Friday, 31 October 2014

Block a Week Friday

Block 12 
Surface Cables



Can you spot the mistake? if you can't then I'm not telling you haha, I didn't see it until I had completed the block and there was no way I was going to pull it back or make another one, making one of these is enough for me and to think I used to love the challenge of knitting cables many years ago.  You must admit it's lovely and if you do have the time and patience you could make something lovely with this pattern.

Rating - intermediate
Curl - 1
size - 6"x 6"
ends - 2

More examples of this Block


Made by Sheri
Made by Appledumpling

Progress -  number of different blocks made = 44


Numbers - 18,12, 1417, 19,24,26,30,31,34,36 4041, 42,43,44, 45,48, 5256,58,62,64
(Click on the number to see the block.)

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Moving on......

Stashaholics!

The end of the month is upon us once again you have until midnight to link up your October makes and for those who are counting please leave me your totals.


Happy Halloween!



I hope you all have a great fun filled spooky night!






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Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Aimee Baby Jacket for Preemies

A sweet little preemie jacket that’s quick and very easy to make, using the same stitch that I used for my Orva scarf pattern.




This little jacket is worked from the neck down and can be made in one colour or why not try making it with three colours like I have, the great thing about using three colours is you can change the colours at the beginning of each row without having to cut the yarn just carry it up the side of your work, great for stash-busting small amounts of yarn too.

The sleeves can be made plain or patterned.


This pattern is written in English terms, just remember that the English dc is sc in American terms

Measurements
Materials
   50 grams Dk soft baby yarn
4.50mm crochet hook
3.75mm crochet hook (for edging)
3 buttons

Abbreviations
ss = slip stitch
dc = double crochet or (single crochet = sc US)
ch = chain
sp = space
sk = skip

(English) PGR  pattern group ( 2 dc, 2ch, 2 dc) in one stitch 

(American) PGR pattern group ( 2 sc, 2ch, 2 sc ) in one stitch 

The jacket is made from the neck down.

Chain 35

Foundation row :-dc in second ch from hook and in each chain across = 34 dc, 1 ch turn.

Beginning at right front the stitches will now be divided like this



                                                              
Row one = dc in 1st st and next 4 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 5 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 10 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 5 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in next st, 1dc in next 5 dc, ch1 turn.

Row two = dc in 1st st and next 5 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 7 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 12 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 7 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 6 sts,ch1 turn.

Row three = dc in 1st st and next 6 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 9 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 14 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 9 sts (dc,ch1,dc)in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 7 sts, ch1 turn.

Row four = dc in 1st st and next 7 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 11 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 16 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 11 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 8 sts, ch1 turn.

Row five = dc in 1st st and next 8 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 13 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 18 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch sp, 1 dc in next 13 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 9 sts

Row six =  dc in 1st st and next 9 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 15 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 20 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in next ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 15 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 10 sts, ch1 turn.

Row seven = dc in 1st st and next 10 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch, 1dc in next 17 sts, (dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1dc in next 22 sts,(dc,ch1,dc) in ch1 sp, 1 dc in next 17 sts (dc,ch1,dc) in ch 1 sp, 1 dc in next 11 sts, ch1 turn.

This is what it should look like at this stage (picture 1)



Dividing for armholes

Fold work over as in picture 2 and and work next row as follows.



Row eight = (right front) dc in 1st stitch and next 11 sts, (for sleeve) ss into ch sp, ch 6, ss  into next 1ch sp, as in pictures 3 &4 above (back) dc in next 24 sts, (for sleeve) ss into next 1ch sp, ch 6, ss into next 1ch sp, (left front) dc in next 12 sts. 3ch turn, change colours here if you wish.

work should now look like picture 5 above.

 

O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O O
O                                      24 STS                                            O
O                                                                                              O
O     6CH                                                                    6CH      O
O                                                                                              O
O                                                                                              O
O                 12 STS                                 12 STS                    O
O O O O O O O O O O O O    O O O O O O O O O O O O
Fronts
Each O represents a stitch, work a PGR in each red O


Right front = PGR in 2nd st, sk 2 sts* PGR in next st, sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, Sk 2 sts, PGR in next st. ( you should have 4 PGR)

Underarm = sk 2sts, PGR in next st, sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, sk 2 sts. (You should have 2 PGR underarm)

Back =  PGR in next st, *sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, rep from* six more times (8 PGR for back)

Underarm = sk 2 sts, PGR in next st, sk 2 sts, PGR in next st sk 2 sts. ( 2 PGR for underarm)

Left front = *PGR in next st, sk next 2 sts, rep from * until 4 PGR have been worked, dc in last st 3ch turn.= 20 PGR altogether.

next row = 1PGR in each 2ch of each PGR from previous round, dc in last st, 3ch turn.




continue in this way until 13 rows have been worked or jacket measures 7 inches from shoulder.

Sleeves 
Plain Sleeves
The sleeves are worked flat in rows, with one turning chain at the end of each row.

Join yarn to fourth chain underarm, ch 1 dc in same st and then work 23 dc around arm opening finishing with one dc in 3rd chain underarm = 24 dc.1 ch turn

Work 15 rows on these 24 sts or until work measures 3½ inches.

Next row = 1 dc in 1st st, *dec in next two sts, 1 dc in next 2 sts, rep from * until last 3 sts, dec in next 2 sts, 1 dc in last st 1 ch turn.

Work two rows dc on these sts in a contrasting shade if you wish.

Fasten off

Patterned sleeves

The sleeves are worked flat in rows, turning with three chain at the end of each row.

Join yarn to fourth chain underarm, ch 3, 1PGR in next st, sk next two ch, PGR in next st. sk next two sts, PGR in next st, continue around the armhole until you have 8 PGR, dc in last st. 3ch turn 

PGR in 2ch of each PGR turning with 3ch at the end of each row. Continue until work measures 4 inches from underarm.

Finishing
With 3.75 hook, right side facing and beginning at the bottom of right front, join contrasting yarn and dc evenly up right front, around neck edge and down left front enclosing any yarn that has been carried up the sides of work and working three dc at corners. 1ch turn

work two more rows dc making 3 button holes evenly spaced down the top right side, on second row.

Fasten off 
Sew up sleeve seams, weave in ends and sew on three buttons to match buttonholes.




I hope that you have fun making these tops, please leave me a comment if something isn't clear or you find any mistakes. :)


You can find the sweet lacy flower heart pattern here


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Friday, 24 October 2014

Block a Week Friday

Block 193
Ridges


Plain and simple consisting of one knit row, 1 purl row and then two knit rows in a contrasting shade. Very easy to incorporate this pattern into any of your projects, and because dishcloths are very much on my mind just now wouldn't this make a good one? the garter stitch ridges would be great to get those dishes clean.



I like the wrong side of this block too, it could be used as a right side it's so pretty.

Rating - easy
Curl - 1
size - 6"x 6"
ends - 4

More examples of this block

Made by appledumpling
Made by Triccia

Progress -  number of different blocks made = 43


Numbers - 181417, 19,24,26,30,31,34,36 4041, 42,43,44, 45,48, 5256,58,62,64
(Click on the number to see the block.)

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All the blocks in the Block a Week Friday feature are blocks made from the book 200 Knitted Blocks by Jan Eaton. You can read all about the challenge here and here, the challenge is on going and it's never too late to join in!

Hope you all have a great weekend. :)






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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A Birthday Gift

It's my friends 70th birthday today and so here is the first washcloth gift I have made so far, using some of the cotton I bought at the weekend.


My friend is a really girly lady if you know what I mean and loves things soft and feminine so I thought pink shells would be just the thing.  (Pattern here)


I love this colour and I'm sure she will too, I enjoyed making this the worst bit is the sc edging trying to get your hook in the tiny spaces but it's worth it in the end.

I also made a little basket in white cotton

and then filled it with sweet scented goodies 

I hope she'll like it.  

                  Happy Birthday Doreen xxx





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