Friday, March 2, 2012

Cabled Boot Toppers

Cabled Boot Toppers

Using a bulky-weight yarn (4-5), and size 8 needles, CO 46 stitches (sized small; for larger sizes, increase cast-on by 16 stitches (to keep ribbing pattern) for larger sizes. I have only test-knitted for size small.)

Work in K2, P2 ribbing for 2 ½ inches. Knit 3 rows in stockinette stitch, ending with a knit row.

Begin cable pattern. From Leisure Arts Beginner’s Guide Knit Stitches & Easy Projects, page 13, Tight Braid Cable. Repeat the pattern in this way: K5, cable pattern for 10 stitches*, Repeat to * to end of row. Continue for five sets of cable pattern (4 rows in each set of pattern). Bind off all stitches. Block.

Diagonal Stripe Baby Blanket

Diagonal Baby Blanket
Using a super bulky (6) yarn and size 13 US needles, cast on five stitches. (I would try three next time as I got a weird corner and had to stitch it together—too flat and not pointy enough.)

Rows 1-5:
Odd rows: K3, YO, K to end

Even rows: K3, YO, P to end (stockinette in the body of the blanket)
Rows 6-10:

Even rows: K3, YO, P to end (this will start a stockinette stitch section going the opposite direction to give the striping effect)
Odd rows: K3, YO, K to end

Repeat these five-row sections, alternating to create striping. When you’ve reached the ½-way mark (your decision—I used one full skein of 60m length yarn and when I started the second skein, I started my decrease), begin the decreasing pattern:
Rows 1-5:

Odd rows: K2, K2tog, YO, K2tog, either K or P to end of row (depending on what section you are starting on)
Even rows: K2, K2tog, YO, K2tog, do the opposite (K or P) to end of row.

Continue until five stitches remain. To create a nice corner, when binding off, BO1, K2, BO2tog, BO to end. (to BO2tog, knit over 2 stitches to have 3 on your right-hand needle. Instead of picking up one stitch to pass over for BO, pick up both bottom stitches and pass them over, leaving one stitch on the needle. Finish binding off.)
Finish off by weaving ends and blocking.
(c) Ranada Young 2012