Friday, August 26, 2011

Tunisian Crochet

I decided to learn Tunisian Crochet.  I purchased an adjustable kit (denise) - which I should have done with knitting needles a long time ago.  Its a very neat set, easy to put together or change out lengths of cord etc.

I started out with a few tiny swatches to get a feel for the stitch, the simple stitch and I tried the purl and knit type stitches.

I then started an Entrelac piece to see how that went, and after a bit decided to make another hot water bottle cover...

I decided yesterday to try tunisian in the round, using the loop method, and I cast on and made a hat, its fantastic, I used odds and ends of green wool I had left over, Galway wool. and Size K hook.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hats for the troops

So far this year I've only made 3, but I made a few last year as well....

Donations always go toward more yarn to knit or crochet!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Puffy double sided hexagon

I'll post more pictures when I knit the next one.

Size US9 DPN's
Vanna's choice yarn.
(you can use any yarn and the appropriate needle size to make various sizes of hexagons)
Hexagons can be joined to make a pillow or blanket of any size. You will need to knit some half hexagons to create a straight edge.

Using the vanna yarn and 9 needles, each side of the hexagon measures 2 1/2 inches and 4 inches from side to side.
Bind on using long tail method, onto two needles alternating from one to the other till you have 10 stitches on each needle.
The needles will be next to each other and you'll knit in the round.
Knit one round
increase on the second, and each second round till you have 20 stitches on each needle, Knit front and back of first and last stitch on each needle.

When you get to 20 on each needle, knit a round and then start decreasing by K2tog on each end of each needle every second round.

(You can stuff the little hexagon with batting or something similar before binding off)
When you get back to 10 stitches on each needle, knit one round and bind off using the 3 needle method.

Long tail cast on, alternating needles.

At the halfway point - it forms a little pocket.

The blue hexagon is knit on size 7 needles.  Caron simply soft yarn.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Baby hat - seed stitch

Caron simply soft yarn in pale pink.
Size 6 circular 16inch
Size 6 DPN's
Yarn needle for weaving ends.

Long tail case on 71 stitches.
Join in circle place marker. Either use DPN’s or 16 inch circular needle.
Seed stitch for 1 inch (6 rounds)
Knit all rounds till hat measures 4 inches total
(k2tog right before end of round)
Decrease rounds:
1: k8, k2tog.
2: k7, k2tog
3: k6, k2tog
4: k5, k2tog
5: k4, K2tog
6: k2tog
7: k2tog
Cut yarn, thread through live stitches, pull tight and weave in end.

A matching blanket is in the works!