My Cowl Is In Knitscene Accessories 2012!

Yup, you read that title correctly. I just had the honor of having one of my designs published in Knitscene magazine. Yes, it’s a secret that I’ve been keeping from all of you for some time now, but don’t you think it was worth the wait?

Knitscene Accessories Magazine

This week, I opened the mailbox to see a package from Interweave waiting for me. Inside was a complimentary copy of the Knitscene Accessories 2012 issue along with a tearsheet of the layout and pattern that I can use in my portfolio.

I love the layout and the model that they used. The whole image is fun and funky. Both yarns used in the cowl are from Knit Collage and they were yummy to work with. A simple pattern that even after two martinis you could still knit without any mistakes. 😉

Moon Rings Cowl

The whole process of working with such a well-known company was a great learning experience for me. Anyone who has ever considered submitting a design to any of the Interweave publications, I strongly encourage you to do so. I honestly didn’t think I had a snowball chance in hell of getting published. I just submitted my design to get in the practice of submitting to companies and look what happened!

Moon Rings Cowl by ME!

Thank you God and thank you to everyone at Knitscene for this wonderful opportunity!

Another Free Knitted Cowl Pattern

I’m back again with yet another free knitting pattern. This time it is a cowl called “Gun Smoke”. I wanted to make a cowl that sort of paid tribute to the wild west. The picture, which was taken by the good people of Galler Yarns, actually shows the cowl being worn upside down. The bow should be at the bottom, but looking at it this way, I’ve decided to let you e=be the judge on which way you want to wear it.

You can find the pattern here, by clicking on the picture below or by going to the pattern page of my blog.

 

Gun Smoke Cowl

Free Knitted Cowl Pattern

Yup, you read it right. I’ve returned with a new pattern and its Free! I designed this cowl called “Give It To Me Straight”,  for Galler Yarns. A quick knit that is unisex in design. Made using Pima cotton, it is lightweight enough to be knitted during the summer and be ready to wear once the weather cools off. You can find the pattern by clicking here, clicking the on the picture below or going to my pattern page.

Give It To Me Straight Cowl

I’m Back with a Pattern

Yes, I’m back. Missed me? Sorry about that. But unfortunately sudden disappearances tend to happen when you have Sickle Cell disease. I’m feeling all better now and ready to jump back into the swing of things.

While I may have been down, I surely was not out. I brought back a little treat with me made just for you- a free pattern made by me!

Yup, that’s right, I published another pattern. What kind of pattern? Well, a sock pattern, of course. But this one is for the men. The pattern is published through the yarn company, Galler Yarns.

Brick by Brick Socks by Liver Chick

As a bonus, I also did an interview with the company that was published on their blog here.

So, take some time to check out the interview and pattern, then tell me what you think.

I’m so glad to be back!

Welted Leg Warmers and Scarf Pattern

I am so excited to announce that my designs for Premier Yarns are now live on their website!

It has been so hard not being able to talk about the process of knitting these garments and the wonderful yarn I got to play with. But no more. Now I can tell you that Premier Yarns’ Angel yarn is the softest acrylic yarn I have ever worked with. The yarn made it such a pleasure to knit this set.

The scarf and leg warmers themselves are simple knits perfect for beginner knitters. Yet, the dramatic effect of the pieces can easily spark the interest of more advanced knitters as well. A perfect set to knit before the snow starts falling hard.

Welted Leg Warmers & Scarf

You can find the pattern and download it for free here: http://premieryarns.com/patterns.php?id=218

Crocheted Single Slipper Pattern

My mother found herself this year fighting a nasty foot infection that has left her with a foot and ankle wrapped like a mummy in gauze. This has been fine for the summer, but now the weather is getting colder and that gauze wrapping can’t keep the chill out. She can’t wear shoes or regular slippers due to the bulkiness of the wrappings. And even if she could find a single slipper in the store that fit, she would have to buy it in a pair since no one sold single slippers. So, I decided to crochet a slipper that would crochet a single slipper for her that was roomy enough for wrappings and that would keep the chill off her foot.

She has traveled around town with that slipper on and people have commented on it. A number of people with foot/ leg cast have asked where she got the slipper. Even her foot doctor said the slipper was a great idea. My mother has enjoyed the attention she’s been getting and the ability to go out without worrying about her foot getting cold. In fact she has enjoyed it so much that she has put in a request for several more, including a green and red one for the holidays.

The cool days of Fall and soon the much colder days of Winter will be upon us. If you know someone in a cast, a wrapping or who has any kind of foot problem, why not crochet a few of these slippers for them. You could even knit a pair for yourself.

Note- this is a very simple slipper pattern that can easily be adjusted and embellished to suit your needs.

Crocheted Single Slipper

 

Crocheted Single Slipper

Size:  11” / 28 cm long and 11” / 28 cm wide.  (Note: when making this for someone in a cast, add 1 to 1 ½” to their normal foot length.)

Yarn: Bernat Satin Worsted weight 100% Acrylic, 100 g / 3.5 oz, 163 yds / 149 m, in color Camel

Hook: J / 10 – 6.00 mm

Pattern Note: Two strands of yarn are held together throughout the pattern.

Chain 37 or whatever length is desired plus 3.

Row 1: Skip 3 chains and double crochet in the 4th chain and each chain across to the end.  Turn.

Row 2: Chain 3, (this will count as your first stitch), double crochet in the top of the double crochet space. Do this all the way across. Make sure to do a double crochet at the top of the skip 3 chain. Turn, chain 3. (A total of 34 stitches including the chain 3.)

Row 3: Double crochet in the next double crochet space and across all stitches. Do a final double crochet in top of the chain 3 stitch from the previous row. Chain 3.

Repeat row 3 until the slipper measures 11″ or until the width is equal to the length. You now have what is essentially a large square.

Cut yarn leaving long tail for stitching.

Fold the square in half and using only one strand of yarn, stitch the back of the slipper and the top of the slipper, leaving a large enough hole at the top to get a foot through. Next, weave in and out of the edge of the toe. Pull both ends of the thread to gather the toe and close the hole. Tie the ends into a tight knot. Weave in all ends.

Optional- you may choose to braid a long cord that can be woven around the foot opening. This would allow the person to be able to tighten the slipper around the ankle area for a snug fit.

April Is National Donate Life Month

 

As the title says, April is NAtional Donate Life Month.

This month is dedicated to honoring those who have chosen to be organ donors and the lives they have saved.

Donate Life is an organization that helps to dispel myths surrounding organ transplants and educate the public about the importance of becoming an organ donor. You can find out more about them at http://www.donatelife.net

I want to share a little story with you-

Cory was a loving brother, devoted father and proud grandfather. Cory loved to go fishing and was always the joker. On August 8, 2008, Cory , at the age of 44, died of a brain aneurysm.

A few states away lay a young woman in the hospital. She was 30 years old, a wife and mother. She was also dying. An acute liver failure had put her in a week-long coma, unaware that her life was slowly slipping away. The doctors had only hours left to find a suitable liver that could save her life. Two previously offered livers were not a good match. With only a handful of hours left before the high toxin levels in her body would render her brain dead, a liver was found. The transplant was a success!

That liver donor was Cory and the young woman’s life he saved was mine.

To honor my organ donor, Cory, I have made a pair of socks for him.

For the entire month of April all profits made from the sale of the sock pattern will go to Donate Life. If it was not for Cory’s decision to be an organ donor, I would not be here today. Everyday, I am thankful for the selfless act of Cory and all those who have chosen to be organ donors. Thank you!

Cory's Socks

If you would like to purchase the pattern you can click on the link here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/corys-socks

Sunset In Sedona Two Needle Socks

 
Sunset In Sedona Two Needle Socks
 
Finished sizes about: 6 ½- 7 (7 ½, 8, 9, 9 ½)” foot circumference.

Yarn used: 1 skein of Aslan Trends Natural Luxury Yarns Santa Fe 1334 yarn from their Kettle Hand Dyed Collection. 50g / 1.75 oz. 85% Merino Wool / 15% Polyamide. Approx: 180 yards / 165 meters

Needles size: One pair of straight needles size US 0-3 (2-3.25 mm) or whatever size is needed to obtain the gauge of 7 stitches per inch in St st. (Personally, I used US size 5 needles to obtain gauge, but I‘m just weird that way).

Other supplies: Some stitch holders or scrap threads to hold stitches on. You may find a row counter to be helpful in keeping track of rows while knitting the heel flap.

Special skills you need to make this sock: Flat seam (aka- Bickford seam)

Leg Portion
 
 Cast on 44 (52, 56, 64, 68) sts. Work a 2 x 2 rib stitch for one inch or until you‘re tired of knitting it.

Now, working in St st, continue to knit until the sock measures 4 inches from the top. (And yes, I know what you are thinking, “It’s just a freaking square. I wanted a sock, not a wonky dishcloth. WTF!” Just hang in there with me, its about to get interesting.)

Dividing Section
 
 First row: Knit the first 11 (13,14,16,17) stitches. Place these stitches on a stitch holder. Now continue knitting to the end of the row.

Next row: Knit 11 (13, 14, 16, 17) stitches. Place these stitches on a stitch holder.

At this point you should have 22 (26, 28, 32, 34) stitches left on the needle. These stitches will become your instep or top half of your foot. *(Please note- it is from this dividing point that you will measure for your foot length.)

With 22 (26, 28, 32, 34) stitches now on your needle, continue in St st until the piece measures 1 ½ to 2 inches less then your desired total foot length. (You are going to start the next row with the right side facing you. You have been warned!)

Touch Your Toes
 
 Row 1: (RS) k1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Row 2: Purl

Repeat these two rows until there are 11 (13, 14, 16, 17) stitches remain. Ending again with right side facing you.

Row 3: (RS) k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1

Row 4: P1, p2tog, purl to last 3 stitches, p2tog tbl, p1.

Continue these two rows until 6 ( 7, 7, 8, 8 ) stitches remain.

Place these stitches on a stitch holder. Cut yarn leaving a nice tail for weaving.

(See, that was painless. Now for the fun part!)

Take the stitches that have been hanging out on the other two stitch holders, and with both right side facing you, place these stitches onto your needle.

Knit one row. Then purl the next row. (I know, amazing instructions there, right?)

Heel Flap Time
 
 Row 1: (RS) *Sl 1 pwise with yarn in back (wyb), k1; rep from*

Row 2: Sl 1 pwise, with yarn in front (WYF), purl to the end.

Repeat these two rows until a total of 22 (26, 28, 32, 34) rows have been made. (And yes, the number of stitches you have on the needle right now is the same as the number of rows you knit for the heel flap. It was a total freaking mind-blowing epiphany when I realized that!)

Let’s Take This Heel For A Turn
 
 Row 1: (RS) K13 (15, 16, 18, 19) stitches, ssk, k1, turn your work.

Row 2: (WS) Sl 1 pwise, p5, p2tog, p1, turn.

Row 3: Sl 1 pwise, knit to the 1st stitch before the gap made from the pervious row, ssk using the 1st stitch before the gap and the 1st stitch right after the gap, K1, turn.

Row 4: Sl 1 pwise, purl to the 1st stitch before the gap, p2tog using the 1st stitch both before and after the gap, p1, turn.

Now repeat rows 3 and 4 until all the stitches have been worked. Do NOT freak out if you find that you can not end with a k1 or p1 in your repeats. Depending on your initial cast on number, you may end that last repeat with a ssk or a p2tog. Make sure to end with the right side facing you.

Guess What? It’s Gusset Time!
 
 For this gusset, you will be picking up one extra stitch at the selvage edge corner. This will help eliminate that nasty hole at the base of the gusset. Don’t you worry, you will make these extra two stitches disappear shortly after both sides of the gusset in done.
 
(Of course you can knit this section without the two extra stitches and it will still turn out just fine. I just have a bit of a pointy ankle bone, so those two extra stitches keep my ankle from looking like its trying to escape.)

Now, using the needle that your stitches are already on, pick up 12 (14, 15, 17, 18 ) stitches along the salvage edge. Now knit across these stitches and the stitches that were already on your needle.

Once you reach the end of the row, with the same needle, pick up 12 (14, 15, 17, 18 ) stitches on the other side of the salvaged edge. Now, purl across all stitches. (Your stitches will feel and look a bit bunched up on your needles, but don’t fret. Things will start to loosen up in a bit here.)

Knit 11 (13, 14, 16, 17 ) stitches, ssk, knit across heel turn stitches, k2tog, then knit the remaining 11 (13, 14, 16, 17 ) stitches.

Next row: Purl

(See, I told you that you would send those two extra stitches away!)

Row 1: (RS) k1, ssk, knit to last 3, k2tog, k1.

Row 2: Purl

Repeat these two rows until 22 (26, 28, 32, 34 ) stitches remain.

Now continue in straight St st until piece measures 1 ½ to 2 inches less then your desired foot length.

Toe Time!
 
 Row 1: (RS) k1, ssk, knit to the last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.

Row 2: Purl

Repeat these two rows until there are 11 (13, 14, 16, 17 ) stitches remain. Ending again with right side facing you.

Row 3: (RS) k1, ssk, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1

Row 4: P1, p2tog, purl to last 3 stitches, p2tog tbl, p1.

Continue these two rows until 6 ( 7, 7, 8, 8 ) stitches remain.

Gaft these stitches with the others you have sitting on the stitch holder.

Now you have some hand sewing to do. No moaning allowed. It’s not as hard as you think.

To seam the sock we will NOT be using the mattress stitch and I will tell you why. *Stepping up on top of soapbox* The mattress stitch subtracts rows from the sides of the foot and the back of the leg. Also, it leaves a bulky seam that, even after you steam it down, can still be felt.

Instead, we will close the seams by using the Flat Seam, also sometimes called the Bickford Seam. It makes a flat, clean seam that is almost invisible when done correctly.

The Bickford seam is one of those things that you have to see to understand, so please stop right now, go check out an online video on how to do it, then return to your sock and seam it up. (I’ll still be here waiting when you get back. I promise.)

Once you seamed up your sock, maybe you should seriously consider knitting the other one. Socks are usually better in pairs. (If you just want to relish in your one sock glory, I’m cool with that too.)

So, you’ve got both socks knitted and seamed. Guess what? You’re done. Yup, that’s it. You’re finished. Now make like a hockey stick and get the puck out of here!

Wash Your Face Washcloth

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This was a simple washcloth that I made as punishment to the yarn for not acting right in another garment I was trying to use it for. (Yes, I punish my yarn when it acts bad. Let this be a lesson to all other yarns in my stash. Don’t make me angry!)

Well, despite the initial reason for using the yarn, I must admit that the washcloth came out looking really nice. So if you are looking for a quick knit gift item or just something to do with an odd ball of cotton yarn, well, here you go:

Materials-

1 ball  patons Grace, 1.75 oz / 50 g, 6136 yd / 125 m 100% ultra-soft mercerized cotton, color 62901 Tangelo

US size 2 knitting needles

Cast on 48 stitches.

Garter stitch the first 3 rows.

Row1-4: Knit

Row 5-8: Purl

Continue rows 1 through 8 until you reach your desired length or the washcloth measures 7 inches without being pulled.

Gater stitch the next 3 rows. Bind off. Weave in ends.

The washcloth should have a nice ridged look to it that will soften a bit with use.

Now, go fourth and clean thy self!