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Baby Beanie Pattern

Baby beanies are one of my favorite things to knit. They are small, fast, cute and easy to stylize. One of these hats without the extra duplicate stitch work takes only 2 hours or less.

Materials:

Size 6 circular needles (I use addi turbo 10″ circular needles)

Worsted weight yarn – 4 weight (I use Caron Simply Soft)

Sewing Needle

Pattern:

CO 56 (newborn) or 64 sts (baby)

Rows 1-6: K1, P1

6 inches from brim to top: K*

Binding off (Switching to dps when needed): K2tog* one row then K* one row

Continue until you have 7 (newborn) or 8 (baby) sts left

Finishing:

Cut your yarn and weave your it through your live stitches to create a circle.

Pull the circle closed, thread the yarn through the middle and flip the hat inside out to weave in ends.

Now, you can either leave your hat plain or choose to add a pom pom or do a duplicate stitch to add some character.

 

Here are some of my favorite designs!

Whale

 Polka dots

always, ashley

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Chunky Infinity Scarf

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Infinity scarves may just be the best thing that ever happened to Fall and Winter fashion. They are stupid simple to wear, they keep you toasty warm and they can be warn by anyone, regardless of age.  This pattern is for a chunky, ribbed infinity scarf with a mobius twist. I know it sounds like alot, but it will probably be one of the easiest things you have ever had to knit. In fact, you might just end up knitting a bunch for holiday presents!

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Materials:

Size 13 needles

Super chunky yarn – 6 weight (I used Loops & Threads Country Loom in Driftwood)

Sewing Needle

Pattern:

CO 18 sts

All Rows: K1, P1

Repeat until you reach your desired length (I used all 104 yards of my yarn)

Finishing:

Bind off you project and create a mobius twist by holding your project flat and rotating one end so there is a single twist in your scarf. It may seem unnecessary now, but the twist helps it look better when looped over your head.

Sew your project’s ends together, keeping this twist in your scarf. Weave in your ends and cut the excess yarn.

Ta-da! Now wrap that bad boy around your neck twice and you are ready to go. Easy peasy.

always, ashley

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Simple Knit Beanie

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A great, simple beanie can be the best staple of any outfit.  This beanie is light weight, best for spring or fall and will fit the average adult head.

Materials:

Size 8 circular and/or double point needle

Worsted weight yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft Charcoal Heather)

Stitch marker

Sewing Needle

Pattern:

Body of the hat:

CO 88 & join in the round

Row 1-6 rows:*K2, P2

Row 7 onward: Knit in the round until project reaches 7 inches tall

Crown of the hat:

Row x: *K2tog

Row x2: *K

Repeat until you have 11 stitches left (You will have to switch to dpn if you have not been using them all along.)

Take your yarn and sew it through the 11 live stitches to make a circle. Take your yarn through the center hole so your hat is inside out and weave in ends.

The end!

always, ashley

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Simple Knit Wrist Warmers

2016-04-12 17.35.24Good afternoon everyone!  Sorry for the delay between my posts, I have been busy getting a new job!  Whoo hoo!  But we’re not here to talk about how well I’m adulting, we’re here here to discuss my new wrist warmer pattern.

So…every year my boyfriend and I go to the Southern Californian Renaissance Faire, you know, like a bunch of nerds. We go all out…like I have a corset and he has armor type of all out.  Well anywho, it was rainy and cold for opening weekend and my outfit is built for SoCal temperatures.  No good!  So I needed a quick solution to make my costume more weather ready.  So I thought and thought and then boom, wrist warmers that come up to the elbow.  The pattern I came up with is simple and easy, I fact, I finished both in 2 days with the many interruptions of life.  The pattern is designed for a smaller person, such as myself, but could be adjusted to be larger by simply adding on multiples of 4 for the CO and increasing the button hole size.  So without further delay, here it is.

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On size 6 needles, knitted in the round, with worsted weight yarn.

CO 36 sts & join in the round

R1-R5: K2, P2

R6-71 (or until you have your desired arm length): K

R72: Create an 8 stitch, one row button hole for your thumb and then K the rest of the round

R73-74: K

R75-80: K2, P2

Bind off and weave in ends

 

So there you have it!  Told you it was easy!  I hope they keep you as warm as they kept me!  Until next time…

always, ashley

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Eleventh Hour Blanket Rendition

2015-11-25 17.01.18BUURRRRR!  If you haven’t noticed lately…it’s cold out there!  In fact, it got down to 41 degrees today.  (FYI that’s cold for us So-Cal people!)  In fact, for the last few nights, I’ve gone to bed dressed like an Inuit to try to keep warm!  (You see, my house has furnace heating and I do not like to leave it on while we sleep.)

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While wearing a million layers helped me keep warm, I have to say it wasn’t very comfortable.  Naturally, I began to scour the web for the FASTEST and WARMEST blanket pattern I could find.  Luckily, I found the Purl Soho’s Eleventh Hour Blanket!

 (As shown below!)

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Let me first say that the Purl Soho’s pattern is absolutely beautiful!  If I could afford it, I would have loved to complete the pattern exactly as they wrote it.  However, in order to adjust their pattern to fit my Queen-sized bed, it would have required 10+ balls of their gorgeous Cascade Magnum yarn which is $24.90 a ball and lezbehonest…

Im poor

So naturally, I began working on a more cost-effective idea to “get the look”.  First, I calculated how many stitches I would need to work with in order to fit my Queen-sized bed decently.  I decided to go with 65 stitches, however, if I could do it over again, I would probably go with  71 so it would drape over the bed more.  Next, I began to look for some cheaper bulky yarn that still had some wool in it in order to retain warmth.  After debating between Lion Brand’s Wool Ease Think & Quick and Loops and Threads’ Cozy Wool, I decided to go with the latter due to the deals that were available.  I ended up purchasing 14 balls of Cozy Wool in an off-white color for $5 a ball plus 20% off my purchase. (If you’re looking to duplicate my version of the pattern, make sure to add 2 extra balls if you wish to do 71 stitches rather than my original 65.)

Now, all that was left to do was to get to work.  I picked up my size 36 circular needles and casted on 65 stitches, working 2 balls of yarn at a time.  I followed the K1, P1, adding new balls of yarn as I went, until the blanket reached my desired length of about 55-60 inches.  (It’s very stretchy, so the dimensions change.)  With an adequate amount of yarn left, I binded off, sewed in, and boom… after only TWO DAYS a new, warm blanket was born and boy was she a ‘beaut.  At almost 1/4th the cost, I was able to create a decent stand-in for the original Eleventh Hour Blanket.

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In the end, I can honestly say I am absolutely thrilled with how the blanket came out and how warm I was last night!  Now, I no longer have to layer up before bed –PLUS– I still had some extra money left over to go to the movies!  Win-win.  Eventually, I am going to add an edging to the blanket like they did in the original pattern, but for now, I am knee-deep in knitting washcloths for holiday gifts!

always, ashley

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Simple Knitted Coasters

2015-07-14 20.05.32Here is a quick and easy way to use up some scrap yarn to make something you might ACTUALLY use.  (Because let’s face it, most other ideas for scrap yarn are pretty sad…)

Start off with some worsted weight (4) yarn.  I used Caron Simply Soft in Pagoda and Sunshine.

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Next, pick up a pair of size 5 needles, or something close, honestly it doesn’t matter too much.

1. Cast on 25 stitches.

2. Knit the first 3 rows.

4. Purl a row and knit a row  (making sure to knit the first and last 3 sts) until you have a square (about 28 rows with my needle size).

4. Knit the last 3 rows.

5. Bind off and sew in.

BOOOOOOOOOM! That is it. Dead serious. Dead simple. Now go make a cup on tea and put your creation to work! Cheerio!

always, ashley

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Santa Hat Beanie

All three sizes can be seen here. (I ran out of red yarn!)

Happy holidays everyone!  Let’s get the season rolling by knitting up my super easy and quick Santa hat beanie!

This pattern makes a size small/medium/large hat.

  1. Small will fit pre-teens, little teens, and overall tiny people
  2. Medium will fit most adults.
  3. Large is big enough to fit on my boyfriend’s rather huge head. (Haha <3)

Small instructions will be denoted with a “S”, medium will marked with a “M”, and large with a “L”.

santa hat

Materials:

Super Chunky/Bulky Yarn (I used Loops & Threads – Cozy Wool in Fleece & Claret)

1 size 8 circular needle and/or 4-5 size 8 double point needles

A tapestry needle

Scissors

Pom-pom maker or supplies to make one

Pattern:

CO 61 sts (S), 65 sts (M) or 73 sts (L) of your white yarn

Join in the round by using an invisible join.  Here’s a video if you do not know how or would like a refresher!

You should now have 60 or 64 or 72 sts joined in the round.

R1-R12: *K2, P2

Cut your white working yarn, leaving about 12 inches.  Change your yarn to your red.

R13-26(S)/30(M)/28(L): *K

(Small start here)

R27: *K8, K2tog

R28: *K

(Large start here)

R29: *K7, K2tog

R30: *K

(Medium start here)

R31: *K6, K2tog

R32: *K

R33: *K5, K2tog

R34: *K

R35: *K4, K2tog

R36: *K

R37: *K3, K2tog

R38: *K

R39: *K2, K2tog

R40: *K

R41: *K1, K2tog

R42: *K2tog

Cut your working yarn at about 12 inches from the hat.  Use your tapestry needle and insert the yarn through the remaining sts in a circular pattern and pull tight.  Pop your yarn through the whole and weave your ends in on the inside off the hat.

Make your pom-pom using whatever method you see fit & attach the pom-pom to the top of your hat.  Here’s a video of one method of making your pom-pom & attaching it.

Huzzah!

Dang!  What a good looking Santa!  You’re just about ready for the North Pole!

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to show off your Santa hat? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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Feelin’ Foxy Scarf (The Fox)

This version of “Feelin’ Foxy Scarf” is designed to be quick and dirty.  Unlike the wolf, the fox was made for people who don’t have all week or month to be knitting a damn scarf!  So pick up your needles and get crackin’!

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Inspired, translated, and tweaked from a lovely pattern created by a woman somewhere in Europe (sorry, I could not tell you where!), this foxy scarf is a fun accessory to add a little sass to any day.  You can find the original pattern here.  Follow along to furnish your own furry, foxy friend! (Pardon the alliteration!)

Very Foxy

Very Foxy

Materials:

2 different colors of super chunky weight (I used Bernat Softee Chunky)

2 size 8 needles

A darning needle & a sewing needle

Scissors

A 2 medium buttons & 1 small button (or yarn to embroider)

Pattern:

Body of Fox:

CO 2 of your lighter color

R1: *K

R2: KFB2

R3: KFB,*K*, KFB

Repeat R1 & R3 until you have 16 sts

Change to your bold color

R3: *K

Repeat R3, 18 times

R4: *K2tog, K2 (You should have 12 sts)

R5: *K1, P1

Repeat R5, 20 times

R6: KFB, K3, KFB, K3, KFB, K3 (You should have 15 sts)

R7: *K

Repeat R7, 65 times for S/M & 65 times for L/XL (Note the odd numbers of sts is so there is only stripe jogging on one side of you cute little friend)

Change to your lighter color

R8: *K

Repeat R8

R9: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R8 twice & R9 until you have 3 sts left

R10: *K

Repeat R10, 3 times

R11: *K

Repeat R11

R12: KFB, *K*, KFB

Repeat R11 twice & R12 until you have 15 sts

R13: *K

Repeat R13

BO

Ear:

CO 8 of your lighter color

R1: *K

R2: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R1 & R2 until 2 sts remain

BO

Repeat for second ear

Finishing:

Sew the BO end to the matching side of the foxes face so it makes a loop (I completed this by sewing the BO end to the lighter color jogging loops, it made for a clean join.)

Sew on the ears and either sew on button or embroider for eyes

Huzzah!

Wrap your cute little fox around your neck!  Do it!  Do it now!  Now look at your self! Aren’t you foxy? 😉

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to let me know how smashing you look? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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Feelin’ Foxy Scarf (The Wolf)

This version of “Feelin’ Foxy Scarf” takes much longer than the fox, but I promise, it’s worth it!  I prefer this style and I think you will too if you can muster the strength to sit through it!

“The Wolf”

Inspired, translated, and tweaked from a lovely pattern created by a woman somewhere in Europe (sorry, I could not tell you where!), this foxy scarf is a fun accessory to add a little sass to any day.  You can find the original pattern here.  Follow along to furnish your own furry, foxy friend! (Pardon the alliteration!)

This cutie! <3

This cutie! ❤

Materials:

2 different colors of medium weight / worsted yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft)

2 size 2 needles

A darning needle & a sewing needle

Scissors

A 2 medium buttons & 1 small button (or yarn to embroider)

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Mr. Wolf & Ms. Fox

Pattern:

Body of Fox:

CO 2 of your lighter color

R1: *K

R2: KFB2

R3: KFB,*K*, KFB

Repeat R1 & R3 until you have 32 sts

Change to your bold color

R3: *K

Repeat R3, 32 times

R4: *K2tog, K4 (You should have 26 sts)

R5: *K1, P1

Repeat R5, 37 times

R6: KFB, K11, KFB, K12, KFB (You should have 29 sts)

R7: *K

Repeat R7,

SIZES: 141 times for an S/M adult & 161 for a L/XL adult (Note the odd numbers of sts is so there is only stripe jogging on one side of you cute little friend)

Change to your lighter color

R8: *K

Repeat R8

R9: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R8 twice & R9 until you have 5 sts left

R10: *K

Repeat R10, 4 times

R11: *K

Repeat R11

R12: KFB, *K*, KFB

Repeat R11 twice & R12 until you have 29 sts

BO

Ear:

CO 14 of your ligher color

R1: *K

R2: K2tog, *K*, K2tog

Repeat R1 & R2 until 2 sts remain

BO

Repeat for second ear

Finishing:

Sew the BO end to the matching side of the foxes face so it makes a loop (I completed this by sewing the BO end to the lighter color jogging loops, it made for a clean join.)

Sew on the ears and either sew on button or embroider for eyes

Huzzah!

Wrap your cute little fox around your neck!  Do it!  Do it now!  Now look at your self! Aren’t you foxy? 😉

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to let me know how smashing you look? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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Tweed Cabled Headband

 I would love to share one of my favorite headbands with you. Essentially, it is comprised of a basic cable stitch that sits in the middle of a simple seed stitch.  Follow these directions for a foolproof, lovely headband for yourself or a friend!

The front...

The front…

...and the back!

…and the back!

Materials:

Medium weight / Worsted yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in Oatmeal)

2 size 6 needles

A cable needle (or a size 6 dpn)

A darning needle

Scissors

A cute button

Supplies, pattern, and progress can be all seen here!

Pattern:

CO 17 sts

R1: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R2: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R3: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R4: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R5: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R6: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R7: K, P, K, P, Cable 3 in back, K3, K3 from Cable needle, K3, P, K, P, K

R8: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R9: K, P, K, P, K9, P, K, P, K

R10: K, P, K, P11, K, P, K

R11: K, P, K, P, K3, Cable 3 in front, K3, K3 from Cable needle, P, K, P, K

Repeat rows 6-11 until your project measures long enough to wrap around your head and over lap about half an inch to an inch (You know, for a button!). (For reference, mine was just short of 150 rows in total up until this point.)

Once here, you will add your button hole in your next row!

Rn: K, P K, P4, (ADD YOUR 4 STITCH BUTTON HOLE HERE) Don’t know how? Try this video!, K2, P, K, P, K

Rn2: *K, P2tog, *P until 3 sts remain, P2tog, K

Rn3: *K, P, *K until 2 sts remain, P, K

Rn4: *K, P2tog, *P until 3 sts remain, P2tog, K

Rn7: BO

Weave in those ends! Sew on that button! Never sewn a button you say?! Try this video!

Huzzah!

Button it on up, put it on your head! Look in the mirror! Don’t you look adorable.

Notice any issues with the pattern? Want to let me know how smashing you look? Well don’t keep these things to yourself! Share!

always, ashley

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