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Free Knitting Pattern - Biggo Cowl
I created this cowl with the free skein of Knit Pick’s Biggo, I scored during their recent sale. So, free yarn…free pattern. Seems fair.
The cowl is knit flat, sideways and then the last row is seamed to the cast on edge, to make a tube. I used a 3 needle bind off, because I’m too lazy to sew, but you could sew the ends together with a mattress stitch, if you prefer. When it’s worn, turn the sewn/bound off edge to the inside and put it at the back of the neck, so it’s not obvious and doesn’t disturb the drape.
Note there is a 3 stitch garter edge on each long side, so every row starts and ends with K3.
Materials - 110 yards (1 skein) bulky yarn
Needles - US size 11 (8mm)
Gauge - 2.75 stitches per inch
Finished size (unstretched) - 6” x 26”
Notions - yarn needle for weaving in ends
K - Knit
P - Purl
K2tog - Knit two together
YO - Yarn over
Using the long tail cast on, loosely cast on 18 stitches.
Row 1: K3, *YO, K, repeat from * to last three stitches, end K3
Row 2: K3, P to last three stitches, end K3
Row 3: K3, K2tog to last three stitches, end K3
Rows 4 & 5: K3, *YO, K2tog, repeat from * to last three stitches, end K3
Row 6 and 7: K
Repeat Rows 1 through 7 sixteen times. On the 17th repeat, stop at Row 6 and use the bind off row as Row 7. Work loosely.
I used a smaller needle (size 10) to pick up 18 stitches (not with yarn, just picking up the edge thread) on the cast on edge, and then worked them together with the the final row, to make the 3 needle bind off.
Finishing - Weave in ends and enjoy.
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FREE knitting pattern - Reversible Top Down Toque
A fun, quick hat, knit in the round, from the top down. The Moss Stitch presents the same look on both sides, making the hat reversible.
It is easy to resize, by changing needle size or working more or fewer rounds of the increase section. To make it bigger, for example, Rnd 27 would be: K13, Kf&b around. Just make sure your total number around is a multiple of 4, to accommodate the Moss Stitch repeat.
As written, this hat structure creates 8 sections of 14 stitches each (112 total stitches around).
Size: Adjustable, as written 18-3/4” circumference and 7-1/2 inches long, unstretched, on US size 5 (3.75 mm) comfortably snug on my 23” head.
Materials: Approximately 150 yards Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Heavyweight (DK weight) Vancouver Violet colorway shown.
Suggested Needle Size: US size 5 (3.75 mm) or size to give gauge
Gauge: 6 stitches per inch
Notions: yarn needle for weaving in
K = Knit
P = Purl
Kf&b = Knit in the front and back of the stitch, increasing by 1 stitch
Cast on 8 stitches (4 per needle in magic loop), join to work in the round. Place marker to indicate beginning of round, if desired. Judy’s Magic Cast On can also be used, to CO 4 stitches per needle. (Sample was knit using JMCO.)
Knit one round.
Rnd 1: Kf&b around (16 stitches)
Rnd 2 and all even rounds: K
Rnd 3: K1, Kf&b around (24 stitches)
Rnd 5: K2, Kf&b around (32 stitches)
Rnd 7: K3, Kf&b around (40 stitches)
Rnd 9: K4, Kf&b around (48 stitches)
Rnd 11: K5, Kf&b around (56 stitches)
Rnd 13: K6, Kf&b around (64 stitches)
Rnd 15: K7, Kf&b around (72 stitches)
Rnd 17: K8, Kf&b around (80 stitches)
Rnd 19: K9, Kf&b around (88 stitches)
Rnd 21: K10, Kf&b around (96 stitches)
Rnd 23: K11, Kf&b around (104 stitches)
Rnd 25: K12, Kf&b around (112 stitches around)
Moss Stitch band
Rnds 1 & 2: K2, P2 around
Rnds 3 & 4: P2, K2 around
Repeat these rounds 1 time more for a total of 8 rounds.
Rnds 1- 6: Knit
Alternate the Moss Stitch and Knit bands for a total of 3 Moss Stitch bands and 3 Knit bands.
Work 10 rounds of K1 P1 rib.
Bind off as follows: K2, then insert the left hand needle into the front of the two stitches and knit, as if to SSK. K1 and repeat the SSK maneuver, with the new stitch and the remaining stitch on the right hand needle, to the end of the round.
Break yarn and draw through the final stitch; weave in ends, wear and enjoy.
(c) 2012 by debbaworks for personal use only.
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I posted this at Ravelry. I think it’s worth a blog post, since I may need to remind myself of what I know, some day.
The thing with toe up socks is that you have to know your 1) row gauge and 2) how many rows it takes for the gusset increases and the heel cup. With those two pieces of info, you figure out how long to knit the toe before you start the gusset increases, based on the length you want your sock to be.
So, if you’re knitting a sock with 32 stitches per side, and you generally double that number, increasing every other row for the gusset, that’s 32 more rows, til you get to the 64 needed, to complete the gusset.
The number of rows for the heel cup = the number of stitches on one side of the sock (half the total sock stitches), divided by 2, minus 1.
Edit: I realized I should add a note that the heel cup I use is from Melissa Morgan-Oakes’ Toe Up Two at at Time Socks there’s more than one way to make a heel cup, so I should specify that.
So, 32 divided by 2 = 16, 16 minus 1 equals 15 for the heel cup. Thus, the gusset and heel cup will be 47 rows.
Based on your row gauge, figure out how many inches that will be. Meaning, divide 47 by your row gauge number, let’s say it’s 12 rows per inch. So, that is 47/12 = 3.9 inches.
Take that number and subtract it from how long you want your sock to be. It should be 10% shorter than your total foot length. My foot is 9.25 inches long, minus 10% is 8.325.
8.325 minus 3.9 = 4.425 so, I would round up and knit the toe 4-1/2 inches, before starting the gusset increases.
4.5 plus 3.9 is going to give me a sock that is about 8.4 inches long…or about 10% shorter than my foot length, which is what we’re after, for negative ease and a snug fit.
And that is probably more than you wanted to know about it. Heh. But you do that, you’ll get a sock that fits.
Oh, and you know you’ve got enough stitches around when the toe cup you’re knitting covers your first 4 biggest toes. It should just sit on top of the pinky toe. At that point, it’s big enough to cover your foot. So, that’s how you judge what size sock to knit.
And after you’ve knit about 3 inches, you can take your row gauge, and do the calcs outlined above. No time wasted swatching.
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New socks! Finished last night. They use Sanguine Gryphon’s Eidos in the color Lithos. This is my own design.
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Check out my first beading design sale. My earrings are in Beadwork Magazine, June/July issue. I am so psyched!
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While I’ve been away from Twitter and Tumblr, I
made the mistake of joining joined Ravelry and got addicted to knitting socks. That’s where my life went. Everything else went to hell, and I just knit socks. I have lots. I’ll post them, as time goes by. Here’s a nice green pair. :)
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While I’ve not been posting, I have been crafting. As a follow up to this post, here is the finished square I embroidered. It will become part of a tribute quilt for the president of my needlework guild.
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for the nonTeam challenge #4 http://tinyurl.com/29mnshg Please check it out and give it some love. Thanks!
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