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Free Pattern: Knitted Boot Cuffs//Revised Version

Last winter, I posted a pattern for knitted boot cuffs. While it is still a good pattern, I have decided to post a different way to do them. I think I like this pattern better, because it is easier to get the sizing right, and also allows for more stretch, which means that it can go a little bigger or smaller depending on who is wearing them.

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Pattern:
(Chunky weight yarn and US 13 needles)

  • Cast on 15 stitches
  • Row 1: Knit across
  • Row 2: K3, P9, K3
  • Alternate Row 1 and Row 2 until you reach desired length. Mine measured about 13 inches long,
    and I was able to fit it around mid-calf all the way up to mid-thigh
  • Cast off, turn inside out, and sew ends together to create a seam.
  • Turn right side out to wear

It’s as easy as that! A great stash buster + stocking stuffer, and super quick and easy to knit up. Enjoy!

 

 


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Update//Chevron Stitch Tutorial

Hello, sweet friends! It feels like it’s been forever since I last posted. Life has gotten so busy all of a sudden, and I have to prioritize. I’ve been working on a special knitting project for a friend of mine, and haven’t had a lot of time to do much else. However, I am not complaining. This project has been a new experience for me, and besides, sometimes it’s nice to slow down and work on one project as opposed to the TEN I’m usually trying to do all at once!

So, I don’t have much to offer in this post, but I do have some pictures of what I’ve been up to lately, and also a fun tutorial for a cute chevron stitch that you’ve got to try! Check it out:

 

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Made with Repix (http://repix.it)

***You will need to know how to Knit and Purl***

***Cast on in multiples of 6, plus 5***

***Start on the “wrong” side of your work, or what I would call the “knit” side for this project***

  • Row 1: K5, *P1, K5; Rep from * to end of row
  • Row 2: K1, *P3, K3; Rep from * to last 4 sts, P3, K1
  • Row 3: P2, *K1, P2; Rep from * to end of row
  • Row 4: P1, *K3, P3; Rep from * to last 4 sts, K3, P1
  • Row 5: K2, *P1, K5; Rep from * to last 3 sts, P1, K2
  • Row 6: Purl all stitches

Repeat until you have reached your desired length

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In the past month I have:

played "wedding photographer" for a friend's fun St. Patrick's Day wedding

played “wedding photographer” for a friend’s fun St. Patrick’s Day wedding

Ran a 5k with Lorelei in tow; her first race!

Ran a 5k with Lorelei in tow; her first race!

Watch my husband assist the head coach, for our old high school, at one of their first lacrosse games ever

Watch my husband assist the head coach, for our old high school, at one of their first lacrosse games ever

Played photographer again for a sweet girl's first birthday party

Played photographer again for a sweet girl’s first birthday party

Finally got the "O.K." for Lorelei to be helmet free!

Finally got the “O.K.” for Lorelei to be helmet free!

Played lots of Peek-a-Boo

Played lots of Peek-a-Boo

Baked one of my favorite desserts: Apple Pie

Baked one of my favorite desserts: Apple Pie

And so much more!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a post about the up and coming trend: arm knitting, more info about the special piece I’ve been working on for my friend, and I’ll also show you a really fun project I’m excited about for the quickly approaching summer season!

XOXO Alicia

 

 

 


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Knitted Turban Headband

To be honest, I haven’t really been knitting for a very long time at all. I’m somewhere between beginner and intermediate. While I cannot wait to be able to learn more advanced techniques, I simply just don’t have the time to sit down and learn them. Being a mommy to two little girls keeps me pretty busy, so most of my knitting time is spent trying to figure out a way to make those really confusing projects a little more simple.

The other day I saw a pattern for this beautiful knitted turban headband, and immediately knew I wanted to try it. But unfortunately it required me to cable knit, which is still a little daunting to me, and I didn’t understand the pattern at all. I will eventually YouTube how to cable knit, but in the mean time, I have come up with a way to fake it.

So, whether you are a beginner or an advanced knitter, you can definitely do this. Here is how to knit a turban style headband…the easy way!

Pattern:

I used semi-chunky yarn, and size 13 US needles.

Cast on 16-20 stitches. (If you use smaller needles, you can cast on more just as long as it is a multiple of 4)

Knit 2, purl 2 continuously for every row, from beginning to end.

Keep knitting until you reach your desired length. Be careful not to knit it too long, because you want it to actually stretch around your head and fit just a little snug.

Bind off.

Here comes the fun part!

Once you bind off, lay your work flat, and simply just twist it one time in the middle.

Make sure that your twist is smoothed out and laying flat

Make sure that your twist is smoothed out and laying flat

It’s okay to let the wrong side of your work show, because both sides end up looking exactly the same. Once you have it twisted in the right spot and looking the way you want, you will carefully sew it in place. Just use the same yarn, and a yarn needle, and enter first from the back. Be careful about where you sew it, because it can be really obvious. I just sewed mine in very small stitches around the edges of the “twist”. Once I felt like it was secure, I tied the sewing yarn in a small knot in the back, and cut off the excess.

Now that your “twist” is securely in place, you are going to flip your work over so that the twist is on the inside, and sew the ends of your work together to create a seam. Lastly, you will turn the whole thing right side out, and you are finished!

Here are some pictures of what it looks like on. My photographer, a.k.a. my husband, didn’t get a snow day like the rest of us, so I had to take these myself!

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It doesn’t look exactly like a cable knit, but I still think it works great.

So, there you have it: an adorable, knitted turban headband…the EASY way!


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Knitted Boot Cuffs

Leg warmers are a great winter accessory, and I’ve been wanting some cute ones for a long time. Unfortunately, I could never find any in the store that I liked enough to buy. So of course I thought, why don’t I just make them myself?

Well, these are not quite “leg warmers”. They are really meant to just peek out of the top of your boots, appearing as leg warmers, which is why I call them “boot cuffs”. The reason I made them like this is because I wear tall boots and short boots, and just by sliding them up or down, these will work for either length. Also, my tall boots have a zipper, and there is nothing more annoying than not being able to zip them up because you have too much crammed into them. But, if you prefer them to be full leg warmers, no problem: just keep knitting until they are as long as you want them to be.

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I have included a pattern for you and it’s so easy. This would be a great project for a beginner. All you need to know how to do is knit and purl, also known as a stockinette stitch. Keep in mind that however many stitches you cast on will determine the width, or circumference,  and you want them to be able to fit comfortably around any part of your legs. This pattern is what I chose to do, but it is very easy to tailor it to yourself!

Needle size: 10.5 US

Yarn: Tender Touch by Yarn Bee

Color: Dovelegwarmers001

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I hope you enjoy knitting these boot cuffs, and have fun rocking them through the rest of the season!