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I know what you must be thinking – Why is this called a Mullet Cowl? Well, it’s not that I intended it to have such an unhip name, in fact it didn’t have a name until late in the process. But, once I started on the colored section, the phrase “business at the front, party at the back,” was firmly stuck in my head.
Originally, I had planned on making an all-white woven cable because I needed one more Christmas present and after knitting 2 of the Very Braidy Cowls a change of scenery was in order. Then I remembered my mother-in-law saying that my niece loved mis-matched things. This gave me the idea to give the cowl a front and back. That way she could wear the white at the front, colored at the front or even give it a 1/4 turn and show a bold stripe. Plus, the cowl is sized to be big enough to slip over your head, but not so big that your neck is still exposed to the cold air.
I’m offering this pattern for free because I ‘m writing it from memory since the cowl was still on the needles when I left for Christmas dinner yesterday and it went home with it’s new owner. I was lucky I had time to grab a couple of [fuzzy] snap shots with my phone. I also used naked (without ball bands) yarn from my stash, so you probably won’t be able to find these exact yarns anywhere, but I’ll make some suggestions below.
- 1 ball of Lilly Sugar and Cream 100% Cotton in white (MC) or approximately 120 yards of your favorite Worsted Weight yarn
- 1 ball of Lilly Sugar and Cream 100% Cotton in Soft Violet (CC1)or approximately 95 yards of a single color Worsted Weight yarn.
- 1 ball of Lilly Sugar and Cream 100% Cotton in Violet Veil (CC2) or approximately 95 yards of an ombre Worsted Weight yarn that matches the MC and CC1.
- Scrap yarn for Provisional cast on.
- US size 10.5 knitting needles or needles that will give a gauge of 4.5 sts per inch in Stockinette stitch.
- (Optional) Smaller knitting needle for picking up stitches of provisional cast-on – I recommend a circular needle, just in case your point isn’t going the direction you thought it would.
- Cable Needle – I recommend Clover U-Cable Stitch Holders because they have a small footprint when hanging to the front or back of your work. Simply slip your stitches on to the short leg and knit them off the long.
- Tapestry needle for grafting and to weave in the ends – I recommend a metal needle. Plastic tends to bend and makes grafting more difficult.
- Knowledge of Standard knitting abbreviations.
- Knowledge of provisional Cast on – Video Tutorial
- Knowledge of Knitted Cables – Video Tutorial.
- Knowledge of Grafting – Video Tutorial. (Mantra – Knit, off, purl. Purl, off, knit)
Rows 1 and 3 P2, K60, P2
All Even numbered/WS Rows K2, P60, K2
Row 5 P2, *8-st LC (slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at front, K4 and then K4 from cable needle); rep from *, end K4, P2
Row 7 and 9 P2, K60, P2
Row 11 P2, K4, *8-st RC (slip next 4 sts onto cable needle and hold at back, K4 and then K4 from cable needle); rep from *, end P2
Repeat these 11 rows 4.5 times, ending on a row 6 (WS row after finishing the LC row)
Begin adding CC1 and CC2
As you’re knitting with one yarn, the other 2 will be left to hang on either side of your work. When you finish a row, simply drop the current yarn and pick up the next before continuing the next row.
To keep the edges from getting too tight, leave enough slack in the yarn so that you won’t be pulling the previous row too close. I also suggest holding the yarn from the completed row to the back of the work, along with left needle, so that the first stitch doesn’t get too big as you begin knitting with the next yarn. Feel free to drop it after a few sts.
Finishing In all, the cowl’s 11 rows are repeated 9 times, except for the final WS row. That row will be made up by grafting the top and bottom together.
Undo the provisional cast on and slip the live sts from the bottom onto your smaller, needle. The reason I like the Crochet provisional cast on so much is that I can undo one stitch at a time and slip it onto the needle.
Graft (Kitchener stitch) the top and bottom together using the next yarn in the pattern and then weave in all loose ends.
As always, I can’t wait to see your projects, so please leave comments, and post pictures. And, don’t forget, You can sell this cowl as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.
Eureka! I finally found the source of so many orphaned yarns in my stash, and the ball of Red Heart Boutique Sashay Yarn was almost one of the newest un-loved yarns stuffed into the art-deco side board I use to
hide store my yarn in.
Turns out, that I am constantly falling victim to my own grand ideas before fully vetting them and assumed I would “whip up” a quick scarf for someone as a holiday gift. After all, the photo on the ball band made it look pretty good. But after I got home and began browsing Ravelry projects associated with the yarn, I was overwhelmed with an assortment of scarves that remind me of feather boas. The idea of a feather boa brought up all sorts of campy imagery when I thought about what someone might wear, or not wear, with it and decided I just couldn’t give it as a Christmas present.
In any case, I knew this yarn, with the ball band torn off and partially re-wound wouldn’t be going back to the store, but I had no intention of keeping it in my stash for the rest of eternity, but what to make with it?
The good news was that I did find inspiration in the Rav projects. Way down in the list, past hundreds of scarves, there were 2 other options. First was the Kelp Forest Shawlette, but I don’t think any of my intended targets was a shawl kind of gal. The second option were various forms of toddler tutu, but the only little girl on my list isn’t a toddler, so I went to the drawing board and came up with my own version.
The skirt I came up with is knit in the round, inside out and has a fairly large top opening with a draw string to accommodate a wide variety of sizes. (One size fits most children)
If you would like to knit your own frilly skirt, you’ll need:
- 1 Skein of Bernat Super Value in white (MC) or approximately 200 yards of your favorite Worsted Weight yarn
- 1 Skein of Red Heart Boutique Sashay Yarn (CC), Boogie or approximately 30 yards of your favorite Ruffle Yarn
- US size 8 circular knitting needles, 24″
- 6 stitch markers – 5 that match and 1 unique for the beginning of the round.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
- Standard knitting abbreviations are used.
To begin, with MC, cast on 210 sts and join to work in the round while being careful not to twist your stitches.
Round 1 place unique marker and work *K1, P1* Repeating between the ** to the end of the round.
Round 2 work K1, P1 until the last 6 stitches. Then with the CC, stretch out the first few inches of your ruffle yarn and locate the top and bottom edge (with metallic thread). Ruffle yarn is a mesh and to create a clean look for this project we will need to hide the raw edge.
- Fold about 1/2″ of the end of the mesh over on itself and line up the top, bottom and middle rows of the mesh.
- Insert the right needle into the first loop on the left needle as if to knit.
- Before wrapping your yarn as you would for a knit stitch, pierce both layers of the bottom row of the mesh with your right needle
- Wrap your yarn and then draw through the combined loops and complete the knit stitch as you normally would (5 stitches left to finish the round)
- For the next 5 stitches, you’ll complete the same actions as you did in steps 2-4, except you’ll be working across the folded edge of the mesh, using the strands/holes in the middle portion of the mesh to incorporate the end of the mesh into the knitted stitches.
Round 3 Continuing with CC using just the top 2 threads of the mesh knit all stitches. DO NOT break yarn after finishing the round
Round 4 MC – Knit all stitches
Round 5 MC – *K 35 and PM* 5 times then K 35 (end of round and unique marker already in place)
Round 6 MC – K all sts except SSK after each marker and K2Tog before each marker.
Round 7 CC – Skipping at least 2 holes in the mesh to provide enough slack to reach this round, K all sts using the top 2 threads of the mesh.
Rounds 8-12 MC – K all Sts
Repeat rounds 6-12 until there are 48rounds and 126 stitches on your needles.
Round 49 CC – K all sts using the top 2 threads of the mesh. At the end of the round, leave about 1″ of mesh for finishing and cut CC yarn.
Round 50 Begin by hiding the raw edge of the CC yarn just as outlined in Round 2 except you will be starting with the top edge of the mesh and working to the bottom. Be sure the raw edge is folded under since there won’t be any layers above to hide the raw edge.
Finish the round in K1, P1 ribbing with MC.
Rounds 51-54 MC K1, P1 ribbing
Round 55 MC YO, K2Tog repeating these 2 sts for the entire round
Bind off loosely.
Using the remainder of the CC, a belt or a pretty ribbon, weave in and out of the YO holes left at the top edge of the skirt to form a belt.
As always, I can’t wait to see your projects, so please leave comments, and post pictures. And, don’t forget, You can sell this skirt as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.
Would you believe this is the first time I’ve ever designed a blanket for a baby girl? The process was funny for me this time because with all the little boys I’ve been knitting for, my biggest gripe was that everything was too pretty. When I started this design I found myself griping about not being pretty enough and I knitted and frogged (rip-it, rip-it) so many iterations that I wasn’t sure if the yarn was still usable.
My first try was a single strand of peach with the same needles I used for the Knitted Broomstick Lace Scarf, but Annabelle will be a January baby and I wanted to be sure she’d be warm.
Then I tried holding the yarn double and bumping up to US size 8 and the big US 36’s I used for the Knit Broomstick Lace Wrap. This time, however the blanket was much too thick. In fact I knitted a whole skein this way and when I looked at the skinny little section I had, I knew I wasn’t on the right track.
Frogging this time was a bit of a challenge because I had to separate the yarns and re-wind them as a single.
Next, I decided that the answer was 6 gathered loops using the US size 6 and size 36 needles, and set out knitting. When I got almost to the end of the ball (that use to be the first skein), I knew I didn’t have enough yarn. To make matters worse, I had been messing around for so long I couldn’t find the ball band to match dye-lots. ARGGGGH!
So I resigned myself to adding a contrasting color, but I knew simply switching colors wasn’t going to look good. You guessed it… I tore it all out – again.
But, as you can see, I finally figured everything out and have a unique stripe pattern in the blanket to show for it. Knitting with 3 skeins at once might seem a little odd, but by switching between them and carrying the extra yarn along the edges the 4 row repeat turned into the stripes you see in the finished blanket.
Although the pattern gives directions for recreating this blanket exactly, you could probably get a similar effect by using a self-striping yarn if you’re not excited about alternating skeins.
The finished size is approximately 31” by 30” but the blanket has a lot of stretch in both directions.
As with my other patterns, you may use this pattern to create finished objects for sale. Please see Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.
Tuesdays are for RAP (Random Acts of Patterns)! http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/friends-of-knitpurlgurl/2319615/1-25#24 Please join in!! #knitting #crochet
Although I didn’t quite catch the marketing implications of random patterns until after I had gifted nearly 20 copies of my designs, Random Acts of Patterns is just brilliant on so many levels. Here’s why…
The premiss is along the same lines of Random acts of Kindness, but in this case the idea is to find a neat pattern and buy it for another Ravelry.com user using the “send as gift” function that’s part of the check-out process.
There are 2 functions of this process that are very intriguing to me. First, it’s a way to help generate income for independent designers. The second is that it’s a great way to advertise your own designs by sending them out to random knitters.
From a strictly business standpoint, when I buy ad placements, I take a chance that I won’t have enough sales to break even. For example, I purchased Ravelry ads a few months in a row. The fist run I did better than break even on the cost of the ads by also making enough money to cover the cost of the materials used in the pattern. In the second run, I didn’t do quite as well, but broke even on the ads. The 3rd and 4th times were a bust putting me in a position where I needed more pattern sales to break even on all of the expenses.
There are many reasons why the same ads didn’t do well over time. Summer months aren’t always considered as Knitting months. People may have been tired of seeing the ads. Or any number of things. While it is possible to hone in on the winning combination the idea of Random Acts of Patterns presents a whole new twist on marketing.
The main consideration with #RAPatterns, for the indie designer, is that patterns, once created, don’t represent revenue until someone buys them. The next consideration is although you might be running at a loss with materials and time put into the design, giving away promo, electronic copies, doesn’t create additional expenses. I always say that word of mouth has to start somewhere and this is a great way to kick it off.
The bonus of Tuesday’s being for #RAPatterns are the limits designed into the practice. Coupons, door busters, annual sales and all the rest are just ways companies train customers not to pay full price, for anything. But a random pattern given only on Tuesday is more along the lines of winning a prize. There is no expectation that waiting will result in a discount so people buy when they’re ready to.
By participating in Random Acts of Patterns on Tuesdays you have a great way to get some patterns out in the wild where they might generate some buzz for your work all while keeping people guessing about your next move. It also doesn’t hurt to be seen as generous either.
The next question is how this process can be adapted for other business models. Are there businesses this wouldn’t work with? Why not? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave a comment, below.
PS, don’t forget to thank Kerrie for this amazing idea. Click either knitter to visit her site.
A few weeks ago, I was in desperate need of a hair cut and as I sat down in the chair I plunked my purse on the counter. My stylist nearly squealed with delight asking loads of questions about it. Although I told her I don’t really like to knit finished objects for sale, she begged, I agreed and while I was picking up the wool I needed for her purse I fell in love with Patons Classic Wool in Lemongrass. I bought 3 skeins not knowing what I would knit with them.
Well that’s not completely true, I had been working on increases to release knitted broomstick lace from it’s natural, scarf-like, rectangle shape so it could become a lot of other things. The problem with that is that broomstick lace doesn’t behave like ordinary knitting because of the large row of loops so standard ratios of increases didn’t yield a predictable shape.
Initially I wanted to create a triangle shawl, but it looked more like a carrot than anything you’d be able to drape over your shoulders. The next iteration had a wider angle, but was creating too much fabric and arching at the center back. I felt as if it would bunch up at wearers neck and look funny.
The roundness was intriguing to me though and I decided if I couldn’t beat it, I would join it and this wrap was born. The best part is that I learned a lot about increasing with Knitted Broomstick lace and I hope it won’t take me as long to push out patterns with even more shaping.
You won’t believe how well this wrap stays on your shoulders. By adding increases in the style of a Raglan sweater, it hugs and won’t let go. I also think the Broomstick Lace gives this wrap great flexibility to be dressed up or down depending on your moods.
Although the pattern calls for circular needles, this project is knit back and forth using the extra length to accommodate the ever growing number of stitches.
- The Pattern, available for download at Ravelry (and with the buttons below)
- 3 Skeins of Patons Classic Wool or ~630 yards of your favorite Worsted Weight yarn
- US size 8 and US size 36 circular knitting needles, 40″ or longer (Hint – Addi has this monster sized needle in a circular)
- 4 stitch markers large enough to slide over your largest needle
As always, I can’t wait to see your projects, so please leave comments, and post pictures. And, don’t forget, You can sell this wrap as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.
Wool is alright, I guess, but I love knitting with unusual things. I’ve knit potholders with strips cut from old t-shirts, turned plastic grocery bags into plarn and the mason twine I had left-over from my rose project was just begging to be knit into something.
That something turned into a market bag because the nylon will stand up to major amounts of abuse, which is why masons, landscapers and construction workers can drag it all over their work sites.
If you hadn’t guessed by now, mason twine, isn’t something you’ll find at your local yarn store, but will find at your local hardware. In this case, the twine I used came from my local Tractor Supply Co., but if you’re going to knit this bag you can find it at any building supply store. It might be called mason twine, builders twine or go by another name, but whatever it’s called on the label, you’re looking for 100% nylon, size/gauge 18 in a color that pleases you.
High visibility is an understatement for most of the available colors and the pink is hellaciously bright. My solution was to tone it down a bit with black, so I picked up a spool of Red Heart Nylon Crochet Thread. It’s even size 18, just like my hot-pink mason twine, though they aren’t quite the same. The twine is just a bit thicker, braided and less prone to splitting than the twisted Red Heart. Though this isn’t a problem for this bag and the contrasting color and texture give it life.
To Knit this bag, You’ll Need:
- The Pattern, available at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/garner-market-bag
- 2, 150 yard spools of 18 Gauge 100% Nylon Crochet thread or Mason Twine in Black (color A) and Pink (color b)
- 2 different stitch markers
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends.
- US size 13, 32” or longer circular needles for the body and between US size 5 and 8, 24” circular needles or longer for the band and strap.
- 1 double pointed needle in the same size as your smaller circular needles
- Optional:Stitch holder
The bag has a bottom-up, seamless construction and I used size 5 needles to knit the top band and handle of the prototype, but only because I’m the family Sherpa and wanted a smaller opening so that I could smush jackets, mittens, scarves and other items of shucked clothing in without them popping out of the top.
To loosen the top band and opening of the bag, without adjusting stitch count, choose a larger needle.
Handle length can also be adjusted, just keep in mind that knit will grow some so er on the short side.
If you’re not ready to create the ultimate in seamless bags, you don’t have to use Judy’s Magic Cast-on. It’s just soooo cool to use when you get the hang of it.
Another consideration is that I had no idea there were other colors. Red Heart offers, Black, White and Natural, and there’s all sorts of neon at the hardware store but until I searched Amazon for a link to share, I had no idea how many color combinations would be available in Nylon for this bag. I had considered other yarns and textures – like a smooth yarn and a fuzzy one as a stash-buster project, so please, knock my socks off and post your pictures at Ravelry for me to see.
And, don’t forget, You can sell this bag as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.
Hand knitting has to be one of the most tedious ways to create fabric, but like so many others, I’m addicted to it and fuel my addiction by sharing the patterns I have created. Now that I’m writing up patterns, one thing I don’t understand is why some designers annex their copyright saying that you’re not suppose to use their pattern if you’re going to sell the finished item.
When I create a pattern, I have time on my side. Although I put in hours of work to develop the pattern and knit a prototype, I can count on reselling the same pattern many times and many visits to my blog to see the free patterns. In theory, I’ll eventually break even and may even profit as long as people keep coming back.
However, when someone buys a hand knitted object, they have no need for a pattern. Regardless of skill, or time, if the buyer could knit the object themselves they would and since they’re not, the pattern used isn’t even a consideration.
Therefor, if people are going to create items for sale from my patterns, I’m going to encourage them to do it.
Here are my caveats (AKA help a Sista out)…
- Do not redistribute patterns. After all, selling patterns and blog visitors is what keeps me going. If you sell the yarn I used in one of my patterns and want to redistribute it, please contact me. My bulk rates are reasonable and I’ll even personalize the PDF with your shop address and logo so it will look snazzy for your customers.
- If you have helpers knitting finished objects for you, please buy a copy of the pattern for each of them. Again, selling patterns keeps me going and my bulk rates are reasonable.
- You must include attribution with the object. If you’re selling online, please include a link back to either the blog post, here, or the Ravelry pattern. Or if you’re selling at a craft fair, a note safety pinned to the object with pattern name, Karlie Robinson Designs and KarlieRobinson.com is the way to go.
- If you like the pattern well enough to create finished objects to sell, would you do me a favor and post pictures and details at Ravelry? I’d love to see your work.
So here’s to all the budding fiber arts entrepreneurs. I hope my patterns contribute to your success.
Here’s my latest Project, Knitted Broomstick Lace. Aren’t the stitches divine?
I saw the Stitch Diva videos showing how to do Broomstick Lace and fell in love with the look of gathered loops, but too many years of abusing my wrists makes crocheting a very painful experience for me. With that in mind I spent a few evenings doodling while watching TV and came up with a method to create a 100% knitted Broomstick Lace.
Then, a few months ago I saw Storey Publishing’s call for submissions for their next book – 101 One-Skein Lace Wonders! It was the kick I needed to formalize my doodles into a usable pattern. I was so pleased with the results. Lace can sometimes look too formal for everyday, but not this scarf.
I know there isn’t anything terribly exciting about a scarf, but with just one skein, and stitch not normally seen as a knit, I figured a rectangle was the easiest way to kick things off. Though I couldn’t get past the boringness issue so I chose Habu Textiles A-174 Cotton Gima in color 25, “Lemon” (1oz, 100% Cotton, 265 yards).
The project knits up quick and is so light and airy, it’s the perfect accessory for cool spring outings. The best part is the lace is created without a complex chart and there isn’t a yarn-over to be found.
The pattern, if you’d like to knit your own Broomstick Lace, is available at Ravelry.
UPDATE: 4/25/2012 You can sell this scarf as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details
UPDATE: 7/11/2012 This pattern has been accepted for inclusion in Storey Publishing’s One-Skein Lace Wonders! (click to see acceptance letter)
Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what my blog should be about. I just can’t pump out business topic posts like a machine because I’m lucky enough to have so much flexibility that I’m not slaving away at… well anything and that means business isn’t always at the front of my mind. While I’m still working in my own businesses, helping others with theirs and testing new business ideas, business isn’t the only thing I do.
In fact, over the last few weeks, my focus has been devoted to developing a knitting pattern for a book submission and the 2 acres of lawn just outside my office window, tease me like a blank canvas teases a painter. But, while I was hearing the seed stash, pictured above, begging for some organization, I downloaded my banking statements and filed NY State sales taxes. I also did a cost analysis of fencing versus hedges and outlined a new business plan, in my head. Then I shucked more than 3000 accounts from my tweet stream and nagged my husband about cutting down the hollow, bug-filled Hawthorn tree in the front yard.
I’m a modern woman with a Family, Home, Business, and a slight inability to say no to my distractions. Though I think I’ll have more to say, here, if I don’t limit myself to being so single minded about business and let my other passions spill out onto the Internet now and then.
Besides, Google Analytics doesn’t lie and after importing my old blog posts and re-directing my Blogger visitors, I found that more people want to see my Buttercup Bag knitting pattern than want to know about Social Media for TV news.
Which makes sense. Social Media advice is a dime, a dozen, but a unique knitting pattern only has one source. (Well it didn’t hurt for me to do a little SEO for the pattern either.)
But anyway, look for a wider variety of posts coming out of this blog as I continue my adventures as a 21st century woman.
I finally got the blanket for Herlo’s son done. What do you think? Click the picture to get a larger image.
It took a little longer than expected to finish because my schedule has been a bit busier than normal lately.
My hope is that I’ll get it in the mail today or tomorrow and by this weekend, there will be a little Fedorian snuggled under it.
The stitch pattern is simply linen stitch except it’s worked with two colors of yarn.
To start the blanket, I cast on 150 stitches with Color A (Chocolate Brown) and switched to Color B (Seafoam) for the first and second row. Then back to the brown for rows 3 and 4.
The knitting in the image above is actually on it’s side. The cast on and cast-off are the long edges, but I don’t suppose it makes much difference what direction you travel while knitting. If you’d like a better idea of what the work looks like as your knitting, the image to the left ought to do it for you.
Personally, I like longer runs because turning the work tends to break me out of the zone. I suppose I’m spoiled by knitting in the round.
I simply knitted until the piece measured a rough square, or about a skein and a half. The knitting then found it’s rectangle shape in the washer. With every other stitch slipped, you shouldn’t get too hung up on what the shape it really is until the yarn finds it’s natural location. You could block it back to a square, but for a baby blanket that’s going to be washed a lot, natural, unblocked is a good way to go.
UPDATE: 4/25/2012 You can sell this blanket as a finished object. See Begone, Personal-Use only patterns for details.