2/19/11

Free Lace Knitting Patterns from KnitPicks

The life is crazy, absolutely no time for knitting, so I thought I will show you some more free lace patterns (Free Patterns!) from Knitpicks.com . KnitPicks is a yarn company that has a variety of yarns that I like to work with. Mainly merinos, but some cottons and silks too. On their website they have patterns developed for their yarns (see some of my work there: Diagonal Stripe Hat,   Fun Twirls Hat and (soon!!) Buzzy Bee Baby Blanket ).
Some of the patterns are FREE, so enjoy the lacy ones!



Till I have a little more time:
Happy Knitting everyone!

2/1/11

Estonian 2x2 gathered stitch fascinates me

Quick note on what I have been up to lately. I was playing with Estonian 2x2 gathered stitches:


The stitch I am referring to on this picture is one without yarn overs and creates sort of a "curly" fabric. I was introduced to this rather unusual stitch when I knitted Maikell Shawl from Nancy Bush's "Knitted Lace of Estonia". Absolutely loved the way it looked after the shawls were blocked. It has a 3-D feel to it. Here is a scheme and explanation:

The thinking led to designing, the designing led to writing down a scheme, the scheme  - to needles, and here is a result. A stole! ( I know - big surprise :). Here are  few more pictures of it.




The name for this shawl is still in works. While I was knitting it I was thinking: Dunes of Baltic Sea, but I am not yet sure. Suggestions are welcome!

PS: It is snowing where we are...

Happy Knitting Everyone!