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Friday, July 22, 2011

Earflap hat patterns solid color, stranded, or amusing

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Hats with ear flaps are not just fashionable, the earflaps keep you warm and are very practical knit in a solid color, a Fair Isle (stranded) pattern or as an amusing animal hat. Earflap hat patterns are easy knitting projects for any time of year, so get ahead of the winter rush now. A free knitting pattern by Kirsten Kapur, designer of some extraordinary shawls, is available as a free pdf download and print out.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sideways cardigan patterns are fun and easy

Knitting side to side cardigans can be fun and allow for easy striping patterns in a finished sweater. Or crochet or knit the cardi sideways in a single main color yarn. Find adult and children's free pattern links below for side to side crocheting and knitting.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Free fish patterns to knit and crochet

More Live Phish to knit and crochet, new adult and children's fish hat patterns, a new fish scarf, half a fish hat, and a pullover pattern with stranded colorwork yoke for babies to size six with fish everywhere.

You'll find a very 'fishy' knitting jumper pattern at Petite Purls knitting and crochet children's website. A brilliant pullover knitting pattern for all kids who love the water and everything that swims within. It's called "Beach Baby" by Christine H.Wilkins, sizes 0-6 years with the link below for the free fish pullover knitting pattern.

Knitted on a US size 6 (4.5mm) circular needle with fish all around the yoke, it's the perfect match for the "free Phish hat" pattern, which can be knitted or a crochet fish hat pattern as well. There's even a 'scarfish' fish scarf pattern now, a free download and print out pattern.

A crochet fish hat pattern by Jessica Flowers, too.

The sweater and hat set will be the favorite of little girls and boys who love the beach and the water world of worms, bugs, and deep sea creatures. These fishy hat patterns can be knit and/or crocheted in cotton for the spring and summer, or soft wool for cooler Vermont-like climes.
Beach Baby Stranded Colorwork fish sweater pattern for boys or girls.


The 'scarfish' fish scarf knitting pattern and 'half a fish' hat knitting pattern are both new free patterns. Original 'deadfish' fish hat patterns are available in English, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian, French, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Easy beginner sock knitting pattern - I love these socks!

There's no question of which sock belongs on left and right feet with this easy sock pattern. Knit with DK sock yarn, a knitting project perfect for beginner sock knitting, so much fun and a great summer project. One four stitch cable runs down opposite sides of the socks, a simple free sock pattern named just that "So Simple Silk Garden."






Hubby likes the tops long enough, so his leg doesn't show when he crosses them, so these tops are measuring knit cuff down about 11 inches to the beginning of the heel flap, before blocking.


Knitting with DK sock yarn as a beginner sock knitter, gives the knitter quick fulfillment so you get the confidence to move on to smaller needles. If you are knitting with dpns for the first time, it's also a great introduction to double point needles. Knitnscribble used US 4 (3.5mm) for this project. If you have never knit socks before and want to give a whirl, you won't regret using this pattern.

You'll find the DK sock yarn at GrittyKnits.com. Read about how knitnscribble started the project about two weeks ago. Could have finished much sooner, but for 12 days of visiting grandchildren, which we thoroughly enjoyed.


 Find the So Simple Silk Garden sock pattern on Ravelry. 

                               The original sock pattern is knit with Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn.
Any DK sock yarn will do for this pattern, just make sure it is sock yarn and not regular DK yarn. Sock yarn usually contains a little nylon for durability in the heels and toes.  You don't want your beautiful socks to wear out too soon.



Here's another free easy first sock pattern knit with US 2 (2.75mm) dpns.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Knitting socks for Alice

How can one's passion for intrigue woven with words have semblance to a knitter's passion to create?
Profile of an exciting fanciful enchanting sock pattern book, knitting socks filled with origins rooted in legend, myth, and fairy tales.

"Legendary sock patterns for adventurous knitters."

Fantasy woven in verse
It is known that Alice in Wonderland was written by Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson in 1865, when a Sunday afternoon boat ride was a familiar and tranquil recreation. Dodgson was accompanied by another cleric friend and three little girls, ages 13, 10, and 8, all daughters of the headmaster at Westminster School. The little girls, as little girls tend to do when not stimulated by conversation or activity, became bored, so he told them a story about a little girl named Alice as they rowed up the River Thames in England. Later the Reverend Dodgson wrote the story down and published it under the pen name Lewis Carroll. It became a favorite of Queen Victoria and has never been out of publication since.


It was an an adventure story spun in a dream while Alice slept. She, too, was bored, sitting on a riverbank while her sister read a book. Alice saw a rabbit wearing a coat and followed the rabbit down the rabbit hole where the adventures began underground.

The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland continued with a myriad of dreamlike creatures: fish and frog footmen, the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar smoking the hookah, the Queen of Hearts, and on and on. The dream finally ended by the riverside, as Alice's sister woke her up for tea, and the precocious Alice tripped off leaving her sister to wonder for herself.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

An easy free sock pattern on larger needles

Socks are a great summertime knitting project, small and quite portable, a sock pattern will keep you knitting at the beach, on a road trip, watching a movie, or commuting on a plane, train, or bus. If you are a beginner sock knitter, a perfect easy adult sock knitting pattern in small, medium, and large sizes for larger needles and DK yarn is the So Simple Silk Garden by Glenna C. free sock pattern.








The pattern is a quick knit up,
easy to remember,
no constant pattern-minding,
with ample definition
and a small four-stitch cable
that runs up one side of each foot.

Knitnscribble likes knitting socks in bright colors and thank goodness her hubby grew up wearing alpaca golf sweaters with bright color-coordinated socks and still enjoys warm colored socks. Knitting with bright colors, especially socks, makes her happy.

Recently purchased GrittyKnits 'daffodil' superwash sock yarn in a DK weight is the yarn of choice for this free sock pattern. Having never knitted socks on anything but US2 (2.75 mm) needles, knitting on US4 (3.5 mm) dpns is a breeze. GrittyKnits also offered to roll the hanks of DK yarn into 'cakes', which saves a ton of knitting time.






The So Simple Silk Garden pattern calls for separating the cast on stitches for the cuff down onto three needles. Because knitnscribble prefers to knit on four needles from the cuff down, you'll find the photos here with four instead of three.


She also decided to cast on an even number of stitches, so the 12 rows of k1, p1 cuff would have an even number of knit and purl stitches, decreasing the extra stitch in the last row of the ribbing before starting the pattern. Because hubby likes his socks a little longer, knitnscribble ordered three skeins of GrittyKnits' Foot Fetish yarn, and will knit the top of the socks to about 14 inches, instead of the seven called for in the pattern.

Can't tell you how easy this pattern is, there's really no need to look at the pattern again after the first few rows. Just knit the knit stitches and purl the purls. Every seven rows, you'll do a four-stitch cable. Socks in a jiffy.

You'll find the So Simple free sock pattern on Ravelry as a pdf download you can print out.

Another easy free sock pattern for US2 needles knitnscribble used all last summer is the Simple Skyp sock pattern by Adrienne Ku you can read about here. Knitting socks is fun and can become addictive after the first beginner pair. Happy knitting and Happy 4th of July weekend!

See knitnscribble's finished socks on larger needles.

For a whole bunch of 5-star rated sock knitting patterns try Knit Love Sock by Cookie A.
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