May 28, 2014

A Treasure for knitters

It seems I have found a treasure!
Real treasure for knitters - Stitch Maps - knitting charts drawn without grids so you can see how the fabric flows. It's interesting tool for designers - you can enter the written instructions for the stitch pattern, and they will draw the stitch map for you. Free registration is all that’s required. I'm definitely going to try!

May 26, 2014

Как создать проект на Равелри. В помощь тем вязальщицам(-кам), которые не владеют английским

Дорогие рукодельницы, в помощь тем, кто не владеет английским, я пишу этот пост с переводами основных терминов, необходимых для создания проекта по выбранному дизайну на Равелри.

May 18, 2014

Evanston - a triangular shawl

Evanston - my newly published design.
For this shawl I used Madelinetosh - Tosh Lace in gorgeous color Afternoon. Almost the entire skein was vanished by the end.

There are no nupps. Hurray! I know that many knitters dislike them, and all my other shawl designs include nupps.
The most complicated stitch of this pattern is in the last chart, and it exists only in one single row (1st row of the Hem chart). I'm talking about k3tog into9 - *knit 3 stitches together leaving them on the left needle, yarn over*, repeat 3 more times from the same 3 stitches, knit same 3 stitches together. On the next row, purl all stitches separately.
And the most difficult row was 5th in the Hem chart because there are a lot of such stitches as ssk, sssk and s2kpsso.
I started making a step-by-step description for each row, but then realised, that main chart and center chart are not compatible. So I had to let go this noble idea.
I want to express my gratitude to my dear husband for his editorial assistance.

May 7, 2014

Simply Chroma Hat

This hat falls into a category of really simple knits. Just knit to relax! I love it! This project let me rest from my big lace work.

For this project I used:
Circular needles US 4 - 3.5 mm and 1 set of sock square needles US 5 - 3.75 mm. It turns out that square needle sizing is always one size thinner than they are marked.
0.5 skein of Chroma Fingering from Knit Picks. My color was 106 Misty Morn.
I like this yarn very much for 2 important reasons:
1) it is the softest wool considering that it is not merino;
2) color transitions are impressive and perfect for a hat or pair of socks.