Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Free Pattern: Slip Stitch Rib Ten Inch Square (10")

Here's another easy freebie.




For more in my 10" square series, click the title:
Beaded Rib
Patriotic Star
Patriotic Stripe
No Mistake Reversible Rib


SLIP STITCH RIB 10" SQUARE


© 2015 Reyna Thera Lorele
www.etsy.com/shop/YIYOdesigns
www.yarninyarnout.blogspot.com

Materials
About 100 yards worsted weight yarn
#8 needles, or size to get gauge
Gauge
4.5 sts per inch

BEGINNERS NOTE:  To slip a stitch, with yarn in front (wyif), insert the right needle, as if to purl, into the stitch on the left needle, but instead of purling, just slip that stitch off the left and onto the right needle.

ABBREVIATIONS
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
p-wise = purl-wise
rep = repeat
sl = slip
st, sts = stitch, stitches
wyif = with yarn in front

DIRECTIONS
CO 44 sts.
Knit 4 rows garter st, i.e., knit every row.

Begin Pattern:
Keeping first and last 3 sts on each row in garter st as a border, knit center sts as follows:

Row 1 (WS):  k2, *p2, k2, rep from * across.
Row 2:  p2, *wyif, sl 2 p-wise, p2, rep from * across.

Rep these 2 rows until piece measures 9.5 inches from cast-on edge.
Knit 4 rows garter st.

Bind off, weave in ends, block to 10 inches square.
As soon as I have enough squares to join for a blanket, I will post pics!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Third Wheel

Remember the two Carpenters' Wheels I made recently?







Here's the one I did in class.  First, all the components, the flying geese, the pinwheel, the wheel rims, laid out and ready to join.

Next, joined.

I'm very happy with how these turned out, no pun intended.  Well worth the extra effort for a more complicated square!

So, basically, I am making two blankets at once, the one that I'm making in class, and the one I'm doing at home.  I just might have to keep one of these blankets.

Btw, the background fabric here is white on white butterflies.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Free Pattern: No Mistake Reversible Ten Inch Knitted Square (10")

Here's another easy pattern for a ten inch square.  You repeat the same row over and over, with attractive results.  And it looks the same on both sides, so it's completely reversible, always a nice bonus.


For more squares in my 10" square series, click the title:
Patriotic Star Square
Patriotic Striped Square
Beaded Rib Square
Slip Stitch Rib Square

I'm calling this square "No Mistake" because it's so easy.  (Really easy, I swear!)  The stitch pattern is actually called "Mistake Stitch," probably because, instead of a straightforward 2 x 2 rib, you have one extra stitch at the end of each row.  This automatically causes a shift in the pattern when you knit the next row.

That probably sounds clear as mud.  But once you start knitting, all will become clear.  (Really!)

NO MISTAKE REVERSIBLE TEN INCH SQUARE

© 2015 Reyna Thera Lorele
www.etsy.com/shop/YIYOdesigns
www.yarninyarnout.blogspot.com

The stitch pattern is a multiple of 4 plus 3.  To make your finished object larger or smaller, increase or decrease by multiples of four.  My square has a border of 3 stitches on each side.  And 3 + 3 = 6, so I did a multiple of 4  plus 3 plus 6.  Make sense?  Just trying to help you out with the math, my friends!

Materials needed
about 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#8 needles

DIRECTIONS
CO 45 sts.
Garter st border:  knit 4 rows.

Now knit first and last 3 sts of each row, and do mistake stitch rib for center sts as follows:

Row 1:  *k2, p2* across, end with k2, p1

Repeat this row until square measures 9.5 inches from cast on edge.

Now, do a garter st border:  knit 4 rows.
Bind off, cut yarn, finish off, weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
st, sts = stitch, stitches

You probably won't need the full 100 yards of yarn, but better to have too much than not enough.  Enjoy!



Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Two-Wheeler


The next Underground Railroad quilt block is Carpenter's Wheel.  As usual, I wanted to make one before class to see if I could understand the pattern all by my lonesome.

I couldn't decide between two color combos, so I made two squares.




This block is a lot more complicated than the previous three, what with the pinwheels and the flying geese and so forth.











Laid out and ready to join:



Sewn together, and most of the points even match:



The background fabric for the one above is little white on white dragonflies, btw.  I love it!







This background fabric is a batik.  Warms my heart to have a batik in here.











Starting to look like a quilt might come together some day?  Far into the future?




Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Free Pattern: Patriotic Striped Ten Inch Square (10")


Here's another 10" square for the patriotic blanket I have in mind.   Since I'm using up scraps, these stripes are a good way to go.  Obviously, you can use any colors you please.

I have at least two more 10" square patterns in the queue, so stay tuned.

I'm keeping this series of free patterns easy so beginners can participate.  Also, some people prefer simple patterns when making things for charity; it makes churning out blankets a lot faster!

I didn't bother cutting the yarn in between color changes.  No way I want to weave in that many ends.  You can just carry whatever color you aren't currently using up the sides, as I did.

For a photo tutorial of how to carry yarn up the sides so it's woven in as you go, click HERE and scroll down to the tutorial.

It doesn't look perfect, but I figure once I join all the squares together, it won't show, especially since I plan to use single crochet to join.

For more free patterns in my 10" square series, click on the title:
Patriotic Star
No Mistake Rib
Beaded Rib
Slip Stitch Rib

PATRIOTIC STRIPED TEN INCH SQUARE

© 2015 Reyna Thera Lorele
www.etsy.com/shop/YIYOdesigns
www.yarninyarnout.blogspot.com

Materials
About 50 yards each of two colors of worsted weight yarn (Color A and Color B)
#8 needles, or size to get gauge
Gauge
4.5 sts per inch

Basically, I did 6 rows of garter st with one color, and 6 rows of stockinette with the other color.  For those of you who need more precise directions, here they are:

DIRECTIONS
With Color A, CO 45 sts.
K 6 rows.

Change to Color B.
Row 1:  k across.
Row 2:  p across

Rep rows 1 & 2 twice more.

Change back to Color A.
K 6 rows.

Rep pattern as described, changing colors, until square measures about 9.25 inches from bottom.  Change to Color A and knit 6 rows.  Bind off, cut yarn, finish off.  Weave in ends and block lightly to 10" square.

ABBREVIATIONS
CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
rep = repeat
st, sts = stitch, stitches