Knitting in Circles

I may be a little late to this fashion trend, but I adore infinity scarves. Yet the crafter inside of me cannot rationalize the price of some of these scarves, so naturally, I made one myself.

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My favorite knit: the double seed

Using size 13 needles, I casted on 22 stitches:

Row 1: Knit one, purl one, repeat
Row 2: Repeat row 1
Row 3: Purl one, knit one, repeat
Row 4: Repeat row 2

Repeat rows 1 – 4.

DSC_0319Once I finished, I whip-stitched the two ends together with yarn to make it an infinity scarf.

My American Flag

 

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought I would pull this project out of the archives for those of you who are still looking for something to make before the holiday weekend.

I made this last fall after finding the knitting pattern in a Debbie Bliss book. It still remains to be one of my favorite knitting projects to date!

The project is super simple (provided you use Debbie Bliss’ pattern – I cannot remember the name of the book where I found it, but I do know it’s from one of her newest books).

   

Once you finish your knitting, I simply cut a piece of blue felt – same size as the flag – and whipped stitched it in place. I purchased the wood stick from a craft store and inserted it before whip stitching the felt piece in place.

This is super easy to make, and I managed to finish it in one night. So you still have plenty of time to whip it up before the big day!

 

Knitting a Hot Pad

If you have an hour to spare, you can totally make this knitting project – a simple hot pad. And this is not the hot pad you made in 3rd grade. You are going to be knitting with two threads, so the first step is creating a second ball of yarn (about 25 grams). Then with the two threads, cast on 21 to 27 stitches  (depending on the thickness of the yarn), but always cast on an odd number. Then use the seed stitch (knit 1, purl 1) until you have knitted a square. The important thing to know about seed stitch is you need to start and end the row with a knit stitch.

Once you have finished knitting the square, cut a square of fabric and press (meaning pull our your ironing board) down the hem allowances. Then all you have to do is whip stitch the fabric to the knitting.

A scarf for the snow

As the snow begins to melt, the knitting project that got me through the storm is finished. Casting on 11 stitches on size 10 needles, follow the pattern of knit 1, purl 1 to create a strip of color. Make 3 strips in total (with a length of around 52 inches).

Line the 3 strips next to each other and use the loose strings to sew the ends together (side-by-side). With that done, simply braid the strips. And sew the ends together like before.

Then to keep the braid in place, I used loose pieces of yarn to tack down where the strips overlaid each other. I simply used a double knot and cut off the loose ends. And ta-da! You have yourself a homemade scarf!

Knit yourself a scarf

Another project I made for a Christmas present this year was this scarf. I found the pattern from Debbie Bliss’s book The Knitter’s Year (as you can tell, I’m a big fan of that book!) And it was pretty cool project to undertake. I had purchased fisherman’s wool a couple weeks before, and jumped on the opportunity to use it, but the pattern suggests using two different color cotton yards.

I suggest looking up Debbie’s Bliss’ book for the entire pattern, but to achieve this curved stitch is super easy.

  • Row 1: Knit
  • Row 2: Purl
  • Row 3: Knit 2 stitches together for 3 stitches – yarn over 6 stitches – knit 2 stitches together for 6 stitches – yarn over 6 stitches – knit 2 stitches together for 2 stitches
  • Row 4: Knit

The pattern creates this awesome lace detail and, of course, the curved look.

So if you have a boring afternoon, just pick up some size 3 knitting needles. It’s simple and you can most definitely do it!

Knitting a Washcloth

Remember that knitting project I started on Sunday…

My washcloth has finally taken shape, and I was surprised how easy it was to create. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss’ book The Knitter’s Year. This is one of my favorite books from Debbie Bliss. It contains projects that could take less than a week and are just as cute and creative as a project (like a sweater or blanket) that would take months!

The pattern is basically a seed stitch center and a garter stitch edge. I had never done a seed stitch before, but it was super easy. To make it…

  • (Row 1): Knit 5 stitches –  then purl 1/knit 1 until the last 5 stitches – Knit the last 4 stitches
  • (Row 2): Knit 4 stitches – purl 1/knit 1 until the last 5 stitches – purl 1 then knit the last 4
  • (Row 3):Knit 4 stitches – purl 1/knit 1 until the last 5 stitches – purl 1 then knit the last 4
  • (Row 4): Knit 5 stitches –  then purl 1/knit 1 until the last 5 stitches – Knit the last 4 stitches

These 4 rows create the seed stitch. Repeat this pattern until you’ve reached your desired length. I suggest looking up Debbie Bliss’s book. I’ve made several projects from The Knitter’s Year, and they are all pretty simple to make.

Knitting on this Lazy Sunday

Day 2, second post. So far, the relationship between wordpress and I has not been harmonious in the design department. I have been unable to find a template that I like, which has resulted in using their default one. Please pardon how generic it all looks right now. It’s a work in progress.

My first Sunday home for Christmas break has lived up to my expectations. Slept in, went to church, then had a completely free afternoon calling for some kind of craft to be made.

And there is no better time to knit then on a Sunday afternoon.

So with some colorful, cotton yard and size 3 needles, a washcloth is now in the making.

It’s basically a square of seed stitch with a garter stitch edge.

Pattern and details to come.