Saturday, December 1, 2018

December KAL and Special Christmas Cloth

Here is our December KAL and a special cloth for Christmas.

Christmas Special Cloth

Copyright © Janet Nogle 2018


1 skein cotton yarn, I used Peaches N Crème Abby Rose, #6 US Knitting Needles.

Notes: SSK=Slip 1, Slip 1, K2Tog; K2Tog=Knit 2 stitches together; YO=yarn over.

Cast on:   Multiple of 12 +1 (36+1=37+4 border=41)

Border:
Rows 1-2:   Knit across.

Pattern:
Row 1:        (RS) Knit across
Row 2:        (WS) Knit across
Row 3:        Knit across
Row 4:        Knit across
Row 5:        K3, *(K2Tog) x2, (YO, K1)x3, YO, SSK, SSK K1; repeat from
across, end K2.
Row 6:        K2, P37, K2.
Row 7:       K3, *(K2Tog) x2, (YO, K1) x3, YO, SSK, SSK K1; repeat from
across, end K2.
Row 8:       K2, P37, K2.
Row 9:       K3, *(K2Tog) x2, (YO, K1) x3, YO, SSK, SSK K1; repeat from
across, end K2.
Row 10:     K2, P37, K2.
Row 11:     K3, *(K2Tog) x2, (YO, K1) x3, YO, SSK, SSK K1; repeat from
across, end K2.
Row 12:     K2, P37, K2.
Repeat the above 12 rows for pattern. I repeated the 12 rows 3 more times and knitted rows 1-4 once more.

Border:
Rows 1-2:   Knit across.
Bind off, weave in ends.

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This was originally a large swatch for December in 2017. I have converted to a KAL for 2018 by adding a few more stitches for the border.

Knitted in a multiple of 18 sts, + 11 and a 16-row repeat.
Cast on:  37 stitches (18 + 11 = 29+8 Border=37)

Materials:  I used a skein of green yarn.

Border:
Row 1 & 2:       Knit across
Row 1 - right side: B4, K1, * yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo, k9; rep from * to last 12 sts, yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo, k1, B4.
Row 2 and all wrong side rows: B4, P29, B4.
Row 3: B4, K1, * k1, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k10; rep from * to last 12 sts, k1, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k2, B4.
Row 5: B4, K1, * k2, yo, p1, S2KP, p1, yo, k11; rep from * to last 12 sts, k2, yo, p1, S2KP, p1, yo, k3, B4.
Row 7: B4, K1, * k3, yo, S2KP, yo, k12; rep from * to last 12 sts, k3, yo, S2KP, yo, k4, B4.
Row 9: B4, K1, * k9, yo, p3, S2KP, p3, yo; rep from * to last 12 sts, k10, B4.
Row 11: B4, K1, * k10, yo, p2, S2KP, p2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 12 sts, k10, B4.
Row 13: B4, K1, * k11, yo, p1, S2KP, p1, yo, k2; rep from * to last 12 sts, k10, B4.
Row 15: B4, K1, * k12, yo, S2KP, yo, k3; rep from * to last 12sts, k10, B4.
Row 16: B4, P29, B4.
Repeat rows 1-16 and then rows 1-8 once more and work border or repeat rows 1-16 till desired length:
Border:
Row 1 & 2:       Knit across.
(I worked rows 1-16 a total of 2 times and then worked rows 1-8 once more and then worked the border)


Knitting abbreviations:
B4: Border stitches: Knit 4
K: Knit | P: Purl | Yo: Yarn over.
S2KP: sl2tog-k1-p2sso - Slip 2 stitches together as if to knit 2 stitches together, knit1, pass the slip stitches one at a time over the stitch just knitted and drop them.\

Janet Nogle











































































Thursday, November 8, 2018

Nov/Dec KAL -Challenge-

 Rosie invites you to the November/December Challenge KAL!



This is a specially wonderful knit-along for the Christmas Season!  This talented lady has designed a Blanket knitalong that we can join!  AND for those who like a *mystery*, she doesn't reveal each block's photo until the day of the pattern!
 
  There are 12 blocks  - if you knit all of them and put together, you have a nice size blanket [each square is 10in x 10in]

  All the info you need is at her site - here is the link:
Xmas Blanket KnitAlong


I will not be posting any of her photos, but as I complete each square I will post pictures of my own.

Please join in, it will be fun for sure!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

November 2018 KAL - Turkey Day Dishcloth


Turkey Day Dishcloth
Gobble gobble!  Let's pick up our needles and get a jump on our Thanksgiving kitchen decor!


Thanks to Kelly for her design.




Supplies:
1 Skein Lily Sugar n Cream yarn

US #3/3.25mm needles
Yarn needle

(Finished size approximately 9" x 8-1/2")


Instructions:
Cast on 49 sts
Rows 1-6: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1

Row 7 (and all odd rows): (K1, P1) x2, P41, (P1, K1) x2
Row 8: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2
Row 10: (K1, P1) x2, K18, P2, K1, P2, K18, (P1, K1) x2
Row 12: (K1, P1) x2, K19, P1, K1, P1, K19, (P1, K1) x2
Row 14: (K1, P1) x2, K19, P1, K1, P1, K19, (P1, K1) x2
Row 16: (K1, P1) x2, K18, P5, K18, (P1, K1) x2
Row 18: (K1, P1) x2, K17, P7, K17, (P1, K1) x2
Row 20: (K1, P1) x2, K16, P2, K5, P2, K16, (P1, K1) x2
Row 22: (K1, P1) x2, K15, P2, K7, P2, K15, (P1, K1) x2
Row 24: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P12, K9, P12, K4, (P1, K1) x2
Row 26: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P13, K9, P13, K3, (P1, K1) x2
Row 28: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P14, K9, P14, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 30: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P12, K1, P2, K9, P2, K1, P12, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 32: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P11, K3, P2, K7, P2, K3, P11, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 34: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P10, K5, P2, K5, P2, K5, P10, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 36: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P9, K7, P2, K3, P2, K7, P9, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 38: (K1, P1) x2, K1, P8, K9, P2, K1, P2, K9, P8, K1, (P1, K1) x2
Row 40: (K1, P1) x2, K2, P6, K9, P3, K1, P3, K9, P6, K2, (P1, K1) x2
Row 42: (K1, P1) x2, K3, P4, K9, P4, K1, P4, K9, P4, K3, (P1, K1) x2
Row 44: (K1, P1) x2, K4, P2, K9, P4, K3, P4, K9, P2, K4, (P1, K1) x2
Row 46: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K8, P4, K2, P1, K2, P4, K8, P1, K5, (P1, K1) x2
Row 48: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K7, P4, K2, P3, K2, P4, K7, P1, K5 (P1, K1) x2
Row 50: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K6, P5, K7, P5, K6, P1, K5, (P1, K1) x2
Row 52: (K1, P1) x2, K5, P1, K5, P6, K2, P1, K1, P1, K2, P6, K5, P1, K5, (P1, K1) x2
Row 54: (K1, P1) x2, K6, P1, K3, P8, K5, P8, K3, P1, K6, (P1, K1) x2
Row 56: (K1, P1) x2, K7, P12, K3, P12, K7, (P1, K1) x2
Row 58: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P21, K10, (P1, K1) x2
Row 60: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P10, K1, P10, K10, (P1, K1) x2




Row 62: (K1, P1) x2, K10, P9, K3, P9, K10, (P1, K1) x2
Row 64: (K1, P1) x2, K11, P7, K5, P7, K11, (P1, K1) x2
Row 66: (K1, P1) x2, K12, P5, K7, P5, K12, (P1, K1) x2
Row 68: (K1, P1) x2, K41, (P1, K1) x2
Rows 70 - 74: (K1, P1) to last stitch, K1


Bind off in (K1, P1) pattern

Weave in ends and block.


Janet Nogle








































































Tuesday, October 16, 2018


 October Challenge
Happy October, a month of Falling Leaves, Jack-O-Lanterns, and Halloween ~

  Rosie says,
"  Smile! "


For this month, we're knitting a bit of fun ~ my first one:


  This dishcloth is cute - and  if done in orange, would make a perfect Jack-O-Lantern!!

The Smiley-Face-Dishcloth

Leanne's Dishcloth~

  You can access the pattern by Leanne thru Ravelry -
Smiley Face Dishcloth


or-
 direct at the link, below, courtesy of the WaybackMachine -
 Smiley Face dishcloth


I'm working on doing two of these in Orange, for my grand-children for Halloween!
Will post when finished ~
Happy Knitting!



Sunday, September 30, 2018

October 2018 KAL Snowflake Lace Gift Bag


We are doing something a little different this month.  I wanted to give you a chance to knit something that could be used as a gift bag for Christmas for either candies, or lavender or whatever you would want to share with someone. If you fill it with lavender or other scents you can place in a drawer, if you decide to use for candy it works great, I put Hershey Mini Candy Bars in mine.  You can also line it if you like. I didn’t go the lining route, but it is up to how you want to finish it.



If you prefer to do this as a cloth, just cast on 37 and work as the pattern is stated OR cast on 45 and use 8 stitches for the border, 4 stitches on each side.

The two photos below are as follows: one is of the completed bag and the other shows what it looks like when filled.




1 skein cotton yarn, I used red, #5 US Knitting Needles.

Size: 5 ½ X 4 ½

Notes: SSK=Slip 1, Slip 1, K2tog; K2Tog=knit 2 stitches together. The instructions for SL2, K1, P2SSO are just like the S1 1, K1, PSSO you are just doing it with two stitches instead. I past my stitches over one at a time.

Cast on:   45

Row 1:        (RS) K1, *K3, SSK, YO, K1, YO, K2Tog; repeat from * to last 4: K4.
Row 2:        (WS) Purl
Row 3:        K1, *K4, YO, SL 2, K1, P2SSO, YO, K1;  repeat from * to last 4: K4.
Row 4:        Purl
Row 5:        K1, *K3, SSK, YO, K1, YO, K2Tog; repeat from * to last 4: K4.
Row 6:        Purl.
Row 7:        SSK, *YO, K1, YO, K2Tog, K3, SSK; repeat from * to last 3: YO, K1, YO, K2Tog.
Row 8:        Purl.
Row 9:        K1, *YO, SL 2, K1, P2SSO, YO, K5; repeat from * to last 4: YO, SL 2, K1, P2SSO, YO, K1.
Row 10:      Purl.
Row 11:      SSK, *YO, K1, YO, K2Tog, K3, SSK; repeat from * to last 3: YO, K1, YO, K2tog.
Row 12:      Purl.

Repeat the above 12 rows for pattern. I repeated the 12 rows 2 more times. For larger bag, repeat the 12 row set 2 more times and you can enlarge by adding more stitches to cast on in increments of 8 stitches.

Finish: I finished off by doing a Picot Bind off after completing the repeat rows 1-12 (make sure to end with a Purl row). Next row: Bind off 2 stitches, * slip that stitch back to left hand needle, cast on 2 stitches using cable cast on method. This cable cast on can be found by googling the term if you are not familiar with it.  Now bind off 5 sts; repeat from * to end. Cut yarn and draw yarn through last stitch on needle. 

To complete, fold in half (wrong sides together) join sides and bottom. Thread ribbon or yarn through holes in lace, pull and secure after filling the bag. I put Hershey mini bars in my bag.

Janet Nogle














































































Saturday, September 15, 2018

September 15 Challenge KAL: Mom's Favorite Circular DishCloth

Rosie says:  Happy September!
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September 2018 Challenge KAL:

            Circular Dishcloth, “Mom’s Favorite”

Dedicated to my mom:   in memory of Helen ~ July 1925 – August 2018


My mom was a crochet artist – I didn’t learn to crochet, but I learned to knit – so she gave me this pattern that a friend of hers had made – and she loved the result so much, she kept buying me yarn to keep making them! And over the years I have knit hundreds of these circular cloths!  I hope it will become a favorite of yours too.

1 skein Cotton yarn, solid or variegated [I used a variegated, 'Jewel Ombre', from the original Peaches & Creme yarn]

1 pair # 6 straight needles [or your usual size needles that you are comfortable with]

Note:

We will be knitting a circular design pattern, but using straight needles!

This can happen because you will be doing what is referred to as “short rows” – the direction will be given as ‘Turn’ –

To ‘Turn’ you simply turn your needle around, same as you would whenever you get to the end of any knit row – yes, it will leave some stitches on that needle, but that is the way it works! [When you turn your work, you will be simply knitting back to the start of your project, the outside edge.]

There is also a YO – Yarn Over ~ you simply bring your yarn around the needle and knit your next stitch – this adds a stitch, and also leaves an eyelet-lace-space within your cloth

Bind Off = as you generally do for a bind off, knit 2 stitches, pass the first over the second and knit onward as directed

BUT---As my mom always said, “Just do it… don’t try to second-guess what’s next!  Don’t read ahead, just follow the pattern as it goes!”





Ready? Let’s knit!

First:  Cast on 15 stitches

Row 1 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 1 stitch at end of row, Turn

Row 2 – Knit to end of row [this brings you back to beginning, so proceed to row 3]

Row 3 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 2 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 4 – Knit to end of row

Row 5 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 3 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 6 – Knit to end of row

Row 7 – BIND OFF  3 stitches, and then knit to within 4 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 8 – Knit to end of row. This has formed your first ‘point’.

Row 9 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 5 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 10 – Knit to end of row

Row 11 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 6 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 12 – Knit to end of row

Row 13 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 7 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 14 – Knit to end of row

Row 15 – BIND OFF 3 stitches, knit to within 8 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 16 – Knit to end of row. This forms another ‘point’

Row 17 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 9 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 18 – Knit to end of row

Row 19 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 10 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 20 – Knit to end of row

Row 21 – Knit 3, YO, knit to within 11 stitches at end of row, Turn

Row 22 – Knit to end of row

Row 23 – BIND OFF 3 stitches, knit to end of row. Another ‘point’ formed

Row 24 – Knit to end of row. This will bring you back to the outer edge of the circle. This forms ‘1 Section’

-      You now have 15 stitches on your needle, as at the beginning.

Repeat the 24 rows, until you have made 7 sections.

[3 'points' in each section, 7 sections total = 21 points finished]





Bind off.  Sew seam.

Admire your Mom’s Favorite Dish-cloth!

And drop a note to our group, telling us what color you chose to knit with!

Post a photo in your Yahoo Album for us to see!




Friday, August 31, 2018

September 2018 KAL Scallop Stitch Cloth


Copyright © Janet Nogle 2018


1 skein cotton yarn, I used bright Yellow, #6 US Knitting Needles.
Notes: SKP=Slip 1, knit 1, psso (pass slip stitch over); K2Tog=Knit 2 stitches together; YO=yarn over, make sure you complete the last YO before completing the K2Tog on row 5.

Your stitch counts will change depending on which row you are working so I have added at the end of each row how many stitches you should have after completion.

Cast on:   Multiple of 13 +2 (for small cloth: 26+2=28+8border=36) For larger cloth, add an addition 13 stitches.

Border:
Rows 1-2:   Knit across.

Pattern:
Row 1:        (RS) K5, *SKP, K9, K2Tog; repeat from * to last 5: end K5. 32 sts
Row 2:        (WS) K4, P28, K4. 32 sts
Row 3:        K5, *SKP, K7, K2Tog; repeat from *to last 5: K5. 28 sts
Row 4:        K4, P28, K4.  28 sts
Row 5:        K5, *SKP, YO (K1, YO) x5, K2Tog; repeat from * to last 5:  K5. 36 sts.
Row 6:        Knit across.  36 sts.

Repeat the above 6 rows for pattern. I repeated the 6 rows 6 more times.

Border:
Rows 1-2:   Knit across.
Bind off, weave in ends.

Janet Nogle