Finished Knit Shawl from KAL
April 22, 2014
I mentioned in my post last week that I was participating in a KAL – Knit Along – with a facebook knitting group. Well , I got my shawl finished and blocked over the weekend and was able to wear it on Easter to church – I was so excited!
This shawl was a lot of fun to knit and I believe it only took me about 2 1/2 weeks to finish it. I worked on it a little bit each day but I think there were a couple of days that I didn’t get any knitting done on it.
The pattern is a free pattern on Ravelry – click on the highlighted text to take you to the pattern. When I first looked at the pattern I was thinking it was going to be really hard and involved but once I started knitting and made myself a chart to follow along it was really pretty simple. If you can knit, purl, yo – yarn over, k2tog – knit 2 stitches together – then you should be able to knit this shawl. If you click on the highlighted text chart to follow it will give you the pdf chart I made that will help you keep track of your rows once the pattern is established and you are just repeating the welt and wedge D.
Below is a back view of the shawl – it has rows of welts and wedges of short row shaping that make this pretty design on the back.
I was also so happy to discover that it coordinated well with this new skirt I had just made a week ago. Even my husband noticed how well they went together and commented on that when we were walking in to church Easter morning.
The yarn I used to make this shawl was just some yarn I had in my stash. I used one skein of Yarn Bee Snowflake Wool Blend – 247 yards and one skein of Loops & Threads Payette – 216 yards. I will say that I could have used a few more yards of both yarns as I had to finish with one less round of welts and wedges but it was long enough for me. Below is a photo of how much yarn I had left:
I am looking forward to making another one of these shawls soon. Right now I am working on a couple of other new shawl-wrap designs and I also just finished a crochet project that I will be sharing a tutorial for on my blog very soon. What projects are you currently working on? Click on Leave a Reply and tell me about them.
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Lace and Garter Infinity Knit Scarves
April 15, 2014
Lately in addition to my craft and sewing projects I have been knitting a lot. These lace and garter infinity scarves are one of my most recent designs that I have finished.
I really had a lot of fun knitting these by changing the stitch pattern and the yarn from a solid color yarn to a multi color yarn. The pink one above can also be worn over the shoulders as a little mobius wrap. The green version is a lot longer and can be wore long or doubled for warmth. I just love accessories that can be worn different ways.
The pattern for these is a design of my own that I will be adding to my etsy shop soon and on craftsy. The scarves themselves will be added to my gift collection.
Another knitting project that I am currently still working on is a shawl for a KAL through a knitting group that I belong to on facebook. KAL stands for knit along, I believe. I have never participated in one of these before and decided that I needed something new and different to challenge me with my knitting. When I first saw the pattern called Nymphalidea – which is available free on ravelry (if you click on the highlighted link it will take you to the pattern) I was not sure I would be able to tackle it as it looked “involved”. But one of the other ladies in the group assured me that once you got going it was pretty simple and it is. If you can knit, purl, knit two together and yarn over you can make this shawl.
I am still working on my Nymphalidea shawl – below is a photo of progress I made on the first day of starting it. I am much farther along now and I will share my finished shawl in the next week or two on my blog. Some of the ladies in the group have finished theirs and they are just beautiful. I can’t wait to see how mine will turn out.
I have also started a new crochet project that I will be sharing a short tutorial for (if it turns out) on my blog soon. What projects are you currently working on? Click on Leave a Reply and let me know.
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Knit Triangle Shawl
April 2, 2014
This is one of my recent knitting projects that I completed. I knit this triangle shawl in Lion Homespun yarn so it is nice and cozy. Homespun yarn is one of my favorites to use to create soft and warm accessories or sweaters. It is one of my go to yarns in the winter months so I always buy it when it is on sale so I have a stash on hand for when a new idea strikes me.
I really like how my new design came out. I got the idea for making this after watching some of the craftsy class Sweetheart Knit Shawls. So far I have still only watched a few of the videos but seeing how to knit a triangle shawl gave me this idea to design my own. I just wanted a basic knit shawl and not a lot of fancy stitches for this one. I did do an openwork stitch at the lower edge though.
I knit this shawl on larger needles size 13 needles so it knit up pretty fast. I am going to be making another one in a different color of Homespun with possibly a different lower edging – I haven’t decided yet.
This shawl has gotten some good use from me so far. I took it to Florida with me a few weeks ago and wore it there in the evening. I also wore it to church the other day. It is nice to take with me in the car in case I find myself in a cool environment and then I have something warm to wrap around me. I have also just wore it around my house when I am a little chilly.
The craftsy class Sweetheart Knit Shawls so far is a great class. I need to go back and finish watching the rest of it as I always learn some new and helpful info from all the craftsy classes I have taken. There are three shawl designs you can make from the class but I have not attempted any of them yet. They are all very pretty designs. You can click on the craftsy class link to learn more about craftsy knitting classes if you are interested. I have also purchased another lace knitting class Lace Knitting: Basics and Beyond with Eunny Jang but have not started watching that one yet. A friend of mine also purchased it and we thought it would be fun to take it and discuss what we have learned.
I am currently knitting a new lace and knit mobius wrap and just finished a couple of mobius cowls. I will be sharing those on my blog soon so be sure to subscribe via bloglovin, email or RSS to receive future blog posts.
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St Patrick’s Day Lace Infinity Scarf
March 4, 2014
Now that the Olympics are over it was time to move on to some other crochet and knitting projects. St. Patricks Day is coming soon so I started this lace knit infinity scarf the last couple of days of watching the Olympics. I finished it a few days ago and wanted to share it on my blog.
I really like how my new design turned out. The yarn I use is the Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn – a soft worsted weight yarn. Both yarns are in the sparkle version so the green and the white both have metallic silver thread in the yarn – you can kind of see it in the close up photo below. I only did a small amount of white since that is what I had leftover from making my Olympic projects. I also like the length – it can be worn long as a stylish accessory or doubled for warmth.
The knitting stitch I used for this pattern reminds me of crochet. I really like the openwork of the pattern. I am currently designing another infinity scarf – cowl using the same pattern mixed with another stitch and I really like how it is turning out. I will be sharing that on my blog soon so check back often to see what is new.
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Top with Knit Lace Panel
February 25, 2014
I recently designed this new shirt that has a lace knit panel insert on the front and back. The idea for creating this was for two reasons. One, this shirt was a little too small (tight) for me and Two, I really like this easy to knit lace stitch that I had recently used to create another project.
To make this you will need to know how to knit and how to use a sewing machine.
- Size US 8 knitting needles
- Worsted weight yarn that is washable – I used Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn
- T-shirt that is a little too snug or one size too small for you
- Fabric scissors
- Sewing machine
- Sewing thread to match shirt
Step 1: Using your fabric scissors cut up the center front and center back of shirt – use a tape measure or ruler to determine the center point.
Step 2: Knit your lace panels
Cast on 16 sts – knit the first row
Row 1: *k2tog, yo, k2; rep from * across
Rep Row 1 for pattern – measure your front cut center line of shirt and when your knitted piece is close to that length knit 1 more row, then bind off.
Make another panel for the back following the same pattern above – note that the back section will be longer so you will need to measure that and knit this panel a little longer.
Step 3: When both your panels are knitted you will then pin them to the shirt front and back and using your sewing machine and a stitch length of approx. 3 stitch the shirt and panel together with the shirt laying on top of the panel – use the inner edge of you presser foot (see below) as a guide for a seam allowance. You will have to stitch down each side of the panel so you will stitch 4 different times. Weave in the ends of the yarn when you are done – or you could do it before but I did mine at the end.
That’s it – all done. Super simple and fun to wear. The top can be worn as is or with a camisole or tank top underneath. I have a tank top under mine that I found at Old Navy and it was the perfect red to match the shirt.
I am currently working on a short sleeve version for spring using a different lace stitch and I will be sharing that on my blog in March – so be sure to follow me via bloglovin, email or RSS feed for future updates.
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Crochet and Knitting Olympic Style
February 18, 2014
The opening ceremony of the Olympics in Sochi inspired me to get busy and crochet and knit some Team USA scarves. I really liked the sweaters the USA team wore and I decided to design my own Olympic knitwear.
The first project I designed last week and crocheted every evening while watching the games was this Infinity Scarf. I used a US K crochet hook so it worked up pretty fast. The scarf is a multi color scarf using 3 different yarns. It was a lot of fun to make. I have already wore it a few times – although our weather in Texas has gotten kind of warm the last couple of days so I am glad I wore it last week.
This crochet Infinity Scarf can also be worn long – the above photo it is double wrapped. I wore it to church the other day the long way since it was a little warmer that day.
The other scarf I designed is a knit version. I knitted this one in a pretty feather and fan stitch. It was fairly easy and I think it actually went faster than my crochet version – which is unusual because I think I crochet faster than I knit. I used size US 10 needles for the knit version and again 3 colors of various yarns – 2 of them the same as the crochet version. This too was a lot of fun to create. It could also be made in other color combinations for various holidays or seasons.
Both of these scarves are patterns I have designed and they will be coming soon to my etsy shop and to my craftsy pattern store.
I have been in Team USA creative mode and also made a really pretty wreath. I will be posting that in the next couple of days with instructions on how to make it so be sure to subscribe to my blog via bloglovin, email or RSS by clicking on the icons in the sidebar.
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Knitting Scarves with Ruffle Yarn
January 16, 2014
Ruffle yarns have been around a while now. I know I have knit a lot of scarves with them in the last two or three years. I knit so many I kind of got tired of making them. Although they are an easy thing to work on especially during my knitting meeting night once a month.
Recently I designed a new scarf that has the ruffle yarn just on the edge and the rest of the scarf is knit with a worsted or sport weight yarn. The one below I made for a gift for a family member that is an MSU fan.
The idea of making a knit scarf design came to me when a lady requested a pattern for one. I have had a pattern design for a crochet version for a while but not a knit version. The crochet scarf is in the photo below – in blue. My mom has this scarf and says whenever she wears it people stop her and ask her about it.
Any type of ruffle yarns can be used for the edging on these scarves. The white one above is a Boutique Sashay yarn and the blue one is Paton’s Pirouette yarn.
The other version I recently knit for a friend is done in team colors. Another great way to show your team spirit with a pretty ruffle scarf. This one is done in Texas Tech colors since her daughter is going there.
I am calling these scarves Spiral Knit Scarf with Ruffle Yarn Edge. They are really fun and easy to knit if you have basic knitting skills and are familiar with working with the ruffle yarns.
I have also been working on a lot of other new knitting patterns and crochet patterns. Please subscribe to my blog via bloglovin, email or RSS feed to receive updates on my latest patterns.
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Knitting Mobius Cowls
November 12, 2013
I recently finished a couple more knit cowls. Both of these cowls are knit in the round on circular knitting needles in one continuous piece with a deliberate twist – known as a mobius cowl or wrap. I love projects like these that do not require any seaming.
The cowl-wrap above is knit in Homespun yarn in the color Fire. A very pretty rustic orange color for fall or winter.
This version of my mobius cowl is a lacy knit version. I also used Homespun yarn for this accessory in the color Tudor – it has shades of blue and green along with purple and cream.
Both of these cowls are my own pattern which is available in my etsy shop if you are interested in knitting your own. I am also selling both of these cowls in my shop as well – they make a great gift.
I am currently working on a new crochet motif sweater pattern that I hope to finish soon. I am also knitting a sweater in some yarn that I found in my stash that I have had for a long time. What projects are you currently crocheting or knitting? Click on Leave a Reply to let me know.
Lace Knit Sleeveless Tunic
August 6, 2013
I finally finished the knit sweater I started a few months ago. I got the first half of it knit pretty quickly but lost momentum on the second half. Too many other ideas and projects got in the way along with family life. I am sure most can relate.
I designed this sleeveless knit tunic myself using a lace stitch. The tunic is very comfortable to wear and looks good layered over a tank. I think it will also look good as a fall or winter sweater worn as a vest over a long sleeve shirt.
The stitches used for this are: knit, purl, yarn over, slip slip knit and knit 2 together. I think any advanced beginner to intermediate can knit this sweater. The sweater is knit on size US 10 needles so it works up pretty quick – if you don’t stop working on it and do 3 (or more) other projects in between like I did.
The pattern for this sweater is available for purchase in my etsy shop. The pattern is a digital download and is available immediately after payment clears. Click on the highlighted etsy link to take you to my shop or there is an etsy icon in the sidebar as well.
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Craftsy Summer Class Sale
July 20, 2013
Have you taken an online Craftsy class yet? I first learned about Craftsy over a year ago and took the Jean-ius class, this is a class on how to sew your own jeans by using an existing pair of jeans you love to make a pattern. I have been sewing for over 25 years but learned lots of great techniques and tips on how to sew jeans to make them look professional. If you check out my pinterest board on my sewing projects you can see my jeans or through my craftsy projects.
I am writing this post to inform you that Craftsy is having a summer sale on some of their classes. This would be a great time to try out an online class for a very low price. Here are some of the advantages to taking a Craftsy class:
- watch it when you want to – learn at your own pace
- watch the class as many times as you want to – once you buy it you have it forever and can access it at any time
- lots of great knowledgeable instructors
I have also taken the Just Shoot It class on photography and learned a great deal more about my camera and how to take better photos (still improving them all the time though). This class also inspired me to buy a better camera – a Canon DSLR. Having a nice DSLR has also made a great difference in my photos.
I am also signed up for a few other classes that I have not yet totally completed. I bought those classes on a previous craftsy sale knowing that I can take them whenever I want to on my own time.
You can click on the link above to view the online sale. They offer lots of different types of classes on a variety of crafts – click above to check them out. The sale ends this Sunday July 21, 2013 so don’t delay.
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