Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Beginning - Knit a Pebble and Tile Baby Blanket

It's 2018, or so I've been told.  It's a time where everyone thinks of new beginnings and hope for things to go a bit better.  In the spirit of this time I present another baby blanket for any new additions that are anticipated.

May the new year bring you joy and less worry than the one that we have left.

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

Pebble & Tile Baby Blanket


Materials:
·         4 Skeins Patons, Beehive Baby Sport, 100 g/3.5 oz, 328 m/359 yds - Color: Vintage Lace
·         Size 5, 3.75 mm 32 inch Circular Knitting Needles
·         Small Cabling Needle
·         Darning Needle
Gauge:
·         27 stitches x 32 rows = 4” x 4” in Stockinette Stitch
Finished Size:
·         35” x 35”
Notes:
Please note that the pattern starts on the wrong side.
All rows have 254 stitches.
Stitches outlined in red denote stitch sequences that are repeated in certain situations.  Check the written instructions for the correct count.
This pattern takes almost exactly 4 skeins of the suggested yarn, if you are worried about the gauge, have a fifth skein standing by.





Key:

Instructions:
Cast on 268 stitches

Starting Border
Seed Stitch Minimal Chart: Repeat each row 134 times
Row 1 (ws): (k1, p1) x 134
Row 2 (rs): (p1, k1) x 134
Repeat rows 1 and 2 seven more times.

Body
Blanket Body Chart with Repeat Outlined In Red: Complete the repeat section 8 times in the row

Row 17 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16,( p2, k8, p2, k16) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 18 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p16, k2, p8, k2) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 19 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (p2, k8, p2, k16) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 20 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (k2, 11lc, p8, 11rc, k4, p8, k2) x 8, k2, 11lc, p8, 11rc, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 21 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p5, k8, p4, (p2, k8, p6, k8, p4) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 22 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p2, 22lpc, p4, 22rpc, p2, 22lpc, p4, 22rpc) x 8, p2, 22lpc, p4, 22rpc, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 23 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, (k2, p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k4, p2, k4) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 24 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p4, 22lpc, 22rpc, p6, 22lpc, 22rpc, p2) x 8, p4, 22lpc, 22rpc, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 25 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k6, p4, k6, (k4, p4, k10, p4, k6) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 26 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p6, 22rc, p10, 22lc, p4) x 8, p6, 22rc, p7, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 27 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k6, p4, k6, (k4, p4, k10, p4, k6) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 28 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p4, 22rpc, 22lpc, p6, 22rpc, 22lpc, p2) x 8, p4, 22lpc, 22rpc, p5, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 29 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p2, k4, p2, k4, (k2, p2, k4, p2, k6, p2, k4, p2, k4) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 30 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p2, 22rpc, p4, 22lpc, p2, 22rpc, p4, 22lpc) x 8, p2, 22lpc, p4, 22rpc, p3, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 31 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p5, k8, p4, (p2, k8, p6, k8, p4) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 32 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (k2, t2r, p8, t2l, k4, p8, k2) x 8, k2, t2r, p8, t2l, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 33 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (p2, k8, p2, k16) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 34 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p16, k2, p8, k2) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 35 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (p2, k8, p2, k16) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 36 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p16, k2, p8, k2) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 37 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (p2, k8, p2, k16) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 38 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p16, 22lpc, p4, 22rpc) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 39 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (k2, p2, k4, p2, k18) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 40 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, ( p18, 22lpc, 22rpc, p2) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 41 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (k4, p4, k20) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 42 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p20, 22lc, p4) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 43 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (k4, p4, k20) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 44 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p18, 22rpc, 22lpc, p2) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 45 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (k2, p2, k4, p2, k18) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 46 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p16, 22rpc, p4, 22lpc) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 47 (ws): k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k16, (p2, k8, p2, k16) x 8, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1
Row 48 (rs): p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, (p16, k2, p8, k2) x 8, p17, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1

Repeat rows 17 through 48 seven more times.

Repeat rows 17 through 35 once more.


Ending Border
Seed Stitch Minimal Chart II: Repeat each row 134 times
Row 274 (rs): (p1, k1) x 134
Row 275 (ws): (k1, p1) x 134
Repeat rows 274 and 275 seven more times.

Bind off.
Weave in ends

Friday, December 15, 2017

Last Minute - Part 2:Crochet Last Minute Snowflakes

It's beginning to look a lot like winter.  Which is strange for where I live currently.  This is a place where flowers bloom all year round and frost is spoken about as an oddity.  (Not exactly the place to be to make a snowman, or feel Jack Frost nipping at your nose.)

But this year, by strange happenstance there is a large fire nearby.  A large fire and just enough wind to blow the smoke and ash this way.  So if you look out the window and ignore the 70 degree temperature, it looks very much light it is lightly snowing.


This is of course bad news to the many people who have lost homes and livelihoods.  If you would like to help them out at all you can donate to the Thomas Fire Fund at United Way of Ventura County.

Now, to make your winter a bit brighter, and to remind us that snow is not gray, I present last minute snowflakes.

Crocheted snowflakes have always been a fall back of mine when there was not enough money or time to do real Christmas shopping.  They make good decor for whatever winter lodgings you have, and can be made fairly quickly.  There are a few tricks I've come up with along the way.
1. Make sure that the cork board can be taken on and off of the wall easily.  This aids to storage and gives snowflakes a place to dry that is out of the way.
2. Only get rust-proof pins.  That usually mean a nickle plating.  Keep a separate stash of pins just for snowflakes and discard of pins the moment that they look like they are going to rust or start catching on the threads.
3. Remove pins after the snowflakes are dry by pulling them straight out while lightly holding that point of the snowflake flat against the cork board.
4. Keep a small pair of needle-nose pliers handy in case a pin does not want to come out.  Make sure that the pliers are clean.
5. Blocking patterns can be re-used until they completely fall apart.
6. Waxed paper should only be re-used if you are blocking over a clean and unused portion.  Don't try flipping it over and pinning over the same spot again.
7. The paper towels can press out stiffener from more than one snowflake, just not in the same spot.  Be sure to use more than one paper towel at a time and try sandwiching the snowflake in the middle to press out excess stiffener.

And now, on to the pattern.

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

Last Minute Snowflakes

Materials:
·         1 Spool DMC Size 10 Crochet Thread, Cebelia, 100% Cotton, Color: Blanc
·         1 Size 6, 1.80 mm Crochet Hook
·         Rust-proof Straight Pins (Size 17 - 1, 1/16” Nickel-Plated Steel Satin Pins Preferred)
·         Liquid Fabric Stiffener
·         Small Ziploc Bag
·         Waxed Paper
·         Cork Board
·         Paper Towels
·         Blocking Pattern (provided)
·         Fishing Snap Swivel (optional, 1 per ornament)
·         1/8” Ribbon (optional, ~8” for each ornament)

Finished Size:
·         Snowflake A: Diameter =4, 5/8
·         Snowflake B: Diameter = 4, 1/8

Notes:
·         Picot = Ch3, sl st into the first ch
·         The pattern is written using American crochet terms.
·         Charts are designed to be read counter-clock-wise.
·         One spool of thread will make several snowflakes.



Key:

Instructions:
Snowflake A


Chart 1: Snowflake A


Start: Ch6, sl st into the first chain to make a loop
Round 1: Sc12 around the loop
Round 2: Ch4, (hdc into the next sc, ch1, dc into the next sc, ch1) x 5, hdc into the next sc, ch1, sl st into the third ch of the first ch4
Round 3:Ch10, (dc in the next dc, ch7) x 5, sl st into the third ch of the first ch10
Round 4:Ch3, (dc in the next ch, ch3, sc in the ch10 space, ch3, dc in the tenth ch, dc in the next dc) x 5, dc in the next ch, ch3, sc in the ch10 space, ch3, dc in the tenth ch, sl st into the third ch of the first ch3
Round 5: Ch3, (dc in the next dc and the next ch3 space, ch7, dc in the next ch3 space and the next 2 dc) x 5, dc in the next dc and the next ch3 space, ch7, dc in the next ch3 space and the next dc, sl st into the third ch of the first ch3
Round 6: Sl st into the next dc, ch3, (dc in the next dc, ch4, sc in the next ch7 space, ch4, dc in the next 2 dc, ch2, skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc) x 5, dc in the next dc, ch4, sc in the next ch7 space, ch4, dc in the next 2 dc, ch2, sl st in the third ch of the first ch3
Round 7: ch3, (hdc in the next dc, ch5,  pic, ch5, hdc in the next dc, dc in the next dc, ch1, dc in the next dc) x 5, hdc in the next dc, ch5,  pic, ch5, hdc in the next dc, dc in the next dc, ch1, sl st into the third ch of the first ch3
Round 8: ch9, ([sc, ch4, sc] into the next pic, ch7, dc3tog the next [dc,ch,dc], ch7) x 5, [sc, ch4, sc] into the next pic, ch7, dc2tog next [dc, ch1], sl st into second ch of first ch9
Round 9: Ch28, ([tr in the next dc3tog, ch24) x 5, sl st into the fourth ch of the first ch28
Break thread and weave in ends.




Snowflake B:

Chart 2: Snowflake B

Start: Ch6, sl st into the first chain to make a loop
Round 1: Sc12 around the loop
Round 2: Ch4, (dc in the next sc, ch1) x 11, sl st into the third ch of the first ch4
Round 3: Ch10, (skip 1 dc, dc in the next dc, ch 7) x 5, sl t in the third ch of the first ch10
Round 4: ch1, sc in the same ch, ([sc2, hdc2, dc2, tr, dc2, hdc2, sc2] in the next ch7 space, sc in the next dc) x 5, [sc2, hdc2, dc2, tr, dc2, hdc2, sc2] in the next ch7 space, sl st into the first sc
Round 5: Sl st in the next [2 sc, 2 hdc, 2 dc, tr], ch18, (dc in the next tr, ch 15) x 5, sl st in the third ch of the first ch18
Round 6: Ch1, sc in the same stitch, (ch20, sc in the next dc) x 5, ch20, sl st  in the first sc
Round 7: ([(sc3, pic) x 3, sc2, hdc2, dc, tr, dc, hdc2, ch2, (pic, ch3) x 3] in the next ch20 space) x 6, sl st in the first sc
Break thread and weave in ends.




Blocking Chart:

Chart 3: Blocking pattern for snowflake

Print out blocking pattern and lay it down on the cork board.
Cover the pattern with waxed paper.
Place a bit more liquid fabric stiffener into the Ziploc bag than will be needed to coat the snowflake(s).
Put the snowflake into the bag with the fabric stiffener, push the air out, and move the snowflake around to coat it.
Remove the snowflake from the bag and press it between paper towels to take away excess stiffener.
Place the snowflake on the waxed paper over the blocking pattern.
Stretch the snowflake and pin in place.
Allow enough time for the snowflake to dry completely.
Remove the pins and waxed paper from the snowflake.
Insert the swivel around the snowflake in any desired position.
Lace the ribbon through the swivel and knot it in a loop.
Hang and enjoy.


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.