Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Color Me Rib-It!




Recently, I finished a bulky version of the Rib-It! Knit Sampler Throw, using some of the block patterns from all four parts in the series.  I used Plymouth Galway bulky yarn and #10 needles.


Following the directions as written for worsted weight, each block came out to 10" square.




I crocheted the blocks together with single crochet, and knitted a narrow border in a log cabin style as follows:

I picked up stitches on one side, knit four rows, bound off, leaving the last loop on the needle.  Then I could begin picking up stitches on the next side without cutting yarn.  I repeated the process on each side.









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.







Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! November Block of the Month

Although the row repeat for this pattern is long, there are no fancy stitches, just knitting and purling.

As always, the finished size 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.


MOSS & RIB
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 12 + 7.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 12.


MATERIALS
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch

DIRECTIONS
CO 37 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, k3, p1, k3, *p2, k1, p2, k3, p1, k3, rep from * across to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2 and all even-numbered rows:  k the k sts and p the p sts. 
Row 3:  k3, sm, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, *p2, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 5:  k3, sm, k1, (p1, k1) 3 times, *(p2, k1) twice, (p1, k1) 3 times, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 7:  rep row 3.
Row 9:  rep row 1.
Row 11:  k3, sm, (k1, p2) twice, *k3, p1, k3, p2, k1, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, sm, k3.
Row 13:  k3, sm, (k1, p2) twice, *k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, sm, k3.
Row 15:  k3, sm, (k1, p2) twice, *(k1, p1) 3 times, (k1, p2) twice, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, sm, k3.
Row 17:  rep row 13.
Row 19:  rep row 11.
Row 20:  k the k sts and p the p sts.
Rep these 20 rows 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
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sl = slip stitch
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Friday, October 6, 2017

Flower Blocks Finished

A couple of weeks ago, I sent these blocks off to the charity that makes Afghans for Pine Ridge Reservation.  They actually go first to a woman in New Orleans who puts donations of squares together, then sends the blankets on to the reservation.

Click here to find out more about that on Ravelry.

One of the cool things about this lady is that she likes to weave in ends.  Can you believe this?!  Where has she been all our lives?!

She actually prefers donated blocks to have approximately 4" to 6" tails, so she can weave the ends in the way she likes, to make sure they don't come undone.

Sadly, I am a recovering perfectionist and I had a "slip" while making these and wove in all the ends myself.  Some habits are hard to break.  ("Don't pick up that first yarn tail!")

Anyway, the crochet pattern is Eight Pointed Flower by Julie Yeager.  Really fun to make!  And my Many Bags O' Scraps are now gone.  Done.  Finished.  At least, the worsted weight ones....


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! October Block of the Month

"Right side"
I like the so-called "wrong side" of this block even better than the "right side!"

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

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.

Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and share photos of your blocks.






"Wrong side"

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.

Enjoy!





MOCK CABLE ON MOSS STITCH
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 7 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 7.


MATERIALS
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch

DIRECTIONS
CO 37 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1 and 3 (RS):  k3, pm, k1, p1, k1, *ktbl, p2, ktbl, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Rows 2, 4, and 6:  k3, sm, *(k1, p1) twice, k2, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, k1, p1, k1, sm, k3.
Row 5:  k3, sm, k1, p1, k1, *yo, k1, p2, k1, pass yo over the last 4 sts and off the RH needle, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.

Rep these 6 rows six times more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
ktbl = knit 1 through back loop
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over



© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Friday, September 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! September Block of the Month

Here's our freebie of the month, a clever design that has both a vertical and a horizontal ribbed effect.

As always, the finished size 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.


MEDALLION RIB
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.
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.
PLT = purled left twist:  p the 2nd st on LH needle, then p the first st on LH needle, sl both sts from LH needle together.

DIRECTIONS
CO 42 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, p4, *sl 2 p-wise wyib, LT, p4, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, k4, *sl 2 p-wise wyif, PLT, k4, , rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k
Row 4:  k3, sm, p across to next marker, sm, k3.

Rep these 4 rows eleven 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
LT = left twist
p = purl
PLT = purled left twist
pm = place marker
p-wise = purl-wise (i.e., as if to purl)
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
sk = skip
sl = slip stitch
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side
wyib = with yarn in back




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Speckled Butterfly

A beautiful knitted shawl was featured on Ravelry recently, and I was completely enchanted with it.  I wasn't going to actually MAKE it, though, until I made the mistake of showing it to a couple of friends.




Long story short, two of us are doing a KAL (knit-along, for those of you who don't know).  So I bought the pattern--fairly expensive as patterns go, but worth every penny.  The row-by-row directions are precise and there are lots of pictures.

The only thing I haven't seen mentioned is a reminder to pick up your wraps when you do a standard wrap and turn.  Luckily, I've done a lot of short rows before, so wraps & turns and picking up the wraps are pretty much second nature by now.

Lots of people are praising German short rows and other techniques, but I'm happy with how mine is turning out.  This is only the beginning!


Here's the link if you're tempted:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly---papillon

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!