Purls and Knit

Musings from an Environmental Engineer who tends to be full of knit.

Rebecca’s Grad Gift April 29, 2009

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Tis’ the season of graduation! My cousin and my sister are both graduating from high school, I remember when they were born. I feel old. Well I made Grace these awesome mittens and earwarmer, I liked the idea so much that I made Rebecca a cute hat and mittens.

As college student we walk everywhere and here in the midwest when you never know if you will need a coat or shorts, it is always really nice to have cute and comfy outerwear.

Rebecca's hat and mittens


Gracie’s Graduation

My cousin is graduating from high school this May, she has gotten accepted to an accelerated pharmacy program at UMKC. We are all so proud of her. What better gift for a college student than warm, comfortable and cute outerwear? I used this same pattern a few posts ago. I used cascade 220 wool yarn, nice and soft and warm.

The flower is an Icord flower in some yarn that I spun by hand from virgin wool and angora.

Joe was kind enough to model the proper wear of the  ear warmer  in case Grace had any questions 🙂


Mother’s Day Socks April 21, 2009

Filed under: Fiber Working,Knitting Projects — knitbee @ 9:53 am

Like all of our Mom’s mine deserves a little pampering every once in a while. What is more luxurious than cashmere sock? I got the pattern out of Holiday Knits by Sara Lucas and Allison Isaacs. I used size 5 double ended needles and some cashmere yarn that I got for an embarrassingly good price at a garage sale.

These were my first socks, everybody thinks that socks are harder than they are. I found the pattern to be straight forward and I only had to look up a couple of the abbreviations. The hardest part was creating the gusset which is where you turn the heel, you have to pick up the sides of stitches that you have already knitted which was tricky but I got the hang of it.

Enjoy 🙂


Birthday Hat and Neck Warmer April 19, 2009

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Alex’s sister Kelsi is turning a year older this week so I decided to make her a wrap that she could use as a shawl or a swimsuit cover- up or whatever her little heart desired.

As most of you know I just got a puppy. He thought that a ball of yarn looked very similar to his toy ball and proceeded to unravel all that I had done on the shawl. (I was seriously 10 rows from beging done) I was less than thrilled. So after all that I decided that I would make something else for Kels. I decided upon a cute hat pattern that I found on Ravelry.

Here is the direct link to the pattern.

I used a cascade 128 yarn in a dark purple. The yarn was great to work with and not too expensive. I chose a large wooden button for the hat decoration.

The collar that I made was a pattern that I made up. I had some yarn left over and thought that I could get something else made out of it.

Collar Pattern:

CO 10 st

Work in seed stitch until desired length.

Embellish with button like the hat.



Newman Knit and Crochet Group April 14, 2009

Filed under: Fiber Working — knitbee @ 9:57 pm

A few of my friends started this kitting group. It is through the Newman Center here at school. We are knitting and crocheting 6″ squares to make into baby blankets. It is  a really good excuse to get together and make something while watching a movie.


Sarah’s New Cap

Filed under: Fiber Working,Knitting Projects — knitbee @ 9:52 pm

My new roomie Sarah wanted to learn to knit. I thought that this simple cap would be a good starting point that encompassed most basic skills and is really cute ( I made one myself).

She decided to jazz her cap up a little bit with a flower and a bright cheery button.

I think that she looks too cute!


Little Black Bag

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I have this really great Christmas projects book and I have wanted to make this bag in it for a while.

The bag pattern is pretty simple. It is pretty much knit a tube on circular needles and then buy a bottom on handles to go with it. I found the handles and bottom online but they were almost $35 and I had already spent that on the yarn for the project. I know, I know, but I am a cheap college student.

I modified the pattern to include handles and a bottom. The pattern is kind of made up but here is my best estimate of what I did.


2.5 Sk MC Cascade 220 Wool (needs to be wool b/c of felting) ( I used Black)

.5 Sk CC Cascade 220 Wool ( I used teal)

Size 5 Double pointed needles (4)

Size 10 Circular needles

Darning Needle or Crochet hook


CO 120 St w/ size 10 Circulars

Place marker at beginning and join yarn for working in the round ( instead of turning just go back to the beginning

Place marker in the middle (this was 60 for me) ( use a different color for beginning and middle)

Follow this pattern until desired size is obtained

Knit 20, Work increase rows (see below), Knit 6, Work increase, Knit 4, work increase

Increase: Make 1 in first stich after each marker, Continue until you have passed beginning, Before middle marker M1 do the same for beginning

5 in from the top I worked in two stripes of CC, do so how you want to but use the jogless joining method so your stripes match up


With two strands CO desired width of bag ( I did 30)

Work in garter stitch until the bottom fits your bag (approx 12 in, you will have to fit it as you go)


Work an Icord for desired length, I used a single strand on size 5 double pointed needles, I would try a double strand next time.

Attach all pieces using MC and darning needle or crochet hook


I did the lazy man felting method of throwing it in a hot washing machine. I washed it with my sheets and tide and baking soda. I dried the piece and checked for the amount of felting, I wanted it to be more felted to I washed my roomies sheets and tried again. That was the right amount.

I strongly recommend knitting a swatch and felting it prior to making your piece so you will be able to approximate the amount of shrinkage.