Monthly Archives: June 2008

Vintage sampler blanket: Slip stitch squares

This is the latest square for my vintage sampler blanket. It is made in dk yarn using 4.5 mm needles. For a 6″ square I cast on 36 stitches and knit 60 rows.

My ideas about how I want this blanket to look have evolved. Originally, I had thought of making a wide variety of old stitch patterns, using a limited number of colours. But, since I decided to expand my colour palette, I’ve been thinking that it might be better to restrict the number of stitch patterns I use, just to keep some sense of cohesion, and then use different combinations of colours in the four or so patterns.

Here are the instructions for this square. It requires three colours of yarn and a number of stitches divisible by 4 plus 4 edge stitches.

1st row: Colour A. (Wrong side) Purl.

2nd row: Change to colour B. K2, *k1, slip 2, k1; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

3rd row: K2, *k1, slip 2, k1: rep from * to last 2 sts, k2.

4th row: K2, *p1, slip 2, p1; rep from * to last 2 sts, p1, k1.

5th row: Change to colour C. K1, slip1 *slip 1, p2, slip 1: rep from * to last 2 sts, slip 1, k1.

6th row: K1, slip1 *slip 1, p2, slip 1: rep from * to last 2 sts, slip 1, k1.

7th row: As 5th row.

8th row: Change to colour A. Work as 2nd row.

Continue to work 3 rows each colours A, B and C while repeating rows 2-7.

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Blocking for curves, or how to make mountains out of molehills….

1. Gather your supplies.

Take two of these (a):

Some of this (b):

And a ladies’ uplifting foundation-type garment (c). I think you know to what garment I am referring!

2. Assembly.

Fill the ladies’ foundation garment with the balls of wool, and wrap in plenty of cling film.

And load into the damp knitting:

Voila – molehills blocked into mountains!

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Eyelet Chemise: crochet edging

I managed to complete 1 1/2 sleeves of my Eyelet Chemise today, and do the crochet edging on the finished one. I carried on trying out the combination method that I mentioned yesterday to improve my stockinette tension, and I’m really pleased with the result. Thanks for all the comments about this – I am going to write about this subject in much more detail over the next week or so, and post it with some swatches, as I think it’s a technique that could be very useful to draw upon sometimes.

I really enjoy crocheting, it’s so quick and satisfying, but just doing this little bit reminded me why I don’t do more. I have a tendency to get RSI (repetitive strain injury) in my right hand, not helped by having a job that involves writing all day and then spending my free time knitting. I try not to twist my wrist too much with these activities, but wrist-twisting seems to be pretty much the main action required to do crochet. Never mind, this is a really pretty edging, and I’m sure I can cope!

I signed up for the Knitting Olympics last night, for Team Mine, the Selfish Knitters‘ group team on Ravelry. I’ve never done this before so am pretty excited about it! The idea is to cast on a project during the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics (August 8th) and finish before the Olympic flame goes out on August 24th. That’s 17 days. I don’t have time to do anything too large in that time, so socks seemed like a good idea; several of us have planned a mini-KAL called the Pomatomus Posse, making socks or gloves based on this pattern.

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Eyelet chemise: almost there!

I’ve finished the body of my Eyelet Chemise.

But that’s not the bit I’m most excited about. I’ve been trying to improve my stockinette tension, which I’ve always had a real problem with. I think the fact that I knit continental style is part of the issue.

So I’ve been doing lots of reading about how people have sorted their tension out. Today I tried out combination knitting, and I’ve been amazed at the difference it has made:

It’s still not perfect, but there is a definite improvement. I’m going to some more reading, and some swatching, and report back on this soon.

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Growing up (eyeliner and nail varnish)

My boys then:

And now:

Time flies.

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