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.











Monday, February 27, 2017

A Fine Mess

It's all my fault.  I take full responsibility.  It started with an email I sent to my buddy Elisa, to wit, "Hi, have you seen this?  Very tempting to start...if I only had fifty hours in a day."

And I sent her this link:


And then we both got hooked.  (Sorry for the pun.  I know it gets old, but it's irresistible!)

I pulled out my huge bag of worsted weight scraps, and got going.










And going.



I was using a lot of variegated and somewhat self-striping odds and ends, so mine has a different look than the original gorgeous design, and I really like Elisa's better than mine, too--click here to see hers.

But once I got the solid black around the outside, I started liking mine well enough.  I think aiming for a rainbow effect in those petals really helped as well.

I swore I was done, because weaving in all those yarn tails is not my favorite thing to do.  But what to do with just a big old circle?  I wasn't going to make a pillow, as the original pattern suggests.  And I don't really have a lot of space for giant doilies.

So I started thinking, "Blanket."  I found myself digging through all my bins of yarn for yet more worsted weight scraps, and realized that instead of shrinking the scrap bag that was lying around my office, getting in my way, I have doubled it.

In fact, now there are two giant scrap bags lying around, getting in my way.

I haven't blocked the second circle yet, but you get the idea.



Who knows?  A blanket could happen.  Eventually.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

New Pattern: Mountain Girl Cowl

Presenting the Mountain Girl Cowl.  I made the first of these a long time ago, and always meant to type up the pattern (now available for purchase on Etsy and Ravelry).

By the time I got around to it, I decided I had better make another just to make sure I knew what I was doing.

Found a better way to write the directions, actually.  Hooray!  It's always worth a second test knit.




Knitted in the round, you start with a seed stitch border.  You could do garter stitch instead of seed stitch.  If you choose garter, just remember that you're knitting in the round, so Round 1 will be knit, and Round 2 will be purl.  (If you were knitting flat, you would simply knit each row for garter stitch.)

Then you start the relatively simple lace pattern, and the border again, in due course.

Chunky yarn makes this a fast knit, so if you need a last-minute gift for someone (or yourself!) this pattern comes in handy.

I used Eco-Wool for the one above, and Kertzer Tweed Montage for this lovely blue and purple one.

Enjoy!



Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Knitting Through The Back Loop--A Photo Tutorial

Here is possibly the shortest tutorial ever for how to knit through the back loop (tbl).

In the first picture, we are knitting as "normal," with the right hand needle going under the front of the loop on the left needle, and up into the stitch before we wrap the working yarn and knit the stitch.

I apologize to lefties who may be reversing which needle pokes where--this is one reason I put "normal" in quotes!




In the second picture, the right hand needle goes into the center of the loop and under the back of the loop.  Then you wrap the working yarn and knit as usual.  Er, normal.  Er, um...as one frequently does.  Knitting-wise.

Easy!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Fidgeting

Fidget Quilts are for calming Alzheimer's patients, who are often agitated, and who benefit from the entertainment provided by the quilts.

While the patient plays with the quilt, this also gives a break to caregivers.

Fidget Quilts are generally small, easily held on the lap, with doodads, bits, and bobs all over them.


Our quilt guild Community Projects group has been spearheading the making of these quilts, so naturally, I had to make one.
Top of the fun list for the patients are fringe, velcro, and zippers.  I was going to add more fringe and some velcro to mine, but in the end, I chose to stick with some beaded fringe and a curlicue fringe I crocheted.

Among my favorite "toys," I love the pink zipper, and the little buckle that slides back and forth on that rainbow colored bit of shoelace in the bottom center square (see top picture.)

There is also a bag of beads and buttons, sewn shut so they can't escape.  The bag fits in the little pocket, which came off a pair of my old blue jeans.  On the top right square is a bit of blue jean which can be unbuttoned to reveal a different fabric.  This came from the bottom leg of the same pair of jeans.

For more pictures and instructions on how to make one of these, click here and then click on "community" at the top of the page.  It was so much fun to make, I wish I didn't have a queue of about forty projects already in hand, or I would make another!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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

Mistake Stitch Rib
Here is the second freebie in our Block of the Month series.

This one is from Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 2.  This is an easy block:  you only need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off.


Part 2 has nine different ribbed block patterns, all pictured here, ranging from easy to easy/intermediate.






Slipped Rib Check


By easy/intermediate, I mean that, in addition to knit and purl stitches, some blocks will require knitting through the back loop of some stitches, or slipping some stitches.

Beginners will have a chance to increase their skills a little at a time.











MISTAKE-STITCH RIB
© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele
www.yarninyarnout.blogspot.com
Mistake Stitch Rib

Directions are for 8" squares; info on how to adapt to other sizes is included.

Materials needed:
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn per square
#7 knitting needles
Optional:  stitch markers
Gauge:  4.5 sts per inch in stockinette

DIRECTIONS
This stitch pattern is a multiple of 6 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 6.
CO 39 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, *p3, k3, rep from * to last 6 sts, p3, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, k4, *p1, k5, rep from * to last 8 sts, p1, k4, sm, k3.
Rep these 2 rows, slipping markers as needed, until piece measures 7.5” from CO edge.  End with row 2.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.


Fancy Slip Stitch Rib



To buy this collection on Etsy, click here.

To buy it on Ravelry, click here.







Honeycomb Rib
Be sure to join our free Rib-It! Blanket Knit-Along (KAL) on Ravelry.  You can see what other people are making, post pics of your own project, ask questions--and get answers!--and share the joy.

Ridged Rib


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.
Double Ridged Rib

Rice Stitch Rib


Sailor's Rib
Once again, click here if you want to buy the Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 2 collection on Etsy.

Click here if you want to buy it on Ravelry.















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

For more fun, get those needles clicking!

Basket Rib

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Attack of the UFO

Back in January, 2013, I took a Quilting 103 class.  It was a sampler class where I learned about foundation paper piecing, foundation muslin piecing, Y seams, various ways to make flying geese, and much more.

After we made the blocks, we began to learn how to Quilt As You Go (QAYG).  I thought it would be so much easier to quilt on my home machine.  Once you finish each block, you make a quilt sandwich with the batting and the backing, and you quilt each block before you join them all together.






Turns out, I didn't care for the technique.  The blocks sat in my closet as a UFO (unfinished object) for three (3) {III} years and ten months (10) {X}, but who's counting?!


Yes, the blocks, and the batting, some of it quilted and some not, strips of fabric for the sashing, and extra fabric as yet uncut, were all rolled up in various bags sitting on top of other projects and bins, annoyingly in my way every time I wanted to get at something else, for three (3) {III} years.  And ten (10) months.

Finally I dragged the darn thing out and read over my extremely sparse, scribbled, deeply annoying notes.

I whined pathetically to my friend and sometime teacher Debbie about my confusion.  She kindly agreed to help me.

But then I amazed myself when I managed to figure out how to do the QAYG aspect after all--my brain is not dead!  Reports of its early demise are premature!--and I finished the stupid quilt.


And that's the back.

I thought I ought to put a border on it, but I really didn't want to take the time, and with full emotional support from Debbie and our friend Elisa, I just did the binding and called it quits!  (Called it "quilt.")

Hooray!  On to the next project!