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Free Patterns 30 April, 2007

LADIES 8 PLY SOCKS

Ladies 8 ply socks

Yarn: 3 50g balls of 8ply yarn such as Totem, Country 8ply, Heirloom EasyCare, Jo Sharp Dk etc

Needles: a set of four 3.25mm double pointed needles (dpns)

Finished Measurements: leg 15cm. Foot: 23cm

Tension: 26sts and 32 rows to 10cm

Cast on 48 sts and arrange on three dpns, 16 on each needle. Work 5cm of k1, p1 rib. Work in stocking st until 15cm from cast on edge

Heel K12 from Needle 1. Put the rem 4 sts from Needle 1 onto Needle 2. Purl back across Needle 1 and then using same needle purl across 12 sts from Needle 3. These sts are for heel. Divide the remaining sts evenly over 2 needles. These stitches are for instep.Continue knitting back and forth in st st on the heel sts, slipping the first st of each row for 18 rows

Turn heel sl1, k14, ssk, k1, turn. P8, p2tog, p1, turn. K9, ssk, k1, turn. P10, p2tog. P1, turn. K11, ssk, k1, turn. P12, p2tog, p1, turn. K13, ssk, k1, turn. P14, p2tog, p1, turn. 16 sts left on needle. K8, thus completeing heel at the centre back. Put the instep sts all back onto one needle.

Pick up sides knit the other 8 sts of the heel with the spare needle and then with the same needle knit up 12 sts down the side of the heel. With a new needle, knit across the instep sts. With a new needle, knit up 12 sts up the other side of the heel and then knit the 8 heel sts with the same needle. You now have 20 sts on N1 and N3 and 24 sts on N2. Knit one round.

Shape instep N1 – knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N2 – knit. N3 – k1, ssk, k to end. Knit one row without shaping. Repeat these 2 rows until there are 12 sts on ech of needles 1 and 2. (48 sts total)

Foot Knit without shaping for 15cm, measuring from where sts were picked up.

Toe N1 – k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N2 – k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N3 – k1, ssk, k to end. Knit one round. Repeat the last 2 rounds until 16 sts remain. Using N3, knit across N1. Graft toe. Weave in loose ends.

LADIES SOCKS IN 4PLY

To make a similar pair of socks in 4ply yarn follow these instructions:

Yarn: 1 x 100g or 2 x 50g balls of 4ply wool yarn or 4ply sock yarn

Needles: a set of four 2.25mm double pointed needles (dpns)

Finished Measurements: leg 15cm. Foot: 23cm

Tension: 34 sts and 48 rows to 10cm

Cast on 64 sts and arrange on three dpns, 20 on 1st and 3rd needled and 24 on 2nd needle
Work 5cm of k1, p1 rib
Work in stocking st until 15cm from cast on edge

Heel K16 from Needle 1. Put the rem sts from Needle 1 onto Needle 2.
Purl back across Needle 1 and then using same needle purl across 16 sts from Needle 3. These 32 sts are for heel. Divide the remaining sts evenly over 2 needles. These stitches are for instep.
Continue knitting back and forth in st st on the heel sts, slipping the first st of each row for 24 rows

Turn heel sl1, k18, ssk, k1, turn. P8, p2tog, p1, turn. K9, ssk, k1, turn. P10, p2tog. P1, turn. K11, ssk, k1, turn. P12, p2tog, p1, turn. K13, ssk, k1, turn. P14, p2tog, p1, turn. K15, ssk, k1, turn. P16, p2tog, p1, turn. K17, ssk, k1, turn. P18, p2tog, p1, turn. 20 sts left on needle. K10, thus completeing heel at the centre back. Put the instep sts all back onto one needle.

Pick up sides knit the other 10 sts of the heel with the spare needle and then with the same needle knit up 14 sts down the side of the heel. With a new needle, knit across the instep sts. With a new needle, knit up 14 sts up the other side of the heel and then knit the 10 heel sts with the same needle. You now have 24 sts on N1 and N3 and 32 sts on N2. Knit one round.

Shape instep N1 – knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N2 – knit. N3 – k1, ssk, k to end. Knit one row without shaping. Repeat these 2 rows until there are 16 sts on each of needles 1 and 2. (64 sts total)

Foot Knit without shaping for 15cm, measuring from where sts were picked up.

Toe N1 – k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N2 – k1, ssk, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. N3 – k1, ssk, k to end. Knit one round
Repeat the last 2 rounds until 20 sts remain. Using N3, knit across N1. Graft toe. Weave in loose ends.

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EASY COATHANGER COVERS

Coathanger covers

Yarn: assorted 8ply (DK weight) yarns. Needles: 9mm. Finished Measurements: each pattern has instructions for a 29cm child’s hanger and an adult’s 39cm hanger.

Stocking Stitch Cover Using 3 yarns held together, cast on 8 sts. Work in Stocking stitch until cover measures the same as the hanger, slightly stretched. Cast off. Using a flat seam, sew one end and the long edges together. Remove the metal hook and slide the cover over the hanger. Sew the other end together. Locate the hole for the hook and screw the hook back in.

Garter Stitch Cover Using 3 yarns held together, cast on 25 sts for small hanger or 35 for large hanger. Work 9 rows garter stitch and cast off. Using a flat seam, sew one end and the long edges together. Remove the metal hook and slide the cover over the hanger. Sew the other end together. Locate the hole for the hook and screw the hook back in.

Moss Stitch Cover (in the US moss st is called seed st) Using 3 yarns held together, cast on 25 sts for small hanger or 35 for large hanger. Work 8 rows moss stitch and cast off. Using a flat seam, sew one end and the long edges together. Remove the metal hook and slide the cover over the hanger. Sew the other end together. Locate the hole for the hook and screw the hook back in.

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LEFT OVER SOCK WOOL BABY HAT

Sock wool baby hat

Yarn: 25g of sock wool (80% wool, 20% nylon). Needles: set of four 2.75mm double pointed needles. Tension: 30sts to 10cm. Fits: newborn to 3 months.

Cast on 120 sts and distribute them evenly over three needles. Join to work in the round. Work in stocking stitch for 11cm from cast on edge. Shape top: (k2tog, k eighteen) six times. Work one round without shaping. (k2tog, k17) six times. Work one round. (k2tog, k16) six times. Work one round. Continue in this manner until there are 36 sts remaining then work the decreases in every row until there are 6 sts remaining. Cut the yarn leaving a 10cm tail. Thread the end on to a tapestry needle and run the yarn through the 6 sts and pull up. Weave in the ends.

To avoid getting ladders where the needles meet, every few rows, work 2 extra stitches on to the working needle before changing needles. This means that the point where the needles meet is always changing and there won’t be a long ladder.

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LEFT OVERS SOCKS

Socks made with left over sock yarn

Left Overs Socks

Yarn: 20 left over bits of sock yarn, about 90g total. Needles: one set of five 2.25mm double pointed needles Tension: 35sts to to 10cm Fits: a ladies medium-large foot, 25 cm long from heel to toe.

These socks are worked in a continuous tube in stripes of 10 rounds, the toe is then decreased and grafted and then an afterthought heel is added at the end.

Cast on 80 sts and divide evenly over 4 needles (20 sts on each needle). Work 10 rounds of k2 p2 rib in one colour and another 10 rounds of rib in another colour. Continue in st st for 10 rounds in another colour. Change colour again and work a decrease round as follows: on each of the four needles k2tog and then k to end, 4 sts decreased. Work another 9 rows in the same colour. Change colour and work another 10 rows. Change colour again and work another decrease row. You should now have 72 sts, 18 on each needle. Continue in st st, changing colour every 10 rows until you have a total of 16 different colours (or 160 rows) from casting on. K 4 rows of a new colour and then begin decreasing for toe. Needle 1: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1. Needle 2: k1, ssk, k to end. Repeat this for needles 3 and 4. K all sts in the next round. Repeat these two rounds, changing colour after 10 rounds until you have 20 sts left. Knit the sts on needle 1 with needle 4. Slip the sts from needles 2 and 3 onto 1 needle. Cut the yarn and graft the toe.

The afterthought heel is worked between colours 10 and 11.

At the back of the sock, at the point where colour 10 changes to colour 11, locate the loose ends of the yarns. Unravel the yarns to the right and the left, leaving live sts above and below the opening. Continue doing this until you have 38 sts at the top and 38 sts at the bottom. Put these live sts on to 4 double pointed needles, 19 sts on each needle, 2 needles at the top and 2 at the bottom of the opening. Join yarn at the centre bottom of the opening and knit one round, knitting up 2 sts in either side of the opening. You should now have 20 sts on each needle. k 3 rounds. Decrease the heel in exactly the same way as you decreased the toe. Graft when you have 20 sts left.

Wear them with thrifty pride.

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TEA COZY FOR MOTHERS’ DAY

Tea cosy

Yarn: 8ply/DK wool in 5 different colours, one dark, one variegated. Needles: 4mm needles or size needed for a tension of 20sts to 10cm. Needle for sewing up. Fits a 4 cup tea pot

Cast on 45 sts and work 4 rows garter st in dark green

6 rows stocking stitch in bright pink. 2 rows garter st in variegated

6 rows stocking st in light green. 2 rows garter st in variegated

6 rows stocking st in light pink. 2 rows garter st in dark green

6 rows stocking st in variegated. 2 rows stocking st in dark green

6 rows stocking st in bright pink. 2 rows garter st in variegated

4 rows st st in light green

Eyelet row: k4, (yfwd, k2tog, k5) 5 times, yfwd, k2tog, k4. Purl one row

4 rows garter st in dark green. Cast off

Make another piece in the same manner but change the order of the colours, working variegated ridges except next to a variegated band, where dark green should be used instead.

Sew in loose ends, but leave the dark green ends at the cast on and cast off edges. Sew the pieces together for 2cm at the top and bottom using the dark green ends. Make a plaited cord using 6 strands of wool, each about 60cm long. Weave the cord through the eyelets, pull up and tie in a bow. If you think the edges are curling too much, work a row of double crochet (single crochet if you are in the USA or Canada) around the edges.

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DISHCLOTHS

Dishcloths

Suggested Yarns: Heirloom 8ply cotton, 2 strands of Heirloom 4ply cotton, 2 strands of Panda or Sullivans 4ply cotton, Sirdar Pure Cotton Double Knitting, any 100% cotton roughly 8 ply from the op shop, old Patons Gem cotton, Sugar’n’Cream Cotton (hard to find in Australia), Pakucho organic cotton (available from ecoyarns)

Bias squares with crochet edges The brown and white cloth used 2 strands of 4ply Heirloom cotton. The blue and multi coloured clothes used 8 ply op shop cotton and stash cotton.

Using 4mm needles, cast on 1 st

Kfb, k to end. Work this row until there are 36 stitches

K2tog, k to end. Work this row until there are 3 stitches

K3tog

Put the remaining stitch onto a 4mm crochet hook and then begin your chosen crochet edge.

Picot edge (used on brown and white cloth): work a row of dc evenly around the edge of the square, adding an extra stitch at each corner. 1ch, *3dc, 5ch, sl into 1st ch. Repeat from * to end, sl into 1st dc. Fasten off. Weave in ends

Treble edge (used on mulitcoloured cloth): 3ch, *1 tr, 1 ch. Repeat from * evenly around the edge of the square, adding an extra treble at each corner. Sl into 1st tr. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Shell edge (used on blue cloth): 1ch, *5tr into a space about two rows along the edge of the square, 1dc into a space about two rows along the edge of the square ( 1 shell). Repeat from * to end, evenly along the edge of the square, adding an extra shell at each corner. Sl into beginning ch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

Moss stitch cloth

The cream cloth used 2 strands of 4 ply Heirloom cotton.

Using 4mm needles, cast on 30 stitches. Work in moss stitch for 50 rows. Cast off in pattern

Put the last stitch onto a 4mm crochet hook. Work a row or dc evenly around the edge of the square. Work a row of crab stitch. Fasten off. Weave in ends.

For those in the USA When I say dc or tr, you should substitute sc or dc respectively.

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29 Responses to “Free Patterns”

  1. Vivian Says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Couldnt help myself….. the Pakucho Organic Cotton (10 ply~perfect match for the Sugar’n’Cream) will make the nicest, most envorinmentally friendly dishcloths that money cannot buy! :)

    Kind regards, Vivian

  2. makeityourown Says:

    My humble apologies Vivian. Pakucho organic cotton IS an excellent choice for dishcloths. I have made some baby wash cloths for my new niece and they are lovely (well, she hasn’t said she doesn’t like them). I have added Pakucho cotton to the list of suggestions. Actually, it is on my mental list of yarns to review. S.

  3. Dorothy Says:

    Hi Sarah, just been informed of your site from Yarn and found what I needed about the dishcloths and am now keen to have a go. The yarn was what put me off before as I couldn’t find the Sugar and Cream one mentioned in the Yarn magazine articule that first captured my attention. I have some Gem cotton as well as some othr bits and pieces so I will give it a go and let you know my results. Thanks.

  4. Stinne Says:

    I’ve been working on making MANY washcloths for this coming Christmas. I’m working on #28. I plan to give several washcloths and a wonderful bar of soap as a set. I like to use the washcloths in the bathtub or shower. They lather up soooo well and have a wonderful “scrub” to them. Give it a try, they are quick to make and a joy to use!!

  5. Yummy Mummy Says:

    Hi Auntie Sarah,
    I gave Izzy one of the washcloths to play with one day as I thought she might respond to the texture. She seemed to like it very much and put it straight in her mouth! I have since alternated them for her to use like that, or in the bath which is nice.
    I am impressed with how nicely they wash too. I think I will take your advice and will make some when I can get to a wool shop. Maybe I will go to the one in Witney that we went to when you were here.

  6. Cherie Says:

    I have been enjoying your stuff in Yarn Mag. and at last they have published your site addy!!.
    Now in my favourites. Thank you for everything.
    Tasweaver.

  7. Antia Says:

    I have found your site very interesting and inspiring.
    I am hoping to track down a pattern for a teapot cosy which has a darned inner layer for extra insulation.
    The darning creates a gathered effect.
    I had one made for me by an elderly woman some years ago and have had much interest from friends who would like a pattern.

    I look forward to your responses.

  8. Ki Says:

    Thank you so much for your lovely patterns & esp. the tea cosy. It is simple & gorgeous. I have looked everywhere for an easy & fast, yet pretty pattern & was about to give up when miraculously found your site!
    Thank you so much,
    Merry Christmas

    Ki

  9. fernwoodforest Says:

    Thank you for the free knitting patterns. I’ve been looking for warm socks that knit up quickly and coat hanger covers to make for gifts. Marion

  10. Kathryn Warbrick Says:

    So pleased to have found a tea cosy pattern like the one on your web site. My daughter-in-law asked me to make her one just like you pattern – her gran used to make them out of scraps of wool. I’m sure she will be pleased with my result.

    Kathryn

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  12. yvonne hackenberg Says:

    do you have free patterns forr ladies knitted handbags

  13. makeityourown Says:

    Sorry Yvonne, I don’t have any free patterns for handbags. You might like to try http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com. They have a large database of free patterns. Hope that helps. Sarah.

  14. rita thompson Says:

    pattern for wool socks .thanh you

  15. helen Says:

    I am sorry to bother you but as a returning Knitter I have forgotten how to graft toes of socks etc. is there anywhere that has instructions, preferably illustrated?

  16. makeityourown Says:

    Hi Helen, thanks for your comment. Here is a grafting tutorial which looks pretty helpful: http://damselflys.blogspot.com/2006/08/grafting-sock-toes-tutorial.html. There are also some excellent videos on YouTube like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkE9ZVrHrR0. Hope that helps. S.

  17. Nancy Says:

    Love the patterns and the tea cosy is lovely. It’s so in at the moment and they are just what i needed to make a new cosy for my pot.
    Thanks so much

  18. Linda Says:

    Hi, thank you so much for the left over sock wool baby hat pattern. I have knitted a lot of socks for family and friends and I was looking for something to do with the left overs. I will make lovely baby hats with it and give them to the woman shelter near where I live.

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  20. Aunt Denise Says:

    Great patterns! I’m amassing a stock of leftover yarns and these have given me several ideas.
    Thanks – D

  21. Diane Mereness Says:

    First time on this Great web site. I want to make the coat hanger covers on the “old fashioned” style hangers. Where can I get some? It looks like you use this style. There must be some around somewhere.

  22. makeityourown Says:

    Hi Diane. If you live in Australia I know you can buy them at Spotlight. Otherwise I don’t know. Try craft shops or department stores. Sarah.

  23. Mary Ann James Says:

    Finding your page is like sunshine on a cold, cloudy day!
    Thank you, I would love to read more on what you have.
    Mary Ann

  24. Janet Skillin Says:

    Thank you for the lovely patterns, I came on looking for unusual and funky tea cozy patterns but have found a great beret which I know I will enjoy crocheting. You have so much to see, I love it.

  25. Janey Says:

    A comment after reading through the comments (I have to procrastinate at doing something – other than housework.):

    I do not know what the lady meant by “the “old fashioned” style hangers” but … if she means metal coat hangers, I have been getting mine (boxes full of them) from my local drycleaners.

    HTH,
    Janey

  26. Vicky Says:

    I love the edgings on the washcloths. I use the diagnol washcloth pattern to make baby bibs and the picot or shel edging would look sweet on them.

  27. Charlene Says:

    Thank you for the sock pattern I use it all the time because its perfect
    with the heel turn stitches

    Thanks a million

  28. Lucy450 Says:

    Thank you so much for these socks. I’m thinking of knitting the ladies socks for my mum’s birthday. Can anyone tell me what 8ply wool is. Is it the same as double knitting? If anyone could help I’d really appreciate it. Thanks! Lucy.

  29. apranax Says:

    Great. Thank you


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