lizcommotion: A black-and-white photo of a Victorian woman (victorian lady)
[personal profile] lizcommotion

I haven't been able to knit much lately because of some nerve issues. They *knock wood* seem to be resolving, so I'm hoping to slowly reintroduce some knitting to my days. I have been working on the same shawl for ages and I need a break from its interminable rows of feather and fan, so I am planning to do some hats for winter charity knitting because they will be faster, easier to play with different designs, and gratifying. (Also like everyone I know already has a knitted hat from me already, so shelters it is!)

I have a stash of several colors of worsted weight yarn (both acrylic and wool) that I'm taking with me on a trip, but limited time to check Ravelry before I go. I also haven't been on for awhile so I have no idea what new patterns are trending right now or anything.

Any advice on (hopefully free) patterns that are easy to do in the car or with brain fog? I'm cool with single color with maybe a four-row pattern repeat or a simple two-color pattern design (maybe mosaic but also colorwork?). Also cool with tiny-people hat designs, though probably not doing any preemie hats because there's just too much cat hair around for me to do preemie hats.

I also have a really gorgeous couple of yarns that would work really well for a Fair Isle kind of pattern when I'm sitting in one place and have the spoons to do so.

tl;dr Not asking y'all to go research a bunch of patterns for me, but basically if you have any hat patterns that have been burning a hole in your Ravelry queue, I'd love to hear about them!
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[personal profile] yamx
Hi everyone!

I've mainly lurked here so far, but I wanted to draw this post to your attention:

The poster, after a life full of medical and family issues, is in dire financial strains and selling several knitting/crochet patterns in an attempt to raise money to cover a student loan bill. (If you like the patterns but can't/don't want to donate, they'll be available for free from Aug 1, so it's still worth keeping an eye on this post.)

There's doll's wings, a baby bonnet (which is really cute and I'd totally be tempted to knit it, but I don't currently know anyone with a kid that young),and mesh backpack.

(I'm not sure if this type of post is allowed, but I couldn't find anything that said it wasn't--moods, please delete if inappropriate.)
kareila: (baby)
[personal profile] kareila
What are your go-to patterns when you learn that someone you care about is expecting?

Bonus points for DK weight, since I found a bunch of DK baby yarn on clearance recently. :)

I've made simple hats with decent results and once improvised a blanket that I was pleased with, but I've never done anything more complicated. I have four months, though, which is plenty of time to try different things.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (yarn bunny)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
Over at my journal, I wrote up how to make this pretty little hat:

One photo under the cut )

I actually "messed up" trying to do a different stitch and discovered this one. It reminds me a bit of a whale fluke - that and the colors of the pretty self-striping yarn - so I'm dubbing it "whale fluke stitch" unless someone knows that it actually has a "real" name.

P.S. I even made a chart!

xdawnfirex: (Knitting)
[personal profile] xdawnfirex
So I wrote up the pattern for my baby blanket and uploaded it to Ravelry as a free download. If you'd like to have it, here's the link:

I would actually appreciate any feedback that anyone is willing to give, as in if it is clear and easy to understand and so forth.

I also added a note on the bottom of the pattern in response to someone claiming that my cast-on numbers were a typo. Hopefully it doesn't come across as too snarky. :D
oxfordtweed: (E Chinnery - League of Gentlemen)
[personal profile] oxfordtweed

I've been doing some Sherlock Holmes-related projects lately, and so here's one for the knitters: Dr Watson's scarf from the Ritchie sequel. The patterns for this I have seen for this have all been pretty vague, so I did what I'm good at and stared and photos and screen caps until my eyes went crossed. And then went and saw the movie, and came home with a pretty solid idea for how to go about this thing.

And you can find the pattern here.
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[personal profile] katieintheworld
Toe-up Basketcase Socks by [personal profile] katieintheworld

When you knit entrelac flat, and you want a straight edge on each side, you find you must knit triangles not only as a set up row, but on each edge of the piece too. Why not simply join the piece in the round and knit those side triangles as part of the stockinette bottom of the foot, I asked myself (or if you want to be very geometric about it, as one long parallelogram?) That way you can have a wonderful, soft, squishy, warm entrelac sock without having the pattern stitches on the sole of your foot.

Toe-up Basketcase Socks )

Authors notes: Apparently, there are sock knitters and then there are all the other knitters. I’ve dabbled in different knitting techniques, but always with the intention of putting them into a sock. This is my first pattern.
Test knitting betas: [personal profile] wyomingnot and [personal profile] domtheknight. Thank you so much.
Warnings: entrelac, afterthought heel, toe-up
Rating: moderately spicy.

Pattern on Ravelry!
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[personal profile] babs_sg1
My mom wanted socks for her birthday. She's a knitter herself but she really doesn't like knitting socks. I had just bought Knit.Sock.Love by Cookie A and thought hey, I think I can actually knit socks that aren't just plain ribbing/stockinette. So I knit her a pair of Monkeys. I totally loved the pattern and now have this goal of knitting every pattern in that book and in Sock Innovation. Right now, I have Rick from Sock Innovations on the needles.
glinda: wooden needles in two bright red/pink balls of wool (knitting)
[personal profile] glinda

I'm seeking the wisdom, experience of the comm, with regard to scarf patterns. A few months ago when I was up on Shetland I bought some Shetland (Marl) wool with the intention of making a scarf. I'm looking for a pattern for a long scarf, preferably with some sort of cable pattern (I've not done a lot of cabling - mostly only in a swatch for a jumper I never ended up making - but I enjoyed it and would like to do some more without worrying about lots of increases/decreases etc). It's been four months since I bought the wool and I've found nothing that grabbed me and suited the wool. So, if anyone has used a pattern like that they'd recommend, or knows of one that looks like it would work? Any suggestions gratefully received.

PS My knitting skill level is about Knitty 'tangy' grade.

wool below cut )
to_love_a_rose: tree w/ texture overlay, no text (nature - textured tree)
[personal profile] to_love_a_rose
You guys have been super helpful lately, and I'm hoping you can help me out again. I'm feeling rather confident in my knitting lately, and I think I'd like to tackle a sweater. I've been all over Ravelry and Knitty and everywhere else I can think of, but nothing is jumping out at me as exactly what I'm looking for.

Can anyone recommend a sweater pattern that's good for an advanced beginner? I'd like something knit flat, not in the round. Ideally, it'll be something with shaping at the waist and a bit of negative ease built in since I like my clothing fitted. Something with ribbing and maybe a few simple cables would be nice, but no lace patterns or color work, please. A cardigan is preferred, but I'll take a pull-over as well since I could use both in my closet. I usually only look for free patterns, but I'd be willing to pay a few dollars if necessary to get the pattern I really want.

Or, can anyone suggest a good tutorial for designing your own pattern? I have an idea of what I'd like pretty clearly in my head, but I've never made a pattern for anything so complicated as a sweater.



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