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

Knitted Sock Giraffe

Hi everyone!

Knitting season is in full swing and I have several WIPs (work-in-progress) stashed in various parts of the apartment. With that said, I’m ecstatic to let you all know that I have finished my first Christmas gift of the season! I know, I know, all you non-knitters are probably thinking, “Christmas gift? It’s not even Halloween!” Well, I hate to break it to you, knits and other hand-crafted projects take time to make. We can’t just make it magically appear out of thin air (though that would be nice-especially for those who tend to procrastinate like me).

For those who follow me on my knitting adventures know that I typically design my own knitting projects but this time I decided to use a pattern by another designer. I couldn’t resist. When I first found this pattern, I thought it was the most adorable thing I had ever seen. I knew I had to knit it.

Sock Giraffe

The Sock Giraffe is a pattern by Bobbi Padgett and can be found at www.mybooteeknits.blogspot.com. You will see that I made some modifications below to the ears. The original pattern makes the ears in garter stitch and I changed it the stockinette so that it’ll match up with the rest of the body. Of course this is optional. The materials I used differ from that of what the original calls for as well. I used worsted weight yarn (Sugar n’ Cream in Playtime) instead of DK weight. With Sugar n’ Cream, I find it a little more difficult to knit complex patterns with because it is cotton and it isn’t very stretchy. Just something to keep in mind when selecting yarn. Also, I provided some videos that will help you with some techniques that are not very common in everyday knitting.

Sock Giraffe sittingThe giraffe measures about 10 inches (top of head) when sitting.

Sock Giraffe standing

Measures about 15 inches when standing. Note: the giraffe will not stand up on its own. You will need to prop it against something.

Here you go…

Pattern

Can get pattern here from mybooteeknits.blogspot.com.

Download PDF from Ravelry.

Materials

1 skein of Sugar n’ Cream in Playtime (Y2) and 1 in Soft Ecru (Y1)

  • Color: Playtime and Soft Ecru
  • 120 yds / 109 m per skein
  • 2.5 oz/70.9 g per skein
  • 100% cotton

Ears (this version is optional)

Row 1: With Y1, CO 6 sts.
Row 2: knit.
Row 3: purl.
Row 4: k1, m1, knit to the end.
Row 5: p1, m1, purl to the end.
Row 6: knit.
Row 7: rep Row 5.
Row 8: rep Row 4.
Row 9: purl.
Row 10: knit.
Row 11: purl.
Row 12: knit.
Row 13: purl.
Row 14: knit.
Row 15: sl1, p1, psso, purl to the end.
Row 16: sl1, k1, psso, knit to the end.
Row 17: rep Row 15.
Row 18: rep Row 16.
Row 19: rep Row 15.
Row 20: rep Row 16.
Row 21: rep Row 15.
Row 22: rep Row 16.
Row 23: sl1, p1, psso.

Follow directions from the pattern as usual.

Helpful Videos

Sorry there is a lot of talking in the beginning of the video above (crediting the source of the pattern). You can skip to minute 2.

Hope you enjoy! Happy knitting!

sock-giraffe-outside.jpg

Knitted Dogwood Blossoms

Hello knitters!

With crazy storms rolling in throughout the country earlier this week, much damage was to many areas including the southern U.S. In fact, it was a very close call for us. But with the storms behind us, the sun shines again and the birds chirp once more as we move forward. For those who were affected my the recent storms, you are in my thoughts.

On the flip side, Spring brings warm weather, birds and flowers. For a knitter, what can be more perfect than knitted flowers for Spring? With that said, I have finally finished a pattern for knitted dogwood blossoms that I’ve been working on for the past week or so.

dogwood flowers

This knitted flower is great for brooches, additions to hats and scarves or use it in place of a bow on gift boxes! The Knitted Dogwood Blossoms pattern makes a dogwood flower approximately 5″ (12.7 cm) large. Note: each piece is knitted individually and needs to be assembled. Please view video tutorial below.

Materials

Knit Picks’ Brava Worsted Yarn (any leftover worsted weight yarn will do.)

  • Color: Coral, Custard, Avocado, White
  • Acrylic

2-US 8/5mm DPNs
Yarn/Tapestry needle



Pattern

Petals

CO 5 sts.

Row 1 (WS): purl.
Row 2: [m1, k1] x5. (10 sts)
Row 3: purl.
Row 4: k1, m1, k7, m1, k2. (12 sts)
Row 5: purl.
Row 6-15: Work in  stockinette stitch.
Row 16: k1, sk2p, k4, k3tog, k1. (8 sts)
Row 17: purl.
Row 18: k1, sk2p, k3tog, k1. (4 sts)
Row 19: purl.

Bind off knitwise.

Repeat the pattern three more times for four petals.

Bud

CO 4 sts. Knit 2″ (5cm) long I-Cord and bind off. Fold the I-Cord in half and sew two ends together.

Flower bud

 Assembling Flower

Cut green yarn about 7″ (18cm) long. Thread the yarn through the petals (as shown below), tighten the yarn and tie a knot. Pull the loose ends of the petals to the back of the flower.

Attach the bud through the middle of the flower and use the loose ends to sew the bud to the flower. Weave in all loose ends.

Optional: use the loose ends located at the top of the petals to sew the petals together at the base of the petals.

 

 dogwood blossoms

 Enjoy!

 

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Valentine’s Day Gloves

 

Hello everyone!

If you haven’t heard, there was a freak snow/ice storm that passed through yesterday and created such a mess in the southeast. The roads were iced over which left people trapped in their homes and at work while children were stranded in schools. People left their cars behind and traveled on foot to their destinations. It was an absolute mess.

Earlier that day, I took Buster out for some fun in the snow and saw a three-car pile up  at the entrance of our neighborhood.

Car accident

And a little further down the hill there was a car in a ditch.

Car in a ditch

You see, I live in a valley surrounded by hills therefore, many of my neighbors left their cars and walked home. Good thing I opted not to leave the house that day. Several years ago I was in the same predicament and was stranded at the university. Learned my lesson!

I spent most of the day finishing up my Valentine’s Day project: my Valentine’s Day Gloves.

Valentine's Day Gloves

With Valentine’s Day just a couple of weeks away, I thought I’d whip up some festive gloves for the occasion 🙂

hearts on cuff

As you can see here, the stitch looks like little hearts going around the cuff. I decided to add the white heart after I had finished knitting them so it is not in the pattern. Instead, I embroidered it on the gloves. If you want to make this an all occasion gloves then follow the pattern without the optional heart.

The following pattern is accompanied by a photo tutorial. I also found a video that will help with the stitch pattern for the cuffs and thumbs.

Materials

1 skein of Knit Picks Swish Worsted Yarn

  • Color: Conch
  • 110 yds/100.6 m per skein
  • 50 g per skein
  • US 8/5mm needles
  • 100% Superwash Merino Wool

4 US 8/5mm DPN
Yarn/tapestry needle
Scrap yarn

Optional embroidered heart: White/cream colored scrap yarn in heavier weight than worsted (approx. 3 ft/30.5 cm)

Gauge

4.5 sts=1″

Pattern

Cuff

CO 36 sts. Join sts in the round and knit one round. Next you will begin the pattern as follows:

Rd 1: *k2tog, leave sts on the needle, k2tog tbl of the same sts, then slide both sts off the needle; rep from * to the end of round.
Rd2: Knit.
Rd 3: *sl 1, k2tog, leave sts on the needle, k2tog tbl of the same sts, then slide both sts off the needle; rep from * to the last st, sl 1.
Rd 4: Knit.

Here is a video that might help:

Repeat pattern above for a total of 12 rounds. Then knit 8 rounds.

Thumb Gusset

Rd1: k1, m1, k2, m1, k33. (38 sts)
Rd 2: knit.
Rd 3: k1, m1, k4, m1, k33. (40 sts)
Rd 4: knit.
Rd 5: k1, m1, k6, m1, k33. (42 sts)
Rd 6: knit.
Rd 7: k1, m1, k8, m1, k33. (44 sts)
Rd 8: knit.

Now using a yarn/tapestry needle, slip the next 12 sts onto a piece of scrap yarn.

Slip 12 stitches

Slip 12 stitches onto scrap yarn

Tie up the scrap yarn so you don’t lose the slip stitches. Proceed knitting in the round, k32.

Proceed to knit in the round.

Knit 5 more rounds. For the top edging around the fingers, repeat the cuff pattern for 6 rounds. Bind off.

Completing The Thumb

Pick up 12 slipped stitches from scrap yarn and pick up additional 4 stitches from the inside of the thumb.

 Pick up stitches

This is what it should look like so far: 4 picked up stitches and 12 from scrap yarn on other 2 needles. (16 sts)

Completing Thumb

Knit 1 round and  4 rounds of cuff pattern. Bind off and weave in loose ends.

Optional:

Embroidered Heart

Pick out where you want the bottom tip of your heart to be and begin to stitch on heart. It should be worked from bottom to top and left to right. Please read this tutorial.

stitch on heart

That’s it! Now you have a brand new pair of fingerless gloves for Valentine’s Day!

Valentine's Day Gloves

 

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Easy Knit Fingerless Gloves

 

Hi knitters!

As you all know, there’s a cold front that has been sweeping the country. It’s been twenty or so degrees Fahrenheit here. It’s insane! Most of you are saying, “That’s nothing! We’ve got single digit temps!” Yeah you’re right, but living in the southern U.S., anything below thirty-two degrees Fahrenheit is very cold.

Taking the dog out has been a bit cumbersome in this crazy weather. Actually, doing anything in this is crazy. Like most people, I check emails, updates and notifications on my phone while I wait for my dog to do his business. My hands have been freezing lately because of the cold snap so I made it a mission to knit myself some fingerless gloves.

As it turns out, my timing is impeccable and purely coincidental. Did you know that January is National Knit Mittens Month? Well, now you know. There is literally a national something every month if not everyday of the year.

Now on to the Easy Knit Fingerless Gloves pattern. These gloves are super easy to knit and very comfortable too. The edges are knitted using the Chinese Waves stitch and the rest is done in stockinette. Very easy and quick to knit!

Easy Fingerless Gloves

Note: My hands are very small so please adjust accordingly.

Materials

1 skein of Lion Brand Cotton Ease Yarn

  • Color: Charcoal
  • 207 yds/188 m per skein
  • 3.5 oz/100 g per skein
  • US 8/5mm needles
  • 50% cotton/50% acrylic

4 US 8/5mm DPN
Yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

17 sts x 24 rows=4″



Pattern

CO 32 sts. Join and begin to knit in the round.

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

Repeat Rnd 1-4 one more time or until desired length.

Knit 5 rows.

Thumb Gusset

Rnd 1: k1, m1, k2, m1, k29.
Rnd 2: knit. (34 sts)
Rnd 3: k1, m1, k4, m1, k29.
Rnd 4: knit. (36 sts)
Rnd 5: k1, m1, k6, m1, k29.
Rnd 6: knit. (38 sts)
Rnd 7: k1, m1, k8, m1, k29.
Rnd 8: knit. (40 sts)
Rnd 9: k1, m1, k10, m1, k29.
Rnd 10: knit (42 sts).

For this round, knit 1, slip 12 stitches onto scrap yarn…

Easy Fingerless Gloves Stitches

Then knit the rest of the round…

Easy Fingerless Glvoes Knit

Now knit 5 rounds.

Begin the top edging.

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

Repeat Rnd 1-4 one more time or until desired length. Bind off.

Completing the thumb

Pick up 12 slipped stitches and an additional 2 stitches from the inside of the thumb. (14 sts)

Knit one round.

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

Repeat Rnd 1-4 one more time or until desired length. Bind off and weave in all loose ends.

easy knit fingerless gloves

Easy Knit Fingerless Gloves. Enjoy!

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Fisherman’s Rib Accent Pillow

Happy Friday!

I hope your Friday is going well so far. This week has been an awesome week for me! First, I have to mention that after trying endlessly to get it on Craftgawker and failing, I am noticing that the Budding Infinity Scarf has finally got it’s recognition on Pinterest. I am so happy that knitters and non-knitters alike are enjoying my work 🙂 My goal for this blog is to share my creations and the techniques that I’ve learned to the knitting world. I am by no means an expert and I am constantly learning as I go, but I do believe in the power of sharing. Whether if it’s sharing stories, ideas, or tangible items, sharing is what sparks innovation and allows us to bond as a society. So here I am sharing with you all what I’ve learned and what I’ve created.

Okay, enough with the blabbing. Now on to the main reason why you are reading this and why I am creating this post. My friends on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) already know that I recently bought a chair this week. This is another reason why my week has been so fantastic! I bought this armchair last week from Pier 1 and after eight long days, it finally arrived on Wednesday. Check it out:

Arm chair

No, the dog did not come with it.

While I waited for its arrival, I decided to knit an accent pillow for my chair. During the brainstorming process, I knew I wanted to use very chunky yarn. I searched high and low but unfortunately, I was not able to find what I was looking for. Side note: there are not many good yarn stores around here and I did not want to order it online.

So, I finally settled for combining two yarns to achieve the gauge and thickness I was envisioning. The project turned out great but if I were to knit it again, I would definitely knit it with just one very, very bulky yarn. Because I used two yarns both with differing weights, it created some non uniformity but also a very unique textured look. Take a look:

Two yarns

This is all about personal preference. If you like this look, then all is swell (yes, I said swell). But if you prefer your stitches to be uniform, I would recommend knitting with one yarn just as long as you can obtain a gauge that is close to the pattern (Fisherman’s Rib is very stretchy so it does not have to be exact). This is the finished product:

Fisherman's Rib Accent Pillow

Fisherman's Rib Accent Pillow Back

I used Stockinette stitch for the back and I created a flap for the buttons. Note: When looking for buttons, search for ones with very large holes so the chunky yarn and tapestry/yarn needle will fit through.

Are you ready to knit now? Alright, here is the pattern…

Materials

4 skeins of Patons Bohemian yarn (color I used: Casual Cream)
2 skeins of Bernat Roving (color: Rice Paper)
16″ (approx. 40.6 cm) accent pillow
US 15 (10mm)
2 large buttons (approx. 4cm)
Tapestry needle

Gauge

8 sts and 9 rows=4″ (approx. 10cm)

Pattern

Note: This pattern is knitted in one large piece but instruction is broken down into panels.

Back Panel: Stockinette

CO 30 sts.

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1-2 until work reaches 14.5″ (approx. 37 cm) or about 40 rows. Make sure you end on a purl row.

Front Panel: Fisherman’s Rib

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: *P1, K1B, rep from * to last 2 sts, P1, K1.
Repeat Row 2 until panel reaches 20″ (approx. 51 cm) or about 78 rows.

Note: I recommend occasionally measuring it against your pillow like so:

Measuring pillow

Buttons Flap: Stockinette

Row 1 (RS): Knit.
Row 2: Purl.
Repeat Rows 1-2 until you get to the 11th row. This is where you will be adding the button holes.

Row 11: K6, make a 3-stitch button hole, knit until there are 9 sts left. Make another 3-stitch button hole, k6.

Row 12: Purl.
Row 13: Knit.
Row 14: Purl.
Bind off.

Sewing The Piece Together

Place the piece over your pillow and position it accordingly. Mark where and how you would like your edges to line up. Turn the work inside-out and begin to sew up the sides.

Note: The front (20″) panel is longer than the back (14.5″) panel because the front/Fisherman’s Rib is designed to go over the top and underneath the pillow.

Sew together

Finished SewingOnce finished, turn the pillowcase right side-out and sew your buttons on accordingly. I know, this picture quality is horrible.

Weave in loose ends and you are ready to insert your pillow!

Fisherman's Rib Accent Pillow 2

 There you have it! Hope you enjoy and until next time, happy knitting!

 

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