Friday, March 27, 2020

Needle Felted Hats / March 2020




These hats are knit and then felted.
After felting and drying I hand needle felt the design.

Goldfinch in tree.


 Bluebird in flowering tree.


Multi Flowers 


Painted Bunting in tree.

If the hats are not marked as SOLD they are available for purchase.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Needle Felt Hats - Blue Jay and Titmouse

These hats are knit and then felted.
After felting and drying I hand needle felt the design.

These are two of my most recent hand needle felt hats.  

Blue Jay in tree.

Titmouse in Forsythia.  SOLD.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Felted Hats without Needle Felting Designs

This post has felted hats without needle
felted designs.  These hats can be ordered
in the color you want.


Joann Felted Hat with white trim.
This one has been SOLD.



Joann Felted Hats.  One with white trim,
one without the trim.



Joann Elizabeth Felted Hat with gray and black trim.
This one has been SOLD.



Elizabeth Felted Hat.  This hat is smaller than
the Joann Felted Hat.



Perry Nell Felted Hat with subtle design.


If you are interested in purchasing a hat please refer to the name above the photo.  Please contact by email or phone.


Felted Hats with Needle Felted Designs

This post has felted hats with One of a Kind needle felted designs added by hand.  Similar hats can be made, but since these are freehand needle felt designs they will not be identical. 


The Wendy Felted Hat with yellow flowers.


The Ramey Felted Hat with Yellow Warbler.
This one has been SOLD.




The Ramey Felted Hat with Rose-Breasted Grosbeak.
This one has been SOLD.


If you are interested in purchasing a hat please refer to the name above the photo.  Please contact by email or phone.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Sock Diagram


At times you need to see a diagram of a sock pattern. 

I decided to post one here for easy reference.


The sock shown was knit by Kathy Green.
The pattern is Joann Socks on Ravelry.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Picot Bind Off

I have designed several shawls with a Picot Bind Off.
So I decided it was time to assist others in using the Picot Bind Off.

I always use the next larger needle for the bind off.
For this example I am using the Audrey's Shawl.
It is a worsted shawl designed for a child.
The shawl is knit with a US8 (5 mm) and I used a US9 (5.5 mm) for the bind off.

Even when knitting a shawl with fingering weight yarn, 
I use one size larger needle for the bind off.

First you bind off 2 stitches as you normally would.
Then you slide the stitch from right hand needle to the left hand needle.

Insert the needle between the two right most stitches on your left needle. 

Pull the yarn through.

Place on the left hand needle, without twisting. 


Repeat to add the second cast on stitch. 


Should have 3 loops separated from the other stitches on the left hand needle.

Bind off 5 stitches. 



I give the picot a tug. 

Place the remaining stitch on the left hand needle,
repeat the process until you bind off all the stitches.



When I am sitting I am knitting.
I hope you will join me in the Ravelry Heirloom Goods
knitting group.



Monday, September 28, 2015

Leedra's Edge and Bind Off

 I designed my first shawl in 2011.

I design bottom up shawls and I design top down shawls.  But it seems no matter whether it is bottom up or top down I prefer to use a seed stitch edge for the border.  I have designed a few shawls without this seed stitch edge, but not many.   For the top down shawls the seed stitch is started as a neck tab which just continues down the edge on both sides as you knit the shawl.  In the photo below you can see the first stitch is always slipped.  I slip this stitch purlwise.  The working yarn is then taken in front of the work and between the needles to the back of the work, ready to work the next stitch.  If you take the yarn behind the needle to the back it will not look the same, so you need to be consistent in the way the yarn is taken to the back.  With a top down shawl the seed stitch is always six stitches.  With the bottom up shawl the seed stitch can be either four or six stitches.
Because I like the seed stitch for most designs I needed to come up with a good way to continue the edge around the neck when designing a bottom up shawl.  So I designed what was quickly named Leedra's Edge and Bind Off  by my test knitters. 

I have designed several shawls ending with Leedra's Edge and Bind Off, they are
and

The edge stitches are the same whether working the right side and wrong side rows.
At the beginning of the rows my six stitch seed stitch edge is worked as follows:
Slip 1, k1, p1, k1, p1, k1.
The end of the rows are worked as follows:
k1, p1, k1, p1, k2.

After a shawl is complete except the neck is when Leedra's Edge and Bind Off is used.
Leedra's Bind Off is completed with one size needle smaller than the shawl is knit with.
This is accomplished by changing to the smaller needle and knitting the last wrong side row immediately before the beginning of the bind off with the smaller needle.
With the right side facing Leedra's Edge and Bind Off is worked as follows:
Notice in the photos one side is still on the circular needle used for the shawl,
And I started using a double point needle for the other end.
Slip 1, (k1, p1) x2, k3tog, 
turn,

(k1, p1) x2, k2, 
turn.
Repeat until there are a total of 12 stitches remaining.
(6 stitches on each needle)
End with the k3tog, without turning.
 When there are 6 stitches on each needle the 6 stitches on the circular needle can be moved to a double point needle.  Turn the two double  point needles so the wrong sides are facing each other.  This places the yarn on the back needle on the right side.  This is the correct location for grafting the 12 stitches together using the Kitchener Stitch method.
For convenience I have added instructions for the Kitchener Stitch at the
bottom of this blog post.
Due to the k3tog stitches,
after the Leedra's Edge and Bind Off is completed you can see a small hole.  
With shawls the hole is just another design element.
The photo below shows the side edge as it curves at the front of the shawl.
And this last photo shows the curve created for the neck of the shawl.

Kitchener Stitch Setup:  

Attach your yarn to a darning needle and thread the yarn through the first stitch on the front needle as if to purl and leave the stitch on the needle.  Then thread the yarn through the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit and leave the stitch on the needle.
Kitchener Stitch:  

Step 1:  
Thread the yarn through the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, and slip the stitch off the needle.

Step 2:  

Thread the yarn through the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl and leave the stitch on the needle.
Step 3:  

Thread the yarn through the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl and slip it off the needle.
Step 4:  

Thread the yarn through the next stitch on the back needle as if to knit, and leave the stitch on the needle.
Repeat steps 1 thru 4 until all the stitches are off both needles.