Diamond Chicken Sweater

6 February 2016

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This little sweater was made with the unique shape of a chicken in mind. It fastens with two buttons on the sides. This sample was made with Isaac’s Colorways Merino Blend.

Size: This was designed for a medium sized hen. It measures 8 ½ inches across the breast at the widest point.

Gauge: 21 stitches and 26 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
120 yards (110 meters), 1.6 oz (46 grams) DK weight yarn (Light #3)
Size 6 (4 mm) needles (can be straight or circular)
Stitch holders or short circular needle (to hold neckline stitches)
Yarn needle
4 buttons ½” shank

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
m1 = make one: With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle knit back loop.
mp1 = make one purl-wise: Move yarn to front. With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle purl back loop.
k2tog = knit two together
p2tog = purl two together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.

Neckline notes:

This pattern was designed to knit both shoulders at once after the neckline split. This will require attaching yarn and working with two sources a yarn while finishing the shoulders. Since it is a small number of rows this can be accomplished with the same skein of yarn as the body by attaching the other end of it when the neckline split begins.

When working with the two sources of yarn, at the neck in the center of the row, always switch sources of yarn so that the yarn never crosses the neckline.

You will be moving stitches to a holder on both sides of the neck on each row. If you use holders that can only be loaded from one direction, you will need two. You can use a short circular needle or equal or lesser size to hold the neck stitches to be able to move stitches from either side.

Front:

Cast on 43.
Row 1: (p1, k1) across to last stitch, p1. (43 stitches)
Row 2: (k1, p1) across to last stitch, k1. (43 stitches)
Row 3: p1, k1, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k2tog, yo, k1, p1. (43 stitches)
Row 4: (k1, p1) across to last stitch, k1. (43 stitches)
Row 5: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, k1, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (43 stitches)
Row 6: k4, (p1, k1) eight times, p3, (k1, p1) eight times, k4. (43 stitches)
Row 7: k4, (p1, k1) eight times, k3, (k1, p1) eight times, k4. (43 stitches)
Row 8: k5, (p1, k1) seven times, p5, (k1, p1) seven times, k5. (43 stitches)
Row 9: k5, (p1, k1) seven times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) seven times, k5. (43 stitches)
Row 10: k4, (p1, k1) seven times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) seven times, k4. (43 stitches)
Row 11: k4, (p1, k1) seven times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) seven times, k4. (43 stitches)
Row 12: k5, (p1, k1) six times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) six times, k5. (43 stitches)
Row 13: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) five times, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k3, (p1, k1) five times, p2tog, k4. (41 stitches)
Row 14: k5, (p1, k1) five times, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p3, (k1, p1) five times, k5. (41 stitches)
Row 15: k5, (p1, k1) six times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) six times, k5. (41 stitches)
Row 16: k4, (p1, k1) six times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) six times, k4. (41 stitches)
Row 17: k4, (p1, k1) seven times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) seven times, k4. (41 stitches)
Row 18: k5, (p1, k1) six times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) six times, k5. (41 stitches)
Row 19: k5, (p1, k1) seven times, k3, (k1, p1) seven times, k5. (41 stitches)
Row 20: k4, (p1, k1) seven times, p5, (k1, p1) seven times, k4. (41 stitches)
Row 21: k2, yo, k2tog, (p1, k1) eight times, k1, (k1, p1) eight times, k2tog, yo, k2. (41 stitches)
Row 22: k5, (p1, k1) seven times, p3, (k1, p1) seven times, k5. (41 stitches)
Row 23: k4, mp1, (k1, p1) to last 5 stitches, k1, mp1, k4. (43 stitches)
Row 24: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (43 stitches)
Row 25: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (43 stitches)
Row 26: k4, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k4. (43 stitches)
Row 27: k4, m1, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, m1, k5. (45 stitches)
Row 28: k4, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k4. (45 stitches)
Row 29: k4, (p1, k1) nine times, k1, (k1, p1) nine times, k4. (45 stitches)
Row 30: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, p3, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (45 stitches)
Row 31: k4, mp1, (k1, p1) eight times, k5, (p1, k1) eight times, mp1, k4. (47 stitches)
Row 32: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, p5, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (47 stitches)
Row 33: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (47 stitches)
Row 34: k4, (p1, k1) eight times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) eight times, k4. (47 stitches)
Row 35: k4, (p1, k1) eight times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) eight times, k4. (47 stitches)
Row 36: k5, (p1, k1) seven times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) seven times, k5. (47 stitches)
Row 37: k4, mp1, (k1, p1) seven times, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k3, (p1, k1) seven times, mp1, k4. (49 stitches)
Row 38: k5, (p1, k1) seven times, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p3, (k1, p1) seven times, k5. (49 stitches)
Row 39: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (49 stitches)
Row 40: k4, (p1, k1) eight times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) eight times, k4. (49 stitches)
Row 41: k4, (p1, k1) nine times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) nine times, k4. (49 stitches)
Row 42: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (49 stitches)
Row 43: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) eight times, k5, (p1, k1) eight times, p2tog, k4. (47 stitches)
Row 44: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, p5, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (47 stitches)
Row 45: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) eight times, k3, (p1, k1) eight times, p2tog, k4. (45 stitches)
Row 46: k5, (p1, k1) eight times, p3, (k1, p1) eight times, k5. (45 stitches)
Row 47: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) to last 7 stitches, k1, p2tog, k4. (43 stitches)
Row 48: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (43 stitches)
Row 49: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) to last 7 stitches, k1, p2tog, k4. (41 stitches)
Row 50: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (41 stitches)
Row 51: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) to last 7 stitches, k1, p2tog, k4. (39 stitches)
Row 52: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (39 stitches)
Row 53: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) six times, k3, (p1, k1) six times, p2tog, k4. (37 stitches)
Row 54: k5, (p1, k1) six times, p3, (k1, p1) six times, k5. (37 stitches)
Row 55: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) five times, k5, (p1, k1) five times, p2tog, k4. (35 stitches)
Row 56: k5, (p1, k1) five times, p5, (k1, p1) five times, k5. (35 stitches)
Row 57: k5, (p1, k1) five times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) five times, k5. (35 stitches)
Row 58: k4, (p1, k1) five times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) five times, k4. (35 stitches)
Row 59: k4, (p1, k1) five times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) five times, k4. (35 stitches)
Row 60: k5, (p1, k1) four times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k5. (35 stitches)
Row 61: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) three times, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k3, (p1, k1) three times, p2tog, k4. (33 stitches)
Row 62: k5, (p1, k1) three times, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p3, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (33 stitches)
Row 63: k5, (p1, k1) four times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) four times, k5. (33 stitches)
Row 64: k4, (p1, k1) four times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k4. (33 stitches)
Row 65: k4, (p1, k1) five times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) five times, k4. (33 stitches)
Row 66: k5, (p1, k1) four times, p2, move 3 stitches to holder, p2, (k1, p1) four times, k5. (3 neck stitches, 15 stitches each shoulder)
Row 67: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) four times, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, (p1, k1) four times, p2tog, k4. (5 neck stitches, 13 stitches each shoulder)
Row 68: k5, (p1, k1) three times, p1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, p1, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (7 neck stitches, 12 stitches each shoulder)
Row 69: k5, (p1, k1) three times, move a stitch of either side of neck onto holder, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (9 neck stitches, 11 stitches each shoulder)
Row 70: k4, (p1, k1) three times, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, (k1, p1) three times, k4. (11 neck stitches, 10 stitches each shoulder)
Row 71: k4, ssk, p1, k1, p1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, k4. (13 neck stitches, 8 stitches each shoulder)
Row 72: k4, p1, k1, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, k1, p1, k4. (15 neck stitches, 8 stitches each shoulder)
Row 73: k4, ssk, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, k2tog, k4. (17 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 74: k4, p1, knit in front and back, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, knit in front and back, p1, k4. (19 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 75: Cast off while knitting 7 stitches, move last loop to holder, move a stitch from other side to holder, knit in front and back of next stitch, cast off, knit to end of row casting off and finish off. Leave enough yarn to stitch the shoulder and neck. (21 neck stitches)
Do Not Turn. Move the collar stitches from the holders to the needle.
Working through the back loop of the stitches, k1, (p1, k1) across.
Row 76: p1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 77: k1, (p1, k1) across.
Repeat rows 76 and 77 to complete 14 more rows. On the last row, use a stretchy cast off technique to cast off (an example is http://slipslipknit.com/?page_id=92)

Back:

Cast on 29.
Row 1: (k1, p1) across to last stitch, k1. (29 stitches)
Row 2: (p1, k1) across to last stitch, p1. (29 stitches)
Row 3: (k1, p1) across to last stitch, k1. (29 stitches)
Row 4: (p1, k1) across to last stitch, p1. (29 stitches)
Row 5: k4, (p1, k1) five times, k1, (k1, p1) five times, k4. (29 stitches)
Row 6: k5, (p1, k1) four times, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k5. (29 stitches)
Row 7: k5, (p1, k1) four times, k3, (k1, p1) four times, k5. (29 stitches)
Row 8: k4, (p1, k1) four times, p5, (k1, p1) four times, k4. (29 stitches)
Row 9: k4, (p1, k1) four times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) four times, k4. (29 stitches)
Row 10: k5, (p1, k1) three times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (29 stitches)
Row 11: k5, (p1, k1) three times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (29 stitches)
Row 12: k4, (p1, k1) three times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) three times, k4. (29 stitches)
Row 13: k4, ssk, (p1, k1) two times, k2, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k2, (p1, k1) two times, k2tog, k4. (27 stitches)
Row 14: k4, (p1, k1) two times, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p3, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (27 stitches)
Row 15: k4, (p1, k1) three times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) three times, k4. (27 stitches)
Row 16: k5, (p1, k1) two times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) two times, k5. (27 stitches)
Row 17: k5, (p1, k1) three times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (27 stitches)
Row 18: k4, (p1, k1) three times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) three times, k4. (27 stitches)
Row 19: k4, (p1, k1) four times, k3, (k1, p1) four times, k4. (27 stitches)
Row 20: k5, (p1, k1) three times, p5, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (27 stitches)
Row 21: k5, (p1, k1) four times, k1, (k1, p1) four times, k5. (27 stitches)
Row 22: k4, (p1, k1) four times, p3, (k1, p1) four times, k4. (27 stitches)
Row 23: k4, ssk, (p1, k1) to last 7 stitches, p1, k2tog, k4. (25 stitches)
Row 24: k4, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k4. (25 stitches)
Row 25: k4, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k4. (25 stitches)
Row 26: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (25 stitches)
Row 27: k4, p2tog, (k1, p1) to last 7 stitches, k1,p2tog, k4. (23 stitches)
Row 28: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (23 stitches)
Row 29: k5, (p1, k1) three times, k1, (k1, p1) three times, k5. (23 stitches)
Row 30: k4, (p1, k1) three times, p3, (k1, p1) three times, k4. (23 stitches)
Row 31: k4, ssk, p1, k1, p1, k5, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 32: k4, (p1, k1) two times, p5, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 33: k4, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 34: k5, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, k5. (21 stitches)
Row 35: k4, p2tog, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p2tog, k4. (19 stitches)
Row 36: k5, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k5. (19 stitches)
Row 37: k7, p1, k1) twice, p1, k7. (19 stitches)
Row 38: k4, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p3, k4. (19 stitches)
Row 39: k4, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1, k3, p1, k4. (19 stitches)
Row 40: k5, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k5. (19 stitches)
Row 41: k5, p1, k3, p1, k3, p1, k5. (19 stitches)
Row 42: k4, p1, k1, p3, k1, p3, k1, p1, k4. (19 stitches)
Row 43: k5, mp1, k1, p1, k5, p1, k1, mp1, k5. (21 stitches)
Row 44: k4, (p1, k1) two times, p5, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 45: k4, p1, (k1, p1) two times, k3, (p1, k1) two times, p1, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 46: k5, (p1, k1) two times, p3, (k1, p1) two times, k5. (21 stitches)
Row 47: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (21 stitches)
Row 48: k4, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 49: k4, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 50: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (21 stitches)
Row 51: k5, (p1, k1) to last 6 stitches, p1, k5. (21 stitches)
Row 52: k4, (p1, k1) to last 5 stitches, p1, k4. (21 stitches)
Row 53: k5, mp1, (k1, p1) two times, k3, (p1, k1) two times, mp1, k5. (23 stitches)
Row 54: k4, (p1, k1) three times, p3, (k1, p1) three times, k4. (23 stitches)
Row 55: k4, p1, (k1, p1) two times, k5, (p1, k1) two times, p1, k4. (23 stitches)
Row 56: k5, (p1, k1) two times, p5, (k1, p1) two times, k5. (23 stitches)
Row 57: k5, (p1, k1) two times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) two times, k5. (23 stitches)
Row 58: k4, (p1, k1) two times, p3, k1, p3, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (23 stitches)
Row 59: k4, (p1, k1) two times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (23 stitches)
Row 60: k5, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1, k5. (23 stitches)
Row 61: k4, mp1, k1, p1, k3, (p1, k1) twice, p1, k3, p1, k1, mp1, k4. (25 stitches)
Row 62: k5, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) twice, k1, p3, k1, p1, k5. (25 stitches)
Row 63: k5, (p1, k1) two times, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, (k1, p1) two times, k5. (25 stitches)
Row 64: k4, (p1, k1) two times, p3, k1, p1, k1, p3, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (25 stitches)
Row 65: k4, (p1, k1) three times, k2, p1, k2, (k1, p1) three times, k4. (25 stitches)
Row 66: k5, (p1, k1) two times, p2, move 3 stitches to holder, p2, (k1, p1) two times, k5. (3 neck stitches, 11 stitches each shoulder)
Row 67: k4, (k1, p1) three times, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, (p1, k1) three times, k4. (5 neck stitches, 10 stitches each shoulder)
Row 68: k4, (p1, k1) two times, p1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, p1, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (7 neck stitches, 9 stitches each shoulder)
Row 69: k5, mp1, k1, p1, k1, move a stitch of either side of neck onto holder, k1, p1, k1, mp1, k5. (9 neck stitches, 9 stitches each shoulder)
Row 70: k4, (p1, k1) two times, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, (k1, p1) two times, k4. (11 neck stitches, 8 stitches each shoulder)
Row 71: k4, p1, k1, p1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, p1, k1, p1, k4. (13 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 72: k5, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, k5. (15 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 73: k5, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, k5. (17 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 74: k4, p1, knit in front and back, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, knit in front and back, p1, k4. (19 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 75: Cast off while knitting 7 stitches, move last loop to holder, move a stitch from other side to holder, knit in front and back of next stitch, cast off, knit to end of row casting off and finish off. Leave enough yarn to stitch the shoulder and neck. (21 neck stitches)
Do Not Turn. Move the collar stitches from the holders to the needle.
Working through the back loop of the stitches, k1, (p1, k1) across.
Row 76: p1, (k1, p1) across.
Row 77: k1, (p1, k1) across.
Repeat rows 76 and 77 to complete 14 more rows. On the last row, use a stretchy cast off technique to cast off (an example is http://slipslipknit.com/?page_id=92)

Finishing:

With yarn tail left after shoulder cast offs, stitch front and back shoulders together and up side of neck on both sides. Weave in ends. Attach buttons on sides of back corresponding to button holes on front.

No Beginning Chain Big Shell Afghan

3 February 2016

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The first row of an afghan with homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can be frustrating. This afghan does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. The big shell pattern makes this afghan quick to crochet while looking like it took a lot longer.

This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Classic. This yarn has been discontinued but was replaced with Purl Essence Rainbow Boucle.

Size: This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small33.2444.3218.011006.88
Small42.9757.330.091682.53
Medium52.770.2745.262530.68
Large62.4383.2463.523551.34
Extra Large72.1696.2284.864744.5

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for Bulky weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple crochet

Special stitches:
Dec: in stitches or spaces indicated, yo, insert hook into first space indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook into second space indicated, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Shell: in stitch or space indicated, 4 dc, 2 ch, 4 dc

Instructions:
Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.
For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
33.25″ = 41
43″ = 53
52.75″ = 65
62.5″ = 77
72.25″ = 89

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) until you have made desired number of tr/ch spaces. Make a number of tr/ch spaces that is a multiple of 4 plus 1.

Do not turn.

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Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, 4 dc in first ch sp, skip next ch sp, dec in next ch sp. ** skip next ch sp, shell in next ch sp, skip next ch sp, dec in next ch sp. Repeat from ** across to the last two chain spaces. Skip next ch sp, (4 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in last ch sp.

Row 3: Ch 4, turn, 4 dc in next chain space, ch 1, dec over the next two ch-1 spaces. ** ch 1, shell in ch-2 space, ch 1, dec over the next two ch-1 spaces. Repeat from ** across to the ch-4 at the end of the row. Ch 1, (4 dc, ch 1, 1 dc) in ch-4 space.

Repeat row 3 until afghan is desired length. Fasten off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

My Favorite Ribbed Hat for Straight Needles

29 January 2016

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This is a very basic k1-p1 ribbed hat with tailored crown. Directions are given for nine sizes. This pattern is written to be made knitted flat and seamed. There is an in-the-round version available here.

Sizes:
The circumferences are given for the hat unstretched. It is a very stretchy hat.

SizeCircumference (Inches)Height (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Newborn8.756.251.0247.89
6 months9.756.751.2457.95
12 months10.57.51.4768.97
Toddler11.58.1.7380.94
Child12.258.752.0193.87
Teen13.259.252.3107.76
Small Adult14.10.2.62122.6
Medium Adult1510.52.96138.41
Large/XL Adult16.11.3.32155.17

Gauge: 17 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
Aran (#4 medium) weight yarn (see chart above for amount)
Size 8 (5 mm) needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
k3tog = knit three together
p = purl
s2kp2 - slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over

Pattern:
Amount to cast on for the different sizes:
Newborn = 61
6 months = 67
12 months = 73
Toddler = 79
Child = 85
Teen = 91
Small Adult = 97
Medium Adult = 103
Large/XL Adult = 109

Repeat instructions between * across the row:

Body:
Row 1: * k1, p1 *, k1
Row 2: p1, * k1, p1 *

Continue this ribbing pattern until the hat measures as follows for size. Then complete the crown as given per size.

Newborn Crown:
Begin crown when body is 5″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 3: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 5: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 7: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

6 Months Crown:
Begin crown when body is 5.25″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1, p1) 7 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 3: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 5: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 7: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 9: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

12 Months Crown:
Begin crown when body is 6″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1,p1) 2 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 3: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 5: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 7: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 9: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

Toddler Crown:
Begin crown when body is 6.25″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1, p1) 8 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (73 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * (k1, p1) 3 times, p2, (k1, p1) 8 times * (73 stitches)
Row 3: * (k1, p1) 2 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 4 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 5: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 7: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 9: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 10: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 11: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

Child Crown:
Begin crown when body is 7″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (73 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * (k1, p1) 3 times, p2, (k1, p1) 2 times * (73 stitches)
Row 3: * (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 5: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 7: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 9: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 10: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 11: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

Teen Crown:
Begin crown when body is 7″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1, p1) 10 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (85 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * k1, p1 * (85 stitches)
Row 3: * (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (73 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * (k1, p1) 3 times, p2, (k1, p1) 2 times * (73 stitches)
Row 5: * (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 7: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 9: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 10: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 11: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 12: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 13: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

Small Adult Crown:
Begin crown when body is 7.75″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1, p1) 3 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (85 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * k1, p1 * (85 stitches)
Row 3: * (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (73 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * (k1, p1) 3 times, p2, (k1, p1) 2 times * (73 stitches)
Row 5: * (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 7: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 9: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 10: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 11: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 12: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 13: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

Medium Adult Crown:
Begin crown when body is 8″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 4 times *, k1 (97 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * (k1, p1) 4 times, p2, (k1, p1) 11 times * (97 stitches)
Row 3: * (k1, p1) 3 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 6 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (85 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * k1, p1 * (85 stitches)
Row 5: * (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (73 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * (k1, p1) 3 times, p2, (k1, p1) 2 times * (73 stitches)
Row 7: * (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 9: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 10: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 11: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 12: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 13: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 14: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 15: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

Large/XL Adult Crown:
Begin crown when body is 8.5″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Row 1: * (k1, p1) 3 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 4 times *, k1 (97 stitches)
Row 2: p1, * (k1, p1) 4 times, p2, (k1, p1) 3 times (97 stitches)
Row 3: * (k1, p1) 3 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (85 stitches)
Row 4: p1, * k1, p1 * (85 stitches)
Row 5: * (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times *, k1 (73 stitches)
Row 6: p1, * (k1, p1) 3 times, p2, (k1, p1) 2 times * (73 stitches)
Row 7: * (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (61 stitches)
Row 8: p1, * k1, p1 * (61 stitches)
Row 9: * k1, p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times *, k1 (49 stitches)
Row 10: p1, * k1, p1, k1, p3, k1, p1 * (49 stitches)
Row 11: * k1, p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 *, k1 (37 stitches)
Row 12: p1, * k1, p1 * (37 stitches)
Row 13: * k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 *, k1 (25 stitches)
Row 14: p1, * k1, p3 * (25 stitches)
Row 15: * s2kp2, p1 *, k1 (13 stitches)

Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seam the side, secure, and weave in end.

My Favorite Ribbed Hat

29 January 2016

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This is a very basic k1-p1 ribbed hat with tailored crown. Directions are given for nine sizes. This hat is designed to be knitted in-the-round. The same pattern written to be knitted flat and seamed can be found here.

Sizes:
The circumferences are given for the hat unstretched. It is a very stretchy hat.

SizeCircumference (Inches)Height (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Newborn8.756.251.0247.89
6 months9.756.751.2457.95
12 months10.57.51.4768.97
Toddler11.58.1.7380.94
Child12.258.752.0193.87
Teen13.259.252.3107.76
Small Adult14.10.2.62122.6
Medium Adult1510.52.96138.41
Large/XL Adult16.11.3.32155.17

Gauge: 17 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
Aran (#4 medium) weight yarn (see chart above for amount)
Size 8 (5 mm) 47″ circular needle (for magic loop) or set of size 8 (5 mm) double pointed needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
k3tog = knit three together
p = purl
s2kp2 - slip2 (together, knitwise), k1, pass 2 slipped stitches over

Pattern:
Amount to cast on for the different sizes:
Newborn = 60
6 months = 66
12 months = 72
Toddler = 78
Child = 84
Teen = 90
Small Adult = 96
Medium Adult = 102
Large/XL Adult = 108

Join to knit in the round. Divide stitches evenly among three double pointed needles or needles for a magic loop.

Repeat instructions across the round:

Ribbing: k1, p1

Continue this ribbing pattern until the hat measures as follows for size. Then complete the crown as given per size.

Newborn Crown:
Begin crown when body is 5″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 2: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 3: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 4: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 5: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 6: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 7: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

6 Months Crown:
Begin crown when body is 5.25″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1, p1) 7 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 3: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 4: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 5: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 6: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 7: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 8: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 9: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

12 Months Crown:
Begin crown when body is 6″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1,p1) 2 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 3: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 4: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 5: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 6: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 7: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 8: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 9: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

Toddler Crown:
Begin crown when body is 6.25″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1, p1) 8 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) 8 times, k2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 3: (k1, p1) 2 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 4 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 4: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 5: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 6: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 7: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 8: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 9: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 10: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 11: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

Child Crown:
Begin crown when body is 7″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) 2 times, k2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 3: (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 4: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 5: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 6: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 7: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 8: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 9: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 10: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 11: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

Teen Crown:
Begin crown when body is 7″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1, p1) 10 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times (84 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) across (84 stitches)
Rnd 3: (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 4: (k1, p1) 2 times, k2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 5: (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 6: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 7: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 8: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 9: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 10: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 11: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 12: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 13: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

Small Adult Crown:
Begin crown when body is 7.75″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1,p1) 3 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times (84 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) across (84 stitches)
Rnd 3: (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 4: (k1, p1) 2 times, k2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 5: (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 6: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 7: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 8: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 9: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 10: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 11: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 12: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 13: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

Medium Adult Crown:
Begin crown when body is 8″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1, p1) 11 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 4 times (96 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) 11 times, k2, (k1, p1) 4 times (96 stitches)
Rnd 3: (k1, p1) 3 times, k3tog, p1, (k1, p1) 6 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times (84 stitches)
Rnd 4: (k1, p1) across (84 stitches)
Rnd 5: (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 6: (k1, p1) 2 times, k2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 7: (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 8: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 9: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 10: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 11: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 12: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 13: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 14: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 15: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

Large/XL Adult Crown:
Begin crown when body is 8.5″ high.
Repeat across the round.
Rnd 1: (k1, p1) 3 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 4 times (96 stitches)
Rnd 2: (k1, p1) 3 times, k2, (k1, p1) 4 times (96 stitches)
Rnd 3: (k1,p1) 3 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 3 times (84 stitches)
Rnd 4: (k1, p1) across (84 stitches)
Rnd 5: (k1, p1) 2 times, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 6: (k1, p1) 2 times, k2, (k1, p1) 3 times (72 stitches)
Rnd 7: (k1,p1) 2 times, s2kp2, p1, (k1, p1) 2 times (60 stitches)
Rnd 8: (k1, p1) across (60 stitches)
Rnd 9: k1,p1, k1, s2kp2, (k1, p1) 2 times (48 stitches)
Rnd 10: k1, p1, k3, p1, k1, p1 (48 stitches)
Rnd 11: k1,p1, s2kp2, p1, k1, p1 (36 stitches)
Rnd 12: (k1, p1) across (36 stitches)
Rnd 13: k1, s2kp2, k1, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 14: k3, p1 (24 stitches)
Rnd 15: s2kp2, p1 (12 stitches)

Cut the yarn with several inches to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure and weave in end.

Cabled Chicken Sweater

21 December 2015

 
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This little sweater was made with the unique shape of a chicken in mind. It fastens with two buttons on the sides. This sample was made with Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash.

Size: This was designed for a medium sized hen. It measures 8 ½ inches across the breast at the widest point.

Gauge: 22 stitches and 28 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
142.5 yards (130.3 meters), 2 oz (57 grams) DK weight yarn (Light #3)
Size 6 (4 mm) needles (can be straight or circular)
Stitch holders or short circular needle (to hold neckline stitches)
Yarn needle
4 buttons ½” shank

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
m1 = make one: With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle knit back loop.
mp1 = make one purl-wise: Move yarn to front. With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle purl back loop.
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.
T3F = twist 3 front – Slip the next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work. Purl the next stitch from the left-hand needle, knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.
T3B = twist 3 back – Slip the next stitch onto cable needle and hold behind work. Knit the next 2 stitchs from left-hand needle, purl the stitch from the cable needle.
C4F = cable 4 front – Slip the next 2 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front of work. Knit the next 2 stitches from left-hand needle, knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle.

Neckline notes:

This pattern was designed to knit both shoulders at once after the neckline split. This will require attaching yarn and working with two sources a yarn while finishing the shoulders. Since it is a small number of rows this can be accomplished with the same skein of yarn as the body by attaching the other end of it when the neckline split begins.

When working with the two sources of yarn, at the neck in the center of the row, always switch sources of yarn so that the yarn never crosses the neckline.

You will be moving stitches to a holder on both sides of the neck on each row. If you use holders that can only be loaded from one direction, you will need two. You can use a short circular needle or equal or lesser size to hold the neck stitches to be able to move stitches from either side.

Front:

Cast on 42.
Row 1: (p2, k2) across to last two, p2. (42 stitches)
Row 2: (k2, p2) across to last two, k2. (42 stitches)
Row 3: p2, yo, k2tog, (p2, k2) to last 6 stitches, p2, k2tog, yo, p2. (42 stitches)
Row 4: (k2, p2) across to last two, k2. (42 stitches)
Row 5: k14, p4, mp1, T3F, T3B, mp1 p4, k14. (44 stitches)
Row 6: k4, p10, k6, p4, k6, p10, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 7: k14, p6, C4B, p6, k14. (44 stitches)
Row 8: k4, p10, k6, p4, k6, p10, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 9: k14, p5, T3B, T3F, p5, k14. (44 stitches)
Row 10: k4, p10, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p10, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 11: k14, p5, k2, p2, k2, p5, k14. (44 stitches)
Row 12: k4, p10, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p10, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 13: k4, ssk, k8, p5, T3F, T3B, p5, k8, k2tog, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 14: k4, p9, k6, p4, k6, p9, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 15: k13, p6, C4B, p6, k13. (42 stitches)
Row 16: k4, p9, k6, p4, k6, p9, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 17: k13, p5, T3B, T3F, p5, k13. (42 stitches)
Row 18: k4, p9, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p9, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 19: k13, p4, T3B, p2, T3F, p4, k13. (42 stitches)
Row 20: k4, p9, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p9, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 21: k2, yo, k2tog, k9, p3, T3B, p4, T3F, p3, k9, k2tog, yo, k2. (42 stitches)
Row 22: k4, p9, k3, p2, k6, p2, k3, p9, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 23: k5, m1, k8, p2, T3B, p6, T3F, p2, k8, m1, k5. (44 stitches)
Row 24: k4, p10, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p10, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 25: k14, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k14. (44 stitches)
Row 26: k4, p10, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p10, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 27: k5, m1, k9, p2, T3F, p6, T3B, p2, k9, m1, k5. (46 stitches)
Row 28: k4, p11, k3, p2, k6, p2, k3, p11, k4. (46 stitches)
Row 29: k15, p3, T3F, p4, T3B, p3, k15. (46 stitches)
Row 30: k4, p11, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p11, k4. (46 stitches)
Row 31: k5, m1, k10, p4, T3F, p2, T3B, p4, k10, m1, k5. (48 stitches)
Row 32: k4, p12, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p12, k4. (48 stitches)
Row 33: k16, p5, T3F, T3B, p5, k16. (48 stitches)
Row 34: k4, p12, k6, p4, k6, p12, k4. (48 stitches)
Row 35: k16, p6, C4B, p6, k16. (48 stitches)
Row 36: k4, p12, k6, p4, k6, p12, k4. (48 stitches)
Row 37: k5, m1, k11, p5, T3B, T3F, p5, k11, m1, k5. (50 stitches)
Row 38: k4, p13, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p13, k4. (50 stitches)
Row 39: k17, p5, k2, p2, k2, p5, k17. (50 stitches)
Row 40: k4, p13, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p13, k4. (50 stitches)
Row 41: k17, p5, T3F, T3B, p5, k17. (50 stitches)
Row 42: k4, p13, k6, p4, k6, p13, k4. (50 stitches)
Row 43: k4, ssk, k11, p6, C4B, p6, k11, k2tog, k4. (48 stitches)
Row 44: k4, p12, k6, p4, k6, p12, k4. (48 stitches)
Row 45: k4, ssk, k10, p5, T3B, T3F, p5, k10, k2tog, k4. (46 stitches)
Row 46: k4, p11, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p11, k4. (46 stitches)
Row 47: k4, ssk, k9, p4, T3B, p2, T3F, p4, k9, k2tog, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 48: k4, p10, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p10, k4. (44 stitches)
Row 49: k4, ssk, k8, p3, T3B, p4, T3F, p3, k8, k2tog, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 50: k4, p9, k3, p2, k6, p2, k3, p9, k4. (42 stitches)
Row 51: k4, ssk, k7, p2, T3B, p6, T3F, p2, k7, k2tog, k4. (40 stitches)
Row 52: k4, p8, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p8, k4. (40 stitches)
Row 53: k4, ssk, k6, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k6, k2tog, k4. (38 stitches)
Row 54: k4, p7, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p7, k4. (38 stitches)
Row 55: k4, ssk, k5, p2, T3F, p6, T3B, p2, k5, k2tog, k4. (36 stitches)
Row 56: k4, p6, k3, p2, k6, p2, k3, p6, k4. (36 stitches)
Row 57: k10, p3, T3F, p4, T3B, p3, k10. (36 stitches)
Row 58: k4, p6, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p6, k4. (36 stitches)
Row 59: k10, p4, T3F, p2, T3B, p4, k10. (36 stitches)
Row 60: k4, p6, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p6, k4. (36 stitches)
Row 61: k4, ssk, k4, p5, T3F, T3B, p5, k4, k2tog, k4. (34 stitches)
Row 62: k4, p5, k6, p4, k6, p5, k4. (34 stitches)
Row 63: k9, p6, C4B, p6, k9. (34 stitches)
Row 64: k4, p5, k6, p4, k6, p5, k4. (34 stitches)
Row 65: k9, p3, p2tog, T3B, T3F, p2tog, p3, k9. (32 stitches)
Row 66: k4, p5, k4, p2, move 2 stitches to holder, using a second source of yarn (see neckline notes) p2, k4, p5, k4. (2 neck stitches, 15 stitches each shoulder)
Row 67: k4, ssk, k3, p4, k1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, k1, p4, k3, k2tog, k4. (4 neck stitches, 13 stitches each shoulder)
Row 68: k4, p4, k4, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, k4, p4, k4. (6 neck stitches, 12 stitches each shoulder)
Row 69: k8, p3, move a stitch of either side of neck onto holder, p3, k8. (8 neck stitches, 11 stitches each shoulder)
Row 70: k4, p4, k2, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, k2, p4, k4. (10 neck stitches, 10 stitches each shoulder)
Row 71: k4, ssk, k2, p1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, p1, k2, k2tog, k4. (12 neck stitches, 8 stitches each shoulder)
Row 72: k4, p2, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, p2, k4. (14 neck stitches, 8 stitches each shoulder)
Row 73: k4, ssk, knit in front and back, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, knit in front and back, k2tog, k4. (16 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 74: k4, p1, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, p1, k4. (18 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 75: Cast off while knitting 7 stitches, move last loop to holder, move a stitch from other side to holder, knit in front and back of next stitch, cast off, knit to end of row casting off and finish off. Leave enough yarn to stitch the shoulder and neck. (20 neck stitches)
Do Not Turn. Move the collar stitches from the holders to the needle.
Working through the back loop of the stitches, k1, (p2, k2) across to last three stitches, p2, k1
Row 76: p1, (k2, p2) across to last three stitches, k2, p1
Row 77: k1, (p2, k2) across to last three stitches, p2, k1
Repeat rows 76 and 77 to complete 14 more rows. On the last row, use a stretchy cast off technique to cast off (an example is http://slipslipknit.com/?page_id=92)

Back:

Cast on 28.
Row 1: k1, p2, (k2, p2) across to last stitch, k1. (28 stitches)
Row 2: p1, k2, (p2, k2) across to last stitch, p1. (28 stitches)
Row 3: k1, p2, (k2, p2) across to last stitch, k1. (28 stitches)
Row 4: p1, k2, (p2, k2) across to last stitch, p1. (28 stitches)
Row 5: k7, p4, mp-1, T3F, T3B, mp-1 p4, k7. (30 stitches)
Row 6: k4, p3, k6, p4, k6, p3, k4. (30 stitches)
Row 7: k7, p6, C4B, p6, k7. (30 stitches)
Row 8: k4, p3, k6, p4, k6, p3, k4. (30 stitches)
Row 9: k7, p5, T3B, T3F, p5, k7. (30 stitches)
Row 10: k4, p3, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p3, k4. (30 stitches)
Row 11: k7, p5, k2, p2, k2, p5, k7. (30 stitches)
Row 12: k4, p3, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p3, k4. (30 stitches)
Row 13: k4, ssk, k1, p5, T3F, T3B, p5, k1, k2tog, k4. (28 stitches)
Row 14: k4, p2, k6, p4, k6, p2, k4. (28 stitches)
Row 15: k6, p6, C4B, p6, k6. (28 stitches)
Row 16: k4, p2, k6, p4, k6, p2, k4. (28 stitches)
Row 17: k6, p5, T3B, T3F, p5, k6. (28 stitches)
Row 18: k4, p2, k5, p2, k2, p2, k5, p2, k4. (28 stitches)
Row 19: k6, p4, T3B, p2, T3F, p4, k6. (28 stitches)
Row 20: k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4. (28 stitches)
Row 21: k6, p3, T3B, p4, T3F, p3, k6. (28 stitches)
Row 22: k4, p2, k3, p2, k6, p2, k3, p2, k4. (28 stitches)
Row 23: k4, ssk, p2, T3B, p6, T3F, p2, k2tog, k4. (26 stitches)
Row 24: k4, p1, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p1, k4. (26 stitches)
Row 25: k5, p2, k2, p8, k2, p2, k5. (26 stitches)
Row 26: k4, p1, k2, p2, k8, p2, k2, p1, k4. (26 stitches)
Row 27: k4, p2tog, p1, T3F, p6, T3B, p1, p2tog, k4. (24 stitches)
Row 28: k7, p2, k6, p2, k7. (24 stitches)
Row 29: k4, p3, T3F, p4, T3B, p3, k4. (24 stitches)
Row 30: k8, p2, k4, p2, k8. (24 stitches)
Row 31: k4, p2tog, p2, T3F, p2, T3B, p2, p2tog, k4. (22 stitches)
Row 32: k8, p2, k2, p2, k8. (22 stitches)
Row 33: k4, p4, T3F, T3B, p4, k4. (22 stitches)
Row 34: k9, p4, k9. (22 stitches)
Row 35: k4, p2tog, p3, C4B, p3, p2tog, k4. (20 stitches)
Row 36: k8, p4, k8. (20 stitches)
Row 37: k4, p3, T3B, T3F, p3, k4. (20 stitches)
Row 38: k7, p2, k2, p2, k7. (20 stitches)
Row 39: k4, p3, k2, p2, k2, p3, k4. (20 stitches)
Row 40: k7, p2, k2, p2, k7. (20 stitches)
Row 41: k4, p3, T3F, T3B, p3, k4. (20 stitches)
Row 42: k8, p4, k8. (20 stitches)
Row 43: k4, mp1, p4, C4B, p4, mp1, k4. (22 stitches)
Row 44: k9, p4, k9. (22 stitches)
Row 45: k4, p4, T3B, T3F, p4, k4. (22 stitches)
Row 46: k8, p2, k2, p2, k8. (22 stitches)
Row 47: k4, p3, T3B, p2, T3F, p3, k4. (22 stitches)
Row 48: k7, p2, k4, p2, k7. (22 stitches)
Row 49: k4, p2, T3B, p4, T3F, p2, k4. (22 stitches)
Row 50: k6, p2, k6, p2, k6. (22 stitches)
Row 51: k4, p1, T3B, p6, T3F, p1, k4. (22 stitches)
Row 52: k5, p2, k8, p2, k5. (22 stitches)
Row 53: k4, mp1, p1, k2, p8, k2, p1, mp1, k4. (24 stitches)
Row 54: k6, p2, k8, p2, k6. (24 stitches)
Row 55: k4, p2, T3F, p6, T3B, p2, k4. (24 stitches)
Row 56: k7, p2, k6, p2, k7. (24 stitches)
Row 57: k4, p3, T3F, p4, T3B, p3, k4. (24 stitches)
Row 58: k8, p2, k4, p2, k8. (24 stitches)
Row 59: k4, p4, T3F, p2, T3B, p4, k4. (24 stitches)
Row 60: k9, p2, k2, p2, k9. (24 stitches)
Row 61: k4, m1, p5, T3F, T3B, p5, m1, k4. (26 stitches)
Row 62: k4, p1, k6, p4, k6, p1, k4. (26 stitches)
Row 63: k5, p6, C4B, p6, k5. (26 stitches)
Row 64: k4, p1, k6, p4, k6, p1, k4. (26 stitches)
Row 65: k5, p3, p2tog, T3B, T3F, p2tog, p3, k5. (24 stitches)
Row 66: k4, p1, k4, p2, move 2 stitches to holder, p2, k4, p1, k4. (2 neck stitches, 11 stitches each shoulder)
Row 67: k5, p4, k1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, k1, p4, k5. (4 neck stitches, 10 stitches each shoulder)
Row 68: k4, p1, k4, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, k4, p1, k4. (6 neck stitches, 9 stitches each shoulder)
Row 69: k5, m1, p3, move a stitch of either side of neck onto holder, p3, m1, k5. (8 neck stitches, 9 stitches each shoulder)
Row 70: k4, p2, k2, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, k2, p2, k4. (10 neck stitches, 8 stitches each shoulder)
Row 71: k6, p1, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, p1, k6. (12 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 72: k4, p1, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, p1, k4. (14 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 73: k5, knit in front and back, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, knit in front and back, k5. (16 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 74: k4, p1, purl in back and front, move a stitch on either side of neck onto holder, purl in back and front, p1, k4. (18 neck stitches, 7 stitches each shoulder)
Row 75: Cast off while knitting 7 stitches, move last loop to holder, move a stitch from other side to holder, knit in front and back of next stitch, cast off, knit to end of row casting off and finish off. Leave enough yarn to stitch the shoulder and neck. (20 neck stitches)
Do Not Turn. Move the collar stitches from the holders to the needle.
Working through the back loop of the stitches, k1, (p2, k2) across to last three stitches, p2, k1
Row 76: p1, (k2, p2) across to last three stitches, k2, p1
Row 77: k1, (p2, k2) across to last three stitches, p2, k1
Repeat rows 76 and 77 to complete 14 more rows. On the last row, use a stretchy cast off technique to cast off (an example is http://slipslipknit.com/?page_id=92)

Finishing:

With yarn tail left after shoulder cast offs, stitch front and back shoulders together and up side of neck on both sides. Weave in ends. Attach buttons on sides of back corresponding to button holes on front.

Little Checks Ripple Blanket

27 October 2015

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This is a good basic ripple pattern with a little check pattern that adds character without making it too lacy. After the first row, the same row is just repeated over and over, so a really easy pattern to learn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in DK weight (Light-3, 8 ply) mercanized cotton.

Size:

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small30.40.55.442862.61
Small39.1352.1794.334870.22
Medium48.2664.35143.487408.15
Large57.3976.52202.9110476.39
Extra Large66.5288.7272.6114074.94

Materials:
DK weight (Light-3, 8 ply) yarn – see chart above for amounts. This blanket can be made in almost any weight yarn. Use the size hook suggested on the yarn you use. The dimensions and yarn amounts in the chart only apply to the yarn weight and hook size given in this pattern.
Size G (4mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 21 plus 12.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
30″ = 138
39.25″ = 180
48.25″ = 222
57.5″ = 264
66.5″ = 306

Row 1: Skip first 3 ch (counts as first dc), dc in the 4th ch from hook, dc in each of the next 3 ch skip 1 ch, dc in each of the next 9 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, dc in each of next 9 ch ** skip 2 ch, dc in each of the next 9 ch, (dc, ch 1, dc) in next ch, dc in each of next 9 ch. Repeat from ** across to the last 6 chains. Skip 1 ch, dc in each of next 5 ch.

For the rest of the blanket, work all stitches in both loops.

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as a dc), turn, skip first dc, dc in each of next 4 dc ** [skip 2 dc, 2 dc in space between dc stitches] four times, skip 2 dc, (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc) in next ch-1 space [skip 2 dc, 2 dc in space between dc stitches] four times, skip 2 dc. Repeat from ** across to last 4 dc and turning ch. Dc in each of the next 4 dc, dc in turning chain. (Note that there is a “skip 2 dc” at the beginning and end of the repeat. This will result in skipping 4 dc in all the “valleys” except for the very beginning and end of the row which are partial “valleys”.)

Repeat row 2 until blanket is desired length.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last double crochet of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Edits 12/7/15: added “to” in next to last sentence of Row 2. Added parenthetical explanation to end of Row 2.

No Beginning Chain Lacy V-stitch Ripple Afghan

14 August 2015

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The first row of an afghan with homespun or bouclé or other knobby style yarn can be frustrating. This afghan does not require finding chain stitches, even for the first row. The lacy v-stitch pattern keeps the afghan light even with a heavier yarn.

This pattern was designed to be easy for homespun or bouclé style yarns, but it can be made with just about any yarn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like. (For the traditional beginning chain version of this blanket go here.)

The example is made in Yarn Bee Tender Touch.

Size: This blanket can be made any size. Five widths are given in the directions.

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small304015675
Small40.6754.2227.561240.33
Medium51.3368.4443.921976.33
Large6282.6764.072883
Extra Large72.6796.8988.013960.33

Materials:
Yarn – Sizing given for Bulky weight yarn but other weights can be used
Size K (6.5mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
ch sp = chain space
dc = double crochet
sc = single crochet
tr = triple crochet

Special stitches:
V-stitch: in stitch or space indicated, 1 dc, 1 ch, 1 dc
Shell: in stitch or space indicated, (1 dc, 1 ch) 3 times, 1 dc

Instructions:
Instead of a beginning chain, the blanket is begun with a first row of chain and tr spaces.
For these widths, start with this number of chain and tr spaces:
30″ = 45
40.75″ = 61
51.25″ = 77
62″ = 93
72.75″ = 109

Row 1: Ch 3, tr in first ch, (ch 3, tr in last ch sp) until you have made desired number of tr/ch spaces. Make a number of tr/ch spaces that is a multiple of 8 plus 5.

Do not turn.

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Row 2: Ch 4. Without turning the work, v-stitch in first ch sp, v-stitch in next ch sp, shell in next ch sp, (v-stitch in next ch sp) twice. ** Skip a ch sp, v-stitch in next ch sp, skip a ch so, (v-stitch in next ch sp) twice, shell in next ch sp, (v-stitch in next ch sp) twice. Repeat from ** across to end of the chain spaces.

Row 3: Ch 4, turn, skip first v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. ** Chain 2, skip next v-stitch. In next chain space (1 sc, 4 ch, 1 sc). Chain 2, skip next v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. Repeat from ** across to end, ending on next to last v-stitch.

Row 4: Ch 4, turn, skip first v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. ** Skip next v-stitch and chain 2. In chain 4 space work v-stitch. Skip chain 2 and next v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. Repeat from ** across to end, ending on next to last v-stitch.

Repeat rows 3 and 4. Next to the last row should be a row 3. Finish with this last row:

Last Row: Ch 4, turn, skip first v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. ** Chain 2, skip next v-stitch. In next chain space (2 sc). Chain 2, skip next v-stitch, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice, shell in next chain space, (v-stitch in next chain space) twice. Repeat from ** across to end, ending on next to last v-stitch. Fasten off and weave in end.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last stitch of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

Edits:
9/10/15 – corrected special stitches section

Two Feminine Chemo Caps for Straight Needles

25 March 2015

These two ripple edged hats are feminine yet functional. The one on the left is pleated pattern and the one on the right art deco pattern.

This is the straight needle version of this pattern. The in-the-round version is here.

There are now coordinating scarf patterns available for each of the hats: Pleated pattern and Art deco.

Size:
Adult woman, size medium – 20″ circumference, 7.5″ height

Gauge:
17 stitches and 23 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
1.5 oz (90 yards) of soft worsted weight yarn
Size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles
Yarn needle

Abbreviations:
k = knit
m1 = make one: With left needle pick up thread between last and next stitch inserting front to back. With right needle knit back loop.
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
k3tog = knit three together
p3tog = purl three together
sk2p = slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slip stitch over the knit 2 together; 2 stitches have been decreased
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit.

Pleats
Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat directions between * across the row.

Row 1 (wrong side) and all odd rows: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 2: * k1, m1, k1, p2, p3tog, p2, k1, m1, k1 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: * k1, m1, k2, p1, p3tog, p1, k2, m1, k1 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: * k1, m1, k3, p3tog, k3, m1, k1 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 1 – 6 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a Row 6.

Crown:
Row 1: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p11 *
Row 2: * k2, p2, p3tog, p2, k2 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 3: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p9 *
Row 4: * k2, p1, p3tog, p1, k2 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 5: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p7 *
Row 6: * k2, p3tog, k2 , p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 7: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p5 *
Row 8: * k1, k3tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 9: p1 * k1, p1, k1, p3 *
Row 10: * k3, p3tog * k1
Row 11: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 12: * k3tog, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with two feet to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seam side, secure, and weave in end.

Art Deco
Cast on and Body:
Cast on 85. Repeat directions between * across the row.

Row 1 (wrong side) and all odd rows: p1 * k1, p13 *
Row 2: * k1, p11, k1, p1 * k1
Row 4: * k1, m1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k3, ssk, k4, k2tog, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 6: * k1, m1, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 8: * k1, m1, k2, ssk, k2tog, k5, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k5, ssk, k2tog, k2, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 10: * k1, m1, k3, ssk, k4, k2tog, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k3, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 12: * k1, m1, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Row 14: * k1, m1, k5, ssk, k2tog, k2, m1, k1, p1, k1, m1, k2, ssk, k2tog, k5, m1, k1, p1 * k1
Repeat rows 3 – 14 until the hat measures 5.75″ from the edge. End with a row 14.

Crown:
Row 1: p1 * k1, p13 *
Row 2: * k1, ssk, k4, k2tog, k4, p1, k4, ssk, k4, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 3: p1 * k1, p11 *
Row 4: * k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k4, p1, k4, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 5: p1 * k1, p9 *
Row 6: * k1, ssk, k2tog, k4, p1, k4, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 7: p1 * k1, p7 *
Row 8: * k1, ssk, k2, k2tog, p1, ssk, k2, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 9: p1 * k1, p5 *
Row 10: * k1, ssk, k2tog, p1, ssk, k2tog, k1, p1 * k1
Row 11: p1 * k1, p3 *
Row 12: * k3tog, p1, sk2p, p1 * k1
Cut the yarn with two feet to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seam side, secure, and weave in end.

Train Track Baby Hat for Straight Needles

16 March 2015

This little hat is made to coordinate with my Train Track Baby Blanket. Instructions are given in several sizes. The sleepers are formed by elongated stitches that are picked up on the opposite rail. This is the straight needle version of this pattern. The in-the-round version is here.

Sizes:
Preemie – 10″ circumference, 5.5″ high
Newborn – 12″ circumference, 6″ high
6 month – 14″ circumference, 7″ high
12 month – 16″ circumference, 7.5″ high
Toddler – 18″ circumference, 8″ high

Gauge:
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in stockinette

Materials:
0.7 to 3 oz (40 to 150 yards) of soft worsted weight yarn
Size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles
Yarn needle

Colors:

At least two colors are needed to make the hat, but up to four can be used. The example has three.

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip one knitwise, slip one knitwise, insert left needle into front of both slipped stitches and knit
pw4w – purl with four wraps: insert right needle to purl, but wrap yarn four times and pull through
dws – drop with slip: slip the stitch with the extra wraps purlwise, dropping the extra wraps. There will be a single elongated stitch.
spw – slip purlwise

Pattern:
Start with color for ribbing and below track.
Preemie – Cast on 49
Newborn – Cast on 57
6 month – Cast on 65
12 month – Cast on 73
Toddler – Cast on 81

Ribbing (6 rows for preemie size, 8 rows for other sizes):
Repeat between * across the row
Ribbing 1: * k2, p2 * k1
Ribbing 2: p1 * k2, p2 *
Make these rows 3 times for preemie size, 4 times for other sizes.

Make rows of stockinette as outlined below for the size you want. Odd rows are knit and even rows are purl.
Preemie – 6 rows of stockinette
Newborn – 8 rows of stockinette
6 month – 10 rows of stockinette
12 month – 10 rows of stockinette
Toddler – 12 rows of stockinette

Track:
Repeat instruction between * across the row:
Change to track color.
Row 1: * k *
Row 2: p1 * p2, pw4w, p1 *
Change to between-rail color.
Row 3: * k1, dws, k2 * k1
Row 4: p1 * p2, spw, p1 *
Row 5: * k1, spw, k2 * k1
Row 6: p1 * p2, spw, p1 *
Change to track color.
Row 7: * k *
Row 8: * p *
Change to above track color.

Knit stockinette (knit odd rows, purl even rows) until the hat measures the desired height for size including the ribbing:
Preemie – 4.5″ high
Newborn – 5″ high
6 month – 6″ high
12 month – 6.5″ high
Toddler – 7″ high

Crown:
Repeat between * across the round
Row 1: * k2, k2tog, ssk, k2 * k1
Row 2: * p *
Row 3: * k1, k2tog, ssk, k1 * k1
Row 4: * p *
Row 5: * k2tog, ssk * k1
Cut the yarn with two feet to work with. With a yarn needle, pull the yarn through all the remaining loops, secure, seam the side, secure and weave in end.

Wavy Baby Blanket

17 October 2014

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This blanket is soft to the touch and has gentle calming waves. After the first row, the same row is just repeated over and over, so a really easy pattern to learn. Make it in a solid color or with as many color changes as you like.

The example is made in Bernat Softee Baby, a DK weight (Light-3, 8 ply) acrylic yarn.

Size:

SizeWidth (Inches)Length (Inches)Ounces of yarnYards of yarn
Extra Small31.5842.1118.961372.74
Small364824.631783.58
Medium40.4253.8931.052248.12
Large44.8359.7838.22766.36
Extra Large49.2565.6746.13338.31

Materials:
DK weight (Light-3, 8 ply) yarn – see chart above for amounts. This blanket can be made in almost any weight yarn. Use the size hook suggested on the yarn you use. The dimensions and yarn amounts in the chart only apply to the yarn weight and hook size given in this pattern.
Size G (4mm) crochet hook

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
dc = double crochet
yo = yarn over

Special stitch:
Dec – Decrease 2 stitches – yo, insert hook in next stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo, insert hook in next stitch, yo and pull up a loop, yo and draw through 2 loops on hook, yo and draw through all 3 loops on hook.

The beginning chain should be a multiple of 20 plus 3.

For these widths, start with this number of chains:
31.5″ = 143
36″ = 163
40.5″ = 183
44.75″ = 203
49.25″ = 223

Row 1: Skip first 3 ch (counts as first dc), **[2dc in next ch, dc in next ch] twice, [dec (uses next 2 ch), dc in next ch] four times, [2dc in next ch, dc in next ch] twice. Repeat from ** across to end. Turn.

For the rest of the blanket, work all stitches in the back loop only.

Row 2: Ch3 (counts as a dc), skip first dc **[2dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch] twice, [dec (uses next 2 stitches), dc in next stitch] four times, [2dc in next stitch, dc in next stitch] twice. Repeat from ** across to end. The last dc will be in the top of the turning chain. Turn.

Repeat row 2 until afghan is desired length.

The blanket can be made in a solid color or can be made with any number of color changes. The best way to make a color change is to finish all but the very last pull through of the two loops of the last double crochet of a row. Cut yarn with a few inches of tail and join with new color next to stitch. Pull new color through last two loops. Weave in ends.

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