Bateau Sweater

The bateau neckline has always been a favorite of mine, so when this pattern was featured nearly a week ago on Yarnspirations, I bookmarked it for consideration.  A couple of days ago I bought a boat-neck tee  on sale at Gap, which prompted me to take another look at this sweater.

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The free pattern is simple and straightforward, stockinette with a little ribbing, and I prefer projects that offer more of a challenge. But it’s still cold and winter in these parts, and my husband and I have been bingeing most evenings on British mystery series. (The best so far have been Broadchurch, which was addictive from the first episode, and Shetland, which started slow but hooked us at episode three. Now taking a humor break with season three of Grace and Frankie ; Lily Tomlin is brilliant!) Anyway, I figure the easy Bateau sweater will be perfect for those nights spent in front of that glowing screen. I love the yarn, which appears pink in the picture but is actually called “orchid”, and contains a  “subtle touch of  sparkles”. Calls for size 6 (US) needles and seven skeins of Patons Glam Stripe.

Heading off to order this yarn  online right over HERE

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Gridded Pullover

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Browsing new knitting patterns is one of my favorite online pastimes, so quite frequently I’ll save promising patterns that I find to a folder on my home screen, and yesterday, while searching for something else, the Gridded Pullover from Lion Brand popped up. I haven’t made it yet or even looked at it for a while, but this pattern looks well suited to the recommended yarn, Lion’s worsted weight cotton, 24/7, and I like its  loose yet not baggy drape effect of its lines. This yarn is available in 24 colors, but for some reason, I’m always attracted to the icy blue shade in which this sweater is knitted. It’s made in four pieces on size 6 (US) needles, and looks as though it would work up fairly quickly. Also, the instructions look pretty clear.  At the moment, I’ve got the second of a pair of socks, and another pullover on the needles, but this might just be my next project. It’s looking to be a long winter this year….

Find the free pattern right over here.

Two Needle Christmas Stocking

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It’s not too late to whip up a couple of new Christmas stockings for decoration or use. Quick and easy, especially if using only one color. It’s also simple enough to add motifs, stripes, or other elements if desired.

Worsted weight yarn, size 10 (US) needles. Knit flat, seamed up the back.

Pattern available here from Plymouth Yarn.

52 Dishcloth Patterns

imageFor some time now, Knit Picks has been posting a free pattern a week for dishcloths. I generally knit the same simple pattern over and over for mine, because after a few uses, a dishcloth tends to look, well, like a used dishcloth. But some of these are pretty enough to give as gifts. I like to use a nice one to gift wrap small items like soaps or shower gel. This site contains both knit and crochet designs.

So, without the proverbial further ado,

here’s the link

to all these great little free patterns. (Wait, isn’t ” great little” an oxymoron?”)

Pivot Cowl

img_0985Some knitters find garter stitch to be tedious, and avoid it whenever possible. But as this cowl shows, garter doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, it lends itself quite nicely to shaping, in a neat, tailored sort of way that stockinette or fancier stitches can’t quite match. This design combines short row triangles with rectangles, and one of the things that appealed to me when it caught my eye on the Purl Soho site this afternoon is the way it drapes without bunching up around the neck the way many cowls do. I also like the stitch definition that the yarn, Cashmere Merino Bloom, produces. Having now knitted several garments from Purl Soho kits, I can testify to the excellent quality of their yarns. Pivot is made on size 5 US straight or circular needles.

As soon as I finish the Purl Soho Drachenfels shawl that currently occupies my needles, the Pivot Cowl may just be my next project.

Knitted Poppy

Memorial Day 2016 come and gone , but this little poppy pattern would be perfect for next year, or  for Veterans’ Day, which is coming  up fast.   Most knitted or crocheted flowers tend to be fluffy or floppy, but Lion Brand’s poppy is smooth and simple. Nice by itself  for a pretty, summery pin, or for embellishing bags, hats, sweaters, or just to wear on special days to show gratitude to generations of vets.

The pattern is free, but you must be a member to access it. Free and easy to sign up.

Pattern

 

Felted Mitten – keep your hands COOL

Felted Oven Mitt

This pattern features an unusual 2 piece construction, knitting separate fronts and backs. I don’t see why it couldn’t be used to make cold weather mittens as well as oven mitts.

Materials:

  • 100% wool worsted weight yarn: 150 yards ecru (MC); 50 yards red (CC)
  • size 11 straight knitting needles
  • stitch markers (M)

Gauge:

11 stitches and 18 rows = 4 inches in stockinette (St) with yarn doubled

Notes:

Yarn is doubled throughout. Abbreviation M1: Make 1 increase by making a backward loop on right hand needle.

Pattern:

With MC, cast on 19 sts. Work 16 rows St stitch.

Row 17: *K to last 2 sts, K1, M1, K1

Row 18: Purl

Rows 19-30: Rpt rows 17 & 18 (27 sts).

Row 31: K 19, BO 1, K7.

Thumb:

Working on 8 thumb stitches only, work even in St stitch for 3 rows.

Row 4: K1, ssk, K2, K2tog, K2.

Row 5: Purl

Row 6: K1, ssk, K2tog, K2.

BO last 4 sts.

Hand:

With RS facing, attach yarn and work on remaining 19 stitches.

Row 1: purl.

Row 2: K2, place M, beg Chart, place M, K1, M1.

Rows 3-25: Work in St st, following Chart.

Rows 26-28: Remove markers,work in MC.

Row 29: K1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1.

Row 30: purl.

Rows 31-34: Rpt rows 29 and 30.BO remaining 13 sts.

Make second piece, reversing pattern and omitting chart.

Finishing:

With RS together, sew pieces of mitt together and weave in ends.

Optional: Blanket stitch around edges with CC, placing sts 1/2 inch apart and 1/2 inch deep.

Felt using your favorite method.

You can easily knit some matching potholders using chart and sizing as desired.