Category Archives: Finished Items 2006

The Littlest Stocking

I couldn’t help it, really. I needed a little breather, something different from the Deadline Knitting. I suppose “little” is the operative word here.

Mini stocking swinging from the xmas tree

Cute, no? Now one for scale.

For scale

A seamless 12 stitch sock in crochet thread on 0000 needles, no wait- really I’m not completely crazy. I think if anyone admitted to enjoying working a dozen stitches on four double points everyone would back away from them slowly. What captivated my attention on this little guy is its great use of my favorite technique, Double Knit. It’s knit entirely “flat”, or more accurately, back and forth but produces a seamless tube. This type of technique allows for what would otherwise be an unwieldy amount of stitches in the round to be worked relatively easily. I wanted to experiment with just how small I could take it and thus this little stocking was born. (See Aubyn, new knitting content!)

Close upInspired by Beverly Royce’s Baby Socks from “Notes on Double Knitting” these toe-up socks use short-rows for the toe and heel shaping. A thicker thread or yarn could easily be substituted for a slightly larger stocking as well. I used just what I had in the stash. The red is actually left over Classic Elite Provence from Scarlet Woman split into 1 ply.

I’ve written up the pattern here, so hop on over and join the crazy, er, fun!

ETA: I’ve worked up a version in DK weight yarn here!

Stella Cloche Hat Pattern

Stella Cloche Felted Hat

Evoke the style of the 1920′s with this felted cloche hat. Knit in the round, this piece uses short row shaping to form an asymmetrical brim. A clever variation of a double knit technique produces the contrasting welted band. Additional photos available here and here.

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Stella Cloche Felted Hat

1920′s inspred hat with an asymmetrical brim and welted band.

Gauge: 12 sts and 15 rows = 4″ in St st.

Size: One size (felt to desired size)

Needle size: US Size 11 (8mm): 16″ circular and double pointed needles

Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky (85% Wool, 15% Mohair; 125yds/114m per 113g skein Main Color(MC): M80 Blue Blood Red; 2 skeins; Contrast Color(CC): M05 Onyx; 1 skein

Skill level: Beginner or Advanced Beginner (optional short rows, double knit)

Price: $3.75

Format: PDF instant download

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To Dad

Mmmm, more pie! New pattern over at
Update: This pattern is now available for free here –
Dad’s Blueberry Pie

Diner Dining

Happy Halloween Indeed

Let it not be said that I fail to deliver (albeit a bit poorly lighted).
The costume, including the Stella hat, and me attempting to pose

I like this accidental one as it shows off the flapper fringe on the bottom of the dress

This one is a little clearer at least. I think we may need a tripod though.
The Boy - swinger style

Moreover, what’s that fabulous door I’m standing in front of? Why it’s the entryway to our new house! (that makes it fabulous in my mind) Yep, closed on it yesterday. So did we grab a pumpkin and candy and head over for Trick or Treating you ask? Damn straight we did!

Now that’s better

I’m happy to report Cloche v2.0 (now upgraded to “Stella Cloche”) was successful! I’m developing a bit of a thing for deep reds I’m afraid. This boundless affection is compounded with the dip of the asymmetrical brim and the welted black band. I do believe this is one of my favorite knits to date, and just in time for my Halloween costume! I was lucky enough to acquire a fantastic vintage flapper dress several years back working at a thrift store and I’ve been waiting to wear it since. Modeling photos and the pattern to come soon! Pattern now up here!
In the meantime, Stella in 360.

Cucurbita pepo

After finally getting to finishing up the pattern and some deadline knitting, I was feeling like a quick little knit before working on finishing up some WIPs.
I knew the perfect thing. I had been wanting to make some of these since I first saw the pattern – mini pumpkins! These are easily one of my favorite Halloween decorations and now I have one that won’t rot.
Fantastic pattern by Wool Windings – “Miniature Felted Pumpkin
Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky (stash busting- right on)
Needles: I used 10.5 dpns as that’s what I had, just worked it loosely
I also got to visit my purse and ribbon at the State Fair of Texas. As promised, cheesy photo of me and entry.
Frilly ribbon!

Scarlet Woman Sleeveless Tank

Scarlet Woman Sleeveless Tank

The Scarlet Woman pattern, she is finished.
This bra-friendly tank top features wide straps and optional bra-stay snaps to keep those undergarment straps from peaking through. The optional short row bust darts provide a smoother fit. Deceptively simple diagonal ribbing for the empire waist add shape and detail while keeping the top portion solid enough that an undershirt is not required for actual wear. Throw on during a hot summer’s day or layer over a long sleeve shirt for a fall look. Available in sizes for 32-54 inch bust. Additional photos available here.

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Scarlet Woman Tank (Bra-Friendly Top)
Diagonal stitch ribbed empire waisted sleeveless top with a bra friendly square
Gauge: 21 sts and 26 rows = 4" in St st.
For Bust Measurements: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 46, 48, 50,
52, 54) inches
Needle size: US size 6/4 mm and US size 5/3.75 mm
Yarn: Classic Elite Provence (100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton; 205yds/186m per 100g skein) Color: #2627 French Red; 3(3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5, 5,
5, 5, 6 ) skeins
[Alternate] Sonata (100% Mercerized Cotton; 115yds/106m per 50g/1.75
oz skein) Color: #3919 Burgundy Rose; 6(6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11) skeins
Skill level: Advanced Beginner (optional short rows, single crochet
Price: $5.50
Format: PDF instant download
Errata: Here

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Scarlet Woman Reveal

Here she is, finally…

Pattern: My own, available soon
Yarn: Classic Elite Provence (100% Mercerized Egyptian Cotton) Color: #2627 French Red; 4 skeins
Needles: Denise US 5 & 6
Size: Medium (will be offered in sizes XS-3X (54″ bust) along with optional short row bust shaping)
More background info here.
For a more casual fall look, this top also pairs well with a button up collared shirt underneath. My wedded photographer had been released from his duties so I snapped this classic ‘in the mirror shot’.

Free Pattern- HP BookScarf in Double Knit

As promised, the Harry Potter love…

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The very generous Laura was kind enough to grant permission for me to post this variation of her brilliant Harry Potter Bookscarf. When I saw the pattern, I thought “Aha! Here would be a great place to use my new best friend Double Knit”. (Yes, I do make lame exclamations in my head- moving on)
The original pattern is worked in the round with very fine yarn; while beautiful, I’m just lazier than that. With double knit it can be worked flat and still have Stockinette Stitch on both sides, no seaming and nothing more complicated than slipped and knit stitches. Made up in Red Heart Sport weight yarn it whips up even faster (and cheap too!).

Fill the void between books and movies with the pattern over here.

New Pattern – Grape Hyacinth Lace Scarf

Grape Hyacinth

So what that it’s 100+ degrees out? I feel I may just have to ignore the weird looks and wear this out already, I luuurve it.

Strong diagonal lines of slanting decreases and yarn overs create a striking pattern that neither gets lost in the beautiful complexity of Noro’s Silk Garden nor competes with it. Drooping bell shapes appear to hang from diagonal “stems” in varying shades much like the Grape Hyacinth.
Instructions are provided in the pattern for both wider and/or longer sized versions. The sample shown is worked as the narrow version.

Yep, it’s the whole instant download thing- you know how that works. After payment via Paypal you will be given a link to download the pattern. This link will also be emailed to you and will expire in 48 hours. For any questions about the pattern or whole download process please feel free to email me at-

Just a note that my camera refuses to capture purple, which is a shame as this colorway is more beautiful shades of purple then indicated.

Grape Hyacinth PreviewPattern: Grape Hyacinth Lace Scarf
Diagonal Spanish lace scarf in self striping Noro Silk Garden. Pattern provided in 3 sizes in written and charted instructions.
Gauge: 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st.
Finished Size: 4[4, 6]" wide, 40[60, 60]" long
Needle size: US size 8/5 mm
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (45% Silk, 45% Mohair, 10% Wool); 110yds/100m per 50g skein) Color: #037 (Purples); 1[2, 2] skein(s)
Skill level: Advanced Beginner (Lace patterning on every row, p2tog-tbl)
Price: $3.00
Format: PDF instant download

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