Rudolf Slippers Free Knitting Pattern

Celebrate Christmas with everybody’s favorite reindeer! These Rudolph slippers are great for giving as a gift.

You Will Need:

1 skein of Chunky type yarn any color. I chose a mottled yarn in browns and greens.
1 skein of chunky white
Small amount of chunky red
Small amunt of double knit type yarn in brown
2 buttons for eyes
Size 10 (6mm)knitting needles, large plastic needle, regular sewing needle and thread and 2 decorative buttons. This makes one pair of slippers.


Tension 4 sts and 6 rows (3 garter stitch ridges) = 1 inch

Available in small, medium and large size

Outer Moc:
Cast on 29 (35-41) sts with mottled yarn
Row 1: Knit across.
Row 2: K9(11-13), *P1,K9(11-13), repeat from *once more.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until  20 (24-28) rows have been knit.
Change to white and work until 30 (34.38) rows have been knit

Shape Toe:
continue in white
Row 1: P1, *K1,P1, repeat from *across row
Row 2: K1, *P1,K1, repeat from *across row
Repeat these 2 rows until you have 6 rows (8-10) then change to red and work 6 (4-6) rows then work row 1 once more, cut off yarn leaving an 8” end.

Finishing:
Draw 8” end through remaining sts and pull up tightly, then sew with large plastic needle from beginning of ribbing to form toe. Fold cast one edge in half and sew inside seam for center back

To make the antlers I used a 4 st i-cord. After working 4 rows, I slipped 2 sts to a cable needle, working with the remaining 2 sts on my working needles, increased using the Make 1 increase. The next row, I increased again to regain 4 sts. After 4 rows, I repeated the above and once I had regained 4 sts a second time I broke my yarn, wove it through my remaining sts and pulled tight and secured. I then picked up my first 2 sts from the cable needle and working in i-cord, increase using Make 1 (3 sts) work 4 rows and break yarn, weave through remaining sts, pull tight and secure. Repeat for 2 set of slipped sts on cable needle for 2nd antler branch. Repeat for all four antlers.

 I had great fun knitting these Rudolf slippers hope you do too!

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Saturday Stitch: Daisy Stitch

Every Saturday I will share with you a new stitch.
Today’s stitch is: Daisy Stitch



This Daisy stitch is a beautiful stitch that would work up well when making a sweater. It would also be a good choice as a knitting pattern when making a child’s dress.

Instructions

Multiple of 10 + 8.

Special Abbreviation: Make daisy =  insert needle in loop 3 rows below the 2nd st on left needle, draw up a loop, K2, draw 2nd loop through same st, k2, draw 3rd loop through same st.


1st, 3rd, and 5th rows: Knit
2nd, 4th, and 6th rows: Purl.
7th row:  K2, make daisy, *k6, make daisy; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
8th row: P2, *[p2 tog,  p1] twice, p2tog,  p5; rep from * to last 9 sts, [p2tog, p1] twice, p2tog, p1.
9th, 11th, and 13th rows: Knit.
10th, 12th, and 14th rows: Purl.
15th row:  K6, *k1, make daisy, k5; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
16th row: P2, *p5 [p2tog, p1] twice, p2 tog; rep from * to last 6 sts, p6.


Repeat rows 1 – 16


Difficulty level: Medium

Knit A Christmas Bookmark

Make a bookmark for yourself or someone special.

 Bookmarks are very fashionable these days and are a great gift for the readers in your life. With super fine yarn, and a little ingenuity, this simple bookmark can be made by anyone. There are no fancy stitches needed for this project, this lace pattern is very easy but effective so you don’t have to be an expert to finish it. The finished project will resemble a miniature scarf.
I chose a gold colour with a shiny gold thread running through it, but knit in any color this is a great, useful and quick project.


You will need:

Size 3.25mm Needles
Cotton type yarn.
Gauge: 8 sts = 1inch St st on 3.25mm needles
although gauge is not essential for this project.


cast on 19 sts and work 8 rows knit.

Begin Pattern:
Row 1.  (RS) knit
Row 2. and all wrong side rows K3, P13, K3
Row 3.  Knit
Row 5. K7, K2tog, yo,K1, yo, ssk, K7
Row 7. K6,K2tog, yo, K3, yo, ssk, K6
Row 9. K5,( k2tog, yo,) twice, K1, (yo, ssk,) twice, K5
Row 11. K4, (K2tog, yo,) twice, K3, (yo, ssk,) twice K4
Row 13. K3, (K2tog, yo) three times, K1, (yo, ssk) three times, K3
Row 14. K3, P13, K3
These 14 rows form the pattern repeat 6 or 7 times to rquired length

Shape Top:
Row 1. Knit
Row 2. (K3, K2tog) 3 times, K4 (16sts)
Row 3-5 Knit
Row 6. K2tog twice, K8, K2tog twice (12sts)
Row 7-9 Knit
Row 10 K2tog twice, K4, K2tog twice (8sts)
Row 11. Knit
Cast off.

Finishing:
Fringe bottom edge as desired.
Press or block.

“ssk” means “slip, slip, knit”–that is, slip 2 sts one at a time as if to knit, put left needle through the front of these two sts, and knit them together through their back loops.






I hope you will enjoy knitting this little project as much as  I did.






                        Happy Knitting…Enjoy!


Thoughtful Thursday- Knit for Syrian Refugees

The violence in Syria is escalating as Assad responds to rebel military gains with airstrikes and artillery bombardment, killing hundreds every day. In Turkey, the authorities have built 13 camps and are planning three more to house the refugees. More than 133,888 Syrians entered Turkey,  11,909 Syrians are staying in Hatay, 14,747 in Gaziantep province, 12,959 in Kilis, 30,665 in Şanlıurfa province, 12,520 in Kahramanmaraş, 7,859 in Osmaniye and 2,339 in Adiyaman. A total of 578 Syrians are staying in various Turkish hospitals and receiving medical treatment, 40,312 dispersed in other regions of Turkey. The nightly temperatures at the moment are around 5 degrees C. let’s try and send them a little comfort and the knowledge that someone is thinking of them.

photo by Todays Zaman



Help ‘Lily’ Love In the Language of Yarn Knit Squares to make blankets for Syrian refugees especially the children.


Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends. Any spare wool you have can be knitted into eight inch squares and then we’ll stitch them all together into a blanket. No waste and a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!


Knitting Instructions

FOR ONE 8″/20 cms SQUARE, you will need:
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn 
 worsted weight , double knit or 8ply

Size 4mm needles  6 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
 Cast on 32 stitches (try to make your stitches neither too loose nor too tight to help ensure uniform squares)
 Row 1: knit
 Row 2: knit. These two rows form the ‘garter’ stitch knitting pattern for your square but you use any stitch you prefer, beascreative as you like. Continue knitting  until you have knitted a square
 To ensure you square is 8″/20cm either use a tape measure .


 Cast off
 Use your yarn sewing needle to sew in all the yarn ends using a darning method

VERY IMPORTANT 
Leave a one metre length of your yarn attached to your work after you have cast off. This will be used to join the squares together.
 but if you’re changing colors work in your other tails.  DO NOT TIE AND CUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE KNOT, THAT IS GUARANTEED TO COME UNDONE.  Knot if you want, but leave a tail and work in your ends.



We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets for this project we are working with  Humanitarian Relief Foundation. 
You can also find us at:  https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn


Please Help If You Can!

‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.
‘Lily’ has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
‘Lily’ wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no ‘Lily’ – Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones – Founder of  ‘Lily’- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Address – ‘LILY’ C/O Dianne Jones
                   Türkmen Mahlesi
                    Ünlü sokak No 10 D4
                    Kuşadası
                    Aydin
                    Turkey.


Wednesday Question: How To Join Knitted Squares?


All knitters have questions about the best way to do things, why different things happen while they are knitting, how to fix knitting mistakes and more.
Here is this weeks question  This is a question I was asked yesterday during a charity knit in-  How do you join knitted squares together?

Answer: 

I have been doing this for some time and i have seen quite a few ways of joining the squares, and some methods of joining them are better than others. This is the method I preferI as it is a very secure method of joining and is quite unobtrusive both visually and comfort wise.
Place your squares so that the direction of knit for each one is perpendicular to the next one, so one vertical and its neighbours horizontal, as below. If you’re a quilter then it’s like ‘post and rail’.
Place your squares flat on a table, right side up and arrange the colours in a pleasing manner.
Thread a wool needle with either a long length of yarn leftover from the cast on or bind off, or join in a new length, about one and a half times the length of the section you will be stitching.

Start with a figure of 8 knot into each corner stitch, from the right side down and through then

up over to the other side and right side down and through again. Repeat this twice so that each of the 2 corners has been stitched twice.

Next you’ll start joining the two selvedges, one is a garter stitch side edge and the other will be a cast on or bind off edge. If you look closely you’ll see what i’ve done.

Matching stitch on one side by knitted row on the other, you pick up a horizontal bar from each side in turn, pull the thread all the way through for each stitch and pull the stitch firm but not tight. Choose an edge stitch or at most one knit stitch in from the edge. Sometimes you have to make a decision as to which one to choose but try to make a rule for yourself so that you always choose the same way.
When it’s done right you’ll find that the stitches disappear and the end result is very neat and flat, see below. I found this method a little tedious at first while i was learning it, but now i love it as the final wrap looks lovely and i know it’s going to stay together for many years no matter what harsh treatment it gets.
I have been doing this for some time and i have seen quite a few ways of joining the squares, and some methods of joining them are better than others. This is the method I preferI as it is a very secure method of joining and is quite unobtrusive both visually and comfort wise.
Place your squares so that the direction of knit for each one is perpendicular to the next one, so one vertical and its neighbours horizontal, as below. If you’re a quilter then it’s like ‘post and rail’.
Place your squares flat on a table, right side up and arrange the colours in a pleasing manner.
Thread a wool needle with either a long length of yarn leftover from the cast on or bind off, or join in a new length, about one and a half times the length of the section you will be stitching.

Start with a figure of 8 knot into each corner stitch, from the right side down and through then

up over to the other side and right side down and through again. Repeat this twice so that each of the 2 corners has been stitched twice.

Next you’ll start joining the two selvedges, one is a garter stitch side edge and the other will be a cast on or bind off edge. If you look closely you’ll see what i’ve done.
Matching stitch on one side by knitted row on the other, you pick up a horizontal bar from each side in turn, pull the thread all the way through for each stitch and pull the stitch firm but not tight. Choose an edge stitch or at most one knit stitch in from the edge. Sometimes you have to make a decision as to which one to choose but try to make a rule for yourself so that you always choose the same way.
When it’s done right you’ll find that the stitches disappear and the end result is very neat and flat, see below. I found this method a little tedious at first while i was learning it, but now i love it as the final wrap looks lovely and i know it’s going to stay together for many years no matter what harsh treatment it gets.
These 4 squares have all been stitched together this way, can you see the stitches in the seams? No lumpy seams to rub on the child or frail elderly person who ends up with this wrap. Also the squares cannot be pulled apart without a lot of intricate effort.
Weave all the ends in on the wrong side by following the line of knit for about 8 stitches then back again to the edge. 

If you have a knitting question for Knitting Galore, please email it to : dbjones5559@hotmail.co.uk  or  Please  post it as a comment here.  All questions will be answered, and many are selected and answered each wednesday here on the Blog. 


Saturday Stitch: Zig Zag Stockinette Stitch

Every Saturday I will share with you a new stitch.
Today’s stitch is: Zig Zag Stockinette Stitch


This is a variation of the traditional twisted stockinette stitch. Similar to the regular twisted stitch, the right side rows are knit through the back loop. However, to create the zigzag effect in this variation, the stitches on the wrong side rows are worked as they appear (simply purled the regular way).
The twisted stockinette stitch and its variations create a thick, stable and durable fabric and are especially suitable for homeware projects (pillows,throws etc) or great for accessories such as handbags. 
You can use any number of stitches + 2 edge stitches.

Instructions:

Row 1: edge st, knit across through back loop to last st, edge st
Row 2: edge st, purl across to last st, edge st
Repeat rows 1 and 2.
Difficulty level: Easy

Help Wrap A Child In Love !

Winter is the perfect time for knitting so why not knit for a good cause?
Knit a square and help wrap a child in love.


There are more than 126,000 Syrian refugees in Turkey, all have fled from the violence of Syria’s civil war. Many of the refugees are children who have seen violence themselves. 


So let’s try and send them a little comfort and the knowledge that someone is thinking of them. 



Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends. Any spare wool you have can be knitted into eight inch squares and then we’ll stitch them all together into a blanket. No waste and a child with nothing gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!

Knitting Instructions

FOR ONE 8″/20 cms SQUARE, you will need:
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn 
 worsted weight , double knit or 8ply

Size 4mm needles  6 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
 Cast on 32 stitches (try to make your stitches neither too loose nor too tight to help ensure uniform squares)
 Row 1: knit
 Row 2: knit. These two rows form the ‘garter’ stitch knitting pattern for your square but you use any stitch you prefer, beascreative as you like. Continue knitting  until you have knitted a square
 To ensure you square is 8″/20cm either use a tape measure .


 Cast off
 Use your yarn sewing needle to sew in all the yarn ends using a darning method

VERY IMPORTANT 
Leave a one metre length of your yarn attached to your work after you have cast off. This will be used to join the squares together.
 but if you’re changing colors work in your other tails.  DO NOT TIE AND CUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE KNOT, THAT IS GUARANTEED TO COME UNDONE.  Knot if you want, but leave a tail and work in your ends.




You can also find us at:  https://www.facebook.com/LilyLoveInTheLanguageOfYarn


Please Help If You Can!



‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.
‘Lily’ has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
‘Lily’ wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no ‘Lily’ – Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones – Founder of  ‘Lily’- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Address – ‘LILY’ C/O Dianne Jones
                   Türkmen Mahlesi
                    Ünlü sokak No 10 D4
                    Kuşadası
                    Aydin
                    Turkey.