Etsy Hack: Knit Button Cowl

You’ve heard of an Ikea hack.  Now, I’m introducing the Etsy hack.  While browsing Pinterest, I came upon an adorable cowl/scarf/neck warmer.  (Its creator calls it a scarf, but to me it looks more like a cowl/neck warmer than a scarf, except that it is not an infinity cowl).  It was perfect!  I’ve been looking for a new knitting project for Christmas gifts.  Last year, I made hats.  Scarfs normally take a L-O-N-G time, but this one is a shorter version and oh-so-adorable!  I clicked and saw this beauty.

I love this adorable cowl! I just had to try to make one!

When I arrived at Etsy, I found this 12″ by 36″ beauty is being sold for $74.  No, ma’am.  I am not paying that much for something I could make myself, and how much cooler is it to say I made it?Often times people who knit offer a pattern for their creations that can be purchased, so I was hoping to find that for this scarf.  No dice.

No worries, I’ll just scour the internet for a similar knit stitch and try to create it myself with trial and error!  SPOILER ALERT: I figured it out, and my perfected  pattern is at the end.  I found, via Ravelry, a “lace knit stitch”.  Now, this is by no means lace, but a lace stitch can refer to any open knit stitch.  The best part?  It is so easy and a very quick knit.  I discovered this cowl on Monday and have knit three prototypes since then (no, I do not have oodles of time on my hands- I work and go to school!).

For my first try, I thought of my wonderful friend Minna.  She’s my friend, my hairdresser, and my photographer.  Last year, I knit her some fingerless gloves with chunky rainbow yarn, and I figured I had just enough left over to knit this cowl.  Here’s how it went in pictures.

Here is the birth of the cowl: I cast on 20 stitches  of chunky yarn on size 15 needles.

I knit it with a pattern of K1, *Yo, K2Together* repeat from* until one stitch left,  K1.

It took me about two hours, and the hardest part was adding the buttons!

It looks more like a gator than a cowl, but I still think it is cute!!!

Here I am wearing the cowl knitted for Minna!

So it didn’t turn out exactly like the picture, but I love how it came out!  It’s warm, but breathable, since it was knit with the open stitch.  Minna loved it, too!  She’s even going to wear it in her maternity photo shoot!  I’ll post some of those pictures when she gets them to me!

Next, I grabbed left over matching yarn left over from another friend’s Christmas hat.  This time, I cast on 26 stitches of chunky cream colored yarn and knit until I was almost out of yarn.  This one turned out to be about 10 inches wide and 25 inches long.  Pretty great!  I think she’ll love it!  No pic of that one, because I want it to be a Christmas surprise!

My mom is my third guinea pig.  I knit her a cabled beret and this cowl would look great with it, especially since she is traversing to Nebraska in a couple of weeks!  This time, I wanted it to be as damn close to the picture as I could manage.  I cast on 30 stitches this time to make it a little bit wider.  I thought I could do it with one skein of chunky yarn, but since this one is wider (about 13″ wide), I needed another skein to get the length right.  One skein knitted a length of about 20″, so two skeins made it about 42″.  Longer than the Etsy one, but I like it!  I knit until I was out of yarn, then added the buttons!  I am ever so proud of myself for my Etsy Hack!

Here is my mom wearing her matching set:

This is my lovely mom wearing the cowl (nailed it!) and hat I knit for her.

Etsy Hack: Knit Cowl Pattern

Ingredients:

US Size 15 needles

2 Skeins of chunky yarn (My mom’s is knit in Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick and Quick in color 502 Mesquite, which is 80% Acrylic & 20% Wool)

Abbreviations:

K1= knit one

yo=yarn over (so simple, literally just wrap the yarn around the right hand needle from front to back, creating a new stitch

K2Together= knit the next two stitches together

Pattern:

1. Cast on 30 stitches- that will knit a scarf about 13″ wide  (If you want it wider or thinner cast on less, just be sure it is an even number!)

2. For every row, K1 *yo, k2together* repeat until there is one stitch left, K1 (You will always knit the first and last stitch of every row!)

3. When you almost run out of yarn, bind off.

4. Weave in ends and add buttons, voila!

Notes:

First, this scarf is very stretchy, which makes it hard to measure, but wonderful for creating different styles when it is worn.  I also wanted to explain a bit about the pattern.  The reason for the yarn over is to create a new stitch, since two are getting knit together-a decrease, in order to keep the total number of stitches the same.  It is a stitch used in all lace patterns.  I wasn’t sure what exactly yarn over meant before this project (I’m a self taught knitter), and I found dummies.com’s description helpful.  I knit using the continental method, so the first two YouTube videos I found on Google didn’t help; they were for the English method.  When I first watched the two videos, I thought, “Oh God, have I been knitting wrong all along?”.  No, just a little bit different technique!

I am going to knit myself a cowl using 1 1/2 skeins of yarn to try to get the 36″ length (the other 1/2 a skein will towards a cabled beret).  I might try 28 stitches to get the 12″ wide, but I really like how wide my mom’s is.  I think I might add smaller buttons (or toggles?) attached behind the large button to make the wear-ability even more versatile. Maybe I’ll even post a picture of me, when I get my set done!  I’m excited for my new matching set!  I normally don’t knit for myself too much, and my mom bought me a new coat and leather gloves (purple to match my cowl and hat, of course), but I don’t get it until Christmas.

Tips on how to knit?  Finished projects? Add ’em in the comments!

Happy knitting!

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A Ticking Clock

The husband and I were talking about having a baby today. Let me back up. Yesterday, one of my favorite people in the world, Allyson, got married. I took a few pictures for her bridal shower invite and blogged about it in: I Shot Allyson. We’ve known each other since she was five and I was eight. At her wedding there were tons of cute photos of her and her brothers when they were little. I don’t have any brothers and sisters, but I consider Allyson and her three brothers my family/siblings. I babysat them when they were young! This brought on my husband’s comment about how he wanted a little one of our own. He said he’s ready. I think I might be ready… So the plan is to “poop one out” as husband says next May (not this May as in 2013, but NEXT May 2014, MAYBE). It’ll be the end of my second year as a school counselor, and I’ll be ready to pop after finishing my classes for my doctorate. I figure I can take my time to write my dissertation while I care for my baby!

This had me thinking about that baby hat I knit for a photo shoot for Love and Grace Photography . I completely forgot to add the gorgeous pictures they took! It’s also time for me to knit a baby hat for Minna, who is one half of Love and Grace Photography.

For the original post and knitting pattern see: Size Doesn’t Mater.

This is baby Ryder in the hat I knit.

So adorable!

Minna said the pictures with my hat were her favorites!

Size Doesn’t Matter

UPDATE January 2013:  I used my own pattern (below) to knit a hat for my wonderful friend and hair dresser, Minna.  She’s half of Love and Grace Photographs, who take beautiful pictures and have enlisted me to knit a prop hat in the past.  The hat turned out so much better this time using Jogless Stripes than last time!  I did 6 rounds of white for every 3 rounds of color, following the pattern written below.  Instead of braiding, I just knit a really long icord and attached an extra large pom pom.  I also made a large pom pom by wrapping yarn around my fingers a BUNCH.  I pulled yarn through the loop (sliding along my fingers), tied it, and cut.  Need a visual on how to make a pom pom?  Go here.  Martha also has great directions using cardboard (which I didn’t have, so I used my fingers!).   Here’s the hat I knit for Baby Amelia!  

Amelia's rainbow hat

There will be pictures of an adorable baby wearing this hat coming soon!

The rainbow and white yarn had little sequins attached. Darling!

The rainbow and white yarn had little sequins attached. Darling!

I’ve been trying to knit a baby hat for a couple of months now. I’d found a free pattern through Ravelry.com for a new born long tail hat. It was perfect! Except the person is better at knitting than I am, so the directions were not exactly made for a noob like me. I frogged it once (A knitting joke: What does a frog say? Rip it! Rip it! Meaning I pulled the whole thing apart and started from scratch) and started and stopped several times, but the time finally came for that baby to be induced, and I had to finish it. I would not let some tiny little hat conquer my fat fingers. Plus, I always keep my word, or at least try my damnedest to. My friends over at Love and Grace Photographs were counting on me to get this hat done for their photo shoot! Side note: they’re fab, check them out! This minuscule maternity prop would not best me! How could something so small be so hard?

Here is what it looks like:

It is pretty cute, if I do say so myself.

Here is what went wrong:
1. I used a smaller gauge yarn (but it was so soft and pretty). Tiny yarn is hard to knit with!
2. I did not use “jogless stripes”, which caused my hat to have stripes that slanted and created a look of a seam, even though I knitted in the round. See pic below!
3. I didn’t pull the stitches tight enough between my double pointed needles, creating two columns of looser stitches.

This is the ‘backside’ of the hat, where the stripes don’t meet up.

I now know how to make it better for the next time! Here’s my pattern adapted from the pattern at Ravelry:

Audrey’s Long Tail Tiny Baby Hat

Ingredients:
Size 7 and 8 double pointed needles
sport weight yarn in three colors. (I used brown, green, and blue- mine was baby yarn, I think it is sport weight, but I threw away the packaging.  Use worsted weight to make)

Here is the pattern; corrections are in bold.

Band:
Cast on 66 stitches on size 7 DPNs (This makes a tighter band around the head).
K1 P1 all the way around for 6 rows to create a rib. On my hat this part is brown.

Color change (stripe):
Switch to size 8 needles and k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is green.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

You are going to repeat the color change stripe directions 3 times for a total of 9 more knitted rows. I’m putting the exact directions below (for noobs like me!). If you’re a pro skip to the decreasing.

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is blue.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is brown.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

k 1 round in your next color. On my hat this is green.
On the second row of your new color pick up one stitch of the previous color and slip onto your left needle. Knit the first two stitches (two colors) together. Finish K the row. This is called “jogless stripes”! Google it for more info, that’s what I did!
K another round (3 total rounds for the stripe).

Now to start the decreasing!

  1. *K9 K2together* repeat that all the way around! On my hat this starts the blue stripe.
  2. K the next row (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  3. *K8 K2together* repeat that all the way around!
  4. K the next row (should be a new color. On my hat it is brown.)
  5. *K7 K2together* repeat that all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  6. K the next row
  7. *K6 K2together* repeat that all the way around! (On my hat this starts the green stripe).
  8. K the next row (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  9. *K5 K2together* repeat that all the way around!
  10. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  11. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  12. K
  13. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  14. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  15. K
  16. *K4 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (On my hat this starts the green stripe).
  17. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  18. K
  19. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  20. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  21. K
  22. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  23. *K3 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  24. K
  25. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  26. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  27. K
  28. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  29. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  30. K
  31. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  32. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  33. K
  34. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  35. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  36. *K2 K2together* Repeat all the way around!
  37. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  38. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  39. K
  40. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  41. *K1 K2together* Repeat all the way around! (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  42. K
  43. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  44. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  45. K
  46. K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
  47. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  48. K
  49. K (On my hat this starts the brown stripe)
  50. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  51. K
  52. K (On my hat this starts the green stripe)
  53. K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
  54. *K2together* Repeat this all the way around!

There should now be 3 stitches left!
Put all your stitches on one DPN. You will K this as an Icord. Repeat the three steps below to make the tail as long as you like!
K (On my hat this starts the blue stripe)
Slide the stitches to the other end of the DPN and DO NOT TURN! You will pull the yarn from the other end and it will seem weird, but it will be okay!
K (remember to do the jogless stripe thing on this row)
K

When you’ve made it as long as you want, pull the yarn through the 3 stitches to hold them and end the hat. Braid the end. I tied on several more strands and grouped the colors to make the braid thicker!

Ta Da!

If you knit one, would you put pics and tips in the comments on my blog? Thanks! You’re the best!

Easy Knit Fingerless Gloves

I’m back from the dead! Well, semi-back-from-the-dead. I had high hopes of all the crafty things I would accomplish this week, but alas, my immune system had other plans. I started to feel cruddy over the weekend, and my chest was really hurting, so Monday morning I went to the doctor. At first, they thought I had pneumonia! After a breathing treatment in the office, she said it probably wasn’t pneumonia, but I got a steroid shot, powerful antibiotic, and an inhaler! I also got stuck in bed all week, because just walking downstairs to make soup wore me out. This seems like it would be a great time to do all the knitting I keep planning to do, but I wasn’t conscious very often. I did manage to finish a project that was on my knitting needles from last winter: fingerless gloves! I made mine short, but you could make them longer! They are oh-so-easy to make!

Materials:

Size 7 double pointed needles (DPN)
Yarn- I used I Love This Yarn (because it is cheap!), which is worsted weight

The glove with waste yarn for the thumb hole.

Pattern:

Cast on 36 stitches on size 7 straight needles and divide up between the size 7 DPN’s (12, 12, 12).
After knitting a few rounds, mark the start with a stitch marker.
Knit until you get the desired length from end to thumb (about 5 inches on my shorties)
On the next row, knit the first four, then knit the next 6 with waste yarn (knit more if you want a looser thumb hole!).
Continue knitting around for about three more inches.
Bind off.

Flip the glove inside out and pick up your stitches on either side of the waste yarn. I picked up a couple extra stitches on either side to make sure there weren’t gaps. Knit around twice and bind off!

Tuck in all your tails and repeat!

Around the thumb there may be small gaps in the stitches, but I used my tails to help hide these!

The finished product!

Now that I have the gloves off my size 7 needles, I can start the project I’m really looking forward to: a cute baby hat! No, it’s not for me! It’s for a friend’s photography studio; they’re using it as a prop!