Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mittens To Match Hermione's Deathly Hallows Graveyard Beret


If you're like me and you whipped up a hat modeled after the one Hermione wore in the Deathly Hallows Graveyard scene, you may have thought, "now if I just had a matching set of mittens..."

I made this hat last month and had plenty of leftover yarn so I decided to try my hand at a pair of gloves. I wanted to make a set using the same stitch pattern as I used in the hat so they would coordinate. Unfortunately I couldn't find a pattern that matched what I was envisioning, so I ended up making it up. Here's the pattern I concocted...

Supplies
Yarn
Size 5 DP needles (preferably 5 needles, but 4 will do)
2 stitch markers
Yarn needle



Instructions
Cuff:
Cast on 44 stitches. Distribute them over DP needles, making sure each needle has an even number of stitches
Join in the round, making sure not to twist the work.
K1 P1, repeat to the end of row
Continue this pattern for 3 inches


Left Hand:
Row 1: Knit around
Row 2 & 3: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 4 & 5: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 6: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, place stitch marker, M1, K2, M1, place stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 7: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 8: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 9: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 10 & 11: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 12: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 13: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 14: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 15: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 16 & 17: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 18: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 19: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 20: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 21: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 22 & 23: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 24: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 25: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 5 more times
Row 26: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times
Row 27: *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times, remove first stitch marker. Using a yarn needle pull a piece of holding
yarn through the stitches between the markers, you will come back to these stitches later. Remove second stitch marker. Cast on 2 stitches onto the needle with your first 16 stitches. These stitches replace the original two that are now part of the thumb gusset. Continue working with the stitches beyond the second stitch marker P2, *K2, P2* repeat 5 more times. You should now have recreated a circle of 44 stitches for the hand portion.
Row 28: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 29: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 30: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 31: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Continue knitting in pattern until the mitten is long enough to hide your pinky finger, making sure the last 2 rows are repeats of P2, K2.
Begin following instructions for Hand decrease.


Right Hand:
Row1: Knit around
Row 2 & 3: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 4 & 5: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 6: K2, P2, place stitch marker, M1, K2, M1, place stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 7: K2, P2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 8: P2, K2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 9: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 10 & 11: K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 12: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 13: P2, K2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 14: K2, P2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 15: K2, P2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 16 & 17: P2, K2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 18: K2, P2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 19: K2, P2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 20: P2, K2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 21: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 22 & 23: K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 24: P2, K2, stitch marker, M1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, M1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 25: P2, K2, stitch marker, P1, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P1, stitch marker, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times
Row 26: K2, P2, stitch marker, K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1, stitch marker, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times
Row 27: K2, P2, remove first stitch marker. Using a yarn needle pull a piece of holding yarn through the stitches between the markers, you will come back to these stitches later. Remove second stitch marker. Cast on 2
stitches onto the needle with your first 4 stitches. These stitches replace the original two that are now part of the thumb gusset. Continue working with the stitches beyond the second stitch marker P2, *K2, P2* repeat 8 more times. You should now have recreated a circle of 44 stitches for the hand portion.
Row 28: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 29: P2, K2, repeat to end or row
Row 30: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Row 31: K2, P2, repeat to end of row
Continue knitting in pattern until the mitten is long enough to hide your pinky finger making sure the last 2 rows are repeats of P2, K2.
Begin following instructions for Hand decrease.

Note: When creating the thumb gusset for the left hand - there will be 16 stitches, then a place marker, a variable number of stitches, then another place marker, followed by a 26 stitches. When creating the thumb gusset for the right hand - there will be 4 stitches, then a place marker, a variable number of stitches, then another place marker, followed by a 38 stitches.


Hand Decrease:
The previous 2 rows knit should have been repeats of P2, K2. The number in parentheses is the number of stitches you should have after completing the row.
Row 1: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times (40)
Row 2: *P2, K2* repeat 4 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 4 more times (40)
Row 3:  S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times, K2 (36)
Row 4: *P2, K2* repeat 8 more times (36)
Row 5: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times (32)
Row 6: *P2, K2* repeat 3 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 3 more times (32)
Row 7: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 1 more time, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 1 more time, K2 (28)
Row 8: *P2, K2* repeat 6 more times (28)
Row 9: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, *P2, K2* repeat 1 more time, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, *K2, P2* repeat 1 more time (24)
Row 10: *P2, K2* repeat 2 more times, *K2, P2* repeat 2 more times (24)
Bind off using Kitchener closure.


Thumb:
You should have a hole with 16 stitches on your holding yarn and an edge from the hand part of the glove. Pick up 4 stitches from the hand portion. Slip the stitches from the holding yarn as well as the picked up stitches onto DP needles. Distribute 3 of the picked up stitches on the needle from which you will begin knitting, these will be the first 3 stitches of your row. Place the last picked up stitch on the last knitting needle. This will be the last stitch of your row. Recall that when you moved the stitches to the holding yarn you had just done this with them (K1, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2, K1). Now you have 3+16+1. Therefore you should begin with this sequence so you continue correctly within the pattern:
Row 1: *P2, K2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 2 & 3: *K2, P2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 4 & 5: *P2, K2* repeat 4 times (20)
Row 6-9: Continue to knit in the round and follow the moss stitch pattern, repeating rows 2-5 (20)
Row 10-13: Continue to knit in the round and follow the moss stitch pattern, repeating rows 2-5 (20)
Row 14: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, P2, K2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2, P2 (16)
Row 15: P2, K2, P2, K4, P2, K2, P2 (16)
Row 16: K2, P2, K2, P4, K2, P2, K2 (16)
Row 17: S1, P2tog, psso, P1, K2, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, K2 (12)
Row 18 & 19: K2, P2, K2, P2, K2, P2 (12)
Row 20: S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2, S1, K2tog, psso, K1, P2 (8)
Bind off using Kitchener closure.


Happy Knitting!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

180,840 Stitches

180,840 stitches. I added them all up. 180,840 stitches, that's how many garter stitches it takes to make the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket. A daunting task for sure, but I'm just crazy enough to do it.

I saw this pattern over a year ago and really wanted to make it in colors to match my living room. Until recently however, I hadn't had any realistic plans to create it. The blanket requires a ton of yarn and knowing I would want all matching lot numbers, I knew it was going to be a pricey investment. Lucky for me, they began building a new Joann Fabrics store in town and the old one had a huge sale a couple months ago to clear out their inventory before moving to their new location. All their yarn was 50% off and they had 3 of the 4 colors I'd wanted. I gobbled up the skeins at half price and using coupons managed to get the last color discounted as well. I just love getting a deal! 

Earlier this month I finally casted on and I'm very excited by my progress thus far. I have completed 3 of the 9 blocks and am about ten ridge rows into block 4. The first couple sections were small and went by quickly. Each additional block gets larger, however, and as you go they become more and more time consuming. I'm hoping to have this project done by the end of March. I've got a week of vacation scheduled in the middle of the month and my plans include relaxing and miles of garter stitch.

Meanwhile I'd still like to have a project completed in February. I've got a pair of mittens in the works which may prove to be a suitable candidate. I've got the left glove entirely done and a pattern written for making a right one. Though I'll be deviating from  my original list of 12 projects I'd committed to for the 12 in 2012 group, I'm okay with that because I'm hoping to have extra projects to post in the "Beyond 12 FOs" thread.

Of course, I've also become recently re-intrigued by the Marisol the Knitted Mouse Pattern which is on the original list so we'll see...

Monday, January 16, 2012

One Finished, Another One Queued

I have officially completed my first project of 2012! I decided to knit the hat Hermione wears in the Deathly Hallows graveyard scene. I had seen this project over a year ago and it had been lingering in my queue ever since. I wanted a smaller project for January as well as one that would make me feel like I had made progress cleaning up my list of things I want to knit. As I weaved in the last loose yarn, however I had a nagging feeling...

"Wouldn't a matching pair of mittens be awesome..."

"And I've got all this left over yarn..."

Too bad I've never made mittens before. But oh, never mind that! Well, just as quickly as I moved a project from my queue into the finished category, I added another. And with no suitable pattern for the exact gloves I'm envisioning, now I'm stuck designing my own pair. Did I mention I've never made mittens before?

Ha ha, lucky for me there is Youtube! A wonderful group of knitting gurus have compiled several very educational how-to videos with instructions to knit a basic set of mittens. Empowered by this knowledge and the sheer dumb luck I consistently design my projects with, I think I've got a halfway decent pattern brewing.

Well here are some pics of the hat that started me on this course. I guess it was hard to believe 2012 would be the year I stopped delaying my queued projects when I found new things I wanted to knit! I'm still determined to finish the original twelve I said I would though! There will just be a number of extras along the way...




Friday, January 13, 2012

12 in 2012!!

Twelve projects in the next 12 months. That's one every month of year 2012.

I found and joined a group on Ravelry called "12 in 2012." Basically everyone has committed to completing 12 projects in the next year from their queue or with the yarn they already have stashed. I had decided to work on my queued projects this year anyway and when I saw this challenge, I knew I had to join in! It will keep me motivated, give me a place to share my progress and force me to use up some of my stash! Armed with my dresser full of yarn and a queue with exactly 12 projects, I'm giving it a go.

Here is my list in no particular order:

1) Deathly Hallows Graveyard Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hermiones-deathly-hallows-graveyard-beret

2) Modern Log Cabin Blanket  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moderne-log-cabin-blanket

3) Fornicating Reindeer Scarf  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/fornicating-deer-chart

4) Superman Earflap Cap  -  a pattern I'll be making up

5) Animal Cracker Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/animal-cracker-hat

6) Pasha  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pasha

7) Goomba Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/goomba-hat

8) To Humiliate The Dog  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/to-humiliate-the-dog

9) Marisol The Knitted Mouse  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/marisol-the-knitted-mouse

10) Sailor Dress for Susie-Q (my dog)  -  a pattern I'll be making up

11) Capitan Hat  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/capitan-hat

12) Candy Cane Twist Stocking Cap  -  http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/candy-cane-twist-stocking-cap

I'm rather busy this month so I picked a smaller project for January. I decided to knit the hat Hermione wears in the Deathly Hallows part one when she and Harry visit Godrics Hollow. (Yes, I know, another Potter project!) It's been on my to do list forever and I had previously bought the yarn when I had a 50% off coupon. I've got a fair bit of it done already and I'm loving how the moss stitch is turning out. I can't wait for my first post in the finished objects page!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Works In Progress

There's something about finishing a knitting project. No matter the scale, simple or complicated, it spurs a sense of accomplishment when you hold that completed project in your hands. With the untidy loose ends finally tucked away, the hours of knitting seem totally worth it.

It's such a great feeling, I just wish it wasn't quite so elusive. It probably wouldn't be so hard to finish one project, if it was the only thing I was working on. Yes, I have been guilty of starting new projects before completing the ones I've already got going. And while it's inconvenient to have needles tied up in a partially knit work, I find the pictures of my works in progress on my Ravelry page even more maddening. The row of unfinished pictures on my project page recently drove me to set a goal for myself: Finish my Works in Progress or WIP's before 2011 is over!!

The list of projects I had left in knitting limbo included the monstrous undertaking of recreating the Ron Weasley Blanket as well as a half-completed newsboy hat, an argyle sweater for the dog which was perhaps only ten percent complete and a disastrous attempt at a bikini. Frogging these projects was not an option, I'm a little type A and it just seemed weak to rip them out and remove them from my list of projects I aimed to complete.

The biggest project was my blanket and I'm pleased to say not only did I finally finish it, but I typed up the pattern as well and posted it on Ravelry. I was convinced that I was the only person who would want to recreate the blanket as exactly as possible. Boy was I shocked by how many people responded to it. All the compliments were extremely flattering and I hope that anyone who decides to make the blanket finds the instructions easy to follow.

With my Weasley blanket complete, I turned to a hat I had begun probably two years ago. I'd started it and realized I didn't have even enough yarn to get passed the band at the bottom. I had bought a new skein of yarn at the time to finish it but had never gone back to it. The needles I'd been using were needed in some other project and I'd stolen the circulars, leaving the half completed work with the needles removed, stitches unraveling. Beginning a project without any idea where I'd stopped in the pattern was hardly ideal and I wanted to kick myself! Needless to say, after a bit of patience and a fair bit of cursing, I managed to get the work back to a stage at which I could begin following the pattern again. The hat ended up pretty cute, now I just wish I had a brown coat to wear it with... 

With the hat under my belt, I turned to a sweater I had dreamt up for the dog to use up a couple of yarns left over from squares I had made for my Weasley blanket. I thought an argyle pattern for a sweater would be cute. Turns out, argyle is a bit of a pain to not only knit but to increase and decrease within as the pattern for my dog sweaters calls for. Fortunately I have a very small dog and the sweater only took a couple of days to complete. Again, with a little more cursing, I finished it by December and Susie got it as a Christmas present. She's always cold and seemed rather content with her knew attire.

The final WIP, looming over my head was an ill-fated attempt at a bikini. I'm not sure why I thought this pattern was a good idea, but I knitted two triangle pieces and then lost interest when the instructions to connect them became a bit fuzzy. After much debate, I finally turned it into a halter top. Using elastic and under wires I stole from an old bra, I came up with a design that offered some support and didn't look too awkward. The skein of yarn dwindled as I finished the bottom. When it finally ran out, I bound it off and decided that showing a little midriff was better than getting a whole other skein of a yarn color I'm not sure I like anymore. I'm just glad this project can now be filed under "Finished" works.  

My projects page now boasts a list of 33 completed projects, nothing frogged, nothing abandoned. Of course now I've got my eye on the queued list of patterns that I'd like to start. Perhaps 2012 will be the year I clean that list up. :)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Potter Pattern Done!

Eighty nine pages later, I have finally come up with a pattern for the Ron Weasley Blanket. I put a tremendous number of photos into it to make it a decent attempt at explaining how to make it and I'm afraid the pattern is quite lengthy.

Here is a link to check out the monstrosity that is The Ron Weasley Blanket Pattern.

I've never written a pattern before so I'm sure it's got errors but I figured I'd have a go at it since no one has come up with a detailed pattern for this popular project yet.

If anyone does decide to use this pattern, I would love to see pictures!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Mischief Managed!!

After two years, I'm finally done with the Ron Weasley Blanket! I've been pouring over pictures, hunting through yarn stores and have spent hours doing garter stitch, and it's finally complete! The blanket is as accurate as possible and I'm quite excited by how it has turned out. I've taken a couple photos of the my blanket in the same position as the pictures, I'm quite pleased.

The only thing left to do now is write out the pattern. I don't know that anyone else will be crazy enough to replicate the blanket as seen in the movie but I'll keep working on it. The pattern will be rather lengthy as there are 80 different squares to write instructions for. I'm including reference pictures to show where each sqaure pattern was obtained.

Here are a couple pictures to show my blanket and how it compares to the real thing!