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Friday, October 26, 2012

Project 4 - Toddler Mittens

Here is Oliver modeling his new mitten. It's getting chilly here, and we're going to Missouri to visit Grandpa Dave tomorrow, where it will be really chilly, and Olie didn't have mittens! So, I've made him a pair. Well, actually as of this post, I've only made one. Hopefully, I'll get the other one made before we leave for the airport in the morning. First, though, I need to pack...
To make this mitten, I cast on 8 stitches of Ozark Opulent II, with a gauge of about 1.5 stitches per inch. The I knit enough rows to cover his hand, about 8. I then broke the yarn, leaving enough of a tail to sew the square together later. Then I tied on some bulky yarn (blue is Olie's choice) to the Ozark tail, and knit on sixteen stitches. Next I knit two purl two for four rows before casting off and sewing up the cuff and mitten. 

p.s. I had intended to make a to-go coffee cup warmer, and then I realized that last week's wrist warmer easily doubles as a coffee cup warmer.

p.p.s. I LOVE the ankle warmer. It extends flip flop season by at least a month!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Project 3 - Cuffs

So, I intended to make gauntlets, but I didn't have time. So I made cuffs. My first cuff turned into an anklet. I cast on eight stitches and knit seven rows at a one stitch per inch gauge. I left enough tail after casting off to use the yarn to sew the two ends together. It's keeping my ankle warm.

The second cuff attempt worked. I cast on four stitches and knit seven rows, one stitch per inch, and left a tail to sew them together. It's keeping my wrist nice and warm.

I used Prince Edward.

P.S. It's hard to take pictures of feet. =)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Project Two - Super Skinny Scarf

It's week two of our DIY Ozark holiday gift making. 

To compliment the hat from last week, I used the rest of the skein, which was about the size of my fist when rolled in a ball, to make a super skinny scarf. All I did was cast on three stitches, and kept knitting until I ran out of yarn. I knit really loosely on size 13 circular needles. If you knit more tightly, try size 19 needles. 
As you can see, it's enough for Oliver to wrap around twice, and for me to tie once. This is a great way to use up a little bit of yarn, and make something lovely and versatile. 

  Next week, gauntlets!

Project One - One Size Fits Most Hat

It's fall, and that means we're approaching the holiday season. I love giving presents, preferably ones I've made. Making presents takes takes time, so I'm starting now. My goal is to post a gift I've made every week from Ozark Handspun yar

n. The projects will be simple (I'm a beginner knitter) and quick (I'm a stay at home mom). Please knit-a-long with me!

The first project is a hat, that is nearly one size fits all. It's small enough for my two year old, and stretchy enough for me.  Here's the base pattern:http://ozarkhandspun.blogspot.com/2007/01/ozark-handspun-hat-pattern.html

I only cast on 18 stitches, though, and knit 18 rows. Otherwise the instructions are exactly the same. I used about 3/4 of the skein, I used Avatar -http://ozark.bigcartel.com/product/avatar-3198 - because Oliver likes blue.