Saartje’s Booties the Bockstark Way

March 7, 2008 @ 8:00 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: patterns

Go ahead and queue it in Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/saartjes-booties-the-bockstark-way

The Original Saartje’s Booties Pattern is here.

OK, I’m sure someone out there has done it this way and I haven’t seen it or never wrote it down. But here it is what I do:

Using the Magic Cast On, cast on 31(35) stitches (do it normally to 30(34) sts then loop the yarn over one more time to create an extra stitch). You should have 15(17) on one needle and 16(18) on the other. It is important to do the magic cast on because it creates a row of “purled” sts. Please note that you are working the piece WRONG SIDE OUT.

Join in the round.

round 1: p15 (17), pm, p1, pm, p15 (17) You should move the stitches so that you have 17(19) on one needle and 14(16) on the other. It makes the increases easier.
round 2: kbf, k to marker, m1, k1, m1, k to last stitch, kbf
round 3: purl
round 4: kbf, k to marker, m1, k3, m1, k to last stitch, kbf
round 5: purl
round 6: kbf, k to marker, m1, k1, m1, k3, m1, k1, m1, k to last stitch, kfb
round 7: purl
round 8: kbf, k to marker, m1, k1, m1, k7, m1, k1, m1, k to last stitche, kfb
round 9 – 18(20): work in garter stitch, removing the markers
round 19(21): switch to CC (optional) and purl
round 20(22): k15(17), ssk 5x, k1, k2tog 5x, k15(17)
round 21(23) – 23(25): work 3 rows garter stitch
round 24(26): k10(11), bind off 21(23), k10

Now, TURN THE BOOTIE RIGHT SIDE OUT, you are now going to work on the RS.

The straps are going to be worked like the original pattern. For my cast ons, I don’t cut the yarn until after I’m done knitting. I just pull a long length from the currently worked yarn (photo coming soon). Be sure to leave ample lengths so that you can do the buttonloops.

Right strap:
continuing from previous round (turn), k10(11), co 10(12), turn
knit 20(23), turn
knit 20(23), turn
bo 20(23)

Left strap:
cast on 10(12) then knit 10(11)
knit 20(23), turn
knit 20(23), turn
bo 20(23)

Finishing:
You only have to join the very top rows of the bootie and that’s it, and then weave in the ends… For the buttonloops, I used this tutorial.

Knitted Buttons:
For the booties, since they are so small, you need a small button. Cast on 5 stitches (leave about 5″ of tail on the cast on edge to use as stuffing), work 7 rows of stockinette. Cut yarn and leave about 12″ of tail. Pass tail yarn through live stitches, then with a tapestry needle, pick up stitches along the rest of the 3 edges. Pull tight and stuff the cast on edge tail in the bobble. Make a couple of criss-cross stitches to sew it shut. Sew into place.

Please let me know if you have any questions or errors to report as I’m just writing this off the top of my head!

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CookieA Pattern-gasm!

January 7, 2008 @ 11:37 am
posted by kris
Filed under: patterns

Damn, today I found out that she has 3 new designs!!! Is this old news? I wonder if I’m just out of it since I’ve been on vaca… Mingus must be mine!

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Looking for a soap cover pattern

November 10, 2007 @ 6:12 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: patterns

UPDATE: Thanks to the awesome people who commented – it was on Ravelry after all. I swore I searched for “soap” and didn’t see it. Really, I did look! But it is called a “soap sweater” and was just what I was looking for! You guys rock, thanks again!

This is driving me nuts. I remember reading somewhere about a “soap cozy” (or something like that) where you knit around a bar of soap (it’s not a bag with a drawstring) and then it felts down whenever it’s used. Anyone know of the pattern? It seems easy enough, but I wanted to see it again before making it and it’s driving me nuts because I can’t find it. It was for one of those oval soaps and not a square bar. Or maybe this was my imagination? Dammit, I knew I should’ve bookmarked it! If anyone knows it, please tell me!!!

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Yarnissima is open!

October 8, 2007 @ 7:03 pm
posted by kris
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Yarnissima is open for business! You can download her fratello and digitessa patterns, although, I would recommend waiting for the beautiful yarn, an exclusive Wollmeise colorway that you cannot get anywhere else. The wait is worth it! The patterns are available, but the kits aren’t ready yet. Go take a look!

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Seems like forever…

July 16, 2007 @ 11:38 pm
posted by kris


Montego Bay Scarf

My latest acquisitions

…since I blogged! I’ve been busy with hank wanking, podcasting, casting on waaaaay too many projects, and staying up late playing with Ravelry. It’s a disease. OK, so let me get you caught up on what’s been going on at casa Bockstark. Or should I say Haus Bockstark? Dunno…if there’s a german translation for that.

First I finished one side of my Vista Mare aka Billy Reid socks. I love it, even though it’s tight going around the heel. Let’s just hope it fits cuz I’m not ripping this baby out. I would like to sell the pattern for cheap – like $2 – so that I can avoid getting a job. Haha. But really, I’m serious. If I could make money knitting, that would be SO AWESOME!

Next, I cast on for a secret project that I cannot reveal since I was asked not even to show any pictures at all. I don’t think I’ll be able to show anything until September. I don’t know how I’m going to live. For some odd reason, I feel like if I can’t show the “proof” that I’m knitting, I must not be. Why am I so weird?

Then, I couldn’t wait any longer and finally cast on for the Montego Bay Scarf. Ridiculously easy, and oh so pretty! I am using the Marisilk that I got as a gift from Andrea of Das Schneeschaf. I’m knitting this when I need to take a break from my very labor intensive socks.

OK, and I’m not on my yarn diet anymore. Wollhuhn Tanja doesn’t think I was ever on one. And she said that it’s bad for my health. Doing the Taste of Germany thing has really made me crazy. After all, I have to see and feel these yarns before sending them out right? heh. So far I have 4 dyers and still deciding on the 5th. It has been really cool getting to know all these german dyers, they are all very, very nice. Check out all my purrrrdy new yarn…

Also, last week, Elem and I met with the two goddesses – Claudia (Wollmeise) and Marjan (Yarnissima). They were so much fun to talk to!!! This is the 2nd time that I met Claudia and the first time to meet Marjan. I am so glad that they both took a much needed break to come and visit us. It is really nice to talk to fellow knitters not only about knitting but parenting/kids too. I’ll see them again in September when we all go to Benediktbeuern!! Oh god, I don’t know how much money I’m going to spend. Too much…

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What does bockstark mean (pronounced bok-shtark)? My crazy German friend, Matthias, made that word up to mean "really cool" and says that it is catching on in Garmisch. So I am helping him popularize the word! I thought if I ever opened a yarn store, I would call it "Bockstark Yarns". This blog is all about my projects, yarns and crazy ideas related to knitting and other crafts. Contact me at bockstark.knits(at)gmail(dot)com.