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Finishing Up Friday – A Lacy Shawl

I’m FINALLY starting the bind-off for the Lacy Shawl for the Spring KAL (oh! How much more muddled my life has been getting…..). It’s a Picot Bind-off. It’s a BEAUTIFUL bind-off! It does take awhile, but it is SO worth it!

I hope you’ll join me in knitting this lovely shawl! If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, you can join either the Facebook or Ravelry groups (or both, if you want to….), so you’ll be ready on Wednesday, March 20th when I release the pattern for the KAL. You’ve got a few days to finish up your current WIPs (or find a place to stash them, you know, until you can finish them later!).

Happy Knitting!

Lori

 

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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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Stitch Pattern Saturday – Double Fleck Stitch

I really enjoyed the texture of this Stitch Pattern. Once again, a simple 4 row repeat. Easy to memorize. I found out you do need to pay attention to which row you are on (I’m pretty sure I already knew this…..). I made a mistake as to whether I was knitting row 2 or row 4 and threw the whole pattern off. Did I catch it right away? NO. No, I did not! I realized it about 12 rows later. I thought about leaving it. But. I just couldn’t! I took the project off the needles (this always make me feel so brave!  😉  ), ripped back to the mistake and put the needles back in (this always lets me breathe a sigh of relief!). Then , I knit along as if nothing had happened! That’s right! Take THAT knitting mistake!

Double Fleck Stitch

Cast-on a multiple of 6 +4 sts. ( for the “Beat the Winter Blues” KAL, cast-on 34 sts.)

Rows 1 &3 (Right Side): K all sts.

Row 2: P4, *k2, p4; repeat across.

Row 4: P1, *k2, p4; repeat across to last 3 sts, k2, p1.

Repeat rows 1-4 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