Monday, April 21, 2014

Drop Stitch Garter Dishcloth--Free Pattern



The Drop Stitch Garter Dishcloth is one of the first patterns I ever took the time to write down, and now it is available as a FREE Ravelry download


Years ago I was asked to teach the drop stitch technique and could find no quick and easy patterns to demonstrate it. 

Thus was born the Drop Stitch Garter Dishcloth; something we were all already knitting, written down in pattern form for ease of use. It’s a quick knit that is so fun to make you may find yourself with a kitchen-full.

Use cotton yarn for a dishcloth, or substitute something soft and knit it longer to make a lovely scarf.  Once you have the technique you can use it in as many ways as you can dream up!  









Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Brickworks Thin-finity Scarf--FREE pattern!

I wanted a scarf or cowl in a hurry, and dashed off this thin infinity version of my Brickworks Scarf and I love it!  If you'd like the super simple FREE pattern, follow this handy link to Ravelry and download it.  I can't wait to see what YOURS looks like!!



Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Framed Nine Patch Dishcloth-Free pattern for you to knit!




I love a good hand knit dishcloth, don't you?  I especially love it when they are not too thick, not too fancy and just the right size to wipe down the kitchen counters in one fell swoop!  Thus was born the Framed Nine Patch dishcloth. 

All you need to make one for your kitchen is:

  • Needles: US Size 9
  • Cotton yarn, worsted weight, less than 50 grams
  • Your FREE Ravelry download, available HERE


Monday, November 18, 2013

Trio of Knitted Christmas Ornaments


Just in time for holiday knitting: an adorable trio of knitted ornaments!  The pattern includes instructions for the tree, the hat and the wreath, plus modifications for making a set of wine bottle toppers.
This tiny trio uses small amounts of stash yarn (worsted weight) and knits up quickly for some festive instant gratification crafting.
Buy Now from my Ravelry store--only $4.00 US.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Simple Specs Eyeglass Case

Looking for a fun gift idea or want to practice your purls?  
This eyeglass case combines, stockinette stitch, basket weave and seed stitch for great texture in an attractive small project.




Halloween Wine Bottle Toppers

Just in time for a spooky holiday party, knit up these frighteningly cute wine bottle toppers! Pattern includes instructions for the pumpkin, skull and black cat, all quick knits that will make good use of small amounts of stash yarn.







Monday, July 22, 2013

Brickworks Scarf-Free Knitting Pattern


 Brickworks Scarf

Something about the way this scarf knit up made me think of those ubiquitous molded plastic building blocks, and since it is being sent to the Red Scarf Project for college kids from foster homes, I think it's an appropriate transition piece as these young adults enter a new stage of their lives.

It's a simple pattern with just enough going on to fight off boredom. Knit one for the Red Scarf Project, then knit one for someone special in your life who also needs a hug from home.

Available as a free Ravelry download HERE.





Thursday, June 27, 2013

Churchill--A Knitted Hat



Churchill—A Knitted Hat


A basic beanie for men or women offering an easy introduction to the skills necessary for Knitting in the Round.
The ribbed brim can be worn up or down and the hat can be solid, striped or color-blocked.


Materials:
Size 7 circular needles, 16" and Size 7 dpns
Yarn needle for weaving in ends.
Worsted Weight yarn, preferably something warm, approx. 200 yds for one color hat.

Note:  To make with stripes or blocks of color, just use coordinating colors of worsted weight yarn.
 

Pattern:
With circular needles, CO 92 sts. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.


Work in K2P2 rib for 2 ½ inches.
Knit every round (stockinette stitch) until piece measures 7 ½ inches or to desired size.

~~Or for a smaller head, knit 1 ½ in. ribbing, then knit till hat measures 5 ½ inches. Begin decreases as for larger hat.

Begin decreases:
As you knit decreases, it will become harder to knit comfortably on the circular needle. When you can no longer stand it, transfer your stitches to the double pointed needles.
Round 1: (K8, K2tog) around, end K2 – 83 sts
Round 2 and all other even numbered rounds: Knit
Round 3: (K7, K2tog) around, end K2 – 74 sts
Round 5: (K6, K2tog) around, end with K2
Round 7: (K5, K2tog) around, end with K2
Round 9: (K4, K2tog) around, end with K2
Round 11: (K3, K2tog) around, end with K2
Round 13: (K2, K2tog) around, end with K2
Round 15: (K1, K2tog) around, end with K2
Round 17: (K2tog around)

Finish:
Cut yarn, weave through sts still on needles, pull closed and weave in ends. Block as needed.

Available as a FREE Ravelry download HERE


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

(Mostly) Ridge Rib Socks--Free (and mostly easy) Sock Pattern

This has proven to be a very popular pattern, featured on Knitting Pattern Central and other sites!  For your free PDF pattern download, click here to find it on Ravelry.
 



(Mostly) Ridge Rib Socks

Yarn-- Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in colorway 1944 (blue), 2 skeins for size given.  For larger socks, you'll need 3 skeins.
Needles-- US size 2 (2.75 mm) double pointed needles--4.
Finished size-- Men's medium or Women's large.