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

 

 

 

 

 

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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

Posted in FOs, Potholders, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, Tutorials

Tutorial Tuesday – EZ Potholder Construction

 

As promised, the Potholder Construction I used to make my Denim Potholders. It’s very simple construction. It has what looks like a narrow binding….without the fuss of binding! I’ll also give you a method that requires no hand stitching (if hand stitching is not your thing)! I hope you find it as EZ as I do! Let’s get started!

EZ Potholders – Finished Size – 8×8 inches

Materials:

  • Main Fabric, Contrast Fabric and Batting (I used a heat-resistant batting) – 1/4 yard of each
  • Thread

Cutting List:

Main Fabric-

  • 7-1/2″x7 -1/2″ square (1) Front fabric

 

Contrast Fabric-

  • 8-1/2″x8-1/2″ square (1) Backing Fabric
  • 1″x9-1/2″ strip (4) “Binding” Fabric
  • 1-1/2″x4″ strip (1) Loop Fabric

Batting-

8-1/2″x8-1/2″ square

Directions:

Using a 1/4″ seam, sew one of your “binding” strips to one side of your (Main fabric) front square . I prefer using the walking foot on my machine, but any multi-purpose foot will work.

Sew another strip to the opposite side of your (Main fabric) front square. Press the seam allowances toward the strips and trim the ends to square up.

 

Sew the other two strips to the remaining edges of your (Main fabric) front square (including the edges of your “binding” strips just sewn). Trim edges to square up.

With right sides together fold your hanging loop in half long edges (4″) together. Sew the long edges using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn loop right side out. Press flat with seam to one side. Edgestitch this side (if you want to try my no-hand sew method, edgestitch the other long edge also). Fold raw edges together to form your loop. Pin loop in the left corner (as you look it) of your front square. This will become critical if you have a one-way print! Baste in place using an 1/8″ seam allowance.

Time to layer up your potholder…..Place your batting on your work surface. Place the WRONG side of your (Contrast fabric) Backing square onto the batting. Then, place your assembled front square on top of the backing square, RIGHT sides together. Pin around leaving a 5-6″ opening in the center of one of the sides.

Place the batting side down on your sewing machine and using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around your potholder. Make sure you leave that 5-6″ opening for turning. I only mention that because I may or may not have forgotten that on one of my potholders…. 😉

Trim the corners and turn your potholder right side out.

I use one of my DPNs to poke the corners out. It’s the only good use I’ve found for DPNs since I learned to knit Magic Loop 😉

Fold the seam allowances of your opening in and pin to hold. Now, you can either sew this edge shut by hand OR edgestitch around the edge of the entire potholder (I prefer this method).

The last step (YAY!) is to edgestitch the opposite edge of the “binding” (the edges seamed to your main fabric square).

That’s it! You’re done! Now sit back and admire your new potholder! AND. Start planning your next potholder!

Happy Sewing!

Lori

Posted in FOs, Modification, Old Jeans, Potholders, Quilting, Scrappy, Sewing, Stashbuster, Upcycle

Modification Monday – Denim Potholders

Recently, I convinced myself I needed to:

  1. Use my (what I still refer as my new….)  sewing machine more often.
  2. Use up some of the old jeans I’ve been hoarding.
  3. Use up some of some of my scrap fabrics.

So, I started perusing Pinterest for ideas. I stumbled across this denim potholder post . Bingo! It was perfect! Sewing machine, old jeans and scrap fabrics! Plus….I’d get some NEW potholders out of the deal! I definitely need those….I’m not even going to post a photo of what I’m currently using. Let’s just say, unless you’re holding the pad the right way, you’re going to burn your fingers! 😉

I’ll tell you right now, It would have been easier to just follow Mary’s instructions and whip up a bunch of potholders. But No-o-o-o-o-o! I decided my potholders needed a hanging loop AND I might have an easier method (and I might….stay tuned, a tutorial is on it’s way 😉 )!

If you decide to make some of Mary’s potholders (and you really should) and want a few with the pockets on them, here’s the tricky part about using the pockets…..

There is not enough seam allowance between the pocket and the yoke on some jeans!

I broke out my handy-dandy seam ripper and tore the stitches out of the yoke.

Once the stitches are remove, pull the yoke up and you’ll gain almost a 1/2 “.

Cut as close as you can to the yoke seam. Then you’ll just need to center the potholder (front) square over your pocket and proceed with the construction (Mary’s or your favorite) . If you don’t need potholders, I bet you know someone who does! Hostess/Christmas gift time is approaching fast! YIKES!

Who do you know who needs new potholders?

Happy Sewing!

Lori