Free Patterns : : The Rainbow Collection

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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou 

I love rainbows, don't you?  They are frequently a source of inspiration for my designs.  The Rainbow Faith Bracelet I created for Ehow.com.  As it is made with crystals, it is extra sparkly.

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I also made this finger knit scarf or Blanket for Ehow.com.

 Easy to make and a perfect car trip project. 

©2016 Lindsay Obemeyer Rainbow Hat

And last but not least, my rainbow children's beanie, because aren't your children the gold at the end of the rainbow?!  I posted this pattern on my blog earlier this year.


Free Pattern: Beginner Baby Blanket

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A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it. – By Frank A. Clark

This is a simple, beginner's level baby blanket.  It falls in the category of tv knitting, you know, that project you can do while watching tv and not get too lost with what you are knitting.  This blanket was designed as a newborn receiving blanket, but could easily be adjusted to other sizes.

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Free Pattern : : Slouchy Baby / Toddler / Kids Beanie

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So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard

 

With every hat pattern I've posted, I receive several emails and comments requesting the hat in a different size.  Okay, so I have written this one for a baby, toddler and young child.  I wanted to make a slouchy beanie with a big pompom.  It is a beanie that slides over to the possibility of being a beret but I didn't give it enough slouch to be a good floppy beret which is how I like them.  This is a beanie with a touch of attitude.  I think pompoms are a prerequisite of childhood, especially big colorful ones.

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Look back to move forward : Short video of my knitted artwork

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 I've been spending the last few days reviewing images of older work to see if my new work makes sense within the continuum.  I realized as I was looking that most of my knitted art is not on my website, so i thought this video might make a nice summary of what I did in terms of performance art , sculpture and public art.


Free Pattern: Quick Knit Baby Blanket

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The jewel of the sky is the sun, the jewel of the house is the child. – A Chinese saying

This baby blanket is a larger version of my dishcloth pattern, same principals, but enlarged. I had loved making the dishcloths / facecloths that I thought I’d see if the pattern would make a good blanket. It does! I will be giving this one to my knitting ministry to be blessed and given to a family in need ( and yes, I need to block it!) This project is a fairly quick knit. I consider it a weekend project or an hour at night after work and done by the end of the work-week.

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Free Pattern :: Knit a Spring Wreath

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She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbor:
"Winter is Dead."-- AA Milne from When We Were Very Young

In honor of the much awaited first day of Spring, I decided to make a welcoming front door wreath.  Last fall I painted my door a very Feng shui Reddish persimmon colored door.  I love it as I can tell friends to look for the red door.  Well now I can say look for the red door with the bright green wreath!

If you love to knit, but haven't made much more than a scarf, then this project is perfect for you!  You are essentially making two scarves.  

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Free Pattern :: Rainbow Children's Hat / Beanie

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When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky. ~Buddha

 

I love rainbows.  Aren't our children the treasure at the end of the rainbow?  I love to knit with highly saturated colors and what better way to do that then to knit a  youngster a rainbow hat to keep them warm on winter days.  The hat is sized at 18" circumference to fit a 7-8 year old. Children at this age frequently draw rainbows in art class, so give them one to wear.

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Free Pattern :: Zippy Knitting Loom Infinity Scarf

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Knitting not only relaxes me, it also bring a feeling of being at home. -- Magdalena Neuner

I have been knitting for 33 years now, once worked for a yarn company,  owned a yarn shop, so I am a bit jaded when it comes to new knitting products, but I tell you I bought myself a zippy loom and have fallen in love with it.  It's a sturdy plastic loom with 4 pegs, but you can buy more to make a longer board or to create a frame with it, so you may easily knit extra bulky hats and afghans.  

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In the time it took me to watch one episode of Perry Mason (1 hour), I had knit a  scarf that was 130" x 4".  I cast off and stitched the ends together so it made an infinity scarf, which as you can see is really quite flashy fab.  Perfect to wear over a t-shirt with a jean jacket for date night.  

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The key to this scarf is drape.  You want to work with bulky yarns that are lightweight such as a traditional "eye-lash " yarn carried with an acrylic. Bulky wools wools won't have the same drape.

You will need:

1 ball (135 yd) of Lion Brand Jiffy

2 balls (57yd) of Lion Brand Fun Fur

1 Knitting Board zippy Loom

Tape Measure

Scissors

tapestry needle

The directions for casting on, knitting and casting off are included n the kit and are exactly what I did.  They are straight forward and simple.  To see how to videos  and to find other cute quick patterns for the zippy loom.

If your children have learned to finger knit, then move them forward with knitting using the zippy loom.  Be warned, you will go through quite a bit of yarn, so ask friends  if they have nay left over bits in their stash that you may use.  Get several boards and make afghans to donate to your local hospital or senior center.  These warm gifts if knit in acrylic, for ease of washing, will be an appreciated gift.


Free Pattern:: Quick knit Infinity Scarf

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An infinity of passion can be contained in one minute, like a crowd in a small space. 
― Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

This is the EMILY SCARF.  She saw me knitting the cowl for my niece and said, "Well, when are you going to make an infinity scarf for me?! (note pout and pathetic look)  You know I get cold while standing outside waiting for the bus at 5:30am." My daughter is subtle as a sledge hammer. So while talking with a friend about Christmas, I realized that I didn't have much for my daughter.  We decided to have a lean Christmas this year as we have all we really need and well, funds are tight.  But my daughter needed an infinity scarf!  I had the prefect yarn.  A friend at my knitting ministry restashed some luscious Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky.  It is buttery soft and Alpaca is one of the warmest fibers on the market. Sweet Pea will no longer be cold while waiting for the bus, not on this mom's watch!!!!!!  So shhhhhh, don't tell her about the scarf. It's a surprise, though the sneak walked into my studio as I was trying it on for the first time.  She exclaimed- THAT's MINE! I WANT IT!  Again, subtle as a sledgehammer.   At least I know my last minute knitting will be appreciated!  This cowl took about 4 hours from beginning to end.  As its a chunky yarn, it  is a fairly quick knit and a good almost last minute present.

I wanted a quick knit with lots of texture.  I contemplated cables, but the yarn is soft, so the cables didn't have the pop I wanted, so I settled on a rib, but then half way through, I got bored and switched to welts.  As a result there are vertical ribs and horizontal ribs.  I like how the textures play against each other.

 

You will need:
2 skeins of Cascade Yarn's Baby Alpaca Chunky, 100g / 3.5oz 108yds /100m in color 0558 ( velvet leaf)  Alpaca has a fabulous drape, so working this pattern up in another yarn will lead to a garment with quite a different flow and drape.   
#9 26" circular needles.
Scissors
Tapestry needle
stitch marker

Gauge: 3.5 sts to the inch an 4 rows to the inch.

 

Let's Create!

Cast on 176 stitches using long tail or cable cast on method.

Begin 2x2 rib: place a stitch marker (K2, P2) repeat across the round, ending with a P2.   Be careful on the first round not to twist your stitches. (I twist the cast on edge to the inside of the ring, so I can keep track of my stitches.) 

Continue working in the 2x2 rib for the next 4 inches.

*Knit for the next 6 rounds.

Purl for the next 4 rounds.*

Repeat from * to * ending with a knit round of 6.  

Bind off all stitches.  Sew in tails.

An infinity scarf doesn't really need to be blocked.  So, wrap and give!

Inifinity scarf

 What I especially love is that if she once again forgets a hat, she can pull up a bit of the scarf to act as a hat or hoodie.  Toasty warm!


Last minute Knit Gifts!

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What is bought is cheaper than a gift.  ~Portuguese Proverb

I have an adorable high energy neice who refers to herself as a fashionista.  She is a seriously silly little girl.  And as my favorite and only neice, I wanted to make her a special handmade gift for Christmas.  A few years ago I made her a pink and purple hat with her name embroidered on it.  Given that she is still into pink and purple, I decided on making her a hot pink cowl that tucks into her jacket and keeps the winter chill out. It's also nice to wear indoors with a t-shirt.  

You will need:

#8 circular knitting needle
1 ball of worsted yarn, approx 200yds (I used Red Heart Soft)
tapestry needle
scissors

Let's Create!

Terms:

4x4 rib (knit 4, purl 4 and repeat

Guage: 4 sts to the inch in stockinette on an 8.  For a firmer rib, go down a needle size or two.

Cast on 120 stitches and work in a a 4x4 rib for 10 inches.  Bind off in pattern.  Sew in all ends.  Done! This took me approximately one evening to make, so not the very last minute of vey last minute gifts to make, but doable before December 25 given that today is December 18.  And really is there anything more fun to give than something handmade and from the heart?

This would be equally cute for a boy in a tweedy brown, grey or forest green.