Free Pattern: Quick & Easy Toddler Size Throw

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Quick & Easy Toddler Size Throw

Yarn:  Bulky Yarn, holding 4 strands together

Needles: US Size 50 (a.k.a. vampire stakes ;))

Directions:

CO 28 STS holding 4 strands together. Work in stockinette stitch  (*K1 row, P1 row*)until blanket measures 36” long. BO. Adding a fringe is optional.

Finished dimensions are approximately 2’x3’.

For the blanket pictured I used Lion Brand Jiffy Solids in Blue (“Slate” 151), Purple (“Grape” 138), Gray (“Dark Gray Heather” 159).  I’m normally not a fan of acrylic but for a blanket that’s going to suffer all kinds of toddler abuse, it’s nice to have something that can be put in the washer and dryer as often as needed.

The Mad Hatter

In an attempt to find the perfect slouchy hat, I  have been knitting hats like mad!!  I even created my own pattern, which is still in the works and will be posted soon.  In the meantime, this is my favorite so far.  It’s called A Case of the Mondays and was really simple to knit:

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I used Malabrigo Chunky in Pearl 10:  it’s so squishy-soft and I love the aubergine color.  The only thing is is that it’s the tiniest bit loose at the brim;  the next time I’m at a craft store I plan to pick up some elastic thread to run through it to help snug it up a bit.  If I knit this again I’d use smaller needles for the brim.  Still,  I totally  love it!

Nerdy Knits

It’s a good time to be a nerd who knits.  So many awesome fan goodies to make!  I thought it would be fun to chronicle what I’ve made so far.  Most of them are listed on my Ravelry project page anyway, but I want to have them all separately in one place.  So, without further ado:

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Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Wristbands

I  knit these eons ago for Peep #1 who is a die-hard Harry Potter fan.  They were my first attempt at knitting intarsia and I was pretty pleased with the results, even if they were really big for his skinny little wrists.  The pattern is here.

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Immediately after seeing Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland remake, I went home and did a mad search for a pattern like the wristlets Alice wore as she tumbled down the rabbit hole.  Success!  I love Stephanie and Tiny Owl Knits; so many beautiful, magical creations– if you haven’t visited her site yet, I highly recommend it.

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“Man walks down the street in a hat like that, people know he’s not afraid of anything.”

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Isn’t it cunning?

Firefly hat!  This is definitely my favorite nerdy knit to date.  I spent a lot of time trying to find the perfect yarn for this… I wanted it to be as close to the original Jayne hat as possible, and many of the versions I saw had colors that were too bright.  So after much agonizing I chose Mauch Chunky in Spice, Pumpkin, and Butterscotch.  Unfortunately it was MAD ITCHY, so I sewed in a nice fleece lining.  DH loves this hat and he gets a lot of compliments on it.  One of these days I need to make one for myself!

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Weasley Sweater

Another Harry Potter project.  I knit this Weasley Sweater for my nephew, who’s first name also begins with H!  Very happy with how it turned out.  Again, the colors were perfect, though they’re a little brighter in this photo than they actually are (I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Cumin and Black Cherry Heather.)

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I adore this little Woodin with a leaf tail.  Woodins are inspired by the cute forest spirits in Hayao Miyazaki’s anime.  His movie Totoro is one of my faves.  I actually have a knit Totoro in my Ravelry queue, but haven’t got around to making that yet.  Made this one though as a gift for Peep #2, but I think I loved it more. LOL

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Ravenclaw House Scarf

Perhaps I should confess that I am just as big a Harry Potter fan as the kids… if not more.  I loved all the books (and movies) and still re-read the books whenever I feel like spending more time in that universe. Since every time I take one of those online “Which Harry Potter House do you Belong In”-type quizzes, I get Ravenclaw, when it was time to knit a scarf for myself it had to be a Harry Potter House scarf in Ravenclaw colors (films, since I prefer grey and blue to blue and bronze).  I used an awesome merino called Valley Yarns Amherst in navy and light grey, that is super soft, not at all itchy, and because it’s knit in the round and blocked flat, is super squishy and warm to wear.  I had some yarn left over and made this “Ravencowl”, inspired by another Raveler.  Basically, I just knit four blocks of the scarf (alternating 2 blue, 2 grey) and seamed it together.

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Ravencowl

I wear this all the time around the house.  It is SO warm and because it’s a cowl and not a scarf, it doesn’t get in the way when I’m doing things.

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And finally, my most recent accomplishment– the Hermoine Hearts Ron Hat.  It’s a replica of the Hat Hermoine wore in the Halfblood Prince movie (above).  I used Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend but not in the same color as Hermoine’s.  I may do another in grey at some point.

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To my delight a book actually exists called Knits for Nerds.  DH gave me a copy for Yule this year, so I have pages and pages of more geek knitting to look forward to.  What’s up next?  Perhaps a pair of furry knit Hobbit feet.

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Happy Knitting!

Free Pattern: Simple Garter Brim Baby Hat

I just love the simplicity of this hat… I think it’s the yarn that really makes it work. A quick knit up, and a great gift.

Size: 0-3 months
Yarn: Any worsted/light worsted yarn. Solid colors show off the pattern better than multis. I used Berroco Vintage in color Lilac.
Needles: Size 7 DPNs
Gauge: 5sts per inch

Directions:

Cast on 64 sts with size 7 circular needles. Work approximately 1” in garter stitch. Then switch to stockinette stitch for 5”. Decrease for top as follows:

K8, K2TOG
K7, K2TOG
K6, K2TOG
K5, K2 TOG

Continuing down until you K2TOG all the way around. Break yarn leaving an 8” tail. Weave tail through remaining stitches, cinch up, and weave in ends. All done!

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Free Pattern: Felted Pan Handle Cover

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Ravelry is requiring I publish this off site, so here goes:

Felted Pan Handle Cover:

Yarn: Any worsted weight yarn that will felt. I used Plymouth Galway Highland Heather
Needles: Size 8
Gauge: not relevant– I got 6sts/inch

This is a great way to use up scraps of yarn!

CO 40 stitches
Work 10 rows in garter stitch
BO

Fold the rectangle in half length-wise before seaming it up.

Note: Different yarns will felt differently… for example, the Galway Highland Heather felts very nicely and makes a good surface for needle felting. The Patons I tried leaves more texture showing and is fine left plain. YMMV

Creative Endeavors

A most unusual occurrence this summer… I kept knitting!  I typically find I lose the motivation to knit in summer months; there are just too many other things to do.  But for some reason this year I’ve kept up with it and as a result I think I’m actually going to do really well with making gifts for loved ones this year.  See, every January I sit down and make a new “Project” sheet which lists birthdays and things I might like to knit for each  person.  At the bottom I create another list called “Yule” where I jot down people I’d like to knit a little something up for for stocking stuffer type gift, as well as bigger gifts for family members.  Finally, I make a smaller list of things I just want to try for the fun of it or to make up for myself.  Naturally, after all that work (setting up the list is half the fun )… I suddenly find myself in October with 5 different birthdays and the holidays (and yet more birthdays) looming just beyond… and I’ve hardly knitted a thing!

Anyway, I won’t find myself in such a plight this fall.  Though I may not get to everyone and everything on my list, I won’t be left so woefully behind.  So far I’ve knitted:

1. Another pair of the Alice In Wonderland fingerless mitts for my mother-in-law.  She specifically mentioned how much she liked them when I showed her the pair I had knitted up for myself.  She’s a composer and her hands get chilly in the winter when she’s working at the piano.

2. A toddler blanket for my nephew (see photo)  When he was up visiting this summer, he LOVED the 6-hour throw I made.  So I decided to make him a smaller version, using a different yarn (I despise Homespun!!).  I used the Jiffy yarn, because although I don’t like acrylic, I wanted it to be wash and dry for ease of care.

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Toddler Throw for H

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3.  I also made a pair of fingerless mitts for my father and brother, who share the same birthday.

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Fingerless Mitts for R

4.  I’m currently working on something NOT on my list, as I just found out recently about it:  an Owlie Sleep Sack for the my new niece/nephew who is expected in February!  I found the pattern at Ravelry (of course) and it’s adorable.  My very first cable project!  I finished that part last night and am very pleased with how the owls came out.  I find it’s a little tricky maneuvering the cable needle, but I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it.  I really, REALLY wanted to find a nice yarn for this project; for it to be an heirloom piece.  I was loathe to knit with acrylic again, but I was worried about wool being to scratchy and/or too difficult to care for.  Lo and behold, I was ecstatic for find a very soft, hand dyed,  100% superwash merino wool that can be machine washed gentle and machine dried on low temperature at my LYS!  It’s called Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted and the colors are fabulous.  I tried to pick something gender-neutral and came up with a beautiful blue/green/purple mix.

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Owlie Sleep Sack

Next up for September I have my mom, who I plan on knitting slippers for, and my neighbor, who I’m going to make a calorimetry for.  I guess that’s all for now.  Happy Knitting!