Sunday, 20 October 2013

Felted Lace Wrap Pattern

Just released this week, Felted Lace Wrap:

Felted Lace Wrap knitting pattern by Littletheorem

Felted Lace Wrap knitting pattern by Littletheorem

Felted Lace Wrap knitting pattern by Littletheorem

An easy lace pattern in worsted weight wool (so it's quick to knit)! The wrap is lightly felted once it's done which gives it a fuzzy, worn-in look, and softens it up. Available to download from Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.


Felted Lace Wrap knitting pattern by Littletheorem

Felted Lace Wrap knitting pattern by Littletheorem



Yarn: Croft Wools Aran weight Gotland yarn, one 250g skein. Available by mail order from http://www.croftwools.co.uk/wool.html

Gauge: 14 sts = 4” with 6.5mm / US 10.5 needles before blocking.

Needles: One 40” 6.5mm / US 10.5 circular needle.

Extras: Two stitch markers

Dimensions: 16” x 60”

Friday, 4 October 2013

Asphodel Shawl

I've just released a new lace pattern, Asphodel Shawl:


A stunning lace shawl with a geometric design. There are three distinct bands of lace in the shawl, working from larger to smaller diamonds with a lace edge. The shawl is constructed as a traditional triangular shawl, with the lace patterns to the right and left sides of the spine mirror images of each other.

Asphodel is available on Ravelry, Craftsy and Etsy.

Asphodel knitted lace shawl by Littletheorem


Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace or other laceweight yarn. Two skeins = 840 yards / 768m.



Gauge: 21 sts = 4” with 4mm / US 6 needles after blocking. Exact gauge isn't crucial though.



Needles: One 40”/100cm 4mm / US 6 circular needle.



Extras: Two stitch markers, crochet hook and yarn in a contrasting colour for provisional cast on, 4.5mm/US7 needle for bind-off, pins and a large towel for blocking.



Dimensions: makes a triangle 58” across

and 29” high after blocking.



Asphodel knitted lace shawl by Littletheorem


Asphodel knitted lace shawl by Littletheorem


Sunday, 8 September 2013

Islay Hat


 
A simple unisex hat in a stylish textured stitch pattern. Includes directions for two sizes.


Islay hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem. Twisted Moss Stitch.


Yarn: Shilasdair Luxury dk 35 (45)g from a 100g skein.



Needles: Set of four 4mm / US 6 double pointed needles (dpns), or one 4mm/US 6 circular needle for magic loop.



Gauge: 18 stitches and 26 rows = 4” in Twisted Moss Stitch.



Dimensions: 18 (21.5)” around. Stretches to fit the average ladies (mens) head.

Notation:

CO = cast on

k = knit

p = purl

k1b= knit 1 into back of next stitch

k2tog = knit next two stitches together

k1bw = knit one into the stitch directly below the next stitch on the needle.

dpn = double pointed needle


Techniques

k1bw

Knit into the stitch below by inserting needle as shown:

How to knit twisted moss stitch

 
Stitch Patterns

Twisted Rib

Round 1: *k1b, p1* to end of row.

Repeat round 1 for pattern.



Twisted Moss Stitch

Round 1: purl.

Round 2: *k1bw, k1* to end of round.

Round 3: purl.

Round 4: *k1, k1bw* to end of round.

Repeat these four rows for pattern.

Islay hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem. Twisted Moss Stitch.





Directions:



CO 80 (96) stitches over three dpns or on circular needle for magic loop method. Join stitches in the round ensuring they're not twisted and if using circular needle, place marker for beginning of round.



Work in Twisted Rib Pattern for 8 (10) rounds, then knit one round.



Work in Twisted Moss Stitch until hat measures approximately 6½” (7½”), finishing with Round 3 of pattern



For smaller size, follow instructions for decreases immediately below. For larger size, follow instructions below that, headed "Decreases for Larger Size".



Decreases for Smaller Size

Decrease round 1: *(k1, k1bw) four times, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 2: *p8, k1* to end of round

Decrease round 3: *(k1bw, k1) three times, k1bw k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 4: *p7, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 5: *(k1, k1bw) three times, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 6: *p6, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 7: *(k1bw, k1) twice, k1bw k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 8: *p5, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 9: *(k1, k1bw) twice, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 10: *p4, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 11: *k1bw, k1, k1bw, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 12: *p3, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 13: *k1, k1bw, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 14: *p2 k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 15: *k1bw, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 16: *k2tog* to end of round.



Decreases for Larger Size

Decrease round 1: * (k1, k1bw) five times, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 2: *p10, k1* to end of round

Decrease round 3: *(k1bw, k1) four times, k1bw k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 4: *p9, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 5: *(k1, k1bw) four times, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 6: *p8, k1* to end of round

Decrease round 7: *(k1bw, k1) three times, k1bw k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 8: *p7, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 9: *(k1, k1bw) three times, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 10: *p6, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 11: *(k1bw, k1) twice, k1bw k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 12: *p5, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 13: *(k1, k1bw) twice, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 14: *p4, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 15: *k1bw, k1, k1bw, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 16: *p3, k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 17: *k1, k1bw, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 18: *p2 k1* to end of round.

Decrease round 19: *k1bw, k2tog* to end of round.

Decrease round 20: *k2tog* to end of round.



You should have 8 stitches left. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Thread the long tail onto a needle, and slip the remaining stitches onto the thread. Pull tight and sew over the little hole at the top a few times. Weave in the loose ends on the wrong side and you're done!



Copyright Littletheorem: Do not reproduce in full or in part without the author's written permission.

Islay hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem. Twisted Moss Stitch.

 





Sunday, 18 August 2013

Knit 1 Pearl 1

A cute knitted storage box with pearl detail

trinket box knitting pattern


Yarn: Rowan R2 Rag One ball = 25m/27yds



Needles: One set of 5 6.5mm/US 10.5 double pointed needles



Gauge: 12 stitches = 4” in stocking stitch using 6.5mm/US 10.5 needles. (exact gauge isn't crucial but your knitting should be pretty tight)



Dimensions: 4” x 3” x 2”



Extras: Crochet hook for weaving in ends, needle and thread, three freshwater pearl beads



Notation

k = knit

p = purl

dpn = double pointed needle





Stitch Patterns

Stocking Stitch

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Repeat these two rows for pattern


Garter Stitch in the round:

Round 1: knit

Round 2: purl

Repeat these two rows for pattern


Techniques

Pick Up and Knit

The edge stitches of a piece of knitted fabric look like a column of v shapes. To pick up and knit from the edge, put your needle under the v from front to back, bring your yarn round the needle and pull it through, this is one more stitch on your needle.



If working from a cast on edge, put your needle under each cast on stitch from front to back, bring yarn round the needle and pull it through. Work from left to right along the edge of the knitting picking up and knitting stitches as you go.



Directions

Cast on 10 stitches. Work in stocking stitch for 10 rows, starting with a knit row (it'll be ok to use dpns for this since you have so few stitches).



Next row: k10, with a second dpn, pick up and knit 10 stitches from the left hand side of your knitting, with third dpn, pick up and knit 10 stitches from cast on edge, with fourth dpn, pick up and knit 10 stitches from right hand side of your knitting. You should have 40 stitches on the needles and be ready to work in the round.



In the round (i.e. the next stitches you work will be from the first dpn), work in garter stitch for 8 rows, starting with a purl row. It may be easier for you to work with the box turned inside out.



Bind off all stitches tightly.



Finishing

Weave in any loose ends. Sew the three pearl beads to the bottom of the box as shown.

beaded knitting pattern

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Caora Fibres


I've started a new Etsy shop, Caora Fibres, selling my own range of spinning fibre. It mainly sells batts, but also some handspun and knitted items from my own batts. 


Caora Fibres spinning fibre batts

We aim to carefully select and blend top quality fibres by hand to give you the best possible materials for your spinning and felting. We love producing beautiful semi-solid, jewel tones; subtle gradients and luxurious blends of natural, undyed fibres.


Please pay us a wee visit, or pass this link on to any friends who spin!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Birch Cardigan

Just released a new pattern! Birch Cardigan is a seamless, top-down knit with instructions for 10 sizes.


Birch Cardigan knitting pattern by Littletheorem. lace cardigan pattern

Available to purchase on Ravelry, Etsy and Craftsy.

Hope you like it!

Birch Cardigan knitting pattern by Littletheorem. lace cardigan pattern






 

Monday, 10 June 2013

Exciting News!


Whoop whoop! I'm this week's Cut Out and Keep Knit and Crochet Superstar. Every day this week a pattern will be released on Cut Out and Keep. You can read the interview and see the links to the patterns here

First pattern up, my Lomond Hat:

Lomond hat. Free knitting pattern by littletheorem. Chunky moss stitch bobble hat.

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Lomond Hat

A cute hat that'll keep your ears warm. Knits up quickly in cosy chunky yarn.

Lomond hat. Free knitting pattern by littletheorem. Chunky moss stitch bobble hat.



Yarn: Quince and Co. Puffin, one skein = 112 yards/102 metres

Needles: One 6.5mm/US 10½ 100cm/40” circular needle, plus four 6.5mm/US 10½ double pointed needles if not using magic loop method.

Gauge: 12 stitches = 4” in stocking stitch using 6.5mm/US 10½ needles.

Dimensions: To fit an average ladies head (about 22” around).

Notation:
k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit next two stitches together
w&t = wrap and turn.
dc = double crochet (please note that in the USA this is called single crochet!)

Techniques
Wrap and Turn
On the right side:
Bring yarn to the front, slip next stitch (this is the “wrapped stitch”) onto right hand needle, bring yarn to the back, slip wrapped stitch back onto left hand needle, turn your work.
On the wrong side:
Bring yarn to the back, slip next stitch (this is the “wrapped stitch”) onto right hand needle, bring yarn to the front, slip wrapped stitch back onto left hand needle, turn your work.
See youtube video here.

To work a wrapped stitch together with its wrap:
When you get to the wrapped stitch, lift the wrap (the bit of yarn wrapping round the wrapped stitch) onto the end of the left hand needle and knit/purl this together with the wrapped stitch.
Youtube video here.

Stitch Patterns
Double Moss Stitch:
Row 1: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 2: *k1 p1* to end of row.
Row 3: *p1 k1* to end of row.
Row 4: *p1 k1* to end of row.

Stockinette Stitch in the round:
Knit every round.

Directions:

Moss Stitch Band
Cast on 56 stitches, do not join in the round. Work in Double Moss Stitch for 3”. Either join in the round and place marker for beginning of round working using magic loop method, or transfer to four double pointed needles for working in the round.

Short Row Shaping
You should have 56 stitches joined in the round. Place four more markers (we'll call them M1, M2, M3 and M4) as follows:
Place M1 after stitch 17, M2 after stitch 21, M3 after stitch 35 and M4 after stitch 39. Knit to one stitch before M4, w&t. Purl to one stitch before M1, w&t. Knit to one stitch before M3, w&t. Purl to one stitch before M2, w&t.

Crown
Work in stockinette stitch in the round. In the first round after the short row shaping, work wraps together with wrapped stitches. You can remove M1, M2, M3 and M4 after you've done this. Continue working in stockinette until the stockinette section measures 3”, measuring at the beginning of the round. Now decrease as follows:

Decrease round 1: *k6 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 2: knit.
Decrease round 3: *k5 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 4: knit.
Decrease round 5 *k4 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 6: knit.
Decrease round 7: *k3 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 8: *k2 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 9: *k1 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 10: *k2tog* to end of round.

You should have 7 stitches left. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Thread the long tail onto a needle, and slip the 7 remaining stitches onto the thread. Pull tight and sew over the little hole at the top a few times.

Finishing
Starting from where you joined in the round, dc right round the bottom edge of the hat. Make up a 3” pompom and sew to the top of the hat. Weave in any loose ends and you're done!

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Monday, 1 April 2013

Cladach Hat

A cute, quick knit hat in an easy to memorise lace pattern.

Cladach hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem. Lace knitting chunky alpaca



Yarn: Rowan Lima, 1 skein = 109 yards/100 metres

Needles: Set of four 5mm / US 8 double pointed needles (dpns), or one 5mm/US 8 circular needle for magic loop.

Gauge: 22 stitches and 28 rows =
4” in stocking stitch using 5mm needles,
ball-band gauge: 20sts = 4” in stocking stitch with 5.5mm needles.

Dimensions: To fit an average ladies head (about 22” around).

Notation:
CO = cast on
k = knit
kb= knit into back of next stitch
p = purl
yo = bring yarn forward
k2 tog = knit next two stitches together
sk2p = slip 1, k2tog, pass slipped stitch over.

Stitch Patterns
Twisted Rib
Round 1: *kb1 p1* to end of row.
Repeat Round 1 for pattern.

Cladach Lace Chart
Knit rows 2, 4, 6 and 8.

Cladach Lace Written Pattern:
Round 1: *p2 yo k3 sk2p k3 yo* to end.
Round 2: knit
Round 3: *p2 k1 yo k2 sk2p k2 yo k1* to end.
Round 4: knit
Round 5: *p2 k2 yo k1 sk2p k1 yo k2* to end.
Round 6: knit
Round 7: *p2 k3 yo sk2p yo k3* to end.
Round 8: knit.

Directions:

CO 72 stitches over three dpns (27 stitches on first needle, 27 on second, 18 on third) or on circular needle for magic loop method. Join stitches in the round ensuring they're not twisted and if using circular needle, place marker for beginning of row.

Work in Twisted Rib Pattern for 10 rounds, then work set up round as follows.

Set up round: *p2 yo k7 yo* until end of round. You should now have 88 stitches.

Work in Cladach Lace Pattern, starting on Round 2. Work to the end of the chart/written instructions, then work chart/written instructions three more times in full.

Work in stocking stitch (i.e. knit every round) for four rounds, then decrease as follows:

Decrease round 1: *k9 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 2: knit.
Decrease round 3: *k8 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 4: knit.
Decrease round 5 *k7 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 6: knit.
Decrease round 7: *k6 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 8: knit.
Decrease round 9: *k5 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 10: *k4 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 11: *k3 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 12: *k2 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 13: *k1 k2tog* to end of round.
Decrease round 14: *k2tog* to end of round.

You should have 8 stitches left. Cut the yarn, leaving a 6” tail. Thread the long tail onto a needle, and slip the 8 remaining stitches onto the thread. Pull tight and sew over the little hole at the top a few times. Weave in the loose ends on the wrong side and you're done!

Cladach hat free knitting pattern by Littletheorem. Lace knitting chunky alpaca


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