Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Free Knitting Patterns: Bazinga Hat

Happy WIP (work in progress) Wednesday! 
I just finished up this adorable hat this morning, so here it is as a free knitting pattern!

The hat features Plymouth Bazinga yarn. It's a bulky weight thick and thin yarn and comes in bright fun colors that are self striping. To me, it's a perfect yarn for knitting hats.

Plymouth Bazinga Hat Free Knitting Pattern
Shown in Size: Baby

Bazinga Hat Free Knitting Pattern

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch on US 11 needles

Sizes: Baby (Child, Adult)
Hat Circumference: 15 (17, 19)" 

You will need:

Using circular needles, cast On 42 (48, 54) stitches. Join, making sure not to twist the stitches.
Work in stockinette stitch (knit every round) for 5 (6, 7)"
When decreasing, change to double pointed needles as necessary. 
Size Adult, begin on round 1. Size Child begin on round 2. Size Baby begin on round 3.

Round 1  (Knit 7, k2tog), repeat around.
Round 2  (Knit 6, k2tog), repeat around.
Round 3  (Knit 5, k2tog), repeat around.
Round 4  (Knit 4, k2tog), repeat around.
Round 5  (Knit 3, k2tog), repeat around.
Round 6  (Knit 2, k2tog), repeat around.
Round 7  (Knit 1, k2tog), repeat around.
Round 8  (K2tog), repeat around.
Cut yarn. Thread the yarn through the remaining stitches. Draw up tight and anchor. Weave in all ends.

Top View, Bazinga Hat

Bazinga Hat, not meant for a dog - just the closest thing I have to a baby!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Season in Review: My Spring Knitting Inspiration Board

Yesterday I showed you my fall knitting inspiration board and I wanted to take a minute to show you some of the fabulous yarns, knitting patterns, and projects we've received this season.

Nautika Yarn was a fabulous new arrival. Perfect for knitting sweaters for all ages - it's machine washable, too! Here's some of our favorite knitting patterns for Nautika:
Imperial Stock Ranch is a new yarn company that arrived at NobleKnits this season, and has now become a staple. It is a true working ranch celebrating 140 years of operation. Their knitting patterns capture the essence of American raised sheep and quality yarns. Projects shown in the photo above are just a sampling, click here to see the entire line of Imperial Stock Ranch.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Knitting Inspiration from TNNA

One of my favorite things to do after I return from TNNA (yarn show) is pull out all of the goodies I gathered;
bits of yarn, business cards, brochures, buttons, postcards, and order forms. I spread it all out on my bed, then put together an inspiration board. Not everything that will be arriving is posted on here, but it's a great way to get a feel of the upcoming season. It also keeps me excited all season long, because one look at that board reminds of all the good things to come!

What am I excited about this knitting season? 

New companies to look forward to this knitting season:
  • Knitting Kits from Knit Outta the Box
  • Knitting patterns from Crafty Diversions, Designs by Romi, Olga Jazzy, MLF Patterns, Leigh Radford, Fickle Knitter, Dull Roar, French Press Knits Patterns, Pam Powers, Woolly Wormhead, and Kalamazoo Knitting Patterns
  • Chic yarns and childrens knitting patterns from MillaMia
  • Amazing knitting supplies from Art in Sheep's Clothing, Yarn Bowls, Chic-a Bags (wait until you see these knitting bags!)
So, be sure you are signed up for our email newsletter so we can let you know as soon as these amazing yarns, knitting patterns and kits arrive!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern: Pebble Scarf

Free Knitting Pattern: Pebble Scarf
This was a quick little scarf I knitted while on the plane headed to TNNA. I used Plymouth Refashion yarn made from recycled wool and cashmere. The yarn itself has a lot going on, so just knitting it in garter stitch (knitting every row), worked perfectly.

Scarf Measures: 4 x 42" (if using one ball) OR 4 x 82" (if using two balls)

You will need:

Pebble Scarf Pattern
  • Cast on 15 stitches
  • Knit every row until only 1 yard of yarn remains.
  • Bind off and weave in yarn ends.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Geek Chic: New Bazinga! Yarn

Get in touch with your inner knitting nerd! 
If you are as addicted to TV's Big Bang Theory as we are, then you'll love Plymouth Bazinga! yarn.  This geek chic yarn would impress even Dr. Sheldon Cooper!
About Bazinga Yarn: The brainiacs at Plymouth have cooked up a new yarn in their laboratory and it's Bazinga! yarn. It's an explosion of color that stripes on command. This thick and thin yarn knits up fast with a lot of nerdy fun knitting patterns!
Soft kitty, warm kitty, purr purr purr...
Knitting Patterns featuring Plymouth Bazinga! yarn:

Penny (knock, knock)...Penny (knock, knock)...Penny....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Knitting News from TNNA: Fall Knitting 2011

Yesterday was the first day of TNNA (yarn show). I always get the yarn shakes the first day because I am so excited to see what new goodies the yarn manufacturers and designers will be showing.  Here is a sneak peak at Fall Knitting 2011!

From Rozetti Yarn: More self lacing yarn, all one ball scarf projects

From Rozetti Yarns: Lots of sequins dappled in yarn and free scarf patterns

From Ewe Ewe Yarns: Washable Merino Wool and free coffee cozy pattern

From Knitting at KNoon: New Monkey knitting patterns

From KnitWhits: Hand dyed Freia color changing yarn

From Yarn Bowls: Hand thrown ceramic yarn bowls

From Manos del Uruguay: New colors of Manos Silk Blend

Yarn Bombing Exhibit 

From Wisdom Yarns: Machine washable self-striping yarn

From Universal Yarns: Holiday sock yarn with metallic

Stay tuned for more! 

Friday, June 03, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern Friday: Theodora Shawl

Free Pattern: Theodora Lace Shawl
Happy Friday! 
Today's Free Knitting Pattern is the Theordora Shawl from Fairmount Fibers. It's a triangle lace shawl featuring Manos del Uruguay Lace yarn, a luxurious blend of hand dyed baby alpaca, silk and cashmere. We just received three new shades of Manos Lace in Donella, Mab, and Rani - so pretty!

Theodora Measures: 29 x 60"

You will need:

Thursday, June 02, 2011

May Knitting Round-Up!

May was a fun filled month of knitting! I pulled out my WIPs (work in progress) knitting projects, rifled through my purse, started new daily features for you to enjoy, and wrote a lot about free patterns and new yarn arrivals. In case you missed anything, here is a round up of some of my favorite May blog posts. Enjoy!
Free Knitting Pattern Friday: 12 Awesome Free Knitting Patterns

WIP Wednesday - Check out Everything I'm Knitting!
What's in My Purse? Take a Peek!

Knitter's Bucket List: My Top 10 Classic Must-Knit Patterns

What to Knit? Top 10 Weekend Knitting Projects
Free Knitting Pattern Friday: Lucia Tee Pattern

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

WIP Wednesday + Baby Hat Free Knitting Pattern

What did you do over the Memorial Day Weekend? I took advantage of a lot of relaxation time and squeezed in quite a bit of knitting. The WIP (work in progress) shown here is a cute little baby hat that I started yesterday. It's working up fast in Plymouth's Sweet Caroline yarn. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I love Sweet Caroline. It's a very soft, smooth cotton with little flecks of color that randomly appear in the knitting. I thought the color pattern would be very predictable, but the fact that it's not is a treat - not knowing where the next bit of color will appear. Sweet Caroline also has a very nice sheen to it and I love the way the stitches catch the light. 

Sweet Caroline Baby Hat FREE PATTERN
Fits babies 3-6 months

You will need:
Cast on 72 stitches on US 6 circular needles
Join round, being careful not to twist stitches and place marker at beginning of round
Round 1: Knit
Repeat Round 1 until hat measures 5" from the beginning
Change to double pointed needles and work decrease rounds as follows:
  1. *Knit 7 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 64 stitches remain.
  2. *Knit 6 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 56 stitches remain.
  3. *Knit 5 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 48 stitches remain.
  4. *Knit 4 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 40 stitches remain.
  5. *Knit 3 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 32 stitches remain.
  6. *Knit 2 stitches, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 24 stitches remain.
  7. *Knit 1 stitch, k2tog.* Repeat around 8 times - 16 stitches remain
  8. *K2tog.* Repeat around - 8 stitches remain.
  9. Break yarn and weave through remaining 8 stitches. Fasten and weave in yarn ends.