Friday, December 6, 2013

Lacy Kippah - Free Pattern!

Lacy Kippah

By Lisa Stanton, PumpkinBaby Designs

This lightweight lacy kippah (“yarmulke” in Yiddish,) serves as a head covering option for the stylish Jewish woman. Using a smaller than recommended needle makes a firmer finished project.

Gauge: 22 st x 32 rows = 4”
Finished size: 7” diameter, 19” circumference

  • Size US 5 knitting needles, either extra-long circular for magic loop method or DPNs for knitting in the round.
  • 25 - 30 yards of aran or worsted weight wool or wool-blend yarn. Sample in above photo was knitted in Cablenella by Melrose Yarn Company (currently discontinued.) Paint Box by Knit One, Crochet Too yarn was used in the blocking photo below.
  • 1 stitch marker
  • Tapestry needle

Using the knitted cast-on technique, cast on 84 stitches. Join in the round, being careful to avoid twisting. Place marker to designate beginning of round.

Rounds 1 & 2: Knit
Round 3: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 4: *K10 K2tog* to end (77 st)
Round 5: (*YO K2tog) 5x K1* to end
Round 6: *K9 K2tog* to end (70 st)
Round 7: *YO K2tog* to end 
Round 8: *K8 K2tog* to end (63 st)
Round 9: *(YO K2tog) 4x K1* to end
Round 10: *K7 K2tog* to end (56 st)
Round 11: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 12: *K6 K2tog* to end (49 st)
Round 13: *(YO K2tog) 3x K1* to end
Round 14: *K5 K2tog* to end (42 st)
Round 15: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 16: *K4 K2tog* to end (35 st)
Round 17: *(YO K2tog) 2x K1 to end
Round 18: *K3 K2tog* to end (28 st)
Round 19: *YO K2tog* to end
Round 20: *K2 K2tog* to end (21 st)
Round 21: *K1 K2tog* to end (14 st)
Rounds 22 & 23: *K2tog* until 5 stitches left

Cut yarn & thread tapestry needle. With needle, go through remaining 5 stitches twice and pull tight to close circle. Knot yarn and weave in end. Weave in tail from cast-on.
Wet block over shallow bowl to desired shape.

Wet Blocking over a small bowl to set in curved shape


*…*      Repeat instructions inside asterisks
YO        Yarn Over
K          Knit
K2tog  Knit 2 together
st          stitch(es)
x           Repeat section in parentheses the number of times indicated

Monday, October 21, 2013

It's Not Too Late to Start Knitting Holiday Gifts!

Whip up this pretty cowl in no time at all!  Enjoy my new free pattern.

Lacy Sampler Infinity Cowl 

Using bulky yarn and big needles, this Infinity Cowl may be easily completed in 1 or 2 evenings. This is also a good project for practicing knitting in-the-round, yarn-overs, ribbing and knit-2-together techniques. The cowl may be worn long or doubled up closer to the neck.

Finished size: 44” circumference x 8” tall
Gauge: 11 sts & 16 rows = 4” in stockinette stitch

Supplies needed: 

Yarn:  Caviar by Reynolds 2 skeins
Bulky / 12 ply
72% Acrylic, 26% Wool, 2% Polyester
75 yards / 50 grams each skeiin
(Or approximately 150 yards of comparable bulky yarn)

Size US 15 circular needles (24”)

Tapestry Needle

Pattern stitch:
A – Insert Right needle purl-wise. Wrap yarn around needle tip twice and purl.
B – Purl being careful to drop the wrapped loops between the actual stitches.


CO 100 sts.
Rows 1 – 4: *K1P1* to end (1 x 1 ribbing)
Rows 5 – 6: Knit (Stockinette)
Rows 7: Purl
Row 8: Pattern Stitch A across all stitches.
Row 9: Pattern Stitch B across all stitches
Row 10: Purl
Rows 11 – 14: Knit (Stockinette)
Row 15: Purl
Row 16: *P2Tog YO*
Rows 17 - 18:  Purl
Rows 19 – 22 Knit
Rows 23 – 26: Repeat Rows 7 – 10
Rows 27 – 28: Repeat Rows 5 – 6
Rows 29 – 32: Repeat Rows 1 – 4
BO loosely.
Weave in ends with tapestry needle.

CO = cast on                                         K = Knit                                   
            P = Purl                                                 st /sts = stitch / stitches                      
                P2Tog = purl 2 stitches together         YO = yarn over        BO = bind off                     
© 2013 Lisa Stanton, Pumpkinbaby Designs

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Incredible Stained Glass Scarf

Quick to knit scarf shows off pretty variegated ribbon yarn in a stained glass effect by using an easy drop-stitch pattern.

Incredible Scarf

By Lisa Stanton, Pumpkinbaby Designs



  Ø  1 50g Skein Lion Brand Yarn Incredible (100% Nylon)
  Ø  Size US 13 needles (either straight or circular)
  Ø  Tapestry needle.

Gauge: 4 st x 5 rows per inch in garter stitch

Finished size laid flat:  3 ½” x 48”

Stitch pattern:
Row 1: *Insert right needle into stich as if to knit with tip sticking out about 1 ½”, wrap the yarn around the right needle tip 3 times and knit the stitch* (Repeat between *   *)
Row 2: *Knit the stitch and drop the wrapped loops from the needle.* Note: take care to knit only the stitch, not the wraps. (Repeat between *   *)
Rows 3 & 4: Knit.


CO 15 stitches using the long tail cast on method. Knit 3 rows.
Begin stitch pattern and work it until scarf is desired length, approximately 18 - 22 repeats.
Knit 1 more row.
Bind off. Sew in ends with tapestry needle.

Gently stretch and pull the rows horizontally from side to side, then vertically from the ends to redistribute the yarn and even it out.

st = stitch / stitches
CO = Cast On
BO = Bind Off                                   
 © Lisa Stanton 2013