Author: arwhisnant

Truffle Hat

Hello, friends! This is my new pattern for a sweet little beanie made with one ball of Caron Cakes in the ‘Cookies and Cream’ colorway. I used my Addi Express King Size knitting machine and this was so easy to make because there are no color changes. The yarn does that for you. So pick your favorite colorway and let’s get started.

To make this hat, you will need one ball Caron Cakes worsted weight yarn. The finished hat should measure approximately 8 inches wide when folded flat, and about 12 inches long after finishing. Folding the brim will make for a shorter hat and nicer look. I used a fur pom-pom. But, if you want your hat to be reversible, leave out the pom-pom or make it removable.

The Addi Express King knitting machine has 46 needles. With worsted weight yarn, this hat fits my head, 21.5″, and will fit a teen to medium adult.

Truffle Hat

Materials:

Directions:

Cast on yarn in the usual way.

  1. Make a loop around the first black needle (or first needle of the round on another type of machine). Then, as you slowly crank the machine clockwise, feed the yarn alternately in front of and behind each rising needle until you reach the last white needle. The yarn should be behind this needle. Guide the yarn between the first(black) and last needle and into the yarn holder and guide. Be sure to close the holder before starting to crank. Also, make sure that the counter is set to zero.

2. Crank in a clockwise direction and very slowly for the first 3 rounds or so, making sure the needles are picking up the yarn properly as you crank. After that, you can crank as fast as you like. 3. Knit 96 rows. Cut yarn with about 5 extra inches and using a tapestry/yarn needle, slowly crank the machine and, as the needles go down into their holes, thread each loop onto the tapestry needle and yarn until all loops have been removed. If you aren’t sure how to do this, here is a good video.

To finish your hat, pull the yarn tails to gather each end and pull one end into the other. Using both yarn tails, sew the two gathered ends together and sew on a pom-pom. I got my fur pom-pom’s here. If you would like your hat to be reversible, omit the pom-pom or make the pom-pom removable.

Sock-A-Roo Baby Socks

Here is the free pattern for my quick-to-make baby socks…I can usually knit a pair in a day. I call them Sock-A-Roo’s….don’t ask me why:) These are fun to knit and are a standard cuff-down pattern. They should fit a newborn to 3 mos, as written. I imagine, if you went up a needle size using this pattern, that would make a larger sock as well. I designed these to use leftover sock yarn. That’s what I did. Also, keep in mind that you can adjust the patterning and length of the cuff as well as the length of the foot to suit your taste or provide a better fit. Here we go….


Note: When knitting socks, I always look at the yarn tail to tell where a new round begins. If you need to use markers to help you, then do. You will need to know where the round begins at the point when you begin the heel of the sock, foreward. Needle 1 is the first needle of the round.

Materials:

  • Fingering weight yarn of your choice/about 75-80 yds. (I used leftovers of Knit Picks Essential Multi in colorway ‘Tuscany.’)
  • Set of 4, size 1 double-pointed needles
  • Tapestry needle to weave in ends
  • Stitch marker to mark beginning of round

Abbreviations:

  • k – knit
  • p – purl
  • st – stitch
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • k2tog – knit 2 stitches(sts) together (right-leaning decrease)
  • p2tog – purl 2 stitches together
  • ssk – slip, slip, knit ( slip next 2 stitches as if to knit and then knit them together through the back loop (left-leaning decrease)

Cuff: With 3DPN’s and fingering weight yarn, cast on 36 sts.
Divide sts. over 3 needles, 12 sts. each.
Being careful not to twist, join for knitting in the round.
K2, P2 rib for 6 rows.
Change to stockinette stitch and knit until piece measures 2″ from cast-on edge.

Heel Setup:
Re-arrange the stitches in the following way:
needle 1: 9 sts, needle 2: 18 sts, needle 3: 9 sts. I usually start at needle 1 and knit 9 stitches onto that, knit 18 sts onto needle 2, and the 9 remaining sts onto needle 3. I then knit back across needle one in order to get to the heel.


Heel Flap:
When you are ready to knit the heel, the next 12+ rounds will be knit on the 18 heel sts only.
Row 1:*slip 1, k1, repeat from * across. Turn.
Row 2: slip 1, purl across, turn.
Rows 3-12: Repeat rows 1 and 2, ending on row 2.
Turn Heel:
Row 1:Slip 1, k9, k2tog, k1, turn. (5 sts. left unworked)
Row 2:Slip 1, p3, p2tog, p1, turn. (5 sts. left unworked)
Row 3:Slip 1, k to 1 stitch before gap, k2tog over the gap, k1, turn.
Row 4: slip 1, p to 1 stitch before gap, p2tog over gap, p1, turn.
Continue rows 3 and 4 until all stitches have been consumed. You should have 10 heel stitches
Knit across these ten stitches and get ready to pick up sts for the gusset
Gusset:
With free needle, pick up a stitch in each slip stitch on the side of the heel flap. These are the instep stitches. You should be picking up 7
sts. Knit across the next needle and then pick up 7 more stitches along the other side of the heel flap. Knit half of the heel stitches
onto the needle with the second set of picked up stitches. You should now be knitting in the round again.
On needle 1, there should be half the heel stitches and the 1st set of picked up stitches, 12 sts. On needle 2, there should be all the
stitches for the top of the foot (18 sts). On needle 3, there should be the second set of picked up stitches and the other half of the heel
stitches, another 12 sts. Needles 1 and 3 should have the same number of stitches. Knit 1 round and get ready to decrease for the gusset.

Decrease for Gusset:
Round 1:
Knit across needle 1 to the last 3 sts. K2tog, k1.
Knit across needle 2.
K1, ssk, knit across needle 3.

Round 2:
Knit
Repeat rounds 1 and 2 until there are only 9 sts. on both needles 1 and 3. You are now back to your original number of sts for this
sock, 36 total. Continue knitting the foot until it is 2 1/2 ” long. Begin decreasing for toe.
Toe:
Row1:
-Needle 1:Knit to last 3 sts. K2tog, k1.
-Needle 2:Knit 1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1.
-Needle 3:Knit 1, ssk, knit across.
Row2: Knit
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 12 sts. total. Divide stitches so that there are 6 on each of two needles. Graft together using Kitchener stitch.

Happy Knitting!

Fall Mitts

The “Fall” colorway of RH Supersaver inspired me to design these mitts back in 2013. They work up quickly and are perfect for those cool Fall mornings! I have re-written this pattern for clarity and the pdf is now available in my Etsy Shop! I hope you enjoy this pattern!

Skill Level
Beginner
Gauge
3 stitches and 4 rows = 1 inch in Grit Stitch
Sizes
Small (Medium, Large)
Materials
● 1 Ball Red Heart Super Saver Multi “Fall” Colorway or any worsted weight yarn
● Crochet hooks, Size H8 and I9
● Darning needle
Abbreviations
Ch – chain
Sc – single crochet
Hdc – half double crochet
Sl st – slip stitch
Tblo – through back loop only
RS – right side

Notes
This mitt is crocheted with the H8 hook for the cuff ribbing and then with the I9 hook For the Grit Stitch portion of the mitt.

The large size mitt is pictured. If you want a tighter fit, make the small or medium size.


Grit Stitch
Row 1: *Hdc in first stitch, slip stitch in next stitch; repeat from *, across, ending with a slip stitch.
Row 2: ch2, *Hdc in first slip stitch, slip stitch in next hdc, repeat from * across.
Repeat row 2 until the piece measures desired length.

Cuff:

With H8 hook, chain 11.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, through back loop only (tblo) and in each chain across. Ch1, turn (10 sts)
Row 2: Sc in 1st sc tblo, and in each sc across (10 sc)

Repeat Row 2, 23(24,25) times, ch1. Turn work 90 degrees so that the ch1 ridges now run vertically. Sc in each ridge for 24(26,28) sts.

Mitt:
Change to I-9 Hook
Now ch 2 and turn the work.
Row 1: (WS)Hdc in 1st sc, slip st. in next sc. Repeat from * across, ending with a slst 24(26,28) sts. Ch2, turn.
Row 2-14: Hdc in 1st sl st, sl st in first hdc; rep from * across, ending with a slip stitch. 24(26, 28) sts. Do not fasten off after last row. Ch1,turn.
Row 15: sc in each stitch across. 24(26,28) sts. Fasten off, leaving about a 12” tail.
Fold mitt in half with right sides together. Using yarn tail at fasten-off point, at top of the mitt, seam edges together for 2.5 inches. Fasten off.
Fold piece in half and re-attach yarn at bottom edge of ribbing.

Stitch all the way up the ribbing and into the Grit Stitch pattern of the hand just enough so that you have an opening for the thumb of about 2”. Fasten off. Weave in ends and turn mitt right side out.

Jaipur Lace Scarf

Hello, Friends! Here’s my pattern for a nice lacey scarf. I crocheted this one in Katia Jaipur, a mercerized cotton. However, it has been discontinued so you could use any lace or fingering weight yarn you choose. But if you wanted it to be cotton, you could use any Aunt Lydias or similar mercerized cotton yarn. A cotton/bamboo or cotton/linen is also really nice and the drape in those is amazing.

As always, I have included the pattern for this scarf, here, for free. If you would like to purchase a pdf copy for a small fee to support my blog, you will find it in the My Rainy Day Crafts Etsy shop.

Materials:
~2 balls Katia ‘Jaipur’ Lace 2 ply 100% Cotton, 306 yds per 50g skein.
Color #203 Purple/Oranges/Cream
~Sizes D-3 and F-5 Crochet Hooks
~Darning needle for weaving in ends


Stitches/Abbreviations:
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
st – stitch
v-stitch – (dc, ch1, dc) in indicated space or stitch.

Pattern:

Body:

With size F-5 crochet hook, ch 44.


Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in
each ch across. Ch1, turn.
Row 2: Dc in first sc. *Skip next sc, v-stitch in next sc; rep from *, across
to last 4 sts. Skip next sc, V-stitch in next sc, skip next sc and dc in last
sc. (20 v-sts and 2 Dc’s)
Row 3: Ch1, Dc in first dc. V-stitch in ch 1 space of first v-stitch and in
each v-stitch across. Dc in last dc.
Repeat Row 3 until piece reaches desired length, ending with last dc. Do
not finish-off.

Fan Edging:


Switch to size D-3 hook.
Setup Row:
Ch1, turn. Sc in space before next v-stitch, skip next dc. sc in next ch1
space and dc; sc in each dc and ch1 space of each v-stitch; across, to last
v-stitch. Skip 1st dc of last v-stitch; sc in ch1 space, sc in dc, sc in space
btw v-stitch and last dc. Sc in last dc. (61 sc)
Begin with row 3 of chart. Scarf includes 1 half fan on either side of
scarf with 3 full fans between them. Note pattern repeat at bottom of
chart and hand written legend.

If you have any questions, or yarn ideas, please leave a comment below.

Doggy Gansey!

I have had so many people request that I re-publish a pattern I wrote in 2009 called Doggy Gansey. It is a cute little dog sweater you can knit for your four-legged friends.

Today, I was able to re-establish this free pattern, here on my blog and in my Etsy Shop!

The pattern page in on my menu bar at the top of the page, or you can use this link! Enjoy!

New Website

Hello, friends! Welcome to my new website:0) I am happy with the minimalist design…but there are still a few kinks to work out. So, please be patient. If you are looking for Gingerbread Hat, or any of my other patterns, simply scroll down or use the “Recent” menu to the right to find them. Otherwise, expect to see new content soon! Thanks for visiting Rainy Day Crafts and, as always, happy yarning!

Candle Cozies

Aren’t these the cutest? I love these little candle cozies…they make it so easy and inexpensive to customize for any holiday or special event. I making black and orange for Halloween this year!

These use small amounts of Peaches and Creme cotton, but any worsted/aran weight yarn should work. I buy these little candles regularly at Dollar Tree, but I have also seen them at Kohls and Walmart. Have fun!

Size Approximately 2.5 ” high and 8″ in circumference, depending on gauge. My gauge for this project was 3.5sts and 4 rows = 1″ This cozy will fit most 3 oz glass jar candles. 

Materials :

Approximately 50 yds of Peaches and Creme yarn or any other worsted weight yarn. I used colors #1006 Ecru(left) and #1725 Blueberry(right) for this project.

  • Size G (4mm) Crochet Hook
  • Darning Needle
  • Scissors

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

st – stitch

slst – slip stitch

sc – single crochet

blo – back loop only

Note: If you like, you can start this project with a ch2 beginning rather than a magic ring. To do this, ch2 and place 6 sc in the 1st chain you made. Join with a slst and continue to round 2-11.

Pattern: Make a magic ring, ch1. 

Rnd 1: 6 sc in magic ring, join with a slst. (6 sc)

Rnd 2: 2 sc in each sc around. Do not join. (12 sc) For the next few rows, work in a spiral. Place a stitch marker in the first stitch of this round and move it up each additional round. I did this to avoid a visible seam. Of course, if you’d rather join every round, by all means, do so. 

Rnd 3: 1 Sc in next st, PM, 2 sc in next stitch. *1Sc in next stitch, 2 sc in next stitch; rep. from *, around. (18 sc) 

Rnd 4: [ 1sc in each of next 2 sts and 2 sc in next stitch] around. (24 sc) 

Rnd 5: [ 1 sc in each of next 3 sts and 2 sc in next stitch] around. (30 sc)

Rnd 6: 1 sc in blo of every stitch around. (30 sc)

Rnd 7-11: 1 sc in each sc around, moving marker up at the beginning of each round (30 sc)

Rnd 12: 1 sc in each sc around, join with a slst to marked stitch. 

Check sizing at this point. Slip your cozy onto the candle to see how you like the fit. If you are happy with it now, work Edging. If you need it to be a little taller, work another row of sc, joining with a slst at the end of the round. 

Edging: 

Rnd 1: Ch1, sc in same stitch. [Ch2, skip 2 sc, sc in next sc] 10 times. Join with a slst in 1st sc of round. You should have 10 ch2 spaces. 

Rnd 2: Make 4 sc in each ch2 space around. [Join with a slst to 1st sc of round and finish off the usual way and weave in ends.

Victoria Mitts

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This is my go-to pattern for fingerless mitts! They come out especially nice if you use tweed or heathered yarns. If you make these according to pattern instructions and gauge, they come out to about a size medium. To make a larger or smaller size, simply go up or down a hook size, accordingly. I make a lot of these for gifts last year, and my friends love them! I hope you enjoy this pattern, too!

If you would like to purchase the printable pdf copy of this pattern, you can find it in my Etsy shop, My Rainy Day Crafts. Pattern purchases help me to continue my work as a designer and blogger and are very much appreciated!

Happy Crocheting, friends!

Materials:

  • Patons Classic Wool, 100% Worsted Weight Wool, 210 yds, Cognac Heather. Other yarns, like Vanna’s Choice, Plymouth Encore, Berocco Vintage and Harrisville Highland make lovely mitts. Any worsted weight yarn can be used.
  • U.S H8 5.0mm Crochet Hook
  • Darning Needle
  • Stitch marker(optional)

Gauge:

4 Hdc and 3 Rows = one inch

Notes:

These mitts are crocheted by making the cuff, flipping it, and working the hand
and thumb portions in the foundation chain of the cuff. This allows for the
scalloped edge of the cuff.

Beginning chains are counted as stitches only in the cuff portion of the pattern.

Customize these by adding rows for longer hand length and by increasing extra
stitches for a larger thumb gusset.

Make larger or smaller mitts by going up or down in hook size or by using
lighter weight yarn with a smaller hook.

Abbreviations:

st – stitch

sts – stitches

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

hdc – half-double crochet

dc – double crochet

slst – slip stitch

v-stitch – (2dc, ch1, 2dc) in same stitch

shell – 5 dc in same stitch

Special Techniques:

fsc – foundation single crochet – ch 2, insert hook into 2nd chain from hook, yo
and draw up a loop, yo and draw through one loop(ch1), yo and draw through
two loops(sc). *Insert hook under ch1 just made, yo and draw up a loop. Yo and
draw through one loop, yo and draw through both loops on hook; repeat from *
for length of foundation single crochet chain.

If you’d like to watch a video of this technique, I recommend this one.

Cuff:

FSC 24 and join with a slst to beginning chain to form a ring. Turn the foundation
so single crochet edge is on top. Leave a length of tail to stitch the edges of the
FSC together.
Round1: Ch3(counts as dc) ,* skip 3 sts, shell in next st, skip 3 sts, v-stitch, in
next st. Repeat from star, around, ending with (2dc, ch1, 1dc). Slst to beginning
chain.
Round 2: Ch3, (shell) in 3rd dc of 1st shell, v-stitch in ch1 space of next v-stitch.
Repeat from * around. Join with a slst to beginning chain.
Round 3: Repeat Round 2, 2 more times. (4 shell rows) Fasten off.
Turn mitt cuff over so scalloped edge is on bottom. Working on straight edge,
join yarn, ch1(not a stitch) and sc in each st around. Join to beginning chain
with a slst. (24 sc)

Begin Hand:

Round 1: Ch1, Hdc in each st around. (24 hdc) Join to beginning chain with a
slst.
Round 2: Repeat Round 1, once more. (24 hdc)

Thumb Gusset Increases:

Round 1: Ch1, hdc in same st, hdc in each st around. Join to beginning ch1
with a slst. (25 sts.)
Round 2: Ch1, hdc in same st. 2Hdc in next 2 sts. Hdc in each hdc, around.
Join with a slst to beginning chain. (27 sts.)
Round 3: Ch1, Hdc in same stitch, 2hdc in each of next 4 sts. Hdc in each st
around. Join to beginning chain with a slst. (32sts.)
Round 4: Ch1, Hdc in same stitch, (hdc in next 3 stitches, 2hdc in next st, hdc in
each of remaining stitches. Join with a slst to beginning chain. (34 Sts)

Thumb:

Do not chain. Skip next 10 hdc and slip stitch into 11th hdc. This group of 10
stitches will be your thumb.

Rounds 1-2: Ch1, hdc in each of the 10 thumb stitches. Slip stitch to beginning
chain. Repeat this round once more.

Thumb Edging: (optional)*ch2, sc in next stitch. Repeat from *, around to last stitch. Slst
in last stitch. Fasten-off.

Hand:
Join yarn at thumb area of hand.
Round 1: Ch1 and hdc in each stitch around. Join with a slst to the beginning
chain. (24 hand sts.)
Round 2-5: Repeat Round 1
Round 6: Hand Edging: (optional)*Ch2, sc in next stitch, repeat from *, around. Join
with a slst in last stitch. Fasten off. Stitch small seam at top of cuff and weave
in all ends. Enjoy!

Gingerbread Hat

Photo Credit: @woollaby on Ravelry

The Gingerbread Hat was my very first pattern! I have been so happy that so many people like it and have made one! I wrote it out of necessity, because I couldn’t find a cabled hat pattern I liked well enough, so I made up my own. I found an aran stitch pattern that I liked at Lion Brand. I changed it a little, from a 4 stitch cable to a 6-stitch cable and wrote up the instructions for the one I made for my daughter Emma, the smallest size. She was about 7 years old, at the time. I did a little math and included instructions for the medium and large for tweens/teens and adults.

If you’d like to purchase a printable PDF copy of this pattern, visit my Etsy shop, MyRainDayCrafts, here! Pattern purchases help me to continue my design work and blog, so thank you in advance for your support!

I have included some photos of various versions you can make. If you want the cables to pop and be the star, then use solid to semi-solid colored yarns: solid, heathered and tweed yarns can add some texture without making the cable pattern less visible. Many knitters also knit a much longer ribbing that can be folded and also used a smaller needle for the brim, which can make the fit of the hat a little more snug. Pom-poms, ear flaps, etc…have fun! Here’s the pattern!

Difficulty: Intermediate

Finished Size: 20″(21″, 23″) Circumference

Needles: Size 8 – 16 inch circular needle and a set of 4 US size 8 double point needles (you can use a size 7 -16 inch circular for the brim, if you like, but it isn’t mandatory)

Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool. Any worsted or aran weight yarn will work well. Popular choices include: Vanna’s Choice, Paton’s Classic Wool and Lion Brand Wool Ease. I love the ones I made with Berocco Vintage and Plymouth Encore.

Gauge: 5 stitches and 6 rows equal 1 inch

You’ll also need: cable needle, scissors, darning needle, stitch marker(s)

Stitches:
K2,P2 Rib: *knit 2 stitches, purl 2 stitches – repeat to end of round. Repeat for required number of rounds.
K2tog: knit 2 stitches together(right leaning decrease)
SSK: slip, slip, knit: slip next two stitches individually knitwise and knit both these sts. together through the back loops (left leaning
decrease)
P2tog: purl next two stitches. together(decrease)
C6F: slip 3 stitches. to cable needle and hold in front. K3, k3 from cable needle.
S2KP: Slip 2 stitches together, as if to knit onto right hand needle, Knit next stitch, pass 2 slipped stitches over knitted stitch. (one double decrease made)
Begin Gingerbread Cable Pattern as follows:
CO 84(96,108) sts. onto US8 16″ circular needle. Place marker and join for knitting in the round, being careful not to twist. Knit this first row in k2, p2 rib.


Continue in ribbing for 8 rounds. Round 1: *K6, P1, K4, P1 – repeat from * around.
Round 2: *K6, P1, K1, P2, K1, P1- repeat from * around.
Round 3: *C6F,P1, K4, P1 – repeat from * around
Round 4: repeat round 2
Round 5: repeat round 1
Round 6: repeat round 2
Repeat cable pattern 5 (6, 7) times more. Begin decrease rounds.

Begin Decreases: Note-if you would like a more rounded decrease for this hat, add a knit row between each decrease row.
Knitting this decrease as written yields a slightly gathered look at the top of the hat.

DR1: *SSK, K2, K2tog, P1, K4, P1 Repeat from * around.
DR2: *S2KP, K1, P1, K1, P2tog, K1, P1 Repeat from * around.
DR3: *(K2tog)3 times, p1 Repeat from * around.
Switch to DPN’s at this point, arranging stitches evenly around.
DR4: Knit around
DR5: K2tog around
DR6: K2tog around
Break yarn and pull through remaining loops using tapestry needle. Pull tight, pull tail to inside of hat and weave in ends.

About Me

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Rainy Day Crafts! My name is Angela and I have been blogging for about 15 years now! I love to crochet, knit, spin, weave and cook so you will see a little bit of everything here! I am a mom and I like to make things for my kids, my husband and my friends. I sometimes enjoy making things for myself, like project bags, soap, yogurt, etc…I do have my adventurous side!

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