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On The Buses – Free Garter Rib Beanie Pattern

Everyone seems to love a Boring Blokes Beanie, but as a knitter they can be very boring to make over and over again. And as the BBB is one of my biggest selling beanies I need some variety to keep me enthused to knit them.

This hat is worked from the brim up, in the round. No seams needed.

Gauge:

My gauge for the finished hat was 20st X 38 row over the garter rib pattern, washed and blocked

Size:

Medium: circumference 50cm (19.5”) unstretched. Fits head circumference 56cm (22”) Length 23cms, allows turn up of 3 to 4 cms

Size can be adjusted by adding or subtracting 5 sts from the cast on edge and adjusting the length knit prior to the reduction for the crown

Materials

Yarn: 100gms 8 ply Yarn – I used Country 8ply by Cleckheaton

Needles: 40cm 4mm circular needles, set of four 4 mm double point needles for reducing the crown

Abbreviations:

sts – sts

p – purl

k – knit

k2tog – knit two stitches together

instructions in brackets (….) are repeated

Rnd – Round

Body

Cast on 100 sts, join in the round being careful not to twist. Place a stitch marker to mark the beginning of round.

Rnd 1 : knit

Rnd 2: (p4,k1) repeat to end

Repeat Rnds 1 and 2 until 18cm is worked, or longer for a deeper turn up.

Reduce crown (switch to double point needles when required)

Rnd 1 (k3, k2tog)

Rnd 2 (p3, k1) repeat to end

Rnd 3 knit

Rnd 4 (p3, k1)

Rnd 5 knit

Rnd 6 (p3, k1)

Rnd 7 (k2 k2tog)

Rnd 8 (p2, k1)

Rnd 9 k

Rnd 10 (p2. K1)

Rnd 11 k

Rnd 12 (p2,K1)

Rnd 13 (k1, k2tog)

Rnd14 (p1,k1)

Rnd 15 k

Rnd 16 (p1,k1)

Rnd 17 (k2tog)

Rnd 18 knit

Rnd 19 (k2tog)

Break yarn leaving a 30cm tail. Thread tail through live stitches, pull to close top of hat. Secure by threading through a couple more times.

Sew ends in securely.

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Spiral Toe Up Tube Socks

 

Photo on left  is a size 4 ladies and on right size 9 ladies and the socks fits both.

Spiral tube socks were often knit during the war for soldiers as they have no heel so fit a variety of feet sizes. The purpose of the spiral toe is to allow the sock to be worn in any position. They also wear evenly as the heel can be rotated. The stretchy nature of the spiral pattern makes for a nice fit.

My sock starts with a spiral toe, then is worked in a spiral stitch pattern for the foot and leg and finished with a rib cuff.

Materials: 4ply sock yarn
Needles: set of 4 x 2.75mm, 20cm double pointed needles

Using a figure 8 cast on cast on 10sts on 2 of the 4 needles

Abbreviations:

k = Knit, Kfb = Knit into the front and back of stitch p = Purl

Round 1 k (10sts)

Round 2 *k1, kfb repeat (15)
Round 3 k ( dividing stitches onto 3 needles, 5 sts on each)
Round 4 * k2,kfb repeat (20)
Round 5 & 6 Knit
Round 7 *k3, kfb, repeat (25)
Round 8 & 9 Knit
Round 10 *k4, kfb, repeat (30)
Round 11 & 12 Knit
Round 13 *k5, kfb, repeat (35)
Round 14, 15,16 Knit
Round 17 *k6, kfb, repeat (40)
Round 18, 19,20 Knit
Round 21 *k7, kfb, repeat (45)
Round 22,23,24 Knit
Round 25 *k8, kfb, repeat (50)
Round 26, 27, 28 Knit
Round 29 *k9, kfb, repeat (55)

Work leg
Work in a spiral *k3,p1 repeat until sock measures desired length.
Increase one stitch in final round of pattern (56)

Cuff
Work in K2,p2 rib for 5cms

Cast off with a stretchy bind off.

My tutorial for a figure 8 cast on is on YouTube

I will write up the pattern for an 8 ply version in the near future.

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The BBB (The beautiful, boy, beanie)

89486950-2490-4101-A01F-8AD5F223D858Designed for my conservative men. This is a blokes beanie with a little more interest in the pattern than a 2×2 rib, to keep us knitters engaged. The pattern was adapted into the round from the Mon Tricot dictionary. A lovely old book I found in an op shop years ago, it was well worn when I got it and now even more so!

This beanie dose not have a turned up brim, nor does it suit one as the pattern is not reversible.as

Knit in dull colours this will be a sure fire winner with your bloke too

Abbreviations

K – Knit, P – Purl, K2tog – Knit two together SSK slip, slip, knit those two stitches together
St(s) – Stitch, stitches

Yarn:
8ply/DK/ light worsted yarn
I’ve knitted a couple of these with my handspun.

Gauge
My gauge on unstretched fabric was 4 sts per inch on 4.5mm needles.
Knit for gauge, by knitting a couple of inches of the hat then check to see this will fit a head.

Size:
A moss stitch rib doesn’t have the same elasticity as a 2 x2 rib.
There is some stretch in this hat. The width of hat is 20cm (8 inches) unstretched in the teen size.  To change the size, change the number of stitches cast on, for the pattern to work the cast on number must be a multiple of 4. Increasing the length will also alter the size.

Needles etc…
4.5mm, 40 cm circulars or your preferred needles for knitting in the round.
A Stitch marker for marking beginning of round.

Notes:
For a smooth join I like to cast on one extra stitch and knit this together with the first stitch of the round. Instructions for round 1 are written in this way.

Pattern

Starting at brim-
Cast on 85 st (teen) 93st (medium) 97 (large) slip last stitch onto left needle.
Place beginning of round marker on right needle.

Round 1 k2tog, k2, p1, (k3,p1) repeat () to end of round (84 sts)

Round 2 (k2,p1,k1) to end of round
Round 3. (k3,p1) to end of round

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 until hat measures 20 cm (8 inches) or length desired from cast on.

Shape top
Note: as number of stitches decrease switch to double pointed needles, or magic loop method

Round 1 (K2, p2tog) repeat to end (63 sts)
Round 2 Knit, to end
Round 3 (K2tog, p1) repeat to end(42 sts)
Round 4 knit, to end
Round 5 ssk, to end (21 sts)

Continue to ssk, until 6 sts remain.

Break yarn.
Thread yarn through remaining stitches pull to tighten and thread end to inside of hat, secure by running thread through gathered stitches then weaving in end.

Weave in beginning yarn.

Finishing

Wash in wool wash and lay flat to dry.
Don’t skip the finishing. It evens out the stitching, giving a more professional look to your work. When selling your work you need to ensure the item survives washing!

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Jamestown Show Hat

 

I wrote this pattern up for the Jamestown Show, Sheep to Hat challenge. The challenge was to shear a sheep, spin it’s fleece and knit a hat. We timed ourselves and I designed the hat to enable five knitters to work on the hat at the same time.  We completed the hat in 3 hours and 24 minutes a time to beat next year.

The day was a lot of fun, with many of our audience having never seen spinning before! Many thanks to the great team who travelled from as far away as Adelaide and Whyalla to participate. Ally was brave enough to put the unwashed hat upon her head.

The hat is now residing in the kitchen at the shop, waiting for next years Show. I had many asking for the pattern so here it is. It would make a great beginners project only needing cast on, knit stitch and knit two together. If using a commercial yarn I would use a 10ply. The pattern could be easily adjusted for a child by using a lighter weight yarn, or by changing the number of stitches in the section.

 

Hat Pattern

Yarn: handspun yarn around wpi 10
Needles: 4.5mm

Hat is made in five sections and seamed together.

Make 5 sections

Cast on 20st
Knit every row until piece measures 22cms

Decrease for crown
Decrease row – K2tog, knit to end
Repeat decrease row until 1 st remains.

Break yarn and finish

Using mattress stitch, seam the five pieces together along the long side.

If you do Knit the hat please share the results with me.

 

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Toddler Key Hole scarf

 

Toddler Key Hole garter stitch scarf

8ply yarn      70gms  (I used 1 1/2 balls of Woolly Jack and Jill 100% Pure Wool)
4mm straight needles

Cast on 22 sts
Work knitting in garter stitch for 10cm.

Knit key hole
Knit 11 sts turn knit 20rows on the 11 sts only.
Break yarn, rejoin to un worked 11 sts and knit 21 rows

Work across all 22 sts
Knit for 60cm
Bind off

Sew in ends.