Knitting


Posted yesterday on Ravelry, Spirit, a new hat knitting pattern, probably the most comfortable winter hat I have ever worn. Cabled around the ears for warmth and coziness, roomy in the crown. Use stranded colorwork to highlight interesting stitch patterns, or work entirely in monotone colorway…ever how the spirit moves you.

These hats pictured here are all knit with variegated and solid Malabrigo worsted Merino yarns.

Finished size is approximately 18-20 inches (46-51.5cm). Spirit will fit older children, teens, and adults. Sources for faux and genuine fur pom poms included with the six page photo tutorial pdf. Hope you will enjoy knitting Spirit. I certainly enjoyed designing this hat pattern.black monotone spirit cable hat

Advertisements

Katerina Bobkova’s new shawl pattern is proving very popular this spring. The free pattern requires only three colorways of yarn, or you can knit it in a solid color. This shawl pattern is perfect for beginners or veteran knitting alike.

magic spring shawl patternThe hardest part in planning a multi-colored shawl is choosing pleasing yarn colorways. I was able to find five skeins of Manos del Uruguay “Serena” on Etsy at a savings of $30, so I’m using the “bosenberry” colorway and two other yarns from my stash for the Magic Spring Shawl. For more information about shawl knitting and even more interesting free patterns, please click here.

K.Bobkova photo.

Photo courtesy of Rowan Yarns

A few years ago knitnscribble wrote about Rowan’s free knitting pattern ‘online only’ offerings for teen pullover sweaters by Sarah Hatton.  Since then, the links have been removed by Rowan, because their KidSilk yarn has been discontinued. Still looking for the unisex sweater jumper pattern called ‘Bria’? …a  good answer for everyday casual wear for ‘tweens,  depending on the yarn used, can be appropriate for girls or boys.

A reader from New Zealand brought the dead links to my attention and with a few emails was able to get the sweater pattern from Rowan. Kindly sent and now posted here. Please download it and print it out for future use.

Knit with US 8 (5 mm) and 10 (6 mm) needles, it should be easily finished in no time and also a good beginner sweater pattern.  Sized to fit ages 10 to 16:  S, M, and  L.

Bria sweater pattern by Sarah Hatton from Rowan.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

I have always been amazed by crochet and knitted amigurumi toys and dolls, but have never ventured in that direction. This little Easter chick and egg knitting pattern caught my eye this week, and I thought it would be the perfect Easter basket keepsake for our twelve-year-old granddaughter… something she would cherish forever, since her mother is a lover of all things Easter, too.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

It’s an Alan Dart free pattern from his website. Dart is a UK maven for amigurumi patterns. He has every sort of knitting pattern imaginable in story-telling props for children.  And none of his patterns are more than $5.00. This little chick and egg pattern is free, even better.

Knit tightly on US size 3 needles with DK gauge yarn, the pattern works up really quickly with Dart’s well-written pattern and photos. One mistake I made initially was in sewing the head to the tail, realizing later that the head belongs across the top of the body, exposing the cute little duck’s tail.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

Nothing is difficult about this pattern which uses knit front and back in the same stitch (KFB) as “Inc1.” After you are finished, you can “decorate” your egg, if you wish, with a bit of Easter embroidery. This was quickly done, but I should have taken the time to search for some thinner embroidery floss; but alas, it stands as is. The two eggshells are sewn together in the back, which I haven’t done yet in these photos.

copyright 2012 Sharon Watterson

The chick and the egg knitting pattern is here, a free download on Alan Dart’s website. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

copyright Sharon Watterson

I was about to put my sweater on this morning, the “Levenwick” cardigan knitting pattern, a top-down raglan design by Gudrun Johnston, mentioned way back in September, when I remembered that I hadn’t written about its finish. Christmas came in between Levenwick and a whole bunch of other knitting, so it was side-tracked for quite a while, but finally finished in early February, and I wear it all the time. (Here, it looks a little lop-sided, March’s wind is blowing this morning.)  Read on…. (more…)

There is nothing sweeter than spying a child in a baby bonnet! When our children were little, there was the most wonderful children’s shop on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. A trip to Amy Janes’ The Viking Shoppe was a time-travel adventure each time I stumbled through the old green Dutch door with four children in tow. Then, there wasn’t much time for knitting, so ready-made traditional baby hats and toddler clothes with vintage style for our little ones were on my list. (more…)

It’s a new year, and for me, it has meant, thankfully, new followers here on WordPress, many thank you’s. Also, I’m  returning to some enjoyable knitting projects of long ago when knitting for our children as teenagers and young adults and just finished this Fair Isle pullover or jumper. It’s a free pattern and was the sweater Scarlett Johansson wore in the film, “We Bought a Zoo” with Matt Damon.

fair isle 007

Sharon Watterson

Fair Isle design gets a once every 20-year push and is all the craze again this year as it was in the 60’s and 80’s.  (more…)

Next Page »