Thursday, September 8, 2016

Oruga Baby Blanket

I'm super excited to be getting back into designing some knitting patterns!!! It's been a couple of years since I've been able to play around and design something myself, instead of just doing other people's patterns! I just finished this blanket, and am currently trying to get test-knitters for it on Ravelry (let me know if you want in on this, and I'll let you know how!).

It's knit with a super bulky chenille yarn, so it's SUPER cozy for a little one. Because of the chunky yarn, it's a relatively quick knit, and doesn't get boring like many baby blankets. It has a simple grid pattern, with lacy squares, stockinette squares, and seed stitch squares. Very simple, but so classy looking! 

As soon as I can get the pattern released, I will be posting a link on here! :)

(P.S. I'm also starting work on a pillow pattern that I'm SUPER excited about! I've never even seen a pattern quite like it, so it is completely experimental. I think it's going to turn out really well, and I can't wait for you all to see it!!!)

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pirate Ringo's Salsa

Non-knitting related post ahead! (unless you like eating chips and salsa while knitting.....) ;) 

I just wanted to take a minute and let you all know about a business venture my sis and her husband are trying to launch: Pirate Ringo's Salsa. My brother-in-law has made his own salsa for years, and has had many, many people tell him he should market it. So just within the last few months he's decided to try a go at it. They can only sell to friends and family currently, until they get licensed, so they have started a Kickstarter campaign to try and raise funds so they can get licensed faster, and then get the salsa in the hands of the public faster. Every salsa lover who has tried this stuff has raved about it, saying it's some of the best out there!

So if you're into salsa, please go check out their Kickstarter campaign, and consider making a donation to get this thing off the ground! You'll get freebies for your donation too.... everything from Christmas ornaments, tote bags, jars of salsa, oven mitts, t-shirts, and the ultimate- a signature Pirate Ringo's Salsa created in your honor and named after you!

On a side note.... aren't my niece and nephew the cutest little pirates ever??? ;)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Knitting

Now that Christmas is past, I can finally post about my knitted gifts! I only did two knitted gifts this year, and that was a good thing, because one of them I finished at 8:30 PM Christmas Eve. Talk about a close call! Both of the projects were pillows, from patterns I found on Ravelry.

The first one was an Aran Pillow for my sis and brother-in law. I've had this lovely Shetland wool sitting around for a long time, and it kept telling me it wanted to be made into something with cables. So I did! ;)  I was really pleased with how this turned out. I ended up sewing a pillow cover out of brown cotton to go under it, because at first, I could see the white pillow through the knitting. I didn't like that look, so I whipped up a pillow cover, and voila! it worked perfectly.

The second one (that was such a close call), was a Knit & Weave Pillow. I had never seen a technique like this before, so I decided to give it a try. I LOVE it! It's so unique compared to most knitted pillows. It gave me so many ideas on how to use this technique elsewhere! It was a much smaller pillow than I've done before (12"x12"), but it was the perfect size for this pattern. It made such a lovely little pillow to curl up with on a snowy night! ;)

Close-ups of the weaving.

So those were my Christmas knitting projects! I'm already thinking up gifts to start making for next year.... maybe I'll do a post about it soon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Winter Knitting

I admit.... I'm already looking forward to fall and winter. Part of that might have to do with the high temperatures and extreme smoke we've had this summer. And part of it is because I'm one of those weird people who actually enjoy school, and I'm looking forward to starting my second year of college. But a big part of it is that I LOVE winter knitting. When I think about knitting in the winter, I imagine myself curling up with a latte and a blanket, and working on a nice chunky sweater. Or maybe I'm watching a movie with the family and knitting something for my little niece. Either way, winter knitting always makes me think of nice rich, dark shades of yarn, and projects that are filled with cables, seed stitch, and other lovely knitted textures. 

I'm already trying to plan what I'll knit this winter, and thought I'd share a few of my ideas with you.

I think my first choice would be DownEast. I love how chunky it is, the off-center cabling, the cowl-neck. Yep, I pretty much love everything about this sweater.

I just discovered Tinder on Ravelry today, and immediately favorited it. I love the texture of the pattern, and how cozy it looks.

Ease is a pattern that I've had in my favorites for a long time. I love sporty-looking patterns, and this one looks perfect for taking a run or hike in.

The color scheme of the Hollywell Cardigan were what made me fall in love with it. It looks super comfy, while looking trendy, too.

And last of all is the Mielie Vest. I love layering vests over my t-shirts in winter for extra warmth, and I love the style of this one.

So these are what I'm thinking about knitting right now. This list will probably change a dozen times before winter arrives, though, so I'll keep you all posted on what I decide!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Three Sisters Cowl

Three Sisters Cowl


~8 mm 24” circular needle

~1 skein Blue Sky Alpacas Brushed Suri in Candied Apple

Gauge: 3 stitches per inch in stockinette stitch

NOTE: Remember when working in the round, you knit every row for stockinette stitch, and alternate knit and purl rows for garter stitch.

CO 85

Twist stitches once, before joining in the round.

Work 4 rows of garter stitch.

Work 8 rows of stockinette stitch.

Work 4 rows of garter stitch.

Work 8 rows of stockinette stitch.

Work 4 rows of garter stitch.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Country Cables Mug Cozy Pattern

Country Cables Mug Cozy by Kaitlyn Johnson

~Mug with straight sides (3 in. diameter, 3 ¾ in. tall)
~Worsted weight yarn
~4.25mm (US 6) knitting needles
~G crochet hook
~¾ in. button

C6B: Slip next three sts onto cable needle and hold at back. K3, then K3 sts from cable needle.
C6F: Slip next three sts onto cable needle and hold at front. K3, then K3 sts from cable needle.

CO 19
K 6 rows
Row 7: K5, P9, K5
Row 8: K
Row 9: K5, P9, K5
Row 10: K8, C6B, K5
Rows 11-15: Rep. rows 7-8 twice, then row 7 once
Row 16: K5, C6F, K8
Rows 17-21: Rep. rows 7-8 twice, then row 7 once
Row 22: Rep. row 10

Repeat rows 11-22 four more times, then rows 11-16 once more
K 5 rows
BO, do not cut yarn, but leave last loop intact.

Using crochet hook, and last loop, chain 24
Slip stitch a couple times to opposite end of BO edge to secure chain, then slip stitch back along the chain and along the BO edge. Cut, fasten, and weave in ends.

Attach button in the center of CO edge about ½ in. from edge.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Here is a revised pattern for my Seed Stitch Mug Cozy. I've tried to make the instructions clearer, and I'm including pics this time. Hopefully this helps! :)

Seed Stitch Mug Cozy Pattern by Kaitlyn Johnson

            -Mug with straight sides (3 in. diameter, 3 ¾ in. tall)
            -4.25 mm needles
            -G crochet hook
            -1 skein Impeccables yarn in black
            -7/8 in. button
Gauge (seed stitch): 5 sts/in.


CO 48 sts leaving a 12 in. tail

Row 1 (RS): (K1, P1) repeat to end of row
Row 2: (P1, K1) repeat to end of row

These two rows form seed stitch and are repeated through the end of the pattern.

Row 3: CO 4 sts, forming a tab, cont. in pattern to end of row

Continue in seed stitch for 3 ¼ in. or until piece is a little shorter than the mug, ending with a wrong side row.

CO, leaving the last loop intact and not cutting the yarn

Using crochet hook, chain 15


Beginning in tenth loop from hook, slip stitch down the chain and halfway down the side of the mug cozy.
Cut yarn and weave in on the wrong side.


Using cast-on tail, sew edge of tab to the opposite side of mug cozy, forming a circle with the cozy. Weave in on the back.

Sew button to the top corner of mug cozy opposite the crocheted loop. Weave in ends.

Put on mug and enjoy!