Saturday, 20 April 2013

Good Old Granny

A friend was requesting small items to donate to the premature baby unit, so I made this small, granny squares blanket with yarn from my stash.  It was very quick to make and an ideal size for a small baby crib or baby carrier. 

The construction is fairly obvious from the photo showing detailed stitches.  Each square was about 10cm2. The final row of each square was attached to the next square with a single crochet between the shells.  The blanket was finished by crocheting four rows of trebles, one row in each of the colours and finishing with picot edging evenly around the whole blanket.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Brioche Knitting Experiments

I've been learning a new technique - brioche knitting, it's quite exciting giving myself this challenge.  It seems that this technique is particularly suitable for warm garments as it, effectively, produces a double layered fabric, trapping an insulating layer of air between the layers.  I have bought myself a book on the subject so that I can learn even more variations: Knitting Brioche: The Essential Guide to the Brioche Stitch technique by Nancy Marchant.  The photographs in this are excellent and will be helpful to follow how the stitches are made. 
The actual stitches are straightforward and any reasonable knitter would be able to make a simple garment in a single colour; however, it is the introduction of other colours that makes this fascinating.  It seems that colours can move across the surface, change from one surface to the other, cables and interesting increases and decreases for shaping garments can also be made, there even seems to be a way of knitting brioche lace. 

So far I've only attempted the simplest of the stitches which is brioche ribbing with which I've made a neck warmer in a single colour. 
Brioche Colarette
Also, I have now finished a two colour, syncopated brioche scarf. Syncopation entails changing the colour that appears on one side to the other. Different patterns can be achieved by this means and is explained very clearly in Nancy Marchant's book. Having said that it is clear, the notation is slightly different from a normal knitting pattern but relatively easily understandable.


Two Colour, Syncopated Brioche Scarf


My Model Husband!

There are quite good websites to go to learn how to do brioche knitting or a site where you can see brioche being knitted, Verdigris knits.

I've enjoyed this excersize and will try to knit some swatches of other stitches to see how they work out.  Watch this space!

Friday, 5 April 2013

Bits and pieces

I've made a few things recently using bits and pieces of wool left over from other projects.  Some of these experiments grew into a finished article as seen in this group.

 This headband was knitted in Cashmerino and the flower was crocheted and placed over the seam.
Headband in Cashmerino

Crochet flower detail

The colarette is in superwash DK and was knitted in a fillet lace pattern with moss stitch ends with a button hole made in one end.  The button was crocheted and applied to the other end.

Fillet lace stitch detail

This Shawlette was knitted in Snuggly DK and is very soft.  I improvised the stitches as I went along and finally decided on (what I think of as ) tortoise stitch going left and right from the central two stocking stitches.  The triangle is made by increasing at each end of every knit row. The first and last two stitches of every row are knit.  every alternate row is a purl row.  The pattern is on every other knit row.  The pattern wasn't established at the beginning but I quite liked the lacy pattern at so I didn't rip it back, even though it went a little askew.
Lacy Shawlette

Lacy Shawlette, tortoise stitch detail

I've knitted a couple more collars as these were very useful in this very cold weather.  I'll post the others soon.  Unfortunately there are no patterns for these knits as I made them up as I went along,  However, they would be quite easy to reproduce if needed.