Friday, 13 October 2017

Pyramid pattern and other news

Ok I know it's been a while but I still haven't gotten my laptop repaired to be fair the guy is literally never in his store or picks up his phone as far as I can tell. But I have realised that some of the pictures I thought were only on my laptop are also on my phone so I'm posting from here despite hating the blogger interface for mobiles (seriously the pictures are just impossible to format) Also I'm not entirely sure I can even rotate the pictures right now so the next few posts the swatch image may be the wrong way around. So on with the pattern.

Sadly I think you've all been waiting for a kinda meh pattern sadly but there are some nice ones coming up. It would make a decent border at least. The pyramid pattern is originally from Italy but it's common to other European countries.

This picture will be fixed as soon as I can borrow bfs laptop.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply -2.5mm needles - 33st x 36st - longtail CON - Chain COFF
Pattern for working flat:
Con multiple of 8st + 1
Rows 1&3 - *P1,K1* end P1
Rows 2&4 - *K1,P1* end K1
Rows 5&7 - *P2,(K1,P1)x3* end P1
Rows 6&8 - *K2,(P1,K1)x3* end K1
Rows 9&11 - *P3,K1,P1,K1,P2* end P1
Rows 10&12 - *K3,P1,K1,P1,K2* end K1
Rows 13&15 - *P4,K1,P3* end P1
Rows 14&16 - *K4,P1,K3* end K1

Well that's it I will try and post again this weekend, hopefully the formatting on this isn't too terrible and I'm off now as writing on my phone is super annoying.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017


Sorry about the lack of posts but my laptop is busted. And by busted I mean it wont turn on because the power port is damaged and I need to send it off for repair (which I need to stop putting off) and because all the pictures of the swatches are on said laptop it will likely be a while until I can post (somewhere in the one to two week range I'm guessing or it could be sooner or longer really this information is useless) so bear with, and I'll be back posting asap.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Lozenge Pattern

            Well I'm back from my holidays! And I'm just about settled back at uni, I still need to unpack properly and sort a few things out but things have finally quieted down again. Although I may be very busy in the next few weeks depending on how lectures go and how fast I can finish Persona 5 (Yes I'm back at it again) That along with CSD 2 finally being released likely means my knitting progress will slow down somewhat. This shouldn't be a problem for all of you as I'm pretty far ahead (touch wood) It's always the way for me summer is my knitting season and autumn is usually so busy I grind to a halt but hopefully knitsoc will keep me somewhat on track. Its just a short post today as it is late and I want to go to sleep.

Lozenge pattern so called likely because of the appearance of broken rhobuses within the pattern also known as a lozenge pattern. What's weird to me is we call cough sweets after a synonym for rhombus, and no, I couldnt find out why. I'd hazard a guess that maybe some early brand were lozenge shaped and the name just caught on. But that is just a shot in the dark. The pattern is quite old, likely as it is so simple its pretty easy to just make up, and is traditionally from Italy. Weirdly looking at this pattern kineda makes my eyes go funny, like it's an optical illusion. Maybe that's just me. It's a nice enough overall texture but I wouldnt use it for anything requiring close inspection as it might give you a headache!

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 40st - Longtail CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple of 5st
Row 1 - *P1,K4*
Rows 2 & 3 - *P3,K2*
Row 4 - *P1,K4*
Row 5 - *K4,P1*
Rows 6 & 7 - *K2,P3*
Row 8 - *K4,P1*

            Well that's all for today, I'll try and post as often as I can during this insanely crazy period. Normally I'm super busy until around november at this point, I often can't even find the time to game ;_; depending on how much work I'm set, hopefully I'll have a day in the week where I only have one lecture or maybe even none and then I'll use that time as catch up.
I am complaining a lot about this time of year but honestly, I do love autumn because:
1) The best food is autumn food
2) It has the best weather
3) It's the prettiest season and
4) It's my birthday soon!

So Hopefully I'll have enough time to enjoy the season. Good luck and happy knitting

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Triangular and Pennant Stitch

my life rn
            Oh no It's been a whole week! In my defense I will say I hacent been fleeling great, I won't
super go into it because 1) It's gross 2) It's a periodic thing so if I say I'm not feeling well you ccan all assume I'm suffering because sometimes my organs like to not work properly. I'm getting a bit impatient at the minute because Cook Serve Delicious 2 is coming out in around 3 hours and I've had to wait an ectra 3 weeks and ITS KILLING ME, also student finance has decided to be stupid and take their website down at basically the worst possible time (seriously it's a week before uni starts and the site is down for maintinance bloody idiots shouldve waited until at least mid-term) so I cant preint out my declaration form and it's stressing me out tbh. AND my holiday to majorca is on saturday so I am getting excited for that especially now it's getting bleeding cold in the day. Oh and there was a powercut today. That was fun. And I really need to pack. There's a lot of stress right now.

            Anyway as a sorry for not posting for a week I'm doing two stitches today, although to be fair they are very similar and would probably have been two shorter posts otherwise. Anyway Triangular and Pennant stitch both have a tendancy to form a pleated look if left unblocked. Pennant tends to do this more than triangular stitch, or rather it makes more defined looking lines vertically in fact the effect is so strong it's sometimes called pennant pleating. Triangular stitch is often also called mock kilting which strongly suggests it's orgininal development being in Scotland or Ireland. Blocking tends to lose the plating so I would suggest doing a swatch of these before using it, as it tends to draw in a little, particularly towards the ends, because of the pleating. Because blocking ruins it they can be hard to predict.

Triangular stitch
Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 35st x 42st - Longtail CON -Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple of 7st
Row 1 - *P6,K1*
Row 2 - *P2,K5*
Row 3 - *P4,K3*
Row 4 - *P4,K3*
Row 5 - *P2,K5*
Row 6 - *P6,K1*

In theory you could broaden this stitch by editing the pattern only slightly, a nice pattern for a skirt.

Pennant Stitch
(blurgh it's slightly blurry I should really re-take this.
I may need an update)
Swatch is as follows - 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 36st - Longtail CON - Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple of 6st
Row 1 - *K1,P5*
Row 2 - *K4,P2*
Row 3 - *K3,P3*
Row 4 - *K2,P4*
Row 5 - *K5,P1*
Row 6 - *K2,P4*
Row 7 - *K3,P3*
Row 8 - *K4,P2*

Both of these patterns have common repeats, so they are quick to pick up. And because the pattern chages slightly every row it's not a chore to knit. Again this would make a nice skirt.

Right that's it for today I'm off to impatiently wait for Cook Serve Delicious 2. At least I can impatiently wait with other people on the Dev's Dischord. This is where it doesn't get released until late into the night and I'm waiting up till 3am only to download it and be too tired to play. I swear half the games I wait for I can never end up playing as soon as I would like. See Persona 5. Anyway have fun with the two patterns, we're heading onto some very nice, very old ,overall patterns soon (yay brocades) so nothing complicated in our future for now. Happy Knitting!

A real pleated kilt

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Garter Stitch Zig-Zag

This magazine has the pattern in
im sure you can reverse image search this
            Well today I'm going to talk about some knitting other than our swatches! I've taken a small break (very small about 2 days) to knit something else. My mum bought me some wool this summer that I didn't really know what to do with because I mostly knit with 4ply and it's sort-of scratchy (it's not very scratchy but I'm a big baby and cannot stand anything even slightly tickly) so I couldn't knit anything for me with it. I am a notoriously selfish knitter, I don't think I've ever given a knitted object to anyone other than my bf, where honestly it's just an excuse to knit something for me because I pretty much never make clothes other than scarves and I like making home items and we live together. So today was a large tradition break for me, I made clothes other than scarves, I used some scratchy wool and it wasn't for me. For the record the yarn does look very nice but seriously itchy things blegh. Anyway I got the pattern from that magazine I mentioned last post, so sadly I can't give you the pattern for it because I don't want to be sued, but I will say it's pretty much just armwarmers with a thumb gusset and leaf panel. anyway here's a picture of my mum wearing them. If you want to know the magazine it's literally just called knitting, you'll know that you've got the right one because the front page has a ginger woman wearing a brown leaf dress.

That's my mum.
Anyway a quickie today because it's a pretty simple pattern I can't really say alot about and I've already been waffling on abit. garter zig-zags on stockinette background it tends to lay flat. It has a weirdly 3 dimensional look to it up close, but from a distance the pattern isn't very distinct from far away so you could probably make a weird optical illusion if you made a whole item out of this stitch.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 48st - Longchain CON - Surprisingly Stretchy COFF

Pattern for working flat:
Row 1 - And all odd rows *Purl all st*
Row 2 - *K3,P3*
Row 4 - P1*K3,P3* end P2
Row 6 - P2*K3,P3* end P1
Row 8 - *P3,K3*
Row 10 - P2*K3,P3* end P1
Row 12 - P1*K3,P3* end P2

Well that's the pattern today, I would link to the magazine subscription but the link is super long and it's easy enough to find by reverse image searching the top image. I might do some more patterns in the magazine or even some free online patterns that I can directly reference but for now on with the swatches and Happy Knitting!

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Dotted Chevron

            What's this? Another Post? So soon?! What's going on!? Oh I'm home-home for a few weeks so I have fewer distractions *Cough*Persona5*Cough* Also I bought a knitting magazine today, (Yes I'm talking about knitting in paragraph one! This blog has gone insane) And it literally has 30 patterns in it, seriously online patterns are extortion! It only cost me a fiver, and it's got tonnes of patterns in it and that's not even including the free book for baby knitting, (which I will likely never use I am not a fan of human maggots) comparing that to some patterns online that cost 2 quid each (Although I rarely buy patterns I would much rather make my own after looking at a basic pattern) it feels like I got a bargin. Also the next one has some nice vintage looking patterns so I might subscribe. Although it seems like a bit of a mad thing to do because I already have one huge project and I don't really need more patterns that I won't use.... But the again there is a really nice mans vest that I could knit for the BF. Oh knitting why do you produce such horrible dilemmas? at least I have more to knit now GoT is over. I must knit faster, winter is coming!

            Anyway today's swatch and a new yarn this one is 100% cotton so it behaves slightly differently from what we've seen before. Cotton is slippery so looser knitters might have some difficulties with it, this yarn also had the (annoying) propensity to split. Cotton also is not stretchy unlike wool so it's not really suitable for anything that needs to draw in and it also tends to spread a little, because it's slippery. The pattern is pretty basic chevrons made of purl stitches with dot shaped welts in between. Honestly this pattern is a bit meh in my opinion but often the patterns show up differently on different yarn it may look better on a more elastic yarn.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 36st * 50st - Longtail CON - Chain COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON - multiple of 18st
Row 1 - *K8,P2,K8*
Row 2 - *P7,K4,P7*
Row 3 - *P1,K5,P2,K2,P2,K5,P1*
Row 4 - *K2,P3,K2,P4,K2,P3,K2*
Row 5 - *P1,K3,P2,K6,P2,K3,P1*
Row 6 - *P3,(K2,P3)x3*
Row 7 - *K2,P2,K3,P4,K3,P2,K2*
Row 8 - *P1,K2,(P5,K2)x2,P1*
Row 9 - *P2,K14,P2*
Row 10  - *K1,P16,K1*

Well that's all for today I guess I have to get on with more patterns as I wait for Cook Serve Delicious 2 to come out. Oh and I should say I'm going on holiday (again) soon and I dont know if I'll take my laptop, so if in a few weeks I suddenly stop posting it's because I'm in the pool in majorca. Happy Knitting!

Basically my life

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Seeded Chevron

Henry VIII in the tudors, It's good go watch it.
            Hooray a new post! Been busy actually knitting the past few days, (Mostly because I'm
getting annoyed with Persona 5 after Okumura's palace, literally the worst) But I'm starting to run into a classic student problem, I'm running out of things to watch. Seriously I've finished the whole of the series the Tudors. (costume drama about Henry VIII it's great go watch it) Now I'm watching being human and I'm already halfway through it, and I have no idea what to watch next, given game of thrones has finished (Dat finale doe) I'm going to have a serious lack of things to watch this autumn and autumn has the best telly normally! Havent been watching bakeoff I suppose I should watch some of that. But anyway on with today's swatch.

Seeded chevron is a very pretty pattern but it's hard to call it a stitch pattern. It's more like a combination of stitch patterns it uses seed stitch, purl welts and plain old stockinette to make an overall very attractive pattern. It's personally one of my favourites but it is a bit of a pain to knit because seed stitch is time intensive. The pattern is technically reversible, but on one side the seeded chevrons are bordered by welts, and on the other they are bordered by stockinette. Personally I prefer the welted border but both sides are attractive. The pattern is pretty long and complicated but stick with it.

Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 45st x 70st - Longtail CON - Chain COFF

Pattern for working flat:
Row 1   - K1 *P3, (K1,P1)x2, K1, P5, K1, (P1,K1)x2, P3, K1*
Row 2   - P1 *P1, K3, (P1,K1)x2, P1, K3, P1, (K1, P1)x2, K3, P2*
Row 3   - K1 *K1, P3, (K1,P1)x5, K1, P3, K3*
Row 4   - K1 *P3, K3, (P1,K1)x4, P1, K1, P3, K1*
Row 5   - P1 *P1, K3, P3, (K1,P1)x3, K1, P3, K3, P2*
Row 6   - K1 *K1, P3, K3, (P1,K1)x2, P1, K3, P3, K3*
Row 7   - K1 *P3, K3, P3, K1, P1, K1, P3, K3, P3, K1*
Row 8   - K1 *(P1,K3,P3,K3)x2, P1, K1*
Row 9   - K1 *P1, K1, P3, K3, P5, K3, P3, K1, P1, K1*
Row 10 - K1 * P1, K1, P1, (K3,P3)x2, K3, (P2,K1)x2*
Row 11 - K1 *(P1,K1)x2, P3, K3, P1, K3, P3, (K1,P1)x2, K1*
Row 12 - K1 *(P1,K1)x2, P1, K3, P5, K3, (P1,K1)x3*
Row 13 - P1 *(P1,K1)x3, P3, K3, P3, (K1,P1)x2, K1, P2*
Row 14 - K1 *K1, (P1,K1)x2, (P1,K3)x2, (P1,K1)x3, K2*

Phew that was a long pattern to write out. I'm also not entirely sure you can find this one online anywhere but a smart knitter might be able to replate it from the image. Anyway I'm off now, good luck with the pattern it's very pretty once you finish it so it's well worth the difficulty. Happy Knitting!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Pinnacle Chevron

Current paint project,
she's taken about a week so far and still isnt finished.
            Oh no, I didn't keep my promise of posting yesterday! And no one is surprised. Look I just
forget when I'm on holiday and because my laptops doing "something spooky" as my brother would put it, it's a real PITA to post when I'm here, I keep leaving it upstairs and it's annoying to climb three flights just to get my laptop down. Not only that but because my phone is being weird with instagram at the minute some of the pictures I've taken need to be edited again on my laptop which again, is testing my already lazy nature. I've also been doing very little actual knitting since I got here mostly because Persona 5 partly because stellaris and partly because a bunch of my mini's arrived and I've been painting. (Yes I paint mini's, yes that's like the lamest thing anyone can do, but really I only do it for display/I like painting, not for actual wargaming unlike the BF who is a much bigger dork than I am) My problem is I have about 20,000 different hobbies and I tend to have very intense periods of doing one a lot more than the others then I get distracted and drop it. I procrastinate my hobbies with more hobbies! For example the above paint project is actually a "side project" for my main project which is a giant dragon. And I havent started it as I can't decide on a colour scheme I've narrowed it down to either, black and blue, black and red, or white and blue. Buuuut I'm sure I'll figure it out when I get back to uni. I'm actually staying here longer than expected as the BF doesn't have to go home next week and I didn't want to abandon him to a house with only J*** (one of our housemates, he's fine but the BF wanted to have a longer holiday with me) in it.

Anyway on with todays stitch. Pinnacle chevron. One of the prettiest patterns in the first chapter (possibly beaten by seeded chevron which is next up) it's a very nice overall texture. Because it's basis is a broken 2x2 ribbing the pattern also has a lot of lateral stretch. If left unblocked or blocked lightly the ribs tend to twist slightly, (a result of the moving purl stitches) and resembles a mock ribbing rounding out naturally, defining the chevron.

Swatch is as Follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 37st x 48st - Longtial CON - Chain COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple of 18st + 1
Rows 1 & 3 - P1 *(K2,P2)x2, K1, (P2,K2)x2, P1*
Rows 2 & 4 - K2 *(P2,K2)x2, P1, (K2,P2)x2, K1*
Rows 5 & 7 - P1 *P1, K2, P2, K2, P3, (K2,P2)x2*
Rows 6 & 8 - K1*K1, P2, K2, P2, K3, (P2,K2)x2*
Rows 9 & 11 - Rows 2 & 4
Rows 10 & 12 - Rows 1 & 3
Rows 13 & 15 - Rows 6 & 8
Rows 14 & 16 - Rows 5 & 7

I've added spacing to this pattern as I think it makes it easier to read. I will be doing more complex patterns this way from now on to save your eyeballs. This pattern is another cyclical one, (like the chevron pattern) where the second half is the inverse of the first half. This pattern is also a good one if you want to practise "reading" your knitting as it's pretty obvious is you make a mistake. Anyway hopefully I will remember to do another blog post sooner rather than later. This week has been a pretty good test of how often I will post when I'm at university, as the only difference is I'll be doing lectures rather than just playing persona 5 and painting. I will likely post less if I have a lot of work to do (obviously) but twice a week is a pretty good rate for most blogs anyway. Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Chevron Pattern

I'm the good guy. Right?!
            Ah! How has it been so long since the last post?! I blame Persona 5, that game is
Me right now.
ADDICTIVE. But it still has the bs gameover mechanic if your main character dies in battle, why can't my teammates use a revive bead on me? Why can't I restart the battle rather than being forced to lose an hour of progress like it does with boss battles? Basically I'd been grinding for an hour in order to beat the second palace boss and a whole load of crap happened that was beyond my control. I ambushed a shadow in a room full of shadows, excellent it's practically impossible to lose in a battle if you ambush an enemy, I win fight end but then another enemy joins the battle (this can happen if there were other shadows nearby) Enemy happens to be faster than everyone in my team, fine it gets one turn then I can weakspot and talk my way out of it. Nope. Lucky crit on another character gets another attack, weakspots my main character (before I have the opportunity to change persona) gets another attack, then just hits my main character again (of course it didn't go for anyone else) and kills them. I lose an hour of grinding for sucessfully ambushing an enemy. Great. That's why I've stopped for now as I'm a little salty.

Enough about my salt and on with the pattern that you've all been waiting patiently for. Speaking of patterns I've completly filled the second book now and I'm onto the slip stitches so we won't be out of options when we've finished the basic ribbings. The chevron pattern is formed of transverse zigzags, that we saw earlier in the parallelograms of the vandyke pattern. In the second half of the pattern the first halves odd rows, become the even rows and visa versa. The pattern if left unblocked tends to ruche up in a zigzag pattern meaning although the overall texture is flat if worked in a large yarn it would make an interesting wavy blanket.

This picture shows off the natural wave better than the distinct pattern, likely because of the tweedy yarn I used
Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 33st x 48st - Longtial CON - Chain COFF

Pattern for working flat:
CON multiple of 8st + 1
Row 1 - K1*P7,K1*
Row 2 - P1 *K7,P1*
Row 3 - K2*P5,K3* end P5,K2
Row 4 - P2*K5,P3* end K5,P2
Row 5 - K3*P3,K5*end P3,K3
Row 6 - P3*K3,P5* end K3,P3
Row 7 - K4*P1,K7* end P1,K4
Row 8 - P4*K1,P7* end K1,P4
Row 9 - Row 2
Row 10 - Row 1
Row 11 - Row 4
Row 12 - Row 3
Row 13 - Row 6
Row 14 - Row 5
Row 15 - Row 8
Row 16 - Row 7

Well that's it for today, I will probably only post when I get home again, or maybe I'll post on the train on wednesday so see you then. The next two patterns are very nice and are probably my favourites in this chapter but they are somewhat tricky the seeded chevron particularly. So good luck and Happy Knitting!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Tulip Pattern

Although I put my clothes away for once
as I didn't want to get yelled at by my mother
            I'm back off my holidays (Boooo!) so you'll now have a more regular posting schedule
(Yaaay!) everyone's been busy today returning the house to habitable levels, doing laundry, getting the cat, doing the shopping, doing more laundry, getting annoyed that the cat keeps crying ect. Although I have a HUGE spike in my views on the 8th of august when I posted the parallelogram pattern so either you all went mad for that one or you were all dying for a new post. Either way I've been very busy today, on the last day on the beach I wove in all the ends on my finished swatches and I've been putting them in the book as fast as I can I've only done 5 so far because it's a tedious and long job but hopefully by the end of the week they'll all be in and I can get on with the slip stitch patterns. Anyway enough chatting on with the pattern.

Tulip pattern is likely so called because it resembles rows of tulips in a flower bed. Or well... Sort of? Idk i get where they're coming from, but it looks mostly like a weird ribbing, and it has a lot in common with broken rib patterns. I personally much prefer last week's patterns as they have a clear use but idk about this one; it's not ugly but I probably wouldn't do it again. Not my style. It does look better with blocking, and maybe the yarn I used here wasn't the best choice but I think its more personal taste. (I'd hazard a guess it's not one of Barbaras favs either given she doesn't say anything about it) It'd probably look best in green.
It also has an annoying tendency to curl a lot as you can see I've tried to pin it flat but it REALLY doesn't want to, and if you know me I will do anythning to get a stitch that doesn't curl. It does have a lot of vertical stretch so if you want a pattern that stretches well longways this may be a viable choice.

*sigh* I took this picture when on holiday :(
Swatch is as follows: 4ply - 2.5mm needles - 30st x 52st - Longtail CON -  Chain COFF

Pattern for working flat
CON multiple of 3st
Rows 1 & 3 - *K*
Rows 2 & 4 - *P*
Rows 5 & 7 - K1*P1,K2*P1,K1
Rows 6 & 8 - P1*K1,P2*K1,P1
Rows 9 & 11 - *P2,K1*
Rows 10 & 12 - *P1,K2*

Well that's it for todays pattern, although I am sad to no longer be on holiday, and the cat's constant meowing to make sure we havent abandoned her again is very annoying, I will say I have missed my own bed caravan singles are horrifically small, and very hard; so my spine is thanking me for sleeping on an actual bed rather than on a very skinny rock. Hope you're all having nice holidays if you're on them and that work isn't too terrible if you're there. Happy Knitting!