Hand Knit Cabled Baby Blanket

I knit this blanket with malabrigo wool, which is ridiculously soft and so amazing to knit with. It’s also very warm and not at all scratchy. I have it on my project list to knit a large blanket for our bed with it, as well as a sweater. The pattern is incredibly easy (are you sensing a theme here, in regards to my patterns? My idea of incredibly easy is when a project is repetitive enough that you can mindlessly knit away) and made a lot of fun with the cables and seed stitch.

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Finished size: length is 28 1/2 inches and the width is 23 inches.

Materials needed: Size 7 US Needles (I used circular needles, 32 inches in length,) cable needle, stitch markers (this is optional but really good for the beginning,) 5 skeins of worsted weight yarn of your choosing.

Yarn used: 2 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted Weight Buscando Azul and 3 skeins of Malabrigo Worsted Weight Polar Morn.

Pattern:

Cast on 212 stitches, placing the first marker after the fourth stitch and the second marker after the 208th stitch. This will mark the borders, which are worked in seed stitch.

Work Rows 1-4 in seed stitch.

Work the next 12 rows as follows: odd rows are to be knit with the first 4 stitches worked in seed stitch, knit 12 and purl 4 (repeating 13 times EXCEPT on the last repeat where you only knit 12) and work the last 4 stitches in seed stitch. The even rows are to be knit with the first 4 stitches worked in seed stitch, purl 12 and knit 4 (repeating 13 times EXCEPT on the last repeat where you only purl 12) and work the last 4 stitches in seed stitch. You will start this pattern on an odd row.

Cable Pattern for Main Body (this does not include the border stitches):

R1: Knit 12 stitches, purl 4. Repeat 13 times. Do not purl 4 in the last repeat.

R2: And all even rows, purl 12 stitches, knit 4. Repeat 13 times. Do not knit 4 in the last repeat.

R3: C8B, K4, purl 4

R5: Knit 12 stitches, purl 4. Repeat 13 times. Do not purl 4 in the last repeat.

R7: K4, C8F, purl 4

R9: Knit 12 stitches, purl 4. Repeat 13 times. Do not purl 4 in the last repeat.

R11: C8B, K4, purl 4

R13: Knit 12 stitches, purl 4. Repeat 13 times. Do not purl 4 in the last repeat.

R15: K4, C8F, purl 4

Main Body: Work first 4 stitches in seed stitch, work the cable pattern 13 times, work last 4 stitches in seed stitch (Note: you do not need to purl 4 before the seed stitches.) Repeat this until you have worked through most of your 5th skein of yarn. Piece will measure 26 1/2 inches at this point.

Work the next 12 rows as follows (beginning with an odd row): odd rows are to be knit with the first 4 stitches worked in seed stitch, knit 12 and purl 4 (repeating 13 times EXCEPT on the last repeat only knit 12) and work the last 4 stitches in seed stitch. The even rows are to be knit with the first 4 stitches worked in seed stitch, purl 12 and knit 4 (repeating 13 times EXCEPT in the last repeat only purl 12) and work the last 4 stitches in seed stitch.

Work last 4 rows in seed stitch and bind off.

Enjoy, and I’d love to see photos of your completed blankets! If you’re on Instagram, tag your photos with the hashtag #knowloveknowcolor. xo, Ev.

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The Only Cable Hat You’ll Need For Your Perfect Wardrobe

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november12th2014 013This gorgeous hat is perfect for those chilly fall/winter hikes or time spent outside, whether walking to the bus stop or picking apples. The cabling adds a thickness to it that creates the coziest warmth as well as a beautiful, classic texture. I adapted this hat from the Scozia hat pattern that you can find here and is just as fun to knit, adding some yarn overs to create a cute lacy pattern. What hats are you wearing this season? xo, Ev.

The One Fall Clutch You’ll Need

october282014 003This pattern was inspired by warmth, coziness and one of my favorite seasons: fall. The pattern is fairly easy (as long as you already know how to cable) and works up quick- it took me an hour to knit it and sew it together. It’s also a great way to use up leftover yarn.  Since it’s so quick, why not make a bunch in different colors?!

Materials needed:

1 skein of your favorite bulky yarn (You’ll use about a quarter of it.)

Size US10 needles (I used straight needles but circular needles works as well)

Darning Needle

1 Button (since there won’t be a button hole, make sure whatever button you choose can fit through your stitches easily yet without falling out.)

Scissors

Skills Needed:

Cabling

Mattress stitch

Pattern:

Cast on 39 stitches

Row 1: purl 3, knit 12, purl 4, knit 12, purl 8

Row 2: knit 3, purl 12, knit 4, purl 12, knit 8

Row 3: purl 3, cable8back, knit 4, purl 4, cable8back, knit 4, purl 8

Row 4 and all even rows: same as row 2

Row 5: same as row 1

Row 7: purl 3, knit 4, cable8forward, purl 4, knit 4, cable8forward, purl 8

Row 9: same as row 1

Row 11: same as row 3

Row 13: same as row 1

Row 15: same as row 7

Row 16: same as row 1

Knit rows 1-16 three times for a total of 48 rows

Bind off and weave in ends.  Piece should measure 10 inches.

Fold in half, making sure to bring the cast on edge and the bind off edges together- this is your top. Using the mattress stitch (this way you will get an invisible seam) sew up the sides and 3 inches on each side of the top, leaving a 3 inch gap in the middle (piece should measure 9 inches across and 5 inches in length once folded.) Once you weave in those ends, all that’s left is the button. For this I took a single length of yarn thin enough to get through the button holes and threaded it through the back of a stitch (threading it through the back of a cable will allow you to hide it from the outside and it will match up with purled stitches on the other side in which you can put the button through to close your clutch.) Once threaded, pull the yarn so the ends match up and put one of those ends through a button hole, pushing the button all the way down to your fabric.Thread the other hole and tie together the ends under the buttons- to secure it I tied it three times. It should look like this:

october28th2014' 006And that’s it! An easy, beautiful clutch perfect for evening or daytime use. I already have plans to make more using my leftover bulky yarn for stripes. After all, a girl can never have enough stripes! Show me your finished project using the hashtag #knowloveknowcolor on Instagram. If you have any questions, feel free to use the comments section! Happy knitting! xo, Ev.

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