My WIP (work in progress) for this week was just started this morning and is a free pattern on Ravelry through August 31, 2018. I’m having more luck with a top-down type beginning than I usually do and although the pattern calls for cotton yarn, I’m making this little basket with an assortment of small amounts of #4 thin yarn (mostly Lion Brand Pound of Love). The pattern calls for double-pointed needles, but I knit everything with circular Magic Loop needles and I’m using a #7 for this project. The finished basket is supposed to be 5-3/4 inches with a handle to make it 8 inches in height. Check out this link and see if this is something you might like to make – free through August 31, 2018.
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/striped-basket with a coupon code of BASKETCASE.
These were my finishes last week: A larger child’s scarf with a bit of open work on each end. We’re asked to keep lace or open work to a minimum because the winters are so cold there. I also made a pair of mittens in Bubble Gum Pink and a sparkly white yarn to match a scarf that was finished last week. Two hats were finished this week, one with a double layer of stitches in the brim for extra warmth, and another with ear flaps.
Finally! A summer’s worth of knitting has been washed, dried, tagged and is ready to mail to the children of Pine Ridge. Every fall, there is a special drive to gather enough items to give each of the K-12 school children a warm hat, scarf and mittens. This year, I made 5 large teenage scarves, 9 children’s scarves …
…4 hoods with neckwarmers …
…3 large teenage hats, 1 child’s hat, 2 ear warmers, and 2 pair of mittens
Now, they’re on the way to the Pine Ridge children for the long cold winter in South Dakota.
There are so many free patterns available online and one of my favorite sources is Marianna’s Lazy Daisy Days. A lovely lady in England provides a large file of free patterns, most of them for babies and pre-schoolers, but also has an occasional pattern like this Warm Tweedy Neckwarmer in sizes for child, teenager and woman. This is a very easy pattern that turns out especially pretty. It’s basically a long rectangle that is folded back on itself and held together by buttons only or, in my case, some stitching along two edges. There are no buttonholes in the design – the neckwarmer just slips over the head.
Instructions are clear and accurate and I would rate it a “beginner” pattern. It’s also a nice way to use some pretty buttons.
This past week, I made this one for an adult using double strand worsted yarn and a size 8 needle…
…and this one for a child, using single strand worsted and a size 8 needle to do a garter stitch.
I’ve previously made these neckwarmers for the Pine Ridge Lakota children’s group:
I like to think that these are providing some warmth for the children in the bitter cold of South Dakota.