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Illusion Scarf

9 May

So I’m working on an illusion/shadow scarf…if you couldn’t tell from my last post.  I figured I’d post a pic of what it looks like!  This was just a tester swatch that i bonded off and gave to my friend, Jo. 

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When views straight on, it appears as stripes.

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From an angle, the pattern shows!

This is a really super easy scarf to make.  Beginners can also do it, as it only uses knit ans purl stitches.  No fancy work.  As i stated in my last post, it can be confusing when you start, but once you get the hang of it, it is super easy.  I think it knots up quick only because of the pattern.  The picture show about a pattern and a half length–just enough to wrap around Jo’s neck. 

I haven’t attempted making any patterns of my own yet, but it seams simple enough that I’ve already started a few that i can’t wait to try!

Happy crafting everyone!

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Illusion Knitting

6 May

Knitting up my very first Illusion scarf, i came to the conclusion that all the instructions are confusing for beginners.  I can’t tell you how many times i ended up unraveling my work just because i couldn’t figure it out.  I searched pages and pages of instruction.  Some of them said to read the pattern from the bottom.  Some said the top.  Some said read it like you would a regular pattern; left to right and right to left.  Others said read only from left to right while others contradicted it even further.  One thing for sure, they all agreed on one thing.  Each line of pattern consists of four rows.

So, i have decided to write my own blog post for those who have suffered through hours of agonozongly confusing video tutorials, through painstakingly contradictory on-line tutorials, and make it easy and simple to understand.

We’ll be using the pattern i am using.  It is not my pattern, i believe it belongs to Wooly Thoughts. 

For this, you will need two yarn colors, preferably complimentary colors.  Color A will be the background colors (the white keys) and color B will be the raised colors (the black keys).

Before we get into reading the pattern, i have to introduce you to the four row pattern you will become best friends with during your experience.  We’ll call them Rows 1-4.

Row 1 (color A): Knit.
Row 2 (color A): Knit the light squares, purl the dark squares.
Row 3 (color B): Knit.
Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares.

That is it.  The hardest thing you will have to remember.    I promise!

Before i post the pattern, let me explain a few things.  This pattern is numbered on the top and bottom. This makes it easy.  Start in box 1-1.  For the pattern, i will refer to the rows as lines as this is all that matters.  Each square represents the kind of stitch you will do, so talk about columns really is not necessary.  Just concentrate on the line you are on.

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So here is the pattern. The only thing critical about the columns is knowing how many there are, to know your cast on number. In this case it is 25 stitches. You can either cast on 25 and count it as your first row, or cast on and start your first row. In my case, i counted it as row 1.

Row 1 (color A): Knit (or cast on, but ONLY THIS ROW – all other repeated row 1’s will be knitted).

Now, instead of worrying about line 2 of the pattern, imagine line 1 magically duplicates itself 3 more times…as it will for every line of the pattern. Line 1 gets repeated with your 4 row pattern.
So…

Row 2 (color A): knit the light squares, purl the dark. (In this case, all the squares on this line are light, knit them all).

Row 3 (color B): Knit.

Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares (all squares are light, so you’d purl).

Line 1 is finished. The magical duplicated rows receed back into itself, and you can move on to line 2. (Line’s 2 and 3 are the exact same process; both lines are light colored, so just repeat line 1).

Line 4 is where it gets fun! Here, color is introduced, and, if you’re anything like me, is where your understanding of illusion knitting will blossom.

I think its also a great time for me to remind you that this pattern is read, ALWAYS, from left to right. This is also a great example to use when i say that all you really need to care about are rows 2 and 4. Row’s 1 and 2, no matter the color, no matter the pattern, will ALWAYS be knitted…unless otherwise noted.

So…
Line 4.

Row 1 (color a): Knit.
Row 2 (color a): Knit the light squares, purl the dark squares (in this pattern, the first 10 squares are light, so you’ll K10. The next 15 squares are dark so you’ll P15).

Row 3 (color B): Knit (once again, the pattern doesnt matter here. Knit across).

Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares (this pattern has 10 light squares so you would P10, and 15 dark squares so you would K15).

Line 5.

Row 1 (color A): Knit.
Row 2 (color A): Knit the light squares, purl the dark squares (purl across accrding to the pattern).
Row 3 (color B): Knit.
Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares (according to this pattern, you’d knit across).

Work in this manner for all the lines, and repeat until desired length.

I find it helpful to keep a pen and paper nearby to tally the lines and rows. I also have found it helpful to write down the instructions (because i often get confused when just reading the pattern).

I hope this has helped anyone finding themselves confused with illusion/shadow knitting! I know it was fusturating finding the same instructions that were unhelpful over and over again.

If you need further explination, please leave a comment and i will try to help you to the best of my ability!

Until then, happy knitting!

Those Warm Fuzzies

4 Feb

Well I did it. I finished Cubano’s gifts! I keep fretting that the scarf is too girly, then I look at it again, and think differently. It’s soft and warm, and made from Yarn Bee fleece yarn, and Lion Brand Homespun. The Yarn Bee is much thicker than the Homespun, which should have effected the ending look by making it look chunky, but by some miracle, it flows nicely and not noticeable-except for feel.

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The hat, I’ve made once before for James when he visited a few months ago. Every time I get to the decrease rows, I freak out. It decreases from 80 stitches down to 10 stitches in a matter of 13 rows, which isn’t much, but by the time I get the suggested 8 inches finished for the hat, I freak out that it’s too big! However, it turned out fine both times. For James’s cap, I folded the brim up in the front and stitched it so it stayed up. I didn’t do that for this cap, as I’m not sure how big Cubano’s head is. It runs down into the eyes a little bit, but it isn’t bothersome, so it should be fine.

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The wrist warmers are the same as I’ve posted before. Both the hat and the warmers were made in I Love This Yarn, yarn, in the color black.

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I folded it up and packaged it together with a black ribbon. I’m excited to give it to him! The snow is still falling, over knee deep here in Lakewood, Colorado. Though the temperature is oddly warm, for me, I imagine he’s colder than a snowman. We had a power outage earlier that lasted for about an hour, which was fun for me and was a little sad the power came back on when I was ready to hit my needles. I was looking forward to knitting in candlelight. I’m hoping all of you are staying warm, wherever you are!

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