I like to make patchwork blankets too. Here is what I do:
I usually make mine with sportweight yarns and knit them on #5 US needles. I usually cast-on about 20 - 25 stitches and then knit about 35-40 rows for each patch.
There is an easy trick to make sure your patches end up as perfect squares -- fold each patch and turn it into two triangles. When they are the same size you know you have a perfect square.
Try this while you are knitting: With the patch in front of you and your knitting needle on top - take the bottom left corner of the patch and bring it up to the top right corner. When the triangle on top is the same size as the one on the bottom then you know you have a perfect square. If you can't get the bottom left corner to touch the top right corner then you know you need to keep adding more rows.
Then I sew all the patches together and finish them off with three or four rows of single crochet. I attached a pic of one of my finished blankets.
Hope this helps
My mum is making a blanket with patches. She is doing 19 stitches across each time. Would it be easier to do a different number and how can I make it equal when I am doing it. I've just started myself and her patches are not exactly same size by width and length but I would like mine to be more square type when I am doing them. :) Thanks...
The weekend of 17-18 February 2007 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Craft Yarn Council is sponsoring a Knit-Out and Crochet event. Information can be found at the following websites: www.craftyarncouncil.com and at www.Knit-Out.com. I've posted on my blog other tidbits of information/links if your interested in attending.
I'll be there...being so close how could I miss it?
(sorry I didn't put this into the "upcoming events" area...I just couldn't quite figure out how to post it.)
Hope to see ya there!
Help guys - there was someone in my work the other day and he had this hat on - I told him I needed to look at it for just a second.. then threw it on the ground and snapped a photo of it and told him I wanted to make one.
"you could make one?" he asked.
"sure" I said (quietly thinking to myself: I usually do hats in the round, and I see that the decreases are in the "purls" of the hat if it was in the round, but changing colors like that in the round would put mean starting the color over every row... damn I hope I can do it!) I THINK there was a seam on the inside of the hat... SO I was wondering if anyone had a "ribbed" hat pattern that I could modify to do blocks of color like this hat - it will have to be sewn up, I'm sure.
anyone have any ideas? I'm going to also show it to my LYS tomorrow when I paint - maybe they can just make up a pattern for me - but I HAVE to ask my men!
thanks for the help!
This is a duplicate of a project I was working on on another forum. I have added some items and changed some others - so it isn't just copy and paste.
I thought I'd I'd put down somewhere all the different "standard" shapes that shawls/wraps seem to come in, and some notes on how to get that shape - This is not including ponchos. I've also (for the most part) excluded consturction methods that involve piecing.
These came with the mail yesterday...I found the package laying on my doorstep when I came back from teaching yesterday:
All of them are small test hanks in all available colourways from Rohrspatz & Wollmeise! (Okay, actually there are 36 out of 40 col
attached photos of the Irish Hiking Scarf - finished; as I said before it was suppossed to be a Christmas 2005 gift; the second item is a a jo sharp mohair 'Indulgence' and KidSilk Haze scarf - which was suppossed to be another 2005 Christmas present. The mohair one doesn't have to be shipped though - the recipent took it about 30 seconds after I took the photo.
Here is Teak modeling his Daddy's scarf....
It has been quite a while since I posted up on here...so I thought I would show you all what I have been working on.
These are two scarfs that I finished up late this fall for me and my boyfriend Brandon. We have had an unseasonably warm winter so far...but the cold finally hit today and I was able to venture out in my new alpaca scarf and loved every warm cuddly minute of it. One woman at the bank stoped me and commented on how nice my scarf was and wondered where I had gotten it...she didn't believe me at first that I had made it...but we chatted for a while and she just thought it was great.
My dogs love to cuddle up in my knitting so I thought they would wonderful models (my next project is going to be a sweater for Snow so she can have something knit all to herself)...so here they are...
The scarf I knitting up for me is being modeled by Snow...it is just k2p2 ribbing all the way up in Misty Baby Alpaca Chocolate Carmel and the stripes are done in the Toffee Cream color
Brandon's scarf is being modeled by Teak...and it is also k2p2 ribbing...but knit in alternating stripes of Rowan Natural Silk Aran (light blue and black)
Well that is it from out here in Virginia...Hope all is well out there in knitting land...take care boys!
I'm very new to knitting and am still having my fair share of issues. I have a hard time casting on and then knitting the first row. Mainly, I think it's a function of the "death grip" that people have talked about in other forums. But, I'm also wondering if there's better ways to cast on or different ones for different situations. I'm especially having trouble getting the right needle into those first cast on stitches.
The casting-on that I've used involved tying a slip-knot onto the left needle, then inserting the right needle through it (like knitting), wrapping the yarn around the right needle (like knitting), and then pulling the loop through and slipping back onto the left needle. My issue with that is knowing which way the loop should go onto the left.
Another cast-on involved the same slip-knot, but then kind of looping the yarn stitch-by-stitch with the left hand while loading it onto the needle. This is the CO I have the greatest problem with... I may be making the stitches too tight again...