Thursday, April 27, 2017

North Star

Now that I've finished the Mermaid challenge, I've had time to throw together another block for my scrappy Underground Railroad quilt.  I have 16 blocks.  Progress!


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Mermaid Rising

I participated in our quilt guild's annual challenge for the first time this year.  The challenge was to make something--anything: a quilt, a wallhanging, a table runner, a doll, a tote, whatever--that featured a mermaid and two other things beginning with the letter "m."

My first thought was, of course, a Mariner's Compass Moon.  That would have satisfied the "m" requirements, since apparently modifiers count.

But I threw in some moonflowers as well.  I did foundation paper piecing, English paper piecing, lots of needle turn appliqué, and a little fusible thread appliqué.

The result is a wallhanging, Mermaid Rising.



The back, in sunlight




quilting on the back, Mariner's Compass Moon
I didn't win in any of the categories.  (Who knew there were going to be categories?  No one.)  But never mind, I got a fat quarter of Roxanne's mermaid fabric in a "participation prize," so that got tucked into my stash in short order.

To see more entries, click here and look for the April 2017 Challenge, or click on the gallery tab.

I had fun making mine, despite my loathing of deadlines.  My friend Debbie had just given me some peacock-themed fabric, which worked beautifully for the mermaid's tail, and almost everything except the backing came from fabric I already had in my stash--it's always a delight when my diligent shopping pays off!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

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

This free pattern for our Block of the Month series comes from Rib-It! A Sampler Throw, Part 3.

This is a fairly easy one...let's call it easy/intermediate skill level.  There's a yarn over.  You'll also be slipping a stitch, and then passing it over some other stitches.

Other than that, you've got some knitting and purling, and that's about it.



YO CABLE BLOCK
Directions are for an 8" square.  The stitch pattern is a multiple of 5 + 2.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 5.

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

DIRECTIONS 
CO 38 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, p2, *sk2p, p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, k2, *p1, yo, p1, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, p2, *k3, p2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 4:  k3, sm, k2, *p3, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rep these 4 rows 9 times more, then rep rows 1 and 2 once more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sk2p = slip one, knit two, pass slipped stitch over
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over

You can buy Rib-It! A Sampler Throw, Part 3, including all the blocks that go with this intermediate skill level, here on Etsy.  Parts 1 & 2 are available there as well.  Or, if you are a Raveler, you can buy them on Ravelry here.



Here are photos of a few other blocks in Part 3.  And there are plenty more where these came from.





Be sure to join our 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 free January block of the month, click here.
For the free February block of the month, click here.
For the free March block of the month, click here.






© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele
YIYO Designs

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!



BIG BOBBLE RIB


© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele
YIYO Designs
www.yarninyarnout.blogspot.com

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
Gauge:
4.5 sts per inch in stockinette

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
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.

OR:
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.


ABBREVIATIONS
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.