Posted in Afghans, Blankets, Blocks, Charts, Dishcloth/Washcloth, Kal, Knitting, Mosaic, Slip Stitch, Squares, Stitch Patterns, Winter, WIPS

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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Posted in Afghans, Blankets, Blocks, Charts, Dishcloth/Washcloth, Kal, Knitting, Mosaic, Slip Stitch, Squares, Stitch Patterns, Winter, WIPS

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!¬† ūüėČ 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

 

Posted in Beanies, Charts, Fair Isle, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting, Stranded, Valentine's Day, Winter

Gotta Have Heart Beanie

Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I thought I would skip the Block Challenge for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL this week. Instead I’m gonna share my Gotta Have Heart Fair Isle chart. A few years back, I used this chart to knit this….(don’t ask me why the photo is small, it’s more than I want to investigate this morning)

My Gotta Have Heart Beanie. If you want to knit one for yourself, I used the Favorite Beanie Recipe¬†(or use any beanie pattern you like with a stitch multiple of 6) and inserted the Gotta Have Heart Chart – Stitch Fiddle¬†Chart. OR. Use the cart in any project you like (wouldn’t a Mug Cozy be cute?)!

Hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Knitting!

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

Posted in Charts, Fair Isle, Knitting, Lace, Thoughts

Thoughts on Thursday – Chartmaking

Here’s my dilemma….I feel like I want a better way to create charts The photo above shows my current method. While it works, it’s certainly not the best. Especially¬† if I plan on sharing them with my blog readers. I found this chart-making site called Stitch Fiddle. I “fiddled around” and made this chart….¬†diamond brocade – stitch fiddle¬†. I really liked how quickly the chart went together and how it printed up. But. I know that in order to make the best use of their service I would have to upgrade from their free service to their premium service. So here’s the questions for my readers….

  1. Does anyone use Stitch Fiddle’s premium service? What have been the pros and cons you’ve found?
  2. Does anyone use another chart-making service? What have you found that works best for you?
  3. Does anyone know of a good chart-making software?

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

Happy Knitting!

Lori