Monday, July 14, 2014

Fishtail Lace Socks

A pattern written for a friend: my best friend Katie has been accepted into Americorps Fema division, and I am so extremely proud that she will be out doing some amazing volunteer work. Fema division of Americorps in a nutshell works primarily at improving disaster relief, aiding individuals who suffer the effects of natural disasters, such as hurricanes. She will be trained in Mississippi and then sent all over the U.S.A. as needed.

I am so sad to lose my friend for the next 10 months, and I wanted to make her a little going away present. Homemade socks are, in my opinion, the perfect reminder of home. I wanted something comfy and squishy, so I made them more slipper socks really. Without further awkward ramblings of why and how this pattern came to be, the pattern.

You'll need:

Yarn - worsted weight
Needles - set of size US 7 (4.5mm) doublepoints
A tapestry needle for weaving in ends

CO 40 stitches, join in the round being careful not to twist

Work 3 rows 2x2 ribbing
Knit 1 row even

row 1: *yo, k2, sl2 knitwise, k1, psso, k2, yo, k1*
row 2: knit
row 3: *k1, yo, k1, sl2 knitwise, k1, psso, k1, yo, k2*
row 4: knit
row 5: *k2, yo, sl2, knitwise, k1, psso, yo, k3*
row 6: knit

Repeat until the cuff is the desired length, then knit a row even.

Knit first 20 stitches onto one needle, then knit the second 20 stitches onto your second needle, these are your heel stitches, turn

row 1 (and all odd rows): sl1, purl across, turn
row 2 (and all even rows): sl1, knit across, turn

knit 13 rows total, then

row 1: sl1, k12, ssk, turn
row 2: p7, p2tog, turn
row 3: k7, ssk, turn

repeat rows 2 and 3 until 9 stitches remain on the needle
sl1, p6, p2tog

Needle 1: knit across row, pick up 10 stitches along the edge (18 stitches)
Needle 2: knit across the 20 instep stitches (20 stitches)
Needle 3: pick up 10 stitches along edge, the knit 4 stitches from needle 1 (14 stitches)

You should now have 14 stitches on needle 1, 20 stitches on needle 2, and 14 stitches on needle 3.

Row 1:
     Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
     Needle 2: knit
     Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to end
Row 2: knit even

Repeat these two rows until 40 stitches remain.

Knit even until piece measures 2 inches from the end of your desired foot length.

Row 1:
     Needle 1: knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1
     Needle 2: k1, k2tog, knit to last 3 stitches, ssk, k1
     Needle 3: k1, ssk, knit to end
Row 2: knit even

Repeat these two rows until you have 16 stitches. Divide stitches from needle 2 evenly onto needle 1 and 3. Use kitchener stitch to graft toe. Weave in ends.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wannabe Wednesday

So this weekend I came down with a nasty case of strep throat. I was running a fever of 103.6 and was so out of it due to fever that I got lost on my way home from work. The doctor prescribed me a hefty dose of antibiotics, some ibuprofen for fever, and Vicodin for pain. I also got 3 days off work and strict bed-rest orders. Don't leave the house, don't leave your room, don't get out of bed. And when the Vicodin didn't have me describing to my best friend how her aura was warm and brown and earthy like dirt, I was left feeling a little bored.

So I turned to my usual boredom fixer (and ultimate procrastination destination) Pinterest. This is where I stumbled upon this lovely picture of a turban headband:

It was love at first sight. I immediately did a reverse-image search on google (technology these days, what a time to be alive). Unfortunately, this left me with little to nothing. I got two pages of other people's pinterest boards and a little message saying that google had not detected any other sizes of this image.

Not to be dismayed, I turned to my handy-dandy friend ravelry and searched for "turban headband." I found a few pages of lovely turban-style headbands, but none that looked quite like this. 

Fortunately, I'm handy with a pair of needles and had a little ball of yarn I had been dying to use up. As it seems to be the case with me, this was yarn gifted to me sans tags, so I haven't the slightest idea what to tell anyone who is interested in it. It had such lovely colors, pretty purple and yellow and pink that reminded me of a fancy fortune-teller at the fair or something. As this is a turban headband, I thought that was perfect.

And so today I bring you my pretty Fortune Teller Turban Headband.

Level: easy

Yarn: worsted weight

Needles: size US 8, 5.0mm (or whatever, really the pattern can be easily modified)

CO 90 (or whatever you need to fit around your head)

row 1  (right side): purl
row 2 (wrong side): knit
row 3: purl
row 4: knit
row 5: purl
row 6: knit
row 7: purl
row 8: knit
row 9: purl
row 10: purl (bold for emphasis so you don't miss it)
row 11: knit
row 12: purl

repeat rows 1-12 until you have the number of bumpy purl bands that you want (I chose to do 5). Sew up the sides and wrap your leftover yarn around that sewn bit to hide your seam and make that bunchy-turbany goodness.

Here's a picture of the final product. If anyone does ever find out where that original photo came from or if there's a pattern attached along to it, do let me know. Otherwise, it will be a happy mystery. And to finish things off, a copycat photo.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sideways Cable Hat

So the other day I was running errands, doing my Michigan thing and stocking up on groceries before the big snow storm hit (was it snowpacolypse number 2 or 3?). And I saw this awesome hat with two cables running sideways across it. It was also kind of pointy on top like an elf hat, which I loved. I didn't want to be a creep and ask where the girl had gotten it, so I decided to just write up a pattern myself. Because what's the point of being able to knit if you aren't going to make yourself awesome things?

I used a nice chunky yarn so this knits up really fast. Plus it's knit flat and then seamed which is great for those of us who don't enjoy circular needles or double-points (not me, I'm a masochist). I decided to knit up two, because now I have one for me and one for a friend! I added options for sizing, but this is really more of a guide.

Sideways Cable Hat

  • bulky weight yarn 100-150 yds depending on your head size
  • size US 11 knitting needles
  • cable needle or stitch holder or whatever you like to use to cable
  • blunt eye needle

Sizes XS (S, M, L, XL)

CO 15 stitches (all sizes)

row 1 and 3: sl1, p1, k4, p3, k4, p2
row 2 and 4: sl1, k1, p4, k3, p4, k2
row 5: sl1, p1, move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold back, k2, knit the cable needle stitches, p3, move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold back, knit the cable needle stitches, wrap and turn
row 6: p4, k3, p4, k2

repeat rows 1-6 until the piece can fit around your head

Pick up the chains along the long side of the piece, making sure you have an even number. Knit in 2x2 rib (or 1x1 rib if you prefer) for a few rows (I did three) then bind off in a very stretchy bind off. I used the Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off for the first time, and it worked wonderfully. Instructions here at the very bottom.

Pick up the chains along the short side, aiming for 24 (28, 32, 36, 40). This is where you'll find out which size hat you'll end up with, as you pick up chains and then pick up one or two extra stitches (if necessary) to meet the correct number for sizing. The below pattern may be confusing. Basically all sizes knit rows 1, 2, and 3, and then XL starts at row 4, L skips to row 6, M skips to row 8, S skips to row 10, and XS skips to row 12. Using this method, you can really make sure the hat fits you best. Sorry if this is super confusing, but it seems the best way to me for explain/write the pattern for all size heads.

row 1 (right side): purl
row 2: knit
row 3: purl
row 4 (XL only): *k10, k2tog*
row 5 (XL only): purl
row 6 (XL, L only): *k9, k2tog*
row 7 (XL, L only): purl
row 8 (XL, L, M only): *k8, k2tog*
row 9 (XL, L, M only): purl
row 10 (XL, L, M, S only): *k7, k2tog*
row 11 (XL, L, M, S only): purl
row 12: *k6, k2tog*
row 13: purl
row 14: *k5, k2tog*
row 15: purl
row 16: *k4, k2tog*
row 17: purl
row 18: *k3, k2tog*
row 19: purl
row 20: *k2tog*

bind off, sew up the back seam, weave in all ends, and add a pom-pom on top with your leftover yarn.

Here are a few extra pictures of the hat:

Orange was knit in wool-ease chunky and the green and yellow was with yarn gifted to me sans tags, so sadly I do not know where to get more. It looks gorgeous all knit up though. 

Here's a close up of the final product

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