Sunday, 27 November 2011

WIP this Sunday

Here is what I have been working on this weekend. It is a short sleeved Butterfly cardigan similar to this. Hope to get it done by tomorrow.

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

NKR - wombats :)

NKR - Not Knitting Related.

We went camping on the weekend and that was the first time I saw wombats that close in their natural environment not some wildlife park. Pictures could have been better but it was dusk already. My camera is not that good at capturing shots with poor lighting.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Christmas Is Coming To Town

Christmas feeling came to me unbelievably early this year. I am playing with various yarns to make small Christmas trees to hang on the actual Christmas tree, put under nice hot mug of tee or mulled wine, or send as season greeting to someone dear.

If you would like to make your own hand knitted Christmas tree, this is how to do it:

You will need:
  • About 13m DK or worsted weight yarn (but you can use any yarn as it will affect only the size of motif).
  • 3.5mm needles. I used double pointed bamboo needles, but again, use whatever needles you like
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • Crochet hook (optional to make crocheted tie)

Finished Christmas tree measurements:
About 10cm/4" wide and tall in DK weight yarn

K = knit
P = purl
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
k2tog = knit two together
CO = cast-on

1. Cast on 21 sts. I used Long Tail Cast-On method but it really doesn't matter which method you are using as long as you have working yarn at the beginning of the right side of work to start Row 1. The cast-on bumps (like as for purl stitches) should face wrong side and neat chain should be at right side. If you don't have working yarn on right and chain on right side of your work after cast-on, knit one extra row before starting to follow instructions (as I had to do with Long Tail Cast-On method used).
Long Tail Cast-On (RS)
Long Tail Cast-On (WS). Knit one row to start with RS on Row 1.

2. Start knitting your Christmas tree in garter stitch. You have to knit all rows. To shape Christmas tree you have to knit together two last stitches of every row.

Beginning of Row 1 (RS)

Note: Make sure you knit neat edge. Slip the first stitch (selvedge stitch) without knitting as if to knit and then leave working yarn between 1st and 2nd stitch of the row. Do so in all rows except where mentioned otherwise in pattern.

Selvedge stitch
Selvedge stitch edge
So the bottom part of your tree is knitted as follows:
Row 1 (RS): K21
Row 2: (WS): K19, k2tog

Row 3: K18, k2tog

Work at the end of Row 3 (RS)
Row 4: K17, k2tog
Row 5: K16, k2tog
Row 6: K15, k2tog
Row 7: K14, k2tog
Row 8: K13, k2tog
Row 9: K12, k2tog
Row 10: K11, k2tog
Row 11: K10, k2tog
Row 12: K9, k2tog

Note: Knit all k2tog stitches loosely.

3. Start shaping the middle part of tree:
Work at the beginning of Row 13 (RS)

Row 13 (RS): K8, k2tog, CO 5 sts. Use E-Loop Cast-On method.

End of Row 13 (RS)
Beginning of Row 14 (WS)
Row 14: K1 (selvedge st), P4, K7, k2tog, CO5 sts. Use E-Loop Cast-On.
Row 14 (WS): Knit selvedge stitch
Row 15: K16 (incl. selvedge st), k2tog

Work at the end of Row 15 (RS)
Row 16: K15, k2tog
Row 17: K14, k2tog
Row 18: K13, k2tog
Row 19: K12, k2tog
Row 20: K11, k2tog
Row 21: K10, k2tog
Row 22: K9, k2tog
Row 23: K8, k2tog
Row 24: K7, k2tog

4. Start to knit top of the tree:
Work at the beginning of Row 25 (RS)
Row 25: K6, k2tog, CO3. Use E-Loop Cast-On.
Row 26: K1 (selvedge st), P2, K5, k2tog, CO3. Use E-Loop Cast-On.
Row 27: K10 (incl. selvedge st), k2tog
Row 28: K9, k2tog
Row 29: K8, k2tog
Row 30: K7, k2tog
Row 31: K6, k2tog
Row 32: K5, k2tog
Row 33, K4, k2tog
Row 34: K3, k2tog
Row 35: K2, k2tog
Row 36: K1, k2tog
Row 37: K2tog

Pull yarn through the last stitch in the length of tie to hang it and fix knot around it. You can also do crochet chain tie.
Fix knot around tie
Weave in the ends and lightly block. Now your Christmas tree is ready for decorations - let your imagination go wild :)
Below are few of decorated Christmas trees. Kids love doing that :)

Check out Ravelry projects:

Friday, 11 November 2011

Yellow breezy top for a little girl

This is a version of drop stitch sweater adult version. Size 4 in sunflower yellow and short sleeved is just about right for those hot summer nights.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Loose fit knitted sweater as dark as red wine

This was beautiful yarn to work with. Merino and silk blend with a bit of sheen in it and so soft! Lovely indeed.