Dashes Knit Sweater
May 12, 2017
The Dashes Knit Sweater is a knitting pattern I recently designed. This sweater features a textured stitch pattern, short sleeves and a scoop neckline.
The yarn used to knit this sweater is from the Plymouth yarn company. It is called Monte Donegal Hand Dyed yarn. The yarn is a blend of Alpaca, Merino Wool, Acrylic and Rayon. It is not super soft but it is comfortable against the skin and has a nice drape for a sweater. Other cotton or acrylic weight yarns would also work well for this sweater in my opinion – maybe even a Noro yarn.
The sweater is knit with a size US 7 knitting needle. I used circular knitting needles but straight could also be used – although once you get to the sleeve area you may want circular needles to accommodate the larger stitch count.
This sweater is knit in two pieces and then sewn together. If you are familiar with knit and purl stitches, casting on stitches in a project and seaming knit pieces together then you can complete this sweater.
The photo above is a close up view of the stitch pattern. It is easier to see what it looks like on this solid color yarn than the Monte Donegal yarn I knit the sweater with. The pattern is a four row repeat and very easy to follow.
To learn more about the pattern you can visit my Etsy shop. I will also have it available on Craftsy and Ravlery and here on my website.
I am currently designing another short sleeve sweater pattern in a cotton yarn that will be coming soon to my Etsy shop and website.
Have a great day!
Knit Cape and Other Knitting Projects
December 16, 2015
Recently I finished a knit cape that I designed using Homespun yarn from Lion. Homespun yarn is probably one of my favorite fall and winter yarns to work with. It is very soft and the colors are pretty.
The color name of the yarn that I used for this cape was called painted desert. It has a lot of great colors in it and goes with many different things.
The cape is designed to fit kind of snug around the neckline and shoulder area and then gradually gets wider at the bottom. This pattern is knit on circular needles so there are no seams – which is nice because when you get done all you have to do is weave in a few ends and you are finished with your project. A great reason to love circular knitting.
Another great thing about this pattern is that it can be worn different ways. You can also wear it as a hooded type of scarf to keep you warm on a cold and windy day.
For more information on this pattern you can visit my etsy shop , craftsy store, or ravelry.
Other projects that I have been working on are some yoga socks, knit with some Noro Silk Garden yarn I had in my stash. I am currently testing out the pattern in another yarn, also found in my stash, before I will be releasing it.
The socks look like some type of pac-man object or something in the photo – this was just a quick shot I took after completing them. They actually do fit nicely and I have wore them twice now to practice yoga in. It is nice to have something to keep your feet warm on chilly mornings but still be able to grip the mat with the ball of your foot, toes and heel. The opening in the middle is the part where your heel goes. The pattern for these will be coming soon.
I have also been working on a chenille afghan. This yarn has been in my stash for quite a while, I am ashamed to admit. I bought it with intentions to knit a sweater and decided after attempting that last year that it was going to be too bulky. So, this year I decided it would make a nice blanket-afghan for our living room. The yarn is so soft and seems like it will keep you warm. I have kind of put it aside lately to work on yoga socks and a new cowl pattern but I plan to finish it by January and I will share it here on my blog when it is done.
My friend Marilyn knitted these cute Christmas dishcloths. She knit two of them for all of the ladies in my monthly knitting group – there are five of us that meet once a month at a Starbucks to knit and socialize. We have been doing this for about 6 years now. The dishcloth on the right has a tree design in it – can you make out the outline of it? I love using these cotton knit dishcloths in the kitchen. My mom likes to knit these as well so I am sure I will be getting a couple more for gifts this year.
What kinds of projects have you been working on lately? Let me know by leaving a reply.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Knitting Pattern Lacy Wrap
August 19, 2015
This knitting pattern is one of my new designs I recently completed.
I actually designed this wrap after finding this pretty yarn in my oldest son’s school colors figuring I could wear it to some of the football games in the fall. I bought the yarn at Tuesday Morning, of all places. I didn’t even know they had yarn there until someone in my facebook knitting group posted a photo months ago of a bunch of yarn they bought there. So, I had to go check it out and this was one of the yarns I found. The yarn is by Rozetti and it is called Soft Payette.
I originally had the idea to make this into a longer wrap but ran out of yarn. When I went back to Tuesday Morning to see if they had more (it was a few months later) it was all gone. So, I decided rather than frogging the project I could create this pretty tie front cape. I think I actually like it better that way as it is just perfect for covering the back and shoulders – which is just what you need in the kind of climate I live in for the early fall.
The other feature I really love about this wrap is the pretty scallop edges on each side. The stitch pattern I used to knit this created the pretty edges. This pattern is now available in my etsy shop, as well as on craftsy and ravelry if you are interested in knitting one click on one of the highlighted links to take you to the pattern.
I have also been crocheting a lot lately. I will be sharing some of my crochet creations soon so check back.
Have a great day!
Asymmetrical Knit Wrap Pattern
May 2, 2015
This knit wrap is a fun and easy design I recently finished. This is a free pattern that I am sharing on my blog. It is the perfect project for an advanced beginner.
Asymmetrical Knit Scarf or Wrap – click on this highlighted link for the free pattern.
I originally saw a wrap like this on pinterest about a month ago. The pattern was a free pattern on Ravelry but it was written in another language – there was an English version but I was not sure I understood the way it was written – even the person who wrote it said their English wording might not be so easy to understand. So, I decided to create my own version using a worsted weight wool and acrylic yarn.
The yarn I knitted my wrap in was from Knit Picks – Chroma Worsted in the color Theatre. I have had in in my stash for at least six months now. If you decide to use that same yarn the pattern will take 2 1/2 skeins but you will need to buy three, obviously. If you use another worsted weight you will need approximately 575 yards.
This accessory can also be worn as a scarf, doubled around the neck for warmth.
Click on the highlighted text of the pattern name above for the free pdf pattern. You can also find the free version of this pdf pattern on Craftsy.
I hope you enjoy the pattern – happy knitting!
Knitting Project Lace Shrug
September 11, 2014
This knitting project is one of my recently completed patterns that I designed myself. The shrug is knit with Knit Picks Chroma Fingering weight yarn. This yarn is a lot of fun to knit with as it has such beautiful color changes and the yarn is also super soft. I cannot wait to design more projects with this yarn.
The color of this yarn is called Guppy so I am calling it the Guppy Lace Knit Shrug. The lace pattern I knit this with is a two row repeat and lot of fun to knit. I used size 7 circular knitting needles to knit this accessory.
The above photo is a close up of the back so you can see the pretty lace pattern and just how beautiful the color changes are in the yarn. I am so glad I decide to buy some of this yarn this past summer and try it out – it did not disappoint me. I also ordered some in a couple of different colorways with ideas for knitting some other accessories and possibly a sweater. The Chroma yarn also comes in a worsted weight which I ordered in one color thinking as the weather cools down it will be nice to have a heavier weight yarn for a scarf or shawl.
I have been designing a lot of new shrugs lately. I like having this type of accessory with me when at church or a chilly restaurant. It is not as bulky as a full sweater and just enough to keep the chill off of your arms and shoulders. Also, they are perfect for those that live in warmer climates because sometimes a sweater is just too hot in the fall and winter.
This pattern is available in my etsy shop or on craftsy if you are interested in knitting one. You can click on the highlighted link or the icons in the sidebar for either shop.
What knitting projects are you currently working on? Click on Leave a Reply to tell me about them.
Have a great day!
Knitting Pattern For Lace Scarf
August 6, 2014
A couple of months ago I came across this Paton’s Glam Stripes yarn at Michaels on clearance and I purchased quite a few of the colors. I figured I would be able to design some pretty new accessory patterns with it.
I am sharing a couple of the projects I made with the yarn and a free diagonal lace scarf knitting pattern. If you click on the red highlighted text it will take you to the pdf pattern that I designed. Below is a photo of the scarf pattern.
This scarf is a great lightweight accessory. The pattern is fairly simple – a 2 row repeat and features bias (diagonal) ends.
This scarf is super quick and easy to knit, too. It is knit on size US 8 knitting needles. You can use other yarns, not just the Paton’s Glam Stripes, but I like how it turned out with the coral Glam yarn and the glitter parts on the bias.
I also knitted a shrug in the navy blue Glam Stripes yarn. The shrug pattern is available in my etsy shop. It features an openwork knitting stitch and is also pretty simple to knit.
I like how it turned out with the Glam yarn and I am looking forward to knitting more with this pattern and other yarns. I love to take a pattern and experiment with different yarns or even different needle sizes and see what I can create. Sometimes it can look totally different than the original I designed.
I am still working on my crochet project that I started a couple of months ago with the Glam Stripes yarn in black. I seem to be knitting or sewing more lately than crocheting so it is coming along slowly.
I hope you are enjoying the beginning of August and are getting some crocheting or knitting done. I currently have a few projects going and I will be sharing more of those in the coming weeks.
Have a great day!
Garter and Lace Knit Wrap
June 4, 2014
Recently I finished another knitting project. I started this knit wrap earlier in the spring. The wrap combines rows of knit stitches and then rows of lace using a solid color and a variegated color yarn. I am really pleased with how it turned out.
I was also able to get some photos of it when my roses in the back yard were in full bloom – I thought the colors of the wrap looked pretty against the roses.
This wrap is a rectangle shape – it measures approximately 70 inches long and 16 inches wide. I like the versatility of this accessory as it can be worn a variety of ways as a wrap and you can also wear it doubled around and ends tucked in for a scarf.
The yarn I used for this knitting project was Caron Simply Soft for the solid color turquoise and the multi colored yarn was from Hobby Lobby – I Love This Yarn in a color called Kaleidoscope. I love the vibrant colors in the Kaleidoscope yarn. Both yarns are easy to work with and very soft worsted weight yarns. I love working Caron Simply Soft and have made many projects with that yarn – it is also washable.
I have plans to design other projects using the same idea of combining the garter and lace rows. I currently have plans to knit a sweater next. I also think it is fun to combine a solid color yarn with a variegated coordinating yarn. The pattern for the wrap above is now available in my etsy shop or on craftsy if you are interested in knitting this fun wrap.
Currently I am working on a lace wrap that had become a UFO – Unfinished Object. I started this wrap last July or August as I wrote down summer of 2013 on the pattern. It is a pattern from Noro Knitting Magazine from spring-summer 2013. I really like the wrap but it is knit on size 4 needles and the yarn is like working with dmc floss – it is very fine. The yarn is Noro Sekku and is a blend of cotton, wool, nylon and silk. I think I bought it a couple of years ago on sale at my local yarn shop. Below is a photo of my progress – I have knit about two or three inches since this past Sunday night. I am determined to complete this by the end of this summer.
What are you currently working on? I am also going to be starting another shawl with a pattern I recently bought from Knit Picks. It is called My Cat Stole My Heart – it is a beautiful lacy shawl. My friend Karen and I are going to do our own KAL – Knit Along – using this pattern.
Have a great day!
Knitting Mobius Cowls
November 12, 2013
I recently finished a couple more knit cowls. Both of these cowls are knit in the round on circular knitting needles in one continuous piece with a deliberate twist – known as a mobius cowl or wrap. I love projects like these that do not require any seaming.
The cowl-wrap above is knit in Homespun yarn in the color Fire. A very pretty rustic orange color for fall or winter.
This version of my mobius cowl is a lacy knit version. I also used Homespun yarn for this accessory in the color Tudor – it has shades of blue and green along with purple and cream.
Both of these cowls are my own pattern which is available in my etsy shop if you are interested in knitting your own. I am also selling both of these cowls in my shop as well – they make a great gift.
I am currently working on a new crochet motif sweater pattern that I hope to finish soon. I am also knitting a sweater in some yarn that I found in my stash that I have had for a long time. What projects are you currently crocheting or knitting? Click on Leave a Reply to let me know.
Lace Knit Sleeveless Tunic
August 6, 2013
I finally finished the knit sweater I started a few months ago. I got the first half of it knit pretty quickly but lost momentum on the second half. Too many other ideas and projects got in the way along with family life. I am sure most can relate.
I designed this sleeveless knit tunic myself using a lace stitch. The tunic is very comfortable to wear and looks good layered over a tank. I think it will also look good as a fall or winter sweater worn as a vest over a long sleeve shirt.
The stitches used for this are: knit, purl, yarn over, slip slip knit and knit 2 together. I think any advanced beginner to intermediate can knit this sweater. The sweater is knit on size US 10 needles so it works up pretty quick – if you don’t stop working on it and do 3 (or more) other projects in between like I did.
The pattern for this sweater is available for purchase in my etsy shop. The pattern is a digital download and is available immediately after payment clears. Click on the highlighted etsy link to take you to my shop or there is an etsy icon in the sidebar as well.
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