Category Archives: Stitches

New Pattern: Cabled Headband

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Here we go, a new pattern.  I’m going to call this the 80’s throw-back cabled headband.  But I love it!

Pattern:

3mm needles

100g dk acrylic (you won’t need the whole ball)

some seed beads or other trimming

Gauge: Not important

Cast on 16 stitches

Row 1 RS: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

Row 2 WS: K5, P6, K5

Row 3: K2, P3, K6, P3, K2

Row 4: K5, P6, K5

Row 5: K2, P3, Slip next three stitches onto a cable needle and hold at the back of the work, knit the next three stitches off the original needle, and knit the stitches off the cable needle, P3, K2

Row 6: K5, P6, K5

Keep repeating this six-row pattern until the headband is long enough to fit your head.  Afterwards, either cast off and sew some elastic onto the bottom, or do what I did and add a little stockinette stitch band after you have finished the cable pattern.  Bind off and sew ends of strip together.  Embellish with seed beads or other trimmings.  Tada!  To get an idea of the size of this headband I am wearing it in the workshop photos a couple of posts down.  This is not an ear warming headband, it’s more decrative.  It could easily be made an ear warmer by going up to 7mm needles and using a bulky yarn.

If you have stumbled here because you want an easy cable pattern but don’t want to make a headband, this could easily be turned into a mobile phone cover.  Just increase the amount of purl stitches either side of the cable stitches so it is as wide as your phone, sew a strip so that it is long enough to be seamed up and create a sleeve for your phone.  Enjoy!

Crochet Snood/Cowl – A souvenir from the USA – pattern here too!

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Well, I am currently in Belfast, and because I flew with no hold baggage I wasn’t able to take my knitting with me.  So I brought a couple of crochet hooks instead.  That’s why you’re seeing so much crochet on this blog at the moment!  I also find that having crochet with me gets rid of any flying nerves I might be having, and the only reason I actually took up crochet is because I fly quite often!

Anyway, another place I flew to  recently was America, and when I was there I decided I would get a ‘typical’ American yarn I’m always hearing about on the internet, as a souvenir.  I looked at Red Heart, and Peaches and Cream, but finally decided on a ball of Caron Simply Soft, in a really nice peacock blue.  I intended to knit a cowl, but since I was flying thought I might as well crochet it instead.  And I am really pleased with the results!  I started off attempting to make a moebius openwork cowl from a pattern (and I’m really sorry, but I can’t remember where that pattern was from), but, well I am a very novice crocheter and it didn’t go well.  So I set out to make a cowl I knew I could make.  It was also supposed to be a moebius, but I was in the car and couldn’t be bothered working out how to crochet into the bottom of the chain so I didn’t (how lazy) and so it has a double twist instead, which I think I like better, actually.

Apparently it can also be worn as a hood… but I don’t think I will.  I’m not sure I’m a hood person, I prefer hats.

Does it look like I’m in the jungle?  I’m actually in my boyfriend’s parent’s back garden.  His Mum is a brilliant gardener!  Anyway, here is a close-up of the cowl.

Anyway, so here is the recipe (probably more of a recipe than a pattern – as I said, I am no expert at crochet!)

All directions are in American, I learnt from American books and websites.  And the yarn is American so that’s fine!

sc = single crochet

dc = double crochet

trc = triple crochet

Hook size: 6mm

Yarn: 300m Aran weight

Ch 100

Sc into 2nd ch from hook, sc to end.

Twist sc chain and join in round.  Join so that you will crochet into top of sc if you want a double twist, or into bottom of starting chain if you want a moebius (make sure you have only twisted it once, however!)

Round 2: dc

Round 3: sc

Round 4: trc

Round 5: sc

I alternated the dc and trc rounds, with an sc round between each.  I finished with a dc round and then a sc round to make a firm edge, and then I did a crab stitch edging around both edges of the cowl.  Hope this all makes sense!

I have two days left without my needles and about 50g of DK acrylic so I’m off to find something else to crochet now!

Is your phone naked? I have the solution, no more cellular embarrassment!

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Here I present what my phone has been wearing for the past couple of weeks.  Well, if my iPod got clothes I couldn’t leave my phone naked, could I?

Yes, the bow is knitted, too.  (Shameless plug: you can learn how to make one of these after one visit to the knitting workshop I’m holding on the 4th March, detailed in the workshops tag at the top).

Bow:

The closure is just a piece of velcro – I didn’t want to risk scratching the phone with a button.  I used a bow to decorate but think a pale yellow one with a pretty cherry charm or something could look nice.  Or you could just leave it plain, I suppose, I just like embellishing things!

What’s your craft and why do you like it? Comments here please…

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Well, you can see from my quasi-manifesto in my ‘about’ page the reasons why I love knitting.  You can also see I dabble in other crafts, but knitting is my main one.  What is your craft and why do you like it?

Some Stitchwork

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I took my boyfriend’s camera today to take some photos – I’m still new to this picture-taking lark.  He was telling me something about macro and micro settings on his camera, I didn’t really understand but we did end up with some better photos so that was something!  Just thought I’d post some of some different stitches I did a while ago.

Above is a panel from a scarf I made for said boyfriend a few years ago.  This scarf is basically what happens when you mix three balls of yarn with a Vogue stitch dictionary in the form of a calendar.  I quite like this stitch.  Actually, I wonder if this is from another stitch dictionary I have.  I will get back to you on that.

I like this panel.  Not sure it’s the most manly of patterns for a scarf but when I saw it I had to knit it.  I think it would also make some nice socks, what do you think?  This one is definitely from the Vogue calendar because I lost this specific page when I wanted to make my Mum a scarf out of it.  Found it now, thankfully.

Final one now:

Basketweave in some yarn I used to make the man THE jumper.  You will probably be hearing about THE jumper shortly.  Needless to say it involves another tale of woe.  But I like basketweave, I have since I started knitting.  I get quite impatient while knitting it, though, all that switching backwards and forwards between knits and purls every five stitches.  Probably that is why the largest thing I have ever made in it was the panel for this scarf.

PS  Knitting experts spot the twisted stitches!  Who would have thought that purling with your yarn the wrong way round the needle could do that!  Thankfully not a problem I have now, I still think these stitches are pretty, though.