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.

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.
Color A, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
Color B, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
4.5 sts per inch

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.

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

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fancy Forest Adventure

Another project I'm working on is a block of the month quilt class with friends, doing the Fancy Forest pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

I love these critters!




I am going to have to miss the upcoming hedgehog class, so I gathered my courage and tried doing them myself at home, and behold!  I figured it out!  I only had to rip out a couple of seams along the way, due to not looking carefully enough at the diagrams.

The bunnies look a bit pale and grim, alas.  They obviously didn't get enough chocolate at Easter.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Eight-Pointed Flower Block

I have loved this Eight-Pointed Flower crochet pattern by Julie Yeager for a loooong time, and I finally decided to make some, using up my enormous bags o' scraps.

I am NOT loving my color combos, but my choices are limited, since I am determined to use up the scraps.  That sunny yellow is really a mustard yellow, which I inherited from somebody somewhere, and which kinda clashes with everything.

Someday I hope to make more of these with some colors I adore.

In the meantime, you can see many other beautiful blocks by clicking here.  Her pattern now offers the option of 9" and 12" squares.

And you can check out some other designs by Julie Yeager.  She has some winners!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New Pattern: Rosetta Shawlette

I named this shawlette "Rosetta" because the yarn I had was rose-colored (obvious, I know) and I had a friend in the good old days whose middle name was Rosetta, so, why not honor a pal?

It then occurred to me:  good heavens, she's the one who taught me how to crochet all those years ago! High time she had a pattern named after her!

The main body of the shawlette is crocheted lengthwise using a simple combination of single and double crochets.  The scalloped border is then crocheted along the shaped bottom edge.  I'd say it calls for intermediate level skill, due to the (very simple, I promise!) increase and decrease stitches, and the bobble stitches in the border.

Here it is during blocking--a pin in every picot!

The finished piece measures 13" at its widest point, and about 56" long once blocked.

The yarn I used is one of my favorites:  Hearthside Fibers "Extravagance," which is a DK weight Polwarth and Silk yarn.

You can buy the Rosetta Shawlette pattern on Etsy here and on Ravelry here.

Happy crocheting!