Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rosie is ringing her Christmas Bells to announce this month's Challenge KAL!

August CHALLENGE KnitALong

Here is a photo of my cloth - I chose purple, just because I like those new poinsettias of that color!

 Day 2:
 Hoping to hear that you all have printed the file and are happily knitting away!
While I can't print the actual pattern here, I can give you a direct link - this is a members' only design, copyrighted by Susan Mrenna - please follow the rules!
 Please let everyone know what color you are using! and soon as you finish, post a photo in your yahoo album so we all can see!
  Click here to go to Poinsettia Pattern

Happy Knitting!  I will post a photo of my cloth later today ~ Linda

 Day 1:

Today we will begin our second *Christmas* cloth of the summer!
It is a Picture Cloth ~
This has been a very popular dishcloth, and that's putting it mildly!!

You will be knitting the Poinsettia Cloth!


Your supplies:
#7 needles, or your preferred size
1 skein solid cotton yarn, suggested color of red - as always, your choice of colors - I'd also suggest white, pink, or purple [or any other color you've seen poinsettia in!]

Your first *challenge* will be to go to our group files and get the pattern for yourself ~
This truly is NOT challenging!  but maybe some of you new group members haven't been there before-
this will give you a chance to see how easy it is and how many patterns are at your fingertips!

Go to our group's file site:
Yahoo Group files

At the site, click on:
2006 kals

Then, you will see two files:
* stars forever
* poinsettia   This is what you want! -mid nov.  - poinsettia --
click on it, then it opens PDF adobe doc., so you can save to your comp!

This is a members' only pattern  - it is also on Ravelry, as a member group pattern.
Designed by and copyrighted by Susan Mrenna.
Please, respect her copyright.

Okay - happy knitting!
ps- disclaimer: I will post the pattern here, later today, just in case -for whatever reason- some of you can't get access to the file

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Aug 1st 2017 KAL with Photos

Here is the KAL for Aug 1st, 2017:

Braid N Cable Cloth
Copyright © Janet Nogle 2017

Measurements:            8 ¼ x 7
Materials:  Cotton Yarn (1 skein). I used Cotton Ease in the color “Candy Blue”, #6 US Needles.
Note:  This is a cable cloth requiring a cable needle, you can substitute a cable needle with a DPN or check the internet for instructions on completing without either needle.
Cast on:  40
Rows 1-4:  Knit across.

Row 1:       K14, P2, *Sl 2 stitches to cable needle & hold in back of work, Knit next 2 stitches from left needle, Knit the 2 stitches on the cable needle; rep from * one more time, P2, K14.
Row 2:       K3, P11, K2, P8, K2, P11, K3.
Row 3:       K6, Sl 2 stitches on cable needle and put in back of work, Knit 2 stitches from left needle, then Knit 2 stitches from cable needle, K4, P2, K2, Sl 2 stitches to cable needle & put in front of work, Knit 2 stitches from left needle, Knit the 2 stitches from the cable needle, K2, P2, K4, Sl 2 stitches to cable needle & put in front of work, Knit 2 stitches from left needle, Knit the 2 stitches from cable needle, K6.
Row 4:       K3, P11, K2, P8, K2, P11, K3

Repeat above 4 rows till desired length. (repeated the set 11 more times).

Rows 1-4:  Knit across.

                                         Through Row 12
                                        Through Row 24

                                           Completed Cloth

Janet Nogle

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 20: Christmas in July KAL

Rosie says, "Knitting Christmas in July" !   COOL !!!!

hi fellow knitters -  here we are:  Christmas in July!!

Day 3:  Finished and Rosie-approved!

Your lovely KAL was designed by Janet - 
 yes, I did mine in Pink! ~ it will be for my grand-daughter, to show her what a retro tree is like, from my own childhood!

Post yours soon -- look forward to seeing all of your trees!

 If you want a copy of the original pattern, you can find it in our group files, Dec 16 2015:
KAL: Yahoo Group Files

 Thank you Janet for letting me host this Christmas in July KnitAlong!

 Day 2:

Here are the remainder of rows for this KAL - won't tell you what it is yet tho!
if you want to know, you need to finish knitting your cloth, or you will have to wait til tomorrow! [ Like waiting for that Christmas morning gift, huh?!]

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.

Rows 56-61: Knit across.
Bind Off
Happy Christmas in July!


July 20 - Day 1:
I'm going to tease you a bit, and only give you the first few rows! -
You can guess what we will be knitting!
See you tomorrow! ~ Linda

1 skein cotton yarn (2 ½ oz) - solid color - suggested color, green
#6 US knitting Needles
Stitches used:   Knit, Purl

Cast on: 49

Rows 1-6: Knit Across.

Row 1: K4, P41, K4.

Row 2: Knit Across.

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.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15 2017 KnitALong CHALLENGE

Rosie is ready to knit! 

 Finished my NewYork State dishcloth! ~
And, the bird coaster is there, as our state bird is the BlueBird....
 - knit in nautical colors to give my daughter - for using in her kitchen aboard their boat for the summer -
and yes, the main part of the cloth looks narrower - I did it on purpose, using a number 6 needle for the bottom and top borders, but a #5 for the main design. 
This gives it a nice way to grab the dishcloth and handy to use - [this one will be used, not just sitting in the drawer!]

July Challenge:
I thought for this month’s *Challenge KAL* it would be nice if members chose their own design!

 - from this website, Rhonda’s Knitting Knonsense, you can be knitting a dishcloth of your own state!

Patterns available for every state, she also has a pattern for a U.S.A. map if you prefer that.
Also available are dishcloth pictures for Australia, England, New Zealand, and Canada.

You could use your state’s colors, or any color of your own choice.
Have fun!  I will post a picture of my cloth later today.

Look forward to seeing what you choose to do – be sure to post your photo in our Yahoo Photo Albums! Happy Knitting!  ~Linda

Website to get your pattern:

Saturday, July 1, 2017

July 1st 2017 KAL

Rosie says, I'm a Princess today, and ready to Knit !

Day 2 -
July 1st 2017 KAL
"The Eagle Has Landed" designed by Elaine Fitzpatrick - see below for her website to obtain this pattern and MANY others too!

Hope everyone has their pattern - anyone finished yet?  it's a quick knit, with just knits and purls - I used a new yarn, Yarnspirations Caron Cotton Cakes in a self-striping colors of Red White Blue- the color name is Maritimes.   It's a nice yarn, drapes well for a soft dishcloth, not stiff or bulky.  It is a # 4 medium yarn, 60% cotton, 40% acrylic.  I would rather buy USA made yarn, but thought I'd take a look at how this knits up - 
Please, post your finished cloths on our yahoo albums so we can all see them -
Have a Happy Fourth of July holiday ~


July 1st 2017 KAL - Day 1

What you need:
# 6 knitting needles, to make an 8 x 8 inch dishcloth
1 [ONE] skein of cotton yarn, solid color of your choice,
Note:  to make it a la` July 4th/patriotic use 1 skein of  Red OR White OR Blue

This is a PICTURE cloth - 
NOTE: you want fabric to be fairly dense so design will *pop* out -  if you are a loose knitter, you may want to drop down a needle size

This pattern uses Knit [K] and Purl [P] stitches [st].

Pattern info:

With your chosen size needles and one skein of yarn [color, your choice],
cast on 37 stitches.

You can access this pattern thru the internet, at Elaine's site [AND see ALL her many patterns!]:

[which has a PDF that you can download]

You can access the pattern at Ravelry:

Happy Knitting! and Happy 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017
June 20 KAL 'Fire & Ice"

Think "Cool" , says Rosie!

Here's my finished Fire & Ice cloth - look forward to seeing the colors you all chose ~

p.s. - I placed one of our Tulip Tree blooms alongside my dishcloth - they just bloomed today! a tree full of *tulips* !



hi fellow knitters -

welcome to our second KAL for June!

Here is the start on my dish-cloth:

I'm using RED for my main/solid color
dibs and dabs of leftover VARIEGATED yarns in my stash ~

 This is a terrific pattern, because you can be as free as you want in using color!
[and it's another one of our moderator, Janet N's lovely designs!]

It will allow you to use some of those beautiful variegated yarns you have on hand -
and also you could use up some yarn stash - you know, those bits and pieces [I call them]- you know,
-the leftovers- from other projects!

Pattern calls for one solid color yarn and one skein Variegated [or you can choose your leftovers]
Recommended colors used in pattern:
1 skein Premium Passion [P&C yarn #128]
1 skein Variegated yarn

ANY two colors will work -
You will be *changing* colors every 2 rows - you do NOT need to cut yarn,
simply carry it alongside the border when changing to the other color.

What you need to know:   Colors used will be referred to as:

*Solid = Main Color
*Variegated = your choice of second color, whether solid or variegated is up to you

Needle: #6 or 7 whichever you prefer

No numbers or letters in this KAL!

PW =Purl Wise
W/YIF =With yarn in front
W/YIB =With yarn in back
Sl =Slip

To get started ~
Day 1:
Cast on 35

To continue your dish-cloth, go to our files at our group page, and you have your choice of downloading the pattern either as a Word doc. or as a PDF.
Here is a direct link, if you are unsure just where our files for dishcloths are kept:
Scroll down to our KAL for today:
    2010 Mid-Nov KAL - Fire and Ice

There is mis-numbering in the pattern in the KAL files - so I will notify Janet when she returns from vacation -
but it is NO problem!  In fact, the entire pattern is a repeat of the first 4 rows...
Here they are, if you just want to work from these -
[ you can repeat pattern for about 50 rows, end with a pattern 2 row, then knit 2 rows in your main color solid for border. ]

After your 2 rows of Border, begin these 4 pattern rows, repeated as many as you like*

Row 1: (Solid) K3, K2, *Sl 1 (PW), K5*; Repeat between *'s, end Sl 1, K2, K3

Row 2: (Solid) K3, Purl across row, slipping the previous Slip Stitches on to the
right needle (PW), K3

Start row 3 with the variegated yarn, dropping the solid color and let it run along
the side of the row.

Row 3: (Variegated) K3, *K5, Sl 1 (PW) *; Repeat between *'s, end K5, K3

Row 4: (Variegated) K3, *K5, W/YIF, Sl 1 (PW), W/YIB *; Repeat between *'s,
end K5, K3

Pick up solid and drop variegated, letting the variegated follow along the side of
the row. Follow this process when changing colors.

*  you can repeat pattern for about 50 rows, end with a pattern 2 row, then knit 2 rows in your main color solid for border.  Bind Off.

 Thank you Janet for letting me host the June KALs ~

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

KAL: June 15 CHALLENGE: Mini-Owl Cloth

Rosie says, Hi!
Jodi has announced the winner!
 Marti has won the Little Owl contest and received Jodi's e-book of 4 afghan/blanket squares - they are beautiful and Marti is anxious to start knitting! 
Congratulations, Marti - 
and Thank You so much, Jodi!


 Be sure to enter the new CONTEST!
Yes, the designer of the Little Owl cloth announced that she will choose a winner from those who knit and post their cloth on Ravelry for her.

   This is what she wants you to do:
* Post your completed washcloth on the project page by June 30th
* Be SURE to put 'KAL' in the project title
[so she knows it's a member's entry from our Group]
*WINNER will receive a FREE e-book, with her 4-blanket-squares in it
*Winner will be chosen on July 1st

 Hi everyone -
hope you've enjoyed this KAL - this little owl is so cute!  get a photo taken and post to your yahoo album - AND we will have a Contest for this KAL, winner to be chosen by the designer, Jodi Baldwin! Details will be posted soon -
   I knit another little cloth up yesterday - made with a smaller needle, so it's a baby-size washcloth - Fun!
  IF you want, you can use Jodi's directions to give your owl a face and outline all around, see her pattern for those details.
  Happy Knitting!

hi fellow knitters,

  The *challenge* for this cloth is using a Cable Needle ~
  grab your cold drink, your knitting needles and yarn - and
 let's knit up this sweet little dish-cloth ~

 I love this pattern!  and hope you will too - it's a fast knit - so you may finish it tonight~
  it will be a great cloth for a little one, or make a large
 size for a spa cloth, or a larger size would be great as a
 kitchen hot-pad.

[this was my test-knit cloth, done in Hot Pink, for my niece's baby, due any day now!]

 You need:
  - cotton yarn, solid color of your choice
 -  US Size 8 needles
  - Cable needle [only used in 3 rows! - if you don't have
 one, use a double pt. needle or even a pencil to hold those

  ~Finished cloth measures approx. 8.25 x 7.50 inches


 K – Knit,
 P – Purl
  C4F – Cable Four Front: Place 2 stitches on a cable

 needle, hold in front of work, Knit 2 stitches then

 Knit 2 stitches from the cable needle

  C4B – Cable Four Back: Place 2 stitches on a cable

 needle, hold in back of work, Knit 2 stitches then

 Knit 2 stitches from the cable needle

To start:

  - Cast on 24 stitches

  To continue  direct to the pattern, using this link [or copy/paste]


Then, on that page you will click on :

" This pattern is available as a free Ravelry download  "

 Happy Knitting!


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Rosie says, "Welcome to our June 1st KAL!"

Follow - up: Posting Photos for KAL - and CONTEST Winner Announced!


hi fellow knitters!
   I'm loving the lovely, different colored Dishcloth Dresses in our Yahoo Albums! Please, the rest of you get yours posted there too!

  ALSO - don't forget:  The Contest!
    The designer of the Dishcloth Dress has offered an autographed copy of her latest book of Dishcloth Dress Patterns to one lucky winner !   Be sure to post a photo at your projects page at Ravelry - and be certain to include the name of the pattern as Chicks and Ducks Knit Dress Dishcloth  - that way she can view all the submitted photos for this contest. 
  Your deadline is Thursday, June 15th - so get your camera out!

  Good luck to you all!
 Post photos at your project page at Ravelry:
Ravelry site, where you can see the Dishcloth dress and link to the designer's page and pattern:
Day 4  -
 I am not getting any emails thru to the list - this is the message I sent out today, Mon., June 5:
good morning fellow knitters ~
I have been sending emails to the group for two days, yet I don't see them coming into my mailbox, and have no messages thru the group from any of you - so I assume you are getting no messages thru this group...??

I have received emails from a few of you who wrote me directly, off the list.
I hope this one gets thru - it has the links to the pattern - [see, below below my name *Linda*]

we are working on the issue and hope resolves soon - meanwhile, post your finished dresses at your yahoo album! ~
Our blog, with access to this KAL:

Ravelry site, where you can see the Dishcloth dress and link to the designer's page and pattern:

If for some reason you can't access Ravelry, you can find her website and the pattern with this direct link, at:

 DAY 3
hi fellow knitters -
   Thank you for your messages telling how you enjoy this first KAL of June, I appreciate you letting me know!

  How is it coming along?  anyone finished with theirs? be sure to post a photo at your yahoo group album!

 Tomorrow I will give the info on how to post a photo to enter the contest that Deb T., designer, is offering - for one of her autographed books for a prize!  I hope you all will enter -
and more so, to show her how many of you there are and what different colors were used in knitting this little Dishcloth Dress of hers!

 Hope you agree that this is a fun knit!
As always:   Please let me know if you have any questions or any comments on this KAL.

  See you tomorrow to give all the Contest Rules!
[Your dishcloth dress has to be finished and you will be posting a photo online, so get your cameras/cell-phones ready too!]

I knit a second dress, showing it in different colors than my first one -
I didn't' crochet around the neckline, and so I added the little knit *flower* at the neckline, just to be different! 
Happy Knitting

DAY  2
good morning fellow knitters -
  I hope you all have downloaded your pattern and are busy knitting our June 1st KAL !
Once again, if you didn't get yesterday's KAL email:
 -I am hosting June and July KALs for Janet
- We are doing this new format of getting the pattern rows to you:
I am not sending daily rows, but am giving out the link to download the pattern yourself - go to our blog to obtain the link
-Because this is a free pattern does not mean you own it! please respect copyrights of the designer

Please let the group know the colors you are using for your *Dress*![you can email the group, or leave a comment here on this page, below]
~and when you are finished please post in your yahoo album!

 Who is eager to enter the CONTEST to win an "autographed copy of Deb Trainor's newest book,
*More Dishcloth Dresses* "?! 
Tomorrow I will let you know how you can do that - so get your Dress finished soon! There will be a time limit on entering Deb's contest.

   Also, if you haven't joined Ravelry, now would be the time!  All you need to do to sign up is to go to their site, enter your User Name [of your choice] and choose a password. That's it!  No charge! No emails will come your way!  And the benefits are access to thousands of patterns, many are free - you get to know a lot of designers - and you can post photos of your projects there too. You can sign up here:

See you tomorrow! 
happy knitting!  ~ Linda

DAY 1:

Welcome to our first KAL for the month of June!
I am filling in for Janet while she is on vacation for June and July.

Important reminder:  this and all of the KALs used this summer are copyright protected by the designers– please respect them.

For this KAL many of you will recognize the designer – Deb Trainor – she has had patterns included over the last few years in the knitting calendars that Janet has published. This pattern is "Dressing for Spring" ~
     WHY am I telling you all this?  
 Because this is the *new* format we will be using for June and July.  I will not be sending daily emails with rows for you to knit – instead, I will be emailing you the website where you can go yourself and download the full pattern – everyone can work at their own pace! 

I am hoping you will get the opportunity to know designers of these dishcloths – and find that many of them knit other things than dishcloths! – please take some time at their websites to see what all they have to offer –

We will have some fun too – as Deb Trainor is offering a prize at the end of this Knit-along!
 Okay, let’s get started!

For my own dishcloth pictured above:
 I used a cotton yarn, cream with purple flecks and for accent yarn I used a solid dark purple.

 Sample in Deb's pattern used Sugar and Cream Soft Violet #00093 and Country Yellow #01612

Here's your link to Deb's pattern at Ravelry:
    If you aren't a Ravelry member, now is the time to join! [it's free!]
 You will click on " This pattern is available for free! "

If for some reason you can't access Ravelry, you can find her website at:

 Happy Knitting!  Will check back with you tomorrow!