The year is almost at a close, and it went by very rapidly in my opinion. The older I get, the faster the years fly by. I thought today I would wish every visitor, those new and those who frequent ImagineMechanix, a Happy New Year! May it be one that has you “in the pink.” In other words, may you be in very good health and in good spirits in 2014. Of course, it always helps to knit! I found some lovely pink knitting projects that you might want to take a closer look at. There may be something above that you’d like to knit up for yourself or someone else.
Key to the knitting projects above:
a. Orchid Cowl – free pattern on Ravelry
b. Pink Ribbon Washcloth (Breast Cancer Awareness) – free pattern on Ravelry
c. Pink Tulip Patch Blanket – $3.50 pattern on Ravelry
d. Pink Phoenix Shawl – $6.00 pattern on Ravelry
e. Pink Home Slippers – $4.99 pattern on Ravelry
f. Knitted Neckwarmer – Blog and Etsy
I wish everyone the best of health! Oh, and don’t forget to stop by next year.
Some time ago, I knitted a hat using sock yarn. I have long wanted a matching scarf, but not the typical, long, rectangular scarf.
I found this sock yarn scarf pattern on Ravelry (skipped the edging instructions) and the result is that now I have a soft, warm triangular scarf that matches my hat, including the pom-poms.
Hats and scarfs made with sock yarn are very soft. I think it’s more than the yarn fiber that makes the scarf feel cuddly. I also think the tiny size of the stitches (size 2 needles used) have something to do with it. While it may take awhile longer to knit a garment with sock yarn, it is well worth the time and effort. The sock yarn I used: 3 skeins of Premiere Yarns Serenity Sock Weight Prints.
I really like how long, triangular scarves wrap. I like the cowl-like neck and the tapered ends. Think about adding this type of scarf to your collection!
This cardigan knitting pattern from Lion Brand (also listed on the Ravelry site) is easy to make using Aran / 10 ply (8 wpi) yarn or something very similar. The cropped raglan cardigan pattern suggests using Lion Organic Cotton. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solids, Heathers & Twists (099 Fisherman). I picked up the yarn at JoAnn. You can get information about the gauge, needles, and more on the Lionbrand site and also on my Ravelry notebook page for the cardigan.
I really like the raglan shaping using eyelets (yarn overs). It adds a nice decorative detail.
The cardigan is worked back and forth on a circular needle (per my gauge test – I used size 8) in one piece from the neck down. Ribbing is picked up and knit along front edges to finish (size 7).
I like this pattern so much, I’m thinking of knitting another cardigan in a dark color. One always needs a white/ivory sweater and a black sweater in their wardrobe.
Autumn is here. Finally! Fall is my favorite season. I love the crisp air, the autumn colors, wearing sweaters, replacing sandals with shoes and socks, sleeping with the windows cracked, hearty soups and stews, and pies – especially pumpkin pie.
Autumn is also the perfect season to knit, wear knits, and decorate with knits. Here are six pumpkin knitting patterns (four are free and the other two are priced under $5.00). There are other patterns “out there in cyberspace,” but I thought these were the best looking.
All knitted pumpkin patterns are on Ravelry (login user name and password required).
Here is a key:
- Autumn Pumpkin
- Great Pumpkin
- Mini Felted Pumpkin
- Tosca Pumpkin
- Halloween Pumpkins
- Fall Pumpkin
I finally finished my socks and the knit sock pattern I’ve been promising.
I hope my instructions will help knitters who haven’t knitted a pair of socks now get a pair underway.
In terms of comfy,
machine-knitted socks can’t compare to the feel of a hand-knitted pair.
You’ll find a list of
materials along with the instructions in the downloadable pdf. I’ve also included some pictures in the
The pattern will also be available on Ravelry if you’d like to add it to your Ravelry library.
I’ve suggested in the pattern that first time sock knitters review videos on the various stages of sock knitting before getting started. It would also be a good idea to read the pattern all the way through before beginning. You might also want to take a look at this post.
Please let me know if you come to any bumps in the road. I’ll do my best to direct you.
I’ve been looking for free knitting stitches patterns that I can work up into a pattern for a cowl. I found the following patterns which I think are very interesting. I wanted something a little out of the norm and challenging enough to hold my interest.
It’s not that I need another project. I have six going at present. I’m trying to finish up a knitted sock pattern that I want to bring public. I’ve finished one sock and I’m halfway through the other. The pattern is written and will include pictures. Be looking for it! It’s a pattern that will be perfect for advanced beginners who want to knit a pair of socks for the first time.
Also, coming soon is a triangle-shaped scarf made from sock yarn. I’m making it to match this hat. My other four projects are still in the early stages.
Here is your guide to the knitting stitches above:
- Cable and Twist Stitches
- Lace Knitting Stitch #35
- Tilting Ladder Pattern
- Lace Knitting Stitch #28
- Lace Knitting Stitch #25
- Bubble Wrap Stitch
I think for a cowl, I prefer #3 and #4. I do like the bubble wrap stitch though. It would be great for knitting a baby blanket.
April Fool’s Day is just around the corner. It’s not really a day one thinks to celebrate in any particular way, other than playing a few minor jokes on friends and family. Why not make it more celebratory? There’s a jester hat pattern below ready for you to knit, crochet, or sew for yourself or someone else. Have a little fun, why don’t you?
Here is a guide to the FREE patterns above:
- Jingle Jester Baby Hat (knitting)
- Silly Court Jester/Elf Hat (crochet) – Ravelry link
- Fleece Jester Hat (sewing)
- B14-28 Hat (knitting) – Ravelry link
- Jester Hat (sewing)
- Jester Hat (crochet) – Ravelry link
Need a few harmless practical jokes to play? Here’s a few I’ve culled from the WWW.
- Add a few drops of green or red food coloring to a carton of milk.
- Superglue a few coins to the sidewalk or any spot that has a lot of people walking around.
- Go into your spouse’s closet and steal one of each of their shoes. Watch them frantically try to find a match.
- Balance a small disposable cup of water on the top of a partially open door and then wait for the splash.
- Purchase some realistic-looking insects and place the creepy crawlers in ice cubes, socks, shoes, food, etc.
The point is to have fun without being mean or doing harm. Use your imagination!