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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Lace Squares







A checker board of alternating lace and stocking stitch squares

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

Abbreviations
C/on cast on
C/off cast off
K knit
M1 Make a new stitch by wrapping your yarn around your needle
P purl
SKP slip 1, knit 1, pass slip stitch over the knit stitch
St/s stitch/es

Instructions
C/on a number of stitches divisible by 16
Row1 and all odd rows: Purl (wrong side)
Row 2, 4, 6, 8: (K8; M1; SKP; M1; SKP; M1; SKP; M1; SKP) to end
Row 10, 12, 14, 16: (M1; SKP; M1; SKP; M1; SKP; M1; SKP; K8) to end
These 16 rows make the pattern, knit until your work reaches the desired length.
C/off

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Log Cabin

Using a modular knitting technique, knitted log cabin consists of a number of rectangular shapes worked one at a time and generally only using one ball of yarn at a time. If you choose you could work colour patterns into some of the rectangles, using either the intarsia or the fairisle method or you could add texture by using different stitch patterns.

Any yarn can be used, so long as the average weight is the same. There are no rules regarding the number of stitches to cast on or the number of rows for each rectangle – you choose. Once you have started, the length of the side you are knitting onto will determine the number of stitches you will need to pick up for the next rectangle, make sure that you pick up the stitches evenly to keep your work flat. Either weave the ends in as you go or use them to embellish your work with a bit of embroidery later. Remember to knit into the back of the 1st stitch of every row and to slip the last stitch purl wise, this makes picking up stitches much easier.

You will need:
ColourSpun yarn of your choice in an assortment of colours available from www.colourspun.com
Knitting needles to suit the yarn

Instructions
Cast on any number of stitches – (I started with 10) and work either a square or a rectangular shape (about 15 – 20 rows) cast off.
**Pick up stitches evenly along one side of your work and knit a number of rows (6 or 7). Cast off**
Repeat from ** to ** until your block is the size you want it to be.





Tuesday, January 3, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Berry Stitch

There is nothing I enjoy more than a big bowl of berries for breakfast.... it's the perfect start to the day! so lets start the year off with berries too.


You will need
ColourSpun Yarn of your choice available from www.colourspun.com
Needles to suit your yarn

Abbreviations
C/on cast on
C/off cast off
K knit
Inc2 increase – knit into front of next stitch, knit into back of stitch and again into front. You will have worked 3 stitches into 1
P purl
P3tog purl the next 3 stitches together
St/s stitch/es
YO yarn over

Instructions
C/on a multiple of 4 sts + 3
Row 1: K1; Inc2; (P3; Inc2) to last st; K1.
Row 2: K4; P3tog; (K3, P3tog) to last 4 sts; K4.
Row 3: K1; P3; (Inc2; P3) to last st; P1.
Row 4: K1; P3tog; (K3; P3tog) to last st; K1.
Repeat Rows 1-4 until you reach your required length.
C/off

Friday, December 30, 2016

1 Year of Stitches - 2017

I'm back - already! I've joined the 1 Year of Stitches 2017 embroidery challenge. There is a closed FB group where we'll share photos once a week and I plan to post them here too. I'll also share a daily photo on Instagram.


I decided to start on this photo of my boy. I've done the pixilation and am going to choose threads today and get my fabric ready. I was going to use one of my hand dyed cotton fabric squares but am going for something heavier. Knowing me, there will be others too!


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2017 - It's going to be a great year!

Every new year I make multiple resolutions and then end up not keeping them. This year, I'm taking the pressure off - I'm not making any! That doesn't mean I don't have any plans though - I have a list full! - it just means I'm not going to tie myself in knots trying to get through my list or feel bad about plans that get changed or deleted.

Earlier this year, I joined the Bryanston Organic and Natural Market and I'm pleased to say I now have stall #50 as my permanent spot. My door is on and we plan to build lots of cupboards and shelves to accomadate all the yarn, fabric, threads and other lovely stuff. We will be back on Saturday, the 7th January and the market is open every Thursday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm and also on most public holidays.

So, if you are any where near 40 Culross Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg, pop in and visit, bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, weaving.... sit a while, enjoy a coffee or something to eat from one of the organic restaurants and soak up the peace and creativity.

OR Keep an eye here, on ColourSpun on Face Book and on Instagram to see how my little shop grows.


Stall #50 - pre-renovations.