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31 january, 2007

Yippee!  I knit a swatch with two cable mistakes, so tomorrow I get to experiment with this.

Yarn: Cascade 220 in the pink of all pinks
Needles: US 8
Stitch Pattern: Two 3x3 cables.  The one on the right twists to the right and the one on the left twists to the left.  Can you see the error in each cable?  Tomorrow that error will -- hopefully -- be fixed.
Techniques: Cabling without a cable needle using the technique I learned from Grumperina.

1 month down and 11 months to go...

January 31, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (6)

30 january, 2007

Move your mouse over the photo to see
the other side of this swatch.

This afternoon I popped into my local coffee shop to buy some beans and treat myself to a mocha.  While there I was lucky enough to spot a knitter working on this double knit scarf.  Color work and double knitting!?  Had to try them.

Yarn: Jamieson's Shetland DK in two shades of orange
Needles: US 6
Stitch: Stockinette Stitch with double knitting
Source: Crafty Chick Knits' Knit Star Scarf
Techniques: Double knitting with two colors.

January 30, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (10)

29 january, 2007

Hold your horses, hold you horses!  Before telling me that this is a sock and not a swatch let me remind you of the definition of a swatch.  The 2nd definition of swatch in the dictionary is, "a representative portion; a sample".  So, today's swatch is a representative portion, a sample of a sock.  One that highlights the different parts of a sock -- the ribbing, leg, heel flap, heel turn, gusset, foot, and toe -- and one that I'll use when I teach tonight's sock class. 

Yarn: Jo Sharp's DK wool in various colors   
Needles: US 5
Stitch: 1x1 ribbing and stockinette stitch
Techniques: Knitting in the round; basic top down sock with basic heel and toe.

January 29, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (3)

28 january, 2007

Inspiration: I loved the color combination from yesterday's swatch and was not ready to relegate the yarn to my stash bin.   Why not a little exploration of short row shapes and lines.
Yarn: Jamieson's DK   
Needles: US 6
Stitch: Garter Stitch
Techniques: Short Rows

January 28, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (10)

27 january, 2007

Inspiration: Another take on the "String of Purls" stitch pattern from Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  This variations features garter stitch with asymmetrical "purl strings".  The swatch is then turned 90 degrees for vertical viewing.  I can envision a pillow.  How about you?
Yarn: Jamieson's DK   
Needles: US 6
Stitch: String of Purls with modifications: garter stitch, asymmetrical, multi-colors
Source: A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, page 91

January 27, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (10)

26 january, 2007

Inspiration: We knit for a lot of reasons.  Sometimes it's just to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Yarn: Muench's Touch Me   
Needles: US 8
Gauge: 16 stitches = something or other
Stitch: Garter Stitch

January 26, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)

25 january, 2007

Inspiration: I want to knit a baby hat using yesterday's stitch pattern.  I needed to determine gauge and to convert the "String of Purls" stitch pattern for circular knitting.  Hence, today's swatch.  Converting the pattern was a bit of a stickler, but in the end I found something that worked.  Thank goodness for swatches!  BTW: check out who else is having fun with a variation on this design...
Yarn: Color A: Rowan's 4 Ply Wool in dusty plum.  Color B: Koigu in a green brown mix.   
Needles: US 1
Gauge: 8 stitches = 1 inch
Stitch: String of Purls; Multiple of 12 stitches; 2 colors
Source: A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, page 91; converted for circular knitting.

Added 01/31/07:  Click here to see the baby hat I knit using the String of Purls stitch pattern.

January 25, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (4)

24 january, 2007

Inspiration: A wonderful find from Barbara Walker's A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns.  Quick, staccato turns are used to create the circles.  I love this pattern and can envision several uses for it.  Viewed horizontally it's cute and whimsical, perfect for a child's hat.  Viewed vertically it's dynamic and hip, perfect for a throw pillow in an Eichler and vaguely reminiscent of Angela Adams.
Yarn: Color A: Rowan's 4 Ply Wool in dark brown.  Color B: Koigu in a gold mix   
Needles: US 4
Gauge: 36 stitches = 5.25 inches
Stitch: String of Purls; Multiple of 12 stitches; 2 colors
Source: A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns, page 91

January 24, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (6)

23 january, 2007

Inspiration: Following the same construction principles as a knit log cabin square, I crocheted this version using single crochet.  I'm experimenting to see if crochet is more "improvisational" than knitting.
Yarn: Rowan's Cotton Glace and Rowan's Wool Cotton      
Needles: F crochet hook
Stitch: Single crochet
Techniques: Log Cabin Construction

January 23, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (2)

22 january, 2007

Inspiration: Today I was in the mood to play with the square in square motif and ended up with not 1, but 3 swatches.  I do love log cabin knitting!  I'm thinking about combining these swatches into a vertical strip.
Yarn: Rowan's Cotton Glace, Rowan's Wool Cotton, and a few other random things from my stash.       
Needles: US 4
Stitch: Garter Stitch
Techniques: Short Rows, Log Cabin Knitting

January 22, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (8)