8 Skeins Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, Bulky Weight,
55% Acrylic 45% Cotton, 120 Yards, $5.99 in 2 Colors:
3.5 Balls Cotton Ball (Bright White) #925-100
3.5 Balls Honey Bee (Buttercup Yellow) #925-157
Needles: US Size 9 (5.5mm) Knitting Needles Circular
24″ or longer
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner
Measurements/Sizing: Approx. 36″ x 36″
Cast on 5 sts.
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: K3, yo, k2.
Row 3: K3, yo, k3.
Row 4: K3, yo, k to end of row.
Rep Row 4 until you have 144 sts on needle.
Next (decrease) row: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end.
Rep last row until 5 sts remain. Bind off. Weave in ends.
I made this diagonal stripe baby blanket for my brother who’s expecting!! I wanted something warm and bright, snuggly yet light. So I paired this sunny and cheery color scheme with a heavier weight yarn.
The color scheme also makes it more versatile, accommodating a wider variety of decor. Girl or boy! Not light enough for Summer but perfect for Fall/Winter.
I used Lion Brand Baby’s First Yarn, a Bulky Weight yarn that knits up quick and is SO SOFT! It has a slight spongy feel. I loved the colors – muted and soft yet cheerful. It’s Cotton/Acrylic but on the heavy side.
I chose this yarn for its softness, color palette, and because it’s 100% washable and dryable on high heat! So it’s easy care and easy to keep germies away. Bulky Weight yarn is also a great option for knitting large pieces like a blanket since it speeds things up.
Original Pattern – Octavia Blanket by Lion Brand Yarn
This knits up in a diamond shape basically. So in the beginning you will be knitting a giant pyramid by increasing stitches then halfway through you will be decreasing stitches to knit the second pyramid. When complete and turned horizontal, the piece will have diagonal stripes!
For changing colors, I carried the colors up the side so there would be less ends to weave in. Twist yarn and pick up color at the beginning of each Right Side row to “carry” the yarn up the side of the piece. Only change colors on Right Side of work (when Right Side of work is facing you).
Try Magic Knot Join for adding yarn or switching colors as seen here. A nice yarn joining technique for synthetic (non-felting) yarns. Otherwise, Russian Join is my go-to technique for natural fiber yarns (feltable)! (more…)
Perfect for summer at the seaside! At the beach, on the boat, or biking! This summery medium weight top is great for mornings or casual evenings out. It’s also super simple. Just make 2 big rectangles, join them together, and voila! The entire project also uses the classic Stockinette Stitch. EZ PZ.
3 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Seaspray (830-123), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69
2 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Cotton-Ease, Almond (830-099), Medium Weight, 50% Cotton 50% Acrylic, 207 Yards, $7.69
Finished Dimensions (Approx.):
Width 22 Inches
Height 20 Inches
One Size Fits All
Knit all odd rows (or Right Side rows)
Purl all even rows (or Wrong Side rows)
Cast on 85 sts. (Alice Cast-On)
Rows 1 – 14: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 15 – 16: 2 Rows White
Rows 17 – 26: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 27 – 30: 4 Rows White
Rows 31 – 38: 8 Rows Blue
Rows 39 – 44: 6 Rows White
Rows 45 – 54: 10 Rows Blue
Rows 55 – 58: 4 Rows White
Rows 59 – 66: 8 Rows Blue
Rows 67 – 68: 2 Rows White
Rows 69 – 82: 14 Rows Blue
Rows 83 – 90: 8 Rows White
Rows 91 – 96: 6 Rows Blue
Rows 97 – 98: 2 Rows White
Rows 99 – 108: 10 Rows Blue
Make one more panel following the above
pattern for a total of 2 panels.
- Weave in ends.
- Turn upside down so First Row is at the top (neckline) and face Wrong Sides together.
- Pin together where arm and neck holes should meet with locking stitch markers. Try on the piece to see if the markers work. Adjust accordingly.
- Turn inside out (so Wrong Sides are on the outside). Whipstitch together sides and top sides leaving middle and armholes un-stitched.
- For Top/Neck: Whipstitch about 7 inches in on each side leaving a 7.5 inch wide neck opening.
- For Sides/Armholes: Whipstitch about 10 inches up on each side leaving a 10 inch high armhole opening. (Basically up to the top edge of the 4th white stripe from the bottom)
- Crochet edges of armholes to keep from rolling inwards if desired.
- Knits up quick! Dedicated knitters can knit this up in about a week or so! My least favorite part is weaving in ends…
- I actually made the front panel larger than the back panel to give the neckline some slouchiness. About 95 stitches wide for front and 75 stitches wide for the back panel. Two equal panels is easiest to work with though.
- I did not use a full 5 balls. I used just over 2 balls of the blue and just over 1 ball of the white.
- Change to a new color on the Right Side of work (or in this case a Knit Row) only.
- I made these stripes using good old-fashioned eyeballing! However, you can also get irregular stripes by using this handy Random Stripe Generator found here, http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php.
- Create a size that fits you by using the stitches per inch I got while working up my project as a gauge. Or knit up your own 6in x 6in swatch for a more accurate gauge. Just make sure to increase the number of balls you buy accordingly.
Stitches per Inch on US 9 Needles:
4″ x 4″ = 14 stitches x 20 rows
28″ x 28″ = 100 stitches x 144 rows
Finally Blue Sky Alpacas released some free patterns. And look how lovely! Most look like Intermediate Level. All patterns in this post by Blue Sky Alpaca Yarns. And are free!
Are these patterns gorgeous or what?! I was looking for scarf patterns and got sidetracked. These were too cute to pass up. Love DROPS Design. They’re Scandinavian so the patterns are sometimes hard (for me) to decipher. But if you’re confident in your Knit or Crochet skills and/or are Intermediate to Advanced it should be fine! DROPS Yarn is also hard to find in the U.S. but NordicMart.com carries them online! Read on for more adorable patterns. Patterns are free and some are for Knit and some are for Crochet.
Are these blankie patterns especially gorgeous or what?! Some are classic modern, some nostalgic, some fancy. All lovely designs whatever your preference. Love DROPS. All are free and in either Knit or Crochet depending on the pattern. All patterns in this post by DROPS Design. Read on for more lovely patterns.
Love, Love, LOVE all these patterns by Garn Studio AS! . They are my favorite Knit or Crochet designers around hands down. Free or paid! Sometimes the patterns are a bit hard to follow (Scandinavian) and their yarns aren’t carried anywhere in the U.S. … However, if you’re an Intermediate/Advanced Knitter or Crocheter you’ll be able to make sense of these patterns. You can also find their yarns online through NordicMart.com. There are no brick and mortar stores in the U.S. that carry Drops (except for one in California!). Read on for more patterns.
This tie can take your guy (or smartly dressed gal) from Summer right into Fall!
The Lace Collar is gorg and the little Reversible Bag looks perfect for slipping your Mac Air and some files and folders in before tucking into your actual bag. The cable pattern on the White Scarf or Snood is gorg too. And White Top, oo lala.
Today’s Summertime Knits are from Debbie Bliss Yarns. They gave their website a facelift, look niiice. I raided their free patterns for some inspiration. There weren’t many, and not all are for Summer, but they are great small, summer projects.
Patterns on This Page:
Moss Stitch Tie by Debbie Bliss
Egg Cozy by Debbie Bliss
Reversible Bag by Debbie Bliss
Lace Collar by Debbie Bliss
Hat by Debbie Bliss
White Scarf by Debbie Bliss
Cutaway Top by Debbie Bliss
Here’s Erica in her new sweater complete with skirt and dog bone motif on the butt!
It’s a mock cheerleader sweater I found on My Savannah Cottage. I modified it by adding a knitted Dog Bone Motif instead of using applique. There is a large dog bone motif on the bottom right of the sweater just above the skirt and a small dog bone motif on the upper right chest. My pattern is below.
Red Heart Supersaver, Worsted Weight, 0376 Burgundy, 100% Acrylic, 364 Yards
Red Heart Supersaver, Worsted Weight, 4313 Aran Fleck, 100% Acrylic, 364 Yards
Alternate Yarn: Red Heart Heathers, Worsted Weight, 4453 Warm Red, 100% Acrylic, 260 Yards
US Size 8 [5.0mm] Clover Takumi Velvet Circular Needles 29″
Tapestry or Yarn Needle
Medium (25 pound dog)
Neck – 13″ -16″ girth
Chest – 21″ girth
Neck to Tail – 20″ length
Back Body – 12″ x 17″
Front Body – 8″ x 13″
Stockinette Stitch – Knit all stitches in one row, Purl all stitches in next row.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Cast On 35 stitches
Row 1-4: Stockinette Stitch
Row 5: (RS) Kfb, Knit until 2 sts left, Kfb, K (37 sts)
Row 6: Purl all stitches
Row 7-14: Repeat Rows 5-6 (45 sts)
Rows 15 – 66: Stockinette Stitch (52 rows or until piece measure 2″ from where you’d like it to end)
Do Dog Bone Motif (Large)
Row 1: (RS) K22, K1, K10, K1, K11
Row 2: P10, P3, P8, P3, P 21
Row 3: K21, K14, K10
Row 4: P11, P12, P22
Row 5: K23, K10, K12
Row 6: P11, P12, P22
Row 7: K21, K14, K10
Row 8: P10, P3, P8, P3, P 21
Row 9: K22, K1, K10, K1, K11
Row 10: Purl all stitches
Row 77: (RS) Kfb, K21, Kfb, K21, Kfb (48 sts)
Row 78: Purl all stitches
Row 79 (RS): *K4, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 80: Purl.
Row 81: (RS) *K5, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 82: Purl.
Row 83: (RS) *K6, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 84: Purl.
Row 85: (RS) *K7, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 86: Purl.
Row 87: (RS) *K8, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 88: Purl.
Row 89: (RS) *K9, yo; repeat from *; end K4.
Row 90: Purl.
Cast On 20 stitches
Row 1-4: Stockinette Stitch
Row 5: (RS) Kfb, Knit until 2 sts left, Kfb, K (22 sts)
Row 6: Purl all stitches
Row 7-14: Repeat Rows 5-6 (30 sts)
Rows 15-24: Stockinette Stitch
Do Dog Bone Motif (Small)
Row 1: (RS) K17, K2, K3, K2, K6
Row 2: P6, P7, P17
Row 3: K18, K5, K7
Row 4: P6, P7, P17
Row 5: K17, K2, K3, K2, K6
Rows 30-69: Stockinette Stitch (39 rows from bone or until piece measure 12″)
Bind off on next (RS) row.
I made this mock big stitch rug as a dog mat/bed for my new puppy, Erica. It’s my do-it-yourself version of big stitch knitting without actually investing in specialty needles or yarns. The yarns and needles are expensive and hard to find. So rather than spring for giant knitting needles (I’d rarely use), I made do with materials and needles that are more commonly found in knitting shops and/or ones avid knitters might already have! All I did was use 7 strands of yarn together at once and jumbo sized knitting needles. That’s it. All those materials and tools can be found at your local craft store or yarn shop. Convenience and versatility.
❤ Erica loves it! Meet Erica (via her Pinterest!)
Red Heart Super Saver, Medium Thyme 0406, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Lt. Green)
Red Heart Super Saver, Dark Sage 0633, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Forest Green)
Red Heart Super Saver, Carrot 0256, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Pumpkin)
Red Heart Heathers, Teal 4470, 100% Acrylic, 260 yards (Wedgewood Blue)
Red Heart Soft, Teal 9518, 100% Acrylic, 256 yards (Dk. Teal)
Caron Simply Soft, Plum Wine 9918, 100% Acrylic, 366 yards (Dusty Rose)
Loops & Threads Impeccable Yarn, Cadet 01106, 100% Acrylic, 268 yards (Lt. Blue)
Red Heart Super Saver, Rose Pink 0372, 100% Acrylic, 364 yards (Pale PInk)
Red Heart Classic, Cameo Rose 0759, 100% Acrylic, ??? yards (Dk. Dusty Rose)
US Size 19 [15.00mm] Lion Brand Circular Knitting Needles, 29″
Approx. 24″ x 32″
Cast On 34 stitches (long-tail cast on)
Row 1: Knit all stitches
Row 2: Purl all stitches
Repeat Rows 1-2 until 58 Rows
End on a Knit Row (end after completing a Knit Row)
Bind Off (knit-wise)
Weave in ends.
Makes a great stash buster! Use any combination of Medium/Worsted Weight Yarns you’d like. I chose 7 yarns with varying textures. All Worsted Weight 4-ply yarns. Caron Simply Soft is, well, soft and with a sheen, while the Red Heart was your typical acrylic yarn with a mock wool look and feel. Choose your own colorways to match any decor you’d like. Highlight, lowlight, complementary, varying textures, or just use a single color. It’s up to you!
Synthetic yarns like Acrylic make it durable and machine washable. Very handy for a rug or dog bed!
Combining multiple strands of yarn also gives cheapie econo yarn a more luxurious look and feel.
I used scarp yarn. I ran out of some colors at various stages and just joined on some new ones. Replace them with similar colors or just join on with whatever you have as long as it’s the same weight yarn. The joins blend right in without much work, even a clumsy tiny knot works.
I leave it so the edges curl up. Ending on a Knit Row and binding off knit-wise helps the ends curl up. Casting on using a long-tail cast on also helps the ends curl up. I cast on using a modified long-tail cast on and then begin on a Knit Row. Use any cast-on method preferred.
Modified long-tail cast on – my modified long-tail cast on is kind of a hack but for patterns where it doesn’t matter, it’s great. I use the yarn coming directly from the skein as the working yarn rather than creating a tail. Create a slip knot as normal without a long tail. Instead of measuring out a length of yarn to use as the cast-on yarn, I only use the yarn coming directly from the ball to create each cast-on stitch. Video to come.
Keep your rug from slipping by getting some IKEA non-slip rug liners.
What is Big Stitch Knitting (or Crochet)?
Big Stitch Knitting or Mega Knitting is just that. Giant knitting needles (that you must either knit on the floor or on a giant table) require specially made tools and yarns. Read more about Big Stitch in my previous post. Buy some Big Knit tools and yarns online at BagSmith and Big Loop. They have all the tools and yarns you’ll need. Google “Big Stitch Knitting” for a wealth of info.
Knit without any tools. Just your arms and some yarn! I was inspired to do this DIY mock big stitch when I saw an article in the news recently about Arm Knitting. Simply Maggie and Pinning Mama have nice tutorials. Google “Arm Knitting” for a wealth of info. Check out Dornob for a nice post.
2 Balls Lion Brand Yarn Lion Wool, Color 187 Goldenrod, 158 yards, $5.99
US Size 5 [3.75mm] Addi Turbo Circular Knitting Needles, 16inch
US Size 5 [3.75mm] Double Pointed Knitting Needles (dpns)
8″ inches high
4.5 Stitches per Inch
5 Rows per Inch
Skill Level: Intermediate
This pattern is meant to make a reversible hat with 2 colors. If using only one color, simply ignore color changes.
Cast On 162 stitches.
Round 1: Color A [K1, bring yarn forward, slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn back]. Repeat from [...] until end of round.
Round 2: Color B [slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn forward, P1, bring yarn back]. Repeat from [...] until end of round.
Round 3 – 80: Repeat Rounds 1-2 for 39 more times. Or until hat measure 6.5 inches tall. Make sure to end on Round 2.
Begin Decrease Rounds:
Decrease Round 1: Color A: *[K1, bring yarn forward, slip 1, bring yarn back] 7 times, slip next stitch (color A) purlwise, place next stitch (color B) on cable needle and hold at back, place first stitch back on left needle and knit it together with next stitch (both stitches should be color A), bring yarn to front, place color B stitch back from cable needle onto left needle, slip both color B stitches purlwise, bring yarn back*. Repeat from * to * until end of round.
Decrease Round 2: Color B: *[slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn forward, P1, bring yarn back] 7 times, slip next stitch purlwise (should be the stitch you decreased above), bring yarn forward, P2tog (both stitches should be color B), bring yarn back*. Repeat from * to * until end of round. (144 stitches)
Decrease Round 3: Repeat Round 1 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 4: Repeat Round 2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 5: Repeat Decrease Round 1 but substitute “7 times” for “6 times”.
Decrease Round 6: Repeat Decrease Round 2 but substitute “7 times” for “6 times”. (126 stitches)
Decrease Round 7-8: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 9-10: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “5 times”. (108 stitches)
Decrease Round 11-12: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 13-14: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “4 times”. (90 stitches)
Decrease Round 15-16: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 17-18: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “3 times”. (72 stitches)
Decrease Round 19-20: Repeat Round 1-2 (of original pattern).
Decrease Round 21-22: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “2 times”. (54 stitches)
Decrease Round 23-24: Repeat Decrease Round 1-2 but substitute “7 times” for “1 times”. (36 stitches)
Decrease Round 25-26: K2tog/P2tog around (slipping stitches only to rearrange them). (18 stitches)
Cut yarn ends leaving 8″ tail. Thread each yarn end onto tapestry needle and through like-colored stitches. Cinch yarn end to close the top of each side of the hat. Weave ends in on each side by following the path of the stitches (like duplicate stitch) so they are not visible.
Make oversized pompom. Approx. 3 inches wide. Make sure to leave ample tail for attaching. Attach pompom.
Weave in ends.
*Add a Ribbed Brim to the hat if you like by following my instructions here.
How to Make a Perfect Pompom
I wanted a good fat puffy GIANT POMPOM! I also wanted to make make sure it was about 2.5 to 3 inches wide. But i didnt want to spend money or buy extra junk like a pompom maker, so I came up with an easy way to make a pompom template.
All you need is some scrap cardboard, scissors, a mug and a quarter or an old CD to use as stencils.
Make 2 rings (like a donut shape), cut a slit through the rings making the donut shape into a C-shape. Widen the slit by trimming some more off the ends so it’s easy to pass the yarn through.
Take yarn, wrap around the C-shape as if you’re trying to make a yarn covered “C”. No need for needles or pre-cutting yarn. Just slip yarn through the slit to wrap. This way there’s no wasted yarn, the working end of the yarn is coming straight from the ball and you’ll never run out.
To make sure the pompom comes out the size needed: e.g. If you need a 3 inch pompom, the rings have to be about 1.5 inches thick (plus a little extra for trimming).
When full enough, snip edges, pull yarn tail through, cinch, and tie. Fluff and trim making sure to not trim off yarn tail. You’ll need that to attach the pompom.