Thursday Evening Post

Good evening. Hope your week has been a good one.

Here, I have a miniature sample of the two sections that are part of the throw.

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The borders around the center piece are stitched in two different designs.  The vertical bars are stitched with the single crochet in the back loop only.  The horizontal bars are stitched in the basic single crochet.  I felt it was more flattering to the centerpiece to keep the stitches simple so as not to be too busy thereby detracting from the pattern in the center fabric.

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I have also displayed this swatch of a third section to be added to the throw. This stitch is called Wheatsheaf.  Lacy in design, it offers the light - weight feeling of  Springtime.

I am featuring a miniature of the throw next week.  This miniature is a sample swatch used to give an idea of how it will all look eventually in the large size throw with a finished measurement of 45 inches by 60 inches standard throw size.

Come back soon and see what else is bubbling in this creative stew.  Hope you decide to join me.  I will be publishing a complete book with all instructions/ designs/ tutorials  for purchase.

 

 


Springtime Throw Tuesday's Post

Hello friends.  

Here is another peek at the Springtime Throw.  A simple single crochet stitch worked in the Back Loop of the "v-stitch" of the crochet stitch, offers a ribbed knitted look.

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Paired with yesterday's fabric reveal, the colors prove to be creamy and delicate for Spring.  A bit difficult to see here, the hearts in the cream fabric are a perfect match with the soft pink color choice in today's fabric, and will be placed next to the creme fabric.  You will certainly see the heart shape clearly when you work it up.

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Join me tomorrow for another sneak peek into the next fabric for the Springtime Throw.  Next week, all the details of yarn, hooks and other such ingredients to this afghan recipe will be listed on this blog.

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Hope to see you again.  

 


Spring Throw

Well, it's been so icy cold around here!! Thanks to this Spring Throw, my creative spirits are warm and the ideas are flowing! I found that while I wanted something to present quickly to all my readers so that we can get started as soon as possible, a lovely keepsake takes time to design.  I found myself trying quite a number of yarn weights and types, frogging and starting new stitches hour to hour.  Then, just when I thought I had the right color and design I found something more harmonious.  

So, please be patient with my creative muses, we are moving slowly around here, distracted by the multitude of ideas presenting many beautiful patterns, colors and textures to this fine project.  I will keep you up to speed with a daily post this week.  Hopefully, by next week, all designs and details will be completed.

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I chose the colors pictured above as they felt reminiscent of childhood days playing outside in the afternoons, when one can sense a new season on its' way.  The sight of fresh, new grass filling in the splotches of brown left behind on the hills by the cold winter, brings lightness to the heart tempting one for what is to come.  Meanwhile,  life slowly reveals its' surprises that lie within the springtime florals in soft, pastel colors, as they prepare to blossom.  As if to smile to those of us who gaze upon their delicate buds, we wait in anticipation for their petals to open up and display their beautiful colors and send forth their soothing fragrances.  

To begin, I created a center block with a pattern stitched in the Crossed Popcorn design.  This stitch creates a print on print effect for an elegant fabric.  The Crossed Popcorn design resembles a heart shape.  New love is a companion and friend to Springtime; what better than a gentle heart motif.

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I do hope you stay with me this week and check out another design plan for the next part of the throw.   I will list the yarn and all information by the end of this week or a final list will be released at the beginning of next week.

Hope to see you tomorrow ♥

 


Had such an overflow of design ideas, sampled so many yarns, finally landed on yarn type, brand, color, weight and designs late last night. Check back on Monday, Jan 9th, 2017 for first roll out of Springtime CAL details.

Christmas Cookie KAL Tree Pattern

Well, here we are under ten days away form the holy celebration of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Our last holiday cookie is the Christmas Tree.  Steeped in tradition, decorating this special holiday tree comes in a variety of ways.  I displayed the undecorated tree in the blog but, you will probably want to decorate it with icing chains, like the gingerbread man.  You can add a star on the top or a chain of tinsel that is unconnected to the tree (just loosely draped back and forth but tacked with a bit of thread here in there.)   You can use French knots as the Christmas glass balls on the tree.

Hope you have enjoyed this brief yarn journey through the yarn bake shop in my studio Purls and Shells.  If you have any pictures of any of the cookies from this week, I and others would love to see them.                Simply post them in the comments below or post them on my studio's Facebook page.

Have a blessed holiday season.

Oh, Christmas Tree Cookie

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Christmas Cookie KAL

 

 

 

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Designed by:   Loretta Ann Kfoury

 

Stitches used:  cast on, i-cord stitch,

Finished Measurement: diameter of cookie depends on size needles you use.

Difficulty Level:  Beginner - Easy

Supplies:

-Caron Simply Soft®

100% Polyester  worsted weight 4 (you need only about 1 oz)

1 skein - Dark Sage

1 skein - Taupe

Oddments of different color yarn

-two double-pointed knitting needles, US 6

-needle

-thread for assembly

 

Gauge is not essential to this project.  

 

Abbreviations:   

co = cast on

bo = bind off

k =  knit stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)



Pattern notes:

Make a longer cord if you wish to have a larger cookie.

 

Stitch Guide:

I-cord stitch:  cast on four stitches on one of the two double-pointed needles.  Turn the needle and push four stitches to opposite end of needle (or the right side of the needle).  The working end of the yarn will be on the bottom of the four stitches. That is where you want it to be.  Take  the second needle and the working yarn and giving it a slight tug, bring it to the top stitch and begin your knit stitch working it into the first (top) stitch of the four stitches.  Continue to knit next three stitches. When the four stitches are completed, turn the needle, slide the group of stitches down to the opposite end (or the right side of the needle), and as before, the working yarn should be at the bottom of the stitches, tug a little and begin your knit stitches from the top, again.  You will begin to see a cord-shape develop.  Continue until you have the length of cord you want for the project.



Instructions:

co 4 sts

Round 1:  k the I-cord stitch.

Work until piece measures 20 inches or as long as you would like it.

 

Assembly:

Wind the cord around to take the form of the tree above.  Try to keep the loose side (where the stitches look a little loose) at the bottom, out of site.  The nicer stitches are usually on the top of the cord.  Tack little stitches to hold the tree together with needle and thread.

Trim your tree as you wish!!



Copyright 2016 Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All project designs are the property of Purls and Shells-Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All rights reserved.  It is unlawful to reproduce, sell, redistribute any portion or the whole of this pattern or to claim any part or whole of this pattern as your own.






 


Christmas Cookies KAL- Gingerbread Man

BRRRRRRRR!!

It's freezing here in my neck of the woods!!!

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Perfect time for me to introduce my gingerbread man cookie.  Gingerbread has warm spiciness that .. yes.. makes you warm inside.   The gingerbread man cookie has to be my absolute favorite of all regardless of the season.  A time I always treasured, Christmas time meant that my mother and I would travel to a little bakery in a village near to our home.  And in that little bakery, I would see the glass display cases filled with lovely decorated, tasty treats.  My mom knew without asking that when we went there to purchase a cake, she knew with a smile on her face, that she would be purchasing a gingerbread man cookie for me.  My mother always asked the baker behind the counter if the gingerbread men cookies were freshly baked, and a resounding "yes" would spring out in the baker's voice.   Without hesitation, I jumped with joy and my mother would look at my excitement and tun to the baker and ask for the prettiest one made.  I didn't even wait for the baker to ring up the ticket and y mother to pay for the cookie.  At 8 years old, all I thought about was grasping the bag as my mother handed it to me, jumping in my shoes, and digging my hand in the bag to grab the cookie while we exited with the store's bell ringing as we let the door swing closed behind us.

Now, I don't have to tell you how my heart felt or, the warmth I felt when I took that first bite of the ginger cookie.  Each of us probably have a method to eating gingerbread men.  I go for the head first (don't mean to be grim).  Then oddly, I would go right for the candy buttons next, go figure.  Any which way one munches on a gingerbread man cookie, we can all agree it is a childhood memory we never forget.

My gingerbread man cookie is toasty warm, too.  The I-cord stitch works well with the fullness-factor I like in knitted or crocheted toys.  And it creates the fullness of the gingerbread and how it bakes in an oven (the real cookie, of course).  I gave it an icing trim worked on the edge of the fabric.  Instructions for that piping will be included in the blog as well as in a digital download at my shop https://www.etsy.com/shop/PurlsandShells.

I have also attached a drawing on how to assemble the cookie in terms of how to wrap the cord to create the figure.

So, let's begin our gingerbread man...

                                              

The Gingerbread Man Cookie

The flavor of a gingerbread man cookie is unforgettable.   The ginger makes us feel warm and toasty.  The spiciness  of this cookie just sets your mouth and spirit aflame with reminiscence of Christmas time, falling snowflakes and holiday festivities.  A simple stitch to work up, the I-cord gives that substantial body that a baked ginger cookie has.  Enjoy “baking” this fine traditional Christmas cookie.

 

Designed by:   Loretta Ann Kfoury

Stitches used:  cast on, i-cord stitch,

Finished Measurement:  3”  x  4” approx.

Difficulty Level:  Beginner - Easy

 

Supplies:     

•Caron Simply Soft®

100% Polyester  worsted weight 4 (you need only about 1 oz)

1 skein - Taupe

•two double-pointed knitting needles, US size 6

•crochet hook US size D

•needle

•thread for assembly

 

Gauge is not essential to this project.  

 

Abbreviations:   

co = cast on

bo = bind off

k =  knit stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)

 

Pattern notes:

You may use a larger set of needles or stitch a longer I-cord for a larger cookie

 

Stitch Guide:

 

  1. I-cord stitch:  cast on four stitches on one of the two double-pointed needles.  Turn the needle and push four stitches to opposite end of needle (or the right side of the needle).  The working end of the yarn will be on the bottom of the four stitches.  That is where you want it to be.   Take the second needle and the working yarn and giving it a slight tug, bring it to the top stitch and begin your knit stitch working it into the first (top) stitch of the four stitches.  Continue to knit next three stitches.  When the four stitches are completed, turn the needle, slide the group of stitches down to the opposite end (or the right side of the needle), and as before, the working yarn should be at the bottom of the stitches, tug a little and begin your knit stitches from the top, again.  You will begin to see a cord-shape develope.  Continue until you have the length of cord you want for the project.

 

 

Instructions:

co 4 sts

Round 1:  k the I-cord stitch.

Work  until piece measures 20 inches or as long as you would like it.

 

Assembly: Use CHART A below

Tacking with needle and thread as you build the gingerbread man, wind the cord according to diagram. Begin at the inside of the head, then across the shoulder on the right.  Take cord around to the left shoulder, then move downward- side to side for the body.  Wrap to the right side for the right leg then come under the body and wrap over to the left side for the left leg, joining at the last curve of the body at a discreet point.

Try to keep the loose side (where the stitches look a little loose) at the bottom, out of site.  The nicer stitches are usually on the top of the cord.  Tack little stitches to hold the body together with needle and thread as you go along.

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CHART A 

 

Icing Trim:

Beginning on the left side of the body, down on the leg where it joins with the body, find the first v-stitch

 

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and with the white yarn and your crochet hook insert the hook in the back loop of the outer leg: 

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draw yarn through the back loop through to the front, yarn over and pull yarn through the loop on the hook.

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repeat these steps to create a chain around the top of the cookie.  When you get to a corner, add extra chains in the same loop until the yarn wraps comfortably around the corner without buckling the fabric.

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Add French knots for the eyes, and candy buttons.

 

Copyright 2016 Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All project designs are the property of Purls and Shells-Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All rights reserved.  It is unlawful to reproduce, sell, redistribute any portion or the whole of this pattern or to claim any part or whole of this pattern as your own.

 

 

 

 

 


Holiday Cookies KAL

Good Afternoon, hope you are taking your well-needed breaks and joining me in my yarn journeys. Today and for the rest of the week I will post holiday cookies of all sorts.  It will be a cookie baking of a different sort.  They are fun to stitch, too, nothing complicated.

 

All the cookie styles are based on the traditional piped butter cookies.  The first one is the pinwheel cookie.  Another is a traditional gingerbread man cookie with a white icing made from crochet chain stitches worked directly from the trim of the cookie.  The last one is a Christmas tree cookie.

I am using the I-cord stitch to achieve that style and a simple stitch which is probably familiar to most of us through the knitting loom we were all taught in our childhoods.  The knitting loom is that little wooden tube (or plastic/ceramic) that you hold in one hand and stitch with a hook in the other hand.  There is a hole in the center where the cord is worked through.  I won't be using this tool, as precious as it is, but, if you would prefer it, you may use the little knitting tube.

I am using two double-pointed knitting needles of varying sizes.  With a US size 2 pair of needles, they produce a cookie with a 1¾ inch diameter.  The US size 6 needles will give a 2 ¼inch cookie in diameter. I then jumped to a US size 8 needle and found that getting a clean, tight group of stitches went down in quality but yielded a cookie a bit larger with a 2 ½ inch diameter.  

I like the chunkier sized cookies which the size 8 could offer, however, I like a clean, taught stitch for toys, which I could not get with the size 8's.  So, I stayed with the size 6 needle which gave me a reasonably full-size cookie with cleaner stitches.

Directions for assembly will be included in the instructions of the blog and as all other patterns, they can also be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PurlsandShells.  

So, grab some hot chocolate and maybe some real-baked cookies and let's stitch away.

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The Pinwheel Piped Butter Cookie

 

For a little Christmas baking of a different kind, here is one of the cookies from the Purls and Shells Blog.  It is made with an i-cord stitch. A traditional stitch, the i-cord stitch creates the perfect effect of a piped butter cookie.  In this pattern we will be using double-pointed knitting needles.  I have used three different sizes to create different size cookies but,  you can stick with your favorite size needle.  

 

Designed by: Loretta Ann Kfoury

Stitches used:  cast on, i-cord stitch,

Finished Measurement: diameter of cookie depends on size needles you use.

Difficulty Level:  Beginner - Easy

Supplies:     

•Caron Simply Soft®

100% Polyester worsted weight 4 (you need only about 1 oz)

1 skein - Harvest Red

1 skein - Dark Sage

1 skein - White

•Two double-pointed knitting needles, US sizes 2, 6, and/or 8

 (if your would like varying diameter sized cookies)

•needle

•thread for assembly

 

Gauge is not essential to this project.  

 

Abbreviations:   

co = cast on

bo = bind off

k =  knit stitch

st(s) = stitch(es)

 

Pattern notes:

You may use any color alone or in a combination for the cookies.  

Make a longer cord if you wish to have a larger cookie.

 

Stitch Guide:

1.  I-cord stitch:  cast on four stitches on one of the two double-pointed needles.  Turn the needle and push four stitches to opposite end of needle (or the right side of the needle).  The working end of the yarn will be on the bottom of the four stitches. That is where you want it to be.   Take  the second needle and the working yarn and giving it a slight tug, bring it to the top stitch and begin your knit stitch working it into the first (top) stitch of the four stitches.  Continue to knit next three stitches. When the four stitches are completed, turn the needle, slide the group of stitches down to the opposite end (or the right side of the needle), and as before, the working yarn should be at the bottom of the stitches, tug a little and begin your knit stitches from the top, again.  You will begin to see a cord-shape develop.  Continue until you have the length of cord you want for the project.

 

 

Instructions:

co 4 sts

Round 1:  k the I-cord stitch.

Work for another 80 rounds or until piece measures 12 inches or as long as you would like it.

 

Assembly:

Wind the rope into a circle as pictured above.  Try to keep the loose side (where the stitches look a little loose) at the bottom, out of site.  The nicer stitches are usually on the top of the cord.  Tack little stitches to hold the circle together with needle and thread.

 

 

Copyright 2016 Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All project designs are the property of Purls and Shells-Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All rights reserved.  It is unlawful to reproduce, sell, redistribute any portion or the whole of this pattern or to claim any part or whole of this pattern as your own.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Purls and Shells Holiday Dishcloth CAL Week Four- Christmas Breakfast

So, here we are at the end of our Holiday Dishcloth CAL with Week Four's dishcloth aptly named, Christmas Breakfast.   Why?  Because we are using the Waffle stitch.  And, when I think of waffles, I think of warm melted butter and sweet maple syrup for Christmas breakfast, along with eggs, bacon and sausage, of course!

The waffle stitch is so fun to make!!  Very little work to it, it presets a hearty fabric that is durable, too.  This pattern stitch works in multiples of three plus 4.  Therefore, if you choose to have a larger or smaller cloth than what this CAL cloth size is, just remember to begin your foundation chain with a number that is a multiple of 3 and then add four extra stitches which you will need for the first stitch of your foundation row.  I had so much fun doing this cloth, probably more than the others that I may plan a Waffle Stitch blanket CAL in the near future, so keep an eye out for something hearty and warm during the cold winter months.

So, grab something sweet and maybe maple-y tasting for a snack and let's begin the final dishcloth in our Holiday Dishcloth Series.

Remember, you can find this and the other washcloth patterns at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PurlsandShells for digital downloads and more.

 

 

 

Christmas Breakfast

Purls and Shells Holiday Dishcloth CAL

Week Four Pattern

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Copyright 2016 Loretta Ann Kfoury

 So, here we are at the end of our Holiday Dishcloth CAL with Week Four's dishcloth aptly named, Christmas Breakfast.   Why?  Because we are using the Waffle stitch.  And, when I think of waffles, I think of warm melted butter and sweet maple syrup for Christmas breakfast, along with eggs, bacon and sausage, of course!The waffle stitch is so fun to make!!  Very little work to it, it presets a hearty fabric that is durable, too.

 This pattern stitch works in multiples of three plus 4.  Therefore, if you choose to have a larger or smaller cloth than what this CAL cloth size is, just remember to begin your foundation chain with a number that is a multiple of 3 and then add four extra stitches which you will need for the first stitch of your foundation row.

So, grab something sweet and maybe maple-y tasting for a snack and let's begin

the final dishcloth in our Holiday Dishcloth Series.

 

Designed by:   Loretta Ann Kfoury

Stitches used:   Chain Stitch,  Slip Stitch,  Single Crochet Stitch,

                               Double crochet, Back Post Double Crochet

Finished Measurement:   7 ½ inches, square

Difficulty Level:  Advanced Beginner - Easy

Supplies:     

•Premier Yarns® Premier Home® Cotton

85% Cotton / 15% Polyester  worsted weight 4

1 Ball - Christmas Green (Color A)

•Crochet hook US size G/4.25 mm

•Yarn needle

Gauge:  is not essential to this project.  

Abbreviations:   

ch = chain

sc = single crochet

ss = slip stitch

dc = double-crochet

bpdc = back post double crochet

Tog = together

st(s) = stitch(es)

rep = repeat

* * = repeat * to *

Pattern notes:

  1.This pattern is worked in multiples of three plus four stitches added.  If you choose to enlarge or reduce the size of the          dishcloth, count your foundation according to the above equation.

 

Stitch Guide:

  1. Waffle stitch:  is made by back post double crochet stitches worked around in every third stitch on the front of the fabric and every second and third stitches on the back of the fabric, thus creating the texture of the waffle pattern.
  2. Back Post Double Crochet:  Yarn over, insert your hook from the back to the front of a double crochet post, pick up the yarn from the behind the fabric and pull yarn through the space between the post being wrapped and the post to the left.  Now begin to pull loops off your hook as you would with a typical double crochet: yarn over, pull through two loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through last two loops on your hook, you will finish off with one loop on your hook.
  3. Insert hook into the posts of the last two double crochet. This creates a natural border so that the waffle pattern is ore visible on the ends.

 

Instructions:

Foundation chain:  (see pattern note #1), with Color  A, ch 34.

Row 1 (foundation row):  dc in third ch from hook, dc in ea ch across, turn. (36 dc)

Row 2:  ch 1, dc in same dc as ch 1 sp, * dc in next 2 dc, bpdc in next dc*, repeat  * to * to last 2 dc, dc 2tog (see stitch guide #2 and #3), turn.

Row 3:  ch 1 dc in same dc as ch 1, *dc in the next dc, bpdc in ea of the next 2 dc*, repeat * to * to last 2 dc,  dc 2tog into the posts of the last 2 dc. turn

Rows 4-18:  repeat rows 2 and 3 alternating rows. Fasten off at end of row 18.

 

Trim:

Round 1:  Join in top right corner, 3 sc in same corner sp, sc in each sc across to next corner space.   Turn ¼ way  and 3sc in that corner sp, 19 sc evenly across row to next corner.  Turn ¼ way around, 3sc in that corner sp, sc in ea remaining loop from the foundation chain to across to next corner.  Turn ¼ way around and 3sc in that corner sp, 19 sc evenly spaced across to last corner, slip stitch in the 1st sc made in that starting corner.  Round 2:  sc in each sc around , fasten off.

 

Finishing:

You may block your washcloth to regain its’ square shape by laying it out on an ironing board or a blocking board.   

  1. Set your iron to the fullest steam setting.  
  2. When ready, take your iron and hold it one inch above your work.  Don’t touch the work with the iron.  Push the steam button over the work a few times, steaming all of the fabric.  
  3. Next, stretch your work gently out to the measurement of  7 ½  in. x 7 ½  in. measuring with a ruler.
  4. With stainless steel dress pins, pin your work down onto the ironing or blocking board holding fabric in place with the pins.  As you go along pinning fabric down, press steam over fabric to loosen the fabric to get it to stretch gently, if necessary, to the finished measurement of 7 x 7 inches.
  5. Let the fabric dry overnight to retain its’ shape.

Copyright 2016 Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All project designs are the property of Purls and Shells-Loretta Ann Kfoury.  All rights reserved.  It is unlawful to reproduce, sell, redistribute any portion or the whole of this pattern or to claim any part or whole of this pattern as your own.