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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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

Casual Lace Knit Shawl

Hello knitters!

It’s been what seems like an eternity since I last posted a knitting pattern here on Purl Avenue. My day job has consumed so much time and I find it difficult to find time to knit and post new information here. There are so many things that I’d like to take on but there seems to never enough time in the day for me to do so 🙁

After completing the Linen Chevron Cowl, I was finally able to start a new project with The Louisa Harding yarn I bought while I was in Vienna, VA several months ago. With this fun yarn, I knitted a lace shawl that I could wear on a casual day out.

The Casual Lace Knit Shawl is a simple and straightforward project that is perfect for those who have never knitted a shawl before. It uses a little over three skeins of Louisa Harding Noema Yarn which is more than I expected. But overall, I am very pleased with the result.

Casual Lace Knit Shawl - Purl Avenue

Measures 62″(157.5 cm) X 25.5″(65 cm)

Casual Lace Knit Shawl - Purl Avenue

The next time I knit this shawl, I think I will knit it in a gray or blue color. If I do, I will keep you all posted. Anyway, here is the pattern. Enjoy!

Materials

4 skeins of Louisa Harding Noema

  • Color: Disco
  • 50 g/131 yds per skein
  • 75% Cotton/ 20% Acrylic/ 5% Nylon

US 6 (4mm) 32″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle
Blocking materials (wires, mats, pins)

Pattern

Notes: 

pm=place marker
sm=slip marker

For more knitting abbreviations, please visit the Knitting Abbreviations page.

CO 3 sts.

Row 1 (RS): kfb, pm, k1, kfb. (5 sts)
Row 2: purl.
Row 3: (k1, yo)x2, sm, (k1, yo)x2, k1. (9 sts)
Row 4: purl.
Row 5: k1, yo, knit to stitch marker, yo, sm, k1, yo, knit to last st, yo, k1.
Row 6: purl.
Rows 7-50: rep Rows 5-6.
Row 51: k1, yo, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to one st before stitch marker, k1, yo, sm, (k1, yo)x2, **k2tog, yo; rep from ** to last st, k1.
Row 52: purl.
Row 53: (k1, yo)x2, *(k2tog, yo); rep from * to stitch marker, sm, (k1, yo)x2, **(k2tog, yo); rep from ** to last st, k1.
Row 54: purl.
Rows 55-56: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 57-62: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 63-64: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 65-72: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 73-78: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 79-80: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 81-92: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 93-98: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 99-100: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 101-116: rep Rows 53-54.
Rows 117-122: rep Rows 5-6.
Rows 123-124: rep Rows 51-52.
Rows 125-142: rep Rows 53-54.

Bind off and weave in all loose ends. Wet block and for stubborn curled edges, additional light steam blocking is recommended.

Casual Lace Knit Shawl 4 - Purl Avenue

There you go–a new shawl!

Causal Lace Knit Shawl 2 - Purl Avenue

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Linen Chevron Cowl

Hello everyone!

It has been a very crazy and busy month or so. I know, it has been a while since I last posted an article but it really has been hectic. Because of the time restraint, it has taken me months to complete this cowl and I have to admit that I am very pleased with the end result. The Linen Chevron Cowl was knitted using Shi Bui’s Linen yarn and it features a distinctive chevron design. Because the pattern is a little long, I’m going to keep this intro short and jump into the fun part…the pattern.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

I absolutely love the chevron/seed stitch combination.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

Materials

1 skein of Shibui Linen yarn

  • Color: Clay
  • 246 yds / 225 m per skein
  • 1.76 oz/50 g per skein
  • 100% linen

US 5 (3.75mm) 24″ circular needles
Stitch marker
Yarn/tapestry needle

Gauge

26 sts=4″

Pattern

CO 170 sts. Place stitch marker and begin to knit in the round. Do not twist stitches. Note: always slip stitches purlwise unless otherwise noted.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 3: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Chevron pattern)
Rd 1: *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to end of round.
Rd2: k1, sl 3 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 3: *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 4: sl 2 wyif, k2, *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to the last st, sl 1 wyif.
Rd 5: sl 1 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last 4 sts, k2, sl 2 wyif.
Rd 6: repeat Rd 1.
Rd 7: repeat Rd 5.
Rd 8: repeat Rd 4.
Rd 9: repeat Rd 3.
Rd 10: repeat Rd 2.
Rd 11: repeat Rd 1.
Rd 12-13: knit.
Rd 14: *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 15: sl 1 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last 4 sts, k2, sl 2 wyif.
Rd 16: sl 2 wyif, k2, *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to the last st, sl 1 wyif.
Rd 17: *sl 3 wyif, k2; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 18: k1, sl 3 wyif, *k2, sl 3 wyif; rep from * to the last st, k1.
Rd 19: repeat Rd 14.
Rd 20: repeat Rd 18.
Rd 21: repeat Rd 17.
Rd 22: repeat Rd 16.
Rd 23: repeat Rd 15.
Rd 24: repeat Rd 14.

Main Body (Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-20: knit.

Repeat Chevron pattern.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.

(Stockinette Stitch)
Rd 1-5: knit.

(Seed Stitch)
Rd 1: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 2: *p1, k1; rep from * to end of round.
Rd 3: *k1, p1; rep from * to end of round.

Bind off and weave in loose ends. I highly recommend blocking for optimum results.

Linen Chevron Cowl - Purl Avenue

There you go. The Linen Chevron Cowl is complete and now you have a brand new linen cowl that’s perfect for summer!

UPDATE: Linen Chevron Cowl pattern is now in French.

PDF Download:

Linen Chevron Cowl (French)

 

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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. Also, smaller version of this pattern is available HERE.

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.

knitted dogwood blossom assembly

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! If you like this pattern, here’s a smaller version: https://purlavenue.com/2021/03/small-knitted-dogwood-blossoms.html

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