Monday, 29 April 2013

Wrap Drop Stitch Tutorial + Wrap Drop Scarf

The Wrap Drop stitch is a very easy stitch that has the added bonus of looking great. It's very quick and can add length to your knitting without using too much wool.



How to do the Wrap Drop Stitch

Cast on any number of stitches, I would suggest around 20 when learning.

Knit two or three rows. When using the wrap drop stitch, I would suggest that you don't begin or end your piece with wrap drop rows.

Wrap Row - Pick up your first stitch as if you were going to knit it. Wrap your yarn around the right hand needle three times, as shown in the photo below. Then, loop the stitch off the left hand needle as you would when knitting normally. You should now have three stitches on your right needle instead of one. Do this with every stitch along the row.

Wrap row

Drop Row - Knit into the first stitch on your left needle, let the next two stitches fall off the needle, it should feel like they naturally want to do that. Do this along the row, at the end, count your stitches to make sure you have the same number as you originally cast on with.

Ta da! You've done it! Just make sure when you use this stitch, you do at least a couple of knitted rows between your wrap drop rows.
Wrap Drop Scarf


Now you know how to do the wrap drop stitch, I would suggest you practice it and show it off by knitting a wrap drop scarf!

You will need:
6mm needles
One 100g ball of DK yarn (You may find you don't even need all of it)

Pattern

Cast on 25 stitches

Rows 1-5: Knit across

Row 6: Wrap row

Row 7: Drop row

Repeat these seven rows until your scarf is as long as you want it.

Last 5 rows: Knit across

Bind off and weave in ends.


Monday, 22 April 2013

Quackball


Quackball is a small, duck friend made up mostly of a ball that is both its head and its body. It also has fairly over sized limbs.

If you want to knit your very own Quackball friend, please use the pattern I created below!

You will need:
A small amount of yellow dk wool
A small amount of orange dk wool
4mm knitting needles
Toy stuffing
Eye material (I used black wool to sew on eyes, but you may prefer to use buttons, beads, etc)
Darning needle (for sewing up)

Abbreviations:
Kfb - Increase by 1 by knitting into the front and the back of the stitch
K2tog - Decrease by knitting 2 stitches together
P2tog - Decrease by purling 2 stitches together
M1 - Increase by picking up a stitch from the previous row

Pattern:

Body
With yellow, cast on 22 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: Kfb into each stitch in row    count 44 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Rows 5 - 24: [Repeat rows 1 and 2] 10 times

Row 25: [K2tog] across row     count 22 stitches

Row 26: Purl

Row 27: [K2tog] across row     count 11 stitches

Cut your yarn, leaving a long end. Thread your yarn onto a darning needle and thread through the remaining stitches on your needle and pull tight (drawstring finish). Sew up the seam at the back of the body, but do NOT sew up the bottom of the body.

I would suggest adding your eyes to the body at this point, be they wool eyes, button eyes, bead eyes etc.

Stuff the body, and sew up opening. You may want to manipulate the shape of the body into a ball to prevent it looking a bit lumpy!

Wings (make 2)
With yellow, cast on 16 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: [K1 K2tog] repeat 5 times, K1     count 11 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: [K2 K2tog] repeat twice, K2     count 9 stitches

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: Knit

Row 8: [P2tog] repeat 4 times, P1     count 5 stitches

Row 9: [K2tog] repeat twice, K1     count 3 stitches

Cast off, fold along the middle and sew up the sides. Sew onto body (see photo for placement)

Beak (make 2 pieces)
With orange, cast on 7 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Row 3: K1 M1 K5 M1 K1     count 9 stitches

Row 4: Purl

Row 5: K1 M1 K7 M1 K1     count 11 stitches

Row 6: Purl

Row 7: K1 M1 K4 M1 K5 M1 K1     count 14 stitches

Row 8: Purl

Row 9: [K1 K2tog] repeat 4 times, K2     count 10 stitches

Row 10: [P2tog] repeat 5 times     count 5 stitches

Cast off

Repeat instructions for beak so that you have two pieces, place the two pieces on top of another and sew together. Sew onto body (see photo for placement)

Feet (make 2)
With orange, cast on 7 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Rows 3 - 20: Repeats rows 1 and 2 a further 9 times

Cast off, fold in half so the short ends meet and then sew up. Sew onto body (see photo for placement)

Tail
With yellow, cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: Knit

Row 2: Purl

Rows 3-8: Repeat rows 1 and 2 a further 3 times

Cast off, fold in half so the short ends meet and then sew up. Sew onto back of body.

Well done! Your Quackball friend is complete!




Monday, 15 April 2013

Fair Isle Glasses Case


I wear glasses all the time, so at the end of the day I tend to just chuck them on my bedside table before falling asleep and then grope around for them when I wake up. My glasses definitely deserve more respect than that, so I created and knitted my very own fair isle case!

It doesn't take very long to knit, and doesn't use very much wool. It's pretty easy and super effective.

Find the chart and pattern I created here:
Fair Isle Glasses Case

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Monsieur Pomme

Over the course of the last few months or so, I have been slowly working on a patchwork blanket. It is nowhere near completed yet, but hopefully it will be ready by the time I head off to university.

Here is one of the patches I have recently knitted, which I have called 'Monsieur Pomme'. 


I love it so much and am so happy with how it turned out, that I've decided to share the knitting chart I made of it on here!

Knitting chart for Monsieur Pomme:



Monsieur Pomme doesn't have to be a patch on a blanket, you can use him on anything you see fit! I would love to see him on a hat, a mug cosy, or a cushion!

Monday, 8 April 2013

Yoda/Dobby Hat

A knitted Yoda or Dobby hat is the perfect gift for a Star Wars or Harry Potter fan. Alternatively, make one for yourself, stick a pillow case on and ta da! You are ready for a fancy dress party.

This is a fairly easy pattern for someone who wants to make a hat that's a little bit different. Both Yoda and Dobby use the same pattern, the only difference is the colour!


You will need -
Approximately a third of a ball of wool, for Yoda I used Stylecraft Special DK Meadow, and for Dobby I used Stylecraft Special DK Parchment
4mm needles
4mm circulars
4mm DPNs
4.5mm needles

Pattern -

Hat

Cast on 88 stitches on 4mm straight needles

K1 P1 until the piece measures 4cm, transfer to circulars after a couple of rows (I would suggest placing a stitch marker where the ends have joined together so you know where the start of a new round begins)

When your ribbed border measures 4cm and you've reached the end of a round, continue in knit stitch

Continue knitting in the round until your hat measures approximately 17cm (including the ribbing) in length, complete the round

Decrease for the top of the hat:
Starting a new round, [K6 K2tog] repeat to the end of the round   count 77 stitches

[K5 K2tog] repeat to the end of the round    count 66 stitches

[K4 K2tog] repeat to the end of the round    count 55 stitches

Transfer to DPNs

[K3 K2tog] repeat to the end of the round    count 44 stitches

[K2 K2tog] repeat to the end of the round    count 33 stitches

[K1 K2tog] repeat to the end of the round    count 22 stitches

[K2tog] repeat to the end of the round    count 11 stitches

Leaving about 20cm, cut the end of the wool. Thread onto a darning needle and thread through the remaining 11 stitches and pull tight (drawstring finish), weave in the end on the inside of the hat.

Ears

Make 2

Either cast on 8 stitches onto a 4.5mm needle or using a crochet hook, pick up 8 stitches from the hat where you want the ears to be and place on 4.5mm needle.

Row 1  Knit all

Row 2  Knit all

Row 3  K4 M1 K4    count 9 stitches

Row 4  K4 M1 K5    count 10 stitches

Row 5  K1 M1 K8 M1 K1   count 12 stitches

Row 6  K1 M1 K10 M1 K1    count 14 stitches

Row 7  K1 M1 K12 M1 K1    count 16 stitches

Row 8  K1 M1 K14 M1 K1    count 18 stitches

Row 9  K1 M1 K16 M1 K1    count 20 stitches

Row 10  K1 M1 K18 M1 K1    count 22 stitches

Row 11 - 15  Knit all

Row 16  K1 M1 K20 M1 K1    count 24 stitches

Row 17  Knit all

Row 18  K11 K2tog K11    count 23 stitches

Row 19  K11 K2tog K10    count 22 stitches

Row 20  K10 K2tog K10    count 21 stitches

Row 21  K10 K2tog K9    count 20 stitches

Row 22  K9 K2tog K9    count 19 stitches

Row 23  K9 K2tog K8    count 18 stitches

Row 24  K8 K2tog K8    count 17 stitches

Row 25  K8 K2tog K7    count 16 stitches

Row 26  K7 K2tog K7    count 15 stitches

Row 27  K7 K2tog K6    count 14 stitches

Row 28  K6 K2tog K6    count 13 stitches

Row 29  K6 K2tog K5    count 12 stitches

Row 30  K5 K2tog K5    count 11 stitches

Row 31  K5 K2tog K4    count 10 stitches

Row 32  K4 K2tog K4    count 9 stitches

Row 33  K4 K2tog K3    count 8 stitches

Row 34  K3 K2tog K3    count 7 stitches

Row 35  K3 K2tog  K2    count 6 stitches

Row 36  K2 K2tog K2     count 5 stitches

Row 37  K2 K2tog K1     count 4 stitches

Row 38  K1 K2tog K1     count 3 stitches

Bind off

I chose to fold over my ears and sew them down, it's up to you whether you leave them unfolded or not.

If you didn't pick up the stitches from the hat, sew your ears in place.


Enjoy!

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Simple Knitted Crown

Here's a pattern for all the little (and big) princesses and princes out there. Perfect for dressing up, and much more durable than a paper crown!

I came up with this really simple pattern when I was trying to find a crown pattern on the internet, there are lots of brilliant intricate ones, but I wanted something quick and simple that I could give to my princess obsessed niece.

You will need:
Less than a quarter of a ball of wool, colour of your own choosing
4.5mm needles
Darning needle (for sewing up)
You may also want to attach buttons and beads to your crown to be jewels!

Stitch abbreviations:
K  -       knit
M1 -     make 1 new stitch (I usually do this by picking up a loop of wool from the previous row)
K2tog - knit two stitches together


The Pattern:

Cast on 12 stitches
Row 1:    Knit entire row
Row 2:    Knit entire row
Row 3:    K11  M1  K1        count 13 stitches
Row 4:    K1  M1  K12        count 14 stitches
Row 5:    K13  M1  K1        count 15 stitches
Row 6:    K1  M1  K14        count 16 stitches
Row 7:    K15  M1  K1        count 17 stitches
Row 8:    K1  M1  K16        count 18 stitches
Row 9:    K17  M1  K1        count 19 stitches
Row 10:  K1  M1   K18       count 20 stitches
Row 11:  Knit entire row
Row 12:  K1  K2tog  K17    count 19 stitches
Row 13:  K16  K2tog  K1    count 18 stitches
Row 14:  K1  K2tog  K15    count 17 stitches
Row 15:  K14  K2tog  K1    count 16 stitches
Row 16:  K1  K2tog  K13    count 15 stitches
Row 17:  K12  K2tog K1     count 14 stitches
Row 18:  K1  K2tog K11     count 13 stitches
Row 19:  K10  K2tog K1     count 12 stitches
Row 20:  Knit entire row

Repeat these 20 rows a further five times for a child's crown (total of six pointy bits!) and a further six times for an adult's crown (seven pointy bits).

Bind off.



I would suggest sewing any beads or buttons you want onto the crown before sewing up. Please, if you are sewing buttons or beads on a crown for a small child, make sure they are SUPER secure.

Sew up the sides, and your crown is finished!


Monday, 1 April 2013

Springtime Jam Jar Cover

At a Rainbow meeting a few weeks ago, the girls were planting Peacock Orchid bulbs. I took mine home and put it in a jam jar.


A bit dull. What could jazz it up a bit? Of course! I knitted a 'Springtime Jam Jar Cover'.

Ta da! This is very easy to make if you can knit, purl, and understand intarsia knitting. I used 4.5mm needles and 6 different colours of double knit wool. Designed for jam jar measuring between 21cm and 24cm around.

Download the Knitting Chart Here:
Springtime Jam Jar Cover Knitting Chart PDF

Please remember, that when following a knitting chart, your knit rows go from right to left, and your purl rows from left to right. Also, when changing colour, be sure to wrap the new colour wool around the first to avoid holes in your knitting.

When you've completed all 25 rows and have cast off, your jam jar cover should be looking like this:

At this point, to avoid the edges curling over, I would recommend blocking your knitting. My preferred method of doing this is to pin out my knitting, spray it lightly with water, and then to place something heavy on top for a few hours. This will flatten the work and hopefully prevent it from curling over.

Now, weave in all your loose ends at the back of your work, sew up the short edges and, hey presto! You've finished your Springtime Jam Jar Cover. Place on jar, and maybe add a ribbon.


I use mine as a flowerpot, but of course, you may have other ideas... 

If you don't want to use my knitting chart, and would prefer making one a bit more personal to you, download the Knitbird program from http://www.knitbird.com/ You can download a version of it for free and use it to create your own, simple patterns!

Come on little peacock orchid, grow!