My Knitting Week Aug. 13th – 19th, 2011

by justknits on September 2, 2011

I began the week great!  Starting on a new shawl project.   Love this yarn.  The yarn is a skein I picked up from Sock Summit. It is a hand dyed yarn from The Village Spinning and Weaving Shop. I finished the shawl in my head and it all looks fine.  Now, if only my hand would work as fast as my head.

Looking for your next knitting project? My  inspiration for the week an artist named, Alisja Adwent. Her designs are worth taking a moment and looking.

I then had to clean my craft room that got so pile up with various projects that were started and then temporarily stopped. Too many projects going all at once I need to focus.  Focus, focus, focus.

While visiting my sisters’ shop Unraveled Yarn and Artful Gifts in Federal Way, WA, I was reminded of some lotion they introduced to me “Yarn Babes, Moisturizer.”  The lotion makes my hands feel wonderful and ready to knit. (I believe it is only available at Unraveled Yarn & Artful Gifts in Federal Way, WA.)

I showed you another of my 1 skein designs. I used a chunky weight yarn called Bergere de France, Cocoon. The total yardage on the skein is 60 yds, so the  headband took less than 60  yds to make. Including the flower.

I had to get my Christmas Elf out to  remind me how close Christmas is getting, and that  if I want to design anything for Christmas now is the time!

“There is no right or wrong in knitting. Just different!!!” I have a hard time with knitters who tell another knitter that they are knitting the wrong way.  There are so many different ways to create a stitch and work a stitch.  It all comes down to what is comfortable to you.  When you see the finished item it all looks the same and no one would know if you held your needles a certain way or work a stitch a different way.  Enjoy and create.

Also during the week I included a photo of my latest scarf design. I wanted to design a lacey scarf, with a single motif and I wanted to use Garter Stitch as the background stitch.  I also used US 10 1/2 needles which made the knitting go a lot faster.  This scarf would make a nice present.

On Wednesday I looked at the web site of one of my favorite designers, Alice Starmore.  I like to look at her site every so often because her designs and color sense always inspires.

Thursday I spent the day at Unraveled Sheep from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Great friends and what a great day! (Oh, I also bought too much yarn; but, we won’t mention that.)
Tips for the week:

To make a left slanting increase, insert your needle into the horizontal strand between the stitches from front to back, and knit into the back of the stitch.

To make a right slanting increase insert your needle into the horizontal strand between the stitches from back to front and knit into the front of the stitch.

Happy Knitting.


The Long and The Short of It, Baby Sweater

by justknits on June 4, 2011

Verla, the owner of Unraveled Sheep in Sandy, Utah always has great ideas. She came up with this idea for a baby sweater, and offered the idea to me. I threw in a few design elements myself and ended up with a one-piece baby sweater. Easily knit in 2 days.

The sweater is knit sideways all in one pieces and uses a combination of garter and stockinette stitches.

In order to size the sweater I simply used different yarn weights and different needles sizes. Size 2 is worsted weight on US #8 needles. Size 1 is dk weight on US #6 needles. Size 3-6 months is fingering weight on US #3 needles.

I even played with the color change on the 3-6 month size and it came out very nicely.

If you have any questions regarding this pattern, you can email me at


Porch Swing Shawl

by justknits on May 28, 2011

This was one of those ideas that came to me quickly, and knit up just as quickly.  It took one weekend, even with all the ripping out and re-starting that goes on with designing.  It was actually a fun knit because I decided to use two different sizes of needles.

The shawl has a textured design with an easy lace edging. I added wooden beads on the bind off edge to catch the eye. It only takes one skein of Riveting. Riveting is made from recycled jeans yarn. The yarn is soft, cozy and a great knit.  It’s a knitting adventure!

Mary over at and I held a “Name The Shawl” contest.  Shawna Gribskov won. Thank you so much for the great name.


I’m Always Cold

by justknits on May 4, 2011

Even in the Spring and the Summer I am cold.  If I could, I would not turn my air conditioning on until it hit 80-85 degrees.  I’m perfectly fine in 100 degree weather.   Because of this little phenomenon, I make a lot of Spring/Summer shawls.  I wear them everywhere, but especially when I go to a movie.

It is a smart and sophisticated way to dress up an outfit — even jeans.  I get a lot of compliments (usually from knitters), so it is also a quick way to meet fellow knitters.

So keep warm, dress up your jeans, and meet new people with Spring/Summer shawls.


More Than One Way to Knit A Stitch

by justknits on April 27, 2011

I’ve always liked the idea that there is more than one way to knit.  That there is no right or wrong way, and one way isn’t better than another.  I’ve always thought that a teacher should teach all the ways they know of to knit, and let the student pick the way that is the most comfortable for them.

Just like knitting, there is usually more than one way to work a stitch pattern.  And, just like knitting, everyone will have a favorite.

Here are some of the many ways to work a SSK:

  1. Slip the first stitch and the second stitch (knitwise) one at a time, then insert the point of the left-hand needle into the front of these two stitches and knit them together through the back loop; or,
  2. Slip one stitch knitwise, slip the second stitch purlwise, then insert the point of the left-hand needle into the front of these two stitches and knit them together through the back loop; or,
  3. Knit two stitches together through the back loop; or,
  4. Slip one stitch (knitwise), knit the next stitch, then pass the slipped stitch over the knit stitch.

I love finding out new ways to work stitches.


Is It Spring Yet?

by justknits on April 26, 2011

I am so ready for Spring! Here in Utah, Mother Nature seems to love playing tricks on you.  As soon as I am out planting in my garden, the next day it snows.  I love you Mother Nature, but enough is enough.  So, to inspire Mother Nature I thought I would give you a free little bird pattern.

I worked him in blue, but I can easily see him in all kinds of bright colors; and a lot of bright feathered tails.  Maybe flock your birds all together and make a baby mobile.

Anyway, try him out and see if you like him…

A Little Birdie Told me

By Mary Triplett

Any weight yarn with size needle to match yarn weight.

I used:  Silky Wool (DK), and US #3 double points.


  • With Blue, cast on 8 sts, divide evenly onto 4 needles, and join for knitting in the round.
  • Knit 1 row.
  • *Kf&b, K1* repeat around.
  • Knit 1 row.
  • *Kf&b, K2* repeat around.
  • Knit 1 row.
  • *Kf&b, K3* repeat around.
  • Knit 1 row.
  • Kf&b in each stitch.
  • Knit 5 rounds.
  • *K8, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Knit 4 rounds.
  • *K7, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Knit 4 rounds.
  • *K6, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Knit 3 rounds.
  • [I’m stuffing as I am knitting. I also put a little bag of rice in the bottom to add weight.]
  • *K5, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Knit 2 rounds.
  • *K4, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • *K3, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • *K2, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • *K1, K2tog* repeat around.
  • Finish stuffing.
  • Cut yarn and weave in remaining sts on needles.

Wings (Make 2 with Blue)

  • CO 3 sts.
  • Knit 1 row.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, YO, K1, YO, K1.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, YO, K3, YO, K1.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1 YO, K5, YO, K1.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, SSK, K3, K2tog, K1.
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, SSK, K1, K2tog, K1
  • Purl 1 row.
  • K1, SK2P [Slip 1, K2tog, Pass Slip Stitch Over], K1.
  • P3tog.


  • Using Orange, CO 3 stitches.
  • Knit.
  • K1, YO, K1, YO, K1.
  • Bind off.


  • Weave in ends
  • I folded his beak a little before sewing it on. Just to give it a little form.
  • Glue on eyes, add a little hair, sew on beak and wings; and, add some flair for his tail. He says, the more flair the better. I also pushed and prodded his body to get it into a little birdie shape too.

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Happy Easter Everyone!

by justknits on April 24, 2011

If you are already thinking ahead to Easter next year (and if you are like me — I am always making presents ahead of time — NOT), think about knitting this cute little bunny.

If the size is not to your liking, just change the needle size and the yarn. I’ve made him with Berroco Ultra Alpaca and US #7 needles, and I have made him with Kidsilk Haze held together with Debbie Bliss Rialto yarn and US #3 needles.

Use him to decorate for Easter, or put him in your child’s Easter Basket.  There will be smiles all around.


Sisters (The Same But Different)

by justknits on April 22, 2011

When my friends have seen me with my sisters they say we are very much alike.  We talk alike, we say the same phrases, we have the same gestures, and we laugh a lot and alike.  I know…we are sisters.

We all love crafts, imagination and creativity, but…

We are alike but different.  Karen and Annie thought of putting toothpicks, beads and yarn together and came up with this…

Annie did the necklace. Karen did the pin.

They shared their idea with me and loving the idea I made….

I love that we do things alike and I love that we do things differently.  I just love my sisters.

By the way, my sisters own a yarn store ( in Federal Way, WA.  If you are in the area, please stop by because their hospitality makes instant friendships.


Free Baby Booties Pattern

by justknits on April 22, 2011

Sublime Baby Booties

Designed by Mary Triplett

Yarn: Sublime, Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, 1 skein

Needles: #2 double points

Booties – Make 2

  • Cast On 33 stitches. Join for knitting in the round. Be careful not to twist stitches.
  • Purl 1 round.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • Purl 1 round.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • *K2tog (K2tog = Knit 2 sts together), K2tog, YO (YO = Yarn Over), K1 (K = Knit 1), YO, K1, YO, K1, YO, K2tog, K2tog*, repeat around.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • Repeat above 2 rows 5 more times.
  • K21, turn.

Note: When you turn, you might have unused stitches on the 2nd needle, slip unused stitches on 3rd needle, so they don’t get in the way.

  • S1 (S = Slip), P8, turn.
  • S1, K8, turn.
  • Repeat above 2 rows 12 more times. 14 rows total. Seven slipped stitches along edges.
  • With new needle, pick up 7 stitches along left edge and then knit the rest of the stitches on the 3rd needle.  New beginning of round.
  • K12, pick up 7 stitches along right edge, K2tog, K5, K2tog, Knit to end.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • K19, K2tog, K3, K2tog, K19.
  • Knit 3 rows.
  • P2tog, P18 (P = Purl), P2tog (P2tog = Purl 2 sts together), P19, P2tog.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • P2tog, P14, P2tog, P4, P2tog, P14, P2tog.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • Purl 1 round.
  • Knit 1 round.
  • Purl 1 round.
  • Arrange remaining stitches on 2 needles and graft stitches together.

For decoration, I wove a ribbon through the bottom holes and tied a bow.


Cabled Knitting Bag

by justknits on April 21, 2011

All of a sudden I got cables in my head.  What is with that?  In order to get them out of my head I put them all together on paper to see how they looked.  I charted it all out, printed out my draft pattern and set to work.

I decided I wanted more or less a quick knit so I am using US #9 needles, and Berroco Peruvia ( yarn. Wanted to work it in that beautiful green color, but didn’t have that in my stash.  Oh Well.

So far I like how it is turning out.  It will be a nice size.  Should be around 18 x 8.  Not sure yet how deep I’ll make it.  I’ll be working that out as I knit.  Of course, I didn’t follow my pattern exactly, so now I will have to revise my print out.

I’ll keep you posted.