30 September 2010

augustus...

...the scarf is luscious...


and so easy to make...

...a perfectly portable project...











...why don't you grab your needles, some yummy yarn, and join me as I knit another in berroco's ultra alpaca and classic elite's la gran mohair?



29 September 2010

holmes luigina...

after posting september's free pattern, holmes luigi's hat, yesterday, it occured to me that I really ought to test it myself...


I used some old Creative Focus worsted, doubled, in two shades of pink and chocolate brown...



and a couple hours later...voilà!...holmes luigina...

I knit holmes luigina on a size 9 needle at a gauge of 4 stitches per inch...the resulting hat, at approximately 16" around, is perfect for a baby...



28 September 2010

holmes luigi...the pattern

here it is...September's free pattern...

holmes luigi's hat
by pamela w allen


this is an easy, rolled-brim hat with a tiny bit of color-work...the original, above, was knit in Brown Sheep's Lamb's Pride Bulky (you can purchase it here), a lovely, inexpensive wool/mohair yarn...it is very stretchy and will fit heads from 18" to 22"...

I have not had this pattern test-knit...please let me know if you have any problems!

happy knitting...

you will need:

  • two skeins of Brown Sheep's LAMB'S PRIDE BULKY--one in grey heather (color A), one in onyx (color B)

  • a couple yards of the same yarn in creme (color C)

  • 1-16" circular in size US 10/ 6mm (or whatever size you need to obtain gauge)

  • 1 set of dpn's

  • tapestry needle
gauge is 3.5 stitches per inch

directions:
Cast 60 stitches on to your circular needle (I used the long-tail method) with color A. Knit for approximately 4.5 inches. 
Next round: Knit 1 A, knit 2 C to the end (check this link for help, if you are new to working with two colors)
Knit two more rounds with A.
Join in color B and knit for approximately 1.25" (about 7 rounds). 

The crown decrease is fast and creates a slightly flat crown...
Round 1:  Knit 4, knit 2 together to end...50 stitches remain.
Rounds 2 & 4:  Knit
Round 3:  Knit 3, knit 2 together to end...40 stitches remain.
Round 5:  Knit 2, knit 2 together to end...30 stitches remain. Change to double-pointed needles.
Round 6:  Knit 1 B, knit 2 C to end.
Rounds 7:  Knit (color B).
Round 8:  Knit 1, knit 2 together to end...20 stitches remain.
Round 9:  Knit 2 together to end...10 stitches remain.
Knit these 10 stitches for four rounds, then knit two together until five stitches remain.  Knit  these stitches for  three or four rounds and then decrease to three stitches.  Knit these three stithes, in i-cord for about an inch.  Bind off, weave in ends, wet block the hat...

et voilà !!!


© 2010 pamela w allen designs...I am happy to share this pattern with knitters. It may be used for non-commercial, personal or charity knitting. It is not to be reproduced in electronic/digital format without written permission.


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made for dom blu hollywood...




24 September 2010

mille grazie...

...many thanks to the knitters who have purchased the sea star hat pattern...



this morning, another donation was sent off to save the children's Pakistan Children in Emergency Fund , making total contributions $21 so far this month...

...a small amount, yes, but every little bit does help...

by the way...

...i just made a sea star with berroco's peruvia and classic elite's la gran mohair...



...gauge of 3.5 stitches per inch...


find out more about what is happening in pakistan...




23 September 2010

hats...hats...hats...

six of them...


ribs and cables in wool and alpaca


fair isle in un-dyed british wool

...all headed to dom blu


 

22 September 2010

'tis autumn...

...autumn reveals itself differently on the northern coast of california...

...none of the dramatic color change for which my native new england is known...

here, autumn creeps up gently...

the sun finally shows itself after a summer of hiding behind fog...it imparts a lovely glow to the dried coastal grasses and begs the ocean to shed its grey summer coat to reveal its blue-green soul...



21 September 2010

holmes luigi...

...for september's pattern, I will revisit an oldie-but-cutie...

holmes luigi's hat


the original, pictured above, was made nine years ago for my youngest in brown sheep's lamb's pride bulky...

check back later this week for the directions!

my apologies for the poor quality of my recent photos...my digital camera is slowly dying...

17 September 2010

happy birthday, manny-mans....



...he arrived slowly and carefully, twelve years ago...surrounded by family in a room full of love...

...trystan, aka "holmes luigi", my youngest...





...I love you, manny-mans!

16 September 2010

those british sheep...

...produce such yummy wool...

this just off the needles...


a hat done in rowan's british sheep breeds...
bought at the local  



and, by the way...

happy birthday, seth!!!

09 September 2010

pearls...

...it is that time...the season of the pearl...


...the pink pearl...that rosie-fleshed, crisply-tart apple that we look forward to every september...one of the joys of mendocino county...

...if ever you visit mendocino in the late summer or early fall, be sure to visit one of our favorite places, the philo apple farm...a joyous experience for apple lovers...or for anyone who wants to support small, biodynamic farms...

06 September 2010

sea star for pakistan...


for every sea star pattern sold during
september and october,
$3. will be donated to
save the children's


a small gesture, but every little bit helps...


05 September 2010

variation...

...an addition to rilke's simple garter stitch scarf...



three garter stitch ruffles, randomly placed across the end of one of the scarf's points...

now off to block and finish...

I think I like this...

03 September 2010

on the needles...

the color of the season...

grey



rilke's scarf, knit in rowan's kid classic...the perfect project for soccer season!

01 September 2010

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