Finished Projects, Knitting

Knitmas Cowl

A warm and squidgy scarf/cowl hybrid that does up with a gorgeous button.

For this I used Drops Merino Fine in DK weight held double.

Pattern
Cast on 70
Row 1-4 Knit
Row 5 K3, Cast off 2 stitches. Turn work and cast on 2 stitches. Turn work and knit across. (make a buttonhole)

Center panel
** Row 6 Knit
Row 7 and all odd-numbered rows K5, P to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 8 K5 *C4B, K4, C4F. Repeat from * to last 5 st, K5
Row 10 Knit
Row 12 K5, *K2, C4F, C4B, K2. Repeat from * to last 5 st, K5
Row 14-28 Repeat from ** twice more

Border
Rows 30-34 Knit
Cast off and weave in ends
Place a large button on the side opposite the buttonhole, in the middle. (try on for placement)

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Mulberry Headband

Recently I was looking for a headband that would be subtle enough to tame and perhaps even disappear into my hair yet interesting enough to look good when it was seen. After much searching I thought I had found the right one, but I wasn’t happy with it so here’s my reworked version.

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Measure your head circumference. You may want to do a small test swatch to see just how much the yarn will give. If your yarn is stretchy, allow a couple of inches or so for the stretch (i.e. subtract two-4 inches from the circumference measurement).This is the length you will want to knit to.

Yarn: Fingering weight (4ply) yarn. I used Malabrigo sock.
Needle Size: 4mm needles
Gauge: not crucial, you’ll measure against your own head

CO 6 sts
1- 7 Knit
8-10 Knit
11 K1, KFAB, knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
12-15 Repeat rows 8-11 so you have 10 sts on the needles
16 Knit
17 K1, KFAB, Knit to last 2 sts, KFAB, K1
18-23 Repeat rows 16 and 17 until you have 16 sts on the needles
24-27 Knit

Main section of headband
1 K3, *[Slip 1st knitwise, K1, YO, PSSO] Rpt * to last 3 sts, K3
2 K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2
3 K2, *[Slip 1st knitwise, K1, YO, PSSO] Rpt * to last 2 sts, K2
4 K2, Purl to last 2 sts, K2

Repeat rows 1-4 until approx 10cms or 3 inches from desired length.
Repeat Row 1 once more

Next 2 rows: Knit all sts
Begin decreases
A: Knit 1 row
B: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt A and B until you have 10 sts on the needles
C: Knit 3 rows
D: K1, SSK, Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1
Rpt C and D until there are 6 sts on the needles.
Knit 7 rows
Buttonhole row: K2, YO, K2tog, K2
Knit 2 rows
BO in knit.
Sew in ends, attach a button to the first strap and you are done 🙂

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Rambling Flowers Insertion


Tatting Pattern by Anne Orr

This pattern can be found in Tatting with Anne Orr. Copyright has expired on Anne’s wonderful patterns.

A very striking pattern suitable for absolute beginners.

Instructions

  • Clover leaf
    • Ring: 5ds, p, 5ds, p, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, (5ds, p)x2, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, 5ds, p, 5ds
  • Chain: 4ds, (p, 4ds)x8
  • * Clover leaf
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of chain, 5ds, p, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, (5ds, p)x2, 5ds
    • Ring: 5ds, join to last p of previous ring, 5ds, p, 5ds
  • Chain: (4ds, p)x2, 4ds, join to free p of centre ring of preceding clover, (4ds, p)x5, 4ds
  • Repeat from * until you reach the desired length, joining the last chain to the free p of the centre ring of the last clover.

This insertion piece can be lengthened and shortened to fit whatever application you are needing it for. You will find that this pattern adapts very easily to a bookmark – simply create a piece that is about 20cm long and loop through a tassel when complete.

This insertion would look very nice if you used a green for the chains and a bright colour for the clovers, or flowers. Experiment!

If you make this pattern from this post, please let me know by leaving a comment – I’d love to see your work.

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Crochet Pattern Rant

If I walk into a shop I can purchase a whole book of crochet patterns that have been, presumably, edited and test-crocheted over many many months and I’ll pay maybe $10 and maybe up as far as $20. Generally it works out to about $1-$2 per pattern. And I expect that said book will include lovely photography, charts and explanations, full details of yarns used and maybe even a detailed How to Crochet section. I can even go to the book’s info pages and figure out if it’s US or UK terminology – gosh some will even have give me a handy table of conversions.

So, what makes you think that your single pattern is worth double or more what one of those professional patterns is worth? And why on earth should I pay you for the second rate can’t-be-arsed approach to checking that you’ve got your numbers right? And while I can accept that it might be confusing to you, in your small minded think-you’re-too-good way to be bothered translating your entire pattern into both UK and US, I really don’t believe it is too much to ask that you stick in a single line that means that I don’t have to read through for the country specific terms myself – especially since I’ve just paid you more than double what I’d have paid someone who knows what they’re doing for the same thing.

OK… breath in…. breath out… and…. back to calm.

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Half Moon Dreaming

This pattern started life as a hanky corner in the wonder book The Tatter’s Treasure Chest. I’ve add a chain instead of the edging to turn it into a necklace.

If you make this, I’d love to see the pictures of your results!

Centre Portion

R: 8ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 8ds p 8ds p 8ds
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 6ds Do not RW

Clover
R: 8ds p 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw

C: 6ds RW
R: 8ds join p of previous 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 6ds RW

R: 8ds p 8ds p 8ds cl rw
small R: 6ds join to free p of 2nd ring, 6ds, cl rw
R: 8ds join p of adjacent r, 8ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 9ds rw

R: 8ds p 8ds p 8ds cl rw
small R: 6ds join to free p of 1st ring, 6ds, cl rw
R: 8ds join 2nd p of adjacent r, 8ds p 8ds cl rw

C: 6ds RW
R: 8ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw
C: 6ds RW

Clover
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl
R: 8ds join p of previous r, 6ds p 6ds p 8ds cl rw

C: 6ds join to base of 1st ring

Cut and weave in ends.

Outer Edge

Attach thread to free p of centre ring of clover.

C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to adjacent r that has 1 free p
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to p of next ring
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to the joining p of two rings

C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to joining p of two rings

C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to p of next ring
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to p of first ring of clover
C: 6ds p 6ds p 6ds, join to centre p of centre ring of clover

To complete just the centre portion tie and weave in ends here.

To continue on to the chain of the necklace,
SR: 8/8
*C: make first half of the double stitch 5 times, followed by the second half 5 times. Repeat a further 4 times for 50 stitches
SR: 6/6
Repeat from * for desired length, finishing with a ring of 12 stitches instead of the split ring.
Tie and weave in ends.

Attach to start of the outer chain and repeat for the other side, making sure you add in a clasp on the final ring.

NB. If you don’t want to do split rings, you can add extra stitches in their place – tie a slip knot at points where the split ring would be so that the chains keep their shape.

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Pleated Skirt Motif

Pleated Skirt Motif Happily tatting away while watching TV – it’s a recipe for disaster when you don’t know the pattern. After I’d finished and taken photos I pulled out the original pattern and oops – looks like I misread that! On the upshot, that means a new design 🙂

The finished product to me looks a little like a pleated skirt – I really quite like it. Not sure at this stage what I’ll make of it, it’s too big for a pendant and too small for a standard doily.

The sample here is needle tatted using size 10 crochet cotton.

Copyright 2009 Kersti Anear

First Row

Ring: 4ds, 3p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl

*Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds
Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, 2p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl
Repeat from * until you have 7 rings.

Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds
Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, p, 4ds, join to first p of first ring, 4ds, cl
Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds

Join to base of first ring/chain.
Weave in ends and cut thread.

Second Row

* Ring: 5ds, p, 5ds, cl
Chain: 5ds, 3p sep 2ds, 5ds
Ring: 2ds, p, join to p of previous ring, 2p, join to centre p of chain on previous row, 4p, 2ds, cl
Chain: 5ds, 3p sep 2ds, 5ds
Ring: 5ds, join to 2nd last p of previous ring, 5ds, cl
Chain: 5ds, 3p sep 2ds, 5ds
Repeat from * until you have all 8 groups completed.
Join to base of first ring/chain.
Weave in ends and cut.

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Vintage Motif

Vintage Tatted Motif This simple motif forms the basis for so many other patterns, yet it’s quite sweet on it’s own. It’s a vintage pattern in the public domain. The sample here is needle tatted using size 10 crochet cotton.

Ring: 4ds, 3p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl

*Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds
Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, 2p sep 4ds, 4ds, cl
Repeat from * until you have 7 rings.

Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds
Ring: 4ds, join to last p of previous ring, 4ds, p, 4ds, join to first p of first ring, 4ds, cl
Chain: 6ds, 3p sep 2ds, 6ds

Join to base of first ring/chain.
Weave in ends and cut thread.