Sunday, January 27, 2013

Frugal Knitting

My knitting is not so economical these days - it resides in the spectrum of "not wasteful." I have a granddaughter who needs bibs - I have three ready to be delivered to the little munch-kin. Then my thrifty knitter took over, and I used the leftovers to knit a dish cloth for myself. Three skeins, one per row, and I have to smile when I see the results. I didn't expect it to be so pretty, I just wanted useful. Three skeins are almost too fiddly, but pretty and useful? I decided it was worth the effort. In case you are interested, the bib pattern is adapted from Down Cloverlaine. I liked her short row shaping to begin the bib, but opted for a reversible knit/purl pattern. Her characters are very well done, but wouldn't be visible in the variegated yarn. Being a bit frugal with my time and my yarn, I opted for a knit pattern I could do from memory, rather than following a chart.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Burial Gown in 4 Sizes

I've had requests to post this pattern from my old Geocities web page, so here it is. The pattern is in 4 sizes, from extra small preemie to full term. It is basically a raglan sweater that is increased at the waist and a skirt in a lacy pattern is added.

BURIAL GOWN IN 4 SIZES

This burial gown is a simple raglan cardigan that increases at the waist for a full skirt. The gown is meant to be used with the opening down the back, add ribbons at the neck and waist for ties. You can use Yarn Over for your increases at the waist to accommodate a ribbon tie. I do not sew underarm seams, it is easier to dress when the sleeves are open. You can put ribbons for ties if you wish. I’ve included directions for 3 different easy lace patterns. You can substitute a pattern of your choice. If you choose a lace pattern that has large holes, you may want to line the skirt. These lace patterns should not need lining.

Materials: Baby Sport yarn, #5 needles (US), 4 stitch markers, 2 stitch holders, ribbon

Gauge:6 sts = 1", 8 rows = 1"

Abbreviations: sts - stitches, yo - yarn over, K2tog - Knit 2 sts together, SKPsso - Slip 1 stitch, Knit 1 stitch, Pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch (1 stitch decreased),

Notes: I increase by knitting in the front and back of the stitch.

Sizes: Extra Small Preemie, (Small Preemie, Large Preemie, Full Term)

Weight: 1 - 2 lbs, (3 - 5 lbs, 6 - 8 lbs, 9 - 11 lbs)

Chest: 10" (12", 14", 16")

Neck to Hem: 12" (13.5", 15", 16.5")

GOWN
Bodice:

Cast on 40 (44, 48, 48) sts.
Rows 1 & 2: Knit.
Row 3: K2, *yo, P2tog* end yo, P2tog, K2.
Rows 4 & 5: Knit.

Row 6: K1, P1, K1, P 4 (5, 6, 6) sts, place marker; P 6 (6, 6, 6) sts, place marker (sleeve); P 14 (16, 18, 18) sts, place marker (front); P 6 (6, 6, 6) sts, place marker (sleeve); Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Row 7: K1, P1, K1, *Knit to 1 st before marker, increase in the sts before and after the marker* repeat across, end K1, P1, K1. 8 sts increased.

Row 8: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Repeat Row 7 & 8 4 (6, 8, 11) more times. Total stitches 80 (100, 120, 144) sts.

Next Row: K1, P1, K1, Knit to marker, slip the next 16 (20, 24, 30) sts to a holder for the sleeve. Cast on 6 sts, knit to the next marker, slip the next 16 (20, 24, 30) sts to a holder for the second sleeve. Cast on 6 sts, knit to the last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1. Total sts 60 (72, 84, 96) sts.

Next Row: K1, P1, K1, purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Skirt: Pointed Lace, Baby Face Lace or Scalloped Lace.

Pointed Lace (m9+1): Keeping seed stitch borders, increase 19 (25, 22, 19) sts evenly across the row. 79 (97, 106, 115) sts.

Next Row: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Row 1: (Right side) K1, P1, K1, K1, *yo, K2, K2tog, SKPsso, K2, yo, k1* repeat across to last 4 sts, K1, K1, P1, K1.
Row 2: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Repeat Pointed Lace Pattern Rows 1 & 2 until skirt is 9" (10",11",12")
Knit 1" in garter stitch, bind off.

Baby Fan Lace (m11): Keeping seed stitch borders, increase 12 (22, 21, 20) sts evenly across the row. 72 (94, 105, 116) sts.

Next Row: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Row 1:(Right side) K1, P1, K1, K2tog twice, *(yo, K1) 3x, yo, k2tog 4x, repeat from *, end (yo, k1) 3x, yo, K2tog twice, K1, P1, K1.

Row 2: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, Knit to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.
Row 4: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.
Repeat Baby Fan Lace pattern Rows 1 - 4 until skirt is 9" (10", 11", 12").
Knit 1" in garter stitch, bind off.

Scalloped Lace : Keeping seed stitch borders, increase 24 (25, 26, 27) sts evenly across the row. 84 (97,110,123) sts.

Next Row: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Row 1:(Right side) K1, P1, K1, *SKPsso, K9, K2tog* repeat to last 3 sts, end K1, P1, K1.
Row 2: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, *SKPsso, K7, k2tog* repeat to last 3 sts, end K1, P1, K1.
Row 4: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.
Row 5: K1, P1, K1, *SKPsso, yo (K1, yo) 5x, k2tog* repeat to last 3 sts, end K1, P1, K1.
Row 6: K1, P1, K1, Purl to last 3 sts, K1, P1, K1.

Repeat Scalloped Lace pattern Rows 1 - 6 until skirt is 9" (10", 11", 12").
Knit 1" in garter stitch, bind off.

Sleeves:

Put 16 (20, 24, 30) sts from holder onto the needle. Purl across.

Pointed Lace: Increase 12 (17, 13, 16) sts evenly across the row. Purl across. Repeat rows 1 & 2 of Pointed Lace Pattern until sleeve is 3" (3.5", 4", 4.5") from underarm.
*K1, K2tog* across the row. Knit 5 rows garter stitch and bind off.

Baby Fan Lace: Increase 6 (13, 9, 14) sts evenly across the row. Purl across. Repeat rows 1 - 4 of Baby Fan Lace Pattern until sleeve is 3" (3.5", 4", 4.5") from underarm.
*K1, K2tog* across the row. Knit 5 rows garter stitch and bind off.

Scalloped Lace: Increase 12 (8, 17, 23) sts evenly across the row. Purl across. Repeat rows 1 - 6 of Scalloped Lace Pattern until sleeve is 3" (3.5", 4", 4.5") from underarm.
*K1, K2tog* across the row. Knit 5 rows garter stitch and bind off.

BONNET

Cast on 19 sts. Knit in stockinette for 3". Cast on 18 sts at the beginning of the next two rows. (55 sts). Knit in Pointed lace or Baby Fan pattern for 3", garter stitch for 5 rows, Bind off. Sew side seams.

Scalloped lace pattern. Cast on 18 sts. Knit in stockinette stitch for 3". Cast on 18 sts at the beginning of the next two rows. (54 sts). Knit in Scalloped lace pattern for 3", garter stitch for 5 rows. Bind off. Sew side seams.

BOOTIES

Sizes 2.5", 3", 3.5"

Increase by knitting in the front and the back of the stitch.

Cast on 16, 24, 32 sts.
Rows 1 & 2: Knit.
Row 3: Inc, Inc, K 4,8,12 sts, Inc 4x, K 4, 8, 12 sts, Inc, Inc.
Row 4: Inc, Inc, K 8, 12, 16 sts, Inc 4x, K 8, 12, 16 sts. Total stitches 32, 40, 48.

Knit even in garter stitch until 8, 10, 12 RIDGES from the beginning.

Shape Toe:
Row 1: Knit 8, 12, 16 sts, (K 2 tog) 8x, K 8, 12, 16 sts. (24, 32, 40) sts.
Row 2: K 5, 9, 13 sts, (K 2 tog) twice, (SL, K 2 tog, Psso) twice, (SL Psso) twice, K 5, 9, 13 sts.
Stitches on needle: 16, 24, 32 sts.

Eyelet Row: K1 *yo, K 2 tog* to last 3 sts, K 2 tog, K1.

K1, P1 rib for 5 rows.
Knit 1 row.
Purl 1 row.
Knit 10 rows Garter Stitch.
K1, P1 rib for 2 rows.
Bind off loosely. Sew sole and heel seam.



Friday, September 25, 2009

Baby Hat in Eyelet Mock Cable Rib



Knit with #5 dpns and TLC Baby Sport, it should fit a newborn.
Cast on 70 sts (16-18-18-18)and work 2 1/2" in k1p1 rib.
Move sts to (15-20-15-20) this pattern is a multiple of 5.

Rnds1-2 *k3, p2*
Rnd3 *sl1, k2, psso, p2*
Rnd4 *k1, yo, k1, p2*

Knit in pattern until hat measures at least 5 1/2" from the beginning. Stop after round 3, decreases begin with the next round. Shift your stitches so each needle begins with 2 purl stitches.

Rnd1 *p2, k2*
Rnd2 *p1, k2tog, k1*
Rnd3 *k2tog, k1*
Rnd4 *k2tog, k2*
Rnd5 *k2tog*

Finish ends.

Alternate beginning: I began with 72 sts (16-20-16-20) and k2p2 rib for 2 1/2". On the first round of the pattern, I decreased 1 stitch on my 1st and 3rd needles and ended with (15-20-15-20). I worked 5 complete repeats of the pattern, and 3 rounds more, then started my decreases.

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Friday, September 04, 2009

Baby Hat in Snowdrops Stitch

Knit with #5 dpns and TLC Baby Sport, should fit a newborn.
Cast on 72 sts (16-20-16-20) and work 2 1/2" in k2p2 rib in the round.
This pattern is a multiple of 6, and now you need to shift your stitches to (18-18-18-18).

Rnds1-3 *p3, k3*
Rnd4 *p3, yo, (sl1, k2tog, psso) yo*

Knit in pattern until 5 1/2" from the beginning, begin decreasing after Rnd4.

Rnd1 *p2, k2tog, k2*
Rnd2 *p2, k1, k2tog*
Rnd3 *p2, k2*
Rnd4 *p1, k2tog, k1*
Rnd5 *k2tog k1*
Rnd6 *k2tog k2*
Rnd7 *k2tog*

Finish ends.

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Baby Hat in Waving Rib


Knit with #5 dpns and TLC Baby Sport, should fit a newborn.
Cast on 72 sts (16-20-16-20) and work 2 1/2" in k2p2 rib in the round.
This pattern is a multiple of 6, and now you need to shift your stitches to (18-18-18-18).
Rnd1-4 *k4, p2*
Rnd5-8 k1, *p2, k4* end k3
I repeated the pattern 3 times, 24 rounds. Your hat should measure between 5 and 5 1/2" from the cast on edge.
Shift 4 sts so each needle begins with 2 p sts (of rnd1), and begin decreasing.
Rnd1 *p2, k1, k2tog, k1*
Rnd2 *p2, k1, k2tog*
Rnd3 *p2, k2tog*
Rnd4 *p1, k2tog*
Rnd5 *k2tog*
Rnd6 *k1, k2tog, k1*
You have 9 sts left, finish off.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Baby Hat in Links of Lace


This is not the best picture of the hat. My knit, stuffed ball is a bit too big, and the hat is stretched too far. I originally found Links of Lace in a sock pattern. While I didn't have to change it to knit in the round, I have had to devise my own decreases.

Knit with #5 dpns and TLC Baby Sport, should fit a newborn.

Cast on 72 sts (16-20-16-20) and work 2 1/2" in k2p2 rib in the round. This pattern is a multiple of 6, and now you need to shift your stitches to (18-18-18-18).

Rnd1 *k2, p1, yo, k2tbl, p1*
Rnd2 *k2, p1*
Rnd3 *k2, p1, k2tog, yo, p1*
Rnd4 *k2, p1*

Knit in pattern until it measures about 5 1/2". I knit 20 rounds, and began my decreases after Rnd4.

Rnd1 *k2, p1, k2tbl, p1*
Rnd2 *k2, p1, k1, p1*
Rnd3 *k2, k2tog, p1*
Rnd4 *k1, k2tog, p1*
Rnd5 *k2, p1* (shift sts so each needle begins w/a purl st.)
Rnd6 *k2tog, k1*
Rnd7 *k2tog*

When you have 9 sts, finish off.

Today I delivered another 2 dozen hats to a local hospital. I'm a bit late with these, my summer has been stressful to the point where knitting hasn't been much fun. Life is easing up now, and I'll have to hustle to get 3 dozen done by the end of the year. Hockey season starts soon, and I knit most of my hats watching the Red Wings on tv. I can knit 2 hats in 3 games, not too bad.

Last time I delivered hats, I learned that they are a bit short sometimes in the winter - they lose many retired knitters when they head south. It's getting time to start on Christmas knitting for my family, too. Tatt3r's knitting needles will be heating up soon!

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Baby Hat in Little Basketweave

Knit with #5 dpns and TLC Baby Sport, this hat fits a newborn.

Cast on 72 sts (16-20-16-20) and work 2 1/2" in k2p2 rib. This pattern is a multiple of 6, and now you need to shift your stitches to (18-18-18-18).

Rnd1&2 *k2, p4*
Rnd3&4 *k2, p1*

Repeat for 18 rounds, you should be about 5" from the beginning. Move your stitches so there are 4 purl sts at the beginning of each dpn.

Decreases:
Rnd1 *p1, p2tog, p1, k2*
Rnd2 *p1, p2tog, k2*
Rnd3 *p1, k2tog, k1*
Rnd4 *p1, k2*
Rnd5 *k2tog, k1*
Rnd6 *k2tog, k2*
Rnd7 *k2tog*

You should have 9 sts. You know what to do. You gonna make me write it out? Nah.

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