Keeping Busy During the Cold

Today I thought I would post a couple of knitting projects for any of you who want to keep busy while it is sub-zero outside.

Dippity Dots Mittens and Bucket Hat
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Materials:
1 skein of Bernat’s Dippity Dots yarn in color of choice
3 skeins of Yarn Treehouse Merino Classic in contrasting color or color a few shades darker than main color
US 4 double pointed needles for mittens
US 5 circular 16″ long and double pointed needes for hat (switch to dpns when it becomes difficult to continue with circular needles)

Terms:
c/o – cast on
CC – contrast color
MC – main color
K – knit
P – purl
BO or CO – bind off, cast off
M1 – make one
K2tog – knit 2 together
PM – place marker
SM – slip marker

Gauge: 5 stitches, 6 rows to the inch on US 4 needles

Mittens:
With US 4 dpns, cast on 40 stitches using CC. Divide evenly over 4 needles and K2P2 for 2 inches.
K one round in CC. Change to MC (dippity dots) and K 2 rounds.

Begin thumb gusset:
1. M1 and place marker. K to end of round
2. K
3. M1, K1, M1, SM, K to end of round.
4. K
5. M1, K3, M1, SM, K to end of round.
6. K
Continue in this manner until you have 13 stitches before marker.
Then, K13, SM, K remainder of stitches on needles. Slip the first 13 stitches before marker to waste yarn or ribbon. Remove marker. Continue knitting around and join .
Continue knitting around until you have 6 – 6 1/4 inches above cuff. Begin decreases.
K2, K2tog around
K three rounds even
K1, K2tog around
K three rounds even
K2tog around. Slip stitches to 2 needles and kitchner stitches together. This will be difficult as you will be pulling the dippity dots yarn thru the loops and it will stick. You will have to be patient and manipulate the yarn thru the loops.

Thumb:
Slip the 13 stitches to 2 needles. Pick up 3 stitches at join and divide stitches as evenly as possible. Join MC yarn and knit for desired length (about 2″ from join).
K1 K2tog around
K one round
K2tog around, slip yarn thru loops on needles and secure. Again this will be difficult as the dippity dots will tend to “catch” on the loops. Be patient and you will succeed.

Repeat for other mitten.

Dippity Dots Bucket Hat

Using US 5 circular needles, CO 120 stitches in CC. PM every 30 stitches. Join and K one round. Then P one round.
Begin pattern:
K13, P2 around until you have knit 1.5 inches from cast on edge.
Decrease: K2tog, K11, P2 around x 1
K 12, P2 around for 6 inches or desired length from beginning.
Decrease for top of hat:
K2tog, K4, K2tog, K4, P2 around.
K10, P2 around X 3
K2tog, K3, K2tog, K3, P2 around.
K8, P2 around x 3
K2tog, K2, K2tog, K2, P2 around
K6, P2 around x 3
K2tog, K1, K2tog, K1, P2 around
K4, P2 around x 3
K2tog, K2tog, P2 around
K2, P2 around x 1
K2tog, P2tog. End by cutting yarn about 10 inches out and run through loops on needles. Secure end. Weave in all loose ends. Block hat as necessary. Add decoration of choice.

I crocheted a flower in the Dippity Dots yarn to match the mittens. You could knit a flower or a band or a strip to tie into a bow or an i-cord. Use your imagination.

Notes: I did not block this hat. I like the curled up edge. If you wish, you can block the hat into a more bell shape.

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This is a moebius cowl that I did using US 8 circular needles 47″ long and following Cat Bordhi’s moebius cast on method. Her method can be found on YouTube. I began with a cast on of 100 stitches and followed her instructions for round #1. After that, I knt 4 rounds and then purled 4 rounds and continued in this manner until I was almost out of yarn. Then I did a standard bind off.

The yarn I used was Red Heart Boutique Treasure. It is 70% acrylic and 30% wool. Feels really soft.

Lotus Stitch Scarf Free Knitting Pattern

This is my latest scarf pattern and I have posted the instructions here for you.

LOTUS STITCH SCARF

Materials:

150 gms DK wt 100% wool yarn
US#9 (5.5mm) straight needles
Yarn needle
Gauge is not critical to this project

Stitches:

Lotus Stitch
Knit
Purl
Slip
Yarn Over

Pattern:

Section 1 (4 rows x 3)
1. Purl
2. P1, *P5tog, leave sts on Left needle, YO, P5tog again, YO, P5tog again, drop sts from Left needle, P1* . Repeat across from * to * , ending P1.
3. Purl
4. P1, *P3tog, leave sts on Left needle, YO, P3tog again, drop sts from left needle, Pl*. Repeat across from * to *, ending P1.
Repeat rows 1 thru 4 for a total of 3 times.

Section 2 (2 rows x 5)
1. Purl
2. SL1, K1 across, ending SL1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for a total of 10 rows.

Cast on 37 stitches. Follow Pattern to desired length. End after completing Row 2 of Section 1. Bind Off in purl. Block/steam gently to get the curves along the sides.

Notes:
My scarf measures 56″ x 6″ in the Lotus stitch section and 7″ wide in the SL1,K1 section. 150 grams will make a scarf considerably longer. I just got tired of knitting and ended it at 56″.
The Lotus stitch is not a complicated stitch, BUT it is an AWKWARD stitch to accomplish. If you knit tightly, I would suggest you loosen up your tension in order to complete the stitch.
Due to the nature of the stitch, it does draw up the width some, hence the 6″ to 7″ width variation.

August 20, 2012 Pattern edited for corrections.

Here is a site that shows a video on how to do this stitch:

http://newstitchaday.com/lotus-flower-stitch/

New Zealand Rib Scarf Pattern

I want to share with you an easy rib scarf pattern. Thanks go out to my friend, Jude in New Zealand for sharing it with her American friends.

Materials:

Sock Yarn 1-2 skeins (I used Regia Design Line by Kaffe Fassett, color Turquoise)
1 skein will make a scarf approximately 36 inches x 5 inches. 2 skeins will double the length.
US#6/4.00mm straight needles
Yarn needle for weaving in loose ends

Terms:

CO – cast on
BO – bind off
K – knit
P – purl
YO – yarn over
K2tog – knit 2 together

Specifics:

Pattern is a multiple of 4 + 2 (I cast on 42 stitches)
Gauge: not important

Row 1: K2, P2 to end, finishing with K2

Row 2: P2, K2 to end, finishing with P2

Row 3: K2, P2, *YO (bring yarn to back, then over right hand needle & to back of work), K2tog, P2*. Repeat from * to * to last 2 stitches, K2.

Row 4: P2, K2 to end, finishing with P2

Row 5: K2, P2, *K2tog, YO (bring yarn to front, then over right hand needle & back to front of work), P2*, Repeat from * to * to last 2 stitches, K2.

Row 6: P2, K2 to end, finishing with P2.

Repeat Rows 3 thru 6 … forever or until you run out of yarn.

BO and weave in all loose ends.