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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.

Hat

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.

Turban

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.

Wristers

Simple Wristlets

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

Cowl

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.

Blizzard Socks

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

What can we do when that massive swirl of teeth-chattering cold weather known as the Polar Vortex, continues to drop in on us unannounced?  For starters, put on the kettle, make a pot of tea, and wait it out with a cosy pair of hand knit socks, the thicker the better.  This season, the knitting world has seen a remarkable shift towards bulky weight yarns, and no wonder, with this winter being one of the coldest in recent history.  Sirdar has hit a home run with a little fifty gram ball of awesomeness called KIKO, a bulky yarn scoring high points with an incredibly soft twist, and a pleasing palette of eight smudgy-printed colours.

 

Blizzard Socks

Blizzard Socks

These socks will rock your winter, as slippers to pull on when you come in the front door or a thermal layer to wear inside heavy boots to keep your feet extra warm while shoveling snow.  They are quick to knit, and an ideal project for first-time sock knitters.

 

Blizzard Socks in Sirdar Kiko

Blizzard Socks in Sirdar Kiko

 

BLIZZARD SOCKS
Size:  Women’s Medium
Yarn:  4 balls Sirdar KIKO (col no. 416)
Needles:  8.00 mm double point set
Tension:  10 sts and 14 rows = 10 cm/4 ins

Cast on 20 sts loosely, divide sts evenly onto 3 needles.
Join in round, place a marker on first st.
Work 6 rounds of K1/P1 ribbing.
Knit 20 rounds.
Heel Flap:
K 5, turn, P 10 = Heel Flap
Leave rem 10 sts on 2 spare needles.
Work back and forth on Heel Flap sts as follows-
Row 1- [Slip 1 knitways, k1] rep [to]
Row 2- Slip 1 purlways, p to end
Rep these 2 rows until heel flap meas 6 cm/ 2 1/2 ins ending with a Row 2.
Shape Heel:
Row 1- K3, k2tog tbl (through back loop), k5
Row 2- P3, p2tog, p2, turn
Row 3- K1, k2tog tbl, k1, turn
Row 4- P1, p2tog, p2, turn
Row 5- K2, k2tog tbl, k2, do not turn.
Pick up and k 8 sts along side of heel, place a marker, k 10 sts from spare needles onto 1 needle, place a marker, pick up and k 8 sts along opposite side of heel, k 3 sts from top of heel onto same needle (this will now be start of each round), slip next 2 sts onto 1st needle = 31 sts.
Rnd 1- K until 3 sts from 1st marker, k2tog, k1, k to next marker, k1, sl1, k1, psso, k to end
Rnd 2- Knit
Rep these 2 rnds until 19 sts remain.
Continue in Knit rounds until work meas 17.5 cm/ 7 ins from pick up row.
K 1 rnd, dec 1 st at centre of 2nd needle = 18 sts.
Shape Toe:
Rnd 1- K until 2 sts before 1st marker, [k2tog, k2tog tbl], k until 2 sts before next marker, rep [to], k to end
Rnd 2- Knit
Rep these 2 rnds until 10 sts remain.
Cut yarn and graft toe sts together.
Sew in ends.

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

One Hour Slouch Hat

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Keeping the heat in this winter while looking fashionably casual at the same time couldn’t be easier than pulling on this bulky slouch hat.  It covers the ears, is flattering to wear, and best of all takes only an hour to knit in Sirdar’s KIKO, one of our top picks this season for the splashy array of printed colours and the softly spun texture of the yarn.  Look for all eight shades at your local yarn store.

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 TWO- In a one horse open sleigh o’ the fields we go………..staying oh-so cosy and warm with a stylish slouch hat in a festive shade.   

 

KIKO Slouch Hat

KIKO Slouch Hat

Look for the matching cowl pattern in Week Three!

KIKO SLOUCH HAT

Size:  Women’s Medium

Width:   51 cm/ 20 ins

Length:  28 cm/ 11 ins

Yarn:  2  balls Sirdar KIKO (50g) col no. 417

Needles:  10.00 mm

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

 

Cast on 46 sts. Work in K2/P2 ribbing for 5 rows.

Continue in st st, dec 2 sts evenly spaced across first row = 44 sts.

When work measures 8 ins from cast on edge, ending with a wrong side row-

Shape Top:

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K4*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K3*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K2*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next Row- K1, *K2tog, K1*, rep *to*, end, K1

Next Row- P

Next row- *K2tog*, rep *to* = 8 sts

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

Sew side seam.