Speckled Slip Stitch Cup Cozy

Speckled Slip Stitch Cup Cozy

It’s been a while but here I am again! I can’t make any guarantees that I’ll be able to update this blog on a regular basis but I’ll certainly try.

It’s definitely an interesting time to be back here as there’s so much going on in the world right now (global pandemic, social unrest, etc.). I have to admit that I have found, once again, the comfort and solace in knitting to be therapeutic during this time. With Christmas being less than a week away, I’ve completely buried myself in my knitting. So far, I’ve completed one scarf, two beanies, and I’m currently working on a third beanie.

Sticking to the theme of “Christmas crunch time,” today’s knitting pattern is a quick knit that would make a wonderful stocking stuffer item.

I knitted this cup cozy back in November and it was based off of the Diagonal Cup Cozy pattern. This cozy should fit most standard size mugs. In the example shown, the mug is an 18-ounce mug so it’s slightly larger than the standard 12-16 ounce.

You would need two types of yarn in different colors and the yarn weight is worsted.

For this pattern, I decided to knit a button because I didn’t have one on hand.

Like the Diagonal Knot Mug Cozy pattern, the bottom edging was knitted in the round using the 1×1 rib stitch. The body of the cozy was knitted back and forth. Okay, are you ready to knit this?

Here is the pattern.

Materials

4 – US #6 DPNs
Knit Picks Brava Worsted
-Canary (Color A)
-Hunter (Color B)

Tapestry Needle

Pattern

CO 65 sts.

Edging

Round 1 (Color A): *K1, P1; repeat * to last st, K1.

Repeat this round until the edging reaches approximately 1”.

Body

Here you will begin knitting back and forth (flat).

Row 1 (Color A): knit.
Row 2 (Color A): purl.
Row 3 (Color B): k1, *sl1 purlwise, k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 4 (Color B): k1, *wyif sl1 purlwise, wyib k1; rep from * to the end.
Row 5 (Color A): knit.
Row 6 (Color A): purl.
Row 7 (Color B): k2, *sl1 purlwise, k1; rep. from * to the last st, k1.
Row 8 (Color B): k2, *wyif sl1 purlwise, wyib k1; rep from * to the last st, k1.

Repeat Rows 1-8 for a total of 20 rows. You should end with knitting Row 4. Depending on how tall your cup is, please modify the number of rows accordingly and be sure to end on the WS or even numbered row.

Knit the next row (RS) and cast on 20 sts at the end using the thumb method. Now turn your work and bind off purl-wise.

Using a yarn needle, sew the end of the cast on piece to the section located below the start of the cast on. This creates the button loop for the mug cozy.

Button

With Color B yarn, CO 15 sts then BO leaving a tail that is approximately 7” long. Create the button by rolling the strip into a ball.

Fasten the ball into place by using the tail of the yarn to sew the end of the strip.

Once secure, sew the ball onto the cup cozy (be sure you measure the distance of the button placement to the loop first).

Weave in all loose ends and TADA! You now have a brand new cup cozy!

Knitting Abbreviations:

wyib (with yarn in back): This term is used when the yarn is at the front of the work (after a PURL stitch has been performed) but has to be put to the back before the next action is performed.  Take the yarn from the front to back between the two needles.

wyif (with yarn in front): bring the yarn forward as if to perform a PURL stitch.

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Stockinette Stitch Shawlette

Hello knitters!

It has been a while since I last posted a pattern here due to my mishap back in January. But I am happy to say that I am recovering nicely. Currently, I am no longer in a boot and started driving again this past week. I’ve been going to physical therapy for two weeks now and have about another month to go.

It’s been an interesting journey and I underestimated how difficult the recovery phase would be. With that said, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Being able to drive again is huge step forward even though the pain still persists. I imagine the ankle stiffness and pain will be with me for months to come but having my mobility back is pretty awesome.

About a month ago, I started on a shawlette using the Schachenmayr yarn I bought over a year ago. I finished the project last night and blocked it. Here is the finished project:

Stockinette Stitch Shawlette - Purl Avenue

If you’ve never knitted a triangle shawl before, this will be the easiest one you’ll ever knit! Aside from the eyelets around the bottom edge, the rest of the shawl is knitted in stockinette. For extra flair, I added tassels to the ends. I’d like to point out that the edges do curl. This was done on purpose because I like the way it looks. If you don’t like the curl, I suggest you add a border around the edges. This pattern is worked from the bottom up.

The material is cotton and knitted with needles a few sizes larger than the recommended because this shawl is designed to be worn in warmer climates.

Stockinette Stitch Shawlette side view - Purl Avenue

Measures approx. 63″ x 16″ (160cm x 41cm) after blocking.

Here is the pattern:

Materials

1 skein of Schachenmayr Tahiti yarn in Sunset

  • 306 yds / 280 m per skein
  • 1.75 oz/50 g per skein
  • 99% Cotton/1% Polyester

US 7 (4.5mm) 24″ cable needles

Pattern

CO 5 sts.

Row 1 (RS): k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1. (9 sts)
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: k1, yo, k1, yo, knit to the last 2 sts, yo, k1, yo, k1.
Row 4: purl.

Repeat Rows 3-4 until the desired length. For the example above, knit Rows 3-4 until you have 245 stitches. Bind off loosely and weave in loose ends. Blocking is highly recommended.

Tassels (Optional)

I found this website which shows how to make tassels. It has a step-by-step written tutorial as well as a picture tutorial.

Attach your two tassels to both ends of the shawl. There you have it – your very own Stockinette Stitch Shawlette!

Stockinette Stitch Shawlette light - Purl Avenue

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Simple Knit Shrug

Hello everyone!

It’s been a while since I last put up a pattern. As most of you know, I had broken my ankle in January and have been in recovery for several weeks now. Since the accident, I’ve been in a splint, two hard casts, and hopefully a boot by this upcoming Tuesday.

In previous posts, I’ve chronicled my journey down this recovery period and those of you who’ve kept in touch on Instagram know what I’ve been going through. It’s been a tough ride, with pain, isolation and extreme “cabin fever.” With that said, there has been a tremendous outpour of support and words of kindness. I can’t explain to you how comforting it is to have others share their similar experiences with me. Thank you all for your love and advice through this difficult period of my life!

Before I had my accident, I started knitting a shrug. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift to myself but I never finished it in time. A few months later, I am finally finished!

The Simple Knit Shrug is a pattern that was based off of Lion Brand’s Speckled Shrug. I absolutely love the simplicity of the pattern.

simple knit shrug front

For the edgings I used the Loop Stitch while the rest of the shrug was knitted in Stockinette Stitch. The design is simple where it is knitted in a one-piece rectangular shape and is later sewn together to form the shrug. After using the mattress stitch to sew the sides together, I picked up stitches around the armhole and added the Loop Stitch edging to match the edging around the body.

simple knit shrug

After being blocked, this shrug measures about 37″ by 40″

Here is the pattern:

Materials

4 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Cove (used 3.5 skeins)

  • 225 yds / 206 m per skein
  • 100% superwash merino wool

US 8-24″ circular needles
Optional: US 8 DPNs (I used the 24″ circular needles and used magic loop)
Yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

5 sts=1″ in Loop Stitch

Pattern

CO 150 sts. If you need to make it wider, just increase the number of CO sts by a multiple of 2 sts.

Edging

Note: slip all sts purlwise.

ROW 1 (RS): knit.
ROW 2: *k1, sl 1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
ROW 3: knit.
ROW 4: k2, *sl 1, k1, rep from * to end.

Repeat these 4 rows until you have a total of 16 rows.

Body

Work in Stockinette Stitch until you reach the desired length. I knitted a total of 100 rows (approximately 38 inches).

Finish the shrug off by repeating the Edging instructions. Bind off and weave in loose ends.

Assembling the Shrug

Before you begin to assemble the shrug, it is recommended that you block the work. I added about 7 inches to the width of the shrug by wet blocking. Note: the size of your shrug will depend on how aggressively you block.

Use the diagram below.

Simple Knit Shrug Diagram

Fancy edging = Loop Stitch edging

Fold the piece in half and use the mattress stitch to sew the seams together leaving a 7 inch opening for the armholes.

shrug mattress stitch

Here’s a video from Purl Soho which shows how to knit the mattress stitch.

Edging Around the Armholes

The last step is to add the edging around the armholes. Pick up 60 sts. Begin knitting in the round by using the pattern below (take note of where the beginning of the round is):

Rd 1: knit.
Rd 2: *p1, sl 1 wyif; rep from * to the end of round.
Rd 3: knit.
Rd 4: sl 1 wyif, p1; rep from * to the end of round.

Repeat Rds 1-4 until you reach a total of 12 rounds. Bind off and weave in loose ends. Repeat for other armhole.

pick up stitches shrug

simple knit shrug back

Now you have a brand new shrug! Enjoy and happy knitting!

simple knit shrug front

Linen Chevron Cowl Pattern Now In French!

Hello everyone!

After breaking my ankle exactly two weeks ago, here is an update. A few days after the injury and after the ER, I went to the orthopedic surgeon but nothing could be done because my foot was too swollen.

swollen broken ankle

As a result, I had to sit around with a broken ankle for eight days until the swelling went down.

On the ninth day, I went into surgery. It was an outpatient procedure that was supposed to take 1.5 hours. I went in and the first thing they did was give me a regional block in an attempt to numb the leg. At the time, I had no idea what to expect from the block procedure. As it turned out, the anesthesiologist stuck a needle into the back of the leg, and used an ultrasound to find where to inject the numbing solution. Well after what seemed like several minutes, the procedure was complete and a complete failure. For some reason they couldn’t find what they were looking for to numb the leg.

I was then transported to the operating room. While they were prepping me onto  the operating table, the last thing I remember was a brief conversation with the crew about Downton Abbey. LOL! Now that I’m thinking back on it, it’s pretty funny–our choice of topic, that is.

Shortly after, there was the “gas.” I will never forget the smell…

I woke up in the recovery room plagued with nausea and found out that my surgery had gone over by two hours! What was supposed to take 1.5 hours took 3.5 hours. They had trouble setting my bones back into place. In addition, the gas anesthesia that they gave me made me immensely ill. In response to this, the nurse gave me “anti-nausea” medicine that knocked me out for the rest of the day. To be honest, I don’t think it was anti-nausea medicine. I think it was a tranquilizer. As the nurse put it, “I think she’s comatose.”

The days after the surgery were extremely rough. I have to say that the day after was the worst! The pain was definitely on a level that I had never experienced before. And on top of it all, I had the lingering smell of the gas anesthesia on my breath which made me sick for several days after surgery. There is nothing worst than the smell of what can be described as a “strong plastic odor” every time you take a breath out.

It hasn’t been a full week after surgery and find myself easing off of the pain medication. This too makes me queasy. As you can tell, I am extremely sensitive to medications.

Anyway, I promise I am going to wrap up this horror story. So I am currently wrapped up in another splint and I have to sit around for one more week until my post-op check up.

broken ankle phase 2

Now, on to knitting! A while back, a fellow blogger contacted me about translating one of my patterns to her native tongue, French. Of course, I agreed. I am in no shape to translate my pattern to  French, at least not well. My knowledge of the language is not, by any means, fluent, even though I did take French for two years in high school and two in college.

Linen Chevron Cowl

Emmanuelle was kind enough to translate the Linen Chevron Cowl to French and put it in a PDF format.

Linen Chevron Cowl (French)
PDF Download

Check out her gorgeous version of the cowl at: lemarquoirdelise.over-blog.com!

Chevron Linen Cowl by Emmanuelle B.

I truly enjoy sharing my work with the knitting community and enrich people’s lives one at a time through knitting. If there is an opportunity to share it with different people in different languages from different countries with different cultures, I will definitely take it!

If you would like to translate any of my patterns to another language and share it with your community, please let me know! For you loom knitters: if you are interested in converting my patterns for loom knitting, please contact me!

Please bear with me through this rough time as I slowly get my life back to normalcy. Thank you all for your kind words and your well wishes!

Happy knitting!

Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve

Hello everyone!

I hope you all are having a great weekend, despite the frigid weather that has rolled in to the majority of the country. I wish I could say that my weekend has been great but unfortunately, it has not been.

Yesterday, while walking the dog, I tripped and severely rolled my ankle. After hearing a very loud “pop” I instantly fell to the ground and found myself not being able to get back up. With the assistance of some kind neighbors, I made it back home. Upon sitting down on the couch, the overwhelming pain finally set in which made me light-headed and on the verge of passing out.

I went to the hospital and after a few X-rays, I was diagnosed with a broken ankle. In fact, I had done such a great job breaking it that I managed to fracture both sides of the ankle, called a bimalleolar fracture. I left the ER with a splint, anti-inflammatory meds and painkillers with a pending surgery scheduled for early next week. I’ve never broken a bone before so this is definitely a new and scary experience.

bimalleolar fracture

In the meantime, I am stuck at home, hopped up on pain medication and being comforted by knitting and Netflix. While looking through my knitting notebook, I found a coffee cup sleeve pattern that I had written up a while ago. This pattern was designed using one of my favorite stitches, the Spine Stitch. In fact, I’ve knitted a cowl using this same stitch called the Spine Rib Cowl.

So, if you’re in the mood to knit something quick, then check out the Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve pattern below. This is a great opportunity to use up some leftover yarn from the holidays.

Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve detail green

Materials

1 skein (or leftover yarn around 20 yds approx. 18 m) of worsted weight yarn
A set of US 8 (5mm) DPN (double pointed needles)
Yarn/Tapestry needle

Pattern

CO 40 stitches. Join in the round and make sure the stitches are not twisted.

Rd 1 (RS): *C2B, C2F; rep from * to end of row.
Rd 2: knit.

Repeat Rounds 1-2 for 15 rounds (you will end with Round 1). Bind off and weave in loose ends. View the tutorial below for more help.

Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve white

Spine Stitch Coffee Cup Sleeve green

 

Irish Mesh Cowl

Hello!

Hope everyone is doing well. These past few days have been very cold here in the south with temps dipping below freezing. With the frigid weather, I went out last night after work and got some firewood to make a fire. It was the first one this season!

It was absolutely amazing. There’s nothing better than a crackling fire and some knitting to soothe away the tensions of the day.

Burning fire 2014

Speaking of knitting, last week I finished a cowl that I had been working on for the past couple of weeks. Those of you who have been keeping up with me via social media have seen the progress of this cowl and as promised, I am posting it up today.

This cowl, called the Irish Mesh Cowl, was knitted previously using Knit Picks’ Billow yarn in Tea Rose (shown below). I designed this cowl about six months ago and am now revisiting it and will share the pattern with you all.

Irish Mesh Cowl in Tea Rose - Purl Avenue

The revisited version is done Ash. Note: Knit Picks Billow yarn is cotton and the yarn weight varies even though it is listed as Bulky Weight. If you want your cowl to look a little more uniform, I recommend using a different type of yarn.

Billow in Ash

After blocking, the Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash measures about 30″ circumference and 11″ wide and is slightly smaller than the one in Tea Rose (I don’t remember the measurements).

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash - Purl Avenue

Here is the pattern.

Materials

2 skeins of Knit Picks Billow yarn (you will use about 1.5 skeins)

  • 120 yds / 110 m per skein
  • 3.52 oz/100 g per skein
  • 100% Pima Cotton

US 10.5- 24″ circular needles
Yarn/tapestry needle
Stitch marker

Gauge

3.5 sts=1″ in stockinette stitch

Pattern

Cast on 96 sts. Place stitch marker and join to begin knitting in the round. Careful not to twist the stitches. Note: all slipped stitches on this website will be done purlwise unless otherwise noted.

Edge

Rd 1: *yo, sl1, k2, psso; rep from * to the end.
Rd 2: knit.
Rd 3: k2, *sl1, k2, psso, yo; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 4: knit.

Repeat Rds 1-4 for a total of 24 rounds. 

Body

Rd 1-15: knit.

Repeat the Edge one more time.

Bind off and weave in all loose ends.

There you go! A brand new cowl! Did I mention that this is a quick knit too? Enjoy!

Irish Mesh Cowl in Ash side - Purl Avenue

Irish Mesh Cowl Tea Rose 2 - Purl Avenue

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