Friday, March 14, 2014

Free Pattern Friday



 Just wanted to share a project that I finished with this free pattern, Martha Stewart's 'home coming poncho' Found at Lionbrand.com . Just warming up with this nice little stash buster for my friend's 3 month old daughter, before I start an adult sized poncho for a girl in Casablanca. With a 4mm hook, I chained 48 with 4 ply yarn and followed instructions as written. Rnd 1-2 included 24 blocks. I worked 7 rounds, and  finished it up with picot edging, and 2 rows of sc for the neck. Started and finished in one evening. ‘twas a very relaxing project.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Free Pattern Friday


I plan to post up a free pattern every Friday, so please check in on Fridays and have a peek. Today I'll be talking about my own pattern, which is free for the month of March- my 'Quick-Knit Ribbed Gloves' pattern on Ravelry. The reason why I love this pattern is because it is easy to memorize, and it's a unisex pattern so I just change up the colors according to the gender of the wearer. I literally made these gloves for every member of my family this year. It started with me making some for myself, then my daughter requested a pair, then my toddler, then my two sons, and finally my husband. And on top of that, I made a pair for my sister-in-law, who has requested a second pair, and her daughter would also like a pair too. So that's plenty of knitting love going around this year. :)

If you download this pattern, please post up your finished projects on my Ravelry page! I'd love to see it.

Click here to get your free pattern.


Monday, March 3, 2014

African Flower Power Pot Holder

I finished a quick crochet project this morning, the DROPS Design 'flower power pot holder.' I made it in the same colors as the African violet, which is native to Tanzania. I actually started this project yesterday, but did it all wrong and frogged it back to round 3. I found a video by garnstudio, that shows you exactly how to crochet into the back of the flower, and was then able to finish it in no time. Here is the link to the helpful video:

http://vimeo.com/74098058

A very nice project once you get how it's done- my husband agrees with me that it's not as useful being a pot holder as it is decorating my table. :)



If you'd like to make one for yourself, a link to the free pattern can be found on my ravelry project page- http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Shaadia/147-21-flower-power---pot-holder-in-paris

Swish With a Twist Cloth



I joined a knit along with the Creative Magazine Group on Ravelry. The first pattern was the 'swish with a twist cloth'. It took me a while to figure out how to do the cables, but I finally did and the result was a very nice bright yellow cloth:



I did mentally take some notes, of which I will post here for others to benefit from and for myself to remember the next time I decide to knit up this cloth.

  • When you get to row 8: K8, yarn forward, sl 1 purlwise, yarn back over needle, k2, yarn forward, sl 1 purlwise, yarn back over needle, k4… and continue in this manner to avoid the awkward loop on the right side.
  • When slipping the sl sts on the right side, you don't bring the yarn forward. Just slip them purlwise.
  • When you get up to the first w2 on the wrong side, you bring the yarn forward, then you slip the needle purlwise into the first loop, then you drop the second loop. Yarn back into knitting position, k2, then repeat.
  • you are left with one loop from each w2 that you worked. The reason why you must wrap it twice on row 7 is to elongate the stitch.
And as for the second cloth released the next Friday, which was the 'turn back time' spa cloth, I tried knitting from the center out on a set of 4 dpn's, and what I ended up with was fumbled up yarn and fingers, and a hot mess. Never mind. On to the next cloth they released last Friday! After I get through all the loads of other stuff that I have to do. :D


What I've Been Doing

School holidays in Morocco are finally over, so I have some time to get online and post up my latest designs/projects.

Shortly after I published the pattern for the Quick-Knit Ribbed Gloves, I also published the pattern for the matching headband.

Here is the link to the pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/quick-knit-ribbed-earwarmer-headband