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Friday, July 24, 2015

December 2009 Stitch of the month Crochet

December 2009 Stitch of the month Crochet

Shell Stitch


Based on a multiple of 5 chain plus 1.

Materials: G hook 1 ball Peaches & Crème Cotton Yarn

For sample: chain 21

Row 1: 1 sc in 5th from hook, * ch 5, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next chain, repeat from * across row, ch 3, turn.

Row 2: 2 dc in first sp, then work 6 dc for a shell in each space, end 3 dc in last sp, ch 5, turn.

Row 3: 1 dc in base of ch-5, * ch 3; 1 dc, ch 1 & 1 dc in between 3rd and 4th dc's of shell, repeat from * across, end 1 dc, ch 2 & 1 dc in top of turning-ch, ch 3, turn.

Row 4: 2 dc in first sp, * in next 1 ch sp, work shell*, repeat from * across, end 3 dc in last sp, ch 5, turn.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 for pattern.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Country Knitting Of Maine News & Views 2015 Hat Contest

Country Knitting Of Maine News & Views
2015 Hat Contest

Country Knitting Of Maine News & Views  2015 Hat Contest -
Win Prizes - Hats are Donated to the Needy. 

To Anyone That Knits or Crochets Hats. Either Hand Knitting or Machine knitting. Join our fun Contest and win prizes.  Let's "Keep Maine Warm".

Our Hat Contest is continuing for 2015. Enter your hats to win some wonderful prizes. The hats are then donated to the needy in my area to help "Keep Maine Warm". All sizes and colors can be sent.  They will be greatly appreciated.

This contests judging will be in mid November, 2015 so your hats need to be received on or before November 1st.

This is what I would like to do. They don't have to be your own original pattern.  Make them colorful, make them plain, make them however you desire. Any style, shape or color. I do recommend acrylic yarn so they can be washed and dried easily.

Enter as many hats as you would like. They can be hand knit, machine knit, crocheted, whatever method you like. Let's make as many children and needy adults as warm as  possible next winter. Last year's hats went to some elementary schools, senior citizens, homeless shelters, food kitchens, local town office for Christmas Baskets and other needy citizens. You should have seen the happy faces on the children, especially when they found out they could keep them. They were worn with pride. You  can send as many as you would like.

 Be sure and put a tag with your name and mailing information on each hat for the drawing.

Send them to:

Country Knitting OF Maine
351 White Schoolhouse Rd
Madison, ME 04950-3202

We have a challenge sponsored by Kathryn Doubrley.
 From Kathryn Doubrley: My 2015 challenge to knitters is to knit 100 hats along with me to contribute to the “Keep Maine Warm” campaign. As my Grandma use to say, “good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise,” I will be knitting and sending 100, also. So if you get bored, aggravated and lonely while you work, remember you aren’t really alone. Several of us around the world are knitting maniacally too. Those who do send 100 hats to Linda for the charity will receive one of my books for free plus gratitude and respect from many sources.
Kathryn -


Make sure that you attach a piece of paper to your hat with your name, address, phone number and email address if you have one. Hats need to be received here no later then November 1, 2015.
Prizes to be Awarded in 2015: Prize donations have been coming in with more to follow. I will update the prize list as they come in.
A. Six month subscription to Knit It Now from Sue Jalowiec 
B. 10 pound box of yarn from Peter Patchis - 
C. 2 cones of Yarn from Stephanie’s Yarn Planet - 
D. A year’s subscription of Country Knitting of Maine News & Views - 
E. A Pattern Book by Eileen Montgomery Mittens & Socks - 
F. A Pattern Book by Maggie Andrews - 
G. A Pattern Book by Jo Newton - 
H. Pattern Donated by Cindy Schmatz 
Kathryn Doubrley will also donate a downloadable pattern book of your choice to every person that donates 100 hats - 
Dorothy & Bernie Rosman of Custom Knits will donate an issue of Machine Knit Monthly to two contestants whom send 100 hats each. The 100 hat knitters names will be put into a hat and drawn for the two prize winners. 

Pattern book from Country Knitting Of Maine for five winners to be drawn from non specified category winners.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Bigger Than Bulky

 Bigger Than Bulky by Kathryn Doubrley

  $20. Instant download. 30 pgs.  These patterns are for the bulky machine including the Bond. Some require a ribber and are great for the beginner. 10 super easy to follow patterns are sized from 34 to 44, but the vest is sized to 52, and the cabled Capelet is 36 to 68 inches. Patterns also include slippers, hats, mittens, even a bathrobe. Some of the yarns used are skeins from Lion brand, Caron, cones from Nordic. Lots of pictures, tips and charts to help you create a gift or something nice for yourself. I really like the cabled hat and scarf.  You will love these wonderful patterns from The Answer Lady. 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Penney’s Dishcloth

Penney’s Dishcloth    
@2013 N L Banks

Size 8 knitting needles
1 ball Cotton Variegated yarn, any color
2 markers

Note: Slip markers as you come to them.

Cast on 38

Set up row knit 5, place marker, knit 28, place marker, k 5.

Rows 2 to 6 knit.

Rows: 7, 9, 13, 15, 19, 21, 25, 27, 31, 33, 37, 39, 43, 45:   K 5, Purl 28, K 5

Rows: 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 35, 36, 38, 40, 41, 42, 44, 46:    Knit

Knit 6 rows, bind off.

This pattern is copyrighted, and may not be used on any media, including websites, lists, newsletters, nor sold, recopied or reformatted. It is for your personal use only.

Machine Knit Candy Cane Ornament

Machine Knit Candy Cane Ornament

@2012  by N Banks.
This is a knitting machine pattern, fast and fun to make.
Sample was knit on an SK700

Materials needed:
  Tamm 3 ply Astracryl in white, red  
  Green ½ wide ribbon, about ½ yard
  Shape pointed yarn needle
  Pipe Cleaner

Ten 6, RC 0: With Red, leaving a long tail, e-wrap 4 stitches in center of machine, (2-0-2) knit 132 rows. Bind off around gate posts, put aside.

Ten 6, RC 0: with white, leaving a long tail, e-wrap 4 stitches in center of machine, (2-0-2) knit 132 rows. Bind off around gate posts, put aside.

Holding the two strands together, twist (or wrap) them around the pipe cleaner, sew in place with the long tails of yarn at top and bottom of cane.

Bend into candy cane shape and tie with green ribbon, tie a bow in center of cane.