New Pattern: Playbook Sweater Vest

I just released another new pattern – the Playbook Sweater Vest!  This is a pattern for a child’s v-neck vest.  I originally designed this as my Master Knitter Level 2 vest.

Playbook Sweater Vest

This is a vest knit in pieces from the bottom up – with cables on each side of front and back.  The neckline and armhole ribbing is knit afterwards, with the sides seamed last.

I designed it to fit my son, who loves to watch football, so the ‘playbook’ name seemed a better fit than the more traditional ‘hugs and kisses’ that the cable I used tends to evoke.

Playbook Sweater Vest

The yarn used was Knit Picks Merino Style, but any similar wool blend DK weight yarn can be used.  Between 650 and 800 yards will be needed depending on size selected.

Sizes: Child Small/6, Child Medium/10, Child Large/14.

Finished Measurements:
Chest: 12, (14, 15.5) inches.
Length: 15.5, (18, 20) inches.

Needles: US5 and US6.

It’s a sweet little vest, and I hope you enjoy it!

Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: Winding Roads Aran Hat

I just released my Master Knitter Level 3 hat pattern!

Winding Roads Aran Hat is now available for purchase via Ravelry! ($5.00)

Master Knitter Level 3 Aran hat Master Knitter Level 3 Aran hat

This pattern uses about 500 yards of worsted weight wool yarn, and US 6 needles. It is designed to fit a 21 inch head circumference. A braided cable brim is knit side-to-side, with stitches picked up to knit the body in the round. More cables (with bobbles!) join to intertwine together at the crown of the hat. The style is a slouchy beret style. A unique button is showcased on the brim.  Charts are included.

I hope you enjoy!

Happy Knitting!

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New Pattern: May Day Flowers Socks

Did you get your copy of Cast On in the mail last week?  I have another new pattern in the Spring issue that just came out – a pair of socks, called May Day Flowers Socks.  look for them on page 16. I am really pleased with how these came out, and I almost didn’t want to mail them off to the magazine- I was so in love with them!  I’ll just have to knit myself a pair soon, I guess, yes? :-)

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These are very pretty and feminine, with a picot cast on at the cuff and a lovely lace pattern running down onto the instep.  The short row heels and toes use German short rows  (one of my new favorite ways to do short rows!)  The yarn is A Hundred Ravens Iachos in colorway Rose Tyler, and the yarn was a dream to knit with.

I’m quite pleased with these, and I hope you are too!

Happy Knitting!

PS – I know I’ve been unforgivably quiet – sorry about that!  It’s hard when all the things on my needles are secret projects!! :-)  I do have some more tutorial ideas that I promise I will blog about soon!

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Toe Up Socks: Judy’s Magic Cast On

When knitting socks toe-up you need to be mindful of how you start and end your socks.  Your cast on needs to allow you to have a small circular stitch count – which you then increase to form your toe, and the bind off needs to be stretchy so that you can get your sock on over your heel!  I’m going to do a series of blog posts on these items and others, aimed at socks specifically, but that can come in handy in other knitting as well.

This post will concern the cast on.  One of my favorite cast ons for starting toe-up socks is Judy’s Magic Cast On. It is indeed magical!

Here is a video showing how to work this cast on:

Another great use for this cast on is as a provisional cast on.  If you work the bottom stitches over a second circular needle and then leave the needle in place – or replace it with waste yarn- you can then go back and knit from those stitches in the opposite direction with no visible line in the knitting.

I hope this has been helpful!

Happy Knitting!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Socks: Afterthought Heels

Afterthought heels are heels that get knitted into a sock after the rest of the sock has been knitted. You can just knit a tube and then decide where to put the heel and cut out stitches and add a heel! I like doing what’s sometimes called ‘forethought’ heels. They’re afterthought heels, but you knit some waste yarn at the spot where the heel will be. Then when you’re done with the rest of the sock, you don’t need to cut any of your knitting in order to add your heel.

Here’s a video talking a bit about afterthought heels:

Afterthought heels are very much like knitting waste yarn for a thumb in mittens or gloves.  You have to know exactly where you want to place your heel when you use this method. Usually about 2 or 2.5 inches is allowed for the heel, so you would knit your toe-to-heel length to be about 2-2.5 inches short of your foot length.

Afterthought heels are great for self striping yarn,  and for ‘purse knitting’ projects, since you don’t have to fiddle with the heel while you are out and about – you can save the heel until you get home! :-)

I hope this explains afterthought heels – you should give them a try – they’re fun!

Happy Knitting!

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