{pattern} ombre fingerless gloves

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It’s been a year since I last published a new pattern. Recently I’ve been inspired and experimenting with fair-isle. I love the look of the subtle colour patterns, but I hated all of the yarn switching and stranding. Instead I worked on a few mock fair-isle pieces which I am so excited about.

Of course, since fingerless gloves are my favourite all-season accessory, this first piece just had to be a pair of gloves!

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Pattern Details:

Materials:
2 skeins Knitca 100% Merino Wool, shown in 422 Silver Cloud (110 yds/100 m) for the main colour.
1 skein Knitca 100% Merino Wool, shown in 194 Cherry (110 yds/100 m) for the contrast colour

Alternate yarn substitution:
1 skein Cascade 220 Wool each for main and contrast colours (220 yds/201m)

US size 7 (4.5mm) double pointed needles (dpn), set of 4
Darning needle
1 stitch marker
Scrap yarn or stitch holder

Finished Measurements:
Length measures 21.5 cm (8.5″)
Covers wrist and forearm.

Details here.

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{pattern} travellers mitts

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This has got to be one of my favourite knit pieces. The style is simple but has an interesting modified rib texture. It’s the perfect Fall or cool weather accessory. I’ve designed it using my favourite yarn, Noro because each set knits up completely different – the offset pairings make this knit truly unique.

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I’m excited to share my second pattern release, which published in July 2013, but I never documented here, until today.

Pattern details:

Materials used
1 skein Noro Silk Garden (100 m)
US size 6 (4mm) double pointed needles (dpn), set of 4
Darning needle
1 stitch marker

Gauge
18 sts = 4 inches on 4mm needles

Finished measurements
Length measures 21.5 cm (8.5″)
Covers thumb, wrist and forearm.

Details here.

{pattern} everyday wristers

everyday wristers knitting patternI’m super excited to release my very first pattern for sale today!

I’ve been designing and knitting my own patterns since I started my shop, but actually gathering all of my notes, transcribing them into something that others could understand and test knitting was a little daunting.

So I started with one of my most favourite knits, these wristers, which I wear almost every cool day. They’re truly versatile!

I’m hoping that I’ll have a series of knitting patterns for sale over the summer. Stay tuned for more!

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Pattern details:

Materials Used:
1 skein Elsebeth Lavold silky wool, shown in 109 Medium Gray or a DK weight yarn
US size 2 (3mm) double pointed needles (dpn), set of 4
Darning needle
1 stitch marker
2 small wood buttons (approx ½ inch diameter across).

Note: the buttons I use in my designs are purchased from The Woodlot https://www.etsy.com/shop/thewoodlot

Gauge
22 sts = 4 inches on 3mm needles

Finished Measurements
Length measures 21.5 cm (8.5″)
Covers wrist and forearm.

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Available for sale on Etsy or my pattern store on Ravelry.

pattern: little fingers

K has seen me knitting fingerless gloves probably her whole life, and finally this week asked me to make a pair for her. How could I say no?

So I made a little fingers version for her, and thought I’d share in case there are other little ones that want a pair, too!

Pattern:
CO 36 stitches (using 4mm dpns)
knit 1×1 rib for 5cm
knit 1 round even

For thumb gusset:
k4, place marker (pm), m1, k1, m1, pm, k to end of round
k round
k4, slip marker (sm), m1, k3, m1, sm, k to end of round
k round
k4, place 5 stitches between the markers on scrap yarn (remove the markers), co1 stitch (I use the thumb cast-on method for this) and join round on the next stitch. K to the end of the round.

Continue st st pattern until piece measures 9cm from the cast-on edge.
k 1×1 rib for 4 rounds
Bind off

Place the 5 stitches on the scrap yarn back onto one dpn, and pick up 6 additional stitches around the thumb hole spread evenly using 2 more dpns (11 stitches)
k 2 rounds
Bind off thumb.

Weave in all ends and work the second pair the same way.

Yarn: I used leftovers from these legwarmers which was knit with a gorgeous hand painted alpaca merino wool blend by Larkspar Funny Farm. It’s a heavy sport weight (10 wpi); approximately 25 grams (60 yards) to make a pair of little fingerless gloves.

My Ravelry notes are here.

xoxo
Happy knitting, friends!

as sweet as honey

the beehive hat

I must be countering the sweltering weather by thinking cold thoughts and knitting winter wear because a few wool hats have been flying off my needles lately.

I call this my honey beehive hat. And I actually put it on outside for a few minutes in the heat wave for some photos in my backyard. Crazy, huh?

I came up with this pattern on the fly, using a repeated welt pattern I’ve seen as cowl instead. Here’s the pattern I used in case you want to make one, too!

Pattern:
CO 88 stitches (using 5.0mm circular needles)
Knit 4” in 2×2 rib
Change to 5.5mm cicular needles
K4 rounds, p5 rounds (repeated this 5x)

decrease:
r1: K1, K2tog, repeat until end
r2: knit all rounds
r3: k1, k2tog, repeat until end
r4: knit all rounds
r5: k2tog, repeat until end
r6: k2tog, repeat until end
cut yarn and pull through remaining stitches.
weave ends in.

Yarn: Patons Shetland Chunky [edited: 2 skeins, 296 yards]
This is a wool-acrylic blend, bulky weight yarn, so it’s machine washable!

Guage: 15.0 sts = 4 inches on 5.5mm needles

My notes on Ravelry are here. Happy knitting, friends!

little red mittens

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A sweet pair of red mittens were born last night to keep my babe’s itty bitty fingers warm from the cold.

Yarn: Mission Falls 1824 wool in Poppy

Here’s my free pattern below for these simple thumbless baby mittens.

Size: 3 months, 3-6 months.

Using 4.5 mm double point needles, CO 18 (22) stitches and divide among 3 needles.
Knit 1″ (2″) of 1×1 rib (k1, p1, repeat).
Switch to 5.0 mm dpns, knit st st for 2″ (3″).

Begin decrease:
row 1: k2tg, k7  (9), k2tg, k7 (9)
row 2: *k2tg, k2 (4), repeat at *
row 3: *k2tg, k1 (3), repeat at*

Continue with one less stich between decreases until there are 8 sts remaining.
Break yarn and thread through remaining stitches to close.
Repeat pattern for the second mitten.

Someone really loved the mittens, so much so she decided to take a nap while still wearing them!

Craft Hope and the red scarf

Have you visited the Craft Hope shop?

Craft Hope for Haiti Shop Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time

In just one weekend, a community of artists came together and set up an Etsy shop to benefit Doctors Without Borders in the aid of Haiti. My own contribution to Craft Hope is this red scarf, which was stitched up this weekend for the Orphan Foundation Red Scarf Project.

The scarf was knitted first entirely in berry red, then striped at the other end with black and ending entirely in black to give an edgy two-colour look. The knit pattern is a textured rib. Pattern notes below and on Ravelry.

Measurements: 6″ (15cm) wide x 74″ (188cm) long

Gage: 12 rows x 11 st in pattern on 10mm needles

Pattern:

CO 15 stitches in main colour (red)

Row 1: *K1, P1, repeat from * until end

Row 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat rows 1 and 2 in MC until scarf measures 54″, then join the contrasting colour (black) and continue in pattern for 2 rows each colour. When the main colour runs out (approx after 5 stripes) continue the rest of the scarf in black until the scarf measures 74″ long (or desired length).

Bind off and weave in ends.

I hope this scraf brings a little LOVE and lots of HOPE to someone out there!