Monday, October 27, 2008

WINTER FLOWER HAT

This is my newest free pattern. In my local yarn shop I saw the yarn Ella Rae classic print somehow being neglected sitting in a shelve. I have a hard time to see nice yarn not being used. (We don't talk bout my stash here :) )
I decided to design something with it and here you see the result:

Material:

MC: Louet Riverstone, about 110 yards.
CC: Ella Rae, Classic Print, about 110 yards.
US 5 / 3.75 mm dpn set of five, US 5/3.75mm 16"circular needle.

Gauge: 6 st = 1” in st st

Sizes: small/medium and large, 18” / 21.5” finished head circumference.

Instructions for size large are written in parenthesis.

Picture shows a size large.

With circular needle CO 110 (132) sts and join carefully not to twist.

Work in K1, P1 ribbing for 7 rnds. K 1(3) rnds.

Pattern set up rnd: *M1, K22, pm* 5(6) times. You have 115 (138) sts.

Work in chart pattern rnds 1 -19 and rnds 23 – 44 (1 – 44)

Then *K1 MC, k3tog CC, K1 MC* 5 (6) times.

In MC *K3tog* 5(6) times.

Break yarns. Bring yarn (MC) through remaining sts and pull tight. Secure on the inside.

Weave in ends.





/ = K2tog (Knit 2 sts together)

= SSK (Slip Slip Knit: Slip as if to knit the next two stitches on the left-hand needle one at a time onto the right hand needle then insert two slipped the left-hand needle into the fronts of the stitches and knit them together.)

M1 = From the front, lift loop between stitches with left needle, knit into back of loop.

To avoid pulling, wrap your floats when there are more than 5 sts of the same color in a row.

To create a nice fabric on the inside I did my floats not get longer than 2-3 sts in a row.

Following link provides help with this technique: http://community.knitpicks.com/notes/index/show?noteKey=Color_-_Color_work%2FFair_Isle

Have fun knitting

Friday, October 24, 2008

Amy's Sweater


My first pattern is published. One year ago I made second place in a design contest initiated by Kraemer Yarns. Now they published it on their website
www.kraemeryarns.com
It's the pattern of the month and available as a free download. Click here.


Yesterday I had my first spinning class. It's so much fun and so much to learn..... I wish I had more time.

Other than that I'm working on a hat design - Winter Flower.
It will be available as a free pattern and I will teach a class on it at my local Yarn Shop.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Color Box- Baby/Child Sweater

This sweater could be for a boy or girl depending on what colors you are using.
My big thanks go to ERICA MOFITT who did the pictures.
She is a very talented photographer. Thank you Erica!
It was so much fun to make this little outfit and I hope you will enjoy making it. Feel free to share your suggestions or comments.

SIZE

XS[S, M, L] [ shown in size XS]

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 23
[25, 26.5, 28.5]
Length: 13
[14, 15.5, 16.5]

MATERIALS


[
MC] Mission Falls 1824 Wool [100% Merino superwash; 85yd/78m per 1.75oz/50g skein];
Color:
#022 navy; 4 [5, 6, 7] skeins
[
CC] Mission Falls 1824 Wool [100% Merino superwash; 85yd/78m per 1.75oz/50g skein];
color:
#027 green; 1[1, 2, 2] skeins, #026 red; 1[1, 2, 2] skeins,
#536 light blue; 1[1, 2, 2] skeins, #533 orange; 1[1, 2, 2] skeins

Recommended needle size
1 US #8/5 mm circular needle 24 inches or longer.
Waste yarn or stitch holders.

GAUGE
17 sts/24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette st

PATTERN NOTES

Three-Needle Bind Off

Hold both pieces of knitting with right sides together.*Insert needle into first st on front needle and first st on back needle, and knit them together. Repeat this for the next st on the front and back needles. Draw the first st worked over the second st.*Repeat from * to * until all sts have been bound off. Break yarn and draw through remaining st.

DIRECTION
BACK

For mitered square edging CO 25[29, 31, 33] stitches in green.

Row 1: (RS) Sl1, k24[28, 30, 32].
Row 2: (WS) Sl1, k10
[12, 13, 14], k3tog, k11[13, 14, 15].
Row 3: Sl1, knit to end.
Row 4: Sl1, k9
[11, 12, 13], k3tog, k10[12, 13, 14].
Row 5: Sl1, knit to end.
Row 6: Sl1, k8
[10, 11, 12], k3tog, k9[11, 12, 13].
Row 7: Sl1, knit to end.
Continue to work, in this manner having 1 less st on each side of decrease until 3 sts remain. K3tog. Turn to right side. Don't bind remaining st off.

Add second square in color red:

Row 1: working in each slip stitch on top edge of square pick up an knit 12[14, 15, 16] sts ; cast on 12[14, 15, 16] sts.
Together with the remaining stitch from the previous square you will have 25
[29, 31, 33] sts.
Continue to work a mitered square in the same way as you did for the first one. Then add a blue and an orange square in the same manner. BO.

With MC and RS facing pick up and knit 50[56, 60, 64] sts along top edge of mitered square stripe.

Knit in stockinette st until whole piece measures 13[14, 15.5, 16.5] inches. Knit 16[17, 18, 19] sts and put them on a holder or waste yarn. BO 18[22, 24, 26 ] sts. Knit 16[17, 18, 19] sts and put on a holder or waste yarn.

FRONT

Work as for back until piece measures

10[10.5, 12, 12.5] inches. Then for placket opening knit (RS facing) 19[21, 23, 24] sts and put them on a holder or waste yarn, bind off 6[7, 7, 8] sts, knit 6[7, 7, 8] sts and put them on a holder or waste yarn, knit 19[21, 23, 24] sts.

Turn work and continue to work the stitches on your needle until placket opening measures 3[3.5, 3.5, 4] inches.

At beginning of next row (RS) BO 3[4, 5, 5] stitches. Put remaining 16[17, 18, 19] sts on holder or waste yarn. Break yarn.

Rejoin yarn at other side of placket opening of held stitches and work as for first half reversing neck shaping.

SLEEVES

Mitered square edging:

CO 13[15, 15, 17] sts in green.
Row 1: Sl1, k to end.
Row 2: Sl1, k4
[5, 5, 6 ], k3tog, k5[6, 6, 7].
Row 3: Sl1, k to end.
Row 4: Sl1, k3
[4, 4, 5], k3tog, k4[5, 5, 6]

Continue to work, in this manner having 1 less st on each side of decrease until 3 sts remain. K3tog. Turn to right side. Don't bind remaining st off. Add second square in color red:

Row 1: working in each slip stitch on top edge of square pick up an knit 6[7, 7, 8] sts ; cast on 6[7, 7, 8 ] sts. Together with the remaining stitch from the previous square you will have 13[15, 15, 17] sts. Continue to work a mitered square in the same way as you did for the first one. Then add a blue and the orange square in the same manner. BO.

With MC and RS facing pick up and knit 24[28, 28, 32] sts along top edge of mitered square stripe.

In next row (WS) increase 4[4, 4, 2] sts purlwise evenly distributed. Continue to work in stockinette stitch and at the same time inc 1 st each side every 4th row 8[9, 10, 12] times and every 6th row 1[2, 1, 0] times. Continue in pattern st until piece measures 8.5[9.5, 10.5, 11.5] inches.
BO.

Close shoulders seams with a three needle bind off.

HOOD

In MC and RS facing pick up and knit 5[6, 6, 6] beg on right front neck , pick up and knit 9 [11, 12, 13 ] sts, place marker, pick up and knit 9[11, 12, 13] sts, pick up and knit 5[6, 6, 6] sts at left front edge .

Turn work and continue to work in stockinette st and inc 18[12, 16, 18] sts evenly distributed at the same time in next RS row.

Make sure that you will have the same amount of sts on each side of the marker.

Work even for 1.3[1.3, 1.3, 1.5] inches. Inc 1 on every side of marker every 3 rws 10x[every 2 rws 3x; every 3 rws 8x; every 3rws 8x] then every 4 rws 3x[3 rws 14x; 4 rws 6x; 4rws 6x]

BO when piece measures 8.3[9.3, 9.3, 9.5] inches. Seam top.

PLACKET AND HOOD EDGING

RS facing knit 6[7, 7, 8] held sts in placket opening in green and pick up and knit 7[8, 8, 8] along side of placket opening. Continue to work a mitered square as described for the sleeve edging, beg with row 2 (WS).

Add more squares around left placket and neck opening, hood and right neck and placket opening in the same color sequence picking up sts on top edge of last square and corresponding side of placket opening, neck opening or hood. Sew top edge of last square to left bottom of placket opening.

FINISHING
Sew sleeve seams. Sew side seams. Sew in sleeves and weave in ends.


Copyright 2008, Christiane Burkhard

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Barn Raising Quilt

In my LYS we celebrate the tradition of knitting together.
We each knit squares to donate to the Barn Raising Quilt for a total of 42 squares. When the quilt is completed, we will raffle it off and donate the proceeds to the Women's Domestic Violence Shelter in Willimantic CT. My friend Linda saw this quilt in the book Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together and came up with the idea to do it! It's great to knit for a purpose and we already have 25 squares piling up.
We're using diffrent types of fingering weight yarn and it's going to be fun to put it together and see all this beautiful squares coming together to a quilt!
This is my contribution so far:

Finally I found the book in which the socks of the Scottish clan member was published in:
Design for Knitting Kilt Hose available through Amazon.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Scottish Highland Festival

Today was another gorgeous day. We went to the Scottish Highland Festival in Scotland CT.
The following video will give you a short impression about the bagpipers and the different clans.
Forgive the bad quality. The video was taken with my photo camera:

video

Two of the clan members had the greatest knitted Celtic style socks on and I couldn't resist to ask them where they got the pattern from. I'll try to find the book........ But don't worry I didn't ask further about other pieces of clothing. :-)
I also learned that CT has it's own Tartan.

Friday, October 10, 2008

COLORS OF FALL





Indulging the beauty of New England fall I feel totally spoiled to live so close to this beautiful nature.
Even my knitting got to be very color full. I started to work on an Afghan called Lizard Ridge for a wedding present and on squares for the Barn Raising Quilt which is a project of a lot of great friends and knitters in my local yarn shop to raise money for the local women's shelter.......
Pictures will be posted soon.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hats

Fall has arrived in New England and people are beginning to knit warm things. I started to teach a class on hats.
This ski hat is one of the Sheep Shop Yarn patterns designed by Jessica Paquet . The pattern tells you to add ear flaps picking up stitches on the cast on edge after finishing the hat. I started with the ear
flaps and integrated them into my cast on stitches to avoid a seam. Instead of single crochets around the finished hat I chose crab stitch.



The seed stitch hat is from Sheep Shop too and was designed by Linda Daniels. It was a very fast knit.
I added a third decreasing row and did ssk instead of k2tog. For this hat I used Sheep 2 yarn. It's so soft, the colors are great and it doesn't pill as much as some other 100% wools. I love it......
It's the yarn I used for a design soon to be published .......

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Finally finished..........


Finally, my stash buster Log Cabin is done. This baby blanket is done with worsted weight yarn left overs. The pattern I used is published in Mason Dixon Knitting.
It's actually more a technique than a pattern and there are endless possibilities of creating a log cabin blanket.
This one is, together with sweaters and socks, on it's way to my favorite charity
organisation (for knitted stuff).
Warm Woolies.

Originally this was meant to be a bag but it grew up to be a needle case for my ravelry swap partner ;)
I love felting! Since I ran out of time there was no chance to get a needle felted design on it, so I put the buttons on to make it more interesting. Oh well......... I'm glad she liked it!