Lately I find myself knitting more baby things than expected. My friends are popping out babies left and right.
This particular blanket is dedicated to one of my bestest buddies. I do not need to tell her who she is. She knows how much her friendship means to me and how much I text her when I can’t find her online for my daily dose of BFF! Here’s to a healthy and wonderful baby, my friend. I love you, girl.
Now don’t let the fact that the sample shown here is a blanket deter you from making a scarf or shawl out of this stitch pattern. I think it would make a beautiful stole! Just cast on any multiple of 15 stitches plus 11 and follow the pattern.
I would say this pattern is intermediate since it has cables and lace. The pattern includes written instructions and a chart. You can use either.
- Source: Rosi G. (Purchase it on Ravelry – $5.00)
- Finished Size: 33″ x 36″
- Yarn: worsted weight, 645 yds, (shown here in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, 3 skeins)
- Color: Antique Lace
- Needles: US 7
- Gauge: 4 sts and 6 rows in st st on US 7
- Total Project Cost: $19.41
- Started: May 29, 2009
- Finished: June 28, 2009
I wanted to use up some of my sock yarn for things other than socks. Valkyrie is a one-skein scarf with an easy-to-follow cables and lace pattern.
It can be made wider to make it more of a stole. I can see this in some gorgeous hand-dyed silk laceweight with one or two extra pattern repeats.
The combination of cables and lace with purled wrong-side rows makes for a nice pattern that goes smoothly and is easy and quick to knit.
- Source: Rosi G.
- Finished Size: 64” long x 9.5” wide after blocking and with fabric relaxed.
- Yarn: Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock – Mediumweight, 1 skein, 380 yds.
- Color: Valkyrie
- Needles: US 7
- Gauge: 14 sts = 3.5″ in cables and lace pattern
- Started: May 12, 2009
- Finished: May 18, 2009
- Pattern cost: $5 (pattern includes both written and charted instructions)
Once the summer is on it’s way, I like to keep my hair curly.
It’s a chore for me to set my hair in rollers every week and then sit under a dryer. Ever since Cristi taught me how to use a diffuser two years ago, it has been even easier to maintain curly. The only problem I had was for sleeping. I didn’t like that my curly hair would sometimes get all knotted up at night. I toss and turn a lot. I have several tight handmade crochet hair nets to sleep with when I wrap my hair when it’s straight. I bought a loose one at the beauty supply to try on my curly hair and it started unraveling after just a few uses.
So, in comes A Little Nightcap.
Perfect for keeping my hair in curls at night with no knots in the morning.
I am a happy camper! You can make it small enough for a bun net, too.
The nets stay in place because you hem in either a snagless (no metal) headband for the slumber cap or a ponytail elastic for the bun net. It can also double as a quick cute cap to run to the store with if your hair is not done on any given day. :o)
A special thank you to Sara (BaconPony on Rav) for helping me name my cap and winning one knit by me in the process.
A Little Nightcap
- A Rosi G. design. Ravel it for your free pattern download.
- Sizes: Slumber cap and bun net
- Yarn: fingering weight, shown in Hazelknits Artisan Sock
- Yardage: 50 yds for bun net, 150 yds for slumber cap, more if you need a larger cap
- Color: Chocolatier
- Needles: US 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9
- Gauge: not important
- Cost: slumber cap: $7.50, bun net: $2.18
- Started and finished: Bun net takes about 1.5 hours tops, slumber cap maybe 2.5 hours