Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Queen of Hearts Infinity Loop

It has been a while (like 6 months) since I last posted anything here, mostly due to working and finishing up my degree (yay).  And then it was summer, and I was working on a big comfy sweater.  But finally, fall is almost upon us! School has started, the heat is slowly coming down, and as Ned Stark would say, winter is coming.  And that means it's time to start knitting. 

I envisioned this lovely pattern and knit it up in pretty much two days. It knits so fast and comes out super cozy and warm. I knit it in a smaller size, but if you double the stitches (and the yarn amount) you should come out with a lovely infinity loop that you can wrap around twice rather than just once. 

Without further ado, the pattern.

Size S(L) 

*note* I haven't knit this up in large just yet, but really I'm just doubling the number of stitches. Any multiple of 16 will do if you want a shorter or longer or in-between length loop.

You'll need:
Yarn - worsted weight, category 4 about 300(600) yards. I used Lion Brand Nature's Choice Organic Cotton in almond because even though wool would be warmer, I can't turn down soft and fluffy
Needles - size US 11, 8.0 mm circular needles
A tapestry needle to weave in the ends

Stitches to know:
Right twist (RT)
Left twist (LT)
For a great video tutorial on right and left twists, use this. I couldn't explain/show it better myself.

With 2 strands, cast on 80(160) stitches, place marker, be careful not to twist, and join

Work 2x2 ribbing for 3 rows

Row 1: *k2, p2, k2, p10* repeat across
Row 2: *k2, p2, k2, p1, RT, LT, RT, LT, p1*
Row 3: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 4: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k3, RT, k3, p1*
Row 5: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 6: *k2, p2, k2, p1, LT, k4, RT, p1*
Row 7: *k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2*
Row 8: *k2, p2, k2, p2, LT, k2, RT, p2*
Row 9: *k2, p2, k2, p3, k4, p3*
Row 10: *k2, p2, k2, p3, LT, RT, p3*
Row 11: *k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p4*
Row 12: *k2, p2, k2, p4, RT, p4*
Row 13: *k2, p2, k2, p10*
Row 14: *k2, p2, k2, p10*
Row 15: *k2, p2, k2, p4, RT, p4*
Row 16: *k2, p2, k2, p4, k2, p4* 
Row 17: *k2, p2, k2, p3, RT, LT, p3 *
Row 18: *k2, p2, k2, p3, k4, p3*
Row 19: *k2, p2, k2, p2, RT, k2, LT, p2*
Row 20: *k2, p2, k2, p2, k6, p2*
Row 21: *k2, p2, k2, p1, RT, k4, LT, p1*
Row 22: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 23: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k3, RT, k3, p1*
Row 24: *k2, p2, k2, p1, k8, p1*
Row 25: *k2, p2, k2, p1, LT, RT, LT, RT, p1*
Row 26: *k2, p2, k2, p10*

Work 3 rows 2x2 ribbing and bind off using your preferred method

TADA! If you knit the small size, you can also wear it like this (but hopefully with something cuter than I'm wearing in this picture)

Enjoy knitting this up, and keep your noses warm this winter!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Simple Math for Easier Knitting

So I realize it has been a very long time since my last post. I've been very busy at school, and so getting a pattern ready to post has been a bit of a struggle. I'm not sure if I have anyone who reads regularly, but I feel obligated to at least get in a post for January. So I decided to talk about knitting math.

I love math. I had a great time with math classes in High School, but I haven't had much math during my university years. So I do enjoy when a pattern calls for me to use a bit of math, even if it is easy math.

The thing is, all patterns have a gauge. You knit up the gauge square in the needles, and if it doesn't reach that 4x4 inches square, then you need to switch to a smaller or larger needle. That's pretty basic knitting stuff. Now I don't know about you, but I don't have a knitting needle in every size. And I can't afford to just run out to the store and by a needle every time I don't have the right size for gauge. This is where my math skills come in handy. For super complicated patterns, this might not be the best, but I've used it for sweaters and had no problem.

First, their gauge A stitches by B rows = 4 inches square
And your gauge C stitches by D rows = 4 inches square

Now say that pattern calls for you to cast on 26 stitches.

You'll take 26 stitches x  4 inches   x C stitches  = how many stitches you'll need
                                      A stitches     4 inches

And say the pattern calls for 20 rows.

You'll take 18 rows x 4 inches x  D rows  = how many rows you'll need
                                  B rows     4 inches

Let's do an example!

Their gauge is 15 st. by 20 rw. = 4 inches square
And say your gauge is 18 st. by 24 rw. = 4 inches square

Now comes the math.

26 stitches x  4 in.  x 18 st. = 31.2 stitches, round up or down depending on your pattern
                      15 st.     4 in. 

18 rows x  4 in.  x 24 rw. = 21.6 rows, round up or down depending on the pattern
                 20 rw.    4 in.              

And there you have it. Simple math to make things easier when you don't have the right needle. :-)

Enjoy the rest of your January, and I hope to see you in February with a sweater pattern. :-) Happy knitting!