Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Finally Finished: The Rib-It! Sampler Throw

I finally finished putting together all these Rib-It blocks a few weeks ago.

You may notice there is one "outlier" on the bottom right.  I ran out of the ivory colored yarn, and I just looked at my stash and decided I cannot cram one more skein into one more bin.

So I used what I have and I don't care if it matches, by this time!  I am really getting lax in my old age.





My living room floor was dedicated to sewing the blocks together.  I kept them laid out, as I didn't want to get them out of order.



Needless to say, there were a lot of yarn-tails to weave in.


But I prevailed.  Yarn-tails are not the boss of me!





For the free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go together, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.

Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and post photos of your blocks.  I would really enjoy seeing them.  So far, it has been a fairly quiet group, but if there is something you'd like to discuss, feel free to start a topic of conversation!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! August Block of the Month

This highly textured, wavy rib calls for some interesting increase and decrease stitches.  If you've never done a M1R or M1L, there are lots of tutorials on YouTube.

As always, the finished size of this block as written is 8" square;  directions are included for adapting to other sizes.  Have fun!

Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and post photos of your blocks.  I would really enjoy seeing them.

For the other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.






COCOON STITCH BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 8 + 1.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 8.


MATERIALS
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch
SPECIAL STITCHES.
M1R = make one right
M1L = make one left
p5tog = purl five sts together.

DIRECTIONS
CO 39 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (WS):  k3, pm, p1, *k1, p1, k5, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, k1, *p5, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, p1, *M1L, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, M1R, p1, p5tog, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rows 4, 6, and 8:  k3, sm, k1, *p1, k1, p5, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rows 5 and 7:  k3, sm, p1, *k5, p1, k1, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 9:  k3, sm, p1, *p5tog, p1, m1L, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, M1R, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 10:  rep row 2.
Row 11:  rep row 1.
Row 12:  rep row 2.

Rep these 12 rows three times more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
LH = left hand
M1L = make one left
M1R = make one right
p = purl
p5tog = purl five sts together
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! July Block of the Month

This block pattern may look long and complicated, but once you know how to do the right and left twist stitches, it's not hard.  Just keep track of which row you're on.

As always, the finished size as written is 8" square, and directions are included for adapting to other sizes.  Have fun!



Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and post photos of your blocks.  I would really enjoy seeing them.

For the other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.




BRANCHING RIB BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 8 + 4.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 8.
MATERIALS
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch
SPECIAL STITCHES.
RT = right twist:  sk 1 st, k into 2nd st, then k the skipped st, and sl both sts off LH needle together.  LT = left twist:  sk 1 st, k into back loop of 2nd st, then k skipped st in front loop, and sl both sts off LH needle together.
DIRECTIONS
CO 42 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1, 3, 5 (WS):  k3, pm, k1, p3, *k5, p3, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, *LT, k1, p5, rep from * to last 7 sts, LT, k1, p1, sm, k3.
Row 4:  k3, sm, *k1, LT, p5, rep from * to last 7 sts, k1, LT, p1, sm, k3.
Row 6:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p4, RT, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 7:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k1, p1, k4, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 8:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p3, RT, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 9:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k2, p1, k3, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 10:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p2, RT, p2, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 11:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k3, p1, k2, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 12:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p1, RT, p3, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 13:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k4, p1, k1, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 14:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, RT, p4, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 15, 17, and 19:  k3, sm, *p3, k5, rep from * to last 7 sts, p3, k1, sm, k3.
Row 16:  k3, sm, p1, *k1, RT, p5, rep from * to last 6 sts, k1, RT, sm, k3.
Row 18:  k3, sm, p1, *RT, k1, p5, rep from * to last 6 sts, RT, k1, sm, k3.
Row 20:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, LT, p4, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 21:  rep row 13.
Row 22:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p1, LT, p3, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 23:  rep row 11.
Row 24:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p2, LT, p2, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 25:  rep row 9.
Row 26:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p3, LT, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 27:  rep row 7.
Row 28:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p4, LT, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.

Rep rows 1 through 18 once more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
LH = left hand
LT = left twist
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
RT = right twist
sk = skip
sl = slip stitch
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Coming Together, Sort of

Now that I have finished typing up all the patterns for Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, I am finally putting the worsted weight blocks together.  I decided to use mattress stitch and a tapestry needle, since that uses less yarn than crocheting blocks together, and I don't have a ton of any one color yarn left.

I still have quite a ways to go, but I am determined to work on it every day, primarily because it is taking up too much room on my living room floor, and it's cramping my Tai Chi practice.

Due to the stretchy nature of the ribs, some of the blocks seem much larger than others, but once they are sewn together, they should fit together nicely.  They should.  That doesn't mean they will!

Ha ha ha, just kidding, of course they will!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Giraffe Nemesis

Who knew that a giraffe would be my nemesis?

When I first started hoarding donated fabric for this charity quilt several years ago, I didn't really know what pattern I would use, I just knew I wanted to do something with a variety of jungle-themed fabrics that seemed to leap into my hand despite a prevalence of tans and browns, which are not my favorite colorways.


Eventually I ran across the (free!) Serengeti pattern by Jinny Beyer.  I love her fabrics and patterns, btw.

A few months ago, I finally got around to making the top, adding some extra borders (in order to use up more fabric, darn it!  I'm running out of storage!), and piecing a back big enough to quilt on my friend Debbie's longarm quilting machine.

Yesterday was my second time playing with that machine.  Debbie did all the heavy lifting--squaring and pinning and otherwise securing back, batting, and top, bobbin-ing and threading and everything else.

We chose a jungle-themed pantograph, and away I went, following the little laser light along the lines.  (I know that sentence won't make much sense to anyone who has never used a longarm, but it's kind of hard to explain, so...sorry!).

But the thread kept breaking as I neared the giraffe's horns.  They were much smaller than most of the pattern, and apparently I would slow down too much and then snip-snap-crunch, the top thread would break and instead of quilting, I would just be making little needle-sized holes in the quilt.

The back
Then Debbie had to come back, fuss with the threads to prevent knotting on the quilt, re-thread her machine, and then, off I went to the races until the next giraffe.

Blessings upon Debbie for her patience!  She's even going to put the binding on!

I arrived at her place with two big bags full of quilt top and back, scraps from a bunch of charity quilts I've already donated, and a bag of old shirts that were fraying.  (Debbie and her friends are filling pillowcases with shredded fabric and making pet-beds for local animal shelters.  Nothing wasted!!)

And I left her place four hours later with NO BAGS AT ALL!  It felt good to let go of some stuff.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Pattern: Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 4

The fourth and final part of my Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw series has now been published.  Hooray!  The eight blocks in this collection are some of my absolute favorites.

They range in skill level from intermediate to advanced.

Part 4 is now available on Etsy:  click here.   You can also purchase it on Ravelry:  click here.



As always, the finished size of each block as written is 8" square;  directions are included for adapting to other sizes.

For the free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and post photos of your blocks.  I would really enjoy seeing them.






















Thursday, June 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib-It! June Block of the Month

This two-color block is a great one for using up leftovers from a couple of skeins.


As always, the finished size as written is 8" square;  directions are included for adapting to other sizes.

Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and post photos of your blocks.  I would really enjoy seeing them.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 3, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.




For the other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

CHAIN OF TRIANGLES BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 6 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 6.  For a photo tutorial of how to change colors without cutting the yarn, click here and scroll down (past that free pattern) to the tutorial.
MATERIALS
Color A, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
Color B, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch

DIRECTIONS
With color A, CO 33 sts.  While this pattern does give a ribbed effect, it doesn't draw in as much as some other ribs, so we can get away with casting on fewer stitches than for some other blocks.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1 (WS):  k3, pm, k2, *p2, k1, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, pm, k3.
Row 2:  With color B, k3, sm, k1, kf&b, *sl1wyib, k3, sl1wyib, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, rep from * across to last 10 sts, sl1wyib, k3, sl1wyib, kf&b, k1, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, p3, *sl1wyif, p3, rep from * across to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 4:  With color A, k3, sm, k3, *ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.

Rep these 4 rows eleven times more.
With color A, knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
kf&b = knit in front and back of same st
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
sl = slip a stitch
sl1wyib = slip one stitch with yarn in back of work
sl1wyif = slip one stitch with yarn in front of work
sm = slip marker
ssk = slip, slip, knit
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs