Friday, January 28, 2011

Leafy hat pattern

I made this pattern right after I figured out how to make leafy lace. I thought that maybe the tips of the leaves could make a nice top for a hat. It is a very fast pattern to make, and it is simple enough for those who are first learning to make lacy projects.

Worked in Lion brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick on 5 double pointed size 13 needles.

Cast on 56 stitches and distribute equally.

K1 P1 for 8 rounds.

Place marker at beginning if the row. yo = yarn over

R1: yo, K1, yo, P1 K4 (the ♥ means slip 2 as if to knit together, K1 pass slipped 2 over) K4 P1

R2: K3, P1, K9, P1 repeat to end

R3: K1, yo, K1, yo, K1, P1, K3,, K3, P1 repeat to end

R4: K5, P1, K7, P1 repeat to end

R5: K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, P1, K2,, K2, P1 repeat to end

R6: K7, P1, K5, P1 repeat to end

R7: K3, yo, K1, yo, K3, P1, K1,, K1, P1 repeat to end

R8: K9, P1, K3, P1 repeat to end

R 9: K4, yo, K1, yo, K4, P1,, P1 repeat to end

R10: K4,, K4, P2 together P1 repeat to end

R11: K9, P2 repeat to end

R12: K3,, K3, P2 repeat to end

R 13: K7, P2 repeat to end

R14: K2,, K2, P2 repeat to end

R15: K5, P2 repeat to end

R16: K1,, K1, P2 repeat to end

R17: K3, P2 repeat to end

R18: , P2 repeat to end

R19: K1, P2 repeat to end

Sew through stitches and pull in the top of the hat. Sew in ends.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Lumps

This is the evolution of the bump pattern seen previously. I took it and applied it to what I thought would be a cowl, but it ended up being a really strange and silly hat. Here are some shots of me rocking this plantlike look.

Pattern coming soon.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Egg crate blend

This is my new swatch, it is a bumpy texture which gets smaller towards the top. There will soon be a hat and scarf pattern which use this motif.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Blended Experiments

Gradual change of color, gradual change of scale.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Color Theory Cowl Pattern

This pattern is great for using up a few odd skeins leftover from a big project. For an advanced knitter it is a weekend project, and for a beginner, it is a simple introduction to increasing and decreasing.

The Color Theory Cowl was knit with 2 contrasting skeins of Noro Kureyon in shades 102 and 172 I recommend using a self striping yarn they make the pattern more interesting and inspired the name "color theory cowl."

Gauge on size 10 needles - 15 stitches and 23 rows in a 4" x 4" square. Gauge is not terribly important for this pattern.

Finished garment is 12" tall and 28" in diameter

Using your favorite provisional cast on method, cast on 60 stitches

Row 1: knit to end
Row 2: k2tog k3 p52 k2 inc1 k1

Repeat these two rows while alternating colors every four rows.

When you reach the diameter that you want (I continued until I ran out of yarn) connect the two ends using the kitchener stitch as shown below.

When you finish, put your pictures on Ravelry

What I did over winter break...

Here it is, my post-post-modern masterpiece of a sweater. The original pattern is adapted from the 1987 holiday issue of vogue knitting and the chart is based on the Carlton shelf designed by Ettore Sottsass in 1981.
I do not know what Ettore would say about this, but underneath the picture of Carlton in Barbara Radice's 1984 book about Memphis it says this:
"... 'My idea,' -said Keawe- 'is to have a beautiful house and garden on the Kona Coast, where I was born, the sun shining in at the door, flowers in the garden, glass in the windows, pictures on the walls and toys and fine carpets on the tables, for all the world like the house I was in this day - only a storey higher, and with balconies all about like the king's palace; and to live there without care and make merry with my friends and relatives.' ... " 
I hope that was enlightening.

Anyway, below is the stitch chart in case anyone is interested in making a Carlton sweater of their own, but I doubt that there are many knitting designerds out there that enjoy Memphis that much.

Have fun with this chart- it would make a nice pillow or something...

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