Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Seed Stitch Hand Towel

For being a knitter, I have a disturbing lack of household linens. With my local crafting store's sale this week of 25% off all yarn, I figured it was time to change that.

I chose Lily Sugar N Cream Scents (the Aloe Vera), but any 100% cotton that gets gauge would work. Also, please not that yardage is approximate; I used one full skein of the Scents as well as part of a second one. I put a rubber band around the second skein to keep my measurements consistent, but I wasn't precise about the inches so there were times I measured 15 inches past a full yard and rounded it up to half a yard.


Seed Stitch Hand Towel
Yarn: Lily Sugar N Cream
Yards: Approximately 135 yards
Needle: Size 7
Gauge: 16 sts and 32 rows in st st = 4"
Measurements: 9.5" by 16"

Cast on 38 stitches.

Row 1 (right side): K1, P1 across.
Row 2: P1, K1 across.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 until piece measures 2" from cast-on edge.

Row 3: (optional) Knit across
Row 4: (optional) Purl across
Row 5: (optional) Knit across
Row 6: (optional) Purl across

Note: These four rows create the thin stockinette "dip" in the towel. It's purely aesthetic so you can choose to ignore this section and work the entire towel in seed stitch.

Row 8: K1, P1 across.
Row 9: P1, K1 across.

Repeat rows 8 & 9 until piece measures 13.5" from cast-on edge, ending with a wrong side row.

Row 10: (optional) Knit across
Row 11: (optional) Purl across
Row 12: (optional) Knit across
Row 13: (optional) Purl across

Row 14: K1, P1 across.
Row 15: P1, K1 across.

Repeat rows 14 & 15 until work measures 2" from the stockinette "dip" in the towel.

Cast off loosely.


Close up shown below:




Friday, March 22, 2013

Textured Diagonal Baby Blanket

I've been working on a new project for the last couple of weeks and thought I'd post the pattern.

Textured Diagonal Baby Blanket
Yarn: Bernat Baby Jacquards, 2 balls
Needles: Size 8 36” circular needle
Size: Small
Across the center of the blanket (which is knit diagonally), the blanket measures about 28". Mine came out as a 22" by 21" slightly skewed psuedo-square. It would be suitable as a stroller or car seat blanket or as a security blanket for a toddler to carry around.
Important terms:
YO: Wrap your yarn over your right needle.
PM: Place marker
SM: Slip marker
A Note about Gauge:
Gauge is not crucial for this project. I knit a couple test swatches of stockinette and seed stitch until I liked the look of the fabric.

Special Notes:
Yarn is held doubled throughout. I used my ball winder to wind the skein into a center pull ball, then I divided the ball in half by pulling the center and outer strands until the ball came unwound and rewound the ball on my winder with the yarn held double.

This blanket is knit in two separate pieces and grafted together using a three-needle bind-off. It is recommended that you use two circular needles (one for each panel), but you could set the first panel aside on waste yarn and use the same circular for the second panel. This would make it more difficult to graft the two panels together, but it's knitter's choice.

Stockinette:
With yarn held doubled, Cast on 3 stitches.
Row 1: K1, PM, YO, K1, YO, PM, K1. (5 stitches)
Row 2: K1, SM, P3, SM, K1. (5 stitches)
Row 3: K1, SM, YO, knit to marker, YO, SM, K1
Row 4: K1, SM, Purl to marker, SM, K1.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until blanket measures 5 inches.

Seed Stitch:
Row 1: K1, SM, YO, (K1, P1) to marker, YO, SM, K1
Row 2: K1, SM, Knit the purl and purl the knit stitches to marker, SM, K1.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until seed stitch section measures 5 inches.

Continue to alternate between stockinette and seed stitch panels until you no longer have yarn to complete a row.
Make a second panel in the same way as you completed the first & connect the two panels (on the wrong side) using a three-needle bind-off.
An in-progress photo.
Finished blanket

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cable-Swaddler


Yarn: Worsted Weight (I used some Factory Mill Ends yarn I picked up at A.C. Moore)
Needles: size 8 16” circular & double-pointed needles
Important terms:
C6F: Remove three stitches from left needle and hold in front of work on a cable needle. Knit the next three stitches on the left hand needle and then the three stitches from the cable needles.
C6B: Remove three stitches from left needle and hold in back of work on a cable needle. Knit the next three stitches on the left hand needle and then the three stitches from the cable needles.
K2tog: Put your right needle through next two stitches on left needle from front to back. Knit as one stitch.
YO: Wrap your yarn over your right needle.
PM: Place marker
SM: Slip marker
Gauge (in the round):
One pattern repeat (3-by-3 cable and 3 purl stitches) should equal 1.5”.
I knitted a 27 stitch gauge (three pattern repeats) with four purl stitches on either side to account for the fact that I was knitting a circular gauge swatch so I cast on a total of 35 stitches. The cables are turned every sixth round.
Pattern:
Cast on 108 stitches. Place a stitch marker to mark the end of the round.
Work a Knit 6, purl 3 ribbing for 1.5”.
Round 1: *YO, K2tog, Knit 2, K2tog, YO, Purl 3 stitches. Repeat from * around (108 st).
Round 2-6: Knit 6, purl 3 around.
Round 7: Turning round A: (C6F, purl 3) around.
Round 8-12: Knit for five rounds.
Round 13: Turning round B: (C6B, purl 3) around.
Complete rounds 2-13 until work from cast on edge measures 14”.
Begin Decreases:
Round 1: [Knit 14 stitches, K2tog, SSK, PM] around. (96)
Round 2: Knit around.
Round 3: [Knit 12 stitches, K2tog, SSK, SM] around. (84)
Round 4: Knit around.
Round 5: [Knit 10 stitches, K2tog, SSK, PM] around. (72)
Round 6: Knit around.
Round 7: [Knit 8 stitches, K2tog, SSK, SM] around. (60)
Round 8: Knit around.
Round 9: [Knit 6 stitches, K2tog, SSK, PM] around. (48)
Round 10: Knit around.
Round 11: [Knit 4 stitches, K2tog, SSK, SM] around. (36)
Round 12: Knit around.
Round 13: [Knit 2 stitches, K2tog, SSK, PM] around. (24)
Round 14: Knit around.
Round 15: [K2tog, SSK, remove markers] around. (12)
Round 16: Knit around
Round 17: [K2tog, SSK] around. (6)
Bind off and sew closed.

Monday, June 18, 2012

FINALLLLLYYYY!

So, I'm pleased to announce that a few short hours ago, I finally typed up the last chapter of my first draft of Temperance & the Duke.

I've spoken to my friend Hollie, who was agreed to take on the task of designing the cover art, and she's going to come up with a few sketches by December so that is flowing very smoothly. We had a great discussion brainstorming what I pictured and her suggestions and questions.

I've sent copies of the draft to some of my most trusted friends for suggestions that I can implement in December when I begin the editing process. I desperately want to jump right in, but I've often been told that editing is best done when you have stepped away for a little while so that you can come back to the story with a fresh, new perspective and it will give you time to 'detach' yourself from some of your favorite scenes so that you edit more objectively.

Whoo! Talk about PROGRESS this month. :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

BANNED!

So...If anyone is interested to know...My story "Home for Hatter" was deleted off FF.net and I was banned from posting for several days because the summary was not G-rated. The irony that my story is rated M for Mature Audiences and I still managed to get a tersely worded email from the admins and a "recorded infraction" for breaking the "Guidelines of Submission" and failing to pander to the site's "widespread audiences" in the smutty story's summary does not elude me. I think it'd be a better idea to ban anyone under the age of 18...OR start a quality fanfiction website dedicated entirely to smutty 18+-reader stories in which case FF.net would never see me again. Because honestly, I've tiptoed over to "Adult fanfiction.net" and hastily hit the back button when I realized that no one over there knows how to use punctuation or the spell check function in their word processing program.

Also, I know I've been horrifically absent lately, but that's due to my crazy work schedule which has moved from part-time to full-time baby-sitting as well as the fact that I am—finally—starting to focus on "Temperance" again...when I'm not starting sewing/quilting projects...and knitting...and working...

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Slacking

It's been a while, I know, but things have been crazy around here what with my little sister experiencing pre-term labor for the last two weeks and baby-sitting and pet-sitting and whatnot.
My sister actually just had my nephew today so today's been pretty exciting for me. Oddly enough, both my younger brother and I were due to be born on April 8th, but we both came before then. J was due in mid-May and he came today!

Also exciting is the fact that I FINALLY finished my friend's shawl.
Here's a picture of it getting ready to be blocked--which is a process I think should ALWAYS be done if you're knitting lace since it opens the lace up and really enhances it's beauty.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Updates

Today wasn't rainy so I finally had a chance to finish up my DIY project. For comparision, I've posted up both the original & the finished product side by side.

What a difference! Even better, all the supplies to improve it cost me $20, which is less than I would have paid for a secondhand dresser at a thrift store or on Craiglist. I'm so pleased with the final effect, although I can't promise the drawers will stay that pale shade of gray forever. I may end up painting them again in a few months when I start longing for something more cheery or girly.

And next up, I've finally gotten to a point in my friend's Skywalker shawl that I feel I can post a picture of the progress. I didn't take a full-size photo because I'm actually in the middle of knitting a row, but I have to show off how nicely the Planet stitch is shaping up and that deserves a close-up shot anyway. :)