Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Color Me Rib-It!




Recently, I finished a bulky version of the Rib-It! Knit Sampler Throw, using some of the block patterns from all four parts in the series.  I used Plymouth Galway bulky yarn and #10 needles.


Following the directions as written for worsted weight, each block came out to 10" square.




I crocheted the blocks together with single crochet, and knitted a narrow border in a log cabin style as follows:

I picked up stitches on one side, knit four rows, bound off, leaving the last loop on the needle.  Then I could begin picking up stitches on the next side without cutting yarn.  I repeated the process on each side.









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 other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.







Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! November Block of the Month

Although the row repeat for this pattern is long, there are no fancy stitches, just knitting and purling.

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 other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.


MOSS & RIB
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 12 + 7.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 12.


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

DIRECTIONS
CO 37 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, k3, p1, k3, *p2, k1, p2, k3, p1, k3, rep from * across to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2 and all even-numbered rows:  k the k sts and p the p sts. 
Row 3:  k3, sm, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, *p2, k1, p2, k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 5:  k3, sm, k1, (p1, k1) 3 times, *(p2, k1) twice, (p1, k1) 3 times, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 7:  rep row 3.
Row 9:  rep row 1.
Row 11:  k3, sm, (k1, p2) twice, *k3, p1, k3, p2, k1, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, sm, k3.
Row 13:  k3, sm, (k1, p2) twice, *k2, p1, k1, p1, k2, p2, k1, p2, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, sm, k3.
Row 15:  k3, sm, (k1, p2) twice, *(k1, p1) 3 times, (k1, p2) twice, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, sm, k3.
Row 17:  rep row 13.
Row 19:  rep row 11.
Row 20:  k the k sts and p the p sts.
Rep these 20 rows once more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
LH = left hand
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RS = right side
sl = slip stitch
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Friday, October 6, 2017

Flower Blocks Finished

A couple of weeks ago, I sent these blocks off to the charity that makes Afghans for Pine Ridge Reservation.  They actually go first to a woman in New Orleans who puts donations of squares together, then sends the blankets on to the reservation.

Click here to find out more about that on Ravelry.

One of the cool things about this lady is that she likes to weave in ends.  Can you believe this?!  Where has she been all our lives?!

She actually prefers donated blocks to have approximately 4" to 6" tails, so she can weave the ends in the way she likes, to make sure they don't come undone.

Sadly, I am a recovering perfectionist and I had a "slip" while making these and wove in all the ends myself.  Some habits are hard to break.  ("Don't pick up that first yarn tail!")

Anyway, the crochet pattern is Eight Pointed Flower by Julie Yeager.  Really fun to make!  And my Many Bags O' Scraps are now gone.  Done.  Finished.  At least, the worsted weight ones....


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! October Block of the Month

"Right side"
I like the so-called "wrong side" of this block even better than the "right side!"

As always, the finished size is 8" square, and directions are included for adapting to other sizes.

For the other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

Be sure to join the free knit-along, the Rib It Blanket KAL, on Ravelry, so you can chat with other knitters and share photos of your blocks.






"Wrong side"

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.

Enjoy!





MOCK CABLE ON MOSS STITCH
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 7 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 7.


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

DIRECTIONS
CO 37 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1 and 3 (RS):  k3, pm, k1, p1, k1, *ktbl, p2, ktbl, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Rows 2, 4, and 6:  k3, sm, *(k1, p1) twice, k2, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, k1, p1, k1, sm, k3.
Row 5:  k3, sm, k1, p1, k1, *yo, k1, p2, k1, pass yo over the last 4 sts and off the RH needle, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.

Rep these 6 rows six times more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
ktbl = knit 1 through back loop
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
yo = yarn over



© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Friday, September 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! September Block of the Month

Here's our freebie of the month, a clever design that has both a vertical and a horizontal ribbed effect.

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 other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.


MEDALLION RIB
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 8 + 4.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 8.


MATERIALS
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch
SPECIAL STITCHES.
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.
PLT = purled left twist:  p the 2nd st on LH needle, then p the first st on LH needle, sl both sts from LH needle together.

DIRECTIONS
CO 42 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (RS):  k3, pm, p4, *sl 2 p-wise wyib, LT, p4, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, k4, *sl 2 p-wise wyif, PLT, k4, , rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k
Row 4:  k3, sm, p across to next marker, sm, k3.

Rep these 4 rows eleven times more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
LH = left hand
LT = left twist
p = purl
PLT = purled left twist
pm = place marker
p-wise = purl-wise (i.e., as if to purl)
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
sk = skip
sl = slip stitch
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side
wyib = with yarn in back




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Speckled Butterfly

A beautiful knitted shawl was featured on Ravelry recently, and I was completely enchanted with it.  I wasn't going to actually MAKE it, though, until I made the mistake of showing it to a couple of friends.




Long story short, two of us are doing a KAL (knit-along, for those of you who don't know).  So I bought the pattern--fairly expensive as patterns go, but worth every penny.  The row-by-row directions are precise and there are lots of pictures.

The only thing I haven't seen mentioned is a reminder to pick up your wraps when you do a standard wrap and turn.  Luckily, I've done a lot of short rows before, so wraps & turns and picking up the wraps are pretty much second nature by now.

Lots of people are praising German short rows and other techniques, but I'm happy with how mine is turning out.  This is only the beginning!


Here's the link if you're tempted:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/butterfly---papillon

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Finally Finished: The Rib-It! Sampler Throw

I finally finished putting together all these Rib-It blocks a few weeks ago.

You may notice there is one "outlier" on the bottom right.  I ran out of the ivory colored yarn, and I just looked at my stash and decided I cannot cram one more skein into one more bin.

So I used what I have and I don't care if it matches, by this time!  I am really getting lax in my old age.





My living room floor was dedicated to sewing the blocks together.  I kept them laid out, as I didn't want to get them out of order.



Needless to say, there were a lot of yarn-tails to weave in.


But I prevailed.  Yarn-tails are not the boss of me!





For the free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go together, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.

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.  So far, it has been a fairly quiet group, but if there is something you'd like to discuss, feel free to start a topic of conversation!

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! August Block of the Month

This highly textured, wavy rib calls for some interesting increase and decrease stitches.  If you've never done a M1R or M1L, there are lots of tutorials on YouTube.

As always, the finished size of this block as written is 8" square;  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 other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.






COCOON STITCH BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 8 + 1.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 8.


MATERIALS
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch
SPECIAL STITCHES.
M1R = make one right
M1L = make one left
p5tog = purl five sts together.

DIRECTIONS
CO 39 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Row 1 (WS):  k3, pm, p1, *k1, p1, k5, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, k1, *p5, k1, p1, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, p1, *M1L, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, M1R, p1, p5tog, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rows 4, 6, and 8:  k3, sm, k1, *p1, k1, p5, k1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Rows 5 and 7:  k3, sm, p1, *k5, p1, k1, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 9:  k3, sm, p1, *p5tog, p1, m1L, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, M1R, p1, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 10:  rep row 2.
Row 11:  rep row 1.
Row 12:  rep row 2.

Rep these 12 rows three times more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
LH = left hand
M1L = make one left
M1R = make one right
p = purl
p5tog = purl five sts together
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
RH = right hand
sm = slip marker
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Free Pattern: Rib It! July Block of the Month

This block pattern may look long and complicated, but once you know how to do the right and left twist stitches, it's not hard.  Just keep track of which row you're on.

As always, the finished size as written 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 other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

You can also buy Rib-It!  A Knit Sampler Throw, Parts 1 through 4, which include many more blocks that go with this one, in my Etsy shop--click here.  Or buy them on Ravelry--click here.




BRANCHING RIB BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 8 + 4.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 8.
MATERIALS
About 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch
SPECIAL STITCHES.
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.
DIRECTIONS
CO 42 sts.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1, 3, 5 (WS):  k3, pm, k1, p3, *k5, p3, rep from * to last 3 sts, pm, k3.
Row 2:  k3, sm, *LT, k1, p5, rep from * to last 7 sts, LT, k1, p1, sm, k3.
Row 4:  k3, sm, *k1, LT, p5, rep from * to last 7 sts, k1, LT, p1, sm, k3.
Row 6:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p4, RT, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 7:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k1, p1, k4, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 8:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p3, RT, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 9:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k2, p1, k3, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 10:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p2, RT, p2, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 11:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k3, p1, k2, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 12:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p1, RT, p3, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 13:  k3, sm, k1, *p2, k4, p1, k1, rep from * to last 6 sts, p2, k1, sm, k3.
Row 14:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, RT, p4, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 15, 17, and 19:  k3, sm, *p3, k5, rep from * to last 7 sts, p3, k1, sm, k3.
Row 16:  k3, sm, p1, *k1, RT, p5, rep from * to last 6 sts, k1, RT, sm, k3.
Row 18:  k3, sm, p1, *RT, k1, p5, rep from * to last 6 sts, RT, k1, sm, k3.
Row 20:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, LT, p4, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 21:  rep row 13.
Row 22:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p1, LT, p3, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 23:  rep row 11.
Row 24:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p2, LT, p2, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 25:  rep row 9.
Row 26:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p3, LT, p1, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.
Row 27:  rep row 7.
Row 28:  k3, sm, p1, *k2, p4, LT, rep from * to last 6 sts, k2, p1, sm, k3.

Rep rows 1 through 18 once more.
Knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
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
WS = wrong side




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Coming Together, Sort of

Now that I have finished typing up all the patterns for Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, I am finally putting the worsted weight blocks together.  I decided to use mattress stitch and a tapestry needle, since that uses less yarn than crocheting blocks together, and I don't have a ton of any one color yarn left.

I still have quite a ways to go, but I am determined to work on it every day, primarily because it is taking up too much room on my living room floor, and it's cramping my Tai Chi practice.

Due to the stretchy nature of the ribs, some of the blocks seem much larger than others, but once they are sewn together, they should fit together nicely.  They should.  That doesn't mean they will!

Ha ha ha, just kidding, of course they will!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Giraffe Nemesis

Who knew that a giraffe would be my nemesis?

When I first started hoarding donated fabric for this charity quilt several years ago, I didn't really know what pattern I would use, I just knew I wanted to do something with a variety of jungle-themed fabrics that seemed to leap into my hand despite a prevalence of tans and browns, which are not my favorite colorways.


Eventually I ran across the (free!) Serengeti pattern by Jinny Beyer.  I love her fabrics and patterns, btw.

A few months ago, I finally got around to making the top, adding some extra borders (in order to use up more fabric, darn it!  I'm running out of storage!), and piecing a back big enough to quilt on my friend Debbie's longarm quilting machine.

Yesterday was my second time playing with that machine.  Debbie did all the heavy lifting--squaring and pinning and otherwise securing back, batting, and top, bobbin-ing and threading and everything else.

We chose a jungle-themed pantograph, and away I went, following the little laser light along the lines.  (I know that sentence won't make much sense to anyone who has never used a longarm, but it's kind of hard to explain, so...sorry!).

But the thread kept breaking as I neared the giraffe's horns.  They were much smaller than most of the pattern, and apparently I would slow down too much and then snip-snap-crunch, the top thread would break and instead of quilting, I would just be making little needle-sized holes in the quilt.

The back
Then Debbie had to come back, fuss with the threads to prevent knotting on the quilt, re-thread her machine, and then, off I went to the races until the next giraffe.

Blessings upon Debbie for her patience!  She's even going to put the binding on!

I arrived at her place with two big bags full of quilt top and back, scraps from a bunch of charity quilts I've already donated, and a bag of old shirts that were fraying.  (Debbie and her friends are filling pillowcases with shredded fabric and making pet-beds for local animal shelters.  Nothing wasted!!)

And I left her place four hours later with NO BAGS AT ALL!  It felt good to let go of some stuff.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

New Pattern: Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw, Part 4

The fourth and final part of my Rib-It! A Knit Sampler Throw series has now been published.  Hooray!  The eight blocks in this collection are some of my absolute favorites.

They range in skill level from intermediate to advanced.

Part 4 is now available on Etsy:  click here.   You can also purchase it on Ravelry:  click here.



As always, the finished size of each block as written is 8" square;  directions are included for adapting to other sizes.

For the free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

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.






















Thursday, June 1, 2017

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

This two-color block is a great one for using up leftovers from a couple of skeins.


As always, the finished size as written is 8" square;  directions are included for adapting to other sizes.

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.

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.




For the other free Rib It! Blocks of the Month, click on the Free Knit Patterns tab above and scroll down to Rib-It! for the links.

CHAIN OF TRIANGLES BLOCK
The stitch pattern is a multiple of 6 + 3.  To make a larger or smaller square, CO more or fewer sts in multiples of 6.  For a photo tutorial of how to change colors without cutting the yarn, click here and scroll down (past that free pattern) to the tutorial.
MATERIALS
Color A, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
Color B, about 50 yds. worsted weight yarn
#7 needles
Stitch markers
GAUGE
4.5 sts per inch

DIRECTIONS
With color A, CO 33 sts.  While this pattern does give a ribbed effect, it doesn't draw in as much as some other ribs, so we can get away with casting on fewer stitches than for some other blocks.
Knit 4 rows.
Begin Pattern:
Rows 1 (WS):  k3, pm, k2, *p2, k1, rep from * to last 4 sts, k1, pm, k3.
Row 2:  With color B, k3, sm, k1, kf&b, *sl1wyib, k3, sl1wyib, (k1, p1, k1) in next st, rep from * across to last 10 sts, sl1wyib, k3, sl1wyib, kf&b, k1, sm, k3.
Row 3:  k3, sm, p3, *sl1wyif, p3, rep from * across to last 3 sts, sm, k3.
Row 4:  With color A, k3, sm, k3, *ssk, k1, k2tog, k3, rep from * to last 3 sts, sm, k3.

Rep these 4 rows eleven times more.
With color A, knit 4 rows.
BO.  Cut yarn, fasten off.  Weave in ends.

ABBREVIATIONS
BO = bind off
CO = cast on
k = knit
k2tog = knit 2 sts together
kf&b = knit in front and back of same st
p = purl
pm = place marker
rep = repeat
sl = slip a stitch
sl1wyib = slip one stitch with yarn in back of work
sl1wyif = slip one stitch with yarn in front of work
sm = slip marker
ssk = slip, slip, knit
st, sts = stitch, stitches
WS = wrong side




© 2017 Reyna Thera Lorele

YIYO Designs


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fancy Forest Adventure

Foxes
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!




Cats


Bunnies!

Owls!

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.


AUSTRIAN BLOCK
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.


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

DIRECTIONS
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.

ABBREVIATIONS
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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