Saturday, January 26, 2008

Improvisation Pattern

Improvisation 2
This is a pattern I designed for wrist warmers inspired by Fetching and Irish Hiking Mitts, knit both together with magic loop start to finish.

Improvisation 1

Pics are on Ravelry. My user name is CocosKnitting. I'll post pics here when I figure out how :)
I'm happy to share this pattern. Please let me know if you use it.

This is knit from the knuckles down, so it can be as long as your yarn allows.

Cast On
(This is how I cast on for knitting 2 at a time on ML.)
CO 40 on 40" US6 needle, move stitches down loop

On separate US6 needle (length doesn't matter) and 2nd ball of yarn (or other end of same ball), CO 40; move 1/2 (20) stitches to other side (so 2nd needles have 20 stitches on each side, then transfer all stitches across to 40" working needle.(This may need a photo to understand.)

Separate stitches on loop by pulling loop out between middles two stitches, so that you have 20 & 20. Need to make sure working side is on the same side for both sets.

Knitting will go in the following order:
1st side of 1st mitt
1st side of 2nd mitt
2nd side of 2nd mitt
2nd side of 1st mitt

1st side of 1st mitt: Join in round. K1,[P2,K2] across
1st side of 2nd mitt: Join in round. K1,[P2,K2] across
2nd side of 2nd mitt: K1,[P2,K2] across
2nd side of 1st mitt: K1,[P2,K2] across
Continue in pattern for 1 - 1 1/2 inches.
(try it on and knit the ribbing for the length that suits you)

Change to US 7 needleKnitting back & forth for 1 1/2 inches, as follows:
1) K1, P2, T2, P1, C4F, C4B, P1, T2, P2, K1
2) P1, K2, P2, K1, P8, K1, P2, K2, P1
3) K1, P2, T2, P1, K8, P1, T2, ,P2, K1
4) same as (2)
Repeat for 1 1/2 inches
(again, try it on and knit for thumbhole length that suits you)

Join in round & continue knitting, as follows:
1) K1, P2, T2, P1, C4F, C4B, P1, T2, P2, K1
2) K1, P2, K2, P1, K8, P1, K2, ,P2, K1
3) K1, P2, T2, P1, K8, P1, T2, ,P2, K1
4) same as (2)

When it is 1 1/2 inches short of the desired length, change back to the 2x2 rib on US6 needle for the last 1 1/2 inches. Cast off loosely in pattern.

T2 = Twist 2 stitches by knitting into the front of the 2nd stitch, then the front of the 1st stitch and slipping both off needle
C4B = Cable 4 Back, by slipping 2 st to a cable needle, holding to back, knitting 2, then knitting 2 from cable needle
C4F = Cable 4 Front, by slipping 2 st to a cable needle, holding to front, knitting 2, then knitting 2 from cable needle

Copyright 2008 Coco's Knitting
Feel free to print a copy for your own use, but it is not okay to publish or sell it.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

First Blog

As we start a new year, I start out with my first ever blog! I am not a writer; I am a knitter. Fortunately, my sister is a writer, so I'm hoping some of her talent will carry over the bloodline to me.

I just returned from a trip down south to visit my family, a trip we make once every year or two. I took four projects with me. (1) A near-completed cabled cardigan for me, (2) a just-begun Aran cardigan for my hubby, (3) socks for my 7-year old, and (4) fetching with my left-over yarn from 1.

It was a good trip for knitting. I completed (1). It turned out beautifully. This was a very old pattern from Vogue Knitting from the 50's or 60's, knit with yarn from my stash. I had to modify the pattern for fit (I wanted a close fit vs. the oversize fit in the book), for yarn size and to knit in the round vs. pieces (I hate finishing).

I also completed (4). I had stepped away from knitting for a few years and have recently returned (now that my kids are out of toddlerhood), and discovered some new techniques. For this project, I decided to try knitting both at the same time on two circular needles. It wasn't too difficult, but I found it challenging to keep track of the yarn. And, I was using old plastic (nylon?) needles which were not as flexible as I would have liked. So, I think I'll try again under better conditions. But fetching turned out nice, as well. My mom admired them, so when I finished, I just gave them to her. (Forgot to take pics.)

I made good headway on (2), but didn't really bring enough yarn. I completed one sock in (2), and started the second. For these socks, I tried the Magic Loop approach. I really liked this technique. I find it very comfortable, not what I had expected.

All in all, I had a very productive Winter Break. The kids are back in school on Monday, and I'm back to work. Back to reality. Hopefully, I'll find some time to knit. But, now that I've discovered Ravelry and blogging, I'll have to manage my free time :)

Happy New Year!