Friday, January 30, 2009

Next Projects

I am finishing up the garter stitch afghan square in gold. My next projects are a pair of mittens knitted in black and white yarns using various stitches and patterns which I hope to then translate into another pair in colors. I also want to knit one of these hats. The pattern can be found here. Or I might start with this one here. The photo is from Ravelry.

Child's Hat/Black with Red Stripe

This hat is made with Lamb's Pride Black (M05) with stripes of Red Hot Passion (M97). I used a very basic hat pattern:

Basic Hat
Size: Child
Materials: worsted yarn, #8 16” circular needle, yarn needle

Cast on 70 stitches on size 7 dpns or a 16 inch circular needle.
Work in k1p1 rib for 2.5 inches.
Work in stockinette st for 4.5 inches. I added two rows of red to brighten it up.

R 1: K2 tog, k8 around.
R 2: Knit.
R 3: K2 tog, k7 around.
R 4: Knit.
Continue decreases in above manner until K2 tog around. Cut yarn, pull remaining stitches.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Gold Child's Hat

This hat is knit from Lamb's Pride Sunburst Gold (M-14). The pattern I used can be found here. It's sized 3-12 months and I added an I-cord topper. I've also begun adding small labels which include the size and, on the reverse, the fiber content. These labels will also be useful to keep pairs, such as socks and mittens, together.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

On the Needles

I am working on ribbing for both these hats. The black one will have red stripes included in it. The gold one will have a twisted rib pattern.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Pink and White Mittens

In the next six weeks or so, I hope to knit several more pairs of mittens. I'm developing a formula using a generic mitten pattern. I'll be using Lamb's Pride Worsted for all the mittens, changing the sizes by changing the size of the double point needles I use (size 6 for children 4-6, size 7 for children 7-9 and size 8 for children 10-12).

I would like to make each pair unique, using different colors and pattern stitches.

My generic pattern begins with casting on 28 stitches divided on three dp needles (divided on the three needles thus: 10-8-10).The cuff can be anywhere from 10-14 rounds or more. This is my first opportunity for pattern and color variations.

Then there are four rounds: in the first I increase 2 sts evenly spaced leaving me with 30 sts (10-10-10), followed by 3 knit rounds. Here is another opportunity for a color change.

Now the thumb gusset as follows:
Round 1: K3, place marker, m1, K2, m1, place marker, knit around (4 sts between markers).
Round 2: K around.
Continue until there are 10 sts between markers.
Remove thumb stitches: K3, place 10 sts between markers on a holder, cast on 2, and continue around.
This is my third opportunity for a color change.

Now the fun part! K 16 (19) rounds. Here I can do a variety of color changes and stitch patterns.

And lastly, I shape the end:

*K4, K2 tog* around.
K 1 round.
*K3, K2 tog* around.
K 1 round.
*K2, K2 tog* around.
K 1 round.
*K1, K2 tog* around.
K2 tog all the way around.
Thread yarn through remaining stitches and pull tight.

More opportunities for color changes here in these 8 rounds.

Lastly, I knit the thumbs, my last opportunity for a color change.

Pick up 10 sts from the holder, putting 5 on needle 1 and 5 on needle 2.
Pick up 4 stitches from the thumb opening; the 2 cast on plus one from either side.
Starting with needle 1, K 9 sts, K sts 10 and 11 together, K2, K st 12 together with stitch 1 of next round for a total of 12 thumb stitches.
K around on 12 sts for 10 rounds.
K 2 tog all the way around 6 sts.
Break yarn leaving an 8-inch end.
Draw through 6 remaining stitches and pull tight.

There are also dozens of free mitten patterns online. Here's a good place to start.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Mitten Books

I checked out two mitten books from the library yesterday. I may use some of the patterns the way they're written, but I'm looking at them primarily for inspiration.

Monday, January 19, 2009

First Preemie Hat for 2009

I've been working on items for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as my self-imposed due date for the first batch is the end of February. But I did put aside an hour of knitting time to knit this little hat, the first of what I hope will be many hats going to Doernbecher Hospital in June.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Introducing....Mouton Rouge

Sarah, my wonderful and very talented daughter-in-law, gave me this delightful little ram she knitted for Christmas. I thought he looked very French and named him Mouton. When I told my husband I was thinking of knitting a jaunty scarf for him (for Mouton, not for my husband), he suggested I knit one in red wool and change Mouton's name to Mouton Rouge.

And that's exactly what I did.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Red Mittens

These mittens are also for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Hats and Socks

These items will be sent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at the end of February. They were knit in honor of Dewey as part of the Dewey knit-a-long .

I added a few rounds of garter stitch to this plain hat. It would fit someone 6-8 years old. I used Brown Sheep Lamb Pride's Worsted Weight (15% mohair and 85% wool) for the hats. The color for this one is Winter Blue (M51).

This spiral rib hat that would fit someone 6-8. The yarn is Jack's Plum (M59).

This baby hat is for a child 6-12 months old. The color is Oatmeal (M115).

This little hat is made from Manos del Uruguay 100% wool and would fit a baby 12-18 months old.

The toddler socks are from a pattern on Ravelry and are made of Koigu yarn.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

(Almost) Finished Items

I've finished or almost finished a number of projects--four hats (three still need pom-poms), three six-inch squares, an almost done baby sock, the start of a mitten. Once they are done and there is some decent ambient light (it's a rainy, gray day in Oregon), I'll photograph them and write a little about them. Maybe Friday? We'll see.