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Showing Your True Colors

Last year, it was Turqua and Blue.

This year it’s Cherry Red and Soft Navy.

Who knows what its colors will be next year.  Who or what is it?  The above images will give you a hint.

It’s the Special Olympics USA Scarf Project Program!  It has been a month since the Special Olympics State Winter games started and months before that, knitters and crocheters nationwide have been on a rush to send in their “works of heart” to the 39 participating programs.  To date, less than 10 states have met their goals.  Scarves have been reported as being transported from one state to which ever one is in immediate need of meeting their scarf quota.  One thing’s for sure– while there is a shortage of scarves for most of the states, there is no shortage of scarf patterns.  You can find them at the Scarves for Special Olympics website.  I have also provided free knit patterns which I have designed especially for this purpose.  Clicking on the photos above will each lead you to a different scarf pattern.  Just be sure to use Red Heart yarns in the 2012 colors which are Red Cherry and Soft Navy.  Get those scarves in before the deadlines! 🙂

If you want a different way to show support for the 2012 Special Olympics or have worked hard to send in your

“work of hearts” for this year’s Special Olympics Scarf Project and wish to reward yourself, the versatile and stylish Lombard Hat like the one shown in the photos above,  is the pattern you will be needing.  To keep with the theme, I’ve substituted Color A for Michael’s Cozy Wool in Red and Color B for Thick and Quick in Cobalt Blue– both of which are super bulky yarns.

These are only two projects you can adapt for this year’s Special Olympics, but whatever you decide to work on, you’ll never regret showing your true colors.

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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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Lombard Hat Pattern Released

Named after the “crookedest” street in San Francisco, the Lombard Hat is accented by zigzag designs which are sought after by trendies from the fashion capitals of the world.  The pattern is worked on rows of two different colors separately although it can be adapted to include a much as five colors from your stash of super bulky weight yarns.  This hat is easily completed by intermediate knitters in a few hours to give as a present or kept as a stylish accessory.

Difficulty:

Intermediate

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:

Color A, 51 yd (47 m)

Color B, 20 yd (19 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, row counter (optional), tapestry needle or crochet hook.

Size:

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

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, slipped sts, decreasing, knitting in the round, knitting with dpns.

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

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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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Introducing Florian Pattern and How it Can Help Relief Efforts

Worked from the bottom up in a simple romantic, lace pattern, Florian is reminiscent of a hat that Shakespeare’s Juliet would wear as she walked the roads of Verona.  Just as her ardent love adorns her very being, Florian is accented by a red, knitted flower which is hand-sewn on the hat.  You can also wear the hat plainly, if so desired.  Florian is well suited for the enchanting, chilly spring nights when you step out to meet up with your very own “Romeo.”

Difficulty:

Intermediate to Advanced

Yarn Suggestions:

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

Yardage:

Main Color: 59 yd (54 m)

Flower: 4 yd (3.5 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; row counter (optional); tapestry needle.

Size:

Approximately 21” (53 cm) and stretches to 24” (61 cm) in circumference.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

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

In the wake of one of the strongest earthquakes in history, 50% of the proceeds from the sale of Florian will go to charities aiding in the disaster relief efforts in Japan.  To purchase Florian Hat pattern in PDF click here or go to the Shop page.

Donations toward the disaster relief efforts in Japan have ended.  Florian pattern price has been adjusted.

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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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Montana Hat and a Special Limited Time Offer

When the land lubber in you longs to escape to the mountains where a log cabin hideout awaits, let this two-toned Montana Hat take you there with reckless abandonment.  Ribbing throughout the dark lower half forms repeating congruent angles at the lighter part of the hat suggesting snow-capped peaks where the air is fresh and crisp.

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:

Color A= 31 yd (28 m)

Color B= 22 yd (20 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, row counter (optional), tapestry needle or crochet hook.

Size:

Approximately 21” (53 cm) and stretches to 23” (58 cm) in circumference.  8″ (20 cm) deep.

Skills and Techniques Needed:

Knit, purl, knitting through back loop, decreasing, knitting in the round, knitting with dpns.

For a limited time, the Montana Hat pattern is available at a special offer price of $3.00– thats $1.00 off the original price.  This offer expires on March 4, 2011.  To purchase Montana Hat pattern in PDF click here or go to the Shop page.

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