Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dulce Neck Cozy (PATTERN)

This is my version of what I guess is a pretty popular item to knit, a short scarf or neck cozy. This particular one was knit up as a Christmas gift for my mom. The stitch pattern is easy and you can complete the entire thing in one night.




* • • • • • Dulce Neck Cozy • • • • • *
NOTE: Scarflette worked with 2 strands DK weight yarn held together.
YARN:
2 skeins Rowan Tapestry in Whirlpool (DK weight. About 262 yds total)
NEEDLES: Size 11 (I didn't bother with gauge. Shame on me, I know)
EXTRAS: 2 buttons measuring 1" diameter (I used handmade buttons from Briar Rose Fibers)

INSTRUCTIONS:

(note: edited to add 3 garter stitches to edges)

Cast on 30 sts (or other even number)

Row 1 (RS): k4, [slip 1, k1, yarn over, pass slipped stitch over knit stitch and yarn over] repeat to last 4 sts, k4

Row 2 (WS): k3, purl to last 3 sts, k3

Repeat these two rows until you have worked 2"

Button hole rows:
(RS) k4, work pattern 2x, bind off 2 stitches, k1, work pattern 4x, bind off 2 stitches, k1, finish row in pattern to last 4 sts, k4.
(WS) k3, purl to bound off stitches, cast on 2, purl to next button hole, cast on 2, purl across to last 3 sts, k3.

Continue working rows 1 & 2 until piece measures desired length.

FINISHING:
Sew on the buttons, weave in the ends, and you're good to go!

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Fiddle Knits

(at left: stitch marker necklace from my shop: Fiddle Knits)

LOTS has been happening! Well, I suppose it's really more of the same as always, but more of it.... If that makes sense even in the slightest lol

I've been on a roll with Etsy. Loading new designs up to my jewelry shop and to my new Fiddle Knits shop. I'm having a blast with the stitch marker jewelry on Fiddle Knits. I've gotten some good feedback on it, although no sales on the shop quite yet...... Still doing a lot of promoting and trying to get the word out to knitters, and maybe more importantly, to the people who buy gifts for knitters. 'Cause ya know, every knitter and crocheter wants stitch marker jewelry for Christmas lol.

With the stitch marker jewelry I'm going to try and see if I can sell to some online shops at wholesale prices. I thought it might be cool to have my own little business going.... Not going to approach too many site, but I have a few in mind. If anyone picks up on it I'll probably stick with just selling there and on my own site. I've got so many things going these days between that jewelry, my regular jewelry, teaching, performing, rehearsing, and attempting to have a social life and not ignore my boyfriend. Oh wow. I never know if I'm coming or going. And to that list of things I do I'm dying to add spinning. Yeah, I'm a crazy person. But ya know what? It's awesome! ;)