The Long Slow Process of Updating Patterns

I’ve been putting off a thorough re-design of my patterns for some time, I put new covers on a while ago, but I knew more was needed. A lot of patterns have way too many pages, so I’ve opted for a 2-column design, the free patterns no longer have a cover so the pattern starts immediately. The patterns for sale now start with a picture and materials required on the first, the actual pattern starting on the second page. Some patterns have gone down from 9 pages to 4, oh my goodness, serious bloat!!

Here’s a gallery of the front covers so far…hopefully it shouldn’t take much longer, as I’m in the middle of a personal project that I can’t wait to share, and I’ve got an ever increasing list of ideas, including something to do with bat wings!!


Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting

I’ve been experimenting with double knitting, from one simple line of pattern, you can make so many things, purses, bags, soap holders, scarves…and more!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 1

In the above sample, I used two colours, changing every 2 rows.

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 2

The second sample shows how you can turn the double knitting into a quick and easy purse.

In both sample 1 and 2, you simply cast on an even number of stitches, twice as many as you need. For example, if you wanted your piece 20 stitches wide, cast on 40 stitches. However, in sample 2, I actually cast on 20 stitches, then knitted into the front and back of each stitch to create the 40 needed.

And here’s the line of pattern:

*k1, yarn forward, sl 1 stitch purlwise, yarn back* repeat across row

Yes it is that easy!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 3

Sample 3 is an example of purling the stitches instead. You cast on as for the other samples, then follow this pattern:

*p1, sl 1 stitch knitwise* repeat across row

After the p1, you leave the yarn at the front, this is quite quick to knit, or should that be purl!

Saturday Scraps – Double Knitting – Sample 4

Sample 4 was a last minute addition to this post, I decided to see if I could work a rib into the double knitting. Now this would be ideal for a double knit, no-curl, ribbed scarf. The cast on is the same as the other samples, and the pattern is:

*p1, sl 1 stitch knitwise, yarn back, k1, yarn forward, sl 1 stitch purlwise* repeat across row

Note: if you finish with a ‘sl 1 stitch knitwise’, you must start with p1 on the next row, if you finish with a ‘sl 1 stitch purlwise, then start with a k1 on the next row.

Casting off

If you want to leave the top open, take 2 DPN’s and slip the 1st stitch onto one needle at the front, then the next stitch onto the 2nd needle to the back, essentially dividing the stitches into front and back. Then with a 3rd needle, cast off the front and back, unless you want to knit a flap, then just cast off the front stitches and knit across the back stitches.

For a closed edge, say for a scarf, knit two stitches together, twice, then slip the first one over the next, k2tog again, and slip the first stitch over, across the row.

Well until the next thrilling instalment of Saturday Scraps, that’s all for now folks!!

Beaded Favour Gift Bag Knitting Pattern

Finally the sun has come out so I can take pictures of my new design, it’s been so frustrating having to wait. I finished it not long after I wrote the post about using a ball of yarn and beads for something…well this is the something!

The idea came from the paper favour gift bags that are so popular, I just made mine with yarn and beads instead.

There is a tutorial included for threading the beads onto the yarn.

Sample used 1 ball of Sublime Egyptian Cotton dk, 115yds/105m, in Frothy
5 x 3mm DPN’s (Double Pointed Needles)
41 x 4mm beads
2 x 12”/30cm lengths of ribbon or I-cord for handles
marker for working in the round

Finished Size:
Approximatively 4.5”/11cm wide, 5.5”/14cm high, excluding handles, and 2”/5cm deep.

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Stripey Eyelets

For this pattern you will need to use DPN’s, it’s quick and simple, and I feel it would make a lovely shawl.

Stripey Eyelets
Stripey Eyelets

Stripey Eyelets

k – knit
p – purl
st/sts – stitch/stitches
yo – yarn over
ssk – slip 2 sts knitwise, one at a time, from the left needle to the right needle, insert left needle tip through both front loops and knit together

With Colour A, cast on an even number of sts.

Row 1: With Colour A, purl to end, do not turn, slide sts to end of DPN. (wrong side)

Row 2: With Colour B, purl to end, turn.

Row 3: With Colour B, k1 *ssk* to last st, k1, do not turn, slides sts to end of DPN.

Row 4: With Colour A, k1, *yo, k1* to last st, k1, turn.

These 4 rows form the pattern.

© Shana Rae 2016