Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Yarn Give Away

Thank you all for continuing to read my blog.  I hoped you liked this project.  Sadly this blanket will be completed in the next post.  If you liked the color combination Please read my next post titled Completing The Afghan.  At the close of my next post, I will run a contest.  The winner will receive the rest of  the afghan yarn.  There will be a large amount.  Here is how it will work.

 300 yards will be reserved.. divided evenly among the yarns I used (for a matching teddy).  This is a blanket for my little guy.  Then I will hank all partial skeins (so yardage can be determined).  At the end of the next post there will be a couple photos of all the yarn someone will win.  To enter the contest simply post a response to the blog guessing how much yardage (you can guess in yards or meters)  there is in the photos.  The person that guesses the amount of yardage closest, gets all the yarn.  I will take responses while the teddy is being knit (should be about 10 days)  When the teddy is finished, I will post a photo of him, and announce the winner.  

Note:  Additionally a few full skeins will be sent to the winner.  These skeins were intended to go into the blanket but I ultimately decided against them.. The full skeins will also be included in the photos so you can calculate that yardage into your guesses.

Good Luck!!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Yarns 15 Thru 28

I wanted to start today's blog with a quick notes.

First I want to mention something you might have noticed already.  I tend to have thick and thin sections.  This is an intentional decision I make as I go along.  I do this because I think is makes the afghan more appealing, and more textured to look at.  I often decide this as I go, if I have a couple of wide bands I will add a small band or two.  The only exception is furry or flagged yarns, when I only do 2-4 rows at most.  The reason for this is that a little fur adds a nice texture, a lot will often be too much.  The nice thing about doing this is that you can use the same furry yarn a few times in the afghan.  

The other thing I wanted to mention is choosing the next stitch.  The placement of my yarns have already been decided.  I will start with the simplest..Furry or flagged are always reverse stockinette.  Slightly textured yarns are very simple (non-detailed) patterns such as stockinette, garter, seed, or ribs.  Smooth yarns are the only yarns I give much thought to for stitches.  When my next yarn is smooth I look at my entire piece.  I pay attention to the last several stitches that have been completed, if they have a vertical feel like cables, ribbing, or stockinette.. I usually look for patterns that have a horizontal, squared  or diagonal feel.  I like changing the textures often, to keep your eyes moving along the peice, rather than getting drawn in to any particular area. 

Yarn 15
Slightly textured (175 stitches)
after completing the color change row (knit if RS is facing, purl if WS is facing) 
3 rows of garter stitch

Yarn 16 and 18  (it frames yarn 17 nicely)
Muget (Anny Blatt)-doubled
Stockinette stitch  4 rows

Yarn 17
Super Angora (Anny Blatt)- doubled 
175 stitches
Stockinette this time I went till I ran out of this yarn - 14 rows

  Yarn 19
Wool Ease (Lion Brand) doubled
I used one strand each of two different heathered brown colors
Pie Crust Basketweave (Vogue Knitting Stichtionary)  Multiple of 8+10  (178 stitches)
Yarn 20
1 Strand muget, 1 strand papi, 1 stand scarce eyelash
two rows garter stitch

Yarn 21
smooth  (Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns)
Slip-Cross Open Cable  180 stitches

Yarn 22
Muget doubled 180 stitches
3 rows reverse stiockinettes

Yarn 23
Seduce doubled 180 stitches
stockinette stitch

Yarn 24
textured with spares eyelash 180
2 rows one is color change row, the othe reverse stockinette

Yarn 25
Fine Kid (Anny Blatt)
180 stitches  stockinette

Yarn 26
Smooth 170
Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns (corded stitch)

Yarn 27
Ribbon, 175 linen stitch 2 rows

Yarn 28
Victoria (Anny Blatt) doubled
175 2 rows reverse stockinette

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Yarns 5 thru 13

Hello every one!  Hope you are all doing well.  Today I will focus on the next few yarns, stitches, and the method of increasing and decreasing for your next stitches.

The Math!
I mentioned before that I have 175 running stitches.  What I meant by that is, generally speaking the afghan will have 175 stitches on it.  Sometimes increasing or decreasing is needed in order to make an upcoming stitch work out.  So I will try to explain how to do it now.  If you are already familiar with how to do this, feel free to skip past this part. 
Often times when choosing a new pattern you will see something like this  (multiple of 10 + 3)  the multiple is referring the amount of stitches you will be repeating in order to knit the pattern.  The number after + usually centers the pattern, or acts as a natural border. 
Say I have 175 stitches, and I need to increase or decrease in order work a stitch that is a (multiple of 10 + 3).  To work this out I start by dividing 175 by 10 the answer is 17.  I then multiply 17 by 10 which equals 170 then I add 3 to this total giving me 173.  Since I have 175 stitches on the needle.. I would dec 2 stitches in the first round of the next color.
A special note:  There are other factors you may consider when deciding whether to round the stitches up or down.  If you are using a thicker yarn for the stitch you should decrease instead of increasing.. If you are using a thinner yarn try increasing.  if you are making a rib, or working cables increase you stitches, because ribbing and make cables will naturally pull your work in.  If you have any problems, just email me.  I can help you with the math.

Yarn 5  Smooth texture
Diagonal purl (multiple of 6 + 1)  Top yarn in above photo
I had 175 stitches   174 is a multiple of 6... I add 1 so I needed 175
I will tell you how many stitches I used for each stitch here on out.
Row 1: *Purl 1, Knit 5.  Repeat from * across. End with a Purl 1 (RS)
Row 2: *Purl 5, Knit 1.  Repeat from * across. End with a P1
Row 3: Knit 2, *Purl 1, Knit 5.  Repeat from * across ending with Purl 1, Knit 4.
Row 4: Purl 3, *Knit 1, Purl 5. Repeat from * across ending with Knit 1, Purl 3.
Row 5:  Knit 4, *Purl 1, Knit 5. Repeat from * across ending with Purl 1, Knit 2.
Row 6:  Purl 1, *Knit 1, Purl 5. Repeat from * across.
Repeat rows 1 through 6 for desired length.

Yarn 6 
1 fun fur strand (Lion Brand), and 1 strand of arabesque (Trendsetter) held together
I stayed at 175 stitches.
I ended with my RS facing me, so I knit my first row.. then I did another knit row (Reverse Stockinette).
Reverse Stockinette really give textured yarns a nice pop in this project.  Typically I only do a couple of rows when doing anything furry.

Yarn 7:
Selene (Anny Blatt)
175 stitches
Stockinette stitch

Yarn 8:
Seduce doubled
175 stitches
Stockinette Stitch

Yarn 9:
Intermezzo (Trendsetter Yarns)
175 stitches
This is a very interesting yarn that can create a fun ruffle.  It has holes on one side.  I stuck the needle straight through the hole, while knitting the last row of seduce.  I skipped two holes for every single stitch, otaining this fun ruffle.

 Yarn 10:
Big Baby  it is Alpaca can remember the manufacturer
A wide rib  (multiple of 16 + 10)   I decrease 5 leaving me with 170
Row 1: *Purl 10, Knit 6. Repeat from * ending with Purl 10 (RS)
Row 2:  *Knit 10, Purl 6. Repeat from * ending with Knit 10
Repeat rows 1 and 2 for desired length.

Yarn 11:
Slightly Textured
Increase to 175
Seed Stitch

Yarn 12
Two rows Reverse Stockinette

Yarn 13
Handspun?  (Ozark)

Yarn 14
Mohair ruffle
Okay, this one took a very long time!   I made a ruffle seperately on o size 5 needle then attached it by knitting it on to the afghan.  It was 700 stitches.. after knitting an 1 1/2" on the size five I decreased across then after a couple more rows I decreased again.  Then I took a very thin yarn called Muget(Anny Blatt)
and Knit it to the blanket with the muget.

We will get to the next several yarns in the coming week!