Thursday, April 22, 2010

Sweater Completed!


So, my first sweater was a success! I finished it a while ago, but I forgot to blog the finished product! Also, I made buttons. Thinking of making more and selling them on Etsy and/or local yarn shops.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Chamber Tie Pattern



The other day my friend Brooke, from the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, mentioned he was starting a blog about ties and wondered if I could knit him a tie. I'd never knit a tie before, but how hard could it be? I took on the challenge and gave it a couple nice personal touches: a seed stitch border and a single cable down the center. I used Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic, which has a nice sheen to it, as well as being very sturdy. I also took some notes so I could write up the pattern for you here!

Materials
Yarn: 1 skein Tahki Yarns Cotton Classic
Needles: US 4 - 3.5 mm

Guage
16 stitches and 22 rows in seed stitch = 2 inches

Abbreviations
CO - cast on
p - purl
k - knit
s - slip stitch from left to right needle purlwise
p2tog - purl 2 stitches together
k2tog - knit 2 stitches together
c4f - slide 2 stitches purlwise to cable needle and hold to front, knit next 2 stiches from left needle, knit stitches off cable needle
c2f - slide 1 stitch purlwise to cable needle and hold to front, knit next stitch from left needle, knit stitch off cable needle.

Pattern
CO 16 stitches
1: s1, (k1, p1) 7 times, k1
2: s1, (p1, k1) 7 times, p1
Repeat two more times.

Cabled area
1: s1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p3, k1, p1, k1
2, 4, and 6: s1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p4, k3, p1, k1, p1
3: s1, k1, p1, k1, p2, c4f, p3, k1, p1, k1
5: s1, k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p3, k1, p1, k1
Repeat cable rows 1-6 seventeen times, then work from 1-3 once.

Decrease
After row 3 of the cabled area, you'll be starting on the wrong side (ws).
1: s1, p1, k1, p1, k2tog, p4, k2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1
2: s1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
3: s1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p4, k2, p1, k1, p1
4 and 5: Repeat rows 2 and 3.
6: s1, k1, p1, k1, p1, c4f, p2, k1, p1, k1
7: s1, p1, k2tog, k1, p4, k1, p2tog, k1, p1
8: s1, k1, p2, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1
9: s1, p1, k2, p4, k1, p1, k1, p1
10 and 11: Repeat rows 8 and 9.
12: s1, k1, p2, c4f, p1, k1, p1, k1
13: s1, p1, k2, (p2tog) twice, k1, p1, k1, p1
14: s1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1
15: s1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1
16: s1, k1, p2, c2f, p1, k1, p1, k1
17: s1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1, p1
18-29: Repeat rows 14-17 three times.
30: s1, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1
31: s1, p1, k2tog, p2tog, k1, p1, k1, p1

The Rest of the Tie
1. (rs) s1, (k1, p1) three times, k1
2. s1, (p1, k1) three times, p1
Work those two rows until they equal the length of the first part of the tie. Bind off.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

First Pattern!


Oh boy! I just added my first pattern to the Ravelry store! It's free because I'm not a pro yet. Anyway, you can find it here! (You need to log in to the site, so if you don't have an account, get one!) And here's a picture of my test-knitter and me, wearing hats that the other one knit!