Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lotus Knit Baby Blanket Pattern
Size 32″x32″
Gauge 18 sts x 20 rows = 4 inches in stockinette
Materials  300 grams (3 skeins) Cascasde 220 wool or similar worsted weight yarn (100 grams, 220 yards)
 Size 8 (5 mm) 32” circular needles
 Size 8 (5mm) 60″ circular needles
 Darning needle
 K – Knit
 P – Purl
 K2tog – knit 2 together
 Ssk – Slip 2 stitches knitwise and k2tog
 Sl, k2tog, psso – Slip on st to the right needle, k2tog, pass slip stitch over
 K1f&b – Knit 1 in the front and back of the stitch
 K tbl – Knit through back loop
 YO – Yarn over
 PM – Place marker
Throughout pattern, slip markers as you come to them.
Switch to longer circulars when needed.
This blanket is knit using the magic loop method, (video)
Some knitters have reported the center portion of the flower puckering up a bit. To avoid this, you may want to knit the “Center Flower” section on smaller needles.
A knitter created a video showing how to knit the first 4 rows on DPNs.

Cast on 8 sts using the disappearing loop method (another tutorial!). Pull the cable through so you have 4 sts on each needle.
Center Flower
Work the following instructions four times on each round. If you choose to use DPNs, you would work the instructions below once on each of the four needles. Using the magic loop, as I did, I recommend placing a marker to designate where the pattern ends.
1. K, 2yo, k
2. K2, p, k
3. K2, yo, k2
4. K2, k1f&b, k2
5. K2, yo, k2, yo, k2
6. Knit (32)
7. K2, yo, k4, yo, k2
8. K3, k2tog, ssk, k3
9. Yo, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2, yo, k2
10. K3, k2tog, k1, k1f&b, k1, ssk, k2
11. K tbl, yo, k2, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2, yo
12. K4, yo, k2tog, k2tog, yo, ssk, ssk, yo, k3
13. K tbl, yo, k1, yo, k3, yo, k2, k1f&b, k2, yo, k3, yo, k1, yo
14. K8, yo, ssk, ssk, k2tog, k2tog, yo, k5
15. K tbl, yo, k3, yo, k1, ssk, k1, sl1, k3tog, psso, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k3, yo
16. Knit
17. K tbl, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo
18. Knit
19. K tbl, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k5, yo
20. Knit
21. K tbl, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo
22. Knit
23. K tbl, yo, k9, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k9, yo
24. Knit
25. K tbl, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k10, yo
26. Knit
Work the following pattern between each marker.
1. Ktbl, *yo, k tbl, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 1 st before marker, yo, k tbl, yo, slip marker.
2. Knit
3. Ktbl, *yo, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 3 sts before marker, yo, k3, yo, slip marker.
4. Knit
5. Ktbl, *yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k7* Repeat from * to * until 5 sts before marker, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, slip marker.
6. Knit
7. Ktbl, *yo, k5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 5 sts before marker, yo, k5, yo, slip marker.
8. Knit
9. Ktbl, *yo, k7, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog* Repeat from * to * until 7 sts before marker, yo, k7, yo, slip marker.
10. Knit
11. Ktbl, *yo, k9, yo, sl1, k2tog, psso* Repeat from * to * until 9 sts before marker, yo, k9, yo, slip marker.
12. Knit
13. Ktbl, yo, k11, *yo, ssk, k10* Repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
14. Knit
Repeat the petals pattern 4 more times, for a total of 5 repeats.
Outer Edge
 Increase round: Ktbl, yo, k until marker, yo, slip marker.
 Even round: Knit
Alternate increase and even round for ten total rounds. Work 5 additional rounds in seed stitch.
 Seed stitch increase: Ktbl, yo, *k, p* repeat from * to * until marker, yo, slip marker.
 Seed stitch even round: P, k around.
Cast off loosely in pattern.
Will have pictures later have only finished the center. Is really cut though.
Happy Knitting

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year and Hello Kitty

Happy New Year... I thought I would start the year out right with a post. I know I am bad at posting, this is usually because I am knitting all the time.

Today I have started yet another project, yes my WIP's are great in number but I have been working on them too. I can only do so many projects and when I run out of needles or cables which is more the case, I work on older projects. Today is Hello Kitty. I would post the pattern here but is copy written so here is the web address on Ravelry where you can find it . I am making this for my granddaughter she is just a doll at six weeks so I make toys for her now because grandma's are suppose to spoil their grandchildren.

I have finished the main part of the head and am working on the ears. Now that is a pain for sure. Picking up all the stiches and then knitting them, the first few rows was a pain in the bum but thankfully I work in Magic Loop so am not working on DPN needles but have a long cable and that helps a lot. I will keep you posted on the progress. It shouldn't take to long now that I have the biggest part finished, the head.

Well good luck on whatever you are working on and good luck on Roc day which is coming up soon this month.

Happy New Year and Happy Knitting