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I'm a self-taught crocheter/knitter that's always hunger to learn more. A mammoth thank you to all fellow crocheter/knitter that took their time to post videos and written tutorial. It wouldn't have been possible without your contribution! THANK YOU!


Wow! Another year slipped time flies when you're knitting :) It's obvious, I've been slacking on my blog update. Last post was 4/27/11! I'm officially an occasional blogger only. What I slack off in blog, I more than made-up in knitting and crocheting. Most of my projects are somewhat recent on Ravelry.

Major milestone for 2011:

Shelliyanni went live on 8/6/11. My first knitting pattern for sale.

All patterns here are for personal and charitable use only. Please do not sell the patterns or the finished project. Thank you for honoring this request.

Stay-on Hand Towel the 1st

There's always a spot for my ever-growing yarn stash in my closet. Now, these "growing" stash are threatening to dominate hubby's closet as well. Most of these stash are from my early crochet years. I would stock up on yarn whenever there's a sale at AC Moore. I know little or close to nothing about yarn when I first started, so needless to say, I thought it was a pretty GOOD deal to be paying $6 for 1 pound of 100% cotton. I thought these would look great as vest or skirt when I get to that level where I can crochet/knit garments! Little did I know that, these yarn aren't meant for making garments! Off course, like everything else, I had learned the hard way ;) Made a few garments for my girls using these Handicrafters Cotton, and well... they are now very attractive floor mats or dish towel! Currently, I can look back and laugh at this idiot in the mirror who uses all the wrong kind of yarn for her crochet & knits! :P
So, now I know better, it is time to reduce those over 10 skeins of Handicraters so I can stock up on the more luxurious yarn!

Stitches Used:
Cable CO: insert right needle in between 2 stitches, wrap yarn as if to knit, pull up a loop, and put the loop on left needle. Video instruction here. Since there's already stitches on left needle, skip the slip knot and first 2 sts, observe when she CO the 3rd st. This is what is needed for the pattern below.

St St : RS - knit, WS - purl (this will count as 1 st st row)
Garter st: knit on both RS and WS. (this will count as 1 garter st row)
byf: bring yarn forward to front of needle
byb: bring yarn to back of needle
psso: pass slip stitch over
k2tog: knit 2 together
p2tog: purl 2 together

When you see "garter st for 2 rows" in pattern instructions, you would knit on both RS & WS, and this 2 row would count as ONE garter st row.

Needles: 5.0 mm /US 8
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter in Grassy Green & Dream Twist

CO 60 in Grassy Green
St st for 4 rows (or till your st st measure 1", ending on the WS)
(RS) k2tog to the end (30 sts)
Garter st for 2 rows
P the next row

Pattern Stitch:
Attach new yarn
1) k3 (this is border), k3, k2tog, k4, yo, p2, yo, k2tog, p2, yo, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k3, (border) k3.
2) and every other row: k3, (border), p9, k2, p2, k2, p9, (border) k3.
3) k3 (border), k2, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, p2, k2tog, yo, p2, k1, yo, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k2, (border) k3.
5) k3 (border), k1, k2tog, k4, yo, k2, p2, yo, k2tog, p2, k2, yo, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, k1, (border) k3.
7) k3 (border), k2tog, k4, yo, k3, p2, k2tog, yo, p2, k3, yo, k4, sl 1, k1, psso, (border) k3.
8) repeat row 2)

Repeat Pattern Stitch for 6 times, or until desired length (taking into account that there will be 4" more to towel top), ending with row 8)

(RS) k3 (border), St st for 4 rows, k3 (border).

Slit Opening:
(RS) k3 (border), k3, byf, sl next st purlwise, byb, *sl next st, psso; repeat from * till there's 5 sts left.
Sl the last bo st back on the right needle to the left needle.
Turn work (WS), byb, CO 19 sts using cable CO
Turn work (RS), byb, sl the next st on left needle to right needle, pass 1 st of the CO (on right needle) over.
k5 to the end. (30 sts)
(WS) k to end
Garter st for 2 rows.
(RS) k to end
(WS) k3 (border), p to last 3 sts, k3 (border).

Towel Top:
1) (RS) k3 (border), k2 tog, k to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3 (border).
2) (WS) k3 (border), p2tog, p to last 5 sts, p2tog, k3 (border).
Repeat row 1) and 2) till there's 7 sts left on needle, ending with row 2)
(WS) k3 (border), p2tog, k3 (border).
Garter st for 2 rows.

Loop towel through the slit opening onto towel ring.

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