Wednesday, 4 March 2020

TRICKED-OUT TRIANGLES


Let's bring some pizzazz to half-square-triangles! 


I am working on a fun Row by Row project by the Canadian Quilter's Association. 
Surprise! In this week's post the HSTs arrived.  

Let's bring some life to these HSTs with a fantastic medallion print. 



Fussy cut your medallions.  Mine are oversized for the required block, but trimmed to size will be gorgeous.  Cut another coordinating square for the other half of your triangle.  Because of the trimming required for my blocks, I am not worrying about making the squares the same size.  In this method we will make 2 HST blocks at once. 



Right-sides-together, sew a seam on the diagonal 
1/4" from either side of the centre line of your squares.

Cut the triangles apart in between the stitching lines.  
  
 Press as you prefer.  

 Trim the block to your desired size. 

These blocks are trimmed to 3 1/2" for the required size
for the CQA pattern that I'm working on. 


Happy Quilting
and thank you for checking in, 

Melanie




















Monday, 25 November 2019

"THE KATHERINE" FELTED PURSE

This new pattern has a
completely different shape and style from my first
This one is cuter, rounder, and more basket shaped.
Please enjoy!


DIMENSIONS: 
12" L x 12" W x 6 1/2" H

  


MATERIALS:
Alafosslopi (100 %Wool) 100g / 100m - 2 balls (1 of colour A and 1 of colour B).

9mm Circular Needles - 32"

Stitch Markers


PURSE BOTTOM:
Cast on 25 stitches with Colour A.
Knit back and forth on needles in garter stitch until you have a square.
Measure on the diagonal to determine the square.  




Place marker.  Pick up and knit 25 stitches on the remaining 3 sides of the square, placing markers after each 25 stitches.  For the last marker use a different colour, indicating the beginning of the round. 100 stitches.

You will now knit in the round.  

I was on a roll with my knitting and missed taking  a photo at the pick-up-stitches step, 
but this shows how your work will look in the round. 


BEAD EDGE:
Knit 1 row.
Purl 1 row.
The bead edge defines the bottom and gives you a good line for measuring your work.

  


INCREASE ROUNDS: 
Row 1:  K 1, Increase in next stitch (knit front and back in the stitch), Knit to 2 stitches before the marker, Increase in next stitch, K 1.  Repeat 3 times.   You will increase 8 stitches per round.  108 stitches after Increase Row 1.  

Row 2: Knit


Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you have 140 stitches, ending by knitting Row 2.  


COLOUR CHANGE:
Knit 2 rows of Colour B.
Knit 2 rows of Colour A.
Knit 1 Row of Colour B.
Knit 1 Row of Colour A.

When I knit these rounds I was left with about 12" of my Colour A yarn.  Eeeek!   If you feel that you are running out, you can skip the single rows of the Colour Change section.

NOTE:  For the tension that I knit it takes 30" of yarn to make 25 stitches for this pattern.

Continue knitting in Colour B until your work measures 6" from the Bead Edge. 



DECREASE ROUNDS: 
Row 1:  K 1, K2Tog, Knit to 3 stitches before the marker, K2Tog, K 1.  Repeat 3 times.  You will decrease 8 stitches per round.  132 stitches after Decrease Row 1.  

Row 2: Knit


Repeat these rounds until you have 116 stitches. 




  
                

HANDLE SHAPING: 
Row 1:  P 1, P2Tog, Purl to 3 stitches before the marker, P2Tog, P 1. Repeat 3 times.  108 stitches.  

Row 2:  Knit.  

Row 3:  P 1, P2Tog, Purl to 3 stitches before the marker, P2Tog, P 1. Repeat 3 times.  100 stitches.




HANDLE BIND-OFF AND CAST-ON
Row 1:  K3, BO19, K31, BO 19, Knit 28.  

Row 2:  P3, CO 17 (using backwards loop cast-on), P31, CO 17, P28. 96 Stitches.  

Knit 1 row.  

Purl 1 row, continuing decreases on each side as follows:  P 1, P2Tog, Purl to 3 stitches before the marker, P2Tog, P 1.  88 Stitches. 

Knit 1 row.  


Purl 1 row, continuing decreases on each side as follows:  P 1, P2Tog, Purl to 3 stitches before the marker, P2Tog, P 1. 80 Stitches. 






Cast off.  



Pull thread through the last cast-off loop and weave in the end of the yarn.  The remainder of the colour change yarns can simply be cut off after felting - no need to weave them in.  




Felt and shape.  





Felting Instructions:  

The Alafosslopi Wool felted beautifully and only required one wash cycle on the sanitize cycle in my front load washer.  

Wash your knit purse with a load of towels in the hottest water available with your regular detergent (no bleach).   Remove from washer.  Cut off loose yarns.   Shape and stuff with newspaper if desired. Dry overnight.  

Some washers will require 2 felting cycles.  
Felting requires a lot of agitation in the hottest water.  Towels are perfect for agitation.

Please see this link for more info: 
http://quiltersenjoycolor.blogspot.com/2018/07/knit-felted-purse-pattern.html



Thank you for checking in! 
Melanie 




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Saturday, 26 October 2019

TRIANGLE PROJECT BAG


Hi You!   

Here's a cute little version of the Triangle Bag!  
This option is unlined and lightweight.  
It's perfect for a small knitting or handwork project to stuff into your purse or pocket!


During the summer I had the opportunity twice to do Indigo Dye.  
My awesome mom got me started, 
then I had a fantastic second day with a good friend in Calgary. 
This is hand-dyed fabric from those creative days! 




For this Project Bag the fabric is cut 12" x 36".   
You can alternate the size with this formula:
Width x 3 = Length



 Hem any unfished edges.  I do not hem the selvage edges, but you can if you prefer.  

As in the above photo,  fold 12" up each long edge into this shape. 
Sew seams right-sides-together to create the bag.    



These are so darn cute!  
Tie them up for a little handle. 





Please refer to the  
For the unlined project bag, do not complete the last step to sew up the top corners. 

https://quiltersenjoycolor.blogspot.com/2015/10/denim-triangle-bag-with-lining.html