Sunday, December 2, 2007

Dishpan hands pattern

Somebody saw me knitting a square dishcloth one day and said that her aunt makes four little squares and sews them into a band that slips over the hand. I thought, why stop there when you could make a whole mitten? So that’s what I did.

This pattern should fit most hands. The cuff is fairly tight so that the mitten doesn’t slip off in the dish water. I gave it a purl swirl for texture, which makes for extra scrubability. The cotton is stretchy–this mitten fits me whether or not I’m wearing a rubber glove, and it also fits my husband’s hand (not that I can get him to use it). It makes a great gift. It’s unique, cheap, easy, and the best part is you only have to make one!

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference: 7.75 inches, Length: 8.5 inches

MATERIALS Peaches and Creme [100% cotton; 70.9g skein]; color: White; 1 ball OR other worsted weight dishcloth yarn

1 set US #6/4mm double-point needles

1 set US #8/5mm double-point needles

Medium stitch holder Tapestry needle

GAUGE 16 sts/24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch with larger needles

PATTERN Using long-tail method, CO 30 sts on smaller needles. Work K1, P1 rib around until work measures .75 inches from CO edge. Switch to larger needles.

Row 1: K around Row 2: Inc 9 sts evenly over row: 39 sts. Row 3: (P1, K2) around. Row 4: (K1, P1, K1) around. Row 5: (K2, P1) around.

Rep rows 3-5 until work measures 3.5 inches, or until it reaches the bottom of your thumb. Next row: Work pattern as established for 15 sts. Slip next 9 sts onto stitch holder. Cont to work rem sts in patt: 30 sts. Cont to work in patt until piece measures 7.5 inches.

Next row: (K1, K2 tog) 10 times: 20 stitches. Next row: K Next row: (K2 tog) 10 times: 10 stitches. Next row: K Next row: (K2 tog) 5 times: 5 stitches.

Cut yarn and pull tail through remaining stitches.

Finish thumb Sl sts from holder onto needles. Pick up 3 sts on palm side of thumb: 12 sts. Work thumb sts in patt until thumb measures 2.25 inches. (K2 tog) 6 times: 6 stitches. Cut yarn and pull tail through rem sts.

FINISHING Weave in ends, and go wash your dishes!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bye bye!

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Sunday, September 30, 2007

Ole mitten notes

I grafted the stitches when there were 14 stitches left.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Ole mittens and other stuff.

Cast on 14 stitches. Knit 60 rows. Bind off all but last stitch. Turn and pick up 29 stitches across length. Join in the round and knit one row. Knit 14, pm, kfb, kfb, pm, knit 14. Knit a row. Knit 14, kfb, k2, kfb, knit 14. K one row. Continue in pattern until there are 14 stitches between markers. Move thumb stitches to holder, continue knitting mitten in the round.

That's what I've got so far, anyway. I've got too many things in progress. I need to start finishing stuff. Henceforth, October will be known as The Month of Finishing Stuff.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Place markers at 15-8-30-8-15 (because I accidentally increased a couple of times before I realized I had put the markers in the wrong spot).

Monday, September 17, 2007

Baby hoodie

Here's how I started:

Prov cast on 64. Place marker after 32 stitches. K to 1 before marker, inc, sl marker, inc, K across. Next row: purl. Rep these two rows until 76 stitches. K until piece measures 7 inches.

More later...

Thursday, August 9, 2007

"Cozy" is done

I decided to do "Cozy" instead of "Assuring":
It took about 10-12 balls of Wool Ease in Natural Heather.

Now I'm working on a couple of sweaters, and I still have a baby blanket to finish.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Next up

I am working on "Assuring" from the Big Book of Quick Knit Afghans for a wedding gift. I also ordered the yarn for another baby blanket, which will need a fun name. I don't know what the baby's name is going to be yet, so I'll have to make something up. The yarn cost on that one was $98.99, but it wasn't my $98.99 so I was happy to spend it.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Ava blanket

Ava is done! (The blanket, not the baby.)

I had a different pattern in mind when I started, but I'm very happy with the way it came out. I used 8 balls of Velvet Touch--6 of Carnival and two turquoise.

Here is the pattern:
On size 8 DPNs, cast on 8, knit, divide onto four needles.

R1: K1, yo, K1, rep on each needle.
R2: Knit around
R3: K1, kfb, K1, rep on each needle.
R4: Knit around.
R5: K1, yo, K2, yo, K1, rep on each needle.
R6: Knit around.
Continue pattern as follows: *k1, yo, knit to last stitch, yo, k1* on each needle. Next row: K around.

When you run out of room on your DPNs, switch to a circular needle. I placed a marker before knitting across each needle, so that the pattern becomes

R1: *Slip marker, k1, yo, knit to last stitch, yo, k1*, rep from * to * three more times.
R2: Knit around.

I used one ball of Carnival, and when I was almost out of yarn I finished a row and switched to the turquoise. I did five rows of turquoise. Then I switched back to the Carnival and worked the pattern until I had used up two balls. Then I did another five rows of turquoise. Then I went back to Carnival and used the last three balls.

For the i-cord, I did a five-stitch cord. I noticed that the blanket was kind of bunching up under the cord, so I started doing two rows of attached i-cord and one row of unattached i-cord. That way the cord was a little longer. At each corner I did two rows of unattached cord instead of one. I continued the cord all the way around, bound off the cord, sewed the cord seam together, wove in the ends, and boom, all done. It's about 32 inches x 32 inches.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Ava's almost done

I'm working on the i-cord right now. I had to get one more ball of Velvet Touch. $8.50--ouch! I had gotten the other 7 balls for less than half that.

Also, for future reference, I had 520 stitches when I started the i-cord.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Audrey is done

I worked a basic pinwheel pattern until I had 496 stitches. For the ruffle, I knit 62 124 stitches (or knit across one pinwheel segment), turned,
knit in front and back of each stitch, (turn and knit 62 stitches) for 6 rows, and then cast off on the wrong side. I repeated that seven more times. I did not sew the ruffle edges together.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

still working on Ava and Audrey

I changed the plan for Ava. I am working on the ruffle for Audrey, so that one is almost done. I might be able to finish it this week.

Monday, May 14, 2007

Ava and Audrey in progress

Here is Ava:

And this is Audrey:

Friday, May 11, 2007

Ava blanket

Okay, so for the squares, I'm pretty sure this is how I started:

Cast on 8, knit, divide onto four needles.

R1: K1, yo, K1, rep on each needle.
R2: Knit around
R3: K1, kfb, K1, rep on each needle.
R4: Knit around.
R5: K1, yo, K2, yo, K1, rep on each needle.
R6: Knit around.

I will post a picture later.

Not another knitting blog!

I know, I know, the last thing the world needs is another knitting blog. I'm mostly doing this to keep track of what I make and how I make it. I guess I should also note how much of what yarn I use, for future reference.