Donnerstag, 21. Januar 2016

Patterns with a Knitting and Crochet Version

Some people like to crochet - some people like to knit. I like both crafts and I really like designing fingerless gloves that have a bit of a special construction, e.g. started from the thumb or worked flat. They are all quite interesting for using up self-striping yarn. For some of these I have written both knitting and crochet versions - i.e. I have copied myself :)
Here's a list of these patterns.

U-Turn Mitts
These mitts are started with a magic cast on at the edge of the hand - and then forming a U shape around this cast on.
They mitts are worked flat - except for the thumb which is worked in the round.
The U-Turn mitts (crochet) were the first crochet pattern I ever published. Somebody's comment gave me the idea of trying to work out one of my patterns in crochet in the first place.

U-Turn Mitts (knit version)
U-Turn Mitts (crochet version)




Circle Mitts & Kreisel Fingerless Gloves
These mitts are started at the thumb and then grow in circle shape around it. When the mitt is big enough to fit around the hands, the sides are joined at the edge of the hand and the mitt is finished with the shaft. In the knit version, you switch between knitting in the round and knitting back and forth. In the crochet version, you only knit back and forth to achieve a continuous structure.

Circle Mitts (knit version)
Kreisel Fingerless Gloves (crochet version)



Pieces of Eight / Octavo
These mitts are also started at the thumb. Then the eight shape is worked - and finally the mitt is "widened" by back and forth rows. These mitts are a bit of a topological challenge, but the effect is quite beautiful.

Pieces of Eight Mitts (knit version)
Octavo Fingerless Gloves (crochet version)






Starburst / Sparkler
These mitts are worked flat. The shaping is achieved with short rows, which means that in the end there are more rows at the edges and less rows at the thumb.

Starburst Mitts (knit version)
Sparkler Mitts (crochet version)

Freitag, 15. Januar 2016

Barton Cottage Wrist Warmers

I've recently been rereading some Jane Austen novels - I especially like "Sense and Sensibility". That's what inspired me to knit a pair of long wrist warmers - they might be useful during a cold winter in a Devonshire cottage.
Of course, they are useful in modern times as well. Especially, if you work in a draughty office :)



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Materials
  • about 170 meters of fingering weight yarn; I used exactly one skein of Lang Baby Alpaca
  • 3mm needles - I used dpns, but you can use circulars, too, if you prefer the magic loop method
  • a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round
  • a tapestry needle to weave in ends

Gauge and Measurements
A finished wrist warmer measures 19 cm in circumference at the top (near the wrists) and 24 cm at the bottom (near the elbow). Its lenght is about 1 cm. 
In stockinette stitch 5 sts/8 rows equaled 2 cm.

Special Stitches and Abbreviations



Instructions
CO42 and join in round, place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of the round
Rounds 1, 2 and 3: * p3, k1, p3, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 4, 5 and 6: * p2, k3, p3, k5, p1 repeat from * to end
Rounds 7, 8 and 9: * p1, k5, p3, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 10, 11 and 12: * k7, p3, k1, p3 repeat from * to end
Rounds 13, 14 and 15: * p1, k5, p3, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 16, 17 and 18: * p2, k3, p3, k5, p1 repeat from * to end
Chart for rounds 1 to 18 (1st and 2nd repeat of diamond pattern)

Repeat rounds 1 to 18 once more (2nd repeat of diamond pattern)

To widen the wrist warmers there are now increases (mk1p) made in the purl channels - each time in the first row of one repeat and in turns in the first and the second purl channel of one pattern repeat, i.e. the purl sequences get wider.

(3rd repeat of diamond pattern)
Rounds 1, * p1 mk1p p2, k1, p3, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 2 and 3: * p4, k1, p3, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 4, 5 and 6: * p3, k3, p3, k5, p1 repeat from * to end
Rounds 7, 8 and 9: * p2, k5, p3, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 10, 11 and 12: *  p1, k7, p3, k1, p3 repeat from * to end
Rounds 13, 14 and 15: * p2, k5, p3, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 16, 17 and 18: * p3, k3, p3, k5, p1 repeat from * to end

(4th repeat of diamond pattern)
Rounds 1, * p4, k1, p1  mk1p p2, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 2 and 3: * p4, k1, p4, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 4, 5 and 6: * p3, k3, p4, k5, p1 repeat from * to end
Rounds 7, 8 and 9: * p2, k5, p4, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 10, 11 and 12: *  p1, k7, p4, k1, p3 repeat from * to end
Rounds 13, 14 and 15: * p2, k5, p4, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 16, 17 and 18: * p3, k3, p4, k5, p1 repeat from * to end

(5th repeat of diamond pattern)
Rounds 1, * p2, mk1p p2, k1, p3, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 2 and 3: * p5, k1, p4, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 4, 5 and 6: * p4, k3, p4, k5, p1 repeat from * to end
Rounds 7, 8 and 9: * p3, k5, p4, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 10, 11 and 12: *  p2, k7, p4, k1, p3 repeat from * to end
Rounds 13, 14 and 15: * p3, k5, p4, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 16, 17 and 18: * p4, k3, p4, k5, p1 repeat from * to end

(6th repeat of diamond pattern)
Rounds 1, * p5, k1, p2  mk1p p2, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 2 and 3: * p5, k1, p5, k7 repeat from * to end
Rounds 4, 5 and 6: * p4, k3, p5, k5, p1 repeat from * to end
Rounds 7, 8 and 9: * p3, k5, p5, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 10, 11 and 12: *  p2, k7, p5, k1, p3 repeat from * to end
Rounds 13, 14 and 15: * p3, k5, p5, k3, p2 repeat from * to end
Rounds 16, 17 and 18: * p4, k3, p5, k5, p1 repeat from * to end

Knit round 2 once and then rounds 2 to 18 of the 6th repeat. Then knit round 2 two more times and bind off loosely in pattern.

Make two.
Weave in ends.



Samstag, 9. Januar 2016

From Almendra Cowl to Zoom Out Mitts

Recently when I looked at the list of patterns on my blog's Ravelry Page I noticed that I had patterns starting with nearly every letter of the alphabet ... nearly. That made me want to complete the list ... and I finally made it in December with the Xmas Star Mitts.

I must admit that I "designed" the names of at least two patterns to have a complete set of all the letters of the alphabet (K and X were the most difficult :). But I am quite proud to have a full alphabet of free knitting and crochet patterns anyway.




This list shows several things:
  • I'm not good at naming patterns - that's why I sometimes ask for help in the knittingparadise.com forum.
  • I like "nerdy" pattern names - or names that have some engineering, geometry or sci-fi connotation. 
  • I really like hand accessories - 31 (!) of the patterns are fingerless gloves and wrist warmers.
The list also shows that currently (January 9th, 2016) there are 64 free patterns available on this blog.

Here's the list. Enjoy!

Edit: All patterns released after this blog post are listed in italics.

A
Almendra Cowl
April Knitted Slippers

B
Bamboo and Ruffles Wrist Warmers
Barton Cottage Wrist Warmers
Bat Mitts
Bauklötze Scarf (also available in German)
Bitilasana Yoga Socks
Brioche in Montreux Cowl
Burgdorf Cowl (also available in German)

C
Cable Experiment Mitts
Checkered Lace Scarf
Chevrons All Round Cowl (matches the Hexagon Mitts)
Circle Mitts (also available in aran weight version, in German, in Russian and in Italian)
Cordillera Scarf

D
Data Center Mitts
Double Helix Mitts

E
Edgy Fingerless Gloves

F
Falling Blossoms Scarf
Four Strand Cable Mitts
From Pantyhose to Phone Sock

G
Garter Stitch Haramaki
Garter Stitch Christmas Gnome
Garudasana Yoga Socks
Geranium Knitted Slippers

H
Helga Cabled Mitts
Helix Mitts
Hexagon Mitts in Two Colors

I
Ice Maiden Cowl (paid pattern)
Inbetween Mitts
Inclination Wrist Warmers

J
Jolly Waves Cowl

K
Knitty Egg Warmers
Knitted Pantyhose Scrunchy
Knit-Only Slouch Hat
Kreisel Fingerless Gloves

L
Little Christmas Tree
Little Rectangles Summer Scarf (also available in German)

M
Margarete Fingerless Gloves
Mini-Cable Fingerless Gloves
Mixed Waves Cowl (also available in Danish)
Mixed Waves Mitts
Monster Tooth Scarf

N
Nautilina Scarf
Nikko Summer Crochet Hat
Nostalgia Brioche Cowl

O
Octavo Fingerless Gloves (Crochet, also available in Italian)
Ojos de Bruja Scarf (also available in Italian)
Onion Market Wrist Warmers
Osterspaziergang Socks
Oszilla Scarf

P
Papagena Scarf (also available in Danish and in Russian (as a video))
Patchwork Cowl
Pieces of Eight Mitts (also available in Danish)
Plain with Picots (Wrist Warmers)

Q
Queen of Diamonds Scarf

R
Random Bubbles (Scarf)
Random Lace E-Book Sleeve
Random Lace Scarf
Rettangolini Scarf (Crochet)

S
Seifenblasen Lace Scarf
Serpentina Mitts
Short Wave Mitts (also available in DK weight)
Sideways Yoga Socks
Sparkler Mitts (Crochet, also available in German)
Stack Overflow Cowl
Stack Overflow Mitts
Starburst Mitts
Strata Fingerless Gloves
Striped Fingerless Gloves - The first ever pattern that I published.
Stripes, Stripes and Stripes Scarf (also available in German)
Summertime Garter Stitch Top

T
Tarn Scrunchy (Crochet)
Through Thick and Thin Scarf (also available in German)
Tomatoes and Coffee Socks
Triangulation Wrist Warmers
Trikonasana Yoga Socks

U
U-Turn Mitts
U-Turn Mitts (Crochet Version), also available in Dutch
Undecided Slippers

V
Velvet Recycling Cowl
Vermicelli Autumn Wrap

W
Wanderlust Phone Sock
Wellengang Short Row Scarf (also available in German)
Widow's Weeds Fingerless Gloves
Windings Mitts

X
Xmas Star Mitts

Y
Yet Another Short Row Scarf
Yoga Socks for the Lounger

Z
Zimtstern Mitts (also available in German)
Zoom Out Fingerless Gloves (also available in German)


Donnerstag, 7. Januar 2016

Sparkler Mitts

Stylish with an interesting construction - these crochet fingerless gloves are worked flat and use short rows to form a circle around the thumb. Because of this unusual construction, they are great to show off variegated yarn.
These mitts are the crochet version of my knitted Starburst mitts.

Sparkler Mitts - free crochet pattern by Knitting and so on

Since I had some problems to find a name I asked the community of knittingparadise.com to help me come up with a name - thank you all for your great ideas. I finally settled for Sparkler - to go with the name of the knitted version of these mitts :)



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German version: Eine deutsche Version dieser Anleitung wurde durch Heike von Heikehaekellust (eifelgirl1 auf Ravelry) erstellt und findet sich hier. Vielen lieben Dank dafür!


Materials
  • 3mm crochet hook
  • about 40 to 45 grams of fingering weight yarn
  • 4 removable stitch markers
  • a tapestry needle to weave in ends


Techniques and Abbreviations
Short Rows
  • connect and turn with slip stitch: join the last stitch of one row to the edge of another side: insert your hook into the last stitch of the row AND into the stitch of the part you want to connect with (called here: the other side) - see picture 1 below. Yarn over and draw yarn through two loops (picture 2 below). Then complete the sc. Do a slip stitch into the next row on the other side before starting the next row (picture 3 below).
Connect and Turn with Slip Stitch
  • join with single crochet: as shown in this YouTube video by tlcinspirations - however, in this pattern it's not used to join one side to the other, but to join the last row to the very first row.


General Construction

The mitts are worked flat in eight sections (from A to H). The diagram shows how  shows how the sections form the complete mitt, how many stitches there in a full row.
It also shows the mitt is to be folded and which parts are to be attached to which when finishing the mitts (or while you're knitting section F and G). Sections E, F, G, and H are mirror images of sections D, C, B, and A respectively, i.e. where there is an increase in A, there is an decrease in H - and the short row lenghts are mirrored as well.


Size and Gauge
This finished mitts measure 19cm in height - at their highest point. and about 19cm in circumference at the wrist.
11 rows of the used stitch (sctbl) equal 5 cm in height. And 12 stitches (sctbl) equal 5 cm in width.

Instructions


Section A
Chain 34 + 1 turning-chain
Ridge 1 : sctbl to end, tc; turn, sctbl all while placing to of the markers, M1 in the 9th stitch and M2 in the 12th stitch, tc
Ridge 2: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 3: sctbl 13, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 4: sctbl 19, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 5: sctbl 25 (up to M1), turn, sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, sctbl1, tc
Ridge 6: sctbl 20, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 7: sctbl 15, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 8: sctbl 8, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Now you should have a total of 35 stitches


Section B
Ridge 1: sctbl to end, tc; turn, sctbl all while replacing to of the markers, M1 in the 9th stitch and M2 in the 12th stitch. tc, place marker A into the last st of that row
Ridge 2: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl1, tc 
Ridge 3: sctbl 13, turn, sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl1, tc 
Ridge 4: sctbl 18, turn, sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl1, tc  
Ridge 5: sctbl 20 (up to M2), turn, sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 6: sctbl 22 (up to M1), turn, sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 7: sctbl 18, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 8: sctbl 15, turn,  sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 9: sctbl 11, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 10: sctbl 8, turn,  sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 11: sctbl 20 (up to and including M1), turn, sctbl to end, tc
Now you should have a total of 28 sts
Your piece should now look similar to picture 1 of the illustration photos.

Illustration Photos
Section C
Ridge 1: sctbl to end, tc; turn, sctbl all while replacing to of the markers, M1 in the 9th stitch and M2 in the 12th stitch, tc
Ridge 2: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 3: sctbl 12, turn sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 4: sctbl 16 (up to M2), turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 5: sctbl 19 (up to M1), turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 6: sctbl 15, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 7: sctbl 10, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 8: sctbl 6, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Now you should still have a total of 28 sts

Section D
Ridge 1: sctbl to end, tc; turn, sctbl all while replacing to of the markers, M1 in the 9th stitch and M2 in the 12th stitch, place marker B into the last stitch of this row, tc
Ridge 2: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 3: sctbl 14, turn,  sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 4: sctbl 15 (up to M2), turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 5: sctbl 18 (up to M1), turn,  sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 6: sctbl 14, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 7: sctbl 11, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 8: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to end tc
Now you should have a total of 26 sts
Your piece should now look similar to picture 2 of the illustration photos.

Ridge 9: sctbl to end, tc; turn, sctbl to end, tc

Sparkler Mitts - free crochet pattern by Knitting and so on

Section E (= section D backwards)
Ridge 1: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 2: sctbl 11, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 3: sctbl 14, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 4: sctbl 18, turn,  sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 5: sctbl 15, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 6: sctbl 14, turn,  sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, sctbl 1, tc
Ridge 7: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 8: sctbl to end, tc; turn, sctbl to last (while replacing to of the markers, M1 in the 9th stitch and M2 in the 12th stitch), fold your mitt along the folding line (right sides together) and connect last st to first st in row marked with marker B.
You should now have 28 sts.
Now your piece should look like picture 3 of the illustration photos.


Section F (= section C backwards)
Ridge 1: sctbl 6, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 2: sctbl 10, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 3: sctbl 15, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 4: sctbl 19, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 5: sctbl 16, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 6: sctbl 12, turn sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 7: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 8: sctbl to end, tc; turn, sctbl last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch - while replacing to of the markers, M1 in the 9th stitch and M2 in the 12th stitch
You should still have 28 sts.

Sparkler Mitts - free crochet pattern by Knitting and so on

Section G (= section B backwards)
Ridge 1: sctbl 20, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 2: sctbl 8, turn,  sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 3: sctbl 11, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 4: sctbl 15, turn,  sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 5: sctbl 18, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 6: sctbl 22, turn, sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 7: sctbl 20, turn, sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 8: sctbl 18, turn, sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 9: sctbl 13, turn, sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 10: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to last 2 sts, inc, connect and turn with slip stitch
Ridge 11: sctbl to end, tc, turn, sctbl to last stitch before end, connect (you should now connect your row to the row marked with marker A) - while replacing to of the markers, M1 in the 9th stitch and M2 in the 12th stitch, tc
You should now have 35 stitches.

Section H (= section A backwards … nearly)
Ridge 1: sctbl 8, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 2: sctbl 15, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 3: sctbl 20, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 4: sctbl 25 (up to M1), turn, sctbl to last 3 sts, dec, sctbl1
Ridge 5: sctbl 19, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 6: sctbl 13, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 7: sctbl 7, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 8: sctlb 31, turn, sctbl to end, tc
Ridge 9: sctbl all, tc; turn, join all stitches to first row with single crochets.

Weave in ends.
Make two.

Sparkler Mitts - free crochet pattern by Knitting and so on

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