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Our free fingerless mitten pattern gets better!

October is about the time I start wearing fingerless mittens. It is a small window of opportunity, when it gets a bit chilly, but not too chilly. They are great on the bike!
We published our fingerless mitten pattern called Lickity Split Fingerless Mitts here on our blog many moons ago, but I thought it deserved an update. They were designed to be a good pattern to learn how to knit in rounds on double pointed needles. We taught this pattern for many years to our Knit 101 students. If you do not like double pointed needles you can also knit these mittens with the magic loop method or your favourite method for knitting a small circumference in rounds.

I have updated the pattern with some extra sizing, a few notes and details, a downloadable PDF of the pattern and a video tutorial on how to do the thumb opening, there were always lots of questions about that! You will see that it is easy if you watch the video.

My recommends for this pattern is Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (although this is not the best yarn if you are a very beginner knitter), Berroco Ultra Wool Chunky, and Wool and the Gang Alpachino Merino, I would also love to see them done in Loopy Mango Mohair So Soft!

Find the Lickity Split Fingerless Mitt pattern HERE

6 weeks till Christmas

Yes – today’s the day the countdown begins! If you are familiar with The Knit Cafe’s blog then you know that every year we throw out a few suggestions  for what you might knit or crochet for seasonal gifts.  We start with 6 weeks of knit time before December 25, and then every week we post more.
This post will make suggestions for stitchery in fingering (sock) weight yarn.  We still have a good amount of time to knit or crochet a fine project with time to spare before Christmas. Many of these patterns despite their call for fine yarn are decently small and should work up pretty fast. Here we go:

504 King West

504 King West by The Knit Cafe

This free Knit Cafe pattern was released this summer in conjunction with the TTC Knitalong. It is an asymmetrical scarf that explores fun with colour.  I have worn our scarf sample whilst in the shop and feeling a little chilly and I am a very big fan.  It is a lovely, light neck warmer with wonderful drape.  Terrific for Spring or Fall, great for an accessory piece worn indoors and wonderful to layer with bigger scarves when the world gets colder.  The pattern is free and you can find it HERE

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Infant Mittens by The Purl Bee

Everything miniature is cute! It’s a fact! This will undoubtedly be a fast project, there are not even  thumbs to slow you down.  Use Koigu mini skeins as the accent colours and save on yarn costs, we have them here for $3 a skeinettte.
This pattern is free HERE

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After Thought Heel Socks by Juju

The “after thought” method is a wonderful way of knitting a sock and a really good way for a less experienced knitter to try.  You knit the sock tube, cuff to toe and then add on the heel after.  This is a great technique when using self patterning yarn like delightful Turtlepurl Turtletoes which is on it’s way to the Knit Cafe and should be on our doorstep soon. A toe-up pattern with great how-to pictures can be found HERE.  If you prefer a top down method then you can look at this pattern by Laura Linneman HERE.  Both are free!

unicorn stripes scarf

Unicorn Stripes by Antonia Shankland

A scarf in all the colours of the rainbow.  Thanks to our friends mini skeins you can get a bit of this colour with a bit of that colour to make this scarf.  Madelinetosh has just released a curated selection of colours of small skeins in her Merino Light yarn.  She calls them Unicorn Tails for obvious reasons.  Iwona has just unpacked them today!!!! You can purchase the pattern for this pretty scarf  HERE

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Spatterdash Wristwarmers by Dagmar Mora

These fancy mitts are bound to make any lovely ladies you know very happy. They are so pretty and elegant. Knit and wrapped around the hand the lacework is knit flat, and looks so great in hand dyed yarn! The pattern is free in Knitty Magazine HERE

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Rascal Raccoon Mittens by Alison Stewart-Guinee

If the Spatterdash mittens are too fancy, how about a cute option for hand warmers, ones that look like raccoons maybe. These adorable mitts are sized from a 2 year old size to adult sizes. You can purchase the pattern HERE

simple garter stitch slippers

Simple Garter Stitch Slippers by handepande

This is a bit of a cheat because though the pattern calls for fingering weight yarn,  it is knit double stranded.  Alternatively you could use a single strand of worsted weight yarn. These simple cozy slippers have a crochet detail so the pattern is suitable for knitters who know a wee bit of crochet. This pattern is free and you can find it HERE

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Spiders by Katya Novikova

Speaking of crochet, here’s one for the crocheters! This pretty scarf pattern has a lovely eyelet pattern .  You can purchase the pattern HERE

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Nangou by Melanie Berg

I love this simple shawl.  It is almost all garter stitch with a subtle eyelet detail in a complimentary colour.  I really prefer shawl and scarf patterns to be reversible and this one is! You can purchase this pattern HERE

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Garter Stitch Baby Kimono by Joji Locatelli

This very simple style looks so refined and is easy to take on and off baby.  It is sized newborn, 1-3 month. 0r 3-6 month. Perhaps you know a new Mom or Dad who needs something to warm their newborn. It is a free pattern too! Find it HERE

Next week we will showcase some projects with DK and sport weight yarns, until then get those needles working. You have 6 weeks to go!

Craftily yours
Kristin

 

 

2 weeks till Christmas

2 weeks to Christmas!
Have you picked up your needles yet in pursuit of gift-knitting?
No?
No troubles! I say skip the mall and get cozy with a cup of tea, some pretty yarn and a quick-knitting-pattern.  If you replace a 4 hour shopping trip with 4 hours spent with the needles and yarn, the results could be the same.  A few new presents under the tree; but these ones are the home-made kind.

Here are a few knitting patterns that take less than 200 yards of yarn to make and should be easily done for Christmas morning.

Barley by Tin Can Knits
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Takes 70 – 170 yards of worsted weight yarn (shown here in Madelinetosh Vintage)
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This standard toque pattern comes in sizes to fit Baby – Adult Large, so whoever might be on your list, you are sure to find a hat that fits.
This pattern is free and you can find it HERE
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Lucy by Carina Spencer

Takes under 200 yards to complete. It is also shown in Madelinetosh Vintage, and yes we still have some here on the shelves.

This hat has grown steadily in popularity since it was first published, and why not? It is a chapeau with considerable panache.  The cloche style is a classic.  The contrast colour on the hat band, gives it extra character,
You can purchase this pattern for $5.50 HERE

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Chouette by Ekaterina Blanchard

Takes 75 – 130 yards of bulky weight yarn like Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep or Berroco Peruvia Quick.

It is sized to fit Toddler, Child, Teen, or Adult. and let’s face it, it’s pretty cute! You can find the pattern for 4.50 EUR HERE

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Bon Bon Mittens by Tin Can Knits

Takes 60-200 yds of worsted weight yarn.

I love Tin Can Knit patterns! Especially the ones that include sizing from wee to full grown.  This mitten pattern is no exception. Make these simple cabled mittens for everyone you know – just because you can. We have paper copies here at the cafe for purchase for $5.

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Little Fox Mittens by Birch Hollow Cottage

Takes 110 – 176 yards of worsted weight yarn.  Cascade 220, or 220 Superwash, Berroco Ultra Alpaca, Manos del Uruguay Maxima would all be great choices for this project.  You could complete the mittens with just one skein of any of these with yarn to spare.

The mitten pattern comes with sizes to fit toddler, youth small, youth large.  You can get the pattern for only $2 HERE

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Your First Pair of Mittens, by The Knit Cafe

Takes less than 200 yards of worsted weight yarn. They are shown in Madelinetosh Vintage.

If you have never made a pair of mittens then these are the ones I suggest you try.  They are a simple style and fit well to a ladies size. The instructions include a picture tutorial that explains how to add the thumb.  This is also the mitten pattern we teach in our Mitten Class (the next one is Thurs Feb 20, 27).

You can purchase the pattern for $6.50 right HERE

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Grey Gardens by Rachel Price and Kate Burge

Takes 110 – 120 yards of worsted weight.

For a similar effect to the headband pictured use Noro Silk Garden.  This yarn knits with blended colour changes and looks fantastic when knit in this textural technique called “Entrelac”.

You can find the pattern HERE for free!

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Pom Pom It by Stephen West

Takes 180 – 185 yards of worsted weight yarn

Pom poms are very popular additions to hats this season.  I like the way Stephen West made his pom pom extra special by combining lots of different colours.  You won’t find that at The Gap! The hat is pretty great too!

You can find the pattern for free HERE

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Baby Newsie by Bekah Knits
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Takes 130 – 175 yards of worsted weight yarn.
You can make it in size 3-6 months, 6-12 months, or 12-24 months, for all the sophisticated little ones you know.
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The pattern is available for $5.99USD HERE
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Elis by Reiko Kuwamura
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Takes 150 – 160 yards of sport weight yarn like Madelinetosh Pashmina, or for a truly decadent cowl; Handmaiden’s 100% Cashmere 4 ply.
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This elegant cowl has an intriguing stitch pattern that is fun and easy to do.  It looks really pretty too.  Make it for the lady on your list who appreciates the finer things in life.  The pattern is free and you can find it HERE
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Polar Bear by Maurie Todd for The Knit Cafe
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Takes less than 200 yards of yarn.  Exactly how much less depends on how big a bear you would like.  If a papa bear is what you desire, choose Brown Sheep Burly Spun and a 9-10mm needle and you’ll use just shy of a ball (which is 132 yds).  If you get yourself a ball of cascade 220 worsted weight you’ll get a little mama bear (actually you’ll get at least 2 from one skein).  For a baby bear grab yourself some Koigu Kppm, one 50 gram skein will garner many tree ornament sized bears.
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This pattern is EASY! It is FREE! You should make it!
Find the pattern HERE
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For more last minute gift knitting check out my 2012 lists
Find 2 weeks till Christmas 2012 HERE
Find 1 week till Christmas 2012 HERE
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Craftily yours
Kristin

4 weeks till Christmas

4 weeks still to Christmas.  A whole month to make hand-made-extra-cozy-filled-with-love-gifts!  Here are some options.  All of them are more or less 400 yards of knitting.

Twinklebaum  by Thea Eschliman

Is under 400 yards of bulky, aran, or dk weight.  The yarn selection will adjust the size to fit. This super festive hat is a classy stand-in for the very trendy “Christmas Sweater”, but better! It’s quicker, easier and sweeter to knit.  You can  purchase the pattern for $5 USD HERE

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TaDaa by Hanne Katajamaki

Takes 380 – 400 yards of bulky yarn like Lamb’s Pride Bulky by Brown Sheep.

This is what the designer had to say about here pattern: “The idea with this scarf is that you are able to wear it just the way you like: as scarf, tube scarf, poncho or almost like sweater. I used drop stitches, so almost every stitch can be used as a buttonhole. To button up the scarf I used two buttons which are attached together. That way the buttons can be moved anywhere on the scarf”.

You can find this pattern for free HERE

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Snag Snood by Newedist Handknits

Takes 132 – 396 yards of extra bulky yarn like Burly Spun by Brown Sheep.

There are two versions of this project, one is a big and snugly fit, and the other a big and generous one.  The double seed stitch pattern looks wonderfully textural in the thick yarn and it is easy to do.  This pattern is free and you can find it HERE

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Hedgehog from the Purl Bee

Takes 314 yards of a combo of aran weight yarn like Cascade 128 and a worsted weight like Cascade 220 Superwash.

Who would not want a version of this fellow? The pattern is free! HERE

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Rye by TinCan Knits

Takes 150 – 350 yards of dk weight yarn.

DK weight socks! What a fast knit! These chunky socks are sure to keep cold feet warm.  The pattern is written with new sock knitters in mind and comes with tutorials.  There are also sizes that range from baby to adult large.  In other words – socks for the whole family.  Kudos to Tin Can Knits on this pattern that they are offering for free HERE.

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Ice Breaker Thermal Leg Warmers by Kalurah

Takes 410 – 430 yards of worsted, so it is just a wee bit over our 400 yard boundary, but what’s a Christmas knitting list without a pair of leg warmers?

This is what the designer has to say: “Break the ice! Knit up a pair of these toasty, wool legwarmers in one weekend. The thermal knit stitch creates a plush, thick and stretchy fabric, making these perfect for just about any size”.

You can download the pattern for $4 HERE

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Puff Mama by Anna and Heidi Pickles

Takes 328 yards of extra bulky yarn.  Burly Spun!

A terrific gift choice for someone who wants to spruce up their digs.  You can find this charming pattern for free – right HERE.

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Mallory Cowl by Shannon Cook

Takes 220 – 440 yards of worsted weight yarn held doubled or a bulky weight yarn single.

It’s a chunky cowl that is sized for children and also adults.  How nice is that?  You can find the pattern for $1.99 CAD HERE.

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Christopher by Jane Richmond

Takes 448 yards of worsted weight yarn like Madelinetosh Vintage or Berroco Ultra Alpaca. (So I’m a bit over 400 yards here – but I think it’s worth it)

This is how Jane Richmond describes her pattern: “Christopher is a reversible hat featuring solids and stripes. Knit in one continuous piece means there are no seams or picked up stitches. Generous in length, this hat is more than a beanie but less than a slouch and is flattering on both men and women”.

You can purchase the download for $4.95 HERE

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Grand Central by Natalie Selles

Takes 380 – 400 yards of worsted weight like Anzula For Better or Worsted

Many a day during last years chilly season I saw lovely Natalie wearing her version of this cowl.  It looks great on her and it is sure to be equally lovely on someone you know.  The cowl  looks different but equally pretty  on both sides.  Buy the pattern for $5 from Natalie HERE

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Through the Woods by Kalurah

Takes 350 – 380 yards of worsted weight yarn

This hand knitted hood could be for the romantic type who likes to romp in woodlands and pretend they are in a fairytale or for someone very practical who will appreciate that this item is both a head and a neck warmer in one garment.

You can purchase this pattern for $4 HERE

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Join me next week when I will present knitting patterns that take less then 3oo yards to complete.  See ya then.

Craftily yours
Kristin

From Rags to Riches (Fall Knit Magazines!)

Today in the mail we received an update from The Downtown Knit Collective.  This is the wonderful bunch who are responsible for The Knitter’s Frolic each year. They are also a meet and greet group who talk, teach and share all things knit.  Their gatherings feature serious knitting topics and wonderful guests.  This past meeting was hosted by Fiona Ellis who brought with her a trunk-show from the Twist Collective.
This got me wondering if I had seen the latest addition of the Twist Collective Magazine. Have you?twist collective magazine

Twist Collective is one of my go-to places for knit patterns.  They have wonderful designers that create a great array of garments for each collection.  I like how they group them in story boards with wonderful pictures and often delightful scenery. It turns out I had seen this most recent issue, but this did not stop me from looking through it again.  One of the wonderful things about Twist Collective is you can drool and dream for free and then buy the individual patterns you fancy.

Spice Trail

photo by Harrison Stone

This visit to Twist, got me thinking about another favourite online knit magazine. Of course you know I’m talking about Knitty! our Canadian pride and
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It turns out I had not seen this season’s Knitty Magazine, and there are some wonderful treats within. I wonderful cropped sweater inspired by Japanese Knitting Design for example caught my eye.  This is accompanied by an article on reading Japanese Patterns, a topic I’m keen to explore. Both are by Donna Druchunas
There is also a easy cowl pattern designed especially for hand spun yarns by Ashley Martineau.  It includes tutorials on the different spinning techniques that were involved in making the yarn.  This was an eye-catcher for a newbie spinner, like myself.  This cowl pattern might be a good choice for those looking for a home for their Janana hand spun or some of their own hand made yarns.

All Knitty Magazine Patterns are free, so there are no impediments to stitching them. Today feels like just the day for planting seeds for Fall projects! Happy sowing!

Craftily yours
Kristin

1 week till Christmas

More accurately Christmas is still 9 days away . 9 whole days to finish extra bulky projects!  That is more then you need.  Here are a few ideas.

The Burton Bear Cowl by Heidi May

Choose your favorite bear-colour from the Brown Sheep Burly Spun and the little wild-thing on your list will be very happy, and warm too.

The Dogwood Set by Jane Richmond

Both the mittens and the easy ribbed cowl can be found (for free) here.
Made with Spud and Chloe Outer, a chunky blend of cotton and wool that comes in many lovely colours, including this candy pink called “rocket”.

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The Rime Frost Cowl by Ida Thue Nielsen

This is a free cowl pattern.  Made in Denmark! Need I say more?

Autumn and Autumn Leftovers by Jane Richmond

At the Knit Cafe you can get this pattern as a “two for one”. Both the gorgeous lady size and the wee baby size come together.  They are knit in giant yarn for fast knitting and fashionable results.

Leaf Blanket by Susan B. Anderson

This will be a much coveted blanket for a new Mom or Dad. Made with Spud and Chloe Outer it will feel nice and soft for the little babe, and it can be thrown in the washer too.

Martin Scarf by The Knit Cafe

A giant sized triangular scarf with a tie-up embellishment!  So easy to make and fast to knit too.  Takes 2 skeins of Brown Sheep Burly Spun.  Find the pattern here.

Big Snowy Owl from the Purl Bee

I like this shot of the Snowy Owl beside the cat.  Firstly- because I just like cats.  Secondly- because it really gives you a sense of the scale of the owl.  He is either quite big or that is a very small cat.  This pattern is free!

Anthropologie Inspired Braided Headwrap by Jen Geigley

Who hasn’t gone into the Anthropolgie Store and thought about knitting up a tribute to one of their offering?  Good ideas are meant to be copied.  Here is one that will be done practically before you begin.

Happy knitting folks – hope you all make it through your knitting projects with time to spare.
Craftily yours
Kristin

2 weeks till Christmas

Time to get serious.  With just two weeks of knitting time grab a bulky yarn, some big ol’ needles, a fast knitting pattern, and a strong cup of coffee and get to it.

Twinkle Hat by The Knit Cafe


This is a brand new pattern from the Knit Cafe.  You can find it on Ravelry and purchase it there.  It is made with two strands of Berroco Flicker held together to make a bulky weight yarn.  It is easy to do.  You don’t even need to know how to knit in the round to make this pattern.  Heck – you don’t even need to know how to purl.  The shaping is done with a trick called “short row shaping” and there is a pictorial tutorial included in the pattern.
The Flicker yarn is a perfect choice.  The baby alpaca makes this hat super soft with the perfect amount of slouch.

Your First Cable by The Knit Cafe

Also available on Ravelry. This simple cable project looks the same on both sides.  The chunky yarn will make for quick work.  Try it with Berroco Peruvia Quick.
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Wonky  by Brittany Wilson

A smaller cowl project for those especially short on time.  The different textures make it an interesting knit.  This is a free pattern from Knitty.com where you’ll find plenty of nice patterns!

Jumbo Gnome by Anna Hrachovec

Hello Handsome! Fun to make – amazing to receive! Brown Sheep Lambs Pride Bulky will give you the colours and the heft that you want for this little man.

Dilih Wrap by Alexandra Tinsley

This pretty little number is easy-peasy.  The open work details are thanks to dropped stitches.

Bitty Boy Bump by Gina Bonomo

Only available in preemie to 1 year old sizes, so if you have a very new certain someone in your life that needs something cuddly for caroling in then look no further.

Padma by Dawn Toussaint

This cutie-pie is for all you crocheters. It is a free one!

Dolores Park Cowl  by Parikha Mehta

Also free for the taking is the Dolores Park Cowl pattern.  Simple and fast to knit – you can find it here.

Phenomenon by Carine Ancel

A very warm mitten! Cables, a textured palm and a bulky yarn like Lamb’s Pride Bulky will make it extra cozy.  This pattern is free!

Loved by Talitha Kuomi

Whether this crown is strictly for dress-up or a head warmer for everyday what little prince or princess wouldn’t appreciate it?

Craftily yours
Kristin

3 weeks till Christmas

Thats right! With only three weeks to go it is time to start putting the pedal to the metal.  Here are a few projects that work with Aran Weight Yarn and will knit up with time to spare.
For example:

Turban(d) by Amélie Bernier

This project will be fast and it will be loved! If you have several people who would like one of this seasons most fashionable knit accessories then make several, and throw in one for yourself. Did I mention that this is a fast project?  It is also a free pattern.  The original was knit with Manos del Uruguay Classica which we have in the most divine colours right now.  At least 35 to choose from, so no excuses.

Liv’s Play Rug from Pickles

This sweet crocheted rug will take you no time to make and you can use up odds and sods of leftovers if you care too.  Keep a little ones bottom warm and spread a little joy.  This pattern is also a free one. Hooray! If you don’t have any sods nor odds then try making it with Berroco Vintage Chunky which wears well and yes- washes well and it’s soft too!

Cupido Cowl by Hiroko Fukatsu

This lovely cowl is made with an easily done slip stitch repeat pattern and comes in a single wrap and a double wrap size.  Make it with Berroco Flicker!  This yarn is spun almost entirely out of baby alpaca fibre. The remainder is a bit of glimmer.  Yes shiny gold or silver bits adding sparkle to the knit. What a lovely cowl that would be!

Snug by Hinke Schreuders

This sweet jumper is bound to be a favorite.  Knit from side to side in good old garter stitch.  Knit in one piece with very little seaming to slow you down.  Only fits new borns to 6 months old, which is  a shame but will make for a faster knitting time.  Make it in Cascade Ecological Wool as shown in the picture.  It feels great, wears well, and is very inexpensive too.

Camera Mittens by Ruth Stewart

Know any shutterbugs? These mittens have a hole in them – but it  is an  intentional one! The wearer can click away the whole day letting their trigger finger escape to the warm mitten whenever required.  The neat thing about this pattern is that you can make the mitten with any type of yarn you want, you can also make it for any size of hand you want.  Measure the hand and knit a gauge swatch and let that guide you. So grab the yarn that suits you and go to it! You can find the pattern for free here.
PS. you can make it without the hole too!

Vargavinter by Maria Olsson

Crocheted mittens! Really cute ones too! Since crocheting is fast you will have these done in no time. Use Misti Alpaca for the softest mittens ever! The pattern is free!

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Kimono Slippers from Blog of Joy

If you are afraid of double pointed needles then this may be the slipper pattern for you.  These feet warmers are knit flat and then folded like origami to create this unique slipper shape. Make them with Berroco Vintage Chunky.  This wash and wear yarn will fit these slippers like a glove

Next week – Bulky yarn!
Craftily yours
Kristin

4 weeks till Christmas

One month to go! Time for worsted weight projects.  This medium sized yarn comes in a plethora or varieties.  You probably have some in your yarn stash right now.  Get your needles in hand and make one of theses goodies a reality. Someone will thank you for it.

Hudson Bay Crib Blanket from the Purl Bee

Nothing could be simpler to knit.  Just good old garter stitch!  Change colours to match the Hudson Bay Blanket classic or create your own colour concoction if you dare to mess with tradition.  Lord knows The Bay has veered off the path a few times with special editions of their blankets.  Since using all Anzula For Better or Worsted like Purl did might just break the bank, try Cascade 220, or Berroco Ultra Alpaca, or a mix of the two.  Might I suggest for the Cream -Ultra Alpaca #6201, Navy- Cascade 220 #854, Yellow -Cascade 220 #7827, Red -Ultra Alpaca #6234, and Dark Green -Cascade 220 #9426, as shown here.  They are pretty good matches to the original.

Eternity Cowl from Brooklyn Tweed

We have this pattern for purchase in store too.  The style will suit a woman or a man and the pattern comes complete with several sizes .  An easy ribbing stitch adds a bit of texture.  I recommend Madelinetosh Vintage for a lovely lady or Berroco Ultra Alpaca for a dapper dude.

Anything Animals from Rachel Borello Carroll

You will have fun mixing and matching tops and bottoms – making a plethora of friends for some lucky kiddy.  Pretty easy and a free pattern too, so give it a try.  Use washable yarns like Cascade 220 Superwash!

Clover Tweed Dishcloth from Noelle B at Skull Charms

The very useful washcloth!  Once you’ve tried a hand knit wash cloth, you’re dishes will be spoiled for anything else. Cotton is what you want for a washcloth.  Try Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Cotton.

Baby Hat Crochet Pattern from Yvestown Shop

For a fast gift, what about this crochet hat?  It can be made with the bear ears or with stripes.  Spud and Chloe Sweater Yarn which is a mix of cotton and wool would be a good bet.  Comes in perfect colours for either version and it is a washable yarn too, so Mom’s will love you!

Ribbed and Ruffled Tea Cozy by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas

Tea cozies make pretty great gifts.  This one is a classic.  You can purchase it here. For a similar look to the pot cover in the picture use Noro Silk Garden.  This beautiful Japanese yarn will give you the gorgeous blended stripes.

Manda Ruth by Jane Richmond

You can find this pattern at the Knit Cafe.  It’s a cute one.  A hood on a baby sweater for keeping heads warm when hats get lost. Fits 3-24 months. For a very special sweater use Madelinetosh Vintage, hand-dyed, superwash, merino.

Graham by Jennifer Adams

A reversible cap with a bit of slouch.  It is a free pattern! Make it from Illimani Royal Alpaca.  Decadently soft and incredibly warm this yarn will make a wonderful hat.

Hot Water Bottle Cosy by Yvestown Shop

Another crochet pattern! Keep your loved ones safe from a scalding and hook them a cover for their hot water bottle.  This will be finished in a jiffy and you can have loads of fun with the colour.  Cozy Manos del Uruguay Maxima would be so soft to cuddle up with on a cold night.

Convertible Boot Toppers  by Renae Summers

These boot toppers can be worn two ways, showing off two different rib patterns.  They will keep the drafts away from cold gams and look stylish at the same time. Good old Cascade 220, or Cascade 220 Superwash will be AOK for these.  Sturdy and reliable and available in a whole rainbow of colours.  Top those boots with style! This pattern is free!

Keep on keepin on folks!
Craftily yours
Kristin

stripes

 One of big trends I am noticing in 2011 is stripes and chevrons. I see it everywhere- clothing, home furnishing, curtains, rugs wallpapers and the list goes on and on.
Inspired by this graphic look I decided to create couple of projects for spring.
One of the projects is French Nautical Striped Scarf made with striking lace weight Misty Alpaca. I have to be honest here; the scarf took a long time to make, but after casting off and blocking I was rewarded with a beautifully draping, soft hipster scarf. What I liked about knitting this project was being able to knit while watching movies or during our busy Stitch & Bitch group. We all need a break from intense patterns once in a while. I found this scarf to be very mindless and relaxing as it is knit in simple stocking stitch and for some excitement changing colour every few rows.Here is the pattern:

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