A Stocking Full of Snow

I think I deserve a Ph.D. in Pattern Notes Archaeology, specializing in my own damn notes. After much wrestling, I believe I have captured the complete instructions for reproducing this delightful stocking. As always, I will be paying attention to Ravelry and the comments here if you run into any confusions with knitting this pattern.

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This lined stocking is worked from the top down in the round. It will easily hold an orange in the toe (a Walshe family tradition) and anything else you would expect Santa to stash in an oversized sock.

Happy Knitting!

Woolly Ball Sacks

A while back, I made a set of wool laundry balls for myself. A friend pointed out to me that they’re useful for cutting down drying time and softening the clothing without use of chemical-laden dryer sheets.

Making them is pretty easy. So easy, in fact, that I decided to make a whole mess of them as Christmas presents for various people. (I had some very cheap wool acquired from the farmer’s market and a yard sale–not nicely suited for spinning, but great for dyeing and felting.) I ended up with four sets, which is few enough that I figured I might as well make sacks for them too.

I used the Grrlfriend Market Bag as a template, sizing it WAY down and only adding one handle bit enough to hang over a doorknob (which is where I store my woolly balls). I love the pattern and it works up so quickly that some folks might just see a few market bags in their stockings this year too. 🙂

Woolly Ball Sack

Here’s my quickie mod of the pattern, sized down to hold four tennis-sized balls.

  • Needles: DPNs, size 5 and 10
  • Yarn: Worsted weight cotton (I used scraps of Peaches & Cream)

With size 5 needles, cast on 8 stitches. Join to work in the round.

  • Round 1: Knit.
  • Round 2: *k1, yo, k1, pm, repeat from * a total of 4 times (12 stitches)
  • Round 3: (and all odd rounds) Knit.
  • Round 4: *k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, sm, repeat from * a total of 4 times (20 stitches)
  • Round 6: *k1, yo, knit to 1 before marker, yo, k1, sm, repeat from * a total of 4 times (20 stitches)

Repeat rounds 5 & 6 until you have 13 stitches between each marker (52 stitches total). Switch to size 10 needles and move to lace netting stitch:

  • Round 1: *k2tog through back loop, yo, repeat from * around
  • Round 2: (and all even rounds) Knit.

Repeat rounds 1 and 2 of the netting stitch until you reach the desired length.

  • Work garter stitch (knit a round, purl a round) for 4-6 rounds.
  • Cast off knitwise, all but last 3 stitches.
  • Work in i-cord for six inches, pull stitches through and sew end of cord to the border to form a loop.

Weave in your ends and use your new little bag to store your handy homemade laundry balls!

Hydrating Hydrangeas

So…the Guild of Rookie Designers called. They revoked my membership card.  I dialed up the League of N00b Designers, and even they were hesitant to accept me back when they heard why the Guild gave me the boot.

LND Rep: “Let me get this straight: your strategy for organizing pattern notes for a new design consists of two regular notebooks, a graph paper notebook, and a box of loose paper, and you’re surprised that you can’t find the notes for your latest pattern?”

Me: “Well, in my defense, I did just move…”

I was about thirty seconds from trying to reverse engineer the pattern from the finished product when I decided to leaf through the magazines I had stuck in my bin of projects-in-progress. I just about leaped up to turn a somersault when a loose piece of graph paper fell out with the hydrangea stitch and eyelet rib…until I noticed that I was missing my notes on how to build the bottom. Unfortunately, that was the only part of the pattern I knew I would have to rework to try to remember what I had done.

I really don’t remember getting the graph paper to work out the stitch on, but the only reason I can imagine that I would use loose-leaf graph paper instead of doing the work in my notebook is that I had already packed my notebook before the move, but my husband hadn’t packed his. If all of my pattern-note-taking-books were packed, there was one other place I might look: the sticky note app for my computer.

I had to dig what felt like piles of random urls, bits of shortcode, knitting tutorials, fiber fair dates, and writing ideas, but sure enough, at the bottom of the mess I found a piece of gobbledygook that no one else in the world would understand the meaning of. Thank goodness I worked up this design recently enough to remember what my notes meant.

With no more ado (as this simple pattern has already had more ado than it’s due), enjoy this quick and simple water bottle cover.

Hydrating Hydrangeas (Click to download or print)

Avonlea Shoulder Bag

Avonlea Shoulder Bag

My first attempt at designing a bag was a bit…over-zealous, shall we say? Seeded side panels are picked up from and sewn together with a basket stitch gusset, then topped with a wide cabled band. The pattern is designed to include a lining and a zipper, but the criss-cross construction of the sturdy, double-knit straps would make it easy to do without the zipper.  The straps are designed to be grafted at the top using a double-knit Kitchener stitch.

Avonlea Shoulder Bag

Update 1/7/2012: I’ve decided to start charging just a small amount for this pattern. The straps use some unusual techniques, which means a lot of tech support. Charging for the pattern is how I can keep enough free time in my schedule to answer questions and provide good support. Happy knitting! -MW

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Update 2/23/2013: Thanks to Ravelry user Nemotinek for pointing out a discrepancy between the picture and the instructions. Here’s the errata for the Avonlea Cable…

Row 6: k2, p2, cf, p3, cf, p2, k2
Row 14: Repeat row 6

Rose Cottage Slippers

This is not so much a pattern as it is a framework for resizing a pattern by another designer, who I credit in the pattern. These slippers are quite fast and simple and present a nice chance to play with gauge if you’re new to the concept.

Rose Cottage Slippers (Click to download or print.)

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