Monday, June 10, 2019

Marlow Hat








A Premium Knitting Pattern


I'm so excited to have have this hat ready for you. I named it the Marlow Hat because I liked that the name started with a M and finished with a W. Depending on the the way you look at it the hat has M's or W's on the brim whichever way you look at it. 

 It is so fun and easy to knit up. The pattern is worked flat and shaped using short rows. If you have never worked with short rows this is a great pattern to start on.  My test knitters had no problem following the pattern and charts and one told me this would be their new go to pattern for quick gift knits. 

I really wanted this hat to be versatile and easy to wear. It can be worn a little slouchy or it  can be folded over for extra warmth and comfort. The pattern also has the adjustments in it to make it more of a beanie style with no slouch or fold over. It's all up to you for how this hat will turn out. 

When you purchase this pattern you are getting the written instructions for the slouch and beanie, and you will also get a chart to follow, if you like those better. This pattern has been tech edited and tested, you will be able to find the tester's project pages on Ravelry. 

I also want to talk about yarn choices. The yarn I used for this pattern is Classic Elite yarns Renaissance. Some other great choices for this yarn is Stylecraft Special Aran, Lion brand wool ease, Drops Alaska, and Cascade yarns 220 Super wash Aran.  




Pattern Information


Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Any aran weight yarn. Model used
Needles: 7/ 4.5mm
Notions: yarn needle for sewing up the hat
Gauge: 18 stitches and 22 rows = 4 inches
Size: 19 inch circumference (stretches to fit adult head)
Stitches used: k, p, RT, LT, wrap and Twist, PM (place marker)
Special Stitches:

  • Right Twist (RT): Knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
  • Left Twist (LT): Knit through the back loop of the 2nd st, keep the stitch on the left needle, knit in the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.


Notes: This hat is worked flat, using short rows.

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 Julia.diligence@gmail.com.





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Monday, May 27, 2019

Justintime Dishcloth

A free Crochet Pattern




If you have been here long, you know I love learning new things by making dishcloth swatches. I have a new one for you to share. In this one we are changing colors every row, and because of that we are only turning our work every other row. In other words we will work one row, then go back to the starting stitch and making the second row, after that second row we will turn our work and work on the "backside" of the dishcloth for 2 rows. Still a little confused? Give it a try. Some times just trying helps us see what we need to do. There are only 17 stitches in each row, so there is not a lot to make mistakes on. 

I always have a terrible time coming up with names for things. This time it went like this:

Me yelling out into the house: "I need a new name."
My Husband Justin: "Name it after me. You haven't done that yet."
Me: "Okay."
Justin: "Wait, what is the object we are talking about?" 

If you ever wonder where we get our name inspiration from there is a small glimpse. I have resorted to family names, counties or streets we have lived in, looking up words in the thesaurus, and baby name websites.  If you have any other ideas let me know. 



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Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Any 100% cotton, worsted size 4 yarn. 2 colors.
Hook: G/5
Notions: yarn needle for weaving in your ends
Size: 6 by 6 inches
Gauge:12 stitches by 12 rows = 4 inches
Stitches Used: Chain (ch), Single crochet (sc), Slip Stitch (sl st), Half Double Crochet (hdc),
Notes:
  • Each color makes a new row. Every two rows you turn your work and change directions.
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Pattern Instructions


Row 1: (Color A) Ch 18, sl st in first ch, {hdc in next ch, sl st in next ch}, repeat {to} 7 x's, ch 1. (17 sts) 

Row 2: (Color B) Take your hook out of the ch st, and move back to the first sl st of last row, attach your yarn with a ch st (only for the first time), Hdc in the sl st, {sl st in the hdc, hdc in the sl st} Repeat {to} 7 x's, ch 1. (17 sts) 

Row 3: (Color A) Turn (switch back to color A), sl st in hdc, {hdc in next sl st, sl st in next hdc}, repeat {to} 7 x's, ch 1. (17 sts) 

Row 4-17: repeat rows 2 and 3

Notes to remember:
  • You do not need to cut your yarn when switching colors just carry them up as you go. 
  • I found making a chain stitch at the end of the row really helpful for not loosing stitches. That chain 1 never counts as a stitch but it starts the new row. 
At the end of row 17 cut the yarn you are not using for the edging and finish it off.  

Edging

Rows 1 and 2: With color A, do not turn, ch 1, 2 sc in the corner st, {make 1 sc in each row, make 3 sc in the corner st, sc in each st} repeat {to},  sc in the first corner st, sl st in first st. Finish off at the end of row 2.

Weave in all of your ends.

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Monday, May 13, 2019

Black and Bright Blanket

A Free Knitting Pattern




I've been done with this blanket for about a month and it has already become a favorite for living room snuggling. It is just the right size to throw over your legs and stay warm.

I started planning this blanket when I saw a picture of a rug in the grocery store. It turns out that the finished blanket looks nothing like the rug, but I love that I was able to gain inspiration from it and break it into easy steps that a beginner could follow.

The only stitch you need to know for this blanket is the knit stitch (and k2tog). There are some other technical stuff about where those knit stitches go but I have all the confidence in the world that you will see how it goes and accomplish it.

The i-cord edging is maybe a little beyond beginner and it is totally optional, but I think it is worth learning and it really makes the blanket have a professional finish. I have some tutorials that can help you learn how. You can see those tutorials Here!!!


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Designer: Julia Schwartz

Yarn: 
  • Loops and Threads Charisma Net WT 3.5 oz. 100g. 100% acrylic (8 balls) colors: Off White (2), Fuchsia (2), Yellow (2), Bright Pop (2), 

Needles: size 11/8.00mm circular 24 inch cable (straight needles can be used, but you will need double points for the i-cord edging.

Notions: Yarn Needle

Size: Blanket is 30 by 44 inches

Gauge: 24 stitches and 48 rows of stockinette stitch is 9 inches 

Notes: This pattern is worked in squares that are seamed together when finished. 

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Pattern Instructions

Squares: (make 12) 
Cast on 24 stitches with the black yarn using your favorite cast on keeping it loose.

Rows 1- 48: k in each stitch, turn.

Row 49: switch to a bright color k in each stitch, turn.

Rows 50- 57: k in each st, turn.

Cast off keeping it loose




Turn your work 90 degrees working down the side of your rows, pull up 24 stitches with a bright color in the valleys of  the stockinette rows. (make sure the top of your work is facing up)



Rows 1-8: k in each st, turn

Cast off keeping it loose

Now we are going to close up the square notch.

Row 1: With your work facing up and using the white yarn, pull up 4 loops down the rows of the first bright section completed, pull up a stitch in the first stitch of the second bright section completed, turn (5 loops on the needle)












Row 2: K2tog, k 3, turn

Row 3: k 4, pull up a loop from the next row of the second bright section, turn.

Row 4- 7: repeat rows 2 and 3

Row 8: repeat row 2

Cast off keeping it loose. I found it helpful to sl st into the next stitch of the bright section to better secure it. Finish off.

Sewing the Squares Together 

Place the squares how you would like them making sure they are all facing the same direction. Mattress stitch all the squares together. 

Weave in all your ends. (I watched a lot of T.V. during this stage. Tip leave the outside ends for when you make the edging. You can just tuck those into the i-cord)

Edging

Row 1: Starting at the bottom corner of the blanket where the black of the the squares are on that edge, cast on 4 stitches on to your needle, pick up one more loop from the row 1, turn

Row 2: K2tog, k 3 stitches, turn

Row 3: K 4, pick up 1 new loop, turn

Keep repeating row 2 and 3 until you reach the last row. Finish on a row 2, cast off.

Turn your work 90 Degrees.

With the white color yarn repeat rows 1 then continue repeating rows 2-3 for 10 rows

On row 11, switch to a bright color.  Continue repeating row 2 and 3 Until the last row

Cast 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 3 times.


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

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