It’s Free Pattern Friday!
If last week we were snowed in, this week Mother Nature has decided to showcase everything else. Sunny and 70 degrees yesterday, strong gusts of wind last night, and now a real gullywasher of a rainstorm.
Fortunately, we’re crafters. We know what to do when we’re stuck inside. Today we’re thumbing our nose at the nasty weather with the Umbrella Dress in Classic Shades.
The dress is knit in panels – four for the front, four for the back, and two for each sleeve. The collar is knit separately in the round. It’s all stitched together and voila! A colorful dress to chase away the rainy day blues.
For today’s Sunday Swatch, I couldn’t resist showing off our beautiful snow before it all melted to slush. The cold weather certainly inspired this week’s choice – Poems 100% wool. Colorway 592 Embers made me think warm thoughts.
This chevron section is an easy two-row repeat, worked on a multiple of 14+2:
Row 1: Purl
Row 2: K1 *KFB, K4, SSK, K2tog, K4, KFB; rep from * to last stitch, K1
This example is worked over 30 stitches on US size 8 (5mm) needles and comes out to 5½ – 6″ wide. One ball of Poems would make this swatch 24″ long, making this pattern well-suited for a little two ball scarf in Poems.
I can think of many uses for this chevron pattern. What about a chevron strip stitched at the side to another strip knitted in the opposite direction? Put a few together and you’ve got a cute throw. A similar strips-sewn-together technique was used in the vibrant Spectrum Throw from Poems Book 2: Colors in Design.
What would you do?
We’re snowed in here at Universal Yarn.
Well – we’re not snowed in at Universal Yarn. Once the statewide winter storm warning was issued, we were all sensibly sent home. It’s been a day of playing in the snow, then coming inside to warm up under a cozy blanket with crafty projects.
Watching my teenager play in the snow has been a treat. Today, all the cares of school have been stripped away. Worries about grades, about not measuring up to her peers, about whether she’s meeting the expectations that are placed on young women, they all vanish into the basic joy of dodging snowballs.
I wish that this wild child could find her way to the surface more often and remind herself that she is beautiful and strong and smart.
We all have someone in our lives whom we love. Someone who makes us laugh. Someone who makes us shake our head with how wonderful they are. Someone who sometimes doesn’t see in themselves the wonderful things that we see. They might be a child or a relative or a trusted friend. But they make our lives better.
Today I am making a little gift for my daughter. A small Valentine’s Day pouch in Uptown DK, sized just right for a compact mirror. And with it, I’ll include a rhyme:
If I had one wish
Just for you
You’d see yourself
The way I do.
We’re making the pattern and chart available for free (click here) in case you want to try something similar on this snowy day – or any day.
Universal has a project in the works that has the knitters in the office wanting to brush up our skills a little, so today seemed like a good day to practice Fair Isle.
Today’s Sunday Swatch is in Merino XF Superwash on US Size 7 (4.5mm) needles. Amy Gunderson whipped up a little heart chart for Valentine’s Day and we just couldn’t resist giving it a try. Cute!
It’s Free Pattern Friday, and we have a new design in Poems!
The Cross the Night Sky Vest by Sandy Huff is worked in one piece from side to side, with stitches picked up for the arms, hem, and neck. The garter stitch tie that threads neatly through the crossed stitches is a nice accent.
Side to side construction creates flattering vertical stripes in self-shading Poems 100% wool – a great use of variegated yarn.
Yarn: Poems Chunky 100% wool
Needles: 10½ (6.5mm)
It’s Free Pattern Friday!
You know, I love show season, don’t get me wrong. Stitches, TNNA, VKLive, they’re all great opportunities to show our stuff and to reconnect with other knitters and crocheters. But man, do they take a lot of work! I guess this is my way of saying I apologize for missing the last couple of Free Pattern Friday posts. Now that show season has waned a bit, things should get back to normal here. To make up for it, let’s do two free patterns for baby today!
First, the Little Dreamer Pullover. It’s a charming baby sweater knit from the bottom up. The raglan sleeves are easy, and anybody who has ever tried to dress a baby will appreciate a v-neck that slips easily over a little squirmer’s head. The slipped stitches in solid Little Bird (344yds/100g) give a lot of interest along the stripes where the color changes. It’s an easy technique that looks great – one of our favorite tricks. We’ll bet this would look great in Little Bird Multi (284yds/100g), too!
Next up, the Lace Sampler Baby Blanket by Amy Gunderson. Knitted in the round from the center out, it combines several different lace patterns into a lacy heirloom. This design is also in Little Bird solids. Little Bird is a soft and smooth 100% acrylic yarn that is machine washable. It’s a great choice for a project you want to stand the test of time.
How about you? What’s your favorite kind of knit or crochet for baby?