Sunday, January 30, 2011

Alpaca Scarf

My husbands grandmother gave us some money for Christmas.  With it we went to a yarn store and bought some baby alpaca (the color is "chocolate caramel twist").  I made this cable scarf for my husband.

I couldn't find a great pattern, so I took a few and combined them into this one.

Cast On 38 stitches
Row 1: K2, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K6, P2, K2, P2, K2
Row 2: P2, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P6, K2, P2, K2, P2
Row 3: Repeat row 1
Row 4: Repeat row 2
Row 5: K2, P2, K2, P2, Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in front.  Knit next three stitches.  Knit 3 stitches off cable needle.  P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, Slip 3 stitches onto cable needle and hold in back.  Knit next three stitches.  Knit 3 stitches off cable needle, P2, K2, P2, K2.
Row 6: Repeat row 2.

Repeat rows 1-6 until the scarf is as long as you wish (or, in my case, until you run out of yarn).  Cast off all stitches.  Weave in ends.  Block tightly. 

With alpaca, I stretched and pinned the scarf onto the blocking mats dry, and then sprayed the yarn with a squirt bottle until very wet.  I let it dry about a week to be safe.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kindle Cover

I was so excited to unwrap the Kindle I got for my birthday!  I've been wanting one, but hadn't been able to push "buy", and now I don't have to.  I quickly went shopping for a cover.  But I could not decide which one I wanted, and I wasn't sure any of them were exactly what I was looking for.  What better way to get exactly what I want than to make it myself?  So that's exactly what I did.

I usually work from pre-made patterns, but decided to give pattern making a try here, and I'm very happy with the result of my efforts.

First, I found the basket-weave stitch pattern in 400 Knitting Stitches (Amazon link).  Then I made a gauge swatch with the pattern and used it to make my pattern.

#9 needles - double pointed or circular (I used 29-in circular with magic loop) or to obtain gauge
Vanna's Choice Olive & Vanna's Baby Sweet Pea (or colors of your choice)

Gauge: 5 stitches per inch in basket-weave pattern (rounds 1-12 of pattern)

In Olive, CO 48 Stitches.  Join in round
Round 1 & 2: knit
Round 3-6: *K2, P4* repeat to end
Round 7 & 8: knit
Round 9-12: *P3, K2, P1* repeat to end
Repeat rounds 1 - 12 again
Repeat rounds 1-7
Switch colors to Sweet Pea and repeat rounds 8-12, 1-7.
Switch colors back to Olive and continue until round 7 again.
Cast off 24 stitches.  Knit remaining stitches.

Row 1: *K1, P2, K3* repeat to end
Row 2: *P3, K2, P1* repeat to end
Row 3&4: Repeat rows 1&2
Row 5: K
Row 6: P10, Cast off next 4, P last 10
Row 7: K2, P4, K2, P2, cast on 4 using backward loop method.  P4, K2, P4
Row 8: *K4, P2* repeat to end
Row 9&10Repeat rows 7&8
Row 11: K
Cast Off

Finish by weaving in ends, sewing up the bottom, and attaching the button.

Keep your Kindle safe with this cozy cover.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


My name is Liz.  I taught myself to crochet from a book in 2008.  In 2009 I taught myself to knit from online videos.  I have fallen in love with both crafts and can't wait to start posting my creations.

I mostly work from patterns (both book and online) but have recently started creating my own patterns.  (ok, so all I've made is a kindle cover, which I plan to use as my first real post, but still, it's a start).

I can't wait to share lots of new projects!