4/27/12

Free Pattern. Little Ballerina Shrug

My daughter is 5 this year. She is a girly girl and loves dancing. So, these days I knit a lot at ballet recitals, looking at 5-year-olds enjoying themselves.
Very soon my baby complained that she was cold: the  required pink leotard does not have any sleeves, so low and behold: ta-da! I made her a little pink shrug to go with the outfit.


One of the other moms in the class asked me for the pattern. 
It is actually quite simple and quick knit - 
so I though some of you might have a use for it too.


Little Ballerina Shrug Pattern

Materials
Caron Simply Soft yarn, 1 skein
Needles, US size 8 (5 mm)

Size: 5-6 years

Notes: Shrug is worked in one rectangular piece.

Cast on 46 stitches.
Work 1x1 ribbing (k1, p1) each row for 1 inch (2.5 cm).
Switch to a polka dot stitch:
Row 1: knit all
Row 2, 4, 6, 8: Purl all
Row 3: (k3, yo, k2tog) 9 times, k1
Row 5: knit all
Row 7: k2, (k3, yo, k2tog) 8 times, k4

Work in this manner for 14.5 inches (37 cm)  - total 15.5 inches (40 cm) from the cast on row.

Switch back to 1x1 ribbing. Work the ribbing for 1 inch. Cast off all the stitches.
Wash the piece, dry flat. Fold lengthwise. Sew the ribbing together on each side of the shrug.

The shrug can be left as is or the neck/back sides can be finished with crochet border. 


Happy Knitting Everyone!

4/15/12

Free Pattern Motif: Quatrefoil

The lace motif that I would like to share with you here have many different names.
I like to call it "Quatrefoil". The definition of  
Quatrefoil is: "An ornamental design of four lobes or leaves as used in architectural tracery, resembling a flower or four-leaf clover."

I love this simple, but elegant pattern. It lends itself very nicely to a variety of  designs.
Here is one: this is a stole / wrap worked in a lace-weight yarn. I have added nupps for a depth.


Here it is in a namesake shawl design: Lucky Quaterfoil Shawl

Here I used a slightly smaller version of the same motif for my sweater:

So, presenting: 

Quaterfoil Lace Motif


 Written Instruction for 
Quaterfoil Lace Motif

All even rows: if the stitch was p on RS it will be k on WS, if it was k, ssk, k2tog, yo or c6f  - it will be purled on WS.

Row 1: p1, k1, yo, ssk, p6, k2tog, yo, k1, p1
Row 3: p1, k2, yo, ssk, p4, k2tog, yo, k2, p1
Row 5: p1, k3, yo, ssk, p2, k2tog, yo, k3, p1
Row 7: p1, yo, ssk, k3, p2, k3, k2tog, yo, p1
Row 9: p2, yo, ssk, k2, p2, k2, k2tog, yo, p2
Row 11: p3, yo, ssk, k1, p2, k1, k2tog, yo, p3
Row 13: p4, c6f (Cable 6 Front), p4
Row 15: p3, k2tog, yo, k1, p2, k1, yo, ssk, p3
Row 17: p2, k2tog, yo, k2, p2, k2, yo, ssk, p2
Row 19: p1, k2tog, yo, k3, p2, k3, yo, ssk, p1
Row 21: p1, k3, k2tog, yo, p2, yo, ssk, k3, p1
Row 23: p1, k2, k2tog, yo, p4, yo, ssk, k2, p1
Row 25: p1, k1, k2tog, yo, p6, yo, ssk, k1, p1
Row 27: p1, k2, p8, k2, p1


Happy Knitting everyone! 

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