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.

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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2+2 Baby Blanket

This is a new technique, combining the idea of knitting 2 yarns and alternating every 2 rows, with doing the same from the left. Result: 2 yarns on the right changing every RS row + 2 yarns on the left, changing every WS row. To do this knit each row double stranded (DS) with a yarn from the right and a yarn from the left. This crates a rich fabric without much color work. The photos unfortunately fail to show its full beauty.

Free instructions here.

Elfy Game Blanket

Done! The blanket is ready and so is the pattern for it (http://www.pictureknitting.com/blankets.html) .  The pattern includes the story too.

It is not as difficult to knit as it looks, because the squares just move in the direction of the knitting once every 13 rows + knitting the squares border yarns together makes it fully tangle-free (it’s true!).

Here it is with play pieces (instructions are not included in the pattern) and giant dice.

This is the backside.

Next, and getting near to done, is the children book with the story + many photos (it is a children book), with 3 patterns, one right in the middle of the book (I would love it as a kid – seeing a knitting pattern in the middle of MY book, even if I do not understand it and can not knit).  So far the patterns included are : a small modular mushroom picture, the blanket game pattern, and a small simple pattern for double knit or st.st that could be added to a scarf/ pocket/pillow etc.

 

Nov. 14 —the book is getting there – we ordered the first copy. Can’t wait to see it.

Elfy Game 1

This is the first version of ‘Elfy Game’, to go with the story ‘The mushroom under the Elf’.

Size: 28″ X 37″

To play: go down on a mushroom leg, up on a head and up on a sun ray, + some rules to be added by the kid for extra fun (like fuzzy squares and white dots).

Apart for plating it with Hubby (every night before bed as the game was progressing) I played it with 2 nine years old – first on a table, then they drugged me for another game on the floor + wanted another one! One of them read the story aloud before we played – still needs work + a lot of photos before it’s done… crawling my way on it, wish it went faster (as in waiving my magic wand and Ta Da – it’s done! 🙂

The second version of the knit game is done already, and hope to post it soon.

Sunburst, Baby Blanket

This blanket has been in the planing for a while. Then the Baby’s Mom called to say the shower will be in the end of that week and I started knitting as fast as I could, finishing one hour before the shower…

The blanket is double knitted, see the other side below. Originally I planned to make it into a pattern, but it will need a lot of polishing before I can do that, and I think I will just leave it at that. The name ‘Sunburst’ was given by the Baby’s aunt, and I like it a lot.