Sunday, 18 September 2016

Drop Stitch Scarf for Beginners

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 A few months ago, the friendly folk at Lincraft asked if we'd like to come up with a project or two with their new season yarn, and to cut a long story short, we didn't say no!










                 


You can find our pattern Drop Stitch Scarf for Beginners over on the Lincraft blog.  It's a very easy pattern that produces a fabulous result.  Even if you're not a beginner knitter, this quick and simple project is something simple to do in between more complex knits.

Happy knitting

Deb and Louise
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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Classic Fingerless Mitts for the Discerning Lute Player

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Warming up
My son is a classical music student who lives in a cold house.   His early morning, before-work practise in the middle of winter can be a bit chilly.  Trying to keep his hands warm is proving to be a bit difficult and when he was over here on a visit recently, asked if I could knit some mitts that, if the need arose, he could take with him to performances.  This can only mean one thing - they have to be black.  No colours at all, just black! Plain ol' black.

I have been knitting a lot of fingerless mitts lately.  We all took a pair with us to the snow (did I say snow?  I meant rained out slush and ice and gravel) and whilst we didn't get to do any skiing or tobogganing, we did stay warm.

They are a very quick knit (even if the teeny tiny black stitches are a bit hard to see - I recommend sitting under a lamp).

Materials

50g Black sock yarn.
2.75mm DPN's (5)
Stitch marker
Wool needle
small piece of waste yarn.

Abbreviations

M1 - Make 1.  Using the RHS (Right hand side) needle, lift the 'bar' between the stitches and place on the LHS needle. Then knit into the back of the 'stitch' you have just created.  This makes a stitch.  Ensure that you knit into the back of the stitch.  This will twist the stitch.  If the stitch is not twisted, a small hole will be created.  
PM - place marker.  

Pattern

Cast on 80 stitches and divide evenly over 4 DPN's.

Establish a K2, P2 rib and continue for 11cm (or the desired length).

Left Hand Mitt

Row 1.      K14, (P2, K2)5 times, P2, K to end - ensure that your K2,P2 stitches in this and subsequent rows matches up with the established ribbing.
Row 2.      as Row 1.
Row 3.      M1, K1, M1, PM, K to established ribbing, (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to end.
Row 4.      K to established ribbing, (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to end.
Row 5.      M1, K3, M1, Slip marker, K to established ribbing (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to end.

Continue rows 4 and 5 until there are 19 stitches before the stitch marker.

Using the wool/tapestry needle, thread the waste yarn through the 19 stitches and secure by tying a knot.  Slip the stitches from the needle.  You will not be using these stitches until the end.

Next row.     K to established ribbing (ensure your first stitch is tight.  This is to ensure that there are no gaps when the thumb meets the mitt). (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to end.

Repeat this row for a further 6 cm.

Next row:     K to established ribbing, (P2, K2) to end.

Next row:     K2, P2 to end.

Continue ribbing for a further 4 cm.  Cast off.

Thumb 

Using 3 DPN's, pick up 8 stitches on the first needle, 8 stitches on the second needle and 3 on the last needle.  Using the 3rd needle, pick up an extra 3 stitches where the inside of the thumb meets the mitt.  Ensure that these stitches are tight so that no gaps form at this point.

Knit 4 rows.
Establish a K1, P1 rib for a further 4 rows and loosely cast off.

Weave in any loose ends.

Right Hand Mitt

Cast on 80 stitches and divide evenly over 4 DPN's.

Establish a K2, P2 rib and continue for 11cm (or the desired length).

Row 1.      K44, (P2, K2)5 times, P2, K to end - ensure that your K2,P2 stitches in this and subsequent rows matches up with the established ribbing.
Row 2.      as Row 1.
Row 3.      K to established ribbing, (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to last stitch, PM, M1, K1, M1
Row 4.      K to established ribbing, (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to end.
Row 5.      M1, K3, M1, Slip marker, K to established ribbing (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to marker, slip marker, M1, K3, M1

Continue rows 4 and 5 until there are 19 stitches before the stitch marker.

Using the wool/tapestry needle, thread the waste yarn through the 19 stitches and secure by tying a knot.  Slip the stitches from the needle.  You will not be using these stitches until the end.

Next row.     K to established ribbing (ensure your first stitch is tight.  This is to ensure that there are no gaps when the thumb meets the mitt). (P2, K2) 5 times, P2, K to end.

Repeat this row for a further 6 cm.

Next row:     K to established ribbing, (P2, K2) to end.

Next row:     K2, P2 to end.
Continue ribbing for a further 4 cm.  Cast off.

Thumb 

Using 3 DPN's, pick up 8 stitches on the first needle, 8 stitches on the second needle and 3 on the last needle.  Using the 3rd needle, pick up an extra 3 stitches where the inside of the thumb meets the mitt.  Ensure that these stitches are tight so that no gaps form at this point.

Knit 4 rows.
Establish a K1, P1 rib for a further 4 rows and loosely cast off.

Weave in any loose ends.

So there you have it .. a practical gift to make for any musician where warm hands are a must.

Happy knitting,
Louise

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