Sep 22, 2019

Tutorial for Bind Off

The tutorial for the Bind off  I used to join the cast on edge to the bind off edge.
1. Position the cast on edge behind the work, making sure that all the knots are hidden inside, between the two layers of your work.
Step 1
Step 1. The yarn is held behind both layers of your work. With right hand needle pull through the cast on edge.

Step 2
Step 2. Pull the yarn through the cast on edge.

Step 3
Step 3. Pull the yarn through the first stitch on left hand needle.

Step 4
Step 4. Remove the stitch from the left needle.
After the first stitch is on your right hand needle, continue step 1-4 for the second stitch. then continue with step 5.

Step 5
Step 5.  Lift the second stitch over the stitch next to it on your right hand needle.

Step 6
Step 6.  Bind off.

Bind off joining both sides of your work.
Continue with steps 1 - 6 until your reach the end of your work. Cut the yarn, pull through the last stitch and weave in ends.

Scraptastic Cowl

The pattern for the Scraptastic Cowl is here:
Scraptastic Cowl
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Knitting Pattern for Scraptastic Cowl

Scraptastic Scarf and Cowl

Scraptastic Cowl

Last year in September I finished the Scraptastic Infinity Scarf. It took me few years to actually make the scarf long enough to finish it, and I decided to make something smaller still using the small scraps of yarn from other knitting projects.
I probably started to knit the Scraptastic Cowl in January after I had enough tiny scraps and leftovers  of yarn to start the project.
Today is 86F (30 Celsius) and it is gorgeously beautiful early autumn day. Sun is shining, blue sky is perfect and I spent most of my day outside. Now that the sun is setting down and the weather cools down a bit I decided to write the pattern.

Scraptastic Cowl

Scraptastic Cowl
written by Stana D. S.
Scraptastic Cowl

Finished Measurements: My sample is 28" (72 cm)  in diameter and  9.5" (24 cm) high.

Material: Scrap Yarn from other knitting projects, preferably in similar weight. If using thinner yarn such as fingering weight, double the yarn. This is a fantastic project for all those tiny leftovers and small pieces of yarn that otherwise might be thrown out.

Recommended Needle Size: Circular Needles US 7/4.5 mm.

Notions: Yarn needle, scissors.

K = Knit
P = Purl
CO = Cast on
BO = Bind Off
St, sts = stitch, stitches

Pattern Notes:
This Scraptastic Cowl is knit in the rounds in double moss stitch pattern, using whatever scraps of yarn you have from other knitting projects. All the ends are conveniently hidden inside this double layered cowl. The CO edge is joined to the BO edge using technique similar to 3 Needle Bind Off.
Another option is to crochet chain through both edges instead of this BO.

Double Moss Stitch Pattern (worked in the round, over multiple of 4 sts):
Rnds 1 - 2: K2, P2.
Rnds 3 - 4: P2, K2.
Repeat Rnds 1 - 4 for the pattern.

CO 100 sts. Place the stitch marker, and begin working in the round, being careful not to twist the sts.
Work in the Double Moss Stitch Pattern using the various scraps of yarn in similar weight, connecting the scraps with a knot, and making sure the knots are all on one side.
Work in the pattern until you reach double the length of desired height of the cowl.
Make sure that all of the knots are on one side of your work. Pull the CO edge behind the live stitches on your needle, making sure that all the knots are on the inside of your work.
Start BO by pulling the yarn through the CO edge before the stitch on your needle.
I have created a picture tutorial for this BO technique.

Tutorial for the Bind off.

The pattern for the Scraptastic Infinity Scarf is here:

Scraptastic Infinity Scarf

Scraptastic Infinity Scarf

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Sep 21, 2019

Food KAL

In the past few weeks I was busy picking up fruits and vegetables from our garden and preserve them for the winter. Even though our plum trees produced only two plums, we are having some yellow raspberries and alpine strawberries to snack on and we still are having an abundance of cucumbers. I have been pickling them at least twice a week.
Our friends and family might be receiving homemade pickles as their Christmas presents.

Dog approves

I cannot really share the recipe for my pickling liquid as it seems to be every time slightly different. I am following the recipe my mom gave me when we started to do our own pickling.
She said: "I use water, vinegar, pickling salt, a bit of sugar, spices (All Spice, Black Peppercorn, Bay Leaves, Cinnamon, Clove), try how it tastes and add what you think is needed. In the jar put some mustard seeds, fresh dill, sliced onions, garlic, peppers, carrots and cucumbers. Fill the jars with liquid close the top and boil in a pot with a kitchen towel on the bottom for about twenty minutes."
We have been using her recipe for some time, experimenting with variety of flavors, adding hot peppers to some jars, etc. Each batch that I make tastes slightly different, and that is what I enjoy about it - the unpredictability of what it will taste like when we open a new jar of our pickles.


I was also thinking about the next KAL for my group on Ravelry. I decided that we should knit anything that is food related. Aprons, dishcloths, knitted food, knitted parts of a food chain...…
The Food related KAL will run from now until the end of October, when I will pick the grand prize winner and some more winners to win other things as well.

To start the KAL I am offering  a 25% discount on many of my food related knitting patterns. The coupon code is valid until September 25th midnight EST.


Use the coupon code Food to receive the discount.

Joint the fun and a chance to win my group Stana's critters etc on Ravelry.

photo by Knitpicks
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Sep 17, 2019

Knitting Patern for Golden Hour Fair Isle Scarf

In June I got to play with yarn. I had submitted an idea for a Fair Isle Scarf and it was accepted by I Like Knitting magazine. I received eleven skeins of yarn from Cascade Yarns company and I took them with me on my vacation. I was playing with the colors, while creating the pattern for the Golden Hour Fair Isle Scarf. Since I was on my vacation I had more time to knit than usually, and I finished the scarf in less than a week. I love the endless possibility of playing with the colors and creating a one of a kind scarf or just follow the direction and make the scarf as pictured in the sample.

Golden Hour Fair Isle Scarf
The pattern is part of the October issue of I Like Knitting Magazine.
Link here

photo by I Like Knitting
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