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Whale of a Time Nautical Themed Baby Blanket

Whale of a Time Baby Blanket is a nautical and whale themed blanket that will be a hit for new mommies! This is typically a stroller sized baby blanket that can easily be made larger if desired. I like to use Hobby Lobby yarn because it washes and dries so easily and is so soft. However, any worsted weight yarn will work.

The stitches you need to know for this pattern are:

➰ Knit
➰ Purl
➰ M1R (make one right)
➰ M1L (make one left)
➰ SSK
➰ K2tog

There is a chart for the whale but it is also written out! The whales are made with knits and purls. The other stitches are for the chevron sections.

The blanket uses about 40 yards for the borders, 100 yards for each color of the chevron sections and about 100 yards for the whales.

The first time I made this blanket it was for a new baby whose nursery was going to be a whale theme. It was a huge hit at the baby shower!

Available on ETSY and RAVELRY

Traveling Hat and Cowl

I made this hat and cowl set with Lorna Laces and Manos Del Uruguay Wool.  I call it the Traveling Hat & Cowl because I knit it on a trip to NH for a wedding.

Hat: Cast on 60 stitches of Blue in size 7 needles. K2, P2 for 5 inches for the brim. Changed to size 9 needles. Knit one row in blue, one row in variegated until piece measures 9 inches from the folded edge (11 1/2 inches total). Decrease each row for about 6 rows. Pull the yarn through remaining stitches and knot. Add pompom.

Cowl: Cast on 80 stitches of Blue in size 7 needles. k2 with variegated, p2 with blue. Continue for one inch. Switch to size 9 needles. Knit one row in blue, one row in variegated until piece measures 9” from cast on edge. Switch to size 7 needles. K2 with variegated, p2 with blue for one inch. Bind off.

Disclaimer: I am a super loose knitter. Most knitters would use size 9 and size 11 needles for this project.

This bag was a gift from my bff and is one of my very favorites.  Here is where you can find it!

If I Can’t Take My Yarn I’m Not Going

 

 

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Fair Isle Head Band

This is the greatest find – this headband from twostrands.com.  Their website has the pattern for making this headband.  This is next on my to-do list!

Candy’s Cowl and Hat

For Christmas, my husband gave me a coat with coordinating gloves.  Then he went to a yarn store while out of town in New York City and bought yarn for me to make a matching scarf!  In the end I had enough to make a cowl and a hat.  The yarn is Karabella’s puffy yarn, super bulky.   I used size 9 needles.  The cowl was loosely based on Purl Soho’s Mountain Capelet.  I cast on 66 stitches, instead of their recommended 70.  I also cast on 66 stitches for the hat.

Cora’s Mousy Warm Hat

The pattern for this darling hat came from “More” Little Monster Knits.  I used the basic hat pattern from “Chirpy Chick” but left off the beak and made ears instead.

I used size 4 needles on the brim and size 5 on the rest of the hat and Berocco Vintage worsted weight yarn.  Super soft and blocked up so beautifully!  The ears were made by Casting on 25 stitches and then knitting a row, with pink.  Switched to Phildar Neige to make the furry little ears.  I knit 4 rows with that, then ran the cut yarn through the live 25 stitches and pulled tight.  Sewed them on to the hat with the pink loose ends.  Super cute!

Becca’s Blankie

I loved making this blanket… it looks like plaid! Here is how I picked the color sequence:  I asked my grandson which color to knit and I knit that color until the next time I saw him.

Here is the pattern:
Except when you’re bringing in new color, slip the first stitch of every row.
Cast on 144 stitches. Knit in garter stitch for 16 rows.
Row 1: Knit across
Row 2: K8, P8, *K4, P8*, repeat * until 8 stitches remain. Knit 8.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 while switching colors at will.
Knit 15 rows in garter stitch and bind off using the stretchy method.

The Starlight Hat

This hat was designed for my daughter who braves the cold Boston winters on her walk to work every day.  It’s made with Woolfolk yarn and 100% Merino Wool.  It’s the softest wool I have ever used!  Though the gauge for most people would require size 8 needles, I had to use Size 6 because I am such a loose knitter.

The Starlight Hat pattern is available on ravelry

 

Conrad’s Cable Hat

Conrad’s Cable Hat

This little red, white and blue hat was made for my little grandson who is almost one year old.  It’s a great stash buster – I used 3 different worsted weight yarns.   I used size 4 and 5 needles, even though size 6 and 7 are called for, because I am an extremely loose knitter.  I also cast on 64 stitches instead of the recommended 80 to get a 16″ circumference.

The simplicity of this hat includes the fact that the cable needle is only used on 3 rows.  The brim is extra long and it can be folded up or down as the child grows.  This was a very easy, quick and rewarding knit!

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Cora’s fair isle beanie

Cora’s Beanie

I made this beanie with Berocco Vintage Worsted Weight yarn…. 25% wool, 75% acrylic.  Size 5 needles.  I had to make a couple changes to fit my crazy loose knitting.  Size 5 needles and I CO 64 stitches to fit her 16″, little one year old head.  I knit at a gauge of 4″ per inch.  I also knit through the back loop on row 10 to help stop the curling.  Otherwise I followed the pattern as written which is http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/beginners-fair-isle-baby-hat

Pumpkin Hats

This hat is made with Vanna’s Choice Worsted Weight Acrylic Yarn, size 6 needles.  I cast on 48 stitches and knit 9 rows.  On the 10th row I knit through the back loop to stop the curling.  From there I knit 2 3/4 inches and then started the berry baby hat pattern, free on ravelry.  The top of the hat is 2 1/2 inches long.  I made a 4 stitch i-cord for the top knot.  The hat is 5 3/4 inches with the brim rolled up.  It barely fits my 8 month old grandson.   If I unroll the hat it fits him, making the hat 6 1/4″ long. it’s 13″ around.  I also made the same hat for a 2 1/2 year old.  The dimensions are 15″ by 6 1/2″ with the brim unrolled.

Cora’s Pumpkin Hat

Yarn – Vanna’s Choice Lion Brand.  100% acrylic, worsted weight.  I used a size 5 needle, 4″ to the inch.  Cast on 56 stitches and knit 9 rows.  The 10th row I knit through the back loop to stop the curling.  From there I knit 6, purled 2 for 3 1/4 inches.  Started the chart in the Berry Baby Hat, a free pattern on ravelry.  That added another 2 1/2 inches.  The hat fit Cora perfectly – at one year old.  The total length of the hat is 6″.  To make the curly stem, cast on 30 stitches,  Knit in the front and back of each stitch.  Bind off.

Conrad’s Stocking

This is made with size 8 needles.  The red yarn is “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby.  The rest of the yarn is Encore worsted weight yarn by Plymouth Yarn.

Beau’s Beanies

I used variations of Beau’s Beanie pattern and the Berry Baby Hat pattern on Ravelry. Both were made with Berocco Comfort yarn.  The blue one was size 5 needles and CO 48 stitches.  It was too long at 5 1/2″ for a preemie baby and also too wide.  So I tried the very berry hat, CO 48 stitches with size 4 needles.  In both cases I seemed to have a gauge of 4.5 stitches to the inch.  This time it was 4 1/2″ long and still about an inch too long for a preemie.  It was also a little wide, but we rolled up the brim and it fit a bit loosely.  The next try will be 3.5 inches long.

Amy and Bryan’s Stockings

Size 8 needles, Encore Premier yarn.  I also used some red Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn”.  And I loved it in the stocking!

Tutti Frutti Baby Blankie

This is a really soft baby blanket made from Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn in Tutti Frutti. The pattern is the free baby diagonal pattern on Ravelry. I am donating this to a breast cancer fundraiser. I’m going to make booties and a hat to match!

Mimi’s all fours blanket

I made this baby blanket with Appalachian Baby Organic Cotton. Almost any yarn would work. I prefer using washable yarns so it’s easy for the new mommies to wash their baby blankets.

I loved the way the cotton washed up so soft and it can go in and out of the washer and dryer. I am saving this for my next grandchild.

I used a 7 seven needle but I am a very loose knitter so most knitters would use a 9. Although this cotton yarn typically calls for a smaller needle size, I prefer using larger to make a light, airy and breathable blanket for new babies.

 Final size was 28″ x 28″ square.

 

Rocco’s Berocco Blanket

I used a size 8 needle using up Berocco Comfort yarn leftovers.  I also added the moss stitch a couple times for fun (row 1: k1, p1…. row 2: p1, k1…. row 3: p1, k1…. row 4: k1, p1).   I found a chart for a big heart, purled that in.  Found elephants, purled those in.  Found a great alphabet chart that worked and purled in Rocco’s name.  It is a mishmash blanket that turned out so awesome!  To accomplish the purled chart look, I had to knit on the RS, and purl the chart.  WS I purled the whole way.  I just love this – a subtle way to add designs to a blanket without making the back side look messy.

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Laurie’s Booties for Big Girls

Laurie likes the little booties I made (Becky’s booties on ravelry) – so I made a pair to fit her too!  I cast on 69 stitches, using Lorna’s Laces worsted weight wool yarn.  I knit 12 rows then started the decreases.  When there were 33 stitches left on the needles I knit a 4 row cuff.  I washed and dried them – they are thick and cozy.  Love them!

Emily’s hat and bootie set

These were made with Berocco Comfort Yarn.  Size 6 needles, 60 stitches.  Next time I would use fewer stitches because I believe this hat will fit a 4 month old baby better than a newborn.  However, I know that 4 month olds need to keep their little heads warm too, so I will be wrapping this up for a baby shower this weekend!  I also will include the book “Llama llama red pajama” with the gift.

Kristen’s baby blanket, hat and booties

I used 4 skeins of Cascade Aran Splatter, colourway #10 for the blanket and 1 skein for the hat and booties.  I loved this yarn and it got softer after I washed it.  I used the simple universal Diagonal dishcloth or baby blanket pattern.

Pompom Hat

I knit it so it was 12″ wide and 6″ tall, a simple rectangle, using 48 stitches on size 4 needles.  I knit the first 6 rounds straight and then joined in the round, knitting straight until the end and used kitchener to seal up the seam.

The booties are my easy peasy booties:

Easy Peasy Booties

Description

Size 4 needles.

Cast on 29 stitches.
Rows 1 through 10: Knit
Row 11: K12, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K12.
Row 12: P11, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P11.
Row 13: K10, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K10
Row 14: P9, P2tog, Purl 1, P2tog, P9.
Row 15: K8, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K8.
Row 16: P7, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P7.
Rows 17 through 24: Knit.
Bind off using the stretchy sock bind off, leaving 10′′ of yarn to sew up back seam.  Turn booties inside out to sew seam. Make 2.
Stretchy sock bind off:
knit 2 then insert left needle into those 2 stitches and knit off.

 

BLANKET
Size 8 needles.

Cast on 5 stitches. Knit 1 row.
Next row 
Knit 3, yo, k 2.
Next row Knit 3, yo, k 3.
Next row Knit 3, yo, knit to end.
Repeat last row until there are 126 stitches on needle.
Next Decrease Row Knit 2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Repeat last row until there are 7 stitches on needle.
Next Decrease Row Knit 2, k2tog, k2tog, k to end.
Bind off remaining 5 stitches.

Greg and Nicole’s Christmas Stockings

I knit about 13″ before starting the foot.  Worsted weight yarn, size 8 needles.  IMG_1277

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Miko’s Christmas Stocking

This stocking was made with Encore worsted weight yarn, size 8 needles, 60 stitches.  I knit 8 inches then started the heel.

Christmas Stockings for Meg and Paul

I made these stockings for Meg and Paul, who will be married in August.  I used a size 8 circular needle and Encore worsted yarn.  I made the welts by knitting 1 row, then purling 2 rows.  Next time I will only knit 1 row, then purl 1 row if using welts in the body of the stocking.

Come Sail Away Blankie

This blanket is called Come Sail Away and was made with Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn”.  The blue yarn was super soft.  Not all HB yarn is soft for some reason, but this one was.  I love it that you can throw it in the washer and dryer and it looks great.  It’s also perfect for babies because the blanket itself is loosely knit and very breathable.  I used a size 8 needle but because I am such a loose knitter, many would use a size 10.

 

 

Julie’s Flower Hat and Easy as Pie Booties

I made these with Hobby Lobby’s I Love this Yarn.  Size 5 needles.  I knit 6 rows straight before joining in the round and sewed up the seam at the end to prevent curling and rolling.  Used a checkerboard effect with scraps of pink, green and purple yarn.  Sewed on the flower, made the booties – so fun!

Julie’s Flower Hat

This is a fun and simple pattern that my friend Julie made up and gave me permission to write up here.

I used Ella Rae yarn, size 5 needles – I am a very loose knitter so many would use size 7.  My gauge is 5 stitches to an inch.

Cast on 60 stitches for a 12″ round newborn hat.  This is easily modifiable for an older baby by doing the math.

Knit 6 rows and then join in the round.  (The open seam will be sewn up at the end).  This helps prevent rolling.

Knit until the hat reaches 4″ and begin decreases.

*knit 6 stitches, K2tog* til end of round

Knit

*knit 5 stitches, K2tog* til end of round

Knit

*knit 4 stitches, K2tog* til end of round

Knit

*knit 3 stitches, K2tog* til end of round

Knit

*knit 2 stitches, K2tog* til end of round

Knit

*knit 1 stitch, K2tog* til end of round

Knit

*K2tog*

Cut yarn and pull through stitches tightly and weave through on wrong side.  Go back and close up the seam on the brim.

Now crochet a border and add the flower.  The booties are Becky’s Booties from ravelry.  The flower is called Bella’s Elegant Flower, found on ravelry.

Boo-Tees

I used Cascade 220, worsted weight and a size 5 needle.

Pattern:

Cast on 32 stitches
Knit 12 rows
Bind off 12 stitches and knit to the end of the row
Bind off 12 stitches and knit remaining 8 stitches
Continue knitting 8 stitches for 24 rows
Bind off

Sew together according to diagram (click to enlarge). Using one long piece of yarn, first sew A sides together, then sew all three layers at the toe (B), last sew up sides C. Weave in ends and turn your work right side out.

Sew on 3/4″ button

Easy as Pie Booties

I used Ella Rae yarn Cozy Soft Prints for these adorable booties – 25% superwash wool and 75% acrylic, size 5 needle.

Cast on 29 stitches.
Rows 1 through 10: Knit
Row 11: K12, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K12.
Row 12: P11, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P11.
Row 13: K10, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K10
Row 14: P9, P2tog, Purl 1, P2tog, P9.
Row 15: K8, K2tog, K1, K2tog, K8.
Row 16: P7, P2tog, P1, P2tog, P7.
Rows 17 through 24: Knit.
Bind off, leaving 10′′ of yarn to sew up back seam.  Turn booties inside out to sew seam. Make 2.

Baby Bear Hat

This little hat came from a pattern in a book called “Monster Knits for Little Monsters”.   It called for 4 stitches to the inch and a size 3 needle.  The yarn I used is Woolfolk Yarn and I actually had to go up to a size 8 needle to make gauge!  I absolutely love this pattern.   I even like the way I made the ears.  I have made some bear hats before but this one is my favorite.  It should fit my 2 year old grandson.

flip flop top mittens

These mittens were made following the free Flip Flop Top Mittens pattern on ravelry.  I used Woolfolk Wool.  I loved the way they handled the thumb gusset.  Next time I make these I will make the palm longer and the flip flop top shorter.  The cuff is k1, p1, with 2 different colors.  I used a size 4 needle and followed the directions for a small adult, casting on 36 stitches to begin with.

Baa-ble Hat

I made this hat with Berocco Comfort Yarn.  I followed the charts from the “Baa-ble” pattern, free on ravelry, but I knit the hat by using a reversible hat pattern.  I wanted to line it for extra warmth and softness.  I cast on 52 stitches using a size 4 needle, then switched to a size 6 needle and added 8 stitches.  The chart is a total of 60 stitches.  The Baa-ble hat pattern is designed for adults so with some simple math I was able to revise it for a baby!  The hat was 14″ in circumference.

Fair Isle Fun Hat

This hat was made for an adult.  I made up the pattern – cast on 80 stitches, then knit a row with 1 MC and 1 BC.  Then k1 MC, P1 BC.  I pulled the yarn in front for the BC purl, then pulled it back and knit 1 stitch with the MC.  Then I knit a couple rows, increasing to 100 stitches.  I used charts that I found online to make the design in the hat.  Made a pompom and voila, a hat!  It was about 17 inches in circumference and fit great.  I loved making this hat.  I used Cascade Venezia for the MC and Madeline Tosh DK for the BC.  Really a nice squishy and warm hat.

Halla Hat

I used the Halla hat pattern on ravelry for this adorable hat.  I went down to a size 6 needle and used Madeline Tosh DK yarn so that it would fit a 2 year old instead of a 4 year old.  The next time I make this hat I will adjust the cables on the flaps so they match up with the cables on the hat.  I thought I followed the pattern exactly but it didn’t seem to work out.  Just loved the Madeline Tosh DK yarn.  I’d buy that again!

After I took the picture I snipped the errant piece of yarn on the pompom.

Baby Fan Blanket

I love this blanket.  I used 100% wool, fingering weight, and size 8 needles.  The pattern is the Baby Fan Blanket, free on ravelry.

I revised the pattern a little bit to make it smaller.  It is an 11 stitch repeat so I cast on 118 stitches, using a 4 stitch garter border.

There was an easy 4 row repeat.  First knit 8 rows garter stitch.

Row 1: Knit 4… then K2tog, K2tog, YO, K1, YO k1, YO k1, YO SSK, SSK… until the end then K4

Row 2: Knit 4, Purl to end, Knit 4

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Knit 4, Purl to end, Knit 4

 

Laurie’s ear flap hat

I made this hat out of PUNA Baby Alpaca yarn by Amano.  Made in Peru.  Bought the yarn at A Good Yarn in Sarasota.  I used size 4 needles and cast on 88 stitches.  I made the ear flaps first and kept them on the needles.  They were 20 stitches each.   Then I knit them together using the remaining 44 stitches in a K2P2 rib.  I had 24 stitches in front and 20 stitches in back.  This hat was again a bit too loose but it can be tied with the pompom ties.  I knit this at 5 stitches per inch, holding 2 together at all times.

Green Tam

This hat was made from a Tam pattern at http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter07/PATTtam.html.  I used a size 2 needle for the ribbing and a size 4 for the body.  It is still a bit loose for me.  I cast on 96 stitches and increased to 120 per the pattern.  I used Cascade 220 for the green yarn and Knitcol 100% washable variegated wool for the fair isle.  I loved making this hat!  Next time I’ll try fewer stitches or DK yarn.

I knit this Buffalo Bills hat with size 5 circular needles, using 96 stitches to cast on Hobby Lobby’s DK yarn.  It’s very soft and softened up even more after washing.  It doesn’t have a lot of ‘oomph’ to it and I don’t think I’d use this yarn again for hats.

My Guys Hats

I used a size 7 circular needle and Lion Brand Woolspun Yarn, which is a size 5 chunky yarn.  For the brim I used a solid color, k2, p2… then 2 rows of that color straight knitting.  I switched to the patterned yarn and knit for 7 inches, then started the decreases.  The blue one had 60 stitches while the black one had 56 stitches.

Mimi and Bumps Stockings

I used a size 8 needle and Encore worsted weight yarn.  I modified the Cascade Christmas Stocking pattern (which is free on ravelry), using charts from other patterns in addition to the Cascade charts.

Warm Winter Men’s Hat

I used Lion’s Pride Woolspun yarn for this man’s hat.  It’s a chunky yarn that is 80% acrylic and 20% wool.  I bought a tan and then a matching print. I cast on 80 stitches with a size 7 circular needle.   Started off knitting 8 rows of 2×2 rib and then knit with the print up to the decreases.  I used the Skull Hat Beanie Pattern as a guide.  However the hat turned out huge!  It could be 4″ smaller in circumference.    I sewed in some elastic and that should do the trick.  Next time I should cast on 60 stitches.  I loved the feel of this yarn after I washed and dried it.  It did not shrink.  I will make a pompom to go on top and then I am done!

Candy Corn Hat

I made this cute little candy corn hat with size 5 needles, using “I Love This Cotton” from Hobby Lobby.  I cast on 60 stitches as called for in the pattern.  It came out a little big for a newborn but luckily it shrunk.  It’s about 12″ in circumference so I think it will fit my new baby granddaughter due October 9.   The pattern is called Candy Corn Hat, free on ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/candy-corn-hat

Skull Beanie

I made these beanies with size 5 needles and Berrocco comfort yarn.  The pattern is for adult size but I wanted to make it for my 18 month old grandson.  So instead of using the recommended size 9 needles, I used size 5.  For my first try I cast on 64 stitches and it was too small.  So for the next try I cast on 80 stitches, just did 4 rows of ribbing and this time it was perfect!  I found the pattern here:  http://yarn.polarknit.com/patterns/

Confetti Squares

I just loved making this baby blanket!  It’s the Sunny pattern, free on ravelry.  I used a size 6 needle.  I cast on 132 stitches and it was about 36″ wide so I made it 32″ long.  The gauge was perfect.  It only took me 10 days of fairly steady knitting at nights and weekends.  This is going to be my “go-to” pattern for baby blankets!

Curly Cuff Socks

I used Cascade Heritage Prints Yarn, size 0 magic loop needles, 8 stitches to the inch.  I cast on 48 stitches and K3 P1 to the heel.  Standard heel flap, then Knit to the toe, used the round toe and kitchener stitch.  The socks were too small.  At 8 stitches to the inch I needed 56 cast on stitches, not 48.  The cuff was so tight it barely fit over my foot.  I literally cut off the cast on edge, picked up stitches and knit up 4 rows, then bound off with a stretchy BO stitch.  It worked!  The cuff has a curly edge to it which is kind of cute!  Next time I make these socks I would like to try size 1 needles and 52 stitches cast on.

Pom pom baby hat

This little hat is one of my favorite things I have made yet – and it only took a few hours!  I used worsted weight Ella Rae yarn which is 75% acrylic, 25% wool.  I am such a loose knitter that I had to go down to size 2 needles to get the tighter knit I wanted for gauge, which ended up to be 5 1/2 stitches per inch.  I cast on 64 stitches and knit in the round for 5 inches.  At that point I started decreasing every other row, beginning with K6,K2tog, all around.  Then Knit around, then K5K2tog, etc.  I had to change to DPN’s at about the K4 stage. Then came the pom pom.  I have been so afraid to make a pompom!  I have a Clover pompom maker.  The directions made no sense so I called up a YouTube video and in about 5 minutes I had the cutest pompom ever!  I want to make a lot more of these hats!

Top down sweater with cables

I used the Basic Top Down Baby Sweater Pattern by Anna, free on ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/basic-top-down-wool-baby-sweater.  I used size 5 needles and cascade 220 worsted weight yarn.  I had to adjust the pattern to add cables.  This was size 12 months, 22″ chest.

Shamrock Surprise Socks

Here are Laurie’s March edition of the Mom’s Sock of the Month Club.  Made with Jarbo Garn yarn, worsted weight, with duplicate stitched shamrocks on the bottom of the foot.  I used a free pattern from Ravelry called Winter Socks for the Family. I used size 2 needles and cast on 48 stitches.

http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/winter-socks-for-the-family

Monster Pants

I made these with Berroco Comfort Worsted Weight yarn.  It’s a combination of Nylon and Acrylic so they are washable.  I used a size 6 circular needle.  These were so much fun to make!  It was great learning how to duplicate stitch as well.  The only drawback was all the ends I had to weave in.  If I make them again I would make the legs not quite as wide and I would definitely make the cuff smaller and tighter.  The pattern is on ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/monster-longies-monsterbukse

February Socks

These socks were made for Laurie’s February edition of the Mom’s Sock of the Month Club.  I used Socks that Rock yarn, fingering weight, 75% wool, 25% nylon.  I used size 0 needles, magic loop style.  Cast on 56 stitches, typical flap heel, star toe.   I enjoyed using this yarn but didn’t absolutely love it like I thought I would.  Once Laurie washes the socks, I’ll know better if I like this yarn enough to use it again.

Moose Fair Isle Hat

I used size 5 needles with Lorna Laces worsted 100% merino superwash yarn.  I cast on 106 stitches and then increased to 126 stitches.  The moose pattern was in sections of 18 stitches.  The hat was a large man’s sized hat.  I washed it with eucalyn and then dried it in the drier to make more of a fuzzy look to it.  The pattern is free on ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moose-fair-isle-hat

Lisa’s Birthday Blanket

I used Berocco Comfort Yarn for this blanket.  The pattern is “Cables in a Weekend”, by Dori Kershner, on ravelry.  IMG_7883

my simple go-to mitts

I made up these easy mitts from combining a few different ‘vanilla’ type mitts patterns.  I used self striping Indulgence Sock yarn, 6 ply, which is a bit thicker than typical sock yarn.  I used size 2 needles, knitting in the round with Magic Loop.

Cast on 40 stitches.

K3, P1 pattern for a nice stretchy, squishy cuff for a few inches as desired.

Switch to stockinette for a couple inches.

Begin Thumb shaping:

Row 1: Knit 2, KFB, place marker.   Knit to the last 3 stiches, place marker.  KFB, K2.

Row 2: Knit around plain.

Row 3: Knit to the last stitch before the first marker, KFB, PM.  Knit to the 2nd marker, KFB, Knit to the end.

Row 4: Knit around plain.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until there are 10 stitches before the first marker and after the 2nd marker.  On the last knit plain row, Knit to the 2nd marker, K3, BO 14 stitches, K3, remove markers.  Knit around plain until you get to the desired length.

Final rib pattern:

Row 1: k1, p1

Row 2: knit

Row 3: k1, p1

Row 4: knit

Bind off.

gumdrops and lollipops baby blanket

This adorable blanket was designed by Julie Bradley.  Catherine from our knitting group used Red Heart’s Gumdrop yarn and it is just adorable!  It’s a worsted weight and she used size 8 needles.  Here is the pattern for the blanket.

Pumpkin Hat

This little pumpkin hat took about 3 hours to make.  It fits a 7 month old.  I used Red Heart Tangerine yarn, not sure what green it was though.  I used parts of different patterns to make a basic rolled brim hat.  I cast on 55 stitches and knit for 2 inches in the round.  Increased to 60 stitches and knit until the hat measure 5″ from the rolled up edge.  Then decreased:

*K3, k2tog* around.
Knit one round
*k2, k2tog* around.

Cut the orange yarn and start the green:

Knit one round
*k1, k2tog* around.
Knit one round
*k2tog* around.
Knit one round
*k2tog* around
Knit one round

To finish I made a 4 stitch I-cord for 1.5 inches.  Easy!

 

 

 

 

Rivoletto

I just love the way this cowl turned out!  This pattern is called Rivoletto by Heather Zoppetti, a free download on yarn.com.

From the site:  Rivoletto from Reywa Fibers is a quick and easy one-skein project. This lacey cowl is worked in Embrace, a luxurious 100% Tibetan yak down yarn. Profits from Embrace are invested directly in community investment endeavors in Tibetan communities.

I used #6 circular needles and followed the pattern as written.  The bluer picture is pretty true to color.   The yarn was expensive but so soft and I love it!

 

 

Henzie’s sox

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I knit these socks with Deborah Norville’s Serenity Sock Yarn from Joann’s.  I cast on using Judy’s Magic Cast on – 18 stitches with magic loop.  I increased to 36 stitches.  I used size 0 needles with 9 stitches to the inch.  Once the toe was increased to 36 stitches I changed from the grey yarn to the striped yarn, which is called Aquamarine.  I knit for 4 inches and then started the cuff.  The cuff was one inch of K2, P2.  I bound off using this way: knit the first two stitches.  Insert the left needle into the stitches on the right needle and knit them together.  With one stitch on the needle, knit the next stitch, and then knit these two together.  Continue this around the cuff.  This stretchy bind off was really easy to do and was stretchy, just perfect!

try try try again socks

These socks were knitted with Opal X-large worsted weight yarn.  I used size 2 needles and the stitches were quite dense.  The way I cast on the toe made it bumpy.  I used a long tail cast on and simply knit one stitch on needle #1 and the 2nd stitch on needle #2 until I had cast on 16 stitches.  It just didn’t work well because of the bumpy toe.  Next time I will try Judy’s magic cast on.   I used an afterthought heel and really liked it!  I knit with magic loop so when I got to the heel I didn’t use scrap yarn… I simply kept half the live stitches on a stitch holder and then cast on more stitches to finish the sock. When I went back to the heel the live stitches went on one needle and then I picked up the other half of the stitches and knitted the heel, closing with kitchener. It seemed easy and fast, too.

For the cuff I used a larger DPN to bind off.  It worked in the sense that the sock is easy to pull on and does stay up, but the stitches look messy.  I am going to try the stretchy bind off next.

The socks were scratchy but when I washed them they were so soft!  I will definitely use Opal yarn again.

They are Laurie’s October edition of her personal Mom’s Knitted Sock of the Month Club.

Sunrise Socks

These are Laurie’s September Socks, made with gorgeous Zen Garden yarn – Art walk Series called “Roses”.  I’m using the free pattern from Ravelry called WendyKnits Sunrise Socks.   I am using size 0 needles since I am a loose knitter.  This yarn is super soft and the pattern is easy to follow.  It uses a short row wrap and turn heel.  I have never tried that heel but I love the way it is turning out!

cuddly soft baby blankie

Cuddly Soft Baby Blanket

$2.00

This beautiful baby blanket can be made with almost any yarn for any length and width.  I have made this blanket for a newborn that was only 102 stitches wide.  Just be sure to cast on any number of stitches divisible by 4,  then add 10 stitches for the border.

This is a very easy and rewarding TV knit!

 

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Watermelon Socks

These socks were made with Abi Grasso’s wonderful watermelon yarn.  I used a size 0 circular needle and cast on 56 stitches.  I used Abi’s watermelon sock pattern, free on ravelry.  The socks are machine wash, lay flat to dry.  These are Laurie’s August edition of the sock of the month club!

July socks

I used Manic Pixie Dream Yarn from Etsy.  It is 80% superwash merino and 20% nylon.  The yarn was awesome but I knit them in a size 2 needle which was too big because I am such a loose knitter.  I used Hermione’s Every Day sock, which is a free pattern on ravelry.  I didn’t love the pattern because it sort of made them look messy.  The stripes would have been enough on their own.  Next time I use Manic Pixie’s sock yarn (and I would absolutely do it in a heartbeat!) I will have to use a size 0 needle.

Christmas Stocking

I am using Encore Yarn, which is 75% acrylic and 25% wool.  The free pattern is from the Cascade website http://www.cascadeyarns.com/patternsFree/W104_220.pdf.

I used a size 7 needle.  It features an afterthought heel, which I have never done before.  While I was picking out the stitches I was thinking that this is way too hard to do.  But then once I got them on the needles, I realized I liked it.   This was SO much fun to make!

soft and noble cowl

I made this cowl with the “A Noble Cowl” pattern, free on ravelry.  It is on my ipad under the JKnitHD app.  Thankfully it has a bar that highlights each row because it has a 28 row repeat.  I really enjoyed making this cowl and it only took a few days.  I used a size 6 circular needle and the yarn is REYWA, from Have Ewe Any Wool.  I ran out before I finished the last repeat but it was fine anyway.  The yarn is 100% Tibetan Yak Down, DK Weight, color Jewel.  Super soft and rich!

Sweet Adrianna’s Sweater

I made this sweater with Hobby Lobby’s “I Love This Yarn” and used a Lion Brand easy sweater pattern.  I used a size 7 needle.  This sweater is made from the bottom up.  First come the sleeves and then the sweater is assembled on the needles.  I love the hood.  Next time I would like to try using natural fibers.

 

God Bless Baby Ree Blankie

I made this Baby Fan Blanket for my beautiful baby grandson as a Christening Blanket.  I used size 8 needles and Berocco yarn that had cotton and rayon in it…. called Berocco Modern Cotton. It’s machine wash cold, lay flat to dry.    The pattern is free on Ravelry ~Baby Fan Blanket

I revised the pattern a little bit to make it smaller.  It is an 11 stitch repeat so I cast on 118 stitches, using a 4 stitch garter border.

There was an easy 4 row repeat.  First knit 8 rows garter stitch.

Row 1: Knit 4… then K2tog, K2tog, YO, K1, YO k1, YO k1, YO SSK, SSK… until the end then K4

Row 2: Knit 4, Purl to end, Knit 4

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Knit 4, Purl to end, Knit 4

It was 32″ wide and I knit until it was 36″ long

 

Summer Flies Shawl

This is the Summer Flies Shawl pattern by Donna Griffen.  I used Bamboo Pop yarn, which is half cotton and half bamboo.  I ran out of yarn at the end of the very last row but luckily I had another skein on hand!  I used size 7 needles.  I really enjoyed knitting this shawl.

Laurie’s June Sox

Laurie’s Sock of the Month Club just added a new June 2014 addition.  These socks were made with “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby.  It’s a soft worsted weight.  I used the worsted weight Vanilla Sock pattern from my favorite Cuff Down Yarn book.  I used size 7 needles.  They turned out quite big, really more like slipper socks than regular socks.  The heel and toes were done in coordinating purple.

julie’s baby hat

I used Three Irish Girls yarn Springvale Worsted, 100% merino wool.  Machine wash gentle, lay flat to dry.

Size 6 needle, knitted flat, not in the round

– Cast on 92 stitches and knit for about an inch.

– k2tog all the way around for 46 stitches.

– purl and knit as usual for 4 rows, then on the wrong side, knit, then next row k2tog yo all the way across then on wrong side knit

– knit and purl for about 3 1/2 inches

– k2tog all the way around then purl back until there are 4 stitches on the needles

– BO and sew up the seam

may sox

Here are my first pair of socks that I’m making for Laurie – she doesn’t know it yet but I am signing her up for Mom’s Sock of the Month Club!  I used Three Irish Girls yarn Springvale Worsted, 100% merino wool.  Machine wash gentle, lay flat to dry.  I used a size 7 needle, magic loop style.  The pattern was from Ann Budd’s Knitting Socks book – the basic worsted yarn pattern.  When I washed them they got fuzzy.  I don’t think I would use this yarn for socks again.

headband with bow

I used Zen Garden worsted Serenity Yarn.  I used 8 needles but next time I’ll try size 6 because it was a little too big.  Took about an hour and a half to make this!  It’s a free ravelry pattern here and rewritten for me here.

billy bob’s sox

My daughter loves loves socks so much that I signed her up for sock of the month club last year for her birthday. Today I finished my first pair of socks. When her birthday rolls around in May I am very tempted to sign her up for ‘mom’s sock of the month club’! these were made with Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted, 100% superwash merino wool.

basic billy bob sox pattern

maddie’s striped hat

This hat was made with Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Soft Secret Yarn. The pattern is from Cascade’s 60 Quick Knits – the Striped Hat and Bootie Set (minus the booties) The hat doesn’t seem to have enough “oomph” to it – but should be OK for spring nights. I think from now on I’d knit this hat in the recommended Cascade 220 superwash. This yarn is acrylic and I’m afraid to wash it!  I cast on 72 inches and knit it to 4 1/2″ and then started the decreases.  It’s too big for a newborn but should be OK for a 6 month old.

bean’s mitts

I just love this cabled fingerless mitt pattern from Nancy, the writer of the blog at www.gettingpurlywithit.wordpress.com.  I made these with Debbie Bliss cashmerino.  Here is a copy of the free pattern that is also listed on ravelry!

bean’s mitts pattern

love this baby blankie

I loved making this baby blanket!  I cast on 135 stitches of “I Love This Yarn” at Hobby Lobby.  Size 7 needles.

Border – 8 rows garter stitch, then purl 1 row.

4 Row Repeat:

Row 1: K5, P1, K1 to the last 5 stitches, then K5

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Knit

Row 4: Purl

End with 8 rows garter stitch

Next time: Try using larger needles and smaller stitches to cast on.  Final product is 28″X36″.  The 36″ were the cast on stitches.

 

ree’s fruit cap

The pattern called for 72 stitches – i used 40 and it finally fit tiny newborn Henry!

Ree’s sweater

Little Coffee Bean by Elizabeth Smith

www.brownstitch.com

I used size 6 and 7 needles – Cascade 220 Aran washable wool – It was a little too bulky and next time I would do this:

– use the recommended Berroco vintage yarn, worsted weight

– make the sleeves not as wide

– make the ribbing closer to 3/4 inches instead of 1.5 inches

 

 

Ree’s First Sweater and Hat

This little sweater set was made from the 5 hour baby sweater pattern – but it definitely took me at least 15 hours to make!  I used Classic Elite Liberty Wool, which is 100% washable wool in cold water… lay flat to dry.  It is nice and soft now!  Here is the free pattern that I found on Ravelry

I want to try this color combo

This is Julie’s sweater pattern.  I love the crocheted edges and the stripes on the sleeves!



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