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Moving my blog!

Hello lovelies! For a variety of reasons, I’m migrating my blog over to Blogger. I’ve imported all the patterns and info over there so you’ll still be able to find all your favorite free patterns at missbeckyknits.blogspot.com.

Thank you for all your support!

Knitting Comics by Natalie Dee

If you’re not familiar was the wacky comics of Natalie Dee, you should definitely check her out.  Some of my favorites of her knitting comics are listed (and linked) below:

 

 

 

 

Milk Pattern on Ravelry

One of my delightful Google + friends, Lisa Shobhana Mason, has a new pattern available on Ravelry.  Just released this month, Milk is a boat-neck pullover sweater with at retro, fitted feel.  Milk features a distinctive nipple edging around the hem and sleeves.

Milk Pattern on Ravelry

Skill Level : Intermediate

Sizes: Please note that these are “TO FIT” sizes and not actual finished sizes. 32” (34”, 36”, 38”, 40”, 42”, 44”)

Yarn: Noro Shirakaba

Gauge: 20 sts and 30 rows / 4 inches

$6.00

I’m also excited to announce that Lisa Shobhana Mason is giving away 5 copies of the pattern with winners to be randomly drawn from people who can tell her why the pattern is called Milk.  Check out the the tumblr link here.

Kimberley – Cabled Earwarmer Pattern

Image from fiberbabble

Hello Knitting Lovelies!

This pattern is called “Kimberley” after my lovely sister.  She bought a super cute earwarmer on her last trip to western Massachusetts and I fell in love at first sight.  I’ve been working on replicating something similar and while this one looks quite different, I am very happy with it so I’ve named it for her :)  There are two patterns included, one for a single cable and one for a double cable.  The double cable alterations are included within brackets.  This pattern is still in “beta” and some of my fantastic Google + beta testers are sending me feedback based on their projects.  If I make updates to the pattern, I’ll make them on this page and will include the date so you’ll know if it has changed.

If you decide to knit this, please link your project to my Ravelry page!  The pattern is called Kimberley Cabled Earwarmer and is available as a free pattern.

Revised 1/3/12

I prefer knitting with circular needles, but you can also use straight or dpn for this project.

#10 ndl (at least 16″ if using circular)

Bulky or Worsted yarn
Can also use Aran, though the earwarmer will be a little less bulky

CO 4 sts

Increase section:

  1. K (RS)
  2. P1, Kfb, Kfb, P1 (WS) (6 sts)
  3. K2, P2,K2
  4. P2, Kfb, Kfb, P2 (8 sts)
  5. K2, P4,K2
  6. P2, Kfb, P2, Kfb, P2 (10 sts)
  7. K2, P2, K2, P2,K2
  8. P2, Kfb, P4, Kfb, P2 (12 sts)
  9. K2, P2, K4, P2,K2
  10. P2, Kfb, P6, Kfb, P2 (14 sts)
  11. K2, P2, K6, P2,K2
  12. P2, Kfb, P8, Kfb, P2 (16 sts)
  13. K2, P2, K8, P2,K2
  14. P2, Kfb, P10, Kfb, P2 (18 sts)
  15. K2, P2, K10, P2,K2
  16. P2, Kfb, P12, Kfb, P2 (20 sts)

End of increases (hooray!)

Cable section (for single cable pattern):

  1. K2, P2, K12, P2,K2
  2. P2, K2, P12,K2, P2
  3. K2, P2, K12, P2,K2
  4. P2, K2, P12,K2, P2
  5. K2, P2, K3, sl 3 sts on cn and hold in front, K3, K3 sts from cn, K3, P2,K2
  6. P2, K2, P12,K2, P2
Cable section (for double cable pattern):
  1. K2, P2, K12, P2,K2
  2. P2, K2, P12,K2, P2
  3. K2, P2, K12, P2,K2
  4. P2, K2, P12,K2, P2
  5. K2, P2, k2, sl 2 sts on cn and hold in front, K2, K2 sts from cn, sl 2 sts on cn and hold in front, K2, K2 sts from cn, k2, P2,K2 
  6. P2, K2,  P12 ,K2, P2

Repeat this cable section until the earwarmer is the correct length.  Please note that this will vary based on the yarn you are using.

For 100% wool or similar: Measure your head from the nape of your neck up around your head (covering both ears) back to the nape.  When repeating the cable section, repeat until the warmer when stretched out slightly is about two inches shorter than the measurement you took of your head before beginning the decrease section.

For yarns with more stretch: Continue the cable section until the warmer is long enough to cover from the nape of your neck over one ear over your head to the top of your other ear when held rather loosely, then begin the decrease section.

Decrease section:

  1. K2, k2tog, K12, SSK,K2(18 sts)
  2. P2, K2, P10,K2, P2
  3. K2, k2tog, K10, SSK,K2(16 sts)
  4. P2, K2, P8,K2, P2
  5. K2, k2tog, K8, SSK,K2(14 sts)
  6. P2, K2, P6,K2, P2
  7. K2, k2tog, K6, SSK,K2(12 sts)
  8. P2, K2, P4,K2, P2
  9. K2, k2tog, K4, SSK,K2(10 sts)
  10. P2, K2, P2,K2, P2
  11. K2, k2tog, K2, SSK,K2(8 sts)
  12. P2,K2, YO, K2tog, P2
  13. K2, k2tog, SSK,K2(6 sts)
  14. P2,K2, P2
  15. K1, k2tog, SSK, K1 (4 sts)
  16. P

BO 4 sts

Sew a button onto the beginning of the increase side of the ear warmer (the YO in row 12 of the decrease section should allow for a smallish button)

K – knit
P – purl
YO – yarn over
kfb – knit into front of stitch without removing from L needle, then knit into back of stitch
k2tog – knit two stitches together (passing needle through both stitches at the same time from the front and combining them into one stitch)
SSK – slip one stitch, then slip the next stitch.  Insert left needle into the front loops of the slipped stitches and knit them together through the back loops.

Image from Yonitk

K12

Fiber Craft Anthology Project

Hello lovelies!  I am currently collecting submissions for a Knit and Crochet Anthology project.  This project will exclusively feature patterns from fiber artists on Google Plus with a planned release date early in 2012.  Here are the important details:

- The set of patterns will be published on Smashwords and will be available for free download

- All artists included must have an account on Google Plus (and ideally also one on Ravelry)

- Only knit and crochet patterns will be included in this project

- As this book will be available free of charge, artists will not be compensated and should choose patterns for submission that they are comfortable making available for free

- All patterns should be beta tested (you and / or someone else must have made the project based on your pattern)

- Artists will be asked to make a sample project and to be prepared to send your project either to me or to the project’s professional photographer (the amazing Evelyn Lamprey)

- You will retain the copyright for your patterns – you are giving me permission to include the pattern in this anthology but this does not prohibit you from using your pattern in any other way you see fit and / or publishing it elsewhere

Why You Should Participate

- Offering this for free will help drive traffic to your website, G+ page and Ravelry page, thus enticing fiber enthusiasts to purchase some of your other patterns that might be available

- This is a great way to get your name out if you are a new / beginning designer

- This helps us build the vibrant fiber community on Google +

If you’re interested in participating, please download this document, complete all requested details and send it to me as an attachment to:

missbeckyknits@gmail.com

Soap Pocket Pattern

In updating my projects on Ravelry, I decided it’s time for me to publish the pattern for my Soap Pocket.  This is a very quick knit with simple techniques – probably the most difficult techniques are double knitting and an i-cord.  If you’re comfortable with both of those, you’ll find this a fast and fun knit!  Also included in the download is a seed stitch washcloth pattern that I like.  The seed stitch gives a little more scrubby action to the washcloth.  Another fun and easy knit :)

I sold these Soap Pockets on commission at an independent homemade bath products store last winter and they sold like hotcakes.  Sadly, the shop is no longer in business, but if you ever see Twin Birch Bath Products come back online on Etsy, they have some of the very best bath products I’ve ever used!

If you are on Rav and want to connect, my username is, shockingly, MissBeckyKnits :)

PDF Download of Soap Pocket Pattern

Baby Blocks

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Lately I’ve been on a baby blocks kick – I started by making a set of blocks for Amy’s nephew for his birthday (which were a big hit) and I liked making them so much I kept going!  I’m working on sets of 4 or 6 blocks using squares of foam and sock yarn with #3 needles.  The best part is that I can work on them while focused on other things or watching TV – it’s just a garter stitch the whole way,  The trickiest part is sewing the pieces together in a way that looks reasonably neat, but so far so good.  This week I’m headed to a new knitting group with some friends and I’ll be bringing my blocks with me.

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