. . . bloX and triX . . .

Today bloX and triX are out. Two large, reversible, extra soft and squishy shawls with a generous size and ‘syncopated’ brioche stitch patterns.

this is bloX

bloX is – as its name says – made of 2-color blocks. It is worked sideways and it has a triangular shape.

A schematic is included to play with color and bloX and make up your own bloX design.

The brioche stitch patterns are written out (no charts).

Size: as pictured with a sport weight yarn / 5 ply and 3.5 mm (US 3) needles: wingspan : ± 175 cm /69” and depth : ± 77 cm / 30”

What you’ll need
as pictured
sport / 5 ply
An equal amount of both colors (A and B)
each: ± 700 m / 770 yards
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3.5 mm (US 4) 2 double pointed needles for the I-cord cast on and bind off (optional)
tapestry needle
3 stitch markers

 

and this is triX

with triangular shapes. It is also worked sideways and it has a large V- or boomerang shape. The sample is knit with a DK weight but it can easily be knit in a lighter yarn weight with the same needle size or a smaller size. It will give a lightweight, summery and airy shawl, but it will be smaller. That should be no problem because one can add a motif or add stitches to the motifs to make them larger.

Size with DK weight and 4mm / US 6 needles at the given gauge, wingspan = ± 180 cm / 71”, depth: ± 50 cm / 9½”
With a lace weight or fingering weight it will be much smaller but it can easily be altered adding more stitches per motif or adding motifs.

What you’ll need
as pictured: DK / 8 ply
An equal amount of both colors (A and B)
each: ± 550 m / 600 yards
4 mm (US 6) circular needle
4 mm (US 6) 2 double pointed needles for the I-cord cast on and bind off (optional)
6 to 12 markers
tapestry needle

Gauge: is not crucial but will affect the width and length of your shawl
gauge of the sample (unblocked)
18 sts and 22 rows (1 row is once worked in color A and once in color B) in brioche stitch = 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check bloX out here and triX here

. . . never say never . . .

About a year ago I told a friend I would never, ever knit socks. Maybe I could try to knit one pair … But then after that one pair I would never do it again … swear.

Now – a few socks later – I am getting obsessed by socks, haha.

‘Never say never’ has been published today.

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These socks are knit toe up with stripes at the toes, heel and ribbing. The instep and leg have a cute little stitch pattern with nearly perfectly round holes. The heel is worked with short rows (instructions included) Tutorials to work the increases are also included.

Sizes
S / M / L to fit foot circumference: 19.5 / 22 / 24.5 cm (7.5 / 8.5 / 9.5 “)

Foot length: EUR 36 / 37, 38 / 39, 40 / 41
US 5 / 5.5, 6.5 / 7, 8 / 9
UK 3.5 / 4, 5 / 5.5, 6.5 / 7.5

Finished height = ± 22 cm / 8½”

What you’ll need
fingering / 4 ply
MC (main color): ± 270 m / 300 yards
CC (contrasting color): a few rests of sock yarn

2.5 mm (US 1½) circular needle
or 5 double pointed needles

tapestry needle

Check it out here

. . . yin yang dance . . .

Cables, eyelets, lace mesh, skinny sleeves, an unusual construction …
One of my test knitters came up with the name and it’s perfect, thank you, Sue …

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It all starts with a loop … an I-cord loop (see back of the pullover)continue-i-cord

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Yin yang dance is a modern, slightly oversized pullover with skinny sleeves.
After having worked the I-cord and the loop, stitches are picked up & knit to work the yoke and sleeves sideways in 3/1 rib later changing to 1/1 rib for the cuffs.

Then, stitches are picked up & knit to work the body top down with a cable and lace motif at the front. The motif is charted and written.

Two more small cable motifs finish the high-low hems at the sides and the sleeve cuffs.

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One of the test knitters made a variation of the front motif. She made a new chart for it. It is added on an extra page at the end. Thank you, Kate, (GardenKate on Ravelry)
Also thank you, Sue, (Sue-Cat on ravelry) who came up with the name.

Sizes
XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL  finished measurements: 32¼, 36¼, 39½, 43½, 47¼, 50½ “ (82, 92, 100, 110, 120, 128 cm)
Intended to be worn with 6 to 15 cm / 2½ to 6 “ of positive ease.

What you’ll need
± 1000/1100/1150/1250/1350/1450 m (1100/1200/1250/1350/1450/1600 yards) dk / 8ply weight
4 mm (US 6) circular needle and 2 double pointed needles
3.5 mm (US 4) circular needle
3 markers

Gauge
20 sts and 28 rows stockinette
= 10 x 10 cm (4”x4”)

Check it out here

how to … pompom and Co #3 …

I like the tassels on my new hat, but I want to try something else …
This is my hat without any pompom, tassel or anything …

In the large photo my hat is soaked in water and left to dry on a plate for a ‘beret’ look. The small photo on the right is ‘unblocked’.

And here with tassels (see previous post how to make them)

 

Maybe a pompom ?  (see here)

With other materials ? and a different look ?

Crochet chain might work … in a pop color. Let’s try.

I used some cheap acrylic yarn but with a terrific orange color to try it out. Crochet a chain of about 3 m / 3.30 yards (or longer), break the yarn and tie off.

Wind the chain around the thumb and pinky as shown. Cut another piece of yarn or use the 2 ends of your crochet chain to tie it firmly in the middle. That’s it.

 

Or ….

some curls ? knit ?

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I used DK yarn  and 4 mm / US 6 needles

Curl 1:                                                 Curl 2:                                           Curl 3:
Cast on 24 sts
                                    Cast on 20 sts                               Cast on 20 sts
row 1: purl all stitches.                      row 1: pfb*  every stitch              row 1: k1, yo, k1*
row 2: kfb*  every stitch.                   You now have 40 sts                              in every stitch.
You now have 48 sts                          Bind off all stitches                        You have 60 sts
row 3: purl all stitches.                                                                              Bind off all stitches
Bind off all stitches

  • kfb: knit in the front and back leg of the same stitch
  • pfb: purl in the front and back leg of the same stitch
  • k1, yo, k1: knit 1 st , yarn over, knit 1 st in the same stitch

 

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1, 2 or 3 ?

how to … pompom and Co #2 …

part two of pompom and Co: tassels and cords (see here for part 1: the real thing)

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How to make tassels

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Cut a piece of cardboard at the length of the tassel you want to make (the cardboard in the sample is 5.5 cm / 2“).

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Wind the yarn all around           The more you wind the         Cut a piece of yarn (± 20 cm
the cardboard.                             fuller the tassel.                     / 8”), thread it in a tapestry
…                                                  Cut the yarn.                           needle. Slide the needle be-
…                                                                                                   tween the cardboard and
…                                                                                                   the yarn.                     
                      

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Pull the needle through
             At the opposite side cut          Remove the cardboard.
and tie a knot.                           through all the yarn wrapped          
…                                                around the cardboard.

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Cut a 2nd piece of yarn
about 3 times the length of

the tassel, wind it at least
twice around the tassel to
form the head. Tie it very
firmly and cut the ends at
the same length as the tassel.

Ready … unless you want it to hang at the end of a cord …

How to make a cord

Decide how long and thick you want your cord to be. Each piece of yarn will be folded in half, twisted and folded on itself again, so using one strand results in a 4 strands thick cord. Using two strands will give you an eight strands thick cord (see left margin). Cut one (or more) piece(s) of yarn at four times the length of the cord you want to make.

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Fold the strand(s) in half.             Hold the ends in your left      Stretch the yarn and place
.                                                      hand.                                        your right index finger in 
…                                                                                                     the loop at the folded side.
…                                                                                                    Start twisting.

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Continue to twist in the
            Remove your finger from           Tie all the ends firmly in a
same direction until the            the loop and fold the                  little knot and trim the 
yarn is completely twisted        twisted cord in half. Hold            ends but don’t cut too
and tightened up.                      the two ends together.                much because the knot
…                                                 The cord will twist on itself.        could be undone

Attach the tassels to the cord and hide any yarn ends in the tassel. As you can see in the next pic the cords are the finer ones made with only one strand.

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And here they are on my new hat

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