Category Archives: KNITTING

Patterns and projects for the handknitter.

Shetland square charts

Here are the knitting charts for my Shetland squares knitted afghan.

Cable wobble knit chart
Cable Wobble

Holey lace knit chart
Holey Lace

Rib Twist knitting chart
Rib Twist

Rib lines knitting chart
Rib Lines

Hand spinning Shetland Wool

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Holey lace

Continuing on with my Shetland squares project, I spun up the brown Shetland roving that came with the sampler pack from World of Wool.

sheltand handspun

The brown shetland was spun to the same weight as the previous samples.
Single ply spun at 22 wpi
2 ply spun at 8 wpi
approx. 600 ypp

Holey Lace – Knitting Chart

Legend

k2 together Knit 2 stitches together

yarn over Yarn over

Holey lace knitting chart

Holey Lace – Knitting Pattern

Chart ‘Holey Lace’
Row 1 (RS): k26.
Row 2 (WS): p26.
Row 3 (RS): k26.
Row 4 (WS): p26.
Row 5 (RS): k4, (k2tog, yo, k2) x 2, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 3.
Row 6 (WS): p26.
Row 7 (RS): k26.
Row 8 (WS): p26.
Row 9 (RS): k26.
Row 10 (WS): p26.
Row 11 (RS): k3, (k2tog, yo, k2) x 2, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2, k2tog, yo, k2.
Row 12 (WS): p26.
Row 13 (RS): k26.
Row 14 (WS): p26.
Row 15 (RS): k26.
Row 16 (WS): p26.
Row 17 (RS): k3, (k2tog, yo, k2) x 2, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 2, k2tog, yo, k2.
Row 18 (WS): p26.
Row 19 (RS): k26.
Row 20 (WS): p26.
Row 21 (RS): k26.
Row 22 (WS): p26.
Row 23 (RS): k4, (k2tog, yo, k2) x 2, (k2tog, yo, k1) x 3.
Row 24 (WS): p26.
Row 25 (RS): k26.
Row 26 (WS): p26.
Row 27 (RS): k26.
Row 28 (WS): p26.
Row 29 (RS): k26.
Row 30 (WS): p26.

Knitting Charts

Shetland Square Charts
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Queens Jubilee: jubilee

Diamond Jubilee Carriage
Norah Howarth has knitted a two-foot royal carriage along with the Queen and Prince Philip.

Royal Tea Party
Inb Lincolnshire residents have been knitting up a tea party for the royal family.

Diamond Jubilee Knitting
Saltburn Pier’s knitted Diamond Jubilee figures mystery – who are the mystery knitters?

Knit the Queen
A free knitting pattern from Deramores.

Queen’s Jubilee River Pageant
Sheila Carter has spent more than 500 hours knitting a woolly version of the Queen’s Jubilee river pageant.

Little Lamb Wool
Some last minute knitting kits to celebrate the Jubilee.

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Parade in Chichester

(Not fibre arts related – but part of the local festivities for the Diamond Jubilee celebration this weekend – complete with marching bands and belly dancers)

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Knitting – Shetland squares 2

As I travel on the train to work in London every day, the journey gets quite long and tedious. A 2 hour commute is a long time. Knitting helps to make this daily grind a bit easier. I have found that knitting small items is quite easy to do on a train and doesn’t disturb other passengers too much. I do get some funny looks sometimes as I pull my handspun yarn and knitting needles out of my bag.
I use circular needles so that I don’t stab whoever is sitting beside me with the end of the needle. I invested in a set of wooden circular needles from Knit Pro – they are fabulous to knit with.
UK: Knit Pro Symfonie
Knit Pro Symfonie Wood Circular Needle Interchangeable Deluxe Set

US: Knitters Pride Cubics Symfonie
Knitter’s Pride Cubics Symfonie Rose Deluxe Interchangeable Circular Needle Set

This is the knitted square that I designed yesterday as I travelled into work.

Rib Twist knitting swatch

I knitted this with the gray Shetland yarn that I handspun earlier this week.
Shetland Squares No. 1

I cast on 26 stitches and knit this square on quite large knitting needles – 8mm – because I want the finished piece to be very light and airy. I will be putting all the knitted blocks together into an afghan. You can adapt this pattern to just about any yarns that you have on hand. Just continue knitting until the piece is square, or reasonably so.
This pattern is knit as a simple 4 stitch rib, with a bit of a cable twist added to it.

Knitting Chart ‘Rib Twist x1’

Rib twist knitting chart

Legend

1/1 LC
Slip next st to cable needle and place at front of work, k1, then k1 from cable needle

Knitting Pattern ‘Rib Twist x1’

Row 1 (RS): k1, (p1, k4) x 5.
Row 2 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 3 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 4 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 5 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 6 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 7 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 8 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 9 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 10 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 11 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 12 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 13 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 14 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 15 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 16 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 17 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 18 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 19 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 20 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 21 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 22 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 23 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 24 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 25 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 26 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 27 (RS): (k1, p1, k1, 1/1 LC) x 5, k1.
Row 28 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.
Row 29 (RS): k1, (p1, k4) x 5.
Row 30 (WS): (p4, k1) x 5, p1.

Knitting Charts

Shetland Square Charts
Holey Lace
Riblines
Shetland Squares

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Shetland Squares

I recently purchased some Shetland wool roving samples from World of Wool. The sample pack was 100 grams each of 4 natural shades of Shetland wool – White, Grey, Moorit and Dark Brown.
Sample Pack of Shetland Roving
Shetland roving

I thought that I would spin these yarns up and knit an afghan consisting of different knitting patterns.
Here is the first one:

Single Ply Shetland Handspun Yarn
Single ply spun at 22 wpi

2 Ply Shetland Handspun Yarn
2 ply spun at 8 wpi
approx. 600 ypp

Knit Sample – Cable Wobble

Knitting Chart – Cable Wobble Pattern

I cast on 26 stitches and knitted this in a modified cable pattern over 4 stitches using 8mm knitting needles.
I have knit this on fairly large needles because I want the finished afghan to be quite light and airy.
If you are using handspun yarn of a different weight, follow the pattern along until you have formed a square.
This square uses approx. 20 grams of handspun yarn.

The knitting chart was designed on my new knitting design software – Knitting Chart Editor from Cathy Scott’s Stitch Mastery
I am very pleased with this software – I have searched for some time for knitting chart design software that is intuitive, easy to use and has the flexibility to also add your own stitches.
The software produces the chart and also the text form for knitting patterns – for those of us who find this easier to follow.
Also, Cathy was very helpful when I had a few hiccups with installing the software.

Legend

2-2RC knit swatch

2/2 RC
Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and place at back of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle

-2LC knit swatch
2/2 LC
Slip next 2 sts to cable needle and place at front of work, k2, then k2 from cable needle

Knitting Pattern – Cable Wobble x4

Row 1 (RS): k26.
Row 2 (WS): p26.
Row 3 (RS): k26.
Row 4 (WS): p26.
Row 5 (RS): k3, (2/2 LC, k4) x 2, 2/2 LC, k3.
Row 6 (WS): p26.
Row 7 (RS): k26.
Row 8 (WS): p26.
Row 9 (RS): k3, (2/2 LC, k4) x 2, 2/2 LC, k3.
Row 10 (WS): p26.
Row 11 (RS): k26.
Row 12 (WS): p26.
Row 13 (RS): k2, (2/2 RC, k4) x 3.
Row 14 (WS): p26.
Row 15 (RS): k26.
Row 16 (WS): p26.
Row 17 (RS): k2, (2/2 RC, k4) x 3.
Row 18 (WS): p26.
Row 19 (RS): k26.
Row 20 (WS): p26.
Row 21 (RS): k3, (2/2 LC, k4) x 2, 2/2 LC, k3.
Row 22 (WS): p26.
Row 23 (RS): k26.
Row 24 (WS): p26.
Row 25 (RS): k3, (2/2 LC, k4) x 2, 2/2 LC, k3.
Row 26 (WS): p26.
Row 27 (RS): k26.
Row 28 (WS): p26.
Row 29 (RS): k26.
Row 30 (WS): p26.

This is the first of the knitting swatches from my new handspinning project. I still have several grams of wool roving to spin and more swatches to knit, so check back soon for more.

Knitting Charts

Rib Twist – Shetland Squares No. 2
Shetland Squares Charts
Riblines
Holey Lace

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Knitting Pattern – Seed stitch hat: aa020204

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The Yarn

I spun some hand dyed Corriedale top for this hat. It was spun at approx. 8 tpi and 12 wpi.

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Knitted Hat Pattern

Knit in the round on circular needles
Cast on 80 stitches

Rolled Brim:
Knit 8 rows

Purl 3 rows

Seed Stitch:

Row 1

Knit

Row 2

K1, P1

Row 3

Knit

Row 4

P1, K1

Continue knitting in Seed Stitch for a length of 5 inches:

Top Edge:

Knit 3 rows

To begin decreasing for the top of the hat, divide the hat into 8 equal portions:

Knit 9, K2 Together,
Repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit.

Knit 8, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 7, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 6, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 5, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 4, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 3, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Knit 2, K2 Together, repeat to end of row.

Next row – Knit

Break the yarn leaving about 6 inches of thread.

Using a darning needle, thread the yarn through the remaining stitches on the needle.

Pull the stitches together tightly and sew the remaining end in.

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Machine Felting

Now comes the scary part. To felt the hat, you will need to wash it in your washing machine. If you have a top loading machine, this process is a bit more controlled, as you can open the lid on the washer and check on the hat every few minutes. Since I’m now living in London, I only have a small side loading washer, that doesn’t open during the wash cycle.

Yes, this was nerve wracking, but I put the hat into the washer and added about a tablespoon of liquid washing detergent into the detergent loading tray. I set the washer to the gentlest setting, turned it on, and tried not to fret.

I did not add anything else to the washer – no other clothing, tennis balls, running shoes or other items. ‘When you add other things, it creates more agitation in the wash cycle, and causes the woollen item to felt more.

The end result was perfect!

Knitting Patterns

Shetland Squares Charts
Lichen Slippers
ABC’s
Raglan Sweater Pattern
Sarah Lund Jumper

Knitted Hat Patterns

Weekend Hats: 25 Knitted Caps, Berets, Cloches, and More
Animal Hats: 15 patterns to knit and show off
One-Piece Knits: 25 Seamless Patterns Knitted in the Round-Hats, Bags, Scarves, Sweaters, Mittens and More
Cats in Hats: 30 Knit and Crochet Hat Patterns for Your Kitty

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Norwegian Lichen slippers: aa090105

Knitted and felted slippers – dyed with lichen. The lichen-dyed yarn samples were knit into squares, sewn together, and then felted by tossing into the washing machine. What a great way to use up small bits of yarn!

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Block 1

Cast on and knit a square in garter stitch
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Block 2

change the yarn colour and continue to knit another sqaure

Block 3

Pick up 14 stitches from the side of the 1st square and
continue to knit another square in garter stitch
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Block 4 & 5

Change colour and knit another square continuing on from Blocks 2 and 3
Cast off the edges of Blocks 4 and 5
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Block 6

Pick up stitches from the inside edge of Block 3
and knit a square in another colour, casting off when the block is completed.
Join Block 6 to the side of Block 2
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Join the edges of Block 4 and 6 and sew together.

Join the edges of Block 5 and 6 and sew together.
This forms the back of the heel of the slipper.

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Block 7

Knit another block for the top toe of the slipper and
sew this to the 2 outside edges of Block 1.
Fold Blocks 2 and 3 over and join the edges to Block 7.

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Size Chart

The sizes of the squares give an allowance for felting shrinkage, however you will need to experiment with your yarn as different yarns felt and shrink at different rates.

Toddler 1 – 3 years 2.5 inches
Children 4 – 9 yrs 3 inches
Womens 3.5 inches
Mens 4 inches

Ravelry Discussion

Norwegian Felted Slippers

Knitting Patterns

Raglan Sweater
Shetland Squares Charts
Seed Stitch Hat
ABC’s
Knitted Skirt
Sarah Lund Jumper

Mushroom Fungi Natural Dye Books
The Rainbow Beneath My Feet: A Mushroom Dyers Field Guide
Natural Colors to Dye For – How to use natural dyes from plants and fungi
Mushrooms for Color
Mushrooms for Dyes, Paper, Pigments, Myco Stix

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Valentine Knitting Patterns: knit-valentine

Patterns and links to free Valentines’ Day knitting projects.

Knitted Hearts
Lovely little hearts that are knitted and felted.

Valentine Heart Card
Knit a heart and add it to a card.

Heart Dish Cloth
Knit a dishcloth with heart motifs.

Valentine Heart Ring
Knit a ring for your sweetheart.

Valentine Hat
Knitted hat pattern by Susan Esser.

Valentine Heart Socks
An adorable sock pattern for the more experienced knitter.

Valentine Mug Cozy
A free knitting pattern for a Valentine mug cozy.

Machine Knitting

Rose’s Knits Software Tools
Valentine blankets in 2 or 3 colours.

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Valentine Crafts

More Valentine’s Day Crafts
St. Valentine’s Day Crochet
Valentine Feltmaking
St. Valentine’s Day Knitting
St. Valentine’s Day Beadwork
St. Valentine’s Day Basketry
St. Valentine’s Day Cross Stitch
St. Valentine’s Day Weaving
St. Valentine’s Day Clipart

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