My Free Patterns

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Eyelet Baby Hats

I made my first Etsy sale!!  The customer is a really lovely woman that wanted to buy two baby hats for her the upcoming arrival of two baby boy grandchildren!  They aren't twins either--both her daughter and her daughter-in-law are pregnant.  The hat I had for sale she loved, but wanted it in a blue or green colour.  Here is what I came up with:

I think they are gorgeous colours, and not just because I made them!  Here is the pattern if you are interested in making on yourself.

Gauge:
20 sts=4" over pat st with smaller needles

Materials:
Size 6 US (4.25 mm) needles
Size 8 US (5 mm) needles
Worsted weight yarn

Instructions:

CO 73 sts with smaller needles.
Rows 1-3: knit
Row 4: k2, *yo, k3, sl1, k2tog, psso, k3, yo, k1; rep from *, end k2 instead of k1
Row 5 purl
Row 6: k2, *k1, yo, k2, sl1, k2tog, psso, k2, yo, k2; rep from *, end k3 instead of k2
Row 7 purl
Row 8: k2, *k2, yo, k1, sl1, k2tog, psso, k1, yo, k3; rep from *, end k4 instead of k3
Row 9 purl
Row 10: k2, *k3, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k4; rep from *, end k5 instead of k4
Row 11 purl

Change to larger needles.

Repeat Rows 4-11 until work measures approximately 5½ inches.

Decrease For Crown:
Row 1: k5, *sl1, k2tog, psso, k7; rep from *, end k5 instead of k7
Rows 2 purl
Row 3: k4, *sl1, k2tog, psso, k5; rep from *, end k4 instead of k5
Row 4 purl
Row 5: *k3, sl1, k2tog, psso; rep from *
Row 6 purl
Row 7: k2, *sl1, k2tog, psso, k1; rep from *, ending with k2 instead of k1

Cut yarn, thread through remaining stitches, draw together. Sew seam.

For preemies, CO 63 sts, repeat pattern 2 times (total of 3) and then decrease.

*****psso --pass slip stitch over
*****sl-- slip one—do not knit it

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tea Cosy Pattern

I am really excited about this--I've written my first pattern!  After I made the tea cosy for my tea pot my father started going on and on about how it wasn't an original Brown Betty teapot.  My Mother came up with the brilliant idea to get him his own Brown Betty for Christmas, and I would make a tea cozy for it.  Ordering the teapot was the easy part!  The original factory (Cauldon Ceramics) is still going, and you can order from their site, however the shipping was slow.  Communication was terrible and they never returned my email asking where my teapot was, I had to eventually call to get answers!  I think the problem might be they only make them as required, but they don't tell you a thing!  Regardless, it arrived in perfect condition, and I'm really pleased.





Now to the fun part--the pattern.  I wanted something manly, since it was for my Dad, and searching the web I didn't find anything to my taste.  Since I really want to start writing my own patterns I thought this would be a great way to start.  Here goes:

Dad's Tea Cosy

This tea cosy is to fit a 4 cup teapot (which I have learned translates into 2 mugs).  I used a colour change wool for added effect.  

5mm needles
Wool used, Patons Colour Works Aran

Gauge: 7 stitches and 7 rows = 1”

CO 43 stitches

Knit 4 rows
Add 5 stitches evenly along next row (48 stitches)

2x2 rib (knit 2, purl 2) until pieces measures 6.5”

Make Eyelet holes for drawstring:
k2 p2, (yfwd, k2tog, p2, k2, p2) repeat 5 times yfwd, k2tog, p2

2x2 rib for 4 rows

Knit 4 rows

cast off

Sew the pieces together for 4 cm at the top and bottom using yarn ends still attached to the pieces.
Make a plaited cord using 6 strands of wool, each about 60cm long. Weave the cord through the eyelets, pull up and tie in a bow.
Front side with drawstring cord

Back side of cosy

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