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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Knit Stitch Pattern Saturday

This is Week 4 of Stitch Pattern Saturday.  This week I knit the stitch pattern used in the Plymouth Yarn 8 hour Baby Blanket Book.  I finished a blanket using this stitch pattern recently.  I love the ease of stitching this pattern.





 Here's the stats on my swatch:
  • This pattern is a 4 stitch repeat.  My swatch is 9 repeats of the pattern 
  •  It was done on U.S. Size 7 needles with worsted weight cotton.
  •  I repeated the 4 row stitch pattern 9 1/2 times. 
  •  It measures 7 1/2 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches long.




This is a great stitch for dishcloths.    I'm adding this to my stitch pattern notebook for future projects.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Knit Stitch Pattern Saturday

This is Week 3 of Stitch Pattern Saturday.  This week I knit the Garter Stitch Cobblestones pattern in the 400 knitting stitches book by Potter Craft.

Here's the stats on my swatch:
  • This pattern is a 12 stitch repeat.  My swatch is 3 repeats of the pattern along with an edge stitch on each side for a total of 38 stitches
  •  It was done on U.S. Size 7 needles with worsted weight cotton.
  •  I repeated the 24 row stitch pattern 1 1/2 times. 
  •  It measures 9 inches wide and 6 1/2 inches long.




This is a great stitch for dishcloths.  Another use might be as the edges for a blanket when used with another stitch pattern.  I'm adding this to my stitch pattern notebook for future projects.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Stitch Pattern Saturday-Diamond and Garter Stitch Rib

Welcome to Week 2 of my Stitch Pattern Saturday..  I have several stitch pattern books and this week I tried the Diamond and Garter Stitch Rib pattern in the 400 knitting stitches book by Potter Craft.



Here's the stats on my swatch:
  • This pattern is a 13 stitch repeat plus 4 additional stitches.  My swatch is 3 repeats of the pattern along with an edge stitch on each side for a total of 45 stitches
  •  It was done on U.S. Size 7 needles with worsted weight cotton.
  •  It measures approximately 10 1/2 inches wide.
  •  I repeated the 8 row stitch pattern 2 times. 
  •  It measures 3 inches long.

I'm adding this swatch to my stitch pattern notebook although I admit that I'm not thrilled with this pattern.  But it might be just what I'm looking for one day.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stitch Pattern Saturday

My Summer project this year is to expand my repertoire of stitch patterns.  I have several stitch pattern books and started with the Tile 1 pattern in the 400 knitting stitches book by Potter Craft.

 



Here's the stats on my swatch:
  • This pattern is a 14 stitch repeat.  My swatch is 3 repeats of the pattern along with an edge stitch on each side.
  •  It was done on U.S. Size 7 needles with worsted weight cotton.
  •  It measures approximately 11 inches wide.
  •  I repeated the 12 row stitch pattern 3 times. 
  •  It measures 6 1/2 inches long.

I've set up a notebook and I'm going to create a collection of my favorite stitch patterns so that when I'm ready to create, I have a personal reference resource.

This idea came about as a result of my recent class with Knitwear designer Deborah Newton.  She stressed the idea of making swatches just for the fun of it.  She had a whole collection of large, beautiful swatches and I was inspired.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sewing Class Project Spring 2015

Teaching How to Use your Sewing Machine at the local community school was once again, an enjoyable experience.  I taught the first group in the Fall of 2013, Here's the link to their projects, the second group in the Fall of 2014, here's the link to their projects and now this group.  I did this semester a little differently.  The first class was the Beginner group.  I limited the enrollment to 8 students this time.  A much needed adjustment, class was more manageable.  

As in the past, I started with winding a bobbin and threading the machine and then we proceeded to making the tote bags.  Here's an example of my students finished projects.




 


The second 5 week session was an Intermediate class, open to students of my beginner classes.  I limited that class to 6 individuals.  Each student had a choice of patterns.




We started week one with learning to read the back of the pattern envelope including what type and how much fabric to use, what size to make, and notions and tools that would be needed.  Then we opened the pattern instructions and read through them and picked out the needed pieces of the pattern and loosely cut them out.  My students' reaction to the tissue paper was quite amusing.  They were really concerned with the weight of the tissue paper.

Week 2, each student pinned their pattern pieces to the fabric that they had purchased.  This reinforced my decision to limiting the class to 6 students.  Today's public school classrooms do not have the large tables that are needed.  Luckily we were in a Science lab and the tables were arranged 2 together making a suitable surface to lay out the pattern pieces.

Week 3,4, & 5 were dedicated to sewing.  Here's a few pictures of some of the finished projects.





Hopefully my students will continue to sew.  We had a good time together.  I believe sewing to be an important skill and a wonderful way to express your creativity. 

So have you done any sewing lately?  Do you know someone who would benefit from your knowledge and learn to sew?






Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wishing All a Happy Mothers Day with a Free Knit Dress Dishcloth Pattern



Happy Mother's Day.  To celebrate, I wanted to share this Dress Dishcloth pattern with you.  I originally published this in the Spring of 2014 as a fund raiser for Chicks and Ducks for Heifer International.
 





Materials:
Size 7 U.S. Knitting Needles (4.5 mm)
Crochet Hook U.S. Size G6/4.00 mm
1 Skein Worsted Weight Cotton in Main Color (A)
 Sample used Sugar and Cream Soft Violet #00093 and Country Yellow #01612
Small Amount of coordinating solid Color (B)


 
 Skirt
 Cast on 34 stitches

Using Main Color (A) Knit one row

Row 1-(A) Knit
Row 2-(A) Purl
Row 3-(B) K1, *YO, k2tog, k2* Repeat ** ending last repeat
 with k3
Row 4-(B) Knit
Row 5-(A) Knit
Row 6-(A) Purl
Row 7-(B) K3, *YO, k2tog, k2* Repeat ** ending last repeat
 with k1
Row 8-(B) Knit
Row 9-(A) Knit
Row 10-(A) Purl
Row 11-(B) K1, *YO, k2tog, k2* Repeat ** ending last repeat with k3
Row 12-(B) Knit

Change to Color (A) work in stockinette stitch starting with a knit row and knitting first and last stich on purl rows until piece measures 4 inches from cast on edge
 
Waist- change to color (B) for waistband

Row 1-K1, SSK 8 times, K2tog 8 times, K1 (18 stitches remain)
Row 2-Knit across
Row 3-K1, SSK 4 times, K2tog 4 times, K1 (10 stitches remain)
Row 4-Knit across

Change to (A) main color for Bodice

Row 1- K3, M1, K4, M1,K3
Row 2- k1, p10, k1
Row 3- k3, m1, k6, m1, k3
Row 4- k1, p12, k1
Row 5- knit across
Row 6- k1, p12, k1
Row 7- knit across
Row 8- k1, p12, k1
 
Neckline & Shoulders

Row 1- k4, cast off center 6, k3

Work on 4 stitches on one side

Row 1-K1, p3
Row 2-Knit
Row 3K1, p3
Bind off 4 stitches

Reattach solid yarn to other side at center of neckline (WS) facing

Row 1-P3, k1
Row 2-Knit
Row 3-P3, k1

Bind off leaving last loop to begin crochet chain and neckline trim
Starting with the loop from bind off – chain 12 and attach to the other side of neckline

Slip Stitch crochet around neck opening, slip stitch crochet in each chain for hanger and Fasten Off

Weave in ends




Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter





Thanks to all of you for knitting the dress dishcloths.  Part of the pattern sale proceeds have gone to purchase chicks and ducks through Heifer International.

http://www.heifer.org/



Dress Dishcloth Knit Pattern Purchasers
This gift to Heifer in your honor is a driving force for change and will help to end hunger and poverty worldwide.
A family in need will receive:
  • Gift of a Flock of Chicks Gift of a Flock of Chicks
  • Gift of a Flock of Ducks Gift of a Flock of Ducks
I made a gift in your honor.
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