Roll Cuff Ankle Socks

Yarn: Premiere Yarns Cotton Collage or any Fingering Weight Sock Yarn, approximately 50 grams or 200 yards.

Needles: Size 0 (2.0 mm) and Size 1.5 (2.5 mm) knitting needles for any method you prefer for knitting socks in the round.

Gauge: 8.5 stitches per inch in larger needles. Use any needle size that gets this gauge.

Other tools needed: measuring tape or ruler, scissors, darning needle about 3 removable lock stitch markers in different colors.

Adult Size Medium – 3 1/2” – This finished measurement is taken is across the width of the sock foot while laying flat.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff: Using a German Twisted Cast On and the smaller needles, cast on 60 stitches.

Knit 10 Rounds of stockinette stitch. (Just knit only.)

Switch to the larger needles.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will be working on the purl side or wrong side (WS) of half of sock in rows. The front of the sock (Instep) will be left alone on the cable or 2 double pointed needles or a stitch holder while you work on the heel.

Row 1: (WS) *Sl1, P1* turn work

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K29, turn work

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for a total of 15 times. (30 rows total)

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) P17, P2tog, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, turn work.

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, turn work.

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 stitches left on this needle.

Note: I personally do my heel turn with a smaller needle to make this area more durable.

Gusset Set Up: (RS) Pick up and knit the slip stitches. You are picking up 15 plus 2 stitches more before the instep to close up the gap until you have 17 picked up stitches. Knit the 30 instep stitches that you were holding aside as you worked on the heel flap. Use a stitch marker before and after the instep if you are using 9” circulars. Now pick up and knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 slipped stitches. Knit half of heel stitches to reach and mark your new beginning of round (BOR) starting point with a stitch marker. (82 stitches total)

Note: I knit half of each slipped stitch, twisting the stitch to keep everything flat, tight and tidy. It is optional. Skip this step if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

Gusset Decreases:

Round 1: Knit all stitches for the entire round.

Round 2: K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, K32 instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to BOR heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 stitch count.

Foot: Continue each round in stockinette stitch until you are 1 1/2” from the finished foot measurement.

Toe: The toe is 17 rounds so you can figure out from doing a few inches of the foot how long the length is for 17 rounds.

This makes a rounded wedge toe. It is divided in 3 parts of instructions.

Toe Set Up:

K15. You are now back to your old BOR when you first cast on and it’s also the beginning of the instep. You have 30 sts for the instep and 30 sts for the sole stitches as separated by stitch markers or needles.

Toe Part 1:

Round 1: [K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before the marker, K2tog, K1] Repeat this one more time within the same round. This results in a decrease of 4 stitches.

Round 2: Just knit

Round 3: Just knit

Repeat Rounds 1-3 once more. You now have 56 sts.

Toe Part 2:

Repeat Rounds 1 and 2 for a total of 2 times.

You now have 44 sts.

Toe Part 3:

Repeat Round 1 , five more times. You now have 24 sts.

Graft toe with live stitches that are evenly divided onto 2 needles using the Kitchener Stitch.

Weave in ends with the darning needle.

Congratulations! Now go make the 2nd sock.

Striped Ankle Socks

Yarn: 4 ply, #1 Weight or Fingering Weight Sock Yarn in 2 contrasting Colors.

Main color (MC) is the cuff, stripes, heel and toe.

Contrasting Color (CC) is the 2nd stripe color.

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rounds per inch.

Needles: US size 1 (2.25 mm) Double Pointed Knitting Needles and Size 0 (2 mm) 9”or 10” circular knitting needles.

Other tools needed: measuring tape or ruler with 1/16” increments, scissors, darning needle about 3 removable lock stitch markers. (One stitch marker is for beginning of round and should look different than the other 2 stitch markers.)

Adult Sizes: Small 3.5” (Medium 3.75” ) This measurement taken is across the foot while sock is laying flat.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff

Using MC and a Spaced Apart Long Tail Cast On or German Twist Cast On, Cast on 60 (68) stitches on DPNs.

Knit 5 Rounds of 2×2 Rib.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for the entire round.

Heel Flap

Turn work so you will be working on the purl side or wrong side (WS) of half of sock in rows. The front of the sock (Instep) will be left alone on the cable or 2 double pointed needles or a stitch holder while you work on the heel.

Row 1: (WS) Sl 1, P to end, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl 1, K to end, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 (17)times or 30 (34) rows.

Heel Turn

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17(19) P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 (20) stitches left on this needle.

Gusset Set Up

(RS) Pick up and knit the slip stitches 15 (17) plus 2 stitches more before the instep to close up the gap until you have 17 (19) picked up stitches. Knit the 30 (34) instep stitches that you were holding as you put them on 1 needle if you are using DPNs and keep them separated by stitch markers. Now pick up and knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 (17) slipped stitches. Switch to the circular needles. Knit half of heel stitches to reach your new beginning of round starting point. Place a beginning of round (BOR) stitch marker here to remind you.

Add CC yarn to begin Stripe Sequence Pattern while working the gusset decreases and then while working on the foot. You will be carrying the switched yarn up to the toe at the bottom of the foot.

Stripe Sequence Pattern:

Knit 2 rounds using CC yarn. Knit 2 rounds using MC yarn. Do not cut any yarn until instructed. (You will cut CC yarn when working the toe.)

Gusset Decreases

Round 1: Knit all stitches for the entire round.

Round 2: K to 2 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K30 (34) instep stitches, SSK, K to BOR heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 (68) stitch count.

Foot

Continue in the 2 color Stripe Sequence Pattern for the foot area ending on a CC stripe until you are 1 3/4” (2 1/4”) before final sock foot length. The final foot length is the actual foot length minus approximately 1/16” to 1/8” for negative ease for the best fit.

Toe

This makes a rounded wedge toe. It is divided in 3 parts of instructions.

Toe Set Up

K15(17) with same MC yarn. You are now at a new beginning of round (BOR) and the beginning of the instep. Put a stitch marker here. Put another stitch marker at the end of instep. You have 30(34) for the instep and 30(34) stitches for the sole stitches as separated by stitch markers or needles. Use only the MC yarn for the entire toe area. Switch to DPNs starting with Round 1. Cut CC yarn with 8” tail.

Toe Part 1:

For size S and M:

Round 1-8: Just Knit only 60(68) stitches. If you are using DPNs, arrange your needles as follows: N1-30(34), N2-15(17), N3-15(17)

Round 9: [K1, SSK, K to 3 sts before the marker, K2tog, K1] Repeat this one more time within the same round. This results in a decrease of 4 stitches.

Round 10 & 11: Just knit

You now have 56(64) sts.

For size S and M: Repeat Rounds 9-11 once (twice).

You now have 52(56) sts

Toe Part 2:

Size S and M: Repeat Rounds 9 & 10 two (three) more times.

You now have 44 stitches for size S and M.

Toe Part 3:

Size S & M: Repeat Round 9 five more times. You now have 24 sts.

Divide these 24 stitches on 3 needles with 12 on each needle.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd sock, wash in cold water and dry on delicate or hang dry. For blocking, lay flat so the cuff will remain stretchy.

If you like this pattern, please donate a few bucks to my Ko-Fi account. Thanks in advance. 🧦🌻

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Comfort Knitting Basic Socks

This is my basic sock pattern. It is very comforting to do stockinette with wood needles. I like the 5” or 6” ones because the wood helps you from losing stitches and it is compact and light weight. This commercial faux fair isle yarn is so fun and interesting to knit and hides all the imperfections of your knitting.

Yarn: Rico Design, Superba Bamboo Superwash Sock Yarn (50% Virgin Wool/ 25% Bamboo Viscose/ 25% Polyamide) 100 grams

Gauge: 9 sts and 12 rounds per inch.

Needles: Double Pointed Knitting Needles US size 1 , 5-6” length bamboo or wood (2.25 mm), Set of 5

Other tools needed: scissors, darning needle about 4 removable lock stitch markers.

Adult Sizes: Small 3.5” Medium 3.75” (measurement of sock across the foot)

INSTRUCTIONS:

Cuff: Using a Long Tail Cast On or German Twist Cast On and the larger needles, Cast on 60 (68) stitches on one needle, then transfer to 3 needles.

20-20-20 or 24-20-24

In 2×2 Rib, make a 1.5” cuff.

2×2 Rib: [K2, P2] repeating this for each round.

Leg: Knit in stockinette stitch (just knit stitch) for 3.5”. Use an extra needle to transfer stitches evenly on 4 needles, 15 (17) stitches each needle.

Heel Flap: Turn work so you will be working on the purl side of half of sock in rows.

For 1st row, combine half of back stitches on 1 needle. You will be working these stitches in a flat manner.

Row 1) (WS) *Sl1wyif, P1*, repeat to end of row, turn

Row 2) (RS) Sl1kw, knit to the end of row, turn

Repeat Round 1 and 2 for total of 15 (17)times.

Heel Turn:

Row 1: (WS) Purl 17(19) P2tog, P1, turn

Row 2: (RS) Sl1, K5, SSK, K1, turn

Row 3: (WS) Sl1, P to 1 st before the gap, P2tog, P1, turn

Row 4: (RS) Sl1, K to 1 st before the gap, SSK, K1, turn

Repeat Rows 3 & 4 until all stitches are worked ending on Row 4. You now have 18 (20) stitches left on this needle.

Gusset: (RS) Using a spare needle, pick up and knit the slipped edge stitches of the left side plus 2 more before the instep until you have 17 (19) picked up stitches on that needle. Pick up 2 more stitches before the instep stitches to close up any gaps. With a new needle, knit 30 (34) instep stitches putting them on 1 needle, with another spare needle, knit 2 stitches in the gap with the working yarn, pick up and knit the 15 (17) slipped edge stitches.

You now have 18 (20) heel stitches, 17(19) stitches on both sides of flap, 30 (34) of the instep stitches on one needle. This is total stitch count of 82 (92) stitches on 4 needles. The middle of the heel stitches is now the new beginning of round. Place a marker at this point to remind you.

Gusset Decreases:

1. Knit all stitches

2. K to 3 stitches before the instep, K2tog, K1, knit 30 (34) instep stitches, K1, SSK, K to heel marker.

Repeat these 2 rounds until you are back to the original 60 (68) stitch count. K15 (17) with one needle to get back to the original beginning of round. K60 (68) and arrange stitches as you go so you have 15 (17) stitches per needle again.

Foot: Place a marker at the first stitch at the beginning of round that will stay there until you finish both socks. At the same time you can remove the stitch marker at the middle of the heel. Knit in stockinette stitch each round until you are 1.75” (1.5”) before final sock foot length and before doing the toe part of the sock.

Toe: This makes a rounded wedge toe. Place a marker on the first stitch and let it remain there until you complete both socks. I use the stitch markers to help me measure the 2nd sock so they match.

Round 1: [K1, SSK, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 2 & 3: Just knit

Repeat Rounds 1-3 one (two) more times. You now have 52 (56) sts total.

Round 4: [K1, K2tog, K to end of 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1] Repeat on next 2 DPNs.

Round 5: Just knit

Repeat rounds 4 & 5 one (two) more times. You now have a total of 44 (44) sts.

Round 7: [K1, K2tog, K to end of the 1st DPN, K to 3 sts before the end of the 2nd DPN, SSK, K1]

Repeat Round 7 until you have a total of 24 sts.

Arrange remaining sts on 2 needles. 12 instep sts one 1 needle and 12 soles on the other needle. When you do the sock multiple times, it will be easy to figure out how to do the toe using 4 needles instead of 5 with all the instep stitches on one needle.

Graft toe using Kitchener Stitch.

Congratulations! Make the 2nd sock, wash in cold water and dry on delicate.

Father’s Day Sock KAL

Father’s Day is June 21, 2020. It’s the third Sunday of June to celebrate and honor fathers and grandfathers. Have fun by making him socks this year!

The 4 designs I chose from LoveCrafts.com have a rib or cable pattern to make sure they fit. My dad is picky so it if doesn’t fit right, he won’t wear it. Please post your pics on any social media so we can see and connect. #jitproject is this website’s hashtag but you can use anything that you want such as #FathersDay #FathersDayKAL #FathersDaySockKAL #SockKAL or anything you can think of.

I will post mine on Twitter and Instagram when I finish plus include a copy at the end of this page. Let’s do this! Woohooooo!


Father’s Day Socks in Lion Brand Sock Ease – 80226 

Father’s Day Socks in Lion Brand Sock Ease – L0702 
Men’s Casual Cables in Patons Kroy Socks 

Men’s Socks in Cascade Heritage – FW122 

“Let’s Get Back to Work!” Sock Knit-A-long

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If you know how to knit, let’s prepare ourselves or encourage someone we know with a pair of socks to look forward to the time we go back to work!

I am not saying to go against health guidelines but let’s look forward to the day we are free to leave our at-home-quarantine.

I have been posting how to knit videos and how to knit sock videos on Twitter and some people already know how to knit socks. It’s hard to have a KAL with so many levels of knitters and there are crocheters that prefer to only crochet. Maybe you can’t do it now but perhaps you can do this KAL in the future, who knows?

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Rules:

  1. Use the pattern by Patons Yarns called ‘You Better Work Knit Socks‘. The free pattern is from Yarnspirations. They have a Youtube tutorial video for this, too!
  2. Use fingering or sport sock yarn to get a gauge of 7 stitches and 9 rows per inch. If you use the suggested Patons Kroy Socks Yarn, please use the hashtags #Yarnspirations or  #patonskroysocks  when posting a pic of your final project on social media. You can even upload the pic on the Yarnspirations website on the bottom of the page.
  3. Use 3 colors. They don’t have to be the same colors although they would be nice. The iconic single stripe against a contrasting background for this look is important. If it for a man and an office job, perhaps you can add the contrasting stripe near the toe so no one can see it since it is in the shoe.
  4. The length can be altered. It’s almost summer. You might want shorter socks.
  5. They are not lounge socks and will actually go in a shoe. It would be great if you can wear them to work when this quarantine is over. That is why I did not add the similar pattern in a thicker yarn by Bernat.
  6. There is no ending date believe it or not. People can join in a year or more from now if they want! When you are done, please post it for us to see! You can post on my Pinterest page if you want. You just press the ‘Add Photo’ button. I suggested some other yarns there as well. My hashtag for my KALs and CALs is #jitproject for any social media website.

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If you are a crocheter and want to make similar socks in the same colors and yarn, Yarnspirations has a free sock pattern in crochet.

If you want to make this knit sock for a baby or toddler Yarnspirations has a pattern called ‘Work It Out, Baby!‘.

 

Add questions to the comment area or email me at jitcrochet@gmail.com if you want to.

Sincerely,

Dee Ann

 

4-29-20 Just bought my yarn. I shopped to get all 3 colors for the lowest price. Please see YarnShop4U on Etsy where each skein was $4.99. I also got those thin small light bulb shaped removable stitch markers for $1.65. Beat that!

5/10/20 – I still haven’t gotten my yarn yet! But I already started making a low-cut pattern for this look. Here is the draft.  When I get the yarns for this and maybe another colorway, I will make them and put the finalized pattern up on LoveCrafts.

Agave Rows Washcloth Pattern

Here is a new knitting pattern for a washcloth with a fun Agave Rows Lace Pattern. I am inspired by the desert this year so the next new patterns are inspired by the South West here in the USA.

I was just on the yarnspirations.com website and saw a perfect crochet version of this stitch pattern called the One Skein Wrap!

 

Materials Needed:

Suggested Yarn: Any Organic Cotton, Worsted Weight, A dusty blue green if you can find a small skein or ball.

Gauge: 4.25 sts and 5 rows = 1”

Tools: Single Point  US-7 (4.5 mm) or US-8  (5.0 mm) Knitting Needles 

2 – Stitch Markers

Finished washcloth is about 8-9 inches square

 

Instructions:

Long-Tail Cast On 37 stitches

Row 1 (RS): K13, PM. K11, PM. K13

Row 2-3: Knit 

note: slip marker when you get to it. 

Row 4: K2, P33, K2 

Row 5: K2. * [K2tog] twice, YO, [K1, YO] 3 times, [K2tog} twice*  Repeat this pattern 2 more times, K2  

Row 6:  K2, P33, K2

Row 7: Knit 

Repeat Rows 4-7 for pattern until washcloth is square in shape.

Knit 2 rows ending on the right side.

Bind off in Knit Stitch  from the wrong side

Weave in ends well and carefully. 

 

Abbreviations:

St (sts): Stitch (stitches)

RS – Right side

PM – Place Marker

K – Knit

P – Purl

K2tog – Knit 2 stitches together

YO – Yarn Over Needle 

Charted as seen from the Right Side.

Shown is 3 repeats of Agave Rows stitch  pattern. This washcloth takes approximately  10-12 repeats.

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Please post your finished object on any social media with #jitproject

For a free color PDF copy, please visit my patterns on LoveCrafts!

I was thinking that this would be a perfect with handmade soap as a gift. Add lip balm and hand moisturizer for a great gift for almost anyone! I was thinking to make those eyelets tiny by purling the yarn overs through the back loop on Row 6 to make it less lacy for the men. When I whip up a sample, I will post it up so all can see.

2-29-20 – It came out better than I thought! So right after you do Row 5 with the k2togs and the yarn overs, on Row 6 when you purl back, purl the yarn overs through the back loop.

Row 6: K2 [p2, Ptbl, P1, Ptbl, P1, Ptbl, P1, Ptbl, P2] Repeat 2 more times, K2

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Swirl Eyelet Knit Bag

Knit Eyelet Bag

Gauge: 4 sts  and 5 rows = 1” in stockinette in larger needles

Tools:  #9 – 5.5 mm DPNs and  #10 – 6 mm circular needles 20-24” , #10 straight needles 9-14”

Stitch Markers: 1-3 removable markers

Yarn: Lily Sugar and Cream Super Size 100% Cotton #4 Weight – 2 balls (about 250 yds)

Skill Level: Advanced Beginner to Intermediate

Size:  One size (25 1/2″ x 14″)

 

Instructions: (Starting from bottom of bag)

Round 1: With one DPN in left hand, thumb cast on 12 sts.  With 2nd DPN K4, with 3rd DPN K4, with 4th DPN K4, join in the round and place marker on 1st st. Move up marker every few rounds. (12 sts)

Round 2 and all even rounds: Knit only (12 sts)

Round 3: *K1, YO* for a total of 12 times (24 sts)

Round 5: *K2, YO* for a total of 12 times (36 sts)

Round 7:  *K3, YO* for a total of 12 times (48 sts)

Round 9:  *K4, YO* for a total of 12 times (60 sts)

Round 11:  *K5, YO* for a total of 12 times (72 sts)

Round 13:  *K6, YO* for a total of 12 times (84sts)

Round 15:  *K7, YO* for a total of 12 times (96 sts)

 

Switch to Circular Needles

 

Round 17: *SSK, K6, YO* for a total of 12 times (96 sts)

Round 18: Knit only (96 sts)

 

Repeat Round 17 and 18 for 12” from cast on

 

Next 3 Rounds:  Stockinette, Knit only

 

Handle:

Set up Round:  K48 sts,  Leave on Circular Needles to just sit there until the handle is finished.

 

Knit side (RS): Use the straight needles Sl, K47, turn

Put stitch marker at st #24 to help you know where  strap started. 

On purl side Row (WS): Sl 1, P to end, turn

 

Next Row (RS): *Sl 1, SSK twice, K to last 5 sts, K2tog twice, K1, turn (You have decreased 4 sts)

Next Row (WS): Sl 1, P to end, turn

 

Repeat the last 2 rows until you have 16 sts remaining.

 

Next Round (RS): Sl 1, SSK,  K to last 3 sts. K2tog. K1, turn

Purl Round (WS): Sl 1, P to end.

 

Repeat the last 2 rows 2 more  times until you have 10 sts

Continue the length of the strap until you reach about  23-24” of strap.

Use stitch marker or a little bit after last eyelet to measure.

 

Increase Row: Sl 1, Kfb, K to last 3 sts. Kfb, K2, turn. (You have increased 2 sts)

Next Row: Sl 1, P to end, turn

 

Repeat the last 2 rows until there are 16 sts.

 

Next Row (RS): Sl 1, Kfb twice, K to last 4 sts, Kfb twice, K2, turn. (You have increased 4 sts)

Next Row (WS): Sl 1, Purl to end

 

Repeat the last 2 rows until you are back to 48 sts.

 

Kitchener sts together with  live sts on circular needles. Secure with a good knot.  Cinch up the bottom from the inside securing ends with a knot.  Weave in ends.

 

 

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Starting Your Eco-Craft Journey

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Here are 3 tips that can change everything that you have been doing. Let me know if there are other things and perhaps we can make some changes together.

  1. Stop being a hoarder and instead become a craft minimalist:

I just put this on Etsy today. It’s a lot but I still have more!

I love YouTube podcasts and tutorials. I watch them everyday. Many times you will see a craft YouTuber with yarn cubbies in the background where they keep the whole wall filled with yarn. Many times they won’t use it and if you are in the real world with windows open and pets,  dust gets on it.  Rethink the way you do your crafting and free yourself from the mess of having to inventory, clean up and organize or get out of control and become waste. Buy yarn less often for projects you know you will work on and not because it is nice to look at and later you will probably forget it is there, I put my yarn in a big plastic quilt bag with a zipper. It keeps everything nice and clean and bugs and dust are not a worry. It’s not filled but as soon as spring is over, I am going to need a place to store my big quilt so I am planning on smaller zipper bag that the sheets came in.

I just photographed all my extra tools and tools I haven’t used in a while because I am seeing if I can sell them all. I put all my selected tools into one clean men’s toiletry bag. I suddenly feel better with the extra space in the room.

 

2. Only Use Yarn that can be Composted:

Wool is great. The sheep are well cared for, healthy and eat grass like they are supposed to. I saw that wool sock yarn usually has nylon or polyamide for the stretch and strength. They are still not compostable and even though it might be blended with something that can be, it makes the whole skein uncompostable. Go for 100% wool or a natural blend and knit at a tighter gauge. The less processing for yarn, the better. Not even dye is good for yarn unless it is natural dye. I know it is going to take more work but there is a market for what we are looking for and it is starting to take off. For the cotton, this is actually is not a good textile because most of the cotton is GMO which requires pesticides and corrodes the soil and depletes soil nutrients. It takes a lot of water to process, too. Instead of regular cotton use organic cotton which is more eco-friendly. Linen and bamboo are also good choices. Recycled yarns are out for consumers, now, also.

 

3. Buy locally:

This might be hard sometimes. It’s cheaper to buy yarn when it comes from China, India or Turkey but it still has to travel here. I know that there are yarn and crafting tools that we don’t make in the USA, too. Cheap yarn comes from places where they pay workers very little. Many times they are exposed to toxic chemicals. They wrap everything in plastic as they come into the states. All this is very bad because the people making and handling the yarn are more susceptible to illness and cancer-causing chemicals and the plastics they are wrapped in become landfill waste that will take a long time to decompose and leach toxins in the water supply.

At the same time there are rare sheep breeds in different parts of the world that I want to support and British classic wool. Also because of what happened in Sri Lanka, I want to help at least a little and help their economy. Sometimes I have dilemmas on what I should do because it seems like I will never be 100% eco-friendly as hard as I try. I am still debating with myself to use wood or metal circular needles. It’s been a month, too! The nylon cord is never going to be eco-friendly and as I said in another post, the thin bamboo knitting needles I use are starting to bend!

The plus side is always helping small business in your community within the country you live in.  It supports local craft and textile art businesses. It also takes less transportation to get here. It doesn’t have to be packed, inspected and put on an international flight or ship to get on another plane to get to our closest major city and then on semi truck and then on a smaller truck to get to our home. That is a lot of distance and fuel to get here.

Lastly, I want to conclude with that it is not easy and not always possible so please just do your best and eliminate the stress and worry by having less, creating more space, being more thoughtful with what you are going to do with what you buy and having a cleaner work space. You are learning like I am learning and together we will make better choices and this trend is going to change our lives and the way we think going into the future. We are the pioneers of the eco-friendly craft movement so please smile and do your best because people are noticing and watching you and will love to learn something about it. Have fun doing a little research and be ready to answer questions. God bless you all!

Joyful Baby Hat and Booties Set

Joyful Baby Hat and Booties (updated 2017)  Original Version still available

Yarn: Washable Worsted Yarn    

Gauge: 4.25 sts and 4.5 ridges per 1″

Needles:  Straight Needles / Circular or Straight Needles for Hat, Gauge determines needle size

Foot Sizes: Newborn (3.5”), 3-6 months (4”)

Hat sizes: Newborn (13”), 3-6 months (14”)

Designer: DeeAnn H       Website: https://joyfulintribulation.wordpress.com/

I re-did this pattern a year later because I learned that everyone’s gauge is different and I wanted to make it simple and have just one pattern in worsted for Newborn size with size 3-6 months in parenthesis.

Cast on 19 sts (23 sts)

Row 1:  RS –  kfb in 1st st, k7 (k9) , kfb in next 2 sts, k7 (k9)  kfb, k1  – 23 sts (29 sts)

Row 2, 4, 6, and 8:  knit only

Row 3: kfb in 1st st, k9 (k11) , kfb in next 2 sts, k9 (k11), kfb, k1  – 27 sts (31 sts)

Row 5: kfb in 1st st, k11 (k13), kfb in next 2 sts, k11 (k13), kfb, k1  – 31 sts (33 sts)

Row 7: k14 (k16), kfb in next 2 sts, k15 (k17)  – 33 sts (37 sts)

Row 9: k15 (k17), kfb in next 2 sts, k16 (k18)  – 35 sts  (39 sts)

Row 10-14:  starting and ending on WS knit 5 rows   – 35 sts (39 sts)

Row 15: RS –  k20 (k22), ssk, turn  – 34 sts (38 sts)

Row 16 – 26 (28) : wyif  sl 1 st from right needle to left needle, wyib slip that same st back to right needle, k6, ssk, turn , repeat this row until there are 8 sts (9 sts) unworked on right needle before you turn and have a total of 23 sts (25 sts) on WS.

Row 27 (29) :  RS –  wyif sl 1 st from right needle to left needle, wyib slip that same st back to right needle, k to end of row  – 23 sts (25 sts)

Row 28- 29 (30-31):  knit Only  – 23 sts (25 sts)

Row 30 (32):  eyelet row  – k1, *YO, k2 tog*, repeat * to * to the end of row. –  23 sts (25 sts)

Row 31-39 (33-43):  Garter knit 9 (11) rows  – 23 sts (25 sts) [note: if you want to do 1 x 1 rib for cuff, kfb 1 st at the beginning of row 30 (32) to make 24 sts (26 sts) and *k1. p1* for 20 rows]

Row 40 (44): bind off loosely from wrong side. Leave about 14” of tail. Fold right sides inside and seam back and sole of bootie.

For ties: With an F size (3.75 mm) crochet hook, chain 80 (82).  With thumb nail scoot up end chains so it makes tight knots at ends so you can trim the excess yarn after weaving them through the eyelet holes.

Matching fold brim hat: Cast on 56 (60) sts, join in the round if working in the round. Garter stitch for 7 1/2 (8) inches ending on a purl or wrong side row, and then *k2tog* each knit or right side row until you have about 7-8 sts left for a gathered crown.  Close up remaining sts with end tail and knot on inside and weave in ends. For flat garter stitch on straight needles, seam up sides with mattress stitch. It might be easier to leave a long tail at the beginning and gather up remaining sts, secure and weave inside the crown of hat.

k – knit, RS – Right Side, WS – Wrong Side, kfb – knit front and back for a single increase, wyif – with yarn in front, wyib – with yarn in back, sts – stitches, garter stitch – alternating knit and purl rows on right side. See YouTube on how to seam garter stitch.

Stockinette Half Mitts

 

Sizes: S (M, L) Teen or Adult

Yarn: Washable #4 Aran Yarn

Needles: Whatever gives you gauge  Gauge: 4.25 sts and 6 rows = 1″

Other: 3 lock or split ring stitch markers, 1 small stitch holder, safety pin or waste yarn

 

Cast on 27 (29, 31) sts, turn work so that wrong side is now the right side and join in the round.

Place a marker at beginning of round.  Stockinette for 2″ ( 2 1/2″, 3″) [about 12, 15, 18 rounds]

K 13 (14, 15), PM, M1L, K1, M1R, PM, K13 (14, 15), [3 Thumb sts]

Knit next round and every other round

K 13 (14, 15), SM, M1L, K3, M1R, SM, K13 (14, 15), [5 Thumb sts]

K 13 (14, 15), SM, M1L, K5, M1R, SM, K13 (14, 15), [7 Thumb sts]

K 13 (14, 15), SM, M1L, K7, M1R, SM, K13 (14, 15), [9 Thumb sts]

K 13 (14, 15), SM, M1L, K9, M1R, SM, K13 (14, 15), [11 Thumb sts] end of size S thumb sts

K13 (14, 15), SM, M1L, K11, M1R, SM, K13 (14, 15), [13 Thumb sts] end of size M thumb sts

K13 (14, 15), SM, M1L, K13, M1R, SM K13 (14, 15), [15 Thumb sts] end of size L thumb sts

Knit next round.

K13 (14, 15) , RM, K1, slip thumb sts on holder, RM, K13 (14, 15)

Stockinette for 2  1/4″ (2  1/2″ , 2  3/4″), PM 1st st to measure more easily.

Do a purl bind off.  Secure from inside and weave in ends.

For thumb, place 11 (13, 15) stitches from holder onto 3 dpns, join in the round

Stockinette thumb stitches in the round for 1/2″ (3/4″, 1″) For 2nd round, K2tog last 2 sts. [10, 12, 14 thumb sts remain]

Bind off thumb sts in purl bind off.  Secure from inside and seam up thumb base gap and weave in ends.

 

 

DPN – double pointed needles, K – Knit, St(s) – stitch(es), PM – Place Marker, SM – Slip Marker, RM – Remove Marker, M1L – Make one increase leaning left by picking up bar with left needle between the stitches from the front and knitting that bar on the needle through the back, M1R – Make one increase leaning right by picking up bar with left needle between the stitches from the back and knitting that bar on the needle through the front.

 

For worsted yarn, go up a size, adding 2 stitches to cast on and thumb stitches. Keep the lengths the same. Worsted Gauge: 4.75-5 sts per inch.