Monday, December 30, 2013

Hand Cabled Collar

Here's a relatively quick knit, with a huge cable framing your neck, and no cable needles required!  We worked hard with all our Christmas knitting... it is time for a treat for YOU.  This one should come from your stash, less than 100 grams of worsted weight yarn.   Everyone has some of that!

Hand Cabled Collar

Yarn:  Patons Classic Wool (100 gram, 210 yards worsted weight – less than one ball for this collar)
Needles:  4.5mm( US 7)
2 stitch markers, darning needle, and big button
Gauge: 20 sts = 4 inches (no worries if not exact… it’s a scarf)
Cast on 40 sts.
Row One: knit15, place marker, knit 10, place marker, knit 15
Row two: knit 15, slip marker, purl 10, slip marker, knit 15
Row three: knit 40, slipping markers.
Row four: same as two
Row five: knit 15, remove marker, cast off ten stitches, remove marker, knit 15
Row six: knit 15, turn and cast on 10 (see photos until you get the hang of this), careful not to twist stitches, turn and connect to other side by knitting last 15.

REPEAT rows One to six , until about 22 inches have been worked, ENDING WITH ROW FOUR. Now cast off all stitches.
 flip to cast on.....
 flip back to continue the row....
 Hand cabling:  Looking at the detailed photos, start at the cast on edge, make a loop out of the bottom “10 stitch ladder”.   From underneath, grab ladder 2 and bring it up and through the loop, and to the front, as the new loop.  Keep bringing the ladder above, through from the back, up into the loop, to create a new loop (using your finger like a huge crochet hook!) **** see the series of photos below****
When you get the last ladder at the top up into the last loop, use yarn and a darning needle to tack it permanently as the last loop, (and this will be the loop that can go over a big button, that you can stitch on the other end to close the cowl.)
 the loop.....
 bringing ladder 2 up through first loop
 see?  there it is....
 climbing the ladder...
to the top......

Monday, December 9, 2013

Hat for your Sock Monkey?

I was invited to a local hockey game, and it was "teddy bear toss" night.  I wondered how my classic sock monkey would look with a teddy bear hat.... so here he is.  I liked it so much, I thought you would too, so here is the fast knit pattern!  For any of you that do not have a sock monkey, you can make that too.  There are lots of websites with patterns and instructions (and videos?), but if you want to make one here is the link to my own instruction page!  Just NOTE that the monkey here is a golf club cover, so omit the black sock lining, and stuff fully and close at the bottom.

Teddy Bear Hat for your sock monkey

Yarn, chunky-weight  bear coloured yarn (less than ¼ of a ball, left over bit will do)
                Bit of cream yarn for muzzle.  Bit of black for eyes and nose.
Needles: 5mm (US 8) double point needles  (work in round for hat, and use as straights for small ears and muzzle.)
Gauge:  18 sts = 4 inches.  ( I intentionally used smaller needles, so that the hat would be quite firm, thus the gauge is a bit tighter than the chunky yarn is intended)

Cast on 21, dividing evenly around three double point needles.  Join carefully and knit in the round for 10 rows. 
Decrease row 1: on first needle:    knit one ,[ knit 2 together,  knit 1] twice .   Repeat this for other two needles.  (5 sts on each needle now)
Next row: knit all
Decrease row 2:  on first needle:     Knit 2 together, knit 1, knit 2 together.   Repeat on other two needles. (3 sts on each needle now)
Last row: knit all.
Cut off yarn leaving 9 inches, and with a big needle, thread the tail of yarn through the last 9 stitches, gather and secure the end yarn.
Ears (make 2):    Leaving a 9 inch yarn tail, Cast on 4 sts.   Row 1: Increase 1 stitch at each end or row (6 sts)
Work 4 rows in Garter Stitch (knit every row)
Row 6: Knit 2 together, knit 2, knit 2 together.
Row 7: knit 2 together, knit 2 together, pass first stitch over second (cast off) and finish cast off.  Darn in the end, leaving the cast on tail of yarn to darn into place on the hat.
Muzzle:  With cream color yarn, knit the ear pattern exactly (just do one), and sew it into place on the hat.  I placed a small bit of loose chunky yarn underneath the muzzle to puff it up just a bit.
Details:  With black yarn (I used sock yarn), Make french knot eyes and overcast satin stitch nose.

 and here is a close up, so you can see the placements of the muzzle and embroidery.