Chevron Blocks Beanie Pattern

Chevron Blocks Hat

Materials:

2 or 3 colors of worsted weight yarn (this pattern works very well with scraps. I used some scraps of brown wool and Noro Silk Garden)

Size 6 16″ circular needles or set of double pointed needles

Size 8 16″ circular needles

Size 8 set of double pointed needles

(Note: When I made my hat, I did not use the smaller needles for the brim and it turned out a little loose so edited the pattern according to past experience making hats and reading other hat patterns.)

Gauge:

I don’t really do gauge. I know, it’s not a good habit, but if you make a lot of hats you can kind of just tell. Plus, the cheap brand of needles I’m using tend to knit a little tighter than I’m used to on my regular bamboo circulars.

Fit:

One-size fits most adults

Instructions:

With smaller needles, cast on 88 stitches of Color 1.

Work in K2, P2 for 1 inch.

Change to bigger needles.

Work in stockinette stitch until piece for 2 inches.

Work chevron pattern according to chart. You will repeat the chart 8 times in one round.

Strand yarn behind work loosely (do not yarn).

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Cut Color 1, leaving 2 inch tail.

Work in stockinette stitch in Color 2 for 2 inches (measured from last row of chart). Piece should measure about 5 inches.

Repeat chart again. If using 2 colors, switch back to Color 1. If using 3 colors, switch to Color 3.

Cut Color 2, leaving 2 inch tail.

Knit 2 rounds in Color 2/3.

Decrease pattern:

Round 1: Repeat *K4, K2T, K5*.

Round 2: Knit

Round 3: Repeat *K3, K2T, K5*

Round 4: Knit

Round 5: Repeat *K2, K2T, K5*

Round 6: Repeat *K1, K2T, K5*

Round 7: Repeat *K2T, K5* until last 6 st, K2T K4 last time

Beginning of Round 8 will start on the last stitch of last round Round 7 (i.e., knit together last stitch of Round 7 and first stitch of Round 8.)

Round 8: Repeat *K2T, K3*

Round 9: Repeat *K2T, K2*

Round 10: Repeat *K2T, K1*

Round 11: K2T until end of round

Cut yarn and pass tail through stitches, closing hole.

Weave in loose ends.

Designer status

Because I’m preparing to post another original design on Ravelry I was looking through my first and only pattern, my Cropped Boatneck Sweater and decided that other Ravelry users made it better than me.

Wow you guys are talented! I think my fit was a little off for my own body shape (because I’m too lazy to properly measure gauge) but there are some people that totally pull it off. I rarely wear my sweater, sadly, because I don’t have many outfits that would match it. Maybe wearing it more should be a 2014 resolutions, but I think it was one of my 2013 resolutions…

Anyway, I really loved how a lot of people took my basic pattern and ran with the idea, making modifications and changes to their personal liking! Here are some of my favorite projects:

by yunejune

by celiacummiskey. Check her out on tumblr.

by blacksprucehound

by Joaknits

by xCharlottex

I’ll be adding more photos as soon as I obtain permission from the owners. Check out the other takes on my pattern here!

2014 is looking like an exciting year for knitting! I’m taking on a HUGE project that I can’t wait to share with you guys. I’m super stoked. I can’t wait to write about it.

Cropped Boatneck Sweater Pattern

Updated: December 25, 2012 with photos

Note: This pattern was adapted from the 1989 edition of Vogue Knitting: The Ultimate Knitting Book. No copyright infringement intended. Pattern for personal use only. Do not sell or redistribute.

This sweater is constructed with two identical rectangles (front and back) and two trapezoids (the sleeves). That makes it easily adaptable for a full-length sweater, ¾ sleeves, or any shape and size. There is no neck shaping or any really advanced techniques so it’s a perfect sweater for beginners.

Techniques you will need to know:

Rib stitch (Knit 1, Purl 1)
Stockinette stitch (Knit 1 row, Purl 1 row.
An increase technique (Make one, Knit front and back, etc.)
Blocking
Mattress stitch for seaming

Materials:

4 skeins of worsted weight yarn (approximately 850 yards)
Size 7 circular needles
Size 11 circular needles
Stitch markers or safety pins

(You will not be knitting in the round, but using circular needles as straight needles is helpful because the project gets pretty long.)

Gauge:

4” = 11 stitches x 16 rows

(Gauge is not particularly important since this is an oversized sweater. Do not worry if you do not have the right sized needles to get the right gauge.)

Approximate Finished Measurements:

Armpit to armpit: 24”
Length: 15”
Sleeve: 20”

Instructions:

For best results, keep track of how many rows/stitches it takes to knit each step so the front/back and left/right can be exactly the same.

Front and Back (make two):

With smaller needles cast on 80 stitches.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2.5”.
Change to larger needles.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 9” from beginning.
At 9” mark each end for beginning of armhole.
Continue stockinette stitch until piece measures 7” from marker.
Change to smaller needles.
Knit 1 row.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 2”.
Bind off loosely in rib pattern.

Sleeves (make two):

With smaller needles cast on 38 stitches.
Work in knit 1, purl 1 rib for 3”.
Change to larger needles.
Continue in pattern as follows:
Row 1: Purl across.
Row 2: Knit across.
Row 3: Purl across.
Row 4: Knit across, increasing 1 stitch on each side.
Repeat rows 1-4 until piece measures 20” across.
Work in stockinette stitch until piece measures 20” from beginning.
Bind off.

Finishing:

Weave in loose ends.
Block all pieces.
Use mattress stitch to sew seams.
Sew shoulder seams together for 4.25”.
Sew top of sleeves to armholes between markers.
Sew sides and sleeve seams.

And you’re done!

As I mentioned earlier, the pattern is really easy to customize. You can make the length longer or shorter, make the sleeves longer or shorter, add some colorwork such as stripes or intarsia, or add some more complex knitting stitches like cables or bobbles. This simple sweater is a blank slate for your creativity!

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For more pictures please look here and here. And in case you were wondering I’m a petite little Asian girl and I usually wear size small.

 

New Pattern Crushes

I’m a stripe kind of girl but sometimes you need a little variation. My wardrobe is full of striped shirts and I’ll always go for a stripe rather than a plain top but recently I’ve fallen in love with new kinds of prints and patterns. I’m on the lookout for these awesome new prints.

1. Chevron

A twist on the average stripe.

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