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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Reptilian Shawl


This striped shawl is a simple knit (really, really simple) and uses two skeins of sock yarn. It is a triangle shape with a gentle point and is knit entirely in garter stitch. The result is a supremely comfy shawl that will keep you warm and make you look cool all at once.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, w+t, bind off

Sizes: one size
Finished Measurements: approx. 64" wide, 15" deep lying flat

Gauge: not crucial, 24 sts = 4" on 2.5 mm in st st as given on Bohoyarns ball band
Yarn: 200g, 840 yds (768 m) fingering weight sock yarn, 2 contrasting colours
Suggested Brand: 2 skeins Bohoyarns in “lux mundi”

Needles: 4 mm 32" circular needle
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Instructions:

Beginning at inner edge, CO 350 sts with Colour A (darker colour) and backwards loop method.

Note: the number of sts isn’t crucial - don’t beat yourself up counting them all super accurately.

Row 1: Knit.

Row 2: Knit to last 3 sts.

(Pat yourself on the back - the worst part is over.)

Attach Colour B.
Alternate colours every other row, bringing new colour over the top of the previous strand.

w+t: sl next st pwise, bring yarn to front, sl st back to left needle, turn work.

Row 3 (RS): Knit to last 3 sts, w+t.

Row 4: Knit to last 5 sts, w+t.

Row 5: Knit to 1 st before previous wrap, w+t.

Repeat Row 5 only. You should be wrapping every other st at each end.

Continue until 10 sts remain between wraps and WS is facing. Cut Colour A.

Next: Knit across all sts.

Note:
Knit the wraps together with every other st for first half of row.
(Insert right needle into wrap and pick up; insert right needle into next st as per normal, knitting it together with the wrap; knit next st.) 
Turn.

Next: Work 5 rows in garter.

Note: Knit into wraps on first row (the half that was “skipped” previously) - I didn’t find this step necessary because there are no colour changes on this side.

Next:
BO kwise on WS row loosely or with larger needles. Weave in ends.



Saturday, July 16, 2011

Langstaff Road Hat


This pattern is a twist on the traditional basketweave stitch. It knits up quickly and makes a perfect unisex hat. It is simple enough to knit up, but has enough patterning to keep you interested. The stitch is easily memorized and Malabrigo Twist knits up like a dream.

Craft: knitting
Skill Level: Rookie-Apprentice-Virtuoso-Genius
Skills: knit, purl, ktbl, cast on, K2tog

Sizes: adult medium
Finished Measurements: fits approx. 22" head circumference with instructions to adjust

Gauge: 22 sts and 30 rows = 4" on 5 mm in patt (20 sts = 4" on 5 mm needle as given on Malabrigo Twist ball band)
Yarn: 100g,150 yds (137 m) worsted-aran weight merino yarn
Suggested Brand: 1 skein Malabrigo Twist (shown in colour Azul Profundo)

Needles: 4 mm 16" circular; 5 mm 16" circular; 5 mm dpns
Other Materials: tapestry needle or teeny crochet hook


Instructions:

Starting at the bottom, with smaller circulars, cast on 100 stitches (or a multiple of 10 that is also divisible by 4; ex. 80 sts) with long-tail method. Pm for beg of rnd. Join in rnd being careful not to twist sts.

Work K2 P2 rib for 10 rnds. Brim should measure approx. 1.5" from CO.

Change to larger needles and begin 12 row pattern.


Pattern:

Rnd 1: *K5, (K1tbl, P1) twice, K1tbl*, rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2: *P5, (K1tbl, P1) twice, K1tbl*, rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rep these two rnds twice more.
Rnd 7: *(K1tbl, P1) twice, K1tbl, K5*, rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 8: *(K1tbl, P1) twice, K1tbl, P5*, rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rep these two rnds twice more.

Rep Rnds 1-12 once more and then rows 1-6 once.
Hat should measure approx. 5.5" from cast on. (Continue working in patt until hat is desired depth. Dec Rnds can be started at any point in the patt.)

Dec Rnds:
Continue working in pattern, preferably beginning decs on a Rnd 1.
Change to dpns when sts become too tight on circs.

Rnd 1: *work 8 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 2 (and all even rnds): work even in patt (always knit your dec sts when you come to them)
Rnd 3: *work 7 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 5: *work 6 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 7: *work 5 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 9: *work 4 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 11: *work 3 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 13: *work 2 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd.
Rnd 15: *work 1 sts in patt, K2tog* rep from * to * to end of rnd. 20 sts.
Rnd 16: K2tog around.10 sts.

Cut yarn. Weave in ends.