7/27/10

Diagonal Lace Baktus


Baktus is a triangular scarf. This name/design was introduced on Ravelry by Strikkelise and now it is very popular because of its versatility and ease of knitting. There are a couple ways to knit Baktus (see here).


The version presented here is a reversible scarf with a diagonal lacey pattern.

I personally like the drape around the neck and chest it gives and can't wait for a fall to try it out with my jean jacket.

  The knitting starts with a provisional cast-on at the widest point of the triangular scarf and one half of the scarf is knitted. Then the stitches from the provisional cast-on are placed on the needle and the other half of the scarf is knitted in the other direction.

Materials:

The model as knitted:

Yarn: TLC® Wiggles™, 100% Acrylic 3.5 oz (100 g) • Approx. 250 yd (230 m), color: Peach

Needles: US 8 (6 mm)

OR
Yarn and needles of your choice: the possibilities are endless! I think my next one will be made out of hand-spun yarn with some funky inclusions…

 Size:

64 inch x 11 inch (widest point)  = 165 cm x 28 cm


Here is a scheme of the Diagonal Reversible Lace pattern: 


The instructions include charted pattern and written pattern.
Happy Knitting!


7/18/10

The first attempt at Shetland Lace

For while now I have being eying the absolute masterpiece  by Shirley Paden "The spiderweb-and-diamond" published in Vogue Shawls and Wraps

I am in absolute awe of this design, but did not have enough courage to take on the whole project for while. 
But it so happened that I needed a gift: and after some modifications and additions here is my version of "spiderweb-and-diamonds".


and a little more details:
As you can see, the main pattern is the same, but my version is adapted to a skinnier scarf size. the "spiderweb-and-diamonds" was a very involved pattern to knit. Not difficult but required constant attention. The YO happen on both sides of knitting so it was very critical to keep the row count (even more important than to keep the stitch count).
The ends of the scarf are knitted using a traditional Orenburg Lace pattern "honeycomb":

As I am usually lazy and do not like to sew, there is no grafting in this scarf. It starts with a provisional cast on, knitted all way through the honeycomb edge. Then the stitches were picked up and the other end was finished with a honeycomb border.
Here it is in full:

Next blog post: what is on my needles now. Here is a sneak peek.
How do you like that color combination, huh?

7/6/10

Reversible Lace Baby Blanket Pattern release



Not too long ago I was an expecting mother. Like any expecting mother who knits I made a couple of beautiful baby blankets. Then I became a new mother and very much sleep deprived for 2 years. When you are in that state, the last thing you need is another annoyance, right? It seems like every time I would use the baby blanket it would end up “wrong side up”. Seems petty but when you are sleep deprived nothing is little.

 The design of this blanket came from memories of those feelings: it is very pretty, lacy, soft and 100% reversible!

Once you cast off your stitches you yourself will have a hard time telling the “right” side from “wrong.” Less stress is a good thing, right? (and the best present for that friend of yours... :))




Note:
Pattern is written in words and charted.
Blanket can be made bigger or smaller by adjusting number of pattern repeats.
Same Reversible Lace Pattern can be used for afghans, scarves, stoles or bedspreads

Happy Knitting!



Here are the specs:

Materials
Size: 30 x 28 inches (76x x72 cm)
Gauge: 16 sts and 16 rows is about 4 x 4 inches in pattern
Yarn: Bulky / 12 ply (7 wpi), 9 oz (250 g), 500 yards (460 m)
Suggested acrylic or cotton yarn
Tools: Size 7 (4.5 mm), stitch marker


The cost: US $3.00

You can buy it as a download from Raverly (PayPal):