Circular Pentagons

More experimenting with the Magic Loop technique, there were no actual instructions for this, so I modified the ones for the square.

Pentagon on circs
Pentagon on circs

I’ve written the instructions for each round for each needle, I’m sure it makes sense!

Pentagon

1st Round: Cast on 10 sts, divide between the two needles using the Magic Loop method.
2nd Round: Knit
3rd Round: Inc in each st around. (20 sts)
4th Round: Knit.
5th Round: (1st needle) Inc, K2, inc, inc, K2, inc, inc, K1 (2nd needle) K1, inc, inc, K2, inc, inc, K2, inc.
6th Round: Knit.
7th Round: (1st needle) Inc, K4, inc, inc, K4, inc, inc, K2 (2nd needle) K2, inc, inc, K4, inc, inc, K4, inc.
8th Round: Knit.
9th Round: (1st needle) Inc, K6, inc, inc, K6, inc, inc, K3 (2nd needle) K3, inc, inc, K6, inc, inc, K6, inc.
10th Round: Knit.
11th Round: (1st needle) Inc, K8, inc, inc, K8, inc, inc, K4 (2nd needle) K4, inc, inc, K8, inc, inc, K8, inc.
12th Round: Knit.
13th Round: (1st needle) Inc, K10, inc, inc, K10, inc, inc, K5 (2nd needle) K5, inc, inc, K10, inc, inc, K10, inc.
14th Round: Knit.

Continue increasing as above on next and every alternate round, noting that there will be 2 more sts in the main increase, and 1 more st at the end & beginning of each needle. Cast off loosely after an increase round.

Enjoy 🙂

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Circular Squares

In my previous post about using the Magic Loop method with circs, I’ve been experimenting with shapes, well one shape so far, a square.

square 'n' circs

I needed to cast off a little looser, and blocking would help, but not bad for a first attempt methinks.

I found the method in one of my old vintage books and modified it for circs, here’s the basic pattern, hope it makes sense!

Square

1st Round: Cast on 8sts, divide between the two needles using the Magic Loop method.
2nd Round: Knit.
3rd Round: Inc in each st around. (16 sts)
4nd Round: Knit.
5rd Round: *Inc in 1st st, K2, inc in next st* around.
6th Round: Knit.
7th Round: *Inc in 1st st, K4, inc in next st* around.
8th Round: Knit.
9th Round: *Inc in 1st st, K6, inc in next st* around.
10th Round: Knit.

Continue increasing as above on next and every alternate round, noting that there will be 2 sts more in the group of sts. Cast off loosely after an increase round.

Enjoy 🙂

Magic Circs

I’ve always struggled to use DPN’s, but over the years I’ve managed to knit a few items, I even tried to knit socks, I think my attention span gave out on that one!

Here’s a little selection of some of my efforts over the years.

I wanted to learn how to use the Magic Loop technique, but every attempt failed. Then I realised why, the cables of my circs were too stiff. So I decided to invest in some REAL circs, interchangeable ones. After reading endless sites, reviews, comments and getting in a complete muddle, I finally chose KnitPro Symfonie. The cable is 100cm, the tips 3.00mm.

KnitPro Symfonie

At last, my creativity can be unleashed! I’ve just ordered another pair of tips, 4.00mm, and I’ve already got a design on the drawing board paper, but for now, here’s a little sample of my first attempt at knitting a flat circle!

circle

I swear I can hear professional knitters sniggering at my lame attempt, scoff ye not, I will improve!!

 

The curious case of the missing crochet mojo

It was sometime after I’d published the pattern for my Crochet Hook Tidy that it happened, my crochet mojo left the building, I couldn’t even face looking at a crochet hook 😦

I’m not the kind of person who can just stop being creative, so I turned to knitting. My Grandma taught me to knit before I started school and I think she was always a little disappointed that I never got into serious knitting. Well it’s never too late, I’ve now taught myself the Magic Loop method, much easier for knitting socks than fighting with DPN’s, and I’m in the middle of knitting Chris a nice warm woollen waistcoat, as well as a pair of socks and a cowl for myself.

Maybe one day my crochet mojo will return, but for now I’m a nutty knitter instead (or as well as) a crazy crocheter!