Tag: free pattern

Hubby’s Christmas Socks

Last November, the folks over at Yarn Canada asked if I would give a review of Patons Kroy Socks. I picked out a few colours and cast on… for socks of course :) First favourite thing? They’re self-striping. The stripes are perfect, and it’s possible to get quite OCD about it… which I did.




The second thing is the robust nylon content, 25%, which makes for nice, sturdy socks.


The third thing is the yarn itself; not merino, but wool, so I expected it to be scratchy but was pleasantly surprised. It’s not splitty either, which provided a nice, comfortable knit. The yardage is also quite decent, 166 yards per 50g ball. I bought two balls because I wanted longer socks, but one ball would do for, say, a pair of ankle socks (unless you were picky about matching stripes, in which case maxing out your yardage will be tough).


Hubby loves his so much that I’ve cast on a pair for myself :) So yes, I would definitely knit with it again. Personally, I prefer merino/nylon blends, but sometimes you just need a really hard-wearing sock (think hubby in construction) and this yarn fits the bill.


You can see the full selection of Patons Kroy Sock yarns here. Pattern is Kate Atherley’s Basic Ribbed Sock (which is very awesome and totally free). Ravelry project page here.


Petty Harbour Socks

I cast these babies on over the labour day weekend, for a drive to NYC. I managed to get through turning the heel before the end of the trip, and there the project sat for weeks on end.


I finally picked them up again about a month ago, and raced through the end of the first sock. The second sock got onto the needles right away, and (A Christmas Miracle!) were finished and blocked by Christmas eve, ready for me to give to my mama.


Designed by my dear friend Rayna, Petty Harbour is a gorgeous, free, easy sock pattern. Did I say free? I definitely recommend checking it out! It’s my first sock with an actual leg attached to it (I’ve only ever achieved ankle socks) so I feel pretty proud of my bad self.

Pattern: Petty Harbour by First Light Handcrafts

Yarn: Georgian Bay Fibre Co., Kilcoursie Fingering, Colour: Tobermory Shoreline

Handspun Hat Recipe!

©Shireen Nadir 2014

When I was spinning Peggy I kept wondering if spinning was supposed to be this hard. I practically had to manhandle the fiber to draft it, and ended up drafting very thin, almost to pencil roving, to make it go. Looking back, I’m amazed that I spun it all.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

My next braid was 100% pure alpaca and it drafted like butter. At first, I almost ruined it because I was manhandling  it at the beginning.

©Shireen Nadir 2014

I ended up spinning most of it at the show; folks were so fascinated by the wheel that many people came by just to see what I was doing :)

©Shireen Nadir 2014

After navajo plying, this was my final skein, 117 yards! It was the first skein of mine that was even enough in thickness for me to measure a wpi, which came to 10. The internet is fickle on this point, but it seemed I was looking at a DK weight.

©Shireen Nadir 2014


Now, finally spinning up something relatively even demands that you knit something with it. I only had 117 yards though, so what to do?

©Shireen Nadir 2014

Shireen’s Precious Handspun Hat!

©Shireen Nadir 2014

Works with DK weight to worsted. You’ll need a minimum of 100 yards.

  1. Weigh your yarn
  2. Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches on 4.5mm needles (16” circular or dpns)
  3. Work in 2×2 ribbing for 1.5 inches
  4. Work in stockinette (knit every row) until about 1/5 of your yarn is left. (Weigh it again to check, or just eyeball if it you like to live dangerously)

Crown Shaping:

Row 1: *knit 8, k2tog* repeat

Row 2: knit all stitches

Row 3: *knit 7, k2tog* repeat

Row 4: knit all stitches

Row 5: *knit 6, k2tog* repeat

Row 6: knit all stitches

See the pattern?

Continue until you have half the stitches you started with. At this point, drop the rows of plain stockinette and work every round as a decrease round until you have 16 stitches left.

Break your yarn leaving a 6” tail. Thread a tapestry needle with the tail, cinch the top of the hat shut and weave in your ends.

Block it, and rock it!


Free Pattern – Man Hands!


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Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

A few years ago I tried to knit a pair of fingerless mitts for a workmate, but to my eternal shame it got lost in the shuffle of other knitting projects and the joke of ‘hey, when are you gonna get Ben those mitts?’ was born.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

It took me a while, (and the office collectively enjoyed much mocking) but I finally got Ben’s mitts together last Christmas. I not only got him mitts, I wrote him his own pattern and then whipped off a pair for Tito to test-drive it.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

Man Hands. Easy and quick, these simple gloves have just enough pattern to keep you from going batty but are simple enough for dudes to rock without complaining. The waffle stitch pattern is super warm and can show off a variety of yarns. Instructions are given in the pattern for either knitting a basic pair or customizing them exactly to your recipients hands.

Man Hands ©Shireen Nadir 2014

They take one skein of worsted weight yarn. Samples shown are Tanis Fiber Arts Green Label Aran and Madeline Tosh MCN Merino. As with the man-slouch these are totally free :) Ravelry project page here!

Gettin’ my knit on…

I’ve had a horrid problem these past few months (that, as a positive, side effect, led to my spending so much time exploring resin) which is this: something is the matter with my wrists.

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

They ache like nobodies business. It’s not even a mystery – between 17 years of karate, 20 years of using computers, 10 years of pottery and the knitting marathon that followed my discovery of hand knit socks…. it’s a wonder they don’t creak like old wheels.

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

As a result, I’ve focused more on resin and given up (largely) on knitting for a few weeks now. It’s been _awful_. I couldn’t take it anymore, and started (slowly) trying to get my knit on again. Here is my latest FO – another Bev Cowl, done up with 2 skeins of TFA green label in ‘Chris Grey’. This pattern is so snugly and warm, and totally free! If you like it, click here to make one of your own :)

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

My knitting partner in Crime, Rayna from the Crystal Diva, went out with me on the weekend and helped me choose a few needles for magic loop, which should ease up some of my issues – and gave me a lesson to go with my shiny new Chiagoo cables :) wish me luck!

Bev Cowl ©Shireen Nadir 2013

Free Pattern – The Bev Cowl!

I know you guys have patiently sat through an awful lot of posts about Resin Jewelry – so it’s time for a triumphant return to knitting. And where better to start than with a free pattern?

Bev Cowl

The Bev Cowl uses 200g of worsted weight yarn to created the comfiest, squishiest easiest-to-wear cowl ever.

Bev Cowl

I had a few design goals for this cowl. I wanted it to be versatile – warm in the winter and loose for the transitional seasons. I wanted to fit flatteringly around the neck, and not feel like I was wearing a lot of fabric that draped in the front, but didn’t actually cover my chest. Finally, I wanted it to sit well under a jacket, without a ton of fabric bulking up the back of the neck.

Bev Cowl

The Bev has a clever little split in the back, that helps me achieve all of these things. It’s knit in the round for most for the cowl, and then back and forth for the last third or so. The sewn bind-off means that the bottom of the cowl is loose – to cover your chest and shape itself to your body so it’s not like wearing a tube. Best of all, on 5mm needles this baby can be worked up quickly – because winter is coming!


Bev Cowl

Here are the instructions – it’s super simple, and mindless. If you really want something special, switch the yarn from Green label to Orange Label Cashmere/Silk – you’ll never take it off!

The Bev Cowl

Gauge: 18 stitches = 4 inches in stockinette

You will need:

  • 2 skeins Tanis Fiber Arts Green or Orange Label. Sample shown in ‘Sunset’
  • 5mm, 24″ circular knitting needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Tapestry needle for sewn bind-off and weaving in ends
  • 3 Stitch Markers

C/o 120 stitches, place marker and join for working in the round, being careful not to twist your stitches.

Ribbed Section: 
Row 1 – 20: *k2, p1* repeat from * to end

Begin patterned stitch:
Row 1: *k2, p4* repeat to end
Row 2: k to end
Row 3: *k2, p4* repeat to end
Row 4 – 6: k to end
Row 7: *p4, k2* repeat to end
Row 8: k to end
Row 9: *p4, k2* repeat to end
Row 10-12: k to end

Repeat rows 1 -12 four times

Prepare for split section:
Row 1: p6, pm *k2, p4* repeat to last 6 stitches, pm, p6
Row 2: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 3: p6, sm *k2, p4* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 4: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 5: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 6: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 7: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 8: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 9: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 10: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6
Row 11: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 12: k6, sm, k to marker, sm, k6

Split section (you will now switch from working in the round to working back and forth, keeping the 6 stitches of garter stitch on both sides of the split. At the end of every row, turn your work.)

Row 1: p6, sm *k2, p4* repeat to last 6 stitches, sm, p6
Row 2: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 3: p6, sm *k2, p4* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 4: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 5: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 6: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 7: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 8: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 9: p6, sm *p4, k2* repeat to marker, sm, p6
Row 10: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6
Row 11: p6, sm, k to marker, sm, p6
Row 12: p6, sm, p to marker, sm, p6

Repeat rows 1-12 twice and then rows 1-9 once more

Re-establish ribbed section:
Row 1 (WS): p6, sm, *p2, k1* repeat from * to marker, sm, p6
Row 2: p6, sm, *p1, k2* repeat from * to marker, sm, p6

Repeat rows 1 & 2 eighteen more times (20 rows of ribbing)

Bind off using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s sewn bind-off. I recommend sticking with this bind-off to make sure the cowl fit correctly at the bottom.

Wet-block, weave in your ends and rock it on super chilly days!

Ravelry project page here.

Jeanette – Free Cowl Pattern!

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I’m on a designing binge lately – though to my shame I confess I have an embarrassing number of WIPs – including (gasp!) Christmas knitting that is long overdue. But really, what’s more exciting than getting an idea in your head and bringing it to life? Against such fun my poor WIPS, including the shawl-that-just-won’t-end don’t stand a chance.

Jeanette ©Shireen Nadir 2013

The Jeanette Cowl is like a collection of my favourite things – it’s a worsted weight, one skein project,  simple without being boring, classy and good for quick project gratification :) The finished cowl is seamed together to create pockets for a drawstring that gathers it fetchingly at the neck, or is let out to maximize warmth.

You will need 100 grams of worsted weight. A quick word of advice here – though it’s not mandatory, to really shine this piece needs a wet block before seaming. Therefore, I don’t recommend acrylic, or acrylic blends. Wool, wool blends with merino, cashmere or alpaca, all this is perfect :)

The sample is knit using Classic Elite Yarns, Vista, in the colourway ‘Alabaster’, purchased from Eweknit here in Toronto :)

Download the pattern for free on Ravelry – project page here:


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