The sweater is finally finished!

I started working on this sweater nearly two years ago. About a year ago, I finished the body, sleeves, and hood. But it took me until this week to finish the hood edging and pocket. It’s finally done!

braided cable sweater

Finished product!

I used the Holla Hoodie pattern from Knitty.com, which I found on Ravelry, and I just added a pocket at the end. There’s braided cable on the sleeves and around the hood. Continue reading

Knitting Christmas Gifts

Knitting Christmas Gifts

I love knitting things for other people. I’ve made so many things for myself over the years that I really don’t need to make anything else for myself, so it’s nice to have people to knit for instead.

Also, hand-knit gifts just seem more personal. And sometimes it’s really hard to pick gifts for my family members and friends because either I don’t know what they would want or they seem to have everything. But everyone could always use a new scarf or pair of socks, right?

Every year this idea to knit gifts pops up, but this is the first year that I feel I’m being really successful at it. Usually it occurs to me a couple of weeks before Christmas and I end up scrambling to whip some things up.

This year, I actually planned ahead. Back in October I started a Trello board for my knitting projects where I have three lists: To Knit, Knitting, and Knitted. Under each list are cards for the people I want to give things to this year, and in the descriptions of each I included links to patterns or a brief description of whatever I decided to make for that person.

So, over the last month and a half, I have made: three scarves, three earwarmers, one hat, one shawl, one pair of slippers, and one dog collar/scarf.

I still need to finish one pair of socks, two scarves, and one dog sweater.

Almost done!

After the holidays I plan to upload some pictures of the projects (hopefully being worn by the recipients) because some of them might actually read this, so I don’t want to go into too much detail today.

However, I also posted a video to my YouTube channel in my Jen Does Things series. I’m working on one of the scarves and just talking about how I got into knitting and some other thoughts on the hobby. If you’d like to check that out, click here.

Cheers.

Make all of the Ear Warmers!

So today was productive. I finished the banana hammock Christmas gift that I have been working on. It was more complicated than expected. And I made an ear warmer for myself. I did both of these things despite working a hellacious 8 hour shift this evening. I really hate closing.

Anyway, the man thong isn’t actually 100% complete yet as I haven’t sewn in the elastic band. My gauge was a little off, I think. I used needles two sizes smaller than recommended to get the correct stitch gauge, but the row gauge was still off a few. I have no idea how that happened. Maybe a yarn or tension difference? I think it worked out okay, though. I seriously doubt my friend will actually wear it. He made a joke recently about needing a hand-knit thong, so I asked his favorite color. Possibly more effort than should really go into a gag gift, but at least I got to practice my short row technique.

The one I’m super excited about is the ear warmer. It’s knit with a beautiful super bulky Yarn Bee Mosaic Twist in Sunset. I had made a scarf with this yarn a few years back but still had a couple skeins on hand. I didn’t even use a whole skein for the headband! Unfortunately, I now cannot find the matching scarf. But I’m sure it must be here somewhere. Or maybe in the car… Searching is on my to-do list.

Here’s the finished product:

Ear warmer in Yarn Bee Sunset

Ear warmer in Yarn Bee Sunset

I found that pattern on Ravelry, which is honestly where I find most of the patterns I use. The database is just so big and it’s so easy to search for exactly what you want. I must admit, I did the button a bit differently from the original pattern, but that’s because I made the piece a little longer than called for because I didn’t think it would quite fit my head. It would have with the original button plan, but I really like how it turned out. I think it’ll keep me toasty when I’m going to work at 6am. And with colors like that, my day is sure to be bright no matter what.

Bright!!

Bright!!

Nanowrimo Alternative: Day 2, My knitting love

Yesterday I found a neat pattern on Craftsy for some cute fingerless gloves with snowflakes that claimed to only take an hour. While the basic pattern probably took about that much time (per glove), embroidering the snowflakes took a little longer. Still a very quick project, and they turned out wonderful!

I needed this sort of quick project because lately I have felt very little closure for anything in my life. During a period of tumult, I find myself wanting to complete things. And I am horrible about starting a knitting project without finishing it because it gets boring or I get busy and forget where I was in the pattern.

I hope that these gloves are somehow a metaphor for the approaching end of my hurricane season because I am ready for a wonderful fall/winter (let’s face it, in Oklahoma, we’re skipping Fall this year) and I am tired of feeling like a leaf.

Winter wrist warmers!

Winter wrist warmers!

Quick and Simple Projects

Wow, I’ve been knitting so much this week. It’s Spring Break, but I’ve stayed on campus the whole time, so there really wasn’t much else to do. Mostly I’ve been knitting small projects. It’s amazing how quickly they’re over. Here’s a few things that I made this week:

Retro Bracelet

Over-the-Shoulder Bag

Super Simple, Super Skinny Tie

And now, on to more knitting!

Awesome Pattern

Hello all!

Normally, I just post my own patterns for public consumption, but I found this really great free pattern on Knitty.com, and I just had to share it. The link is here.

It’s several different bracelets that can be made using old remnant yarn (an issue I’m sure we all have), and they’re all super cute. I’m making one now. So excited!

Super Simple, Super Skinny Tie

I made this for my boyfriend. He likes super skinny ties, and I like designs that are clean and super simple. So, I devised this. Length depends on the person. I’m planning to make one for myself, but I made this one much longer because it’s for someone a foot taller than me.

Size 3 needles

Worsted weight yarn

Gauge: 6st X 6rows=1” X 1”

CO 2

K2

K1, m1, K1

K3

K1, m1, K1, m1, K1

K5

K2, m1, K2, m1, K1

K7

K2, m1, K4, m1, K1

K9 til piece measures 9 in.

K4, K2tog, K3

K8 til piece measures 12 in.

K3, K2tog, K3

K7 til piece measures 14 in.

K3, K2tog, K2

K6 until piece measures approx.  37 in.

K2, K2tog, K2

K5 to desired length (approx 50” or longer recommended)

K2, K2tog, K1

K4

K1, K2tog, K1

K3

K1, K2tog

K2tog

Pull yarn through remaining st tightly and weave in ends

The Meggy Skirt

The Meggy

I designed this skirt with my suitemate Megan in mind. False pleats and lacy hem turned out great. I recommend a couple more decreases towards the ribbing as it ended up bigger than expected. However, a small black belt looks great with it! I love how this turned out, and I’m going to be making another for myself. Possibly changing the pattern a bit. If I do change things, I’ll post up another version of this pattern. Enjoy!

Meggy modelling her skirt

Materials:

1 ½ Skeins Simply Soft

Size 8 needles

Size 5 needles

Yarn Needle

Size: 14” long, 32” waist

Gauge: 16 st X 24 rows= 4”X4”

2 Sides:

CO 104 st

Row 1: K

Row 2: K1 *K3, yo, K3tog, yo, rep from *, K1

Row 3: Purl

Row 4: K1, *yo, K3tog, yo, K3, rep from *, K1

Row 5: Purl

Rep 2-5 once

Row 10: Knit, dec 1 every 20 st (100 st)

Should be approx. 1 ½”

Row 11: P11, *K12, P10, rep from *, P1

Row 12: K11, P12, K10, rep from *, K1

Row 13: Reverse of 12

Rep 12 and 13 for next 3 rows

Row 16: P11, *K2tog, K10, P10, rep from *, P1 (96 st)

Row 17: P11, *K11, P10, rep from *P1

Row 18: Reverse of 17

Repeat 17 and 18 next 3 rows

False pleat and hem detail

Row 22: P11, *K10, K2tog, P10, rep from *, P1 (92 st)

Row 23: K/P as appropriate for ST st

Row 24: reverse of row 23

Repeat 23 and 24 next 3 rows

Row 28: P12, *K9, P10, rep from *, P1

This is a “decrease.” You are purling one more than the previous rows. This creates the “pleats,” eventually there will be no knit stitches on the right side of the work.

K/P or P/K next 5 rows

Row 34: “dec” as before, but from opposite end (meaning, if you reduced knit stitches from beginning, now reduce from the end)

K/P or P/K 5 rows

Row 40: “Dec” as row 28

K/P or P/K 5 rows

Dec as row 22 (88 st)

K/P or P/K 5 rows

3 more “dec” over 18 rows

Dec as row 16 (84 st)

K/P or P/K 5 rows

“Dec” as row 28

K/P or P/K 5 rows

Useful Diagrams I drew while designing

(At this point, it should be down to two knit stitches for each segment on right side)

Purl row, purling tog two remaining knit st (80 st)

Work in ST st 3 more rows

Switch to size 5 needles

K2, P2 ribbing 5 rows

BO knitwise

Finishing:

Pick up and knit 42 st (doesn’t have to be perfect but try to make them even) along slipped stitches (elongated v’s) on side of skirt side panel. Do this for two sides of the skirt. Graft sides tog using Kitchner st. Repeat on the other sides. Weave in ends.

This pattern is for personal, non-commercial use only.

Lacy Sweater

This is a very basic sweater pattern using a mini leaf stitch. This was my first attempt at a sweater. It didn’t take nearly as long as I expected, and I really like how it turned out. It’s definitely not a winter sweater though because the lacy stitch makes it too breezy for that.

Finished measurements:
Bust: 32”
Length: 22”

Materials:
-2 Skeins worsted weight yarn
-US size 11 straight needles
-yarn needle

Mini Leaf Pattern:
(# of st divisible by 6, plus 2. Worked over 4 rows)

Row 1: K1, *K3, yo, K3tog, yo, rep from * to last st, K1
Row 2, 4: P
Row 3: K1, *yo, K3tog, yo, K3, rep from * to last st, K1

Back:
CO 56 st
Knit 16” in mini leaf pattern.

Armhole shaping:
At beg of next 2 rows, BO 4 st.
Cont. on remaining 48 st in mini leaf pattern to 21”

Neckband:
Row 1: P11, K26, P 11
Row 2, 4: K
Row 3: P10, K28, P10
Row 5: P9, K30, P9

BO

Front:
CO 56 st
Knit 16” in mini leaf pattern

Armhole shaping:
At beg of next 2 rows, BO 4 st
Cont. on remaining 48 st. in mini leaf pattern to 19”

Neckband:
As back
Row 6: K13, BO 22, K13

Right Shoulder:
Row 1: P9, K4
Row 2: K
Repeat two rows until piece measures approx. 22” from beg. BO

Stitch detail

Left Shoulder:
Join yarn at neck edge
Row 1: K4, P9
Row 2: K
Repeat two rows until matches Right shoulder. BO

Sleeves (2):
CO 32 st
Work in pattern inc. 1 st each end every 10th row til 38 st.
Work even on 38 st in pattern desired sleeve length (18” or longer”)
BO

Finishing:
Join shoulder seams.
Sew bound off st on body to sides of upper sleeves to form square armholes.
Sew underarm and side seams.
Weave in loose ends.

This pattern is free for personal, non-commercial use.

Horseshoe Pattern Hat and Scarf (Part Two)

Slouchy Horseshoe Hat

Here’s the second part of Hat and Scarf combo I made for my friend.

Materials:

Worsted Weight yarn

Size 8 straight needles

Instructions:

CO 81 st

Row 1: K1, P1

Row 2: P1, K1

Repeat next two rows

Row 5-12, Horseshoe Pattern

Row 5: P

Row 6: P1, *yo, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, yo, P1, rep from * to end of row

Row 7: P

Row 8: P1, *K1, yo, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K1, P1, rep from * to end

Row 9: P

Row 10: P1, *K2, yo, K1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, yo, K2, P1, rep from * to end

Row 11: P

Row 12: P1, *K3, yo, sl 1, K2tog, psso, yo, K3, P1, rep from * to end

Close up of stitching

The next part starts to get a bit tricky. You’ll need to keep track of two numbers at the same time as you begin working in short rows. This is what creates the slouch effect.

Row 13: Purl 78 st, turn work (should have 3 st on right needle)

Row 14: K 10 (including 3 already there) then work in pattern as usual for 66 st (total 76 st on right needle)

Continue working in short rows, knitting 2 fewer than previous row each time until there are 41 st on right needle to start. This can be complicate, but by remembering that each pattern set is 10 st, it gets easier. Note: when beginning/ending a short row in the middle of the stitch pattern, simply knit the necessary st without working in pattern

Should have 37 rows ending on wrong side (though it shouldn’t be necessary to keep track of this number; this is just for reference purposes)

Row 32: Work remaining st as Row 6

Row 33: P to end

Continue working in Horseshoe pattern for two or three more sets depending on how big you wish the hat to be. The decreases will only add about half an inch.

Decrease:

Row 1: P

Row 2: K2tog across

Row 3-5: *P2tog, P1* across

Row 6: K

Row 7: P2tog across

Finishing:

Cut yarn approx. 10”

Use yarn needle to pull  yarn through remaining needle. Then, use remaining yarn to sew two edges together forming back seam.

Et voila!

This pattern is free for personal, non-commercial use.

Horseshoe Pattern Hat and Scarf (Part One)

Horseshoe Infinity Scarf

Casey modelling her presents

I made this set for a really good friend of mine. She wanted an infinity scarf, but that was the only request, so I decided to try out a stitch pattern I found in an old knitting book. I really like the way it worked out. It’s called a horseshoe stitch, even though I think it looks more like leaves or something. Enjoy 🙂

Materials:

1 skein worsted weight yarn (I used Red Heart in Bordeaux)

Size 8 straight needles

Yarn needle

Scissors

Size: 5 ½” wide, 50” long

Cast on 21 st

Work in Horseshoe Pattern:

Row 1, 3, 5, & 7: P row

Row 2: P1, *yo, K3, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K3, yo, P1, rep from * to end of row

Row 4: P1, *K1, yo, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, yo, K1, P1, rep from * to end

Row 6: P1, *K2, yo, K1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, yo, K2, P1, rep from * to end

Row 8: P1, *K3, yo, sl 1, K2tog, psso, yo, K3, P1, rep from * to end

Repeat pattern to desired length

Stitch Close-up

Bind off purlwise, loosely

Sew bound off end and cast on end tog. Be careful not to twist the scarf.

Pattern for matching hat will follow shortly.

This pattern is free for  personal, non-commercial use only.

Over-The-Shoulder Bag (Two Versions)

Over-the-Shoulder bag (plain version)

My amazing roommate modeling for me

I was looking for a cross-the-chest, over-the-shoulder slouchy bag pattern, but couldn’t find any I liked, so I started experimenting. This isn’t really slouchy, but I love it anyway. I first made this in plain Stockinette stitch with gray worsted weight yarn. The strap turned out longer than I planned because I forgot to allow for stretch, so I tried to fix that, and I liked the bag so much that I made another using a cable pattern in variegated yarn. It turns out a little smaller with the cabling. I didn’t bother with lining as it works just fine without and the curve of the strap makes a zipper unnecessary. This is my first shot at writing out one of the patterns I’ve designed, so if there’s anything that doesn’t make sense, don’t hesitate to ask!

Casey modelling cabled version

Materials:

  • 1 skein worsted weight yarn (you won’t use it all)
  • US Size 8 straight needles
  • Cable needle (if doing cabled version)
  • Yarn needle
  • Yarn holder or waste yarn

Measurements:
Bag: 9”x9”
Strap: 34” long, 2” wide

Gauge:
17 St st, 23 rows to 4”x4”

Side 1:

CO 32

Row 1, 3, 5: K

Row 2, 4, 6: P1, yo, P to last st, yo, P1

Row 7-47 (7 in): work in ST st

Row 48: K7, BO 24, K7

Row 49: (working 7 st for strap): P

Row 50: K5, K2tog (6 st)

Row 51: P

Row 52: K4, K2tog (5 st)

Row 53: P

Row 54: K3, K2 tog (4 st)

Place remaining st on holder or waste yarn

Repeat rows 49-54 for other 7 st

Side 2:

As side 1

Take last 4 st, add 4 st from holder, side 1 (make sure the sides match up as these 8 st will form the strap)

K in ST st to desired strap length (remember the yarn will stretch when worn, so knit slightly shorter than desired length)

Graft 8 st from other holders using Kitchner st

Finish:

Sew seam using mattress stitch

Zipper or lining can be added as desired.

 

Both finished versions

Additional version (Cables):

 

Cable detail

XOXO cable pattern:

Worked over 12 st and 16 rows

Row 1, 3: K2, P8, K2

Row 2: P2, K8, P2

Row 4: P2, sl2 on CN (hold back), K2, K2 f/ CN, sl2 on CN (hold front), K2, K2 f/ CN, P2

Row 5-7: Repeat Rows 1-3

Row 8: P2, sl2 on CN (hold front), K2, K2 f/ CN, sl2 on CN (hold back), K2, K2 f/ CN, P2

Row 9-12: Repeat Rows 5-8

Row 13-16: Repeat Rows 1-4

Sides:

Row 1: K3, XO pattern, K4, XO pattern, K3

Row 2: P1, yo, P2, XO pattern, P4, XO pattern, P2 yo, P1

Row 3: K4, XO pattern, K4, XO pattern, K4

Row 4: P1, yo, P3, XO pattern, P4, XO Pattern, P3, yo, P1

Row 5: K5, XO pattern, K4, XO pattern, K5

Row 6: P1, yo, P4, XO pattern, P4, XO pattern, P4, yo, P1

Row 7-47, odd: K6, XO pattern, K4, XO pattern, K6

Row 8-46, even: P6, XO pattern, P4, XO pattern, P6

From this point, it is the same as the plain version. Use St st for the strap as with first version.

Pattern is free for personal, non-commercial use.