Saturday, April 20, 2013

Mock Cable Hat

This is a hat I made to go with a coat that very nearly matches the Liberty Wool yarn in my Molly scarf.

The yarn is RedHeart Eco-Ways in teal.

CO 88 stitches on a 16" US 6 needle.  Join without twisting.

Rows 1, 2, 3 are simply K 2, P 2.
Row 4 is K 2nd stitch, leave on needle, K 1st stitch, then remove both stitches at same time.  Your first stitch will be twisted over the second, creating a mock cable design.

Repeat until you have about 6-7 inches in height, then start decreasing.  You will eventually get to the point where you need double points, so switch when you need to.  Continue decreasing until you have about 8 stitches left, then run the yarn through the stitches and tie off.

Double Helix Scarf

I improvised this scarf from another pattern, so I can't take full credit for it.  I know that there are knitters/crocheters/quilters out there that do just that and think it's okay, but I don't want to be guilty of stealing someone's work.  Since I don't think of myself as being creative, I can't honestly imagine nobody has done this before.  If someone out there recognizes this, please let me know so I can edit this accordingly.  I started working on this in the fall of 2012, and am just now getting around to uploading/sharing!

I've done two versions of this pattern, one from worsted and one from sock/fingering yarn.  They are basically the same idea, depending on which weight of yarn you're using.  I would imagine you could use pretty much anything you wanted, just adjust needle size and stitch count accordingly to get the drape you want.

This scarf is shaped by using short rows. 

For the worsted weight version, CO 32, using either a US 7 or 8.  Gauge isn't too important here, you're just using the needle that gives you a good drape with your yarn.

Pattern repeats until you nearly run out of yarn.  Leave enough to do two rows of garter stitch and bind off.  Rows 3 and 4 repeat.  You're actually knitting back and forth on first one side of the scarf, then the other.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit across the row.

Rows 3 and 4: K 6, wrap, turn, Knit to end of row.  (You'll be back where you started.)
 K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 12, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 15, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 12, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
 K 6, WT, Knit to end of row.

Repeat until you have enough to do a couple rows of garter stitch, then bind off.

For the sock/fingering yarn version, CO 38 or 40 on a US size 3 or 4 needle.  The process is basically the same as the worsted weight version, but your side ruffles will be a bit narrower.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit across the row.

Rows 3 and 4:  K 6, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 12, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 9, WT, Knit to end of row.
K 6, WT, Knit to end of row.

Repeat these 4 rows until you have enough to do a couple rows of garter stitch and bind off.

Easy peasy, right?

The ww model used 3 balls of Lion Brand Amazing, which was really nice to work with.  The sock yarn version used 3 balls of Crystal Palace Sausalito.  Even though they are the same dye lot, one of the balls had quite a few knots in it to break up the color run sequence.  Naturally, it was the first one I picked up, and I was too far into it to realize it wouldn't match.  Oh well, just call it a design element.  ;)

Please feel free to contact me if you make this pattern and run across any errors.  I'm not a pattern writer, by any stretch of the imagination, and I didn't have any test knitters.


Holy cow, where has she been?

Not like anyone actually missed me or my wit, but I'm baaaaack!  :)

Whatever, right?  I won't go into details about accounts being hacked, having no time on my hands, inlaws moving to town from NY, etc, etc.  :P

Anyway, I've been busily uploading photos and will post some interesting ones as I have time.

I'm writing up a couple of patterns for Ravelry (and here) as well, so I'll be back soon!  (Probably in about 10 minutes or so.)