Sonntag, 29. April 2012

Tarn Scrunchy

If there's anything I should have lying around, it's scrunchies. Unfortunately, I seem to "distribute" them all over the place, so that I usually don't find any of them. That's why I buy more and more of them - only to discover later that there were some in the pocket of a winter coat or in a bag that I hadn't used for ages.
By chance I found on ravelry a pattern for one ... before, it had never occured to me that this could be a knitting or crochet project.

So, this weekend I went to the supermarket and bought cheap hair rubber bands.

First I tried with thin cotton yarn - and it looked just fine. Then I thought that this might be something to use my tarn for. (How to make tarn: here.)

It took me several times, to get it right. Since tarn is quite thick, it was necessary to use it in a way that the scrunchy wouldn't get to heavy. For example, loops of chain stitches were just to thick and unelastic.




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Here's how I did it ...

Material:
  • less then 1 t-shirt's worth of tarn
  • one elastic hair band
  • 5mm crochet hook
Instructions:
  1. to start do a slip stitch and fix yarn to hair band with another slip stitch
  2. wrap yarn twice around your index finger, insert hook into these loops, yarn over and pull through, but leave the loops on your finger (you have now 2 loops on your hook)
  3. again wrap yarn twice around your index finger insert hook into these loops, yarn over and pull through, but leave the loops on your finger (you have now 3 loops on your hook)
  4. yarn over and pull yarn through all three loops on your hook
  5. slip stitch around the elastic hair band and remove the loops from your index finger
  6. repeat steps 2 to 5 round
  7. join with slip stitch and weave in ends

Sonntag, 15. April 2012

Yoga Socks, Yoga Socks and Yoga Socks

Yoga socks variations, free knitting patternMy current favorite kind of project: yoga socks - this is a really simple pattern, or rather a quick "how to".



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Materials
  • about 25-30 grams of fingering weight yarn
  • two 4mm needles (for cast on)
  • 3mm dpns
  • tapestry needle (to bind off and to weave in ends)

Special Techniques




Instructions
    Yoga socks, free knitting pattern
  • CO60 with 4mm needles and join in round
  • change to 3mm needles (using bigger needles for CO will make the cast-on stretchier)
  • knit 34 rounds of "p1 k3 p1"-ribbing (this is basically "p2 k3"-ribbing, but by starting with p1 k3, the opening will start end end in the middle of a purl channel)
  • in 35th round: BO30 and finish round in ribbing-pattern
  • in 36th round: CO30 (knitted cast-on) and finish round in ribbing pattern
  • knit 33 more rows of "p1 k3 p1"-ribbing
  • BO using sewn bind off technique - also very stretchy
    (list of BO techniques: http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer06/FEATsum06TT.html)
 
Variations - also in fingering weight sock yarn
  • CO64 with 3.5mm needles and then change to 2.5mm needles and knit "p2 k2"-ribbing

    and/or

  • Knit 36 rounds for the ankle part - and only 25 rounds for the foot part



Waves

Ever since I saw some "swing knitting" projects on ravelry, I wanted to make something like that myself. I managed to start something similar yesterday. It's basically constructed of short rows ...
Though I am pleased with the result, it doesn't look quite as "organical" as I would have liked it. Furthermore, I made a few mistakes so that the pattern is not really regular. But for a prototype (and something I have figured out without a written pattern), it's OK.



Links to swing knitting or related techniques:

Donnerstag, 12. April 2012

Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial - Flowers for the Falling Blossoms Scarf

At the beginning of a row use the crochet hook to take the first stitch from your knitting needle and start to crochet the flowers:



ch 7, sl st in 4th chain to form a small loop (the first flower will be crocheted around this loop)

to form the first petal ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3 and sl st in loop,

ch 3, dc 2 in loop (this starts the second petal of the first flower)
ch 7, sl st in 4th chain to form a small loop (the second flower will be crocheted around this loop)

ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (first petal)
ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (second petal)
ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (third petal)
ch 3, dc 2 in loop, sl st in the top of the last dc of the second petal of the first flower

ch 3, sl st in loop of first flower (the second petal of the first flower is now finished)
ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (third petal)
ch 3, dc 2 in loop, sl st in the first chain

put stitch back on knitting needle and continue

Sonntag, 8. April 2012

Falling Blossoms Scarf

Free Pattern: Falling Blossoms Scarf (Knitting/Crochet Combo); http://knitting-and-so-on.blogspot.com This scarf is the ideal spring project for "bi-craftuals" :)
You can combine your knitting and crocheting skills into one special garment.

The scarf is knitted from side to side with crochet flowers added at the beginning of every 12th row by taking the last stitch off the needle and using it as a chain stitch to crochet from. After two flowers have been crocheted the stitch is slipped back on the knitting needle and knitting is continued in a normal way.

A photo tutorial on how to crochet the flowers can be found in this blog post.





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Materials:
  • 3.5 mm knitting needles (i.e. knitting needles that were slightly bigger than the yarn called for)
  • 2.5 mm crochet hook
  • ca. 100 grams fingering weight yarn (I used Zwerger Opal Surprise, but any other fingering weight with a nice color change will do)
Free Knitting/Crochet Pattern: Falling Blossoms Scarf


How to crochet the flowers:
At the beginning of a row use the crochet hook to take the first stitch from your knitting needle and start to crochet the flowers - the numbers in square brackets are references to the chart.
  • ch 7, sl st in 4th chain to form a small loop (the first flower will be crocheted around this loop) [1]
  • to form the first petal ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3 and sl st in loop, 
  • ch 3, dc 2 in loop (this starts the second petal of the first flower)
  • ch 7, sl st in 4th chain to form a small loop (the second flower will be crocheted around this loop) [2]
  • ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (first petal)
  • ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (second petal) 
  • ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (third petal) 
  • ch 3, dc 2 in loop, sl st in the top of the last dc of the second petal of the first flower [3]
  • ch 3, sl st in loop of first flower (the second petal of the first flower is now finished)
  • ch 3, dc 2 in loop, ch 3, sl st in loop (third petal)  
  • ch 3, dc 2 in loop, sl st in the first chain [4]
  • put stitch back on knitting needle and continue pattern
I have written a short tutorial (with photos) on how to crochet the flowers - here's the link.




Instructions:
CO2
knit 2 rows

Section 1 - Set-up rows
Row 1: kfb, k to end
Row 2 - 6: k
repeat these rows a total of 8 times (you have 10 sts on your needles)

Section 2 - Increase rows
Row 1: kfb, k to end
Row 2: k
Row 3: make flower and then k to end
Row 4-6: k
Row 7: kfb, k to end
Row 8-12: k
Repeat these rows a total of 19 times and once more knit rows 1-10 (you have 50 sts on your needles)



Section 3 - Decrease rows
Row 1: k
Row 2: k until the last two stitches k2tog
Row 3-4: k
Row 5: make flower and then k to end
Row 6-7: k
Row 8: k until the last two stitches k2tog
Row 9-12: k
Repeat these rows a total of 20 time

Section 4 - Finishing rows
Row 1: k
Row 2: k until the last two stitches k2tog
Row 3-6: k
Repeat these rows 7 times (there are only 3 sts left on your needles), then
knit one row,
knit and k2tog,
knit one row
and bind off the last two stitches.

Weave in ends and block - making sure to block the flowers separately.

Free Knitting/Crochet Pattern: Falling Blossoms Scarf


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