Cocoon sweater…

I’ve been seeing these cocoon sweaters everywhere and they look super cozy so I decided to make one using up some yarn I had left over from other projects.

I was so excited when I finished it, I took pictures even before I had the ends woven in! LOL!

I double knit this using 2 strands of yarn at one time.

Below is the pattern if you want to make one too! 🙂

You’ll need approximately 1600 yards of a medium weight acrylic yarn (also called Aran weight or #4).

It’s double knit using 2 strands of yarn at one time, so you’ll be working with 2 balls of yarn at all times. You can use either 2 balls of the same colour of yarn or 2 balls of different colours like I did above. It’s completely up to you!

US size 13 circular needles to hold the stitches only. It’s knit flat.

This piece is knit lengthwise.

GAUGE: Approximately 3 stitches per inch.

Finished size measured on a smooth, flat surface is 36″L x 38″W. (The piece will stretch in length when you put it on). For reference, I’m 5″4″ and the sweater goes to the back of my knees.

Cast on 100 stitches with 2 strands of yarn held together creating 1 stitch.

PATTERN: Slip the first stitch purl wise with your yarn in the back, knit across to the last stitch, purl the last stitch. The slipped stitches give the sweater a nicer finished edge.

Continue the above pattern for every row until the piece measures 38″W on a smooth, flat surface. Cast off in pattern

ASSEMBLY: Fold the sweater in half matching up the slipped stitch edges and sew together the sides for 11″ leaving 7″ for the armholes.

And that’s it! Nice and simple.

Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out.

It’s a quick knit, so you have plenty of time to make one before it gets REALLY cold!

Happy knitting.

Diana

PATTERN RELEASE – Summer Breeze Bolero

Hello everyone!

I’m thrilled to let you know my Summer Breeze Bolero pattern is now available!

Head on over to lovecrafts.com and get your copy for FREE!

And a huge thank you to Paintbox Yarns for the yarn support! Their Cotton DK yarn was wonderful to work with.

This is an intermediate pattern involving yarn overs, slipped stitches and passing slipped stitches over, however, I made a little video showing you how to do the more difficult stitches, so I suggest you give it a try even if you’re a beginner knitter! I really hope you do!

Now off to finish up other patterns I’ve only half completed! LOL! Have a great day everyone.

Happy knitting!

Diana

Just no time to knit…

Hey there!

I’ve been so busy with work that I really haven’t had much time to knit!

But I did manage to get this set of dishcloths done.

I used my “Bi-Colour Sand Stitch” dishcloth pattern and the “Seed” stitch.

You can check out all my FREE patterns by clicking HERE!

Happy knitting!

Diana

Jacinta’s Hillside Blanket…

Hey there!

Jacinta shared with me her finished Hillside Blanket.

Isn’t it gorgeous!!??

She downloaded my pattern then contacted me because she wanted to “adult” size the blanket.

She made her blanket 45″ x 72″ by casting on 165 stitches and used 15 balls of Paintbox Yarns Simply Chunky available at lovecrafts.com.

If you have used one of my patterns and wish to share a photo, I would certainly love that!

And thank you Jacinta for sharing your gorgeous blanket with us!!

Happy knitting everyone.

Diana

Hip to be Square Blanket…

So here’s the blanket that I made from all that cushy Bernat Softee Chunky yarn I bought from yarncanada.ca!

A lot of people were asking for the pattern so I have written it out below:

You will need 9.5 balls of Bernat Softee Chunky and US size 11 circular needles (to hold the stitches)

Cast on 100 stitches then K10, P10 across the row for 10 rows. After 10 rows, change to P10, K10 across the row.

Continue alternating between K10, P10 for 10 rows then P10, K10 for 10 rows until you’ve completed 22 squares.

Cast off in pattern.

The finished blanket is about 44″ x 55″

I hope you give this blanket a try.

I really love it and it’s my go to pattern for blankets these days!

Happy knitting!

Diana

Modern slippers…

Well these certainly aren’t your Gramma’s slippers! LOL!! These ones are simple and sleek and easy to knit!

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They are knit flat in one piece then sewn together.

Here’s the pattern for them if you want to make a pair, or 3 😉 for yourself. They will fit most average adult feet. To make them larger or smaller, either increase or decrease your stitches by 5.

MATERIALS:

US size 9 straight needles

About 70 yards of chunky weight yarn for BOTH slippers (about 32-35 yards for one).

DIRECTIONS:

Cast on 30 stitches. (If you want, you could knit 2 at one time!)

Knit 22 rows.

Cast off 12 stitches then knit the remaining 17 stitches on your left needle (there will be 1 stitch on your right needle).

Knit 12 rows.

On your next row, knit your 18 stitches then cast on 12 stitches using the single cast on method.

Knit 21 rows.

Cast off.

Working inside out, using a piece of yarn about 24″ long, thread a darning needle, tie the end, pick up all the stitches on the toe of the slipper and gather it together loosely. Then seam the toe, bottom and heel. Turn right side out, and they’re ready to wear! 😀

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I used Red Heart Soft Essential yarns for my slippers.

Well I hope you get a chance to make a pair! They’re the perfect quick project and great great for using up your scrap yarn!

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

Wow, wow, wow…

Hello everyone.

I can’t believe my “Hillside Baby Blanket” pattern has been downloaded almost 4900 times so far since it was published just a couple of weeks ago! 😁

Thank you everyone for such an amazing response and to lovecrafts.com for featuring it on their social media platforms! I really hope you love knitting it as much as I did.

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You can download it over on lovecrafts.com or from my FREE PATTERNS page here on my website.

Happy knitting!

Diana

Hillside Baby Blanket…

Hello everyone!

The Hillside Baby Blanket pattern is now available and it’s FREE! 😀

This blanket has TONS of texture reminiscent of rolling hills. I used the super cushy Red Heart Soft Essential yarn in “Sunny Day”!

Click HERE to get your pattern.

It’s a very quick and easy knit, perfect for the beginner knitter.

I hope you enjoy it!

Happy knitting.

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

THANK YOU…

Hey everyone!

Rest assured I’m still knitting (LOL!), but have been busy doing stuff outside now the weather is warming up a bit.

I wanted to take this time today though, to say “thank you” to all my followers, so I’m giving away a FREE pattern.

My “Peacock Stroller Blanket” is the perfect, lightweight blanket for this springtime weather.

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It’s a super quick and fun knit so click here to get your pattern today!

And thanks again so much for following my knitting journey! 😀

Happy knitting!

Diana