Friday, December 1, 2017

Last Minute - Part 1: In Knitting

It's December!


Now that the internal scream of mild panic and nostalgia is dissipating, it's back to getting to the matter at hand.  I won't waste time with idle chit-chat, because we've got stuff to do.

Here's a little project to brighten the house, or office, or provide a last minute stocking-stuffer.  For me it takes about the right amount of concentration to work on it while keeping track of what's going on in my vacinity.

This month brings you the Painted Lace Coasters.  No knitted lacework is required.  Though the patterns for the stencils came from pictures of work made from antique crochet lace patterns.

If you would like a PDF of this pattern and have a Ravelry account, a copy can be found here.

If you would like a PDF of this pattern from Etsy, it can be found here.

Feel free to change the yarn, gauge, or size to fit your needs.  Just please do not try to sell this pattern as your own.

If you have any problems that you think I might be able to help you with, email me at GridMammalCrafts@gmail.com .

Painted Lace Coaster

Materials:
·         1 Spool Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, Classic 10, %100 Mercerized Cotton, Color: White, 350 yds
·         Size 00, 1.75 mm Knitting Needles
·         Small Darning Needle
·         Stencil (Provided)
·         X-acto Knife (To cut out stencil)
·         Cutting Mat
·         Fabric Ink: Navy Blue
·         Foam Brush
·         Waste Paper
·         Straight Pins (Optional to pin down stencils)

Gauge:
·         19.25 Stitches x 30.25 Rows = 2 ” x 2” in Stockinette Stitch
Finished Size:
·         5.5” Wide x 4.5” Tall

Notes:
·         The repeat rows in the chart are outlined in red.
·         Each finished coaster weighs approx. 9 g.
·         If you would like the stencils to last longer, try cutting them out of a stenciling material.
·         For a clearer image, remove stencil promptly after the desired amount of ink has been applied to the coaster.
·         If the coaster is wet when ink is applied, the image will run.
·         Coasters can be single sided, sewn together to create double sided coasters, or backed with felt to give your surfaces more protection.
 
Instructions:
Chart: repeat rowyt5ts are bordered in red.

Cast on 53 stitches
Row 1 (ws): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 2 (rs): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 3 (ws): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 4 (rs): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 5 (ws): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 6 (rs): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 7 (ws): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 8 (rs): (k1, p1) x 26, k1
Row 9 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p43, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 10 (rs): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k41, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Repeat rows 9 and 10 twenty-five more times.
Repeat rows 1 through 8 once.
Bind off purl-wise.
Break thread and weave in ends.

Block coaster.
Cut out stencils as desired.
Place coaster over waste paper and under the stencil.  Pin down stencil as needed.
Follow directions for the fabric ink that you are using.
After ink is set, block coaster again.
Enjoy.

Stencil 1: Cut away portions as desired.

Stencil 2: Cut away portions as desired.