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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Shower's in an Hour Baby Hat



 This hat took me literally an hour to make, from casting on to weaving in the ends. Factor in time to get ready, wrap it up (possibly with the sweater you made during the week) and drive or walk to the shower, and you are set.

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Materials: 1 skein Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora (99 yards)
1 skein Berroco Cotton Twist in a coordinating color (85 yards)
Set of 5 double pointed needles, size 10, or whatever size is required to achieve gauge.  

Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches in st st with both yarns held together.  

Size: Newborn to 3 month old baby, approximately 12 inches circumference.  

Pattern Notes: If you are using the leftover yarn from making the sweater, the amount of Cotton Angora left will be sufficient, but you will still want an additional skein of the Cotton Twist. There is almost enough left to make the hat, but not quite. I would actually start the new skein for the hat, so you don't have to weave in two extra ends. If you don't want to use two yarns, choose a bulky yarn that will knit to the same gauge.  

Directions: CO 42 sts, join, being careful not to twist sts.  Knit in seed st for the first 4 rounds.

Switch to st st and knit until hat measures 3 inches from beginning.

Begin decreases as follows:

 Round 1: *K5, k2tog, rep from * to end - 36 sts rem
 Round 2 and all alternate rounds: Knit
Round 3: *K4, k2tog, rep from * to end - 30 sts rem
Round 5: *K3, k2tog, rep from * to end - 24 sts rem
Round 7: *K2, k2tog, rep from * to end - 18 sts rem
 Round 9: *K1, k2tog, rep from * to end - 12 sts rem
Round 11: *K2tog, rep from * to end - 6 sts rem

Break yarn and draw through remaining 6 sts. Weave in all ends securely and wrap up to go!

Copyright 2006 Ranee Mueller
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You May Freely Circulate This Pattern with the Copyright Statement Preserved

Shower's This Weekend Baby Sweater

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This took me about four evenings of knitting to finish. I was much interrupted by children, meal preparation, etc. I'm sure it would take less time for someone else.  

Materials: 2 skeins Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora
2 skeins Berroco Cotton Twist
16" long size 10 circular needles
Set of 5 double pointed needles, size 10 (or whatever size is required to achieve gauge)  
You can make the whole thing on the dpns, provided they are long enough, if you don't want to bother with two sets of needles.  

Gauge: 14 sts and 20 rows = 4 inches in st st with both yarns held together.  

Size:  Newborn to 3 months, approximately 19 inches in circumference.  

Directions: CO 66 sts, join, being careful not to twist sts.

Knit in seed st for the first four rounds, change to st st and knit until body measures 5 inches from beginning.

Divide for front and back, knit across 33 sts and leave remaining 33 sts on holder (or the other two dpns, if you are doing it all that way). Continue knitting, back and forth, for another three inches (piece will be 8 inches). Work 6 sts, and bind off center 21 sts, knit to end.  Leave 6 shoulder sts from each side on a coilless safety pin or a small set of holders.

Join yarn to sts being held and repeat for the other side. Join shoulders using a three needle bind off. If you leave a long tail on the first side after breaking yarn continue using the working yarn on the second side, you will only have two sets of ends at the shoulders, rather than two each.

Make sleeves: Pick up 28 sts around first armhole and join, knit in st st for 3 1/2 inches. Decrease at each end of next and every 4th round until 20 sts remain. Change to seed st and work for 4 rounds. Bind off loosely.

Repeat for second sleeve. Weave in all ends.

Copyright 2006 Ranee Mueller
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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Tilting Blocks Baby Blanket

   
Corrected Version, June 20, 2007
Ravelry Download Available Here  
Materials: 491 yds aran weight cotton blend yarn - I used 3 skeins of Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Popsical Blue which is discontinued Cotton Ease has been re-released in some newer (and nicer, in my opinion) colors, so you can still use it for this blanket, if you can find it.

Here is a short list of yarns that would substitute very well, in my opinion. Of course you can use any yarn you like that gets gauge.
5 skeins Rowan All Seasons Cotton
6 skeins Knit Picks Main Line
7 skeins Knit Picks Shine Worsted
5 skeins Debbie Bliss Cotton Angora
6 skeins Classic Elite Four Seasons
3 skeins Cascade Sierra

30" long size 8 (5 mm) circular needle, or whatever size is required to achieve gauge.

Gauge: 18 sts and 30 rows = 4 inches in st st.  

Finished Measurements: Approximately 27" X 29"  

Pattern Notes: This is a much easier pattern to memorize than it appears. Unfortunately, there is really no good place to put markers, except perhaps to mark where the garter borders are. The pattern shifts by one st every eight rows, and the center panel, even, does this, though it doesn't look like it when it is knit up.

Directions: CO 121 sts. Knit 8 rows. Keeping 4 st border in garter st at each end, begin pattern as follows:  
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (RS): *(SSK, YO) 4 times, K8; rep from * to end, K1.

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: *K9, P7; rep from * to end, K1.

Rows 9, 11, 13, 15: K1, *K8, (YO, K2tog) 4 times; rep from * to end.

Rows 10, 12, 14, 16: K1, *P7, K9; rep from * to end. Repeat this pattern two more times, a total of three pattern repeats, then begin center panel.

Maintaining garter st border, knit panel as follows:

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7: [(SSK, YO) 4 times, K8] 2 times, K48, [(SSK, YO) 4 times, K8] 2 times, K1

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: (K9, P7) 2 times, K1, P48, K8, P7, K9, P7, K1

Rows 9, 11, 13, 15: K1, [K8, (YO, K2tog) 4 times] 2 times, K48, [K8, (YO, K2tog) 4 times] 2 times.

Rows 10, 12, 14, 16: K1, (P7, K9) 2 times, P48, (P7, K9) 2 times. Repeat this panel five more times, a total of six pattern repeats, then return to first pattern.

Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 (RS): *(SSK, YO) 4 times, K8; rep from * to end, K1.

Rows 2, 4, 6, 8: *K9, P7; rep from * to end, K1. Rows 9, 11, 13, 15: K1, *K8, (YO, K2tog) 4 times; rep from * to end.

Rows 10, 12, 14, 16: K1, *P7, K9; rep from * to end. Repeat this pattern two more times, a total of three pattern repeats.

Knit 8 rows. Bind off in purl. Weave in ends and wash.

Copyright 2006 Ranee Mueller
For Personal Use Only

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Monday, October 25, 2004

Easy Peasy Boa

 

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Materials: 1 skein Plymouth Firenze size 11 needles  

Gauge: Any
  
Size: One Size

Cast on 125 sts. Work 10 rows in stockinette st. Cast Off. Weave in all ends. Wear with pleasure.

Copyright 2002 Ranee Mueller
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Baby Bonnet

Pattern Designed and Written by Ranee Mueller




Materials:

1 skein Lion Brand Microspun
size 6 needles
size E crochet hook (size D for smallest size)
3 rosettes or decorative buttons


Gauge:

22 sts & 30 rows = 4 inches on size 6 needles


Size:

For baby up to 6 months


Notes:

To make for preemie, use size 4 needles and knit to 2 inches before shaping back. 1 ball of yarn makes at least 4 or 5 bonnets.


Instructions:

CO 60 sts

Knit 6 rows (garter stitch)

Row 7: K
Row 8: P

Cont. in St st until piece measures 4 inches. End with WS row.

Shape Back:

Row 1: *K5, K2tog. Repeat from *, end K4 - 52 sts.

Row 2 & all other WS rows: P

Row 3: *K4, K2tog. Repeat from *, end K4 - 44 sts.

Row 5: *K3, K2tog. Repeat from *, end K4 - 36 sts.

Row 7: *K2, K2tog. Repeat from * to end - 27 sts.

Row 9: *K1, K2tog. Repeat from * to end - 18 sts.

Row 11: *K2tog. Repeat from * to end - 9 sts.

Row 12: P


Cut yarn, thread through rem sts, draw up tightly to close and sew in end to secure. Crochet chains of about 50 sts on either side of garter band for ties.

Weave in all ends. Block lightly. Sew on rosettes or other embellishments, evenly spaced, above garter st band.

Copyright 2001 Ranee Mueller
For Personal Use Only
You May Freely Circulate This Pattern with the Copyright Statement Preserved


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