Saturday, January 17, 2009
I have adapted my original van design to make an afghan square to participate in the Ravelry group "A Year in a Blanket." Here is the pattern:
VAN (afghan square)
Copyright 2007 and 2009 by Val Campbell (http://nimbleneedles.blogspot.com)
Supplies: Afghan yarn and 5mm needles.
Model stitched in Bernat Berella “4” in “Sage.”
Finished size: 13 1/2” wide by 13 1/4” long.
Cast on 50 stitches.
Rows 1 to 6: Knit across.
Row 7 and all remaining odd-numbered rows: knit across.
Row 8 and all even-numbered rows to row 22: k3, p44, k3
Row 24: k3, p11, k3, p17, k3, p10, k3
Row 26: k3, p10, k2, p1, k2, p15, k2, p1, k2, p9, k3
Row 28: k3, p5, k4, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k13, p1, k2, p1, k2, p1, k4, p4, k3
Row 30: k3, p6, k4, p1, k3, p1, k15, p1, k3, p1, k4, p5, k3
Row 32: k3, p6, k5, p3, k17, p3, k5, p5, k3
Row 34: k3, p6, k33, p5, k3
Row 36: k3, p6, k33, p5, k3
Row 38: k3, p6, k33, p5, k3
Row 40: k3, p6, k22, p8, k2, p6, k3
Row 42: k3, p6, k22, p7, k2, p7, k3
Row 44: k3, p6, k22, p6, k2, p8, k3
Row 46: k3, p6, k22, p5, k2, p9, k3
Row 48: k3, p6, k28, p10, k3
Row 50: k3, p7, k26, p11, k3
Row 52 and all even-numbered rows to row 68: k3, p44, k3
Rows 70 to 76: Knit across.
Copyright 2007 and 2009 by Val Campbell.
More pattern adaptations and new patterns to come!
Super-Fast, Ultra-Cozy Scarf by Jen Reilly (free):
These were very fun and very fast to knit up. These went to my kids' teachers and I received great raves for them.
Filippi Scarf from the book "One-Skein Wonders" by Tamara Del Sonno:
The Big Little Dude Scarf in linen stitch (my design):
Row 1: * wyif sl1 purlwise, wyib k1 *
Row 2: * wyib sl 1 purlwise, wyif p1 *
Cast on with darkest colour of yarn and knit 2 rows. Add in second colour and repeat these 2 rows. Continue alternating between two different colours of yarn to achieve desired pattern.
--FO: Cast on 20 stitches. Final finished scarf is 7” x 40”
Cameo Faggot Stitch Scarf (free):
Easiest Farrow Rib Scarf (free):
More photos of these works are on Ravelry
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Ravelry is a haven for patterns (read: free) and so I selected the Springtime Tee designed by Melissa Leapman. I think it's gorgeous and surprisingly there are only three of us on Ravelry who are working on it. (I'm using Bernat Handicrafter yarn in off-white: it's soft, inexpensive, and because it's 100% cotton so will wash up easily.)
Here is the back, with the first lace pattern repeat completed:
This is a close-up of the same:
This is how the lace repeat on BACK piece looks when finished:
I'm loving how this is going and I think that my niece will like the completed sweater. I've finished the St st (measuring 13 1/3 inches from the bottom) and right now I'm working on shaping the armholes. It looks like I may need to frog a bit - either I'm counting wrong, or the pattern is wrong... :-)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I've finally delved into the famous ballband dishcloth. I enjoyed knitting up the pattern and the colour choices are virtuously endless:
Friends have been my saving grace during this trying time, and so I knitted this Relay Angel for one such friend:
I've always wanted to knit up the Little Houses cloth. It is a more detailed pattern and, I admit, it was frogged a few times because I wasn't paying close enough attention...
A wonderfully fun project to do was the mother earth illusion cloth. It was wonderful to see the pattern come together. I would like to eventually design my own illusion cloth, time permitting!
I love how it turned out with an incomplete border (the little bookworm was also appreciated).
It seems that I always know someone who is pregnant. Three friends have already had babies this year and there is one more baby waiting to arrive next month. This free pattern for Bunny Blanket Bunny is just so cute that they are probably all going to get one! (Photos of the completed bunnies to come!)
Saturday, February 16, 2008
I guess that inspiration comes in many forms, and one of the best forms of inspiration is that of other knitters who are still utterly enthusiastic about their work.
Such is my book club friend, Pat, who knit yet another sweater for my eldest son (this was the second one). She actually asked me if I wanted the sweater! She has been knitting a while, and she clearly knits because she loves to. The sweater fits very nicely (photos to come) and is BEAUTIFUL! Thank you so much for your generousity, Pat!
Another friend is from Ravelry. Brad is quite an accomplished knitter for being a newbie. He recently began crocheting, and is now knitting and crocheting with a vengence. If we can both get our acts together we will be knitting a hat together. He, unfortunately, has a growing list of WIPs. We've discussed this problem. Then he met a REALLY nice yarn lady who, after he told of his hat-knitting frustrations, "inspired" him to buy Alpaca ($$) to knit a sweater. She lured him in with the line, "If you can knit a sweater, you can knit a hat." I burst out laughing when he told me that. Of course "she was SOOOOOOOO nice!" ;-) In all fairness though, he IS finishing off projects, so it's not like his WIPs aren't being worked on.
I took pics last night of the Easy Rib Hat that I'm finally working on again. Here is my progress:
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Anyway, since I am wanting to knit dh a hat while it's still cold (and snowy!) I thought that I'd chose another "easy" pattern. (Anyone else see the irony of something being labelled "easy"?) I am currently working on Paton's free pattern called Easy Rib Hat. It's being done in Bernat Softee Chunky, with grey for the main colour and dark blue for the alternate. It's slow going because I'm now back at school - pics to come of the progress soon.
Time for a new poll. This one is about frogging - what is your patience level? Submit your answer to the right -->
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Kids. Gotta love them when they blurt out what everyone else is thinking. Now I know that I wasn't the only one gettting bored with what I am now calling "the never-ending scarf" that was no longer fitting the category of take-along knitting (think: bulky yarn stuffed into a shopping bag). So I decided to call it "fin" after the 16th repeat (at ~4' 10"), BO, and pack up my supplies:
I am very pleased with the end product although in my usual grumpiness (otherwise known as me epitomizing a control-freak) there are things about the scarf that are really ticking me off.
One is the fact that this scarf curls inwards (this is not only my complaint - refer to Ravelry for more opinion). There were no suggestions in the pattern to block the scarf. Would this even fix the problem, I don't know.
Secondly, my scarf measures only 7" in width instead of the 8" indicated in the pattern. I have no problem with this as I like how my scarf looks and I can't imagine how very loose the pattern would be if I didn't knit so tightly. (I have yet to do sweaters or anything using real gauge, so I'm not worried YET.)
Thirdly, there is no way I could knit the full 21 repeats without wanting to do something morbid with the huge needles needed for the project. I'm content in knowing that less is more. :-)