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Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan and a Free Pattern

My friends, Mandy and John, are expecting their first child– a baby girl to be named Madalyn Rae who was scheduled to arrive on Feb. 17, 2012.  Her appearance, while still forthcoming, gives me the perfect opportunity to knit this five-color baby afghan for her.  Its vintage chevron design is all the rave and pleasing enough for new parents and new parents-to-be with discriminating taste.  Notes for a baby boy’s afghan are included.

 

Madalyn Rae Baby Afghan (Click on link for PDF Copy of pattern)

DIFFICULTY  Beginner to Advanced

YARN  Loops and Threads Impeccable in Forest (A): 298 yds, Butterscotch (B): 54 yds, Lavender (C): 221 yds, Pumpkin (D): 114 yds, Soft Rose (E): 298 yds, or any worsted weight yarn.

GAUGE  18.5 sts and 17 rows = 4” (10 cm) in stockinette stitch on US 10.

NEEDLES  US 10 (6mm)- 29-inch (74cm) or longer  Circular Needle; Or any size to obtain gauge.

NOTIONS  Row counter (optional),  tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE  Approximately 33” x 45” (84 cm x 114 cm).

PATTERN NOTES:
For a baby boy’s afghan, replace colors C with Chocolate and E with Aqua.  Blanket may be shortened or lengthened by changing the sequence repeats.

CHEVRON STITCH PATTERN:
Row 1 (RS): K1, sl1k1psso, *k13, blco 1 st, k1, blco 1 st, k13, sl2k1p2sso; rep fr * to last 30 sts, k13, blco 1 st, k1, blco 1 st, k13, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: K1, p1, *k14, p1; rep fr * to last st, k1.
Rep rows 1 and 2 for afghan.

AFGHAN:
With A, co 153 sts.  Beg Stitch Pattern working from sequence 1 to 5, according to the list that follows.  Rep Color Sequence 5 more times or to desired length ending with 10th row in E.

BO.  Break yarn.  Using tapestry needle weave ends on WS.  Block as needed.

COLOR SEQUENCE:
1- 10 rows in A
2-   2 rows in B
3-   8 rows in C
4-   4 rows in D
5- 10 rows in E

ABBREVIATIONS:
st(s): stitch(es)
blco: backward loop cast on as follows– loop working yarn and place it on needle backward so that it doesn’t unwind (Refer to the photo below)
sl1k1psso: slip 1 st onto R needle, k 1 st then pass slipped st over
sl2k1p2sso: slip 2 sts onto R needle, k 1 st then pass the 2 slipped sts over
co: cast on
beg: begin
rep: repeat
bo: bind off

blco or Backward Loop Cast On

 

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NBCAM and a Free Pattern

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM).  The year 2011 marks the 27th year of a tradition of awareness and education about breast cancer.  In 2010, there were more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.  To show support for these brave souls, a number of Little Sweet Knittings Designs patterns can be adapted and knitted to suit them.  For instance, the Lombard Hat posted here can be knitted in two shades of pink (Wool-ease Thick and Quick’s Blossom as Color A and Raspberry as Color B) as shown below.

In the year 2010, our very first pattern offering was a bookmark called Mark for the Cure.  It features the awareness ribbon design, with an option to knit with or without beads, worked in lace and delicately accented with an organdy ribbon.  This pattern is available for purchase here.

Beaded and Unbeaded Bookmark

In 2011, the pattern created with NBCAM in mind is our newest pattern yet, and a free pattern at that, the Chevron Chemocap.  It was designed with a trendy color combination consisting of three colors of eyelash yarn and one of fingering weight.   It also makes a great stash-buster as indicated by the yarn requirements in the pattern which follows the photos below.

Chevron Chemocap or Cloche (Click on link for PDF copy of pattern)

DIFFICULTY

Intermediate

YARN

Knitpick’s Palette Yarn in Cosmopolitan (about 80 yd) or any fingering weight yarn in fuschia; Lion Brand’s Fun Fur in Magenta as Color A (about 30 yd), in Soft Pink as Color B (about 20 yd), in Red as Color C (about 20 yd).

GAUGE

11 sts and 16 rows = 4” (10 cm) on US 13 or any size to obtain gauge.

NEEDLES 

US 13 (9 mm).

NOTIONS 

Stitch markers, row counter (optional), tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE 

18 in (46 cm) and stretches to 22 in (56 cm) in circumference.

PATTERN NOTES:

One strand of fingerweight yarn and one strand of fun fur are held together throughout work.  This project can also be used as a stash-buster.

Preparation Rounds:
Rd 1: K.
Rd 2: K.
Rd 3: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k4, kfb; rep fr * to end. End of preparation.

Chevron Pattern: (multiple of 13 sts)
Rd 1: K.
Rd 2: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k4, kfb; rep fr * to end.
Rds 3 to 4: Rep rds 1 to 2.
Rep rds 1 to 4 for pattern.

HAT PATTERN:

Step 1: Read “Pattern Notes” first.
Step 2: With A, co 52 sts.  Mark beg of rd.  Join end being careful not to twist sts.
Step 3: Work on preparation rds.
Step 4: K 2 rds.
Step 5: Still with A, start working rds 1 to 2 of Chevron Pattern.
Step 6: Then with B, work rds 1 to 4.

Step 7: With C, work rds 1 to 4.
Step 8: Then with A, work rds 1 to 4.
Steps 9 to 10: Rep steps 6 to 7.
Step 11: With A, work on rd 1.

Still with A, start dec:
Rd 1: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k3, k2tog, pm; rep fr * to end.
Rd 2: *K9, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 3: *Kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
With B, continue with dec:
Rd 4: *K6, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 5: *K5, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 6: *K4, k2tog; rep fr * to end.
Rd 7: *K3, k2tog; rep fr * to end. (16 sts rem)
Break yarns.  Pull tails through loops tightly.  Weave in ends on WS.

ABBREVIATIONS:

st(s): stitch(es)
kfb: k1 front and back of st
sl1k2psso: slip 1 st onto R needle, k 2 sts together then pass slipped st over
rd(s): round(s)
co: cast on
rep: repeat/repeating
dec: decrease/decreasing
pm: place marker
k2tog: k 2 sts together
rem: remain/remaining

©2011 Mylyne De Jesus/Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  All rights reserved.

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EKS Day Scarf and a Free Pattern

September 24 is EKS Day in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and her lifetime commitment to people with intellectual disabilities.  We, at Little Sweet Knittings Designs, join the more than 170 countries worldwide in their support of this day with a new free knit scarf pattern using the 2012 Scarves for Special Olympics Red Heart colors.

A Modified Chevron Stitch Pattern, with its series of increases and decreases shown below, creates the peaks and valleys which cover the entire scarf.


The photo above shows the reverse side of the scarf and reveals a zigzag purl pattern.  Although the pattern requires more than the basic knit stitches, I personally think that it is still a quick knit.  Blocking helps to eliminate curling of scarf.  Pattern follows below:

EKS Day Scarf (Click on link for PDF copy of pattern)

DIFFICULTY 

Intermediate

YARN 

Red Heart Super Saver Worsted, Color A in Soft Navy, about 130 yd (119 m) and Color B in Cherry Red, about 130 yd(119 m).

GAUGE

17 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) on US 8.

NEEDLES 

US 8 (5 mm).

NOTIONS 

Row counter (optional), tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE 

6.5 inches x 60 inches (16.5 cm x 152 cm).

PATTERN NOTES:
Be sure to twist yarns when changing colors.  Allow the yarns to travel up the side of the scarf as you change back and forth between the two yarns.
Modified Chevron Stitch:
Row 1 (RS): K2, kfb, k4, sl1k2psso, k3, kfb, kfb, k3, sl1k2psso, k4, kfb, k2.
Row 2: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Rep rows 1-2 throughout scarf length according to the color sequence below.
Color Sequence:
4 rows B
2 rows A
2 rows B
4 rows A
2 rows B
2 rows A

SCARF PATTERN:
CO 28 sts in A and work preparation rows as follows: k row, then p row.  Start Modified Chevron Stitch according to the Color Sequence, rep 17 times or until close to 60 in (152 cm) in length, ending at 2 rows in A.  BO loosely. Break yarns and weave in tails at WS.

ABBREVIATIONS:
st(s): stitch(es)
kfb: k1 front and back of st
sl1k2psso: slip 1 st onto R needle, k 2 sts together then pass slipped st over
co: cast on
rep: repeat/repeating
bo: bind off

©2011 Mylyne De Jesus/Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  All rights reserved.

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Hunter Hat and a Free* Pattern Offer

When you find yourself constantly in search of something while relying on your environment to sustain you even if that environment consists of fortified protein shakes, iPad, and a GPS, let Hunter define your mood.  Hunter features an adjustable brim which suggests that although you make use of what’s around you, you are still the master of your destiny.

Difficulty:

Intermediate to Advanced

Yarn Suggestions:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick Super Bulky Yarn, Classic Elite “Forbidden,” Cascade “Lana Grande,” Rowan “Big Wool” or any super bulky yarn.

Yardage:

74 yd (68 m)

Needles:

US 13 (9mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US 13 (9 mm) dpns; Or any size to obtain gauge.

Notions:

Stitch markers; a set of 2” (5 cm) D-rings by Dritz; row counter (optional); tapestry needle.

Size:

Approximately 20” (51 cm) and stretches to 24” (61 cm) in circumference.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, decreasing, flat knitting, knitting in the round, knitting with dpns, a little sewing.

I am offering the Hunter Hat pattern FREE*, for a limited time, *with the purchase of two or more patterns from our shop.  Free* pattern offer expires 03/11/11.

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Special Olympics Scarf and a Free Pattern

Barely 16 in., but it seems like a good idea then to post the pattern for the Shriver Scarf, my contribution to this year’s collection of Special Olympics pattern.  Named after Eunice Kennedy Shriver, who helped nationalize the Special Olympics, Shriver knitted in Red Heart Turqua and Blue, features garter stitch flanking either sides of two-toned, left-leaning cables.  This pattern can be easily transformed by using other plain colored yarns or even knitted in just a single color.

The photos below show the wrong side of the scarf where the yarn are woven in while being worked so that the strands do not “float.”  Pattern follows next.

Shriver Scarf (Click on link for PDF copy of pattern)

DIFFICULTY

Intermediate to Advance

YARN

YARN  Red Heart Super Saver Worsted, Color A in Blue, about 136 yd. (124 m) and Color B in Turqua, about 136 yd. (124 m).

GAUGE

17 sts and 23 rows = 4” (10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch on US 8.

NEEDLES

US 8 (5 mm).

NOTIONS

Row counter, cable needle, tapestry needle.

FINISHED SIZE

6 inches x 58 inches (15 cm x 147 cm).

PATTERN NOTES:

“Knit 2 rows” means: K14 in B, K14 in A; then K14 in A, k14 in B in the next row.  Be sure to twist yarns when changing colors.  When working on rows 9 to 19, weave in yarns on the WS as you knit, so no strands or floats appear.

PATTERN:

CO 14 sts of A and 14 sts of B.  K 2 rows then beg pattern:

Row 1 (RS): K14 in B, k14 in A.

Row 2: K10 in A, p4 in A, p4 in B, k10 in B.

Rows 3 to 8: Rep rows 1 and 2 alternately.

Row 9: K10 in B, 8-st LC-b, K10 in A.

Row 10: K10 in A, p4 in B, p4 in A, K10 in B.

Row 11: K10 in B, k4 in A, k4 in B, k10 in A.

Row 12: Rep row 10.

Rows 13 to 18: Rep rows 11 to 12 alternately.

Row 19: K10 in B, 8-st LC-a, k10 in A.

Row 20. Rep row 2.

Rep rows 3 to 20 until 58″ in length, ending in row 18.  Knit 2 rows.  BO, break yarn and weave ends in.

ABBREVIATIONS:

st(s): stitch(es)

beg: begin

rep: repeat

8-st LC-a: hold 4 st in A on cn in front of work, k4 in B fr L-hand needle, then k sts on cn.

8-st LC-b: hold 4 st in B on cn in front of work, k4 in A fr L-hand needle, then k sts on cn.

cn: cable needle

©2011 Mylyne De Jesus/Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  All rights reserved.

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Leslie Hat Pattern and a Free* Pattern Offer

If you’re stylish and chic and want to let everyone know about it, the Leslie Hat’s for you.  It’s the latest of the super bulky, seamless hat from Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  Just as the button was originally used for embellishing a garment, Leslie has a lone accent button to please the eyes.  The hat itself is worked in two methods: knit flat to create a flap and finished in the round.  It’s overall pattern remains simple in such a way that it complements the button accent.  Instructions are written and with  charted stitch pattern.

Difficulty:

Beginner to Advanced

Yarn Suggestions:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick Super Bulky Yarn, Classic Elite “Forbidden,” Cascade “Lana Grande,” Rowan “Big Wool” or any super bulky yarn.

Yardage:

80 yd (73 m)

Needles:

US 11 (8 mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US 13 (9mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US 13 (9 mm) dpns; Or any size to obtain gauge.

Size:

Approximately 20” (51 cm) and stretches to 23” (58 cm) in circumference.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, knitting through back loop, increasing (make 1), decreasing (knit 2 stitches together), knitting in the round, knitting with dpns and flat knittiing, a little sewing.

To purchase Leslie Hat pattern in PDF click here or go to the Shop page.

And for our readers a special offer, any hat pattern for free– *with the purchase of $7 or more from our shop.  This offer will expire on January 7, 2011, so you might want to take advantage of this limited time offer.

©2010 Mylyne De Jesus/Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  All rights reserved.

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Paris Beret and a Free* Pattern Offer

Named after the capital city where it is now commonly associated, the Paris Beret is a style of headgear worn by aristocrats (see painting below) and artists across Europe. Paris can be worn in many different ways or pushed to one side as it’s customarily done and is used by men and women today and throughout modern history. Beginning as well as advanced knitters can knit this hat in the round mindlessly for one’s self or a trendy gift for someone you love.  Starting today, I am offering the Paris Beret  pattern FREE*, for a limited time, *with the purchase of two or more patterns from our shop.  Free* pattern offer expires 12/10/10.

Henry VIII wearing a beret-style cap (1509)

Yarn Suggestions:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick Super Bulky Yarn, Classic Elite “Forbidden,” Cascade “Lana Grande,” Rowan “Big Wool” or any super bulky yarn.

Yardage:

74 yd (68 m)

Needles:

US11 (8 mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US13 (9mm)- 16-inch (40 cm) Circular Needle; US13 (9 mm) dpns;

Size:

Approximately 19” (48 cm) and stretches to 23” (58 cm) in circumference.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, increasing (make 1), decreasing (knit 2 stitches together), knitting in the round, knitting with dpns.

To purchase Paris Beret pattern only in PDF click here or go to the Shop page.

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Nevada Hat and a Free* Pattern Offer

Named after the largest gold-producing state, the Nevada hat depicts how time is gold.   Worked in stockinette stitch throughout makes this slouchy hat a breeze to knit.  To make your time even more worthwhile, I am offering the Nevada hat pattern FREE*, for a limited time, *with the purchase of two or more patterns from our shop.  Don’t wait too long as I will be offering another free pattern next week which means Nevada will be available at its regular price.   This offer is expired effective 12/04/10.

Yarn Suggestions:

Lion Brand Thick and Quick Super Bulky Yarn, Classic Elite “Forbidden,” Cascade “Lana Grande,” Rowan “Big Wool” or any super bulky yarn.

Yardage:

69 yd (63 m)

Size:

Approximately 19” (48 cm) and stretches to 23” (58 cm) in circumference.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, increasing (make 1) and decreasing (knit 2 stitches together)

To purchase Nevada Hat pattern only in PDF click here or go to the Shop page.

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Cool Weather Knitting: Watch Cap (free pattern)

September marks the end of warmer days and the beginning of chilly nights.  As we bring our heavy clothing out from storage , we similarly put aside our lace-weights, place thicker yarns on our needles and frantically work on clothing and accessories to keep us and our loved ones warm and cozy.  The first of these items which is something that gets a lot of use until about early and maybe late spring is a watch cap.  There are a lot of versions online– and I have a couple that use a super bulky weight yarn which takes no time  to knit at all.  One watch cap has a folded brim and the other version doesn’t.  Best of all, both versions are free!  I’ve posted the pattern below both in text and PDF format.

THICK AND QUICK WATCH CAP IN TWO WAYS (Click link for PDF format)

©2010 Mylyne De Jesus/Little Sweet Knittings Designs.  All rights reserved.

MATERIALS:

1 skein Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick (Super Bulky Weight) yarn

2 sets US 13 (9 mm) circular needles, 16 inches

1 US 11 circular needles, 16 inches

Stitch Marker

Tape Measure

Row Counter (optional)

Crochet Hook (any size) for weaving ends in

GAUGE:

9 sts x 12 r = 4” x 4” (10 cm x 10 cm) in Stockinette Stitch on US 13.

PATTERN:

With #11 needles, CO 45 sts.  Join ends being careful not to twist stitches.  Place marker at the beg of rounds.

Work k2p1 rib for 2 inches.  For folded brim, continue k2p1 rib until 4 ½ inches.

Change to #13 needles and work stockinette (K all rounds) st until 5 ½-6 inches from beg.

Then work dec. as follows, using the second circular needle as necessary:

Round 1: *K7, k2tog; rep fr * to end.

Round 2: *K6, k2tog; rep fr * to end.

Round 3: *K5, k2tog; rep fr * to end.

Round 4: *K4, k2tog; rep fr * to end.

Round 5: *K3, k2tog; rep fr * to end.

Round 6: *K2, k2tog; rep fr * to end.

Round 7: *K, k2tog; rep fr * to end.

Round 8: K2tog to end. (5 sts remaining)

Leaving a 5-inch tail, break yarn.  With crochet hook, pull tail through the loops.  Pull tightly.

Weave all ends in on the wrong side.

This pattern and the entire contents therein are subject to copyright.  Using this pattern other than for personal, non-profit purpose is strictly forbidden by law.  It is not to be used in any publication nor reproduced in any format without the written permission of the copyright holder.  For pattern support or for any questions, please contact LittleSweetKnittings@gmail.com.

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