Yarn Play – free knit pattern

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This pattern is available as a free download

This is a fun & easy way to work with color: it’s not exactly intarsia, nor stranding.
Start with 5 yarns and drop them in place as you CO.
Continue by playing with the yarns as you knit, moving them here and there to your heart’s delight.
Then, pick up all the yarns as you BO to create the fringe on the other side.
In the end, there is no finishing work to do,
no tails to weave in, just comfortably snuggling into it.

• THERE IS NO NEED TO STRAND or TWIST YARNS,
instead use the ds st is a color switching point. After knitting it, you have a choice between 2 colors: would you like to continue with this yarn or the other? That’s what gives the freedom and ease of color in this pattern.
The more freely you use this ability to switch color at a whim, the more fun and unique your shawl will be.

I made it into shawls and scarves, but it is perfect for a pet blanket or lapghan/afghan.

Beginner: just do it all in garter st and don’t worry.
Advanced: use it as a base to do different patterns on.

Cat Too, baby blanket

This pattern is available for $4.50 USD buy it now

Easy to knit, fast, and much fun Baby Blanket.

The beauty of this pattern is the easy flow of colors within the cat. That flow creates a certain feeling in the piece.
This technique continues exploring knitting with 3 yarns (the change in yellow was just me changing yarns mid-way).

Needles # 15 US for a baby blanket, or use sm-med size needles (and yarn to match) and make it into a wall hanging.
General instructions for how to make a wall hanging are included.

Yarns: use bulky/super bulky or double strand worsted weight.
Light color: Approx. 237 y/216m.
Dark:. Approx. 203 y/185m.
Cat only:. Approx. 30y/27m.
Gauge is not crucial, approx. 8sts X 12r.

For beginners: skip the border and add it later.

Below is the original one I made (not the one the pattern is made for):

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Shadow of a leaf

I’ve been playing for a while with a design for a knit Baby blanket, to go with our second Elfy book. The first one, The Mushroom under the Elf, has a game blanket as a part of the book and it’s also the back cover. For the second book I was thinking of something like a friendship pattern, which in the story is made out of oak leaf/leaves. But when I did the previous blanket, with the 2+2 pattern (see previous post, and free pattern), it surprised me by somehow having the right feeling of falling leaves and woods. That led to this blanket.

The knitting itself is very simple and knits fast. There is no carrying of yarns etc. but I added some rvrs.st. for the leaf’s veins. The photos do not give the richness and subtleties of this fabric.

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2+2 Baby Blanket

This is a new technique, combining the idea of knitting 2 yarns and alternating every 2 rows, with doing the same from the left. Result: 2 yarns on the right changing every RS row + 2 yarns on the left, changing every WS row. To do this knit each row double stranded (DS) with a yarn from the right and a yarn from the left. This crates a rich fabric without much color work. The photos unfortunately fail to show its full beauty.

Free instructions here.

Hearts

Hearts, Valentine, Love and – freezing cold. That about sums up what’s going on here. I hope it is warmer in your corner of the universe.

Started this blanket (and a similar scarf) about 2 month ago. The pattern is ready. The principle is – move the blues to the left on a RS row, move pinks to the left on WS row, which will move them to the right on the RS. This will create more movement and dinamity,  make it much easier to knit and keep the back tidy:

Moving yarns this way is a key ingredient to making picture knitting easy.

The pattern is available here: http://www.pictureknitting.com/blankets.html . It has 2 charts of 7×7 hearts drawing (49 total), can be used in any way you choose – make into a prayer shawl, a scarf, coasters, hot pads etc. The squares are of 15sts and 20 rows.

This is a little part of the heart scarf (it’s more than half done by now):

Another pattern to come soon is this hat scarf thingy, that I had to pull out for my defense from the chilly freezy:

Happy knitting.

The mushroom under the Elf – a children book with advanced knit patterns

Our book is ready! We are happy & excited! The book is a fun bedtime story about a lost Elf that makes friends with a mushroom. It has a lot of photos and knitted art work for illustration.

The other thing it has are 4 knitting patterns, scattered here & there in the middle of the story! The patterns are:

1. Small mushroom chart for double-knit coaster.

2. Double knit mush-puff baby toy (instructions for how to stuff & puff are included).

3. Modular mushroom picture potholder – small project, fun and surprising technique.

4. The Elfy game blanket, which you can also play right on the cover.  

The book is available at Amazon.com and at Create space

Elfy Game Blanket

Done! The blanket is ready and so is the pattern for it (http://www.pictureknitting.com/blankets.html) .  The pattern includes the story too.

It is not as difficult to knit as it looks, because the squares just move in the direction of the knitting once every 13 rows + knitting the squares border yarns together makes it fully tangle-free (it’s true!).

Here it is with play pieces (instructions are not included in the pattern) and giant dice.

This is the backside.

Next, and getting near to done, is the children book with the story + many photos (it is a children book), with 3 patterns, one right in the middle of the book (I would love it as a kid – seeing a knitting pattern in the middle of MY book, even if I do not understand it and can not knit).  So far the patterns included are : a small modular mushroom picture, the blanket game pattern, and a small simple pattern for double knit or st.st that could be added to a scarf/ pocket/pillow etc.

 

Nov. 14 —the book is getting there – we ordered the first copy. Can’t wait to see it.

Elfy Game 1

This is the first version of ‘Elfy Game’, to go with the story ‘The mushroom under the Elf’.

Size: 28″ X 37″

To play: go down on a mushroom leg, up on a head and up on a sun ray, + some rules to be added by the kid for extra fun (like fuzzy squares and white dots).

Apart for plating it with Hubby (every night before bed as the game was progressing) I played it with 2 nine years old – first on a table, then they drugged me for another game on the floor + wanted another one! One of them read the story aloud before we played – still needs work + a lot of photos before it’s done… crawling my way on it, wish it went faster (as in waiving my magic wand and Ta Da – it’s done! 🙂

The second version of the knit game is done already, and hope to post it soon.

Froggy

Husband is a great story teller. That’s how I fell in love with him – he was telling a story and I was listening too intently… good thing too.

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So now he is totally interested in making puppets. That’s how froggy came to be, and it is our first puppet.
I started it, husband finished (learning to crochet right on it) and we both enjoy this addition to our house hold :).

It reminds me – we used to have a toad living in a pot on our entrance porch – under a leaf of whatever plant was there (I do not remember). It was V-cute!

If you are a serious crocheter – forgive me for all the bad turns, wrong twisting of yarns, and everything else illegal I did along the way.