Mystery: Week 8

Mystery: Week 8

Update: Yarnspirations has updated the Week 8 clue to fix mistakes that were written in the pattern.

https://s3.amazonaws.com/spinrite/pdf/WEB-BERNAT-SOFTEECHUNKY-K-Week8ab.pdf

 

This week was the Whirly Square. It’s much bigger than any of the others we have knit at 22 in and luckily we only needed to make one. I apologize that it took me a week to post but my mom got this done at 11 pm last night.

Whirly Square
My mom knitting the square.

 

My mom knit this one but we had some struggles reading the pattern and following through. I also found that many people were having similar issues by reading Facebook comments. It was a bit of a disappointment that it was written poorly and that the video they put up this week was not good in helping to understand what needs to be done. It was surprising as the past seven clues were written well and the videos were helpful if I didn’t understand the pattern.

The first thing that needs to be done is the Center Square, knit 30 rows in contrast A (garter st). Then to change to 5 dpn’s and knit one more row in contrast A and then change to contrast B and knit 1 row. This is different than what the instructions say but bear with me. Then take the second needle and pick up and k 15 sts across the left side edge. Next with the third needle pick up and k 15 sts along the bottom edge and then  with the fourth needle pick up and k 15 sts along the right side. 60 sts total, 15 sts on each needle. Then purl one round.

Center Square

 

With 4 dpn's
With 4 dpn’s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next you k the four triangles separately.

The special st in this pattern is wrap and turn (W&T) – Bring yarn to front of work. Slip next stitch purlwise. Bring yarn to back of work. Slip stitch back onto left-hand needle. Turn work. Then take working yarn to the back.

Row 1 (RS) – k2, W&T

Row 2 (WS) -and all even rows – k

Row 3 – k3, W&T

all odd rows work as established.

Row 26 – k, break yarn and leave sts on needle or st holder

Repeat this pattern for the 3 remaining sides of the Center Square.

 

First triangle
First triangle

 

First set of triangles
First set of triangles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After this you knit the second  set of triangles. This part of the pattern was written well so we followed it as is, but it did take the longest time to do.

Second set of triangles
Second set of triangles

Finally the border, sorry I don’t have pictures of the process.

You change back to contrast A on circular needles and have all 212 sts on the needles, 53 sts between each st marker. The border is done in seed st and the first part is written correctly because it is done over an odd number of sts so you knit the first st in every row.

The second and third side are written wrong because it is done over an even number so you k the first st in the one row and then the next row you purl the first st. Make sure you just follow in seed st and follow the pattern. Many people also commented on this on the Yarnspirations Facebook page.

The last border is written correctly so you knit the first st of every row.

 

This pattern was not written well and it was a little disapointing that it took us the entire week to knit one square so hopefully this week is better.

Thanks everyone for reading and the comments, if you have any questions I’ll try to answer them.

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Mystery: Week 4

Mystery: Week 4

This weeks clue was the Daisy Stitch. It’s different than the last couple of weeks because of the four row repeat until you get to six inches. I do like this stitch but the video was necessary in understanding what to do and how to do it. Also the instructions just said to do the Daisy stitch without written instructions. Even the chart just says Daisy stitch.

Here’s a link to the video Yarnspirations posted

It definitely helped and now I’ve got it.

 

The thing about the Daisy Stitch is that the WS is where all the work is done. It’s really interesting because the RS and the WS are so distinct.

Right Side
Right Side

 

Wrong Side
Wrong Side

The pattern is a 4 row repeat. I repeated them 5 times and then row 1 and 2 to get to the six inches and then cast off. It’s really important to stay loose and keep an even tension through out. It sort of ends up a little rectangular but when I stretched it a bit it became more of a square.

I have to make 8 squares but I only have 4 done so I have to get working.

Update on last weeks clue, the instructions were to make 8 and I only had 4 done when this weeks clue was released. My mom has taken them over and she has two left to make.

 

If you’re doing this KAL/CAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

Mystery: Week 2

Mystery: Week 2

This weeks mystery clue was to make a cabled square.

Well I don’t like knitting cables so this week my mom made them. Cables confuse me but my mom says they’re the easiest if you follow the pattern and read the instructions.

Cabled Squares

These were much smaller than last weeks. They are about 6 in squares. They look very rectangular I think that it’ll work out.

 

Now we have 8 squares done. I can’t wait for next Tuesday and Week 3.

If you’re also doing this KAL let me know how you’re doing in the comments.

New Years …

New Years …

The best thing about 2015 starting tomorrow is this calendar.

Yarnista

I received this from a friend of my aunt, we all share a love for Call the Midwife (watch it, its totally worth it). She saw it and thought of me and its very sweet.

I can’t wait to read all the advice and anecdotes from fellow knitters and crocheters.

It may be a little late to post this but if you want your own you can find one here or the Kindle version here.

 

Have a Happy New Year in 2015 and a great end to 2014!!!

The Best Christmas Gift Ever

For the past five years my extended family has done a Secret Santa. On Thanksgiving we all write down something we may want and pick names.

Every year the first thing I write down is the same thing; yarn. I love yarn and getting it as a gift is wonderful.

And that just what I got, six skeins worth. I was very excited and here’s proof.

Christmas

Needless to say I was excited. My dad put it on Facebook and commented “she loves her yarn.” Well I do love my yarn, thank you very much.

The best part was I received the yarn I love to work with, Lion Brands Homespun. All in beautiful colors that I would’ve picked myself.

6 skeins
6 skeins

Before I can start using any of it I have to finish some projects that I have promised to make and today my dad asked for a new hat.

It was a good Christmas and I loved that most of the family was able to get together and share the evening.

 

How was you holiday?

At least the Swelling is Down

The swelling in my ring finger is down. It’s been a week since I noticed it and it’s much better. I have a couple more days of keeping it wrapped up and no knitting.

That part is killing me. At night I usually knit while I’m watching TV and now I just sit there and it feels weird.

So I browse websites and I look online and see projects that I want to do and get really excited then wonder if I have the yarn for it then I remember I can’t do this now.

There is a long list of projects that I’ll be getting back to once this is healed and I’m so grateful for my mother for finishing what I couldn’t of special orders that I had.

The Doctor Said …

No knitting for a week!!

Seriously that’s what the doctor told me. I’m not very happy about it. When I told him that I knit he was very surprised and said it needed rest and wrapped up for a week.

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I don’t know what to do with myself. I like to knit while I watch TV at night and I can’t do that so I’m lost.

Getting an X-ray done today to just be sure. At least the swelling is down. Hopefully by Friday I can get back to my knitting.