Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Everything on Website is 50% off!!!

Yep, that's right! Every purse, shawl, blanket, scarf and tapestry is 50% until the end of the year. And that includes shipping as well. There are some great gift ideas to be found. Everything is one of a kind, designed and made by me so when it is gone, that is it. The link to the website is along the sidebar here, so check it out and find some unique and beautiful gifts for giving or keeping yourself.

Here is a little preview of what you'll find:

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Easy Baby Garter Stitch Tube Socks

The last year or so, I've been knitting or crocheting baby booties for charity. They go into newborn kits for moms who don't have anything for their new babies and the kit contains a few essentials. It's a nice little project to carry around or work on here and there and still get something finished. I tried various patterns that I found online and liked the tube sock concept best because it seems like it will stay on without a tangly tie and also fit a growing baby's foot the longest.

This is knitted flat and after the ribbing, it is all garter stitch so very simple to knit. It could be done in the round but is much faster knit flat, even with the seam-sewing time. It's such an easy pattern that after the first one, you'll pretty much have it memorized.

Worsted Weight Tube Socks

Gauge is not important
Needles-#7 or 8
Scant ounce of yarn

Loosely cast on 20 stitches
Cuff: Rows 1-10-- K2 P2 ribbing across
Rows 11-42: Slip first stitch, knit each row across = 16 ridges of garter stitch.
Row 43: K2 tog, K6, K2tog(2x), K6, K2tog
Row 44: Knit across
Row 45: K 2 tog, K4, K2tog(2x), K4, k2tog

Cut a long tail and thead a yarn needle. Draw through last sts on needle and go through again to gather into a circle. Pull it tight and sew up the side seam right sides together. Weave in ends. Turn right side out. Which side you call the right side doesn't matter much but I call the right side the one that has the starting yarn tail on my right when the work is facing me. I think that the top of the ribbing looks better on that side but it's a minor detail. Make another one.

Sport Weight Version

#5 needles
Less than 1 ounce of yarn

Loosely cast on 24 stitches
Rows 1-10: K2,P2 ribbing across
Rows 11-50:Slip first stitch, knit across all rows = 20 ridges of garter stitch
Row 51: K2tog, K8, K2tog(2X), K8, K2tog
Row 52: K across
Row 53: K2tog, K6, K2tog(2X), K6, K2tog
Finish as above.

For Crocheters: Have patience, in a few days I will post the crochet version.

Check out my website...Everything is 50% off until the end of the year. All my purses, scarves, blankets, shawls and tapestries. Postage is still included.

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