Friday, July 18, 2008

Super Easy Baby Legwarmers


This really is meant to be more of a guide than a strict pattern.

Cast on the number of stitches you need to get around the circumference of baby's leg in stockinette just above the knee - the fattest part. (I cast on 42 sts for ~6" around) in the round. Knit in K1P1 rib for 1 inch, carrying an elastic thread for 2 rounds. Continue (for as long as you want - apporximate length of baby's leg or if you want them to match, for full repeats of self patterning yarn). 1 Inch before the end, K1P1 rib. Finish with EZ’s Stretchy sewn bind off (this will be the cuff end - you can modify with fancy edges, if you'd like).

A possible modification is to apply puff paint to the knees if you have linoleum or polished wood floors. It also will help if you carry a thread of elastic in the first few rounds to help hold them up - the cast on edge is better as the "top".

Friday, July 11, 2008

Simple Reversable Basketweave Blanket



CO 236 sts. First 8 rows: seed stitch all rows: (K1, P1) Row 9: continue seed stitch over 6 sts, (K8, P8) 14 times, seed stitch 6 sts Row 10: seed stitch over 6 sts, (K8, P8) 14 times, seed stitch over 6 sts Row 11, 13, 15, 17: same as row 9 Row 12, 14, 16, 18: same as row 10

Then, alternate the basketweave… Row 19: seed stitch over 6 sts, (P8, K8) 14 times, seed stitch over 6 sts Row 20: continue seed stitch over 6 sts, (K8, P8) 14 times, seed stitch 6 sts Row 21, 23, 25, 27: same as row 19 Row 22, 24, 26, 28: same as row 20
start over with row 9.
(I did 170 rows of the basketweave, 188 rows total, for 23,312 stitches)

When the blanket is about the length you want, finish with 8 rows of seed stitch.
Looks really good and was well recieved. I recommend not doing this on a deadline - its crazy boring knitting.

*Edited to reflect changes in pattern as discovered by a few ladies in Ravelry. Thanks for alerting me to the problem!

My blanket was knit from 2.5 skeins Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Violet on size 7 needles.

Here we go!

Today is a day for opening a blog. I wanted to have a place to publish stuff for my yarny-crafts ideas to share with others. Enjoy!