Christmas gifts…

So, I have a couple of Christmas presents done! Whew!!

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I have been trying to get my gifts done in between finishing up a large corporate chocolate order.

These hats were created using a “knit 3, purl 3” pattern.  I used 2 strands of DK yarn at one time so you will need 2 balls of yarn of about 50 yards each.  Double knitting makes them ultra warm. Cast 69 stitches onto US size 9 needles and continue with the knit 3, purl 3 ribbing pattern until the hat is 8″ long.

Once at 8″, the next row you will knit 2 stitches together across the row and knit the last stitch.  Then the next row, purl every stitch and the last row knit 2 stitches together across the row.

When you’re done, cut a tail of about 15″ and thread it through a darning needle.  Lift the stitches off your knitting needle and onto the darning needle, pull tight so the top comes together and sew it up using the invisible stitch.  Tie the two ends together at the bottom and weave them in and your done!

As super quick and simple project!

Happy knitting!

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The Sweater hat…

Hi there!

I can’t believe it’s December on Thursday and I’ve only just begun making my Christmas presents.

Not to say I haven’t been knitting, because I have; only I’ve made hats for my husband and son because the weather had taken a turn for the colder!!

The hat I made for my husband was inspired by his favourite sweater!  I really liked how it turned out so I wrote a pattern for it! 😀

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It’s double knit using 2 strands of yarn at one time making it super warm!

You can find the pattern here over at loveknitting.com.

I have my sister and brother-in-law coming this weekend and I have to get their presents done so I’ll be knitting like a crazy lady for the next few days!

Cheers!

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The Baby blankets…

The baby blankets are done and will soon be on their way to Sault Ste. Marie!

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I only managed to get 3 done, but I hope it helps!

Off to finish my hats for the downtown mission now.  I still want to make about 5 or 6 more!

Oh, and I have to start those Christmas presents too!!

Happy knitting!

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and then there were 4…

Hi there.

Since my last post I finished up my Dad’s scarf for Christmas.

This was so fun to make and is the perfect idea for those little balls of yarn you can’t really make anything from.

To make this scarf, cast on 40 stitches using size 8 needles with 2 strands of yarn at one time.  I used 2 different colours at one time.  The yarn I used is DK yarn which is a thinner yarn.  It would also be known as a size 3 yarn. Knit every row (the garter stitch) and when one colour runs out, tie on another one and keep going!  You can make it as long as you want.

A perfect stash-busting project!

Happy knitting!

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Baby blanket…

Hi there!

I’m just stopping by to share with you a baby blanket I made.

I’ll be making a few of them to send to my hometown’s hospital Neonatal department.  A friend back home asked on Facebook if anyone could help and I said I would.

I love making baby blankets, but the opportunity doesn’t arise too often so I jumped at the chance to make some for the hospital.

You can click here for the free pattern.

I used Stylecraft Special DK yarn in Lemon and Meadow green.  I double knit the blanket using 2 strands of yarn at one time to make it super cozy.  You can purchase the yarn over at loveknitting.com.

Happy knitting!

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A new pattern…

Good morning!

I have a new pattern for sale over at loveknitting.com – The Frances Beanie!

It’s my first intermediate pattern!! I initially categorized the pattern as beginner, but when I submitted it for review, loveknitting.com recommended I increase the difficulty to intermediate! Maybe I’m not just a beginner knitter any longer!! LOL!!

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You can click here for the pattern.

Happy knitting!

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Super easy winter hat…

Good afternoon everyone!

I thought I would share today a super easy hat pattern. You can literally complete this hat in a few hours!

It consists of your basic ribbing (knit 1, purl 1)and the garter stitch (knitting every row).  I used 2 strands of DK yarn at one time to make it extra cozy.

You can find the pattern here!

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Happy knitting!

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Time to get started…

Hi everyone!

I know it’s the middle of summer, but it’s time to get started making my Christmas presents for family and friends!

I’ve already started my father’s scarf he requested.  When I asked him what colour he would like, he said for me just to make it from leftovers from other projects.  So, that’s what I’ve been doing.  Here it is so far:

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I’m also still working on items for my pattern book I’m hoping to have available in September.  There will be 4 new never published patterns in it, along with 4 others of my favourites.  It will be available as a downloadable PDF.

AND, in between all this, I’m still knitting hats and scarves to donate to the local downtown mission in hopes to keep some less fortunate people a little warmer this winter.

In fact, all of the items I create to write and test my patterns get donated, so there’s already a little pile started!

It’s a bit cooler here today and it’s raining! What a wonderful change from the heat we’ve had.  Here’s hoping this weather stays around for a bit.

Happy knitting!

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The classic baby blanket…

Good morning!

I’ve completed the baby blanket for my co-worker and the pattern I wrote to go with it.

It’s a super easy pattern that would work with just about any colour combination – navy blue and light blue, fuchsia and light pink, egg plant and lavender – the possibilities are endless!  The trendy colour combination for baby rooms these days is yellow and grey!

I chose to use yellows (Citron and Lemon) for this blanket as my co-worker and his wife do not know what the gender of the baby is.

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So if there is anyone in your life that’s expecting a baby then click here for the FREE pattern and get that blanket started!

Happy knitting!

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What I’ve been up to…

Hello everyone!

I haven’t posted anything in awhile, BUT I have still been knitting.

I found out one of my co-workers is expecting a baby in October so I decided I would knit a baby blanket.  I haven’t knit a baby blanket in a long time so it’s a real nice change.  My co-worker and his wife don’t know what they’re having so I chose classic yellow.

It’s a really simple pattern with a 3″ garter stitch border and the stockinette stitch in the centre.  I’m double knitting it so it’s super cozy!!

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I’m also working on a pair of slippers using a cotton yarn with a bit of stretch in it.  I love the knitted slippers but I find that after a few wears I have to wash them to get their shape back.

I thought if I used a yarn with a bit of stretch, this problem may be eliminated.  I found a photo of some knitted baby slippers on Pinterest that I thought would also make great adult slippers.

If they turn out and I LOVE them, I will write up the pattern for them so you can make a pair too!  I’m almost done the knitting part.  I will just have to assemble them afterwards.

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Now off to try and finish one of these projects.  I have so many others I want to start but have told myself I have to complete one before starting another!! LOL!!

Happy knitting!

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