Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Dew Drop Shawl Pattern

Dew Drop Shawl
by Kristen Mangus of GoodKnitKisses

(VIDEO now embedded.  Click to watch!)

A sleek and glamorous shawl reminiscent of hairpin lace. Change the look with a change in yarn and go from a dressy date shawl in a shimmery yarn to a casual sock weight yarn or art yarn and wear as a keyhole scarf!

Authentic Knitting Board All-n-One loom. Loom configured at maximum with the 5 peg sliders on ends between the 48 peg front board & 48 peg back board. Could use alternate loom if can configure as above in 3/8" gauge. (Martha Stewart loom with 4 corner pieces and small pegs in all holes works well).

300 yards of medium weight yarn for shawl or 200 yards if stopping for smaller scarf. Yarn used in test is Sensations Enchantment Silver Metallic. Other test yarns were sock weight and bulky art yarn which give a totally different look.

21"x60" shawl or knit 10-12" for a scarf only

EW - Ewrap
BB - Back Board of loom
FB - Front Board of loom
St - stitches

We're using the back board (BB) as a place for a holding peg to work the drop stitch and all knit stitches are worked on the front board (FB). Do not skip pegs on FB. The sliders provide the space and no extra wraps are needed for the drops. Plus the width of the shawl actually is the width of the board. It's a  multiple of *3 + hold* +3

The basic pattern is ewrap 3 & Hold on BB 1 peg behind 3rd ewrapped peg, EW 3 & hold on BB, repeat pattern till last 3 stitches and EW.

Row 1: *EW 3 on FB, wrap BB1*, repeat between *,* till last 3 st. EW 3.

Repeat Row 1 for 100 rows to knit the maximum intended size or till 21" measures on ends.

NOTES on Sizing:
Work in a flat panel with a turning peg (the first stitch of each row is always slipped, meaning skip and move to peg 2) until SIDE length measures 21" or length from nape of neck to waistline. The middle will measure longer because of the dropped stitches weight.
For petite shawl measuring 12"x54", as on my test in the sock weight seen below, Use a multiple of 4.  Cast on 3, wrap holding peg, *EW 4 on FB, wrap BB1*, repeat between *,* till last 3 st. EW 3.
This will take out a few drops and changes the sizing.

*The pattern is railroaded by knitting the length on the width of the board but one can knit fewer multiples on any loom and skip 2-5 pegs before wrapping EW to get the same results and it will effectively "turn" it to the side.  You would just knit till you got the desired length. For example using a Knifty Knitter: work as a flat panel and skip enough pegs to make about a 4" drop, then wrap the next peg.  Leave 3 pegs at the end to finish the row in 3 EW. Knit till desired length.

Make sure you have at least 9-10 yards left on ball or skein to bind off (or 3.5 times the length of the loom following around the pegs on front & back).
Loose Slip knot bind off, making sure to yarn over around the holding pegs following the pattern it makes along the loom so bind off matches cast on drop stitches.
*If your yarn isn very nubby you can use my stretchy bind off but you will need to add extra wraps or chains between to span the distance between the drops; this changes the look of the edge to look crocheted which was not intended.*

Add fringe to both shorter ends as desired OR one of the longer sides to hang from back of shawl.

©2013 GoodKnit Kisses

Copyright GoodKnit Kisses; do not copy, in whole or in part, the above written pattern or video. Please link to this video or GoodKnitKisses blog or website. Pattern itself may not be re-sold or distributed but you may sell an item made by using this pattern.

Thank you!

Yarns used in above designs:
Sensations Enchantment Silver Metallic (388 yards in ball - 300 yards used) 21"x60" full size
Weight: 4 - Medium. 5 ozs. 142 gms. 388 yards. 355 meters. 92% Acrylic, 8% Polyester.

Lucci Melange Sunset Romance (216 yards in ball - all yardage used) 12-14"x60" smaller
Weight: Bulky. Merino Wool, Pima Cotton, Angora, Rayon, Sequins, Metallic, Acrylic, Nylon

TEST in sock weight!
Sensations Enchantment Bamboo & Ewe color ciscontinued (262 yards in ball - 200 yards used) Petite size
Sock Weight: 40% Wool, 30% Nylon, 15% Rayon. 2.12 oz, 60 grams, 262 yards, 260 meters.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Chocolate Filled Cupcakes Recipe just in time for Valentine's Day!

As a special treat for you; Kristen and her mom show you her favorite cupcakes from childhood! These are special & don't need icing. The recipe is by a sweet family friend named Deedra Van Dyke of whom has given her permission to reprint and film for YouTube.  Thank you Deedra! Deedra says, "We love to take them camping with us! Just throw them in the cooler and its such a treat!"

The chocolate filled cupcakes have a sweet cream & chocolate chip filling inside. Your friends and families will beg for more!

Also included in the video are two icing recipes for fun. One is a cream cheese made with Oreos blended, perfect for a sock monkey theme! The other is a Butter cream icing with maraschino cherry flavor as well and would be great for Valentine's Day with candied hearts, a cherry or red crystal sprinkles!

See the recipe below & follow along in the YouTube video:

Filled Chocolate Cupcakes 
by Deedra Van Dyke
(Makes 36 servings)

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
2/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tsp vanilla

8 ounces Cream cheese
1 whole egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Make filling mixture by beating cream cheese, egg, sugar and salt together and stir in chocolate chips.  Set aside. Preheat oven 350 degrees.  Beat up all other ingredients and fill muffin cups to 1/2 full.  Put a teaspoon of filling on top of each muffin cup and bake for 20 minutes.

Per serving: 173 calories; 8g Fat (40% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 25g Carbohydrate; 12mg Cholesterol; 110mg Sodium
(Nutritional information pulled from an automated system in a recipe software program called MasterChef - info is old)

Happy Baking!

Kristen Mangus
GoodKnit Kisses

How to make Chocolate Filled Cupcakes & Fun icing recipes

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Loom Along Baby Cocoon

Have you been wanting to make a simple baby cocoon but not sure how without a video? After far to long of putting it off I have recorded and posted a YouTube video of how to make a baby cocoon!  I've been asked for a while and finally did it.  Below you'll find the loom along video.  Grab some super bulky yarn or 3 strands of worsted and lets make a cocoon! 

in the video I make a more finished looking bind off than the regular drawstring.  If you want to make it more simple you can just put a string of yarn through all the loops on the pegs and bind it up that way.  I show how to do a gradual decrease to remove the normal bulkiness of the drawstring method.  Use this same technique for the crown of a hat made on this same loom as well! 

41 peg Knifty Knitter or 40 peg Boye Loom (Yellow 41 peg KK loom used in video)
Knitting pick
tape measure
crochet hook

Super Bulky #6 yarn (Lion Brand Homespun Thick & Quick used in video.  Pictures above is standard LB Homespun in the brown)
or use 3 strands of worsted weight yarn (video coming soon on pulling 3 strands at the same time from 1 ball of yarn!)

Cast on in Ewrap
Row 1: Ewrap

Repeat Row 1 till desired length achieve.  Recommend 18-20" or even 22"

Bind off:
Decreased crown bind off shown in video or standard drawstring bind off.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Yarn Giveaway & Granny Round Challenge 2013

GoodKnit Kisses is giving away 10,000 feet of free yarn!!!

Check out my Website for details on how to enter the Granny Round Challenge! Also check out the YouTube video vlog for more.

This month GoodKnitKisses celebrates our 2nd year on YouTube!  We are nearing 10,000 subscribers! (Currently we’re at 9,388 as of 01/03/2013). In celebration we will be having CHALLENGE GIVEAWAY!  We’re challenging YOU to make something, submit your photo & be entered to win 10,000 feet of yarn!

Please see the Contest Rules at the link below. If you do not know how to make a loom knit granny round you can access my free pattern & also a video loom along by clicking here! It’s a popular quick project.  Please visit out my main YouTube channel and if you are not subscribed, I’d be honored if you’d subscribe and check it out.  I am a YouTube Crafting Guru.  I teach how to loom & needle knit with a little crochet, general crafting & design as well. 


Here is the Yarny Link:


If we have an overwhelming response 2nd & 3rd drawings will take place for additional winners.  All winners will receive a GoodKnit Kisses pdf pattern of their choice (by email) and a signed postcard from Kristen just for fun! :-)  See this link for the card.  Feel free to download to make your own card to keep or hand out for other loom knitters. 

Good Luck & Happy Knitting!!

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