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A quick and delicious summer recipe!



What is a frittata? It's an Italian dish made with fried, beaten eggs. AND it's delicious.

I make this dish all the time in the summer and usually pair it with a salad or fruit dish. Today I was in a hurry and just put some simple mandarin oranges with it. It's wonderful for any meal of the day and makes excellent leftovers as it heats up easily in the microwave. It's also a beautiful dish to look at making it perfect for a fancy brunch (you don't have to tell your guests how easy it was to make).  

How do you make it? See below...


Artichoke Frittata Recipe


  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup white onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasonings (dry)
  • 1 TB Parsley (dry)

-Sautee the above ingredients in a non-stick, broiler safe, frying pan for about 3 minutes.

  • 6 eggs, beaten.
  • 1/2 tsp nu-salt (if you are trying to cut down on sodium, otherwise use regular salt)
  • 1/2 tsp regular salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh pepper

-Whisk all ingredients together and pour over onion mixture in the pan. 

  • 14 ounce can quartered, artichoke hearts.

-Place artichoke hearts evenly over egg mixture.

-Cover the pan and over medium-low heat, cook for 7-8 minutes. Edges should be brown but top will not be fully cooked.
Set oven to broil and broil Frittata for approximately 3 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy!


  • Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese on top (optional)



Use a rubber spatula lightly around edges and your frittata will slide out of the pan easily. Cut into equal sections and serve with a side salad or fruit cup. You can make this the night before serving
 and heat up in the oven also.






It's officially summer and I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July. Mine was spent with family on the beaches of Brigantine, NJ. It was a fun day of swimming in the ocean, good food and corn hole. Unfortunately, I lost every game but luckily I'm a good sport! It was a perfect day except for the green head flies which were apparently in a relentless feeding frenzy. Sometimes it can be hard to share the outdoors with the local wildlife. I took the above shell picture at the Brigantine, South End Cove late in the day just before the sun set.

So recently there's been some time off and my studio has been quiet but I did find some time to finish the Kilobyte Cowl Pattern. I'm really excited about this cowl. I love the "digital" look to its' color patterning and the color combinations. It's a loom friendly cowl and will work on any loom using even peg numbers. If changing the loom, just remember to use the proper yarn weight. I really like this cowl on a smaller gauge loom as you get more color patterning, which really shows off the effect.

When I first shared this cowl on social media, it really got a lot of attention. Lots of people commented on it and loved its' design and colorway. For that reason, I decided to make it available to everyone and place this one on the blog as a free pattern. The free pattern is below and I hope you enjoy it. Happy 4th of July week!

Happy Looming - Nicole


Loom Knit Kilobyte Cowl
Free Pattern


This urban style cowl features modern Fair Isle colorwork, a hemmed neckline for comfort and a flattering ribbed bottom border.

Level:  Confident Beginner+
Finished Measurements:  10”/25.4 cm L x 22”/55.9 L.
Gauge: 18 sts and 22 rows = 4”/10.2 Square in Stockinette St.

Yarn:  Patons Classic Wool Worsted, 100% wool, #4 worsted weight, 209 yds/192m, 3.5ozs/100gms.
  • 1 skein each, (B) Seabreeze Ombre (#77735), (C) Magenta (#77402) and (A) Grey Mix.

Supplies
  • Loom:  Small Gauge, 3/8” peg spacing round loom with 90 pegs. The pattern works in multiples of 2. The KB Adjustable loom was used in sample. You may change loom/peg #'s to suit. This is a Loom Friendly cowl and will work on any loom at any gauge using appropriate yarn weight and an even number of pegs/stitches. Do a gauge swatch to make sure it will be the size you want and fit over your head if changing the loom.
  • Knitting tool
  • Crochet hook
  • Measuring tape

Pattern Notes
The cowl is worked in the round from top down. It has a hemmed top border (you can easily add ribbing if you prefer) and ribbed bottom border.
The cowl is gauged using the regular knit stitch (this is the only stitch I use for colorwork such as Fair Isle as it gives the crispest look to your stitches). If using the u-knit you may have to add more rows/stitches. The e-wrap knit is not recommended for this pattern.


Pattern


Foundation Rnd:  Chain CO 90 sts with 1 strand A; join to work in the round.
Rnd 1:  Knit in A.
Repeat row 1 until work measures 3”/7.6 cm.
Create hem:  Lift the 1st row of stitches (cast-on row) up onto the loom one by one until all stitches are lifted (just like a hat brim) being careful to keep your sts in line.

Begin Center of Cowl
Rnds 1-3:  Knit in A.
Begin Color Pattern (chart is located at the end of this pattern)
Rnds 1-7:  *K1 in B, k1 in A, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 8-14:  *K1 in A, k1 in B, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 15-21:  *K1 in C, k1 in A, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 22-28:  *K1 in A, k1 in C, rep from * to end of rnd.
Rnds 29-42:  As rounds 1-14.
You may adjust rnds in this section to achieve the desired height of your cowl. Use a measuring tape for best results.


Begin Bottom Ribbing
Rnd 1:  *K1, p1, rep from * to end of rnd.
Repeat rnd 1 until bottom ribbing measures 1 ¼”/3.2 cm. 
Bind off:  Chain one bind off all pegs.

Finish:  Weave in ends and block to even out stitches.



Abbreviation
Definition
Knit
Regular knit st. Reach up through loop on peg grabbing the working yarn, forming a new loop. Pull current st off of the loom and place new loop onto the peg. Video
Chain CO
Video  This is my most commonly used cast on.
Purl
Purl st. Reach down through the loop on peg, grabbing the working yarn, forming a new loop. Pull current st off of the loom and place new loop onto peg.   Video
Chain One BO
Chain one bind off. Also referred to as the single crochet bind off. Video


Hello everyone! I hope you are enjoying the start of summer. I sure am as I spent the day loom knitting a baby blanket outside in the sunshine yesterday before the heat wave begins. This is my favorite season.

I'm happy to announce that we have a new cowl pattern available for the loom knitting community. It's being hosted exclusively by the Knitting Board on their blog. This cowl is drapey and super feminine and best of all, easy to loom knit! Please check it out and take some time to look around KB's site as they have so many quality looms and patterns for our community.





Here are some more loom knitting stitches. Special instructions can be found at the end of this post. For other stitches/techniques please go to the "learn" tab/glossary. I hope you are enjoying our stitch series and you can visit the entire dictionary here.


GANSEY PATTERNS



Ladder Stitch

Panel of 10 sts
Row 1 P1, k8, p1.
Row 2 P1, k8, p1.
Row 3 K10
Row 4 P1, k8, p1
Repeat rows 1-4.


Lightning

Panel of 8 sts
Row 1 K1, p2, k5.
Row 2 K4, p2, k2.
Row 3 K3, p2, k3.
Row 4 K2, p2, k4.
Row 5 K5, p2, k1.
Row 6 As row 4.
Row 7 As row 3.
Row 8 As row 2.
Rep rows 1-8.


Moss Stitch Ladder

Panel of 5 sts
Row 1 P1, (k1, p1) twice.
Row 2 P5

Rep rows 1 and 2.

LACE PANELS



Flower Panel

Panel of 13 sts
Row 1 P1, k4, ssk-yo, k5, p1.
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18 P1, k11, p1.
Row 3 P1, k3, ssk-yo, k1, yo-k2tog, k3, p1.
Row 5 P1, k2, ssk-yo, k3, yo-k2tog, k2, p1.
Row 7 P1, (k1, ssk-yo) 2 times, k2, yo-k2tog, k1, p1.
Row 9 P1, k3, ssk-yo, k1, yo-k2tog, k3, p1.
Row 11 P1, k2, ssk-yo, k3, yo-k2tog, k2, p1.
Row 13 P1, k5, bobble, k5, p1.
Row 15 P1, (k3, bobble) 2 times, k2, p1.
Row 17 As row 13.
Repeat rows 1-18.

Bobble
Knit over 1 time catching that stitch on a stitch holder. K1, p1, k1 on the same peg. Place stitch on stitch holder back on the peg, knit bottom stitch over top stitch.

EYELETS



Tilting Eyelets

Multiple of 22 + 2
Row 1 Knit
Row 2 Knit
Row 3 K2, *(yo-k2tog) 4 times, k4, (ssk-yo) 4 times, k2, rep from * to end.
Row 4 Knit


Open Buttonhole Stitch

Row 1 Knit
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 K8, *BO 6 sts, k6 (including last st used in BO), rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 4 P8, *CO 6 sts, p6, rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.
Row 5 Knit
Row 6 Purl
Row 7 K2, *BO 6 sts, k6 (including last st used in BO), rep from * to last 8 sts, BO 6 sts, k2 (including last st used in BO).
Row 8 P2, *CO 6 sts, p6, rep from * to last 8 sts, CO 6 sts, p2.
Repeat rows 1-8.


Overlapping Waves

Multiple of 6 sts + 4
Row 1 K2, *yo-k2tog, k4, rep from * to last 2 sts, yo-k2tog.
Row 2 and all even rows Knit
Row 3 K2, *cf2-mf1, fg, yo, k1, k2/1, k3, rep from * to last 2 sts, yo-k2tog.
Row 5 K2, *cf3-mf1, fg, yo, k2, k2/1, k2, rep form * to last 2 sts, yo-k2tog.
Row 7 K2, *cf4-mf1, fg, yo, k3, k2/1, k1, rep from * to last 2 sts, yo-k2tog.
Row 9 K2, *cf5-mf1, fg, yo, k4, k2/1, rep from * to last 2 sts, yo-k2tog.
Row 10: Knit
Repeat rows 1-10.


Chevron Lace Stitch

Multiple of 13
Row 1 k1, yo-k2tog, k7, ssk-yo, k1.
Row 2 and all even rows Knit
Row 3: k2, yo-k2tog, k5, ssk-yo, k2.
Row 5 k3, yo-k2tog, k3, ssk-yo, k3.
Row 7 k4, yo-k2tog, k1, ssk-yo, k4.
Row 8 Knit


Tilted Block Lace

Knitted in a multiple of 16 sts, + 1
Rows 1, 3, 5 and 7 * (Ssk-yo) 4 times, k8; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8 * P9, k7; repeat from * to last st, p1.
Rows 9, 11, 13 and 15 K1, * k8, (yo-k2-tog) 4 times; repeat from * to end.
Rows 10, 12, 14 and 16 P1, * k7, p9; repeat from * to end.
Repeat rows 1-16.


Staggered Eyelets

Knitted in a multiple of 4 + 3 sts
Row 1 Right side: Knit all sts.
Row 2 Knit
Row 3 K2, * yo-k2tog, k2 ; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 Knit
Row 6 Knit
Row 7 * yo-k2tog, k2; repeat from * to last 3 sts, yo-k2tog, k1.
Row 8 Knit
Repeat rows 1-8.


Flame Chevron

Knitted in a multiple of 7 sts, + 4
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23  Knit all sts.
Row 2  K3, * ssk, move back 5 sts, k5, yo; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 4  K3, * ssk, move back 4 sts, k4, yo, k1; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 6  K3, * ssk, move back 3 sts, k3, yo, k2; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 8  K3, * ssk, move back 2 sts, k2, yo, k3; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 10  K3, * ssk, move back 1 st, k1, yo, k4; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 12  K3, * yo-ssk, k5; repeat from * to last st, k1.
Row 14: K1, * yo, k5, k2-tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 16  K1, * k1, yo, k4, k2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 18  K1, * k2, yo, k3, k2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 20  K1, * k3, yo, k2, k2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 22  K1, * k4, yo, k1, k2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.
Row 24  K1, * k5, yo, k2tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Explanation of Row 14
Row 14  K1, * yo, count forward  6 sts, move that stitch to the next peg, move 5 sts forward (making room for the yo) filling the gap made by the k2tog, knit those 5 sts, k2-tog; repeat from * to last 3 sts, k3.

Do the same for rows 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 using stitch counts within those rows.


Purse Stitch

Multiple of 2 sts
Row 1 P1, *yo-p2tog, rep from * to last st, p1.
Row 2 K1, *yo-k2tog, rep from * to last st, k1.
Repeat rows 1 and 2.


Trellis Mesh

Row 1 K1, *yo-k2tog, rep from * to end.
Row 2 Knit
Repeat rows 1 and 2.


Textured Eyelets

Rows 1 and 3 *K1, p3, rep from * to last st, k1.
Rows 2 and 4 Knit
Row 5 *K1, mf1, yo, cf2-mb1, k3/1, yo, rep from * to last st, k1.
Row 6 Knit
Repeat rows 1-6.


Special Directions/Instruction (all other stitches can be found at the top of our blog under the learn tab/glossary)
Sk2po = Skip 1st st, k2, move sts back to peg 1 and pass the 1st st over sts 2 and 3.
k-m1stb = Knit next stitch, move it back 1 stitch.
Fg = fill gap. Move all sts forward/back to fill gap and make room for the yarn over.
Cf6-mf2 = Count forward to the 6th st, (or designated stitch if # is different) move that stitch forward 2 (or designated # if different.
k-mb4 = knit the next stitch and move it back 1 peg, repeat 4 times (or designated # of times).
Move back (#) of sts = Move the indicated number of stitches back one peg, one by one. This will make room for the yarn over.

CF4 (over 4 pegs) = Place stitch 1 and stitch 2 on stitch holder, keeping them in order.
Knit the stitch on peg 3 and place it on peg 1. Knit the stitch on peg 4 and place it on peg 2. Take the stitch from peg 1 and place it on peg 3. Take the stitch from peg 2 and place it on peg 4. Knit both of these stitches. Pull gently on all sts to tighten up a bit.

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