Sunday, December 10, 2017
Here is a chart for your pleasure. This can encompass the year if you choose or you can make them all be autumn/winter related. Notes about this chart: Each block shown by a dark grey line is really 10 small blocks.by 10 small blocks. I have enlarged it as far as possible. The background of some charts are not white. You can choose to change them as you desire.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
For this week let's delve into some more complex charts
Here is a flower that can be transformed into a doily, a scarf, a blanket, a poncho, a sweater, the sky is the limit.
Rd 1: ch 3, dc in ring, ch 2, * 2 dc in ring, ch 2. Rep from * 4 times more. Join in top of ch 3.
Rd 2: sl st to ch 2 sp, ch 3, dc in ch 2 sp,* ch 7, sl st in 4th ch from hook, ch 3, 2 dc in next ch 2 sp. Rep from * around 5 more times. Join with sl st in top of beginning ch 3.
Rd 3: * 6 dc, ch 2, 6 dc in ch 4 loop. Rep from * around. Join with sl st. Fasten off.
They can be joined by a sl st in the final round by working a ch 1, sl st in next flower, ch 1 before finishing petal.
For the knit stich let's try this Japanese lace stitch. Make a note. The chart only shows the right side stitches. All return rows are purled and not shown.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Here is are charted designs for you that tie into this theme.... I'm thinking of doing the bear in loop stitch. Two blocks knit, two blocks crochet. 4 bears. I might also do the rest of the blocks in colorwork and choose tree colors for the trees and maybe a nice gold for the scrolls.
Monday, November 20, 2017
It was also election day recently. I wish the political signs were removed once it's over quickly. The signs were put up over Labor Day in some cases. Bears seem to move as slowly as the government does. By now even if the signs are not down, the bears should be getting ready for their long winter's nap. Worked in worsted weight yarn this makes a nice sized pillow or 1/4 of an afghan.
Will you choose pattern or color or both? I'm thinking that doing the bear in loop stitch could be cute. Then give this as a baby present?
Friday, November 17, 2017
Since I first mentioned more than a year ago that I was putting classes online, I have had a roller coaster learning experience.
I've been learning editing of video. I've been learning set design and making my set. I've been learning about lighting. I've been learning more about timing and scripting.
This almost makes me think I should have been in the AV club oh so many years ago in high school. Although I don't think many of the technologies I'm using today actually existed in those days. The "word processor" I learned to use then was 10 times larger than the laptop I use today in size while holding a millionth of the data. It operated on the 5.25 inch floppy disks.
I'm getting closer to putting up video content both on my site and YouTube.
Monday, November 13, 2017
Ok. This app appears to be baby patterns on the surface. What it actually is is an app for purchasing magazines by the name of love knitting for baby. If I understand the whole thing, these are digital downloads. Once subscribed, there is a free 14 day trial. Each magazine is $6.49 US. There is a tab for other magazines by the same publisher.
I'm not saying one way or the other if it should be downloaded. I would be interested in this if I didn't have hundreds of baby patterns and a new grand child on the way.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
As for week 17, the same applies here. Have fun with this. Can you make it a lace?
Enjoy the weather with some fun spring/summer motifs. Color work is the way to go for these. The brighter the better.
This would be great as a pillow, purse, or in an afghan as panels.
Lots of fun motifs here for gearing up for the colder weather that is sure to come or simpler items. All these can be done in texture or color. Use fingering weight yarns or lace weight and make these into bookmarks or book covers for those books that you read over and over.
Play with tapestry crochet and make change purses, make up bags, pencil pouches. Play with texture and have even more fun now that you know the charts better.
I can see the potential for coasters, mug rugs, cup cozies and napkin/flatware holders in these. Who wouldn't love a picnic when these beauties are on the table with yummy food. Don't forget to put the picnic table's feet in bowls of water to deter ants from joining you and hang a red ball covered in sweet smelling sticky in a tree away from you to deter flies and bees. The bowls of water can be pie tins for wider feet and the balls can be washed off.
This could be an early gift made up when we don't even want to dream of hot cocoa or fireplaces. The markings on the side look like yarn color names. However, I don't know which company this came from to give credit. Anyone know?
Here is a lovely little block from Japan. It's Crochet, done in one of the join as you go methods. For Knitting here's a lovely Russian lace stitch.
Here is a granny type square. Imagine this in the colors of the summer! That would be one smart tote bag. This knit stitch pattern on the other hand reminds me of roses in summer. This could be a beautiful baby blanket or a made into a sweet dress for your little girl.
Here are a bunch more square and hexagon motifs. Mix and Match them unifying them by color choice or pick one or two and go crazy with the patterns.
Here's a fun little crown for the prince or princess in your life. It's crochet. Try in worsted weight yarn and you can do fewer repeats. Glue "gems" around the band for a really regal look.
The Knitting stitch reminds me more of a flower I see growing along roadsides, Queen Anne's Lace. But this isn't the name of the stitch.
Architecture has given us some beaurtiful knit and crochet patterns. This arches pattern is crochet. I can see it as a pillow cover, afghan, baby gift.... What can you see it as? Meanwhile the seersucker knit stitch pattern just sounds like summer. Done in a light weight cotton, linen, hemp or silk yarn it could be a beautiful shell.
Interlocking crochet has fascinated me for quite a while. It shows a different stitch to each side.
Meanwhile the knit stitch below it is a fake Entrelac stitch pattern. This is done with a trick of the eye and is in a fair isle type of knitting.
Friday, November 10, 2017
As a small child, I liked Halloween up until the actual day. There was usually a Halloween party in my classroom. But because it was very cold in my hometown, my costume was always hidden when we went out trick or treating under my coat. Some years we just wore a half mask similar to those worn during Carnival in Latin America and New Orleans for Mardi Gras except without the glitz and glitter. Unlike little Zuzu from It's a Wonderful Life, I didn't have the option of leaving my coat open or even home. If I tried putting the costume over the coat, I looked like a miniature hockey player who was a bit crazy in wardrobe.
I did like Thanksgiving and Christmas much better. There was the cooking and baking. My sister and I weren't allowed to do much other than watch. But we did get to lick the bowls. This was decades before you would get sick from raw eggs and other new things to worry about.
So Here is a fabulous chart for color work sharing one of my childhood memories. The Peanuts was always the first show to air during the month with a holiday.
Work the knit version in stockinette and the crochet version in single crochet. It appears the designer intends for each large square to be 4 smaller ones. OOPs. I'm wrong. Each large square is 8 or 10 small ones. This done in worsted weight would make a great wall hanging or afghan if you decorate for the holidays. I suggest blowing it up and taping it together.
Don't bother with downloading this. I've tried to use this numerous times. It tells me I need to update the app. I have the option of now or later. Update now takes me to the Google play store and install a beginner crochet app. Later takes me to a new screen where I assume there is supposed to be a list of videos. There's nothing except a banner ad for games.
Don't bother with this app.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Works over Multiples of 10 plus 9 Stitches.
Rows 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9: Knit 2. *Move yarn to front of work, slip 5 stitches, move yarn to back, knit 5 stitches. Repeat from *, end last repeat with knit 2.
Rows 2, 4, 6 and 8: Purl.
Row 10: Purl 4. *Pick up loose strands with the right-hand needle, slip strands onto left-hand needle and purl together with the next stitch, p 9. Repeat from *, end p 4.
Rows 11, 13, 15, 17, and 19: Knit 7. *Move yarn to front of work, slip 5 stitches, move yarn to back, knit 5. Repeat from *, end last repeat with knit 7.
Rows 12, 14, 16 and 18: Purl.
Repeat these rows for pattern.
Now for the crochet version.
I couldn't resist. Here are the written directions. I really like Pinterest. A picture is worth a thousand words.
Multiple of 22 sts.
R1: Sc in second ch and each ch across.
R2, 3, 4, 5: Ch 3, dc in second st and next 3 sts, ch 11, sk 11 sc, dc in next 10, ch 11, sk 11 sc, dc to end, including top of ch 3
R6: ch 3, dc in second st, and next 3 sts, * ch 5, sc around ch from r 2-5, ch 5, dc in dc to next ch section. Rep from *. End dc in each dc.
Rep r 1 - 6 for pattern.
Friday, November 3, 2017
Charts will again come to the rescue. With imagination, a single chart can be utilized with astonishing results for both knit and crochet. This chart is for crochet. How would you interpret it to knit?
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Let's see what you do with this. Will you follow it blindly? Will you incorporate texture with the color?
Will you use it twice over for a bag for your child to collect candy in? Pillow cover? Done in super bulky yarn and made into an afghan?
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Here is the chart to work from.
Friday, October 20, 2017
For the crochet swatch, still using bobbles, use color A for the background doubles and color B for the bobbles.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Here's a make ahead for Christmas. Do you hang stockings for gifts? Do you hang them for ornaments? For an ornament size, try fingering weight yarn (size 1 on the ball band) and a size 2mm needle or 1mm size hook (this dips down into the steel hooks). Want it for gift giving? See suggestions below.
Instead of color work, let's do knit and purl stitches for the knit swatch. Instead of crochet Fair Isle, let's try bobbles. What do these 2 changes do to your work? What do you think of it? Are you able to keep the front and back rows straight in your mind? Did you use stitch markers? Good for you if you did. Tools are there for our benefit. Didn't need to? Great for you too.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Now for the knitting charts. These are the ones that can throw me for a loop if I'm not paying attention. As I mentioned above, the yarnovers are a circle or o on charts. Easy so far. Knit and Purl are equally easy. They are either a blank square or - for one and | for the other. Depends on where and when the charting was done. That is also fairly universal.
The ones that sometimes confuse me are the cables and the decreases or increases. Cables are sometimes like the magenta swatch with a horizontal line and vertical line and another horizontal line. By looking at the picture I can tell that the way it's drawn it needs to be a Back cross or a Left Cross. However, there is also the green variant and the grey variant below which shows 2 other ways to diagram cables, with the cream colored cable at the bottom showing a 4th way.
The decreases also are different in each case. Some draw a diagonal line in the box with a half diagonal going the other way (white lace just below). This shows which direction the decrease needs to lean and you pick the one you know and like the best. Another variation is a triangle following the 3/4 x just described, (the grey, blue and purple in the middle show this). Again the goal is to show you which way the decrease needs to lean. There is the odd symbol that looks like a bird foot in the magenta swatch that indicates a 3 to 1 decrease. Some would k3tog or SSSK, but, to get the solid line of knit stitches, you need to work the decrease differently. Here's one way thanks to TechKnitter.
3 STITCH DECREASE
- Inserting from left to right (knitwise), run right needle through TWO loops at tip of left needle and slip these two stitches onto the right needle. Note: You are to slip both stitches at the SAME TIME, therefore, insert the needle from L to R through the second stitch from the tip, then through the stitch at the tip, then slip both off the L needle, together, onto the R needle.
- Knit the next stitch.
- Next, insert the tip of the left needle under the 2 slipped stitches and lift them OVER the knitted stitch. (This is called "passing the slipped stitch(es) over" and is abbreviated "psso.")
- If 3stdec looks like combination of k2tog and ssk, that's because it is. The stitch which originally lay two from the tip of the L needle comes to lay on top of the resulting stitch sandwich, and it is pointing straight up--the orange stitch in the above diagram, while the two stitches lower down in the sandwich (green and red) slant R and L, respectively, as shown.
- One stitch appears where 3 were before, so 3stdec is a two-stitch decrease.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Have you noted that when patterns are changed, there are usually stripes to separate them? I'm not sure but I think this is to balance the colors. Sadly I haven't read anything about this. There are also times when there is a border with a different background color or different accent color. How about changing the center stitch of the flower with something else? Maybe change not only the black center stitch but also the background color on this row. Make sure to tie it into the swatch/garment by using that color elsewhere.
Here is a set of charts to get you through the next few days. Yes, these are for Christmas. We have to get a jumpstart on some of the knitting and crocheting for the holidays. Can you see these as framed pictures? Ornaments? Afghan blocks? Pillows? Table runners? Coasters? Placemats? Dish cloths and tea towels? Hot pads? If you choose to use any of these for hot items, use wool and cotton, never acrylic. Acrylic can melt and cause terrible burns.