Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Third Wheel

Remember the two Carpenters' Wheels I made recently?

Here's the one I did in class.  First, all the components, the flying geese, the pinwheel, the wheel rims, laid out and ready to join.

Next, joined.

I'm very happy with how these turned out, no pun intended.  Well worth the extra effort for a more complicated square!

So, basically, I am making two blankets at once, the one that I'm making in class, and the one I'm doing at home.  I just might have to keep one of these blankets.

Btw, the background fabric here is white on white butterflies.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Free Pattern: No Mistake Reversible Ten Inch Knitted Square (10")

Here's another easy pattern for a ten inch square.  You repeat the same row over and over, with attractive results.  And it looks the same on both sides, so it's completely reversible, always a nice bonus.

For more squares in my 10" square series, click the title:
Patriotic Star Square
Patriotic Striped Square
Beaded Rib Square

I'm calling this square "No Mistake" because it's so easy.  (Really easy, I swear!)  The stitch pattern is actually called "Mistake Stitch," probably because, instead of a straightforward 2 x 2 rib, you have one extra stitch at the end of each row.  This automatically causes a shift in the pattern when you knit the next row.

That probably sounds clear as mud.  But once you start knitting, all will become clear.  (Really!)


© 2015 Reyna Thera Lorele

The stitch pattern is a multiple of 4 plus 3.  To make your finished object larger or smaller, increase or decrease by multiples of four.  My square has a border of 3 stitches on each side.  And 3 + 3 = 6, so I did a multiple of 4  plus 3 plus 6.  Make sense?  Just trying to help you out with the math, my friends!

Materials needed
about 100 yds. worsted weight yarn
#8 needles

CO 45 sts.
Garter st border:  knit 4 rows.

Now knit first and last 3 sts of each row, and do mistake stitch rib for center sts as follows:

Row 1:  *k2, p2* across, end with k2, p1

Repeat this row until square measures 9.5 inches from cast on edge.

Now, do a garter st border:  knit 4 rows.
Bind off, cut yarn, finish off, weave in ends.

CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
st, sts = stitch, stitches

You probably won't need the full 100 yards of yarn, but better to have too much than not enough.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Two-Wheeler

The next Underground Railroad quilt block is Carpenter's Wheel.  As usual, I wanted to make one before class to see if I could understand the pattern all by my lonesome.

I couldn't decide between two color combos, so I made two squares.

This block is a lot more complicated than the previous three, what with the pinwheels and the flying geese and so forth.

Laid out and ready to join:

Sewn together, and most of the points even match:

The background fabric for the one above is little white on white dragonflies, btw.  I love it!

This background fabric is a batik.  Warms my heart to have a batik in here.

Starting to look like a quilt might come together some day?  Far into the future?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Free Pattern: Patriotic Striped Ten Inch Square (10")

Here's another 10" square for the patriotic blanket I have in mind.   Since I'm using up scraps, these stripes are a good way to go.  Obviously, you can use any colors you please.

I have at least two more 10" square patterns in the queue, so stay tuned.

I'm keeping this series of free patterns easy so beginners can participate.  Also, some people prefer simple patterns when making things for charity; it makes churning out blankets a lot faster!

I didn't bother cutting the yarn in between color changes.  No way I want to weave in that many ends.  You can just carry whatever color you aren't currently using up the sides, as I did.

For a photo tutorial of how to carry yarn up the sides so it's woven in as you go, click HERE and scroll down to the tutorial.

It doesn't look perfect, but I figure once I join all the squares together, it won't show, especially since I plan to use single crochet to join.

For more free patterns in my 10" square series, click on the title:
Patriotic Star
No Mistake Rib
Beaded Rib


© 2015 Reyna Thera Lorele

About 50 yards each of two colors of worsted weight yarn (Color A and Color B)
#8 needles, or size to get gauge
4.5 sts per inch

Basically, I did 6 rows of garter st with one color, and 6 rows of stockinette with the other color.  For those of you who need more precise directions, here they are:

With Color A, CO 45 sts.
K 6 rows.

Change to Color B.
Row 1:  k across.
Row 2:  p across

Rep rows 1 & 2 twice more.

Change back to Color A.
K 6 rows.

Rep pattern as described, changing colors, until square measures about 9.25 inches from bottom.  Change to Color A and knit 6 rows.  Bind off, cut yarn, finish off.  Weave in ends and block lightly to 10" square.

CO = cast on
k = knit
p = purl
rep = repeat
st, sts = stitch, stitches

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Crochet Experiment

I'm working on an idea involving my Starflower Square pattern.  "What if I omit the squaring up part," thinks I, "and join as I go?"

I love the way the join creates a secondary motif.  I started out with a triangular shawl idea, but may go full on asymmetrical.  Haven't decided yet.

Joining them gets a bit tricky because the center motifs are octagonal, and I have been joining them at three spots, which only works for so long before causing an unpleasant scrunching and/or ruffling effect.

Some frogging has been necessary, and then a new intermediary shape has been devised (see the tiny circle in the center below) and if I want the thing to lie flat, another intermediary shape would be helpful, although I think I can actually take out those two motifs at the bottom so I can rejoin them at three points closer in… and so on.

You see what I go through.

I was planning to write up the pattern, but with every row being different, that's gonna be one complicated pattern.  So I may end up just offering a kind of recipe for how to do it, and let the crocheting creativity begin!  Make any darn shape you want!  How about that idea?!

Hmm.  Stay tuned.  Perhaps a walk on the beach will help me decide….

A long walk.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Snowstar, A Judy Niemeyer Winter Wonderland Wall Hanging

I finished a UFO!

Last fall, I took a workshop with Catherine Wilson, who is a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor.  The pattern is Winter Wonderland, and it's meant to be a 3-star wall hanging and/or table runner.

I chose to make just one star.  Time constraints and having 20 projects going at once influenced my decision.

Choosing fabric
Also, I've done paper piecing before and enjoyed it, but I wasn't sure I was going to like this method.  It's slightly different, and more complicated.

There are 8 pages of instructions!  There are templates!  There are fussy ways of folding fabric and cutting tiny pieces!

It was all a bit overwhelming, until I got into class and Catherine patiently explained what to do.  I can see why you would need to be certified to teach this method.

Will the points match?!

I still managed to fold some of my fabric incorrectly and end up with cuts on the wrong side, but luckily, they were just barely big enough to work when I flipped them over.

Adding borders
A couple of friends were taking the workshop too, and they went home and promptly finished all three of their stars, with borders, batting, and binding:  table runners done.  How obnoxious!  It has taken me months!  But only because I was working on other projects.

The process was challenging and fun.  But I'm still glad I only made one star.  (So far.  I have templates for two more.)

Pinned and ready to quilt

I put a hanging sleeve on the back as I hope to hang this in a show at the end of May.

It feels so good to cross a UFO off my list!

On to the next!

Monday, March 23, 2015

One More Scarf for the Road

Yes, I did another.

But now I have managed to close the novelty yarn bin and put it away in the closet.  I plan to give my crocheting muscles a rest.  My arm was beginning to hurt!

Time for a walk on the beach…?