It’s Free Pattern Friday!
Today, it’s the Building Blocks Blanket in Cirrus Cotton.
Cirrus Cotton is a fuzzy, light, and lofty cotton blend, a great choice as we move into Spring. It knits up quickly on size 9-11 needles, making it perfect for quick baby shower gifts like this 32″ square blanket.
It’s a simple pattern with no fancy stitches, just knits and purls. As with so many things in life, it builds on the basics to create complexity.
It’s time for the next block!
“Do The Wave” is a slightly more complex design, but you can do it! It’s just a matter of shifting your color over by one or two stitches at a time.
Looking at the back of the block, you can see that the principle is the same as the first block’s little squares. You’re still twisting your stitches around each other to lock them in place as you pick up your new color and knit.
And speaking of the back side, Amy added a bonus to this square’s video – in addition to demonstrating diagonal intarsia, she also gives tips on weaving in ends.
If you’re not following us on Facebook, you may want to – we’ve had some great color combinations shared there. We also have a Ravelry afghan group going.
We’ll do a check in next week and see how we’re doing. After that, we’re moving on… to basic lace!
Today’s Sunday Swatch is in Infusion Handpaints.
Infusion Handpaints is a 50/50 blend of acrylic and superwash merino wool, a good combination of softness and durability.
I picked some bright colors today to chase away the winter blahs. Wouldn’t these be great for a machine washable children’s garment? Of course, if you want something more grownup you could try the Painted Wings Shawlette shown at right, a nice single skein project.
This stitch pattern on the sock swatch uses the same yarn-crossing principle as the smocked stitch on our Jubilation Kettle Dye sample a couple of weeks ago, but it’s even easier. It goes like so, over a multiple of four:
Round 1: Knit.
Round 2: *K2, with yarn in front slip 2 purlwise* over round.
Round 3: Knit.
Round 4: *With yarn in front slip 2 purlwise, k2* over round.
It’s good “on the go” knitting since it’s so easy to memorize. This sample is 56 stitches on a US Size 2 needle, so the rest of the sock should go pretty quickly. The Infusion Handpaints page has a couple of socks patterns using size 3 needles and a 48 stitch leg for even more instant gratification.
We’re fans of this yarn here in the office, and we have good things in the works for it – stay tuned for more details!
It’s Free Pattern Friday!
Today, something adorable! The Little Peep Dress is designed in soft, smooth Little Bird. It’s a sleek, high quality 100% acrylic that knits up easily here on a US Size 3 needle.
Designer Amy Gunderson was inspired by the figures on the Little Bird label to create a cute set of feathered friends suitable for any little chickadee. This is a great warm-weather dress for Spring.
These birds are a classic example of the kind of designs you can make with intarsia. If you’re participating in our afghan knitalong, these would be a great use for your new skills (which we’ll be refining further with our new square on Monday).
Well, we’ve had some interesting developments here in the office! Two of our knitters chose the Uptown Worsted Rocky Shore colors, but they each went their own way with it.
First, let’s look at Jen’s block.
Jen chose 321 Chocolate Brown as her background. Having seen the light background of the Cupcake Parade example, this hadn’t occurred to me to do! It’s certainly a more sophisticated look.
And now Katie’s block.
It’s the exact same colorway, but she reversed the main color and the upper left block from Jen’s choice, making 303 Cream her background. It’s going to be fascinating seeing how these two variations on a theme turn out!
For my colors, I mixed and matched from several options.
The main color is 322 Silver Grey, with accents of 336 Coffee, 302 White Glow, and 331 Sapphire. It was a bit of a nail-biter picking a different group of colors, but I’m pleased so far. I’ve got another color to add in for the next block.
Of course the back side of all of our blocks is a bit of a nest.
Not to worry, though. Amy’s got a video coming up with tips on weaving in ends.
Want to join us? You can click here for a link to the first block pattern. Stop back by the afghan topic on our blog or check in on our Ravelry knitalong group to stay up to date. We’ll see you next week with the second intarsia square!
It’s Free Pattern Friday!
Today, the aptly named Dynamo Dolman in Uptown DK!
Like all members of the Uptown family, Uptown DK is 100% anti-pilling acrylic and incredibly soft. In fact, I toyed with the idea of doing my Don’t Be A Square Afghan in either this or Uptown Baby Sport and turning the afghan into a baby blanket. Uptown’s softness and machine washability makes this a great yarn for gifts.
And man, is that 136 Neon Yellow vibrant! Neons are still a big fashion trend, and with warm weather coming up they’re going to be even more appropriate. As we shake off the grip of winter, this lacy top is perfect for the move into summer.
How about you? What’s your favorite kind of project to work on when the weather starts to turn?
Today’s swatch is in Poems Forte.
I say “swatch” but it seems to have turned into a scarf. I cast on at my local knit night and with all the good conversation and company, my little swatch ran away from me. I found myself at the end of the ball, wondering where the time had gone. And no wonder – on 10mm(US15) needles, this yarn knits up quickly.
This 12-stitch swatch used one ball of Poems Forte (colorway 1003 English Garden) and turned out to be 5 inches wide and 50 inches long – the 90 yards of super bulky wool went a long way.
This is a yarn I’ve been wanting to work with for a while. Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton uses Poems Forte in her popular design Camilla from Wisdom Book 4: Poems Windfall. I love the way she uses a system of yarn overs to create a fabric that is both thick and airy. What a lovely texture.
While poking around on Ravelry, I also stumbled across this gorgeous cowl knitted by raveler Miller1218. She modified the Swirling Cowl, a super-superbulky design to work on size 13 needles with less than a ball of Poems Forte in color 1007 Bursa, and the result is fabulous. This would be great to knock out at the next knit night. Based on experience, I know it’ll go quickly.