Archive for March, 2010

Little Feet

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

With blue skies, a balmy breeze, and temperatures hovering well above the seasonal norm for this weekend, egg hunters will be in full pursuit, sniffing out their sugary treats in the great outdoors.  Keep those little feet extra warm with a pair of candy coloured socks to knit up in Online Supersocke 100.  One ball makes at least three pairs of baby size socks, and in just an evening or two.

Online Supersocke 100

Supersocke 100 in Tropic- Colour and Candy- Colour rivals even the most creative array of decorated Easter eggs with cheerful colourways that appeal to all ages.

Little Feet in Supersocke 100

 Supersocke 100 Baby Socks

Size:  6 – 12 months 

Yarn:  1 ball Online Supersocke 100 (shade no. 925 and 926 featured)

Needles:  2.75 mm double pointed set

Tension:  28 sts and 40 rows = 4 in/10 cm in st st

Cast on 36 sts.  Divide sts evenly onto three needles.  Join in round.  Work in K2/P2 ribbing for 6 rounds.  Cont to work in K rounds only, until work measures 4 in/10 cm.

Make Heel:  K9, turn, P18, leave rem sts on spare needles and cont on these 18 sts only for Heel as follows-

Next Row- *SL1, K1*, rep *to* across row, turn

Next Row- SL1, P17, turn

Rep last 2 rows until Heel meas 1.25 in/ 3 cm, ending with 1st row-

Shape Heel: 

SL1, P10, P2tog, P1, turn

SL1, K5, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, turn

SL1, P6, P2tog, P1, turn

SL1, K7, SL1, K1, PSSO, K1, turn

SL1, P8, P2tog, P1, turn

SL1, K9, SL1, PSSO, K1 = 12 sts

Instep:  With right side facing, pick up and K8 sts along side of heel, K across 18 sts on spare needles, pick up and K8 sts along opposite side of heel, K across 6 sts from top of Heel, slip rem 6 sts onto 1st needle and divide sts as follows- 14 sts on 1st needle, 18 sts on 2nd needle, 14 sts on 3rd needle = 46 sts.  Work as follows-

1st Rnd- (1st needle) K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1, (2nd needle) K across, (3rd needle) K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K to end

2nd Rnd- K across

Rep these 2 rnds until 36 sts remain.  Cont even until foot meas 3 in/7.5 cm from picked up sts. 

Shape Toe: 

1st Rnd- (1st needle) K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1, (2nd needle) K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1, (3rd needle) K1, SL1, K1, PSSO, K to end of rnd

2nd Rnd- K across

Rep these 2 rnds until 16 sts remain.  Cut yarn and graft sts together.

(design by:  Michele Meadows)

 

 

Malabrigo March

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

The name Malabrigo rolls off the tongue as soft and eloquently as it slides across the knitting needles.  Kettle dyed and spun from the finest quality merino wool, Malabrigo yarn is produced in a rural region of  Uruguay by a family-owned company with assistance from a local women’s co op.  Its difficult to pinpoint the single attribute of this yarn that makes knitters swoon at the slightest mention of it.  Is it the vibrancy of the colours, the subtle transition from one shade into the next, or is it the incredible buttery softness that makes you want to sink your fingers into each skein?  Fifty-six hundred (and growing daily) members of the Ravelry Malabrigo Group describe it with just one word- squishy.  It is the ‘total package’, a yarn that has to be touched to be believed. 

This month is fondly named MalMar by members of the Ravelry group, or Malabrigo March to the rest of us.  Its a time to enjoy all things Malabrigo with projects to share, knitalongs to join, and contests to take part in. Thirty-one days of devotion to a yarn and all the impressive qualities that it possesses.  To join in the fun of MalMar, here is a new project and some of the most coveted shades of Malabrigo Silky Merino to choose from-

Amorosa Silky Merino

Atardecer Silky Merino

Archangel Silky Merino

Indiecita Silky Merino

Ravelry Red Silky Merino

As we transition from one season into the next, welcome Spring in style with a lightweight beret knit in Silky Merino

Silky Merino Beret in Amorosa

Silky Merino Beret in Indiecita

SILKY MERINO BERET

Size:  Womens Medium (12 in/31 cm diameter)

Needles:  3.25 mm and 4.00 mm

Yarn:  2 skeins Malabrigo Silky Merino

Tension:  22 sts and 28 rows = 4 in/ 10 cm in st st on larger needles

Cast on 102 sts with smaller needles.  Work in K2/P2 ribbing for 12 rows.  Inc 35 sts evenly spaced across last row of ribbing = 137 sts.  Change to larger needles and cont in Pattern as follows-

Row 1- K1, *K1, YO, K2, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1*, rep *to*, end, K1

Row 2- P

Row 3- K1, *K2, YO, K1, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, K1, YO, K2*, rep *to*, end, K1

Row 4- P

Row 5- K1, *K3, YO, SL1, K2tog, PSSO, YO, K3*, rep *to*, end, K1

Row 6- P

Rep these 6 rows 5 times in total.

Shape Top: 

Next Row- K1, *K7, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K6, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K5, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K4, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K3, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  Work in st st for 3 rows.

Next Row- K1, *K2, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  P 1 row.

Next Row- K1, *K1, K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1.  P 1 row.

Next Row- K1, *K2tog*, rep *to*, end, K1 = 17 sts.  P 1 row.

Next Row- K1, *K2tog*, rep *to* = 8 sts.  Cut yarn and thread through rem sts.  Tighten and secure.  Sew side seam.  Block overnight with a damp towel. 

Knitters Tip:  To blend colours evenly when knitting with kettle dyed yarns – work with two skeins, alternating every two or four rows, carrying yarn up side of work when not in use.

Design by:  Michele Meadows