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Monday
Jan052015

Newsletter 1.15


In case you arent' signed up for my newsletter, here is a re-cap of what was sent on
1/1/15:
Welcome to Newsletter #1 of 2015!  If you have received my newsletters in the past,
you know that I promised an entirely new format this year - I can't wait to hear what
you think!

I'll be 
sharing my creativity twice a month, and hope to inspire yours! Cheers!


I am frequently asked how I come up with my ideas for new pattern designs.  In this edition of 
 Creativity from Kristin I'll try to give you some insights into the creative process behind the
creation of one of the garments in my next book Crochet So Lovely: Lapis Wesek Tunic. 

Inspired by the ancient Egyptian collar necklaces, this lacy tunic begins with a large, chunky
cowl neckline that magically scrunches around the neck and splays open around the shoulders.
This was the original design concept and you could stop here. It would be a lovely cowl. Or you
could continue with the large-scale openwork lace for an awesome layering piece!

The construction of this yarn is very interesting as well. It's a chunky-weight chainette, which
gives you great loft without the weight. This is a surprisingly light piece considering it's made
from bulky-weight wool!

Wear this tunic over a monochromatic long-sleeved dress and tights with boots, or a tank and
jeans with a great belt.

With additional yarn, you could easily lengthen this tunic and make it a knee length skirt without
having to adjust the measurements.

Follow the links to the right to pre-order a personalized, signed copy of Crochet So Lovely. 

 


New FREE Knit Pattern!
Check out the Coaches Knit Hat Pattern. The pattern includes instructions for
both worsted weight and bulky weight yarns. Coaches Hat FREE Knitting Pattern


There are many more free knit and crochet patterns too. Check back often as I'm
constantly updating with more free patterns. Here is a link to them all!
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Wednesday
Dec312014

New FREE Knitting Pattern: Coaches Hat

My son wanted me to give his tennis coach a knit hat for Christmas this year. I thought it was a wonderful idea and said yes. After I began designing the hat, we realized he really has seven coaches, so it was only right if I made one for each of them. So I knit seven hats with this pattern! Then Marlon wanted his own hat so I found a ball of bulky weight yarn and modified the pattern to make a two versions: a worsted weight and a bulky weight version of the same knit hat pattern. Every year, I say I'm too busy working to do a handmade Christmas, and I overcame myself and did it anyway this year. Yay!

Pictures coming soon. The gray hat is knit using bulky weight yarn and the black hats are knit using worsted weight yarn.

Enjoy the patterns. They are quite easy, and the mistake rib pattern looks like ribbing but is more substantial than a stretchy rib pattern. I designed the hat this way so we could sew the academy's logo patch on each hat. Also, the vertical striping in the pattern looks gorgeous in the decreases at the crown (a starburst design). 

Coaches Hat TWO Free Knitting Pattern by Kristin Omdahl

Worsted Weight Version:

Materials:

With Love black

US8 16” circular knitting needles

US8 double pointed needles

 

Gauge: 4 sts/5 rows = 1” in stitch pattern

 

Finished size: 18” unstretched, 10” tall

 

Instructions:

CO 72 sts, join in a ring being careful to not twist.

Round 1: knit around. -- 72 sts

Round 2: *k1, p1. Rep from * around. -- 72 sts

Rounds 3 - 36: rep rounds 1 - 2 seventeen more times.

Round 37: *ssk, k7. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 64 sts

Round 38: *k2, (p1, k1)x3, (k1, p1)x4. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 39: *ssk, k6. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 56 sts

Round 40: *(k1, p1)x3, k3, (p1, k1)x2, p1. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 41: *ssk, k5. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 48 sts

Round 42: *k2, (p1, k1)x2, (k1, p1)x3. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 43: *ssk, k4. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 40 sts

Round 44: *(k1, p1)x2, k3, p1, k1, p1. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 45: *ssk, k3. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 32 sts

Round 46: *k2, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 47: *ssk, k2. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 24 sts

Round 48: *k1, p1, k3, p1. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 49: *ssk, k1. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 16 sts

Round 50: *k3, p1. Rep from * 3 more times. 

Round 51: (ssk)x8. -- 8 sts

Cut yarn, leaving long tail. Thread through yarn needle and pull through all sts, dropping needles as you go. Cinch tightly and secure.

Weave in loose ends.

Sew patch to brim if desired.

BULKY WEIGHT VERSION:

Materials: 

1 ball of Lion Brand Hometown USA, color Gray

US8 16" circular knitting needles

US8 double pointed needles

Gauge: 2.5 sts/4 rows = 1" in pattern

Finished size: 18" circumference unstretched, 10" tall

Instructions:

CO 48 sts, join in ring being careful to not twist stitches. -- 48 sts

Round 1: knit around. -- 48 sts

Round 2: *k1, p1. Rep from * around. -- 48 sts

Rounds 3 - 30: Rep rounds 1 - 2 until hat measures 7.5" tall 

Round 31: 

 

Round 31: *ssk, k5. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 48 sts

Round 32: *k2, (p1, k1)x2, (k1, p1)x3. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 33: *ssk, k4. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 40 sts

Round 34: *(k1, p1)x2, k3, p1, k1, p1. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 35: *ssk, k3. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 32 sts

Round 36: *k2, p1, k2, p1, k1, p1. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 37: *ssk, k2. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 24 sts

Round 38: *k1, p1, k3, p1. Rep from * 3 more times.

Round 39: *ssk, k1. Rep from * 7 more times. -- 16 sts

Round 40: *k3, p1. Rep from * 3 more times. 

Round 41: (ssk)x8. -- 8 sts

Cut yarn, leaving long tail. Thread through yarn needle and pull through all sts, dropping needles as you go. Cinch tightly and secure.

Weave in loose ends.

Sew patch to brim if desired.

Saturday
Dec132014

New FREE Pattern: Holiday Crochet Stocking


Made for my second cousin (Logan's) first Christmas season, this stocking is made with 3 colors of Red Heart With Love yarn (one ball each of 3 colors) in super easy single crochet and double crochet stripe pattern. It took me about 5 hours to make one. With a little forethought, you could decorate your entire mantle with homemade crochet stockings! These 3 balls of yarn can make more than one stocking. 

Free Crochet Pattern: Holiday Stocking

Materials:

(1) ball each of Red Heart With Love Yarn; 100% acrylic; 256yds(234m) per 5oz (141g)
Color A: White #4600
Color B: Wine #4608
Color C: Dark Leaf #9523
H/8 (5mm) crochet hook
(2) split ring stitch markers
Yarn needle

Gauge: 3.5sts/1" in double crochet

Finished size: 6" wide x 19" long

Special stitch instructions: 

Picot:ch3, slst to 3rd ch from hook.

Abbreviations:

ch (chain); sc (single crochet); dc (double crochet); sc2tog (single crochet 2 sts together); slst (slip stitch)

Instructions: 

Cuff: 

Round 1: With color A (white), Ch6, slst to 6th ch from hook to form ring (this is the hook you will hang the stocking from when it is finished. Ch44, slst to join in ring being careful to not twist, ch3 (counts as dc), 1dc in ea st around, slst to top of ch3 at beg of round to join. -- 44 sts

Round 2: ch3 (counts as dc), dc in same st. 1dc in ea st around, slst to top of ch3 at beg of round to join. -- 45 sts

Rounds 3 - 4: ch3 (counts as dc), 1dc in ea st around, slst to top of ch3 at beg of round to join. -- 45 sts

Round 5: ch3 (counts as dc), 1dc in next st, ch3, slst to 3rd ch (picot made), 1dc in ea of next 3 sts, *picot, 1dc in ea of next 2 sts, picot, 1dc in ea of next 3 sts, picot. Rep from * around. Slst to top of ch3 at beg of round to join. Fasten off.

Leg:

Round 1: With color A (white), working in free loops of beginning ch, slst to join in first ch, ch1, sc in ea st around. -- 44 scs

Round 2: With color B (wine), ch3 (counts as dc), work 1dc in ea st around, slst to top of ch3 at beg of round to join. -- 44 dcs

Round 3: With color A (white), ch1, sc in ea st around, slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 44 scs

Round 4: With color C (dark leaf), ch3 (counts as dc, work 1dc in ea st around, slst to top of ch3 at beg of round to join -- 44 dcs

Round 5: With color A (white), ch1, sc in ea st around, slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 44 scs

Rounds 6 - 48: Rep rounds 2 - 5 until stocking is approx 9.5" long (ending on a red or green round).

Separating for heel:

Round 49: with color A (white), ch1, sc in ea of next 11 sts, ch22, skip 22 sts, sc in ea of next 11 sts, slst to first st at beg of round to join. 

Rep rounds 2 - 5 until foot measures approx 6" from heel, ending on a red or green round.

Toe: 

Round 1: with white, *sc2tog, 1sc in ea of next 2 sts. Rep from * around, do not join. Remainder of toe worked in spiral. -- 33 sts

Round 2: sc in ea st around.

Round 3: *sc2tog, 1sc in next st. -- 22 sts

Round 4: sc in ea st around

Round 5: *sc2tog, 1sc in next st. Rep from * around, sc in last st. -- 15 sts

Round 6: sc in ea st around

Round 7: sc2tog around, sc3tog on last 3 sts. -- 7 sts

Fasten off, leaving long tail. With yarn needle, weave through all sts and cinch tightly. Thread yarn through to the inside and weave in tail. 

Heel: 

Round 1: with color A (white), join with slst to first st at beg of round, ch1, 1sc in ea of next 9 sts, sc3tog over next 2 sts and next ch, sc in ea ch around to last ch, sc3tog with last ch and next 2 sts, 1sc in ea st to end, slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 40 sts

NOTE: place split ring stitch marker on ea of the decrease sts (sc3tog).

Round 2: ch1, sc in ea st around to st before marked st, sc3tog. Rep from * once more, sc in ea st to end, slst to first st at beg of round to join. -- 36 sts

Rounds 3 - 8: rep round 2. -- 12 sts

Fasten off, leaving long tail. With yarn needle, weave through all sts and cinch tightly. Thread yarn through to the inside and weave in tail.