gift guide Get Crafty! Knit and purl your way into a loved one’s heart with a handcrafted creation. | | Lynne Konstantin Contributing Writer F or many people, there’s just no gift like one you made yourself. And if you’re itching to pick up your knitting needles this chilly holiday season, we’ve got three fresh, fun and simple designs that will warm friends and family, inside and out — designed just for us by Lora Miller, owner of Fun With Fiber in Farmington Hills (248-55-FIBER; funwithfiber.com). Don’t fret if you get stuck; stop in to see Miller, who specializes in friendly, helpful service. how to: CHECKED SCARF FOR HIM This easy project combines simple stitches with color work to create a sophisticated scarf pattern. Materials: Approximately 120 yards each of 3 colors of any sport weight yarn (sample: Austermann, Seta) A=brown, B=rust, C=white Gauge: 26 sts=4 inches Needle: size 4 needle Finished size:4 ¾ inches by 45 inches Terms: wyib=hold yarn in back, wyif=hold yarn in front, k=knit, p=purl, sts=stitches Checked Pattern (worked as a multiple of 4 sts plus 2): Row 1 (wrong side)-With A, purl. Row 2-With B, k1, sl 1 wyib, *k2, sl 2 wyib; rep from *, end k2, sl 1, k1. Row 3-With B, p1, sl 1 wyif, *p2, sl 2 wyif; rep from *, end p2, sl 1, p1. Row 4-With A, knit. Row 5-With C, p2, *sl 2, wyif, p2; rep from *. Row 6-With C, k2, *sl 2 wyib, k2; rep from *. Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern Pattern: Cast on 30 sts. Beginning with row 1, work in checked pattern until piece measures desired length. End with row 6. Using A, bind off. Block. Single crochet around scarf using color C. FUNKY FRINGED HEADBAND (shown in pink and also in blue) This playful design is a great option for anyone, young or old, with a playful style. Materials: 1 skein Riviera by KFI or chunky, 44 yards 1 pair size 15 needles Get Crafty on page 38 December 1 • 2011 37 YES TODAY! JUST IN TIME FOR You can have it all THE HOLIDAYS! You Want a new floor that’s beautiful, long lasting and affordable. Let the experts at Abbey Carpet & Floor show you how easy it is to get the perfect floor for your lifestyle and your budget. All at Prices that will floor you! SPECIAL OFFER SPECIAL OFFER SPECIAL OFFER 100 200 500 OFF OFF OFF $ $ * YOUR PURCHASE OF $1,000 OR MORE. $ * YOUR PURCHASE OF $2,000 OR MORE. * YOUR PURCHASE OF $5,000 OR MORE. 248-682-5600 248-682-5600 248-682-5600 *CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER OR PROMOTION. EXPIRES . *CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER OR PROMOTION. EXPIRES 1//11. *CANNOT BE COMBINED WITH ANY OTHER OFFER OR PROMOTION. EXPIRES 1//11. 248-682-5600 2UFKDUG/DNH5RDG6\OYDQ/DNH 7HOHVFR)ORRUVFRP 38 December 1 • 2011 Get Crafty from page 37 Terms: co=cast on, dp=double pointed needles Gauge: 8 sts= 6 inches in seed stitch Size: To fit 22 inches circumference (adult), 19 inches (teen), 17 inches (child)) Pattern: CO 29 sts, (25, 23) Work in seed stitch, beginning with a knit stitch on each row for 12 rows, (10 rows, 10 rows). Bind off in pattern unless making full hat version. Sew up back seam. Cut fringes approx 6 inches in length for adult size and attach to top of headband; you may want to make them shorter for smaller sizes. Attach fringe as pictured. Optional, if top of hat is desired instead of headband: *K1, k2tog* repeat from star to star to end of row knit one row even K2tog all the way across row knit one row even Cut yarn and weave through all sts. Pull tightly and weave in. Sew up seam. Add fringe as for other hat. WINTER HEADBAND A bit sleeker than the Funky Headband, the Winter Headband looks great with long or short hair. Materials: Bulky yarn #11 needle tapestry needle 1 or 2 buttons Gauge: Approximately 3 sts per inch, not critical Terms: c/o-cast on, p=purl, k=knit, ktbl (knit through back loop), sts=stitches, p3tog=purl 3 sts together, tbl=through back loop, inc=increase Pattern: c/o 3 sts Set up row: k1, p1, k1 Row 2: P, k, p *Row 3: increase row=Knit one, (p, knit one through the back loop (k1tbl), p) all in the next stitch, this is a double increase into the center stitch, knit one (5 sts) Row 4: p, k, p, k, p (rib pattern) Row 5: k, p, k, p, k Row 6: increase row=p, k, (p, ktbl, p) all in the next stitch, k, p (7 sts) Row 7: k, p, k, p, k, p, k Row 8: p, k, p, k, p, k, p* Repeat from row 3 to row 8 doing an increase row every 3rd row by increasing into the middle stitch to create 2 more stitches on every increase row while maintaining rib pattern as set. When there are 19 sts, stop all increasing and work even in rib pattern for 20 rows. Decrease to 3 sts as follows: *Row 1: k1, p1 rib to center 3 sts, p3tog, p1, k1 rib to end Row 2: work rib even, (knit the knits and purl the purls) Row 3: work rib even* Repeat rows 1-3 decreasing every 3rd row by doing a p3tog with the center 3 sts. Bind off last 3 sts. Optional: single crochet around with same or contrast color. Single crochet around outer edge of whole headband. Sew on button that will fit into hole near beginning. Optional Flower: Cast on 8 sts, Row 1: knit all sts tbl Row 2: knit Row 3: Inc 1 st and knit to the end (9 sts) Row 4: knit Row 5: Inc 1 st and knit to the end (10 sts) Row 6: Knit Row 7: Knit Row 8: Knit Row 9: k2tog, knit to end of row (9 sts) Row 10: knit Row 11: k2tog, knit to end (8 sts) Row 12: Knit Row 13: Cast off 5 sts and knit last 3 sts Row 14: k3, cast on 5 sts (8 sts) Repeat rows 1-14 two more times Repeat rows 1-12 Bind off all sts, cut yarn and weave through all pedal cast on sts to form a circle, pull weaving yarn through the center of the flower and use to tack it to the headband. Flower Center: Cast on 6 sts Row 1: Cast off 5 sts and turn Row 2: Cast on 5 sts and turn. Repeat rows 1 and 2 seven more times, cast off all sts, cut yarn and use to weave through the center of flower to tack down center of flower to pedals and headband. Sew on button into flower center if desired. Sew on button near cast on edge, no buttonhole is necessary if your button is only about 1 inch in diameter.
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