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Knitted Toque with Ear Flaps revised – Beacon Tate Metro Artist.Ca

Knitted Toque with Ear Flaps – Beacon Tate Metro Artist.Ca revised

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October 18, 2016

Thankful for rainy fall days!

Knitted Toque with Ear Flaps – Beacon Tate Metro Artist.Ca
Category Knitting

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Required two 5o gram balls in medium 4 -I used: Scheepjes Voluma De Luxe yarn 74% Acrylic yarn, 13% Mohair, 13%Lurex.

To make ear flap – using two yarn strands and 16 inch (41 cm) number 8 (5.00 mm) circular knitting needles or double pointed number 8 (5.00 mm) needles:

cast on 3 stitches Knit one row, Purl row: Knit 1 Purl 1 Knit 1

  • increase one stitch on each end of knitted rows
  • on Purl row: Knit 2 stitches Purl to last two stitches  Knit 2
  • continue until you have 17 stitches, end with the purl row
  • make two ear flaps

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  • Use two balls and two strands of yarn:
  • knit across 17 stitches of first ear flap
  • place marker and cast on 18 stitches for the back
  • place marker and knit across 17 stitches of second ear flap
  • place marker and cast on 28 stitches for the front
  • place marker to indicate start (you now have 80 stitches)
  • join end to start
  • next knit 17 stitches across first ear flap
  • purl across 18 back stitches
  • knit 17 stitches across second ear flap
  • Front: rib(knit 2, purl 2) across next 28 stitches starting and ending with knit 1 (knit 1, purl 2, knit 2, purl 2………………knit 1)
  • continue next three rounds:
    • knit across each ear flap,
    • back: 1st round knit, 2nd round purl, 3rd round knit
    • front continue with ribbing
  • knit all rounds until the front measures 5 inches
  • keep beginning marker and remove all others

To shape the crown:

  • first round knit 8 stitches knit 2 together across round
  • knit
  • second round knit 7 stitches knit 2 together across round
  • knit
  • continue until 8 stitches remain, break strand and pull through remaining stitches

To make Earflap ties:

  • take 12 strands 30 inches long
  • insert into earflap making all threads even
  • divide into 3 (8 strands each) braid
  • leave 3 inches at end knot creating tassel

 

Knitted Toque with Ear Flaps – Beacon Tate Metro Artist.Ca

Knitted Toque with Ear Flaps – Beacon Tate Metro Artist.Ca created for Winter/Christmas 2016.

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September 28, 2016

Thankful for sunny fall days!

Knitted Toque with Ear Flaps – Beacon Tate Metro Artist.Ca

Category Knitting

 

Knitted Ear Flap ToqueRequired two 5o gram balls in medium 4 -I used: Scheepjes Voluma De Luxe yarn 74% Acrylic yarn, 13% Mohair, 13%Lurex.

To make ear flap – using single yarn strand and 16 inch (41 cm) number 8 (5.00 mm) circular knitting needles or double pointed number 8 (5.00 mm) needles:

  • cast on 3 stitches Knit one row, Purl one row
  • continue in stocking stitch increasing one stitch on each end of knitted rows until you have 17 stitches
  • end with a purl row and set aside
  • make 4 ear flaps

Use two balls and two strands of yarn:

  • put ear flaps with purl sides together
  • knit one stitch from facing ear flap and one stitch from outer ear flap together creating one stitch – total stitches when done 17
  • this creates an ear flap with two knitted sides – purl next row – leave on holding needle
  • stitch the ear flaps together (can be done at end)
  • do this twice
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Ear Flap

Use two balls and two strands of yarn and circular needles:

  • knit across 17 stitches of first ear flap
  • place marker and cast on 18 stitches for the back
  • place marker and knit across 17 stitches of second ear flap
  • place marker and cast on 28 stitches for the front
  • place marker to indicate start  (you now have 80 stitches)
  • next knit 17 stitches across first ear flap
  • purl across 18 back stitches
  • knit 17 stitches across second ear flap
  • next 28 stitches (front) knit 1, purl 2
  • knit 2, purl 2 until one stitch remaining of 28 the front stitches -knit 1
  • knit from the first ear flap, across the back and second ear flap
  • next 28 stitches (front) knit 1, purl 2
  • knit 2, purl 2 until one stitch remaining of the 28 front stitches -knit 1
  • knit 17 ear flap stitches
  • pearl 18 back stitches
  • knit 17 ear flap stitches
  • next 28 stitches (front) knit 1, purl 2
  • knit 2, purl 2 until one stitch remaining of the 28 front stitches -knit 1
  • keeping the beginning marker, knit across ear flap, remove marker
  • knit across back, remove marker
  • knit across ear flap, remove marker
  • next 28 stitches (front) knit 1, purl 2
  • knit 2, purl 2 until one stitch remaining of the 28 front stitches – knit 1
  • knit each row until the  front measures 5 inches
Back
Back

To shape the crown:

  • knit 8 stitches knit 2 together across round
  • knit
  • knit 7 stitches knit 2 together across round
  • knit
  • continue until 8 stitches remain, break strand and pull through remaining stitches

 

I prefer Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles.

Happy knitting!

 

Beacon Tate

 

Toques

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December 28, 2015

Thankful for family!

Category Knitting

Required two balls 50 g / 1.75 oz in light 3 – 100% Acrylic yarn – I used: Patons Astra yarn.

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One ball of 100 g / 3.5 oz in Medium 4  – 100% Acrylic yarn  I used: Patons Canadiana.

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One ball of Red Heart Soft medium 4 – 100% Acrylic yarn.

Toques

With two strands of yarn cast on 40 stitches on 16 inch (41 CM) number 11 (8.00 mm) circular knitting needles. I prefer Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles.

Rib (Knit 2 Purl 2) for 6 inches.

Change to 16 inch (41 CM) number 13 (9.00 mm) circular knitting needles, continue in stocking stitch until work measures 8 1/2 inches in length.

To shape the crown:

Row 1 – Knit (k) 8 Slip 1 knit-wise(sl1k) Knit(k) 1 Pass Slip Stitch Over (psso) continue until end of row

Row 2 and every other row – Knit

Row 3 – k7 sl1k k1 psso continue until end of row

Row 5 – k6 sl1k k1 psso continue until end of row

Row 7 -k5 sl1k k1 psso continue until end of row

Row 9 -k4 sl1k k1 psso continue until end of row

Row 11 -k3 sl1k k1 psso continue until end of row

Break yarn, leaving a long end, draw through remaining 16 stitches. Pull through top inside the toque. Work in ends.

 

For two coloured toque:

To make the two colour black and copper on the right change to number 13 needles, knit one round of black.  Next round, on each tenth stitch knit the top colour (2 strands in same weight yarn), carrying  the top colour all around. Next round knit top colour on first stitch and on each of the tenth colour stitch knit one top coloured stitch on either side; carry  both coloured yarns on each round.  Continue until all stitches are in the top colour.    Cut off the black yarn, leaving enough to work in.  Continue until work measures 8 1/2 inches.

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Fingerless Gloves

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December 27, 2015

Thankful for extended family!

 

Category Knitting

gloves

Use 100% Acrylic medium 4 yarn   I used Caron Simply Soft 6 oz / 170 g ( When making the smaller size gloves, this is enough to make a matching 2 strand 40 stitch toque, as well).

Fingerless gloves in two sizes.

For small size:

Use 16 inch (41 CM) number 1 (2.25 mm) circular knitting needles, for ribbing.

Change to 16 inch (41 CM) number 2 (2.75 mm) circular knitting needles.

For large size:

Use 16 inch (41 CM) number 2 (2.75 mm) circular knitting needles, for ribbing.

Change to 16 inch (41 CM) number 3 (3.25 mm) circular knitting needles.

Or a set of four double pointed knitting needles, in the sizes required for chosen size.

I prefer Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles.

Small Size(Large Size):

Left Hand

With 2.25 mm (2.75 mm) circular needles cast on 45 stitches

Join

P1 K1 (in back of stitch) ribbing for 3 inches (3.5 inches) (note at join there are two pearl stitches one on beginning stitch and one on end stitch)

Rib 7, M1, Rib 8, M1 four times now have 50 stitches.   ( note make one by knitting the same stitch twice).

Change to 2.75 mm (3.25 mm) needles knit 8 rounds

Thumb Gusset

Row 1 K 22, M 1, K 3, M 1, K to end of round (52 stitches)

Row 2, 3, 4     Knit

Row 5 K 22, M 1, K 5, M 1, K to end of round (54 stitches)

Row 6 Knit and and each alternative row

Row 7 K 22, M 1 K 7, M 1, K to end of round (56 stitches)

Row 9 K 22, M 1, K 9, M 1, K to end of round (58 stitches)

Row 11 K 22, M 1, K 11 M 1, K to end of round (60 stitches)

Row 13 K 22, M 1, K 13 M 1, K to end of round (62 stitches)

Row 15 K 22, M 1, K 15 M 1, K to end of round (64 stitches)

Row 16 Knit

Row 17 K40. Turn

Row 18 P17. Turn

Work on these 17 stitches only, work 6 rows of ribbing, cast off leaving 6 inches tail of yarn.

Rejoin the yarn at base of thumb and knit to end of round.

Knit 13 (15) rounds.

First Finger

Next row K30. Turn

Next row P 13. Turn. Cast on 2 stitches  (15 stitches for finger)

Working on these 15 stitches only rib for 6 (8) rows cast off leaving 6 inches tail of yarn.

Second Finger

Pick up and K 2 stitches from base of first finger (on either side of what would be the seam) K6. Turn.

Next row P 14. Turn and cast on 2 stitches (16 stitches for second finger).

Working on these 16 stitches only, rib for 6 (8) rows, cast of leaving 6 inches tail of yarn.

Third Finger

Pick up and K 2 stitches from base of second finger (on either side of what would be the seam) K5. Turn.

Next row P 14. Turn and cast on 2 stitches. (16 stitches for third finger).

Working on these 16 stitches only, rib for 6 (8) rows, cast of leaving 6 inches tail of yarn.

Fourth Finger

Pick up and K 2 stitches from base of third finger (on either side of what would be the seam) K 5. Turn.

Next row P 12. Turn and cast on 2 stitches. (14 stitches for fourth finger).

Working on these 14 stitches only, rib for 4 (6) rows, cast of leaving 6 inches tail of yarn.

Using all the tails of yarn, with the mattress stitch stitch each finger and thumb.

Right Hand

With 2.25 mm (2.75 mm) circular needles cast on 45 stitches

Join

K 1(in back of stitch) P 1  ribbing for 3 (3.5) inches (note at join there are two knit stitches one on beginning stitch and one on end stitch)

Rib 7, M1, Rib 8, M1 four times now have 50 stitches. ( note make one by knitting the same stitch twice).

Change to 2.75 mm (3.25 mm) needles knit 8 rounds

Thumb Gusset

Row 1 K 25, M 1, K 3, M 1, K to end of round (52 stitches)

Row 2, 3, 4 Knit

Row 5 K 25, M 1, K 5, M 1, K to end of round (54 stitches)

Row 6 Knit and and each alternative row

Row 7 K 25, M 1 K 7, M 1, K to end of round (56 stitches)

Row 9 K 25, M 1, K 9, M 1, K to end of round (58 stitches)

Row 11 K 25, M 1, K 11 M 1, K to end of round (60 stitches)

Row 13 K 25, M 1, K 13 M 1, K to end of round (62 stitches)

Row 15 K 25, M 1, K 15 M 1, K to end of round (64 stitches)

Row 16 Knit

Row 17 K43. Turn

Row 18 P 17. Turn

Work on these 17 stitches only, work 6 (8) rows of ribbing, cast off leaving 6 inches tail of yarn.

Rejoin the yarn at base of thumb and knit to end of round.

Knit 13 (15) rounds.

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Fingers for right hand same as left hand above.

Toque – Wild Wizard

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November 7, 2015

Thankful for beautiful fall colours!

Category Knitting

 

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Required one ball 1.75 OZ ( 50g) in light 3 – 100% Acrylic yarn – I used: Patons Astra “Wild Wizard” yarn.

Cast on 80 stitches on 16 inch (41 CM) number 4 (3.50 mm) circular knitting needles.

I prefer Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles.

Rib (Knit 2 Purl 2) for 2 inches.

Change to number 6 (4.00mm) circular knitting needles and increase 1 stitch (to 81 stitches); continue knitting in stocking stitch for 5 inches. With circular needles you knit each round.   Please refer to the post “Toque” to  shape the crown.   NOTE – this is a lighter weight yarn – therefore smaller needles were used.

 

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Toque

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October 26, 2015

Thankful for support!

Category Knitting

Required one ball in medium 4 – 100% Acrylic yarn – I used: Red Heart Soft yarn.

Cast on 80 stitches  on 16 inch (41 CM) number 6 (4.00 mm) circular knitting needles.

I prefer Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles.

Rib (Knit 2 Purl 2) for 2 inches.

Change to number 7 (4.50mm) circular knitting needles and increase 1 stitch (to 81 stitches); continue knitting in stocking stitch for 5 inches.        With circular needles you knit each round.

To shape the crown.

Row  1 – Knit 7 stitches knit 2 together for whole round

Row  2 – Knit and every other round

Row  3 – Knit 6 stitches knit 2 together for whole round

Row  5 – Knit 5 stitches knit 2 together for whole round

Row  7 – Knit 4 stitches knit 2 together for whole round

Row  9 – Knit 3 stitches knit 2 together for whole round

Row 11 – Knit 2 stitches knit 2 together for whole round

Row 13 – Knit 1 stitches knit 2 together for whole round

Row 14 – Knit

Row 15 – Knit 2 together for the whole round

Break off enough to feed through remaining 10 stitches.   Turn inside out and pull yarn so the top comes nicely together.   Work in remaining yarn threads.

Ribbing measures 16 inches around;  stocking stitch at ribbing 19 inches around.   The top of the  crown to end of ribbing measures 9 inches.

Torque

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Circular Scarf

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September 28, 2015

Thankful for walks in the rain!

Category Knitting

Required three  3.5oz (100g) in pattern colour and two 3.5oz (100g) back colour medium 4 100% Acrylic yarn  –  I used:

yarn

 

Cast on 240 stitches in the back  colour (grey), on 29 inch (74 CM) number 10.5 (6.5 MM) circular knitting needles.  I prefer Clover Bamboo Circular Knitting Needles.

Place yarn from another project through each of the 240 stitches.  This makes it easier to pick up the 240 used when grafting scarf together.

Join the end stitch to the first stitch being careful not to twist and place a marker. Knit until the first ball of 3.5 oz (100 G) of back colour yarn is done, ending on last stitch.  Change to main colour

K2 P2 – ribbing for 2 1/2 inches, ending on the last stitch

Begin pattern.

Pattern

Row  1 – K6   K2tog   M1   K1   M1   K2tog    K5

Row  2 and every other row knit

Row  3 – K5   K2tog   M1   K3   M1   K2tog   K4

Row  5 – K4   K2tog   M1   K5   M1   K2tog   K3

Row  7 – K3   K2tog   M1   K7   M1   K2tog   K2

Row  9 – K2   K2tog   M1   K9   M1   K2tog   K1

Row 11 – K1   K2tog   M1   K11   M1    K2tog

Row 13 – K1    M1    K2tog    K11  K2tog   M1

Row 15 – K2   M1    K2tog   K9   K2tog   M1   K1

Row 17 – K3   M1    K2tog   K7   K2tog   M1   K2

Row 19 – K4   M1   K2tog   K5 K2tog   M1     K3

Row 21 – K5    M1   K2tog   K3   K2tog   M1   K4

Row 23 – K6   M1   K2tog   K1   K2tog   M1    K5

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Knit these twenty four rows twice in the main colour.

K2 P2 – ribbing for 2 1/2 inches, ending on the last stitch.

Change to back colour knit until the total (first ball and these) back colour measures the same as the pattern and two inches of ribbing (approximately 11″ length ).  Leaving 1 1/2 inch ribbing border of the main colour on the back.   Total length over all 22inches.

Pick up the stitches from the start (remove the off setting yarn) and graft the two sections of the back colour together.   Be careful not to twist.  Break off yarn leaving an end of  10 inch thread.  (note you actually need more length but better to do it in several to graft 240 stitches).

 

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Grafting

The best way to join stitches held on 2 separate needles.  Have the two pearl sides of the scarf facing each other and the both needles from the start pointing to the right. Thread the end through a blunt-ended wool needle.

*Putting the wool needle, as if for knitting into the first stitch of the front needle, draw it through the stitch and slip the stitch off the needle.

Putting the wool needle, as if for purling, into the second stitch of the front needle, draw the wool through and let the stitch remain on the needle.

Take the wool under the front needle and putting the wool needle, as if for purling, into the first stitch of the back needle, draw the wool through this stitch and slip off the needle.

Putting the wool needle, as if for knitting into the second stitch of the back needle draw the wool through and let the stitch remain on the needle.*

Bring the wool forward under the needles and repeat from * to * until all the stitches are worked off.

Final thoughts: I have made several of these circular scarves.  Easy to knit.  The grafting of the 240 stiiches of the start and the end is the most tedious  part.  Measurements from nine  to eleven inches wide and approximately  seventy-eight inches around.  Keep in mind that I am a very loose knitter.

 

Beacon Tate

Men’s knitted sweater on circular needles

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June 12, 2015

I am thankful for this windy day!

Category Knitting

Men’s knitted sweater – circular needles

 

Recently I decided knitting with circular needles was the way to go. Over the past year or so I have made many pairs of socks, a man’s sweater, several scarfs, gloves, toques all on circular needles. I had never used circular needles before except to make afghans.

 

I was determined to knit a sweater on circular needles having never done it. I thought it was a good idea. While I like the fact when you are done there are no seams to sew, I did not like not being able to measure the pieces for size against the person you are making it for, as I went along.

 

I searched the Internet for ideas, a great tool! I actually found a circular needle pattern on Pinterest.  By the way I never take a pattern, recipe and do exactly as told, I only use it as a suggestion. I am a very loose knitter; interesting my mom and I can pick up each other’s knitting and carry on as we have the same tension.

 

I choose a variegated 100% Acrylic medium (4) weight yarn.

 

I always have two or three knitting projects on the go, as I get bored with working on the same project day in and day out. I always buy two pairs of the same size circular needle, a requirement as far as I am concerned for small projects like socks, as it makes it easier with two needles. One of the problems I have encounters is twisting the stitches and ending up with the round actually having a twist in it – not good!

Circular needle Men's Sweater
Circular needle Men’s Sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close up
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Lessons Learned:

  • Ensure the dye lot number is the same on each ball of yarn

 

  • Always knit a swatch to ensure you can achieve the correct gauge as required in the pattern
  • Be careful not to twist when joining the circle of stitches

 

Final thoughts:

I liked the fact the whole project was knit on circular needles because for the most part you are just knitting (instead of knitting and purling). I also liked the fact there were minimal seams to sew together. I did not like not being able to measure the actual sweater pieces against the individual I was making the sweater for. I do not like how the collar sits.   I plan to change the collar.

 

 

Beacon Tate