Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Roses & Cables pullover

I started this sweater many many months ago and I'm so happy that I can finally say it's complete!! I bought the pattern online from Mary Maxim about 6 months ago. The pattern was really easy to follow but I kind of messed up the bottom cabling, instead of knitting two additional rows after the "arrow" I just kept on with the arrow cabling, but I was consistent and I think it looks good. I wanted to bring it from the 80's to the 10's so I took to instagram and asked for some help! I did the back in black and. This part actually took me a long time! I was kind of bored with the plain knitting and so was happy to get back into the floral pattern for the sleeves. 

yay it's done!! And I love it! 6 months well spent ;). Now onto new knitting projects. The next one I'm making is all one colour but involves changing the stitches to give it some texture/pattern. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

easiest shrug

It's so so so so so so so so so cold right now in Toronto which is generally the case at the end of January. Back in December I started to make a cosy shrug which is working wonders for me these days! It's definitely my favourite project that I've completed in 2015, but I also think it's one of my all time faves. It's SO easy which actually made me a bit bored with it but it's really easy to take anywhere and complete. It just took me a bit longer than usual because of how big it is. I based the pattern on this free Lion Brand pattern, but I changed it based on the yarn I wanted to use. I stitched it up on a road trip in the dark so it's not perfect but it's finished and I love it. 

This is what you'll need:
- 5 Balls of Super Bulky Weight Yarn (I used Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick & Quick in Citron)
- one pair of long circular needles size 11 (8mm) 
- one tapestry needle

You're basically going to be making a long rectangle and then folding it over once it's done.
- Cast on 180 stitches
- work in ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) for 2 inches (about 7 rows)
- work in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row) until the entire piece measures approximately 42 inches
- work in ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) for 2 inches (about 7 rows, or same number of rows as you did the first 2 inches)

fold entire piece in half with the ribbed parts touching. starting from the ribbing - stitch up the sides about 13 inches, repeat on the second side. 

And that's it!!! It's done! A comfy shrug you can wear wherever you please. Wasn't that easy? 

Goldie approves. 

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

tea cosy pattern

Every christmas my family does a "secret santa" with all of the cousins, aunts, and uncles, which ends up being about 20 people. I had my Aunt and knew that I wanted to knit her something but I had a hard time thinking of what that could be. I decided to make her a tea cosy! Which didn't fit a lot of pots... so I also ended up getting her a teapot to fit the cosy, haha. Now I'm here to tell you about how to make this tea cosy and what sized pot it goes with! I've made a similar cosy in the past but with different yarn and different sized needles. Using this pattern as my guide I changed it based on yarn, needle size, and how big I thought it should be. These are the results. 

- one ball of Lion Brand Wool Ease yarn in Rose Heather
- size 8 (5mm) needles
- cable needle
- button
- tapestry needle
- 1.4L teapot
K = Knit
P = Purl
m1 = make one
C6 = move 3 stitches onto cable needle, keep in front, knit the next 3 stitches, and then knit the stitches from the cable needle 
P2t = purl two together

Cast on 20 stitches
Rows 1-4: rib in K1, P1 pattern
Row 5: *P2, M1, P1, M1* repeat to end
You should now have 32 stitches
Next you're going to be making the cables, each big cable takes 6 rows to complete an entire "cable" so if you want to make your tea cosy longer, keep in mind these 6 rows
Row 6: *P2, K6* repeat to end
Row 7: Purl
Row 8: *P2, K6* repeat to end
Row 9: Purl
Row 10: *P2, C6* (see cable legend above)
Row 11: Purl
Now you've completed one cable! Good job. 
Repeat rows 6-11 4 more times (or more if you need it to be longer)
You should have completed 35 rows
Row 36: *P2t, P1* repeat to end
You should now have 20 stitches 
Row 37-40: *K1, P1* repeat to end
Cast off 
For the second side of the tea cosy you'll have to add an extra place to put the button, you can use your own method or follow what I did below:
Row 37: Cast on 4 stitches, and work in K1, P1 ribbing
Row 38: *K1, P1* repeat until last 4 stitches - cast off two stitches then K1, P1
Row 39: K1, P1, make two and continue in K1, P1 ribbing until end
Row 40: *K1, P1* repeat until end
Cast off

To assemble attach the bottoms with your tapestry needle, and add the button to the top. Put it on your teapot and admire your work!