Seafoam or Wave stitch (I've seen it called by both names) is a relatively easy stitch pattern, which has a lovely lacy look to it. For this shawl I used 3 skeins of Sunseeker by Cascade Yarns. Each skein was 227 yards.
I cast on 56 stitches and then knitted in pattern until I ran out of yarn. The outcome was a lovely, long shawl.
Pattern Instructions for Wave or Seafoam Stitch
Multiple of 10 plus 6
Row 1 K6, *[yo] twice, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo]
four times, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 2
times, k6; repeat from *to end
Row 3 Knit
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 K1, *[yo] twice, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo]
4 times, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 2 times, k6; rep from * to last 5sts, [yo]
twice, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 4 times, k1, [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] 2 times,
Row 7 Knit
Row 8 Knit
Repeat rows 1-8 until
you have reached your desired length
I love to mix knitting and chrocheting in my projects. They truly make for some interesting and fun designs. This is a shawl I made that started out as just pieces of both knitted triangles, crocheted flowers and different yarns that blended nicely together from my stash. Once I had a bunch of non-related shapes and swatches of knitted and crocheted pieces, I sort of laid them out as a puzzle to figure out how I could make them into something coherent. Then I crocheted them together with a zigzaging chain back and forth. This is the result. A shawl that I think turned out stunning. There is no pattern to this. But I offer it as a challenge for all you knitters and chocheters to have fun playing with yarn and shapes.
I will admit that the pieces of this stayed in a bag for quite a while until I finally figured out what and how they might fit nicely together.
Hummingbird watching while sitting on my patio is a joy to experience. They are magical and beautiful, but also feisty and territorial. I have at least two couples that constantly visit my feeders. Sometimes it's like a "Star Wars" scene, where they sky-bomb each other. They are tons of fun to watch.
Yesterday afternoon, as I sat on the patio reading and enjoying the nice evening, one of the females came up within about a foot and a half from my face and just flew in place looking at me. She did this at least five times. It was an amazing experience.
I recently finished this shawl. It started out as just a simple red triangular shawl, but the more I knitted, the more I knew that it was really lacking something to give it pizzazz. That's when I started looking through my crocheted motif books and decided that it needed a contrasting yarn border of crocheted flowers. I found a flower motif that I thought would give it a really lacy effect, and started to crochet the border.
As I have stated before in previous entries, I am a knitter and only a reluctant crocheter. This is one such time, however, when crocheted motifs were going to be the perfect solution to making a humdrum shawl turn into a WOW shawl.
Detail of the crocheted motif edging.
The choices of crocheted motifs is almost endless. There are many books in the market that specialize in nothing but motifs. I chose this particular one because it was rather simple, but very lacy looking, which is exactly the effect I was looking for. I also did a sc (single crochet stitch) border in the white and red to add interest, and to introduce the white color to the shawl.
There is a book entitled "Knitting Loves Crochet," a title which I find is a true statement. Knitting, in fact, does love crochet, and they sometimes work beautifully together.
Technorati Tags: crochet flower border, crochet motif, crochet motif border, crocheting, knit and crochet shawl, knit shawl, knit triangular shawl, knitting, knitting loves crochet, shawl, triangular shawl with lacy border
The perfect meal for a warm summer evening.
Ready-made roast chicken purchased from Sam's or your local grocery store is a fast and convenient way to put a tasty dinner on the table in record time. I have a lot of recipes where the pre-roasted chickens make their appearance. One of my favorite ones, especially on warm summer evenings is this one.
I buy a French baguette and slice it at a diagonal and spread mayo on it. I might make a flavored mayo such as mayonnaise put in the food processor with a few basil leaves, or with some arugula, it makes for an amazingly flavored mayonnaise.
It makes for an amazingly delicious dinner, which is quick, easy, healthy, and beautiful to look at.
Technorati Tags: dinner on the run, easy meal, easy summer dinner, healthy dinner, healthy meal, open-faced sandwiches, pre-roasted chicken, quick and easy dinner, roasted chicken, roasted chicken sandwiches, supermarket chicken
I love shawls. I love the feeling of wrapping myself into something warm, soft, comforting and beautiful on a cool summer night or a winter or fall day. So, I have knitted shawls in different sizes, colors, types of yarn, yarn weights, and styles.
Many times my shawls start out as a very simple shawl, and then morf into something more elaborate and/or I add touches to make them more attractive or colorful.
I find that crocheting edges or motifs or edgings or adding more length or adding different but complimentary yarn colors to the shawl with crochet stitches makes for a more interesting and pretty finished product. Also, crocheting edges are easier than picking up a zillion stitches to knit an edge to a shawl. So, a SC (single crochet stitch) or a DC (double crochet stitch) or a picot stitching can really add pizzaz to a shawl without a ton of work.
This is one such example. I started out with a simple "V" (triangular) shawl, and then ran out of the particular color of yarn, so I added complimentary colors of the same yarn weight that I happened to have and the shawl turned out to be a lot prettier than I had imagined it at first.
In this case, I croched a SC around the whole of the shaw with the burgundy yarn. Then, I DC with the contrasting lighter yarn just on the V border part of the shawl. Then I switched to the original yarn (which I had made sure I had enough of in reserve) and did a choched picot edging around the whole of the shawl.
The thing to remember when crocheting the V or any corner, is that you will have to crochet three stitches into the same stitch to increase to accomodate the corner, or in this case, the V or the ends. That should be logical to a knitter, because you have to increase in corners when knitting also. So in other words, when you reach the V stitch, you will be SC or DC or working three of the picot stitches into that V stitch to accomodate the increase. Hope that makes sense. Otherwise, probably any crochet instruction book that talks about edgings will have instructions or illustrations to show you how to do it.
I am not really an expert crocheter. I learned how to crochet from my grandmother, and didn't know what the stitches were called, just how to do simple ones. I had to learn the name of the stitches by getting a "how to" book so that I could then actually be able to read patterns and follow directions for crocheting. Knitting is really my millieu and where I am more comfortable. But, I do think that a basic understanding and ability to crochet makes for some interesting and easier and complimentary additions to my knitting projects.
A few examples of books available that feature crocheted borders. The choices are endless and make for a more interesting and beautiful finished product.
Posted at 03:57 PM in Book Recommendations, Free Kniting Patterns, Knitting, Knitting Pattern , Knitting Stitches, Knitting Tips and Tricks, Tinti's Knitting, Tinti's Knitting Patterns, Tinti's Leisure | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)
My niece and I had a -get ready for Easter- art session last night. Her art is the lovely, cheerful Easter egg drawings. Mine, well, let's just say that the "chick" hatching from the egg is not a cuddly one.
My niece is beginning to wonder exactly how weird is her aunt.
Many giggles were involved and a good time had by all.
If you are lucky to have a special little girl in your life who, like so many little girls, owns and loves an American Girl doll, then you know that, said doll, must have a wardrobe.
With that in mind I set out to provide the special little one in my life with precisely that. I found an excellent book on Amazon that has great directions and comes with the patters to make pretty much anything you would want to make for the doll: slacks, skirt, dress, jackets, and the list goes on. In total it has 30 patterns. I found the book and patterns to be perfect because I wanted to make her some slacks, jeans, skirts dress, etc.
I am a knitter and can do a little crocheting, so I also made a sweater, a vest, and a hat and scarf to match. I always have a stash of leftover yarn from previous projects, so knitting the pieces didn’t cost me anything but the use of a little imagination and some knitting time.
I did get some fabric from the store. Pretty much any fabric store sells these little squares of ¼ of a yard fabrics for quilters (I have been told by a friend who is a fabulous quilter that they are called "fat quarters"). It is the perfect amount to make a skirt or a pair of slacks for the doll. The other benefit is that they are very inexpensive and they also come in all sorts of colors and small patterned fabric, which makes them perfect for this project.
I also went through my closset and came up with an old pair of jean shorts that I will never wear again and some old T-shirts that had a couple of stains in front but had perfectly good fabric in the back, making them perfect for making a couple of long-sleeve doll T-shirts.
So, after many hours of sewing and knitting I made a pretty large wardrobe for my special little girl's doll. My biggest Christmas present is going to be seeing her reaction when she opens up her Christmas gift. I hope she likes the clothes!
Since I know she will not be seeing this blog entry I have photographed them and can offer a sneak preview here.
I am sure that there are an infinite number of variations on a theme that with a little imagination and a lot of time can offer some pretty nifty outfits. I tried to make these to be able to mix and match.
It should be a fun Christmas.
Technorati Tags: 18 inch doll clothes, American Girl clothes patterns, American Girl Doll clothes, doll clothes, doll dress, doll jeans, doll long sleeve T-shirt, doll skirt, hat and scarf for American Girl doll, knitted vest for American Girl doll, knitting sweater for American Girl doll, sewing American Girl Doll clothes, sewing doll clothes
I love scarves. I love knitting. Therefore the innevitable consequence is that I have knitted, and continue to knit lots of scarves. I particularly like knitting reversible scarves because I like to be able to throw a scarf on without having to worry about whether it is on the right side or not.
This particular scarf is one I knitted using a basket weave, which is a reversible stitch, but I added intermittent twisted drop stitches to add interest to the scarf.
It is a very simple scarf to knit, easy to wear and attractive.
I used about 3 1/2 skeins (about 375 yards total) of Cricket, Classic Elite Yarn, color 3919, which is a 60% cotton, 40% linen yarn.
Number US 6 needles.
Multiples of 5
Row 1: K5, P5. Repeat to end
Row2: P5, K5. Repeat to end
Row 3: K5, P5. Repeat to end
Row 4: P5, K5. Repeat to end
Row 5: K5, P5. Repeat to end.
Then reverse the same 5 rows:
Row 6: P5, K5. Repeat to end
Row 7: K5, P5. Repeat to end
Row 8: P5, K5. Repeat to end
Row 9: K5, P5. Repeat to end
Row 10: P5, K5. Repeat to end
Twisted drop stitch
Row 3: insert needle into stitch, wrap yarn around both needles one, then wrap around right hand needle once. (In other words, you are wrapping around one and 1/2 times around).
Repeat across all the stitches to the end.
Row 1: K all stitches
Row 2: K all stitches
Repeat these two rows.
Cast on 35 stitches. (I like to use a cable cast on and a needle 2 sizes larger to both cast on and to bind off. It ensures that I don't have any puckering at the edges).
Work 23 basket weave pattern rows.
Work 3 rows of garter stitch.
Work 1 row of twisted drop stich.
Work 3 rows of garter stitch.
REPEAT THE FOLLOWING TWO TIMES:
Work 13 basket weave pattern rows.
Work 3 rows garter stich
Work 1 row twisted drop stitch
Work 3 rows garter stitch
Work 23 basket weave pattern rows.