The Grass Roots cowl?

Hey there everyone!

A customer shared with me HER version of the Grass Roots Cowl.

It’s actually a Grass Roots SCARF!

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She said once she was done knitting it, she liked the look of it as a scarf and felt it would be more versatile for her.

Well done Milann and thank you for sharing! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Do you have a finished project using one of my patterns? I would love to see them. You can email me photos at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca.

Happy knitting!

Diana

Introducing “The Bonnie Cowl”…

Hi everyone!

The Bonnie Cowl pattern has been released! ๐Ÿ˜€

I used Red Heart Soft Essential yarns for this cowl making it super cozy!

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It’s available on lovecrafts.com, on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

This BIG, cushy and versatile cowl is sure to become one of your favourites!

Happy knitting.

Diana

New pattern coming this week…

Hello there.

I just wanted to let everyone know that my “Bonnie Cowl” pattern should be released this week, so stay tuned.

I’ve been SO busy in the last couple of weeks that I haven’t had a chance to get it written out.

Happy knitting!

Diana

First (and last) pair…

Hello everyone!

Here’s my first (and last) pair of socks for 2019!

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I realized just a couple of days ago I hadn’t knit any socks in a while, so I dug out this pattern and made these ones. This is the only pattern I have ever found for knitting socks flat. (I don’t like knitting in the round!)

They’re a tad big so I’ll have to alter the pattern a bit so they fit me better, but they’re still really cozy.

The pattern is written to knit one sock at a time, but because they’re not big, I knit both at once!

You can find the pattern HERE!

I really enjoyed knitting these, so I think 2020 will be the year of socks! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy knitting.

Diana

Tri-coloured Diagonal Garter Stitch blanket…

Hello there.

A couple of days ago I posted a picture of a baby blanket on my Instagram account and on my Facebook page.

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Since posting it, I’ve had a few people ask me for the pattern, so I decided to write it out for you.

You will need approximately 750 yards of bulky yarn. I used Red Heart Soft Essentials – 250 yards of each colour or 2 balls of each colour if using the Red Heart Soft Essentials.

Cast on 6 stitches with your first colour using US size 10 circular needles.

The blanket is knit flat but you will need the circular needles to hold all the stitches.

Knit across all 6 stitches for 3 rows.

On the fourth row, knit 3 stitches, yarn over, knit the rest of the stitches in the row.

Continue with the fourth row until you have knit all of your first colour and 1 ball of your second colour.

You will now begin decreasing your stitches.

Knit the first 2 stitches, knit the next 2 stitches together, yarn over, knit 2 stitches together, then knit the rest of the stitches across the row.

NOTE: When you change to your third colour, make sure you make the change on the SAME side as your previous colour change.

Continue decreasing until you have 6 stitches on your needle, then knit all the 6 stitches for 3 rows and cast off.

The finished size is approximately 36″ x 36″.

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Using the bulky yarn for this blanket makes it super cushy and soft.ย  Perfect for that baby or toddler in your life!

If you decide to make one, I’d love to see it! ๐Ÿ˜€

Happy knitting.

Diana

It’s that time again…

Hello everyone!

It’s that time of year again when YarnCanada.ca gives away yarn!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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This is their 3rd year of giving yarn to individuals and groups who knit or crochet for good causes.

In partnership with Bernat & Patons Yarn, theyโ€™re giving away $2000 worth of yarn to 12 different charitable individuals/groups. They’re hoping to get as many applicants as possible to ensure the yarn goes to wherever it can do the most good.

Interested in filling out an application? Just click HERE!

Good luck everyone!

Diana

 

My Mission hats…

Hello there!

I completed my mission hats about 2 weeks ago and dropped them off, but hadn’t had a chance to post them yet.

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I ended up making about 16 of them. Not as many as other years, but with moving houses and starting up my own business, time got away from me.

It’s a simple pattern that’s suited for anyone because of the ribbing (it has good stretch) and also the brim can be folded up as little or as much as needed.

It knits up really quickly using chunky yarn.ย  I used Bernat Softee Chunky that I purchased from YarnCanada.ca.

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If you would like to make a hat or 2 of your own, here’s the pattern

MATERIALS:

US size 10.5 needles

100 yards of chunky yarn (total)

Darning needle

NOTE: THIS HAT IS KNIT FLAT AND SEAMED

PATTERN:

Knit 1, Purl 1 across every row until the decrease.

DIRECTIONS:

Cast on 60 stitches with your first colour.

Follow the above pattern until your piece measures 5″ (approx. 20 rows) ending on the same side as your cast on “tail”.

Tie on your second colour.

For the first row with your new colour, knit across the entire row.ย  This prevents your second colour from showing through the stitches of your first colour giving you a nice, clean colour change.

After your one row of knit stitches, continue with the knit 1, purl 1 pattern until your second colour measures 5″, ending on the same side as your cast on “tail”.

DECREASE:

With the cast on “tail” on your right hand side, knit 2 stitches together, purl 2 stitches together across the row.ย  You will end up with 30 stitches.

The next row, knit 1, purl 1 across the row.

The next row, knit 2 stitches together, purl 2 stitches together across the row. You will now have 15 stitches.

For the final row, purl 1, knit 1 across the row ending with purl 1.

Cut off your yarn leaving about 8″.ย  Thread your yarn through a darning needle and lift the stitches off the knitting needle and onto the darning needle.

Pull tight so the top closes and start sewing up the hat using an invisible stitch.

Once you get to the end of the top colour, cut off your yarn and tie on about 8″ of yarn of the bottom colour and continue sewing up your hat.

Once at the end, knot your yarn and weave in your ends.

Alternately, you can make the hat just one colour.ย  The hat uses exactly 1 ball of the Bernat Softee Chunky.

So, I think this hat pattern is going to be my go-to pattern for next year for all my Mission hats.ย  And I think I’ll start much, MUCH earlier so I can get more done. ๐Ÿ˜€

If you decide to make some too for your local charity, I would love to see them.ย  Send me a photo at diana.poirier@yahoo.ca.

Happy knitting!

Diana