Thursday, April 15, 2010

Blossom Dress

Working on this really cute dress called "Blossom".

I'm really hoping it turns out. I've never knitted a dress before. Actually, I've never knitted any clothing item.

I'm using boucle yarn. This really pretty turquoise blue with black.

Here are some pictures of the dress in progress. When I'm finished (if I have enough yarn to actually finish) I will post a picture or two of it. Update: I ran out of yarn. Just like I thought I would. I did buy new yarn so that I could try again. Hope I bought enough this time around!

Dress in progress (what really looks like a big mess as of right now):

Close-up of the colors/yarn texture:

Also, if you're bored or curious or need friends, you can check out my ravelry page here.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ezra's Blanket

As of February 8, 2011, you can now view and download the pattern from google. Click here for the pattern.

I'll post pictures when it's finished. But here is the pattern. Just gotta say...I love this blanket.

Yarn choice: Bamboospun, color brown I used about 3.5 skeins or just over 500 yards.
Needles: US 11
Gauge: Who cares?
Finished size: 38" x 38"

Cast on 4 stitches.
Row 1: K1, P1, K1, P1
Row 2: K1, P1, K1, YO, K1
Row 3: K1, P1, K1, YO, K1, P1
Row 4: K1, P1, K1, YO, K1, P1, K1
Row 5: K1, P1, K1, YO, K1, K1, P1, K1
Row 6: K1, P1, K1, YO, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1

So then from there, work seed stitch (K1, P1, K1) on the first 3 and last 3 stitches of each row. Yarn over once every row after the third stitch, then start with a knit stitch.

So row 7 would look like this:
Seed stitch 3, YO, K1, P1, K1, seed stitch 3

Basically, your middle section is a cross between a seed stitch and a moss stitch. The first and last 3 stitches are the border, so make sure you end with K1, P1, K1 or your one side will end up looking funny and won't match the other side. You are going to always start the middle section with a knit stitch. The middle section will end on a knit on the odd rows.

You can see how the pattern from the edge is different from the middle section here.

Continue to increase until blanket is as big as you want or you've worked half your yarn stash. Then work 2 rows without increasing in the pattern.

Then start to decrease like this:

Seed stitch first 3, YO, P2tog, K2tog, *P1, K1 (repeat from * to last 3 stitches), seed stitch last 3.

Bind off when you are left with 4 stitches.

Please ask questions if this isn't clear! =)

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