Thursday, November 10, 2016

Kennel Kozies Again

Last year I made several of these dog rugs to donate to a shelter. Since then I have made them for friends and family.  I have used rug yarn combined with novelty yarn or acrylic yarn. No two have come out the same.  Since I used scrap yarn in my stash the yardages are approximate. This pattern is just a recipe and can be adjusted for different sizes.  This size fits in a small dog crate.  Make them for your pet or make them to donate.

Kennel Kozy

A rectangle dog rug knit flat in garter stitch, then stitches are picked up around the edges and knit in the round. approximate size 14” x 22”

150 yards each of two bulky yarns or combination of yarns knit to gauge
needles, circular size US 15 40” long
stitch markers, tapestry needle
Gauge 8 stitches by 16 rows = 4 inches - Not real important

Cast on 36 stitches (starting with the second row slip the first stitch purlwise with yarn in front to make picking up stitches easier)
Knit 40 rows
Without turning, place beginning marker, pick up 20 stitches along short side, place marker, pick up 36 along cast on edge, place marker, pick up 20 on second short side , place marker, knit to 1st marker. slip marker

Round 1 *Increase by knitting in the front and back of the first stitch (kfb) , knit to stitch before next marker kfb, slip marker *, repeat between ** 3 more times
Round 2 Knit
Round 3 Repeat round 1
Rounds 4 – 6 Knit
Bind off. Weave in ends

Friday, July 08, 2016

It's Hot and I'm Knitting Blankets

Just because it's hot doesn't mean I can stop knitting.  I did say I was serious about working through a  lot of yarn this year.  So far I have made five blankets.  All were made with two strands of yarn on big needles.
The blue one is a free pattern called Oh Boy, Quick Baby Afghan, and yes it was quick.  The red one is a basketweave called Comfy and makes inexpensive yarn look good.  The brown one is the stitch pattern "Quaker Ridge". Made with two boucle yarns, it is soft and squishy.

The green one is called State Line, a pattern on Ravelry. It is simple, with lines of purl on a stockinette background.  And the last blanket pattern name is Boxes from  "Done by Monday" .

Now you would think that I have used a lot of yarn, but this didn't make a dent in my stash

Friday, March 25, 2016

Rustic Tote

Rustic Tote
A Small Felted Bag

A quick and easy pattern written as an introduction to felting for my knitting group. The bag can be customized with stripes, decorated with buttons or knit with scrap yarn.

Materials – 150 yards bulky weight wool with size 15 (10mm) 24”circular needles or
300 yards worsted weight wool double stranded with size 13 (9mm) 24” circular needles
extra needle for 3 needle bind off, tapestry needle, 2 markers

Gauge before felting 10 stitches and 13 rounds = 4 inches Gauge not critical
Size before felting 15 inches wide, 12 inches high Size after felting will be variable,
Sample knit with Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool doubled is 10 inches wide , 7 inches high

Working from the top down, with one strand of bulky or two strands of worsted, cast on 72 stitches, place marker and join to knit in the round. Knit 36, place marker, knit to end. Markers will be at sides of bag. Knit 1 round

*Knit 12, bind off 12, knit to marker.* Repeat from * to *
*Knit 12, cast on 12, using backwards loop cast-on, knit to marker* Repeat from * to *
Knit for 6 inches

*Knit 1, knit 2 together, knit to 3 stitches before marker, knit 2 together, knit 1.* Repeat from * to *
68 stitches. Knit 3 more inches – repeat decrease. 64 stitches
Knit 3 more inches

Turn bag inside out. For the three needle bind-off:
Hold the needle with the ends parallel, with a third needle knit the first stitch from the front needle with the first stitch from the back needle together. Do this with the second stitches. Pass the first stitch over the second stitch to bind off. Repeat until all stitches are bound off. Cut yarn and pull through last loop. Flatten bottom of bag to make a triangle, sew across 1” from each corner to shape bottom.

Place bag in a zippered pillowcase and put in a washing machine set with hot water cold rinse, on shortest cycle. Add a small amount of wool wash and a couple of pairs of jeans for agitation. Check before machine spins. You may need another cycle. Shape and air dry.
©2016 OC Knitter

Friday, March 11, 2016

I'm Serious

This year I plan to knit a lot.  I went all through last year without buying any yarn, but it didn't make a dent in my stash. I have already knit three blankets,  my go-to project when I want to use up huge amounts of yarn.  But I had time for a fun knit.  Tina, a pattern on Ravelry by Stana D. Sortor was offered as a mystery KAL.  It was the first time I did stranded colorwork in the round. I am very happy with the way it turned out. I took Tina to a local nature center for a photo shoot.  I surprised a group of scouts when I picked up Tina after this picture.  They thought it was real!

Monday, January 04, 2016

Bear Bottoms

Does your Bear need a little something more to complete his outfit?  Another garment to wear with his sweater?  I came up with this pattern as an easy way to make pants for the knitting guild's charity bears.   You do need to know how to knit in the round with double pointed needles, so it may not be easy for everyone.  And it only works for standing,  not sitting bears.

Bear Bottoms
Size – 12 inch standing bear
Worsted weight yarn - about 40 yards
Double pointed needles sizes US 6 & 8
Gauge: 4 stitches per inch

With smaller needle cast on 40 stitches, place marker and join to knit in the round.
K 1 P1 ribbing for 4 rounds.
Increase round  (K 3, kfb in the next stitch), repeat to end. 50 stitches
Change to larger needle.
Knit even for 3 inches.
Change to smaller needle.
K 6 , PM, K 19, PM, K 6, PM, knit to end of round.
Work 4 rounds as follows:
K 6, sm, P1, ( K1 , P1) 9 times, sm, K 6, sm, P1, (K1, P1) 9 times.
*Knit 6, put these stitches on scrap yarn or spare needle, bind off next 19 stitches*, repeat between * removing markers as you come to them. Cut yarn leaving at least 12 inches.
12 live stitches left . With right sides together join together (6 + 6) using the 3 needle bind off technique . Use the tail end of yarn to neaten join at leg and weave in ends 


Abbreviations: K – knit, P – purl, PM – place marker, sm – slip marker, kfb – increase by knitting in the front and back of the stitch