Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday knitting solutions


It's snowing again, and to celebrate this rare occurrence, I bring you today's post.


A winter scene motif

Try your hand at painting with yarn. Use it to decorate sweater fronts, bags, dishcloths, etc.
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Note: The larger the needle used the larger the motif. I used 4.50 mm/US 7/ UK 7
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Seed stitch (over even number of stitches)
Row 1: knit 1, purl 1--to end of row
Row 2: purl 1, knit 1--to end of row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern
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1 x 1 rib stitch (over even number of stitches)
Row: knit 1, purl 1--to end of row
Repeat for pattern
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Stockinette stitch
Row 1: knit--to end of row
Row 2: purl--to end of row
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for pattern
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Over 38 stitches
Work in seed stitch for 2 inches
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Tree trunk
Work seed stitch for 15 stitches, 1 x 1 rib for 8 stitches, seed stitch for 15 stitches for one inch
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Tree branches
Row 1 & 2: Work seed stitch for 8 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 22 stitches, seed stitch for 8 stitches
Row 3 & 4: Work seed stitch for 9 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 20 stitches, seed stitch for 9 stitches
Row 5 & 6: Work seed stitch for 10 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 18 stitches, seed stitch for 10 stitches
Row 7 & 8: Work seed stitch for 11 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 16 stitches, seed stitch for 11 stitches
Row 9 & 10: Work seed stitch for 12 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 14 stitches, seed stitch for 12 stitches
Row 11 & 12: Work seed stitch for 13 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 12 stitches, seed stitch for 13 stitches
Row 13 & 14: Work seed stitch for 14 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 10 stitches, seed stitch for 14 stitches
Row 15 & 16: Work seed stitch for 15 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 8 stitches, seed stitch for 15 stitches
Row 17 & 18: Work seed stitch for 16 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 6 stitches, seed stitch for 16 stitches
Row 19 & 20: Work seed stitch for 17 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 4 stitches, seed stitch for 17 stitches
Row 21 & 22: Work seed stitch for 18 stitches, Stockinette stitch for 2 stitches, seed stitch for 18 stitches
Work in seed stitch for 2 inches
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It's November 24th, there's a month of knitting days left. Don't panic. Take heart and follow this advice from the Designer's Note blog.
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Situation: Giving hand knitted socks
Problem: Only one sock finished
Solution: Wrap that sock with a note that reads...
Other sock hidden. Find it if you can.
Or
Other sock to be finished, soon.
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Situation: Giving a hand knit item to a fellow knitter who has the same tension as you
Problem: Itme is half finished
Solution: Wrap item, yarn and needles with a note that reads...
Let's knit this together.
** My mom gave me this gift, and I was delighted.
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Situation: Giving a hand knit item to a new knitter
Problem: You bought the pattern, yarn and needles. No actual knitting has been done.
Solution: Wrap pattern, yarn and needles alone with a note that reads...
This is a coupon for free knitting lessons.
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Situation: Giving a hand knit item
Problem: You have yet to buy the yarn and needles
Solution: Wrap the pattern with a note that reads...
This will soon be yours. Come yarn shopping with me. (Give a selection of dates).
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Tomorrow: I share my review of two of Donna Druchunas' books--Artic Lace and Ethnic Knitting


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