Original No Frills Toboggan Cap

Original No Frills Toboggan Cap

This is a very simple, easy toboggan cap that is worked all in stockinette (except the hemming part is a bit tricky). The “hemming” of the bottom gives a double thickness over the ears and forehead for extra warmth, without the need to fold up the bottom of the cap. The things you need to know to make it: How to do a provisional cast on, how to knit in the round, how to do a knit stitch, a k2tog and an ssk.  TV knitting at its finest.

Materials:
1 skein Red Heart Unforgettable, Medium:4, 3.5 oz/100 g, 270 yards/246 m, colorway: whichever one strikes your fancy.  (or any DK weight yarn.)  You can easily get 3 hats out of 2 skeins.
Needle: Size US4 (3.5 mm) 16-inch circular needle, and a set of US4 (3.5 mm) double pointed needles (DPNs). (optional: a second US4 (3.5 mm) circular needle of any length if you have one)
9 Stitch markers, with one of a distinct color or type from the others to use as a row marker.

Body of Hat:
On the 16-inch circular needle, cast on 90 stitches using provisional cast on method.
Join, place row marker, and knit in the round for 8-1/4 inches (21 cm), stopping at the end of the row.

Hemming the Bottom:
(See illustration at left) Fold the edge with the provisional cast-on under just as though you were turning a hem and bring it up through the center of the work (fold purl side inside, knit side outside). Starting at the beginning of the provisional row, put the stitches from the provisional cast-on onto a second needle – either all of them onto a circular needle, or as many as will comfortably fit onto one double pointed needle, transferring more provisional stitches onto the DPN as necessary. Use your right-hand needle to transfer the first provisional stitch on that row purlwise from the provisional needle to the left-hand working needle, being careful to keep the stitch in the same orientation.  Knit it and the first stitch on the working row together (k2tog). Be sure when you are knitting the two stitches together that the provisional stitch is on the right and the working stitch is on the left, so that when the k2tog is worked, the provisional stitch will end up on the wrong side of your work.  Transfer the second provisional stitch onto the left-hand needle and knit it and the second working stitch on the row together. Continue on around in this fashion until the end of the row. Make sure the beginning yarn end gets tucked down into the fold and is hidden inside the folded portion. You should come out even, with the last provisional stitch and the last working stitch being knitted together. You should end up with 90 stitches.

Continue knitting for another 3 inches (7.5 cm), then work Decreases.

Decreases:
Row 1: *knit 10, place marker, repeat from * to end of row.
Row 2: *ssk, k8, repeat from * to end of row. (81 stitches)
Row 3: knit
Row 4: *ssk, k7, repeat from * to end of row. (72 stitches)
Row 5: knit.
Row 6: *ssk, k6, repeat from * to end of row. (63 stitches)
Row 7: knit.
Row 8: *ssk, k5, repeat from * to end of row. (54 stitches)
Row 9: knit.
Row 10: *ssk, k4, repeat from * to end of row. (45 stitches)
Row 11: knit.
Row 12: *ssk, k3, repeat from * to end of row. (36 stitches)
Row 13: knit.
Row 14: *ssk, k2, repeat from * to end of row. (27 stitches)
Row 15: knit.
Row 16: *ssk, k1, repeat from * to end of row. (18 stitches)
Row 17: knit.
Row 18: *ssk, repeat from * to end of row. (9 stitches)
Row 19: knit.
Cut yarn leaving a tail long enough to thread through all the stitches, and fasten. Weave in the end.

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Malguri Morning

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This thick, warm garter-stitch shawl is simple and quick, just right for those mountain morning breakfasts on the terrace. It has a 2-stitch stockinette edging that is intended to roll, making a nice border.  It is named for Ilisidi’s mountain fortress, “Malguri,” from the C. J. Cherryh Foreigner books (recommended reading!).

Materials:
8 skeins of Loops and Threads Charisma, bulky:5, 3.5 oz./100 g, 109 yd./100 m, Color: Mulberry Bush
US size 10 (6.0 mm) 29-inch and 45-inch circular knitting needles.

Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb (5 stitches)
Row 2: P2, k1, p2
Row 3: k1 kfb, k1, kfb, k1 (7 stitches)
Row 4: P2, k3, p2
Row 5: k1, kfb, knit until 3 stitches left on row, kfb, k2
Row 6: P2, knit until 2 stitches left on needle, p2.
Repeat rows 5 and 6 until shawl has reached the desired dimensions (or until all the yarn you have left is a ball about the size of an orange) .

Finishing: After an even numbered row, knit 1 row, bind off in this manner: *P2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, p2tog, repeat from * to end of the row.

Cobblestone Pie Afghan/Washcloth

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The weight yarn and size needles you use will determine how this turns out. Baby yarn (Fine:3) on a US 8 or 9 needle knit to about a 3-foot diagonal measurement will be a light and lacy baby blanket. Bulky yarn (Bulky:5) on a US size 10 or 13 to a 4- or 5-foot diagonal will be a thick and heavy afghan/throw. Cotton worsted on a US 5 or 6 to an 8- or 10-inch diagonal will make a nice washcloth. You will have to calculate the amount of yarn you will need from a gauge swatch made from similar weight yarn.2016_10_26-04

Beginning:
Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: K1, kfb, k1
Row 2: Knit. (4 stitches)
Row 3: K1, k2fb, k1
Row 4: Knit (6 stitches)
Row 5: K3, yo, k3
Row 6: Knit (7 stitches)
Row 7: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3
Row 8: Knit (9 stitches)
Row 9: K3, p1, k1, p1, k3
Increase:
Row 10: K3, yo, knit until 3 stitches left on the row, yo, k3
Row 11: K3, *p1, k1, repeat from * until 4 stitches left on row, p1, k3
Repeat rows 10 and 11 until you reach the diagonal width you desire. After you have finished an odd numbered row, begin decrease:
Decrease:
Row 12: K2, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit until 6 stitches left on the row, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k2
Row 13: K3, *p1, k1, repeat from * until 4 stitches left on row, p1, k3
Repeat rows 12 and 13 until 9 stitches left on row.
Finishing:
Row 14: K2, k2tog, k3tog, k2tog, k2. (7 stitches)
Row 15: k2, k2tog, k1, k2tog, k2 (6 stitches)
Row 16: K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1
Row 17: k2tog, k2tog.
Row 18: K2tog.
Bind off and weave in ends.

Cobblestone Pie Shawl with Garter Stitch Edging

2016_10_26-03Cobblestone Pie Shawl with Garter Stitch Edging

This pattern takes about 3-4 skeins of knitting worsted weight (Medium:4) yarn on a size US 8 (5.0 mm) or 9 (5.5 mm).  You can go with Fine or even Fingering weight yarn on either a large or small needle if you want light and lacy.  If you want thick and warm, go with a heavier weight (Bulky:5 yarn) on a larger (US 10 or 13 — 6.0 mm or 9.0 mm) needle.  You will have to do a gauge swatch with yarn of the same weight to calculate how much yarn to buy.  To calculate the area of a triangle, see here:2016_10_26-04

Cast on 3 stitches
Row 1: K1, kfb, k1
Row 2: Knit. (4 stitches)
Row 3: K1, k2fb, k1
Row 4: Knit (6 stitches)
Row 5: K3, yo, k3
Row 6: Knit (7 stitches)
Row 7: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3
Row 8: Knit (9 stitches)
Row 9: K3, p1, k1, p1, k3
Row 10: K3, yo, knit until 3 stitches left on the row, yo, k3
Row 11: K3, *p1, k1, repeat from * until 4 stitches left on row, p1, k3
Repeat rows 10 and 11 until piece is the size you want.
Row 12: K3, yo,*k1, yo, repeat from * until 3 stitches left on row, k3.
Row 13: K3, drop yo, *k1, drop yo, repeat from * until 3 stitches left on row, k3.
Row 14: Knit.
Row 15: Knit.
Bind off, weave in ends.

Cobblestone Pie Head Scarf

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Materials: 1 skein of knitting worsted,
size US10(6.0 mm) circular needle.

Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb. (5)
Row 2: P2, k1, p2.
Row 3: k1 k2fb, k2. (7)
Row 4: P2, k1, p1, k1, p2.
Row 5: k1, kfb, knit until 3 stitches left on row, kfb, k2.
Row 6: P2, *(k1, p1) repeat from * until 3 stitches left on needle, k1, p2.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until scarf measures 18 inches across the top. (Remember, scarf will stretch when tied around the head.P

2016_05_22-03Finishing with 5-stitch I-cord:
Row 1: Slip 1 stitch, knit till one stitch remains. Turn work.
Row 2: Slip 2 stitches, knit until two stitches remain. Turn work.
Row 3: Slip 3 stitches, knit until 3 stitches remain. Turn work.
Row 4: Slip 4 stitches, knit until 4 stitches remain, Turn work.
Row 5: Slip first 5 stitches of the row off onto a stitch keeper. *K2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, k2tog. Repeat from * until 5 stitches remain. (Knit this row as tightly as you can to prevent stretching.)
Row 6: Using the 5 remaining stitches, knit 10 inches of I-cord and bind off.
Row 7: Using the 5 stitches on the stitch keeper, attach yarn and knit 10 inches of I-cord. bind off.

Finishing with 3-stitch I-cord:
Row 1: Knit.
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Slip 1 stitch, knit until 1 stitch remain. Turn work.
Row 4: Slip 2 stitches, knit until 2 stitches remain, Turn work.
Row 5: Slip first 3 stitches of the row off onto a stitch keeper. *K2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, k2tog. (Knit this row as tightly as you can to prevent stretching.) Repeat from * until 3 stitches remain.
Row 6: Using the 3 remaining stitches, knit 10 inches of I-cord and bind off.
Row 7: Using the 3 stitches on the stitch keeper, attach yarn and knit 10 inches of I-cord. bind off.

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Yarn:  Lily Sugar & Cream, Medium: 4,  113g/4 oz, 184 meters/200 yards colors Hot Pink and a discontinued Peaches & Cream yarn same size and weight. On US8/5.00 mm needles 3 skeins of the Lily’s Sugar & Cream make 2 scarves.

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Cobblestone Pie Triangular Shawl

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Materials: 3 skeins of knitting worsted, size US10(6.0 mm) 36-inch circular needle.

Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: kfb, k1, kfb (5)
Row 2: P2, k1, p2
Row 3: k1 k2fb, k2 (7)
Row 4: P2, k1, p1, k1, p2
Row 5: k1, kfb, knit until 3 stitches left on row, kfb, k2
Row 6: P2, *(k1, p1) repeat from * until 3 stitches left on needle, k1, p2.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until shawl has reached the desired dimensions.

Finishing: Knit a row, purl a row, Knit a row,
Bind off in this manner: *P2tog, slip stitch just worked back onto left needle, p2tog, repeat from * to end of the row.

Note:  The 2-stitch stockinette edging on either side , as well as the top border of stockinette are going to curl/roll because unblocked stockinette will do that.  This is intentional, and creates a nice rolled edge.

Rolanni’s Necklet

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This little scarf was named in honor of author Sharon Lee, whose nom de blog is “Rolanni.”

Yarn: 2 skeins Premier Yarn’s Deborah Norville Everyday, weight 4 medium, 3.5 oz/100 g, 180 yds/165 m, color: Lagoon.
Needles: Size US7(4.5 mm) 29-inch (or longer) circular needle.

Cast on 3 stitches by either the long-tail or chain cast-on method.2016_05_20-05
Row 1. K1, yo, k1, yo, k1. (5)
Row 2. Purl.
Row 3. (K1, yo) x3, k2. (8)
Row 4, Purl.
Row 5. K1, (K1, yo) x3, ssk, k1, k2tog. (9)
Row 6. K3, p5, k2.
Row 7. K2, (K1, yo) 3 times, ssk, yo, k1, k2tog. (11)
Row 8. K5, p5, k3.
Row 9. K3, (K1, yo) 3 times, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k2tog. (13)
Row 10. K5, p5, k4.
Row 11. K4, (K1, yo) 3 times, k3, yo, ssk, K1, kfb, k2tog. (19)
Row 12. K6, p5, k5.
Row 13. K4(K1, yo) 3 times, ssk, K3, yo, ssk, k2tog. (21)
Row 14. K7, purl until 5 left, k5.
Row 15. K4, (K1, yo) 3 times, knit until 9 stitches remain, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, K2tog
Row 16. K7, purl until 5 stitches left, K5.
Repeat rows 15 and 16 until the piece is large enough to suit.

Finishing:
With right side facing:
Row 1: K4, (K1, yo) x3, *(ssk, yo) repeat from *until 9 stitches left, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2tog.
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: K2tog, k2, (K1, yo) x3, knit until 9 stitches left, yo, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2tog.
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2tog, k1, (K1, yo) x3, knit until 2 stitches left, k2tog.
Row 6: Knit
Row 6: K2tog, (k1, yo) x3, knit until 2 stitches left, k2tog.
Row 6: Bind off knitwise loosely.