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 🙂

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”

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.

FREE Pattern! Minecraft Fingerless Gloves

My son is obsessed with Minecraft. I really don’t understand the point of the game, but he seems to have fun playing it (in very limited quantities). As it’s still cold in the mornings here, I figured it was a good time to make him his own pair of Fingerless Gloves. I designed the pattern in the morning, knit them up while he was at school, and presented them to him when he got home. To say that he was happy is a gross understatement.

Of course, I had to share the pattern with you.

Fits roughly ages 5-12.

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Supplies:

Yarn:

  • Green, Dark Brown, Light Brown and Black worsted weight yarn (I used Vanna’s choice but the sky’s the limit!)
  • Size 8 DPNs (5.0mm) and a darning needle

First mitt: The Dirt Block

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Cast on 32 in light brown

Rows 1-12: K2 p2 ribbing
Row 13-14: knit around

Switch to Dark Brown

Row 15: knit

Start to Shape Thumb:

Row 16: K2, pm, kfb, k2, kfb, pm, k to end
Row 17: Knit
Row 18: K2, sm, kfb, k4, kfb, sm, k to end
Row 19: Knit
Row 20: K2, sm, kfb, k6, kfb, sm, k to end
Row 21: K2, slip 10 stitches onto scrap yarn, cast on 4 using back loop, k to end
Rows 22-28: Knit around

Starting colorwork: (switching to green as necessary)

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Rows 29-33 as above (you will repeat the colorwork twice)

Rows 34-35: K2, p2 around

Bind off and weave in ends.

Second Mitt: The Creeper

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Using Green, Cast on 32

Rows 1-12: K2 p2 around
Rows 13-15: K around

Start shaping thumb

Row 16: K2, pm, kfb, k2, kfb, pm, k to end
Row 17: K around
Row 18: K2, sm, kfb, k4, kfb, sm, k to end
Row 19: K around
Row 20: K2, sm, kfb, k6, kfb, sm, k to end
Row 21: K2, slip 10 stitches onto scrap yarn, cast on 4 using back loop, k to end (this is the first row of the colorwork)

Continuing colorwork as below:

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Row 22-32 K8, proceed with colorwork as above, k to end for next 11 rows

Rows 33-34: K2, P2 around

Bind off and weave in ends.

Thumbs:

Creeper mitt use green; dirt block use dark brown.

Pick up 10 stitches from scrap yarn and as many stitches as you want from the other half of the mitt.

Row 1: Decrease stitches as you want until you have 12 stitch on your needle.

Row 2: Knit

Row 3: K1P1 around

Bind off loosely.

Happy boy 🙂

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Granny Style French Press Cozy

I have an obsession.

Coffee.

I love coffee. I prefer darker roasts. It started when I was pregnant with my 2nd and exhausted all the time. I started getting coffee before work. Then my daughter was born and every time I drank coffee she screamed. Until she was 8 months old.

Miraculously after that I was able to start drinking coffee again. I became a bit of a coffee snob – no longer could I drink cheap coffee. Instead, I had to drink top quality. And that hasn’t changed even 7 years later.

My favourites are Tofino Roast and North Mountain Roast – interestingly enough from each coast of Canada!

Enter my second obsession – working with yarn.

I couldn’t find a coffee cozy that was just right so instead of I made my own. (I’m not type A or anything…) And then I decided to share it with all of you.

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Granny Style French Press Cozy

Materials:
I hook
Worsted weight yarn – about 30-50 yards of each colour.

Instructions:

Ch 31

Row 1: In 3rd chain from hook dc 3 in stitch.* Skip 2. 3dc.* Repeat from * to * until end of row. (10 clusters)

Row 2: Ch 3, Work 3dc in each space between clusters, Dc in ch 3 from previous row. (9 clusters)

Row 3: ch 3, word 3 dc between first ch 3 and cluster and then between each cluster after that. (10 clusters)

Repeat Row 2 and Row 3 until you’ve reached desired height. (Roughly 10 rows or approximately 5 inches)

I alternated colours every 2 rows.

Attaching a new colour if you want for the border:

Row 11: sc all around with 2 sc in each corner. (I had 29 across the widest edge, 15 sc down each side – basically one sc in the ch 3 and 2 sc in the dc of each colour)

Row 12: Work the border of your choice.  I used this simple border except I used tr stitch instead of dc. Slip stitch to connect.

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The treble stitches will be in front. Slide the stitch over towards the back, creating a bit of a puff in the front.

Ch 5 and slip stitch to the opposite corner (this will be the little over hang above the handle).

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Finish off.

At the other bottom corner, attach yarn and ch 16. Slip stitch back along the ch. Repeat on opposite corner (ties for under handle.)

Repeat for another set of ties in the middle if desired.

Weave in all the ends, wrap around your French press and enjoy hot coffee!

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New Year, New Intentions

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I’ve never been a new year’s resolution kind of girl. Oh sure, I have said I will try to eat less junk, or that I’ll try to go to the gym more, but they never hold true.

A few years ago I decided that I would make a year of health. My intention, or my goal, was to focus on my health bit by bit. It wasn’t to obsess over the scale, it wasn’t to eat healthy all the time. Rather, it was to try to make myself mind, body and soul, health. I worked on  my mental health having suffered from mental illness for many years. I worked on my physical health (this was pre celiac diagnosis). I worked on my overall self. And you know what? By the end of that year I felt like I had accomplished something.

I haven’t set many intentions over the last few years. It’s been up and down mind body and soul, but this year I’m ready. And so I put forth to you the following challenge: Set an intention. It doesn’t have to be some grandiose effort, but rather, something you want to work on. Put last year behind you – write down all the crap that happened and burn it. Have a symbolic end to the bad. Write down all the good stuff that happened and put it somewhere safe. On those bad day this year, you can open up that “good stuff” and remember that it will get better.

My intention: to grow, mind body and soul.

That may seem like a copout. But really, I want to continue to grow. I have learned so much about myself over the last few years and I want that to continue. I’m making my mental health a priority. I’m taking my yoga practice to the next level. I meditate almost daily. I watch what goes in my mouth and try to put food as close to the earth in as possible. When I eat meat, I want it to be GOOD meat – ethically grown and raised.

Growing is a big deal.

Working on my mind health has been a priority for me for a while now and in december I discovered something that helps – crochet. How does something that involves yarn help my mind? It’s simple rather – when I’m crocheting, I’m not anxious. It gives me focus. It’s patterns. It’s repetitive. And it keeps me grounded.

I found that I have a passion for this at this current point in my life. My best Eastern friend helped me understand something important the other day. My passions centre around what I need in that moment. Yoga is a passion for me – it saved my sanity last year and allowed my body to become more flexible. I need that. I didn’t need it to the same degree 10 years ago when I let yoga go out of my life for a while – or maybe I wasn’t ready for it then. It’s the same with crochet. Right now, I need it.

And so, I opened an online etsy store. And for you, my dear readers, I’m having a giveaway. I’m giving away a midlength pair of yoga socks. Why yoga socks? These socks are amazing! They keep your feet warm before your body is fully warm in class. They allow you to still grip your mat because they have no toes or heels. And they allow you to wear capris in the winter! (Maybe not a big deal for some of you southerners but up here in Canada.. it’s a big deal.)

Here are the rules:

Comment below as to why you want to win and you’re entered.

To earn extra entries:

1 – Like Shanti Knits on facebook!

2 – Share this giveaway on facebook or twitter.

It’s as easy as that. Draw will be made Friday, January 11 at 4pm MST.