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gargoylelib
02-01-2008, 05:02 AM
Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our year long Afghan Block KAL. We will be introducing
a new technique/pattern for each month starting with the basics and
gradually moving on to more advanced techniques. Hopefully by the
end of the year we will have all learned some new knitting techniques
and have enough squares to make an afghan which can be used in
an afghan block swap!

If you plan to participate in the swap, each block should be knit in
a 12 inch square and incorporate a garter stitch border to lessen curling
and make sewing up easier. If you are going to keep your blocks
for yourself then by all means make then any size you wish!!
Any yarn is acceptable and maybe some of us will find this a nice
stash busting project!

Not sure how many stitches to cast on to get your square? Well,
let's go over the basics of making a gauge swatch and using that info
to get us all started! :) Here (http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEspring03/FEATswatchout.html) is an article on Knitty all about making
gauge swatches. You will basically begin by taking the yarn and
needles you want to use and casting on 25-30 stitches. Then knit
your swatch until it measure about 5 inches. If you are doing your
block in garter stitch (knit ever row), knit your swatch in garter
stitch. If you are doing your block in stockinette stitch (alternating
knit row and purl row), your swatch should also be in stockinette.
Ok, now you will lay your swatch flat and lay a ruler over the
stitches in the middle. Edge stitches tend to be a bit loose or tight
so the most accurate measurement comes in the middle. Now count
how many stitches you get across 4 inches. This should give you
an average stitch count. Now what?

Let's say your swatch says you knit 18 sts in 4 inches. Now divide
your sitch count by your inch measurement to get your stitch per
inch number. In this example, 18/4 = 4.5 so we get 4.5 stitches
per inch of knitting. Now to determine how many stitches to
cast on for your square multiply your stitch per inch (spi) by
how many inches you want your square to be. I want a 12 inch
square so I will do 4.5 * 12 = 54. So with my gauge to make a 12
inch square I need to cast on 54 stitches. You can now either just
get started knitting and measure as you go or do the same
calculations for your row gauge to determine how many rows to knit.

Did that make any sense? Ask questions if not and I'm sure someone
else can explain it better! :)

Block One-The basic block
Block Two - Entrelac starts on Page 9
Block Three - Knit/Purl Combo of your choice starts Page 15
Block Four - Lace starts page 20
Block Five - Mosaic starts page 24
Block Six - Cables starts page 26
Block Seven - Fair Isle/Stranding starts page 29
Block Eight - TAke your pick! starts page 30
Block Nine - Illusion or Shadow Knitting starts page 30

Ok, so this first month's block will be just a basic block. Garter stitch
or stockinette stitch to get us all started off! If you can't face just
knitting a plain square you might consider doing a mitered square block. Looks impressive but is incredibly easy done in garter stitch with paired decreases.

Now let's have fun!

sig
02-01-2008, 06:59 AM
I'm in! I need to check what yarn i want to use thru all the blocks. Then i'll be ready to start. Since this is an "easy" block we should have plenty of time.
thank you for starting this KAL!:thumbsup::muah:

Karina
02-01-2008, 07:00 AM
I'm in, have been waiting patiently for the 1st of Feb. could you give some basic instruction of the mitered square block or post a link. sounds interesting.

sig
02-01-2008, 07:53 AM
i think this (http://helpinghearts0.tripod.com/id40.html) one could help.

gargoylelib
02-01-2008, 09:57 AM
Oh the mitered square is easy! After you know how many sts to cast
on for the size of block you want, for a mitered square you will cast
on double that. So in the example above it was 54 sts for a 12" square so to make a mitered square I would cast on 108. Then, what I find easiest when doing them, place a marker at the halfway
point.
Row 1: Knit all the way across.
Row 2: Knit to two sts before marker, ssk, slip marker, knit 2 together, knit remaining sts.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 4 stitches left and you are
ready to do another decrease row (row 2). SSK, k2tog-2 stitches
left. Next row K2tog and finish off (pull yarn tail through remaining
stitch to finish).

When you start the cast on edge is flat like ____, after knitting for a bit and doing the decreases the cast on edge will start to look like
this \__ and when you are done the cast on edge will be like this
|__ .

Google Mitered squares in knitting or domino knitting and you
will find tons of info on it!

This is a great square to get practice using the left leaning ssk and
right leaning k2tog decreases :)

Libbie

Karina
02-01-2008, 01:18 PM
Thanks for the info, so even though this is a simple block I will still learn a thing or two. Brilliant

a.shin.grace
02-01-2008, 03:32 PM
Wooohooooo!!! I'm in!!

I'm sorry if I missed this, but when does the actual swap part take place? At the end of the entire year, or are we swapping at the end of every month once the squares are done?

I'm just wondering if I'm gonna get to see the progression of the afghan month by month and seam them together as they come, or if I'm gonna have to wait till the end of the year to get all my final pieces.

Oooooh this is gonna be fun!

annek2000
02-01-2008, 03:59 PM
I'm in...joined yesterday, found your KAL today --- life is good!

Anne

Karina
02-01-2008, 04:05 PM
I got the idea that it is going to be at the end of the year if people wanted to do a swap. so I was thinking I would make two of each block, one practice one for me and one for a swap.

evona
02-01-2008, 04:18 PM
:woohoo: Yay! And so it begins :)

a.shin.grace - I think that we swap at the end of the year. If I'm wrong guys let me know.

Sunny_Singer
02-01-2008, 05:01 PM
I'm in.

I have a question though....

What happens if you start a block technique that someone isn't ready for or hasn't the tools for? Is it okay to work another block instead?

I don't do well learning too much at once, and although learning 1 new technique a month may not seem like much it can be the point of putting me over the edge, which takes the fun out of knitting.

Samsam
02-01-2008, 08:40 PM
Yay I'm in

gargoylelib
02-02-2008, 04:37 AM
Hi everybody! To answer a few questions: I sort of had in my mind
to do the swap at the end of the year so it is just one swap that needs
to be organized but that is just what I was thinking....it is open for
suggestions. I am probably going to do like Karina and knit more than
one block each month so I can keep one and swap one!

Sunny_Singer, there is no pressure for anyone to do anything they
don't feel up for. Any blocks are welcome to the swap, it was just
suggested that we use the KAL as a way for people to learn some
new techniques with support! :)

Oh just as a reminder to everyone if you plan to participate in the swap you might want to make a few blocks that are friendly for our wool allergic pals. ;)

Libbie :)

Sunny_Singer
02-02-2008, 12:29 PM
Thanks gargoylelib.

I learn a lot slower per new technique, etc, than the average person overall. I always have, not just knitting but anything new.

On the positive side, once I learn something, I learn it for life LOL.

I am guessing at my current rate, it is going to take me about 18 months to figure out dpns and I started that project in November.

Catz
02-02-2008, 12:58 PM
I'm in.. I have some lovely peachy DK I can use up for this. I'm also in for the end of year swap too.

GiddyKnitter
02-02-2008, 03:39 PM
Me to xx

sig
02-03-2008, 03:07 PM
Good Afternoon! Well, I finish one block using yarn a friend send the last swap and i love it. Now i'm surfing the internet to get some more. I use a skein for a 12 inch block. This blosk is a regular one, plain stockinette with a border as gargoylelib suggested.
Wait! Pauline you joined!! :woot:Is there an online place where i can get that merino dk debbie bliss you send me??? I just love that stuff!!! :drool: Any suggestions? I've found only a place in the USA.
I'm off now, have a nice knitting day! Will post pictures in a couple of days. (I'm thinking on sewing something on top of the block....)
:waving:

gargoylelib
02-04-2008, 04:03 AM
Wow, Sig! You were fast in getting a block done :) I haven't
even started yet...trying to finish up dd's StarskyJr and a
Branching Out scarf that has to be done ASAP. Guess I better
not wait too long though or the month will be gone before I
know it! :)

Libbie

sig
02-04-2008, 04:44 AM
Good morning!
It wasn't really that fast, it is just that I've been at home sick for 4 days, and you know, knitting always helps! :mrgreen: Also, i manage to knit and read! :thumbsup:

boo1
02-05-2008, 11:02 AM
i think this (http://helpinghearts0.tripod.com/id40.html) one could help.

How do you do this in two colors? The pattern doesn't mention it. Are you carring yarn? Hmm.
I might just do it with a variegated yarn. :knitting:

sig
02-05-2008, 02:18 PM
How do you do this in two colors? The pattern doesn't mention it. Are you carring yarn? Hmm.
I might just do it with a variegated yarn. :knitting:
Hey boo1. You change colors at the beggining of a row, and i think you should carried the yarn, that way you won't end up with a lot of tails to weave in.(learn the hard way... ;) )

Lisa_H-Town
02-05-2008, 02:54 PM
Yay... Found y'all.... OK, I promised myself I wouldn't start anything new til I finished all my UFO's... but, who will know, besides myself??? And I forgive (myself) very easy.

I have been wanting to learn the mitred squares! Perfect... and I was going to use this KAL as also an opportunity to use different kinds of yarn (content), and try to get more familiar with all the choices out there! Whew!

Thanks Libbie! Oh, and I will be in on the Swap at the end as well... just in case you are keeping track...:)

evona
02-05-2008, 03:03 PM
So I bought my yarn - I'm on a pale green and cream color kick right now - and I just started :^) I already love the way its coming along though. How fun! :yay:

BTW - I am definitely in for the swap as well. I assume that will all be figured out way later though. :)

lucky_alf2
02-07-2008, 02:55 AM
I'm in! Sounds like a great way to learn some new things! And I actually don't have anything on the needles at the moment!!! Just finished a baby blanket for my soon to arrive niece!! Yeah! Now off to buy yarn!! Yipee!

sakura-panda
02-07-2008, 03:11 AM
I don't think I'll do the swap, but I would love to follow along with the KAL. Right now I'm working on practice squares from a book I bought, but it would be a lot more fun share with everyone else!

I think that stockinette is one of those stitches, so I can work on this and still "count" it toward the ones in my book. ;) (Following the book is not important, but I do love to check things off when I have an opportunity. :lol: )

sig
02-07-2008, 03:53 AM
Good morning! Bad news yesterday. i had to frog my block. Next week i'll be getting some other yarn and then i can start again. I had problems getting the yarn i wanted, then when i finally found a site, they wont ship to spain. I found some other yarn, but then that site was having some computer issues... :wall: Anyway, i went to my beloved martina's site and got yarn!!!:mrgreen:
Hope you guys are having better luck than me. Have a happy knitting day!:blooby:

evona
02-07-2008, 07:36 PM
Oh no! Why did you have to frog your block Sig?

Sunny_Singer
02-08-2008, 01:34 AM
I am working on my block - it is almost completed.

I probably won't be able to post or read anything on here for a few days. Don't worry I'll be back.

I am stage manager of a play and we are down to final rehearsals, finishing painting the set and the other odds and ends that get crunched just before opening night.

We open Feb 15.

feministmama
02-08-2008, 03:18 AM
Oh the mitered square is easy! After you know how many sts to cast
on for the size of block you want, for a mitered square you will cast
on double that. So in the example above it was 54 sts for a 12" square so to make a mitered square I would cast on 108. Then, what I find easiest when doing them, place a marker at the halfway
point.
Row 1: Knit all the way across.
Row 2: Knit to two sts before marker, ssk, slip marker, knit 2 together, knit remaining sts.
Repeat rows 1 and 2 until there are 4 stitches left and you are
ready to do another decrease row (row 2). SSK, k2tog-2 stitches
left. Next row K2tog and finish off (pull yarn tail through remaining
stitch to finish).

When you start the cast on edge is flat like ____, after knitting for a bit and doing the decreases the cast on edge will start to look like
this \__ and when you are done the cast on edge will be like this
|__ .

Google Mitered squares in knitting or domino knitting and you
will find tons of info on it!

This is a great square to get practice using the left leaning ssk and
right leaning k2tog decreases :)

Libbie

So how come the Mason Dixon pattern has the decreases changing every other row?

sig
02-08-2008, 08:26 AM
Oh no! Why did you have to frog your block Sig?
hello! well i froged the square to use that beautiful yarn on something else. I don't have much of a stash, that is why i had to buy some yarn for the blanket. Right now i'm knitting some sort of neck warmer... no patter just made it up with the debbie bliss. I hope i'll get the yarn next week to star this project.
;)

gargoylelib
02-08-2008, 10:40 AM
Ok, so have been distracted creating a cable pattern and haven't
been online! Given that I started this KAL I should probably at
least check in once a day! :rofl: I have yet to start my first block
...*hanging my head in shame* haha I just had this "brilliant" idea
to make a dragon out of cables and that has been all I've been
thinking about and working on! Ok, enough excuses...I will start
my Block One tonight...I have yarn and needles---no excuses!! :)

So how come the Mason Dixon pattern has the decreases changing every other row?

Not exactly sure what you are asking but I do know there are many
ways to achieve the mitered square. The pattern I learned is the
one I posted but since learning that I have seen a few others. The
one Sig linked to has the decreases so that you slip a stitch, k2tog
and then pass the slipped stitch over. I do know that all the patterns
I have seen have a decrease row wherein you decrease a total of
2 stitches in the middle of the row and then a plain knit row alternating
until you reach the end. Did that answer your question or not even
come close? :)

Libbie :)

bajanKnit
02-08-2008, 11:08 AM
Always wanted to join as KAL hope iam not to late.

Will we be posting pics of finished squares or no???

bajanKnit
02-08-2008, 11:12 AM
Also what type of yarn have you settled on washable, wool,cotton????

evona
02-08-2008, 11:14 AM
I'm using gargoylelib's method of doing a mitered block, but I'm noticing that in the middle (where my decreases occur and the stitch marker is) the stitches seem loose. Is this normal? Or, how do I fix/stop this?

Abbily
02-08-2008, 01:31 PM
I just noticed this thread today, hope it's not too late for me to join! What a great idea! :)

gargoylelib
02-09-2008, 04:37 AM
Always wanted to join as KAL hope iam not to late.
Will we be posting pics of finished squares or no???

I just noticed this thread today, hope it's not too late for me to join! What a great idea! :)

As far as I'm concerned it's never too late too join in! Welcome to
the KAL :) And yes, pics of works in progress and finished squares
would be great! Also when we get into more advanced techniques
anyone with questions might want to post a pic of their problem
as it will make it easier for others to help work out a solution.

Also what type of yarn have you settled on washable, wool,cotton????

Yarn is your choice! If you plan to do the block swap at the end of
the year, then it should be washable and you might want to make
a few in cotton or acrylic for swapping with those with wool allergies.
If you are not doing the swap then by all means make your blocks
in any yarn you like! :)

I'm using gargoylelib's method of doing a mitered block, but I'm noticing that in the middle (where my decreases occur and the stitch marker is) the stitches seem loose. Is this normal? Or, how do I fix/stop this?

Ok, the paired decreases in the middle do create sort of an "odd"
line that will run diagonally across your block. I'm about halfway
done with mine and so will try to take a picture and post it so you
can compare. You can also do a picture search on google and get
a ton of pics of different knit mitered squares. If yours seems extra
loose you might try pulling the yarn particularly tight after your slip
the marker and do the knit2 tog. Oh, another idea...you could look
at raglan sleeve shaping on sweaters knit in the round as they use
the same type of paired decreases and it gives a definite space
between the stitches...actually you can see a pic of the raglan
shaping clearly here (http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTblendedhues.html). Made this little cardy for dd recently so still
fresh in my mind! :)

Hope that helps!

Libbie :)

gargoylelib
02-10-2008, 04:20 AM
Here are some pics of my garter stitch mitered square still on the
needles in the pics but I finished it off last night. :)

2 pics of the over all appearance:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2253798505/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2253798489/

Up close of the miter line, unstretched: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2253798497/

Up close of the miter line, stretched so you can see the gap:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2253798491/

Libbie :)

evona
02-11-2008, 01:47 PM
Thanks gargoylelib . . . mine are definitely looser. I started tugging my decrease stitches a bit and the line is coming out much nicer, but I think I'll definitely have to make a different one for the swap :teehee:

Karina
02-11-2008, 06:49 PM
Gargoylelib love your square. I started mine thought I would use Stockinette st, but the way you have done yours the mitred line shows up much more defined. I think I will frog mine and start again.

bajanKnit
02-12-2008, 09:44 AM
I have started my square but it's very basic st st with a 3 garter stitch border all around. I will try something a little different for the next square as I am doing 2 squares so I can swap one and keep the other one.

Catz
02-12-2008, 10:23 AM
I have started my square but it's very basic st st with a 3 garter stitch border all around. I will try something a little different for the next square as I am doing 2 squares so I can swap one and keep the other one.


Me too. I've started mine as stocking stitch. I had almost finished it but when I was near the end I realised it wasn't completely square. I had 10 st st left on 1 half while on the other half i had 16 left
:?? :doh: so i had to frog it :frog: I even double checked the stitches on each side of the stitch marker so I have no idea where I went wrong. I triple, quadruple checked the stitches when I started again :rofl:

Karina
02-12-2008, 07:18 PM
Decided that I was to close to the finish line to frog my square, so finished it a minute ago. Have to say it looks less like a square and more like a kite:roflhard:
Now what does it mean, did I knit to loosely?

gargoylelib
02-13-2008, 03:45 AM
Decided that I was to close to the finish line to frog my square, so finished it a minute ago. Have to say it looks less like a square and more like a kite:roflhard:
Now what does it mean, did I knit to loosely?
Hmmm...well, to be honest I've never had much success getting
a mitered square to be square in stockinette stitch. It always
comes out more kite shaped but I see pics all over the net of
st st mitered squares so it is possible! :) Is it something that can
be tweaked into shape by blocking? Unfortunately I'm not an expert here so maybe someone with a bit more know how can
step in and offer an answer! :)

ETA: Just went and did some research on the internet and found some
interesting info on the square that I thought i'd share. Garter st has a
tendency to be more square so is easier to knit in a mitered square with
the basic double decrease in the middle. St st will look more "kite"
shaped and need to be shaped to a square by blocking. I did find however
a pattern for a st st square that has you do a triple decrease in the
middle every other row that should result in a much more square shape
in st st. Make any sense? Here are a couple of the websites I checked...did a google search with the phrase "mitered square
stockinette stitch".

This one has a few "rules" about mitered knitting:
http://www.siskiyouknits.com/grannielinda/colorarticles/miteredsquare.htm

Here is the pattern for the st st square:
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/st_st.htm

Libbie :)

Karina
02-13-2008, 05:23 AM
Thanks gargoylelib, I don't think any amount of blocking is going to rescue this kite. Will try again this time in gather st.

Love the striped afghan, very nice.

bajanKnit
02-14-2008, 01:41 PM
Hi can we get a button for our KAL????

gargoylelib
02-15-2008, 04:20 AM
Thanks gargoylelib, I don't think any amount of blocking is going to rescue this kite. Will try again this time in gather st.

Love the striped afghan, very nice.

Oh that's annoying.....or hey, you could applique your kite to the
finished afghan and make an i-cord string for it and tell everyone
it was an intentional decoration! ;) Yeah yeah, I'm not nearly as
funny as I think...haha

I think I'm gonna do another block in stockinette this time and
try the pattern with the triple decrease in the middle and see how
it comes out!

Hi can we get a button for our KAL????

Yes, we can get a button if someone knows how to do it and
wants to make one! :) Unfortunately, I don't know the first thing
about doing it so anyone reading this who'd like to make us a button,
please do so!

Libbie :)

Karina
02-15-2008, 09:50 AM
gargoylelib: Actually you made me laugh. Not a bad idea, my kids would think that I am the cleverest mom in the world.

bajanKnit
02-16-2008, 11:25 AM
I don't have a clue about creating abutton but I gave it a shot. I know they look a bit crappy but I am hoping someone will do a really nice one for us.

Karina
02-17-2008, 05:39 AM
I would like to know how you attach these buttons on to your posts.

Lisa_H-Town
02-18-2008, 12:19 PM
I don't have a clue about creating abutton but I gave it a shot. I know they look a bit crappy but I am hoping someone will do a really nice one for us.

That was so nice of you bajaknit... I hope I don't offend you, but I downloaded your images, and just changed the type a little bit... See what y'all think....

46918

46919

Lisa_H-Town
02-18-2008, 12:25 PM
I would like to know how you attach these buttons on to your posts.

The way I attached images to a POST is I use the little paperclip (up with the font, size, color, etc) that shows up when I hit reply... And it gives you a dialog box to browse for your image(s) and then when you have them selected, go back to the paper clip and you should see where it asks you to "attach" (I believe that what it says).

Hope this helps...
Lisa

evona
02-18-2008, 12:32 PM
Those are very cute Lisa-H and Bajanknits! Thanks for making them!

I am also having trouble putting the buttons on my signature. It just comes up as a link . .. .lol I get what your saying Lisa-H but won't that just attach it to the post and not the sig?

Lisa_H-Town
02-18-2008, 01:09 PM
Those are very cute Lisa-H and Bajanknits! Thanks for making them!

I am also having trouble putting the buttons on my signature. It just comes up as a link . .. .lol I get what your saying Lisa-H but won't that just attach it to the post and not the sig?

Yes, just posts.

I have only been able to attach in my sig by adding it to my Flickr, and then getting "properties", copy and paste that info into the address line requested by the "little mountain" button... because the KAL images aren't within the "signature picture" parameters, I guess?? I am not very well versed on this... sorry... and probably make it more complicated than I need to!:teehee:

although I did make a smaller one, and it still wouldn't fly... so just did it the way I mention above... but all 3 are in my Flickr...http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisamariez/

bajanKnit
02-18-2008, 02:02 PM
That was so nice of you bajaknit... I hope I don't offend you, but I downloaded your images, and just changed the type a little bit... See what y'all think....

46918

46919
Hi Lisa no problem what so ever I knew they needed a little dressing up. Thanks

bajanKnit
02-18-2008, 02:38 PM
Here's a pic of my fist square just a plain st st with a garter st border

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2025/2268701367_f4b2de5b64.jpg?v=0

Catz
02-18-2008, 03:13 PM
I think what I might do is do a square for myself and a square for the swap and when the swap comes round and I have the squares from the swap I'm going to mix my squares and the swapped squares and sew into 1 big afghan.

Lisa_H-Town
02-18-2008, 03:35 PM
Since I plan on using a different yarn each month, I am going to make sure I put a tag on each square that tells me what kind of yarn, and the colorway... I would hate to be the cause of someone having to get a shot of benadryl!!

bajanKnit
02-18-2008, 03:39 PM
Since I plan on using a different yarn each month, I am going to make sure I put a tag on each square that tells me what kind of yarn, and the colorway... I would hate to be the cause of someone having to get a shot of benadryl!!
Good idea I need to keep my ball bands as well and do the same.

Catz
02-18-2008, 03:51 PM
Unless anyone is allergic to acrylic yarn I plan on using that throughout the afghan swap.Saves getting yarns mixed up and being sent to the wrong person.

gargoylelib
02-19-2008, 04:59 AM
Hey everybody! My computer broke over the weekend so I haven't
been able to check in until now....life stops with no internet!! :roflhard:

Those buttons look great, thank you so much Bajanknit and Lisa-H!!

Unfortunately I'm gonna be away for a few more days probably
because I've got the flu :sad: Can barely keep my head up and
my poor knitting is just sitting there calling me...I know I'm sick
when i can't even manage to knit!

Hope to be back amongst the living in a few days! Have fun with
your knitting!

Libbie

Lisa_H-Town
02-19-2008, 02:01 PM
Unless anyone is allergic to acrylic yarn I plan on using that throughout the afghan swap.Saves getting yarns mixed up and being sent to the wrong person.
Catz: are you making a funny? At the risk of sounding really stupid, is there actually such a thing as an allergy toward acrylic?

Unfortunately I'm gonna be away for a few more days probably because I've got the flu :sad: Can barely keep my head up and my poor knitting is just sitting there calling me...I know I'm sick when i can't even manage to knit!
Libbie
Hope you get to feeling better soon... I was EXACTLY like that about 3 weeks ago...

bajanKnit
02-20-2008, 10:03 AM
Unfortunately I'm gonna be away for a few more days probably
because I've got the flu Can barely keep my head up and
my poor knitting is just sitting there calling me...I know I'm sick
when i can't even manage to knit!

Hope you feel better soon. Lots of rest and plenty of fluids Dr's order.

Lisa_H-Town
02-20-2008, 04:23 PM
My first square is completed as well. I did the mitred square in garter... and was very kite-phobic after reading the previous posts, so may have cheated a bit ;)... It measures square, and is Veeeerrrryyyy stretchy (something I have noticed with this yarn -- Caron SS shadows).

I am excited to see what next month's pattern is going to be!!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisamariez/2279509027/http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2105/2279509027_32f632bf80_m.jpg
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2105/2279509027_32f632bf80_m.jpg)

sig
02-21-2008, 03:48 AM
Good morning! I've been away for a long time, no excuse, too much time spending on ravelry. I finally got some yarn for the afghan monday. I finish this block last night. Not happy with it, i think my math was wrong, ended up with a 11 inch block... hmmm will see... to frog or not to frog, that is the question! :chair:
Love the buttons, will try to put it on my signature...:pray:
Have a happy knitting day!:muah:

Karina
02-21-2008, 06:16 AM
i like your block a lot, how did you join the two colours together. Looks great. My first square block came out as 11 inches so that one I am keeping for myself and I made another 12 inch one for the swap.

sig
02-21-2008, 08:35 AM
I used this (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/magicstripes.htm) pattern, but instead of changing colors every 4th row i changed when i had to start the second half. if you need any help just let me know. :muah:

Karina
02-21-2008, 09:06 AM
Could you talk me through what a wrapped stitch is can't quite visualise it. is there a video of the process. thanks

a.shin.grace
02-21-2008, 12:55 PM
I think the "turning the heel" video on this site should deal with wrapped stitches, is that what you're talking about?

Karina
02-21-2008, 01:20 PM
I will have a look, but since I don't know what a wrapped stitch is I have no idea what I'm looking for. will compare it to the pattern and see if it makes sense. thanks

sig
02-21-2008, 01:25 PM
you can check also this (http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=_yVikAvPuE4&NR=1) video by Cat Bordhi. She's talking about wrap and turn stitches for a sock, but i think you can get an idea on what W&T looks like. hope it helps. :)

Karina
02-21-2008, 03:01 PM
am I right in thinking it a way of decreasing but leaving the stitches on the needle.
I am still not sure how the piece is in two colours without actually sewing it up. Having a complete brain freeze on this one. will have to go and try it on a swatch piece.

a.shin.grace
02-21-2008, 06:29 PM
Also, the Urban Rustic Gloves (from knitty?) use the YO-turn method instead of wrapped stitches. I think it is essentially the same thing but a LOT easier.

Here's the link: http://www.knitty.com/issuewinter05/PATTurbanrustic.html

Look at the last part of the "Pattern Notes" right before the actual directions start. It says "Short Row Turning (Yarn Over Method)"

I think this may be my new favorite turning method. =]

sig
02-26-2008, 05:40 AM
Hello! :waving:Hope everybody is doing good. I was just thinking, and have a question, do we know what block to knit next? I though of doing one "entrelac" or colorwork block. Don't know yet. do you guys have any plans? Have a nice knitting day!

Karina
02-26-2008, 06:21 AM
I like the idea of entrelac, have never done it before and would be interesting to learn, but will go with the majority.

evona
02-27-2008, 12:53 AM
I have never done entrelac either, but it seems like something that would be easy to pick up (famous last words :teehee: ) I'd be up for it.

gargoylelib
02-27-2008, 03:51 AM
Hi everybody! I think I'm finally back amongst the living :) I had
a lovely flu virus cocktail that had a week of gastroenteritis thrown
in just to make it that extra special! :zombie:

The blocks are looking great! I haven't thought of what the next
block will be so if everyone is interested in doing entrelac then let's
do that! I'll try to find some online tutorials for those who've
never tried it and anyone with great links just post for everyone to
see! :) I've only ever done entrelac playing around, never as an
actual finished item so while I technically know how to do it I am a
bit unsure. Should be fun!

After seeing all the different ways to do mitered squares I was
already being tempted to do an afghan of just those! haha....

Ok, so unless anyone objects I'll do some research and on March 1
post some links for entrelac and that will be our Block 2 :)

Libbie :)

Karina
02-27-2008, 04:10 AM
No objections from me, can't wait.

sig
02-27-2008, 06:56 AM
I remember last year i knitted a stole for my mom. this (http://wolfandturtle.net/Yarnpath/index.php/Yarnpath/comments/all_aboard_the_entrelac_express/) tutorial is really good. at least you can try it and see if it works.
off to check more places ;)

ok, i found the thread (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54706&highlight=monthly+entrelac) from last year were i learn entrelac. all this tools were helpful and i have to check them again since i don't remember a thing!!! :)

sig
02-27-2008, 08:17 AM
Oh! i forgot! Libbie i hope you are doing much better! Not nice to be sick! :ick::muah:

bajanKnit
02-27-2008, 07:49 PM
Entrelac?????? Not sure what it is but would give it a shot..

Lisa_H-Town
02-28-2008, 05:20 PM
I'm in as well. Looks like fun... I have never done it before. I just learned how to pick up stitches a couple of weeks ago.

Did I read somewhere that if you use Noro Kureyon you wouldn't really have to switch out yarns?:?? not sure. I have to make a purchase either way...

Libbie, glad you are feeling better...

Sunny_Singer
02-29-2008, 03:55 AM
I disappeared but have not stopped knitting, except due to time restraints. I will be able to catch up during March. I have been working on a play, and our performance schedule was extended an extra weekend.

I simply ran out of hours in a day to read and respond to posts.

The last performance is March 2. Originally it was Feb 24.

Sunny

sig
02-29-2008, 05:53 AM
good morning!
Lisa_H-Town: I think you can use any variegated yarn if you don't want to change colors. The one i used for my mom's stole was a variegated yarn. the only thing is that i had to check a couple times before i had cast on the right number of stitches (to have the blocks in the color change i wanted).
I don't know yet what yarn to use, i have some solid colors but i think i'll try to use some sock yarn (double) also and see how it looks.
Sunny_Singer: how exciting!! What play are you in??
bajanknit: this how entrelac (http://images.google.es/images?q=entrelac&ie=UTF-8&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&sa=N&tab=wi) looks like. Isn't it pretty??
Well chicas, i'm off to check my mini stash!
:muah:

Karina
02-29-2008, 06:24 AM
When you cast on how do you make sure that you have the knitted edged all around or would you have to add that later.

sig
02-29-2008, 06:43 AM
mmm... never thought of that... i think both ways works, you can always add a border... i'll try this afternoon about the CO and let you know. ;)

gargoylelib
03-01-2008, 03:36 AM
Block 2 - Entrelac

Ok here we go with the start of Block #2 which will be worked in
Entrelac! Here are some links to webpages with pictures and
instructions for those who are new to the technique:

http://wolfandturtle.net/Yarnpath/index.php/Yarnpath/comments/all_aboard_the_entrelac_express/
http://www.io.com/~cjwyche/Entrelac/Entrelac.html
http://free-knitting-pattern.com/entrelac.htm
http://craftlover.wordpress.com/2007/03/17/instruction-to-entrelac-knitting-with-illustrations/
http://knittyotter.typepad.com/otterknits/2007/03/entrelac_scarf_.html
http://entrelac-kal.blogspot.com/

This one shows both garter stitch and stockinette stitch:
http://www.thedietdiary.com/blog/lucia/2071

The KAL thread for Entrelac here on KH:
http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=54706&highlight=monthly+entrelac

How to knit backwards (rather useful in entrelac):
http://www.knitty.com/issuesummer06/FEATreverse.html
http://oma57.tripod.com/ktbk.html

Pattern for entrelac block:
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/entrelac.htm

Thanks Sig for the links, I copied yours here so that we can have
all references on one post to make it easier. If anyone else knows
of a great resource just let me know and I'll add it to this list!

Remember, entrelac can be worked in any stitch pattern, in solid
color, multiple colors, with self striping yarns, the sky's the limit!

I started my block alternating green and white just using stockinette
stitch but I realized that I forgot about the garter stitch border that
was in the original plan for all blocks...oops! I think I will try to just
go back and pickup stitches around for the border as it seems to be
coming up just a bit short of 12" anyway...was just gonna block it
out since there is plenty of stretch to it :) Btw, I'm using the
knitting backwards technique rather than doing all the turning and
I'm loving it!!

Libbie :)

Karina
03-01-2008, 05:09 AM
Since it looks like the knitted piece is not a simple straight line when you knit. is there an easy way of finding out how many stitches to cast on. or do we cast on as normal and the gauge will work out the same as the Feb. square, assuming you use the same yarn.

bajanKnit
03-01-2008, 11:50 AM
Thanks Sig it is really pretty.
I need to look for the yarn for this months square as my stash is almost non-exsistent very (Petite Stash).

gargoylelib
03-02-2008, 03:29 AM
Hi Karina, sorry I don't know the answer to the gauge question. I
lucked out and had an entrelac pattern that had the same gauge
as me so I just used it. Of the patterns I have seen the gauge is
given in stockinette stitch so I'm assuming that is all you need.
However, the pattern I used had me cast on less stitches. Let me
see if I can explain clearly what I did....for my basic square I needed
to cast on 54 stitches to get 12". The entrelac square I only
needed to cast on 40 sts. Now that it is finished, just laying down it
only measure about 10" but there is a huge amount of stretch in it
and I could very easily block it to teh 12" without making it look
too stretched out. The entrelac technique makes a very "poofy"
block that I think probably looks best when it is stretched out a bit
to lay flat.

Any entrelac experts out there want to step in and comment on
how to determine your gauge?

I'll keep doing internet research and try to find a more definitive
answer!
Libbie :)

sig
03-03-2008, 05:15 AM
Buenos dias!:waving:
Karina: i'm sorry, i didn't had a chance to do a swatch, i'll try this afternoon. But i think that you just need to add the border, either adding those extra stc to the pattern and knit them every row, or like Libbie adding the border later. Also if you don't add a border it's ok i think...
gargoylelib: also found this (http://knittyotter.typepad.com/otterknits/2007/03/entrelac_scarf_.html) tutorial, looks pretty good. and this (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/entrelac.htm) pattern for a block, and this (http://entrelac-kal.blogspot.com/) blog
I've been looking for anything related to gauge and can't find a thing! If you have more luck than me please share!! :thumbsup:

gargoylelib
03-03-2008, 07:11 AM
Ok Sig, added those other links to my post starting up this month's
block....hopefully I can keep it updated so all the links are easy to find
in one place! :)

I still haven't found any instructions concerning the gauge with
entrelac. Has turned into a puzzle I feel determined to solve! :)
All the patterns I have found give the gauge in stockinette st or
garter st so there must be a basic formula using that info to figure
out how to get your entrelac to a specific size....

I don't think I'm going to pick up stitches around to do a border on
mine. It lays flat on it's own and I'm thinking it will be more trouble
than it's worth! Not sure how it will effect the sewing up with other
blocks but I will keep it so as not to trouble anyone else when we do
the swap haha :) I'll try to get some pics up of before and after
blocking so maybe it will give some ideas how much it stretches...
I had to rush my block to finish because I have another swap for
a knitted item I'm doing that is probalby gonna take me all month
long!

Libbie :)

Karina
03-03-2008, 11:43 AM
Just bought issue 39 of simply knitting and they feature a pattern for an Entrelac cushion. They use a super chunky yarn and cast on 35 stitches to make a 15 inch cushion. they also have pictures of the different stages.

sig
03-03-2008, 03:37 PM
Well i finally found the time to knit a swatch. Let's see. My swatch was knitted with the entrelac pattern. Since i din't found any references to gauge i did it the "old" way (just knit a swatch!:wall:) and got the same gauge as with stockinet, that is 6 stc to the inch. I'm not adding a border, but think that you just need to add some st and that's all. One of the link is for a swatch that has a border (3rd link) and the pattern i'm using and find easyest is the 5th link. That's it for now, i'll try to CO for my real block tonight or tomorrow. Have a nice evening!:muah:

bajanKnit
03-03-2008, 04:41 PM
This (http://oma57.tripod.com/entrelac.html) is a pattern I came across that may help..

Lisa_H-Town
03-03-2008, 04:50 PM
Thanks you guys for all the wonderful info! Will definitely attempt the backward knitting... I am a pretty good tinker (sadly), so maybe that will help!?!:)

Can't wait to start... need to order yarn, myself.

Hopefully I can follow the pattern AND include the border with out confusing myself too much!

BetsyInSD
03-05-2008, 01:27 PM
I just found this KAL thanks to bajanknit (I enjoy your blog!) and would like to join too. I'm going to a LYS this weekend for the first time so I'm veeeerrrrry eager to find a yarn I'll like. Question: how many people are doing it all in the same yarn and color? This will be great to follow!

Betsy

bajanKnit
03-05-2008, 02:36 PM
I just found this KAL thanks to bajanknit (I enjoy your blog!) Question: how many people are doing it all in the same yarn and color? This will be great to follow!

Betsy

Hi Betsy you just made my day I wasn't even sure anyone other than a few of my friends read my blog :aww: :hug: thank you very much.

Here is a pic of my practice sqaure in motion I am following this pattern (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/entrelac.htm)it gives a 9' sqaure. http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj209/bajanknit/Picture059.jpg
So I think for my real sqaure I will add another triangle to give 12". (hope that works). Enough rambling I have a question for the expert in the KAl I have done the base triangles and ready to start the next row according to pattern when do I switch colors, in this pattern as it does not say???????

gargoylelib
03-07-2008, 01:36 PM
Hi Everybody!

I've been away for a few days doing battle with my internet service
provider...or actually dh has been doing the battling but wow nearly
a whole week with no internet felt like I was cut off from the world!!

BajanKnit, you change color when you are ready to start the next sequence of triangles/rectangles. so if you have finished your base triangles and are ready to do the next tier you will join in your new yarn there. I just used two colors so alternated the colors for each
tier. (hope that makes sense!) With my internet back up I will try
to get the pic posted of my square and maybe can explain a little
better.

Lisa_H, definitely give the backwards knitting a try! I am a world
class tinker and I think that helped immensely. I am so hooked on
the backwards knitting now that I am using it on a complicated
two color cables project I am doing and it has made things so much
eaiser....maybe it helps that I've always been a bit backwards
myself! :)

Hi Betsy welcome to our little KAL! Not sure what everyone else
is doing but I can tell you that I am using all yarns from my stash in
an effort to clear out some odds and ends! I'm using washable wool,
acrylic and cotton.

Libbie :)

Lisa_H-Town
03-07-2008, 02:02 PM
I'm using washable wool, acrylic and cotton.
Libbie :)

Egads!!! I didn't even think about it being washable! So I looked and Noro Kureyon is DRY CLEAN... ok, gotta find a different yarn...

whew -- just in time, as I was going to order it today when it slowed down here at work.....

bajanKnit
03-07-2008, 02:34 PM
BajanKnit, you change color when you are ready to start the next sequence of triangles/rectangles. so if you have finished your base triangles and are ready to do the next tier you will join in your new yarn there. I just used two colors so alternated the colors for each tier. (hope that makes sense!) With my internet back up I will try to get the pic posted of my square and maybe can explain a little better.
Libbie :)

Thank you I will give it a go and see how it goes.

bajanKnit
03-07-2008, 09:42 PM
Hi me again....ok so I have changed colors and done the second row of the new color and it has brought me to this point (Continue decreasing in this manner until one st remains. Fasten off. ) my question is what exactly is meant by fasten off?
Here's a progress pic of my practice square lots of errors but at least when I start my real square I will be wiser and do a better job.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj209/bajanknit/Picture066-1-1.jpg

gargoylelib
03-08-2008, 04:24 AM
Hi BajanKnit, my pattern had the same instruction when using two or
more yarns and I took it to mean that when you are down to having
just the one stitch on the needle you bind it off...cut your yarn and
pull the tail through. The reason, I believe, is because when you start
the next tier you are using a different color and so want all your
stitches to be picked up with the next color. That is how I worked
mine anyway, have no idea if it is right! :)

Here are the links to my first entrelac block...I'm hoping to do another one in self striping yarn as I didn't care for having all the
yarn tails to weave in doing it with two seperate colors, or maybe I'll
do one in all the same color, not sure :)
Also, I think when I do another one I'll add one more triangle to my
starting line so I don't need to stretch it so much to reach the
12". DH said the unstretched version looked alot better to him so
may have to experiment a bit. I like the stretched out one better
but I guess it really is a matter of personal taste :)

Square before I stretched and blocked it:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2317533185/

Square after stretching and blocking:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2317533187/

Lisa_H, I guess it technically doesn't have to be washable wool
but I would certainly find it a pain to have to have my afghan
dry cleaned when it needed a wash! :) The Noro color changes
are so pretty it would be tempting though.....

Libbie :)

bajanKnit
03-08-2008, 11:14 AM
Ok thanks I will give it a shot!!! by the way you sqaure looks nice.

BetsyInSD
03-08-2008, 11:35 AM
I like the stretched version too.

evona
03-08-2008, 04:48 PM
I am so confused! Why am I not getting how to change colors? :gah:

evona
03-08-2008, 05:00 PM
Nevermind! Got it!! :woohoo:

Sunny_Singer
03-09-2008, 02:17 AM
good morning!

Sunny_Singer: how exciting!! What play are you in??


Thanks sig.

We were part of the production team for the play, "David and Lisa".

This is a pic of me on stage in costume the last weekend when I filled in for a cast member who couldn't make the performances.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/sunny_singer/AA/DAVID%20%20and%20LISA/100_0441.jpg

Sunny_Singer
03-09-2008, 02:33 AM
I have ordered myself to finish last month's block before I start this one. It is almost completed.

I never tried entrelac before. I keep reading and rereading the patterns and non video type tutorials. Hopefully by the time I am able to start this, it makes sense.

My first square I made last month ended up 14 1/2 inches square instead of 12. I used a swatch but this always happens to me. x sts = 4 inches in my swatch... but in my completed project the gauge changes. I do not know why and it is getting annoying. I didn't change yarn or needle size, just started with fewer sts. on the second one so it is the right size.

Sunny

sig
03-10-2008, 04:21 AM
Thanks sig.

We were part of the production team for the play, "David and Lisa".

This is a pic of me on stage in costume the last weekend when I filled in for a cast member who couldn't make the performances.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v513/sunny_singer/AA/DAVID%20%20and%20LISA/100_0441.jpg
Buenos dias!
You look great!! Love theater!
On the knitting side, i'm almost finish with the block(i've been knitting my hedera socks, and well, got all excited about them,:drool: you can check them on my blog) , have to weave in ends and block. I've got gauge wrong again!!! (See, this is why i don't attempt sweaters...) I hope blocking would help.:pray: I'll be posting pics tomorrow.

gargoylelib
03-11-2008, 08:12 AM
Love those socks, Sig! I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one having
gauge issues with entrelac. Mine had plenty of stretch and made it
to 12" with no trouble but I realized that if I had done it in acrylic
the blocking would have been useless so I really need to figure out
a better way to get the right size than streeeeetching :) My mind
is incapable of working on it right now though...I decided to try doing
stranded colorwork with cables so that the cables are one color and
the background is another color and it looks really cool but it is also
pretty labor intensive and brain frying trying to keep everything
straight with moving the cables around and keeping the colors right.
*whine, whine, whine* :roflhard:

Libbie

evona
03-11-2008, 12:34 PM
Hey all -

I am following this pattern for the entrelac block:

http://criminyjickets.blogspot.com/2006/07/garterlac-dishcloth.html

There shouldn't be a right or wrong side here, but it seems like there is to me and it seems to reverse every time it gets to this point :

You are left with one stitch on the left hand needle. Transfer it to the right-hand needle. Pick up a further 7 stitches down the side of the previous row so you have 8 stitches in total, turn, and continue with the directions for Square.

Perhaps this is because I'm using 2 different colors rather than self striping??? Does anyone have any ideas. I'll try to post pics soon, but my camera is old and being really stupid right now :sad:

sig
03-12-2008, 04:12 AM
Good morning!
Gargoylelib: thank you! i don't like the color of the socks but that is a completely other issue. Please post pics of your project! I'm always thinking of doing the cables in another color but never got the bravery to do it!:oops:
Evona: I don't see where you may have made a mistake, maybe if you post pics we can see. I read the pattern and it is pretty much like the one i used, only difference is that i do have a wrong side. What do you mean with "reverse"? I don't think the problem is with the yarn, i used 4 colors instead of variegated. I'll try to get my camera back and post pic this afternoon.

bajanKnit
03-12-2008, 11:38 AM
Hey all -

I am following this pattern for the entrelac block:

http://criminyjickets.blogspot.com/2006/07/garterlac-dishcloth.html

There shouldn't be a right or wrong side here, but it seems like there is to me and it seems to reverse every time it gets to this point :

You are left with one stitch on the left hand needle. Transfer it to the right-hand needle. Pick up a further 7 stitches down the side of the previous row so you have 8 stitches in total, turn, and continue with the directions for Square.

Perhaps this is because I'm using 2 different colors rather than self striping??? Does anyone have any ideas. I'll try to post pics soon, but my camera is old and being really stupid right now :sad:
You are right when the pattern calls for you to use the one remaining stitch as the first pick up st it is when you are using one color I had the same problem until Libbie help me. Hope that helps

gargoylelib
03-14-2008, 01:16 AM
Hey all -

I am following this pattern for the entrelac block:

http://criminyjickets.blogspot.com/2006/07/garterlac-dishcloth.html

There shouldn't be a right or wrong side here, but it seems like there is to me and it seems to reverse every time it gets to this point :

You are left with one stitch on the left hand needle. Transfer it to the right-hand needle. Pick up a further 7 stitches down the side of the previous row so you have 8 stitches in total, turn, and continue with the directions for Square.

Perhaps this is because I'm using 2 different colors rather than self striping??? Does anyone have any ideas. I'll try to post pics soon, but my camera is old and being really stupid right now :sad:

HI Evona,

I've been reading the pattern and it seems to be pretty much a
typical entrelac pattern at least from the ones I have read. Did you
look at her picture tutorial that she has linked from that site? I
don't think using two colors should make any difference and with
it being garter stitch there should be no particularly apparent
right or wrong side....hmmmm of course this is all just speculation
because I just don't "get" entrelac when I read a pattern. I have
to actually knit it before it starts to make any sense hahaha...

Of the patterns I have read though, if you are using more than one
color (not a single variegated or self striping yarn) that when you
get to the point where there is only one stitch left on your needle
you just fasten it off and then pick up yoru next block of sts
with the new color otherwise the first stitch of your next color row
will be in the old color. Don't know if that helps you at all....:)

Libbie :)

sig
03-15-2008, 06:11 AM
Good Morning! I hope everybody is doing well with their block. I had to frog mine. Didn't like at all, so better to frog now than having a block thats bothering me all the time. Have a nice weekend!

gargoylelib
03-16-2008, 02:37 AM
Good Morning! I hope everybody is doing well with their block. I had to frog mine. Didn't like at all, so better to frog now than having a block thats bothering me all the time. Have a nice weekend!

Oh that's a pain! But I agree, it's definitely better to just do it and
get it over with than live with a block you don't like. I have been
looking at my block and am not completely happy with it and really
considering redoing it. I have a book that shows entrelac with
cables and textures all done in one color that I'm really tempted to
try. the finished object looks like cables weaving in and out of
moss stitch and it looks pretty neat....well, I'm a cable freak so
anything with cables looks neat! :)

Libbie :)

Catz
03-16-2008, 09:56 AM
I haven't started my second square yet. I'm going to finish the other projects I have on the go first and get the number of UFO's down lol. I'll catch up later.

Lisa_H-Town
03-18-2008, 02:17 PM
Haven't started mine yet either... got really crazy here at work so just (finally) ordered my yarn yesterday... (worked all weekend as well)... So as soon as it comes in i will start... Ordered like 4 different kinds, so I will have something for the next few squares!

ETA: Sig: Is there a way to view your blog in English?

PaulaM01
03-18-2008, 03:04 PM
I reading the forum. Almost all day. and i was thinking. i would like to do it. if i can. i know all of you are on the second square. and i want to know if it to late. i dont think i want to swap at the end of the year. if it is ok. i am really a beginner knitter, i usely crochet.

Lisa_H-Town
03-18-2008, 04:03 PM
I reading the forum. Almost all day. and i was thinking. i would like to do it. if i can. i know all of you are on the second square. and i want to know if it to late. i dont think i want to swap at the end of the year. if it is ok. i am really a beginner knitter, i usely crochet.

Hi Paula! As you can see, I haven't even started my second block yet, and it will be a brand new pattern for me... so I will probably start and re-start several times! ;)

No swapping required... welcome! (I do some crocheting myself -- newest obsession is thread...)

gargoylelib
03-19-2008, 02:44 AM
Hi PaulaM01, welcome to our little knit along. As Lisa_H said,
the swap at the end of the year is completely optional so join on in!
If you have any questions just ask and hopefully someone will be
able to help out. The featured technique for each mnth is only a
suggestion and if you feel it is beyond your skill level at the moment
you can always go back to it later. We are all here to just have some
fun and learn some new knitting techniques with support from other
knitters!

I started out with crochet as well, did it for like 20 years and then
about 2.5 years ago started knitting :)

Libbie:)

PaulaM01
03-19-2008, 10:38 AM
what is the first afghan block pattern

Lisa_H-Town
03-19-2008, 11:04 AM
The first block was either a simple garter/stockinette stitch, or some of us did mitred squares...

Page one of the Thread has instructions, as well as a link for the mitred square, and Libbie's instructions for the mitred square is there too, which is what I followed... it was really, really easy... once I got the guage.

evona
03-20-2008, 02:12 AM
Well, I'm almost done with my block but I think I want to frog mine too. Its just not looking like I want it to look. I haven't been able to work on much of anything lately though. My daughter is down for Spring Break so I've been spending time with her :) :)

gargoylelib
03-20-2008, 04:55 AM
Ok, hands up anyone who is happy with their first entrelac
square? :roflhard: Seems like everyone is coming on and saying
they are gonna frog theirs...I can't frog mine but I am going to
make a second one to see if it comes out better....haha

OH well, live and learn...
Libbie :)

PaulaM01
03-22-2008, 09:20 AM
i think i will try mitered block. i have alot of worsted yarns that i would like to use. up. before i start buying new yarn.

gargoylelib
03-23-2008, 02:17 AM
i think i will try mitered block. i have alot of worsted yarns that i would like to use. up. before i start buying new yarn.
That is pretty much what I'm doing with my blocks. I am hoping
to clear out some of my odd and ends with this afghan project
so then I have room to collect some more! :)

If you have any questions on the mitered block just ask!

Libbie :)

evona
03-23-2008, 12:29 PM
That is pretty much what I'm doing with my blocks. I am hoping
to clear out some of my odd and ends with this afghan project
so then I have room to collect some more! :)

If you have any questions on the mitered block just ask!

Libbie :)

That's what I keep meaning to do, but somehow I wound up buying new yarn for both blocks so far :??

PaulaM01
03-23-2008, 09:24 PM
how many stitch do you cast on.

gargoylelib
03-24-2008, 02:21 AM
That's what I keep meaning to do, but somehow I wound up buying new yarn for both blocks so far :??

I've been soooo tempted to buy new yarn but have held back so
far...can't really say what the future will bring as I don't have the
strongest willpower :) I am thinking of making more blocks though
because I was supposed to be using up my acrylic stash which will
probalby never go towards anythign else and everytime I keep
grabbing my nice wool because I just like knitting with it more!


how many stitch do you cast on.

You will have to do a gauge swatch with your yarn and needles and
work out how many stitches to cast on for the block. To do the
swatch, cast on 25-30 stitches and knit it until it is about 5" then
somewhere in the middle (where the tension is most likely to be
even) count how many stitches you get in 4". The row gauge
is not critical in this particular project, but you need to know
your stitch guage. Calculate how many stitches per inch by
dividing by 4. Then you will get how many to cast on by multiplying
the stitch per inch number by 12". For a mitered square you
cast on twice as many.

Example:
Gauge swatch measures 18 sts over 4".
Sitches per inch: 18 divided by 4 = 4.5
To make a 12" block: 4.5 multiplied by 12 = 54

If you were just knitting a plain block you'd cast on 54 stitches to
make sure you'd end up with a 12" block. If you don't want to make
that large blocks just substitute whatever size you want for the
12".

Mitered squares require you to cast on double that so in the sample,
to make a mitered square, we would then multiply the 54 by 2 to
get 108 and that would be the cast on.

Hope that helps!

Libbie :)

sig
03-25-2008, 03:41 AM
Good morning! I'm back from a little time off (Semana Santa), we had a couple of days off from work and was away from any computers.
Here's my block. Not happy with it again, but, well, i don't want to redo.
Hope everybody is doing well. Do we know what to knit next?
Lisa_H-Town: I'm starting to write my blog in Spanish and English. We'll see how that works... ;)

gargoylelib
03-25-2008, 10:12 AM
Hey Sig, your block looks great! I like the colors you put together :)

I'm open to suggestions for our next months block. I only just
realized the end of the month is coming...haha What would be
the most interesting to everyone...working with color or texture?

Color would be along the lines of intarsia motifs, stranded colorwork
or fair isle, mosaic or slip stitch knitting, and of course just basic
stripes :)

Texture would be cables, lace, knit/purl combinations....

What do y'all think?

Libbie :)

Lisa_H-Town
03-25-2008, 11:44 PM
My yarn finally arrived to start my March block... where the heck is the time going?!? I Hope it's enough! It was so tiny when I opened it!! But at least it's a brand I should be able to get at HobLob.... I am feeling a bit intimidated about starting this!

April pattern? Hmmm... seemed like the Entralic was a challenge, and maybe we need a nice simple "texture" to work on? (uh, ok, kinda selfish, as I am just starting my Entralic now, so will be working on both at the same time!:p)

Also, could I ask a special favor for one of our blocks (further down the road)? It is a dishcloth pattern in illusion knitting, but it is the "breast cancer awareness" symbol... I think we could convert to one of our blocks, with some extra outlying stitches... if everyone is agreeable?? I will find the pattern to post a link when/if we decide so... Just let me know.

Sig --- Your block looks great -- what don't you like? And I look forward to your blog in English! Your posts are amazingly accurate so sure you will do fine! I envy bi-lingual people... my husband speaks Spanish... but I have never learned! I have a friend from Costa Rica and I love listening to him talk, but I play with him sometimes! It's only in fun, cuz I love him, and would rather point out the correct way from me, than someone else think he doesn't know... He is incredibly smart, but the language thing can cause undo opinions!

So -- am I the only one not done (ok, started) with my March Square??:???:

Catz
03-26-2008, 02:51 AM
I haven't started mine yet either. I'm trying to finish some other projects before I start mine.

sig
03-26-2008, 03:44 AM
Hello! I think the illusion block would be fun. I had never done that before!:oops:
The problem I have with my entrelac block is the colors, too bright!
As for our next block, don't know, probably something simple. The entrelac block was fun, problem with gauge!! Hope next one comes along better.
Lisa_H-Town: I now what you are talking about! I remember when i went to school in the USA and we laugh so much with my language barriers! I'm trying to keep my level of English, since i came back to spain i don't have anyone to practice. So it would be good for me to write my blog on both languages.
Off to get some coffee! :muah:

Karina
03-26-2008, 05:30 AM
Sig I love your block, I still have not had a chance to start mine. My oldest daughter birthday is next week, she will be 13 so it is a big deal and she is very excited. All project are on hold until I have finished a couple of heart shaped hot water bottle covers for her.

bajanKnit
03-26-2008, 12:51 PM
Sig your block is gorgeous.
I have been down for a little while now so I have not touched my pointy sticks in almost 2 weeks. So I need to get started on my entrelac block. (5 more days to go thats plenty of time right) ohh my

evona
03-26-2008, 11:33 PM
Sig! I love your block!

I started my block, but I am not done at all. I don't really like it, but I think I'll keep going and just make another one for the swap :)

I favor a textured block next. I would love to learn how to do a cable but with my entrelac problems maybe it would be better to learn a lace pattern :sad: But who knows, if there's a good tutorial I just may surprise myself and torture (ahem) I mean challenge myself a bit more :teehee: I'm just kidding of course. I've loved every bit of learning entrelac . . . even the frustrating parts :wink:

gargoylelib
03-27-2008, 02:26 AM
Ok, so I'm thinking that the next month's block could be just a simple
knit/purl combo of your choice. That way those who are still working
on the entrelac block...this means YOU ;) ....can finish up and get
the April block done without the stress of learning something new. Might be a good idea to alternate easy blocks with more complicated blocks so no one feels they are left behind or gets overwhelmed trying to figure out too many new things at once!

I checked when Breast Cancer Awareness month is because I
thought that would be an appropriate month to have that block but it
is not until October so we can either save the illusion knitting until
then or just go ahead and do it whenever we feel! I like the idea of
doing it though :)

I'll dig out some links for sites with some nice "stitchionaries" to
help with ideas. I think even a ribbed block would look nice if you
wanted to keep it simple....:) Hmmm...I'm beginning to wonder if
12 month's will be long enough to cover all the different techniques out there haha....

Libbie :)

Karina
03-27-2008, 06:13 AM
I like the idea of a textured block, It may be simple but it is very effective. even just a simple Moss stitch looks brilliant and that is just a simple k1 p1 alternating the stitch.

Lisa_H-Town
03-28-2008, 03:01 PM
Help... OK... I started my Entrelac. I got the base triangles done, but have reached a point where I am stumped.

I chose this (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/entrelac.htm) site for the pattern.

"(Full entrelac with WS facing)
* Pick up 8 sts purlways along the edge of the triangle/rectangle directly underneath and work as follows:
1st row: Knit, turn
2nd row: P7, P2tog, turn
Repeat these 2 rows 8 times but do not turn after the last purl row."

WS facing me I picked up the stitches to my Left needle (Otherwise my working yarn would be in the middle of my stitches, right?) so am faced with a Purl row... because it isn't telling me to turn, but should I? so that I can then K the K? And I guess I just K the 8 stitches I picked up?

If this makes no sense, I will post a pic this evening when I get home (forgot my camera).
TIA:heart:

evona
03-29-2008, 12:15 AM
My son SAT on my knitting bag and broke one of my entralac block needles and the stitches all fell off!!!!!!!! :waah: :waah: :waah:

gargoylelib
03-29-2008, 02:14 AM
Help... OK... I started my Entrelac. I got the base triangles done, but have reached a point where I am stumped.

I chose this (http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/afghans/entrelac.htm) site for the pattern.

"(Full entrelac with WS facing)
* Pick up 8 sts purlways along the edge of the triangle/rectangle directly underneath and work as follows:
1st row: Knit, turn
2nd row: P7, P2tog, turn
Repeat these 2 rows 8 times but do not turn after the last purl row."

WS facing me I picked up the stitches to my Left needle (Otherwise my working yarn would be in the middle of my stitches, right?) so am faced with a Purl row... because it isn't telling me to turn, but should I? so that I can then K the K? And I guess I just K the 8 stitches I picked up?

If this makes no sense, I will post a pic this evening when I get home (forgot my camera).
TIA:heart:

Ok, if I have understood where you are in the pattern correctly, this
is what it seems to me:

You have just finished the edge triangle and have those sts on your
right needle with the wrong side facing. Now pick up your sts
purlwise with the right needle and turn ready to knit the first row. Here are some instructions with step by step photos that might
help you:
http://craftlover.wordpress.com/2007/03/17/instruction-to-entrelac-knitting-with-illustrations/

Not sure if I answered your question! :)


My son SAT on my knitting bag and broke one of my entralac block needles and the stitches all fell off!!!!!!!! :waah: :waah: :waah:

As my 3 year old dd has just recently started saying "booger,
booger, booger!" The only thing I can say is better the needle
broke rather than poking your son in the rear! That might take
some explaining at the emergency room haha

Libbie ;)

Lisa_H-Town
03-29-2008, 11:01 AM
Libbie,

Thanks for that reminder link.. I had forgotten about those wonderful pictures! And remember when I said I had just learned to pickup stitches... well I thought I could do it from memory, and did it wrong... I just stuck my needle through the 8 stitches, and forgot to pull the working yarn through!! Gosh, it's a wonder I finish anything!:doh:

And as far your 3YO and her new phrase... don'tcha hate it when they do something and you can't help but laugh, even though you know you shouldn't because it just encourages them??:rofl:

Evona... yes, better the knitting is hurt than your baby's butt!:) (Not sure how old he is, but I still call my 19YO son my baby).

evona
03-29-2008, 12:17 PM
As my 3 year old dd has just recently started saying "booger,
booger, booger!" The only thing I can say is better the needle
broke rather than poking your son in the rear! That might take
some explaining at the emergency room haha

Libbie ;)

:roflhard: Very true!!

evona
03-29-2008, 12:24 PM
Libbie,

Evona... yes, better the knitting is hurt than your baby's butt!:) (Not sure how old he is, but I still call my 19YO son my baby).

My son is 16 and definitely old enough to watch where he sits :roflhard: But both he and my 17 year old daughter are still my babies :) My son is the absent minded professor though. He is truly a genius and can hold his own debating nearly any subject with people twice his age, but his head is in the clouds most of the time. Its part of his charm though :wink: Although I am sad about my needle I am most definitely happy that he didn't hurt himself.

gargoylelib
03-31-2008, 08:58 AM
Libbie,

Thanks for that reminder link.. I had forgotten about those wonderful pictures! And remember when I said I had just learned to pickup stitches... well I thought I could do it from memory, and did it wrong... I just stuck my needle through the 8 stitches, and forgot to pull the working yarn through!! Gosh, it's a wonder I finish anything!:doh:

And as far your 3YO and her new phrase... don'tcha hate it when they do something and you can't help but laugh, even though you know you shouldn't because it just encourages them??:rofl:

Evona... yes, better the knitting is hurt than your baby's butt!:) (Not sure how old he is, but I still call my 19YO son my baby).

Ok, glad the pics helped! Well, if you just learned to pick up stitches
then I guess this is an ideal project to get in practice doing it...you'll
be a pro by the time your block is done!

Yes, dd has come out with some choice phrases here lately that I
have had to almost leave the room to keep her from realizing that
she can crack me up with them....life is definitely getting more
interesting :)

hehe...just realized I need to be getting some links together for
the next block...month changes tomorrow!!

Libbie :)

gargoylelib
04-01-2008, 01:58 AM
Block 3 A Knit/Purl Combo of your choice

I'll take the #6 with a side of chocolate bons bons, please! :wink:

Ok, It is April 1st so time to start with our next block....or at least
announce what it is. You choose a Knit/Purl combination texture
pattern that you like. Can be as complicated or simple as you want
it. Lace and Cables will likely have their own month so if you want
to do one of those keep in mind there will probably be another one
popping up later. Here are some links to stitch pattern libraries to
get you started and of course there are tons of stitchionaries out
there so check your local library and bookstores!

http://www.lionbrand.com/stitchFinder.html
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches.htm
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.co...y/stitches.php
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting...s-stitches.htm
http://knitting.about.com/od/stitchg...n_Glossary.htm

Most stitch patterns will say they are worked over a multiple of
stitches. Some people are not sure what this means so I'll give
a brief explanation :) If it says a multiple 8 it is simply that, so
you'd have to have 8, 16, 24, etc...stitches on your needle to work that particular pattern. Some patterns say a multiple of 8 + 3
(insert any number in here) and what that means is you'd get
your multiple of 8 let's say 24 as an example and then add 3. For
the pattern to work out then you'd need 27 sts. A pattern doesn't
have to work out exactly to your gauge, you can fiddle about and use a couple less/more sts. Example: My gauge swatch of the
pattern tells me I need to cast on 57 sts to get 12" and my stitch
pattern says a multiple of 8 + 3. The closest number to my gauge
number would be 59 (multiple of 8: 56 + 3). A few sts here or
there won't make too much difference, just try to find the closest
number to your gauge! :)

Hope that makes sense! I'm really curious to see what stitch
patterns everyone chooses to make...I can't decide because
I've seen way to many that I like...guess that means multiple
blocks! haha...

Libbie

sig
04-01-2008, 03:06 AM
Good morning! Thank you for all the comments of my block.
Already April... OMG! I think I'll look for a stitch during the weekend... so many to pick just one!
Right now I'm a little nervous, i have a job interview this afternoon... fingers crossed! I really need to change jobs and this one looks pretty good, we'll see how it goes. (I have an English test and an interview... I'm shaking!!!):ick:
Hope everybody is doing well.
Oh! and be careful, today is April's fools day! :mrgreen:

Karina
04-01-2008, 06:10 AM
Sig good luck with your test and your interview.

I have decided to try the mock cable the texture looks quite interesting.

evona
04-01-2008, 12:59 PM
Good luck on your interview Sig!!!

SO many tings to choose from for this block :cheering: It'll be fun!

Sunny_Singer
04-01-2008, 07:19 PM
Still here, been sick and then Easter came (while I was still sick) and then I had to take care of my almost 2 yr old granddaughter (if I am on my pc, she thinks she should press all the keys too, which makes my pc freeze.) While she is here my pc is off. LOL.
I am working on my first and second block still. Entrelac is hard. I'll keep working on it until I figure it out. My first block is almost completed, just too many interruptions that weren't expected.

Block three, as I love both seed and moss stitch, won't be a problem :)
I'll be back more regularly, I hope after my granddaughter is no longer living under my roof instead of her own.

Sunny

gargoylelib
04-02-2008, 01:43 AM
Hi Sig! Good luck with the job! :) Oh I finally uploaded a pic of
my colorwork cables (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2381455555/) to flickr...you mentioned you were curious
about doing some yourself. It is a pillow cover I made for a
Harry Potter swap.

Welcome back, Sunny_Singer, sorry to hear you were sick! Don't worry
about not having your entrelac block done, there are quite a few who
haven't completed theirs either. I still have plans to do another one
as the first one isn't quite right to me...hahaha

I'm really considering doing this months block in double moss stitch.
I think it looks really neat but then I keep finding all these other
patterns....AAAAHHHH, I can't decide! :)

Libbie

sig
04-02-2008, 07:11 AM
Thank you guys for the support. I did very well but the jobs is not what I'm looking for...
Libbie: what an amazing job you did. Looks soo beautiful! :drool: Wish i could ever knit something so pretty.
Sunny: don't worry, you'll catch up and it's always fun to have a baby around! :inlove:
As for this months block... pff i have no idea what to knit. So many choices! I'll try to start "something" this weekend, i have to make up my mind.

gargoylelib
04-06-2008, 02:44 AM
Libbie: what an amazing job you did. Looks soo beautiful! :drool: Wish i could ever knit something so pretty.

Thanks! This is one of those things that looks terribly impressive but
with a little concentration is actually not that hard to do...so long
as you are familiar with cables and stranding haha

How's everyone getting along with their blocks? I've postponed
doing this month's until I get started on my new project...a
sweater for myself for the first time ever! I'm going to attempt to
make a cardiganized Rogue before the weather gets too warm to
wear it so I thought I'd better get it on the needles before I start
anything else! I've decided to do double moss stitch for this month
as I like the sort of diamond shape texture it produces. Considering
spicing it up and alternating it with something else but not sure
just yet....

Libbie :)

evona
04-07-2008, 12:51 AM
I started my gauge swatch for this months block this morning. I'm going to do the purl ridges I think. Unfortunately, I went on a practice hike for my upcoming backpacking trip. We hiked up a steep trail and I lost my footing coming downhill and fell. Nothing major, thank God, but I scraped my hand so no more knitting today :cry: I was so looking forward to getting back to my block too. My boyfriend made fun of me on the way down because one of the first thing i said when he asked if I was ok was "I'm fine, but this is going to hurt when I knit!" :teehee:

gargoylelib
04-07-2008, 04:15 AM
I started my gauge swatch for this months block this morning. I'm going to do the purl ridges I think. Unfortunately, I went on a practice hike for my upcoming backpacking trip. We hiked up a steep trail and I lost my footing coming downhill and fell. Nothing major, thank God, but I scraped my hand so no more knitting today :cry: I was so looking forward to getting back to my block too. My boyfriend made fun of me on the way down because one of the first thing i said when he asked if I was ok was "I'm fine, but this is going to hurt when I knit!" :teehee:
Sorry you hurt your hand! Had to laugh about your comment
to bf though....:)

Libbie

sig
04-07-2008, 04:39 AM
I started my gauge swatch for this months block this morning. I'm going to do the purl ridges I think. Unfortunately, I went on a practice hike for my upcoming backpacking trip. We hiked up a steep trail and I lost my footing coming downhill and fell. Nothing major, thank God, but I scraped my hand so no more knitting today :cry: I was so looking forward to getting back to my block too. My boyfriend made fun of me on the way down because one of the first thing i said when he asked if I was ok was "I'm fine, but this is going to hurt when I knit!" :teehee:

Ohh I hope you feel better soon! :muah:
As for my block... mmm... well, don't know. I'm finishing a sweater and I just can't have UFO's! Don't know why, well I do have a couple that I feel terrible about:oops:. Since we still have some time I'm going to finish my sweater first and then CO for the block.
Happy knitting!:mrgreen:

Lisa_H-Town
04-07-2008, 11:15 AM
Hi All! we are remodeling our home, so I didn't get much time to knit... I plan on guaging my April block tonite...

Need to get more yarn to finish my Entrelac. It's not beautiful... but you can tell what it is! The colors make me think of Bajanknit, because they are so beachy -- blues and tans.... and I always picture a beach when I see her user name!

SunnySinger, Bajanknit: Sorry to hear about the illnesses and Evona sorry to hear about the hand injury... hope you all are doing better!

Gorgeous pillow cover, Libbie!

I have about 5 projects OTN/OTH... keeps me from getting bored!:teehee:

evona
04-10-2008, 12:11 AM
How's everyone doing?

My hand is feeling better, but its still a little hard to knit for long periods of time. I'm going on vacation starting Friday evening so I'll be offline for a week.

Hope everyone's blocks - or other projects - are going great :cheering:

Karina
04-10-2008, 03:31 AM
I have done about 5 inches of my block using the mock rib stitch. but the stitches look to loose and I don't like it so will rip it out and start again.

evona glad to hear your hand is feeling better, enjoy your holiday (where are you going)

evona
04-10-2008, 12:12 PM
I've done a few rows in seed stitch, but I think I'm going to change to the granite relief. I may leave the seed stitch as a border since I haven't gone that far. We'll see :)

Thanks Karina! I am going for a week long Redwoods backpacking trip in Northern California.

Karina
04-10-2008, 06:03 PM
Sounds brilliant, take some photos, scenery like that I only get to see in a movie.

evona
04-10-2008, 09:22 PM
Will do Karina :) I'm should be in Arcata, CA on Saturday and I plan on hitting up their Farmer's Market. Maybe I can take some pictures of my block with the Bunny Lady :) :) She raises angora rabbits and spins wool. She's almost always at the market. I read an interview with her and she said that she "Started spinning to support her knitting habit and started raising rabbits to support her spinning habit" :rofl:

Karina
04-11-2008, 12:44 PM
Sounds like you will have some interesting stories to tell when you come back cant wait to hear all about it. If you have to have an addiction it sounds like the way to go. We already have two rabbits one Rex and one mini lop. the Rex is incredible soft but very short haired so no chance of any spinning's going on from his fur and I'm afraid my husband has had enough of us getting just one more pet. we now have 2 dogs plus 4 cats (2 which are 3/4 Bengals and completely mad) as well as the rabbits.

Lisa_H-Town
04-11-2008, 02:06 PM
I'm afraid my husband has had enough of us getting just one more pet.

It's amazing how quickly they catch on to that line... :p But has worked a few times for myself as well!!

bajanKnit
04-12-2008, 12:39 PM
I have done about 5 inches of my block using the mock rib stitch. but the stitches look to loose and I don't like it so will rip it out and start again.

evona glad to hear your hand is feeling better, enjoy your holiday (where are you going)
Karina
I am doing the mock rib as well but I do't like how it looks it looks confusing to me.
I assume that repeating the 10 stitches across the row is correct or am I doing it wrong????Anyone????

Karina
04-12-2008, 04:36 PM
Bajanknit sounds right to me, that's what I did. I just found my knitting was to lose. I am using chunky yarn because I want to make a warm afghan but it ended up looking very holey. I am not sure if I will do it again and use smaller needles or do a different stitch all together. Will do another baby hat while I decide.

gargoylelib
04-13-2008, 04:37 AM
*sigh* I'm being really bad this month. I still haven't even swatched
for my block! I'm not even 100% sure of which stitch I want to use
which makes swatching a little hard hahaha I better get a move on
or the month will be over. I started on a cabled sweater for myself
since the warmer weather is coming and I can get by with just a
sweater outside I wanted something nice but it is complex. I need
to have a nice little afghan block on the needles so when I get tired
of cables I can just do something simple....at least that is what I keep
telling myself when I look at that ball of purple yarn waiting to be
swatched. Hope everyone else is doing better motivation wise!

Libbie :)

bajanKnit
04-13-2008, 07:16 PM
Bajanknit sounds right to me, that's what I did. I just found my knitting was to lose. I am using chunky yarn because I want to make a warm afghan but it ended up looking very holey. I am not sure if I will do it again and use smaller needles or do a different stitch all together. Will do another baby hat while I decide.
HI Karina Thanks!!

gargoylelib
04-15-2008, 11:05 AM
Hey those of you doing mock rib....I got curious what it was like
and so looked it up but then I found two different sets of
instructions for how to do it! Just curious which method everyone
has tried. The first I found was:

Row 1: k1, *p1, k1; repeat from * across row.
Row 2: purl across all stitches.
Repeat these two rows.

Second one was this:

Row 1: k1, *p1, k1; repeat from * across row.
Row 2: p1, slip one purlwise with yarn in front, p1, repeat from *
across.
Repeat these two rows.

Just curious...
Libbie :)

Karina
04-15-2008, 01:29 PM
Did I say mock rib, I meant mock cable, this is the pattern I used. http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/mockcable.htm. I had gone of it since doing mine and was not going to do it again, but looking at it again done right It does look so I think I will have another go and use smaller needles.

Lisa_H-Town
04-15-2008, 11:03 PM
Hi All...
I am doing the sugar cube (http://www.lionbrand.com/cgi-bin/faq-search.cgi?store=/stores/eyarn&faqKey=272) from Lion Brand... started it the other nite, but it doesn't have enough definition, so think I will rip it and use smaller needles....

Found out I CAN'T get the dang yarn to finish my entralec from HobLob... They don't carry the organic cotton... so will have to place an online order, one would think I would be excited -- haha... but I just know that I will order more stuff than I need to justify the shipping! Oh well,,, there are worse things.....

Look forward to seeing everyone's pics! (Bunny Pics would be especially appreciated!)

sig
04-16-2008, 06:14 AM
Hola! I started the block yesterday with no luck. Tried two different "patterns" and didn't like them. I'll try something else today.
:muah:

bajanKnit
04-17-2008, 01:38 PM
Did I say mock rib, I meant mock cable, this is the pattern I used. http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/mockcable.htm. I had gone of it since doing mine and was not going to do it again, but looking at it again done right It does look so I think I will have another go and use smaller needles.
Hey I did the same thing meant Mock Cable as well But I don't like the stitch definition so I may try something else as well!

gargoylelib
04-17-2008, 03:17 PM
Ok from now on...no one can say one thing and mean something
else...it's just confusing!! :-P hehe.... I just ended up doing a
simple basket weave type stitch for my block...I think I'm about
half way through and actually like it because it is completely
reversible. I need to do a baby gift for my brother's new baby
and I think this will be nice as there is no right or wrong side!

Libbie :)

sig
04-18-2008, 03:00 AM
Good morning! I finally decided the pattern for my block. I'm using nš41 on "The Knitting Stitch Manual" from Lesley Stanfield. I don't know the name of the stitch, just the number. I guess when you see a picture you can tell what the name is. I'm half way and will finished it today.
I decided to use this book cause I want to learn how to use charts. It's been really hard. The one I'm using is pretty simple, so it's good to start from there. I tried some other ones and couldn't figure out what to do!:oops:
Happy knitting!

gargoylelib
04-18-2008, 07:29 AM
Hi Sig! A word of warning on the charts...once you start using
them it's hard to go back! hehe...I've gotten so hooked on charts
particularly for cabling that if a pattern is not charted I will sit
and make one. Just seems so much easier to me...of course there
are those who despise charts and wish to burn them all from
existence but they're just weirdos :roflhard:

Libbie

bajanKnit
04-18-2008, 11:39 AM
Ok from now on...no one can say one thing and mean something
else...it's just confusing!! :-P hehe.... I just ended up doing a
simple basket weave type stitch for my block...I think I'm about
half way through and actually like it because it is completely
reversible. I need to do a baby gift for my brother's new baby
and I think this will be nice as there is no right or wrong side!

Libbie :)
I am soooo sorry didn't mean to confuse you.

evona
04-21-2008, 02:46 PM
Hi all!

I'm back from the Redwoods! Gotta catch up now. I have about a quarter of my block done in granite relief.

Karina
04-22-2008, 02:15 AM
Hi evona
Hope you had a great trip.

gargoylelib
04-22-2008, 08:14 AM
I am soooo sorry didn't mean to confuse you.

Hehe, that's ok...I was just kidding! I'm having a good day if I don't
call dd by the dog's name or the other way 'round :)

Hi all!

I'm back from the Redwoods! Gotta catch up now. I have about a quarter of my block done in granite relief.

Welcome back! Hope you had a nice trip!

Libbie :)

evona
04-25-2008, 07:46 PM
How's everybody doing? I'm half way done with my block and the end of the month is already nearly here - oi vai!!!

gargoylelib
04-27-2008, 03:03 AM
Finally, I got my block for this month done! I have no idea what the
problem was but it took me forever to do it haha... I'll try to get a
pic up but it's definitely nothing fancy. Just a plain basket weave
with a garter stitch border and yet it took my nearly the whole
month to get it all done! :)

Any ideas/requests for next month's pattern? We have cables, lace,
intarsia, fair isle, illusion, mosaic/slip stitch....etc. What would
we like to try?

Libbie :)

Karina
04-27-2008, 04:13 AM
I like lace, would like to try Illusion, have no idea what mosaic/slip stitch is. there is also the tutorial on double knitting in the video section which looks really good. but maybe that should be one of the last project or maybe even the last one. would probably take me more that a month to do that one.

I open to what ever everybody else wants to do.

Karina
04-27-2008, 04:16 AM
Evona, Where is your detailed report from your holiday? Did you see the Rabbit Lady? How was the woods, please upload some photos or a link to your flickr acct.

evona
04-27-2008, 09:38 PM
I like lace, would like to try Illusion, have no idea what mosaic/slip stitch is. there is also the tutorial on double knitting in the video section which looks really good. but maybe that should be one of the last project or maybe even the last one. would probably take me more that a month to do that one.

I open to what ever everybody else wants to do.

I second the lace idea! :)

Evona, Where is your detailed report from your holiday? Did you see the Rabbit Lady? How was the woods, please upload some photos or a link to your flickr acct.

Karina, my boyfriend is being lazy about uploading the photos. He's the photographer in our duo and I have no idea how to size them and stuff. I've been holding off for the pics to put up a post about my trip on the "off topic" forum. I've been buggin him about it all weekend :poke:

I did see the Bunny Lady and her husband the Bamboo King . . .:rofl: I bought some bamboo needles that convert from straight to circular from him and my boyfriend bought a bamboo flute. She had some great bamboo/angora yarn, but I couldn't afford it. I couldn't afford ANY of the angora at all really! I wound up buying a grab bag of handspun alpaca from her. I'll post some pictures of the needles and yarn soon as well :)

sig
04-28-2008, 02:37 AM
Good morning! I finished the block last week but have no pictures... can't find my camera... :shock:
Hope everybody is doing well. As for next months block, I have no idea! :shifty:
:muah:

sig
04-28-2008, 03:25 PM
Ok, here some pics. There is a right and wrong side, but actually I like both a lot. Tell me what you think.
Right side
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3215/2449962970_284c44c6d6_m.jpg
Wrong side
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3071/2450009482_ed8d1e06fc_m.jpg

Happy Knitting :mrgreen:

evona
04-28-2008, 03:35 PM
Great job Sig! I like both sides too :)

gargoylelib
04-29-2008, 02:09 AM
You block looks great Sig! What stitch did you use? I still
dont' have pics of mine. I need some batteries for my camera...

I'm sort of leaning towards lace for the next block as well because
after doing all the heavy winter knitting it would be nice to lighten
up with some lacy pattern!

Anyone else have something they'd like to try for May?

Libbie (secretly hoping no one suggests Intarsia because it's such
a pain in the.....something) :)

sig
04-29-2008, 04:55 AM
Thank you for your comments. The colors are way off, the red is much much darker.
I used a stitch from Lesley Stanfield's book. Have no idea what it is called! I think is number 24. (not sure, will check when I get home)
I think lace would be great.:thumbsup:

Karina
04-29-2008, 05:23 AM
I think that is 4 for lace, so I think that is a good choice. Sig like your block a lot. I will definitely have to get one or two of these stitch dictionaries. Maybe one for lace as well.

gargoylelib
04-30-2008, 01:46 AM
Ok so lace it is.....any expert lace knitters out there? I'm relatively
new to it myself! I jumped in at the deep end and did the Mystery Stole 3 KAL (ended up frogging it when I found out what the pattern
was, just wasn't interested anymore). The only other lace project
I've done is the one I'm currently working on, a lace scarf for a friend.

I'm wondering how do we go about determing how much to cast
on given that lace has to be stretched out and blocked to look
nice. I'm assuming the best way is to make up a swatch with one
pattern repeat and then block it out and measure how much one
pattern repeat is and then figure out how many repeats are needed
for the 12" block.....? Anyone with lace experience step in here
and give me a quick lesson!!

Libbie :)

Karina
04-30-2008, 05:46 AM
Libbie - I have not done any lace except the Hemlock that I am working on at the moment. But what you said makes sense to do a small piece and block it and then measure, we should probably do the border around it to see how it affect the blocking as well. Any body think this is right? There must be some websites around with beginner instructions for lace. have to do a google.

Karina
04-30-2008, 05:50 AM
This web site have some good info for beginners.
http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/03/majoring_in_lace_part_ii.html

gargoylelib
05-01-2008, 02:10 AM
Block 4 - Lace

Ok, this month we will tackle lace! Remember lace has to be blocked
out to look it's best so natural fibers that can "remember" the blocking are best. (Wool, cotton, bamboo, etc....) As far as I can
tell, the best way to determine the correct number of pattern
repeats for your 12" square will be to make a gauge swatch of your
chosen pattern. Make up one repeat with whatever edging you
plan to use (garter, moss stitch..) then wet it and pin it out to dry
stretching it as much or as little as you think looks best with your
given pattern. Then measure the swatch to see how much a single
pattern repeat is and calculate for your 12" square based on that.

Here is the best tutorial concerning
lace that I could find on google. If anyone has another then let
me know and I'll add the link here.

http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/03/majoring_in_lace_part_ii.html

If you plan to do a complicated lace pattern or this is your first
lace project I strongly recommend using "lifelines". A video of how
to do one can be seen here under the heading "Fixing Mistakes"

http://www.knittinghelp.com/videos/knitting-tips

Here are a few links to some lace patterns that might give you
some ideas:

http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches.htm
http://www.yarnover.net/web/patterns/index.html

Remember, to do lace all you need to know is how to do decreases
and yarn overs. And, as seen in the Hemlock Blanket, lace is just
as lovely using thicker yarn and larger needles as the super fine
yarn and tiny needles. Use what feels comfortable to you!

Enjoy!
Libbie :)

aprildavis99
05-03-2008, 12:01 PM
:woohoo: Ok, I'm posting here for the first time. I'm 3/4 of the way done with the mitered square and 1/2 way done with the knit-purl square (doing a hexagon honeycomb pattern). I haven't started the entrelac pattern, but I'm familiar with doing it. I still have to pick out a lace pattern. So I have a lot of catching up to do. I'm using regular old acrylic yarn and size 10 needles. It's going to be a sand and sea kind of theme. I don't have a camera right now so I can't post my actual pics. But the mitered square is in this yarn http://63.210.199.180/03/52/8/35282.jpg.fpx?qlt=75&wid=76&cvt=jpeg (http://javascript<b></b>:zoomImg('http://63.210.199.180/03/52/8/35282.jpg.fpx?qlt=75&wid=76&cvt=jpeg','/joann/shop/shop_tszoom.jsp')) The hexacomb is http://www.craftsetc.com/assets/item/thumbnail/398651.jpg (http://www.craftsetc.com/store/item.aspx?ItemId=77402&dep=20&cat=60&subcat=12&Search=Y) I hope to bring out the browns and tans with the entrelac and the blue with the lace. I'll just keep repeating the colors as the squares come up. I had planned something else for these colors, but I gave up on that. So I don't have to buy a whole lot for this project.
This is so much fun. Ok, so now back to catching up.:teehee:


Also a question...why does the thread say each square is posted on a certain page like the lace is on page 20 but I only show 5 pages on my screen?

evona
05-04-2008, 03:25 AM
Welcome April! :hug:

When you are in the KAL forum and looking at the list of threads it only shows links to pages 1 through 5. When you click on the thread you want (for instance this one) you'll see at the top of the thread a list of pages. It'll show 1,2,3,4 and then skip to whatever the last page is - or something like that. You'll also see something that looks like this >. The list of pages is abbreviated because there usually isn't enough space to put all the pages of a long thread at the top. If you click that > symbol you'll see other pages of the thread. Gargoylelib changes the name of the thread monthly to let us know which page to find instructions for the next months block. I hope that helps :)

evona
05-04-2008, 03:28 AM
Whoops! I almost forgot. You'll see another arrow at the end of the list of pages and it appears to be pointing downward. If you click that you can skip to whichever page you want :)

gargoylelib
05-04-2008, 05:30 AM
Also a question...why does the thread say each square is posted on a certain page like the lace is on page 20 but I only show 5 pages on my screen?

Yep, what evona said....:) I just noticed you are in Rio Rancho...
I'm a New Mexico transplant. Lived all my life in Artesia (down south)
before moving to Finland.
I'm going to use these hotter summer days to re do some of my
afghan blocks so I'll be with you on "catching up". So far, I have
done all mine in wool, which is fine for me, but if I want to swap I
realized I need to have some in non-wool fibers. I'm going to make
up another set of blocks in cotton yarns that I have so that there
will be no problems for wool allergies in the swap. And I'll end up
with a twice as big blanket by the time it's all through...woohoo!

I'm thinking for this month's block that I'm going to do a lace
pattern called Tiger's Eye that I found on Ravelry. And I want
to do it with thicker yarn and larger needles so that the thickness
matches with other blocks I've made. What does everyone else
have planned?

Libbie :)

aprildavis99
05-04-2008, 03:13 PM
Weird. :roll: Now it shows 6 pages. There are no more. When I go to the drop down Go To box and type anything higher than 6 it still takes me to page 6. Oh well. :shrug: I just feel like I'm missing something. :oo: I know how to use the thread arrows and all that, but this thread is freaking me out:ick: ...lol. But I decided that I don't like my mitered square next to my hexacomb and my lace. It is so bulky from all the garter. So I frogged it:frog: and started a plain stockinette square instead.:knitting:
I found a lace I like called eyelet and flame chevron. It's pretty easy. :star: Ok, so off to knit and to let my daughter use the computer. She's rushing me. Ahhhhh!:chair:

sig
05-05-2008, 03:25 AM
Hello!
I don't know what to knit! I'll have to check this week. Any suggestions? I like lace but not lacy lace! I mean, some lace but not that fancy stuff, It would not go well with my blanket. Mmmm... we'll see. Happy knitting!:mrgreen:

gargoylelib
05-05-2008, 09:08 AM
Hi Sig,

Maybe this site will you:

http://www.yarnover.net/web/patterns/cloths.html

It's lace washcloths but not all of them are lacy lace. Also, I quite
like the more solid lace patterns that are used in washcloths
on this site:

http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/02/hobby-horse.html

If you scroll down the page on the right hand side is pics and links
to the patterns of other washcloth designs.

I swatched my chosen pattern in the thicker yarn I want to use
and didn't like how it looked so now I'm thinking I will try the hobby
horse pattern. It looks neat and has a lace element to it but is not
really lacy lace. :)

Libbie

sig
05-06-2008, 06:49 AM
Hi Sig,

Also, I quite
like the more solid lace patterns that are used in washcloths
on this site:

http://smariek.blogspot.com/2007/02/hobby-horse.html

If you scroll down the page on the right hand side is pics and links
to the patterns of other washcloth designs.

Libbie
My god! Those patterns are gorgeous! Wish it was winter again to knit some of those scarfs. Thank you for sharing! :inlove:

evona
05-06-2008, 05:59 PM
Weird. :roll: Now it shows 6 pages. There are no more. When I go to the drop down Go To box and type anything higher than 6 it still takes me to page 6. Oh well. :shrug: I just feel like I'm missing something. :oo: I know how to use the thread arrows and all that, but this thread is freaking me out:ick: ...lol. But I decided that I don't like my mitered square next to my hexacomb and my lace. It is so bulky from all the garter. So I frogged it:frog: and started a plain stockinette square instead.:knitting:
I found a lace I like called eyelet and flame chevron. It's pretty easy. :star: Ok, so off to knit and to let my daughter use the computer. She's rushing me. Ahhhhh!:chair:


Hmmmm! That's odd :?? Sounds like a question for a mod in that case.

I haven't decided on which pattern I want to do this month yet. I've never done lace before. I keep looking at all the very complicated patterns and wanting to do them, but I think it would be a lot less frustrating if I do a less complicated pattern first.

gargoylelib
05-07-2008, 08:54 AM
I haven't decided on which pattern I want to do this month yet. I've never done lace before. I keep looking at all the very complicated patterns and wanting to do them, but I think it would be a lot less frustrating if I do a less complicated pattern first.

I'm by no means an expert in lace having only done a few patterns
now but in my opinion it is not as hard to do as it appears. The most
important thing I have found is to do a stitch count at the end of
each row. It is a bit time consuming but lace is so hard to rip back so you want to find any mistakes quickly. Really if you take it slowly
even those really complicated patterns are manageable. It is just
a matter of doing yarn overs and decreases. If there is a pattern you like remember we are all here to support each other so just
give it a go and surely someone here can help if you run into
trouble! :)

Libbie

evona
05-07-2008, 10:18 AM
Thanks for the inspiration and support Libbie :thumbsup: :)

evona
05-07-2008, 02:15 PM
BTW - for those of you who have asked I finally posted a trip detail and some pics of my redwood backpacking trip on the Off Topic forum. Its kinda long :)

sig
05-13-2008, 02:54 AM
Hello everyone!
Evona: your trip was so cool! What a great place! I'm a little jealous...:oops: :)

As for my block, I finally decided on a stitch from the dictionary I have. Funny thing with that book is that when I bought it never used it until now. Now I see the point on having a good stitch dictionary.

Libbie: you were right! I'm getting the hang on charts and really enjoy them.

Happy Knitting!

evona
05-13-2008, 10:12 AM
Thanks sig!

I thought I was pretty accurate about counting my stitches in the repeats, but somehow my block was turning out to be 14" instead of 12" :?? So I frogged it and will have to start again :shrug:

sig
05-19-2008, 06:16 AM
Hello everyone! How are the blocks coming along? Mine is hibernating :oops:. I got a new job and getting everything ready takes some time. Hope to finish the block during this week.
Evona: what I have found is that lace stretches a lot. I guess is better to knit it with fewer stitches and then block to the size you want.
Happy Knitting! :)

gargoylelib
05-20-2008, 02:04 AM
Hi everyone!

I just got my lace block finished and it's only 11.5" stretched to the
max hehe...*sigh* So I'm thinking, knitting lace is not hard but
knitting lace to an exact size seems to be a bit tricky! I'm either
ending up too big or too small but I'm so close now that I'm thinking
I will go around the outside and pick up and knit a few rows of a
border stitch---yep, I meant to do that! :)

All my "mistake" blocks and other various pieces of knitting for tests
and gauge etc I am saving rather than frogging and re-doing. I
found a great idea...at least I think it's great...from a professional
pattern writer. She had taken all her gauge pieces and test knits
from a book she had written and pieced them together into an afghan
and just knitted pieces to fill in the odd place. I thought it would be
fun to the same thing and call it my mistake afghan hehe....will end
up enormous with my special knitting talents! :rofl:

April Block:
http://flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2507531479/

May Block:
http://flickr.com/photos/gargoylelib/2507532757/

Is it just me or does the horse look a bit skeletal? I was thinking to
use it in a baby blanket but I can't get over the head looking a bit
like a skeleton hehe...
Libbie :)

Karina
05-20-2008, 05:32 AM
Libby Well done for finishing the block, I love the idea of your afghan.

instead of knitting, you could just crochet around the horse block to make it the right size. might be quicker.

gargoylelib
05-20-2008, 05:58 AM
instead of knitting, you could just crochet around the horse block to make it the right size. might be quicker.

yes, thank you! Why do I try to keep crocheting and knitting
seperate as if they can't be mixed? hehe.... Crocheting an edging
will be easier and faster...

Libbie :)

aprildavis99
05-20-2008, 04:16 PM
Is it just me or does the horse look a bit skeletal? I was thinking touse it in a baby blanket but I can't get over the head looking a bitlike a skeleton hehe...Libbie :)
:roflhard: :roflhard: :roflhard: I wouldn't have thought it until you pointed it out. But yeah. It does look rather skeletal. :oo: :shock: Maybe it's the boney color. Blue might not make it look so returned-from-the-graveish.:teehee:

Ok, so I'm cheating.:mrgreen: I'm not making my blocks individually. I have decided to just finish one and not bind off and just add the next one onto the previous one. I am all about laziness right now. :roll: So I'm finished with the stockinette block and the entrelac block and about 1/2 way with the knit-purl combo (my hexacomb pattern). I'll add the lace one to that. I'll start a new strip with the next block. This way I'll only have the 3 strips of 4 blocks to sew together later.
Any ideas what the next one will be? Not rushing or anything. It's not like I'm good at keeping to schedules anyway, right? :ick: LOL.

evona
05-21-2008, 12:34 PM
I love your blocks Lib, especially the horse (skeletal or not :roflhard:) I am sooooo behind on this block! I really have to catch up!!!

sig
05-22-2008, 03:31 AM
Awesome blocks Libbie! I'll post pics of mine this afternoon.
Aprildavis99: That's not cheating, you are smart! I could never ever do the math to change for every block and still have the same width!
Evona: don't worry, we still have plenty of time. And if not, well next month you can knit both! ;)
:muah:

Karina
05-22-2008, 04:18 AM
I like the way you think Aprildavis99, I think I will do that from now on.

gargoylelib
05-22-2008, 05:46 AM
April, I agree iwth the others...it's not cheating it's smart thinking!
I think if I get around to making a sampler block blanket for my mom
that I will just borrow your idea of doing it in strips!

Evona, don't worry about being behind...there's always next month! haha...

Sig, can't wait to see your pics! :)

Libbie

aprildavis99
05-24-2008, 02:38 PM
:ick: Math:ick: :!!!: Frogging:!!!::nails: starting over again & again:nails:

:mrgreen: less sewing up:mrgreen: sooo worth it to me:roflhard:

Don't worry about being behind. You have all year to catch up.cloud9

sig
05-25-2008, 06:00 AM
Ok, here it is. Use stitch #259 on Lesley Stanfield's book.
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2263/2520024637_a4d96070a7.jpg

Added 10 rows of stockinete.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3104/2520842532_4ac3445317.jpg

aprildavis99
05-25-2008, 11:56 PM
cloud9 Very nice. I love the color, too.

gargoylelib
05-26-2008, 02:10 AM
Love that pattern Sig! What book is it from? I'm on a hunt for
a good lace stitchionary.

Libbie :)

sig
05-26-2008, 03:32 PM
Libbie:Name of the book: The Knitting Stitch Manual - Lesley Stanfield
Is not really a lace book, is more like a big stitch dictionary, you have lace, cables, bobbles, etc.
Thank you for your comments on the block, I like it to!
As for next month block I have no idea, today was my first day on my new job and I am really tired. Can't surf the net while at work. So I may be a little absent from here... but remember I'm definetely knitting each block!
Happy Knitting - well actually, off to bed! :P

evona
05-29-2008, 01:34 PM
Well, here it is the end of the month. I'm not done with the lace block yet, because there were a bunch of other things going on, but that's ok. I'm still excited to see what's next :woot:

gargoylelib
05-30-2008, 01:45 AM
Uhmmmm....it's the end of the month and I was forgetting we need
a new block! :)

Anyone have any particular techniques they'd like to try out with
the group? Cabling, Intarsia, Fair-Isle/Stranding, Illusion, Mosaic,
*something I'm probably forgetting*, etc......

I'm open to anything (have I mentioned how much I dislike
Intarsia) but I'm open to anything :wink:

Libbie :)

aprildavis99
05-30-2008, 09:05 AM
I'll put my vote in for Mosaic. I have been wanting to try this for a while.

evona
05-30-2008, 10:02 AM
I vote for cables myself

gargoylelib
05-31-2008, 11:10 AM
Ok guys any other votes for our next block? We have 1 for
cables and 1 for mosaic. Here is a link to some info on mosaic
knitting for those who don't know what it is:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATslipstitch.html

I am a total cable-aholic and I've been wanting to try mosaic so
I'm happy to go either way! :)

Libbie

Karina
06-01-2008, 04:40 AM
This is the first time I have heard of the mosaic style of knitting and I have to say I would love to try that one. looks great.

sig
06-01-2008, 06:54 AM
I vote for mosaic! Looks fantastic. Never tried it before, should be fun!:mrgreen:

gargoylelib
06-02-2008, 03:10 AM
Block Five - Mosaic

Ok, so looks like Mosaic will be this month since it has more votes!
Let's do cables next month :) Here are some links showing patterns
and explaining mosaic knitting. There are not all that many patterns
out there!

Samples of Mosaic Patterns:
http://thewalkertreasury.wordpress.com/category/mosaic-knitting/

Some explanations of Mosaic knitting:
http://www.knitting-and.com/wiki/Mosaic_Knitting
http://www.zibibboisgood.com/more/mosaic/mosaic.html
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEsummer03/FEATslipstitch.html

Mosaic Stitch Patterns:
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/stitches/grtrslip.htm
http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/stitches/bubble.htm
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/mosaiclattice.htm
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/mosaicpyramid.htm
http://www.knittingonthenet.com/stitches/mosaiczig.htm

Also called "slip stitch knitting" if you want to do some more research
on it!

Libbie :)

aprildavis99
06-03-2008, 12:24 AM
Yay! :heart: Now to check out out all the fascinating patterns!

evona
06-03-2008, 01:16 PM
Yay! This sounds fun! and cable next month :woot:

In truth I'm so far behind though that I probably won't catch up until fall anyway . . .:roflhard:

gargoylelib
06-04-2008, 02:43 AM
I found some more mosaic stitch patterns in my Sensational Knitted
Socks book but that just sort caused trouble! I can't decide which
pattern to try :)

Libbie

aprildavis99
06-05-2008, 01:48 PM
I had recently ordered all the Treasury books by Barbara G. Walker. :heart: They all came in yesterday.:woohoo: Oh my!:teehee: There are sooooo many patterns to choose from...including mosaics. I almost bought her Mosaic book separate. I'm glad I didn't. There are so many already in these books.:mrgreen: I am going insane trying to decide on just one.:chair: Not to mention what I want to use as my cable choice for next month.:shock: cloud9

But to let y'all know where I'm at on my other squares. Remember I only joined this whole KAL last month. Well, I'm all caught up. :star: I got my first strip done with the plain stockinette, entrelac, hexacomb (knit-purl combo), and eyelet flame (lace) blocks on it. I wish I had a camara to show you guys. It looks pretty good. A little wonky since I haven't blocked it completely, but not bad. :aww: I'm going to start the next strip with what ever mosaic pattern I finally decide on.:??
Even though I have decided to to this in strips instead of individual squares, I am dreading the sewing up of the strips. I keep looking at the edges and hoping I can figure out that mattress stitch video here.:shock:
But, I have been enjoying this KAL so much.:woot:

Karina
06-06-2008, 03:01 AM
Apparently it is supposed to be very quick and easy to crochet the squares or strips together there are some videos on you tube to demonstrate this. I might have a go and do it that way.

gargoylelib
06-06-2008, 11:02 AM
Wow, April, congrats on getting caught up to speed so fast!
And I have to pout a bit :pout: I want the Walker Treasuries
but am waiting until my money situation is a better...*sigh*
Hehe...that's really cool. Good to know that there are alot of
Mosaic patterns in there because I was planning to buy the
seperate Mosaic book as well...guess I need to decide which
I want more!

Libbie :)

aprildavis99
06-06-2008, 01:41 PM
Apparently it is supposed to be very quick and easy to crochet the squares or strips together there are some videos on you tube to demonstrate this. I might have a go and do it that way.
I thought about crocheting the squares together, but I crocheted for years, and I can do it in my sleep. :teehee: I wanted this project to be totally knit. :roll: I have been avoiding any kind of seaming in knit whatsoever, so this will be a real challenge for me.:noway: :aww:

gargoylelib
06-07-2008, 02:58 AM
I used a combination of the mattress stitch video from this site
and this article from Knitty when I was learning to do mattress
stitch:
http://knitty.com/issuespring04/mattress.html

I'll try to dig up another article I found about edge to edge
seaming that is not with mattress stitch. Not sure where I
saved it at the moment :)

Libbie

aprildavis99
06-08-2008, 10:12 AM
:heart: Thanks so much!

gargoylelib
06-14-2008, 03:08 AM
Hiya! how's everybody doing? I started my mosaic pattern last
night and it's certainly an interesting way to knit. It's not hard
and yet I keep having to remind myself which color I'm holding and
so which blocks mean slip and which mean knit per each row! haha..
I guess like any new technique it just takes time to get used to
it.

I think i'm going to have to frog mine because of poor color
choice! I thought I'd use up some Noro Silk Garden I had as
left overs...not really enough to do anything with but just
enough to do this block (I think). Anyway, I paired it with
black and somehow the pattern is not showing up that well...
the color starting in the Noro skein was kind of a muddy brown
that is not contrasting so much with the black. I'm wondering
if I should rewind what's left so that the muddy brown in as
the end and only used for a small section so that the orangy
color and turquoise will be more dominant....*sigh* I dunno...haha

Libbie :)

gargoylelib
06-17-2008, 10:35 AM
Ok, so I ended up frogging my block and getting rid of the Noro
yarn as an option haha...oh well...maybe I can find some other
place to stick it in. I also changed which mosaic pattern I was
doing so who knows what I'm going to end up with!

Anyone else making progress on their mosaic block? What do we
think of this type of knitting? I can say for myself I'm not entirely
convinced....haha

Libbie :)

aprildavis99
06-18-2008, 03:00 AM
I found a nice pattern that's not too complicated in the 2nd Treasury. :star: I can't think of the name of the pattern right now. It's going slowly though. :aww: I am using a warm brown and a dark olive green. :heart: I like it, but it is definitely not something I can do while watching tv.:noway:

gargoylelib
06-19-2008, 08:54 AM
*sigh* I had to frog my block again. OK, I didn't HAVE to but
I was unhappy with the pattern combination again so decided before
I got too far I'd better just rip it.... I'm having so much trouble this
month! I have no idea but just seems like everything I try does not
work....I beginning to think I better take a crafty break when I get
all my "must do" projects finished and let my brain rest before I
hurt someone! DH is dangerously close to a needle in the eye...haha

I'm thinking I'll stop trying to be fancy with the mosaic pattern and
just do a simple maze pattern I found that I quite like. We'll see....
Libbie :)

aprildavis99
06-20-2008, 02:30 PM
I agree. Who would have thought that slip stitching could get so complicated. :noway: I am having a good time with it, though. Well, except for the 100+ weather!:ick: I am finding it way to hot to knit right now. :pout: I just want to sit in my cool bath all day.:aww:

gargoylelib
06-21-2008, 03:06 AM
I don't envy you that hot weather...I'd like to borrow some of the
sunshine because we've had 2 weeks of it raining every day over
here but you can keep the 100+ heat haha... My parents live in
Artesia, to the south of you, and they are really worrying over
grass fires or something evil like that getting started.

I finally got my block going and looking ok and am starting to
enjoy seeing the pattern emerge. In someways I was thinking
this would just be easier to do as stranding but then I can also
see the point of dealing with only one color at a time once I
got into the rhythm of slipping the stitches that is....haha

Libbie :)

evona
06-24-2008, 10:10 AM
We have over 800 fires, big and small, that started over the weekend here in California. Its so sad. Actually I think one of the biggest ones was burning before our heatwave though.

I have been riddled with emergencies this month. Last week my BF got bit by a dog on the face and had to have 36 stitches to reattach part of his lip :cry: Its looking much better now though. Its amazing what plastic surgeons could do. There's going to be a scar, but the doctor said its not going to be huge and he can do something to minimize it if my BF opts to.

Other than that my DD came back for the summer and I started school. Needless to say my knitting is suffering, but my block is coming along somewhat :teehee:

gargoylelib
06-24-2008, 11:46 AM
Yeah, those fires are scary! I am thankful for the rain we are
having...a little annoying at times with a bored 3 year old
stuck inside but way better than dry and in fire danger!

So sorry to hear about your BF. That's terrible...was it your
dog or how did it happen? I'm always paranoid my dd is gonna
get bit in the face because I just can not make her understand
that she can't run up to strange dogs on the street!

I think I'm about half way done with my mosaic block but just
having major motivation issues...I don't know what the problem
is hahaha

Libbie :)