Archive for December, 2014

Poems Wrist Socks

Saturday, December 20th, 2014

This week we are keeping things merry and bright in the twinkling colours of the season with a project that is sure to bring jolly smiles around the Christmas tree.  As a stocking stuffer or ‘after holiday’ gift, these cosy wrist socks are as much fun to knit as they are to wear.

May your holidays sparkle and shine

with moments of love, laughter, and goodwill.

From all of us at Diamond Yarn, we wish joy and peace

to you and yours this festive season.  


Knit in Poems Sock, a superwash wool and nylon blend yarn that is magically-dyed to allow colors to gradually travel from one set to the next, and repeat again all within one 100g ball.  Choose from nineteen gradient shades and knit a pair or two!





Finished Size: 25.5 cm/10 ins x 19 cm/7 1/2 ins

Yarn: 100g Poems Sock by Wisdom Yarns (col #958)

Needles: 2.75 mm double point set

Tension: 32 sts and 40 rows = 10 cm/4 ins

Right Wrist Sock-

Cast on 60 sts, and divide evenly onto three needles.  Join in round, being careful not to twist sts over needle.  Place a marker on first st.

Work in knit rounds for 20 cm/8 ins.

Thumb Opening-

With a scrap piece of fingering weight yarn in a contrast colour, knit across first 10 sts, slip these 10 sts back onto left needle, now knit across these 10 sts in main yarn, continue across round (scrap yarn will be removed later). Work in knit rounds until 25.5 cm/10 ins.  Cast off all sts purlways on next round.  Remove scrap yarn carefully and place 10 sts from bottom of opening on a needle and 10 sts from top of opening on a second needle.  Divide sts onto three needles, rejoin yarn and work in knit rounds until thumb measures 2.5 cm/1 ins or desired length.  Cast off all sts purlways on next round.

Left Wrist Sock-

Make a second wrist sock to match, working thumb opening over last 10 sts instead of first 10 sts.

Design by: Michele Meadows 

Top Ten BIG Knits

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Take a deep breath, and relax, even with the holiday hoopla descending faster than a flurry of snowflakes, there is still time to get out your secret weapon, the BIG needles.  They are ready and able to cast on a few more last minute gift ideas and get you to the finish line before the final roll of wrapping paper runs out.

This week the spotlight is on fast and fabulous gift ideas, in a few of our favorite cozy, bulky, marshmallow-soft yarns, Kiko, Ushya, Big Softie, Rasta and Paloma, all knit on BIG needles with just one or two skeins.  These ten FREE Patterns are complimentary from the wonderful designers on Ravelry.

Merry Knitting!

Quick Mittens

Really Quick Mittens

1. Really Quick Mittens – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of 9 mm double pointed needles.

Margot Cowl

Margot Cowl

2. Margot Cowl – requires two skeins of Mirasol Ushya (double strand) and a 15 mm circular needle.


Moss Stitch Rib Hat

3. Moss Stitch Rib Hat – requires two skeins of Debbie Bliss Paloma, and a pair of 9 mm and 10 mm needles.


Two Hour Turban

4. Two Hour Turban – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta (makes two turbans) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Big Softie Cowl and Beret

Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret

5. Speedy Cabled Cowl and Beret – requires three balls of Sirdar Big Softie (for the set) and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Rainbow Twist Cowl

Rainbow Twist Cowl

6. Rainbow Twist Cowl – requires 1 skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 12 mm needles.

The Big Hat

The Big Hat

7. The Big Hat – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a 10 mm circular needle.


Simple Wristlets

8. Simple Wristlets – require one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a set of double pointed 8 mm needles.


Aujourd’hui Cowl

9. Aujourd’hui Cowl – requires one skein of Malabrigo Rasta and a pair of 10mm needles.

Kiko Slouch Hat

Kiko Slouch Hat

10. Kiko Slouch Hat – requires two balls of Sirdar Kiko and a pair of 10 mm needles.

Blackberry Slouch Hat

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

The holiday rush is in full fa-la-la-la mode, and its a dazzling display of twinkly lights brightening up downtown shops, fringed by towering pine trees trimmed in festive grandeur.  Add a few cookie swaps, Christmas concerts, and all those get-togethers to attend, whew………isn’t it good to know some gifts can knit up in a hurry?

This week’s project is a softly-textured slouch hat designed to fit teens to adults knit in Sulka by Mirasol, a splurge of merino, silk and alpaca all rolled into one sweet skein.


Mirasol Sulka in Blackberry

Mirasol Sulka in Blackberry

Ripe and ready for winter knitting, Sulka offers more than forty richly-hued choices, from Snow White to Pacific Rim.  

Blackberry Slouch Hat

Blackberry Slouch Hat


Finished Size: Women’s Medium (25.5 cm/10 ins x 56 cm/22 ins)

Yarn: 3 skeins Mirasol Sulka (col #242)

Needles: 6.00 mm-60 cm/24 ins and 7.00 mm-60 cm/24 ins circular

Tension: 14 sts and 18 rows = 10 cm/4 ins over Pattern St on 7.00 mm needles

MK: (P3tog, k3tog, p3tog) all into next 3 stitches

YO: yarn over needle

Cast on 72 sts, with smaller needle, join in round, being careful not to twist sts over needle.

Place a marker on first st.

Rnd 1- [P2, k2] rep

Rnd 2- [P2, k1, yo, k1] rep

Rnd 3- [P2, k3] rep

Rnd 4- [P2, sl1, k2, pass sl st over k2] rep

Rep these 4 rnds 2 more times.

Change to larger needle and k 2 rnds, inc 6 sts evenly spaced across first rnd = 78 sts.

Continue in Pattern St as follows-

Rnd 1- [K3, MK] rep

Rnd 2 & 3- K

Rnd 4- [MK, k3] rep

Rnd 5 & 6- K

Rep these 6 rnds until hat measures 23 cm/9 ins from cast on edge.

Shape Top:

Next Rnd- [K4, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K3, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K2, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K1, k2tog] rep

Next Rnd- [K2tog] rep = 13 sts.

Cut yarn and draw through remaining sts, tighten and secure.

Design by: Michele Meadows