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Stitch Pattern Saturday – Block Challenge #7

 

I guess it was bound to happen at some point….life got REALLY busy for me this week and I didn’t get a Stitch Pattern Block started (actually, I didn’t even get my last week’s Mosaic Tiles block finished….it was really almost impossible to get any knitting in at all!  😦  ). Don’t worry though, I have a cop-out, solution….A Block Challenge! Let’s make this one Gambler’s choice! Knit a block of your choice of Stitch Pattern. OR. Knit an extra block of your favorite Stitch Pattern I’ve posted so far (you can find the Stitch Patterns listed here.). I’ll try to do better next week, but, I have to forewarn you, next week doesn’t look any better…. 😦

Happy Knitting (Do some for me, will ya?!?!)!

Lori

 

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Stitch Pattern Sunday – Challenge #6

 

Since we talked about Mosaic Knitting yesterday (this post), I felt it only natural to make the challenge block any Stitch Pattern that uses Slipped Stitches. Whether it’s a single color, two color, texture, let’s see what we can do with slipped stitches! Are you ready to accept the challenge?

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Saturday – Mosaic Tiles

Well…..we all knew it was bound to happen…..this week’s Stitch Pattern does not have my “regular” photo. You know, the one that has the instructions all neatly included on the photo. Yeah. This week’s Stitch Pattern’s instruction wouldn’t fit on the photo format. There’s just a LOT of wording in the instructions!  😉 Don’t be scared though, this really is an easy Stitch Pattern….just VERY word-y!

This week’s Stitch Pattern introduces a “new to me” technique. Mosaic Knitting. I have to admit, I’d never even heard of Mosaic Knitting. But. I took the Colorwork Catalyst 5-day mini course to learn more about colorwork. Not only did I learn what I was doing wrong when working Intarsia (who knew my problem was so easy to solve?), but I also learned about Mosaic Knitting. If you’re new to Mosaic Knitting, I also found this video really helpful.

I created this chart for those who want a chart….

The really only tricky thing about Mosaic Knitting, is realizing that each row in the chart is worked twice. You work the chart from right to left, then when you get to the end, you turn and work that same row of the chart back to the beginning. Okay. Let’s get started….

Mosaic Tiles

With your Main Color (MC) Cast-on a multiple of 5 +2 edge sts each side. (for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL cast-on 34 sts.)

Set-up rows:

Row 1 & 2: Knit all sts.

Row 3: K2 (edge), purl across to last 2 sts, k2 (edge).

Begin colorwork:

Row 1 (right side): With CC, k2 (edge), *with CC, k2, sl1 purl-wise(MC); across to last 2 sts, k2 CC (edge).

Row 2: With CC, k2 (edge), *with CC yarn in front, sl1 purl-wise(MC), p2; across to last 2 sts, k2 CC (edge).

Rows 3 & 7: with MC, knit all sts.

Rows 4 & 8: K2 (edge), purl across to last 2 sts, k2 (edge)

Row 5: With CC, k2 (edge), with CC, k1, sl1 purl-wise(MC); across to last 2 sts, k2 CC (edge).

Row 6: With CC, k2 (edge), *with CC yarn in front, sl1 purl-wise(MC), p1; across to last 2 sts, k2 CC (edge).

Repeat rows 1 though 8 for pattern.

Knit to 3 rows before desired length (ending with row 8), knit 2 rows (garter), then BO in knit.

I can’t wait to get your feedback on this method and Stitch Pattern!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

 

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Stith Pattern Saturday – Garter Ridges

Today’s stitch Pattern is Garter Ridges. Oh! How I LOVE this stitch! It makes a very spongey fabric. A full-size blanket made out of this stitch would be very cozy! Have I convinced you yet to knit this Stitch Pattern? Well….you definitely should!

Garter Ridges

Cast-on any number of sts (for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL,  cast-on 34 sts)

Row 1 (right side), 3, 4 and 6: Knit all sts

Rows 2 and 5: Purl all sts.

Repeat rows 1-6 for pattern.

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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WIP Wednesday – Progress Report

It’s WIP Wednesday and I figured I should give a bit of a progress report. First, Blocks for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL. 10 finished blocks (4 sewn together) and 2 blocks partially finished. Including the Block Challenge #5, snowflake block on the needles at the bottom of the picture. I’m really happy with this block as I’ve had a bit of problems with Intarsia before. It seems to be working much better for me on this block. YAY!!!

Making pretty good progress on the Grand Forks Cardigan. Still miles and miles of stockinette to go….

Also, making good progress on the Spring KAL shawl. I think this will be a fun knit for Spring. If knitting shawls or lace appeals to you, be sure to clear your WIPs and make room for a little shawl knitting!

Finally, is my latest distraction. I found a fun “new to me” embroidery project, while wandering the aisles of my local JoAnn’s store. It’s called Zenbroidery , and it is a stamped design similar to an adult coloring book. You add embroidery stitches in any color you wish (you can also embellish with beads and sequins if you like). I had forgotten how much I enjoyed embroidery! Well, that’s the progress report for now. How are your projects coming along?

Happy crafting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Sunday – Block Challenge #5

It’s Sunday! It’s time again for a Block Challenge! If you completed your Stockinette Square in last week’s challenge (you can still use last week’s block as a block for your blanket if you like OR just count it as a gauge swatch), you’re ready to move onto this week’s challenge. This week is a chart challenge! This challenge is a challenge for me also. I wanted a few Fair Isle or Intarsia blocks. Now, here’s the thing. Since we’re knitting flat blocks, there will be colorwork while purling. I know, I KNOW! I’m not crazy about it either! BUT. I REALLY want a few of these colorwork blocks in my afghan! So, after I got my Stockinette Block completed, I got on Stitch Fiddle and created this chart using my column/ row counts  (30×38).

If you don’t want to design your own chart, feel free to use this chart (or another that you find). If you don’t want to do colorwork, you could also purl (on the right side/knit on the wrong side) The blue spaces on the chart (you’d end up with something like this). I can’t wait to see everyone’s blocks from this challenge!

Happy Knitting!

Lori

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Stitch Pattern Saturday – Grass Stitch

First, I should say Happy Groundhog’s Day! Maybe Spring is just around the corner? Or. maybe Spring will arrive on it’s regularly scheduled date of March 20th? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!  😉

This Saturday’s Stitch Pattern is called Grass Stitch. Once again, an easy to remember 2 row Stitch Pattern. I have to confess, this Stitch Pattern is from some dishcloths I made awhile back (I kind of got a little distracted craft-wise this week….). I have to say, it’s a nice scrubby texture for dishcloths. I’ve always enjoyed this Stitch Pattern. I hope you do too!

Grass Stitch

Cast-on a multiple of 4 sts, +1 edge st for each side (for our “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, you’ll cast-on 34 sts)

Row 1 (Right Side): K1 (edge), *k1, slip 1 purlwise (yarn at the back), yo, pass slipped st over both knitted and yo sts, k1: repeat across to last st, k1 (edge).

Row 2: K1 (edge), purl across to last st, k1 (edge).

Well, what are you waiting for? Get out your knitting needles and get knittin’!

Happy Knitting!

Lori