Reflections #3

Same piece, 4 ways to hang it.

Same yarn used for all the background, and same yarn for the images and their reflections.

 

Reflection #2 below, is knit with same yarn for images & reflection, but 2 different yarns for the background:

 

Reflection #1 has lighter colors on the top, and darker shades of these colors at the bottom:

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Reflections
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Reflections

Though it’s hard to see, these are 2 sides of the same knitting. The one on the left is finished and used here as a curtain, the one on the right was taken earlier, before finishing and weaving-in the tails. It’s a picture I knitted years ago, and now testing it for a pattern.

The pattern started from paper cuts images (top right), and then I made their reflection (top left). The picture can be held 4 ways: The 2 above + their up-side down.

I used to think this pattern is very easy, and was going to include it in the book (Color & Picture Knitting). At that point though I realized it was tricky and was not sure I even knew how to redo it.  And that’s what I think now, it is both very easy & complex at the same time.

To knit it, start upside down (knitting upward) in st.st. To do the reflection, move to reverse st. So now reading the rows knit=reading the chart from left to right (I think…) and vise versa, and knitting the images upward. Knitting it is easier than talking about it because the colors helps keeping it right (only of course I was working on B&W chart).

 

Below, the original picture:

Reflections
Reflections

 

Yarn Play – free knit pattern

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This pattern is available as a free download

This is a fun & easy way to work with color: it’s not exactly intarsia, nor stranding.
Start with 5 yarns and drop them in place as you CO.
Continue by playing with the yarns as you knit, moving them here and there to your heart’s delight.
Then, pick up all the yarns as you BO to create the fringe on the other side.
In the end, there is no finishing work to do,
no tails to weave in, just comfortably snuggling into it.

• THERE IS NO NEED TO STRAND or TWIST YARNS,
instead use the ds st is a color switching point. After knitting it, you have a choice between 2 colors: would you like to continue with this yarn or the other? That’s what gives the freedom and ease of color in this pattern.
The more freely you use this ability to switch color at a whim, the more fun and unique your shawl will be.

I made it into shawls and scarves, but it is perfect for a pet blanket or lapghan/afghan.

Beginner: just do it all in garter st and don’t worry.
Advanced: use it as a base to do different patterns on.

Magic sts

Recently I’ve been playing with 2 ways that make color knit (and crochet) easier, and also eliminate the need for finishing work at the end:

MULTI ST  is knitted with all the yarns held together. I use it at one edge of the knitting (but plan to try it in the middle too). At the beg. of a row, I can choose any yarn I want from my multi, and knit 2 or more rows with it.  I can hide a certain yarn for half a shawl, and then – pop it out of thin air! I can knit a 2 color pattern (mosaic, sl st etc), and then move to 2 totally different colors without any effort. I can use gradual color change, or rainbow, like this: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Blue, Sky blue, and back to Red, or, instead of Red I can retrace and follow the Sky blue with, Blue, Purple, Green, Yellow, Orange, Red.

I avoid finishing work by letting the yarn be as and where it needs to. The easiest is to start and finish with a multi st, and use the yarn tails as a fringe.

The other trick is similar, but the sts is only double stranded, and used as a border between 2 bordering yarns. That eliminates the need to twist/cross. strand etc. I use this st in the middle of the fabric, as it’s not needed in the edge (that will make it a multi st, even if it’s just 2 yarns). To enhance it, I always knit it as st.st even in garter st knitting. It makes it bold and textured.

So, here are examples of using the multi st (see it on the side, in the asymmetric  Karma shawl):

 

The ds st:

Few more examples:

 

 

‘Color & Picture Knitting’ book

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Dear Tracy,

I can not find your comment, so will answer you here, as other people asked about the book too.

The book is a work book. It explains how to knit pictures, from easy ones to more involved. The patterns in it are like exercises. They are meant for you to knit them and hopefully hang them on your wall or give as gifts.

You may not sell my patterns, but you may do many pictures using the charts in the book, and even sell the pictures you knitted yourself.

I am saying that the charts are exercises because my purpose was to give you enough information so that you can continue to make your own charts and do your own pictures.

So, to sum it up, the patterns in the book are for you to knit in order to learn the techniques used.

After the picture is knitted and BO, you can block it. For this you will need to stretch it upside down on foam board or anything else handy, spray lightly with water and let dry for 24 hours. Because of spraying it with water, you need to use stainless steel pins. You can buy them in a sewing store.

Some people prefer ironing their knits, I do not.

After the picture is well dry, you can attach it to foam board that is cut to fit the size of the picture. For this you can use straight pins (they do not have to be stainless steel).

Some people glue the picture instead of using pins, I do not.

See next blog post for detailed account of the charts in the book.

The book is available on Amazon.com

Good Luck, hope you’ll enjoy it, and feel free to ask questions.

 

Cat Too, baby blanket

This pattern is available for $4.50 USD buy it now

Easy to knit, fast, and much fun Baby Blanket.

The beauty of this pattern is the easy flow of colors within the cat. That flow creates a certain feeling in the piece.
This technique continues exploring knitting with 3 yarns (the change in yellow was just me changing yarns mid-way).

Needles # 15 US for a baby blanket, or use sm-med size needles (and yarn to match) and make it into a wall hanging.
General instructions for how to make a wall hanging are included.

Yarns: use bulky/super bulky or double strand worsted weight.
Light color: Approx. 237 y/216m.
Dark:. Approx. 203 y/185m.
Cat only:. Approx. 30y/27m.
Gauge is not crucial, approx. 8sts X 12r.

For beginners: skip the border and add it later.

Below is the original one I made (not the one the pattern is made for):

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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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