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

It was so fun to make…

Hey everyone!

The Sherbrooke Scarf was SO fun to make, I had to make a second one!

For this one, I used a denim blue instead of the dark grey and added golden yellow pom poms instead of the bright pink!

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I could make these scarves all day!

Would anyone like one? LOL!! I need a reason to make some more! ๐Ÿ˜€

If you would like the pattern, just click here!

Happy knitting.

Diana

The Sherbrooke Scarf…

Hello everyone!

I’ve completed a new pattern and I really think this is going to become everyone’s go to scarf this winter! ๐Ÿ˜€

It’s big! It’s cushy! And it’s FUN!! And it’s the perfect weekend project.

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I used Red Heart Soft Essential yarns for this pattern, but a great alternative would be Stylecraft Special Chunky yarns.

The pattern is for sale over at lovecrafts.com, on Ravelry and in my Etsy shop.

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

I’m not MIA…

Hi there!

It may seem like I’ve been missing in action lately, but we’re moving this weekend and I’ve been crazy busy trying to get the new house ready and pack up our current one!

I, of course, had to leave some yarn unpacked so I could knit when I had a moment or two, and have managed to finish 2 scarves.ย  The only thing left to do is make pom-poms for the ends, but I’ve already packed my pom-pom maker so they will be added once I’m settled into the new house! LOL!!

I’ll be writing out the pattern for this simple scarf, so stay tuned for that.ย  It’s super duper easy and quick! ๐Ÿ˜€

I, unfortunately, have also packed up my camera so I can’t even share a sneak peek of these coolย  scarves. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Well, off to do more packing!

Diana

Grass Roots Cowl…

Hey everyone!

Last week I decided I’d pack up my Mission hats and all my yarn because we’re moving soon, but in hind sight, that was a little premature as it left me with nothing to pick up in the evenings! LOL!

So I went and bought some Red Heart Soft Essential yarn at Michaels and decided to make some cowls out of it.

I’ve completed one so far.

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It’s a very simple seed stitch and knits up quickly on US size 10 needles.

I wrote out the pattern and am offering it for FREE, so get your copy by clicking here.

I’ve started my second one and am almost done, so will post that one soon!

Happy knitting!

Diana

A little side tracked…

Hey there!

Yes, I’ve been working on the hats for our Downtown Mission, but I got a little sidetracked when I found out my husband’s co-worker was expecting her first grand baby. LOL!

Of course, I had to make a baby blanket! ๐Ÿ˜€

I decided to go with green tones as she didn’t know the sex of the baby and I thought green was a pretty gender neutral colour.

I used about 1800 yards of Stylecraft Yarns Special DK yarn (approximately 600 yards per colour) and US size 6 circular needles to hold the stitches. The blanket is about 36″ x 36″.

So now that the baby blanket is finished, it’s back to the Downtown Mission hats.

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

 

Hats for the Mission…

Look at this big box of wonderful yarn I just received today from YarnCanada.ca!

It’s going to be turned into hats (and maybe scarves) for our local Downtown Mission.

This year I bought a chunky yarn so the hats should knit up nice and quick!!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Diana