Saturday, December 22, 2012

Herringbone Headband

As promised, I am adding my Herringbone Headband pattern. I'd been wanting to knit something in herringbone stitch for a while, and I'd also been needing to use up this yarn. I got it for Christmas back in middle school (so 7-8 years ago) and never found a good project for it. I rediscovered it (sans tags) this year and decided to put it to good use.

Herringbone Headband

You'll need:
Yarn - dk, category 3 or to gauge, I'd say I used between 100-150 yards
Needles - US 10, 6.0mm
2 buttons - I used 1 1/4" (32mm) wood buttons that I bought at Joann Fabrics (with a coupon yay!)
A tapestry needle to weave in the ends
A sewing needle to sew on the buttons

Gauge : 26 stitches = 4 inches in herringbone

Herringbone stitch (tutorial here):

row 1: *k2tog tbl, dropping only the first stitch off the needle and leaving second on the needle* repeat until 1 stitch remains, k1
row 2: *p2tog, dropping only the first stitch off the needle and leaving second on the needle* repeat until 1 stitch remains, p1

CO 30 stitches, loosely.

Knit in herringbone stitch until it reaches the length around the head plus one inch.

Button holes:

row 1: knit 5 stitches in herringbone, bind off 4 stitches, knit 12 stitches in herringbone, bind off 4 stitches, knit to end of row in herringbone
row 2: knit 5 stitches in herringbone, YO 4 times, knit 12 stitches in herringbone, YO 4 times, knit to end of row in herringbone

Note: If you prefer to use smaller buttons, you will need to make your button holes smaller by casting off 2 or 3 stitches and then YO 2 or 3 times.

Return to the pattern stitch, and knit for 1 inch. Bind-off. Weave in ends. Sew buttons on one inch from the end. Enjoy.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Herringbone Tutorial

I love herringbone. I think it's a lovely stitch, a bit old-timey, but in a good way, ya know? An oldie-but-goodie. I've been wanting to knit something in this stitch for a long time. The Purl Bee has an absolutely gorgeous herringbone cowl that I've been dying to try. In the mean time, though, I thought up a quick pattern for a lovely headband that I should be posting Saturday.

Now on the pattern for the herringbone cowl, there are instructions for knitting herringbone in the round. There aren't, however, instructions on how to knit herringbone flat. Since my headband will be knit flat, I've decided to preface it with a detailed picture tutorial on how to knit the stitch. It is a bit tricky to just read and understand, which is why I thought this necessary.

So let's get started! It is important to knit herringbone loosely, and you generally use larger needles than you normally would for the weight of yarn. I am using a category 3, dk weight yarn with size 10 knitting needles.

Stitches are numbered in red. New stitches will be numbered in green. (Christmas colors for the Holidays!)

Begin as if to knit two stitches together through the back loops. 

Instead of slipping both stitches off the needle, slip only the first one, leaving the second still on the needle.

Repeat again, going as to knit two together through the back.

 Slip off only the first loop of the two knit together.

Repeat. At the end of the row, knit the final stitch as normal.

The reverse side will be worked similarly. Begin as if to purl two together.

Only slip off the first loop of the two stitches knit together, leaving the second.

Repeat. At the end of the row, purl the last stitch as normal.

This is how the wrong side will look.

And this is how the right side will look.

And here's a preview of Saturday's headband pattern!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Rebekah's Boot Cuffs

I'm a huge fan of this socks-over-the-boots trend going on. I've always loved wearing legwarmers or big, thick knee socks with my boots to keep my feet warm in the winter. Sadly, I have many friends who aren't such big fans of warm feet. My friend Rebekah, in particular, wants to follow the trend without the added bulk of thick, winter socks in her boots. She saw the way to do this through a picture on Pinterest.

"Boot cuffs," as they are called, are simply the top of a sock - as though you simply cut it off half-way down the calf. Now I decided to knit up a pair of these for my friend, but I couldn't find any patterns I liked. I wanted something a bit prettier, since I figured if I was going to knit just the top of a sock, it should look nice. I also wanted something that would stretch to fit her calf. My friend is very self-conscious about her "large" calves, so I decided to use a rib for the whole thing instead of just the top and bottom. I threw in a little twist, and this is what I came up with. Enjoy!

Rebekah's Boot Cuffs

Level: easy-peasy

Yarn: Aran, I used Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool in Oatmeal

Needles: 4 US 10 (6.0 mm) doublepoints (version knit flat here)

A word about sizing. I have received a lot of questions about the size. If you want them to fit your legs perfectly, you will need to knit up a swatch to see how many stitches you knit per inch with this yarn/pattern/needles. Measure your leg circumference, and then cast on the closest multiple of 3.

CO 48(54 or to size), dividing on 3 needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

row 1: *k2, p1*
row 2: *k2, p1*
row 3: *RT, p1*

note: a RT (right twist) is achieved by first knitting two stitches together, and then, before sliding the two stitches off the needle, knitting the stitch closest to the end of the needle once more.

Repeat these rows until the desired length is achieved. I chose to go 5 inches. End on row 2, bind off, weaving in ends. Now wear them with pride!


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I'm really excited to be starting this blog. Some part of me wants to just jump into things and start right off with a pattern, but another part of me thinks I should probably introduce myself... not that there's really anyone actually reading this yet. But maybe soon, someone will... hopefully... please.

Anyways, I'm planning on making this mostly about knitting and sewing. I've recently started writing my own patterns for knitting, and I just can't bear to keep them to myself. The same goes for sewing. I've been sewing for about 4 years, and I've always been a big fan of getting something at the thrift store and turning it into something awesome. Again, I can't just bear to keep all the information that I've learned through trial and error to myself. So, I've started this blog with the intention of sharing all my ideas with the internet.

I figure I should say something about myself now. Well... I'm a senior in college, studying psychology and hoping to go on to get my M.S.W.  I live in Michigan, which means I spend a lot of the year indoors, knitting in preparation for when the snow piles up to my knees! I also like to spent time playing the piano, watching television (my current loves are Game of Thrones and Dr. Who), reading (my favorite author is the wonderful Terry Brooks), and of course, hanging out with my friends. 

I'm going to follow this introductory post with a knitting pattern, so to anyone (probably just me) reading this, I hope you enjoy!