All the knots are new designs. Just like the others, they are all symetrical along the x- and y- axis and consist of one continous loop.
I want the baby to be able to lay on the ground on this blanket, so to give it the needed thickness and insulation from a possibly cold floor, I added thick batting and a flece lining. (the picture was sadly taken before ironing;-)
The binding was knitted around the entire blanket in the round after I had assembled it, which was kind of unwieldy, but I like the end result.
I haven't posted here in forever, but I really like how this project turned out.
I designed all the knots myself. Each knot consists of only one continuous loop and is symmetrical along the x- and y- axis. I didn't make any charts (far too much work). Instead, I looked at some of the celtic cable patterns I had to figure out how to to the start- and end- loop as well as the crossings and then I knitted straight from the drawings.
The fifth pillow was actually the first one I did. It looked a lot nicer in the drawing. Once I saw how this one turned out, I made sure to include more free space intothe other designs.
Each pillow has the same knot on the front and back. The knots are bordered by a simple 4 stitch cable which is continuous around the whole pillow.
To close the pillows, I added a simple hidden button band.
The size of the pillows was dictated by the pattern and the gauge of the wool ( Lionbrand Fishermen's wool), but they ended up fitting my standard sized small pillows exactly. I think they are going to look nice on my bed once I get around to making the other new stuff it needs.
I improvised this design using different cables from the Vogue Stitchionary 2 and used short rows to get the shape. Other advanced techniques used were grafting in pattern and tubular cast of for the ribbing.
(I didn't realize until I uploaded the pictures, but the ribbing is kind of bunched up in front here. Normally, it lies flat just as it does in the back)
In case someone wants to make something similar: I chose three cables that all had a 12 row repeat (well, the first actuall just gets a 6 row repeat twice), then one with a 10 row repeat, one with an 8 row one and the last is the one with the 6 row repeat from the start. Before the first and after the last cable I added one purl stitch, and in between each two cables i put three purl stitches.
You can see the cables better here:
(What kind of cables one choses obviously depends on gauge and the desired width of the finished object. Depending on that, one could also use leass cables, though I would keep the identical small cables at the beginning and end. The only thing important is that the second half of the cables, where the short row shaping is used, each have two rows less per repeat)
This made it super easy to use short rows to shape the capelet, since I just knit each cable until the repeat was finished and then in the next row,I wrapped and turned over the middle of the three purl stitches before that cable. (The first three cables were knit for all 12 rows, the fourth for ten rows,the fifth for eight and the sixth for six) Then in the first row of the next repeat, all cables were knit again and so on.
While the color isn't so good here, you can see the shape better:
I used a provisional cast on and then knitted in pattern until I had a sort of demi-circle that was long enough to fit around my shoulders.(the number of repeats this takes depends on gauge and body type).
Then I finished the repeat but didn't cast off. Instead I used the live stitches from the end and grafted them to the live stitches from the provisional cast on. (It might be a good idea to practice grafting in pattern on a swatch first. Make sure to graft top to bottom, as you will be doing with the caplet.This has the added benefit of not having the half stitch of that you get when grafting top to top.)
The seam really ended up invisible:
After grafting, I picked up stitches along the neck edge. I actually picked up one stitch per row and then in the first round of ribbing, I decreased according to gauge. (For example, I had a gauge of 22 stitches/ 33 rows per 4 inches, which means 2 stitches have the same width as thre rows. This meant that in the first row of ribbing, I had to get rid of every third stitch, so I knit one, the purled two together all around. Make sure the number you end up with can be divided by four.) I worked in k1p1 ribbing for ten rounds. After that, I worked foud paired decreases evenly spaced out over the round (for a total of 8 stitches decreased.) I repeated this another 5 times, every fifth round. (Depending on gauge, number of stitches and neck width, you may have to work more or less decreases. Just make sure you use paired ones, to keep the k1p1 pattern. After that, I worked for about 5 inches in the ribbing pattern. (This gave me the folded turtle neck that I wanted. You could easily adjust for a different kind of neck).
I cast off using the tubular cast off method for a nice, clean and stretchy edge.
I used seven balls of Merino s160 from Lang Yarns (721 yards), but really, you could use whatever you want. Just make sure you have enough of it, because the cables take a lot of yarn)
I hope this was understandable, but if you would like to make one and have questions, please feel free to ask.
So, all my cousins' eldest kids love cooking. Which means I make a lot of knitted food. Some of it, I gave away last year but never got around to taking a group shot or posting the single items, and some I just gave away today. I finally got around to taking and uploading these pics and wanted to share. Except for the peas, the drumsticks and the fried eggs, which I improvised, all of these were made using free patterns from all over the net. They are all linked to in my project notes on ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/projects/arualms?set=knitted-food, but if you want a specific one or don't have an account at ravelry, feel free to ask.
The gift basket I gave away today:
and the plate that went with it:
Last year's set also contained apples, pears, mushrooms and radishes. It also had
a piece of cake
and an ice cream scone
I love making knitted food because it is such a great way to use up half skeins and other leftover yarn, and because tiny projects mean fast finishing (almost-instant gratification!). And all the kids love the play food (the parents are also usually happy that the softness means no risk of injury incase the kids start arguing and get into a food fight).
This was my favorite christmas project this year, by far. I am actually 100% happy with how it turned out, which doesn't happen often with my hand made gifts. I especially love that they hung it in front of the big ocean picture :-)
The whole idea started when I was working on another mobile (flock, from kitty http://knitty.com/ISSUEspring09/PATTflock.php) and decided that an octopus would really make the perfect center for a mobile. So I went looking (thanks, improved Ravelry search options) and finally settled on Ollie the Octopus from Lion brand (free! http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/80795AD.html?noImages=), though I modified him with longer and thicker arms (which automatically gave me a thicker mid-section as well) and button eyes instead of the suggested i-cord.
Then I went looking though pictures of sea creatures to chose which would go well with my plan.
I also really liked the free pattern for juvenile sea nettles (ravelry download http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/juvenile-sea-nettle), though I went with a far thinner yarn and didn't use the complicated pattern for th arms, instead I simply cast on a lot of stitches and than cast them of the next row.
After that, I had to improvise. I came up with a sea turtle that worked after some trial and error with the shell pattern (I tried false aisle first, before settling on a slipped stitch pattern instead).
I improvised three different fish in different sizes (my favorite is the clown fish).
I am really happy with how the crab turned out, although getting tiny pieces of pipe cleaner into the legs and arms was way to fiddly for my taste.
And the seahorse turned out well, though knitting around the pipe cleaner in the tail was, again, fiddly.
In the end, I turned every other arm of the octopus "up" to get to more variations in length and hung all the animals, alternating from the tip of the arm to somewhere further towards the middle, trying to avoid having the same colors too close to each other.
I am really happy with what I got in the end, and the gift was well received. Bonus points for it also being a great stash buster. The mobile, as well as all the parts, are also on my ravelry project page here http://www.ravelry.com/projects/arualms.
This was something I actually once asked my mother to knit for me, back when I was still needle-challenged (and about 7 years old ;-). Then when I had learned to knit, I wanted to give it a try, only to discover that my mother had given away the book with the pattern (a very old collection of knitting, sewing, and other crafts.projects) because most of the stuff in it was terribly out of style. But, because sometimes life is awesome, she found another copy of it at a fleemarked and got it for recently knitting-obsessed me, not even knowing these patterns were in it. There was a lot of squeeing ;-).
Anyway, the first birthday of my cousin's baby-girl gave me a good excuse to finally have a go at it, and so I tried my hand at almost al of the patterns. And now I finally found (half of) the pictures again. They're not exactly the best quality, but I had to share anyway.
The Polar Bears:
The Brown Bears:
Looking at these pictures almost two years after starting the first, I think I will have to make another one. Maybe add the tigers and the monkeys this time. And possibly the humans, too.
After lurking for a while, I decided to actually post some of my own stuff.
I designed this cardigan myself and am really happy with how it turned out. I just love the saxon braid cable and had to figure out a way to use it. Since the cables go all the way around, they actually keep with the tradition of celtic knots being made up from infitive lines.There where a few things I would do differently if I were to make one again, but that's why they call it a learning experience, right?
(ignore my face, please)
detail of the cabled edges, the back and the closures
Now to my question: I would like to make a hooded version of this cardigan, but have never knit anything with a hood. Can anyone point me to a (free) pattern that has a good hood?