Sunday, January 25, 2015

Knit Project #6: Sunshine Beanie

Had to finish off the skein from her Sunshine Circle Scarf to make her a matching beanie!


This girl loves the rain!



Dada taught her how to use an umbrella.



Notes:
  • Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn in Pittsburgh Yellow, 100% acrylic, super bulky (6) 
  • bamboo circular knitting needles 16" size 13 (9.00mm); 9 stitches, 12 rows 4" by 4"
  • Can't remember how many I cast on or when I started decreasing! 
  • Would've added on a big pom pom and a few additional rows to make it bigger but I ran out of yarn!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

5 Minute Sweater Mittens


Looking for a quick solution to lost mittens or have some old wool sweaters lying around? Try your hand at these upcycled wool sweater mittens! I serged them quickly so they don't have the neatest outline but you could hand sew them too if you don't have a serger or don't want to mess with a serger around the thumbs which was kinda tricky (hand sewing may make this project "10 or 15 minute sweater mittens" but it's still a great quick project!).


Notes:


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Knit Project #5: Sunshine Circle Scarf

DIY pom pom hat and scarf

My almost-two-year-old currently loves:
  • matching anything, finding anything that matches, and matching mama
  • the color yellow
  • cheese, blackberries, sugar snap peas (but only if they come whole so she can open them and eat the peas inside), rice in any form, steamed broccoli, baked cod
  • doing anything/everything by herself

My Little Sunshine 

I LOVE scarves and would wear them year round if 90% humidity in the summer weren't a deterrent. When it's remotely cool enough to start scarf season, I pull out the scarf bin (yes, I have a bin dedicated to scarves). That being said, Little Miss E wanted a scarf too but a long one just did not seem like a great idea for a toddler. A circle scarf, on the other hand, is perfect!




The pattern I followed is sized for an adult but it works for a toddler (or you can play with the math on the pattern and make it smaller). She LOVES being able to put it on herself and take it off when she's "all done." Plus, it's YELLOW, her current favorite color.




What a fun pattern! It's worked in one piece in the round on a circular needle and the way the knit and purl stitches work around, it forms diagonals.


This project gets a thumbs up!

Notes: 

  • Lion Brand Hometown USA Yarn in Pittsburgh Yellow, 100% acrylic, super bulky (6) 
  • bamboo circular knitting needles 16" size 13 (9.00mm); 9 stitches, 12 rows 4" by 4"
  • Lion Brand Free Knitting Pattern: Florida Sun Circle #Scarfie (copied and pasted below)
  • Did rounds 1-8 twice to yield approximate measurements 20 inches circumference and 4 inches wide without stretching. Fits an adult o so for a toddler could make is closer to a 16 inch circumference next time!

Cast on 48 sts.
Place marker for beg of rnd and join by knitting the first st on the left hand needle with the working yarn
from the right hand needle, being careful not to twist sts.
Rnd 1: *K4, p4; rep from * around.
Rnd 2: P1 *K4, p4; rep from * to last 7 sts, k4, p3.
Rnd 3: P2 *K4, p4; rep from * to last 6 sts, k4, p2.
Rnd 4: P3 *K4, p4; rep from * to last 5 sts, k4, p1.
Rnd 5: *P4, k4; rep from * around.
Rnd 6: K1 *p4, k4; rep from * to last 7 sts p4, k3.
Rnd 7: K2 *p4, k4; rep from * to last 6 sts p4, k2.
Rnd 8: K3 *p4, k4; rep from * to last 5 sts p4, k1.
Rep Rnds 1-8 until piece measures about 8 in. (20 cm) from beg.
Bind off.
FINISHING
Weave in ends.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Knit Project #4: Cinched Head Wrap and Mini Cowl in Lemongrass

I'm on a roll! Loving this super bulky yarn because it works up so quickly. Also getting a hang of circular knitting.  


LOVE these colors together. In different lights, this lemongrass color looks more greenish or yellowish. What a pop of color against any neutral like winter whites, charcoals, black, or navy!



This time I practiced getting a more invisible join for knitting in a round, switching colors more seamlessly (although it can be hidden by the cinched part), and binding/casting off more loosely so one side isn't tighter than the other side.


knit rows in a round

cinched head wrap doubles as a mini cowl, love the reverse side too!

Notes:

  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Fisherman and Lemongrass (20% wool 80% acrylic yarn, super bulky)
  • 16 inch, no. 13, 9mm, circular bamboo knitting needles
  • cast on 44, all knit in round
  • finished circumference approximately 18 inches not stretched, 26 inches stretched
  • finished width approximately 6 inches not stretched, 9 inches stretched

Knit Project #3: Cinched Head Wrap and Mini Cowl in Sky Blue

I don't know why I was so nervous about knitting...it's so much fun!!!! (this also happened with sewing button holes using a sewing machine and sewing knits....oh what we miss out on when we're scared to try!!). 

Cinch Head Wrap and Mini Cowl

So far I've learned how to cast on, knit, purl, change out colors, circular knit, straight knit, cast off. Oh the possibilities!!! 


Getting better at keeping an even tension but need to still play around with different yarns and needle sizes to get a better feel! 


So. Much. Fun.

Also works as a mini cowl!
Notes:
  • Inspired by It's a Cinch Head Wrap and Collar by Elisa McLaughlin.
  • 16 inch, no. 13, 9mm, circular bamboo knitting needles
  • Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in Sky Blue (20% wool 80% acrylic yarn, super bulky)
  • cast on 50 in a round, alternated 2 rows of knit and 2 rows of purl; ended up with 10 knit rows and 8 purl rows
  • finished circumference approximately 20.5 inches without stretching, 24 inches stretched
  • finished width approximately 4 inches without stretching, 7 inches stretched