Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Pattern: Easter Egg Hat

Here's a knitted Easter Egg Hat for the little egghead in your family.

The pattern is written for a newborn size, but directions for adapting it to other sizes are included.

This first one was knitted with Plymouth Baby Bunny yarn (a discontinued yarn, alas).  I still have quite a lot of this stuff, leftover from the Log Cabin blanket I crocheted about 4 years ago.

I blogged about the blanket, which I crocheted using a free pattern; you will find the link to the pattern and lots more pics here.

After I typed up the Easter Egg Hat pattern, I experimented with Tahki Cotton Classic to make another.  I ended up using a #3 needle, even though I usually use a #4 with this stuff.  Let's face it, I am a loosey-goosey knitter.

Tahki Cotton Classic is one of my favorite yarns for baby hats.  Lots of colors to choose from, no worries about allergies to woolly fibers, machine washable--what's not to like?

View from the top

So cheerful!  I especially love the starburst on the top.

The pattern is available on Etsy here.
You can also get it on Ravelry, retail or wholesale, here.

Happy knitting!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sunshine Quilt

These blocks, which look like suns to me, were donated to our Community Projects group.  I only had to trim them to the same size before adding the sashing and border, so this was a relatively quick quilt top to throw together.

I was going to turn it in as is, but then I found some backing fabric in the charity stash, so I sucked it up and made the backing.

I incorporated the last two blocks, rather than shuttle them back to Community Projects--more orphan blocks:  just what we (do not) need.

But someone else will be doing the actual quilting on this one.  I had to draw the line somewhere!  I have seven finished quilt tops hanging in my closet, waiting for me to quilt them!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bulky Blue Rib-It Block

I am playing around with some of my Rib-It block patterns using Plymouth Galway Chunky yarn and size 10 needles.  Using the patterns as written for 8" squares and worsted weight yarn, these are coming out to a nice, cushy 10" square block, just because of the change in yarn thickness and needle size.

Here's the first one, from Rib-It!  A Sampler Throw, Part 3, the Hunter's Rib.

Love the blue!  This is very nice knittin' yarn, btw.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

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

This free block pattern is from the third installment of Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw.  Skill level of this collection ranges from easy/intermediate to intermediate.  Below, you can see pics of all the blocks included in Part 3.

For 6 block patterns that are all easy, Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 1 is also available online, while Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 2 has easy to easy/intermediate patterns.

Directions are written for 8” squares;  information on how to adapt to other sizes is included.

Join the free Rib It Blanket Knit-Along group on Ravelry for tips and special offers on my patterns!


© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele
YIYO Designs

You can do this all in one color, or change color as desired.  I changed for the 4th through 7th repeat, then changed back to the first color, the reason being, I was running out of the dark yarn.  Secrets of the design world revealed!  And I needed another block that looked more or less dark for the block layout I want.

Materials needed:
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn per square
#7 knitting needles
Optional:  stitch markers
4.5 sts per inch in stockinette

TO MAKE THE BOBBLE:  (k1, k1tbl, k1) in next st, turn the work, k3, turn, p3, turn, k3, turn, sl 1 as if to k, k2tog, psso.

MAKE THE SNEAKY, CHEATING, DIRTY, LOW-DOWN BOBBLE.  True confessions:  I get cranky when I have to keep turning the work to make a bobble, so I usually "cheat," i.e., modify the instructions so I don't have to turn the work.  How do I do this?  By knitting back backwards.  I know it sounds redundant, but think of it this way.  If you turn the work, you are knitting back.  If you don't turn the work, you are knitting back, backwards.  I've also heard it called mirror knitting.

It does change the look of the bobble a bit, but not so's you'd notice, especially if you were riding past on a racehorse.

I further cheat sometimes by not purling at all for the bobble.  The original instructions say to p3 after one of the turns.  But you could just k3.  Why not?  Who's to say?  Does the racehorse care?  No, he or she does not.

For a quick video on how to knit back backwards, click here.

Okay, back to work:  The stitch pattern for the Big Bobble Rib is a multiple of 7 + 2.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 7.

CO 36 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, k2, *p2, k1, p2, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, p2, *k2, p1, k2, p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, k2, *p2, work bobble, p2, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 4:  rep row 2.
Rep these 4 rows until piece measures 7.5” from CO edge.
Knit 4 rows.

BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
k1tbl = knit 1 through back loop
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
p = purl
pm = place marker
psso = pass slipped stitch over
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sl = slip stitch
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
tbl = through back loop

YO Cable

Here are pictures of the block patterns included in Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 3.

Tunnel Lace

Baby Bobble Rib

Double Twisted Rib
Embossed Rib

Imitation Embroidery Rib
Herringbone Rib

Hunter's Rib

Knotted Rib

Ringlet Rib

To buy Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 3 on Etsy, click here.
To buy it on Ravelry, click here.

To buy the super-easy collection, Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 1, on Ravelry, click here.
To buy it on Etsy, click here.

Click here to buy Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 2 on Etsy.
Click here to buy it on Ravelry.

For the free January block of the month, click here.
For the free February block of the month, click here.

Monday, February 27, 2017

A Fine Mess

It's all my fault.  I take full responsibility.  It started with an email I sent to my buddy Elisa, to wit, "Hi, have you seen this?  Very tempting to start...if I only had fifty hours in a day."

And I sent her this link:

And then we both got hooked.  (Sorry for the pun.  I know it gets old, but it's irresistible!)

I pulled out my huge bag of worsted weight scraps, and got going.

And going.

I was using a lot of variegated and somewhat self-striping odds and ends, so mine has a different look than the original gorgeous design, and I really like Elisa's better than mine, too--click here to see hers.

But once I got the solid black around the outside, I started liking mine well enough.  I think aiming for a rainbow effect in those petals really helped as well.

I swore I was done, because weaving in all those yarn tails is not my favorite thing to do.  But what to do with just a big old circle?  I wasn't going to make a pillow, as the original pattern suggests.  And I don't really have a lot of space for giant doilies.

So I started thinking, "Blanket."  I found myself digging through all my bins of yarn for yet more worsted weight scraps, and realized that instead of shrinking the scrap bag that was lying around my office, getting in my way, I have doubled it.

In fact, now there are two giant scrap bags lying around, getting in my way.

I haven't blocked the second circle yet, but you get the idea.

Who knows?  A blanket could happen.  Eventually.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Pattern: Mountain Girl Cowl

Presenting the Mountain Girl Cowl.  I made the first of these a long time ago, and always meant to type up the pattern (now available for purchase on Etsy and Ravelry).

By the time I got around to it, I decided I had better make another just to make sure I knew what I was doing.

Found a better way to write the directions, actually.  Hooray!  It's always worth a second test knit.

Knitted in the round, you start with a seed stitch border.  You could do garter stitch instead of seed stitch.  If you choose garter, just remember that you're knitting in the round, so Round 1 will be knit, and Round 2 will be purl.  (If you were knitting flat, you would simply knit each row for garter stitch.)

Then you start the relatively simple lace pattern, and the border again, in due course.

Chunky yarn makes this a fast knit, so if you need a last-minute gift for someone (or yourself!) this pattern comes in handy.

I used Eco-Wool for the one above, and Kertzer Tweed Montage for this lovely blue and purple one.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Knitting Through The Back Loop--A Photo Tutorial

Here is possibly the shortest tutorial ever for how to knit through the back loop (tbl).

In the first picture, we are knitting as "normal," with the right hand needle going under the front of the loop on the left needle, and up into the stitch before we wrap the working yarn and knit the stitch.

I apologize to lefties who may be reversing which needle pokes where--this is one reason I put "normal" in quotes!

In the second picture, the right hand needle goes into the center of the loop and under the back of the loop.  Then you wrap the working yarn and knit as usual.  Er, normal.  Er, one frequently does.  Knitting-wise.