Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Knitting Knotes - Crete Top




I first made this top in 1985, for my holiday to Crete with my then boyfriend (now husband). we went to Malia which was a sleepy fishing village then (it's now full of bars and young people). The pattern was from the Sirdar Sunseeker range - which I love and continue to use. I think the quality of the yarns I use is better now, they certainly wash and wear better.

Here is the only, photo of me wearing it, but I did wear it a lot (just not such a digital world then.)





The 2019 version is a much bigger version than the one I made in 1985, oh well, never mind. Overall though I'm very pleased with the finished article. I did alter the neckline a bit asI'm not a fan of garter stitch to top it off.

Pattern: Lace boat neck top

Yarn: 7 balls of Scheepjes Linen Soft (not 6 balls as in the photo - I had to order another one)

Equipment: 3 25mm for the rib, 4.00mm for the main body - 3.00 crochet hook for the neckline.

Measurements:
Full length - 64cm, To armhole - 40 cm, To Stocking stitch top - 56 cm, Chest - 128 cm





Back:

Cast on 109 sts, 1x1 rib, 20 rows, increase to 122sts on last row.
Complete 13 pattern repeats. *
Knit 10 rows stocking stitch.
Divide for neck row - 33 - 55 - 33
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on next 5 rows = 28 sts.
Knit 1 row - cast off.


Front:

As for back to *
Knit 2 rows stocking stitch.
Divide for neck row - 39 - 44 - 39
Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge on next 11 rows = 28sts
Knit 2 rows - cast off

Neckline:

Using 3mm crochet hook.
R1 - Double crochet in each stitch all round.
R2 - Double crochet, decreasing 5 sts along each side of the neckline (20sts in all).
R3 - Double crochet, decreasing 2 sts along each side of the neckline (8sts in all).


Sunday, 28 April 2019

Knitting Knotes - Nautical Waves

I decided to make my own version of Nautical Waves because despite buying the recommended yarn, it seemed as though this would come up too big if I followed the pattern.

Anyway - here is my version.


Yarn:
Drops Cotton Light - 50g balls - 6 x off white and 3 x jeans blue
Needles: 4mm and 4mm circular for neck, 3mm for cuffs
Measurements: Length - 60cm, To Arm 33cm, Chest 116cm

Feather and Fan Pattern

Yarn Over K1 x 6, K2tog x 6 = 18sts

Lace Pattern

Row 1 - knit
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 - K2 each end of row - *Knit 2, Yarn Over K2 tog, Knit 8, Repeat to end 2 stitches.
Row 4 - Purl
Row 5 - K2 each end of row - Yarn over K2 tog, Knit 2, Yarn over K2 tog, Knit 6, Repeat to end 2 stitches
Row 6 - Purl
Row 7 - as row 3
Row 8 - Purl

Main Body Back and Front

Cast on 132sts
Work feather and fan pattern x 3
Each end - 8 stitches: Knit 2, Knit 2 tog x 3

***
6 rows blue - stocking stitch
2 rows garter stitch - white
Lace pattern - white
2 rows garter stitch - white

Repeat from *** three times
6 rows blue
2 rows garter - white
10 rows - stocking stitch - white
6 rows blue
2 rows garter - white

Feather and Fan x 14 - white
(Armhole shapings after 2 pattern repeats - see below)
6 rows blue
2 rows garter - white - do front neck divide here.
Stocking stitch - white - to end - with back neck divide at on Row 9 of white





Armhole:
Cast off 6 sts each end of next 2 rows
Decease 1 stitch each end of alternate rows to 108sts.

Back Neck:- 11 rows - white

Row 1 - Cast off 10 sts, Knit to end = 98 sts
Row 2 - Cast off 10 sts Purl to end = 88 sts
Row 3 and 4 Knit/Purl
Row 5 and 6 - Cast off 5 sts at the beginning of these 2 rows = 78
Row 7 and 8 Knit/Purl
Row 9 - Cast off 5 sts at the beginning of the row, Knit 21 turn *
Row 10 - Dec 1 st at neck edge - purl to end
Row 11 - Knit
Cast off
Complete other side to match.


Front Neck:
Row 1 - Cast off 10 sts, K22 turn
Row 2 to 4 - Decrease 1 st at neck edge
Row 5 - Cast off 5 sts at shoulder edge.
Row 6 - Decrease 1 st at neck edge
Row 7 - Knit
Row 8 - Decrease 1 st at neck edge
Row 9 - Cast off 5 sts at shoulder edge
Row 10 - Decrease 1 st at neck edge
Row 11 - Knit
Cast off
Complete other side to match.

Neckline:
Pick up and do 1 row garter - 108 sts
Feather and fan pattern.
Knit 1 row
Cast off


Sleeves:
Cast on 56 sts 1x1 rib for 15 rows using 3mm
Increase to 64 on first row stocking stitch.
Increase every each end of every 4th row until 76 sts
Knit to 32cm
Cast off 6 sts each end of next 2 rows.
Dec 1st on alt rows until 28st remain.

Cast off


Sunday, 24 March 2019

Knitting Knotes - February Jumper





Equipment and Yarn

600g of Stylecraft Life Aran
4.5mm needles
5mm needles
4.5mm circular needle

Measurements

Chest 116cm
Length - 63cm
To sleeves 43cm

Back

Using 4.5mm
Cast on 100sts 14 rows 1x1 - Increase to 102 on last row

Change to 5mm
Work dotty pattern of 12 rows for 6 pattern repeats.
Work 4 rows garter stitch - using purl.

Work 14 row diamond pattern as set out in image below. (10 row diamond + 4 rows purl)***




Repeat until 4 patterns and 6 rows
Divide for neck   32/38/32
Decrease 1 stitch at neck edge on next 4 rows cast off
Knit 1 row
Complete other side to match.



Front
Work as for back to ***
Complete 3 patterns + 4 rows.
Divide for neck 42/18/42
Work 1 row
Cast off 3 sts at neck edge - work 1 row.
Cast off 2 sts at neck edge - work 1 row X 2
Decrease 1 st at neck edge on alternate rows X 4
Complete to match back - 5 patterns complete.

Sleeves
Cast on 40sts 1x1 13 rows (4mm)
Change to 5mm
Use dotty pattern which is over 12 rows.
Increase 1 st each end on rows 1, 5 and 11 x 2 pattern repeats.
Increase 1 st each end on rows 5 and 11 until 8 patterns in total are complete.
Cast off loosely. 

Neck

Using 4mm circular needle - pick up 22 down the left side of the neck. Then 18 across the middle and 22 up the right side of the neck. 

Pick up 6 down the right side of the back neck, 38 across the middle and 6 up the left side of the neck. 116 stitches.

Work 2 rows 1 x 1 rib.
Continue in rib - decreasing 1 stitch each side of the shoulder line (4 each round) on rows 3,4,5,6.
Work 20 rounds in total - cast off loosely. 

I like this but if I did it again I would take the diamond pattern to the edges.


Sunday, 3 February 2019

Knitting Knotes - Lyndhurst Hat




Another hat using yarn from my travels - this time from the town of Lyndhurst in the New Forest.

Two balls of Cygnet - Seriously Chunky Metallic.



1 x 9mm circular needle

A pompom (removed from a previous hat which is now a bit tatty.)

1 night in front of the TV

An awesome pattern from Ravelry - in which I learnt the Long Tail Italian Cast On.

Really pleased with this hat.

Here are the links:

Snowboarder Hat.

Link to tutorial


Saturday, 2 February 2019

Knitting Knotes - Lerryn Hat





I picked up this yarn a few years ago in a general store in the beautiful little village of Lerryn in Cornwall. It is 4ply - Jacob Lambs Wool with Local Merino - Dunmore Farm, Par, Cornwall.

I decided I needed a grey hat and quick - so I doubled the yarn and made up a pattern based on previous experiences. You can see in the picture how much yarn was left. The hat itself is really cosy and was topped with a pompom free from a crochet magazine.

Here is the pattern.

Using 4.5mm dpns or small circular - cast on 92 stitches. K2P2 for 15 rows.

Change to 5mm dpns or small circular and work K2P2 for 48 rows.

Decrease for crown:

Row 1 - K2 tog, K6 - repeat to end.
Row 2 - Work stitches as set.
Row 3 - K2 tog in all places where you still have 2 x knit stitches, purl 2 in between as set.
Row 4 - Knit 1, Purl 2 all around.
Row 5 - P2 tog on alternative places where there are 2 x purl stitches, knit 1 and purl 2 tog. as set.
Row 6 - Purl 2 tog where there are still 2 x purl sts. Elsewhere work as set.
Row 7 - K1, P1 all round.
Row 8 to end - K2tog until you have 9 sts left - cut yarn and draw through.

Attach pompom.

Here a couple of photos of Lerryn.





Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Knitting Knotes - Vilnius Mittens

Using 4ply doubled up and some cream Aran.
Also using any Fairisle pattern.
4.5mm dpns and 5mm dpns


Left Mitten:

Using 4.5mm - cast on 42sts - K2P2 x 17 rows - increase to 48 sts on last row.
Change to 5mm
Do a 15 row Fairisle pattern.**

Thumb prep row - Knit 16, Knit 8 in waste yarn, return to left hand needle and knit to end.

Knit 1 row.
Knit a decrease row - Knit 1, SSK, Knit 18, Knit 2 tog, Knit 1 - place marker - Repeat to end.
Knit 10 rounds. (I added a stripe pattern).
Knit a decrease row with Knit 16 in the middle.
Knit 2 rounds.
Knit a decrease row with Knit 14.
Knit 1 round.
Decrease row with Knit 12.
Knit 1 round.
Decrease row with Knit 10.
Knit 1 round.
Decrease row with Knit 8.
Knit 1 round.
Decrease row with Knit 6 = 20 sts.
Knit 2 rounds.
Cast off Kitchener style - 10 stitches each side.

Thumb - pick up 8 sts below waste yarn and 8 sts above - cut waste yarn away - space stitches out over dpns.
Knit 12 rows.
K2tog all round - cut yarn and using a needle - pull through - fasten off.

Right Mitten:

Knit as for left to **
Thumb prep row - Knit 24, Knit 8 in waste yarn, return to left-hand needle and knit to end.

Complete as for left mitten.


Knitting Knotes - Vilnius Hat





I picked up this 4 ply yarn in Vilnius (120g) and decided to double it up to make a hat.

I had an idea for a Fairisle hat and planned it out using a pattern from a magazine. I added in some cream Aran yarn.



Using 4.5mm circular or dpns - cast on 92 sts - K2P2 rib for 29 rows - increase to 120 sts on row 30.

Change to 5mm circular or dpns - Knit 1 row pink, knit 36 rows Fairisle, Knit 1 row pink.

Decrease for crown:

Row 1 - K2tog, Knit 4 - repeat to end.
Row 2 - Knit
Row 3 - K2tog, Knit 3 - repeat to end.
Row 4 - Knit
Row 5 - K2tog, Knit 6 - repeat to end.
Row 6 - Knit
Row 7 - K2tog - repeat to end.
Row 8 - K2tog - repeat to end.
Row 9 - K2tog - repeat to end.

Cut a long tail and draw through using a darning needle - fasten off.
Sew in ends and attach pom pom if required.




Knitting Knotes - Crete Top

I first made this top in 1985, for my holiday to Crete with my then boyfriend (now husband). we went to Malia which was a sleepy fishi...