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What Knitting or Crocheting Can Teach Us

 

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Hipster Shawl 

As a designer, I spend many hour escaping into the Ravelry world, an amazing knitting and crocheting community (website) where people come and stay. For hours sometimes.

I click through 10, 15, 100 versions of the same shawl pattern (or dishcloth, sock, scarf, hat pattern), looking intently at the yarns used, the projects created from it, the way it looks in a worsted weight yarn vs. a fingering weight yarn. Which then starts down another rabbit hole of the actual yarn and what people created with that yarn–hats, baby blankets, socks, to name a few.

It soothes my soul, relaxes my over-stimulated-creative mind. But, even as a designer I have to wonder why people would knit a lace shawl that takes months to create such a complicated pattern. I guess because there’s something for everyone.

Here’s the thing about our online knitting or crochet community: we compare our projects, shaking our heads sometimes as to why someone would use that yarn or needle size, when clearly, in my own mind, I wouldn’t.

But that’s not for me to judge. Or even mention.

There’s a clear understanding that when someone posts a photo of their finished object, a lot of love, care and time has gone into producing that completed project. We should cheer her or him on and not make comments as to the clashing colors or think, I wouldn’t have done it in that yarn.

I ran across this the other day and shuddered. I did. Because it made me feel angry that someone would be so unkind to comment like that. I’m sure they didn’t realize it actually came across the way it did. But…It did!

So, I guess the moral of this story is, be kind when commenting on others photos. If you already do, which I’m sure you all do, good on you!

One Kind Word can Change Someones Entire Day

I know I’m not going to please everyone, but I’m ok with that. We all have different tastes in yarns, patterns, the way we photograph our finished objects. That’s what makes each and every one of us knitters or crocheters unique!And, I love that! And YOU!

The shawl at the top of the page is in my favorites. On Raverly.  I plan to knit this. I love the texture, the worsted weight yarn. I’m going to find a soft cotton worsted and knit it for summer evenings. 

Feel free to visit my Ravelry store if you’re interested. 

Hugs,

~DEB

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2018 Knitwear Trends

According to Vogue, “Cardigans, jumpers, turtlenecks and poncho styles: fashion embraces soft materials like wool, mohair or cashmere. Knits for everyone and for all tastes. For winter 2018, we are giving you a selection of innovative  knitwear brands whose soft and warms pieces will keep you warm and trendy.”

70srainbowsweater

skirttopknitted

vintage poncho

How spectacular is that?

“V” is for Vintage.

For us knitters or crocheters, playing with wool/fiber thickness, different hues, asymmetrical shapes, fringe detail, are what we’re going for as a designer or even as a consumer. The 70’s vibe is back, baby!

Knitwear has been with us for decades, drifting in and out of fashion. Knitting is one of the oldest forms of clothes -making. Hand-knitting has transformed from a necessity into a hobby, and some into a business.

I know for me, when I’m out shopping, even the everyday styles are looking more 70s/80s. It’s hard to wrap my head around it, though…I was a product of the 80s.

I’d love to hear your opinion on what you think of these styles.

Let’s get on board with these styles and see what we can create!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Newest Podcast

hellogorgeous

I truly love when I run up against a podcast that I had no idea was out there.

Knitting, while nestled in my space, looking for the perfect podcast, I landed on Mandarine’s Podcast; Melody Hoffman, designs inspired by nature, folklore, and minimalism. A delightful voice to listen to, engaging, and charismatic. Pure joy.

Take a minute to listen to her. You won’t be sorry. I promise! Oh…don’t forget to grab some knitting and something to sip on.

Melody has a beautiful website too. Her photographs are stunning.

Oh my! I’m fan-girl’ing all over the place here. *smiling*

Get the Pattern Moonlight Garden Shawl

I feel it might be fun to interview her. Shhh, don’t mention this just yet, I will need to talk with her.

For now, lovely knitters, stay awesome and remember to take time for yourself.

Hugs!

~Deb

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How I make my "Plain Jane" Dishcloth Pattern

It’s no secret, this is an easy pattern.

Other words that might describe it are: nothing to it, plain, piece of cake, easily done, no sweat, straight-forward, among others.

I’ve had this listed in my Ravelry shop for quite some time. It gets a lot of attention, but I thought this would be a fun way to hear Plain Jane’s story…

As a new beginner, well, to designing anyway, the only two stitches I knew were knit and purl. Pretty simple. I found that when you purled on the wrong side, it had that smooth finish on the right side. So, I added a border to the bottom and sides, and there began my introduction into designing.

I’ve created this pattern to have a finished measurement of 9″ x 9″. However, this pattern can easily be made smaller or larger depending on your project, your needs. The only thing to keep in mind when doing this is, on the WS row, just make sure to knit the first 3 stitches, and the last 3 stitches, then purl everything else in the middle. That’s it! So cast on as many stitches as you want.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern. There are so many things that can be created from it. I’ll name a few, but I do hope you’ll have your own ideas and share them with me.

Fun Ideas for your single square dishcloth

~ make 16 of these beautiful squares in a soft merino, or superwash wool. Sew them all together for a blanket. How about making your very own checker board. Fun, huh?

~ Fingerless gloves – make the square, fold it in half leaving just enough space for your thumb to go through and seam the two sides together.

~ Pot Holder – Knit the square using a thick wool, maybe even using 2 strands held together, then FELT.

Plain Jane Dishcloth Pattern
by Deb Buckingham/Dishcloth Diva

Abbreviations
K-knit
P-purl
BO-bind off
CO-cast on

Materials
1 skein of your favorite cotton yarn-I used Sugar and Cream
US #7 straight needle
Yarn needle
Scissors
Tape measure for measuring finished item

Gauge
4 stitches = 1 inch

Pattern Instructions
CO 36 stitches

Knit 4 rows

Row 1 (WS): K3, P30, K3
Row 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat this 2-row pattern for a total of 24 times.

Knit 3 rows

Finishing
Bind off all stitches and weave in all ends.

THATS IT!



Have fun, be creative, and most of all,

KNIT ON!
Deb