Knitting Patterns

I am posting these as fast as I can.  There are lots more to come!

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Scarves, Shawls, Mittens

Kombu Scarf Kombu scarf

This pattern is a present for everyone else who has spent way too much time knitting up beautiful but boring-to-make garter stitch scarves on oversize needles. I did a flock of these and was looking for something more interesting as an antidote. The Kombu Scarf was my result. Because the edging of this scarf is knit right along with the work, there is no seaming. Skills needed for this project include knitting two or three stitches together, sssk (a three-stitch version of the standard ssk decrease), doing a yarn over, picking up along an edge, and knitting an edging across a group of live stitches. As such, it covers some of the same skills as more complex lace pieces, and might be a nice intro for someone who is thinking of graduating to lace shawls in the future.German translation by Kerstin Michler.

Spring Lightning Scarf

Here’s another lacy scarf to combat giant needle/novelty yarn burnout. The center panel of this one is completed first, and then the fluttery zig-zag edging is knit onto the existing center strip. The fanciful name comes from the strong zig-zag elements and the fluttery edging, whose petal-like eyelets reminded me of cherry blossoms shredded by the wind

Kureopatora’s Snake Scarf

By far the most popular pattern I’ve designed, I’m thrilled to see that this Snake Scarf has been worked up by over a thousand knitters worldwide.  Although the original yarn is discontinued, any extra-long repeat yarn knitting up anywhere from 5.5 to 4 stitches per inch (10 cm) can be used.  You can read more about Kureopatora’s Snake here, or click right for a handy, easy to print download of the entire pattern and supporting charts.

Darth Scarf

Darth Scarf is a stretchy tube, knit in Shaker rib. It’s long enough for the wearer to pull up over his head like faceless balaclava, fold down like a giant turtleneck, or fold up over his nose. In the over-the-nose configuration the deep ribs and black color are what triggered the Vader-like name.

Ultra-Simple Blouse Scarf

O.K. I can’t claim responsibility for the Great Garter Stitch Novelty Yarn Scarf Craze of the early-mid 2000s, but I do note that first release of this pattern predated it by a couple of years.This sample scarf was knit using Classic Elite Sea, although any interesting texture thin novelty yarn will work equally well.

Fuzzy Sideways Scarf

Although the original yarn used for this sideways knit striped scarf is discontinued, any Aran weight chenille (appx. 18 stitches = 4 inches or 10 com) should work.

Hippocampi & Undine, Variant
of MmarioKnits Dragon Stole
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newIconThis is an elaboration upon the Dragon Stole, a pattern by Mmario Knits.  His original is required to do this project.  My chart is a drop-in addition for the shawl’s center and an alternate treatment for the tail section.Mmario worked from a Victorian era adaptation of the original – a graphed pattern published by J. Siebmacher in his 1603 Shon Neues Modelbuch.  My changes restore the 1603 material to Mmario’s spectacular design.Special thanks to long term needlework buddy Kathryn Goodwyn for ferreting out this treasure!

Lattice Wingspan, Variant of Mai Lin of Tri-Coterie’s Wingspan
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newIconAnother variant – this one is a riff on the Maylin of Tri’Coterie’s Wingspan shawl.  Mine is narrower and longer, more scarf-like than shoulderette.  It’s also pierced with a lattice like grid of double YO eyelets throughout, whose count coincides with the altered proportions of the triangle repeat (which makes keeping one’s place in the lacy pattern simple).  It’s a one-skein wonder, suitable for about 100g of a long-repeat variegated yarn (or a solid color), ranging in weight from fingering to sport weight.

Download of the original pattern is required for completion.

Mittens, Muffatees, and Gloves

Top-Down Big Kids’ Mittens

One 50g skein of fingering weight sock yarn will make a pair of layering mittens large enough for kids or teens.  Add some remnants of a second ball, and you’ll have enough yarn to make a pair to fit an adult.  This pattern uses the same figure-8 cast on as my socks, and is knit in the round.

Dragonfly Mittens/
Pomegranate & Knot Mittens – A Mismatched Pair

Mittens to fit large teen girls or small to medium adults.  The pattern is a deliberate mis-match, with different tops and palms on each. The thumbnail at the left show the top of the dragonfly mitten and the palm side of the pomegranate mitten.  Charts are given for all four sides.

Fingerless Whatevers

Muffatees (gauntlet style fingerless mittens) with a nice, comfy, stretchy wrist part.  Knit the whole thing, or stop after the cuff part – hence the name.

Morgan’s Paw Warmers

More muffatees.  This pair is a great beginner’s pattern, designed and knit by the (then) 6-year old at the left.  Works up quickly in superbulky yarn on US #10.5 needles, the only skills required are cast on, cast off, garter stitch, knit-two-together, and half-hitch cast on at the end of row, plus sewing up.

Zapper Gauntlets

Even more muffatees. Another beginner’s pattern, this was Elder Daughter’s introduction to small DPNs, fingering weight yarn, and purling.  Includes praise for perseverance and the value of practice, in an otherwise disposable, point-and-spray-on world.

Blankets

Morgan’s
Mountain
Laurel Crib
Counterpane

The Mountain Laurel Counterpane looks like a field of solidly knit star-shaped flowers floating on a lacy background. In between the petals are triangles of seed stitch (mostly obscured, but leaving a nice contrasting texture) pierced by 4-eyelet diamonds.  Morgan (14 as I write this) is the two-day old baby inside

Justin’s Octagon Crib Counterpane

This crib-sized counterpane is based on the basic pinwheel octagon unit. It’s about as simple as you can get. My variation on the classic theme lets the knitter make the “in-between” squares at the same time as the pinwheel is knit – cutting down on a small bit of seaming. These in-between squares and edge triangles are done in double moss stitch. The edging is a wide mock cable with an openwork bar sawtooth. The edging has a slight curve to it, making it look full but not so full that it ruffles. Twelve octagons, six knit with the attached “in-between”square and six without make up the center of a crib-size blanket

Red Diamonds Baby Bulky Yarn Baby Blanket

A quick to knit baby blanket in a lofty wool/acrylic blend bulky yarn with a highly embossed texture.  This is done entirely in knits and purls (no cabling), and is reversible (although slightly different in appearance) front to back.

North Truro Counterpane

This compass-rose counterpane is named after where I invented it – my favorite place in the world.  It’s unusual in that it’s made up of hexes, squares and triangles.  It’s a work in progress.  There’s no companion edging, and no smaller units for eking out the main field into a rectangle. I’ll update the pattern with them as I progress.

Motley
Motley-9

Motley is a stash-busting way to use up odds and ends left over from other projects.  Although you can use any yarn, my Motley is knit from golf ball size remnants from over a decade of sock knitting – mostly fingering weight baby and sock yarns of various native gauges.  It’s quick to work up, even at 5.5 feet x 3 feet (large crib or sofa size), because it’s done on US #8 (5mm) needles in garter stitch.  (I’d recommend US #10-11 for DK or worsted weight yarns).  As shown, it took about 650g of assorted sock yarn, but can be done without the frame which squares off the zig-zags, or without the edging.  Apart from darning in the ends, there’s no sewing.  The entire piece is knit modular style.

Sweaters and Costumes

Kids’ “Chain Mail”
Coif and Hauberk (Mail Shirt)

Alex had her heart set on being a knight for Halloween when she was five. I had been curious about making costume “stage mail” for quite a while. I was familiar with the look and feel of real linked mail, having helped make some in my eclectic past. I tried out a couple of yarns of various fibers and weights, and decided that this heavy cotton cordage had the closest weight and drape to the real thing.

Taco Coat

A big, boxy sweater-coat inspired by Falkenberg construction methods. It’s knit center out, from a line that goes down the spine, across the bottom, and up the center front, tapering down to the cuff.  The second side is picked up down the back to eliminate all seaming.  This is a great project for using up yarn variegated or stash yarn leftovers, taming them with a coordinating solid color stripe.

Raiisa – A Lace Blouse

A lace blouse with a strong diagonal element, and a body-hugging cheeky fit on US size 16-18.  Knit in the round, with sleeves picked up, there’s minimal finishing.

Waterspun Poncho

This is more of a method description than a hard and fast pattern with gauge and yarn quantities. In addition to the method for knitting the poncho, I cover how to hid mis-matched dye lots when you run out of yarn; applying i-cord to live stitches to make a bound edging AND applying a second round of i-cord to that to fight dreaded edge curl; and how to pick up and fill in a too-wide neckline.

Socks

Simple Toe-Up
Socks in
Four Sizes

Simple toe-up socks that work up quickly in double-knitting (DK) weight yarn. Knit toe-up.  Directions for no-sew Figure-8 toe and short row wrapped stitch heel are included.

Firefighters’ Toe-Up Socks

These worsted weight yarn toe-up socks will fit people wearing women’s shoe size 7-10, and men’s shoe size 6-9. They are called “Firefighters’ Socks” because the stitch on the ankle reminded me of ladders; they are warm enough to wear under boots or as house slippers; and they are quick enough to knit in between emergencies. Plus the first pair I knit were bright red.

Jelly Bean
Toe-Up Socks

This pattern is yet another toe-up, short-rowed heel sock, in fingering-weight standard sock yarn. The design on the ankle is adapted from one appearing in L. Stanfield’s New Knitting Stitch Library. It incorporates the gentle eyelet studded scallop elements of classic “Old Shale”, augmented by very jelly-bean like mini-bobbles. At least they look like jelly beans to me when done in this particular color Regia Ringel. If you don’t have that yarn to hand, do not despair. These socks are fun done in any fingering weight sock yarn.  Even more so if it’s a self-striper.

Pine Tree
Toe-Up Socks

My first shared sock pattern – a toe-up with a short rowed heel.  The “mother” of all of the other sock patterns on this site.  This one is knit in a light weight 3- or 4-ply or sock yarn, with a very plain foot, figure-8 no-sew toe, short rowed heel and patterned ankle.

Impossible Socks

I like socks knit at much finer gauges than most available sock patterns. I find that the higher stitch counts add durability and comfort. If you’ve ever found the soles of your socks feel pebble-like in your shoes, try knitting up a pair in a finer gauge. When I posted this observation to the Socknitters eMail list on Yahoo, many people wrote to me requesting a pattern in a higher gauge. In response I offer Impossible Socks. The name came about when a fellow sock knitter wrote to me to say she thought my gauge was impossible given my materials. I am happy to prove her wrong.This pattern is yet another toe-up, short-rowed heel sock, but it’s not impossible. It is knit on fine needles and features a stranded colorwork pattern scattered throughout. There are two alternatives presented for the heel. A solid color one, and one with a bit of the same stranded patterning. Both look good. If you’re comfortable with wrapped short-rows and making this type of heel try out the fancier one.

Teeny Red Sox Sock

Yes, I live in the greater Boston area. I worked this up during the 2004 feeding frenzy, and knit several for rabid Sox-fan pals. It’s a toe-up full-fashioned sock just like all the others, but done really, really small.  In other colors might be useful for supporters of other teams, or might make a nifty Xmas ornament for a doll house.

Hats

Ch’ullu Hat

Catherine Vardy, the KnitList’s traveling, knitting biologist collected a few on her journeys through Bolivia. Her stories of how she came upon her hats and how she managed to buy them are legend. At least among the people of Potosi.I fell in love with one of the designs she collected, and was determined to make something of it. I came up with this almost-ch’ullu hat. It’s not as conical as Catherine’s hats, and at only 8.5 stitches to the inch, is not even half as finely knit as the Potosi originals. Still, I haven’t seen many other ch’ullu hat patterns that come even this close to authentic gauge.

Knot-A-Hat Earwarmer
Band

This headband is extra-thick and double-sided, but not double knit. It’s knit twice as wide as the final dimension, then folded up along the purl ridges and seamed to completely encapsulate the stranded floats. Because the floats are completely covered, there really is no need to strand them in or twine them as you go along. I used Kitchener grafting to eliminate any annoying seam ridges on the inside.  The right-side pattern comes from a historical source, and appears in The New Carolingian Modelbook. The wrong-side is done in simple stripes.

Where’s Waldo (Where’s Wally)
Hat

“Where’s Waldo” is a cartoon character appearing in books and syndicated comic strips. In the UK and Europe, the same character is known as “Wally.” This hat is presented as a tribute to the character and his creator, Martin Hanaford. It is not licensed or acknowledged by the creators of “Where’s Waldo,” nor do I have any connection with them.The hat is a quick knit, in DK weight yarn.  It’s sized for a teen or adult, although smaller needles can scale the thing down to kid size.Special thanks to Kelley, hat knitter supreme, who graciously allowed me to use her family Halloween photo to accompany this pattern.

Baby Beanie to Match Jane’s Stay-On Baby Booties BY Ann Kreckel

I love Ann Kreckel’s “Jane’s Stay On Baby Booties.”  It’s a pattern she posted to the KnitList in 1995 or so.  It’s available at the venerable WoolWorks website (http://www.woolworks.org/patterns/babyboot.txt) But great booties deserve a hat to make a full gift set.My matching hat is a simple beanie shape knit in the round, with three welts around the bottom edge to match the three welts that run around the sides of the stay-on bootie. For the record, my hat is on the small side and should fit a petite newborn. I haven’t tried it yet, but using a 1.75mm (US #00) or a 2mm (US #0) at a slightly less extreme gauge should produce a hat for a larger newborn and 3 month size, respectively.

Knitting Textures, Stitch Patterns, and Graphs

Lily of the Valley
Cable

My Lily of the Valley pattern has pairs of puffy embossed leaves with the standard double eyelet center vein; a 2×2 cable from which the paired leaves grow; and small knot-type bobbles arching along the tops of the leaves (the flower pips). I’d rate this as an intermediate level Aran-type pattern. It’s mostly logical with minor tricky bits only on lines 2, 8, and 18.

Miss Brown’s Counterpane Lace Insertion

This insertion strip was originally published as “Linen Counterpane: Prize Article” in Barbour’s Prize Needle-Work Series: A Treatise on Lace-Making, Embroidery and Needlework with Barbour’s Irish Flax Thread, Book No. 3 – 1894, Second Edition. Boston: The Barbour Brothers Company, 1895.These knitted strips were intended to be paired with strips or squares of plain linen, then edged around with the accompanying lace flounce.

Miss Brown’s Counterpane
Lace Flounce Edging

Redacted from the same source as the lace insertion panel above, this wide companion edging adds considerable drama.

Wide Daisy Eyelet Spot Motif

An unusual lace motif, formed by triple yarn-overs, this 6-eyelet daisy avoids some of the biasing of other multiple eyelet motifs.

Double Diamond Insertion Panel and All-Over Repeat

Two variants on a diamond motif formed by double yarn-over eyelets – one is a lace panel usable as an 18 or 16 stitch wide insertion; and as an all-over lace texture, repeating across 18 stitches and 16 rows.

Diamond Lace Insertion Panel

With a smaller diamond and less elaborate diamond center treatment, this one is slightly different than the one above.  It’s another 18-stitch panel good for use on socks.

Simple Double Eyelet Diagonal Striped (Mirrored)

Got a self-striping sock yarn, and want to let the colors play; but the prospect of miles of stockinette isn’t welcome? Try adding just a tiny bit of lacy texture. This 8-stitch repeat is very simple to work, and multiplies neatly for sock circumferences of 56, 64, 72, 80 or 88 stitches.

Kestrell’s Knit-Purl Brocade

14 and 18 stitch wide variants of a knit-purl texture pattern, worked up for a visually-impaired knitting friend, for use on socks. Presented with both prose and charted instructions for working in the round.

Triangle and Peaks Edging

An easy to knit triangle edging, with triangles of openwork appearing at the base of each solidly worked point.This pattern also includes a discussion of knitting on vs. seaming edgings, and gives some hints for one method of joining.

Diamond Insertion from Delineator Magazine, 1898

Redaction of pattern published in 1898, adapted into modern graphed notation.

Block Unit Graphs

Plain block unit graphs also appear in the embroidery pattern section.

Fibonacci Bunnies

In honor of a long running KnitList chat on number theory in knitting design, here are Fibonacci Bunnies. Feel free to multiply them to your heart’s content.

Small Cats

Two variants of a small vertical pattern, produced for and shared with members of the circa 1995-1998 KnitList on line mailing list.

19 responses

  1. Have misplaced my copy of Justin’s Crib-Size Octagon Counterpane, which I want to make for a friend due in December–please help! Thanks so much! Prudence

    1. Thank you for reposting this so quickly! Can’t wait to make this beautiful pattern!

  2. I’ve finally decided the only way I’m going to get a decent looking chain for the ren fest in a month is to make it myself…so I’d love the kid’s coif and hauberk.

  3. I was looking for the mountain laurel counterpane pattern that I found via Ravelry. Very Beautiful and would love knit it.

  4. Am so happy to see the chullo hat patten here. Did a version of it for my grandbaby a while ago and lost the pattern. Spent 2 hours looking online for it. It is wonderful that you saved it for this site. Thank you doing this site.

    1. Happy to help. I’d love to see pix and have your permission to post in the Gallery section of the blog. Hearing what mischief the “pattern children” get up to out in the wide, wide world is intensely fun for me. :)

  5. Your things are nothing short of amazing! I have enjoyed being frustrated looking at them. I looked and looked, but am unable to find a link that works for your Lily of the Valley Cable… plus a couple of other things. I am a leaf freak and would dearly love to have the Lily pattern. Would you be kind enough to point me in the right direction? I would certainly appreciate it.
    Thank you in advance, and have a Happy New Year.
    MJ

    1. Click on the name/pix of the lily cable above on this page and a PDF containing the pattern will open. The link is fully operational, and works in both the PC and Mac worlds, on every browser I have been able to lay hands upon. The PDFs were created with standard Acrobat Pro software and are similarly tested. Hope this helps, and thanks for your kind words!

  6. Thank you so much for the lovely counterpane pattern. This year I want to try my hand at it. Came on your super website accidentally and am enjoying all your patterns. Have now bookmarked this site, thanks again, hannet

  7. I need an argyle diagram for a sweater for Kenny. Do you have a graphed out one?
    M

    1. Hi Mom! Sent via private mail. :) -K.

  8. I am enjoying your blog immensely! Thank you so much.

  9. Ileana Grams-Moog | Reply

    I am awed by your imagination, technical skill, design skill, and productivity! Thank you for your blog and beautiful patterns.

  10. I have to agree with Ileana above; outstanding!!

  11. I think you might have a typo in the Top Down Big Kids Mitten pattern. On page 2, right column, 3rd paragraph you indicate there should be 162 stitches on each needle. I believe this should be 16 stitches on each needle unless your hands are a heck of a lot bigger than mine! :-)

    1. The spurious “2″ is a translation problem that crept in when we ported the site to its current location. I’m afraid that here in India I don’t have access to the tools I need to edit the PDF. I’ll tend to it ASAP, in the mean time, apologies, and thank you for warning others.

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