Saturday, October 22, 2016

Knit Stitch Pattern Saturday

The stitch pattern that I have today is called Undulating Waves from Knit Stitch Dictionary by Debbie Tomkies.

This swatch is knit on U.S. Size 7 needles using a worsted weight yarn.  This is a 37 stitch pattern plus 6 edge stitches.  I cast on 1 width of the pattern and repeated the 14 rows of the pattern twice.

As you can see, this stitch pattern does not create a square.  The combinations of decreases and increases causes the pattern to have this unique shape.

One repeat of this pattern is 8 inches wide and when I cast off the upper edge, there is a 1 inch dip in the top edge.  So what is the best use of this stitch pattern?  Maybe as part of a shawl? Maybe a baby bib?  What do you think?

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Knitting a Dress for the Mini Corolle Doll

One of my favorite things to knit is clothes for Dolls. They are small projects that knit up in a short amount of time and give me a chance to experiment with stitch patterns and colors.  The knitting pattern for this dress, The Bell Skirt Dress, designed especially for the Corolle Mini Corolline doll, has gone through several versions.

The finished dress is knit using Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop, a cotton/bamboo DK weight yarn and a U.S. Size 4 knitting needles.  It's a wrap dress that uses ribbon to tie around the waist and finishes with a bow in the back.
I originally designed this dress for the Cindy Doll using worsted weight yarn.  Cindy Dolls are by Fibre Craft and are 6 3/4 inches tall.  The knitting pattern for this version is available for free in my Ravelry pattern shop.

And when I found the Corolle Mini Corolline Doll, I made it using worsted weight yarn.

This final version fits best and the yarn is the ideal size for this doll.

This doll will be added to my next Dressing Our Dolls display.  Periodically, I display my dolls and their handmade clothes in local Libraries and occasionally, I host a presentation that involves explaining the history behind each of the dolls and the outfits that I've made for them.  Here's the link to Dressing Our Dolls with more doll clothes and details.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Knit Stitch Pattern Saturday

This week I explored another type of diamond pattern.  This one is created over 17 stitches and uses yarn overs with knit 2 together and slip, slip, knit decreases to outline the stockinette stitch diamond.

I added 8 stitches on each side of the pattern to create my swatch, the outer 2 stitches are in garter stitch to keep it from rolling.  Using worsted weight yarn and a U.S. Size 7 needle this diamond is 6 inches long and 4 inches wide.

I believe this pattern would be better in a design using Dk or sport weight yarn with a larger number of stitches per inch.  I'll be experimenting with incorporating this in a pillow design.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Knitting a Spa Quality Washcloth

When I want to knit a quality washcloth, I use Louet Euroflax Sport Weight linen yarn.  Once machine washed and dried, it becomes wonderfully soft.

This design is based on the Diamond Stitch pattern that I posted in my Stitch Pattern Saturday post.  For this washcloth, I used one skein of Euroflax doubled on U.S. Size 6 knitting needles.  The knitting went quickly and I was done in a few hours.  The pattern is available in both my Ravelry Pattern Shop and Craftsy Pattern Shop.

Knit Diamond Spa Cloth
(c)D. Trainor
Knit Diamond Spa Cloth
(c)D. Trainor
The Diamond pattern works beautifully adding texture to this 8-inch by 9-inch washcloth. The pattern is simple to knit using a combination of knit and purl stitches and looks great on the reverse side too.

With the Holidays approaching, now is a great time to knit several of these for gifts.

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