Thursday, October 27, 2011
And quick, the un-pattern. Please feel free to use this pattern as you wish for creating personal, charity, or boutique items to sell. I'd love credit if you knit to sell.
Size: One-Size: Newborn (as a dress) - 12 months (as a tunic/shirt). Chest, unstretched, measures 16 1/2". Will fit up to 20" chest with negative ease. Bigger sizes can be knit by knitting with a bulkier yarn and larger gauge, or by adding stitches to your cast on.
5.15 spi in stockinette stitch
Knit Picks Felici (75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon; 218 yd per 50g ball) 2 balls. Knit holding the yarn doubled. Or, you can substitute any other sock yarn held doubled or approximately 200 yards of a DK-light worsted weight yarn.
Size 7 (or needle size to obtain gauge) 16" circular needle
Size 4.5mm crochet hook (optional)
CO 111 stitches. Do not yet join in round.
Rows 1-7: Knit flat for 4 garter ridges
Round 8: Join to work in the round, placing a marker at the beginning of your round. *Knit 20, K2tog* 5 times, K1.
Rounds 9-11: Knit
Round 12: *K19, K2tog* 5 times, K1
Rounds 13-15: Knit
Round 16: *K18, K2tog* 5 times, K1
Rounds 17-19: Knit
Round 20: *K17, K2tog* 5 times, K1
Rounds 21-23: Knit
Round 24: *K16, K2tog* 5 times, K1 (you should now have 86 sttiches on your needles)
Continue Knitting until you are 8 1/2" from cast on edge.
Knit 19, BO 6, K36, BO 6, K19
SLEEVES and YOKE:
Round 1: Knit to 17, k2tog, CO 20, s1k1psso, K32, k2tog, CO 20, s1k1psso, K17 (110 stitches)
Rounds 2-10: Knit
Row 11: Turn work and purl. You will no longer be working in the round, but instead knitting flat
Row 12: Knit
Row 13: Purl
Row 14: Knit
Row 15: Purl
Row 16: Knit
Row 17: Purl
Row 18: K2tog across (you will now have 55 stitches on your needle)
Row 19: BO Purlwise.
Seam up garter edge on bottom of dress that you had worked flat.
Add a slip stitch edge to the back neck slit using a 4.5mm crochet hook. Add a button loop to one side of the edge and sew a button on to the other. (Optional: Add a crochet lace border along bottom edge and add a crochet trim to the sleeves if desired.) Weave in ends. Wash, block and wear.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
- It is a wonderfully sustainable resource!
- Wool is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal.
- Lanolin, the natural oil in wool, helps to make your cover waterproof.
- Lanolin reacts chemically with urine to create a lanolin-soap that makes your wool self cleaning and anti-bacterial.
- Wool can absorb up to 30-40% of its weight in moisture without feeling damp.
- Wool is breathable.
- Wool is warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
- Hand Knit wool pieces are cute, comfortable, can double as a wardrobe piece, and if knit properly can become an heirloom item to preserve and keep for multiple children or even the next generation.
- Recycled Wool
- You want a piece that is pleasing to the eyes and to the touch.
- Look for a reasonably dense fabric. You do not want a loose knit, as the garment will not stand up to wetness as well.
- You should not see any holes in your fabric and the stitching should look even.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
These are one of the most fun knits I've done in a while. Perfect for all of fall and beyond! I hope they find a good home, or perhaps here they will stay? Jackie was a Pumpkin for Halloween at the age of 7 months. Maybe Lily needs to be one at the age of 2 years.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
A little bit of funky pooling, but I think it adds character and will make for some ADORABLE wearing! These little longies will be stocked at Bitty Fluff tomorrow. I just love Kara's Double Rainbow colorway!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
These Little Red longies are destined for Bitty Fluff this Friday. They were so fun to knit and are the perfect Husker Red. I plan to knit up a couple more pair, in various sizes, for Top to Bottom's Fluff Again. I need to get my needles clacking!
I love knitting these little sky blue longies for a customer who came to Vendor Day at Top to Bottom Baby Boutique! Thank you Katie! I hope you love these and they work well for your little guy!
Monday, May 23, 2011
Here's a quick summary and some pictures of how to do this at home. (Pics show a knife being used instead of a craft stick. This was on my prototype before I went to the craft store to buy the craft sticks. The kids received no-knife shuttles. LOL)
An alternative to making your own looms is to go to Blick Art Supply. They sell sets of a dozen pre-cut cardboard looms.
- Cut a piece of cardboard from a box, cereal box or poster board. The piece should be thin enough to easily cut with scissors, but firm enough that it will not bend easily with the weaving.
- Cut slits every quarter inch at the top and bottom of the board as shown.
- Leaving a 3” tail, tape the end of your warp string/yarn to the back, bottom left of your loom.
- Bring the yarn through the bottom left slot and up to the top left slot.
- Wrap around behind the cardboard between the 1st and 2nd slot and bring back through the second slot on top back down to the bottom second slot.
- Wrap around behind the cardboard between the 2nd and 3rd slot and bring back through the third slot on the bottom back up to the third slot on top.
- Continue these stops across the cardboard, finishing at last slot and taping a 3” tail to the back.
- Tape a long piece of yarn to a craft stick.
- Starting at bottom left, begin weaving the yarn through. Over the first warp thread, under then next, over the next, under the next, across the warp.
- When you reach the end of the row, work back across the loom, alternating the over under from the previous pass.
- Every pass or 2, snug up the rows to each other with the end of the craft stick, your fingers, or a wide tooth comb also works well.
- Work as high on the loom as you want, but leave enough warp at top to cut and tie in a knot.
- When you finish, remove piece from loom and knot ends. Trim them to ¼”
- Weave in loose ends using large eyed, blunt needle.
Friday, April 29, 2011
~~~~ Freckle's Unspun Dolly Cardi/Jacket ~~~~
• Size 11 16" Circular Needle
• 4.5-5.5 mm Crochet Hook for weaving in ends
• button that is small enough to fit through knit stitch (no button hole is created)
• 1.5-2 oz BFL Top Spinning Fiber drafted out to pencil roving thickness or just a touch thinner (or start out with Pencil Roving from your favorite Fiber shop, or use a bulky/chunky yarn)
3.5 spi and 5 rpi
Doll.... shown here on a 14" Waldorf doll. Also fits a regular sized Build a Bear, only a bit more tightly. Here's a pic on the Build a Bear.
CO - Cast On
K - Knit
P - Purl
SM - Slip Marker
KFAB - Knit Front and Back
BO - Bind Off Loosely
P2tog - Purl 2 together
And the pattern:
Row 1: K 5, PM, K 3, PM, K 8, PM, K 3, PM, K 5
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: *Knit to one stitch before the marker, KFAB, SM, KFAB* repeat to end
Row 4: Purl
Repeat Rows 3-4 until you have 80 stitches (or 22 stitches in the back section)
Row 5: K 12, Remove Marker, BO 17, Remove Marker, K 22, Remove Marker, BO 17, Remove Marker, K 12
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: (P 1, K 3) x 5, P2tog, K 3 (P 1, K 3) x 5, P 1
Row 9: *K 1, P 3* repeat to last stitch, K1
Row 10: *P 1, K 3* repeat to last stich, P1
Repeat Rows 9-10 7 times.
Bind Off in pattern.
Use a crochet hook to weave in your ends.
Add a button just above the start of the 3x1 ribbing.
Wash and block (or don't.... the sample has not been).
Give to your daughter to adorn her dolly or teddy bear!
**** Use this pattern for whatever you like. If you chose to sell one of these sweaters, please just give me credit. And if you'd like, send me some chocolate. ;-) ******
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I have decided that 2011 will be my year to start blogging again, and hopefully will find some new success in the Fiber World. I have just begun weaving, and have several exciting new knitting patterns in the works. Additionally, I am considering a name change for my shop. "Freckle" may soon become "Freckle's Natural Fibers". I am still playing with the possibilities though.