, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch 3 space, ch 6, *(4 dtr, 1 picot, 4 dtr) in ch 3 space, ch 6, (dc, ch 2, dc) in ch 3 space, ch 6, repeat from * to end, sl st 4th ch of first ch 4, cut yarn.

Weave in loose yarn and block the mandala.

You can also follow the pattern down here.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Striped Raspberry Knitted Cushion Cover



I try to stay away from knitting in the summer, due to the extreme hot weather where I live (over 45 C). But now that it is officially autumn, I started knitting again, and came up with this very simple and vintage looking cushion cover.  



Materials


  • Yarn: Alize/ Superlana, Klasik. Wool 25% acrylic 75%, 3.5 oz. / 100 gram, 306 yd. / 280 mt.

Colors numbers: first cushion: 2 skeins of each: dark cream 01, maroon 57. Second cushion: 2 skeins of each: white 55, violet 111.
  • Knitting needles: 4 mm, US size 6.
  • 3 buttons, 1”/ 2.5 cm diameter, dark cream color for first cushion. violet color for second cushion.
  • Tapestry needle.




Cushion measurements:

Length: 15”/ 40 cm
Width: 15”/ 40 cm




Level: intermediate


Knitting Techniques for the Raspberry Stitch Pattern

K1: knit one stitch
P1: purl one stitch
P3Tog: purl three stitches together
(K1, P1, K1)  into 1 st is shown in tutorial video link Here.


KNITTING PATTERN for the Raspberry Stitch Pattern

number of stitches: Multiple of 4.
Row 1: * (K1, P1, K1) into 1 St, P3Tog *repeat to end.
Row 2: Purl All Stitches.
Row 3: * P3Tog, (K1, P1, K1) into 1 St * repeat to end. 
Row 4: Purl All Stitches.



Making first cover (cream and maroon)

With dark cream color yarn, Cast on 84 st, work 18 rows stocking pattern to make the under band:
Row 1: k 1, p 1, to end.
Row 2: p 1, k 1, to end.

*with dark cream color yarn, Work raspberry pattern 20 rows (5 times), Change to maroon color, Work raspberry pattern 20 rows (5 times).
Repeat from * 3 more times.
With marron color make the second band:
Work 8 rows stocking pattern, then work the next 2 rows to make button holes:

Row 1: 10 st in stocking pattern matching previous row, cast off 3 sts, *27 st in stocking pattern, cast off 3 sts, repeat from * one more time, 11 st in stocking pattern.

Row 2:  11 st in stocking pattern matching previous row, cast on 3 sts, *27 st in stocking pattern, cast on 3 sts, repeat from * one more time, 10 st in stocking pattern.
Work 6 more rows in stocking pattern, cast off.




Finishing the cushion cover

Weave in loose ends, fold the rectangle piece as shown in drawing, sew both sides, and sew buttons in place.

Work the second cushion cover following the instructions starting with the violet color, and changing to white.