Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Presidents Day Project

Actually, I pulled all this fabric out just before Valentine's Day.  I figured it would be good to make a patriotic quilt during that holiday and the Presidents Day weekend.

Our guild donates patriotic quilts to the local hospice, to be given to veterans, and the hospice has run out of quilts, so guild members are already busily making more.


One 12.5" block in process

Four blocks together


I've got the fabric and the time, so I'm making a double bow tie pattern, a freebie on the American Quilters Society website.

Lots of open space for quilting, but I will probably quilt something very simple.

As a friend of mine says, "Done is better than perfect."

Of course, this is nowhere near finished yet.  Maybe by St. Patrick's Day?


Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Free Pattern: Double Diagonal Shawl

I hope this first photo isn't false advertising.

Let me explain.

Many moons ago, I started this shawl with the simple stitch pattern you see in the lower triangle section.  Then I added a couple of other stitch patterns, planning to make a more complex and interesting shawl.

But I became so obsessed with quilting, this has been sitting in its project bag, patiently waiting for me to come back to it.


And waiting and waiting, while the siren song of English Paper Piecing lured me away.

I feel I've been leaving my knitters and crocheters in the lurch, blog-wise, as I haven't offered up any new patterns, let alone freebies, in a long while.


So I've decided to give the easy, beginning section away for free, and if I ever finish the rest of it, well, I'll be sure to let you know!

The bottom line is, this is more of a recipe than a pattern.  I don't have exact yarn weights or amounts, or finished dimensions.  You can make this triangular shawl as small or as large as you want, and you can use fingering weight, dk weight, or whatever yarn pleases you.

For the sample shown, I'm using sport weight Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.  I love this yarn and I still have a ton of it in my stash.


DOUBLE DIAGONAL SHAWL

© 2019 Reyna Thera Lorele

DIRECTIONS
CO 3 sts.  K 6 rows.  Pick up 3 sts along the side of the small piece just made, then pick up 3 sts along the cast-on edge.

SET-UP ROWS
Row 1:  k1, yo, k3, yo, pm, k1, pm, yo, k3, yo, k1.  (13 sts)
Row 2:  k2, p across to last 2 sts, k2.

BEGIN PATTERN (Notes:  for the first rep of Rows 1 and 5, you won't have far to go before the center st marker.  Also, just slip the markers when you come to them.)

Row 1:  k1, yo, *k2, yo, k2tog, rep from * to 1 st before first marker, k1, yo, k1, yo, k1, *ssk, yo, k2, rep from * to last st, yo, k1.
Row 2:  k2, p across to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3:  k1, yo, k to ctr st, yo, k1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1.
Row 4:  k across.
Row 5:  k1, yo, k2, *k2, yo, k2tog, rep from * to 3 sts before first marker, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, *ssk, yo, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, k2, yo, k1.
Rows 6, 7, and 8:  rep rows 2, 3, and 4.

Rep rows 1 - 8 until the piece is as large as you want.  You can bind off, or maybe knit a couple of rows of garter st for a simple border, as follows:

POSSIBLE "BORDER"
Row 1:  k1, yo, k to ctr st, yo, k1, yo, k to last st, yo, k1.
Row 2:  k.

Bind off, weave in yarn ends, block as desired.

ABBREVIATIONS
CO = cast on
ctr = center
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
ssk = slip, slip, knit
st, sts = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over