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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.

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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.

Pattern: Raid Wrap

This iPhone Cozy is intended for use with Apple portable music devices and/or phones.  Sizes given should fit the iPhone 3, 3S, 4, 4S, and iPod Touch.  Because this piece is intended to stretch tightly around the iPhone, be aware that during the knitting, the piece will appear longer and narrower than the iPhone.  This will ensure a snug fit once the piece is seamed together and in use.

Also, the pattern calls for straight needles and DPNs because that’s how these things are normally done, but there’s no reason the pattern can’t be knit back and forth on two DPNs.

All photos in the pattern show the small version with an iPhone 3S inside.

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Baby Llama (100% Llama, 109 yards per 50g skein), 1 skein
Needles & Notions: US Size 2 (2.75mm) straight needles or size needed to get gauge
Two DPNs in same size as straight needle (for working icord)
2 Cable needles
One button
Sizes: S(L).  Small is for the Touch, 3, and 3S models; L is for the 4 and 4S models.
Gauge: 8.5 stitches and 7 rows per inch in k1,p1 ribbing.

Stitches used in pattern (note: all cables occur ONLY on the right side or ONLY on the wrong side):
C2F: RS Only.  Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front of work.  K1 from LH needle, k1 from cable needle.
C2B: RS Only.  Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in back of work.  K1 from LH needle, k1 from cable needle.
C3KP: RS Only.  Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front of work.  Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in back of work.  K1 from LH needle, p1 from cable needle behind work, k1 from cable needle in front of work.
C2FP: WS Only.  Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in front of work.  P1 from LH needle, k1 from cable needle.
C2BP: WS Only.  Slip 1 st to cable needle and hold in back of work.  K1 from LH needle, p1 from cable needle.

Instructions:
Cast on 17(19) stitches.
Row 1 (RS): k1, p1 across, end k1
Row 2 (WS): p1, k1 across, end p1
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until piece measures 4.5” from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
Next Row: k13(15), yo, k2tog, k2 (Note: the YO, k2tog is to create a hole for the earphones.  If the placement of your earphone jack is different, it may be necessary to adjust the placement of this hole.  If an earphone jack is not desired, simply knit across.)

Next Row: purl across
Increase Row:
  Size Small:
kfb 2x, k1, p1, kfb 3x, k1, p1, kfb 3x, k1, p1, kfb2x, k1.  27 sts.
   Size Large: (kfb, k1, p1) 2x, kfb 2x, k1, p1, kfb 2x, (k1, p1, kfb) 2x, k1.  27 sts.
Next Row (WS): p1, k1 across, end p1
Next Row (RS): k1, p1 across, end k1
Repeat previous two rows until piece measures 6” from cast-on edge, ending with a WS row.
Next 25 Rows: work from cable chart.

 

 

 

 

Next Row (WS): p1, k1 across, end p1
Next Row (RS): k1, p1 across, end k1
Repeat previous two rows until piece measures 10” from cast-on edge, ending with WS row.
Next Row (RS): ssk, (k1, p1) to last two stitches, k2tog.
Next Row (WS): p1, (p1, k1) across, end p2.
Next Row (RS): ssk, (k1, p1) to last two stitches, k2tog.
Next Row (WS): p1, k1 across, end p1.
Repeat these four rows until 3 sts remain on needles.  Work icord on these 3 sts for 10 rows or until appropriate length to create a loop that will serve as a buttonhole.  Break yarn, draw through these three sts, and secure to base of icord, creating loop.

Finishing:
Fold piece in half; the two rows of stockinette with the YO and increase are at the bottom.  Sew side seams.  Weave in ends and attach button. 

 Final Note:
This pattern takes its name from its inspiration: it’s a 25-stitch cable that was inspired by 25-man raiding in World of Warcraft, 25 people working together to take out the big bad guys.  This pattern is dedicated to all the great friends I’ve made in the past four years of play.

The ammonite pattern is done!

Done done done! All written and everything. I have just a few finishing touches to do on my own prototype, then it’s off to find testers!