Monday, February 27, 2017
One of the ways that I like to gain inspiration in my designs is looking through color pallets. For this particular design I saw a picture of an aqua basket sitting on an old farmhouse stool. And the basket had a beautiful spray of pink peonies, and lavender. I thought how can I translate that into embroidery.
I am happy with how pretty it turned out. It is a nice little masterpiece to add a chain to and where it around my neck.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
My first knit pattern. I'm really excited that I am finally able to share with you. I love that in broadening my horizons and learning something new I can then go share it with others. Five years ago when I started this blog if someone told me I would be adding knit patterns to it also, I would have laughed at them.
Since moving to Canada, I just fell in love with the culture surrounding knitting and crafting. There is also the thrill of learning and accomplishing something new. It has been so Rewarding learning more about all the different fiber arts.
Enough about me I want to tell you about the pattern.
Swift Swirl Hat: A Knit Pattern
Needles: 6,0 mm/US 10 circular needles and a set of double point needles US 10 to finish it off.
Yarn: I used Lion Brand Wool Ease: mushroom 403 for the adult hat, and I used an unlabeled wool for the smaller hat (sorry) I would recommend any worsted wool size 4.
Notions: tapestry needle
Gauge: 17 k = 4 inches, 20 rows = 4 inches
Once pattern is established the pattern will move to the right by one stitch after every row.
Right Twist: knit 2 together keeping both stitches on the left needle, knit into the first stitch, then pull both stitches onto the right needle, stitch complete.
Sk2p: slip stitch to the right needle, knit 2 stitches together, pass over slipped st over the k2tog stitches.
Cast on 100 stitches using the German Twist Long Tail Cast On
Round 1 – 8:( p, k), repeat all the way around. When the 8th round is complete, place a stitch marker on the starting st.
Round 9: k
Round 10 -38: (K 5 st, RT 3 times), Repeat continually till you finish the 38th row. Finish on a k 5 closest to the placed marker.
Round 39: (RT 3 times, k 1, K2tog, k2),repeat all the way around.
Round 40: (RT 3 times, k 1, k2tog, k1), repeat all the way around.
Round 41: (RT 3 times, k1, k2tog), repeat all the way around.
Round 42: (RT 3 times, k2tog), repeat all the way around.
Round 43: (RT 2 times, sk2p), repeat all the way around
Round 44-45: (k2tog) repeat all the way around
Finish off with a long tail bind off. Pull tight, knot and weave in your ends.
Don't forget to find this pattern in Ravelry Here.
Monday, February 13, 2017
- yarn: Plymouth Covington medium weight cotton yarn, color #2002 sand
- hook: Size G/7 4.5MM
- Sharp tapestry needle
- different colors of embroidery thread
Row 1: Ch 13, sc in 2nd chain and in each chain across for a total of 12 sc.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across for a total of 12 sc.
Row 3- 12: repeat row 2
Edging: Ch 1, do not turn, sc in the side post of the sc just made in row 12, sc in each side post moving down to row 1, ch 1, sc in each sc of row 1, ch 1, sc in each of the side posts moving up to row 12, ch 1, sl st into first sc of row 12. Finish off. Weave in your ends.
Easy peasy, Okay can we be honest with each other for a second. I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to making a chart for embroidery but I tried and I can try again, and I probably will. But I made you a little chart. I have no idea if it will be helpful, but its here.
I used the back stitch to write out the letters. I made two woven roses on each side of the word love. for the leaves I made 4 long stitches next to each other at different sizes. I also added one lazy daisy flower on each side. There is also a french knot inside of the rose.
Friday, February 3, 2017
This sweater is a good example. This is the Harvest Pattern by http://tincanknits.com/ . I have made this pattern once before. This time I wanted to make it again but shorter and with bell capped sleeves. I did really great, because it is such a lovely pattern that is easily adaptable and adjustable.
When I got to the button hole my crochet sense took over and I made a button hole in 2 rows. It did not look well. But I was not really sure what to do with it so I just continued on. Did you know that there is a way to make a button hole with just one row? Me neither. Now that I am aware of that I will strive for better.
But maybe you are like me with really terrible looking button holes that have already been made. What do you do with them?
I decided to add button hole stitches to the hole to clean it up and I'm really happy with the results. I took pictures of what I did so you can follow along.
What you will need:
- a tapestry needle
- same colored yarn as you project
I turned the garment inside out and I inserted my needle in between the 2 vertical posts on the bottom right side of the button hole. Then I put the needle through the first stitch of the button hole with the tail of the yarn going behind the needle when I pull through. (did you know that the button hole stitch is the same as a blanket stitch. It is just worked tighter and in a button hole).
I added two button hole stitches to each knit stitch. There were 3 knit stitches so I made 6 button hole stitches on this side of the hole.
I wrapped my yarn around 3 vertical posts (I was tightening up this stitch, yours might be tighter and so you only need to go through the two posts like the start). I turned the work so that what was on top was now on the bottom. I inserted my needle through the knit stitch so that my tail would be behind my needle and then into the completed button hole stitch above it.
I continued to make 2 button hole stitches for every knit stitch.