Ice Skate Ornaments

Remember these old ornaments your grandma had on her tree?  I just whipped up a few for my own tree.  Only takes a few minutes to make them.

There’s a great version of the pattern free from Green Eyed Monster.

Smitten

I made this cute little baby-sized mitten Christmas ornament today.  It’s called Smitten, and it’s a FREE PATTERN from Knit Picks.  It’s knit on dpn’s with scrap worsted yarn.  It’s a real mitten too, so I might just try making a pair for a baby gift.

A Great Homespun Set

Just finished this great cap and cowl set for my friend Renee.  Her favorite color is purple.  This is the “Ribby Slouch Hat” by Naomi Adams, and the “Thick and Quick Ribbed Cowl,” both free patterns from the Ruby Knits It website.  It’s knit with Lion Brand Homespun, and this great purple color is called Baroque.  It’s incredibly soft and just gorgeous, and it only took one skein of yarn to make both pieces.  I may have to make a duplicate set for myself!

Waby Baby Adult Winter Set

I had a lot of fun making that little Waby Baby Cap, so I decided to expand my pattern to include an adult size and also a matching scarf.  I figured this would make a great gift for my friend Katie.

Waby Baby Adult Hat and Scarf

Example knit from Phildar Horizons in Fjord, which is a fuzzy thick & thin worsted weight yarn, but any worsted weight yarn is suitable.  The hat circumference is about 21 inches, unstretched, depending on gauge.

Hat:

I worked this flat and then seamed it up the side, but it could easily be worked in the round if you prefer.

Cast on 108 sts for this hat, on size US 7 needles, to allow for 6 pattern repeats of the wave pattern.

Work in K1P1 ribbing for 2 1/2 inches.  Place stitch markers after every 18 stitches.

Switch to size 10 needles and follow pattern repeat between each stitch marker:
Row 1: (K2tog) 3 times, (K1, yo) 6 times, (K2tog) 3 times.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.Continue pattern repeat 6 times.

Begin decreasing for crown between each stitch marker as follows:
Row 1: (K2tog) 3 times, (K1, yo) 6 times, (K2tog) 3 times.
Row 2: K2tog, K14, K2tog.
Row 3: K2tog, K12, K2tog.
Row 4: Purl.Row 5: (K2tog) 3 times, yo, (K1, yo) 4 times, (K2tog) twice.
Row 6: K2tog, K10, K2tog.
Row 7: K2tog, K8, K2tog.
Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K2tog, (K1, yo) 3 times, K1, (K2tog) twice.
Row 10: K2tog, K6, K2tog.
Row 11: K2tog, K4, K2tog.
Row 12: Purl.

Row 13: K2tog, K2, K2tog.
Row 14: (K2tog) twice.

Row 15: K2tog between each stitch marker, removing stitch markers as you pass them.

Cut yarn, leaving an 18-inch long tail. Thread yarn tail on needle, and run tail yarn through open loops of last row. Remove from knitting needle. Pull through again and secure. Use remainder of tail to sew up side. Weave in ends.

Scarf:

On size 10 needles, cast on 36 stitches.

Knit 4 rows.

Begin pattern repeat:

Row 1: (K2tog) 3 times, (K1, yo) 6 times, (K2tog) 6 times, (K1, yo) 6 times, (K2tog) 3 times.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.Continue pattern repeat until scarf is desired length.

Knit 3 rows, then bind off.  Cut tail and weave in ends.

An Early Christmas Present

Look what Halle made for me:

It’s a snowman ornament, and it is just wonderful!  What a treasure!

Christmas is Coming, Knit Faster!

The kids’ holiday program was tonight.  I bought Halle a new dress to wear

but it was black and white, so not very Christmas-sy,so I decided to knit a

quick red shrug to wear with it.  I finished it this morning. It’s knit from

Red Heart Shimmer, in a simple K2P2 rib, on size 10 needles.

Shimmer turns out to be a wonderfully soft yarn, and I think I’ll be using it

again soon, because I really enjoyed using it on this.  This took less than half a skein.

Since I finished the shrug early this morning, I went ahead and finished a hat

I’d been working on.  I used a stitch recipe and kind of made up a pattern.

I call this the “Waby Baby Cap

It’s knit from Phildar Horizons in Fjord, which is a worsted weight yarn, and here’s the pattern:

Worked flat.
Cast on 72 sts on size 7 needles. Work in K1P1 ribbing for 2 inches.
Switch to size 10 needles and follow pattern repeat:
Row 1: K2tog 3 times, K1, yo 6 times, K2tog 3 times.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: Knit.
Row 4: Purl.

Continue pattern repeat 3 times.
Begin decreasing for crown as follows:
Row 1: K2tog 3 times, K1, yo 6 times, K2tog 3 times.
Row 2: K2tog, K14, K2tog.
Row 3: K2tog, K12, K2tog.
Row 4: Purl.

Row 5: K2tog 3 times, yo, K1, yo 4 times, K2tog twice.
Row 6: K2tog, K10, K2tog.
Row 7: K2tog, K8, K2tog.
Row 8: Purl.

Row 9: K2tog, K1, yo 3 times, K1, K2tog twice.
Row 10: K2tog, K6, K2tog.
Row 11: K2tog, K4, K2tog.
Row 12: Purl.

Row 13: K2tog, K2, K2tog.
Row 14: K2tog twice.

Cut yarn, leaving an 18-inch long tail. Thread yarn tail on needle, and run tail yarn through open loops of last row. Remove from knitting needle. Pull through again and secure. Use remainder of tail to sew up side. Weave in ends.

Secret Santa Season

We had a Secret Santa gift exchange at work today, and a potluck.  It was tons of fun.  I drew Haley’s name on the gift exchange.  The paper said she likes “something pink and girly.”  No, really, it said that.  So Erm and I went to the store a couple days ago and I asked him what was something pink and girly I could give to a young lady for a gift.  We happened to be passing a display of feminine hygiene products at that exact moment, so he pointed them out and said “you can’t get any more pink and girly than that!”  It was so funny, and it would’ve made a great gag gift, but I didn’t want to embarrass the poor girl.  So I ran down the yarn aisle and grabbed pink and purple yarn, as quick as I could, so I wouldn’t overthink it.

Here’s what I bought:

So here’s what I made, using size 13 needles:

Ta da!

Kelmscott is Finished!

Kelmscott actually didn’t take that long to finish, considering the size and complexity of the project.  It probably went faster because Buddy was helping.  For some reason he really likes to try and stick his head under the yarn bucket while I’m knitting.

Christmas is Coming Early

The kids have been bugging me for almost a month about putting up the tree.  I couldn’t take it anymore, so I let them put it up early this year.

Kelmscott in Progress

Finished the back for the Kelmscott, and now I’m working on the front.  Knitting with charts is fun.