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!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

A Quilt Feast

My latest "finished" project is a simple quilt top for charity made of scraps of strips and strings.  It requires very little skill--right up my alley!  I am turning it in next week and someone else will surely volunteer to do the actual quilting.


If you want to see some truly amazing, award-winning quilts, click here.  I can but aspire!

Monday, May 1, 2017

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

Here's a slightly more advanced Block of the Month pattern than previous ones.  I think it's worth the effort.

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 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.
For the free April block of the month, click here.

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.


AUSTRIAN BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 10 + 1.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 10.


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 37 sts.
Knit 5 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 (WS):  k3, pm, p1, *k2, p5, k2, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10:  k3, sm, k1tbl, *p2, RT, k1, LT, p2, k1tbl, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19:  k3, sm, p3, *k2, p1, k2, p5, rep from *; end last rep, p3, sm, k3.
Rows 12, 14, 16, 18, and 20:  k3, sm, k1, *LT, p2, k1tbl, p2, RT, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rep these 20 rows once more.
Knit 5 rows.

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

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
k1tbl = knit 1 through back loop
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
tbl = through back loop
WS = wrong side



© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele
YIYO Designs





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