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Chutes and Ladders

OH, HEY, KNITTING BLOG.

LONG TIME, NO SEE. AMIRIGHT?

Okay. Anyway.

I have a new pattern! Just a simple cowl, knit in super luxurious Madelinetosh.

It’s called Chutes and Ladders, and it’s available as a free Ravelry download or as a PDF download from the Patterns page!

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October 11, 2011 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Yarn, design, and poll!

So, we’re gonna ride right on past the part where I apologize for not blogging for 3 months, and get straight to the point.

This point comes in, like, 4 bullet points:

  • I recently bought 4 skeins of Malabrigo sock. (One is already spoken for – I bought it with a project in mind, so it is not eligible in this poll. I’ll post pictures of the eligible ones at the bottom.)
  • I WILL BE RESTARTING THE AZURES SOMETIME SOON.
  • I will not be using the Araucania Ranco I used before, even though I unraveled it all and it’s in 2 separate balls already. (I think it has a different destiny.)
  • I want to use one of the 3 eligible Malabrigo Sock skeins for the Azures.

The one skein that is spoken for is in Tiziano Red. Oh lordy, it is GORGEOUS. I’m going to use it to make another set of my Untitled Mitts.

The original pair were knit in KnitPicks Palette. There are some changes I need to make to the pattern, so I’m going to make another pair, and they’re going to be awesome.

So, on to the poll! The 3 skeins I have available are Turner, Stonechat, and Impressionist Sky.

Each colorway is gorgeous and would make an amazing pair of socks (and probably will someday) but I can’t decide!

Personally, I am leaning towards Turner. BUT. “Azure” means blue, so Impressionist Sky is a close second.

HERE COMES YOUR PART. Vote in this handy-dandy little poll for which colorway YOU think I should use. I can’t guarantee I’ll go with the results of the poll, but let’s just see what happens.

Tonight I started swatching for Magic Mirror Socks with Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball (both Ravelry links). Um, REALLY EXCITED about it.

And lastly, I designed the Firebending Hat. Pattern forthcoming.

April 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm Leave a comment

PATTERN: Earthbender Hat

EARTHBENDER HAT


Yarn: Cascade 220 – Forest Green (MC), Yellow (CC)
Needles: US 9 Circular (40″+ for Magic Loop)
Gauge: 4.5 sts/inch in stockinette stitch
Notions: 2-3 stitch markers, yarn needle

SOLID COIN:

CO 92 sts.
Join for Magic Loop, being careful not to twist.

Work 2×2 rib for 8 rounds (or 1 inch, whichever you prefer.)

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and knit until hat measures 4-5 inches from cast on.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Repeat these 2 rounds 4 times in CC.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing until 9 sts remain between markers.

Next round: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Repeat this round until 3 sts remain between markers.

Next round: *K2tog, K1* around

8 sts left. Thread yarn onto yarn needle and draw through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.

OUTLINED COIN:

Follow instructions for SOLID COIN for Cast On and ribbing.

K 1 round.

Switch to CC and K 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and K until hat measures 4-5 inches from CO.

Begin decreases as follows:
Setup: K23, Place Marker (PM), K23, PM, K23, PM, K23
Round 1: K2tog, *K to 2 before marker, SSK, slip marker, K2tog* 3 times, K to last 2, SSK
Round 2: Knit all sts.

Knit decreases in MC for 4 rounds.

Switch to CC for 3 rounds.

Switch back to MC and continue decreasing to end. When 8 sts remain between markers, thread yarn through remaining stitches, closing top of hat.

Wear the version of your choice while practicing your Earthbending Skillz.

January 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

Waterbender Hat PDF

BREAKING NEWS.

My friend Dani (who, in addition to being a great friend, is also an excellent designer, dyer, tea-blender, and sock-club-runner) has turned my Waterbender Hat pattern into a handy-dandy PDF file for your downloading enjoyment. (Also, go check of Dani’s blog and shop. Buy things from her, because she is awesome.)

You can download it from the Patterns Page! (I’m working on putting it on Ravelry, and it should be up sometime soon.)

Also, in design news: I’m working up 2 versions of the Earthbender Hat for a class in the HPKCHC. Those patterns will be posted (if not in PDF form, then definitely in a blog post) before the end of the month!

January 19, 2010 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

PATTERN: Waterbender Hat

WATERBENDER HAT

IMG_6245(Download the PDF!)

Size: One size fits most adult heads

Yarn: 1 ball each of Wisdom Yarns Poems #558 (MC) and #517 (CC)

Needles: US9 Circular (I did Magic Loop on a 40” circular set, but you can use a shorter circular set and switch to DPNs for the crown)

Gauge: 4.5 stitches per inch (row gauge is not crucial)

CO 112

Join for working in the round. Work in 2×2 ribbing for 1 – 1.5 inches

K 1 row even, decreasing 2 stitches evenly. You should now have 110 stitches.

BEGIN CHART:

waterbending chart

After working the 8 rows of the chart, switch back to MC. Knit in MC for 4 – 5 inches (measure from bottom of ribbing.)

Begin decreasing.

1: *K9, k2tog* around

2 and all even-numbered rows: K around

3: *K8, k2tog* around

5: *K7, k2tog* around

7: *K6, k2tog* around

9: *K5, k2tog* around

11: *K4, k2tog* around

13: *K3, k2tog* around

15: *K2, k2tog* around

17: *K1, k2tog* around

19: K2tog around (You can repeat this row if you like.)

Cut yarn, leaving a generous tail, and thread yarn needle. Draw yarn through remaining stitches to close top of hat. Weave in ends.

Wear with pride when you’re practicing your Waterbending skillz.

January 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

FO: Waterbender Hat

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Okay, let’s be honest here, yall. I AM NOT A REAL ADULT.

I may fake it on the outside, but inside … I am an awkward, quirky, obnoxious little child.

So when my dear roommate Jessica suggested we start watching an older Nickelodeon show called Avatar: The Last Airbender, of course I consented. It was animated, for chrissakes! I couldn’t pass it up.

Shortly into the first season (we have all 3 seasons on DVD) it became clear that this was a new obsession that I simply couldn’t escape. I loved everything about it: the characters were funny, one of the voice-actors was on Arrested Development, it had the child-who-has-a-responsibility-to-save-the-world-and-is-angsty-about-it, and it had characters that could throw fire WITH THEIR FEET. (I WANT TO BE ABLE TO DO THAT!)

So, obviously I started thinking about knitting something related to the show. There are 4 different types of Benders in the show: Water, Earth, Fire, and Air, to correspond with the 4 elements. The Avatar, Aang, who is angsty about saving the world, is the master of all 4 elements, and he has to use them to defeat the Fire Lord, who is trying to take over the world.

In order to master all 4 elements, Aang must learn them all in a specific order. Aang is an Airbender by birth, so he has to learn Water, Earth, and Fire in that order.

I decided to design a set of 4 hats to correspond with the different Bending styles, and I decided to do it in the order that Aang has to learn the other Bending styles.

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Aang had to learn Waterbending first, so it’s the first hat I designed.

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I used half the chart from Knitty’s Swell for the waves. I used Poems again (because apparently, I am obsessed) and clever readers will already have realized that the MC is the same as the one I used for my IRK hat!

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(This next paragraph relates, I promise.)

The Harry Potter Knit/Crochet House Cup (hereafter known as HPKCHC or just House Cup) started its fall term on Ravelry this week, and I am very glad to be returning for my 3rd term as a Hufflepuff! One of the classes this month is Charms, and the assignment is to study to Aguamenti Charm, create something water related, be it colours, waves etc. I proposed an idea in my House’s Common Room: would another ‘Puff be willing to test-knit my hat pattern and count is as their Charms assignment? I had 2 responses, so I typed up the pattern and posted it to this blog in a password-protected post and PM’d the people who expressed interest. (If you’re interested in seeing the pattern before I release it, shoot me an email and I’ll send you the password.)

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So, Water is done. Earth is next, and I need to do some practice before I get started on it. I have an awesome idea for the Earthbender hat, but it involves using a technique I’ve never done before, so practicing is necessary.

Happy Bending, everybody.

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September 3, 2009 at 5:42 pm 3 comments

PATTERN: Hexagonal Market Bag

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My version of Knitty’s Everlasting Bagstopper.

MATERIALS:

  • 350-400 yds cotton or hemp yarn (I recommend Lily Sugar N Cream)
  • US 5-7 needles (circular – 24″)
  • US 10.5 needles (circular – 24″)

With smaller needles, CO 19 sts.

Knit 2 rows.
Row 3 (RS): k1, kfb, k to last 2, kfb, k1
Row 4 (WS): knit all sts

Repeat rows 3 and 4 until you have 55 sts.

Begin decreasing.
RS: k1, k2tog, k to last 3, k2tog, k1
WS: knit all sts

Repeat these 2 rows until you are back to 19 sts.

With RS facing, pick up and knit 19 sts along each side of your base. You will have 114 sts total.

You should now be working in the round. Knit 5 rounds.

Change to larger needles and knit 1 round.

Begin mesh pattern:
Row 1: *YO, k2tog* around
Row 2: k all sts

Continue in mesh pattern until back measures 7-8 inches from base.

Knit one round.

Change to smaller needles. Work in garter stitch (k 1 round, p 1 round) for 10 rounds.

Set up for handle:
BO 24
K 9
BO 48
K 9
BO to end

The live stitches will now be worked as the handle. Work 1×1 rib, slipping the first stitch of each row, for 20-22 inches. (Handle will stretch with weight, so make sure it’s not longer than you’re comfortable with!)

Use a 3-needle bind off to attach handle to the other set of live stitches. Weave in ends.

USE WITH PRIDE!

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July 13, 2009 at 11:17 pm 24 comments

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