Wednesday, May 27, 2009

My first knitting pattern - Dreams of Spring I



I came up with this pattern during the winter, when I was wishing for spring to come. I had bought some Shimmer yarn and mixed it with KnitPicks Shadow Lace yarn, so I wanted to make something nice with it. Here is what I came up with. It's pretty basic, but hey, it worked! I made two versions of it: one in green, and one in purple.

Model: Megan May
Photographer: Hector Plahar




Dreams of Spring I

Yarn: Shimmer by Crystal Palace Yarns, 90 yards/50gr – 2 skeins of Color 2850;
KnitPicks Shadow Lace Yarn; 440 yards/50gr – a third of one skein in Moss Heather
Needles: 1 set US #8/5mm straight needles

Moss Stitch
Row 1: K1, *P1,K1; rep from * to end.
Row 2: *P1, K1; rep from * to end.

Pattern
Cast on 27 stitches.
Knit 5 rows in moss stitch pattern (or garter stitch pattern)


Part 1
Row 1: K5 border stitches, *yo, ssk to last 6 stitches, K1, K5 border stitches.
Rows 2 and 4: K5 border stitches, purl to last 5 stitches, K5 border stitches.
Row 3: K5 border stitches, k1, *yo, ssk to last 5 stitches, k5 border stitches.
Repeat these 4 rows 13 more times to get 14 repeats of the pattern

Knit 10 rows in moss stitch pattern (or garter stitch pattern), then move to part 2.

Part 2
Row 1: K5 border stitches, *yo, k2tog to last 6 stitches, K1, K5 border stitches.
Rows 2 and 4: K5 border stitches, purl to last 5 stitches, K5 border stitches.
Row 3: K5 border stitches, k1, *yo, k2tog to last 5 stitches, k5 border stitches.
Repeat these 4 rows 13 more times to get 14 repeats of the pattern

Knit 10 rows in moss stitch pattern (or garter stitch pattern).

Repeat these two parts of the pattern until the scarf is as long as you desire. End with 5 rows in moss stitch pattern (or garter stitch pattern), and bind off loosely.

Note about border stitches: The border stitches must match the beginning 5 rows, so if you knit 5 rows in moss stitch, your border stitches must be in moss stitch. If you knit your 5 rows in garter stitch, your border stitches must be in garter stitch.

Fall Breeze Shawl Pattern



Here is the second thing I designed. It's a very, very simple pattern, but the yarn just added another dimension to the pattern. Enjoy! :)
Model: Megan May
Photographer: Hector Plahar

Materials
Caron Simply Soft, Off-White Color; 315 yards/60z/170g- 1.5 skeins

1 set US #8/5mm straight needles

The border pattern “Lace Check” was taken from “Harmony Guides: Lace and eyelets- 250 stitches to knit”, edited by Erika Knight.


Lace Check Pattern (Multiple of 18+9)

Row 1(wrong side): Purl
Row 2: K1, *[yo, k2tog] 4 times, k10; rep from * to last 8 sts, [yo, k2tog] 4 times.
Row 3: Purl
Row 4: *[sl 1, k1, psso, yo] 4 times, k10; rep from * to last 9 sts, [sl 1, k1, psso, yo] 4 times, k1.
Repeat these 4 rows twice more.
Row 13: Purl
Row 14: *K10, [yo, k2tog] 4 times; rep from * to last 9 sts, k9.
Row 15: Purl.
Row 16: K9, *[sl 1, k1, psso, yo] 4 times, k10; rep from * to end.
Repeat these last 4 rows twice more.
(Total of 24 rows)

Shawl
Cast on 91 stitches.
Knit 6 rows in garter stitch.
Now knit 3 repeats of the lace check pattern (all 24 rows), and always keep 5 stitches on each side in garter stitch for the border stitches.

Main Body:
Still maintaining the 5 border stitches on each side, work the main body of the shawl in stockinette stitch until shawl is desired length (mine was 55 inches). To end, knit 3 more repeats of the lace check pattern (still keeping 5 border stitches on each side in garter stitch). End by knitting 6 rows in garter stitch, and then bind off loosely.

Finishing:
Pin out the shawl and steam press it if the yarn is acrylic. If wool, block using blocking wires and pins. For more information on blocking knitted items, visit: http://www.eunnyjang.com/knit/2006/12/how_to_be_happy.html