Pattern: Diagonal Rainbow Rib

At long last, the Diagonal Rainbow Rib scarf pattern is posted at Ravelry, and is on its way to be posted at Knit Picks as well.  This scarf, which can be knit from a single skein of Knit Picks Chroma Fingering (shown in colorway Prism), was created specifically to showcase the beautiful color changes found in this type of yarn.  Buy it now at the link below!

Pattern: Simple Felted Bowls

This pattern was created to make small felted bowls to hold various objects.  I use it myself to hold the pieces for various board games.  What will you use it for?

This bowl is formed of hdc, beginning at the center and working out, and finished with slip stitches around the edge.   Because this project will be felted, it does not use the normal convention of 2 ch being equivalent to one hdc at the start of a row or round. While 2 ch is equivalent in height to one hdc, it is not equivalent in thickness, which matters when the object is to be felted.   Instead, the beginning chains should be skipped as though working in the round in sc.

Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool (but any worsted weight non superwash wool will do)
Hook: US Size 8/H – 5.00 mm

Begin ch 4, join to first ch to form a loop.

Round 1: ch 2, 8 hdc in loop.  Join with sl st to first hdc.
Round 2: ch 2, 2 hdc in each st.  Join with sl st to first hdc.  16 hdc.
Round 3: ch 2, *hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with sl st to first hdc.  24 hdc.
Round 4: ch 2, *hdc in next hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with sl st to first hdc.  32 hdc.
Round 5: ch 2, *hdc in next 2 hdc, 2 hdc in next hdc, hdc in next hdc.  Repeat from * around.  Join with sl st to first hdc.  40 hdc.
Round 6: ch 2.  Working into back loop and yo wrap of previous round (see image below), hdc in each hdc around.


 

 

 

 

Rounds 7-10: ch 2, hdc in each hdc.  Join with sl st to first hdc.
Round 11: sl st in each hdc around.  Break yarn and fasten off.

Finishing:
Working in front loop of round 5, sl st in each hdc around (see image below).  Weave in ends and felt thoroughly.

I should post more

Other than knitting the prototype of my ID scarf at the beginning of the month, this has been a month to knit other peoples’ designs (mostly a sweater) and to work up another free pattern, a set of little felted crochet bowls. Testing of the scarf proceeds in the background and is just about complete. But I realize I should post more: I hesitate to post when I haven’t much to say, but if I don’t say anything, no one will ever read, either.

So that’s my goal for May: post more! I’m aiming for one post every three days, minimum, whether it’s Knitting Thoughts or just a picture of what I’ve been working on.

Knitpicks Independent Designer!

I’m so excited!  I just got approved to publish a pattern through the Knitpicks Independent Designer program.  It’s the pattern for a diagonal scarf that I first made in Mini Mochi back in 2009; I think it’ll look great in Knitpicks Chroma.  Several people have commented on my project asking for the pattern and I’ve finally got around to it!  I’m aiming for publication in late April.

As a preview, here’s the original scarf in Mini Mochi:

 

Testing, testing

The ammonite glove pattern is in testing right now! So far my test knitters have done a great job and uncovered a few things I missed, as well as producing fantastic work. One tester suggested that I should design a scarf and/or hat with the same pattern, so that’s in the works and hopefully will follow shortly thereafter. The goal is to have testing finishd by the end of March, so the pattern should be up the first week of April, and the hat pattern hopefully a few weeks later.

Pattern: Little Lace Bag of Holding

This little dice bag was created to match my personal RPG dice collection, which no one else is allowed to roll.  I had to have something to match!  It’s a neat little pattern, holds more than it may appear, and is a great way to use leftover sock yarn.  Click the button to buy for $2!

Pattern: Support Twist Mitts

I find that my hands get tired when I knit or crochet for a long time, so I designed these gloves to be quite tight, and support the hand during crafting. The cotton in the yarn increases this capacity, while the wool allows it enough stretch to have good stitch definition and to fit the hand. A simple cable on the back of each hand adds interest to the knitting.

This pattern is available for $2 USD, and can be purchased by clicking the button below.