The Progress is in the Process

I have been a very busy knitter and budding designer this past week!  Let me just get the first exciting bits out of the way…My first 2 patterns are up on Ravelry!

orange-owl4Owl Cowl & Neckwarmer

ribbed-warmth-cowl21Ribbed For Your Warmth

These are of the “quick & dirty” variety, but they are official.  I am waiting to be linked on the website as a Designer, after which time I can add photos and PDF links to the pattern.  That way, users can download the file and print easily, or save the file in their Ravelry libraries.  (If you have no idea what I’m talking about when I say Ravelry, please take a moment to go here and sign yourself up.  It’s a blast!)  Now I just need to figure out how to link my pattern PDF files through this blog.  For now the patterns are available to blog readers (that’s you!) through the Original Designs tab at the top of the page.

After spengind all this time figuring out websites, pattern formats, and PDF files, I’m ready to hit the needles and do some good knitting.  My Wicked sweater is still coming along, though progress seems to have slowed.  I have a couple of inches to go before I can start doing some hip increases, then it’s the home stretch to the bottom band, pocket, and sleeves.  And I have 8 days before Thanksgiving to meet my goal of wearing this sweater.  What am I doing on the computer?  I should be knitting!

I also got sidetracked by a new project, one that was absolutely critical I cast on immediately.  you see, my mom asked for a pair of socks way back in July.  I never knit them.  Now my mom has been here visiting for a week and I still hadn’t started these socks.  So when we decided to take the train into NYC yesterday, I saw that as the perfect opportunity to cast on and get knitting.

Undulating Rib Sock in STR Pebble Beach

Undulating Rib Sock in STR Pebble Beach

I’m not sure this is the best yarn to show off the stitch pattern, but it’s knitting up nicely and quickly, so it’s a winner.

I had a celebrity sighting in New York as well.  I just about ran into Barbara Walters on the sidewalk!  Just as I realized who she was and how close we were, she took a sharp left into a restaurant entrance.  I took my mom back by the window just to make sure it was her, and it was!  Hope you had a nice lunch, Barbara!

Owl Cowl & Neckwarmer

Introducing 2 free patterns!  And it’s already on Ravelry, so queue it up!

This simple stitch pattern can be worked flat or in the round to create 2 different pieces.  It uses less than one skein of Malabrigo and knits up fast.

grapevine-cowl3 (yarn shown: Naturally Handknit Me by Nashua)

Materials:
Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1 skein or 110 yards of any worsted weight yarn
Size 8 needles (16-inch circular for cowl pattern)
1 stitch marker
Tapestry needle
3 buttons no more than 1-inch in diameter for neckwarmer pattern

Finished Measurements:
Neckwarmer:  5 inches wide 26 inches long after blocking
Cowl:  5 ½ inches tall, 24 inch circumference after blocking

Abbreviations:
CO—Cast on
K—knit
P—purl
Sts—stitches
Yo—yarn over; bring yarn to the front of your work
Sl1—slip one stitch as if to knit
Psso—pass slipped stitch over the knit stitch
BO—bind off

Notes:
This stitch pattern is a simple 4-row repeat.  You can easily adjust the circumference or height of your piece by adding or subtracting stitches as stated for each pattern.  Similarly, these patterns can be adjusted to work with just about any yarn by changing needle sizes and amount of stitches cast on.  Use your favorite yarn and have fun!

Neckwarmer
Multiple of 7 + 2 stitches

orange-owl (Malabrigo merino worsted)

Using the Long Tail cast on, CO 135 stitches.

Row 1:  K2 * P5, K2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, K2
Row 2: P2 * K2tog, yo, K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso, P2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2
Row 3: same as row 1
Row 4: P2 * K5, P2 * repeat from * to last 2 sts, P2

Repeat rows 1 thru 4 until piece measures 4 ½ inches from CO edge, or until desired width, ending with row 4.  Bind off loosely in pattern.  Weave in ends.  Gently block to open up the eyelet details.  Position buttons vertically on the right side of the fabric in the purl fields, every other eyelet hole.  The eyelets will become the buttonholes; place the buttons so the neckwarmer will fit you as snugly or loosely as you care for.

owl-cowl-buttons

Cowl
Multiple of 7 stitches

owl-cowl (Valley Yarns Sugarloaf)

Using the Long tail cast on and circular needles, CO 126 stitches.

Join to knit in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.  Place a stitch marker here to indicate the beginning of the round.

Row 1: P2 * K5, P2 * repeat from * to last 5 stitches, K5
Row 2: same as row 1
Row 3: P2 * K2tog, yo, K1, yo, sl1, K1, psso* rep to marker
Row 4: same as row 1

Repeat rows 1 thru 4 until piece measures 4 inches from CO edge, or until desired width, ending with row 4.  Bind off loosely in pattern.  Weave in ends.  Gently block to open up the eyelet details.

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I hope you enjoy these patterns.  As always, please let me know if you come across anything that is unclear and I will correct it as soon as possible.