Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lace pattern swatch

Ribbing - US6
Main - US10

Start with invisible type cast on, half the stitches. Wrap yarn around dpn. Knit sts withhout dropping any. Then turn and use 3rd needle. Knit stitch on front needle, purl stitch on back needle.

K1, p1 ribbing for a few inches.

Row 1(RS) is ssk, yo with the first st of ssk being knit st of ribbing and 2nd st being purl of ribbing. Use knit sts at edges as needed.
Row 2 and all even/ws rows, purl.
Row 3 is k2tog, yo with the 1st st of k2tog over yo. Use knit sts at edges as needed.
Row 5 is like row 1 except first stitch of ssk is over yo.

Repeat rows 3-6. And REMEMBER to alternate rows with k2tog and ssk.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Teaching kids to knit

I taught my kids to knit. Maybe my approach could help you. Basically break it down into small steps. Sometimes my kids were only interested in making as few as 3 stitches and then they had enough knitting. I allowed them to set the pace and that seemed to work for 2 out of 3. The oldest, now 12 1/2, knit only long enough to make a small square, maybe 8", and now isn't interested anymore. The other two started to be interested in learning to knit around age 6 or 7, but the motivation to stick with the learning didn't really happen untill they were around 8. They are now 10 1/2 and 8 1/2. 
  1. I cast on and knit a few rows, size 8 needles 10" long, and worsted weight yarn.
  2. Have child sit on my lap and hold needles.
  3. I hold my hands over child's hands and also the working yarn.
  4. I make the stitches and remind child to relax their hands.
  5. When child is ready, they start the stitch by inserting needle into next stitch and I finish it by wrapping yarn around needle and taking off the old stitch.
  6. Next step would be child wraps yarn around needle to make stitch. Now with my kids I was showing them continental, yarn held in my left hand. But my kids decided by themselves it would be easier to drop the right needle and use right hand to wrap yarn. The lesson here is let child pick a wrapping method they're comfortable with.
  7. After this my two older kids were ready to knit by themselves. My youngest however needed a modified step: Sit next to me. He insert the needle into next stitch and I wrap yarn and finish stitch. This was only a few days and then he was knitting by himself.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Stretchy snuggly sweater

ravelry pattern page

Yarn: Jo-Ann Sensations Rainbow Boucle Patterns
Hook: K (6.5mm)

I crocheted from cuff to center back until I used up about half the yarn. I weighted it. Then I made the second half the same way. I joined the two halves with double crochet, first in one side then in the other. There was a lot of fudging to try to make it as flat as possible.
I started the cuffs with foundation double crochet. That’s where you do the chain and first row all in one step. I kept going until I had a lenght I liked, maybe 8”. I counted how many dc I had. Then I measured how wide I wanted the sleeve at the underarm. Then figure how many stitches to increase. I think I did the increases at the beinning of the round, one extra dc every 2-3”.
I did the sleeves in the round, slip stitch to beginning ch to finish round, then turn for next round. This way the sleeve patterning would be like the back and the fronts.
When I had the sleeves the length I wanted, I chained about 50. Tried it on one of the kids and that seemed like a good length. Then dc in 4th ch and all the way to the sleeve.
At the sleeve more fudging. I wanted to keep the back and forth look of the rows so pick the side of the sleeve that will do that. Dc all the way around the sleeve. Continue dc along the other side of the whole length of the chain. Turn, ch3 or make a turning dc, dc across to other end of row. Continue in long rows until piece reaches middle of the back when tried on.
Then make second half to match. Join up the back with dc. I had a lot of yarn left over after making the pink one. So I made a shawl collar. Join yarn at the bottom of one of the fronts to match the back and forth appearance. Dc all the way to the other front bottom. Dc in rows until out of yarn. I don’t know if I made any increases/decreases for neck shaping.
After the sweaters got all stretched out, I tried on the pink one and it fits me as a size 1X or 2X hip length sweater. The upper sleeves are a bit tight and a little long.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Baby hat and zucchinni

It's been very hot here lately. 80's and the last few days in the 90's. The garden is drying out and wilting. So I got up early today to water the vegetables and flowers.  Took a break from watering to start the baby hat. Got the crown done and then cleaned and filled the kids' pool.

And then I used up the largest and the smallest zucchinni to make zucchinni bread. Mmmm.  Just 4 left now.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Stranded socks for wider feet

(This post is a work in progress and I will be fixing and updating it.)

So, for the July SKA challenge I'm taking a narrow pattern and changing the numbers for different yarn and to fit my feet.  I'm using sock yarn with US 1.5 needles instead of the pattern yarn and size US4 needles.  I will be following the charts but not exactly.

My ravelry project page
This pattern  (Chart references are for this pattern.)
Ravelry pattern page

My yarns
Light color:        white square    = Red Heart Heart & Sole, ivory
Medium color:   dot square       = Knit Picks Essential Multi, lily pad
Dark color:        triangle square = Knit Picks Essential Solids & Twists, pine
(The Knit Picks sock yarn has been renamed Stroll. And they don't have the lily pad color anymore.)

To fit:
Foot circ = 9.5"
Ankle = 10.75"
Leg at 7" from floor = 12.75"

Gauge swatch in colorwork (I used 40"  US 1.5 / 2.5mm circular needle, magic loop)
8.5 stitches per inch
10 rows per inch

When changing colors, don't cut yarn unless directed to.

Hem  (about 10" circumference)
CO e-loop 70sts, in light color yarn.
Switch to medium color yarn.  Knit 5 rnds.
Switch to dark color yarn.  Knit 1 rnd, purl 1 rnd. The purl rnd will be the hem fold. Cut dark yarn.
Switch to medium color. Knit 6 rnds.
Switch to light color.  Knit 1 rnd.
Now fold the knitting at the purl rnd so your cast-on is behind your working needle.
Knit 1 rnd while joining to co as follows:
Insert needle into stitch on needle as if to knit. Then look at the cast-on. Mine had medium color "dashes" and I inserted my needle in the gap between them. This way my needle went under two strands of the co.  And now k2tog.  Continue until all stitches are joined. You might have to fudge a bit for the last stitch.
Turn the knitting inside out. Now continue knitting in the opposite direction with the purl ridge on the outside.  There will be a small gap at the turning point. Use yarn tail to close it up.

Knit 1 rnd in light color while increasing evenly to 80sts.
Switch to medium color. Knit 2 rnds.

Switch to light color.  Knit 2 rnds.
Switch to medium color. Knit 1 rnd.
First 5 rnds of chart M.2 (or any 2 color chart 4 sts wide and 5 rows tall).  Left hand-light color, carry below.  Right hand-dark color, carry above.
Switch to medium color. Knit 1 rnd.
Switch to light color. Knit 2 rnds.

Chart M.1 rnds 8-23. (Chart is 16 sts wide) Left hand-medium color, carry below.  Right hand-light color, carry above.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Short socks

Breeze by Jennifer L. Appleby
Ravelry link to pattern
Ravelry link to my project

Needles: US 2 - 2.75 mm, 1½ - 2.5 mm
Crystal Palace Yarns Maizy Print, 0.84 skeins = 171.4 yards (156.7m), 1017 Turf/Green, Dye lot A
Crystal Palace Yarns Panda Soy Solid, 0.64 skeins = 118.4 yards (108.3m), 3005 Dogwood Pink/Light Pink, Dye lot A
Note: Heel flap: sl as if to p, w/ yarn to RS.

First knit with both pink and green yarn.
Pink yarn: Cable CO with US 2, rest with US 1 1/2. Cuff as patt.
Green yarn: Heel flap: 8 reps, end ws row 2 = 34 rows. 2 1/2", cut green yarn.
Pink yarn: Start where left off.
Gusset: 18sts. + 2 at each gusset corner, dec these 4 in rnd 1. Regular gusset dec starting with rnd 2. To pick up sts, use left needle to lift one strand, then knit through back loop so finished twists point up to instep.
Yarn stitch markers betw instep and gusset. Blue is start of rnd, on right side just before instep. Dec to 58.

Ripped out.

Apr 16, 2011

Trying one color version, green:

Cable co 56, US2. US1 1/2: k2p2 for 7 rnds.
On 8th rnd inc to 62w/ yo evenly spaced.
K 1 rnd.
Heel flap as patt, but shorter (6 reps + 2rows = 2")
My usual heel turn with 1" of sts in middle (8sts). Dec to 20 sts, end w/ws. Pick up 14.

Apr 20, 2011
Used about 1/2 of green yarn two rounds into toe.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Porches and things

View straight out front.

Our back deck, but we call it porch.

Pine tree on left. Maple tree on right.

The garden. Straight back in the middle is a gooseberry bush, to the right a red currant bush.  Dark green on right is a clump of chives. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New yarn

This came in the mail today. It's for finishing the Rodekool scarf in KAL on Ravelry, prize is from Crystal Palace Yarns. Left is Mini Mochi, right is Sausalito.