My knitting life hasn’t been great lately. I have been knitting a bit, but not as much as I want to. With my job being pretty all-consuming right now, I work all day and come home and sit on the couch trying to finish what I didn’t have time to do at work. UGH! I just want some needles in my hands! Feelin’ sorry for me yet? I hope so, but enough of that.
I do get hungry at work, and I wove a little lunch basket last year, but it has ended up being just too small for all the lunch I need to take to work (I’m hungry!). Enter thoughts about a market bag I wanted to knit. But why not just turn it into a lunch bag? Done! Leftover yarn from my “Look Twice” sweater, and it’s recycled yarn to boot, like being recycled twice!
I’ve been eyeing some stray skeins of bulky yarn in my stash. What to do with them? Hmmmm…how about a scarf, a crazy sort of scarf in garter stitch where I change yarn every row? That sounds scrappy! So here’s a scrappy end to end scarf called Jackson Prairie Scarf:
Scarf Size: 72” long and 6½” wide
What is Jackson Prairie?
When we moved back to Indiana, we bought 3.5 acres of a cornfield and built a house. An entire chunk of land around there was a treeless area where farmers planted crops. The township was called “Jackson” and the area north of “Sand Hill,” east of the Pigeon River Wildlife Area. A local historian worked at my school as the librarian. His uncle had a farm south of Sand Hill. He said that Native Americans used to keep this area as grazing for wildlife, so deer would be easy to see and track. That’s Jackson Prairie!
(p.s. The hat is an entirely different story. Changing yarn every row means it’s impossible to knit in the round, making not only a seamed hat, but a hat that has many ends to work in. I didn’t write a pattern for that one!)
Buggy carries so many meanings here in Northern Indiana. We have a lot of Amish people, so we see lots of “buggies” here on the roads. Like anywhere, we have plenty of crazy people, so we call them “buggy.” AND since it’s getting colder, many little buggies are trying to sneak into any place warm to hibernate for the winter. Buggy.
Here’s a hat, however, which is meant for Cute Little Buggies. I’m hoping you have some of those in your life and you knit up some of these hats for little people on your Christmas lists.
My little model was not cooperating since she was very sleepy and grouchy, so I opted to put the hat on a couple of bowls in a small light box. Hey, it’s a free pattern!
Materials: 2 Skeins Lion Brand Thick & Quick yarn, size 17 needles (if you know that your gauge is loose use a smaller needle like 13’s or 15’s), 1 tapestry needle, 1 extra large button.
Pattern: Cast on 17 stitches. ROW 1 and all rows: Slip the first stitch purlwise, k1,p1 across the row until 2 stitches are left, k1, k last stitch in the back of the stitch. Knit this row until 33″ in length.
BUTTONHOLE ROW: Work first 8 stitches of row in moss stitch pattern, cast off 2 stitches, work in pattern until the end of the row. NEXT ROW: Work until cast-off stitches, cast on 2 stitches, work until end of row.
Work for 2″ beyond the buttonhole, and then bind off loosely. Weave in all loose ends, choose a cool button and sew it on. On the green scarf, I sewed the button on so the ends overlap. On the black scarf, I sewed the button on so the scarf ends meet at a 90 degree angle. Enjoy this pattern! It only takes a few hours to knit 🙂
I’ve just updated this pattern (Nov. 26, 2011) because I am knitting a few of these for my nieces for Christmas and I discovered that I didn’t have enough yarn with just one ball to finish the wrap. So, I purchased a second ball. I’m pretty sure that Lion Brand changed the yardage in the Wool-ease Thick & Quick yarn…in their favor.
Top down socks using shell lace pattern which is carried down the instep.
Size: Ladies Medium (I wear size 6½ shoe). This yarn is stretchy and forgiving, so just make the foot longer to accommodate a larger foot.
1 Ball Plymouth Bungee (95% Superwash Wool, 5% Elite Spandex, 403 yards per ball), Color 24 Teal
Size 4 Double Pointed Needles, set of 4 (or 5 if preferred)
Notions: tapestry needle, scissors
Gauge: 13 stitches = 2” (Row measurement is not vital. Just make the sock leg and foot to your size requirements.)
Pattern Notes: I’m a tight knitter, so if you know that you knit rather loosely, you’ll want to try these socks on smaller needles.
About Knitting Lace: Make sure you have experience with knitting lace back and forth before you attempt to knit these lace socks in the round! Also make sure you have experience knitting socks from the top down. There’s just no way I can help you knit this through the internet. Your best bet would be to make a new friend who is an awesome knitter!
My Sock Philosophy: Please read my blog post entitled “My Sock Philosophy” in which I explain why I knit socks the way I do. Stitch Pattern: Shell Lace PatternThis pattern is from Barbara Breiter but I converted it to be knit in the round.) ALSO, when beginning each even row you need to “borrow” the last stitch of the odd row. That means that the Sl 1 stitch of the even row is really the last stitch of the row you just finished.
I love knitting for babies because the projects work up so quickly. Here’s a pattern for a Fluffy Baby Hat. I used Sirdar Snowflake. I can knit about 3 hats out of one skein. Another yarn I’d like to try is Cotton Kisses by Plymouth Yarns.
Knitting for babies is so fun because you can finish projects so quickly and use up single balls of yarn. Give this hat a try! I hope you enjoy it.