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ArtLady1981
11-01-2008, 12:43 PM
Hi! :waving:

I'm hosting the January KH Knitalong. On top of that, we're getting our engines revved up to begin the new year with the 2009 Year of the Stash! Two separate threads in KAL section!

I'm writing a little now about the January KH Knitalong project so that you will have a little time to think about your yarn for it.

The KAL is going to be called the 2009 Stashghan Knitalong. In other words, we are going to hopefully use up Stash (if we need to) for this stashgan/lapghan thing! Our KAL will open up on a FRESH NEW THREAD, and this one will be closed to further posts. We will be able to read this thread, but our further posts will be within the official KAL!

Your stashghan can be big or small. No particular color artistry to be planned. Just use up the similar weight yarns that you want to! Lapghans that are washable are incredible donations, too! Cripes...I'm feeling like I need a lapghan these days myself, but I'm still in denial about my age.

My goal is to eliminate seaming. Did I mention that I hate seaming afghan blocks?

There are two styles that are potentially seamless: knitting your squares using the intarsia method...or...using that fabulous Mason-Dixon Log Cabin pattern. The Mason-Dixon chicks say that they have a log cabin (in dk and another in worsted) going at all times. They just keep adding leftover yarns to it as they acquire it!

This is the book, and I know Amazon has it.
I have it, and let me tell you...it's the BEST.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51S60SVE2CL._SL500_AA240_.jpg

As for Intarsia, Amy has a video clip here at KH under ADVANCED TECHNIQUES. Just scroll down. Now don't let the term ADVANCED freak you out. It is not complicated, I promise! And remember, I'm here to help you hammer out the details.

I have started rummaging around for odds and ends and orphan skeins of worsted weight yarn. I personally haven't decided between the Intarsia blocks or that darn nice Log Cabin style! I've been lurking over at the Ravelry Log Cabin Group, but just haven't jumped in! The Intarsia style is worked from end to end, bottom to top...the Log Cabin is worked from the center out.

Both can be set aside when and if you run out of yarn for it.
You don't have to finish it in January...just begin it in January with us! You can, of course, buy (gasp) new yarn for it, too! You can put on your artist's hat and dream up an actual color design! The Mason-Dixon chicks have several color patterns shown in their book.

I think the different stores like JoAnns and WallieWorld will have great sales on yarns this season. We might find great colors for our blankets in those sales, too....if we don't have enough stash around.

But whatever you do...get ready for January!

myosotis
12-02-2008, 05:39 AM
with best wishes and thankyou for this idea, I want to knit with you, the book is in my stash and I`m happy looking forward to this KAL, greetings,
myosotis:hug:

ArtLady1981
12-02-2008, 09:05 AM
What style are we leaning towards: the "Blocks" afghan/lapghan stashghan...or the "Log Cabin" style? I found a FREE log cabin pattern! The pattern is a free download. All you have to do is "join" the freepatterns.com. No USER NAME or password involved, just name and email address, etc. The pattern is a PDF download. Click HERE (http://www.freepatterns.com/search.html?criteria=log+cabin+baby&mode=list&x=37&y=8) to get the free download page. And if you're a Raveler, click HERE (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/log-cabin-baby-blanket-3) to view the pattern page. It's in the Ravelry pattern search! Even though it is called a baby blanket, you can really make it as large as you like

Here are 2 photos of sofiecat's log cabin (as seen on Ravelry):
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3141/3076607371_cba7b91ea2.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3017/3076614273_1a46cbfb15.jpg?v=0

And here is a photo of sallybarrett's log cabin (as seen on Ravelry):
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3035/3076607445_f4cd870daa.jpg?v=0

These two Log Cabin blankies obviously have a color plan, but I think they would be just a nice with random Stash Yarn! These two blankies were knit using double strands of DK yarn...but you could use one strand of worsted, too. And because it is knit from the middle-out...you can make it as small or large as you like.

The Log Cabin style is knit from the middle-out...and the Blocks style is knit from the bottom-up.

Either one is seamless! WhooHoo! :woot:

Either one can be worked on throughout the year, adding more and more to it as stash yarn or sale yarn comes our way!

I personally haven't decided, however...I have always envied that Log Cabin style and would like to try it out! I may be talking myself into it! :teehee:

I have some Rowan Calmer yarn in yellows, leafy greens, lavenders, and purples. Sounds like a pansy, huh? I've been saving these colors for something like a Log Cabin.

Here is my bag of "Calmer" stash:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3025/3077499480_dcb830c436_m.jpg
I also have 4.5 sk of ECRU which is in another bag with whites.
The ECRU could be used for the border I guess, or just randomly mixed in. The jury is still out on ECRU.

What have you been leaning towards? Log Cabin or Blocks??

jberry16
12-02-2008, 06:23 PM
sounds like fun, I'll have to see how classes are going by then...

Jan in CA
12-02-2008, 06:33 PM
I'm not sure which style yet. I'm thinking since I don't know how much I have of the various stash I will just do sort of a modern log cabin blanket...although I don't know if I'll do it like this where you pick up the stitches or if I'll do a intarsia type thing.

I found the link on the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moderne-log-cabin-blanket) link on Rav.
http://images.amazon.com/media/i3d/01/log_cabin.pdf

ArtLady1981
12-02-2008, 06:51 PM
I'm not sure which style yet. I'm thinking since I don't know how much I have of the various stash I will just do sort of a modern log cabin blanket...although I don't know if I'll do it like this where you pick up the stitches or if I'll do a intarsia type thing.

I found the link on the Moderne Log Cabin Blanket (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moderne-log-cabin-blanket) link on Rav.
http://images.amazon.com/media/i3d/01/log_cabin.pdf

Oh I love it! Thanks for the input, Jan! :thumbsup: That is soooo cool that you found a FREE LINK! With images available to all!! The more we have to choose from, the better! I like the Log Cabin idea because we can take a year to keep adding to it! And the crazier the colors are the better! Or, a color scheme can be used! Either way.

I am now thinking I'll use the Modern Log Cabin design for the yarns and colors I have to use.

auntcrafty
12-03-2008, 12:46 AM
I like the one Jan found with the blocks of color the best.

Lieke
12-03-2008, 06:05 AM
I'm in! I've got a hybernating sweater at the moment (it's stranded) but I'm sure I'm not going to finish it, since it's my first stranded thing and I don't like how it looks. When I've frogged it, I'll be left with about 15 balls of acrylic (in 8 different colors). I was thinking of combining it with black to make a blanket, but never got further than the idea, so I hope this KAL will give me the courage to frog the sweater and start the blanket.

I decided on the log cabin style. Seems easier to me.

Hzjewl
12-03-2008, 08:04 AM
I'm in, too. I still haven't finished the afghan I promised my son a while ago.

ArtLady1981
12-03-2008, 02:09 PM
The seamless BLOCK style is worked using the Intarsia technique. For example, if you decide on 4 blocks in width, you would carry the 4 skeins on the needles, dropping one color and picking up a new color at each transition, of course wrapping the strands around one another to prevent a hole. We have a video for it. It is easy.

The LOG CABIN style just looks more interesting to me! I've always wanted to try it! I just have to decide on my yarn. I've got those 6 colors of Calmer, but I am going to rummage around and see if I can use up some unused acrylics in a wild range of colors. Using up odds 'n' ends would be more useful to the destashing concept! :thumbsup:

chj
12-03-2008, 02:47 PM
I think that is a really cool-looking afghan! I have a question though - I went to the Ravelyr link, and there was a link to the pages on Amazon.com. At the end of the text, it says, "Using D, make border as instructed on P. 75". So does anyone have page 75 to tell us what that is?? :??

Thanks!
CHJ

Dangles
12-03-2008, 03:07 PM
ooo could this be my first KAL ... hmm baby blue, light grey, ecru & white... hmmmm

ArtLady1981
12-03-2008, 04:48 PM
I think that is a really cool-looking afghan! I have a question though - I went to the Ravelry link, and there was a link to the pages on Amazon.com. At the end of the text, it says, "Using D, make border as instructed on P. 75". So does anyone have page 75 to tell us what that is?? :??

Thanks!
CHJ

BORDER: This is a mitered border that looks like a picture frame. Using a circ needle and D, pick up one stitch in each bound-off stitch from the wrong side of one of the outer edges of the blanket. Knit 4 garter ridges. At the same time, inc one st at ea end of every RS row by knitting into the front and back of the first and last st. BO on the RS. Repeat on the remaining 3 edges. Join the border at the corners using the matt st.

I think it is ok to post this information since the Mason-Dixon gals made the Moderne Log Cabin blanket pattern public and refer to us the border they want us to use.

ArtLady1981
12-03-2008, 04:56 PM
Here are the corrections for the Moderne Log Cabin 'baby size' blanket:

Moderne Baby Blanket (page 79)
Second paragraph of Block 9 should read, ďTurn work so that the edge containing Blocks 1, 3, 5, and 7 is at top, RS facing. Place marker 63 garter ridges from the edge. Using D, pick up 54 sts along row ends, starting at Block 7 and ending at the marker. Joining B, pick up 54 sts along row ends to end (108 sts). Keeping colors consistent, K 54 garter ridges. BO.

ArtLady1981
12-03-2008, 05:17 PM
If you're a Raveler, and if you're going to knit the LOG CABIN style blanket...you should review all the other LOG CABIN projects shown on Ravelry.

If you're going to make the baby-sized LOG CABIN...
there are 570 blankets to review. WOW!

If you're going to make the adult-sized LOB CABIN...
there are 447 blankets to review. WOW!

Why review all these projects? There's a lot to be learned from those who have gone before us! It doesn't take as long as you might think. I don't open all the projects. I just open the ones that catch my eye, either because they are great, or not-so-great.

1) pick up "tips" TO DO...
2) and things NOT TO DO
3) see how they worked their color placements:
some are GREAT, some are not-so-great, but you can learn
from this too and can avoid what you don't care for
4) see their modifications
5) review their notes
6) see how they worked their borders

ArtLady1981
12-03-2008, 05:21 PM
QUESTION:

When we actually start this seamless blanket on Jan 1...should we start a fresh new thread for it?

Right now we are organizing ourselves, and planning our project, so our notes and posts are all over the place. This thread is the pre-planning thread.

Or should we just continue on with this thread?

I need your opinion! ;)

Jan in CA
12-04-2008, 12:22 AM
I think you could start a new one and let this one disappear. You could link to it if you want to or just take from this thread and put the info in the first post of the new one.

ArtLady1981
12-04-2008, 12:39 AM
Thanks, Jan. I will do just that. :thumbsup: I'll pull out some of the valuable links and info in these postings and put 'em all together in the fresh new thread.

Then I do believe I will lock this thread, or maybe just delete it.
I think "delete" to the testing forum is best, and less confusing.

Thanks again!

weezie
12-04-2008, 11:36 AM
I think I'll join in with you all.... I've never done a KAL before, though found the threads interesting and wanted to try, but was busy with the mini-sock project for the troops and didn't have time.

I'm still working on some Christmas knitting projects right now, but should be good to go come January to participate in this KAL... I think it will be fun and exciting to join you.

I like the modern log cabin pattern and will probably do that. I have a lot of stash that needs to be used up and can donate the finished blanket to the homeless veterans' shelter I do knitting for or the Red Cross or someone... unless a friend or family member sees it first and wants it! It looks like a fairly simple pattern and pretty mindless knitting for the most part... right up my alley... especially after the busy holidays!

Count me in!

ArtLady1981
12-04-2008, 06:32 PM
I'm using WORD and the 'Insert Shapes' feature to create a blank schematic for the Log Cabin, both the kid and adults schematic.

Here are some photos of them. I printed the blanks for myself...
I'll use them to tinker around with color placement.

The "Insert Shapes" feature in WORD also allows you to fill in colors. So that is what I've done with the color schematic images.

I have about 6 colors plus ecru, and I wanted to use them all but the schematics seem to show that they won't all work out. Just 4 colors. I dunno. :?? I'll keep tinkering.

You could save the blank schematics to your 'puter and print them out if you don't have WORD and Insert Shapes feature. Or, if you will PM me with your real email address, I'll send them to you via email attachment.

This is the Adult Sized Log Cabin blank schematic:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3134/3082563313_ee97e51cbc.jpg?v=0

With color (I modified the bottom 2 big squares for a trial):
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3271/3083433618_ab63d1f546.jpg?v=0

This is the Baby Sized Log Cabin blank schematic:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3023/3082597601_2529bfa87f.jpg?v=0

With color:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3082/3083400538_8047f1fae6.jpg?v=0

Here is my bag of yarn. The ecru is not in there.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3025/3077499480_dcb830c436.jpg?v=0
They remind me of PANSY colors! I love pansies!

Jan in CA
12-04-2008, 06:58 PM
That should be pretty and that is a great idea! I don't have Word (Works instead), but I use Paint Shop Pro so I'll do the same thing. Only problem now is the stash I have is not fabulous and not something I'd want for myself so I'm not sure if I'll make and donate it or what just yet.. :think:

ArtLady1981
12-04-2008, 08:08 PM
Know what you mean, Jan.

The washable acrylic stash yarn that I could be used for a DGD for a TV blankie...but the Calmer isn't washable, and just too expensive for a TV blankie, and besides that, her mother doesn't hand wash anything. So it wouldn't be fair to either of us.

The washable acrlics is the way I'm leaning the more I think about it. At least that way I can give it away to a DGD.

I'll have to re-work my blank schematics to come up with a decent color plan.

There is the MOST FABULOUS Log Cabin (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/sister/moderne-log-cabin-blanket) on Ravelry. You just have to see it. She used Cascade Ecological Wool using earthtones. It is perfection! Now THAT is a Log Cabin I would love to own!

Jenelle
12-04-2008, 09:57 PM
I'm in. I'm going to try and use up some of the Red Heart acrylics that I have. I might lean towards neutral pastels so that I can put it away until I start having children.

This is such a great idea too. :)

Jan in CA
12-05-2008, 01:59 AM
OH that is a beautiful one, Dollyce! :thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
12-05-2008, 07:03 AM
Well I'm purty sure that I am going to use 4 colors of acrylics...knit them til they're gone. I'm not real sure if the amount I have will do the entire baby sized Log Cabin...but I's gonna begin it anyway.

Here are my yarns:
YDS COLOR 496 RAINBOW MIX 357 PINK 360 PURPLE MIX 256 BLUE GREEN
The rainbow mix is an Encore Colorspun variegated.
The pink is Lion Pound of Love partial skein.
The purple mix is teal, purple, fuschia by Caron.
The blue green is Red Heart Soft.

Here is a schematic:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3259/3083761375_c6bbe66164.jpg?v=0
The blue marbley patches are supposed to be the Encore
variegated. The colorway is cream with yellow, pink, red, teal, blue.

Here's a photo of the Encore Colorspun. I used to use it a lot for the grandbabies!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/3083780711_ed64d252fb.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3277/3083779769_a07127db1f.jpg?v=0

Shandeh
12-06-2008, 06:37 PM
I'll be making a lapghan, but it's with yarn I purchased specifically for the project. I got several skeins of Lion Brand Chenille Thick & Quick (http://www.lionbrand.com/yarns/ch-thick.html) in 3 different colors. The yarn was on clearance at Michael's this year for $1 a skein!

My colors are Forest Green, Basil, and Terracotta.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3157/2669226836_88d0147c6f_m.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3088/2668404453_f327ace685_m.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2225/2668407623_20cc60263f_m.jpg

I plan on making a ripple lapghan with it. (Photo from pattern attached)
Here's the pattern. You have to log in to see it.
http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/1181-K.html?noImages=0

Knit4Fun
12-06-2008, 11:45 PM
I've always wanted to try doing a Log Cabin project too...I'm not sure how ambitious my class schedule will be (going back to school online in January - 8 credits...gulp!) but schedule permitting, I'd love to join!

This will probably be my first Log Cabin project, though...it's a great way to test out whether you enjoy doing Log Cabin projects:

http://www.knitlist.com/99gift/log-cabin-cloth.htm

:cheering:

auburnchick
12-07-2008, 01:34 AM
Hmmm...you're getting me thinking here....

I made the Absorba Bathmat from the Mason Dixon book, which is done in the log cabin style. It's easy to do, so the blanket wouldn't be a problem...except that I had almost convinced myself that January would be my sock knitting month...

Hmmm...

What to do, what to do...

:think:

Jan in CA
12-07-2008, 01:14 PM
If someone wants to use the intarsia method and do garter here's a tutorial.

http://mimoknits.typepad.com/knitting/2005/02/garter_intarsia.html

ArtLady1981
12-07-2008, 04:24 PM
It is gorgeous! And wonderful colors, too, Sandy!
I've tried knitting with chenille, but I can't control the worming. It drives me nuts! I gave up on chenille.
Maybe there's a trick to it that I don't know.

ArtLady1981
12-07-2008, 04:33 PM
I've always wanted to try doing a Log Cabin project too...I'm not sure how ambitious my class schedule will be (going back to school online in January - 8 credits...gulp!) but schedule permitting, I'd love to join!

This will probably be my first Log Cabin project, though...it's a great way to test out whether you enjoy doing Log Cabin projects:

http://www.knitlist.com/99gift/log-cabin-cloth.htm

:cheering:

THANKS for the link! What a great little pattern!!! :thumbsup:

Remember, if you join us for the beginning of the Seamless Blanket KAL...you aren't expected to finish. It may take some of us months to finish. Some of us might run out of yarn if we're using stash yarn. And some folks might work on it for a while, put it aside and knit something else, and then come back to the LOG CABIN after that, alternating projects. The garter stitch can be pretty darn boring, easy but boring. The beauty of the LOG CABIN is that it is so easy that you won't forget how to do it or where you were at. You could work one log at a time...then set it aside for something else...then work another log when you feel like it, or have time for it.

Anyways, we're here for you if your schedule allows! :hug:

Knit4Fun
12-07-2008, 06:21 PM
THANKS for the link! What a great little pattern!!! :thumbsup:

Remember, if you join us for the beginning of the Seamless Blanket KAL...you aren't expected to finish. It may take some of us months to finish. Some of us might run out of yarn if we're using stash yarn. And some folks might work on it for a while, put it aside and knit something else, and then come back to the LOG CABIN after that, alternating projects. The garter stitch can be pretty darn boring, easy but boring. The beauty of the LOG CABIN is that it is so easy that you won't forget how to do it or where you were at. You could work one log at a time...then set it aside for something else...then work another log when you feel like it, or have time for it.

Anyways, we're here for you if your schedule allows! :hug:

Okay, so I started on the Log Cabin Dishcloth yesterday...I had just finished a scarf with a lace pattern so I wanted to work on something new but not brain bending either...and I think I may be addicted... :-)

Schedule permitting, I'm in! I also LOVE the idea of just keeping a Log Cabin blanket going to add on the assorted scraps of yarn that remain from other projects - what an awesome idea.

Firey Vixxen
12-07-2008, 07:08 PM
Ok, I'm in. I have a project in waiting (Log cabin) that has now been bumped forward using Evil-yarn, and second hand yarn I've been meaning to frog and maybe some bought yarn, we'll see how things go. And I might have an Instaria blanket to pull off as well, But I'll definatly have to buy more Yarn to compleat.
I have a question though, does the stashgan have to be seemless? Coz I have a blanket (BTW what's the difference between an afgan and a blanket?) that is strips, another that is patches, and a bearskin rug that almost counts as a blanket that are on the go now and are all stashie? can I count them even though they have been started and aren't seemless?
FV

ArtLady1981
12-07-2008, 07:27 PM
Ok, I'm in. I have a project in waiting (Log cabin) that has now been bumped forward using Evil-yarn, and second hand yarn I've been meaning to frog and maybe some bought yarn, we'll see how things go. And I might have an Instaria blanket to pull off as well, But I'll definatly have to buy more Yarn to compleat.
I have a question though, does the stashgan have to be seemless? Coz I have a blanket (BTW what's the difference between an afgan and a blanket?) that is strips, another that is patches, and a bearskin rug that almost counts as a blanket that are on the go now and are all stashie? can I count them even though they have been started and aren't seemless?
FV

You can do any style stashghan that you want! Most of us are into the 'seamless' style...but of course, please join us no matter what!

I don't the technical difference between afghans and blankets!
They all keep us warm! :cheering:

By the term "stashghan" we mean that we're gonna try to use yarn that is laying around. No particular new yarn is sought out. But heck, some of us can buy new yarn if we want! There will be great yarn sales in December and January no doubt!

By the term "lapghan" we mean that it is smaller than usual. Just to cover the lap and legs. Older folks in wheelchairs really love lapghans.

I've coined other terms: "babyghan"...for cribs; "manghan" for guys...and "bedghan" sized for a bed spread! The "manghan" could vary in size, but the color scheme would suit the masculine taste!

"Afghans" typically sit on the top of our sofas, and covers us up when we nap on the sofa, or are watching tv on a cold night!

Maybe the term "afghan" implies that the "blanket" is knitted or crocheted. Whereas the term "blanket" by itself could be from the Sears catalog or Macy's bed-and-bath department.

Hugs,

Artlady

Shandeh
12-07-2008, 08:05 PM
I've tried knitting with chenille, but I can't control the worming. It drives me nuts! I gave up on chenille. Maybe there's a trick to it that I don't know.
I've learned that when knitting with chenille, I have to use larger needles, because I'm usually a tight knitter. And I force myself to relax my hands as well, so I'm intentionally knitting loose. If I keep all the stitches loose, they stay put without worming. But, my hands and wrists hurt like heck when I knit with chenille, so I can only do a few rows at a time. I imagine it will go quickly though, since the yarn is so thick.

I made a baby blanket and hat with Velvetspun yarn, which is similar to Chenille Thick & Quick. They were so soft and beautiful when they were finished.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/52/174174073_8b4c33ece7.jpg

I also made a scarf with Velvetspun yarn, and it didn't have any worming.
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/29/48504437_443d9a405e.jpg

I've coined other terms: "babyghan"...for cribs; "manghan" for guys...and "bedghan" sized for a bed spread!
:roflhard: Love the term "manghan". :thumbsup:

brandesdm
12-07-2008, 08:42 PM
I am interested in joining, but I have 2 concerns. One, the back of the log cabin type blanket looks bad to me.
Also, is there a way to slip the first stitch to make it easier to pick up stitches? thank you

sakura-panda
12-12-2008, 10:40 AM
I have a bunch of Red Heart Super Saver that I need to do SOMETHING with and this sounds like a great plan. I've heard great things about the Log Cabin, but I don't really know that much about it.

What is the difference between the "regular" and "Moderne" designs?

Jan in CA
12-12-2008, 12:23 PM
I have a bunch of Red Heart Super Saver that I need to do SOMETHING with and this sounds like a great plan. I've heard great things about the Log Cabin, but I don't really know that much about it.

What is the difference between the "regular" and "Moderne" designs?

Here's a few links that say it best.
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/moderne-log-cabin-blanket
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/how-to-log-cabin

The variations are endless especially with regular log cabin.

ArtLady1981
12-12-2008, 02:27 PM
I have a bunch of Red Heart Super Saver that I need to do SOMETHING with and this sounds like a great plan. I've heard great things about the Log Cabin, but I don't really know that much about it.

What is the difference between the "regular" and "Moderne" designs?

Jan provided good links! Thanks Jan!

To put it in a nutshell, here is my 'take' about the diff:

The Moderne has an art deco look. It is the arrangement of the blocks. They are assymetrical and the first block is off-center.

The regular log cabin blocks go round and round, rather symmetrically, from the very center block outward. You can see one of them in Jan's 2nd link provided.

sakura-panda
12-12-2008, 08:55 PM
Oh, I see it now. :) I didn't realize the blocks were arranged differently -- I guess I thought the Moderne WAS the Log Cabin design and the other was else. :blush:

Thanks! :thumbsup:

ArtLady1981
12-12-2008, 10:23 PM
No problem! :hug:

KnittingNat
12-13-2008, 09:56 AM
I am interested in joining, but I have 2 concerns. One, the back of the log cabin type blanket looks bad to me.
Also, is there a way to slip the first stitch to make it easier to pick up stitches? thank you
If you weave your ends neatly, it doesn't look bad at all, IMHO. You can see here (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?t=78275&highlight=log+cabin+blanket) a photo of a log cabin blanket i made and i took photos of the back too. I think it looks pretty ok. Slipping the first stitch and purling the last one will definitely make a neater edge and make it easier to pick up stitches for the next blocks:thumbsup:.

Jan in CA
12-13-2008, 12:20 PM
I am interested in joining, but I have 2 concerns. One, the back of the log cabin type blanket looks bad to me.
Also, is there a way to slip the first stitch to make it easier to pick up stitches? thank you

I don't like the back either which is something that has kept me from doing many of the block patterns. Weaving in the ends neatly will help, but you will always have the purl bump color change. It's the nature of the beast though regardless of the type you do unless you do it in one piece.

ArtLady1981
12-13-2008, 05:19 PM
There's a Log Cabin Kal over at Ravelry, and I've been reading quite a bit in it. There are some great tips on how to leave the stitches 'live', instead of binding off and picking up again.

Quite a few experienced Log Cabiners have shared some good tips, which I will post in our KAL once it gets rollin'.

If you are already a Raveler, there is a LOG CABIN KAL (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/mason-dixon-knitters) in the Mason-Dixon Group. It has 256 posts, some as recent as the past two weeks, so people are keeping it alive. It would be helpful if we read all of those posts before our Jan KAL.

When our KAL gets rollin', I'll take a roll call...and ask if everyone is a Raveler. If not, then we who are Ravelers could copy/paste "tips" (in our KH-KAL) that we think will be helpful to us all! :thumbsup:

Jan in CA
12-14-2008, 06:10 PM
I found this info on making flat seam backs for the LC. It's for Rav only..sorry.

http://www.ravelry.com/projects/BethSweet/how-to-log-cabin-5

Karina
12-14-2008, 07:26 PM
I think I will dig out the log cabin blanket I started way back in June when Dustinac hosted the Log Cabin Kal. really liked working on it at the time, but then July started and it was sort of put away.
I have one skein of about 5-6 Caron Simply brites and will just keep going till I run out. It should be just big enough for my 2 year old, so she can cuddle up with it on the sofa.

ArtLady1981
12-14-2008, 07:37 PM
GOOD IDEA, Karina! Get that WIP moved over to the FO's! ;)

AprilT
12-18-2008, 04:26 PM
Hi, I've wanted to do the Log Cabin ever since I got my Mason-Dixon book. I just found this thread today, but, I'll work hard and catch up if there's room :)
I definitely have enough stash to get a good start on it.:aww:

April

ArtLady1981
12-18-2008, 05:59 PM
Hi, I've wanted to do the Log Cabin ever since I got my Mason-Dixon book. I just found this thread today, but, I'll work hard and catch up if there's room :)
I definitely have enough stash to get a good start on it.:aww:

April

There's always room! We will start the the Seamless Blanket on January 1st! I'll post a fresh new thread for the KAL! This thread is just a preliminary...to give everyone a running start...let's call it HIT THE GROUND RUNNING! :roflhard:

dreamsherl
12-23-2008, 11:50 PM
Hi Everyone,

I have a friend that will be delivering a baby in March. Her shower is at the end of January. I picked out my yarn today. I chose Plymouth Encore. The needle that is recommended (8) is larger than the yarn that the pattern calls for. I know that knitting on the 8's will make the blanket larger but do you think that it will matter?

ArtLady1981
12-24-2008, 12:00 AM
The best thing to do is: knit a garter stitch swatch with the US8 that the yarn recommends...and compare the results with the LOG CABIN gauge required:

21 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch

I have knit with Plymouth ENCORE and I love it...however, I don't think a US6 needle would give a very nice garter stitch fabric.

But you could try it, and also a US7, too.

I appreciate your hesitancy. I wouldn't want my baby blanket to be big enough for the jolly green giant either! If the blanket were for myself I might not care as much...but for a GIFT...well then, I would want it to be about the right size for a baby, too!

Let us know what your swatches reveal, please! :waving:

dreamsherl
12-24-2008, 12:04 AM
The best thing to do is: knit a garter stitch swatch with the US8 that the yarn recommends...and compare the results with the LOG CABIN gauge required:

21 stitches and 42 rows = 4 inches in Garter Stitch

I have knit with Plymouth ENCORE and I love it...however, I don't think a US6 needle would give a very nice garter stitch fabric.

But you could try it, and also a US7, too.

I appreciate your hesitancy. I wouldn't want my baby blanket to be big enough for the jolly green giant either! If the blanket were for myself I might not care as much...but for a GIFT...well then, I would want it to be about the right size for a baby, too!

Let us know what your swatches reveal, please! :waving:


I will do a guage. I just dislike making one sooooo much. ;)

Debkcs
12-24-2008, 05:09 AM
I'm in, too. Have the first Mason-Dixon book, the second one is on it's way. Think I'll do the Moderne Log Cabin, with the type of yarn they suggest.

Dollyce, your new projects are really pretty! However, my friend, I'd have to ADD two inches to the sweater if making it for myself. :-P

Quiltlady
12-24-2008, 10:27 AM
I started the log cabin afghan earlier this year. Maybe I'll join in this KAL and finish it.

ArtLady1981
12-24-2008, 03:30 PM
I started the log cabin afghan earlier this year. Maybe I'll join in this KAL and finish it.

Oh please do join us! Your can 'blaze trail' for us!
We'll be begging you to post photos of ANYTHING you have done! ;)

ArtLady1981
12-24-2008, 03:55 PM
For those of you who are going to knit the MODERNE BABY BLANKET Log Cabin, here is a memo that I read over at Ravelry, posted by a Rav member who seems to be up on her corrections facts. So for what it's worth, I printed her MEMO so that when I am knitting the baby blanket size, I will refer to her MEMO and compare it with what the book says, and what the 'official errata' notes say.

Here is her MEMO (in blue type):

ERRATA for Moderne Baby Blanket Log Cabin
(MEMO posted by a Ravelry member)
The errata published on randomhouse.com is still incorrect Ė they only fixed part of the problem. I just emailed them the following:
While I appreciate your attempt to publish the pattern correction for the Moderne Baby Blanket, Iím afraid the instructions still arenít correct.
I am referring to the errata published here:
http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/pottercraft/errata/mason... (http://www.randomhouse.com/crown/pottercraft/errata/masondixonknitting.html)
The current correction reads:
Moderne Baby Blanket (page 79)
Second paragraph of Block 9 should read, ďTurn work so that the edge containing Blocks 1, 3, 5, and 7 is at top, RS facing. Place marker 63 garter ridges from the edge. Using D, pick up 54 sts along row ends, starting at Block 7 and ending at the marker. Joining B, pick up 54 sts along row ends to end (108 sts). Keeping colors consistent, K 54 garter ridges. BO.
However, it should read:
Moderne Baby Blanket (page 79)
Second paragraph of Block 9 should read, ďTurn work so that the edge containing Blocks 1, 3, 5, and 7 is at top, RS facing. Place marker 63 garter ridges from the edge. Using D, pick up 63 sts along row ends, starting at Block 7 and ending at the marker. Joining B, pick up 63 sts along row ends to end (126 sts). Keeping colors consistent, K 54 garter ridges. BO.
The math works out as follows:
Stitches picked up in garter ridges of Block 1 = 36
Stitches picked up in garter ridges of Block 3 = 36
Stitches picked up in garter ridges of Block 5 = 18
Stitches picked up in garter ridges of Block 7 = 36
Total stitches picked up = 126
Half of total stitches picked up in Color D = 63
Half of total stitches picked up in Color B = 63

I hope this helps in getting the correct revisions published on your site as soon as possible. Thanks.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
12-24-2008, 04:02 PM
I picked up the Mason Dixon book today from my library (i request the books online and they call me when they come in).

ArtLady1981
12-24-2008, 04:03 PM
Hey, way to go! That's great! :thumbsup:

bf1018
12-24-2008, 09:22 PM
Hi
I would love to make a seamless blanket with you. I am new to this web site. It is awesome! Please let me know what I have to do to join.
Thank you
CEK

ArtLady1981
12-24-2008, 09:58 PM
Say the word, and you are joined! :grphug:

Between now and Jan 1...get your similar weight yarns lined up...and get that pattern in hand.

I will start a fresh new thread for our Seamless Stashghan for the KnittingHelp January KAL! This thread will be closed to further postings. We can read back through it...but we'll start fresh for the KAL!

HAPPY TO HAVE YOU!!! :muah:

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
12-25-2008, 12:20 AM
Given the number of pattern corrections that I'm finding in the book (someone printed them out and taped them in) I'm glad I didn't buy it...

ArtLady1981
12-25-2008, 02:21 PM
That was certainly nice of her (him) to tape the pattern corrections inside the book for knitter's who get the book!!! :heart:

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
12-25-2008, 02:44 PM
on some it's not a big deal, like the stitch count at the end of the row being wrong.

On other's it's an annoyance. I'm just glad I don't have to go hunting for the corrections :)

Jan in CA
12-26-2008, 12:06 PM
Given the number of pattern corrections that I'm finding in the book (someone printed them out and taped them in) I'm glad I didn't buy it...

I've used several of the patterns and never had any problems with errors. I've done the bibs, baby sweater and log cabin with no problems at all.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
12-26-2008, 01:20 PM
Some of them it's not a big deal, things like stitch count at the end of a row, like on page 68 the last line under column one just mentions that you'll have 25 stitches at the end of the row.... but like the ruffle part on the Nina shawl, it doesn't say to increase 1 stitch in each stitch across... I think a lot o them are typos, and if i were the ones who wrote the book i'd be irritated because to some, it reflects poorly on the ones who wrote the pattern.

Debkcs
12-26-2008, 01:55 PM
There will always be errors. I've yet to come across any book that did not have some errata someplace. To earn money for more college, I did proof reading for medical texts; it's fortunate that any of us are alive after treatment, gross errors, mostly because the author would get rushed, sometimes because information had changed. The neat thing, is that with computers, you can check with the publisher and find out if there are problems with a pattern. I've used several out of MD1 and not had any problems. Recieved MD 2 Christmas Eve, it's a fun book.

Dollyce, where is the pattern for the seamless afghan? Somehow I missed it.

Thanks!

Jan in CA
12-26-2008, 06:01 PM
but like the ruffle part on the Nina shawl, it doesn't say to increase 1 stitch in each stitch across...

Oh I see. Yeah, that is a big one. I like the book so much I'll put up with a some errors though. ;)

dreamsherl
12-28-2008, 09:05 PM
Iím having a gauge problem. I did a swatch with the Encore that I bought the other day. The pattern calls for a gauge of 21 sts + 42 rows = 4Ē (10 cm) in garter stitch. If Iím reading my gauge correctly, Iím getting 18 sts per 4Ē. I knitted the gauge on US7. Will this make a big difference or should I go with another yarn?

ArtLady1981
12-28-2008, 11:43 PM
Try a smaller needle to get the correct gauge. See if you like the appearance of the garter stitch using a smaller needle, too.

If that doesn't work, and you still can't get the exact gauge, you don't really need to get a different yarn. Just realize that your blanket, using the larger scale gauge, will be bigger overall.

It is most critical to get correct gauge with garments that will be worn.

Dangles
12-29-2008, 04:22 AM
Oh, oh, oh ... I was thinking either one of these for the baby version. I'm more tempted with 1 or 2. the Ecru is supposed to be lighter.

Version 1

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3195/3146219417_d05ba127ec.jpg (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/%3Ca%20href=)

Version 2

http://www.flickr.com/photos/14553155@N06/3146257743/http://www.flickr.com/photos/14553155@N06/3146257743/http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/%3Ca%20href=%22http://www.flickr.com/photos/14553155@N06/3146257743/%22%20title=%22LogCabin3%20by%20Dangles%20Knits,%2 0on%20Flickr%22%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3228/3146257743_05bbee04a8.jpg%22%20width=%22275%22%20h eight=%22325%22%20alt=%22LogCabin3%22%20/%3E%3C/a%3Ehttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3228/3146257743_05bbee04a8.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/14553155@N06/3146257743/)


Version 3
http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/%3Ca%20href=%22http://www.flickr.com/photos/14553155@N06/3147051464/%22%20title=%22LogCabin1%20by%20Dangles%20Knits,%2 0on%20Flickr%22%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/3147051464_92aab96f58.jpg%22%20width=%22300%22%20h eight=%22325%22%20alt=%22LogCabin1%22%20/%3E%3C/a%3E
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3232/3147051464_92aab96f58.jpg (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/%3Ca%20href=)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/14553155@N06/3147051464/

Lieke
12-29-2008, 08:29 AM
I'm afraid I'll have to drop out (before I'm even started). I haven't got enough time for such a large project and I won't be ready before the end of this year. The blanket will happen eventually, but I'm afraid not yet. Have fun with this KAL.

Jan in CA
12-29-2008, 01:31 PM
I like #1 & 2 as well, Dangles!

I haven't even had time to sort through my yarn yet and I'll be gone over the weekend. I'll get a late start, but better late than never.

Lieke..there are no rules about this. If it takes you two years that's fine, too. :teehee:

Dangles
12-29-2008, 02:50 PM
Oh goodie, I don't have much time with two toddlers haha ages 2 & 4 they suck the energy outa me haha.

I like #1 & 2 as well, Dangles!

I haven't even had time to sort through my yarn yet and I'll be gone over the weekend. I'll get a late start, but better late than never.

Lieke..there are no rules about this. If it takes you two years that's fine, too. :teehee:

Lieuvena
12-29-2008, 06:07 PM
I'd love to join this KAL. I've never done log cabin before or participated in a KAL so this is a 2 for 1 for me!:happydance:

I think I'm going to do the regular log cabin with the center block and surrounding strips. I've only been knitting for about 6 months so not much of a stash here. I do have some Vanna's Choice and Caron's Simply Soft I can use to start one with. Don't know how long it'll take me to get one done though. I homeschool my kids and we're getting ready to start up again, so I can only knit here and there. But this actually seems like a great project for that.

I love the Modern Log Cabin, but don't have nice coordinating yarn for it. I figure with the strips I can just grab a color and go, because none of my yarns seem to match! Should be a rather interesting blanket indeed! I'll either give it to my kids or my mom. Kids and parents are obligated to like whatever "ugly" things I make! :rofl:

dreamsherl
12-29-2008, 08:18 PM
Hi Everyone,
There is a picture of the colors that I'm using for my log cabin crib blanket.

robynbird
12-29-2008, 10:48 PM
I wonder if a crochet blanket would be allowed? I have a lot of Caron one pounder and would love to use it up but think I'll do better with crochet afghan.

rachejm
12-30-2008, 11:07 AM
Room for one more?

I've just started a log cabin blanket, not following a pattern or anything, just making it up as I go along. Hopefully a KAL will give me the push I need to keep going.

Lieuvena
12-30-2008, 11:19 AM
I decided to start a small sample just to make sure I understand how to do it and I have a question about picking up the stitches. I have no problem on the side where I slip the first and purl the last stitches, but when I get to a bind off side it's really difficult for me to pick up stitches. Are there any tips to make this easier? Could I bind off with a larger needle? TIA for any suggestions!:-P

ArtLady1981
12-30-2008, 02:47 PM
Hi Dangles!! I like Version 1 color combo! It's classy!

ArtLady1981
12-30-2008, 02:49 PM
.... Could I bind off with a larger needle? TIA for any suggestions!:-P

Seems to me like that would be worth a try! Good Idea! :thumbsup: I might try that myself!!!

ArtLady1981
12-30-2008, 02:50 PM
Room for one more?

I've just started a log cabin blanket, not following a pattern or anything, just making it up as I go along. Hopefully a KAL will give me the push I need to keep going.

Always room for one more!!! :knitting: :cheering:

Jan in CA
12-30-2008, 03:05 PM
Crochet or knit is fine, Robyn! And technically I think you can do ANY blanket if you don't want to do log cabin. That project just sort of snowballed when so many people liked it. ;)

robynbird
12-30-2008, 08:16 PM
I like the Log Cabin - I made a lapghan which I love. I want to make big blankets to cover our beds. :) And I may just have enough yarn to do 'em! LOL

weezie
12-31-2008, 05:49 PM
I picked out my yarn today... I hope I have enough. I'm going to use Caron Simply Soft in pastel colors, yellow, green, lavendar, and white, for a baby-type blanket and make the baby size log cabin. I've been using these yarns for some preemie hats and think there should be enough, but if not, I still have some pink and blue that I also have for the preemie hats, so can throw some of that in there, but thought I'd try to keep it more gender neutral. I'll probably donate the blanket to a children's charity I'm knitting for when it's done as I don't have any new babies on the way in my family or friend circle... but you never know what might come up. If it goes fast and turns out nice, I'll probably make one for my grandson who will be a year old in February... he looks great in darker colors, so will probably stay way from pastels for him.

I'm excited to get going on this and if I weren't going to a hockey game tonight, I'd probaby cast on and get started... maybe after the game and as I watch the ball drop on TV tonight. This is my first KAL and I'm really looking foward to participating and seeing how this KAL thing works.

Happy New Year to you all!! :happydance:

Lieuvena
12-31-2008, 06:10 PM
I can't wait to start this! I've been trying to decide if I wanted to order the Knit Picks interchangeable needles and didn't know if I should get the Harmony or Options, so I ordered a cable and then just one set of each type so that I could try them both out to see which ones I liked. Well they came in today! :yay: I'm so excited to try them out! I'll probably knit this with both and by the time I'm done I'll know what ones I like the best and order them.

Karina
12-31-2008, 06:30 PM
lieuvena - I have found that I use both the harmony and the options. the options for cotton or silk because it tend to stick to wooden needles even the harmonys. but I use harmony now for socks and lace to keep control of the stitches better.

Off to dig out my hibernating log cabin and yarn so I am ready tomorrow. Thought I would try to do one strip a day, I started a traditional log so will just carry on adding to it.

ruthknit
01-01-2009, 08:30 AM
Hi! Can I join in too for my first ever KAL?! I have a great stash of Debbie Bliss yarn that tries to escape every time I open my closet door!

I have the Mason Dixon book so I can work from there, trying to do a bit every day sounds like a good idea!

I made 'joining a KAL' one of my New Years Resolutions for 2009 and this seems like a great way to start the New Year!:woohoo:

Jan in CA
01-01-2009, 01:35 PM
Anyone can join, Ruth! :thumbsup:

I wish I could start now, but I'm going out of town for 4 days so it'll have to be next week. :doh:

ArtLady1981
01-01-2009, 03:54 PM
Hi fellow knitters! :waving:

This "planning" thread is now closed to further comments. We can, of course, read through it...there are lots of good notes made...but we'll post future comments in the actual January KH-KAL seamless blanket project! (http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1189412#post1189412) beginning today!

So then, let's roll! :knitting::guyknitting::knitting::guyknitting::kni tting: