FREE PATTERN: Cabled Legwarmers

Legwarmers. Remember when they used to be for 80’s fitness videos with those super high cut body suits?

Well they’re back. With a vengeance. Everyone from dancers to yogis to every day people want a pair.

I had looked around at patterns but, as is sometimes the case, I just didn’t find anything that I LOVED.

So I made my own pattern.

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Because I had never made these before I didn’t know exactly how much yarn I would need. As a result I opted to make the cuffs a different colour so that I would be safe. I didn’t want to use a colour that would detract from this stunning hand dyed yarn so white it was.

Hand dyed yarn is from the amazingly talented Allison Barnes Collection.

Without further ado I present to you the Cabled Legwarmer.

Supplies needed:
Size 8 (5.0mm) DPNs OR Long Circular for Magic Loop (which is what I used)
Worsted Weight Yarn – Roughly 250yards
Cable needle or DPN to hold your yarn for cables

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Cable Row:

Knit 17, Purl 1, CB6F, CB6B, Purl 1, Knit 17

CB6F = Place 3 stitches on your cable needle and hold to front. Knit next 3 stitches. Bring your cable needle back and knit the 3 stitches off your cable needle.
CB6B = Place 3 stitches on your cable needle and hold to back. Knit next 3 stitches. Bring your cable needle back and knit the 3 stitches off your cable needle.

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Cast on 48 stitches.

If you’re using DPNs, arrange on 3 needles. If you’re using Magic Loop, split into 2 groups.

Rows 1-15: Rib k2, p2 around

Body of Legwarmers:

If you are changing colours now is the time.

Row 1: K17, P1, K12, P1, K17
Row 2: Repeat Row 1
Row 3: Repeat Row 1
Row 4: Repeat Row 1
Row 5: Cable Row (K17, P1, CB6F, CB6B, P1, K17
Row 6: Repeat Row 1
Row 7: Repeat Row 1
Row 8: Repeat Row 1
Row 9: Repeat Cable Row

Repeat rows 2-9 until desired length

I knit until my leg warmer reached around 15″ from the beginning of the ribbing.

If your ribbing is in a different colour, now is again the time to switch.

Rib k2, p2 for 7 rows or desired length.

Bind off in rib.

And voila! Beautiful ribbed leg warmers ūüôā

Enjoy!

*Copyright Shanti Knits 2015. You are welcome to sell items made from this pattern but I would really appreciate pattern credit on etsy or wherever else you sell. You are NOT welcome to repost this pattern or claim it as your own.*

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FREE PATTERN: Coffee Cup Cozy

I love coffee.

That’s actually probably an understatement.

I drink exactly one cup a day. On rare occasions I have a second cup. But my one cup a day makes me so happy. My favourites are Tofino Roast and North Mountain. One from each coast of Canada.

But I digress.

At Christmas I got a spindle. The beauty of fiber craft is that all the old is coming back to be new again. Drop spindles. Spinning wheels. What was one something only grandmothers did, children, teens and adults are picking up the craft.

I only learned to crochet in December 2012. I wanted to make a hat.

Since then I’ve made hundreds of items. I’ve picked up knitting. And spinning. I’ve become picky about yarns.

So I picked up this fleece from Fleece Artist at my Local Yarn Store – Pam’s Woolley Shoppe.

And then I spun it.

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Then my daughter and I wound it and I plied it (i.e. I respun it holding it double twisting the other way to make it into yarn.

I washed it, tied it, hung it out to dry.

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So the yarn wasn’t perfect. But it was awesome. There were parts I wasn’t thrilled with. But overall.. overall I’m SO happy with it!

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Plus I love the pattern I made for the cup cozy so I decided to share it with you.

Waffled Cup Cozy

Materials Needed:
Size 13/9mm needles
Super Bulky Weight yarn – this takes very little yarn so scraps are great!

Using whatever method you prefer, cast on 9 stitches.

Row 1: K3, P3, K3
Row 2: P3, K3, P3
Row 3: K3, P3, K3
Row 4: P3, K3, P3

Row 5: P3, K3, P3
Row 6: K3, P3, K3
Row 7: P3, K3, P3
Row 8: K3, P3, K3

Repeat Rows 1-8 for 8‚ÄĚ

Cast off.

Putting wrong sides together (whichever side you desire!), whip stitch closed.

Sew in all ends and voila! Cup cozy extraordinaire!

You are more than welcome to sell anything made from this pattern but I would love some credit! You are not permitted to pass this pattern off as your own.

Kids Newfoundland Mittens – Free Pattern

2014-01-10 14.40.51I searched and searched and just couldn’t find a pattern that I was satisfied with for these little mittens. There are some really amazing patterns out there for these mittens, but none that I could find for chunkier wool for kids. So, I made my own up.

These mittens were commissioned by a 5 year old. He bought them with his own money. Now, tell me that isn’t cool! He picked the colours and requested that they have a tie on them so he could put them into his jacket.

So I went with it. And I plan to make lots more. Well, maybe not lots, but a few more anyway.

Feel free to use this pattern at your leisure! I just ask that you not sell this pattern or claim it as your own. You’re welcome to sell whatever you make from this pattern though but if you sell online, I’d love some credit!

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Needles: Size 5mm DPNS
Wool: Any worsted weight yarn of your choosing using 2 strands at a time (double width) *side note Рif making mittens for kids, think washable!!

Abbreviations:
K – knit
P – purl
Cluster 1 – *K4, slip next 2 stitches purl wise, repeat from * around (you will have 5 clusters). Repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 rows.
Cluster 2 – *K1, slip next 2 stitches purl wise, K3, repeat from * around (you will have 5 clusters). Repeat 4 more times for a total of 5 rows.

Cast on 20 stitches and spread relatively evenly over 3 needles

Ribbing:
K1P1 (or K2P2 if you want) for 2.5 inches

Mitten:
Row 1: Purl adding 5 stitches evenly throughout (25)
Row 2: Purl adding 5 stitches evenly throughout (30)
Rows 3-7: Cluster 1
Rows 8-9: Purl around
Rows 10-14: Cluster 2
Row 15: Purl around
Row 16: P2, slip next 6 stitches onto stitch marker (or scrap of yarn), cast on 6 stitches, purl remaining stitches
Rows 17-21: Cluster 1
Rows 22-23: Purl around
Rows 24-28: Cluster 2
Rows 29-30: Purl around
Rows 31-35: Cluster 1
Rows 36-37: Purl around
Row 38: K4 k2tog around
Row 39: K around
Row 40: K3 k2tog around
Row 41: K around
Row 42: K2 2tog around
Row 43: K around
Row 44: K1 k2tog around
Row 45: K
Row 46: K2tog around
Cut yarn and using a darning needle thread through the remaining stitches and thread into inside of mitten.

Thumb:
Use 2 DPNs for the stitches (it makes it less clunky in my opinion *thanks for the tip Emily!!*)
One the first DPN transfer 5 of the stitches from your stitch holder.
On 2nd DPN transfer the last stitch then pick up as many stitches as you want from the other side to form the thumb.
Row 1: K around
Row 2: K around starting to reduce the stitches – to reduce K2tog – try to get down to about 12 stitches
Row 3: K around reducing to a total of 8 stitches
Rows 4-12: K around
Row 13: K2tog 4 times

Using a darning needle thread through the remaining 4 stitches and thread through to inside.

Turn your mitten inside out and weave in all your ends.

Voila! Kids newfoundland mittens!

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 Sam with his new mittens!

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