Christy’s Cowl Knitting Pattern

•December 2, 2014 • 1 Comment

Recently, I’ve been catching up with patterns I’ve been planning to release and revising patterns that need reformatting. One of the patterns that I recently completed is a free pattern for a chunky, alpaca cowl. Last winter, my friend Christy asked if I could make a cowl for her similar to one she’d seen in a local boutique, so I did some research and some swatching, and came up with Christy’s Cowl knitting pattern.

Katinka Knits' Christy's Cowl Knitting Pattern

Katinka Knits’ Christy’s Cowl Knitting Pattern

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This is a quick and satisfying project, and it results in a really cozy cowl to keep you warm on those really cold winter days.

Here are the details:

Suggested Yarn:  1 or 2 skeins Misti Alpaca Chunky, 3.5 oz/100 g, 109 yds/100 m, 100% Baby Alpaca; NT401, Silver.

Suggested Needles:  US Size 11 & 13 (8.0 & 9.0 mm).

Gauge:  11 sts = 4 inches (10 cm) in pattern, using smaller needle.

Finished Sizes:  21” (22 ½”, 24”) [53 cm(57 cm, 61 cm)] around.

The pattern is available on Ravelry by clicking on the “download now” text above

Here is another photo.

Katinka Knits' Christy's Cowl

Katinka Knits’ Christy’s Cowl



Sigrun Holiday Hat Knitting Pattern (and a DISCOUNT code) <3

•November 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

In celebration of Thanksgiving and the 2014 Holiday Season, until December 2, 2014, you can use the discount code: BLACKFRIDAY2014 for 25% off purchases of $10 or more in any of my online shops:

As I’ve written before, I’ve been reformatting my Katinka Knits’ knitting patterns – one at a time. Here’s a pattern that was first published in 2008. It’s perfect for the holiday season – for yourself or as a gift.


Katinka Knits’ Sigrun Holiday Hat Knitting Pattern

Here are the details:

Suggested Yarn: 1 skein of each of 3 colors of Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted, 4 oz/113 g, 190 yds/174 m, ?

85% Wool, 15% Mohair. (I used less than one ball each of M-250 Cranberry Swirl, M-11 White Frost, and M-210 Forest Shadows. One or all of these colors may be discontinued, but it would be easy to substitute other red, white and/or green colorways.)

Suggested Needles: US Size 7 (4.5 mm)

Gauge: 18 sts/4 rows = 4”/10 cm in colorwork.

Finished Size: Approximately 22” (56 cm) around.

Techniques: Reading charts, stranded color work, central double decreases, Latvian Braid.


The pattern is available on Ravelry by clicking on the “Buy Now” button above, or on Etsy here.

Here’s another view:


Katinka Knits’ Sigrun Holiday Hat Knitting Pattern

So Much Time has Passed!!!

•November 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted, and I’m not quite sure why happened. I guess life just gets in the way sometimes. 

When I last posted, I was in the midst of reformatting some of my Katinka Knits’ knitting patterns so that they would be more easily readable on electronic devices. I’ve just looked at all of Katinka Knits’ patterns again, and most still need some updating. So the next few posts will present a new free pattern & a pattern that I reformatted this week. 

My last post from February 2014 lists a bunch of things that I started – some of which I didn’t end up following through with. In particular, I don’t think I succeeded at writing a letter every day during the month of February for the Month of Letters. It didn’t seem as if I had many interesting things to say in the letters that I did try to write. I also haven’t taken a photo every day of 2014 for the 365 Grateful project, although I do try to acknowledge to myself at least one thing that I’m grateful for – whenever I think about it.  😉

Another thing that I didn’t finish was the cardigan I planned to knit during MadMay 2014. As I was knitting, I realized that I didn’t like the results I was getting with the combination of pattern and yarn I chose, so I abandoned that, too.

So as not to feel like a complete failure here, I must recognize the things that I have continued to work on, including the TKGA Master Handknitter Level 2 program, working out at least once a week, and sewing regularly with some very creative people. I also adopted a young cat, who I named Lucy, around Valentine’s day, & I’ve been fairly active on Instagram (@katinkaknits). Lucy is very curious & endlessly entertaining, so she has her own hashtag on Instagram (#lucytheelusivekitten).

After hosting some family and friends at my home, I decided to have the basement finished to add 2 bedrooms, a bathroom, and a “bonus” room. Preparing for that project involved packing arts & crafts supplies, etc. and moving everything that was stored in the unfinished basement, into the house or the tiny garage. That was no small feat! The construction is happening right now & should be completed by the end of December. Having been through a number of different remodeling and construction projects, I’m very pleased with the craftsmanship, efficiency and professionalism of these guys. And the best part? I will have a wonderful creative space!

So now that you’re all caught up, I’ll leave you and come back to present those patterns in a little while!

Ruffled, Vine Lace Wrist Warmers Knitting Pattern

•February 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I have imagined a number of posts that I’ve planned to write since August, but obviously none of those have actually made it to being published here.  Since my last post, I have traveled to visit family, entertained family for the holidays, participated in a face-to-face, local sewalong at Mama Said Sew for the Sewaholic Tofino Pants pattern.  I’ve rearranged furniture, continued to exercise and completed a LOT of shoveling.

Currently, I’m participating in the 2014 Month of Letters and the 365 Grateful Project on Instagram, as well as continuing to work on TKGA Master Handknitter Level 2 certification.  I also continue to manage 2 Etsy shops,  a Bonanza booth, a Zibbet shop, some book listings on and a pattern store on Ravelry.  So… you can see that focus might come with a little difficulty.  What should I talk about first?

Well, let me start with a recently published Katinka Knits’ knitting pattern.  To express appreciation to my fitness trainer, Christy, I gave her some hand-knit wrist warmers that I had designed and made numerous times before.  And once again, I was told that I should knit and sell them.  Since I am not very good at knitting the same thing more than once, I prefer to write a pattern.  😉

So, I give you Katinka Knits’ pattern for Ruffled, Vine-Lace Wristwarmers…

Katinka Knits' Ruffled, Vine Lace Wristwarmers Knitting Pattern

Katinka Knits’ Ruffled, Vine Lace Wristwarmers Knitting Pattern

This is a quick and satisfying project.  I particularly like the way that the “vines” in the eyelet pattern lead to the ruffles.

Here are the details:

Suggested Yarn:  1 skein Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight, 1.75 oz/50 g, 110 yds/100 m, 100% Baby Alpaca; 507, light gray.

Suggested Needles:  US Size 3 (3.25 mm)

Gauge:  24 sts/28 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in pattern.

Finished Size:  Approxiately 6.75″ (17 cm) around wrist; 6.5″ (16.5 cm) from CO edge to top of ruffle.

The pattern is available on Ravelry by clicking on the “Buy Now” button above, or on Etsy here.

Here are a few more photos.


Katinka Knits’


Ruffled, Vine Lace Wristwarmers

On Sharing Lots of Finished Sewing… Before the Washi Dress

•August 16, 2013 • 2 Comments

After finishing my Washi Dress the other day, I knew that I wanted to share some of my modifications and observations, in addition to the dress itself.  There are so many ways to share online, and I seem to have found slightly different communities in a number of different venues, so when I want to share something more universally, I come back to this blog.  Evidently, that doesn’t happen very often!  😉

Finishing the Washi (and perhaps because it’s the end of the summer), I decided to look at the other sewing projects I’ve finished in the last few months.  I’ve shared most of these on Instagram (@katinkaknits), so it was pretty easy to count them, and I’m stunned that the total comes to 15 since the beginning of April, including the Washi.  So before I talk about that dress, here’s a little summary of the other projects that have passed through my sewing machine this spring and summer.

Some of the projects were small and quick and easy…


1. A checkbook cover to replace my old one.  (Pattern: Simple Checkbook Cover tutorial,  Fabric:  Moda, Paris Flea Market Map, & Moda, pb&j Basket)

2.  A necktie for my nephew.  (Pattern: Molly’s Sketchbook: Father’s Day Tie, Fabric: Liberty of London, Bloomsbury Leonard, & Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton)

3.  Napkins for a July 4th hostess gift.  (Pattern:  Improvised, Fabric:  Liberty of London, Lifestyle Stile Collection Lowke; Moda, Happy Go Lucky Skip; Moda, Flats Diamond Rings; & Moda, Mama Said Sew Lazy Daisy)

4.  A flannel pillowcase for a friend in Europe.  (Pattern:  Pillow Cases by Valori Wells (modified), Fabric:  Andover, Savannah Bop Leaves Flannel; Andover, Savannah Bop Circles Flannel; & Andover, Savannah Bop Rhino Flannel.)

I also made 4 bags…

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… all of which were gifts.

1.  A tote for my sister.  (Pattern: Winslow Market Tote designed by Kathy Mack (modified), Fabric:  Kokka, Stamped Cheater Primary; Kokka, Stamped Circle Flowers;  Yuwa Suzuko Koseki, French Big Dot; & Liberty of London, Bloomsbury Leonard)

2.  A Patchwork bag for a friend.  (Pattern:  Market Bag from Simple Stitches:  Sewing by Cheryl Owen, Fabric:  Free Spirit, Felicity Miller Charleston Farmhouse Plumberry; Free Spirit, Shelburne Falls Circle Square; & Westminster Fabrics, Kaffe Fassett Studio Clover Dots)

3.  A Day Bag for another friend.  (Pattern:  Grand Revival, Emma Day Bag, Fabric:  Robert Kaufman, Essex Linen Cotton; Moda, Paris Flea Market Map, & Moda, pb&j Basket)

4.  A Shopping Bag for my vintage-loving brother.  (Pattern: Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag #BS017, Fabric:  Kokka, Ruby Star Rotary.)

Then I finished and/or altered some garments that I’d started during the last few years…  (yes, I did say, “years!”  I like to let my projects age, gracefully!  😉  )

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1.  A fluorescent vest for my cyclist sister.  (Pattern:  Kwik Sew 2897 (out-of-print), Fabric:  Fluorescent Yellow Ripstop Nylon from my fabric stash; & Cloud9 Fabrics, Nursery Flannel Crumbs)

2. A circle top that I made for myself a year or so ago.  It was too large, so I took in the side seams.  (Pattern:  McCall’s 6510, Fabric:  Someone will know it, but I didn’t write down what it was besides the content: 100% Pima Cotton.)

3. A button front skirt for myself.  (Pattern:  Butterick 5649, Fabric:  Supplex from my fabric stash.)

4. A fitted, princess seam dress for myself.  (Pattern:  Vogue 8648, Fabric:  Alexander Henry, Sheer Orchid & Robert Kaufman, Kona Cotton.)

5. A gored skirt for myself.  (Pattern:  McCall’s 5056 (modified to use a contrasting color for the gores), Fabric:  Alexander Henry, Gray Foam Dasha Floral & Robert Kaufman, Kona Cotton.)

*I forgot to mention that my dressmaker’s dummy is a little larger than I am… just saying!  :)*

Oh, and finally, I whipped up a wee dress for a new baby…


Pattern: Little Geranium Dress, Fabric:  Michael Miller, Farmer’s Market Petal Party; & Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton.

Until I started reviewing these projects, I was feeling somewhat unproductive!  Perhaps my perspective was a little skewed, so I guess I’ve learned that maybe it’s a good take stock once in a while, so I’m not quite so hard on myself!  I have to express my gratitude to Mama Said Sew for hosting Community Sewing every week.  Planning to have something to work on during that gathering of kindred spirits every Wednesday, definitely motivates me to keep moving forward with my myriad projects!

With that I’ll sign off, until I get back to you with the Washi Dress!

On Bullies…

•April 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment

This isn’t a knitting or otherwise crafting related post, and is a bit of a strange topic for returning to blogging after several months.  I have been knitting and sewing and concentrating on finishing languishing projects.  I’ve also re-entered the world of fitness as I attempt to regain my strength, balance, and stamina after being a couch potato for too long.

In the last few weeks, I have, however, been concentrating on doing a little civic duty by petitioning for a local issue that is very important to me.  In the process of doing so, I witnessed one of my friends, neighbors and fellow petitioners being bullied by one of our City Council members.  This led me to do some research about bullies…  and adult bullies, in particular.

I was reminded that when I started middle school, I was very briefly bullied by another girl in my class.  That didn’t last very long and in the grand scheme of my life, I don’t feel as if it was a very traumatic experience for me.  I was new in town and perhaps that particular girl-bully was threatened by me in some way.  In any case, I don’t feel any need to contact her or confront her all these years later.  There were far bigger bullies in my life, but that’s off the topic of this post.

In my research on adult bullies, I came across a very good post on the topic at  The article, by Angela Neik, is appropriately titled, “Adult Bullies.”  As I read the piece, I kept thinking I would find pertinent passages to quote here, but the entire post is applicable to the situation I witnessed over the weekend.  So I urge you to take a look for yourself.

Craftalong Things

•November 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Brett Bara’s Tuesday, November 6th blog post about the Make It Better Craftalong for Sandy Relief inspired me to “craft” a few things myself to send their way.  Initially, the deadline was set for November 23rd, so I was taking my usual procrastinator’s time.  Today, however, I saw a post on Facebook saying that they have already received more than 1,000 items, and have moved the deadline to this Friday, November 16th.  So…  I was inspired to get my sewing machine in gear and finish-up the bindings on the two blankets that I have been planning to make.  It took a lot of binding, and a bit of thread, and a little jockeying around of a big pile of fleece, but I have completed both blankets, as I write this.


Double-Layered Fleece Blanket

Plaid Wool Lap Blanket

In addition, I’ll be sending 1 hand knit scarf, 1 pair of hand knit mittens, 2 small hand knit hats, and 4 hand knit adult-sized hats.

Soft Scarf

1 pair of mittens, 2 children’s hats, 4 adult hats

I can’t say that I knit these since reading Brett’s initial post, but one can always share the warmth of excess hand knits!

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