Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring/summer scarves

With the weather slowly warming up, I am enjoying knitting spring/summer scarves.  I love working with lighter yarns like cottons or cotton/viscose and knitting lacey creations.  Right now I am particularly enjoying knitting a simple but gorgeous lace rib.  I already have a few listed in my Etsy shop and am working on other colours.  You can see a detail of the lace rib on the bottom pic.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Impressive commercial

Someone on Ravelry posted this commercial and it is just impressive! It's a commercial for natural gas and I love how everything becomes knit in the house.  Just wanted to share this video with everyone!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

La Bobineuse de Laine cones of yarn

Last week I went to La Bobineuse de Laine where I spent 2 hours just loving the fibers they have there.  Of course I did leave with some yarn, well lots of yarn to be honest.  The first 2 pics are cones of yarn I created with the help of the wonderful lady, I must ask her name the next time I go.  I will have so much fun knitting with this yarn; most of it is cotton to knit wonderful summer creations.  I have already started a gorgeous lace scarf.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cat blanket knitting pattern

I don't know about your cats but mine love to sleep on any clothing I leave out on my bed or chair.  So to stop getting cat hair all over my clothes I decided to knit them blankets to sleep on and they love them.  I created the pattern from a stitch I loved and have knit it in different sizes and colours.

You can see Lola here enjoying her blanket :


This pattern uses a lace pattern with a border of garter stitch all around.

I knit the blankets with Red Heart's Comfort yarn using 4,5mm needles.  The amount of yarn used varies on the width and length you make the blanket.  I know with the 454g ball of yarn you can knit quite a few of these.  A 100g ball of worsted yarn should give you a decent size blanket.

Stitches used :
K : knit
P : purl
yo : yarn over

Cast on  a total of 81 stitches. 
Knit 8 rows to create border of garter stitch.
Row 1 & 3 : Knit all.
Row 2 & 4 : K5 *Purl* end with K5
Row 5 :  K5 * P5,  yo, K1, yo *(11 times), P5. K5  You will end up with 103 stitches.
Row 6 : K10 *P3,K5*(11 times), K5
Row 7 : K5 * P5, K3 *(11 times), P5, K5
Row 8 : K10 * P3tog, K5 *( 11 times), K5

K10  Correction from K5 in original.  Sorry for the mistake.

Do not count stitches for rows 6 & 7, they will be decreased on row 8.

Repeat the 8 rows until you reach the length you want ending on the 8th row. Correction :  ending with rows 1-3 and then knit  8 rows for the border of garter stitch.

If you want to change the width of this blanket you just need to use a multiple of 6 stitches plus 5 for the lace pattern.  Add 10 stitches for the garter stitch border.

Here's a detail of what the stitch looks like :

 If you have any questions just leave them in the comments section and I will be happy to help you out.