Knitting sets your mind free and makes you see the other side of whatever this will be.....the purlside or the happier side of life!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Every Day I Find Something NEW!

I am still learning! Everyday I find something new I want to add to my blog! I really liked this slideshow! So you can see more of my designs. Some of them appeared in magazines and some are available on the
Cascade yarns website for free patterns and some are available through my Etsy store. I am always open for new ideas as well! And I love to read your comments! Thank you for reading my blog!

Monday, February 22, 2010


This pattern took me weeks! But now it is finally done! Last spring I had already designed a crochet baby booty that resembles the Robeez booties made out of leather. Then I thought it was perfect and now I think this is so much better!
First off all the yarn weight: DK  which is a nice weight to work with.
Second: there is no assembly because the booty is crocheted in one piece.
And the best of all: there is an elastic at the top of the booty which will prevent the booty from falling off which is the most important part in a booty!
So if you would like to make a baby booty and like crocheting as much as knitting here you have a booty that works!
Four sizes: 0-3, 3-6, 6-12 and 12-18 Months

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Pink Sweater


Today I have a funny/sad story!

This is what can happen when you ask your children to help you with chores.....

Yesterday I bought this beautiful hand knitted sweater made out of 100% wool. I hardly ever knit things for myself so it felt even better to own something that is actually hand knitted even though it had been made by someone else. The yarn looked soft and right now I am into these wonderful thick and thin yarns which I use to design baby hats for photo props.
Last night my youngest son decided to do the laundry and for whatever still unexplained reason this new sweater was on top of my white pile. So he knows what to do with white laundry! And the rest you can shrunk to 1/4 of its original size. I guess this was a lesson we will never forget!
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Newest Designs For Soho Publishing In New York!

I just got an email from Soho Publishing in New York that one of their newest knitting books will be available in February. It is called 60 Quick Knits and you will find patterns for hats, mittens and scarves.  
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All projects use Cascade 220 yarn which is a great yarn to work with and it comes in more than 220 colors and variations - more than you can wish for! I had the pleasure to contribute 3 scarves! This would also be a good time to say that the chosen colors were NOT my decision. I only submit design ideas and color suggestions. That said I would assume that this must be a great book and we all love to knit scarves and little projects with a littlebit of a challenge. Right?
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Photos Copyright Jack Deutsch

Thursday, February 4, 2010


To dress your newborn baby up with hand knitted items for baby's first picture session is a huge hit amongst photographers right now.
I was asked by a fellow Etsian to design a diaper cover up knitting pattern out of bulky yarn. It turned out pretty nice and I want to share it with other knitters or photographers who are looking for a free pattern!
I also added a link to youtube where I for the first time ever explain how to do short rows. I love short rows and with this method you will be able to insert short rows into your project without any holes! If you enjoy knitting socks you should try it as well!
An Original Absolute Knits Design. Copyright 2010 Angela Juergens

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate


MEASUREMENTS: waist: 12” - 16” (last measurement is the stretched measurement)

Length from back center to front center: 12”

Featured Yarn: Lamb’s Pride BULKY 85% Wool/15 % Mohair - 125yds / 4 oz =113g (shown in color saphire M-65)

For this project you will need 34 g / 1 ¼ oz

Also required:

- 1 16” long circular knitting needle size US 10.5 (6.5mm)
- Knitting needles size US 13 ( 9 mm) straight or circular
- tapestry needle
- 1 stitch marker

GAUGE: 3 sts/4 rows in Stockinette stitch pattern
(= *knit one row, purl one row* repeat from *to*) = 1”/1” using needle size US 13 or size to obtain gauge



BO = bind off
k = knit
p = purl

LC =

LC 3= Loop cast on 3 sts

M1 = make one stitch: increase 1 stitch by

picking up the strand between the stitches from the front with right hand needle and knitting it from behind

w&t = wrap and turn (watch youtube video clip or read instruction at the end of pattern)

sts = stitches

Cast on 22 sts with bigger size needles
Row 1: p1, k to end
Row 2: p21, k last stitch
Row 3: p1, k18, w&t (see description at end of pattern)
Row 4: p16, w&t (see description at end of pattern)
Row 5: k16, work wrap (see description at end of pattern), k 2
Row 6: p19, work wrap (see description at end of pattern), p1, k1
Row 7: as row 3
Row 8: as row 4
Row 9: as row 5
Row 10: as row 6
Row 11: BO 3 sts knitwise, k to end of row
Row 12: BO 3 sts purlwise, p to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together = 15 sts.
Row 13: slip 1 st purlwise, k to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together = 14 sts
Row 14: slip 1 st purlwise, p to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together. = 13 sts
Row 15: slip 1 st purlwise, k to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together = 12 sts
Row 16: slip 1 st purlwise, p to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together = 11 sts
Row 17: slip 1 st purlwise, k to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together = 10 sts
Row 18: slip 1 st purlwise, p to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together. = 9 sts
Row 19: slip 1 st purlwise, k to last 2 sts, knit these last 2 sts together = 8 sts
Row 20: p7, k1
Row 21: p1, k to end
Row 22: p7, k1
Row 23: p1, k to end
Row 24: p7, k1
Row 25: slip 1 st purlwise, k1, M1, k4, M1, k2 = 10 sts
Row 26: slip 1 st purlwise, p 8, k1
Row 27: slip 1 st purlwise, k1, M1, k6, M1, k2 = 12 sts
Row 28: slip 1 st purlwise, p 10, k1
Row 29: slip 1 st purlwise, k1, M1, k8, M1, k2 = 14 sts
Row 30: slip 1 st purlwise, p 12, k1
Row 31: slip 1 st purlwise, k1, M1, k10, M1, k2 = 16 sts
Row 32: slip 1 st purlwise, p 14, k1, LC3 = 19 sts
Row 33: k19, LC 3 sts = 22 sts
Row 34: p21, k1
Row 35: p1, k to end
Row 36: p21, k1
Row 37: p1, k to end
Row 38: p21, k1

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Row 39: with the circular smaller size needle k 22, then pick up 22 sts from the top of back part, place a marker (or mark with with a different color yarn that this is the beginning of a new round)

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When you close to round pull yarn very tight so you will not have a loose stitch. The marker indicates the beginning or end of the round. Continue with Round 1-7:

Round 1 – 7: *k1, p1* repeat from *to*
Round 8: bind off all stitches loosely as they appear (which means you will knit the knit stitches and purl the purl stitches and bind off at the same time).

Cut yarn and pull end through the loop. When you weave in this yarn end go back and forth to disguise the end of the round.

- Right side outside close the sides with mattress stitch

- Weave in ends.


WRAPS: You can watch how to work the wraps in this video on Youtube:

Or follow the instructions for

Row 3: (= a knit row) bring the yarn to front, slip next stitch knitwise, bring yarn back to back of work, then slip stitch from right hand needle to left hand needle, slip this stitch from tip to tip, turn

Row 4: (= a purl row) bring yarn to back, slip next stitch purlwise, bring yarn to front and slip stitch back to left hand needle, slip this stitch from tip to tip, turn

Row 5: pick up the wrap which is around the next stitch knitwise and lift it over the stitch, bring it behind the stitch. Now knit both loops together from behind (pattern ends with k2)

Row 6: pick up the wrap from the knitted side, this means you have to turn your work that way that you are looking at the knitted side. Then pick up the wrap which is around the next stitch from underneath and slip it over the stitch, now purl both loops together (pattern ends with p1, k1)