Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fancy Forest Adventure

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!




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.

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.

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

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.

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

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