Showing posts with label knit. Show all posts
Showing posts with label knit. Show all posts

Monday, November 16, 2020

Nativity Story Stockings

 A Knit E-Book

You might remember that last year I created the Bethlehem Cowl  I told the story of the nativity story through a stranded knitted cowl. This year I wanted to spruce up the charts and use them again with stockings. I took out the Mary and Joseph chart and added the wise men chart. 

I have always wanted to have my own handmade stockings to hang up and bring out every year, and eventually pass them on to my kids. This year I finally accomplished getting them made. The Stockings tell the story of the birth of Jesus. They are a wonderful reminder of the whole reason we celebrate Christmas. 

I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Yarn for these stockings. Each stocking uses 4 skeins of yarn. 2 for the main color and 1 each of the secondary colors. I love the traditional colors that I chose but there are lots of other options to choose. 

Where To Get the Pattern


For the first week there is an introductory sale of 50% off for $3.00 (usd). After the first week it will be at its regular price of $6.00.

Love Crafts

There is no sale at this site. I can't figure out how to change the prices.

Pattern Schematics

Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes sport weight, 100% peruvian highland wool, 137 yards/
50 g. 2 balls for Color A (oyster Heather), 1 ball for Color B, 1 ball for Color C. (Per each

Needles: 6/ 4.00mm 20 inch circular, and double points optional if needed. May change
size if needed to reach gauge.

Notions: Yarn needle for weaving in your ends

Gauge: 13 sts x 15 rows = 2 inches

Size: 9 by 25 inches

Stitches used: K, p, PM (place marker), k2tog (knit 2 stitches together), tbl (through back

Copyright Julia Schwartz.
Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer.
This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without
prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact

Monday, June 29, 2020

Ruth's Kitchen Towel

A Free Knitting Pattern

It's been a while since I have shared a free knitting pattern. I recently made a crochet version of this towel. You can find it on Ravelry here. When I was finished with it I knew I wanted to make a knit version and so here it is. 

This is the hanging kitchen towel you always wanted. It is soft with the perfect subtle texture to get your hands dry. It is constructed just right so that it will hang in place without going anywhere.  Make a couple of matching dishcloths for the perfect house warming gift. 

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Ruth's Kitchen Towel

Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: Any worsted cotton. 2 colors needed. Model used Lion Brand yarn: Re-up, 85% cotton, 15% polyester, 114 yards, 2.5 oz.

Needle: 7/ 4.5mm

Notions: Tapestry needle

Size: I wasn’t sure how to measure this. 5 ½ by 15 ½

Gauge: 18 sts x 28 rows = 4 in

Stitches Used: K (knit), P (purl), k2tog (knit 2 together)

Copyright: Julia Schwartz.

Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact

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This is a free Pattern right here on the blog. Just keep scrolling down to find the pattern. If you would like an ads free, printer friendly PDF version I have them for sale in my Ravelry Shop for 3.00 and for sale in my LoveCrafts Shop When you purchase this pattern you will receive the pattern that you see on the Blog post plus the bonus chart and legend to help you complete your hat. 

Pattern Instructions

Main towel section

With Color A, cast on 60 stitches using your favorite cast on method

Rows 1-3: (K2, P2) Repeat 14 xs for a total of 60 stitches

Rows 4-6: (P2, k2) repeat 14 xs for a total of 60 stitches

Rows 7-9: (K2, P2) Repeat 14 xs for a total of 60 stitches

Row 10: With color B, k for a total of 60 stitches

Row 11: P for a total of 60 stitches

Row 12: K for a total of 60 stitches

Row 13: P for a total of 60 stitches

Row 14: With color A, k for a total of 60 stitches

Rows 15- 63: Repeat rows 1 and 2.

Cast off and break yarn.

Towel topper

Have the colored stripe towards the bottom with the knit side facing out. Fold the sides toward the middle so that the sides touch each other.

Row 1:
With color B, pull up a loop through both sections of fabric in each stitch until you have 30 loops evenly across the folded towel.

Row 2- 40: K for a total of 30 sts

Row 41: K 1, k2tog, k 24, k2tog, k 1

Row 42: K for a total of 28 sts

Row 43: K 1, k2tog, k 22, k2tog, k 1

Row 44: K for a total of 26 sts

Row 45: K 1, k2tog, k 20, k2tog, k 1

Row 46: K for a total of 24 sts

Row 47: K 1, k2tog, k 18, k2tog, k 1

Row 48: K for a total of 22 sts

Row 49: K 1, k2tog, k 16, k2tog, k 1

Row 50: K for a total of 20 sts

Row 51: K 1, k2tog, k 14, k2tog, k 1

Row 52: K for a total of 18 sts

Row 53: K 1, k2tog, k 12, k2tog, k 1

Row 54: K for a total of 16 sts

Cast off and break yarn.


With color B, cast on 5 stitches along the side of the towel topper starting at row 40 and working down toward row 30.

Row 1-37(or until the band stretches across the towel topper): K for a total of 5 sts.

Cast off and break yarn with a long tail. Using the long tail, wip stitch the band to the other side of the towel topper.

Weave in all your ends.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Learner's Curve Dishcloth: A Knitting Pattern

I first want to say thank you to all my new Knitting Friends who came by to see the Swift Swirl Hat. It has been up for just over a month and it is already my 10th most viewed pattern. The pattern in 9th place was from 2014. So it makes a girl feel special.

I have a new free knitting pattern for you. When I am learning a new stitch, whether it is for crocheting or knitting, I love to get out my cotton yarn and make my swatch into a dishcloth. That way I'm killing two birds with one stone so to say. I'm learning something new and I'm making something useful that doesn't necessarily have to look nice.

The new techniques that I wanted to learn were slip stitching and the i-cord edging. Now that I know how to do the i-cord edging it might be my new favorite way to finish off a project. I really love how this project turned out. The diagonal direction of the slip stitches reminds me of the dishcloths my granny used to knit for me but with a modern flair. The i-cord edging makes it all look neat and and t adds an extra pop of color.

Come and learn something new with me.

Learner's Curve Dishcloth

Yarn: Any worstedcotton yarn you have will do. The yarn in the pictures are peaches and cream and Paton's Yarn kitchen cotton. 

Needles: 5.5MM double points. You can use regular needles for the dishcloth, but for the edging you will need the double points. 

Notions: Tapestry needle to sew in your ends.  

Size: 6 by 6 inches ( I don't like big dishcloths. I like them to fit in the palm of my hand so I'm not sloshing water everywhere. the pattern is very adaptable. Just add multiples of 4 to make it larger). 

Gauge: 18 k st for every 4 inches.

Stitches Used:  Knit (k), Purl (p), Slip Stitch (sl), Knit 2 together (k2tog)

Cast On 24 st. 

Row 1: {k 2, sl 2 with yarn in front like you are going to purl} repeat till the end.

Row 2: p 1, {sl 2 with the yarn in the back like you are going to knit, p2,} Repeat till the end. Ending with a p 1.

Row 3: {sl 2 with the yarn in front, k2}repeat till the end.

Row 4: p 3, {sl 2 with yarn in the back, p 2} repeat till 1 st from the end p 1.

Row 5 - 24: Repeat rows 1-4 

Bind off.

I-cord Edging:


Cast on 3 st with the wrong side facing up. insert the needle in one of the corners and {pick up a new st. You should now have 4 st on the needle, push the needle down so you are now working from the other end, k 2, k2tog through the back loops} 

Repeat {to} till you come to the next corner. At the corners pick up a stitch in the same space twice. 

Go all the way around the dish cloth. Bind off. Weave in your ends. 

Ravelry Download 

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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Long Break

I decided to take a break from the blog when I had a baby. That break lasted longer than I anticipated. My Baby is going to be 2 in a few months. I have no idea where the time has gone.

I never realized how important sleep was to my creativity. My baby has not been a good sleeper. My first child was an excellent sleeper. She was sleeping through the night by 6 months. This one.. we are just now getting 7 hours of sleep out of her.

With no sleep, I have felt like a vegetable most days. I can't say that my creativity has been completely lacking. There are still ideas in there, but actually getting those ideas on paper or figuring them out seems like an impossible feet.

This time has not been wasted. I have been growing myself in other areas of fiber art like knitting and embroidery. I hope to expand this blog to include those new possibilities.

Here are some sneak peeks of what I have been working on.
 This is one of my own patterns. You can find it here. Even after 3 years I still get asked to make them for gifts and to sell.
 This is the nurmilintu shawl pattern that you can find on Ravelry. It was really easy to accomplish. 

  This is one of my recent embroidery pieces. I have been making lots of little pieces that I can finish within a nap time.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Zig Zag Baby Blanket.

I have not been updating very regularly lately. That is because I have been keeping a secret from you. I am expecting my second baby soon; like in 5 weeks. I feel like I have been struck with pregnancy brain double hard this time. I have been designing, but when it comes to writing the pattern out it is like I have a major brain freeze. I have a few drafts on my computer, but they just stare at me with sad eyes saying, "People do want to see what you are doing." One of these days I will get back to the program.

For this baby I thought it would be fun to knit for it since I crocheted a lot of things for my daughter. I started with a hat. It turned out okay. Then I made a dress, that ended up being way to small, I'm being told that this baby is measuring in the 80th percentile so I don't have high hopes of it fitting. I also made some leggings, they turned out great. When I get a picture of her wearing them I will post it.

Lastly I made a blanket. (I still have 5 weeks. I'm sure I will think of other things to make.)

I used a stitch pattern that I found on Purl Bee. The Rick Rack Scarf. I made 4 inch squares with the stitch pattern. I used a German twisted cast on, and cast on 25 stitches for 22 rows. For the cast off I used a stretchy cast off.

For the border of the blanket I really wanting to knit on a mitered edge, but I could just not figure out how to do it. So I compromised; went with what I knew and used crochet.  The stitch is a Tunisian Purl stitch and I chained 12. I made short rows for the corners to make the mitered corners. I finished off the edge with a reverse single crochet.

Some of you will comment, "but all the weaving of the loose ends." I know, I know it is horrible. I hate them too. This time though it was not that bad. I kept the ends really long and I wove them in using a yarn needle. Also it turns out my daughter really likes weaving in the ends. I think she did about half of them for me. So you can always hire your kids out to do the unpleasant parts.

I hope this brings you inspiration to create something that is completely different from the original.