3/31/14

Almost late: March Estonian Shawl

It is amaizing how the life gets in way of your best intentions.
I am still committed to my 12-Estonian shawl project, but this month entry is a bit later than promised and does not have schemes - only pictures. It is barely off the blocking pins!

The pattern is called  Head of Grain (Pattern I)  - you can see pattern here

So - here is the shawl
 and another view
and a close-up
How I did it:  

I knitted this shawl with Elann Baby Lace Merino (Baby alpaca 50%, Fine merino 50 %), 50g = 600 yards (550 m). 
It took one skein. The shawl is knitted as a rectangle with Head of Grain pattern. Then the stitches were picked up along all 4 sides at once, and a scalloped edge was added. 
Finished size: 24 x 52 inches

Pattern for scalloped edge  
(number of sts - multiples of 13):
Row 1(RS): *k2tog, k2 tog, k2tog, (k1, yo) x6 times, k1, ssk, ssk, ssk, repeat from * to end.
Row 2(WS): Purl all
repeat rows 1 and 2 until desired length is reached.


Off to the working on the next month's shawl!

Happy Knitting!
Natalia


3/22/14

Royal Quilting Baby Booties - New Pattern Release

A few years back I treated my knitting-addicted self to a set of four books by Barbara Walker "Treasury of Knitting Patterns". Once in while I open these books and try out a pattern, which usually leads to a new pattern.
This is exactly how "Royal Quilting Baby Booties" were born.

The Royal Quilting pattern comes from the first "Treasury" (page 72 if you have the book). I like this sophisticated-looking but simple in execution pattern.

So, introducing:

 Royal Quilting Baby Booties



 Perfect little booties for
Perfect little feet!
Very impressive and cute little project.
 

Two-color knitting looks complicated, but in reality you will never work with two yarn strands at the same time—it is all slipped stitches!
 


Materials
Size: 3-9 months
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft
(25 g each color A and B)
Tools: needles US3 (3.25 mm)
Tapestry needle
Gauge: 5 sts x 10 rows in garter stitch

Notes
Each bootie is knitted flat, then sewn together.
Booties require 2 yarn colors: on the picture color A is pink, color B is white.



Pattern is  Written in words
I am offering this pattern as an instant PDF download through Raverly.com 

Cost: $3.00 (US)

You don't need to have a PayPal or Ravelry account to purchase the pattern - you can use your credit/debit card. 


Happy Knitting! 
Natalia