Denise Interchangeable Knitting Needles Set

I LOVE my Denise Interchangeable Needle Set. After Christmas I used my Christmas money and some of my “allowance” to buy this set. I was so tired of wanting to do a project “in the round” but not being able to find the right size needle, or the right length. So, I invested the $50ish in the set. And then I took a hiatus from knitting. (I think I get burned out from Christmas projects.)

Anyhow, I chose this set for many reasons.

1. I don’t like knitting with metal. So the Boye set was out.

2. I LOVE my wooden needles but a wooden set was at least $75.

3. The Denise set had the most needle sizes and circular lengths.

4. The Denise had excellent reviews.

So, I found a local shop and plopped down the money. I started on a blanket for my sister-in-law, which I have since undone and set aside for an indeterminate length of time. Anyhow, I was using the connection chords and one broke. Disappointed, I called their customer service. They returned my call the next day and within the week my replacement was to my house. She explained that the plastic can be weakened by a bubble in manufacturing and they have no way for checking for that previous to selling. But they were so friendly, quick, and efficient that I didn’t really mind that it happened.

So here I am 4 months later, finally picking it up again to start a new project. And I have loved using it from beginning to end. The project called for straight needles, circular needles, and a holder. I was able to use solely my Denise set with this project, which is amazing. Everything at my fingertips with complete ease. On top of all that I love how smooth the needles were: not too sticky and not too slippery. At this point in time, I’d be pretty happy to not use regular needles again… although I’m sure I will.

If you’re contemplating buying interchangeable needles, I highly recommend the Denise. I don’t think you’ll be sorry.

Gator Logo Afghan Block

This is the second block in the afghan I made for my brother and his wife… HUGE gator fans does not quite describe them! Anyhow, I set out to just make a block with a simple gator’s head design. I ended up with more of the offical Gator logo. (Especially since I can’t draw, tracing has been my biggest assest!) So here’s a picture of the block, with the pattern below.

Note: This is a stockinette block, the beginning of each row will be denoted by K or P, and the stitches by color. Since O for orange can get confusing orange is denoted with an R.

Cast on 54 with blue yarn.

St st 18 rows in blue.

Row 19: K – 17 B, 20 R, 17 B

Row 20: P – 15 B, 24 R, 15 B

Row 21: K – 13 B, 28 R, 13 B

Row 22: P – 11 B, 4 R, 24 B, 4 R, 11 B

Row 23: K – 10 B, 3 R, 28 B, 3 R, 10 B

Row 24: P – 9 B, 3 R, 30 B, 3 R, 9 B

Row 25: K – 8 B, 3 R, 32 B, 3 R, 8 B

Row 26: P – 7 B, 2 R, 3 G, 17 B, 2 G, 5 B, 1 G, 7 B, 3 R, 7 B

Row 27: K – 6 B, 3 R, 6 B, 4 G, 3 B, 3 G, 14 B, 8 G, 1 R, 6 B

Row 28: P – 5 B, 1 R, 11 G, 10 B, 13 G, 6 B, 3 R, 5 B

Row 29: K – 4 B, 3 R, 6 B, 13 G, 10 B, 11 G, 1 R, 5 B

Row 30: P – 3 B, 3 R, 29 G, 2 W, 3 G, 7 B, 4 R, 3 B

Row 31: K – 3 B, 3 R, 8 B, 4 G, 1 W, 28 G, 4 R, 3 B

Row 32: P – 3 B, 3 R, (1 B, 1 W) 3 times, 21 G, 3 W, 5 G, 7 B, 3 R, 3 B

Row 33: K – 3 B, 2 R, 8 B, 28 G, 2 W, (1 B, 1 W) 2 times, 2 B, 2 R, 3 B

Row 34: P – 2 B, 3 R, 4 B, 1 W, 1 B, 3 W, 1 B, 1 W, 6 G, 2 W, 17 G, 8 B, 3 R, 2 B

Row 35: K – 2 B, 2 R, 8 B, 17 G, (1 B, 2 W, 2 B, 2 W) 2 times 7 B, 2 R, 2 B

Row 36: P – 2 B, 2 R, 7 B, 1 W, 3 B, 1 W, 2 B, 2 W, 2 B, 1 W, 1 B, 2 W, 16 G, 7 B, 2 R, 2 B

Row 37: K – 2 B, 3 R, 6 B, 6 G, 2 W, 1 R, 5 G, 2 R, 2 W, 1 R, 1 W, 1 R, 17 B, 3 R, 2 B

Row 38: P – 3 B, 2 R, 12 B, 7 R, (1 W, 1 R) 2 times 2, W, 1 R, 2 W, 2 R, 2 W, 1 R, 6 G, 5 B, 2 R, 3 B

Row 39: K – 3 B, 3 R, 4 B, 5 G, 2 R, 1 W, 3 R, 1 W, 2 R, 1 W, 4 R, 1 W, 9 R, 9 B, 3 R, 3 B

Row 40: P – 3 B, 3 R, 4 B, 1 W, 1 B, 1 W, 3 R, 1 W, (2 R, 2 W) 2 times, 3 R, 1 W, 5 R, 1 W, 2 R, 1 W, 1 R, 5 G, 4 B, 3 R, 3 B

Row 41: K – 3 B, 4 R, 3 B, 5 G, 1 R, 2 W, 1 R, (1 W, 2 R) 2 times, 2 W, 5 G, 3 W, 2 R, 2 W, 2 R, (1 W, 1 B) 2 times, 2 G, 4 R, 3 B

Row 42: P – 4 B, 3 R, 5 G, 2 W, 1 R, 3 W, 10 G, (2 W, 1 R) 2 times, 10 G, 3 B, 3 R, 4 B

Row 43: K – 5 B, 3 R, 2 B, 11 G, 2 W, 1 R, 22 G, 3 R, 5 B

Row 44: P- 6 B, 2 R, 36 G, 1 B, 3 R, 6 B

Row 45: K – 7 B, 3 R, 1 B, 30 G, 3 B, 3 R, 6 B

Row 46: P – 8 B, 3 R, 18 B, 13 G, 1 B, 3 R, 8 B

Row 47: K – 9 B, 3 R, 1 B, 10 G, 19 B, 3 R, 9 B

Row 48: P – 10 B, 3 R, 20 B, 6 G, 2 B, 3 R, 10 B

Row 49: K – 11 B, 4 R, 24 B, 4 R, 11 B

Row 50: P – 13 B, 28 R, 13 B

Row 51: K – 15 B, 24 R, 15 B

Row 52: P – 17 B, 20 R, 17 B

18 more rows of st st in blue.

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Bibs

I finished these a while ago, I don’t know why I never blogged it. These are excellent short, cute projects, it also taught me a lot about shaping.

Anyhow, here are two bibs. The first is the original the dinosaur bib which you can find here.

The second I took the basic pattern of the dino bib and made a heart design for the middle.

Dinosaur Bib

Find the pattern here.

Heart Bib

The owner of the bib pattern asked me to simply post the adjusted part. So for all other rows please visit her site here.

Row 16: k1, p1, for 9 sts.; p 20 sts.; p1, k1 for 9 sts.

Row 17: p1, k1, for 8 sts.; k 22 sts.; p1, k1 for 8 sts.

Row 18: k1, p1, for 7 sts.; p 24 sts.; p1, k1 for 7 sts.

Row 19: p1, k1, for 6 sts.; k 26 sts.; p1, k1 for 6 sts.

Row 20: k1, p1, for 5 sts.; p 28 sts.; p1, k1 for 5 sts.

(Note: From this point on, the first and last five stitches are the seed stitch border.

(B5) It might be helpful to place a marker for these stitches.)

Row 21: B5, k28, B5.

Row 22: B5, p28, B5.

Row 23: B5, k13, p2, k13, B5.

Row 24: B5, p12, k4, p12, B5.

Row 25: B5, k11, p6, k11, B5.

Row 26: B5, p10, k8, p10, B5.

Row 27: B5, k9, p10, k9, B5.

Row 28: B5, p8, k12, p8, B5.

Row 29: B5, k7, p14, k7, B5.

Row 30: B5, p6, k16, p6, B5.

Row 31: B5, k5, p18, k5, B5.

Row 32: B5, p4, k20, p4, B5.

Row 33: B5, k3, p22, k3, B5.

Row 34: B5, p2, k24, p2, B5.

Row 35: B5, k1, p26, k1, B5.

Row 36: B5, p1, k26, p1, B5.

Row 37: B5, k1, p26, k1, B5.

Row 38: B5, p2, k24, p2, B5.

Row 39: B5, k3, p22, k3, B5.

Row 40: B5, p4, k9, p2, k9, p4, B5.

Row 41: B5, k5, p7, k4, p7, k5, B5.

Row 42: B5, p6, k5, p6, k5, p6 B5.

Row 43: B5, k7, p3, k8, p3, k7, B5.

Row 44: Pick up the original pattern at Row 54.

Published in: on August 26, 2009 at 8:20 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Lydia’s Christmas Dress

So I decided I wanted to make a dress for Lydia for Christmas, and I accomplished the task!

I got the pattern out of Debbie Bliss’s Special Knits: 22 Gorgeous Handknits for Babies and Toddlers.

Here’s the dress!

The dress is by far not perfect. But I’m proud of myself and the job I did. I learned how to piece together with this project and how to change colors. It was a little boring in the knit pattern, but what stockinette pattern isn’t after a while?! 🙂 It’s also a little big for Lydia right now, I’m wondering if she’ll be able to fit into it this Christmas, but also be able to wear it next year too. That wouldn’t be too bad.

Published in: on August 26, 2009 at 8:52 am  Leave a Comment  
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Sead – Leaf Scarf

I made this scarf for Cassie McLaughlin as a gifty. I used the Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool. I loved the yarn, I think it’dmake an excellent sweater.

Here’s the link to the original pattern. But of course I made some changes. I basically repeated the pattern to make it wider.

Here’s the pattern.

Seed stich first 5 rows.

Row 6: P1, k1, p1, k1, p across to last 4 sts, p1, k1, p1, k1

Maitain 4 seed st on each side of panel now begins leaf pattern.

Pattern Row 1 (row 7): Seed st border, p1, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, p2, k3, ssk, k1, yo, p2, yo, k1, k2tog, k3, p1, border.

Pattern Row 2 and every even pattern row: Border, k1, p6, k2, p6, k2, p6, k2, p6, k1, border.

Patter Row 3: Border, p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, ssk, k2, p2, k2, ssk, k1, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, k1, k2tog, k2, p1, border.

Pattern Row 5: Border, p1, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1, p2, k1, ssk, k1, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, k1, k2tog, k1, p1, border.

Pattern Row 7: Border, p1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, ssk, p2, ssk, k1, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, k1, k2tog, p1, border.

Pattern Row 8: Same as 2.

Repeat these 8 rows until desired length. End with 5 more seed st rows.

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Knitted Makeup Bag

So, I’m very proud of myself. I made this bag for a friend of mine as part of the “gifty” exchange. (Like the bookmarks.)  This is probably an intermediate project, although in all honesty, the hardest part was simply trying to interpret the directions! There were a new couple of stitches I had to learn, but that’s what I’m all about. Nothing has been looking perfect, but I’m working on it. I’m still technically a beginner. Hopefully, my stuff will continue to look more and more polished.

So here’s the picture.

Here’s the link to the original website.

Below, I have my interperted row-by-row instructions. But, also here are some nifty abbreviations and videos for certain stitches. (These are the new things I learned with this project.)

wyib: with yarn in back (just hold the yarn in the back)

ssk-r-pso: ssk, return st to LH needle, pass next st over (the ssk st) and off needle, slip the ssk st back to RH needle. (Here’s a video)

sk2p: slip one purlwise, k2tog, then pass the slipped st over the k2tog st. (Here’s a video, although she’s left-hand knitting)

[k1, p1, k1] in next stitch: Exactly what it sounds like. (Here’s a video, although she’s doing p1, k1, p1, but same concept)

m1-r: make 1 right. (Here’s a video, this is theknitwitch, she has my favorite tutorial knitting videos)

m1-l: make 1 left (Here’s a video)

CO 31 sts

Row 1 (Wrong Side) – 3: Knit

Row 4 (RS): Sl1 knitwise wyib (here on abbreviated sl1) k15, BO1, k14

Row 5: sl1, k2, p12, CO1, p12, k3

Row 6: sl1, k4, yo, k6, k2tog, k5, ssk, k6, yo, k5

Row 7: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 8: sl1, k5, yo, k5, k2tog, k5, ssk, k5, yo, k6

Row 9: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 10: sl1, k6, yo, k4, k2tog, k5, ssk, k4, yo, k7

Row 11: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 12: sl1, k7, yo, k3, k2tog, k5, ssk, k3, yo, k8

Row 13: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 14: sl1, k8, yo, k2, k2tog, k5, ssk, k2, yo, k9

Row 15: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 16: sl1, k9, yo, k1, k2tog, k5, ssk, k1, yo, k10

Row 17: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 18: sl1, k10, yo, k2tog, k5, ssk, yo, k11

Row 19: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 20: sk1, k9, yo, ssk-r-pso, yo, k5, yo, sk2p, yo, k10

Row 21: sl1, k2, p until, k3

Row 22 (RS): sl1, *p1, k1* rep across

Repeat row 22 for 24 more rows.

Row 45 (WS): sl1, *p1, k1* rep across

Row 46: sl1, *p1, k1* rep 7 times (15 sts), pm, [k1, p1, k1] in next st, pm, *k1, p1* to end. (33 sts)

Row 47: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 48: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, k to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 49: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 50: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (35 sts)

Row 51: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 52: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (37 sts)

Row 53: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 54: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (39 sts)

Row 55: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 56: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, m1-r, k to marker, m1-l, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (41 sts)

Row 57: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 58: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k7, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (39 sts)

Row 59: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 60: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k5, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (37 sts)

Row 61: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 62: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k3, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (35 sts)

Row 63: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 64: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, ssk, k1, k2tog, slip marker, *k1, p1* to end (33 sts)

Row 65: sl1, *p1, k1* to and slip marker, p to and slip marker, *k1, p1* to end

Row 66: sl1, *p1, k1* to and remove marker, sk2p, remove marker, *k1, p1, to end (31 sts)

Row 67 (WS): Sl1, *p1, k1* rep across

Repeat row 67 for 20 more rows.

Bind off.

Block. Whip stitch sides together. Sew button on, opposite button hole. Weave ends.

Make an I-cord with 3 stitches and DPNs about 8 or 9 inches long. Loop it through the extra holes on the top and tie in a knot.

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Lace Bookmark

Here is one of my favorites. It looks absolutely nothing like the original website picture, but I like it all the same! 🙂

CO 11 stitches. 

Knit 2 rows. 

Row 1 (right side): K1, P1, SSK, (YO, K1) 3 times, YO, K2tog, P1, K1 (13 stitches)

Row 2: K2, P9, K2 (13 stitches)

Row 3: K1, P1, SSK, K5, K2tog, P1, K1, (11 stitches)

Row 4: K2, P7, K2 (11 stitches) 

Repeat rows 1-4 until desired length ending with row 1. 

K1 row on wrong side. There will be 13 stitches.

Dec Row: (K2tog) twice, K5, (K2tog) twice.

Bind off.

Here is the original website. 

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Double Arrow Bookmark

Here is my Double Arrow Bookmark. The interesting thing is, I didn’t see the double arrows until I was knitting it myself. 

Here’s my pattern…

CO 17 

Knit all for 2 rows.

Row 1 (right side):  K3 (YO, SSK, K1, K2tog, YO, K1) twice, K2

Rows 2 & 4: K2, P13, K2

Row 3: K1, (K3, YO, Sl1 wyib, K2tog, PSSO, YO) twice, K4

Repeat these until bookmark is just shy of desired length ending with row 3. 

Knit all for 2 rows. Bind off. Sew in ends, block lightly. 

 

Here is the original link.  

Hope you enjoy! 

Published in: on May 15, 2009 at 4:21 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Backbone Bookmark

So I will have been knitting up some bookmarks. There will be a series of them. Using the fabric stiffener really helped them be more bookmark-like. 🙂

Here’s a picture of the Backbone bookmark (by far my worst one). 

 

Here is my pattern, I made the border around the edges thinner.

First here’s the code for those beginning kniters:

CN means Cable Needles. So CNB means to hold the cable needle in the back. CNF = front. 

CO 17 stitches

Knit 1 row, P 1 row. 

Row1: K2, P2, K9, P2, K2

Row 2: P2, K2, P9, K2, P2

Row 3: K2, P2, Sl3 to CNB, K1, K3 from CN, K1, Sl1 to CNF, K3, K1 from CN, P2, K2

Row 4: P2, K2, P9, K2, P2

Repeat rows 1 – 4 to desired length. Finish with Knit 1 row, P 1 row. Bind off. Block 

 Here is the original website with the original pattern. 

Published in: on May 13, 2009 at 2:03 pm  Leave a Comment  
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