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The Contrast Cable

After a long time, I came across a pattern which really intrigued me and I really wanted to try it out.

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It was called the Woven Braid or “Trenza Calada”

It was in Spanish and not English. So after Google translated it, I still couldn’t understand the written instructions.

And the accompanying explanatory video did nothing to clear things up too.

She was clearly a pro, and man was she faaaaaast!

Here is  the link to the blog, feel free to check out:

http://www.tejiendoperu.com/dos-agujas/puntos-en-dos-agujas/galeria-de-puntos-4-trenzas-ochos-cuerdas/

There are a lot of cabling patterns here.

And heres the video link:   http://youtu.be/cRzFRsHgC8g

So after wracking my brain, I posted for help on the Ravelry forums. Then it also hit me that I could download the video and run through it in slo-mo. But I was too tired and went to sleep.

Then today morning I was going through the video on youtube again.. And I saw “the Trellis lace”.. I had seen this one a loong loong time ago..

It was evident  this pattern and the “Trenza Calada” is somewhat similar.. So I checked it out, and it gave me a clearer idea.. after watching the “Trellis lace” twice, I  proceeded to download Trenza Calada and went through it in Slow-Motion.

After 3 LOOOONG hours I finally figured it out.. writing what I did as I went along, then scratching it out as I made a mistake , then re-writing it.

Finally I got the desired result and ta-da!!

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Its such a pretty little cable with contrasting elements, I still don’t know where Im gonna use it, but I sure am glad I made a chart for it.

You can try it out, if you like.

Contrast cable Chart

 

 

 

The key for it are not the standard ones, I just used whatever was easy to use in excel. (please click on the picture to make it larger)

After the whole thing I went on Ravelry again and a fellow member named “JoodieKadoodie” painstakingly wrote down the entire instructions! I thank her with all my heart.. (I also cross referenced it with my chart.. Seems the same 😉  )

If the chart was a bit too much too understand, I’ll post her written instructions below which is easier to understand.

“The pattern says it is over 20 stitches, but the stitch itself is really a repeat of 16 with 2 more purl stitches to make the design centered and an edge stitch on each side to make the 20 in the swatch. So a multiple of 16+ 2 purl stitches+ the 2 edge stitches. Tejer means to weave, but they use it for knitting and crocheting as well. The way it is used in the pattern it might translate better as “work” and then it describes which stitch to work “al reves” (no accent to use” is part of the description of the purl, and “al derecho” is for a knit stitch.

Here is the whole pattern stitch written out in a shorter form. @ = an asterisk because I can never remember the Ravelry secret to making the asterisk work. I am leaving off the edge stitches so this is only for the 18 stitches of the pattern (16 that are repeated + the P2 to center the pattern). Repeat between the @ @ each time, then end P2. Cable Cross rows have a CC in front of them.

Openwork Cable 
Row 1: @ P2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, p2, k6 @ p2. 
Row 2 and all even rows work the stitches as they present themselves. 
CC Row 3: @ P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1, p2, slip 3 to CN (cable needle), hold to front of work, k next 3, k 3 from CN @ p2. 
Row 5: @ P2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, p2, k6 @ p2. 
Row 7: @ P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1, p2, k6 @ p2. 
Row 9: @ P2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times, p2, k6 @ p2. 
CC Row 11: @P2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1, p2, slip 3 to CN, hold to front, knit next 3, knit 3 from CN, k1 @ p2. 
Row 13: @ P2, k6, p2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times @ p2. 
CC Row 15: @ P2, slip 3 to CN, hold to front, K next 3, k3 from CN, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1 @ p2. 
Row 17: @ P2, k6, p2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times @ p2. 
Row 19: @ P2, k6, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1 @ p2. 
Row 21: @ P2, k6, p2, (k2tog, yo) 3 times @ p2. 
CC Row 23: @ P2, slip 3 to CN, hold front, k next 3, k3 from CN, p2, k1, (k2tog, yo) 2 times, k1 @ p2. 
Repeat the 24 rows of the pattern as many times as desired.

This part that was right before row 1:

Esta muestra la hice con 20 puntos: dos puntos para los bordes, 6 puntos para cada trenza (cada trenza tendrá 2 columnas de 3 puntos) y 6 puntos para la base (2 puntos antes, entre y después de las trenzas)

is explaining the swatch set up and says something like: This swatch is made with 20 stitches: 2 stitches for borders, 6 stitches for each cable (each cable has 2 columns of 3 stitches) and 6 stitches for the basa {that other part, maybe base, but not in my dictionary} (2 stitches before, between and after the cables).   ” 

 

Have a go at this beautiful piece of cable-work and shout out to me if there are any doubts or you spot any mistakes!

Ciao

Mitten Smitten

Well, it had a been a long time since I touched my needles and yarn.. And after the holidays, I seemed to have missed them so much.. So I thought I’ll pick it up again for a  pair of cute little mittens for my cousin’s son..

At first I browsed through Ravelry and went through the patterns in there.. I thought I’ll go with knitting it circular..  So there was this great pattern called “Baby Galway Mitts” there.

You can check it out if you like: http://jenniferhoel.wordpress.com/2008/11/26/baby-galway-mitts/

Me being a die-hard fan of cables and the intricacies, it was no surprise it caught my eye.. So I started it, as per the instructions using DPN’s.

But then, the mitten started turning out really big.. big enough to fit a 6-year olds hands. The kid is just barely 1!!

So I unraveled it.. and browsed through a number of patterns which were done flat then seamed up.

Actually the problem was  in  knitting with DPN’s which were really long.. see I  had to divide the 38 stitches I had cast on between 3 needles.. This  was really hard for me, given the length of the needles.. and after going up a few rows.. the work started to become loose.. and wide.. and BIG.

Such a shame, it’s a really great pattern.. and I wanted to do it so bad.. But looks like I still have a lot to learn.. and anyway, I shouldnt have over-reached and gone beyond my abilities for my first pair of mittens.. *hangs head in shame*

Anyhoo, after unraveling.. and browsing through so many other patterns..and a nice hot shower.. (That sure cleared my head)..

I decided I’ll do it my own way..

There was this one stitch I really liked.. the basic “Seed Stitch” which looked something like this:

seed stitch

I have never tried it, though I had come across it many times.

So with a stitch set in mind, I started.

Step 1: The Cast-On

The cast on for mittens, gloves etc. needs to be elastic, if you want it to be in place and not slip off. So I googled for the most elastic cast-on (I didn’t have much luck with the cable cast on).

And I found this! It was really useful:

Its pretty stretchy!

(There’s a long version to the video too.. Feel free to check it out)

I cast on 22 stitches.

Step 2: The Ribbing

A mitten or any other cuff that sits on the hand, usually has ribbing. If you’ve noticed almost all sweaters, have a ribbing. This gives it more elasticity.

Since the mittens are really small, I went with 1×1 ribbing.

The most important aspect to consider for ribbing is.. to use needles which are smaller than the needles you’re gonna use for the body of the project.

I used a needle two sizes smaller (2.5 mm) than the main needles(4.5 mm)

You can work up any number of rows, it depends on however long you want the cuff to be.

Step 3: The body of the project

There is a  way to switch the needles from small to big. After reaching the desired length of the ribbing, at the start of  the right or wrong  side (It doesn’t matter which, both look the same!) ditch the right needle and use one of the bigger needles as the right. Knit as usual and transfer the stitches from the left (smaller) needle to the right (bigger) needle. When you’ve reached the end of the row, and there are no more stitches left, pick up the other bigger needle and start with the body of the work.

This ensures a smooth transition from the small needle to the big one. (the first time I tried, I tried to push the large needle through all the hoops on the small needle, and my yarn was on the verge of snapping!!)

Now for the seed stitch:

A seed stitch looks like that, because you knit your purls and purl your knit stitches.

So if on the row below theres a knit, you have to purl it. If the next stitch is a purl, you have to knit it.

You’re basically doing the opposite of what is on the row below. That is what gives it a beautiful pattern. And the beauty of seed stitch is, there is no right and wrong side!

 

Now for the Bobble:

Okay, so well after doing two rows of the seed stitch, I wanted to add some pizzazz to it.. and I couldn’t figure out,  if I wanted to do cables or something else.. But then, the mitten was too small and a cable would be barely seen.

That’s when I remember seeing a bobble on the Baby Galway Mitten. And suddenly I had the urge to try that out.

I set out on a google quest to find out about bobbles and I was getting nowhere. Most of the bobbles weren’t pronounced and then I hit upon a pdf I had downloaded Eons ago.. and there it was.. the perfect bobble!! It had been right under my nose, and I didnt know it!

I’d like to share that pdf with you guys. I have no idea whose it is.. I  If anyone does, I’ll be happy to give the credit.

Here it is: Stitches in knitting

It has a list of all the basic stitches, and its great for a beginner!

To add a bobble I needed to know the centre.. so that I could decide this was the palm and the other was the top. Well, I had cast on 22 stitches, I split them up as 11 each and placed a stitch marker after the 1st 11 stitches. these were the top of the mitten. now I needed to split this up, to find the exact centre to place the bobble. And lucky for me it was an odd number!

The bobble was completely whimsical and its yet another example of how I dont plan any of my projects!

Anyway,  the 11 could be split up as 5-1-5.

After doing the first 5 stitches, I knit front and back and front into the next stitch. I made 3 stitches from 1 stitch.

Then I turned my work and knit into only those 3 stitches. Again I turned my work and purled only those 3 stitches. After purling, I slipped the 2nd over the 1st and the 3rd over the 2nd.

I got only one stitch remaining. Same as what we started with.

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The bobble after 5 stitches..

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Notice how the rest of the stitches are still on the left needle, incomplete.

Now continue the row as usual.

I just eyeballed the thing, and decided I’ll make 3 bobbles.

Step 4: Finishing off the tip

After the 3rd bobble, I did two more rows of the seed stitch, then switched to smaller needles (1 size smaller- I chose a 3.5mm) as explained before.

I continued for another 2 rows.

Then came the decreases:

knit 3, knit 2 together. I continued this throughout.

At first, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to decrease at the wrong side as well..

(Right side: with the bobbles

Wrong side: without the bobbles)

But  I went ahead and did it, against my better judgement, and it turned out pretty awesome!

After 2 consecutive  rows of the above decrease.. I proceeded with the next decrease..

Knit 2, knit 2 together. And continued across.

I did the same till I ended up with about 7-6 stitches.

Step 5: Bind off and Seaming

I cut the yarn after a length and hooked it up with a yarn needle. I inserted the needle through the 7-6 stitches and tightened it. Then to make sure, I inserted all through again.

After that I turned the mittens inside out and started sewing them up using whip stitch.

Voila, the mittens were finally complete!

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The mitten has a nice rounded shape, because I switched to the smaller needles.

 

Ciao

The Braid Complex

Hey y’all!!

 

I’M SO LOOOOOVING CHARTS!!! I didn’t know charts could be so eaaaaasy and practical..

A couple a days back.. I was so bored I wanted to do some really challenging knitting..

And so I came across this really complicated set of braids.. its such a beautiful intricate pattern.. many of us must’ve come across it..

Its called a saxon braid or the celtic braid! It looks something like this:

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Yes, I did this myself!!! AND IM SO PROUD OF IT!!

Well this pattern is not at all that hard once you start it.. It just looks complicated and doing it from the chart is the best thing!

 

Here is the pattern taken from this website: http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall05/PATTsamus.html

 

THe chart

(click on the pic, it will show a bigger image)

Just follow the chart  and you won’t go wrong!!

Somewhere I read the saxon braid looks perfect on a reverse stockinette.. but I went ahead and ignored it and did it on front stockinette..

It looked so bleh.. so I did it in reverse stockinette again and it turned out so beautiful!

So please try it out and let me know how it went!

 

Ciao

 

P.S: Because of no written instructions the post seems so small!! Another huge perk of charts- space saving!!! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

My Knitting Revelations

Hey guys!!

For quite a few days now.. I’ve been meaning to let you guys know the certain knitting revelations I discovered very recently.. its very sad and hopeless that I got to know them now.. because of the fact that I’ve been knitting for about the 3 years now!! :O

Anyway,  as its said better late then never..

Okay here goes..

The first revelation:  Pushing me to the edge! 

My edges always turn out very messy when I’m doing a stockinette.. I used to be so frustrated and I almost never wanted to knit again..

But then knitting is really addictive.. granted crochet is easy.. but knitting is like.. Uh, I don’t know.. an old song which you’ll never get tired of.. a song which when you hear even after many many years, you’ll still know every word!

So well a couple of days back I picked up my knitting again.. and I was brushing up on it.. by watching some videos on youtube.. and Knitpurlhunter.com (This site is great!)

That’s when I noticed when people did a Stockinette, most of them just slipped the first stitch on to the right hand needle without knitting it!! (on the right side).

The same was done with the last stitch.

And these stitches were only purled at the wrong side!!

When I did that, my edges were so neat and all was right with the world again!! 😛

 

The second revelation (cue choir music): The BERMUDA CURVE

See this bag here?

Knitted bag

 

Well It’s a knitted bag.. and from all the neat work its so obvious I didn’t do it.. I bought this one a few months ago..

And since then I was obsessed with finding out how the curve was done..

And it didn’t click me.. until a few weeks ago.. its just like how you do round necklines in pull-overs.. So I started hunting out neckline instructions.. but I did not find any explicit instructions..

I found a video on youtube about round neck.. A Ms. Paula Wards Video.. She was really helpful and even answered a query I posted!

But then it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.. The round neck is achieved only when you complete a separate line of ribbing..

If you look at this bag closely.. it just ends the way it started.. a 2×2 ribbing throughout..

So I went into a frenzy and started posting the questions on forums!!! At midnight.. Its not like it couldn’t wait..

But I really just had to find it out, or I would have gone mad!!!

The first video which gave me a clue as to where to get started was this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9m9ev89rTM

It was by a channel called Wool and the Gang (after checking out that video.. I ended up browsing through their entire list.. and I liked it.. So now they’re my new favourite go-to option when I have a knitting doubt!)

But the necklines they show are just rectangular.. they did say decrease occasionally to get a curve neckline..

So armed with that tid-bit of info I started.. with a small piece(I cast on 20 sts).. but no matter how hard I tried.. I decreased at the start as well as the end in each “strap”.. it didn’t work.. I decreased alternative rows.. nope, no luck..

I decreased at both knit and purl rows.. still no luck…

The curve just ended up being so wide open it was anything but circular or round.. Or it’ll be too steep that It was more like a “V” shape.. it was terrible..

Then I finally got my answer in RAVELRY!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS AT RAVELRY!! The members were so prompt and I got a reply the next morning itself!! (I posted at midnight and slept off in frustration..)

One member had suggested I should start with a particular number, then start decreasing the decreases successively.

For example, in the first row I take 3 stitches and knit them into 1 (decrease). In the next row I do the same..

But in the next row I shiuld take 2 stitches and knit them into one.. this way I should reduce the number of deacreases as I go up..

AND IT WORKED!!! TA-DAAAAH!!

the curve

 

The first one is in stockinette.. the second one (brown) is in ribbing.. I wanted to see if it works for ribbing… and the result is right there!

Hence the mystery of the unachievable curve was solved!! Thank you members of ravelry!! XOXOXO

Among the many suggestions.. one member suggested I use a Knitting graph.. And that’s my 3rd revelation

 

The third revelation: Graphology

I had never heard of knitting graphs before and it was a totally new concept!! So I started researching it (ahem, read googling it) and I opened the door to a completely new world!!

I found this really cool website which helps you do online graphs..

Check it out: http://www.tricksyknitter.com/

 

Then I found pages on how to do your own Knitting graphs using excel which was super cool!!

Check this if youre interested! I found this one really helpful: http://crochetparfait.blogspot.ae/2013/06/making-your-own-crochet-or-knitting.html?showComment=1385493766695#c1512045237651664388

 

My fourth revelation: All hail the charts!

I was one of those people.. who when they  see a chart with complicated slashes and dots and stuff, hikes their jean and runs for their dear life!!

Im  absolutely terrified of  charts and keys..

But browsing for graphs, I came across charts.. and found that they aren’t so complicated.. and its actually very very simple!

So steeling my resolve I started with a really nice looking pattern on: http://freeknitstitches.com/

They have a nice collection of patterns and most are very simple!

I started with this pattern: http://freeknitstitches.com/pattern.php?num=35&menu=6

Its called a salute? But I like to call it shell.. Because that’s what it looks like..

And after getting it wrong for the first time (also I did it in a darker colour, the pattern wasn’t all that visible!! Dumb me), I tried it again in a lighter colour and it turned out so pretty!!

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Im not afraid of charts anymore 😀 WOOOHOOOO!!

So I attempted this one as well from the same website.. and I guess I was knitting too loose, so it turned out like this..

Leaf

The leaf pattern is visible but not as pretty as they showed.. Im gonna give it another shot!

 

My 5th and final revelation: CABLE ALL THE WAY!!

I love cables and twist stitches.. They’re so decorative and pretty.. as a pretty strong disliker of embellishments, I like patterns which have built in decorative purpose..  so its no surprise I luuuurve cables..

But then a few days ago I discovered theres actually different kind of cables!

See this here?

twist

It’s a twist stitch.. basically its like a 1×1 cable and you have to carry it on every row..

 

Where as this one here?

cable

It’s a cable, in which 2 or more stitches are used and its not carried on every row! You just have to carry it when the cables have to be twisted..

If you want to know more and become clear about cabling, check her out:http://www.mariegracedesigns.com/marie_grace/2008/10/ditch-that-3rd.html

She makes it so clear, you’ll never ever hate  cable again!

So well after becoming a bit confident about cables, I finally attempted a full fledged (albeit a small) project and it turned out fantastic..

My dad wanted a pouch to protect his shades.. and well here it is!!

Honey comb cableHoneycomb 2

I finished it pretty quickly… took about 5 hours I guess.. Give and take..

I may have finished it earlier if I wasn’t distracted by the TV!  O:)

The pattern is from here: http://www.craftcookie.com/knitting-stitches/cable-twist-stitches/176-xoxo-stitch

But I made a slight modification.. I did not like the fact that the “honeycombs” weren’t aligned properly..

So instead of repeating between the arrows (pic, below) as mentioned..

Honeycomb

I just kept repeating the pattern between the red lines and it gave a nice aligned pattern..

After making a square piece, I just sewed up the sides  and the bottom!

Here it is with the shades!

Shades with thecover

 

Well, these are all the revelations that dawned on me! (Pretty late I may add!)

If there are any doubts about the patterns posted here.. please let me know, I’ll simplify it!! 🙂

Ciao