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Jason and the Patchwork Afghan — Part 3

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Jason and the Patchwork Afghan — Part 3

In the prior installment, I continued writing about my experiences making a colorful version of the Patchwork Blues Afghan. I am completing that write-up here. Here a shape, there a shape When working on this kind of modular project, every piece is a little different. The shape and size affect the weight; and along with the placement of each piece, one learns how to shift the knitting to work comfortably. I was trying to work on each piece, particularly the join row, in a way that would avoid stretching the PKs. It wasn’t always easy!...

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Jason and the Patchwork Afghan — Part 2

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Jason and the Patchwork Afghan — Part 2

In the last installment, I started writing about my experiences making a colorful version of the Patchwork Blues Afghan. I am continuing that write-up here. Not knots! Let’s Join In It turned out I was naive to expect to have one unbroken skein per module, as almost every skein contained a knot of joined yarn. Not to mention that one skein was badly tangled just past a knot. So rather than a one-skein-shape utopia (shape-topia?), I had to join in new yarn while knitting most of the modules. For my joins, I started out by knitting the...

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Tips on Small Neckpiece

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Tips on Small Neckpiece

These are some tips that I noted during my making of the small neckpiece, one of my early number knitting (NK) projects. As such, they are rather brief notes, and will be of use to the student of NK who is working through the projects. The book advises to mark the right side of work after you’ve knit the first square. I tied scrap yarn onto the first square after making the fourth row, or second ridge. With the knitted cast-on, when the tail is on the right end of the needle, you are looking at the right facing side of the work. By doing...

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Jason and the Patchwork Afghan – Part 1

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Jason and the Patchwork Afghan – Part 1

I decided in December 2016 to start the Patchwork Blues Afghan. After all, who doesn’t need additional projects to keep busy around the holidays? It wasn’t a difficult project, although it got challenging at times with my experimentation. I used this project to experiment with the look-and-feel of the join techniques, which are a key part of number knitting (NK). Why this project? I chose this project when coming back to NK after I had to take some time off from fiber crafting. I wanted to get reacquainted with NK techniques via a...

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 6

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 6

And it’s done! For the bind off on my rectangle borders, I used an elastic bind off, which gives kind of a textured edge. And I decided that if I was to use a regular chained edge for the corner squares, it wouldn’t match. I saw a video awhile back about how to do a 2-stitch attached I-cord as a nice border for garter stitch. But I wanted it to have a little texture, like the bind off, so I modified it it by twisting the first and last two stitches on every other row, (and then slipping them when working the backside). It looks very nice and...

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 5

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 5

So I’ve been staring at the grass portion of Lambs and Butterflies for a few months, wondering how in the world I am going to knit it. I saw potentially around 50 ends to weave in and I desperately did not want to do that, especially in such a small area. So I did an experiment. I carried floats along the sides of all the green triangles and wanted to try hiding them in the pickup connections when I did the contrasting color. Then when I went back with the black and picked up a couple of stitch in between the base of two of green triangles....

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 4

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 4

April 30 201,6 So I finally got my yarn and have began knitting. I am in my seventh square and have 92 to go. This yarn is amazing to knit with and I love the colors! I bought sample balls of tosh merino light for all the butterflies. I thought each butterfly would ale an entire sample ball, but I think I can get 3 or four butterflies out of each one. I struggled for awhile to figure out how big to make the blanket. I decided on each square being 24 stitches x 24 ridges. It turns out that the whole piece is designed in thirds. So as long as...

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 3

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 3

March 3 2016 I really like the idea of a true gradient from bottom to top, but I don’t know how to achieve that except to buy about a dozen different shades of blue. Friday, March 4 2016 I asked Hubby for his input regarding the design, and he likes the brown borders. So I adjusted it a bit. I ask found that I have a couple balls of appropriate colors already in my stash (Log Cabin and Weathered Denim), so I want to use those. I also found a nice pink and yellow variegated that I think will work well for the butterflies. I’ve almost ready to...

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 2

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 2

I am still figuring out which color way I want to do. I’ve decided to use Madelinetosh Light. But before I order the yarn, I need to choose which colors to use. I came up with several more colorways today.   SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave...

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 1

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Lambs and Butterflies: Part 1

February 1, 2016 The original Number Knit item, and the one used in Ms. Woods patent application, was entitled “Lambs and Butterflies.” This pattern is available from Google, and so I will share it here: I am in the planning phase of this project, still deciding which yarn to knit, and at what gauge. I think I’m going to choose a fingering weight yarn, at about 5 sts per inch. The pattern is 20 squares wide. So my piece should measure 36”x44”. Before I buy my yarn, I first need to decide which colors to use for the background, border,...

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