August KALS : Crossroads Set with yarn prize & Illume

I’ve long been meaning to post about something I started up at the end of last year. I started a group on Ravelry for knit alongs that are free. In the beginning I would choose a pattern from the copious free knitting patterns avaiable in Ravelry’s database once a month. People joined my group and could jump in to knit the project together, posting photos as they went.

Projects are normally of beginner-intermediate skill level and a reasonable size for completing in a months time. This size project makes for a great way to use up that one or 2 skeins of yarn one may have just sitting around waiting to be used.

It wasn’t long before knit-wear designers were offering some of their patterns that normally one would have to purchase, and offering them to the group free with a coupon code. Now this group has the opportunity to obtain and knit these lovely patterns they would normally have to purchase for FREE! It is a nice way for the designer to gain some exposure of their pattern, and to advertise themselves free somewhere someone ay not have noticed their patterns before. Win, win!

So once a month I will try to remember to announce which KALs we are doing over in the group, and then post progress photos if i decide to attempt any of them.

FOR AUGUST:

KAL #1: Crossroads Set

by Elena Nodel

This pattern is normally for purchase, but can be obtained by joining the KAL. Elena is offering a skein of her own Dia Merino DK  yarn to one lucky finishing participant at the end of the month.

KAL #2: Illume

by Melissa Schaschwary

This pattern can be found FREE on ravelry. I was one of the test knitters for this hat, and may I say I absolutely love testing patterns for Melissa when I get the chance. I think her designs are just so lovely.

So if you are a knitter, come join in the fun!

free pattern: baby brewer

Baby Brewer Hat Pattern / /

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE!

Yarn: Aran, 50g (my choice being Quince & Co.’s Osprey)

Needles: US 9 – 5.5mm circular or double-pointed needles

Gauge: 4 sts in garter stitch = 1 in.

Sizes: 6-12 months

Abbreviations:

BO: bind off
CO: cast on
k: knit
k2tog : knit 2 together
p: purl
pm: place marker
ssk: slip slip knit

Pattern:

CO: 64 sts, pm
Rounds 1-8: k1, p1
Round 9: k
Round 10: p
Repeat rows 9 & 10 until your piece measures 7 in. from the CO row, ending with a P round. For more slouch measure an extra inch or two before decrease.

Decrease starting with a K round:

Round 1: k5, k2tog, k2, ssk, * k10, k2tog, k2, ssk *, repeat in ** until last 5 sts, k5
Round 2: p
Round 3: k4, k2tog, k2, ssk * k8, k2tog, k2, ssk *, repeat in ** until last 4 sts, k4
Round 4: p
Round 5: (k1, k2, k3, k4), k2tog, k2, ssk * k6, k2tog, k2, ssk *, repeat in ** until las 3 sts, k3
Round 6: p
Repeat in this pattern until there are 16 sts left, and BO.

Weave in ends and add pompom or tassel. Embellish as you wish!

If you wish to add stripes, I recommend starting in contrasting color immediately after the 1×1 ribbing; always starting the stripe on a K row and ending with a P row.

© 2012 Nicki Corridoni

please let me know in the comments if there are problems or if i may improve this pattern in any way!