Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Knit Stitch a Week: Baby Fern

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Baby Fern stitch

Teaching myself one new knit stitch a week, from the Complete Guide to Needlework book, c. 1979, and other sources.

I like this stitch - it's relatively uncomplicated and pretty. First, I knit up the swatch on the right -  Knit Picks in Brown Sugar. I cast on 24 stitches on size 8 needles. I realized that the P1, K1, P1 at the end of the repeat forms the rib in between the fern pattern. So, on the teal yarn, I cast on 22 stitches and dropped the last 2 stitches of every row - it looks a bit more balanced to me that way...

Multiple of 12 stitches.

Row 1 and alt rows (wrong side) purl
Row 2: *K2 tog, K2, yo, K1, yo, K2, sl1, k1, psso, P1, K1, P1*
Row 4: *K2 tog, K1, yo, K3, yo, K1, sl1, K1, psso, P1, K1, P1*
Row 6: *K2 tog, yo, K5, yo, sl1, K1, psso, P1, K1, P1*

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Knit Stitch a Week: Broken Twisted Rib

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Broken Twisted Rib

I found this fascinating stitch in a book called Knit Local. I really love the nubby texture it creates, and it's so easy to stitch.

I knit mine up using size 8 needles, Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, and Yarn Bee Andes Alpaca.

(multiple of 2 stitches, plus 1)
Row 1: P1, *k1 tbl, p1
Row 2: Knit

The wrong side is really nice, too, and reminds me of the Stocking Heel Stitch:

Broken Twisted Rib, wrong side

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Bird Advent, days 23-25

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I did it - just wrapped up my final 3 birds today - it's been a lot of gorgeous fun making these from the Snowbird pattern from Larissa Holland. You know, I wouldn't say that any of these stitch up very fast - I spent at least 4-6 hours hand sewing each one - but it's such a fun process that the hours really fly by.

Anyhow, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas, surrounded by family and by everyone you love.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

Bird Advent, days 19-20

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Bird Advent

It is so odd, making these snow birds - I am so entertained by the infinite variety of little changes I can make, that I really feel like I could make these forever!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bird Advent, day 14

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Bird Advent

Although photographing these is tricky, it's always fun to see the results. I'm really looking forward to snapping a big photo with all of them together...

Friday, December 12, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bird Advent, days 8-11

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Bird Advent

I completed these earlier this year - my favorite thing about photographing them as I finish is noticing all their little quirks and details.