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Cupcake Hat Giveaway April 26, 2011

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UPDATE: The winner of the giveaway is Aimee. Congratulation!!!

Made following my own pattern using Lion Brand Baby Wool (superwash). I think it fits newborn to about 18 months. Here is a picture of it on a doll’s head which is about the size of a preemie (the brim is folded in half):

To enter leave a comment with a way to contact you and I will announce the winner on Wednesday May 4th. Good luck!

Lacy Tunic / Baby Dress Knitting Pattern July 22, 2010

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This is the dress my Grandmother made for me when I was a baby

I have decided to write the pattern for the dress after wanting to copy it. I chose to make the first one sleeveless, so it could be used as a little tunic. I might make another one with a thinner yarn and add the same type of sleeves as the original.

NOTE: This pattern has not been tested yet. I wrote it as I knitted, so there might possibly be some mistakes.

Materials: 

2 5oz balls Bernat Softee Baby in Denim Marl

Size 6 circular needles

1 button

3-4 feet cord or narrow ribbon

Gauge:

22sts and 30 rows to 4in square

Size:

1-2 yrs; chest 23in, length 18in

Abbreviations:

K = knit  P = purl  st(s) = stitch(es)  BO = bind off  CO =cast on  tog = together  TBL = through back loop  

yo = yarn over  skpo = slip 1 st, k1, pass slipped st over  ssk = [slip st knitwise]x2, insert tip of left needle into front loops of slipped sts and K2tog

DD = double decrease (slip 2 sts knitwise, knit 1, pass the 2 slipped sts over this st)

Detail of Latvian Cast-on (the cast on my Grandma always used and taught me; she called it 'double cast-on')

BACK:

CO150sts double stranded using the Latvian cast-on

Purl 1 row (WS)

Lace:

Rnd 1: K14, *[P2, yo, skpo, K3, ssk, yo]x2, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 2: P14, *K2, P7, K2, P7, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 3: K14, *[P2, K1, yo, skpo, K1, ssk, yo, K1]x2, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 4: same as Rnd2

Rnd 5: K14, *[P2, K2, yo, DD, yo, K2]x2, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 6: same as Rnd2

 Repeat these six rounds 11 times (if you want a longer dress add more repeats)

 

Decrease:

Rnd 1:  K14, *P2, skpo, K3, ssk, yo, P2, yo, skpo, K3, ssk, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 2:  P14, *K2, P6, K2, P6, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 3:  K14, *P2, skpo, K1, ssk, yo, K1, P2, K1, yo, skpo, K1, ssk, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 4:  P14, *K2, P5, K2, P5, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 5:  K14, *P2, K3togTBL, K2togTBL, P2, DD, K2tog, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 6:  P14, *K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times (110sts)

Rnd 7:  K14, *P2, K2togTBL, P2, K2tog, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 8:  P14, *K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd 9:  K14, *P2, K2togTBL, K2tog, P2, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd10: P14, *K2, P2, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd11: K14, * K2togTBLx2, K2tog, K14  repeat from * 4 times

Rnd12: Purl 1 row (82 sts)

Rnd13: K3, [K2, K2tog]x19, K3 (63 sts)

Rnd14: Purl 1 row

Rnd15: K2tog, yo, K1, [K1, k2tog, yo, K1]x15 (eyelet row, if you choose to have a drawstring)

Rnd16: Purl 1 row

Bodice:

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Repeat previous two rows 4 more times.

BO6 sts at the beg of the next 2 rows (51 sts)

Next: skpo, Knit to last 2 sts, K2tog

Next: Purl 1 row

Repeat last two rows 4 more times (41 sts)

Next: K21, join new yarn, K20 (right shoulder in blue)

Purl 1 row (careful to keep sides separated)

Knit 1 row (careful to keep sides separated)

Repeat last two rows 2 more times

Next: P20, BO10, Purl to the end

Next: K9, K2tog, BO9, K2togTBL, K9

Next: P8, P2togTBL, P2tog, P8

Knit 1 row across

Purl 1 row across

Repeat last two rows 2 more times

Transfer the shoulder sts (9 each) on stitch holder if you plan to do 3 needle bind off for the shoulders or bind off if you plan to seam the shoulder seam.

FRONT: 

CO158sts double stranded using the Latvian cast-on

Purl 1 row (WS)

Lace:

Rnd 1: K1, *[P2, yo, skpo, K3, ssk, yo]x2, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, [P2, yo, skpo, K3, ssk, yo]x2, P2, K1

Rnd 2: P1, [K2, P7, K2, P7, K2, P14]x4, [K2, P7]x2, K2, P1

Rnd 3: K1, *[P2, K1, yo, skpo, K1, ssk, yo, K1]x2, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, [P2, K1, yo, skpo, K1, ssk, yo, K1], P2, K1

Rnd 4: same as Rnd2

Rnd 5: K1, *[P2, K2, yo, DD, yo, K2]x2, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, [P2, K2, yo, DD, yo, K2], P2, K1

Rnd 6: same as Rnd2

Repeat these six rounds 11 times (if you want a longer dress add more repeats)

Decrease:

Rnd 1:  K1, *P2, skpo, K3, ssk, yo, P2, yo, skpo, K3, ssk, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, P2, skpo, K3, ssk, yo, P2, yo, skpo, K3, ssk, P2, K1

Rnd 2:  P1, *K2, P6, K2, P6, K2, P14,  repeat from * 4 times, K2, P6, K2, P6, K2, P1

Rnd 3:  K1, *P2, skpo, K1, ssk, yo, K1, P2, K1, yo, skpo, K1, ssk, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, P2, skpo, K1, ssk, yo, K1, P2, K1, yo, skpo, K1, ssk, P2, K1

Rnd 4:  P1, *K2, P5, K2, P5, K2, P14,  repeat from * 4 times, K2, P5, K2, P5, K2, P1

Rnd 5:  K1, *P2, K3togTBL, K2togTBL, P2, DD, K2tog, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, P2, K3togTBL, K2togTBL, P2, DD, K2tog, P2, K1

Rnd 6:  P1, *K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P14,  repeat from * 4 times, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1 (108sts)

Rnd 7:  K1, *P2, K2togTBL, P2, K2tog, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, P2, K2togTBL, P2, K2tog, P2, K1

Rnd 8:  P1, *K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times, K2, P1, K2, P1, K2, P1

Rnd 9:  K1, *P2, K2togTBL, K2tog, P2, K14,  repeat from * 4 times, P2, K2togTBL, K2tog, P2, K1

Rnd10: P1, *K2, P2, K2, P14  repeat from * 4 times, K2, P2, K2, P1

Rnd11: K1, * K2togTBLx2, K2tog, K14  repeat from * 4 times, K2togTBLx2, K2tog, K1

Rnd12: Purl 1 row (73 sts)

Rnd13: K1, DD, K14, DD, K6, K2tog, K6, DD, K6, K2tog, K6, DD, K14, DD, K1 (61 sts)

Rnd14: Purl 1 row

Rnd15: [K1, K2tog, yo, K1]x15, K1 (eyelet row, if you choose to have a drawstring)

Rnd16: Purl 1 row

Bodice:

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Repeat previous two rows 4 more times.

BO6 sts at the beg of the next 2 rows (49 sts)

Next: skpo, Knit to last 2 sts, K2tog

Next: Purl 1 row

Repeat last two rows 4 more times (39 sts)

Knit 1 row

Purl 1 row

Repeat last two rows 1 more time

Next: K9, K2tog, BO18, K9 (20sts)

Next: P8, P2togTBL, join second ball of yarn P2tog, P8

Knit 1 row across

Purl 1 row across

Repeat last two rows 4 more times

3 needle bind off the shoulder sts on front and back or bind off the front shoulders and seam front and back shoulder seams.

Finishing:

Mattress stitch the side seams and weave cord or ribbon thru the eyelets if using. Sew button on the back.

Crotchet edge around arms and head opening, making a loop for the button closing.

Cupcake Hat Pattern July 17, 2010

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CO 60 sts using the (double) long-tail cast on (Latvian cast-on?)

Join to knit in the round and K2P2 for 15 rounds with the ‘cake’ color

Change yarn to ‘icing’ color and knit 3 rows

Next: [k2tog, yo]x30

knit 3 rows

Next: knit each stitch together with the corresponding back loop of the 1st row of ‘icing’ color to form the picot edge (if you prefer you can do this by sewing after you are done knitting).

Knit 15 rows then start decreasing every row:

[k8, k2tog]x6

[k7, k2tog]x6

[k6, k2tog]x6

[k5, k2tog]x6

[k4, k2tog]x6

[k3, k2tog]x6

[k2, k2tog]x6

[k1, k2tog]x6

[k2tog]x6

Change yarn to ‘cherry’ color and knit 1 row

Next:[ kfb]x6

Knit 2 rounds

[k2tog]x6

Cut yarn and pull thru the 6 remaining stitches. Weave in all the ends.

A yarn with a gauge of 3.5sts per inch will give you a child sized hat, while a yarn with a gauge of 5.5sts/in will give you a newborn hat.

Haven’t done it in fifteen years… June 22, 2009

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…knitting, that is. What were you thinking?

And now, out of the blue I have decided to make myself a sweater. Now, I was never a talented knitter and I always had my grandmother to turn to when I needed help before. I don’t know the lingo (what the heck is purl) and I cannot read a pattern to save my life. I don’t even have my grandmother anymore and yet, I am very hopeful that this here piece of knitting will be turning into a sweater in the near future. We’ll see…

Don't you just love these colours?!

Don't you just love these colours?!