Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Coming Attractions

My latest pattern project, Elfin Stripes, is available soon…One row stripes make this sweater and hat a charmer, and it comes with a matching blanket. The yarn is Jil Eaton CottonTail, in 7548 Lagoon and 7501 Bright. CottonTail is machine washable and dryable, perfect for babies and toddlers.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

All Dressed Up!

We find that my dress patterns are always best seller, and I have an e-book available on my shop on Ravelry…called All Dressed Up! Six patterns for dresses for parties or play for your chic little one…

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Snow, snow, snow!

We have had a blizzard and two major snowstorms in the past week – and it is truly a winter wonderland. Here is a mitten pattern for your little ones perfect for playing in the snow!

Materials: Jil Eaton MinnowMerino, MC 4731 Turquoise, 2 balls
and CC  4755 Cerise, 1 Ball
Needles size US 7 (4.5 mm) or size needed to get gauge. Crochet hook size G-6. Stitch holders.

Gauge: 18 sts and 30 rows = 4” in pattern stitch

Garter Ridge Pattern Stitch
Work 4 rows in St st with MC
Work 2 rows in Garter st (knit every row) with CC
Rep these 6 rows for pattern stitch

With MC, cast on 26 sts. Knit 2 rows. Work in St st until piece measures 1” / 2.5 cm. Then, work in pat st for 1” / 2.5 cm, end with a WS row. Next row (RS): Cont in pat, work 11 sts, k1f&b into next 4 sts, work 11 sts — 30 sts. Work 3 rows even. Next row (RS): Work 13 sts, k1f&b into next 4 sts, work 13 sts — 34 sts. Work 13 sts and place on holder, work 8 thumb sts, work rem 13 sts and place on another holder. Cut yarn.

Thumb, next row (RS): Working in pat, on thumb sts only, rejoin yarn and inc 1 st each edge — 10 sts. Cont in pat until thumb measures 1.25” / 3 cm, end with a WS row. Next row: K2tog across. Next row: P2tog twice, p1. Cut yarn and pull through rem 5 sts. Sew thumb seam.

Hand: With RS facing and keeping to pat, work sts from holder, pick up 4 sts across thumb, work sts from other holder — 30 sts. Work in pat until mitten measures 4.75” / 12 cm from beg, end with a WS row. Cont in St st with MC only. Next row: K2tog across. Next row: P2tog across, end p1. Next row: K2tog across. Next row: P2tog across. Cut yarn and pull through rem 2 sts. Sew side seam.

Rep for 2nd mitten.

Ties (Make 2):  With crochet hook and A, chain approx 10” / 25.5 cm. Fasten off. Weave tie through cuff at 1” / 2.5 cm from bottom and tie bow.

Pompoms (make 4): Wrap B around 3 fingers 75 times. Remove fingers and wrap 12” / 30.5 cm strand of yarn around center twice, pull snug and tie. Cut loops and trim ends to form a pompom. Sew to each end of tie.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dog Jacket Give-Away

This month our give-away campaign is two dog jackets from my book PuppyKnits. Fringe Benefits is a hand-knit jacket with fringed turtleneck, and Pom Poms is a felted, hand-knit with color-blocking and cables, adorned with PomPoms. Enter a comment or sign up for my MinnowNotes to enter the drawing. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to Knit a Cable

I love knitting cables…you only work the cable row every 8 or 10 rows, adding interest to your project, all other rows you knit the knits and purl the purls. Cables give a lovely texture to your garment, and I think the cables trap air and make a very warm garment. Here’s how you do it for a simple “cable back 6” (CB6) design, where you work your cable over 6 sts ever 8 rows. Most cable patterns have 2 or more sts between the cables, and here I am calling for 2 purl sts on the RS.

Row 1: P2, K6, P2 across
Row 2: K2, P6, K2 across
Row 3: P2, CB^ by putting the first 3 sts on yor cable needle (CN), K the next 3 sts, then    K the 3 sts from your CN, P2 and continue across your row.

Work your cable row every 8 rows; I find it helpful to actually keep track of my rows with pencil and paper.

Give it a try – it’s fun!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Doing a Gauge Swatch

Anyone who has ever taken a class with me will very well know my mantra – do your gauge! Doing your gauge is the best way to ensure your garment will fit perfectly and will have the drape and look the designer intended.

With the size needles called for in the pattern, cast on the number of stitches for a 4” swatch, plus 6 sts. Work three rows in garter stitch, then continue in the pattern working 3 sts at each edge in garter stitch, making a frame for your swatch. Work for 4”, then do 3 more rows in garter and bind off. Lay flat, and without stretching or pulling measure inside your frame. If you have 4 “, you’re ready to go. If it is less than 4” repeat with needles a size larger. If it is too big, repeat with needles a size smaller. Continue until you get the gauge…you will be a happy knitter. It doesn't take very long to knit up a swatch, and it will come in handy for test washing, and for repairs should anything happen to your garment. Just do it!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January Give-away!

Here in Maine January brings freezing temperatures and lots of snow, so I am offering my Pom Pom Dog Sweater kit as a give-away…a girl’s best friend needs a sweater in January! Leave a comment here or sign up for my MinnowNotes to enter…enjoy!