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Free Pattern: Twisted Turban

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So, I know that most of the time when I post a knitting pattern, it is usually very simple and for beginners. Last winter, I posted one for a knitted turban style headband, where you kind of “faked” a cable knit. It turned out really well, and I still use the pattern today. However, I do want to show you an easy way you can still get that lovely twist in your work, without literally twisting it like in my last pattern. At first glance, it looks complicated for a beginner. But I PROMISE you that it isn’t. It does take concentration and patience, but the end result is totally worth it.

Before I go any further, this is a pattern for straight needles. I wouldn’t have a clue how to do this on circular needles 🙂 But, feel free to use double pointed needles, because this would actually be a great pattern for that!

Pattern:
(Chunky weight yarn and size US 13 needles)

  • Cast on 14 stitches
  • Knit every row until your work measures about 6.5 inches.

 The “Twist”

  • Knit the first 6 stitches, and place them on a holder
  • With 8 stitches left on your needle, cast off 2 stitches, then knit the last 6 stitches.
  • Keep knitting the last 6 stitches until they measure about 4 inches.
  • Now, break your yarn, leaving about a 6 inch tail, and place these stitches on a holder.
    (You will later use this tail to secure your twist)
  • Next, you will pick up your first 6 stitches, and knit until you reach 4 inches, the same length as the last 6 stitches.
  • Now for the twist, take the last 6 stitches and diagonally bring them up in front of the first 6 stitches. Just cross them right over.
  • Your stitches have now switched places. The last 6 stitches will now become the first stitches that you will knit again, and the first 6 stitches will become the last stitches you will knit.
  • Slide your needle through all 12 stitches

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  Finish It

  • With all 12 stitches on your needle, knit the first 5 stitches.
  • When you get to the 6th stitch, increase 1 knit wise.
  • Do the same thing on the following stitch.
    (So, increase 1 each on stitches 6 and 7)
  • Now you should have increase by 2 stitches, which brings you back to a total of 14.
  • Knit for about 6.5 inches, just like the first half, and cast off.
  • Take your yarn tail that you have from breaking the yarn earlier, and gently sew that twist together in the middle. Be cautious of how you place your yarn, or it could potentially be noticeable in the front. Weave in the ends.
  • Turn your work inside out, sew the ends together to create a seam.
  • Turn right side out, and you’re done!

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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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Free Pattern: Pretty Knitted Coffee Sleeve

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If you’re looking for a great stash buster that doubles as a wonderful gift, then this pattern is for you! This adorable knitted coffee cup sweater is cute, functional, and super quick to knit up. So grab some of your favorite scrap yarn, and let’s knit!

What You’ll Need

  • Any worsted weight yarn. I used Red Heart yarn in the color “gold”
  • Size 8, straight knitting needles
  • a yarn needle
  • scissors

Pattern (everything except the bow)

  • Cast on 16 sts
  • Row 1: knit across
  • Row 2: k3, p10, k3
  • Row 3: knit across
  • Row 4: k3, p10, k3
  • Row 5: knit across
  • Row 6: k3, p10, k3
    ETC…
  • Follow this pattern until your work measures about 8 inches long

After you cast off, simply turn your work inside out, and sew the edges together to create a seam. The purl side should not be showing when you do this. After you have sewn it together, weave in the ends, and turn it right side out.

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Now for the bow:

  • With size 9 needles, and the same yarn, cast on 5 sts
  • Knit until your work is about 4 inches long
  • Just like you did with the sleeve, turn it inside out, sew the ends together, then turn right side out.
  • Tie your two yarn tails in a knot, and snip off the shortest one
  • With the one you have left, begin wrapping it around the middle just a few times

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  • Now place your bow on top of the sleeve
  • Continue wrapping yarn around the middle, simultaneously sewing it to the sleeve
  • Keep sewing until it is secure, and weave in what is left of the yarn

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The end.

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Now you have a great way to get rid of that huge stash of yarn, and something cute you can gift out to all of your friends this Christmas.

 


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Pattern: Knitted Beret

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With fall coming up right around the corner, I have been inspired to start knitting lots of hats. Hats are just the perfect accessory for when it’s freezing outside, you’re having a bad hair day, or when you just want to add a little something special to your outfit.

I just finished knitting this gorgeous beret, and I absolutely love the way it fits and feels. It’s extremely comfortable, very soft, and thick enough to provide a lot of warmth. The best part is that it took hardly any time at all to complete. Who doesn’t love a quick project that ends with great results? I hope you enjoy knitting this piece as much as I did!

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What You’ll Need:

  • Any chunky weight will due, but I used Lion Brand’s Hometown USA in “Phoenix Azalea”. One skein measures 64 yards, and I ended up using just a little over one of them.
  • size US13 and size US15 needles (I used straight needles for this pattern)
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle
  • Some good music, hot tea, or a movie 🙂

Pattern:

  • With the size 13 needles, cast on 38 stitches. This will fit a normal sized adult head, but you can adjust accordingly.
  • K1 P1 continuously, for every row,  until you have ribbing about two inches long.
  • Now it is time to increase your stitches and your needle size. Switch your working needle to a size 15. This means your stitches will still be on a size 13, while you’ll be working with a size 15. Start increasing your stitches, just using a knit stitch, until you have a total of 72 stitches. So, you will not increase every stitch, because then you would end up with 76 and that will make it harder when it’s time to decrease. So only increase to 72 stitches.
  • You should now have all your stitches on a size 15 needle, so now you’ll begin working with the other size 15. You have completed the switch from size 13 to size 15, while simultaneously increasing your stitches.
  • Purl the next row, then alternate K and P for every row until your entire hat measures 4 1/2 to 5 inches long.
  • Starting on the wrong side of your work, (the knit side), begin decreasing. You’ll start out with *K6, k2tog* to end of row.
  • Purl the next row
  • *K5, k2tog* to end of row
  • Purl the next row
  • *K4, K2tog* to end of row
  • Purl the next row
  • *K3, k2tog* to end of row
  • Purl the next row
  • *K2, k2tof* to end of row
  • Purl the next row
  • *K1, k2tog* to end of row
  • Purl the next row
  • Continue this pattern until you have 12 stitches left on your needle. (You’ll end up doing *K1, k2tog* for a couple of rows.) Just make sure you are only decreasing on the wrong side of your work.
  • Once you have 12 stitches left, decrease every stitch–this will leave you with 6 stitches.
  • Now, making sure you have enough yarn to sew up the back, cut the yarn from the skein, and put it through your darning needle. Thread the yarn through the last 6 stitches, slip your knitting needle out, and cinch the hat together.
  • Turn the hat inside out, and sew together, creating a seam. Weave the ends back through to secure it.
  • Turn the hat right side out, and you’re finished!

If you prefer your beret to be a little less “slouchy”, follow the same pattern exactly except:

  • Cast on 36 stitches instead of 38, still on size 13 needles
  • When it’s time to increase stitches, increase to 66 stitches instead of 72, and do not increase needle size
  • When it’s time to decrease stitches, start with K4, k2tog instead of starting with K6, k2tog
  • Follow same pattern to the end as written above to complete the hat

I did this with another beret (the yellow one) and here is the size difference:

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It still fits great, just slightly more snug, and it is not quite as slouchy.

Enjoy!


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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!