2016 may have been a lot of things to a lot of people – and one thing we can say with certainty, is that is was decidedly not boring. Even the knitting got super exciting. Right?
Top Knits of 2016
From our tops to our toes – and everything in between – we got really creative with our knitting this year, and it’s time to celebrate all that was great in 2016, and I would be remiss if I didn’t start with the knitting patterns, so here you have, the Top Knitting Patterns of 2016
Introducing a beginner friendly free knitting pattern for the hat that broke the internet. This Messy Bun Hat features a rolled brim, plus a classic seed stitch rise, and an uber convenient spot for your bun or ponytail. Merry Christmas!
Also, don’t be alarmed by the term seed stitch, after all it’s all just knits and purls. In a seed stitch pattern they are arranged in a certain way to give that unique texture, and a denser fabric.
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Seed Stitch Messy Bun Hat
So, I’m sure you are all aware of the messy bun hat that broke the internet. It’s a lovely crochet hat that accommodates your beloved ‘mom bun’, or ‘messy ponytail’ hairstyle that is classic to the carefree Moms of today.
Knitters and crocheters alike are being bombarded with requests from friends to make them one. Anyhow, the Facebook tags and the pattern requests happened here too? Therefore, due to popular request, I’ve got a couple of patterns all finished up, and this one is ready to be shared with you.
K2tog = Knit two together – a very simple decrease, where you turn two stitches into one. Insert your right hand needle into the next two stitches on your left hand needle, and knit them both together. (K2tog)
P2tog = Purl two together – a very simple decrease, where you turn two stitches into one. Insert your right hand needle into the next two stitches on your left hand needle, as if to purl, and purl them both together. (P2tog)
Cast on 54 stitches
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Knit
Row 6: Purl
Row 7: *K1, P1; repeat from * across
Row 8: *P1, K1; repeat from * across
Repeat rows 7 & 8 until piece measures 7″ from cast on edge
Begin Decrease ( right side row): *K7, K2tog; repeat from * across
Next Row: *P6, P2tog; repeat from * across
Next Row: *K5, K2tog; repeat from * across
Next Row: *P4, P2tog; repeat from * across
Bind off, securing the last stitch.
Break yarn, leaving a long tail and sew up the seam.
Gingerbread Man = one part cute, one part sweet, one part kind, and three parts fun!
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Hand Knit Gingerbread Man
This sweet invention is going be just as popular as your Elf on the Shelf – minus the tattling. Whether he ends up on the tree as a decoration, in the playroom with the other toys, or hanging from the chandelier, this Hand Knit Gingerbread Man is going to be a welcome addition to your home this holiday season.
About the Hand Knit Gingerbread Man Pattern
I have made this pattern beginner friendly by designing the entire project to be worked flat – that means that you need not get intimidated by those double pointed needles. Becasue a gingerbread man has so many parts ( who knew, right?) the pattern may seem a bit longer than my usual ones. Hang in there, and just follow along. It will all turn out. And this is a stash buster project!
Stuffing ( I used polyester fiber fill – you can wash it)
· Cast on
· M1R ( see the video below)
· M1L ( see the video below)
· Bind Off
M1R ( Make one right) is an invisible increase that slants to the right. When adding shape to your projects, for example when you want to add width to your project equally on both sides, you would use this along with the M1L increase. Using this type of increase also ensures that you won’t have any gaps in your knitting, and this can be important depending on what it is you are making, and of course, your preference. I created a video tutorial for this stitch, and you can see it here:
M1L ( Make one left) is an invisible increase that slants to, yep you guessed it, the left. You would use this along with the M1L increase. Again, Using this type of increase also ensures that you won’t have any gaps in your knitting, and you can see it here:
Row 10 : K7, Slip next 11 stitches onto stitch holder, K14, Slip next 11 stitches onto another stitch holder, K7 (28 sts)
Row 11: Purl across the remaining 28 stitches now on your needle, being careful to pull the yarn tight where you have made rhe openings for the arms
Row 12 : K6, M1R, K1, M1L, K14, M1R, K1, M1L, K6 ( 32 sts )
Row 13 : Purl
Row 14: Knit
Row 15 : Purl
Row 16 : Knit
Row 17 : Purl
Row 18 : Knit
Row 19 : Purl
The arm stitches are on separate stitch holders, and the 16 leg stitches for the first leg have just been knitted, and the work is turned.
Divide for Legs
Row 20 : Knit the first 16 stitches on the needle, and turn your work. You will be leaving the other 16 stitches on the needle and coming back to them later
*Row 21 : Working only on the 16 stitches you just knit ( one leg ) Purl across
Row 22 : Knit
Row 23 : Purl
Row 24 : Knit
Row 25 : Purl
Row 26 : Knit
Row 27 : Purl
Row 28 : Knit
Row 29 : Purl
Row 30 : Knit
Row 31 : Purl
Row 32 : Knit
Row 33 : Purl
Row 34 : K2tog ( 8 times ) ( 8 sts )
Row 35 : Purl
Row 36 : K2tog ( 4 times ) ( 4 sts)
One leg has been completed, and seam has been sewn – I have the one leg turn inside out in this image, but I would totally sew the seam with the fabric right side out. It won’t make a huge difference in the finished product, and it may just feel easier.
Cut yarn, leaving about 8 “, thread darning needle, and pull the darning needle through the last 4 stitches on the needle, remove them from the knitting needle, Pull tight, and sew up one leg seam.*
Rejoin yarn to the 16 stitches you set aside for the other leg, and work from * to * for the other leg.
Cut yarn, leaving about 12 “, thread darning needle, and pull the darning needle through the last 5 stitches on the needle, remove them from the knitting needle, Pull tight, and sew up seam, stuffing the gingerbread man as you go.
Part of what makes this knitted scarf so awesome is the yarn itself. I used a super bulky yarn and the one I have chosen, Patons Melody yarn in Pinky Girl is a show stopper.
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Quick and Cozy Knitted Scarf
Looking to create more handmade items as gifts for your family and friends? Perhaps you’d like to find wonderful meaningful, yet doable, ways to donate to charities? Maybe you’d just like to be able to make incredible stuff for yourself? In any case, knowing how to knit, and having a few great patterns in your repertoire, is a sure fire way to accomplish those goals.
I’ve created this fun and easy scarf that is perfect for kids and adults alike. This pattern calls for a super bulky yarn and the one I have chosen is a show stopper, and I mean red carpet quality show stopping. The pattern is simply alternating between a knit and a purl row, so it works up pretty quick also.
About the Quick and Cozy Scarf
The gauge for this project is 9 sts ( stitches ) x 13 rows = 4”x 4”. Basically this means this project works up pretty fast.