Posted by: kunderthedesk | November 4, 2009

Little Pumpkin Socks Pattern

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Photo copyright to Sabine Ruppert of Sheepaints

Wednesday is upon us and you know what that means… time for another KUTD-able pattern suggestion from us here at the Knitting Under the Desk blog. Today’s free pattern suggestion is the Little Pumpkin Socks pattern from Sheepknits, designed by Sabine Ruppert.  The pattern has a direct PDF link for downloading — clicking the link will take you to page that will allow you to download the pattern in either English or German. If you want to check out Sheepknits, you can do so in German or click the little American flag on the right menu to read the site in English. Be sure to check out all that they have to offer over there!

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Photo copyright to Sabine Ruppert of Sheepaints

For the Little Pumpkin Socks you’ll want some US size 1.5 and 2 DPNs (or circulars) and some sock yard of your choice. Preferably something orange-ish to stick with the pumpkin theme. The author recommends their own fabulous Sheepaint brand Bamboolaine sock yarn; a delicious blend of 75% wool and 25% bamboo. You could also use Sheepaint’s Little Pumpkin colorway in the Sock ‘n Go sock yarn variety for the perfect fit, or Sock ‘n Go Flamé sock yarn in Indian Summer. So many options with such a great pattern!

I think my favorite thing about these beautiful socks is the interesting stitch pattern- it really does look like a line of cute little pumpkins going up your feet! The pattern is interesting enough to keep me involved but not too difficult that I’d pull out my hair in frustration. I think that’s the perfect mix when it comes to sock patterns — you want something that keeps your interest but not something too hard. A little bit of mindless and a little bit of excitement all rolled into one adorable pattern.  A gorgeous autumnal pattern for this gorgeous autumn season.

Hope everyone has a great week and a nice weekend — we’re to a point now in Indiana that we gotta treasure all of the random warm days we can get before they give way to winter! Hope you have a good one :)

Posted by: kunderthedesk | November 2, 2009

Sea Urchin Beret Pattern

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Photo copyright to Topstitchgirl (Karine) of Craftster

Yay for Mondays! No? Well maybe today’s pattern will inspire you and put a smile on your face this lovely fall Monday morning!  Did you remember to push your clocks back 1 hour this weekend? I hope so! I changed all of the clocks in the house, but momentarily had a heart attack on my drive in to work… it felt later because the sun seemed to come up earlier (the whole point of Daylight Savings I guess) and then I glanced at my clock to see what time it was and the clock in my car hadn’t been changed… good thing I wasn’t actually late!

Today’s KUTD-able pattern suggestion is one I’ve been hanging onto since this summer. I thought it was the perfect fall hat — the Sea Urchin Beret by Topstitchgirl of Craftster, where it was posted originally. Topstitchgirl is Karine, and you can find all of her knitty craftings and goings on over on her blog!

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Photo copyright to Topstitchgirl (Karine) of Craftster

Isn’t the hat beautiful? It’s named well and I love the slouchy feel of it. To knit up this beauty, you’ll need US size 6 circulars and some wool, such as the author’s suggestion of using O-Wool, an organic merino. You’ll also need 8 stitch markers and a tapestry needle for finishing. NOTE: This beret is knitted with double strands — which means you’ll need two balls/skeins of wool to complete it; the two strands are held together as you knit. ALSO: The hat is knit from the wrong side out.

My favorite part of this beret is the beautiful crown design and shaping. It’s a relaxed look and the elegant urchin-feel of the design really is pretty. It would be a nice fall hat that gives just enough coverage without being too tight to the head, you know what I mean? Sometimes beanie-type toques are too tight or I don’t like the way they smoosh down my hair flat to my head, but the relaxed fit and slouch of the Sea Urchin Beret is much more light and casual. Almost like a part of the outfit instead of just a hat you wear for warmth that you take off once you get inside. If I had this hat, I’d wear it as an accessory!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend and enjoy the one extra hour you gained for knitting! (*wink* thanks, DST!) See you Wednesday :)

Posted by: kunderthedesk | October 28, 2009

Candy Corn Coaster Pattern

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Photo copyright to Linda Buntin of Boogie Socks

Happy Wednesday, KUTD-ers! It’s nearly Halloween and so I thought something festive and holiday-related was in order. Today’s free KUTD-able pattern suggestion is the awesome Candy Corn Coaster pattern from Linda Buntin over at Boogie Socks. So cool!

These little candy corn coasters are perfect for your mugs of warm apple cider or hot chocolate this fall. Be sure to pick up some worsted weight cotton in orange, yellow, and white to get started. The author used Lily’s Sugar’n’Cream cotton, but any will do. You’ll also need to scare up some US size 7 needles. The completed triangle coaster is 5″ and makes for some cute and functional decor.

As a quick pattern note, the author recommends changing colors on the odd numbered rows so that the changes are neat and straight, so you’ll want to keep this in mind. I love that it’s a super quick  knit, which means it’s easy to make a complete matching set for your coffee table in time for Halloween :) 

Speaking of Halloween, hope you and yours have a fun (and safe) holiday! May you find more treats than tricks ;)  See you back here Monday!

Posted by: kunderthedesk | October 26, 2009

Baby Pumpkin Hat Pattern

photo copyright to Lesley Karpiuk

photo copyright to Lesley Karpiuk

Hey readers! Hope you had a fantastic weekend :) You would think it would be easier for me to get on a regular posting time each Monday and Wednesday, but of course our internet was down at work earlier (the horror!) and I was unable to spare a moment until now. The wait is worth it, though!

Today’s KUTD-able pattern suggestion is the very adorable pumpkin hat for your little pumpkin this year; the Pumpkin Hat with Folded Brim by Caroline at Lab Puggle Chi. Isn’t it cute? It’s definitely the perfect little hat this time of year, with cooler weather and the holidays of Halloween and Thanksgiving just around the corner.

photo copyright to Caroline of Lab Puggle Chi

photo copyright to Caroline of Lab Puggle Chi

The Baby Pumpkin Hat pattern calls for washable worsted weight yarn in both orange and green. I used Red Heart acrylic on mine and it turned out well, but you may wish to choose something a bit softer for a baby’s skin. The author used Red Heart Soft in Tangerine and Guacamole, as a reference. You’ll also want to pull out your trusty US size 8 DPNs, or if you prefer, get out your US size 8 circulars and magic loop it instead.

I think what I like most about this project is that it’s perfect for fall babies and also works well as a unisex gift in the event the parents aren’t sure if they’re having a boy or girl. My nephew is due this week, which is the inspiration for posting the pattern as today’s KUTD-able suggestion, because I just finished knitting one for him last week. With the rolled brim it can fit a smaller head, and if you unroll the brim you’ll find a little extra wiggle room as the baby’s head grows. The author was kind enough to include sizing for both a newborn version AND an infant to 4 month version, so you’re all set! (And as you can see, the newborn version fits my miniature schnauzer, Winston, very nicely!)

Thanks for stopping by today and we’ll see you back here Wednesday with another fun fall suggestion!

Posted by: kunderthedesk | October 21, 2009

Lace-Edged Hat Pattern

Photo copyright to Julie M.  Hentz

Photo copyright to Julie M. Hentz

Happy Wednesday! Today’s pattern suggestion is also a toque (hat), inspired by my need to make myself a new toque for fall now that the weather has turned chilly. If you’re tired of making simple ribbed brim hats with stockinette stitch bodies but aren’t adventurous enough yet to tackle a full-on lace pattern like Monday’s Foliage suggestion… then today’s Lace-Edged Women’s Hat pattern by Julie M. Hentz will be just what you’re looking for.

The Lace-Edged Women’s Hat is a good in-between hat design that incorporates just enough simple lace edging to make the hat exciting and feminine all while snuggling up with the simple comforts of stockinette stitches (or just plain knit stitch in the round.) too. The pattern calls for a DK weight yarn of your choice (author used Rowan Cashsoft DK) and US size 6 needles. Of course you’ll want to use whatever will help you obtain the gauge of 20 stitches = 4″ in stockinette stitch.  Don’t forget a stitch marker and tapestry needle for finishing!

The Lace-Edged Women’s Hat is knit from the brim up, so once you finish the lacework you’re home free! The author recommends the smallest size for most people as it tends to stretch a lot. I think you’ll really love that the hat design is simple yet has enough spunk with the lace pattern to make it fancier and more interesting than your typical ribbed brim. It will look gorgeous being worn around town this fall!

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll see you back Monday with more knit-under-the-desk-able pattern suggestions to keep you warm and give your fingers plenty of things to keep busy with. See you soon!

Posted by: kunderthedesk | October 19, 2009

Foliage Hat Pattern

Photo copyright to Emilee Mooney, published in Knitty Fall 2007

Photo copyright to Emilee Mooney, published in Knitty Fall 2007

KUTD is back, yay! As I mentioned in my previous post, thank you for your understanding and patience as I let KUTD go by the wayside during my adjustment period moving back to the states and job hunting this summer. I’m happily teaching middle school computers now and am LOVING it! That means I’ve got more time to devote to bringing you quality FREE knit-under-the-desk-able patterns twice weekly here on the KUTD blog. Welcome back!

Fall is here and today’s pattern is one that I’ve had queued for at least a year on Ravelry, the Foliage knitted hat pattern by Emilee Mooney. Foliage was published in the Fall 2007 edition of Knitty and is really popular! I just love the way the lace pattern looks like real fall leaves, and it’s even more gorgeous when done in a fall color like the ones the author used. Have I mentioned that fall is my favorite season?

To create Foliage for yourself or a loved one, you’ve got two options: chunky or worsted weight. In the photo, the chunky version is done in the yellow, and the worsted weight is done in the burnt orange color. Having options gives you a lot of flexibility and makes it easier to stash bust!

Version 1 is the chunkier version, and it calls for US sizes 9 and 10.5 needles.  Version 2 is the worsted weight version, and it calls for US sizes 5 and 7 needles.   For both versions you can either use DPNs or 16″ circulars in the correct needle size to obtain gauge, whatever your preference! I plan to give this a go on my 16″ circulars because with all of the baby hats I’ve been knitting lately magic loop style, it might be nice to just do a simple in-the-round project where I don’t have to magic loop. (At least until the crown shaping.) The yarn recommendation calls for Malabrigo in whichever weight you chose, and it’s recommended to use a kettle dyed yarn to give your hat a rustic, mottled look that mimics the colors of the changing leaves. You should only need 1 skein per hat for both weights.

Check back Wednesday for a new KUTD-able pattern suggestion to combat cooler fall weather; I don’t know about you, but the onset of the brisk mornings and cooler days has inspired me to dig out the needles and hot chocolate already, and it reminds me why fall is my favorite season. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you soon. Happy Monday! :)

Posted by: kunderthedesk | October 15, 2009

KUTD is Back!

Good morning, KUTD-ers. I’ll start this entry with an apology; I hope you’re not angry with me. KUTD has been inactive for awhile as I’m sure you’ve noticed. I did my best to keep up while job hunting and I let things fall by the wayside… however, I am happy to announce that with a new job and plenty of KUTD time to squeeze in, the site will be back in full swing starting on Monday, October 19, 2009.

Hopefully you’ll find this to be exciting news; I have lots of great little patterns to share with you and now that cooler weather is rolling in, there’s all kinds of time, patterns, and necessity to work on knitting projects. The holidays are just around the corner, and KUTD hopes to provide you with some great little ideas that are quick and simple to gift this season.

Welcome back!

Posted by: kunderthedesk | August 17, 2009

Summer Kerchief Pattern

Nikki from The Purl Bee, photo copyright to Whit's Knits of The Purl Bee

Nikki from The Purl Bee, photo copyright to Whit's Knits of The Purl Bee

Hi KUTD-ers! I know I missed last week, and first up I want to apologize. I’ve been big time job hunting and with no job and constant interviewing and always searching, the days have gotten away from me. I’m not used to being unemployed! Let’s hope something works out soon because my knitting habit needs funding! I hope to be able to stay on top of posting but if I miss a day or so, don’t panic — I’ll be back! Even in my absence I’ve been setting aside patterns I want to feature here on the Knitting Under the Desk Blog.

Speaking of pattern suggestions, today’s Knit Under the Desk-able pattern is the Summer Kerchief over at The Purl Bee by Whit’s Knits. Such a cute little summery accessory that is super simple to make equals fantastic.  What’s even better is that this kerchief is one-size-fits-all, so no need to mess with sizing or do any measurements beforehand. Sweet!

The Summer Kerchief calls for two skeins of 100% cotton — if you want two colors — and those two skeins are enough to make two kerchiefs.  The designer suggests Blue Sky Alpaca’s Skinny Cotton but any cotton will do just fine.  The fabulous triangular kerchief is nice and stretchy with a 28 inch tie. You will need US size 5 needles of your choosing (straights, circulars, etc.) and 2 removable stitch markers. I can’t remember the last time I knitted something on straights; it seems circulars are always so convenient! What about you?

The finished accessory makes me imagine myself picking berries in a field, wearing my stylish little kerchief as I bring home some fresh produce for canning or baking into a pie. Yum! It will add some serious flair to your summer. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer and today’s pattern! See you back here Wednesday. :)

Posted by: kunderthedesk | August 5, 2009

Wheat Stalkings Pattern

photo copyright to Ali Green

photo copyright to Ali Green

Happy Wednesday, readers!

I thought it was about time we had a sock pattern suggestion around here, and coincidentally I found a really gorgeous anklet pattern that I knew you’d love.  Today’s KUTD-able pattern is the Wheat Stalkings pattern by Ali Green over at the Put a Sock in it blog. Aren’t they lovely? They seem so breezy and cool and beautiful to wear in late summer months, and they’re toe up even!  How awesome is that? I’ve been on the hunt for a nice toe up pattern lately.

Wheat Stalkings will require 240 yards of fingering weight yarn and US size 1.5 needles (with possible US size 2 for casting off; see designers notes). You can DPN these babies or magic loop — whatever you’re comfortable with! I’ve really been enjoying magic loop and it seems that I’ve used magic loop for all of my in-the-round projects recently.  Anyway, don’t forget a tapestry needle and some stitch markers!

photo copyright to Ali Green

photo copyright to Ali Green

A special bonus on the Wheat Stalkings is that not only is every line and the decorative pattern written out for you, but there’s also a small chart in case you work better from charts. I find this to be really convenient. I appreciate when designers offer both formats instead of only including a chart or only include a big jumble of pattern lines for a repetitive and decorative pattern section. Thanks, Ali! Another thing I like about these socks is that they are just the right height for pretty summer wear.  With them being shorter anklet-type socks with a delicate and slightly open pattern design, they will really dress up your feet in cool style.

Enjoy today’s beautiful Wheat Stalkings pattern suggestion and hopefully you’ll have a pretty pair to wear out and about this summer in no time! Have a great weekend :)

Posted by: kunderthedesk | August 3, 2009

5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater Pattern

photo copyright to Lesley Karpiuk

photo copyright to Lesley Karpiuk

Welcome back from the mini hiatus while I moved countries, readers! I’m sure you didn’t miss me *too* much, eh?  As I mentioned in a previous post, my husband and I moved with our two dogs in our Neon pulling a 4′ x 8′ trailer from Calgary, Alberta Canada to the southside of Indianapolis, IN USA. It was a 38 hour drive that we managed to split up over 3 days. 3 days in the car with my 3 boys was sure an adventure! But we’re here now and all settled in back in my hometown and so the Knitting Under the Desk blog is also back to share goodies with you.

This week, in honor of one of the projects I worked on while on the road, your KUTD-able pattern suggestion is the 5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater by Jesse’s Branch Charity Crafts.  As the notes on the Ravelry page for this pattern says, “This pattern eliminates the holes that makes the Classic 5-Hour Sweater look “girlish”.” I loved the look and made one for my baby nephew due in October.  I have never made a sweater before, and this pattern was pretty darn easy for even me to follow and complete. I mean, it actually turned out to look like a real sweater, so it couldn’t have been that hard if I could do it! It didn’t take up a lot of space, so it would fit easily on your lap while knitting under your desk.  I think you’ll find that the simple yet boyish garter ridges to really add a little extra cute to this sweater. The yoke area features the garter ridges, and the front panel trim and sleeves feature the garter trim that pulls it all together.

The 5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater calls for some worsted weight yarn of your choice and US size 10 – 10.5 needles; whatever necessary to reach the 4 stitches = 1″ gauge. For me, that was US size 10 needles.  You’ll also need a few stitch markers, and I highly recommend using an interchangeable needle set; this made it so easy for me to put parts onto spare cords as I worked on other portions of the sweater.  I could easily unscrew the needle tips and create a new needle set for working separately on the sleeves, for example, while my big long 40″ cable was capped off on either end, holding the rest of the sweater securely in place.  With it being my first sweater, I just sort of had to figure it out as I went along, and that seemed most natural to me.

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photo copyright to Lesley Karpiuk

The 5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater is the perfect quick knit for a future baby boy in your life, or can be knit up and given as a gift at a baby shower. I can’t wait to give it to my sister-in-law at her baby shower in September! I know she is doing a car theme, so I picked out an adorable little car button for the closure at the top of the sweater.  This means you could dress this little number up to fit any occasion or theme.  Is the baby due just before Christmas? Knit up one of these sweaters in a deep red and adorn with a little Christmas tree button for something festive.

And I wouldn’t be a very honest blogger if Ididn’t admit that the ‘5 hour’ part of the 5 Hour Baby Boy Sweater actually turned into more like 12 hours for me. I am not sure if this is because I really took my time since I was on an extra long road trip, or it had more to do with me being a slow knitter or it being the first sweater project I’ve ever tackled. It’s possible it was a combination of all three circumstances, but either way — experienced and beginner knitters alike will find this pattern to be a snap to complete :) If I can do it, so can you! Enjoy, and welcome back to Knitting Under the Desk. See you Wednesday!

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