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Knitting Comics by Natalie Dee

If you’re not familiar was the wacky comics of Natalie Dee, you should definitely check her out.  Some of my favorites of her knitting comics are listed (and linked) below:

 

 

 

 

Fiber Craft Anthology Project

Hello lovelies!  I am currently collecting submissions for a Knit and Crochet Anthology project.  This project will exclusively feature patterns from fiber artists on Google Plus with a planned release date early in 2012.  Here are the important details:

– The set of patterns will be published on Smashwords and will be available for free download

– All artists included must have an account on Google Plus (and ideally also one on Ravelry)

– Only knit and crochet patterns will be included in this project

– As this book will be available free of charge, artists will not be compensated and should choose patterns for submission that they are comfortable making available for free

– All patterns should be beta tested (you and / or someone else must have made the project based on your pattern)

– Artists will be asked to make a sample project and to be prepared to send your project either to me or to the project’s professional photographer (the amazing Evelyn Lamprey)

– You will retain the copyright for your patterns – you are giving me permission to include the pattern in this anthology but this does not prohibit you from using your pattern in any other way you see fit and / or publishing it elsewhere

Why You Should Participate

– Offering this for free will help drive traffic to your website, G+ page and Ravelry page, thus enticing fiber enthusiasts to purchase some of your other patterns that might be available

– This is a great way to get your name out if you are a new / beginning designer

– This helps us build the vibrant fiber community on Google +

If you’re interested in participating, please download this document, complete all requested details and send it to me as an attachment to:

missbeckyknits@gmail.com

Baby Blocks

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Lately I’ve been on a baby blocks kick – I started by making a set of blocks for Amy’s nephew for his birthday (which were a big hit) and I liked making them so much I kept going!  I’m working on sets of 4 or 6 blocks using squares of foam and sock yarn with #3 needles.  The best part is that I can work on them while focused on other things or watching TV – it’s just a garter stitch the whole way,  The trickiest part is sewing the pieces together in a way that looks reasonably neat, but so far so good.  This week I’m headed to a new knitting group with some friends and I’ll be bringing my blocks with me.

Pocket Monster

My friend Jenn is having a rough time – she and her youngest son have both had surgery recently – so I decided she needed a special present.  Tomorrow morning this Pocket Monster will go to the post office, but I wanted to put a picture up here before he went into the mail.

My turn for a scarf!

Usually I knit with wool, but since I can’t wear it I’m always looking for different yarns that feel nice but aren’t impossible to knit with. Some of the cottons I’ve used have driven me CRAZY because they tangle so easily and make it really hard to keep consistent tension. My current scarf is worsted weight, 50% super fine nylon 50% super fine acrylic. I don’t usually like to knit much with acrylic but the nylon makes it nice and smooth and the acrylic makes it washable!

CO 18 sts
P all rows

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to put fringe on the ends.

This is also a nice practice in keeping consistent tension and you can really see if you have a consistent gauge or not.

Sampler Scarf

This is a fun scarf pattern adapted from one I found on lionbrand.com. They designed the scarf almost twice as wide as my pattern below, but I really liked the idea of the sampler where you can practice different kinds of stitches, and it still makes a pretty scarf. I picked this yarn both because it was nice and soft and the higher acrylic content means it’s easier to wash and dry without worry. I almost always use circular needles rather than straight needles as I find my gauge and tension stay more consistent.

Yarn: Reynolds Signature; 80% acrylic 20% wool
Color: 044 (forest green)
Needles: 16″ round 9

Note: each row begins and ends with K4 to create garter stitch border

CO 24 sts
K 6 rows

Basket Weave (12 rows)
row 1: K all sts
rows 2-6: K4 *K4, P4* until 4 sts from end, K4
row 7: K all sts
rows 8-12: K4 *P4, K4* until 4 from end, K4

Repeat Basket Weave set of 12 rows (total 24 rows Basket weave)

K 4 rows

Mesh Stitch (4 rows)
row 1 (RS): K4*YO, K2tog* until 4 from end, K4
row 2 – K4, P16, K4
row 3 – K4 *SKP, YO* until 4 from end, K4
row 4 – K4, P16, K4

Repeat Mesh Stitch set of 4 rows (total 8 rows Mesh Stitch)

K 4 rows

Sugar Cubes Stitch (8 rows)
row 1 (RS): K all sts
row 2: K4 *P6, K2* repeat until 4 sts from end, K4
row 3: K4 *P2, K6* repeat until 4 sts from end, K4
row 4: K4, P16, K4
row 5: K all sts
row 6: K4, P2, K2, P6, K2, P4, K4
row 7: K8, P2, K6, P2, K6
row 8: K4, P16, K4

Repeat Sugar Cubes stitch set of 8 rows (total 16 rows Sugar Cubes stitch)

Seed Stitch (2 rows)
row 1: K4 *K1, P1* until 4 sts from end, K4
row 2: K4 *P1, K1* until 4 sts from end, K4

Repeat Seed Stitch set of 2 rows, 4 times (total 8 rows Seed Stitch)

Repeat the following section until scarf is desired length:
*****
K 4 rows
24 rows Basket Weave
K 4 rows
8 rows Mesh Stitch
K 4 rows
16 rows Sugar Cube Stitch
K 4 rows
8 rows Seed Stitch
*****
Finish scarf by K 6 rows

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