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Saturday, 28 December 2013

Furrowed Rib Scarf

The Furrowed Rib Scarf
Here you have another grey scarf, my favourite kind and my father's favourite kind. This scarf looks like a rib stitch, but it keeps its shape and doesn't come together, no blocking needed. I made it this year for my dad for Christmas. The pattern is simple and it looks great.

CO multiples of 3+1
Row 1:  (KKP) repeat for entire row
Row 2: P (KKP) repeat for entire row
Super easy!
I made it on 8mm needles with two pieces of worsted wight yarn, something shiny and acrylic (my dad does like wool).

Friday, 27 December 2013


This scarf I shall name the double. It is knit in the round on dpns (or small circular) with a simple stockinette stitch, then casted off with a three needle bind off (see video: and the cast on is sewn together in a mattress stitch.

I casted on 80 stitches for this one.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Dishtowel Mania!

Lately I have been working on stocking stuffers and house warming gifts! Here are some great samples of what has been going on.
My new favourite dishtowel has the seed stitch border around it, in small or medium.

To make a medium one:
Use cotton yarn of choice- worsted weight
6mm needles (also need a 5mm crochet hook for the loop)
CO 50

For five rows seed stitch
(Every row K1, P1)

Row six: K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, K40 stitches, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1
Continue all rows as row 6 until there is about 1.5 inches left to make a perfect square

Five rows of seed stitch

COff- leave last stitch to chain 50 stitches (if a loop is needed- 50 or more chain if desired), double stitch crochet the loop

Weave in all ends

The small one casts on 35 instead of 50 and has 25 stitches in the middle of row 6

Friday, 1 November 2013

Beautiful Knits- Leg Warmers

Finding time to knit has been somewhat difficult, in fact my beautiful knits collection has lagged longer than expected. However, I finally finished a pair of leg warmers.

Knitted on size 5 dpns
CO 50 stitches- divide evenly by 3 needles
K1P1 for 3 inches
K each round 13 inches
K1P1 3 inches

Happy Knitting :)

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Tea Towels for Portugal

This past summer I spent most of the month of August in Terceira and Sao Miguel Azores AKA the most beautiful place in the world. I didn't bring much knitting, but I did manage to make several of these beautiful tea towels for Susan and Joe's house in Portugal.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Fabulous Knits Part III

Look!  fabulous grey hat and a very serious model.

I'm worried this hat maybe lacking in length, but hopefully it works.  It acts as a warm hat for winter with a bit of a floppy attitude. The yarn I used is: Queensland Collection: Kathmandu - merino wool, silk and cashmere blend.

Pattern using 5mm short circular needles and dpns
CO 70 stitches
K1P1 for 1.5 inches
Next round: K1M1 (entire round) now 140 stitches
Knit in the round til piece measures 8 inches (if you want more length keep going- next time Im going to go for 9 inches)
Next round: K6 K2tog (entire round)
Next round: K5 K2tog (entire round)
Next round: K4 K2tog (entire round)
Next round: K3 K2tog (entire round)- you may want to switch to DPNs at this point
Next round: K2 K2tog (entire round)
Next round: K1 K2tog (entire round)
Next round: K2tog (entire round)
Keep K2tog until you have 5 stitches- then pull the yarn through with a darning needle 
Weave in all ends :)


Next fabulous knit: matching leg warmers 

Friday, 21 June 2013

Fabulous Knits Part II

Here are some fingerless mittens to match the grey infinity scarf.
I actually attempted these on double pointed needles (dpns).

4 Size 4 dpns
CO 36- divide evenly on 3 dpns
K2P2 for 1.5 inches
Next round: K7 M1 repeat whole round
1.5 inches stkn stitch
Next round: K5 M1 repeat whole round
13 rounds stkn stitch
K23 put 13 stitches on holder K rest of round
Stkn stitch 1.5 inches
K2 P2 1.5 inches

Put stitches on hold on two dpns and pick up 5 stitches from mitten on 3rd dpn
2 rows stkn
1 inch K2P2

Weave in all ends :)

Friday, 7 June 2013

Fabulous Knits Part I

I was recently asked by a friend to make her some matching accessories, she bought the most beautiful yarn and now I get to "make things". This is the first thing I have made: an infinity scarf.

This pattern is easy and knits up pretty fast. I used 5.5mm needles and casted on 30 stitches.
Row 1 K
Row 2 K
Row 3 K
Row 4 K yo2
Row 5 K let each yo drop

Repeat rows 1-5 until desired length is achieved.
I casted off and then sewed the scarf on the ends to create the infinity effect.

Fabulous Knits Part II- seamless fingerless mittens, hopefully I can post them before June is out!

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Cowls of Color


Today I am sneaking in a post for April with two new cowls for some special travelling gifts. I have really enjoyed knitting with Cascade Super Wash Wool and have made it my choice yarn for cowls.

Here is my new modified cowl pattern:

CO123 on size 5 round needles (16 inches), join
K2 P3 for 2.5 inches
K rounds for an additional 5.5 inches
K2 P3 for 2.5 inches
Ta da!
Tres simple!

Saturday, 23 March 2013

And then there was two...

I have created another pillow for the couch :)
Using 5mm needles
Gauge 6 stitches per inch

CO 68 stitches



Continue this patter until the piece measures about 30-31 inches

Mattress stitch the sides of the pillow
Put pillow filling inside and then stitch up the top with your best mattress stitch!

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Couto's Calgary Cowl

Lucas and Christopher made the trip to Calgary in February to visit their brother and NEW WIFE (congrats). 
Lucas requested a BIG cowl to wear while skiing.
I took my skinny cowl and CO 120 stitches on a size 5 needles and knit my heart out. I knit 1/2 of the cowl the day before they left in 4 hours.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Selfish hat knitting

I made another hat for me!  After my last hat adventure I decided I needed a warmer hat.  This simple hat is easy to make and is super comfortable. 

Chunky yarn (I used charisma from Michael's)

Size 5mm short circular needles

1. CO70
2. K1P1 rib for 2 inches
3. Stockinette stitch for 8 rounds
4. Purl one round
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until piece measures 7.5 inches
6. Decrease row: K6 K2tog
7. Decrease row: K5 K2tog
8. Decrease row: K4 K2tog
9. Decrease row: K3 K2tog
10. Switch onto DPNS K2 K2tog
11. K1 K2tog
12. K2tog
13. Use darn needle to pull yarn through remaining stitches
14. Weave in loose ends
15. Make a pom pom and attach to top How to make a pom pom:

Monday, 11 February 2013

My Patchwork Hat II

Dear Readers,

Happy early Valentine's Day!
I have recently knitted myself a beanie hat with left over scraps of my favorite yarns.I did this last year on boxing day after all the Christmas knitting, however I lost that hat! He is the new and improved patchwork hat.

Yarn Layers:
1. Green- Cascade Superwash, from a knitted scarf I sold before Christmas
2. Navy-  South Pacific Cotton from the double Andalusian scarf I made and kept
3. Ginger- Madeline Tosh from the recently knitted cowl for ME!
4. Grey- South Pacific Cotton from the double Andalusian scarf I made and sold
5. Dark Grey- from a vest I knitted last year!

 Happy Knitting :)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Newsboy Part 1

This is my first attempt at a Newsboy like hat with brim :). Check it out.
Thoughts:I think the brim is a little wide and the back should be a little longer but its a good first attmpt.

I'm not going to post the pattern as I have not perfected it... but I will post the link for a ravelry pattern which I used to start my hat. The pattern requires worsted weight yarn and is for an adult. My hat is for a 10 year old girl and I used chunky wool to match a scarf :).

Happy Knitting.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

The Skinny Cowl

The Skinny Cowl

This YARN is outstanding. It was given to me as a gift from Susan when she visited a yarn store in Canmore, Alberta. They have just started selling Madeline Tosh yarns in Toronto, but not this colour: Madeline Tosh Vintage Ginger (

200g of Madeline Tosh Vintage Ginger (Worsted Weight)
The Pattern:
5mm Round needles CO 96

Garter stitch for 5 rounds

Round 6: Knit all stitches 
Round 7: Knit all stitches 
Round 8: Knit all stitches 
Round 9: Purl two together all around (Ptog)
Round 10: Knit through the front and back of each stitch (Kfb)

Repeat rounds 6-10 14 times (or longer if you want a longer cowl)
Next 3 rounds knit
Garter stitch for 5 rounds

Cast off somewhat loosely. 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Pillow Time!

Since buying a new couch for our living room, I have decided to knit pillows for it. Here is pillow number 1:
Knit in a basket weave with worsted weight yarn on a 16X16 pillow filling (you can get one at walmart for 6$).
Using 5mm needles
Gauge 6 stitches per inch

CO 70 stitches

Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: K2 edge,* K2, P4* continue until end of row K2 edge
Row 4: Knit or purl each stitch as it is
Row 5:  K2 edge,* K2, P4* continue until end of row K2 edge
Row 6: Row 4: Knit or purl each stitch as it is
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: Purl
Row 9: K2 edge, P3* K2, P4* continue until 5 stitches remain K5
Row 10: Row 4: Knit or purl each stitch as it is
Row 11: K2 edge, P3* K2, P4* continue until 5 stitches remain K5
Row 12:Row 4: Knit or purl each stitch as it is

Continue this patter until the piece measures about 30-31 inches

Mattress stitch the sides of the pillow
Put pillow filling inside and then stitch up the top with your best mattress stitch!

My next pillow will be a dark Red!
Happy Knitting