Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Box Stitch







Using only simple knit and purl stitches, this pattern produces a double sided, textured fabric that is wonderful for scarves and throws.

You will need
ColourSpun Yarn of your choice available from www.colourspun.com
Knitting needles to suite your yarn

Abbreviations
C/on cast on
C/off cast off
K knit
P purl
Sts stitches

Instructions
C/on a multiple of 4 + 2 sts
Row 1: k2, (p2, k2) to end
Row 2: p2, (k2, p2) to end
Row 3: Repeat Row 2
Row 4: Repeat Row 1
Repeat rows 1 to 4 as many times as necessary
C/off

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Knit Intarsia




It's Valentines month and so I thought you may like a quick little heart to knit into a gift for someone you love. This one uses intarsia, which is easier than it sounds, just make sure you keep your tension even when changing colour.

Also Known as picture knitting, intarsia knitting involves working sections of colour with separate balls or bobbins of yarn to produce a fabric that is only one layer thick as the non working yarn is not carried across the back. Instead, at each colour change the old colour is dropped and the next colour is picked up to work the next section. This means that you will have lots of bits of yarn hanging off your work. To prevent tangles, avoid working with whole balls of yarn; rather wind your yarn off onto bobbins which can hold the yarn not in use close to the work to prevent tangles. When changing colours, to prevent holes forming, drop the old colour and pick the new colour up from underneath the old yarn, wrapping it over the old yarn to hold it in place before continuing to knit. At each colour change, give the yarn a little tug to keep the stitch size uniform.

Intarsia is usually worked flat in stocking stitch from a charted pattern. I photo copy the pattern and place it in a plastic sleeve; then use a permanent marker to draw a line through the rows as they are completed, making it easy to see where I need to pick up the pattern.

You will need:
2 balls of ColourSpun yarn in different colours –colour A (background) and colour B (heart) available from www.colourspun.com
5 knitting bobbins (wooden pegs also work well)
1 pair knitting needles to suit your yarn

Instructions:
Wind 3 bobbins of colour A - 2 quite full and one with only a little on which will be used in the centre at the top of the heart.
Wind 2 bobbins of colour B – 1 full and one with only a little on for one side of the top of the heart.

Cast on 35 stitches
Rows 1 – 4: knit
Row 5: (Wrong side) K3; P29; K3
Row 6: knit
Repeat rows 5 and 6 twenty more times working in colour pattern from graph
Row 47- 49: knit
Cast off purl wise.

Note: The heart pattern starts on row 7.

Darn in ends – keeping colour A in colour A stitches and colour B in colour B stitches to prevent the ends showing on the front of your work.





Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Slip Stitch Garter






Worked using 2 colours of yarn, this stitch pattern creates a textured pattern on both sides of your knitting.

You will need:
Yarn of your choice available from www,colourspun.com
Knitting needles to suite your yarn

Abbreviations
C/on cast on
C/off cast off
K knit
S1PW slip next stitch purl wise
YF bring yarn to front of work
YB take yarn to back of work
Sts stitches

Instructions
C/on an odd number of stitches
Row1 & 2: Using colour A, Knit
Row 3: Using colour B and keeping yarn at the back of work, K1; (S1PW; K1) to end
Row 4: Using colour B, K1; (YF; S1PW; YB; K1) to end
Repeat rows 1 – 4 for pattern.
C/off


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Irish Mesh Stitch




This is a version of Irish Mesh stitch, a stitch pattern that is light and airy and perfect for summery cotton knits.

You will need:
ColourSpun yarn of your choice available from www.colourspun.com
Knitting needles about 2 sizes bigger than recommended to suite your yarn

Abbreviations
C/on cast on
C/off cast off
K knit
P purl
PSSO pass slipped stitch over
S1 Slip the next stitch
YO Yarn over

Instructions
C/on an even number of stitches
Row1: (S1; K1; YO; PSSO both) repeat to end
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K1, (S1; K1; YO; PSSO both) repeat to last stitch; K1
Row 4: Purl
C/off

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Crochet Textured Blanket Stitch



this pattern uses English crochet terms

You will need
ColourSpun yarn of your choice available from www.colourspun.com
Crochet hook - size to suit your yarn

Abbreviations
ch chain
DC double crochet
TR treble

Instructions

Start with a multiple of 3 chains.

Foundation row: 2 TR in the 3rd chain from the hook. *Skip 2 ch, 1 DC, 2TR in next ch Repeat from * to the end of row 1 ending with 1 DC in the last ch.

Pattern row: Chain 2, turn, 2 TR in first DC. **Skip 2 TR, 1DC and 2 TR in next DC Repeat from ** across ending with 1 DC in the top of the 1st 2 ch

Repeat Pattern row to desired length.

End off

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Soft Chunky Cotton Chemo Cap



Worked up in the softest chunky cotton, these reverse stocking stitch chemo caps are a quick and easy knit and comfortable to wear on a sensitive scalp. Preferably knit in the round to avoid seaming, they can also be knit flat and seamed with a matrass/ladder stitch.
You will need
ColourSpun Pure Cotton Chunky 100g available from www.colourspun.com
ColourSpun Pure Cotton DK – Happies (optional for embellishment)
2x 5.5mm circular knitting needles

Abbreviations
K knit
P purl
C/on cast on
K2tog Knit the next 2 sts together to decrease
St/s Stitch/es
Stst Stocking Stitch

Tension
7 sts = 5cm
9 rows = 5cm

Instructions

Age 3-6 m (6-12 m; 1-3y; 3-10y; Teen; Woman; Man)
Size – circ. 32 - 35 (38 - 46; 43 - 48; 46 – 49; 46 - 53; 49 - 57; 52 - 60)cm
Size - height 11 - 13 (12 - 14; 12 - 15; 15 – 16; 16 - 18; 18 - 20; 20 - 23)cm

C/on 48 (54; 60; 66; 72; 78; 84) sts
work 5 (5; 5; 5; 5; 5; 5) Rounds/rows stst, turn
work 23 (25; 27; 30; 33; 36; 42) Rounds/rows stst
knit 6 (7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12) Sts; K2tog x 6
work 1 (1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1) Round/row stst
knit 5 (6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11) Sts; K2tog x6
work 1 (1; 1; 1; 1; 1; 1) Row stst

Continue working 1 st less between decreases, decreasing 6sts on every 2nd round/row until you have 6sts left
Next round/row: K2tog x3

Work a few rows of I-cord (optional)
**knit across
Slide the sts back across to the other end of the needle without turning and pull the yarn firmly across the back of your work
Repeat from ** until your cord is the required length.

Cut yarn (leave a long enough tail for seaming if necessary) and end off by threading through remaining sts and working tail in.

Optional - Embellish using Pure Cotton DK to embroider flowers etc.

the (not so) small print: Please share a link to this pattern where ever you would like to. If you would like to print copies to share, that's OK too but I would appreciate a mention of Knitted Knockers South Africa (and worldwide) Share photos of your caps on our Knitted Knockers South Africa FB group. If you are going to use yarn other than the recommended yarn, please be mindful that the wearer's scalp will most likely be very sensitive.




If you prefer working with a thinner yarn, see my previous post.

Chemo Caps


I was asked on the Knitted Knockers South Africa FB group for a chemo cap pattern. Here is one in DK.


Ideal for wearing in warmer weather, this little cotton cap is worked in the round. Starting from the top it is quick to knit up on either 2 circular or a set of double pointed needles. Make it plain, add some stripes in different colours or work a motive using intarsia or Swiss darning - just be sure not to make knots when changing yarns so that the inside of the cap stays as smooth and soft as possible.

Size
Small (large)

Yarn
ColourSpun Pure Cotton DK available from www.colourspun.com

Needles
2 pairs 4mm circular needles or a set of 4mm double pointed needles
1 x 3.5mm crochet hook

Tension
22sts and 30 rows to 10cm measured over stocking stitch using 4mm needles.

Abbreviations
St/s – stitch/es K/k – knit P/p – purl
inc. – increase by knitting into the back and front of the next stitch


Pattern
Cast on 8 sts; divide evenly on needles and work in the round.
Round 1: Knit
Round 2: Knit, increasing into every st. - 16 sts.
Round 3: Knit
Round 4: K1; inc.; to end of round – 24sts
Round 5: Knit
Round 6: K2; inc.; to end of round – 32 sts
Continue increasing 8 sts on every 2nd round until you have 72 (96) sts
Work 31 (35) rounds straight and cast off loosely.

Work a row of single crochet around edge.

Crochet Button for top of cap
Make 4 chain and join to form a circle. Work single crochet into the centre of the circle until it is full. End off and attach to the top of the cap.


the (not so) small print: Please share a link to this pattern where ever you would like to. If you would like to print copies to share, that's OK too but I would appreciate a mention of Knitted Knockers South Africa (and worldwide) Share photos of your caps on our Knitted Knockers South Africa FB group.If you are going to use yarn other than the recommended yarn, please be mindful that the wearer's scalp will most likely be very sensitive.