Friday, January 17, 2020

Free Knit Pattern-- Mountain Breeze Pullover





Wow! I can't believe I'm sitting down and writing this blog post on the Mountain Breeze Pullover.  I started designing this oversized knit pullover pattern almost a year ago. Yes, it took me that long. In September of last year (2019), I sat down and thought to myself that I should probably finish up this work in progress.

The Mountain Breeze Pullover made it's first appearance on my socials in October, tested in December and now finally debuting as a free knit pattern as my very first knit garment designed. What do you think?

The sweater was made using Lion Brand's Jeans yarn. It's a thinner worsted weight yarn so if you're looking for an advanced beginner knit pattern, look no further and try this pattern out. The yarn itself is very soft and it comes out beautifully knit.

The knitted pullover is easily a favorite that can be worn out or as a night in sweater. Looking for cozy? The Mountain Breeze Pullover is for you!




Pattern
For an inexpensive ad-free version of this pattern, please visit Etsy or Ravelry.
To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.


Materials
-5.5mm circular knitting needles
- 5 (6, 7) Lion Brand Jeans in color Stonewash
-tapestry needle                                                                

Gauge
Every 24 rows and 18 stitches equals 4 inches.

Measurements
Measurements are rough estimates as reading can vary depending on how you spread your work. The pieces can stretch fairly easily so as long as your work is roughly around the measurements you’ll be okay.

Back Panel= S/M (27.3” length, 28.25” wide) L/XL (27.5” Length, 29.25” Width), 2XL/3XL (27.8” length, 30.25” in width) 

Front Panel= S/M (22.5” length, 28.25” wide), L/XL (22.8” length, 29.25” width), 2XL/3XL (23” length, 30.25” width)

Sleeves- S/M (16.3”), L/XL (16.3”), 2XL/3XL (16.6”) 

Armhole depth- S/M (7.75”), L/XL (8.75”), 2XL/3XL (9.75”)

Abbreviations
k- knit
k2tog- knit 2 together 
kfb-knit front and back
M1-make 1
p-purl
ssk- slip, slip, knit
sts- stitches
BO- bind off

Notes
-The sleeves are purposely designed to be longer than the normal arm length. If you would like them to be at wrist length, simply knit fewer rows. 
-Everything is customizable for lengths. You can simply knit more or less rows to achieve your desired length.
-This pattern has a positive ease of 8-9 inches. If you’d like a smaller positive ease, size down.

Pattern

Back Panel

Cast on 126 (132, 138)

Row 1: *k2, p2; repeat until you have 2 sts left, k2 (size L/XL repeat to the end)
Row 2: (size L/XL repeat row 1) *p2, k2; repeat until you have 2 sts left, p2
Row 4-6: repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Row 9-162: repeat rows 7 and 8
Row 163: knit
Row 164: purl (Size S/M, BO after this row)
Row 165: knit (Sizes L/XL, BO after this row)
Row 166: purl
Row 167: knit (Size 2XL/3XL, BO after this row)

Front Panel

Cast on 126 (132, 138)

Row 1: *k2, p2; repeat from * until you have 2 sts left, k2 (size L/XL repeat to the end)
Row 2: (size L/XL repeat row 1) *p2, k2; repeat from * until you have 2 sts left, p2 
Row 4-6: repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Row 9-84*: repeat rows 7 and 8

If you wish to make your front panel longer, do so here by repeating rows 7 and 8

Row 85: k63 (66, 69), M1, knit to the end (127, 133, 139)
Row 86: purl
Row 87: k63 (66, 69), place a stitch marker, BO 1, knit to the end (126, 132, 138)

Left side of your work (the right side of the v-neck when worn)

Row 88: purl until you reach the stitch marker; disregard the other half of your work (63, 66, 69)
Row 89: k1, k2tog, knit (62, 65, 68)
Row 90: purl
Row 91-104: repeat rows 89 and 90 (55, 58, 61)
Row 105: k1, k2tog, knit (54, 57, 60)
Row 106: purl
Row 107: knit
Row 108: purl
Row 109-132: repeat rows 105-108 (repeat 5 more times) (48, 51, 54)
Row 133: (Size S/M knit across) k1, k2tog, knit (48, 50, 53)
Row 134: purl
Row 135: knit (Size 2XL/3XL repeat row 133, Size S/M BO after this row) (48, 50, 52)
Row 136: purl
Row 137: knit (Size L/XL, BO after this row)
Row 138: purl 
Row 139: knit (Size 2XL/3XL, BO after this row) 

Right side of your work (the left side of the v-neck when worn)

Row 88(WS): purl (63, 66, 69)
Row 89: knit until you have 3 sts left, ssk, knit (62, 65, 68)
Row 90: purl
Row 91-104: repeat rows 89 and 90 (55, 58, 61)
Row 105: knit until you have 3 sts left, ssk, knit (54, 57, 60)
Row 106: purl
Row 107: knit
Row 108: purl
Row 109-132: repeat rows 105-108 (repeat 5 more times) (48, 51, 54)
Row 133: (Size S/M knit across) knit until you have 3 sts left, ssk, knit (48, 50, 53)
Row 134: purl
Row 135: knit (Size 2XL/3XL: repeat row 133, Size S BO after this row) (48, 50, 52)
Row 136: purl
Row 137: knit (Size L/XL, BO after this row) 
Row 138: purl 
Row 139: knit (Size 2XL/3XL, BO after this row) 




Sleeves

Cast on 50 (58, 64) 

Row 1: *k2, p2; repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, k2 (size 2L/3XL repeat to the end)
Row 2: (size 2L/3XL repeat row 1) *p2, k2; repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, p2 
Row 4-6: repeat rows 1 and 2 (52, 60, 66)
Row 7: knit
Row 8: purl
Row 9-22: repeat rows 7 and 8
Row 23: k1, kfb, knit til you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (54, 62, 68)
Row 24: purl
Row 25: knit
Row 26: purl
Row 27-34: repeat rows 23-26 

Every 4 rows your stitch count increases by 2 stitches. You should end with 58 (64, 70) stitches at the end of row 34.

Row 35: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (60, 66, 72)
Row 36: purl
Row 37: knit
Row 38: purl
Row 39: knit
Row 40: purl
Row 41: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (62, 68, 74)
Row 42: purl
Row 43: knit
Row 44: purl
Row 45-48: repeat rows 43 and 44
Row 49: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (64, 70, 76)
Row 50: Purl
Row 51-58: repeat rows 43 and 44
Row 59: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (66, 72, 78)
Row 60: purl
Row 61-70: repeat rows 43 and 44
Row 71: k1, kfb, knit until you have 2 sts left, kfb, k1 (68, 74, 80)
Row 72: purl
Row 73-84: repeat rows 43 and 44
Row 85-98: repeat rows 71-84 (70, 78, 88)
BO for sizes small, medium, large, x-large.
Row 99: knit
Row 100: purl
BO for sizes 2x and 3x-large


Collar

Cast on 142 (146, 150)

Row 1: *k2, p2* repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, k2
Row 2: *p2, k2* repeat from * until you have sts 2 sts left, p2
Row 3-6: repeat rows 1 and 2

BO

If you would like a thicker collar, continue to knit rows 1 and 2.

 Sweater Assembly

Hold your front and back panel together with both right sides facing out. With your tapestry needle, mattress stitch the stitches at the shoulder, stitch for stitch, starting from the outside and working towards the center. It is best to use mattress stitch to make your sweater look seamless.

With your tapestry needle, mattress stitch a sleeve starting from the wrist and working up towards the upper arm. Mattress stitch the sleeve to the body panels with the seamed side facing down. (Stitch markers will help tremendously to keep you stay on track). After the sleeve is attached to the front and back panels, mattress stitch down the side of the body. You can choose to seam until you reach the end of the front panel or leave an inch or your desired length of slit before the end. Do the same to the other side.



Take your collar and carefully place the ends so that they are perpendicular to each other to form a V. Stitch the edges where the two ends meet so they are joined together. Mattress stitch your collar around the neck hole.



Remember to tag me on my socials with your very own Mountain Breeze Pullover. I look forward to seeing it!


Happy knitting!


XO, 

Laura




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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Free Knit Pattern-- Earl Grey Scarf




Introducing the first free knit pattern of year 2020: The Earl Grey Scarf.

The free knit Earl Grey Scarf pattern is a beautiful gender neutral scarf that uses the eyelet lattice insertion stitch. I wanted to design a scarf that would suit my grandfather so I planned on a criss-cross look and I am very pleased by it's turn out. 

Growing up in a Korean home, my brother and I were taught to bring a box of fruit or some food to offer to the people we were visiting. (When I lived in Korea to teach, parents always brought a little gift or something yummy to eat; this may have been when my donut obsession began as it was a common snack that was gifted.) This past Christmas I decided to bring him something handmade. As the years go by, we've noticed that his appetite for food has dwindled a lot. My father mentioned that food goes bad in the fridge all the time because my grandfather just cannot finish the food that is bought. So this year, I gifted him the Earl Grey Scarf.

I love how you can wear a traditional scarf in so many different ways. The pictures I took for this scarf, I wore it the two most common ways I like to wrap my scarf.  But trust me, there are still so many different ways to use your scarf.

I hope that this free knitting pattern finds you well and that you'll be interested in making one for yourself.


Pattern

For an inexpensive ad-free version of this pattern, please visit Etsy or Ravelry.

To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.






Materials
-5.0mm knitting needles 
-1 skein of Caron Simply Soft Tweed in Gray Heather
-tapestry needle                                                                                         

Gauge
Every 18 stitches and 24 rows equal 4 inches.

Measurements
7 inches x 56 inches

Abbreviations
k- knit
k2tog- knit 2 together
PM- place marker
SM- slip marker
sts- stitches
yo- yarn over
BO- bind off

Notes
-The length of the scarf can be shortened or lengthened to your desired length simply by knitting more or less of rows 7-10.

-Take note that if your desired length is longer than the measurements described in this pattern, you will require another skein of yarn.






Earl Grey Scarf Pattern

Cast on 30

Row 1-6: Knit

Row 7(RS): k9, PM, [k2tog, yo] 6x, PM, k9

Row 8: k4, purl until you have 4 sts left, k4

Row 9: knit to the stitch marker, SM, k1, [k2tog, yo] 5x, k1, SM, knit to the end

Row 10: k4, purl until you have 4 sts left, k4

Row 11-330: repeat rows 7-10

(If you wish to have your scarf longer continue to repeat row 7-10.)

Row 331-334: knit

BO

Weave in any loose ends and block your scarf.





Make sure to share your finished Earl Greys on Instagram with the hashtag #modestybylaura. Can't wait to see yours!


Happy knitting!


XO, 

Laura




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Friday, December 13, 2019

Free Crochet Pattern-- Pumpkin Spice Cocoon





Meet the Pumpkin Spice Cocoon everyone! I just love designing cocoons. Not only pretty but really practical. Just throw on a shrug over your clothes and BAM! You got a complete ensemble. The crochet cocoon has the most amazing texture. It really pops and there's just no way you won't get compliments wearing it.


It's been a while since I picked up my crochet hook and designed something. I've been hooked on knitting lately but I knew that I needed to make a new crochet design. I love how quick crochet is. It takes me a fraction of the time to design a crochet garment than it does knitting for the obvious reason that you can double up on the height of the stitches with crochet. Don't get me wrong though. It took me awhile to get this design together. I frogged it 4 times total. People don't call me the frogging queen for nothing. I had this cocoon nearly finished and then frogged the entire thing because I was not happy with the way it came out especially with my gauge.


Who here is a tight crocheter? I definitely lean towards the side of being a tight crocheter and had to learn how to loosen up. I would always start off great only to find out that I would crochet tighter and tighter as the rows continued.

Anyways, I hope that you enjoy this free crochet pattern. And remember tight crocheters, relax and let it loose when you crochet cause you'll definitely need it for this one.



Pattern

For an inexpensive ad-free version of this pattern, please visit Etsy or Ravelry.

To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest.






Materials

-6.0mm and 6.5mm crochet hook
-6 (7) skeins of Lion Brand Heartland 
-tapestry needle                                                                                         

Gauge

Every 10.5 rows and 12 stitches equals 4 inches basket weave
HDC: 11 sts and 8 rows equals 4 “

Measurements

Body Panel S/M (25” length, 39” width), L/XL (26” length, 44.5” width)

Abbreviations

BPDC-back post double crochet
BLO-back loops only
ch-chain
dc-double crochet
FDC- foundationless double crochet
FPDC-front post double crochet
hdc-half double crochet
st-stich

sc-single crochet

Notes

If you are unfamiliar with the foundationless double crochet, chain in multiples of 8 + 8. Double crochet into the 4th ch from your hook and double crochet to the end of the row.
Beginning ch 2 counts as a half double crochet throughout. 
Do not crochet into the stitch, the beginning chains stem off from.

Body Panel

Start with your bigger hook.

Row 1: FDC 117, 133 (beginning ch 3 counts as a stitch bringing your st count to 110; total st counts: 118,134)

Row 2: ch2, *FPDC in the next 4 dc, BPDC in the next 4; repeat from * until you have 5 sts left, FPDC in the next 4, hdc in the turning ch

Row 3: ch2, *BPDC in the next 4 dc, FPDC in the next 4; repeat from * until you have 5 sts left, BPDC in the next 4, hdc in the turning ch

Row 4 and 5: repeat row 2 and 3

Row 6: ch2, *BPDC in the next 4 dc, FPDC in the next 4; repeat from * until you have 5 sts left, BPDC in the next 4, hdc in the turning ch

Row 7: ch2, *FPDC in the next 4 dc, BPDC in the next 4; repeat from * until you have 5 sts left, FPDC in the next 4, hdc in the turning ch

Row 8 and 9: repeat rows 6 and 7

Row 10-65 (69): Repeat rows 2-9


Fold over your panel from top to bottom. Mattress stitch up the sides as far as you would like your armholes. When mattress stitching, do so that each ‘4x4 box’ matches their corresponding section. Refer to picture below.

Attach your yarn on the bottom of your panel with the inside of your body facing away from you.


Collar

We’re going to work in continuous rounds. Place a stitch marker into the first stitch of the row. Use your smaller hook.

Row 1: ch 1, sc in the next 3 sts, hdc around 

Row 2: hdc around in BLO

Row 3-10: repeat row 2

Row 11: sc in the next 3 sts, sl st in the next st. We will end this row premature.


If you want more thickness to your collar, continue to crochet more rows.


Weave all your loose end.



Hoping that this textured cocoon was fun to crochet and I hope that I can see some of yours as well. Tag me on instagram so I can see your Pumpkin Spice Cocoon!



Happy crocheting!


XO, 

Laura



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Friday, December 6, 2019

Premium Crochet Pattern-- Summer Night Shawl



To purchase the premium crochet pattern, please visit Etsy or Ravelry.


The Summer Night Shawl is a special pattern that I worked on for quite a while. Not because it was hard but because I was not satisfied with the overall look. A lot of frogging and a lot of walking away was involved in the making of this shawl. 





There is a lot of beautiful texture in the Summer Night Shawl. One of my testers mentioned that there was a lot of movement and changes in the pattern so she never got bored once while making it.



Great addition to your out on the town attire. 


Free Crochet Pattern-- Soot Sprite Dish Scrubby




If you have been following me on Instagram for a while, you probably know that I taught summer school at my church this past summer. I taught kindergarten and worked with co-teachers that are very big fans of anime and manga. I have never seen Totoro in my 30 some years and watched it for the first time in summer school. What a fun movie!


After watching it once, I drove out to the store with my kids and bought the movie so that my kids could watch it at home too. They loved it and Totoro has become a favorite in our house.



Soot sprites are little dirt gremlins in the movie. Despite their dirty nature, I decided to make a dish sponge in hopes to "make them clean". I hope you enjoy this pattern!



Pattern

For a free PDF file for this pattern, visit Ravelry.
To pin this for later, visit Pinterest.




Materials

-1skein of Red Heart Scrubby Sparkle in colors licorice and marshmallow
-6.0mm hook
-stitch marker
-tapestry needle


Abbreviations


MR- magic ring
ch-chain
sc- single crochet
hdc-half double crochet
dc-double crochet
trc-triple crochet
st-stitch
sts-stitches
slst-slip stitch

Gauge

10 sts and 3.5 rows equals 2 inches

Measurements

Diameter length is 4 inches

Notes

-Pattern is worked in rounds.
-Using a stitch marker to mark the 2nd ch of your beginning ch2 is encouraged, as finding can be a little difficult.

The Body


Using your licorice color, make a MR.

Round 1: ch2, 12 dc into the MR, slst to the top of the ch2 (13)

Close your MR by pulling on the tail. You may make a knot to keep the ring closed. 

Round 2: ch2, dc in the same st where your ch 2 is coming from, 2 dc in all sts to the end, slst to the top of the ch2 (26)

Round 3: ch 2, 2 dc in the next st, *dc in the next st, 2 dc in the following st* repeat to the end, slst to the top of the ch2 (39)

Round 4-5: ch 2, dc in each st to the end of the round, slst to the top of the ch2 (39)

Round 6: ch 2, dc decrease,* dc in the next st, dc decrease* repeat to the end, sl st to the top of the ch2 (26)

Round 7: ch2, dc in the next st, dc decrease to the end, slst to the top of the ch2 (14)

Round 8: ch2, dc in the next st, dc decrease, *dc in the next st, dc decrease in the following st* repeat til you have 2 sts left, dc decrease, slst into the top of the ch2 (9)

Fasten off and close the circle. Knot it off and weave in your end.

Flatten your sponge.

Eyes


Using the licorice color, make a MR.

Round 1: ch 1 (doesn’t count as a st), 6 sc into the MR (6)

Round 2: switch to color marshmallow, ch 1 (counts as a st), sc in the same st where your ch 1 comes out from, 2 hdc in the next st, 2 dc in the next, 2 trc in the next st, 2 dc in the following st, 2 hdc in the next, slst to the top of the ch1 (12)

Fasten off and leave a tail to sew your eye onto the body of the scrubby.

Using your tapestry needles, sew on your eyes. The eyes should be sown on with the pupils closest to the middle of the body of the sponge, making the soot sprite look like it’s crossed eyed. Be sure to only go through the top layer of the sponge so that you don’t have random marshmallow yarn on the body.




Tag me in on Instagram with the hashtag #modestybylaura so I can see your little soot sprites.


Happy crocheting!


XO, Laura




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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Free Crochet Pattern-- Mr.Duboo






The word duboo (두부) is the Korean word for tofu. Tofu is a staple in our house and is the most preferred source of protein amongst my children and myself. All four of us are not big meat eaters but tofu is definitely something that we choose to eat a couple times a week.


Mr. Duboo was crocheted after I came across some cute Asian characters at the grocery store. One of the characters reminded me of tofu and I thought how cute it would be to make one for my kids. Let's just say he was a success and was quickly named by my daughter Sophia. 




Mr. Duboo can be crocheted in about one hour, maybe even less. He is a quick and fun little project. He can also have two different looks depending on how you choose to assemble him. The above picture shown was assembled by single crocheting along the edges. Meanwhile, the Mr. Duboo shown below was mattress stitched. The choice is yours how you would like your tofu.








Pattern

For an inexpensive ad-free PDF version, please visit Ravelry.

To pin this pattern for later, visit Pinterest





Materials

-4.0mm crochet hook 
-1 skein of Patons Alpaca Blend (or category 5 yarn)
-any worsted weight yarn in black in red
-tapestry needle
-stitch marker

Gauge

8.5 sts and 9.5 rows = 2”

Measurements

Roughly 2.5” all the way around

Abbreviations

ch- chain
sc- single crochet
BLO- back loops only

Notes

When sewing on Mr.Duboo’s face, count your stitches and rows starting from the bottom-right corner.

If you choose to make your tofu boxy, you can cut out square pieces of cardboard (or plastic canvas as someone suggested) to support the sides of the cube.




Pattern

Long panel


Chain 10

Row 1: In the 2nd chain from the hook, sc across (9)

Row 2-10: ch1, sc across

Row 11: ch 1, sc in BLO

Row 12-20: ch1, sc across

Row 21: repeat row 11

Row 22-30: ch1, sc across

Row 31: repeat row 11

Row 32-40: ch1, sc across

Square panels (Make 2)


Chain 10

Row 1: In the 2nd chain from the hook, sc across (9)

Row 2: Row 2-10: ch1, sc across

Leave a long tail for sewing (if you choose to mattress stitch).


Assembly

Take your long panel and mattress stitch your first row and your last row together (using the inner loops) to make 4 walls of the cube. Take a square panel and thread some black yarn on your tapestry needle. Starting from the bottom right, we are going to shape our mouth. From behind your panel, stick your tapestry needle up between stitches 2 and 3 and rows 3 and 4 (counting from the bottom-right).

Use small stitches to achieve well-defined lines.







Go diagonally to the left 1 stitch and 1 row down. Then stitch up diagonally to the left 1 stitch and up 1 row. You should be between stitches 4 and 5 and rows 3 and 4. Now make stitches going diagonally to the left 1 stitch and down 1 row. From here, sew diagonally 1 stitch to the left and up 1 row. You should now have a wide ‘w’ shaped smile shaped on your square.


Take your tapestry needle from the back and now find the edge of your closed left eyelid. The starting point will be 2 rows up and 1 stitch to the left from the last point where you stitched your smile. After pulling your black yarn through, sew 1 stitch to the right. The last part of your left eyelid, will be 1 stitch to the right and 1 row up. After completing your closed eyelid, make a small eyebrow between rows 7 and 8 and stitches 6 and 7.


**Do not worry about the mess behind the square. This will all be hiding inside the Ami.


Moving on to the other eyelid, we want to insert our needle up through stitches 3 and 4 and rows 6 and 7. Move your black yarn down diagonally to the right 1 stitch and 1 row down. The last part of your eyelid will be 1 stitch over on the same row. Make your eyebrow between stitches 2 and 3 and rows 7 and 8.

Take your red yarn and start making an outline of your tongue below and continue to string the yarn from the top (the center of your lips) to the outlined tongue below the lips.


You now have the option to continue to use your tapestry needle and mattress stitch along the edges of the square panels or single crochet along the edges. Mattress stitching will give you a rounder tofu while the single crocheted option will give you a more defined edging giving it a more boxy look. The choice is yours.


When you are on your last square, leave the last side open to fill the tofu up with poly-fil. Stuff as much (or as little as you’d like) and then continue to close up that last side. Before completely closing the cube, give it a last bit of stuffing and then completely close the cube. Weave in your ends. 




Let's keep in touch! Hashtag #modestybylaura with your finished Mr.Duboo on Instagram. Can't wait to see yours!



Happy crocheting!





XO,

Laura



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