Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Coming Together, Sort of

Now that I have finished typing up all the patterns for Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, I am finally putting the worsted weight blocks together.  I decided to use mattress stitch and a tapestry needle, since that uses less yarn than crocheting blocks together, and I don't have a ton of any one color yarn left.

I still have quite a ways to go, but I am determined to work on it every day, primarily because it is taking up too much room on my living room floor, and it's cramping my Tai Chi practice.

Due to the stretchy nature of the ribs, some of the blocks seem much larger than others, but once they are sewn together, they should fit together nicely.  They should.  That doesn't mean they will!

Ha ha ha, just kidding, of course they will!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Giraffe Nemesis

Who knew that a giraffe would be my nemesis?

When I first started hoarding donated fabric for this charity quilt several years ago, I didn't really know what pattern I would use, I just knew I wanted to do something with a variety of jungle-themed fabrics that seemed to leap into my hand despite a prevalence of tans and browns, which are not my favorite colorways.


Eventually I ran across the (free!) Serengeti pattern by Jinny Beyer.  I love her fabrics and patterns, btw.

A few months ago, I finally got around to making the top, adding some extra borders (in order to use up more fabric, darn it!  I'm running out of storage!), and piecing a back big enough to quilt on my friend Debbie's longarm quilting machine.

Yesterday was my second time playing with that machine.  Debbie did all the heavy lifting--squaring and pinning and otherwise securing back, batting, and top, bobbin-ing and threading and everything else.

We chose a jungle-themed pantograph, and away I went, following the little laser light along the lines.  (I know that sentence won't make much sense to anyone who has never used a longarm, but it's kind of hard to explain, so...sorry!).

But the thread kept breaking as I neared the giraffe's horns.  They were much smaller than most of the pattern, and apparently I would slow down too much and then snip-snap-crunch, the top thread would break and instead of quilting, I would just be making little needle-sized holes in the quilt.

The back
Then Debbie had to come back, fuss with the threads to prevent knotting on the quilt, re-thread her machine, and then, off I went to the races until the next giraffe.

Blessings upon Debbie for her patience!  She's even going to put the binding on!

I arrived at her place with two big bags full of quilt top and back, scraps from a bunch of charity quilts I've already donated, and a bag of old shirts that were fraying.  (Debbie and her friends are filling pillowcases with shredded fabric and making pet-beds for local animal shelters.  Nothing wasted!!)

And I left her place four hours later with NO BAGS AT ALL!  It felt good to let go of some stuff.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Pattern: Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 4

The fourth and final part of my Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw series has now been published.  Hooray!  The eight blocks in this collection are some of my absolute favorites.

They range in skill level from intermediate to advanced.

Part 4 is now available on Etsy:  click here.   You can also purchase it on Ravelry:  click here.



As always, the finished size of each block as written is 8" square;  directions are included for adapting to other sizes.

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.

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.






















Thursday, June 1, 2017

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

This two-color block is a great one for using up leftovers from a couple of skeins.


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

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.

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.




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.

CHAIN OF TRIANGLES BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 6 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 6.  For a photo tutorial of how to change colors without cutting the yarn, click here and scroll down (past that free pattern) to the tutorial.
MATERIALS
Color A, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
Color B, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch

DIRECTIONS
With color A, CO 33 sts.  While this pattern does give a ribbed effect, it doesn't draw in as much as some other ribs, so we can get away with casting on fewer stitches than for some other blocks.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1 (WS):  k3, pm, k2, *p2, k1, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, pm, k3.
Row 2:  With color B, k3, sm, k1, kf&b, *sl1wyib, k3, sl1wyib, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, rep from * across to last 10 sts, sl1wyib, k3, sl1wyib, kf&b, k1, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, p3, *sl1wyif, p3, rep from * across to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 4:  With color A, k3, sm, k3, *ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.

Rep these 4 rows eleven times more.
With color A, knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
kf&b = knit in front and back of same st
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
sl = slip a stitch
sl1wyib = slip one stitch with yarn in back of work
sl1wyif = slip one stitch with yarn in front of work
sm = slip marker
ssk = slip, slip, knit
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fancy Forest Adventure

Foxes
Another project I'm working on is a block of the month quilt class with friends, doing the Fancy Forest pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

I love these critters!




Cats


Bunnies!

Owls!

I am going to have to miss the upcoming hedgehog class, so I gathered my courage and tried doing them myself at home, and behold!  I figured it out!  I only had to rip out a couple of seams along the way, due to not looking carefully enough at the diagrams.

The bunnies look a bit pale and grim, alas.  They obviously didn't get enough chocolate at Easter.

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

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.