Posted in FOs, Knitting, Ramblings, Socks, WIPS

Thoughts on Thursday – Sock Knitting

I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before (I could check, but why go down that rabbit hole?), I LOVE the idea of knitting socks, but can’t stand to knit socks. To be fair, I haven’t had much luck with sock knitting. I get weird, loose tension when using sock yarn (only for socks, shawls are okay….). BUT. I still LOVE the idea of knitting socks, so I just keep trying different things.

I decided to use 2 strands of sock yarn held together on this pair of socks.

I did basically the same thing for these socks, except, I decided to do stripes. Since I knit socks two at a time, I had 4 skeins of yarn going (what a MESS!).

This Spring, after I completed the Knitting on 2 Circulars class (mentioned in this post), Julie from Simply Notable offered a Video Sock Class, I decided to sign up for the class, because, HEY! I need some sock knitting help!

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We were going to be knitting socks in worsted weight yarn. Top-down. ONE at a time. On 2 (size 4) circular needles. I’ve always knit socks (or anything that comes in pairs, sleeves, mitts, etc.) two at a time. Why? In a word……Second Sock Syndrome (okay…..three words… )!!! It was going to be alright, I could do this for the sake of learning!

Here’s what I learned…..

  • Casting on over 2 needles makes a nice, stretchy edge!
  • Reading the instructions helps…..that way you do the correct rib, instead of the k1 p1 rib I did.
  • Even with worsted weight yarn and size 4 needles, my tension is still “sloppy”.
  • I cannot do the Kirchner stitch without instructions.
  • I still prefer two at a time.
  • I also think I might prefer toe-up.
  • After-thought heels are my favorite.

Here’s how I adapted for my second pair….

  • Bought 2 new size 2.5 ChiaoGoo needles (just so you know, ChiaoGoo are my new favorite!)
  • Cast-on for toe-up
  • Did the correct k2 p2 rib
  • Since casting on over 2 needles worked so good, I decided to try binding off over 2 needles would be good. Yeah, I’m still struggling with that. Here’s a peak at that process…..
  • If I ever get the bind off done, I plan on doing the After thought heel again.

As you can see, it won’t be long before I join the ranks of the Sock Knitters….. What knitting challenge are you overcoming?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Posted in Embroidery, Excuses, FOs, Knitting, Mug Cozies, Ramblings

Why I Didn’t Get Another Stitch Pattern Knitted This Week.

Well…..it happened again. Just like last week (this post), I didn’t get a Stitch Pattern block started (I might be a bad KAL host….). BUT. I did get knitting done! The above photo is the mug cozy I knit while participating in Simply Notable’s Knitting in the Round on 2 Circulars Challenge. This project was the perfect little break I needed from the 3 HUGE projects I have in the works currently. Plus, I picked up some knitting/finishing tips along the way (win. win.).

I made one tiny mistake. The photo above shows the self-striping yarn I had chosen to knit the cozy out of. Isn’t it beautiful? The only problem was, the color change repeats were so large, I ended up with a GRAY mug cozy. What to do? I’ve always wanted to play around with embroidery on knitting. That plain, gray mug cozy made the perfect place to start! I may need to add embroidery more often!

How are your projects coming along?

Happy knitting!

Lori

Posted in Beanies, Bulky, FOs, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting

Free Pattern Friday – The Accidental Rib Beanie

 

The original Beanie I knit was an experiment making a Bulky yarn holding 4 strands of sock yarn together (see this post). The stitch pattern I used was a k2, p1 stitch. As I knit along I noticed I liked the look of the stitch pattern of the WRONG side better. When I finished up the beanie, I wove the ends into the right side and the wrong side now became the right side! That’s how the Accidental Rib Beanie came about!

The Accidental Beanie

by Lori A. Smith

The Accidental Rib Beanie is knit in the round using a Bulky yarn and minimal decreases at the top so it knits up super fast. I’ve included a cuffed or non-cuffed version in 3 child’s sizes and 2 adult sizes. The rib pattern makes the hat very stretchy, so it accommodates lots of head sizes.

Materials:

  • 110 yards of a bulky weight yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Scarfie). If a Pompom is desired, it will require additional yarn.
  • One size #13 (9.0mm) circular needle (at least a 40″ length for Magic Loop) or set of double-pointed needles (you could also use a 16″ circular length and switch to DPN’s when you get to the decreases).
  • Tapestry needle for weaving in ends
  • Stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round.

Gauge:

  • 13 sts and 16 rows/4inches (in rib pattern/blocked)

 

Sizes:

  • Baby (Toddler, Child, Adult Small, Adult Large). Finished size – 11″ (13″, 15″, 18″, 22″) in circumference. When in doubt, size down as this hat is very stretchy.

Abbreviations:

  • CO       cast-on
  • PM       place marker
  • k          knit
  • p          purl
  • sts        stitches
  • rnd       round
  • k2tog   knit 2 together
  • p2tog   purl 2 together
  • BO        bind off

Directions:

CO 36 (42, 48, 54, 69) stitches using your favorite stretchy cast-on (I used a long-tail CO). Join in the round without twisting stitches. PM to mark beginning of the round.

For Cuffed Version: *P2, k1; around for 2″ (2″, 3″, 3″, 3″) or desired depth of your cuff.

For Both Versions: Begin *K2, p1; around until piece measures 7″ (8″, 9″, 11″, 13″) or desired length.

Decreases:

  • Rnd 1: *k2tog, p1; around.
  • Rnd 2 *k1,p1; around.
  • Rnd 3 *p2tog; around.

Finishing:

Cut yarn leaving a long tail.,Using a darning needle, thread through remaining sts on your needles. Pull up tightly. Decide which side is going to be your right side (you may like the k2, p1 better?) Secure and weave in ends on whatever side you decided will be your wrong side. Assemble and secure a Pompom on top if desired.

 

Copyright 2108: You may use this free pattern however you wish. If you decide to use the pattern, please give me credit for the design by linking to this post. https://muddlingthroughlifesite.wordpress.com/ Thank you!

 

Happy Knitting!

Lori

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Cowls/Neckwarmers, FALL!, FOs, Knitting, Scrappy, Stashbuster

Scrappy Sunday – Posie Rows Scarf

I’m SO excited to announce the project I’ve been working on through September! I’ve been test knitting this scrappy Posie Rows Scarf by designer Julie Tarsha of the Simply Notable Blog. I wanted to do a scrappy version (mostly because I have SO MUCH sock yarn odds and ends I wanted to use up!), so I gathered up my sock yarn/mini skein yarns and created a Scrappy Self-striping yarn ball . I used the Russian Join to join up all the pieces, but Simply Notable also has an interesting join called the Magic Knot (see this post) that I’m going to test out soon!

If a scrappy version doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry, this scarf looks great in 2 solid colors (or a solid and a variegated/self-striping). I decided to make a minor change to my scarf. I only knit 30″ in length (although it blocked out to 44″ in length!) and seamed the cast-on and bind-off edges together to make a cowl.

I’m VERY happy how it turned out! I hope you decide to knit yourself a Posie Rows Scarf soon. It’s such an enjoyable knit!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in Blankets, Fleece, FOs, Sewing, Tutorials

Tutorial Tuesday – Quick & Easy Fleece Blanket

It’s Fall Football season and we needed a new fleece blanket to snuggle under during the chilly evening games. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time to make this, so, I opted for fleece. This took me a little over an hour to complete. Sure, it involves a little sewing, but, it’s GOT to be quicker than those “no-sew cut all that fringe and tie it together” blankets! All that cutting must take FOREVER! 😉 If you’d like to make one for yourself, here’s how I went about it…..

I started by purchasing 1-1/2 yards of 2 pieces of fleece. This will make my blanket approx. 60″ wide by 54″ long.

I started by trimming off the selvage edge. Also, since I was working with a stripe and a plaid, I cut across the 60″ width using the edge of a stripe. If you’re not working with a stripe or plaid, you’ll want to use a ruler to get a straight line.

With WRONG sides together pin the two pieces of fleece together all the way around. Trim off any fabric to make your pieces equal.

It’s a good idea to test your stitching on a couple of scrap pieces of fleece to make sure our tension and stitch size are right (you can see I had some issues with my stitching at first….glad I did a little test! 😉 ).

Start stitching around your blanket (I find a Walking Foot VERY helpful, but you could also use any utility foot your machine has). I used a blanket stitch and kept my edges at 1/4″to keep my stitching on the fabric. This may vary for your machine and why testing on scraps is so helpful! (If your machine doesn’t do a blanket stitch, you could also do a number of other stitches, including a straight stitch. It’s fleece, it’s not going to ravel. YAY!)

Continue stitching around until you reach the point you started at. Trim all your threads and you’re DONE! WHOOHOO!

Now you’ve got a new blanket to snuggle under during the chilly fall/winter evenings! These would also make GREAT gifts too….because, that time of year is creeping up on us FAST!

Happy Sewing!

Lori

Posted in FOs, Hats, Knitting, Scrappy, Sock Yarn, Stashbuster

Scrappy Sunday – Bulky Yarn

I’m going to tell you a secret…..I’ve never been a fan of bulky yarn. The only real reason, is that every project I’ve done from bulky yarn has been a flop. So, it might not be the yarn as much as it is the project. A few months back, I read about this technique of making a marled (bulky) yarn from odds and ends of thinner yarns held together. Well, by the looks of the above basket of sock yarn, it was a technique I should give a try!

Holding 4 strands of sock yarn together, I cast-on a hat (no pattern…..yet….) onto size 13 needles. As one of the colors got low, I’d Russian Join a new color to that yarn. Are you ready? Here’s the end result….

I’m pretty happy with the finished hat! I can’t wait to try this again!

What fun ideas are you doing to use up your yarn scraps?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

Posted in Dishcloth/Washcloth, FOs, Knitting, Scrappy, Stashbuster

Scrappy Sunday – Scrappy Around the Square Dishcloths

Remember the Scrappy cotton Self-Striping Yarn I made recently? Here’s that I did with it! A couple of Around the Square dishcloths! They turned out really cute, don’t you think! I just love the fact that I used up a bunch of cotton scraps! Plus, they’re dishcloths (for my kitchen), so even though they’re not perfect, they’ll be fine for the dishes!

What scrappy, stashbusting project is in the works for you?

Happy Knitting!

Lori