Monday, January 2, 2017

Beginning the New Year with Alien Trail

First pattern to published is Alien Trail




It's a top down, seamless, 2-color cardigan with set-in sleeves done by picking up stitches around armhole.

This is a pattern that was done long, long time ago, but too much happened in life that caused the delay.  One of which was my laziness and lack of motivation to get it tech edited.  It's finally done with tech editing.

I'm hoping in 2017 I will be a lot more productive creativity-wise!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Pattern: Stripey Fingerless Mitts

Today a knitter asked me how many stitches I cast on for this project.  And I totally forgot about this pair of mitts I made 2 years ago.  I looked at my notes and realized I had most of the pattern written, even in different sizes.  

To make up for my slipping mojo of blogging since the election, I decided to post the pattern here.
Disclaimer, the pattern has not been test knitted, nor tech edited like I usually do.
Downloadable PDF link is provided below. 

I hope you all have a great 2017 ahead and stay warm for the winter.
My needles are busy, but I'm a bit lazy about taking photos lately.  I promise I will get back to blogging more. 







Stripey Fingerless Mitts


Sizes  Small (Medium, Large)
7 ½” (8”,  8 ½” ) around  x 12 ½” tall  / 19 (20.5, 21.5) cm around x 32 cm tall.
Yarn  Fingering Weight
Needles  US #2 / 2.75 mm  or change needle to obtain gauge
Gauge  28 stitches x 40 rows =  4” x 4” /  10 cm x 10 cm
Construction
  • ·         Knit mitten in round from cuff to fingers.
  • ·         Put thumb sts on waste yarn to be worked later.
  • ·         Continue to knit in round to fingers.
  • ·         Work thumb stitches in round.

Abbreviations
k  knit
p  purl
st(s)  stitch(es)
CO  Cast On
BO  Bind Off
rep  repeat
pm  place marker
sm  slip marker

Illustration Link
A photo illustraion showing the process of making thumb opening:



Stripey Fingerless Mitts

With yarn A, CO 52 (56, 60) sts, join in round and pm for beginning of round.
Next round: sm, [k1, p1] to end.
Repeat last round for 5 more rounds.

Join yarn B and k 2 rounds in yarn B.
K 2 rounds in yarn A.
Repeat last 4 rounds for 14 more times.
Cut yarn B, work with yarn A only from this point on.

K 32 rounds, lengthen or shorten here.

Next round, thumb opening:
Right mitten:  k1, k8 with a 15” / 38 cm scrap yarn, slip the 8 knitted sts in scrap yarn back to left needle, k the 8 sts again with original yarn, continue with original yarn and k to end of round.
Left mitten:  k17 (19, 21), k8 with a 15” / 38 cm scrap yarn, slip the 8 knitted sts in scrap yarn back to left needle, k the 8 sts again with original yarn, continue with original yarn and k to end of round.

K 19 rounds.
Next round, decrease:  [k11 (12, 13), k2tog] 4 times.  –  total 48 (52, 56) sts
Next round:  [k1, p1] to end.
Rep last round for 4 more rounds.
BO all sts in pattern.

Thumb
Pick up 8 stitches below the scrap yarn,  and pick up8 sts above the scrap yarn with second needle.
Pull out the scrap yarn.

Next round:
Right mitten:  begin at the stitches above the gap, k8, pick up and k 2 corner sts,  continue to k8 of the stitches below the gap, pick up and k 2 corner sts.  –  total 20 sts
Left Mitten:  begin at the stitches below the gap, k8, pick up and k 2 corner sts,  continue to k8 of the stitches above the gap, pick up and k 2 corner sts.  –  total 20 sts

K 9 more rounds.

Next round: [k1, p1] to end.
Rep last round for 4 more rounds.
BO all sts in pattern.

Weave in all ends.
Block the mittens to shape. 




Friday, December 2, 2016

Thank you!

Thank you all for your pattern purchase in November.
A donation of 60% of pattern sales was made to Planned Parenthood this week.