The Winding Cable Hat Pattern

In August of 2019 as part of the #WNHyearofhatsKAL2019, I knit a hat I designed myself. It was knit with Lion Brand® Touch of Alpaca® yarn in the dusty blue colorway. I posted the finished hat in August 2019

August2019hat1

I liked the way the cable stitch pattern looked knit with this yarn but thought that the pattern could be improved. The hat pattern has lingered in my mind since 2019 so when I came across a different colorway of the same yarn in my stash this year, I had to knit “The Winding Cable Hat”. This hat has the same cable stitch pattern as the August 2019 KAL hat in addition to some new modifications. The Winding Cable Hat is knit bottom up in the round with a long brim that can be folded over and a simple, textured cable stitch pattern for the body of the hat.

Yarn: Lion Brand® Touch of Alpaca® yarn in the taupe colorway 
Knitting Needles: US #6 16-inch circular needles for 2×2 rib stitch pattern of the brim; US #7 16-inch circular needles for the body and crown shaping; and US #8 knitting needles for the cable cast on 
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Cable Needle
Gauge: 5 stitches / 7 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with US #7 knitting needles
Size: Adult M 
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
BOR: beginning of round
C4F: slip 2 stitches onto the cable needle and hold in front, K2 stitches on the circular needle then knit the 2 stitches on the cable needle.
C2F: slip 1 stitch onto the cable needle and hold in front, K1 stitch on the circular needle then knit the 1 stitch on the cable needle.
K2tog: Knit the two stitches on the left needle together
[…]: stitch pattern repeats

The Winding Cable Hat Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

Cast on 100 stitches with US #8 knitting needles using the cable cast on method. Transfer all the stitches to US #6 16-inch circular needles. Place a BOR marker, join the round by knitting as follows:

The brim of the hat:
Brim Round 1: [K2, P2] repeat till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
Repeat Brim Round 1, thirty seven more times or to preferred length. The Winding Cable Hat brim is about 5 inches in length.
Brim Round 39: Knit all stitches to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
Brim Round 40: Purl all stitches to BOR marker, slip BOR marker

The body of the hat:
Change to US #7 16-inch circular needles and knit:
Hat Body Round 1: [K10, pm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 2: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 3: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 4: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 5: [K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P2, K4, P2, K1, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 6: [K1, P2, C4F, P2, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P2, C4F, P2, K1, slip BOR marker
Hat Body Round 7: [K10, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K10, slip BOR marker

Repeat Rounds 2 – 7, four more times

The crown shaping of the hat:
Hat Crown Shaping Round 1: [K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, K2tog, K4, K2tog, K1, slip BOR marker (80 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 2: [K8, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K8, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 3: [K2, K2tog, K2tog, K2, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K2, K2tog, K2tog, K2, slip BOR marker (60 stitches) 
Hat Crown Shaping Round 4: [K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P1, K2, P1, K1, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 5: [K1, P1, C2F, P1, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, P1, C2F, P1, K1, slip BOR marker 
Hat Crown Shaping Round 6: [K6, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K6, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 7: [K2tog, K2, K2tog, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K2tog, K2, K2tog, slip BOR marker (40 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 8: [K4, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K4, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 9: [K1, K2tog, K1, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, K2tog, K1, slip BOR marker (30 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 10: [K3, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K3, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 11: [K1, K2tog, sm] repeat […] 8 more times, K1, K2tog, slip BOR marker (20 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 12: [K2, rm] repeat […] 8 more times, K2, slip BOR marker
Hat Crown Shaping Round 13: [K2tog] repeat […] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker (10 stitches)
Hat Crown Shaping Round 14: Knit all stitches to BOR marker, remove BOR marker and break about 6 inches of yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle.
Pass the tapestry needle with the working yarn through the 10 remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn.
Weave in the ends, wash and block hat.

Top-windingcablehat


~coffeeteaknits

The Daylilies Scarf Pattern

Daylilies Scarf is a rectangular scarf knit on the bias in garter stitch pattern. It is knit with 2 different colorways of Yarnspirations™ Caron® Cotton Funnel Cakes yarn I purchased this Spring at Michaels Arts and Crafts Store. I finished knitting this pullover (see below) late Spring and found the yarn soft and light and oh so enjoyable to knit with. I had enough yarn left over so I knit the Daylilies Scarf with it too. The colors of this yarn represent all things of Spring/Summer to me – the vibrant colors of daylilies and other flowers, the birds, the butterflies etc. The colors of the yarn also depict a season of much warmth and a time when nature is awake.

The Daylilies Scarf Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

Yarn: Caron® Cotton Funnel Cakes by Yarnspirations™ in Peaches and Cummulus colorways
 Knitting Needles: US #9 or 5.5 mm knitting needles
Crochet hook: US size H8 or 5.0 mm crochet hook
Gauge: 14 stitches/ 4 inches (this pattern is generic so gauge not so critical)
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle – 1 stitch increase)
  • K2tog: Knit the first two stitches together on the left needle (1 stitch decrease)
  • pm: place marker
  • rm: remove marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • wyif: with yarn in front
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • wyif S1: bring working yarn to the front before slipping the next stitch purlwise

Colorway1: Peaches
Colorway2: Cummulus

Cast on 1 stitch with US #9 needles and Colorway1 yarn

Increase Section:
Row 1 (RS): Colorway1 – Kfb
Row 2 (WS): Colorway1 –  K2
Row 3 (RS): Colorway2 – Kfb, Kfb
Row 4 (WS): Colorway2 – K1, pm, K2, pm, wyif S1
Row 5 (RS): Colorway1 – K1, sm, Kfb, Kfb, sm, wyif S1
Row 6 (WS): Colorway1 –  K1, sm, K4, sm, wyif S1
Row 7 (RS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, Kfb, K2, Kfb, sm, wyif S1
Row 8 (WS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, K6, sm, wyif S1
Row 9 (RS): Colorway1 – K1, sm, Kfb, knit to 1 stitch before marker, Kfb, sm, wyif S1
Row 10 (WS): Colorway1 –  K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
Row 11 (RS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, Kfb, knit to 1 stitch before marker, Kfb, sm, wyif S1
Row 12 (WS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
Repeat Rows 9 – 12 and knit till 42 stitches ending with the WS row.

Length Increase Section:
Row 1 (RS): Colorway1 – K1, sm, Kfb, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm, wyif S1
Row 2 (WS): Colorway1 –  K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
Row 3 (RS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, Kfb, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm, wyif S1
Row 4 (WS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
Repeat Rows 1 – 4 and knit till preferred length is reached. The Daylilies Scarf has 154 garter ridges or is about 62 inches long before blocking.

Decrease Section:
Row 1 (RS): Colorway1 – K1, sm, K2tog, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm, wyif S1
Row 2 (WS): Colorway1 –  K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
Row 3 (RS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, K2tog, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm, wyif S1
Row 4 (WS): Colorway2 – K1, sm, knit to marker, sm, wyif S1
Knit Rows 1 – 4 till 6 stitches left ending with WS row
Row 1 (RS): Colorway1 – K1, sm, K2tog, K2tog,sm, wyif S1
Row 2 (WS): Colorway1 –  K1, rm, K2, rm, wyif S1
Row 3 (RS): Colorway2 – K2tog, K2tog
Row 4 (WS): Colorway2 – K2
Row 5 (RS): Colorway 1 – K2tog and pull yarn through

Single Crochet Edging:
With US crochet hook H8 and yarn Colorway2 pick up and single crochet the slipped edge stitches, cast on and bind off stitches all around the the scarf.

Adding Fringes (Optional):
The fringes are evenly spaced with 2 strands of each yarn colorway. There’s a helpful video tutorial by Verypink on how to add fringes.

Weave in the ends, wash and block the Daylilies Scarf.


~coffeeteaknits

Suddenly It’s Summer Dishcloth Pattern

Hello folks, it’s been quite a hot summer this past week, hasn’t it? Thankfully, we’re getting past the heatwave of last week. Usually when the weather is this hot, a cotton dishcloth is all I want to make. After two years of writing some knitting patterns on this blog it’s time to try writing a crochet pattern. A big thanks to all the readers of this blog for the comments and feedback on my knitting patterns.

Suddenly It’s Summer Dishcloth pattern is a variation of the single crochet stitch pattern. I learnt crochet watching the video series “Crochet for Knitters” by Stacy of verypink.com. Since then. I’ve discovered other crochet video tutorials on YouTube and several different crochet stitch patterns.

Yarn: Any cotton worsted weight yarn. I made one dishcloth with Peaches & Crème yarn in the Panorama colorway and the other dishcloth and Premier Home Cotton® Cone yarn in Jelly Dots colorway. 
For the Crochet Moss Stitch border Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn in Country Red colorway. 
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge: Not needed (I had about 5 stitches per inch)
Crochet hook: US size 7 or 4.50 mm crochet hook
Abbreviations:
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
sc: single crochet
[…]: pattern repeat

Suddenly It’s Summer Dishcloth (text and images for personal use only)

With US #7 (4.5 mm) crochet hook, chain 34

Row 1 (RS): Single crochet in the second chain from the hook to end. Chain 1, turn

The Single Crochet Stitch Pattern Variation:

The regular single crochet (pictured below) where the crochet hook is inserted under both the strands of the v shaped stitch

sc_1

The single crochet variation (pictured below) inserts the crochet hook only under the front facing strand of the v shaped stitch.

sc_2

Row 2 (WS): Single crochet using the single crochet stitch variation to end of the row, chain 1, turn

Repeat Row 2 till preferred length reached and bind off on the right side row. For Suddenly it’s Summer Dishcloth, the length is 7 to 7.5 inches (14 ridges/lines). Dishcloth width is a little more than 7 inches after blocking.

Crochet Moss Stitch Border (in the round):

With any contrasting color yarn and starting at the bind off edge of the dishcloth, 1 sc in the corner stitch, chain 2, 1 sc again on the same corner stitch and chain 1.

[Skip a stitch, then sc in the next stitch, chain 1]. Repeat […] till the next corner stitch. 

[sc at the corner stitch, chain 2, sc again on the same corner stitch, chain 1, skip a stitch and sc on the next stitch, chain 1]. Repeat […] 2 more times till the beginning of the round.

Slip stitch into the first crochet moss stitch and chain 15 for the hanging loop. Slip stitch into the second crochet moss stitch, break yarn and pull yarn through.

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Weave in the ends, wash and block dishcloth.


~coffeeteaknits

The Comfy Poncho Pattern

Comfy Poncho


The Comfy Poncho is knit using a cotton and nylon blend yarn making it light, drapey and comfortable to wear for those cool summer evenings, overly air conditioned places or rainy days. This poncho is child size but can easily be customized to smaller or larger sizes by increasing or decreasing the number of cast-on stitches and also by increasing or decreasing the length of the knitted pieces.

For the Comfy Poncho pattern, two identical pieces are knit flat using the seed stich pattern. These 2 knitted pieces are then joined using the zig zag crochet method. Next, the stitches are picked up for the neckband collar and knit in the garter stitch pattern. Lastly, a crocheted shell stitch border is added to the bottom edge of the Comfy Poncho.

Yarn: Crème Cotton™ Yarn by Loops & Threads™ in the Pastel Pink colorway (2 skeins or 648 yards needed for this pattern size)
Knitting Needles: US #7, US #9 (for cast on and bind off) and US #6 circular knitting needles for the neckband collar
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge: 4.25 stitches / 8 rows per inch in seed stitch pattern with US #7 knitting needles
Crochet hook: US size H8 or 5.0 mm crochet hook
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
K2tog: Knit the two stitches on the left needle together
BOR marker: beginning of round marker
[…]: stitch pattern repeats
wyif S1: bring working yarn to the front before slipping the next stitch purlwise

The Comfy Poncho Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

Knitted Piece 1:
With US #9 knitting needles cast on 51 stitches.
With US #7 circular or straight needles knit the following:
Row 1 (RS): K1, pm, K1, [P1, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, pm, wyif S1
Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, K1, [P1, K1] repeat […] till the stitch marker, sm, wyif S1
Repeat Row 2 – 200 more times ending with the wrong side row.
Bind-off Row (RS row): Bind off in seed stitch pattern using US #9 knitting needles removing markers

Knitted Piece 2:
Knit another piece (Piece 2) similar to Piece 1. The Comfy Poncho knitted pieces measured 12 inches in width and a little over 25 inches in length.

Joining the 2 pieces together:
With the 2 pieces facing the right side and US size H8 crochet hook, join the cast on edge of Piece 1 to the slipped edge stitches on the left side of the cast on edge of Piece 2 using the zig zag crochet method (several tutorials on the zig zag crochet join are available on YouTube).

Join the bind off edge of Piece 2 to the slipped stitches on the right side below the bind off edge of Piece 1 using the crochet zig zag method (see image below).

Knitting the Neckband Collar:
With US #6 circular knitting needles pick up and knit 108 stitches, place a BOR stitch marker and join the round (see the image above).
Round 1: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 2: K2, [K2tog, K19, K2tog, K4] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K19, K2tog, K2, slip BOR marker – 100 stitches left on the needle
Round 3: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 4: K8, [K2tog, K6, K2tog, K15] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K6, K2tog, K7, slip BOR marker – 92 stitches left on the needle
Round 5: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 6: K5, [K2tog, K9, K2tog, K10] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K9, K2tog, K5, slip BOR marker – 84 stitches left on the needle
Round 7: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 8: K2, [K2tog, K13, K2tog, K4] repeat […] 2 more times, K2tog, K13, K2tog, K2, slip BOR marker – 76 stitches left on the needle
Round 9: Purl all stitches, slip BOR marker
Round 10*: Bind off using the stretchy bind off method
(*Optional: Add more rounds with 8 stitch decreases as needed for a custom fit before the bind off round)

The Crochet Shell Stitch Border:
Starting at the beginning of the zig zag crochet method on the front side of the joined poncho (see image above), pick up and single crochet with US H8 crochet hook all the slipped edge stitches, cast on and bind off edge stitches at the bottom of the poncho.
At the 2 corners, do 4 single crochets in the same corner edge stitch
Next round (shell/scallop stitch border): Single crochet 5 times in the same stitch, skip 2 stitches then single crochet 5 times in the next stitch. Repeat this all throughout the bottom edge of the poncho. At the 2 corners do 7 single crochets in the same corner edge stitch. Slip stitch to the beginning stitch of the round.
Weave in the ends, wash and air dry the Comfy Poncho.


Happy Knitting!
~coffeeteaknits

The Reminisce Hat Pattern

About six years ago was the first time I went to the New Jersey Sheep and Wool Festival. I remember the excitement I felt in anticipation of this event. I was a novice knitter who had not yet ventured into a yarn shop. I was amazed when I went to this festival and saw the many breeds of sheep, how their fleece is sheared, the process involved from raw fleece to yarn, alpacas, and a plethora of indie dyers, sheep farmers and yarn shop owners. It was such a wonderful experience. It was there that I purchased the fingering weight sock yarn used in the Reminisce Hat pattern. I remember I stopped at this stall because the owner was spinning fiber into yarn with a spinning wheel. She encouraged me to try spinning but I was hesitant to do so. I did however purchase her hand dyed superwash merino with nylon sock yarn. Regrettably, I have since lost the label and with it the name of the yarn shop. But I do remember her friendly personality and the lovely time I had meeting other indie dyers and crafters.

The Reminisce Hat is knit top down and in the round holding two strands of the same yarn together. Eight stitches are cast on and using the magic loop method the crown of the hat is increased to the preferred size. The body is knit in a simple stitch pattern. The hat is then completed by a double brim in stockinette stitch pattern. The first few rounds of the hat is a bit fiddly but the rest of the hat is mainly in stockinette stitch pattern with a few repeating purl stripes.

The Reminisce Hat Pattern: (text and images for personal use only)

Yarn: Fingering Weight Sock Yarn (Super wash Merino and Nylon) 100g about 400 yards
Circular Knitting Needles: US #4 (16 and 32 inches cable length)
Gauge: 5.5 stitches x 8 rows per inch
Size: Adult (23 – 24″ head circumference and about 8″ hat length)
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle – 1 stitch increase)
  • pm: place marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • BOR: beginning of round marker

With two strands of the same yarn held together, cast-on 8 stitches using the magic loop cast-on method (several tutorials available on Youtube). Divide the stitches equally (4 stitches) between the left and right sides of the US #4 circular needle (32 inches cable length)

Hat Crown Increases:

  • Round 1: Kfb all stitches
  • Round 2: Knit all stitches (16 stitches)
  • Round 3: Kfb, K2, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K2, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K2, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K2, Kfb, place BOR marker
  • Round 4: Knit all stitches (24 stitches)
  • Round 5: Kfb, knit to 1 stitch before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, knit to 1 stitch before last, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, knit to 1 stitch before marker, Kfb, sm, Kfb, knit to 1 stitch before BOR marker, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 6: Knit all stitches (32 stitches)

Repeat Rounds 5 and 6 till there are 128 stitches on the knitting needle (to knit to another size just increase or decrease the number of rounds and stitches)

Change to US#4 16 inch circular knitting needles and purl one round removing all markers except the BOR marker

Hat Body:

  • Knit all stitches the next 5 rounds and then purl all stitches in the sixth round.

Repeat these 6 rounds 4 more times.

Hat Brim:

  • Round 1: Knit all stitches wrapping the waste yarn around the working yarn in the wrong side of the hat before knitting the stitches with the working yarn, slip BOR marker (see image above)
  • Knit all stitches for the next 20 rounds (or more if preferred).

Hat Double Brim Bind Off:

  • Fold the brim inside the wrong side of the hat and pick up the back of the stitch from Round 1 with the waste yarn and place it on the left needle. Remove the waste yarn and knit this Round 1 stitch together with the first stitch on the left needle. Repeat this with the next stitch and then bind off the first stitch on the right needle.
  • Repeat this till 1 stitch left on the needle. Cut the working yarn and pull through the stitch. Remove BOR marker and weave in the ends (see below)

To tighten the gap in the center, insert yarn tail with a tapestry needle through the first eight stitches and pull them tight to close the gap. 

Weave in the ends, wash and block hat


Happy Knitting!

~coffeeteaknits

The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth Pattern

The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth

The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth is knit in the round from the center using the magic loop cast on and knitting method. I’ve used magic loop cast on and knitting method to knit top-down hat (posted here), blanket (posted here), etc.  Although a bit fiddly the first few rounds, magic loop cast on and knitting method makes customizing to preferred size more straightforward. 

In the Center Out Mitered Dishcloth pattern, eight stitches are cast on using the magic loop cast on method (several tutorials available on YouTube), and then 8 stitches are increased every other round to the preferred size. A 2 stitch I-cord bind off border including a hanging loop is added to finishing the dishcloth.

The Center Out Mitered Dishcloth Pattern (text and images for personal use only):

Yarn: Premier Home Cotton® Cone in Jelly dots colorway 
Yarn: Lily Sugar’n Cream in Country Red colorway (for the 2 stitch I-cord border and loop)
Knitting Needles: Circular US #7 knitting needles (16 and 32 inches cable length), and US #6 knitting needle
Gauge: Not needed
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • Kfb: Knit front and back (knit one stitch first in the front and then knit the same stitch in the back before slipping it off the left needle – 1 stitch increase)
  • ssk: slip slip knit (slip 2 stitches to right hand needle then insert the left needle in front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together
  • pm: place marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • BOR: beginning of round marker

With Premier Home Cotton® Cone yarn in Jelly dots colorway, cast-on 8 stitches using the magic loop cast-on method and 32 inches or more US #7 circular needle . Divide the stitches equally (4 stitches) between the left and right of the 32 inches US #7 circular needle.

  • Round 1: Kfb all stitches
  • Round 2: Knit all (16 stitches)
  • Round 3: Kfb, K2, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K2, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K2, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K2, Kfb, place BOR marker
  • Round 4: Knit all stitches (24 stitches)
  • Round 5: Kfb, K4, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K4, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K4, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K4, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 6: K1, P7, sm, K1, P7, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, K1, P7, sm, K1, P7, slip BOR marker (32 stitches)
  • Round 7: Kfb, K6, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K6, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K6, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K6, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 8: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (40 stitches)
  • Round 9: Kfb, K8, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K8, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K8, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K8, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 10: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (48 stitches)
  • Round 11: Kfb, K10, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K10, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K10, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K10, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 12: K1, P13, sm, K1, P13, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, K1, P13, sm, K1, P13, slip BOR marker (56 stitches)
  • Round 13: Kfb, K12, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K12, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K12, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K12, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 14: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (64 stitches)
  • Round 15: Kfb, K14, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K14, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K14, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K14, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 16: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (72 stitches)
  • Round 17: Kfb, K16, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K16, Kfb, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, Kfb, K16, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K16, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 18: K1, P19, sm, K1, P19, turn to work on stitches on the next needle, K1, P19, sm, K1, P19, slip BOR marker (80 stitches).
  • With US #7 16 inch circular knitting needles knit the following rounds:
  • Round 19: Kfb, K18, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K18, Kfb, pm, Kfb, K18, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K18, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 20: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (88 stitches). 
  • Round 21: Kfb, K20, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K20, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K20, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K20, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 22: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (96 stitches)
  • Round 23: Kfb, K22, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K22, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K22, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K22, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 24: K1, P25, sm, K1, P25, sm, K1, P25, sm, K1, P25, slip BOR marker (104 stitches)
  • Round 25: Kfb, K24, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K24, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K24, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K24, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 26: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (112 stitches)
  • Round 27: Kfb, K26, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K26, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K26, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K26, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 28: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (120 stitches)
  • Round 29: Kfb, K28, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K28, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K28, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K28, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 30: K1, P31, sm, K1, P31, sm, K1, P31, sm, K1, P31, slip BOR marker (128 stitches)
  • Round 31: Kfb, K30, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K30, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K30, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K30, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 32: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (136 stitches)
  • Round 33: Kfb, K32, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K32, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K32, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K32, Kfb, slip BOR marker
  • Round 34: Knit all stitches, slip BOR marker (144 stitches)
  • Round 35: (With Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn in Country Red colorway) Kfb, K34, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K34, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K34, Kfb, sm, Kfb, K34, Kfb, slip BOR marker (152 stitches)
  • Round 36: Bind off with the 2 stitch I-cord bind off method using a US #6 needle
    • Knit 2 stitches with US #6 knitting needle, then place them back on the US #7 needle, K1, ssk (with US#6 needle), place the 2 stitches back onto US#7 needles. Repeat this till 1 stitch left on the US #7 needle
    • Knit the hanging loop by knitting 10 I-cord rows with US #6 needles, then transfer the 2 stitches back onto the US #7 needle that has 1 stitch remaining. Repeat the I-cord bind off one more time and then graft the 2 stitches on the needle to the first two I-cord bound off stitches.

To tighten the gap in the center, insert yarn tail with a tapestry needle through the first eight stitches and pull them tight to close the gap. 
(Optional) Pass the Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn in Country Red colorway several times around the bottom of the hanging loop for a more finished look.
Weave in the ends, wash and block the dishcloth.

The dishcloth can be knit with any cotton or cotton blended worsted weight yarn. The dishcloth below is in a solid color yarn and was knit using a size US #8 circular knitting needles.


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The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern

The Knotted Dishcloth
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I have wanted to knit the knot stitch pattern ever since I came across it and also because the first post in my previous blogsite was titled “To knit or to knot”. Although this knot stitch pattern is not nålbinding/nålebinding, it is a lovely pattern that I’ve wanted to knit. Being more of a product knitter, a dishcloth with this stitch pattern seemed a perfect project for me to learn more about this knot stitch pattern.

The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern is knit flat with a two row pillared knot stitch pattern. The knots are made by purling, knitting, and then purling the same three stitches together. The edge stitches around the Knotted Dishcloth are picked up with another yarn colorway and bound off using a two stitch I-cord bind off in the round method (several tutorials available on YouTube). I like the crochet look of this stitch pattern and the dense or open lacelike fabric it creates depending on the knitting needle size. Making these knots may cause some hand fatigue if the yarn is held too tightly. By pulling out more yarn while making these knots seemed to reduce some hand fatigue for me.

Yarn: Any cotton worsted yarn. I used Premier Home® Cotton Cone Yarn Colorway: Jelly Dots and a solid color for the I-cord edging
Knitting Needles: US #7 and US #9 (for cast on and bind off only)
Gauge: Not needed for this project
Abbreviations:

  • K: Knit
  • P: Purl
  • *makeknot: Purl three stitches together, then knit the same three stitches together and then purl the three stitches together again
  • ssk: slip slip knit (slip 2 stitches to right hand needle then insert the left needle in front of the two slipped stitches and knit them together
  • pm: place marker
  • sm: slip marker
  • wyif S1: with yarn in front slip one stitch purlwise
  • RS: right side
  • WS: wrong side
  • […]: stitch pattern repeats

The Knotted Dishcloth Pattern (text and images for personal use only):

Loosely cast on 47 stitches using the long tail cast on with US #9 knitting needles

With US #7 knitting needles knit the following pillared knot stich pattern

  • Row 1 (RS): K1, pm, K1, [*makeknot, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, pm, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K1, sm, purl to marker, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 3 (RS): K1, sm, K1, [*makeknot, K1] repeat […] till 1 stitch before last, sm, wyif S1
  • Row 4 (WS): K1, sm, purl to marker, sm, wyif S1

Repeat rows 3 and 4 twenty more times and then bind off loosely in pattern with US #9 knitting needles in the last row (WS)

2 stitch I-cord in the round bind off edging:

  • Starting from top left corner of the dishcloth, pick up stitches all around the dishcloth with US #7 knitting needles. Yarn over at each corner for a rounded corner edge.
  • Knit the first two stitches, return the two stitches to the left hand needle knitwise.
  • Knit the first stitch on the left needle, then ssk the next two stitches. Return the two stitches back to the left hand needle. Repeat this till 4 stitches remain on the left hand needle. This will be around the top left corner of the knitted piece.
  • For the hanging loop (optional) knit a 2 stitch I-cord fifteen times then ssk to the same bottom stitch and continue with I-cord in the round till last 2 stitches on the right hand needle.
  • Graft the two stitches to the beginning two I-cord stitches (several tutorials on this are available on YouTube)

Weave in ends, wash and block the dishcloth


Enjoy knitting this knot stitch pattern!
~coffeeteaknits

The Wistful Hat Pattern

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wistfulhat_top

I find knitting hats a great way to use up those single hanks of fingering weight sock yarn purchased at a yarn shop or at a craft festival. Although I could use these single hanks of sock yarn for knitting socks, I much prefer to knit hats, shawlettes or cowls with them. Hats are useful in keeping our heads warm, make wonderful gifts, are small enough projects to be knit quickly, and a great way to learn and explore the different knit stitch patterns and techniques.

I named this hat “The Wistful Hat” because I purchased the yarn a few years back from a yarn shop I had newly found but regrettably it is no longer there now. The Wistful Hat is knit bottom up and in the round. It’s knit holding two strands of the same yarn together with a simple textured knit stitch pattern for the body and crown shaping in stockinette stitch. The brim of the hat can be folded for extra warmth. 

Yarn:  Plymouth Yarn® Happy Feet 100 in color 0110 or any other colorway of choice
Knitting Needles: US #4 and US #5 circular needles for knitting the hat and US #6 knitting needles for the cable cast on 
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
Gauge:  6 stitches /  8.75 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with US #4 knitting needles
Size: Adult M/L 
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
BOR: beginning of round
Ktbl: knit through the back loop
K2tog: Knit the two stitches on the left needle together
[ ]: stitch pattern repeats

The Wistful Hat Pattern (text and images for personal use only)

The brim of the hat:

  • Cast on 128 stitches with two strands of yarn held together using the cable cast on method and with US #6 knitting needles. 
  • Transfer the stitches to US #4 circular knitting needles, place a BOR marker and join the round making sure the yarn is not twisted.
    wistfulhat_begin
  • Knit in 1 x 1 rib stitch pattern (K1,P1) for 32 rounds or about 4 inches.
    wistfulhat_ribstitchroundswistfulhat_endofribstitch

The body of the hat:

  • Change to US #5 circular needles and begin the textured stitch pattern as follows:
    • Round 1: [Ktbl, P1] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [P1, Ktbl] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
  • Repeat Rounds 1 to 4 six more times and then knit
    • Round 1: [Ktbl, P1] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: Knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [P1, Ktbl] repeat [ ] till BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: [K16, pm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, K16, slip BOR marker

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The crown shaping of the hat:

  • Change to US #4 circular knitting needles and knit for the crown shaping
    • Round 1: [Knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, knit to 2 stitches before marker, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, knit till BOR marker, slip BOR marker

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  • Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 five more times (80 stitches) and then knit the following rounds
    • Round 1: [K3, K2tog, pm, K3, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 6 more times, K3, K2tog, pm, K3, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 2: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 3: [K2, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K2, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 4: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 5: [K1, K2tog, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K1, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 6: [Knit to marker, sm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker
    • Round 7: [K2tog, rm] repeat [ ] 14 more times, K2tog, slip BOR marker
    • Round 8: Knit to BOR marker, slip BOR marker 
    • Round 9: K2tog till BOR marker, remove the BOR marker (8 stitches remaining)
    • Break about 6 inches of the working yarn and thread it through a tapestry needle. Pass the tapestry needle with the working yarn into the remaining stitches, pull tight and secure yarn.

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  • Weave in the ends and wash the hat.

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Winterland Cowl

Hello folks hope your new year has begun smoothly. My family and I had a rough start to the new year. The first couple weeks were spent with illness and the rest of the month trying to get better. During those weeks, knitting the Winterland Cowl gave me a sense of calm and rest. The soothing colors, the warmth and soft fuzziness of the yarn reminded me of the coziness of the winter season, the beauty of the snow covered trees, and the quietness of nature. It’s a time when nature slows down and rests. I am grateful knitting, crocheting and weaving helped me slow down and heal this month.

The yarn is a blend of acrylic and alpaca that I purchased several years ago. Unfortunately, it has been discontinued but recommendations for other yarns that can be substituted for it can be found on Yarn Sub. Winterland Cowl is knit flat and in a rectangle with 2 different strands of yarn held together. It’s knit mainly in the stockinette knit stitch pattern and can be knit longer or shorter to preferred length or width. The bind off edge is then joined to the left border of the cast on edge with a zig-zag crochet join method. The Winterland Cowl is then finished with a few rounds of single crochet border at the neck and bottom edge.

Yarn: Premier Yarn Alpaca Dance in the Soft White and Silver Fog colorways
Knitting Needles: US #8 and US #10 (for cast on and bind off) 
Gauge: 4.5 stitches / 6.5 rows per inch in stockinette stitch with US #8 knitting needles
Crochet hook: US size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook
Abbreviations:
K: Knit
P: Purl
RS: right side
WS: wrong side
pm: place marker
rm: remove marker
sm: slip marker
wyif S1: bring working yarn to the front before slipping the next stitch purlwise

The Winterland Cowl Pattern*

With 2 strands of yarn held together (one in each colorway) cast on 32 stitches with US #10 knitting needles

With US #8 knitting needles knit:

  • Row 1 (RS): K2, pm, knit to 2 stitches before marker, pm, K1, wyif S1
  • Row 2 (WS): K2, sm, purl to marker, sm, K1, wyif S1
  • Row 3 (RS): K2, sm, knit to marker, sm, K1, wyif S1
  • Row 4 (WS): K2, sm, purl to marker, sm, K1 wyif S1

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 till length of the knitted piece is about 32 inches (or preferred length) ending with the WS row.

Bind off (RS row): Bind off using US #10 knitting needles

With 2 strands of the Silver Fog colorway held together join the bind off edge with a zig zag crochet join method (several tutorials available for this method on Youtube) to the left side of the cast on edge as shown in the image above. 

With 2 strands of the Silver Fog colorway held together, add 5 rounds of single crochet border to the neck and bottom edge of the cowl with a US size 7 crochet hook. 

Hand wash and dry flat. Weave in the ends to finish the Winterland Cowl.


* text and images for personal use only
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2021

A few more of my 2021 makes

2021 has been a year of the covid vaccine, celebration of events that couldn’t take place in 2020, health issues, covid infection and symptoms in spite of the vaccine etc…. Thankful this year is over and looking forward to the new year.

Stay healthy in the New Year!
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