Thursday, May 30, 2013

Stitch Series Right Slanted Chevron

In today's episode of the stitch series, I'll be discussing the right slanted chevron. This stitch can also be called diagonal ribbing.

This is a wonderful little stitch to add interest to any knitted piece. Unlike regular ribbing, this fabric is not very stretchy at all.

Method:

Right slanted chevron stitch is worked over a multiple of 8 stitches.
  1. K2, *P4, K4, repeat from * end with K2
  2. P3, * K4, P4, repeat from * end with K4, P1
  3. *P4, K4, repeat from *
  4. K1, *P4, K4, repeat from* end with K3
  5. P2, *K4, P4, repeat from * end with K4, P2
  6. K3, *P4, K4, repeat from * end with K1
  7. *K4, P4, repeat from *
  8. P1, *K4, P4, repeat from * end with K4, P3
Repeat these 8 rows for your pattern

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Stitch Series Baby Fan

This is called the baby fan stitch. It is so named because it is a smaller version of the popular feather and fan stitch.

This is an all over lace pattern that may be used in many ways. Baby clothes, cardigans, shawls and any lightweight garment can be made with this stitch. This is also a good trimming and contrast stitch.

Baby fan stitch forms a scallop at the cast on edge of the fabric. It is an all over lace pattern that does not need to be blocked.

Method:

This stitch is worked over a multiple of 11 stitches.
  1. K2tog 2 times, *(yo, K1) 3 times, yo, k2tog 4 times, repeat from * end with (yo, K1) 3 times, yo, k2tog 2 times
  2. P
  3. K
  4. P
Repeat these 4 rows for your pattern.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spiral Afghan Start

This is the start of the spiral afghan I will be working on for the next few months. This is a crocheted afghan. I'm really looking forward to making it.

Right from the start I'm making changes. I was going to use all Simply Soft yarn. The yellow is a different brand and a baby yarn. My husband really wanted this afghan to be soft. I also wanted the afghan to be a little looser that I originally crocheted it so I'm using a size larger hook.

I'll have progress reports and tips along the way so stay tuned.

I hope you enjoyed my post!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Impressionist Afghan Cont.

I've been slowly knitting along on my afghan. Even though my progress is slow, I am still enjoying this project. There are so many color changes, it keeps things interesting for me.

Unfortunately I've run into a problem. I need to set this aside again for a bit. The thing I just said I wouldn't do I'm doing!

I promised my husband a summer blanket quite a while ago. I actually started some it a month or so ago. It ended with him not liking the color combination. We were finally in a yarn shop together and I got him to pick out the colors he wants.

Since the Impressionist afghan was knit for fun, I think I can set it aside and work on a project someone else wants. The new plan is this: finish his afghan as soon as I can and then work on the Impressionist afghan. He really wants it for summer so we'll see if I can finish quickly.

I hope you enjoyed my post!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stitch Series Zigzag Ribbing

 Continuing with stitch series posts, we'll be learning zigzag ribbing.

This is another excellent cool weather fabric. Pullovers, cardigans and afghans come to mind when I see this stitch. Of course, you can always do what you like.

Method

This is worked over a multiple of 13 stitches.
Odd numbered rows:
K3, *P7, K6 repeat from * end with P7, K3
  • P3, *K4, K2tog, yo, K1, P6 repeat from * end with P3
  • P3, *K3, K2tog, yo, K2, P6 repeat from * end with P3
  • P3, *K2, K2tog, yo, K3, P6 repeat from * end with P3
  • P3, *K1, K2tog, yo, K4, P6 repeat from * end with P3
  • P3, *K2tog, yo, K5, P6 repeat from * end with P3
  • P3, *K1, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K4, P6 repeat from * end with P3
  • P3, *K2, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K3, P6 repeat from* end with P3
  • P3, *K3, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K2, P6 repeat from* end with P3
  • P3, *K4, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, K1, P6 repeat from * end with P3
  • P3, *K5, yo, sl 1, K1, psso, P6 repeat from * end with P3
Repeat these 20 rows for your pattern.



I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Stitch Series Acorn Stitch

In this post, we'll discuss the acorn stitch. This is a chunky textured fabric that should be used carefully.

This fabric makes a wonderful trimming and little final details. I find the acorn stitch to be more of a fall or winter themed fabric. I think it's used best for warmer wear. This fabric should be fully blocked to show off the pattern.

This fabric is very interesting to me. It's difficult to determine which side is the front. The front is the side with the slip, knit, pass slipped stitch over showing. If you've done the long-tail cast-on, the tail will be on the left.

When you turn this fabric over, there is another very interesting pattern. It almost resembles a cabled stitch. Personally, I think you could use either side you wanted to.

Method

This fabric is worked over a multiple of 12 stitches then add 3.
  1. K2 *yo, K2, P7, K2, yo, K1, repeat from * end with yo, K2
  2. P5 *K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2, P7 repeat from * end with P5
  3. K3 *yo, K2, P5, K2, yo, K3 repeat from *
  4. P6 *K1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1, P9 repeat from * end with P6
  5. K4 *yo, K2, P3, K2, yo, K5 repeat from * end with yo, K4
  6. P7 *sl 1, K2tog, psso, P11 repeat from * end with P7
  7. P5 *K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, P7 repeat from * end with P5
  8. K1, K2tog, K2 *P7, K2, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K2 repeat from * end with K2, sl 1, K1, psso, K1
  9. P4 *K2, yo, K3, yo, K2, P5 repeat from * end with P4
  10. K1, K2tog, K1 *P9, K1, sl 1, K2tog, psso, K1 repeat from * end with K1, sl 1, K1, psso, K1
  11. P3 *K2, yo, K5, yo, K2, P3 repeat from *
  12. K1, K2tog *P11, sl 1 K2tog, psso repeat from * end with sl 1, K1, psso, K1
Repeat these 12 rows for your pattern.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Stitch Series Moss, Seed, Rice Stitch

In this stitch series post we'll be discussing seed stitch. There are actually a few names that come to  mind when I think of this stitch. Seed, moss and rice stitch are the most common I think.

Seed stitch is an extremely versatile and easy stitch to create. This fabric can be used for nearly everything. You can use this stitch to replace garter stitch for a more interesting fabric.

Method

  •  Co any uneven (odd) number of stitches
  • K1, P1 across ending with K1
  • Repeat this every row to create the seed stitch fabric.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Stitch Series Basket Weave Stitch

The next stitch in our series is the basket weave. This is a very versatile stitch. It can be used for a sweater design, blanket, shawl, stole, socks, skirts and just about anything else you would want to make.

The stitch number for basket weave is a multiple of 6 plus 2 more stitches. If you are to do this pattern after a ribbing, make sure its a k2, p1 ribbing.

The fabric made is extremely stretchy. It will, however, bounce back into place like any other ribbed fabric.

Method

  1. *K2, P4 repeat from * end with K2
  2. *P2, K4 repeat from * end with P2
  3. *K2, P4 repeat from * end with K2
  4. *P2, K4 repeat from * end with P2
  5. K
  6. P
  7. P3, *K2, P4 repeat from * end with K2, P3
  8. K3, *P2, K4 repeat from * end with P2, K3
  9. P3, *K2, P4 repeat from * end with K2, P3
  10. K3, *P2, K4 repeat from * end with P2, K3
  11. K
  12. P
Repeat these 12 rows for the pattern.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Polymer Clay Workshop


This past weekend I got a chance to attend a polymer clay workshop hosted by Alene Sirott-Cope.

I don't work with clay. I'm not very good with manipulating the material the way i want to. It usually doesn't turn out the way I'd like. I have always left dents, fingerprints and smears all over my work. It also generally looks like a two-year-old made it.

All of the above being said, I had a wonderful time. I also think I did a pretty good job on my vase. I had planned out a few designs the night before. Ultimately, I went with the one you see in the picture above. I changed it from my original idea a little. I'm always doing that though!

I am planning to do a tutorial on how to make this vase in the coming months.

I hope you've enjoyed my post!