Monday, March 28, 2011

Two-ball simple baby blanket

Simple baby blanket pattern:

Cast on 5.
Purl one row.

Increase section:
Odd rows:
P2, yo, K to last 2 sts, yo, P2.
Even rows:
P across.

Work until one ball of yarn is complete (I like to leave a few yards in case of uneven skein sizes).  Attach second ball.

Decrease section:
Odd rows:
P1, P2tog, yo, K2tog, K to last 5 sts, K2tog, yo, P2tog, P1
Even rows:
P across.
Work until 9 sts remain.
Next row: P1, P2tog, yo, K3tog, yo, P2tog, P1 (7 sts).
Next row: P across.
Next row: P1, P2tog, K3tog, P2tog, P1
Next row: P across
Bind off.

(Works with any yarn, any needle, any gauge, as long as you have two balls of the same size.  Have done this with bulky fluffy yarn and size 15s a few times.  Currently working with Bernat baby jacquards - florals, from Wal-Mart, as I was stuck with no yarn recently.  And size... 10? circulars.  Enjoy the way it works up, actually.  If I remember, I'll post a picture once it's finished - I'm halfway through.)

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Miniature quilt!

That's what I've been working on!  Miniature quilt from Terrie Sandelin's Miniatures in Minutes.  Didn't exactly take minutes - more like 2 days - but it's SO COOL how everything lines up so beautifully!  I've since picked off all the backing paper (used just computer paper - wasn't sure if I'd even like doing it, so didn't buy fancy supplies - but I think her recommendations of alternate materials are probably wise) and am waiting to figure out what to do with the finished product.  And how to quilt it.  A few of the seams are borderline not there (I wasn't sure how to place the triangles, as all the illustrations showed only vertical seams and then just said to keep piecing the rest, so some of the seam allowances got too large in some places and much too small in others), so in-the-ditch quilting is probably not wise.  Perhaps just along the grid (in the middle of it)? or diagonally across the triangles?  Either way, it was fun!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Guess what I've been up to?

Any guesses?
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