Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring Cleaning!

So lately I've been on a UFO crusade. I am determined to finish the x number of projects that sit in baskets around my bed, staring at me. So far, I've done about two. This sort of spring cleaning has led me to ponder what exactly makes us (or me) abandon a project? It seems the longer they wait, the less willing I am to pick them up. Like old boyfriends (well, maybe not) they sit on the shelf, and eventually I wonder what I ever saw in them. Either way, I am in a yarn storage crisis, so it's time to bring closure with these "old friends" and get them out of my sight! 

The trickiest part of all this is trying to not buy more yarn. I've been resisting placing an order on knitpicks for the last week, but that's only made me more vulnerable to buying at an LYS. Case in point, yesterday Michael's had Patons Grace on sale for $2.99. How could I resist such a price? I also had a 40% off coupon, so i bought a little case for them to squeeze into. The whole package looks quite adorable, I might just end up staring at it forever and not actually knitting it. I might not. 

Here's an easy spring cleaning project. Use some leftover yarn from last night's dessert, and whip up this little kerchief to keep your hair back when braving the dust bunnies!

US 6 (4.25mm) 10" needles
About 100 yards of any sport weight yarn
Size G crochet hook

23sts and 30 rows= 4"
Gauge isn't really a big deal in this project. If you're a little off, run with it.

CO 3 sts.
Row 1: k1, p1, k1.
Row 2: k1, m1, p1, m1, k1.
Row 3 (and all odd rows): work even in seed stitch
Row 4 (and all even rows): k1, m1, work in seed stitch to last st, m1, k1
Work until piece measures ab 9". 
BO to last st (1 st rem). Slip st off needle and onto crochet hook. Chain stitch for 7".
Pick up 1 st on opposite corner (doesn't matter which, really), with crochet hook. Chain stitch for 7" again. Weave in ends.

I'll post a picture of mine when it's finished!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


A while back, my friend showed me a hooded scarf she bought at Target. After making a couple of those, I decided the length of the scarf wasn't really necessary. And so, this hood thing was born. It's done flat in stockinette and reverse stockinette on circular needles. Four button holes are made and you go along, so there is minimal finishing.

Size US8 (5.0 mm) 29" circular needle
2 skeins Wool-Ease Solids

20sts and 25 rows= 4" in St st

CO 110 sts. 
*Knit one row. Purl one row. 
Next row (WS): Knit to last 6 sts. BO 2. Knit rem 4 sts.
Next row (RS): Purl 4 sts. CO 2, using cable cast on. Purl rem sts.
Knit 2 next two rows. Purl 1 row. Knit 1 row.
Cont from * 3 times more. 4 Button holes made.

Next row (RS): BO 24 sts. K rem sts.
Next row (WS): BO 10 sts. P rem sts. 

Work even in patt as set, until piece measures about 13"
Divide sts evenly onto two needles and graft together.

Sew buttons on in alignment with buttonholes and about 1" away from hood edge. Weave in loose ends.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Suess Hat!

This hat knits up super quick and easy!
I used 2 skeins (red and light blue) of Naturally Caron Country that I had left over from a couple sweaters. It's knitted flat in a 2x2 rib and stockinette stitch.

US 5 14" Needles
US 7 14" Needles
Naturally Caron, Country (25% Merino Wool, 75% Acrylic, 185 Yards) in Light Blue (MC) and Red(CC)
Darning Needle
Stitch Markers

Gauge: 20 sts and 25 rows= 4" (US 7)

CO 110 sts in MC.
Rows 1-6: K3, (P2, K2) to last 3 sts, P3. 

(Switch to CC and work 4 rows in St st, Switch to MC and work 4 rows in St st) 5 times.

Next Row (RS): Sl 1. (place marker, ssk, k14, k2tog, place marker) 6 times. K1.
Next Row (WS): Purl
Continue to decrease in this manner, working decreases before and after each marker on RS only, until 14 sts rem. 
Next Row (RS): k2tog, 7 times.
Next Row (WS): Purl
Cut yarn from skein, leaving a 10" tail. Draw yarn through rem sts. Seam sides together, using mattress stitch.