Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Striped Hat and Booties Set

I love this little set and am now planning sets in a variety of different color combinations. Fun!

P.S. I've been spending quite a bit of time the past few weeks in waiting rooms and have used my time productively knitting hats. Now I just have to take photos of them and put them on the blog!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

My New Knitting Bag

I've wanted a new knitting bag for some time but the ones I saw for sale on line either weren't what I wanted or were outrageously expensive. I finally found one at a thrift store with a price tag of $6.95 and snapped it up! It's 18 inches across and 12 inches high and has all the features I want--it's lightweight, made of canvas, has shoulder straps,and an inside zipper pocket. Perfect!

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Basic Pattern for Two Needle Child's Mittens

Worsted weight yarn and Size 4 straight needles.

Cast on 34 sts.
Ribbing K2, P2, across or use seed stitch. Continue for 20 rows. Increase to 38 sts, by adding 4sts, evenly spaced.

Work st st for 6 rows.

Place marker between middle two stitches. (18 & 19th st) add two stitches, place another marker, Work in st st increasing 2 sts every other Row between marks untilyou have 14 stitches. Put these 14 on a holder for working thumb later.

Continue working st st adding 2 stitch under thumb once.
Work in st st until total lengthen mitten is 8.5 inches or up to top of pinky finger.

Decrease as follows:
Row 1: *K 2 tog, knit 8*, rep * across.
Row 2 and all-even rows. Purl across even.
Row 3: *K 2 tog, knit 7*, rep * across.
Row 5: *K2 tog, knit 6*, rep * across.
Row 7: *K2 tog, knit 5*, rep * across.
Row 9: *K2 tog, knit 4*, rep * across.
Row 11: * K2 tog, knit 3*, rep * across.
Row 13: Knit 2 together across.

Weave yarn through stitches leaving a tail for sewing side seam later.

Pick up the 14 stitch plus cast on 2.
Work the 16 stitches for 8 rows in st st.
Next Row: knit 2 tog across.
Weave yarn through stitches and leave tail for sewing thumb seam.

Wool Hat

Monday, August 6, 2007

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Projects Not Yet Finished

I have several knitting projects on the needles and next week I'll pick one and finish it and then go on to the next one. They include:

~ Teal blue wool socks. I've knit the ribbing and about three inches on the first sock.

~ A lace baby hat in magenta. Only the ribbing is done.

~ A child's hat I began with the Manos del Uruguay hand-dyed wool yarn. I did the ribbing but that's as far as I've gotten.

~ One lonely child's mitten in a soft white with pink stripes at the tip which I'm calling Cherry Vanilla mittens.