Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Basket Weave Fingerless Gloves- Free Pattern!

Now the point of this blog was to write about two of my favourite hobbies, cooking and knitting. And you may have noticed that the knitting has been in rather short supply as of late (sorry!), in fact I have only posted one pattern, my Tidal Cable Headband

Now this is not because I haven't been knitting, (I actually feel like I have been doing nothing but knit over the past few weeks!) but because I'm working on some secret projects which I don't want certain nosey members of my household to know about just yet!

However, I can share with you my lovely cosy basket weave hand-warmers (as these are well known of in my circle of friends, so I don't need to keep shtum from prying eyes.)

If you are reading this, I'm going to assume you're interested in knitting. If you're interesting in knitting I'm also going to assume you know all about the Purl Bee and how awesome it is. There are some wonderful patterns on there, not just for knitting but for crochet and sewing and other such noble interests :) 

I fell in love with the Ribbed Hand-Warmers as soon as I saw them, and quickly knitted myself up a pair in a lovely yarn I've been stashing for just such a project. Whilst I absolutely adore them and wear them every day, I've found that I'm not keen on the long length of these. I wear a leather jacket with close fitting sleeves, which the hand/arm warmers just don't fit comfortably under and I wanted a little more flexibility in the palm area. So using the Purl Bee's pattern as a starter I have fashioned a shorter hand-warmer pattern with a stitch which gives a little more width to the finished project in the palm. 

1 skein of yarn in a pretty colour (I used a nice green and cream 4 ply yarn, but any would work well, just alter the gauge and/or needle size accordingly)
4 Double Pointed Needles size 3.5mm

13 stitches per 2 inches un-stretched (for ribbing)
9 stitches per 2 inches  comfortably stretched (for ribbing)

Ribbing stitch- 
P3 K2
Thumb Hole Basket Weave stitch- 
Basket Weave Pattern
Rows 1 and 3- K2 P4 Worked on the inside of work
Rows 2 and 4- P2 K4 Worked on the outside of work
Rows 5 and 7- P3 K2 P1 Worked on the inside of work
Rows 6 and 8- K3 P2 K1 Worked on the outside of work
Standard Basket Weave Stitch-
Rows 1 to 4- K2 P4
Rows 5 to 8- P3 K2 P1

Wrist Section:

Cast on 50 stitches on DPNs (I do 20 on the first, then 15 on the second and third but it's up to you).
Join for working in the round without twisting (which impossible to fix after this stage!), placing a marker at the front of the first needle (or use the cast off tail as a marker)
Follow pattern for ribbing until the piece measures 4 inches in length.

Thumb Hole:

Turn the work so you should now be working back on yourself, the same way you have just worked. 

Start the basket weave pattern, starting with Row 1 when you reach the marker turn the work around again to work back on yourself and begin Row 2. Repeat until the thumb hole measures 1 ½ inches.

Working on the inside of your work,
back the way you have just worked.

Working on the outside of your work, as normal.


Finishing on Row 4 or 8, join again to work in the round. Continue into the standard basket weave stitch (you should now always be working on the outside of work.) Continue for another 2 inches. Cast off, finishing either on Row 4 or Row 8. Then you can start your second hand-warmer :)

Good luck! I hope you enjoy making these and they keep you super toasty throughout this bitter (but very merry!) season.

Any questions, pop me a comment and I'll try my hardest to fix it.



Sunday, 16 September 2012

Tidal Headband- Free Pattern

I've already started crafting some presents for Christmas, as I usually leave it much too late! Not this year. 2012 is the year for only homemade presents! I've already got some chocolate vodka on the go in the cupboard, as well as some Blackberry and Elderberry jam, and hopefully soon to be joined by some Christmas Apple Chutney.

But as well as cooking, I love knitting. The feeling of accomplishment when you finish a project is still makes me proud, and seeing someones face light up when you give them something homemade is lovely. I want to make small accessories for family and friends and have already made some lovely knitted slippers for my mum and boyfriend's mum (pattern downloadable from here), but for my sister and boyf's sister I want to make a lovely warm woolly headband to see them through the miserable English winter. I've made myself one using the wonderful Mari from Wistful Plying's pattern (see her blog here for the pattern), but I have some gorgeous wool left over from previous projects that I want to use and there isn't quite enough left to make them the same one. So I decided to be adventurous and write my very own pattern. I'm pretty happy with it! 

So here it is- my first ever pattern. I'd love it if you let me know if you tried it out and if you think anything needs amending. Or just if you have anything you'd like to say, I'd really appreciate some feedback.

Size 7 needles. Chunky Knit wool.

K1FB= Knit stitch in front and back to increase by one.
K2tog= Knit two together to decrease by one.

Skills needed:

Basic Knit and Purl stitches.
Increase using K1FB and decrease using K2tog.

  1. Cast on 5 stitches.
  2. K2   P1           K2
  3. P2   K1           P2
  4. K2   P1           K2
  5. P2   K1           P2
  6. K2   P1           K2
  7. P2   K1FB      P2
  8. K2   P2           K2
  9. P2   K2           P2
  10. K2   P2           K2
  11. P2   K1FB      K1FB      P2
  12. K2   P4           K2
  13. P2   K4           P2
  14. K2   P4           K2
  15. P2   K1FB      K2           K1FB      P2
  16. K2   P6           K2
  17. P2   K6           P2
  18. K2   P6           K2
  19. P2   K1FB      K4           K1FB      P2
  20. K2   P8           K2
  21. P2   K8           P2
  22. K2   P8           K2
  23. P2   K1FB      K6           K1FB      P2
  24. K2   P10         K2          
  25. P2   K10         P2
  26. K2   P10         K2
  27. P2   K1FB      K8           K1FB      P2
  28. K2   P12         K2
  29. P2 *slip 3 onto cable needle (hold behind) K3, K3 off cable needle* repeat from *-* P2
  30. K2   P12         K2
  31. P2   K12         P2
  32. K2   P12         K2
  33. P2 *slip 3 onto cable needle (hold in front) K3, K3 off cable needle* repeat from *-* P2
  34. K2   P12         K2
  35. P2   K12         P2   Repeat rows 28-35 four/five times (depending on the size of your head/how tight you like it).
  36. K2   P12         K2
  37. P2   K2tog    K8           k2tog     P2
  38. K2   P10         K2
  39. P2   K2tog    K6           K2tog    P2
  40. K2   P8           K2
  41. P2   K8           P2
  42. K2   P8           K2
  43. P2   K2tog    K4           K2tog    P2
  44. K2   P6           K2
  45. P2   K6           P2
  46. K2   P6           K2
  47. P2   K2tog    K2           K2tog    P2
  48. K2   P4           K2
  49. P2   K4           P2
  50. K2   P4           K2
  51. P2   K2tog    K2tog    P2
  52. K2   P2           K2
  53. P2   K2           P2
  54. K2   P2           K2
  55. P2   K2tog    P2
  56. K1   P1           K1
  57. Cast Off. Tie a loop through one end with the tail and sew a button on the other end. Voila! 

You should end up with a nice thin head band with two waves wiggling through the middle. I hope it keeps you nice and snug through the cold months!

As always with these things, please use for personal use only (although selling in aid of charity is fine by me!), and it would lovely if you would link back to my blog if you happen to love it so much you put it on yours :)