Sunday, January 14, 2018




Rosie says,
"I've got MY yarn!!"

hi fellow knitters!
Happy New Year!


I am so very excited to tell you about our first Challenge of the new year which is Double Knitting!
And the best part is, one of *our own* members* is the designer of this pattern which she has allowed us to use!
And please take a look at her website, "KraftersKorner.org"
I suggest that you read thru the instructions first - then grab your needle and yarns, and go!  It truly is easier than it may sound on paper! I will post my photos on our blog, [Monday afternoon] so you can take a look at how it progresses.
  Here we go! [thanks so very much, Dixie!] ~ Linda

My rows using Purple for border's first 3 rows
and for set-up row [increase row]
- and first stripe is my contrast color, Mint Green -
now, starting again with purple, after Row 6:



                                              Double Knit Dish Cloth

I am so honored that Linda our NY Hummingbird has chosen my pattern for our January challenge KAL.

My name is Dixie Sanderson.  I was fully sighted until 13 years ago, when I suddenly lost my sight.  This mint I had to relearn how to do my crafts with different techniques.  I have been a member of this group for several years, and have learned so much from the KALs that Janet and Linda have posted here.  This has made it so I am able to teach a monthly knit dish cloth on line at www.KraftersKorner.org using adapted techniques for those of us blind knitters.  This is a pattern I created for one of my classes, and thanks to Linda it is better than it was the first time I shared it.



Striped Double-Knit Dish Cloth


Copyright Dixie Sanderson 2018

Edited by Linda, our NY Hummingbird!

Supplies:


2 balls worsted weight cotton yarn in contrasting colors

Knitting needles size 6 or 7

Stitch markers

Tapestry needle to weave in ends


Abbreviations:


K = Knit

WYIF = With Yarn in Front

SL -= Slip stitch

KF&B = Knit in the front and back

PM = place marker

CB = Border color

CC= contrasting color

What is double-knitting?



Double-Knitting is knitting 2 layers of cloth at the same time.



This technique is sometimes used to knit things like sleeves or socks in which you would knit both the front and back of the item at one time.



In this project we are going to start with the border, then increase our stitch count significantly for the body of the cloth.

We will then knit one side of the fabric while slipping the stitches for the other side of the fabric.

Then in the next row we will knit the reverse side of the fabric and slip the stitches we used in the prior row.



It sounds a lot more complicated than it really is.



We will be slipping the stitches as to Purl.



With Your Border color, from here on referred to as CB . Cast on 33 stitches.

Knit 3 rows for the border.

Body:

Row 1, increasing row:  (With CB) K 3, PM, (KF&B, K1)13 times, K1, PM, K3. (46 stitches)



We are now going to start with our second color.

When starting a second color you want to bring the working yarn up and underneath the old yarn from the prior color.



There are any number of ways to mark your yarn so you know what color you’re using.



For example, I like to string a pony bead on the working yarn of one ball of yarn before using that color.  Then I just need to remember if the ball with the pony bead is my border color, or my contrast color.



Another option would be by putting one color into a ziplock bag and the other color in a different type of bag.  You could put one so the ziplock bag had a little hole in the bottom corner, and then feed the yarn through that corner.  That would mark one ball and have the other ball come out of the zipper side of the bag.



Another option would be putting a safety pin around the working strand of one color.



So now that you know which skein is which, let’s get started with the second color.



Row 2: (With CC) K3, (WYIF SL1, K1) 20 times, K3.

Row 3-5: Repeat row 2.

Row 6: (With BC) K3, (WYIF SL1, K1) 20 times, K3.

Row 7-9: Repeat row 6.



You should start to be able to feel the two layers of fabric by pulling the front away from the back.

Repeat rows 2-9 for desired length ending on a Row 5.



Decreasing row: (With CB) K3, (K2Tog, K1) 13 times, K4. (33 stitches)

Border: Knit 3 rows in CB.



Bind Off.



Dixie

@-> + <-@

Copyright Dixie Sanderson 2018

My finished dishcloth, which I did plain, no stripes - reversible, green/black variegated on one side, beige on other:




Sunday, December 31, 2017

January 1st 2018 KAL Year 2018 Cloth

January 1st 2018 KAL Year 2018 Cloth

Copyright © 2018 Janet Nogle



1 skein of cotton yarn (I used blue).
#6 US Knitting Needle

Cast on: 45
Border:
Rows 1-6:  Knit across.


Secondary Border:
Row 1:      Knit across.
Row 2:      K2, P41, K2.
Row 3:      Knit across.
Row 4:      K2, P41, K2.
(Repeat rows 1-4 three (3) more times)

Pattern:
Row 1:      Knit across
Row 2:      K2, P5, K5, P5, K4, P5, K1, P5, K4, P7, K2.
Row 3:      Knit across.
Row 4:      K2, P6, K1, P8, K1, P2, K1, P5, K1, P5, K1, P2, K1, P7, K2.
Row 5:      Knit across.
Row 6:      K2, P7, K1, P7, K1, P2, K1, P5, K1, P5, K1, P2, K1, P7, K2.
Row 7:      K10, P2, K33.
Row 8:      K2, P8, K1, P6, K1, P2, K1, P5, K1, P5, K1, P2, K1, P7, K2.
Row 9:      Knit across.
Row 10:    K2, P8, K1, P6, K1, P2, K1, P5, K1, P5, K1, P2, K1, P7, K2.
Row 11:    Knit across.
Row 12:    K2, P5, K4, P6, K4, P5, K1, P5, K4, P7, K2.
Row 13:    Knit across.
Row 14:    K2, P41, K2.
Row 15:    Knit across.
Row 16:    K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P7, K1, P9, K1, P4, K2.
Row 17:    Knit across.
Row 18:    K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P7, K1, P9, K1, P4, K2.
Row 19:    Knit across.
Row 20:    K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P7, K1, P9, K1, P4, K2.
Row 21:    Knit across.
Row 22:    K2, P2, K5, P3, K5, P3, K4, P4, K4, P4, K5, P2, K2.
Row 23:    Knit across.
Row 24:    K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P2, K2.
Row 25:    Knit across.
Row 26:    K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P3, K1, P2, K2.
Row 27:    Knit across.
Row 28:    K2, P2, K1, P3, K1, P3, K5, P3, K4, P4, K4, P4, K1, P3, K1, P2, K2.
Row 29:    Knit across.
Row 30:    K2, P41, K2.
Row 31:    Knit across.
Row 32:    K2, P41, K2.
Row 33:    Knit across
Repeat rows 30-33 three (3) more times.

Border:
Rows 1-6:  Knit across.
Bind off.
Weave in ends.

Friday, December 15, 2017

December Challenge KAL
Rosie wishes you all a very Merry Christmas!

hi and welcome to our  Dec. KAL challenge!

Are you tired of everything right now?  Does it all seem so much to do?  But you want to knit....but not anything difficult?
 You have come to the right place!

Our Challenge this month is: KNOTS!
yes, really, we are going to put knots into our cloths as we change colors of yarn!

A great use of those scraps of yarn you have!

You can design it any way you want - use colors you like - use only solids or only variegated - make it completely random - or - choose a color theme you like.

The designer cast on 38 stitches, with #6 needles, and garter stitch is used through-out.
When you have come to the end of your yarn, tie another length on - and double knot to keep secure and keep knitting!

  Keeping the knots all one one side does make it look better organized if you want.

Here is my cloth in progress:
 Keeping my KNOTs all on one side, above ['whisker' knots not clipped yet, will do when finished and off the needles]


 The other side, free of the knots.

That's it!
Find the complete description and info at her site:
Whiskers Cloth

Merry Christmas to you all ~

Thursday, November 30, 2017

December KAL's

Here are the KAL's and photos:

December 1st 2017 Christmas Tree

Copyright © Janet Nogle 2015


Materials: 1 skein cotton yarn (2 ½ oz)
                   #6 US knitting Needles
Cast on:    49
Border:   
Rows 1-6: Knit Across.
Pattern:
Row 1:      K4, P41, K4.
Row 2:      Knit Across.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 two more times. Then start body:

Row 3:      K4, P41, K4.
Row 4:      K22, (P1, K1) x2, P1, K22.
Row 5:      K4, P19, K1, P1, K1, P19,, K4.
Row 6:      K22, (P1, K1) x2, P1, K22.
Row 7:      K4, P19, K1 P1, K1, P19, K4.
Row 8:      K22, (P1, K1) x2, P1, K22.
Row 9:      K4, P7, (K1, P1) x13, K1, P7, K4.
Row 10:    K12, (P1, K1) x 12, P1, K12.
Row 11:     K4, P7, (K1, P1) x 13, K1, P7, K4.
Row 12:    K12, (P1, K1) x 12, P1, K12.
Row 13:    K4, P9, (K1, P1) x11, K1, P9, K4.
Row 14:    K12, (P1, K1) x12, P1, K12.
Row 15:    K4, P9, (K1, P1) x 11, K1, P9, K4.
Row 16:    K14, (P1, K1) x 10, P1, K14
Row 17:    K4, P9, (K1, P1) x 11, K1, P9, K4.
Row 18:    K14, (P1, K1) x 10, P1, K14.
Row 19:    K4, P11, (K1, P1) x 9, K1, P11, K4.
Row 20:   K14, (P1, K1) x 10, P1, K14.
Row 21:    K4, P11, (K1, P1) x 9, K1, P11, K4.
Row 22:   K16, (P1, K1) x 8, P1, K16.
Row 23:   K4, P11, (K1, P1) x 9, K1, P11, K4.
Row 24:   K16, (P1, K1) x 8, P1, K16.
Row 25:    K4, P13, (K1, P1) x 7, K1, P13, K4
Row 26:   K16, (P1, K1) x 8, P1, K16.
Row 27:    K4, P13, (K1, P1), x 7, K1, P13, K4.
Row 28:   K18, (P1, K1) x 6, P1, K18.
Row 29:   K4, P13, (K1, P1) x 7, K1, P13, K4.
Row 30:   K18, (P1,, K1) x 6, P1, K18.
Row 31:    K4, P15, (K1, P1)x 5, K1, P15, K4
Row 32:   K18, (P1, K1) x 6, P1, K18.
Row 33:   K4, P15, (K1, P1) x5, K1, P15, K4.
Row 34:   K20, (P1,K1) x4,  P1, K20.
Row 35:    K4, P15, (K1, P1) x 5, K1, P15, K4.
Row 36:   K20, (P1, K1) x 4, P1, K20.
Row 37:    K4, P17, (K1, P1) x3, K1, P17, K4.
Row 38:   K20, (P1, K1) x4, P1, K20.
Row 39:   K4, P17, (K1, P1) x3, K1, P17, K4.
Row 40:   K22, (P1, K1) x2, P1, K22.
Row 41:    K4, P17, (K1, P1) X3, K1, P17, K4.
Row 42:   K22, (P1,, K1) x 2, P1, K22.
Row 43:   K4, P19, (K1, P1) x 1, K1, P19, K4.
Row 44:   K22, (P1, K1) x 2, P1, K22.
Row 45:    K4, P19, K1, P1, K1, P19, K4.
Row 46:   K24, P1, K24.
Row 47:    K4, P19, K1, P1, K1, P19, K4.
Row 48:   K24, P1, K24.
Row 49:   K4, P41, K4.
Row 50:   K24, P1, K24.
Row 51:    K4, P41, K4.
Row 52:    Knit across.
Row 53:    K4, P41, K4.
Row 54:    Knit across.
Row 55:    K4, P41, K4.

Border:
Rows 56-61:      Knit across.
Bind Off
Weave in Ends

Moss Stitch Christmas Tree Design


December 20th 2017 Christmas Lace Dishcloth
©Cathy Waldie, December 23, 2007





Materials:  I used Bernat Holly Jolly Prints for Christmas but would be pretty in red.  #6 US Knitting Needles
Designer:  Cathy Waldie
Notes:  K2Tog = Knit 2 sts together
              YO = Yarn Over

C/O 34 sts

1-6) Knit for bottom border

Begin pattern

7) K3, *K3, K2 tog, YO * 5 times, K6.

8, 10) K3, P28, K3

9) K3, *K3, YO, Sl 1, K1, PSSO,* 5 times, K6.
10) K3, P28, K3

11 – 50) repeat rows (7 – 10) for a total of 11 pattern repeats.

51-57) Knit for top border

58) B/O in P


Cut cotton, weave in ends, and steam block...and you're ready to pair it up for gift giving with the Christmas Joy Kitchen Hanging Hand Towel (pattern in previous post), or use it alone! (not to mention..you're now ready to do the dishes......)
Cathy can be found at:

 Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Janet Nogle























































































Sunday, November 19, 2017

November 20th 2017 KAL - Chessboard Cloth

I recommend any Fall color.  I used Burnt Yellow for this one.
  
I will post the photos either today or tomorrow on our blog.

This is the pattern in its entirety.
Using Lifelines will help with any project. If you aren't sure what that is, there is plenty of info on the Internet about it but it is basically where you put thread or thin yarn through a row already worked, designating that all the rows to that point are error free. You should document what row you put the lifeline in so you have a point of reference. If you make any error after that point, you know you are OK with the previous rows anyway.

Any questions?  Just send a note to the group and we will answer for you.
This KAL is a Lace cloth.



Designer:  Janet Nogle
KAL Name:  Chessboard Cloth
Level of Difficulty:  Easy
Materials: 1 skein of cotton yarn; #6 or #7 US knitting needles.
Cast on:  Multi 14 + 7 (28 + 7= 36 + 6 border+42)
NOTES:  YO:  Yarn Over
K2Tog:  K2 Together

Border:
Rows 1-4:  Knit across.
Pattern:
Row 1:            K3, P7, *K7, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 2:            K10, *P7, K7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 3:            K3, P7, *K3, YO, K2Tog, K2, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 4:            K10, *P7, K7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 5:            K3, P7, *K1, K2Tog, YO, K1, YO, K2Tog, K1, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 6:            K10, *P7, K7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 7:            K3, P7, *K3, YO, K2Tog, K2, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 8:            K10, *P7, K7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 9:            K3, P7, *K7, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 10:         K10, *P7, K7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 11:         K10, *P7, K7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 12:         K3, P7, *K7, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 13:         K6, YO, K2Tog, K2, *P7, K3, YO, K2Tog, K2; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 14:         K3, P7, *K7, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 15:         K4, K2Tog, YO, K1, YO, K2Tog, K1, *P7, K1, K2Tog, YO, K1, YO, K2Tog, K1; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 16:         K3, P7, *K7, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 17:         K3, *K3, YO, K2Tog, K2, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 18:         K3, P7, *K7, P7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 19:         K10, *P7, K7; repeat from *, end K3.
Row 20:         K3, P7, *K7, P7; repeat from *, end K3.

Repeat rows 1-20 again, and rows 1-9 once again.  Work Border.

Border:
Row 1-4:        Knit across.

Janet Nogle



Wednesday, November 15, 2017



 Welcome to the November 2017 Dishcloth Challenge!

Rosie says,
The Turkey will be Dressed, so I got Dressed too, in my new purple bandana and flower headband-all set for Turkey Day!

My finished dishcloth for the November Challenge KAL:


~ knit by Linda
~ Pattern design by and graciously given to us by Kelli Small
TicTacToe Mosaic Dishcloth

 

Tic-Tac-Toe Mosaic
Slip-Stitch Dishcloth
 
Copyright 2016 Kelli Small


Materials Needed
 Two colors worsted weight cotton yarn (best results with contrasting colors).
You will need approximately 60-80 yards in each color. [Lily Sugar’n Cream, I Love This Cotton and similar yarns are good for this project]


 Post your photo at Ravelry and at your Yahoo Album page!

Copyright 2016 Kelli Small

NOTE: Due to this being a copyright pattern, directions have been taken down, one week after the 1st day;  you could still access the pattern by purchasing it at the designer's page at:
 https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/tic-tac-toe-mosaic-knit-dishcloth