Tuesday, March 28, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Cabled Basket Weave Stitch



This easy cable stitch pattern is worked over 4 sts and 4 rows and produces a thick, stable fabric. Make it even more interesting by working with more than one colour.

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
C4B Slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at back of work, K2, K2 from cable needle
C4F Slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at front of work, K2, K2 from cable needle
K knit
Sts stitches

Instructions
C/on a number of stitches divisible by 4
Row1: C4F; repeat to end of row
Row 2 and 4: Purl
Row 3: K2; (C4B) to last 2 sts; K2
Repeat rows 1 - 4 for pattern as many times as needed.
C/off.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Tunisian Bobbles



Tunisian Bobble Stitch produces a fabric that looks equally good on both sides. It is worked on a Tunisian/Afghan hook which looks like a knitting needle with a hook instead of a point on the one end and a stopper on the other. These hooks come in different sizes for use with different yarn weights. For the sample here, I worked each row in a different colour.

You will need:
Yarn in various colours – I used ColourSpun Kid Mohair available from www.colourspun.com
1 x 8mm Tunisian hook

Notes

1. Each row of Tunisian crochet is worked in 2 parts – a cast on row and a cast off row and unlike other forms of crochet, the work is never turned so you will always have the same side facing you.
2. The 1st stitch of every cast on row is always worked into the 2nd vertical bar of the previous cast on row (your final loop of the previous cast off row is in the 1st vertical bar)
3. Every piece of Tunisian crochet starts with a crochet foundation chain, followed by a foundation row. This is always the same.
Foundation Row
Cast on row: Insert hook into the second chain from the hook, *wrap the yarn (from back to front) over the hook and pull through leaving the new loop on the hook; insert the hook into the next chain* repeat from *to* to end
Cast off row: wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first loop on the hook;* wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook* repeat from *to* until there is only one loop left on the hook.
4. Unless stated differently in the pattern, the closing/cast off part of every row is the same – see the instructions above for cast off
5. The final row of your work will be a cast on row worked in the same stitch as the piece you have made, (for this sample it will be in TKS) but instead of keeping each loop on the hook it will be drawn through the previous loop, leaving only 1 loop on the hook after each stitch is worked.
Final Row
Insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through 1 loop on hook.
6. TKS Tunisian Knit Stitch
Insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through leaving the new loop on the hook, repeat for each TKS
7. TDS Tunisian Double Stitch
Wrap the yarn over the hook, insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 2 loops on hook
8. TBS Tunisian Bobble Stitch
Work 3 TDS into the same vertical bar, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through 3 loops on hook


Instructions
Start with a crochet foundation chain of a multiple of 4 + 5 chain
Work a foundation row
Row 1: TKS; TBS; (3TKS; TBS) to last 2 stitches, 2TKS; close.
Row 2: TKS to end; close
Row 3: (3TKS; TBS) to last 4 stitches, 4TKS; close
Row 4: TKS to end; close
Repeat rows 1 – 4 for pattern.
End with final row.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Mitred Square



This is the most basic square used in modular knitting. Each square shape is knit by casting on an odd number of stitches then decreasing 2 stitches in the middle of every 2nd (wrong side) row until you run out of stitches.
The size of each square is determined by the number of stitches cast on (and/or picked up) in the beginning. This will always be an odd number of stitches as follows: X +1 + X.
Squares can be knit individually and then stitched together or knit onto each other by picking up X number of stitches and then casting on X + 1

You will need
Yarn of your choice – I used Regia Hand-dye Effect
Knitting needles to suit your yarn

Abbreviations
c/on cast on
c/off cast off
st/s stitch/es
dec. Decrease – slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over
p/up pick up

Instructions

Note Always knit the first stitch of every row through the back of the loop and slip the last stitch purl wise.

For this example X = 20

Row 1: C/on or p/up 41 sts
Row 2: (WS) Work 19 sts; dec.; work 19 sts - 39 sts
Row 3: Work straight
Row4: Work 18 sts; dec.; work 18 sts – 37 sts
Row 5: Work straight
Row6: Work 17 sts; dec.; work 17 sts – 35 sts
Continue pattern as set until 1 st remains, end off.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Mock Cable


This is a great way to add a cable effect to your knitting without using a cable needle, which makes it quick and easy too.

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
K2tog knit the following 2 stitches together
P purl
Sts stitches

Instructions
C/on a number of stitches divisible by 8
Row1: (K3; P2; K3) – to end
Row 2: (P3; K2; P3) – to end
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: *P3; (K2tog; leave stitches on the left-hand needle; K into the 1st stitch again and slide both off needle); P3* - repeat from * to * to end of row.
These 4 rows make the pattern, knit until your work reaches the desired length.
C/off

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ColourSpun In Stitches - Tunisian Knit Stitch





Tunisian Knit Stitch produces a fabric that looks very much like knitted stocking stitch but the finished fabric is much thicker, it’s no wonder that so many people consider Tunisian a cross between knitting and crochet. It is worked on a Tunisian/Afghan hook which looks like a knitting needle with a hook instead of a point on the one end and a stopper on the other. These hooks come in different sizes for use with different yarn weights. Each row of Tunisian crochet is worked in 2 parts – a cast on row and a cast off row and unlike other forms of crochet, the work is never turned so you will always have the same side facing you. Just like knitted stocking stitch, Tunisian knit stitch fabric will roll and will need to be blocked when completed.

You will need:
ColourSpun Yarn of your choice – available from www.colourspun.com
1 x Tunisian hook to suit your yarn

Instructions
Start with a crochet foundation chain
Row 1:
Cast on row: Insert hook into the second chain from the hook, *wrap the yarn (from back to front) over the hook and pull through leaving the new loop on the hook; insert the hook into the next chain* repeat from *to* to end
Cast off row: wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first loop on the hook;* wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook* repeat from *to* until there is only one loop left on the hook.
Row 2:
Cast on row: Insert the hook from front to back between the strands the second vertical bar of the previous row, wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through leaving the new loop on the hook; *insert the hook from front to back between the strands of the next vertical bar; wrap the yarn over the hook and pull the loop through leaving the new loop on the hook * repeat from *to* to end
Cast off row: wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first loop on the hook;* wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through the first 2 loops on the hook* repeat from *to* until there is only one loop left on the hook.

Repeat row 2 - (for however many rows you need) then work a row of single crochet to end off.

Darn in ends.

Tunisian knit stitch is ideal for any project that required a thick fabric – cushions, handbags etc.


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.

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