How to knit pictures, again…

Here is again about how to knit pictures: without fear and with much fun!

Attitudes: 

1. Use common sense as oppose to relying on instructions along. Sometimes looking at your knitting makes it easier to figure out what to do.

2. Adopt attitude of ‘no biggy’.

3. Instead of thinking you made a horrid mistake, call it a new design element. See – didn’t it get pretty immediately?

I just go on knitting.

Technically: all I do is knit and purl. Adding/ending/carrying yarn is done by weaving-in the extra yarn (or yarn tail) as I knit along.

Adding a new yarn: knot it to the old yarn, or weave it in 7-9 sts before you need it (so it is ready and secure in place).

switching yarns: stick the needle into your next st, hold the new yarn ready to use. Now place the old yarn in between the needles and the new yarn, so that when you knit, the new yarn will ‘hug’ the old yarn in place (‘sandwich’ it). Inserting the needle first into the next st will save you from a lot of trouble.

Weaving-in the other yarn: same as switching yarns. Stick the needle into the next st and place the unused yarn in between the needles and the working yarn. Note: I alternate between moving the yarn upward (right photo) and down (left photo) but that’s not a must.

Just think of hugging. Make sure the unused yarn/tail is being hugged-in by the working yarn. That’s it.

Shadow of a leaf

I’ve been playing for a while with a design for a knit Baby blanket, to go with our second Elfy book. The first one, The Mushroom under the Elf, has a game blanket as a part of the book and it’s also the back cover. For the second book I was thinking of something like a friendship pattern, which in the story is made out of oak leaf/leaves. But when I did the previous blanket, with the 2+2 pattern (see previous post, and free pattern), it surprised me by somehow having the right feeling of falling leaves and woods. That led to this blanket.

The knitting itself is very simple and knits fast. There is no carrying of yarns etc. but I added some rvrs.st. for the leaf’s veins. The photos do not give the richness and subtleties of this fabric.

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