St. Patrick’s Day Knitting

If you know someone who is getting ready to welcome a new child to their family, or are expecting one yourself, then you’ll appreciate this project! Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, take a look at this adorable pattern for little Irish booties!

This pattern from Vickie Howell will make a great simple project for this spring!

MATERIALS:
1 Ball “LOVE” (Vickie Howell Collection). Color (MC): Wesley & Buttercup (white).
Scraps “LOVE” (Vickie Howell Collection). Color (CC): Mulder & Scully (jade green).
US size 6 DPNS
Tapestry needle

SIZE
0-6 Months

DIRECTIONS
With MC, CO 35 sts. Using only two of the dpns, work in garter stitch (knit every row) for 1 3/4″. BO.

Count in 14 sts. in from the top right-side. With MC, pu 9sts.
Next row (WS): Purl
RS: Knit
WS: Purl
Repeat last 2 rows 3 more times.

Leaving 9 sts on hold on needle, seam up bottom, heal and top foot panel.

Using tapestry needle and CC and back stitch, embroider Shamrock (or whatever design yourlittle heart desires) onto the top foot panel.

With MC and 2nd & 3rd DPNS, pu 17 sts around the ankle of bootie.
Next row: In MC, k1, p1 to end.
Next row: Switch to CC, *k1, p1 to end.
Repeat last 2 rows once more.
Next TWO rows: In MC, k1, p1 to end.
BO.

Weave in ends. Stuff toes with tissue to block.

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Knitting in Circles

This year, circle scarfs have become a popular item on the market. Not only do they keep you extra warm, but they look cute too! This pattern, designed by tentenknits is a wonderful example of how you can knit one of these beautiful scarfs for yourself or someone you love!

Needles: Size US8 [5mm] 40 inch circular
Gauge: 20 sts over 4″ in pattern

The Pattern:
CO 240, make sure you’re not twisting stitches Place Marker and join in round

1st Rnd: Knit all stitches
2nd Rnd: *YO, K2tog*, repeat * * to marker.
3rd Rnd: Knit all stitches
4th Rnd: *Slip 1, K1, Pass Slipped Stitch Over (PSSO), YO*, repeat * * to marker.

Repeat 4 rows until desired width. The example scarf measures approx 60 inches around and 10 inches wide.

Just in case you’re having trouble… The number of stitches never changes throughout the pattern. Each K2tog is paired with a YO (as each Slip 1, K1, PSSO is paired with a YO) if you find that you are increasing or decreasing your stitches in anyway then you missed or added a YO. In Row 4 you should be slipping the YO from Row 2 and knitting the knit stitch. In Row 2, you should be inserting your needle first into the YO then the knit stitch for your K2tog.

Crochet yourself into a kitten

Just in case you’re in the need for a last minute costume or want to get a head start for next year, check out these cute crocheted kitty ears!

Supplies:
1 Skein No. 312 Black.
Crochet Hook: 5.5mm [US I-9].
Yarn needle, plastic headband.

Size:
Ears measure approx 2.5″ high.

Gauge/tension:
14 sts = 4″; 8 rows = 4″ in sc. CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain the gauge.

Instructions:
Ear (Make 4): Ch 8.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across; turn – 7 sc.
Rows 2 and 3: Ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn.
Row 4: Ch 1; draw up a lp in each of next 2 sc, yarn over and draw through all 3 lps on hook – sc2tog made; sc in next 3 sc, sc2tog over last 2 sc; turn – 5 sc.
Row 5: Rep Row 2.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc2tog, sc in next sc, sc2tog; turn – 3 sc.
Row 7: Rep Row 2.
Row 8: Ch 1, draw up a lp in each of next 3 sc, yarn over and draw through all 4 lps on hook. Fasten off.

Finishing: Sew 2 ears together along the 2 shaped sides leaving bottom open. Repeat with other 2 ears. Checking placement, sew bottom of ears to headband. Weave in ends.

Simple Bow Headband

We found this pattern for a very sweet bow headband on the darling blog Cornflower Blue. It’s such a simple project that would make a wonderful gift or add a fun touch to an outfit–and why stop at one? A deep purple, mustard yellow or brown headband is perfect for fall; while red, black or metallic could add some dramatic sparkle to your holiday season! Grab your hook and hop over to Cornflower Blue for the full, free pattern! Also, check out Rachel’s awesome Etsy shop!

Canine Companions

Wish you had a dog but a furry friend doesn’t fit in with your lifestyle? With this new book by Sally Muir and Joanna Osbourne, you can knit yourself a herd of new best friends! The book, Best in Show, contains patterns for 25 different breeds and the Jack Russell Terrier pattern is available as an extract here! Check out a few particularly cute varieties:

English Bulldog
Border Collie
Highland Terrier

Linky Love – Around the Yarniverse

Mary from CrochetMe reflects on the simple joy of a completed washcloth

Inspiration: Awesome crochet and pearl necklace from Etsy shop Cynamonn

Sarah London’s beautiful creations featured on the red thread

Incredible wearable fiber jewelry on 2modern

Joelle at the purl bee shares the pattern for a beautiful baby blanket

Tickled Pink Knits’ Etsy profile – also check out her shop & pattern shop!

Spring Scarves have Sprung!

Spring is here! Luckily, this doesn’t mean it’s time to put away our scarves. Chunky winter scarves can hit the closet, but it’s time for lighter, more colorful scarves to hit the town! Here are some patterns for great stylish and fun spring scarves.

Crochet Ruffle Scarf (via JimmyBeansWool)


Really cool Spring Tendril Scarf (via Crochet Uncut)

Airy Shells Scarf (this looks so cute in yellow!) (via Crochet Uncut)

Dreaming of Spring Scarf (via Ravelry)