Thursday, May 31, 2007

Knitting List

I was intrigued reading the posts from Marie and Lora
so I thought I'd give it a go. I've been knitting for about 3 1/2 years.

Here are the directions:
Bold the things you have done.
Use italics for things you plan to do one day.
Use normal typeface for things you are not planning on doing.

American/English knitting
Button holes
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Continental knitting

Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Double knitting
Drop stitch patterns

Fair Isle knitting
Freeform knitting
Garter stitch

Kitchener BO
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with DPNs
Knitting and purling backwards

Knitting smocking
Knitting small tubular items on two circulars
Knitting a circular item using the Magic Loop
Lace patterns
Long Tail CO
Moebius band knitting
Norwegian knitting
Provisional CO
Short rows
Slip Stitch patterns
Stockinette stitch
Textured knitting
Swiss Darning or Duplicate stitch
Thrummed knitting
Tubular CO
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting
Knitting with alpaca
Knitting with bamboo yarn

Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Knitting with beads
Knitting with camel yarn
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with cotton

Knitting with dog/cat hair
Knitting with linen
Knitting with metal wire
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn
Knitting with silk
Knitting with soy yarn
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Knitting with wool

Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Knitting with someone else's handspun yarn
Afghan/Blanket Baby items
Cuffs/Fingerless mitts/Arm warmers

Hair accessories

Household items

Mittens: Cuff-upMittens:
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Stuffed toys
Toy/Doll clothing
Charity knitting
Designing knitted garments
Dyeing yarn with plant colors
Dyeing yarn with acid dyes
Dyeing yarn with kool-ade and other food colorings
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Holiday-related knitting
Knitting art
Knitting a gift
Knitting for a living
Knitting on a loom
Knitting to make money
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting for pets
Knitting for preemies
Knitting in public
Knitting items for a wedding
Machine knitting
Olympic knitting
Participating in a KAL
Publishing a knitting book
Resizing patterns
Spinning on a drop spindle
Spinning with a spinning wheel
Teaching a male how to knit
Teaching knitting classes
Writing a pattern

Multidirectional Diagonal Dishcloth

Here is a cloth pattern made with the Sugar 'n Cream dishcloth cotton on size 6 or 7 needles. It is an adaptation of the Multidirectional Scarf pattern. This is a great way to get at little experience with short rows.

You can use any thickness of yarn for this cloth...just increase (or decrease) the number of stitches. I've also used Paton's Grace (varigated) with this pattern as well.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Updated the Labels

I just went through all the posts and gave them labels. That should be helpful in the long run. If you are looking for a particular item or post you can just check in the label column on the right hand side.

If you have this blog subscribed in a feed (e.g. Bloglines) then it may appear that I have a bunch of new posts. I don''s just the new labels.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Two-Yarn Resoleable Socks....p. 47

This is the sock for May's sock class from the book Favorite Socks.

I tweaked a few things.....
1. The cuff is ribbed until about an inch before the heel flap.
2. The instep is 2 rows shorter.
3. I started the toe decreases right after the M1 round.
4. Once I got to 12 sts on each the instep needle and the heel needle I decreased every row to 8 sts. I then did the donkey ear trick and kitchenered shut.

All the toe tweaks I did after I had already knit the toe the way that pattern suggested. The sock was too long, and the toe too pointy so I ripped it out and redid the toe. Much happier with the way it turned out with the tweaks.

The yarn is Lambs Pride Superwash (100% wool...worsted weight). The colors are Charcoal Heather and Shane's Red. I also included a strand of red wooly nylon on the heel and sole. I used two circular needles...size 2's for the ribbing and size 3's for the rest of the sock.


I was inspired this morning when I read Beer Haiku Daily.

So here is a knitting haiku....

Knitting with Euroflax Linen

Thin, scratchy and stiff
Pattern grows with each repeat
Cloth softer each wash.

Monday, May 28, 2007

Elfin Lace

You've seen this cloth before (or not). It's about 7 1/2" x 7 1/2", 55 sts, done in Mercerized Cotton. Other options for smaller dishcloth yarn would be the linen I spoke of in the other post I did today or Patons Grace (that's a little bit bigger than the mercerized cotton).

I didn't think I'd be adding so many cloths to this blog. But it is so much fun to chart them up and share them with others.

This charted pattern is a bit on the unconventional side. Hope it makes sense to those wishing to knit it. I've used it quite often...even for a lace cashmere scarf (I'm a little better than half way with that) so I know the pattern works. Y'all may just be a little taken aback with the way the repeat stitches line up...or *not* line up as the case may be! The chart is pretty and colorful...I mean.... it's pretty colorful.

This is the first pattern that I switched to using the knitting fonts available from Aire River. It works really slick and can't wait to do more charting with that font. I'm not entirely used to it yet but it looks *very* promising.

King Charles Brocade

Happy Memorial Day!

This is a charted cloth pattern done with Louet Euroflax linen on size 1 (2.50 mm) needles.

I found the Euroflax linen to be much more pleasant to knit with if I wash and hang dry the skein before winding it into a ball. I found it to be tricky to keep stitches even when it isn't washed first because the linen is a bit stiff. The more this cloth is washed the softer and softer it will become.

The finished size is about 7 3/4" by 7 3/4" (55 sts).

The chart is very colorful and hopefully that will make it easy to read.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Lean to the Left

This free cloth pattern (pdf) is a finished size of about 8" by 8". Charted pattern here.

It's 61 sts on size 3 needles done with Royale Fashion Size 3 Crochet Thread.

I think this one and *especially* Lean to the Right would make a cute stitch pattern for the bottom of a summer top...say from the belly button down. Lean to the Right has just a bit more ribbing action to it than Lean to the Left.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Lean to the Right

This free pattern is done in the size 3 crochet cotton like the others.

This one is 55 sts on size 3 needles.

It measures about 7" x 7".

Charted pattern here.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Leafy Vines

Here is another free washcloth pattern I put together.

It's done in the size 3 crochet cotton. This one is 53 sts on size 3 needles.

I'm loving the green grass, warmer temps and the smell of the neighbor's lilacs coming in through the open windows. I wish lilac season was longer.

Edit on 4/12/12: Click this link for help with the SSK.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Rainbow at Dawn

A non-knitting post! *gasp*

My dh rises early...I don't...nor do the kids!

So when he went outside yesterday morning he witnessed this beauty in the western sky. He rushed back in the house for the camera. By then it started to sprinkle which are the white specks...I thought they looked like stars and a moon.

Almost makes me want to write a poem....

He says the picture doesn't really do it justice. He could see the full arc. It must have been amazing. Next time we've got rain expected about the time the sun rises -- I'll have to too.

Columns of Greece

Here is a pattern for a cloth made with size 3 Mercerized Cotton.
(It's a PDF file)

I've been looking through stitch pattern books for patterns I think would make into nice cloths. I hate to say dishcloths because I think these would make nice face cloths as well.

I added the borders to the stitch pattern...and viola! A new dish/face cloth pattern!

It's 58 stitches on size 3 needles. The pattern is charted but is very easy to read. You read the odd rows, right to left. The even rows, left to right.

This cloth looks the same on both sides.