Monday, October 29, 2018

The November Cowl

Greetings from Steamboat Springs to my family, friends, followers, and readers!

This blog is especially for my crafty friends... I want to share with you the November Cowl design.

The November Cowl

By Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick

The November Cowl was inspired by the cooler weather we experience in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. It is a fast knit project worked bottom-up, in the round over 17 stitches on 20 rows repeat. The pattern is very easy to follow and you will want to keep knitting. Thus, the November Cowl is very appropriate for the cold month of November, plus it will make a great handmade gift for the Holidays!

Yarn: 100% Cashmere DK weight by Lux Adorna Knits
Yardage requirements: 140 yards/ 128 meters (1 skein)
Needle: US7/ 4.5mm 16” circular knitting needle
Other: Stitch marker; darning/tapestry needle

Finished size-
Approximately 10 inches wide (it will stretch more) and 11.5 inches long after blocking

k = knit
p = purl
st(s)= stitch(es)
yo = yarn over
k2tog = knit two together
ssk = slip slip knit
rnd(s) = round(s)
rep = repeat
* = repeat

Cast on 85 stitches using a long-tail method. Join work, be careful not to twist, place marker for beginning of round.
Knit in the round for 5 rows.

Begin working the 17 stitches pattern over 20 rows.
Rnd 1: *P1, k12, k2tog, yo, k1, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 2: *P1, yo, k2, k2tog, k11, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 3: *P1, k10, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 4: *P1, k1, yo, k3, k2tog, k9, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 5: *P1, k8, k2tog, k2, yo, k3, k1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 6: *P1, k2, yo, k4, k2tog, k7, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 7: *P1, k6, k2tog, k3, yo, k4, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 8: *P1, k3, yo, k5, k2tog, k5, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 9: *P1, k4, k2tog, k4, yo, k5, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 10: *P1, k4, yo, k6, k2tog, k3, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 11: *P1, k1, yo, ssk, k12, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 12: *P1, k11, ssk, k2, yo, k1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 13: *P1, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k10, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 14: *P1, k9, ssk, k3, yo, k1, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 15: *P1, k3, yo, k2, ssk, k8, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 16: *P1, k7, ssk, k4, yo, k2, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 17: *P1, k4, yo, k3, ssk, k6, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 18: *P1 , k5, ssk, k5, yo, k3, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 19: *P1, k5, yo, k4, ssk, k4, p1; repeat from the * across.
Rnd 20: *P1, k3, ssk, k6, yo, k4, p1; repeat from the * across.

Repeat round 1-20 one more time. Then, repeat round 1-10.
Knit 5 rows.
Bind off loosely. Enjoy the November Cowl!

Happy Knitting!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Don't Pinch Me - I Am Knitting A Cerro 'Green' Tee

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2017 to my family, friends, followers, and readers!!! 
Cerro Tee by Tian Foley & Classic Elite Yarns 2015
I am especially excited today to share the project I have been knitting the past couple of days: Cerro Tee by Tian Foley in green color in honor of St. Patrick's Day and the lively spring season! The knitting pattern is free and this project has been in queue on my crafting shelve for almost one year.

Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick's Cerro Tee in progress
I have purchased the Cerro by Classic Elite Yarns at Sew Steamboat in anticipation to begin knitting the Cerro Tee for summer 2016! It's amazing how time flies but luckily, the soft blend of pima cotton and alpaca in green has been patient with my ambitious schedule. 

Cerro Tee and it's fine shaping by Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick
So far, the tee has been an easy project although knitting with cotton and alpaca blend fibers has its ups-and-downs. The piece has a very soft touch, which is a lovely feeling, but at the same time, a little challenging in being able to hold in place to knit. Overall, I enjoy knitting the Cerro Tee. It is shaping up nicely as you could see from the pictures above. I am looking forward in completing this project during spring. When I do and have this beautiful knitted top on, I will always remember this St. Patrick's Day 2017! Hey, you can't pinch me because I am knitting some green ~ A Cerro Tee. 

Happy Day To You!

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring into March

Greetings to my family, friends, followers, and readers!!!

It has been a little while since I was last here. To be exact: one thousand two hundred and sixty two days. Since October 2013, I have been fortunate enough to become a partner at Sew Steamboat, a local yarn and fabric store in downtown Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Nonetheless, I have been knitting non-stop (literally) and picking up new needle crafts. 

It has been a very fun and enjoyable journey to be a partner of Sew Steamboat and the crafting family and community. I hope to be sharing more of my experiences and creations with you in the blogs to come as I am hoping to spring back into blogging beginning this month. 

As I fall in love with needle art more and more, I hope that you will join, follow, and explore with me! Talk soon. 



Here are a few of my most recent projects that I will be sharing you with in the very near future. Cheers! 

Bike Embroidery Pattern and Stitches by Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick (March 2017)

'Hearts' Hats- Pattern design and Stitches by Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick (February 2017)

Honey Bear Sweater Hoodie by Spud & Chloe - Stitched by Cho Tin Tun Kirkpatrick for baby LWB (March 2017)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Socks in my mind

Greetings to my family, friends, followers, and readers!!! 

I admit that it has been a long while... With the promise that I will be back very soon with an update and a blog, here are some sock projects I am anticipating to complete in a few days... Enjoy and talk soon! 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Beginning with a sock in mind

Yet another decade has passed since I last blogged. As always, warm greetings to my followers, who are family and dear friends. For this blog, I would like to begin with a sock in mind.

Yes, beginning with a sock in mind… This blog is inspired by a sock-knitting project, which I learned yesterday at Sew Steamboat. My friend Kate B. and I started a basic sock project (see pattern below) in a 3 series sock class. I had never thought knitting a sock would be trickier than a sweater with cable patterns or crocheting dollies. To my surprise, using four tiny size 1 needles are much more difficult than any knitting pattern or projects I have ever done. Though I will master, it is a 3 series sock class for knitting a pair of socks… that’s two socks! Nevertheless, I had begun with a sock in mind and shall end with a pair of socks.

Shown as of 08:00 MST, June 19, 2013; stay posted for progress…

Basic Sock Pattern: Gauge: 32 stitches per 4 inches Materials: 1) 400 yards sock yarn, 2) 1 set of 4 double pointed needles or any size that works with the gauge Pattern: CO 64 stitches and join in the round; do not twist. (CO 64 will make Women’s Medium 8” circumference, 9” foot length. This will fit the majority; the trick is to measure your feet and make a smaller size by at least 1”. As always, BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR GAUAGE). Work 2x2 rib (K2, P2) for 1” Stockinette (knit every stitch) until the piece measures 7” from beginning. Do not work more than 8”. Heel: K16, turn and P 32 back across to create the heel. Transfer un-worked stitches to needles to reserve while working heel. Row 1 of Heel: Sl 1 st purlwise, K1 st*, repeat from * to end. Turn. Row 2 of Heel: Sl 1 st purlwise, purl the rest across. Turn. Repeat heel rows until 32 rows have been knit – 16 selvedge chains. Turn Heel: Row 1: Sl 1 st, K17, SSK, K1, turn. Row 2: Sl 1 st, P5, P2tog, P1, turn. Row 3: Sl 1 st, K to 1 st before gap, SSK, K1, turn. Row 4: Sl 1 st, P to 1 st before gap, P2tog, P1, turn. Repeat rows 3 and 4 until all heel stitches have been used. End last two rows with SSK and P2tog. Gusset: Row 1: One needle knit all heels stitches and pick up 15 st down the side of heel. On needle 2, K across all instep st. On needle 3, pick up 15 stitches up the side of the heel and K 8 heel sts. This is the new beginning of the rows. Row 2: On needle 1, K to 3 stitches from the end of needle. K2tog, K1. On needle 2, K all stitches. On needled 3, K1, SSK, K to the end of needle. Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you are reduced to 16 sts on needles 1 and 3 (64 sts). K all sts until the sock measured from the heel 2” shorter than your foot. Toe: Row 1: On needle 1, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. On needle 2, K1, SSK, K to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. On needle 3, K1, SSK, K rest of stitches on needle. Row 2: K all stitches. Continue knitting rows 1 and 2 until stitches are reduced to 32. Then repeat row, 1 until the sts are reduced to 16. Graft toe together with knitchener stitch.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Spring is in the Air

Before I blog again, allow me to offer special thanks and warm wishes to my members. Since the last time I blogged, I have gained two members and support: my 'younger' sister Moe and another good friend, Elizabeth W. I have to admit that it has been a long time, especially in 'Blog Years' since my last blog. As I lectured my students of BIS-334 Management Systems on Thursday about the importance in maintaining Blogs and Social Media, I have to reconnect with you and share with you my current thoughts:

...Spring is in the air...

Spring is around the corner and I can not resist but carry out spring planning; Yes! Spring Planning!!!

  • Complete current craft projects: Irish Hiking Scarf; My first knitted sweater, etc.
  • Begin spring craft projects: Anything with spring inspired colors... Suggestions most welcome!
  • Complete JGT2 Decision Analysis Tasks at WGU
  • Prepare final exams and continue to work with my students at CMC
The other and most important thing that has been on my mind is spending some time with family, friends, and Shady!!! Sister Moe will be visiting in less than one month and "Family Friends Fun Florida" trip is shortly after with Shady going to the ocean for the first time! Surely, the water- and snow loving DOG will have a blast! With all these excitements on the way, I am ending this blog but will write again very soon... xoxo Cho

 ~and Shady Thé~
Saturday, February 9, 2013

Knits and Books

Before I continue to blog, I would like to send a special greeting to the first member of Cho’s Blog, and my dear friend, Miss K. Bauer. I have been thinking about various topics since I last blogged. My mind is persuaded to knit, crochet, sew, sightsee and simply enjoy my travels. However, because of my belief in education, my instructor’s responsibilities as a professor at CMC and my Master’s responsibilities as a student at WGU, have me prioritizing accordingly!

... only a few books ...

Although technology evolves and I teach technology, I prefer print textbooks and real magazines. How many of us are paper readers and how many are e-readers? I have asked my students and their preferences, so far, have been print! I am hoping that with your thoughtful comments, I could gather more information. 

Warm wishes,