Archive for December, 2013

Snow Mittens

Saturday, December 21st, 2013

It is crunch time and you still may need to come up with a last minute gift idea for a helpful neighbour, or an unexpected guest at the dinner table on Christmas Eve.  These bulky mittens will be finished in a merry jingle, complete with nostalgic charm just like the ones Grandma used to make.  Knit in a lively-coloured yarn from Sirdar, Kiko offers eight fun options for your choosing.  Match these mittens with our Button Up Cowl and One Hour Slouch Hat for the perfect gift ensemble.

WEEK FIVE- I’m dreaming of a white Christmas, just like the ones I used to know………with a pair of thick cosy knitted mittens to keep my hands snug and warm while I walk in the snow.

Wishing you joy and peace this holiday season

from all of us at Diamond Yarn

 

KIKO #411

KIKO #411

 

KIKO #417

KIKO #417

 

KIKO #416

KIKO #416

 

 

SNOW MITTENS

SNOW MITTENS

SNOW MITTENS

Women’s Size Medium

Width-  20 cm/ 8 ins

Length- 25 cm/ 10 ins

Yarn:  2 balls (50 g) Sirdar KIKO

Needles:  8.00 mm double pointed set

Tension:  10 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over st st

 

LEFT MITTEN:  Cast on 16 sts, divide evenly onto 3 needles.  Place a marker on 1st st and join in round.

Work 8 rounds in K1/P1 ribbing.

K 2 rounds.

Shape Gussett:

Rnd 3- Kfb (k into front and back of next st), place marker on needle, k to last 2 sts, place marker on needle, kfb, k1.

Rnd 4- K

Rnd 5- K

Rep last 3 rnds 2 more times working kfb into st right before 1st marker and into st right after 2nd marker = 22 sts.

Thumb Opening:

Next Rnd- K to last 3 sts, slip next 6 sts onto holder (last 3 sts and first 3 sts), **cast on 2 sts, place marker for beg of rnd, k to end = 18 sts.

Divide sts as follows- 5 sts on 1st needle, 4 sts on 2nd needle, 9 sts on 3rd needle.  Continue to knit each round until work measures 10 cm/ 4 ins from thumb opening.

Shape Top:

Next Rnd- (1st needle) skp, k to end, (2nd needle) k to last 2 sts, k2tog, (3rd needle) skp, k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Next Rnd- K

Rep last 2 rnds until 6 sts remain.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts, tighten and secure.

Thumb:

Slip 6 sts from holder onto 2 needles.  Attach yarn, pick up and k 3 sts across opening, divide sts onto 3 needles = 9 sts.

Work in k rounds for 6 cm/ 2 1/2 ins.

Shape Top:

Next Rnd- [K1, k2tog] rep to end.  Cut yarn and thread through rem sts, tighten and secure.

RIGHT MITTEN:  Work as Left Mitten until **.  Place marker for beg of rnd, cast on 2 sts, k to end of rnd.

Divide sts as follows- 9 sts on 1st needle, 5 sts on 2nd needle, 4 sts on 3rd needle.  Continue to knit each rnd until work measures 10 cm/ 4 ins from thumb opening.

Shape Top:

Next Rnd- (1st needle) skp, k to last 2 sts, k2tog, (2nd needle) skp, k to end, (3rd needle) k to last 2 sts, k2tog.

Next Rnd- K

Rep last 2 rnds until 6 sts remain.

Cut yarn and thread through rem sts, tighten and secure.

Work Thumb as for Left Mitten.

Sapphire Flower Headband

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

The gift list is dwindling down to the last scribble of names, and still there is a stack of gifts to wrap, cookies to bake and a tangle of yarn ends to sew in before the yuletide festivities.  Trying to keep up with all the last minute projects can get a little overwhelming especially when the selection of yarns is so enticing, and the pattern inspiration, well it just never sleeps.  At this point on the calendar, the trick is to keep it simple by picking beautiful yarns to knit smaller luxury items that are less time-consuming.

To countdown the month before Christmas we are featuring five FREE patterns in total that take no more than an evening or two to knit and yield this season’s trendiest selection of head-to-toe accessories all set to tuck under the tree.  Each week one new design will be in the spotlight right here featuring some of our most favorite yarns.

WEEK FOUR- Oh the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…….while it is toasty warm inside and a new knitting project is underway, a cosy headband adorned with a flower in deep sapphire blue.  

 

Flower Headband

Sapphire Flower Headband

 

SAPPHIRE FLOWER HEADBAND

Women’s Size

Width-   10 cm/ 4 ins

Length-  53 cm/ 21 ins (buttoned)

Yarn:  100 g Diamond Luxury Collection Andes Hand Paint (col no. 290)

Needles:  4.50 mm

Tension:  24 sts and 24 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over k2/p2 ribbing

 

Cast on 11 sts.

Row 1– P2, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1, p2

Row 2– K2, [p1, k1] rep to last 3 sts, p1, k2

Rep these 2 rows 4 more times then rep row 1 once more.

Row 12– K2, M1K (lift horizontal bar between two sts from back to front onto left needle, k this st), [p1, k1] rep to last 3 sts, p1, M1K, k2.

Row 13– P3 [k1, p1] rep to last 4 sts, k1, p3.

Row 14, 15, 16, 17– work sts as set.

Row 18– K2, M1P (lift horizontal bar between two sts from back to front onto left needle, p this st), [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1, M1P, k2.

Row 19– P2, [k1, p1] rep to last 3 sts, k1, p2.

Row 20, 21, 22, 23– work sts as set.

Rep Rows 12-23 once more, then rep rep rows 12-19 once more = 23 sts.  Cont in rib pattern as set until work meas 20 cm/ 8 ins ending with a WS row.

Next Row– K2, k2tog, rib to last 4 sts, ssk, k2.

Work 5 rows as set.

Next Row– K2, p2tog, rib to last 4 sts, p2tog, k2.

Work 5 rows as set.

Rep last 12 rows 2 more times = 11 sts.

Work 2 rows as set.

Make Buttonhole:  K2, p1, k1, cast off 3 sts, rib to end.

Next Row– P2, k1, p1, cast on 3 sts, rib to end.

Work 5 more rows as set.  Cast off.

Sew button to correspond with buttonhole.

Flower:

Cast on 51 sts.

K 1 row.

Work 4 rows in st st beginning with a k row.

Next Row– K1, [cast off 9 sts], rep 4 more times = 6 sts remaining on needle.

Cut yarn and draw through rem 6 sts, tighten and secure.

Sew side seam of flower.

Bobble Centre:

Cast on 2 sts.

Row 1– inc in each st = 4 sts

K 4 rows.

Next Row- [K2tog] twice

Next Row– K2tog.

Fasten off.

Tie cast off and cast on tails together tightly to form a small bobble.

Attach to centre of flower.

Sew finished flower to side of headband.

 

Design by:  Michele Meadows

Kiko Button Up Cowl

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

If the holiday hustle and shopping shuffle are messing with your ho-ho mood, take a U-turn at the nearest intersection and head for your closest knitting shop instead.  Step out of the fray into a relaxing ambience brimming with helpful advice for last-minute gift giving ideas, featuring the most popular handknit accessories to keep your friends and family members feeling warm and cosy all winter long.

To countdown the month before Christmas we are featuring five FREE patterns in total that take no more than an evening or two to knit and yield this season’s trendiest selection of head to toe accessories all set to tuck under the tree.  Each week one new design will be in the spotlight right here featuring some of our most favorite yarns.  Last week, we featured the One Hour Slouch Hat, a budget friendly project which knits up faster than the Polar Bear Express in Sirdar’s latest sensation- KIKO, its big and bold in eight multi-hued shades.  This week, to double the warmth we have added a pattern for the matching cowl.

WEEK THREE- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go……..   

Kiko Button Up Cowl

Kiko Button Up Cowl

 

KIKO BUTTON UP COWL

Size:  Women’s Medium

Width:   41 cm/ 16 ins

Length:  79 cm/ 31 ins

Yarn:  5  balls Sirdar KIKO (50 g) col no. 417

Needles:  10.00 mm

Tension:  9 sts and 12 rows = 10 cm/ 4 ins over st st

 

Cast on 33 sts.

Row 1- *P1, K3*, rep *to*, end with, P1

Row 2- K2, *P1, K3*, rep *to*, end, P1, K2

Rep these 2 rows until work measures 74 cm/ 29 ins.

Next Row (make 3 buttonholes):  Rib 4, YO, K2tog, *Rib 10, YO, K2tog*, rep *to* once more, rib to end of row.

Work 4 more rows in Pattern.

Cast off all sts.

Sew 3 wooden buttons to correspond with buttonholes.

 

Design by:  Michele Meadows