Friday, August 24, 2012

Seafoam Shawl

Hello! I hope everyone has had an enjoyable summer, and is ready to start the new school year!

I really wanted to make something using one of my favorite stitches, the seafoam pattern, which is number 101 in my Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume 1. I made a colorful shawl, which can also double as a nice warm scarf. For this I used six skeins of Valley Yarns Longmeadow yarn, 2 skeins in coral, 2 in persimmon, 1 in fuchsia, and 1 in periwinkle, which can be found on yarn.com for only $3.49 a skein, but you can use any yarn, any color you want. I also used 36 inch circular needles in size 8, not because this project is knit in the round, but because it is big and I don't think it could fit on straight needles unless they were very, very long. The shawl is about 65 inches long and a 16 inches wide.

To start, I cast on 206 stitches with the coral yarn.

Here is how you make the Seafoam Stitch, which is a multiple of 10 stitches plus 6:
Rows 1 and 2: Knit.
Row 3 (Right Side): K6, *yo, k1, [yo] twice, k1 [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] twice, k1, yo, k6; rep from * to end.
Row 4: Knit, dropping all yo's off needle.
Rows 5 and 6: Knit.
Row 7: K1; *yo, k1, [yo] twice, k1 [yo] 3 times, k1, [yo] twice, k1, yo, k6; rep from *, end k1.
Row 8: Repeat row 4.

I did 5 repeats of the pattern, using both skeins of the coral yarn, making the coral stripe about 7 1/2 inches long. After that I switched to the persimmon yarn, doing 2 1/2 repeats of the pattern, making the persimmon stripe about 4 inches long. I then switched to fuchsia, did only one repeat, leaving a stripe about 1 1/2 inches long, and finally did 2 repeats with the periwinkle and binding off, leaving a 3 inch long stripe.

For the fringe:

I used my second skein of persimmon yarn and my remaining little bit of periwinkle to make some fringe for the shorter ends of my shawl. To do this, I cut four pieces of 12 inch long persimmon, and one piece of 12 inch long periwinkle. I put them all together, folded them in half, and made a little loop with my fingers. Then I stuck a large crochet hook through the edge of my shawl, and pulled the loop through the hole that the crochet hook made, then I pulled the ends of the fringe through the hole, and pulled tightly. I did this ten more times, spacing out the fringe every 1 1/2 inches, and repeated the same thing for the other side.


























































Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy this pattern!
Binding Off, Angela

Friday, August 17, 2012

Coastal Colour's Yarn

Hello everyone! I just enjoyed the last 3 weeks spending time with my family in the Philippines! But now I'm back and ready to get back to knitting, blogging, and high school!

If you have a facebook, please check out THIS LINK

It's the page for a lovely new line of yarn created by my knitting instructor. They are all hand painted and dyed yarns, inspired by nature for the organic knitter and weaver who is inspired by the palette of the sea. They are beautiful! Check out the page if you have time!!

Binding Off, 
Angela

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Thin Scarves

Hello everyone!

One thing I think is really fun and easy to do is knit a scarf of thin yarn on large needles. This gives it a lighter, airier effect, and can be fun for summer.


















Using size 11 or 13 needles, I knit only in garter stitch for the red and blue scarf, and stockinette for the purple one, just letting the color be the main attraction.

Hope this is a good tip!

Binding off, Angela

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm back with my own dyed yarn!

Hello everybody!!

My life has been crazy busy for the past few months, finishing middle school, getting ready for high school, but I'm back and ready to blog!

So a few weeks ago, I took a really fun class at RISD (the Rhode Island School of Design) where we got to dye our own yarn, using organic yarns made from plants (the pink was made from cochineal, a little bug!) It was so much fun! We used sponge brushes to paint the plain white yarn, and it came out great. Here are some pictures!

Me painting my yarn! Stripes!
These are the different colors I made!




















Swatched in basket stitch!

After we finished painting the yarn, we made lots of
different samples to see how it came out!

This yarn was a thinner weight, so I tried knitting it with large needles for an airier feel.

This yarn was a thinner weight, so I tried knitting it with large needles for an airier feel.

I hope you enjoy seeing my adventures with yarn dying!

Until next time, Binding Off,
Angela

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Skull Wristwarmers

This is a pattern for some really cool skull and crossbone wristwarmers that I found on Ravelry. I used size 4 needles and a ball each of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in black and white. Have fun!!




Binding Off,
Angela

Monday, February 27, 2012

Two-Colored Hats

One thing I love doing is making hats with two different yarns, where the bottom is one color and the top is another color. You can make a really simple hat, just spice it up by using two complimenting colors. Once you are finished with one color, just cut the yarn with a few inches of a tail, then tie the next color to the tail. Really fun and easy way to spice up an easy hat!

Binding Off,
Angela

Monday, February 13, 2012

Easy Slip Stitch Cowl

Hello everyone!
This is a very simple cowl I made for my friend, who has to wear a neck brace for a few months due to an injury, and wanted something to cover it up. Once again, I had a bunch of leftover little scraps of yarn, which I thought went well together. It's very easy and very fun. I used size 8 needles.
Cast on 103 stitches (or a multiple of 4 plus 3)
Row 1 (Right side): K1, *slip 1 stitch, knit 3; rep from * end slip 1, k1.
Row 2: Purl.
Just keep doing that for about 12 inches and in no time you'll have a beautiful cowl to keep you warm on a wintery day.
 Binding Off,
Angela