Sep 21, 2018

Work in Progress III.

My last few posts were all about knitting patterns that were published.
This post should be about the projects that are still work in progress...

Najin, the toy mystery KAL started with clue 1 last week. Today I have released second clue, there are two more clues waiting to be released in the next two weeks before the final pattern will be available.
The pattern is available in my Ravelry store.
If you would like to join the fun, it's happening right now in my Ravelry group Stana's critters etc.

Eyeball Coaster
In the past few weeks I have been super busy with work that will be published by a third party. It's fun and exciting, but in a  way it's also stressful with all those deadlines that comes from third party publishing. Yesterday, I just needed a break from it all, and started to knit something just for fun. I finished today and wrote up the pattern. It's being test knitted at the moment and will be available at the beginning of next month, just in time for others to knit before Halloween.

Voyager Sweater
It seems appropriate to finish this blog post with a note about my project named Voyager Sweater. I had to set it aside due to all of the contracted work, but I am slowly getting some work done on the pattern and grading, and hope to have it ready for test knit pretty soon. During my visit at home I have found an old image of me in my first ever finished knitted project - a sweater that I knitted when I was I think 14 years old.  Ever since I finished that first sweater (it was knit, with three colors intarsia, and I have made up the pattern and calculated the entire project by myself) I couldn't stop knitting sweaters. I made so many of them it's impossible to count, and then one day I just stopped. During those years I  have knitted many other projects, even few baby sweaters for my friend's babies, but I have not made a single sweater for myself. Last year when I went to Rhinebeck I think I found my long lost passion for knitting sweaters. I have decided to knit and also write up the pattern. The knitting part, including photography is done, now it's just the less fun part, sitting in front of the computer and write up the pattern in seven different sizes. It's rather tedious work, but it will be eventually done. 

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Sep 15, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Oriana

It looks like I have a soft spot for owls. So far I have created four different patterns for owls. I also like cables. Therefore I have combined the two together and created pattern for Oriana. The first sample is done in Knitpicks  Color Mist yarn. The second sample is done in sport weight yarn held double.

The other owls

Oriana is worked from the bottom, in the round from center out. The body has a Saxon braided cable in the front and in the back. The head has simple stockinette stitch. The top is closed with Kitchener stitch. Two wings are knit separately and sewn on, or simply pick up the CO sts on the sides of the body at the beginning of stockinette stitch section. The ears are created by sewing through the top to the bottom a few times. Optional is to use knitted eyes instead of the two buttons. The beak is knit in the round and sewn on.

You can purchase the pattern in my Ravelry store (link on the side of the blog) or by clicking on this button:

Oriana and Oriana II
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Sep 12, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Mandala Scarf

Mandala Scarf

This completely reversible pattern is worked with knit and purl stitches only. Pictured sample is done in Lion Brand Mandala yarn, but similar color effect could be achieved by using skeins of different colors or just one color for more monochromatic approach. The 2x2 ribbing on both ends create a nice finishing touch.
The pattern offers two variety of Mandala Scarf pattern with two width options.
Finished Measurements:
Wide version: 54” (138 cm) long and 11” (28 cm) wide.
Thin version: 76” (193 cm) long and 8” (21 cm) wide.
The pattern can be purchased in my Ravelry Store or by clicking on this button:

Mandala Scarf
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Sep 10, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Bark Scarf

I had another knitting pattern published by Knitpicks this past week. It's a part of their new book collection named Flaunt.

My Bark Scarf is available as a single download, or as a part of the e-book, or book collection.
This scarf is knit flat, in bulky weight yarn, Biggo yarn and finished in no time at all.

photo by Knitpicks 
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Sep 9, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Alux Slouch Hat

Photo by Knitpicks
Everyone needs sparkling yarn in their lives. And even more everyone should have a perfect slouchy hat knit in in sparkling yarn with a large pompom.

My new pattern Alux Slouch Hat combines both. You will need only two skeins of their Alux yarn a fingering weight yarn in Baby Alpaca and Lurex mix. and one large pompom.

The pattern is free and can be downloaded here.

Slouchy Hat
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Sep 6, 2018

Knitting Pattern for Scraptastic Infinity Scarf

I have several deadlines looming over my head in my knitting world. Yet somehow I keep returning to work on this scrap yarn project. It seems odd to knit such a heavy scarf, especially today when temperature is in the 90's F (30Celsia). The weather calls for a trip to a lake rather then working on a long scarf that has been on my knitting needles for several years, but somehow I feel the urge to finally finish it and be ready when the winter comes.

Scraptastic Infinity Scarf

I couldn't stop until the scarf was finished.


Here is the knitting pattern for:
Scraptastic Infinity Scarf 
by Stana D. S.

Finished Measurements: 5" (12.5 centimeters) width (including I-cord edge) and 100" (250 centimeters) (or whatever length you wish to achieve)

Gauge: 20 sts & 27 rows = 4" (10 cm) in stockinette stitch.

Material: Scrap Yarn from other knitting projects in similar weight. It's a great way to use up all those little leftovers. And about 80 yards ( 74 meters)5 of CC yarn for the I-cord.

Recommended Needle Size: US 5/3.75 mm. Also DPN US # 5/3.75 mm ( set of 5).

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors, crochet hook.

K = knit
P = purl
Sl. st. = slipped stitch
CC = Contrast yarn
CO = cast on
BO = bind off.

Pattern Notes:
This Scraptastic Infinity Scarf is knit flat in double moss stitch pattern, using whatever scraps of yarn you have from your other knitting projects. The last stitch of each row is slipped without knitting it for a nicer edge. After achieving desired length, use 3 Needle BO to join the CO edge with the BO edge. For hiding all the ends, make sure they all stay on the WS when knitting the scarf. Then join the two long edges with an I-cord for a neat edge. For this I-cord I  would suggest to use a singular colored yarn to avoid connecting the various scraps of yarn.

Double Moss Stitch Pattern (worked over 50 sts):
1Row: (K2, P2) 12x, K1, Sl. st.
2 Row: (P2, K2) 12x, P1, Sl. st.
3 Row: (P2, K2) 12x, P1, Sl. st.
4 Row: (K2, P2) 12x, K1, Sl. st.
Repeat Rows 1 - 4 for the pattern.

I-cord edge:
With  CC yarn and double pointed needle cast on 3 additional sts on left needle. Position the yarn behind and work as follows: 
Pick up 1 st through both edges. Position the yarn behind and work as follows:  
Knit first 2 sts. Knit next 2 sts together. Return the 3 sts back onto left needle and repeat.
Continue the I-cord, attaching it around the edge until you reach the beginning of your I-cord. Cut the yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread the end on a yarn needle. Pull the end through the remaining stitches on the needles, gather up and close the hole, stitch to secure.

CO 50 sts. Work in the various scrap of yarn in similar weight (from light to worsted, connecting the scraps with a knot, and making sure the knots are all on the wrong side.
Work all Rows in the Double Moss Stitch Pattern until you reach desired length.
When you are ready to BO, join the CO edge with the BO and use the method 3 Needle BO on the wrong side, making sure the right side are facing each other.
After joining the CO and BO edge, turn the work and bend it lengthwise in half with RS outside and the WS inside. Attach  CC yarn and join the two edges together with an I-cord.

Wrong Side of the Scraptastic Infinity Scarf
Right Side of the Scraptastic Infinity Scarf

Attaching the I-cord along the edge
Scraptastic Infinity Scarf  I-cord edge
Scraptastic Infinity Scarf