I have a new knitting pattern available! It’s for my new lovely, comforting Humanise Throw Rug classically styled, in a timeless cables and lace stitch pattern.
After a hectic day of too much to do, and being pulled in multiple directions, do you feel not quite human? Snuggle under the Humanise Throw Rug to humanise yourself again.
The simple, but effective stitch pattern is therapeutic to knit, and lovely to rest under.
It’s done in a classic cables and lace style, and is worked flat, in one piece for faster knitting and minimal finishing. I’ve worked it in FibraNatura Cottonwood, which comes in a massive array of colours. I’ve chosen beige, which is great for matching with other home decor, but any colour which complements or contrasts with your decor would work. The throw rug finished size is 102cm (40 in) x 77cm (30.5 in).
I’m more than halfway through knitting a very simple cabled scarf for one of the progeny.
It’s so simple, you could design your own variation, even if you’ve only ever followed patterns before.
“How?”, you may ask? Well, follow along these simple steps!
Step 1: Choose your yarn. Wool, or some sort of wool blend is nice, because it keeps it’s shape very well, but any yarn will do. Any weight you like, 4ply, 8ply, 10ply, whatever.
Step 2: Inspect the label from you yarn to find out the recommended needle size and the standard guage/tension. I’ve chosen Cleckheaton Country Aran, a fairly new aran weight/10ply yarn. The label informs me that the recommended needle size is 5.00mm (UK 6, US 8), and that the guage/tension is 19 stitches and 25 rows to 10cm. The stitch guage is more interesting to us than the row guage, for the moment anyway.
Step 3: Choose a cable pattern. If you have a good knitting book like “Vogue Knitting – The Ultimate Knitting Book” you will find a Stitch Dictionary included which has a cable section. You can use a cable pattern from a pattern book or magazine in your collection. Lion Brand yarn have a good online stitch dictionary, including cables. Borrow a stitch dictionary from your local library. Ours has Knitting Handbook by Viv Foster, The Knitting Book by Frederica Patmore and The Encyclopedia of Knitting by Lesley Standfield. Your library will probably have a couple.
The pattern you choose should describe the number of stitches as multiple of x stitches plus y stitches. The simple cable I’m using is a multiple of 9 stitches plus 3 stitches. The cable is 6 stitches with 3 stitches between each cable, which adds up to 9 stitches. The plus 3 stitches is so that you have the same 3 stitches (or however many “plus” stitches yours specifies) at the start and end of each row to balance things up.
Step 4: Knit a tension/gauge square. It won’t take long, I promise!!! To knit your square, use needles one size up from the ball band recommendation. It’s nice to have a bit of give and flexibility in your scarf; it doesn’t need a firm fabric like a pullover would. So in my case the needles size will be 5.5mm (US 5, UK 9).
If you wanted a 10cm wide square you could use the ball band stitches x 1. Aiming to have a square of about 15cm (6 in) we’ll need about 1.5 times the number of stitches specified on the ball band. 1.5 x 19 in my case is 28.5 stitches. Well, I’m not going to have half a stitch. I need this number to cater for my multiple of 9 sts plus 3 sts as well.
If I take the 3 sts from my 28.5 sts I get 25.5 stitches. Does 9 go into this? No. We’ll round up to something divisible by 9. 27 stitches will do the trick, plus my extra 3 stitches gives me 30 stitches. Even though I’ve gone up a needle size and rounded up for my stitch number, the cables will pull everything in, so I’ll add one more multiple of 9 to give me 39 sts, that’s four cables wide plus 3 extra stitches.
So cast on your 39 (or whatever number you’ve come up with), and start knitting using your chosen cable stitch pattern. I played around with mine. After a few rows, I started doing p1, k1, p1 between each cable because I thought I might like the look of it. I didn’t. So, after about 6 rows of this, I went back to the pattern as written. My cable pattern actually specifies to do a cable every 4th row, but that’s a more compact look than I wanted, so I did them every 6th row. Continue until you’ve got roughly a square. Cast/bind off.
Yay, you’ve got a tension/gauge square! Go you! Now, hopefully you’ve got some sensitive digital kitchen scales. Weigh you’re square to find out how much yarn you used. Write it down.
Step 5: Soak your square in water, remove it from the water, squeeze out any excess water, roll it in a towel and press out more water. Now lay your square on a fresh, dry towel, stretching it out a bit. It’ll spring back a bit, but don’t pin it; you’re scarf’s going to squish up when you wear it anyway. Allow it to dry overnight.
Step 6: Inspect your square, ruler in hand. How wide is it? How tall is it? Is this a good width for a scarf? If you added or subtracted a cable would that make it the width that you want? From this information calculate how many stitches you’ll need to cast on for your actual scarf.
Step 7: How much yarn are you going to need? If your square is 15cm x 15cm it is 225 square cm. (Thank you calculator!). If you want your scarf to be 140cm x 20cm that will be 2800 square cm. If I divide 2800 by 225, I find out that my scarf is the equivalent of 12.44 tension/guage squares. My square weighed 17g. If I multiply 17g x 12.44 squares, I get 211.5 grams required for my scarf. Each ball is 50g, so I need 5 balls, and there’ll be plenty left over.
Step 8: Obtain your yarn, cast on your calculated number of stitches and start knitting! Cast off when you’ve reached your desired length.
Let me know how you go, and I’d love to see some results! Good luck and happy designing. 🙂
The pattern for my new Janine Scarf is now available.The Janine Scarf is a mid-season cotton scarf in the Vandyke lace stitch. There is a cute, double line of bobbles at each end.
So that the “v”s are pointing down at both ends, the scarf is worked in two pieces which are joined using a three-needle bind/cast off.
The yarn used is Sirdar Calico, and the colour I’ve used is 727 (green). It’s a cotton acrylic blend in DK 8ply. The perfect yarn for a mid-season scarf.
Yarn Suggested: Sirdar Calico or any other 8 ply / DK yarn. 50gm balls, 157 meters (172 yards) Gauge:20 stitches and 31 rows = 4 inches in Vandyke Stitch Needle Size: 4.5mm Meterage: 340 m (372 yards) Sizes Available: 140cm x 16cm (55 in x 6 in)
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.40
The pattern for my Fayre Cushion Cover is now available.
A fresh, colourful cushion cover, knitted in cotton in a simple lace stitch. The cushion cover is worked in one piece, then folded over and seamed at the sides. Whether worked in bold, contrasting colours or neutral, graduating shades, this will make a beautiful addition to your decor. The yarn used here is Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK cotton.
Fayre Cushion Cover
Yarn Suggested: Jo Sharp Soho Summer DK Cotton or any other 8ply/DK yarn. 50gm balls, 110m (109 yds)
Gauge:25 stitches = 10 cm (4 in) in Alternating Eyelet Stitch
Needle Size: 3.75mm
Meterage: 400m (436 yards) – 1 ball of each colour
Notions: 9 snap fasteners required
Sizes Available: To fit cushion 36cm x 36cm (14in x 14in)
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.30
The Lace Front Cowl that was first published in Yarn magazine in June 2011 is now available to purchase.
This is a softly draping, light cotton cowl, with a lace panel at the front. It is worked from the bottom up with needles progressively changed down to provide shaping. The yarn I’ve used is Heirloom Cotton 8 ply
Lace Front Cowl
Yarn Suggested: Heirloom Cotton 8 ply or any other 8ply/DK cotton yarn. 50gm balls, 119m (130 yds)
Gauge:20 stitches = 10 cm (4 in) in Stocking/Stockinette Stitch
My latest pattern is now available. The Easterner Cardigan…. A cardigan in wide stripes of colour worked in diagonal stitch, knitted on larger needles for an open texture, in cotton. The yarn I’ve used is Rowan Cotton Glace which is a great summer yarn with beautiful stitch definition. The colour range is gorgeous. I’ve gone with earthy tones, but why not try blues, greens or your own favourite mix.
Yarn Suggested: Rowan Cotton Glace or any other 5ply/Sport Weight cotton yarn. 50gm balls, 115m (126 yds)
Gauge: 22 sts and 32 rows to 10cm(4 ins) in Relief Diagonal Stitch
The pattern for the “Bea Fair Isle Pullover” is now available.
It’s a lovely warm stranded pullover. The colour work is very easy, as there’s only one contrast colour and one background colour for each motif. The yarn I’ve used is a Heirloom Merino Magic 8 ply, which has a fantastic range of colours, even though the one’s I’ve used are fairly subtle. It’s knitted flat, from the bottom up. A colour chart is included. This is my first foray into collars, and I love how this collar has worked out.
Bea Fair Isle Pullover
Yarn Suggested: Heirloom Merino Magic 8ply or any other 8ply/DK yarn. 50 gram balls, 98m (107 yds)
Gauge: 24 sts = 4 inches in Stocking/Stockinette Stitch
Needle Size: 4mm
Meterage: 1470 – 1666 m (1608 – 1822 yards)
7(8,9) balls of main colour
2 balls of contrasts A, B and C
1 ball of contrasts D and E
Sizes Available: 84 (100, 117)cm, 33 (39¼, 46) in
This pattern is available to buy from Ravelry for $US 5.75
Testing is complete, and the pattern for my Leafy Squares Fingerless Mitts is now available.
These mitts are knitted in the round and have a thumb gussett for a comfortable fit. There is a panel of the Leafy Squares pattern along the back of the arm and hand. These are knit in a 10 ply yarn. I’ve used Heirloom Shetland 10 ply, which has resulted in beautiful and toasty warm mitts.