A Simple Knit Poncho Pullover

simple-knit-poncho-pullover

Hi, friends. Today I’d like to show you the latest creation of mine – a simple knit poncho pullover.

I added the term poncho to the name because it kind of resembles one, don’t you think?

 
 

simple-knit-poncho-pullover

I made this little poncho for my almost 2 years old son (dear little Mr. P, I apologize for the shimmery yarn, let’s just call it festive, shall we?… you wore it around Christmas, after all… please don’t hold it against me when you’re 18, Mama just craved to work with this yarn so very much).

Anyways, I present this project to you as an inspiration, just an idea how a lovely poncho can be made in such an incredibly easy way. Just have a look…

 
 

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This is it.

I think there’s a chance this might be the simplest pullover to knit ever – it is made as one simple rectangular piece with a head opening/hole made half-way through.

 
 

simple-knit-poncho-pullover

Once you’re done with your knit rectangle, you just fold it in half and sew the seams on both sides, leaving enough room for arms to go through.

 
 

simple-knit-poncho-pullover

You can even make a cute neck (I was going for something like a cowl neck/turtle neck here), but it would look great without any neck at all, I am sure (I made mine on circular needles).

 
 

simple-knit-poncho-pullover

I chose my favorite cable pattern to knit this poncho pullover (of course), however, this project can be easily made using any pattern you like, getting as easy as using only the knit stitch for the whole project.

But beware, this thing can get pretty addictive (I am currently on my fifth pullover (haha) – I am trying different patterns and adding sleeves to the project while still maintaining the ‘knit-as-one-piece’ principle – I will share more on that in one of my following posts).

Enjoy!

With lots of love,

Petra

Simple Pleasures

simple pleasures

Hi friends!

I hope you are doing fine and that life is treating you well.

I am popping in today to share a couple of things that have been making me happy recently.

Like the colorful letters above. My heart skipped a beat when I found them in the shop the other day. They were exactly what I needed.

 

simple pleasures

They where just the perfect size to fit in a yellow frame I had prepared for this mantra. It’s a little message I came across a few days back and loved it so much I thought it definitely deserved its own frame and a place in my office.

Make LOVE, PEACE and ART.

 

simple pleasures

I love to knit during the holiday season. I do not know why, but it just is so. I love simple, repetitive patterns and the relaxed mood it brings.

This is the project I started this Christmas. I small blanket. Once it’s finished, it will probably be used as a car seat blanket for my little son.

 

simple pleasures

I enjoy seeing LOVE popping up everywhere around these days. Hello St. Valentine’s Day, here we come!

Anyhow, love makes everything better, right? And I gladly grabbed this ‘love jar’ to be only mine.

 

simple pleasures

Oh, and one more thing.

I really like stocking up on new items to offer in the upcoming giveaways here on this little site of mine. This time, I was lucky to find these cute sets of crochet hooks.

 

simple pleasures

And some yarn too!

So stay tuned, there’s a new contest waiting just around the corner.

Thank you for letting me share! I wish you a lovely week!

With lots of love,
Petra

The Easiest Knitted Socks Ever DIY

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Hi friends!

Have you ever wanted to make knitted socks but were a little scared of the process? Well, then I have some really interesting stuff for you today. Imagine there is a way how to knit socks using straight needles only and all you have to be able to do is to just knit and purl.

Doesn’t it sound great?

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

It definitely did sound gorgeous to me once our teacher taught us how to make these when I was about 12 years old. It’s actually a funny story – that teacher only arrived once to substitute for our ‘real’ teacher who was sick that day. She came, showed us how to make these socks and left. Boom! Just like that. I have to admit that it was probably the most remarkable and enriching class in my whole course of education, college included. 🙂 (Thank you, dear teacher, I will never forget you!)

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Ever since I learned how to make these simple socks, I have made many a pair. And I mean – MANY! I was quite obsessed with them for some time and kept filling the drawers of my family members and friends until completely full.

And now I think the time is right to share with you. I think you might need a pair or two of your own.

Here are all the details…

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

The socks in this tutorial were made to fit my feet, which are size 40 – Europe / 6.5 – UK / 9 – US.

To make the socks I used worsted weight yarn in pink and yellow color.

I have used about 3.5 oz (100 grams) of main yarn and a small amount (not more than 1 3/4 oz – 50 grams) of yellow yarn.

I also used 5 mm (US – 8, UK – 6) knitting needles, scissors and a darning needle.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

And here’s the secret!

All you basically need to do is to create this shape. Easy, right?

You then sew it together in two steps and that’s it.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

And here you can see all the parts explained.

 
TO ADJUST THE SIZE

This picture is also useful if you plan to adjust the size of the sock to a different foot size – the main parts that need to be measured prior to making the sock are the cuff width, the back leg part and the sole part (from the narrowest point of the heel to the narrowest point of the toe). After you knit the toe part, the rest is just the sum of sole and back leg rows.

For example, in my pattern the ‘back part of leg’ has 30 rows and the ‘sole’ part has 42 rows. After I knitted the toe part, I continued with 72 rows (30 + 42) to form the ‘instep and the front part of leg’.

Also, when knitting other sizes, make the narrowest rows of the heel and toe part 4 stitches wide.

 
PATTERN
(for foot size 40 – Europe / 6.5 – UK / 9 – US)

cast on 24 stitches

Back Part Of Cuff
Rows 1 – 4: k1, p1 [stitch count: 24]

Back Part Of Leg
change colors (optional)
Row 5: knit all [24]
Row 6: purl all [24]
Rows 7 – 34: keep alternating Row 5 and Row 6 [24]

Heel
change colors (optional)
Row 35: k1, knit 2 together, knit 18 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [22]
Row 36: p1, purl 2 together, purl 16 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [20]
Row 37: k1, knit 2 together, knit 14 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [18]
Row 38: p1, purl 2 together, purl 12 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [16]
Row 39: k1, knit 2 together, knit 10 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [14]
Row 40: p1, purl 2 together, purl 8 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [12]
Row 41: k1, knit 2 together, knit 6 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [10]
Row 42: p1, purl 2 together, purl 4 following stitches, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [8]
Row 43: k1, knit 2 together, knit 2 following stitches, knit 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [6]
Row 44: p1, purl 2 together, purl 2 together, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [4]

Row 45: k1, make/increase 1 – knit it (I like to lift the yarn lying between the stitch just worked and the next stitch and place it on the left hand needle, then knit (or purl) into the back of this loop), knit 2 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [6]
Row 46: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 4 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [8]
Row 47: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 6 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [10]
Row 48: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 8 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [12]
Row 49: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 10 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [14]
Row 50: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 12 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [16]
Row 51: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 14 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [18]
Row 52: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 16 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [20]
Row 53: k1, increase 1 – knit it, knit 18 following stitches, increase 1 – knit it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [22]
Row 54: p1, increase 1 – purl it, purl 20 following stitches, increase 1 – purl it, bring yarn to the front and slip last stitch as if to purl [24]

Sole
change colors (optional)
Row 55: knit all [24]
Row 56: purl all [24]
Rows 57 – 96: keep alternating Row 55 and Row 56 [24]

Toe
change colors (optional)
Rows 97 – 116: repeat Rows 35 – 54

Instep + Front Part Of Leg
change colors (optional)
Row 117: knit all [24]
Row 118: purl all [24]
Rows 119 – 188: keep alternating Row 117 and Row 118 [24]

Front Part Of Cuff
change colors (optional)
Rows 189 – 193: k1, p1 [24]
Row 194: cast off making k1, p1 [24]

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Assembling The Sock
Assembling the sock is really easy. It consists of 2 steps.

Step 1: Using a piece of yarn and your darning needle, fold the heel at its narrowest part (Row 44) and sew it together on both sides.

To sew my knitting, I like to use an invisible mattress stitch.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Just like this.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

A closer look.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

And here’s a side view of the sewn heel.
 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Step 2: Fold the toe at its narrowest part (Row 106) and sew together both sides of the sock, starting at the toe and ending at the cuff.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Finally, weave in all the tail ends on the wrong side.

 

the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

Wasn’t that easy?

I wish you a lot of fun with this project!

With lots of love,

Petra

… and here’s a little recap
the easiest knitted socks ever diy tutorial and pattern

New Pattern – Knitted Hooded Baby Jacket (Age 0-3 Months)

knitting pattern - knitted hooded baby jacket age 0-3 months

Happy New Year to everyone! May you be happy and healthy all year long!

I am kicking off this year with a brand new pattern. This one is rather special to me because it’s my first ever knitting pattern. I mean, it’s the first one I have designed and written down for my pattern shop. It’s fun to have a knitting pattern after 63 crochet ones I made before. A special beginning to a hopefully special year.

The pattern describes how to make a Hooded Baby Jacket. The jacket is suitable for babies age 0-3 months. I think the jackets can make lovely gifts for the little humans you or your loved ones may be expecting…

The pattern that I prepared for those of you who are interested, is packed full of pictures and step by step instructions. You can find it in my shops here or here.

 

knitting pattern - knitted hooded baby jacket age 0-3 months

knitting pattern - knitted hooded baby jacket age 0-3 months

knitting pattern - knitted hooded baby jacket age 0-3 months

knitting pattern - knitted hooded baby jacket age 0-3 months

knitting pattern - knitted hooded baby jacket age 0-3 months

I hope you will have as much fun with this project as I had.

Happy knitting!

Love,
Petra