Saturday, December 19, 2009

One for free and one for sale

The pattern you must pay me for (b/c while I love knitting from charts, making them is a pain in the ass):
Is much fun with wandering cables . . .
Knit with 1 skein (135 yds) of Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed.
Gauge is 5 sts to the inch.
Has 19" circumference, measured flat, unstretched. Will comfortably accommodate heads up to 23" around, as seen on Sam my long-suffering model.
Buy it now on Ravelry.

And one you get for free . . .
The best thing IMHO about this pattern in the cable that continues through the crown decreases. Also the simple checked texture on the rest of the hat is pretty much my new favorite stitch pattern.
Molly is knit with 2 skeins of Prism Symphony (118 yds/skein).
Gauge is 5 sts to the inch in stockinette.
The hat band is 18" around, measured flat, unstretched. It will comfortably accommodate heads up to 22" around, as seen on Miss Princess Leia, who is trying really, really hard not to laugh at me as a take this picture.


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Erin Ruth F*cks Up

As most knitters who know me personally are aware, I have a tendency to mock the stupid mistakes and generally crappy math that show up too frequently in commercial patterns. Well, what goes around comes around and all that . . . and today I guess I'm eating my humble pie.
I has just been brought to my attention that there is a glaring omission from my Bergen Street Mitts pattern. Somehow between writing and checking a document, and then adding all my pictures, footer, and other formatting, I managed to loose an important chunk of text. It was this:

Ruching Pattern: (over 13 sts)

1) purl

2) knit

3) purl

4) knit

5) purl

6) kfb across

Knit for 10 rows

Next round: k2tog across

Repeat from (1)

That would be the ruching pattern that is referred throughout the rest of the pattern. Yikes. The pdf has been fixed, and everyone who actually bought the thing has already been notified. I just felt the need for a little more self-flagellation so here we go: Knitters everywhere please accept my humble apologies and repentance for committing the sin of hubris and extremely poor proofreading. Mea Culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa.


Erin Ruth

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

New Patterns

About, gosh, a year ago now, my friend Megan demanded a pair of hand-knit arm warmers as payment for the super comfy couch she donated to me when it couldn't fit in her new apartment.

By the time I finally got around to knitting them, I had developed a minor obsession with gathered fabric and ruching, and so this happened. Some people seem to think it's a good thing . . .

Gauge: 8 sts/in in Stockinette
Materials: 400 - 500 yards of fingering weight yarns. I used 1.5 skeins of Punta Mericash Solids.
Size 2US needles

They have deliberate shaping from elbow to wrist and through the thumb gusset. They're super stretchy and will fit on arms of all sizes - I can say this with certainty, having forcibly tried them on arms of all sizes - and can be worn over the elbow, or just up to it.

They are knit in the round, and I think you'll find it most comfortable to use a method like magic loop that has the stitches divided on 2 needles, rather than on 3 or 4 as with double points.

The pattern for Bergen Street Mitts can be purchase for $5 on Ravelry or on Etsy. As always, any questions, comments, or concerns can be addressed to ErinRuth on Ravelry, or to

ALSO - I have updated Claudette with new diagrams for tying the knot, as well as updated contact information. Anyone who has purchased the old version can get the updated version free, just e-mail me!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Stripy Hat - Free Pattern

It's finally fall, bar none the bestest time of year, IMHO.

It's been a while since I posted last, during which hiatus

my former place of employment closed, I sat around in

dirty PJ's and moped for a couple weeks, visited Texas

during a heat wave, and got myself a brand new job at a

certain UES purveyor of exclusive cashmere.

. . . and now I'm finally returning to the most important

job of all - providing knitters with more free patterns.

Without further ado,

Stripy Hat

by Erin Ruth

Download the pdf here.

Yummy chunky quick-knit hat for fall. Great for guys and girls. Perfect accessory for sneaking out of windows . . .

Materials: 2 balls each in 2 colors (A and B) of Tahki Torino Bulky, 55 yds/ball, (pictured in #210 Black and #236 Heather Grey)

Size 10 16" circular needles or size needed to get gauge.

Size 10 double-point needles

Size 11 16" circular needles

Darning needle

Gauge: 5 sts/in in pattern stitch

This striped and ribbed hat requires a tubular cast-on. Those unfamiliar with the tubular cast-on should check out the tutorials at

Knitty or in video format at Knitting Daily.

Cast on 48 sts with scrap yarn on larger needles.

Join in round.

Purl 2 rows with A.

Purl 2 rows with B.

From this point forward make every knit stitch with A and every purl stitch with B.

Make your tubular cast on knitting with A and purling with B. Pull out the scrap yarn. You should now have 96 sts on the needle.

Continue working in (k1, p1) rib - yep, still knitting with A and purling with B - until you have 8 inches from the cast on edge.

Begin decreases: (all k2tog, and ssk are worked with color A)

Round 1: [ssk, (k1, p1)9x, k1, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 3: [ssk, p1, (k1, p1)8x, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 5: [ssk, (k1, p1)7x, k1, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 7: [ssk, p1, (k1, p1)6x, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 9: [ssk, (k1, p1)5x, k1, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 11: [ssk, p1, (k1, p1)4x, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 13: [ssk, (k1, p1)3x, k1, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 15: [ssk, p1, (k1, p1)2x, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 17: [ssk, k1, p1, k1, k2tog, p1]4x

Round 19: [ssk, p1, k2tog, p1]4x - 16 sts remain.


Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Draw tail through remaining 16 sts with darning needle, pulling sts closed at top of hat. Weave in ends.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Glovelies - Free Pattern

Just moving this pattern over from The Point's blog, so the free pattern goodness will live on . . . 

Fingerless ribbed arm warmers
By Erin Ruth

Materials: 2 balls of Sublime Organic Merino (113 yds/ball)
Size 6 (or size needed to obtain gauge!) double-pointed needles

Gauge: 5.5 sts/in in stockinette (6 sts/in in 1×2 rib)

Cast on 42 sts.
Join in the round.
(K1, p2) around for every round until you have a 12” tube.

Creating Thumb Hole:
Using scrap yarn instead of working yarn, knit the first 8 sts of round.
Turn and work back across these 8 sts, still using scrap yarn.

Pick up the working yarn again and knit in (K1, p2) rib over the 8 scrap yarn and continue on around the round.
Work in pattern for 1.5” more.
Bind off loosely in pattern.

Make Thumb:
Carefully pull out the scrap yarn, one stitch at a time. As you remove the scrap yarn place each stitch on your needle. You should end up with 8 sts on the bottom and 8 sts across the top for 16 sts total. Divide these sts on 3 needles, join yarn, and begin working in the round, maintaining the established rib pattern. When you get to the corner between the top and bottom stitch, pick up and knit one stitch in each corner for a total of 18 sts. Knit these 18 sts in (k1, p2) rib for 1”. Bind off loosely in pattern.

Finishing: Use the tail where you joined yarn at the thumb to tighten up the corners – there will be small gaps where the stitches turn. Weave in ends.