Saturday, September 24, 2016

Knit Stitch Pattern Saturday

This stitch pattern is a new favorite.  An open diamond shape using only knit and purl stitches to create an interesting design.

The pattern is a 16 stitch repeat plus 1 stitch at the end.  This is 2 repeats.  I cast on 33 stitches on U.S. Size 7 needles with a worsted weight yarn and did the 21 row pattern only once.

The knit swatch measures 8 inches by 4 inches.  I think adding a border and one more repeat of the 21 row pattern will turn this stitch swatch into a lovely washcloth.  I have some lovely Euroflax Linen by Louet that will make it extra special and the ideal Hostess gift for my holiday visits.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Turning Knit Afghan Squares into Pillows

Many years ago, I participated in a KAL at a local yarn shop that involved making a 12 inch square each week that would then be sewn together into an afghan.  It consisted of a total of 20 squares.  Unfortunately, I only knit 5 squares.  Those 5 squares have been sitting in a knitting bag for quite awhile and I finally decided what to do with them.  I bought a 12 inch pillow form and decided to sew 2 squares together to make a pillow.

The flower square is a design of my own and as soon as I can find the pattern that I wrote out, I'll be sharing it with all of you.  I added a piece of blue felt under the flower to help it stand out.

The other square is a traditional diamond pattern of knit and purl stitches.

I learned to sew zippers into my knitting last year and so I added a zipper to make the pillow cover removable for washing.

My question to all of you is this:

Have you re-purposed parts of a knitting project that didn't quite make it to completion?

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Knit Stitch Pattern Saturday

Here is a knit lace pattern that is simple with only an 8 row repeat over 11 stitches.  It is called King Charles Lace.
The center 11 stitches are the pattern forming a diamond shape with a curved outer edge.  For my swatch, I cast on 25 stitches and worked a stockinette stitch over 5 stitches on each side and 2 stitch edging of garter stitch so it would not curl.

The photo is on size 7 needles using worsted weight yarn.  Each square of the background is one inch.  I repeated the pattern 3 times to give me a 4 inch length.

Now to decide what to design with this lovely lace insert.  Maybe it belongs in a fancy washcloth, maybe part of the edge of a place mat for my dining table, maybe even as part of a nice blanket.

What would you use this stitch pattern to create?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Knitting Headbands, Boot Cuffs, and Scarves, Oh My!

Leisure Arts, one of my long time favorite providers of knitting patterns and the publisher of my Knit Dress Dishcloths Knitting Patterns, sent me a copy of their new publication, Cozy Fashion Accents.  I was pleased to find 10 sets that each include a headband, boot cuffs, and a scarf to match.  The final pages of all Leisure Arts knitting publications continue to have wonderful general instructions for the new knitter.

DIY Fashion Accents

I decided to start with the headband since I always have trouble with my ears in the cold weather.  Walking the dog several times a day means that I need to keep my ears covered every time I go outside.  I tried the Hurdle stitch headband on page 18.  I had plenty of skeins of worsted weight yarn to choose from in my stash. The pattern calls for 364 yards of worsted weight yarn for the entire set.  The skein I used has 200 yards so I'll probably shorter the scarf to less than the 57 inches in the pattern.

Using Size 9-16 inch circular needles, I cast on to knit in the round as instructed.  I'm so pleased that within a 3 hours, I had a completed headband.  The width of this headband is about 3 1/2 inches and it stretched nicely when I put it on.

These  will be great for holiday gifts and I will probably knit a few more for myself.

I'm looking forward to knitting the Slip Stitch set next.

These cold weather accessories are great for using up those single skeins of yarn that I couldn't resist because the color was so appealing.

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