Knitty Keen

Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

’tis the Season October 16, 2014

…for warm, wooly knitting.  Here are a few of my patterns available as free downloads from the Knitty Keen Ravelry Store that should help keep you warm in the coming months.


Knot Cap


This is a simple knit hat with a unique design in that it’s knit from the top down.  It includes sizing from preemie to child with several brim options.  It’s a quick knit and the perfect thing to keep your little one’s head warm in the cold weather.


Neck Warmer Cowl



Yet another fast and easy knit sure to bring warmth all winter long.  It’s a simple stitch pattern, just enough to keep it interesting and a perfect size for people who don’t like the bulk of scarves or larger cowls.


Joe Schmoe Men’s Fingerless Gloves


For the man in your life who values the simple things, these fingerless mitts are a must.  Sized for a men’s medium/large and using fingering weight yarn, they’ll provide warmth without the bulk of worsted.  Instructions include a variation to have a longer finger cuff.


Thanks for looking.  Coming soon (at last) will be my snowman ornament pattern so keep an eye out.  TTFN!


Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts December 31, 2012

Finished Mitts

Finished Mitts


  • Men’s medium/large


  • Medium – pick up stitches, small diameter circular knitting, paired increases


  • US Size 2.5 (3.0mm) 40″ Circular Needles, Double Pointed Needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
  • Fingering Weight Yarn, about 200yds, Knitpicks Stroll in Fedora used in pictures
  • Waste Yarn
  • Tapestry Needle


  • 8 stitches/inch, 10 rows/inch in the round


Pattern Notes

  • The mitts shown have 5rnds of K1P1 rib at the top of the palm.  It works for the ones I made my father, but others might find it a bit skimpy so I’ve included alternate instructions to do 10rnds of K1P1 rib so the finished palm sits higher on the fingers.
mitts being worn, palm down

mitts being worn, palm down

Body of Mitt

  • CO 60 sts, join to knit in the round
  • Work 20 rnds of K1P1 rib
  • 1 – K
  • 2 – K29, PM, K2, PM, K29
  • 3 – K to marker, sl marker, M1L, K to marker, M1R, sl marker, K to end of round (32sts)
  • 4 – K
  • 5 – Rep rnds 3 and 4 until there are 22 sts between the markers (80sts)
  • 6 – K 15 rnds
  • 7 – K30, sl next 20 sts to waste yarn, K to end of rnd
  • 8 – K 9 rnds
  • 9 – work 5 (10) rnds of K1P1 rib
  • BO


  • P/U 2 sts, K 20, P/U 2 sts (24sts)
  • K 5 rnds
  • Work 5 rnds of K1P1 rib
  • BO


  • Weave in ends, wash and block
mitts being worn, palm up

mitts being worn, palm up


To knit a sock December 30, 2012

Firstly, I wove in all the ends of my dad’s Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts, so I’ll be able to get pics of them today and post the pattern later this week.  Secondly, I’ve been having a doozey with some socks I’ve been trying to knit.


This once represented a skein of the old Colinette Jitterbug (tells you how long I’ve had it).  There was a weak spot in the yarn while I was doing the cuff and I prayed it didn’t mean what I thought it meant.  I moved on and by the time I got to the fourth repeat of the No Purl Monkey socks, my fears were realized when I had two more weak spots within a couple of rounds — moths had gotten to my yarn. Granted, this was old yarn — I have no idea how long ago I even bought it and it was back when Jitterbug came in about 320m skeins, not the handy 400m skeins it comes in today.  I’m lucky.  I got two 30g balls, a 21g ball, a 17g ball and some odds and ends — more than enough to do a simple pair of fingerless mitts out of for myself (probably just the female version of the Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts pattern).


This one hurts a little bit more.  I’m just finishing the fifth repeat of the No Purl Monkey socks in the new Colinette Jitterbug 400m yarn in lilac and I have made the decision that they are indeed too small for my feet.  I can get the cuff on, but just.  I’m going to have to frog it and start over again with 72sts to the 64sts I have here.  I did this for my mom’s socks, so I’m familiar with the change up.  It adds a stitch on each side of the first row of the chart (you have 4sts before and after the decreases as opposed to three) and it add two rounds to the chart, so not a huge change.  This should fit my foot so much better.  It’s hard to frog it, but at least it’s an easy pattern and works up quickly — I did the above yesterday afternoon and last night.  I’m bringing it with me to my mom’s this afternoon so I should be able to get some work done on it there.


Christmas Presents December 25, 2012

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My mom loved her socks and the ones I made myself are lovely and soft.  I managed to finish one fingerless mitt for my dad and will be giving him its mate over the weekend.  Once I get the ones I’m making for my husband done, I’ll be posting my Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitt pattern here with a promise to make it a pdf after the new year once I get my new logo squared away.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone and thanks for reading!


Fine Tuning December 22, 2012

I finished the first fingerless mitt last night (well, almost finished — I only have the thumb left) and it looks pretty good.  The problem is that I think it’s going to be too big for my dad.  I had my husband try it on and it fits him perfectly, but he has HUGE hands, like regular men’s gloves don’t fit his hands.  So I’m getting ready to cast on with about a half-inch’s worth of fewer stitches and a few less rounds here and there and hope that this time I get it right.

Fingerless Mitt

I’m doing it in Knitpicks Stroll in Fedora on my size 2.5 addis.  The pattern will be up after Christmas.


All the knitting December 21, 2012

Due to a couple of snafu’s with getting my order processed, the yarn for the socks I was going to make my dad didn’t get to me until this past Wednesday.  I started the first sock and got three inches into the leg before admitting to myself that it just wasn’t going to happen.  I’ve since changed my mind and started on fingerless mitts for him.  He does a lot of work on his 33 Plymouth and this way he can have warm hands while leaving his fingers free for delicate work.  I’m just about ready to separate the thumb stitches and finish the hand which should be done by tonight.

I’m still not sure if I’m going to be able to finish them in time for Christmas at this point because I just can’t spend every waking moment knitting, so he may be getting one mitt and an IOU for the second.  Once I’m done with them, I’ll post the pattern here and then eventually get around to making it pretty and putting it in my Ravelry store.