JOY Mosaic Knit Washcloth – Free Pattern

Time for some Christmas knitting folks.

Joy mosaic knit washcloth

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Have a Joyous Christmas this year with your favorite soap bar and this cheery washcloth. Joy is a simple, garter stitch, mosaic knit washcloth that is created by working one color at a time and slipping stitches to create the design.

knitpicks dishie cotton yarn

For this pattern, you’ll need two contrasting colors of worsted weight cotton. I used KnitPicks Dishie. You’ll also need needles in the size recommended for your yarn, and a tapestry needle for weaving in ends.

Check out my other mosaic knit washcloths here and here.

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Download Joy here.

Stay tuned, more festive Christmas mosaic knit washcloths are on the way.

 

Jack-O Garter Mosaic Knit Washcloth

It’s almost here folks. The best time of the year. You know, falling leaves, pumpkin spice, rain, football, crisp air. And Halloween. And to  celebrate, I’ve got this jolly jack-o-lantern washcloth pattern to get you into the spirit.

Jack-O Pattern

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Jack-O is a garter stitch, mosaic knit washcloth that is created by working one color at a time and slipping stitches to create the design.  It’s an easy and entertaining  method that uses only one color per row, making it a great colorwork technique to start out with.

Size and gauge aren’t critical. The sample turned out at about 10 x 10 inches.

Materials

I like worsted cotton for washcloths. For this one, I used Peaches & Creme in colors Black (50 yards), Bright Orange (40 yards), and Rosemary(8 yards). Traditional, I know, but maybe you want to make a purple Jack-O. Now that I think about it, that’d be pretty cool.

Peaches & Creme yarn black orange rosemary

You’ll also need size US 7 Needles or whatever is recommended for your yarn.  And a tapestry needle comes in handy for weaving in those ends.

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The Jack-O pattern includes a color chart AND line-by-line written instructions. It can be purchased here for $2.50.

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Happy Autumn!

Rubus Sleeveless Top – Knitting Tutorial

I’ve got another great summer top tutorial available: Rubus Sleeveless Top. It’s worked sideways and has a cute little stitch pattern that runs down the front. It reminds me of raspberries. They’re all over at the markets here now.

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Rubus top

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Check it out:

Rubus stitch pattern

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Rubus is a stockinette garment worked sideways, from side to center, in four separate panels, with underarm rows added later. Short rows and increases/decreases are used for shaping. I created this tutorial so that it could be made in pretty much any size and gauge. I’ll repeat: no specific sizes and gauges are provided. You get to take your own measurements, determine your own gauge from a knitted swatch, and calculate your own numbers. I like to be flexible that way.

Rubus top

Materials

Yarn: Whatever you like to wear for summer. The amount will depend on your yarn, size, and gauge. I used Plymouth Yarn Tussah Kissed. My gauge measured 5 stitches and 7 rows per inch, with a 39-inch chest circumference.

Approximate amounts at a similar gauge are as follows:

Finished bust size (inches)  

36

 

38

 

40

 

42

 

44

 

46

 

48

 

50

 

52

 

54

Total yarn amount (yards)  

810

 

870

 

960

 

1040

 

1110

 

1180

 

1230

 

1280

 

1330

 

1380

Thicker yarns will require less yardage; thinner yarns, more. I’m happy to help you determine amounts for significantly different gauges.

Needles: Long circular needles in whatever size is appropriate for your yarn to give you a nice drape. I used size US5 for the main body and US4 for the neck and bottom edgings.

Other items needed are stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving in ends, and a good notebook to keep track of everything. And a calculator. But don’t worry, the math is easy.

Construction of Rubus

Rubus is worked in several pieces sideways, in this order:

  1. Work front right panel from side to center of front.
  2. Work front left panel from side to center of front.
  3. Graft front right and left panels together.
  4. Work back left panel from side to center of back.
  5. Work back right panel from side to center of back.
  6. Graft back right and left panels together.
  7. Sew front shoulders to back shoulders.
  8. Pick up stitches from left front side and work desired number of rows, then graft to back left.
  9. Pick up stitches from right back, work desired number of rows, then graft to front right.
  10. Add neck, arm, and bottom edges if desired

That’s it! Once you have your measurements and numbers, you’re ready to roll.

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Have a great rest of the summer.

Frozen Mocha Maple Pops Recipe

Warning: non-knitting post ahead. But a delicious one instead. These frozen mocha maple pops are the perfect treat for cooling off this summer.

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Frozen Mocha Maple Pops

So I could eat about a hundred of these a day. I don’t suppose they’re the healthiest food in the world, but that’s why I don’t eat a hundred a day.

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It’s been hot here in the Seattle area lately. I by hot, I mean hot for here. Although it got a little insane here a few weeks ago. These frozen mocha maple pops are perfect for the summer and hot weather. But whatever. I’m going to be snacking on these during Christmas break.

As you know, I’m no food blogger. So I don’t have post full of pretty magazine-worthy pictures (I do love me a blog post full of gorgeous food pictures). But I promise the taste of these will more than make up for my lack of shiny pics.

You’ll only need a few ingredients and some molds to freeze the pops in:

Frozen mocha maple pops ingredients

I always add a little gelatin to all of my frozen pops; it makes them a bit less melt-y and drippy. It’s optional, but I like the texture it adds.

Also, I make my chocolate syrup.  There are about a thousand recipes on the internet for it; I use this one. But any store syrup will work too.

After mixing your ingredients, you’ll need some molds to freeze the pops in. Paper cups works well, or Amazon carries an unlimited selection of different styles. As a fan of stainless steel, I use these:

Onyx Stainless Steel Popsicle Molds

I also like these (the recipe makes about 8 or 9 popsicles, so I use these for overflow. They also make good frozen yogurt push pops).

Mirenlife Silicone Ice Pop Molds

BUT. If I ever need to order popsicle molds again, I’m totally getting these:

Tovolo Zombies Ice Pop Molds

Are these not the best thing you’ve ever seen?

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup chocolate syrup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream

Method

  1. Mix gelatin with water and let sit for a couple of minutes until the consistency of applesauce.
  2. Place hot coffee in a saucepan on medium low heat. Whisk in gelatin mixture until gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Slowly whisk in rest of ingredients.
  4. Cool briefly, then pour into molds and freeze for 8 hours or overnight.

Enjoy!

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Frozen mocha maple pops

Arctic Trellis Shawl Free Knitting Pattern

Hey , I’ve got another Spring pattern for you. It’s called Arctic Trellis, and it sounds way Spring-ish, right? No? Well, I had to call it that since I’m working on it while there are several inches of snow here on the ground here in the Seattle area. (But sending prayers to those of you in Texas right now who are persevering against much crazier winter madness.)

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Arctic Shawl knitting

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Check out this super-easy lace stitch:

Arctic Shawl knitting
…and my snowy backyard.

Arctic Trellis is one of those simple one-skein patterns to show off that cake of sock yarn that really needs to be showcased on your shoulders rather than keeping your feet toasty.  (Not that I have anything against socks; they’re my favorite thing to knit in the whole world.)

 

 

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I used this skein of Darjeeling Sock (Ravelry link) from Earl Grey Fiber Company. This delightful color is called Autumn Skies. Of course it is.

Arctic Trellis is a simple triangle shawl worked from one corner to the opposite edge. It is made up of a garter section with a simple, easy-to-memorize lace pattern. Gauge is not essential, but use a larger needle for a nice drape and an open lace section. My finished measurements were about 70 inches across and 20 inches deep, with a size 4 needle.

Other materials that you’ll need are a tapestry needle for weaving in ends and blocking supplies like a mat and wires. You’re gonna want to do some heavy duty blocking to get that lace to submit.

Arctic Shawl knitting

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I hope you enjoy this quick and easy knit. You’re going to want to sport that beautiful skein of sock wool when the weather warms up a tad bit.

Arctic Trellis has only been tested by me. Please contact me (Ravelry link) with any questions, comments, or errors.

Download here: ArcticTrellis

Stay cool (but warm!),