Updated patterns!

I'm in the process of updating my old patterns, particularly the bibs, to include charts. I'm rewriting some of the directions to make the patterns even easier and including alternative methods for beginning the bibs and for making the ties. Look for these patterns in the sidebar to see which ones have been added. It's a slow process, but eventually, they'll all be there!



Friday, December 12, 2008

Snowbaby Again....

First of all, thank you, thank you for all the wonderful emails and comments about the latest bib and cloth! I'm just so overwhelmed with the terrific response! That said, I understand that some of you have had problems with the pdf. It seems to work fine for some, but not for others. I'm not sure what's happening, but in any event, I'm posting the line by line instructions and you can just cut and paste.

Snowbaby Bib

Copyright 2008 by Elaine Fitzpatrick. Permission is granted to make and sell items from this pattern provided that credit is given to me as the designer. Permission is not granted to reproduce the actual pattern, or post it, or distribute it, without my express permission. I worked hard to produce this pattern for you, so please respect my copyright and play nice!

Size: approximately 8.75" from neck edge to bottom and 8" wide

Materials: One skein of worsted weight cotton if you are using the bib for meals. If, on the other hand, you want to use it as a “drool” bib, I recommend using a superwash wool. The cotton has a tendancy to absorb the moisture, whereas the superwash wool will wick the moisture and keep baby nice and dry!

Needles: Size 6
Gauge: 4.5 sts. per inch, not critical

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
sts. = stitches
dec. = decrease
dpn. = double pointed needle
B5 = seed stitch border

Pattern Notes: The edges of the bib are worked in seed stitch over the first and last five stitches (p1, k1, p1, k1, p1) and are referred to as “B5”. You might find it helpful to insert a marker after the first five stitches and before the last five stitches.

When you reach the I-cords on the bib, it is helpful, but not necessary, to drop down a needle size to make the cords slightly smaller.

Pattern: Cast on 13 sts.

Row 1: k1, p1, across row.
Row 2: Cast on 3 sts., p1, k1 across row (16 sts.)
Row 3: Cast on 3 sts., p1, k1 across row. (19 sts.)
Row 4: Cast on 3 sts., k1, p1 across row. (22 sts.)
Row 5: Cast on 3 sts., k1, p1 across row. (25 sts.)
Row 6: Cast on 3 sts., p1, k1 across row. (28 sts.)
Row 7: Cast on 3 sts., p1, k1 across row. (31 sts.)
Row 8: Cast on 2 sts., p1, k1 across row (33 sts.)
Row 9: Cast on 2 sts., p1, k1 across row (35 sts.)
Row 10: Cast on 2 sts., p1, k1 across row (37 sts.)
Row 11: Cast on 2 sts., p1, k1 across row (39 sts.)
Row 12: p1, k1 for 10 sts.; p19; k1, p1 for 10 sts.
Row 13: p1, k1 for 8 sts.; p2, k13; (p1, k1) 2 times; p1, k2; p1, k1 for 9 sts.
Row 14: p1, k1 for 8 sts.; p3; (k1, p1) 2 times; k1; p13; k1, p1 for 10 sts.
Row 15: p1, k1 for 7 sts.; k2; p1; k9; p1; k3; p5; k4; p1, k1 for 7 sts.
Row 16: p1, k1, for 6 sts.; p5; k1; p3; k1; p13; k1; p3; k1, p1 for 6 sts.
Row 17: p1, k1 for 5 sts.; k4; p1; k14; p4; k6; p1, k1 for 5 sts.
Row 18: p1, k1 for 4; p2; k1; p2; k1; p1; k1; p2; k1; p14; k1; p5; k1, p1 for 4 sts.

(Note: From this point on, the first and last five stitches are the seed stitch border. (B5) It might be helpful to place a marker for these stitches.)

Row 19: B5; k5; p1; k8; p1; k4; p4; (k1, p1) 2 times; k2; B5.
Row 20: B5; p3; k2; p2; k1; p2; k1; p12; k1; p5; B5.
Row 21: B5; k5; p1; k12; p4; k2; p4; k1; B5.
Row 22: B5; p5; k1; p1; k1; p2; k1; p11; k1; p6; B5.
Row 23: B5; k6; p1; k7; p1; k3; p5; k6; B5.
Row 24: B5; p8; k1; p2; k1; p9; k1; p7; B5.
Row 25: B5; k6; p1; k1; p1; k8; p4; k8; B5.
Row 26: B5; p8; k1; p2; k1; p7; k1; p3; k1; p5; B5.
Row 27: B5; k5; p1; k3; p12; k5; p1; k2; B5.
Row 28: B5; p8; k2; (p1, k1) 5 times; p3; k1; p5; B5.
Row 29: B5; k4; p1; k4; (p1, k1) 6 times; p3; k5; B5.
Row 30: B5; p4; k2; (p1, k1) 7 times; p4; k1; p4; B5.
Row 31: B5; k2; p3; k4; p14; k2; p1; k3; B5.
Row 32: B5; p2; k5; p2; k1; p9; (k1, p4) 2 times; B5.
Row 33: B5; k3; p2; k3; p1; k4; p3; k4; p1; k2; p1; k3; p1; k1; B5.
Row 34: B5; p1; k5; p1; k1; p4; k1; p3; k1; p4; k1; p2; k1; p1; k1; p2; B5.
Row 35: B5; k1; p1; (k2, p1) 2 times; k3; p1; k5; p1; k3; p1; k1; p1; k3; p1; k1; B5.
Row 36: B5; p1; k5; p1; k1; p2; k1; p7; (k1, p2) 2 times; k1; p4; B5.
Row 37: B5; k7; p1; k13; p1; k1; p1; k3; p1; k1; B5.
Row 38: B5; p1; k5; p1; (k1, p6) 2 times; k1; p7; B5.
Row 39: B5; k7; p1; k13; (p1, k1) 4 times; B5.
Row 40: B5; (p1, k1) 4 times; p13; k1; p7; B5.
Row 41: B5; k4; p1; k2; p1; k4; p1; k3; p1; k4; p1; k7; B5.
Row 42: B5; p7; k1; p13; k1; p7; B5.
Row 43: B5; k7; p1; k13; p1; k7; B5.
Row 44: B5; p2, k1; p5; k1; p11; k1; p8; B5.
Row 45: B5; k1; p1; k6; p1; k11; p1; k8; B5.
Row 46: B5; p9; k1; p9; k1; p9; B5.
Row 47: B5; k10; p1; k7; p1; k10; B5.
Row 48: B5; p11; k7; p11; B5.
Row 49: B5; k6; p1; k17; p1; k4; B5.
Row 50: B5; p29; B5.
Row 51: B5; k20; p1; k8; B5.
Row 52: B5; p29; B5.
Row 53: B5; k12; p1; k13; p1; k2; B5
Row 54: B5; p25; k1; p3; B5.
Row 55: B5; k16; p1; k12; B5.
Row 56: B5; p29; B5.
Row 57: B5; k29; B5.
Row 58: B5; p8; (k1, p1) for 13; p8; B5.
Row 59: B5; k7; p1, k1 for 15 sts.; k7; B5.
Row 60: p1, k1 for 6 sts.; p5; k1, p1 for 17 sts.; p5; k1, p1 for 6 sts.
Row 61: p1, k1; for 7 sts; k3; p1, k1 for 19 sts.; k3; p1, k1 for 7 sts.
Row 62 – Row 64: p1, k1 across row

Shoulder shaping:

Row 65: p1, k1 for 13 sts.; bind off the next 13 sts. knitwise; work remaining 12 sts. in seed stitch as established. You should have 13 sts. on each side. Place first 13 stitches on a holder and work on remaining 13 sts. as follows:

Work one row even in established seed stitch.
(Right side) Dec. 1 st. at neck edge every other row 2 times. (11 sts.)
Work one row even in established seed stitch.
Dec. 1 st. at shoulder edge every other row until 5 sts. remain.
Work one row even in established seed stitch.
(Right side) Dec. 1 st. at neck edge and 1 st. at shoulder edge. 3 sts.
Work one row even in established seed stitch.
Slip these 3 sts. to a dpn and work an I-cord for approximately 12 inches. Fasten off and run end down through middle of I-cord.
Join yarn to neck edge and work remaining side to correspond to other side.
Weave in ends.

Snowbaby Cloth

Copyright 2008 by Elaine Fitzpatrick. Permission is granted to make and sell items from this pattern provided that credit is given to me as the designer. Permission is not granted to reproduce the actual pattern, or post it, or distribute it, without my express permission. I worked hard to produce this pattern for you, so please respect my copyright and play nice!

Size: approximately 8.50" X 8"

Materials: One skein of worsted weight cotton.

Needles: U.S. Size 6 (4 mm)

Gauge: 4.5 sts. per inch, not critical

Abbreviations:
k = knit
p = purl
sts. = stitches
dec. = decrease

Pattern Note: The edges of the washcloth are worked in seed stitch over the first and last five stitches (p1, k1, p1, k1, p1) and are referred to as “B5”. You might find it helpful to insert a marker after the first five stitches and before the last five stitches.

Pattern: Cast on 39 sts.

Row 1 – Row 5: p1, k1 across row.
Row 6: p1, k1 for 10 sts.; p19; k1, p1 for 10 sts.
Row 7: p1, k1 for 8 sts.; p2, k13; (p1, k1) 2 times; p1, k2; p1, k1 for 9 sts.
Row 8: p1, k1 for 8 sts.; p3; (k1, p1) 2 times; k1; p13; k1, p1 for 10 sts.
Row 9: p1, k1 for 7 sts.; k2; p1; k9; p1; k3; p5; k4; p1, k1 for 7 sts.
Row 10: p1, k1, for 6 sts.; p5; k1; p3; k1; p13; k1; p3; k1, p1 for 6 sts.
Row 11: p1, k1 for 5 sts.; k4; p1; k14; p4; k6; p1, k1 for 5 sts.
Row 12: p1, k1 for 4; p2; k1; p2; k1; p1; k1; p2; k1; p14; k1; p5; k1, p1 for 4 sts.

(Note: From this point on, the first and last five stitches are the seed stitch border. (B5) It might be helpful to place a marker for these stitches.)

Row 13: B5; k5; p1; k8; p1; k4; p4; (k1, p1) 2 times; k2; B5.
Row 14: B5; p3; k2; p2; k1; p2; k1; p12; k1; p5; B5.
Row 15: B5; k5; p1; k12; p4; k2; p4; k1; B5.
Row 16: B5; p5; k1; p1; k1; p2; k1; p11; k1; p6; B5.
Row 17: B5; k6; p1; k7; p1; k3; p5; k6; B5.
Row 18: B5; p8; k1; p2; k1; p9; k1; p7; B5.
Row 19: B5; k6; p1; k1; p1; k8; p4; k8; B5.
Row 20: B5; p8; k1; p2; k1; p7; k1; p3; k1; p5; B5.
Row 21: B5; k5; p1; k3; p12; k5; p1; k2; B5.
Row 22: B5; p8; k2; (p1, k1) 5 times; p3; k1; p5; B5.
Row 23: B5; k4; p1; k4; (p1, k1) 6 times; p3; k5; B5.
Row 24: B5; p4; k2; (p1, k1) 7 times; p4; k1; p4; B5.
Row 25: B5; k2; p3; k4; p14; k2; p1; k3; B5.
Row 26: B5; p2; k5; p2; k1; p9; (k1, p4) 2 times; B5.
Row 27: B5; k3; p2; k3; p1; k4; p3; k4; p1; k2; p1; k3; p1; k1; B5.
Row 28: B5; p1; k5; p1; k1; p4; k1; p3; k1; p4; k1; p2; k1; p1; k1; p2; B5.
Row 29: B5; k1; p1; (k2, p1) 2 times; k3; p1; k5; p1; k3; p1; k1; p1; k3; p1; k1; B5.
Row 30: B5; p1; k5; p1; k1; p2; k1; p7; (k1, p2) 2 times; k1; p4; B5.
Row 31: B5; k7; p1; k13; p1; k1; p1; k3; p1; k1; B5.
Row 32: B5; p1; k5; p1; (k1, p6) 2 times; k1; p7; B5.
Row 33: B5; k7; p1; k13; (p1, k1) 4 times; B5.
Row 34: B5; (p1, k1) 4 times; p13; k1; p7; B5.
Row 35: B5; k4; p1; k2; p1; k4; p1; k3; p1; k4; p1; k7; B5.
Row 36: B5; p7; k1; p13; k1; p7; B5.
Row 37: B5; k7; p1; k13; p1; k7; B5.
Row 38: B5; p2, k1; p5; k1; p11; k1; p8; B5.
Row 39: B5; k1; p1; k6; p1; k11; p1; k8; B5.
Row 40: B5; p9; k1; p9; k1; p9; B5.
Row 41: B5; k10; p1; k7; p1; k10; B5.
Row 42: B5; p11; k7; p11; B5.
Row 43: B5; k6; p1; k17; p1; k4; B5.
Row 44: B5; p29; B5.
Row 45: B5; k20; p1; k8; B5.
Row 46: B5; p29; B5.
Row 47: B5; (k12, p1) 2 times; k3; B5
Row 48: p1, k1 for 6 sts.; p24; k1; p2; k1, p1 for 6 sts.
Row 49: p1, k1 for 7 sts; k5; p1; k14; p1, k4; p1, k1 for 7 sts.
Row 50: p1, k1 for 8 sts; p9, k1; p13; k1, p1 for 8 sts.
Row 51: p1, k1 for 9 sts.; k21; p1, k1 for 9 sts.
Row 52 – Row 56: p1, k1 across row.
Bind off in k1, p1.
Weave in ends.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Let It Snow, Baby!

Since I started my blog and joined Ravelry, I have made so many nice friends all over the world. It's so much fun to get to chat with other knitters and see what they're working on. I love seeing other people's projects. Anyway, one of my "new" friends just happens to be almost in my backyard (well, in my State anyway)! Nicole has sent me several nice notes and one of them just happened to mention how much she would like a snowman. Well, I was actually thinking about doing it, but I let her think it was all her idea! In any event, here is my gift this season to all my friends. It's really fun to knit and for some reason, this guy just makes me smile. I hope you'll like him too.


And for those of you who aren't into making bibs, I also did a version in a dishcloth. This would be really nice as a washcloth, if it was done in a soft cotton. I used Peaches & Creme for both my samples, light blue for the bib and mauve for the dishcloth.



You can grab the pdf in the sidebar. I usually also post the line by line instructions, but I don't know that anyone actually prefers that method, so since time is short (for everyone) I just did the pdf files.



I hope everyone has a safe, fun filled holiday!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Test Knits for Alli

Alli has her new designs up on her website and they are all really nice (in my totally unbiased opinion). Of course, I got to test knit four of them! This is great as it adds to my own collection, and some of them might find their way into someone's stocking! (I said "might" Emily!) This one is "Flakes'n Snowmen". It has a "short" border so you can start working on the design pretty quickly. Don't we all like to get to the "good" part?!

Following in the same theme, is "Flakes'n Penguins". I'm a sucker for anything with a penguin so this is one cloth that won't be leaving my kitchen!

I love the color of this yarn for the "Trees'n Snowmen". It's from Peaches & Creme and is called "celery". Every time I buy this color, I always seem to use it up right away. I think that the next time I place an order, I'll forget about buying balls and move up to the cones instead!

I saved my favorite cloth to last. "Happy Penguin" was really a fun knit. I love the way the border and background are all incorporated into one. It gives the cloth a little heft too.

Alli has about ten new designs in all. One has poinsettias and candles which is also really nice and there are a bunch with trees too. If you're looking for some really cute gifts, this is the place you should go. This post really sounds like a commercial, doesn't it? You'd almost think I was getting paid to promote it. Actually, I do get payment in the form of friendship! Still, cute is cute and I think Alli's work stands for itself!