Saturday, January 13, 2018

Dragon Fire Cowl


Hello friends, these days I'm falling in love with bulky yarn, and exploring its abilities to turn into nice cowls. Till now I've made three, posted one before, this post, and a third cowl I'll present to you when it is ready. Hope you will like at least one of them and put it on your to do list, Have nice knitting days.







Materials




NAKO spaghetti Effect; 3.5 oz/ 100 g, 65.6 yds/ 60 m approx.
25% wool, 75% premium acrylic.
Volcano 7794,  2 balls.

Size U.S. 15 (10 mm) knitting needles, 
1 Button : 1.75 inch/ 4.5 cm approx.
Tapestry needle

yardage:
95- 110 yds/ 90- 100 m approx.


level: Easy

knitting Terms
k = knit
p = purl
k2togtbl = knit 2 stitches together through back loops.
yo = yarn over
sl st = slip stitch

Measurements:
18" (46 cm) inner round, 38.5" (98 cm) outer round, 12" (31 cm) deep. approx.

Gauge:
9.5 sts x 20 rows = 4" (10 cm)
in Garter Pattern.




Instructions

Cast on 9 sts:
Row 1: k 1, p 1, repeat to last stitch, k 1.
Row 2:p 1, k 1, repeat to last stitch, p 1.
Repeat rows (1 and 2) two more times, then knit one row.

Scale Pattern 1:
Row 1: k 5, yo, k to last 2 sts, sl st, k 1.
Row 2: sl st, k 1, yo, k to last 5 sts: p 1, k 4.
Row 3: repeat row 1.
Row 4: repeat row 2.
Row 5: repeat row 1.
Row 6: repeat row 2.
Row 7: repeat row 1.
Row 8: repeat row 2.
Row 9: repeat row 1.
Row 10: repeat row 2.
Row 11: cast off 5 stitches, k 5, yo, k to last 2 sts: sl st, k 1.
Repeat rows (2-11) four more times, Then repeat rows (2-10) once.

Important Note:  In row 11, please take into consideration that when you cast off 5 stitches, you are actually knitting 6 stitches. The k 5 that comes after, includes this stitch. This applies to both patterns: 1 and 2.





Scale Pattern 2:
Row 1cast off 5 stitches,  k 5, yo, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 2: k 2, p 1, k 4.
Row 3k 5, yo, k 1, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 4: k 3, p 1, k 4.
Row 5: k 5, yo, k 2 k2togtbl, turn.
Row 6: k 3, p 1, k 4.
Row 7: k 5, yo, k 3, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 8: k 4, p 1, k 4.
Row 9: k 5, yo, k 4, k2togtbl, turn.

Row 10: k 5, p 1, k 4.
Repeat rows (2-10) five more times. Then cast off 5 stitches, k to last st. 

The remaining stitches now are 9.

work single rib pattern:
Row 1: k 1, p 1, repeat to last stitch, k 1.
Row 2:p 1, k 1, repeat to last stitch, p 1.
Row 3: repeat row 1.
Make the button hole:
Row 4: p 1, k , p 1, cast off 3 sts, p 1, k 1, p 1.
Row 5: k 1, p 1, k 1, cast on 3 sts, k 1, p 1, k 1.
Row 6: repeat row 2.

Cast off all sts, sew the button, and weave in loose ends.
Enjoy wearing the dragon Fire cowl, and let it keep your neck and chest warm.






Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bulky Squares Cowl



Happy new year fellow knitters and crocheters. A very cold weather needs bulky cowls, don't you think so? I wanted a simple yet new pattern with a twist, and this is what came out with me. Its gradient white and black shaded yarn is elegant, and like many cowls, it can be put on in many ways, enjoy.

Materials


NAKO spaghetti Effect; 3.5 oz/ 100 g, 65.6 yds/ 60 m approx.
25% wool, 75% premium acrylic.
Antarctica 7653,  3 balls.

Size U.S. 11 (8 mm) knitting needles, U.S. 11 (8 mm) circular needle, 32" (80 cm) long.
Stitch Holders: 4
Stitch Marker
Tapestry needle

yardage:
125- 130 yds/ 115- 120 m approx.

level: intermediate



knitting Terms
k = knit
p = purl
k2togtbl = knit 2 stitches together through back loops.
M1btf = increase 1 stitch, insert the needle from back to front into the horizontal strand between the stitches, knit the stitch through the front loop.
M1ftb =increase 1 stitch, insert the needle from front to back into the horizontal strand between the stitches, knit the stitch through the back loop.



Measurements:

6" (23 cm) wide x 27.5" (70 cm) around.

Gauge:
10 sts x 21 rows = 4" (10 cm)
in Garter Pattern.



Instructions

Making first square:

With straight pair of needles, Cast on 3 sts:

Row 1: k 1, p 1, k 1.
Row 2: k 1, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 1.
Row 3: k 2, p 1(use a stitch marker to this center stitch), k 2. 
Row 4: k 2, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 2.
Row 5: k to center stitch, p 1, k to end.
Row 6: k to center stitch, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k to end.
Row 7: repeat row 5.

Repeat rows 6 and 7 fourteen more times, the last row:
 (k 17, p1, k 17).
Now the first square is finished.



Making the second square:

Put the first 16 stitches in a stitch holder, cut yarn. bind on yarn to the remaining stitches and work as follow:

Row 1k 1, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 2: k 2, p 1(use a stitch marker to mark this center stitch), k 2. 
Row 3: k 2, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 1, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 4: k 3, p 1, k 3. 
Row 5: k 3, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 2, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 6: k 4, p 1, k 4.
Row 7: k to center st, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k to last st, k2togtbl (the last st and a st from first square), turn.
Row 8: k to center st, p 1, k to end.

keep on working till the 16 stitches of the first square is knit to second square side, and finishing with row:
 k 16 and put them in a stitch holder. 
Now the second square is finished.








Making the third square:

Row 1: k 1, p 1, k2togtbl (the last st and a st from second square), turn. 
Row 2: k 1, M1btf, k 1 (mark this center stitch), M1ftb, k 1.
Row 3: k 2, p 1, k 1, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 4: k 2, M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k 2.  
Row 5: k 3, p 1, k 2, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 6: k to center st. M1btf, k 1, M1ftb, k to end.
Row 7:k to center st, p 1, k to last st, k2togtbl (the last st and a st from second square), turn.

keep on working till the 16 stitches of the second square is knit with third square rows, the finishing row: 
k 16 (to center st),p 1, k to last st, k2togtbl (the last st of third square and the st of second square).
The third square is finished.

Making the fourth square:
Repeat second square, then cast off the remaining sts (3 center stitches and 16 stitches of the fourth square upper side.

Now you have 4 squares in total, and two groups of (16 stitches) in stitches holders on each side of work.

Finishing the Cowl:
Sew the seams of the two ends of the cowl together.


Making the edges of cowl:
Using the circular needle, pick up 16 stitches of one side of any square on any side of cowl,put the 16 stitches group, pick up another 16 stitches, put the second 16 stitches group, (64 sts).

Work two rows in simple rib pattern (k 1, p 1), then cast off all stitches leaving enough yarn to sew ends. 

Repeat on the other edge of cowl. Weave in loose ends, enjoy wearing the cowl.



Thursday, December 21, 2017

Just One Ball Shawl



Hello everyone, after I finished my Dragon Tail shawl, one Bernat Pop Ball was left from the parcel I received. Loving the speedy work and what came out of it, I've decided to start another project right away. 

I had this idea in my mind for a while, why not take the two ends of the Bernat Pop Ball yarn, work them together in alternate stripes, and see how it will look. You can take any large (5 oz/ 140 g and more) multi-colored ball of yarn, knit it this way, and you'll easily get many unique shawls. Enjoy this very simple shawl. 


Materials:

Bernat pop; 5 oz/ 140 g, 280 yds/ 256m approx.
Moonshadow 84008,  1 balls.
Size U.S. 10 (6 mm) knitting needles.
Tapestry needle

level: easy

knitting Terms
k = knit
p = purl
sl =slip stitch
yo = yarn over
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together.




Measurements:

55" (140 cm) long x 15" (38 cm) deep, approx.

Gauge:
15 sts x 27 rows = 4" (10 cm)
in Garter Pattern




Notes:
  • To clear the instructions, the outer end of yarn is called B, and the inner end of yarn is called E.
  • At the beginning of the odd numbered rows, always knit the first stitch with both yarns (B and E). 
  • Because I had the small grey ball of yarn from last project, I used it in making this one, but you can use only one ball, the length of the shawl  is appropriate. 
  • My shawl just by chance didn't have the same color stripes at any part of it, so don't worry if this happens with you, the shawl will look fun and beautiful anyway.



Instructions:
With B yarn, Cast on 4 sts:
Row 1: k 2, p 2.
Row 2: sl 1, k 1,yo, k 2.
Row 3: k 3, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 4: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 3. 

With E yarn, work next 6 rows:
Row 5: k the first st using both yarns (B and E), k 3, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 6: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 2, k2tog.
Row 7: k the first st using both yarns, k 3, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 8: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 4.
Row 9: k the first st using both yarns, k 4, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.

Row 10: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 3, k2tog.

With B yarn, work next 6 rows:
Row 11: k the first st using both yarns, k 4, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 12: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 5.
Row 13: k the first st using both yarns, k 5, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 14: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 4, k2tog.
Row 15: k the first st using both yarns, k 5, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 16: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 6.

The general 6 rows of yarn E:
Row 1: k the first st using both yarns, k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 2: sl 1, k 1, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.
Row 3: k the first st using both yarns, k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 4: sl 1, k 1, yo, k to end.
Row 5: k the first st using both yarns, k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 6: sl 1, k 1, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

The general 6 rows of yarn B:
Row 1: k the first st using both yarns, k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.

Row 2: sl 1, k 1, yo, k to end.

Row 3: k the first st using both yarns, k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.

Row 4: sl 1, k 1, yo, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Row 5: k the first st using both yarns, k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 6: sl 1, k 1, yo, k to end.

Keep on working these alternate 6 rows patterns till the end of yarn. 

Note: 
Before you are out of yarn, keep in mind the number of rows for the last stripe, plus make sure you have enough yarn to cast off the shawl. My last 2 stripes actually were of 4 rows, because I've noticed my yarn was not enough.




Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dragon Tail Shawl


Hi friends, my year ended joyfully, for I've received my parcel of Bernat Pop yarn after long weeks of waiting.

I made this shawl very quickly, because I was eager to see how easy the work can proceed as all Bernat yarn knitters say. I enjoyed every second, hope you all like what I've designed. It's really easy after learning how to knit five stitches into the yarn over of the previous row.

Materials:

Bernat pop; 5 oz/ 140 g, 280 yds/ 256m approx.
Moonshadow 84008,  2 balls.
Size U.S. 10 (6 mm) circular knitting needle, 36" (90 cm).
Tapestry needle

level: intermediate

knitting Terms
k = knit
p = purl
sl =slip stitch
yo = yarn over
k2togtbl = knit 2 stitches together through back loop.
k3togtbl = knit 3 stitches together through back loop.
k5fo = knit 5 stitches into one stitch: k1, p 1, k1, p 1, k 1 into the same yo of the previous row.




Measurements:
47.5" (121 cm) long x 26" (66 cm) deep.

Gauge:
15 sts x 27 rows = 4" (10 cm)
in Garter Pattern




Note:

  • To get the sequence of colors I prefer, I started knitting the first Bernat pop from inside out, while the second one outside in.
  • I eliminated the grey piece of the second one, because I didn't like the color much.
  • To make the last stripe of scales knitted with one color, I cut out few yards/ meters of previous color. 
  • This is the link to how to make five stitches into 1 stitch. 



Instructions:

Cast on 4 sts: k 2, p 2, the first row.

start the pattern:

Row 1: sl 1, k 1,yo, k1, yo, k 1.
Row 2: k 1, k5fo, k 2, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 3: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 8. 
Row 4: k 9, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 5: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 9.
Row 6: k 10, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 7: sl 1, k 1, yo, k 10.
Row 8: cast off 5 sts, (which means 5 sts decrease out of k 6), k 5, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.

Work rows (1-8) once as the first Scale  of the (Dragon tail Pattern), then work the general pattern:

Dragon tail Pattern 1:

Row 1: sl 1, k, yo, k to last st, yo, k 1.
Row 2: k 1, k5fo, k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 3: sl 1, k, yo, k to end.
Row 4: k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.
Row 5: repeat row 3.
Row 6: repeat row 4
Row 7: repeat row 3
Row 8: cast off 5 sts, (5 sts decrease out of k 6), k to last 2 sts, turn yarn forward, sl 1, p 1.

Repeat the pattern rows (1-8) 30 more time (or as you want your shawl's length to become).

Repeat row 1 one more time before starting to work the Dragon tail pattern 2.

Dragon tail Pattern 2:

Row 1: k 1, k5fo, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 2: k 7, turn.
Row 3: k 6, k2togtbl, turn.  
Row 4: repeat row 3.
Row 5: repeat row 4.
Row 6: repeat row 3.
Row 7: cast off 5 sts, (5 sts decrease out of k 6), k3togtbl, turn.
Row 8: k 1, yo, k1, turn.

Repeat  rows (1-8) 24 more times, then make the last Scale as follow:

Row 2: k 1, k5fo, k2togtbl, turn.
Row 3: k 7, turn.
Row 4: k 6, k3togtbl, turn. 
Row 5: repeat row 3.
Row 6: repeat row 4.
Row 7: repeat row 3.
Row 8: cast of first 6 stitches one by one, k3togtbl last remaining sts.

Weave in the loose ends.