Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Toys have the WOW factor but not necessarily the safety factor. Besides who says that the theme mom has laid out for the new little one is what the kid will like..... Safety is very important. I advocate embroidered facial features as well as most other details. Tight stitches to prevent stuffing from coming out is important. See below for a knit and crochet version of my go to toy for babies. It could be a bunny, a cat or a bear. Depends on how you do the ears.
Knit toy Crochet toy
Worsted weight yarn Worsted weight yarn
Size US 5 Size F hook
Cast on 14 sts. Knit 28 rows. Break yarn. Ch 15. Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch.
Cast on 14 sts. Knit 28 rows. Ch 1, sc in sc across. Rep this row 13 times.
Work across 28 sts for 28 rows. Break yarn and repeat. These are legs.
Work across 28 sts for 4 rows in 1x1 rib. Crochet across 28 sts in sc for 15 rows. Body
Work across 28 sts for 18 rows in stockinette. Ch 2, * hdcfp, hdcbp. Rep from * across. Neck
Bunny Rep neck row once more
Continuing in stockinette stitch, BO 4, K 6, Ch 1, sc across. Rep this row 10 times more.
BO 8, K 6, BO 4. Break yarn. Join to ear Bunny Sl st across 4 sts, sc in next 6, sl st across
Knit ears in stockinette stitch for 4 more rows. next 8, sc in next 6. * Ch 1, sc in next 6. Turn.
K2tog across. Cut leaving 18" tail. Join yarn to Rep from * 4 times. Dec sc across. Cut, leaving
other ear and rep. 18" tail. Join yarn to other ear and rep.
Continuing in stockinette stitch, BO 2, K8, Sl st across 2 sts, sc in next 8, sl st across next 4,
BO 4, K 8, BO 2. Break yarn. Join to ear. sc in next 8. *Ch1, dec sc, sc to last 2 sts, dec sc.
*K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. Rep * to 2 sts. Rep from * to 2 sts. Cut leaving 18" tail. Join to
Break yarn. Join to other ear. Rep. other ear. Rep.
BO 4, K 6, BO 8, K 6, BO 4. Break yarn. Join Sl st 4 sts, sc in next 6, sl st across 4 sts, sc
to ear, k1, k2tog, k2tog, k1. K back, keeping in in next 6. Ch 1, sc, dec sc, dec sc, sc. Turn.
stockinette st. k2tog, k2tog. BO. Break yarn Sc across. Dec sc, dec sc. Fasten off, leaving 18
leaving 18" tail. Join to other ear. Rep ear. inch tail. Join to other ear and rep.
Rep legs and BO before join. Fold in half Rep legs. Fold in half lengthwise. Seam and sew
lengthwise. Seam and sew across end. Stuff. across end. Stuff. Sew across open end.
Sew across open end.
Finishing for both knit and crochet animal
Fold at 1/4 and 3/4 mark vertically. Legs will be folded in half lengthwise. Ears will be folded in half lengthwise. Using tails, sew across bottom of legs, up inseam of legs. Stuff legs. Sew up center of back, neck and head. Stuff. Sew ears. Stuff. Sew top of head closed. Fold the arms in half lengthwise. Seam down the side and across the end. Stuff. Sew across open end. Sew to the body just below the neck ribbing.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
Have you seen this shawl by Irina Poludnenko? Something about this speaks to me. It could be the colors. So many colors. It could be the auto pilot knitting of so many mitered squares and stripes.
My knitting guild is doing this shawl as a project. It calls for some really interesting amounts of yarn. I chose to go stash diving. I prefer autumn colors. I have a lot of wool needlepoint yarns, a lot of partial balls of wool yarn. It calls for 33 colors in varying amounts. I may have to make up the difference in a deep chocolate and cream yarns.
I could see this taking almost a year to make if just one square was done each day and one strip was done each day. It would not be overwhelming that way But it would be the project that seems to never end.
I can't wait to start.
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Broomstick Lace. It has a history of a couple of hundred years, possibly more. It moves along quickly. Traditionally done, there are teardrops in rows and a ridge or two between those rows. Sounds simple. And it is. There's a knit version and a crochet version.
Knit broomstick lace
1 size 35US needle
1 pair size 8US needle
Worsted weight yarn
This is going to be a 5 stitch repeat.
Cast on 25 sts, using smaller needle.
K 1 r using small needles.
R2: using large needle, k 1 row.
R3: * using small needle, insert into first 5 sts, (k, p, k, p, k) in those 5 sts then drop off the left needle. Rep from * across.
R4-5: k using small needle.
Two rows 2-5 for desired length. Bind off using smaller needle.
Crochet broomstick lace
1 size 35US knitting needle
1 size H (5mm) crochet hook
Worsted weight yarn
This is going to be a 5 stitch repeat.
R1: Sc in 2nd ch and each ch to the end. Do not turn. (24 sc)
R2: put the loop on the knitting needle, * insert hook in bl of next st, put on needle. Rep from * across. (25 loops)
R3: * insert hook into 5 loops, work 5 SC in those loops before removing loops from needle. Rep from * across.
Rep R2 and R3 for pattern until desired length is reached.
This stitch is great for blankets. Sweaters would be fantastic done with finer yarns and a smaller "broomstick " (I suggest size US 13 to US 19) and smaller needle or hook suitable for the yarn choice.
Share your attempts below in the comments.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
I sit in my son's living room listening to the weather channel. Currently hurricane Florence is bearing down on southeastern US. There's another heading for Hawaii. There's a third one with the potential to crash into Texas. Before the ones on the East Coast cause issues for the US, a multitude of Caribbean islands will feel the effects.
Stay safe. Follow the protocols you have. Things can be replaced. Family, friends and pets can't.
Take food, water, clothes, medicines, etc with you. Board up windows and doors. Do whatever you can to protect your home. Then leave.
This is my prayer for all in the affected areas. That you are safe and sound.
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Have you seen this??? This is an amazing work of love. Here is a link to the original story. Some people scoff at the lowly home knitting machine. No, they are not for everything. They generally don't do some things great but they do other things great. This shows that with enough time and patience monumental things are possible.
This woman has a lot more body confidence than most of us. Would you wear it? Would you make modifications? I'd like to make it but acknowledge it would have to be lined or have a shirt and leggings worn with it for me. I'd also change the color.
Here's a group of stitches dedicated to the short term needs. The group does things in the UK. Check out their charity choices.
Weather. It's all around us everyday, all day. There's a quip in quite a few locales about how if you don't like the weather at that time, wait 5 minutes, it'll change. Here is a new term in weather, crochet. I never knew. Did you?
I like this one much better. Pictured is my weather report. It's too stinkin' hot, so crochet and knit small things using cool fibers such as cotton and linen, or this Red Heart scrubby yarn. Most of my summer has been raining. Then mid August it went hot, Hot, HOT.