Patterns & Crafts (Page 3)

Working with the Scale Quilting Pattern The Scale Quilting block creates a beautifully patterned fabric. When the fabric is aligned vertically, it does in fact appear like scales. It has great potential for costuming as dragon scales, bird feathers, etc. When the fabric is turned horizontally, it reminds me a fish tessellationRead More →

Ever since I first happened upon DROPS Design Free Patterns, our collection of Free Knit Boot Slippers and Free Crochet Boot Slippers have been a favorite of our readers. Recently, I’ve gotten several requests for similar children’s slippers. I guess with Christmas and cold weather just around the corner that makes senseRead More →

Working with the Instant Plaid Pattern The trick with the Instant Plaid pattern is to wrap the yarn around your needle twice when you go to knit the stitches that will be slipped across the front. The double wrapping give those stitches twice as much yarn so that they won’t pullRead More →

Working with the Hexagon Pattern This is a fun block to make, although it is not very “square.” The edges want to curl up in a wonky way and blocking this square was a bit of a challenge. You will often see this pattern worked with a wide garter stitch borderRead More →

Working with the Double Scroll Ok, if you read last week’s post (Afghan Block 17) you will know that I had issues with this block and skipped it the first time around. Since the blog caught up to me, I knew I couldn’t put it off any longer. I thought thatRead More →

Last week I shared a post with a bushel of Knit Monster Patterns. Of course, turnabout is fair play and I couldn’t leave all our crocheters in the lurch, so here is an adorable collection of crocheted monster patterns. Some need to be purchased and several of them are FREE.Read More →

Working with the Woven Tweed Woah! You might be saying if you have been paying attention. Where is block sixteen? Well, I skipped it. Actually I shunned it after having to rip it out twice. The pattern doesn’t repeat itself in an easy to memorize/anticipate way, so you really have to countRead More →

Not every child seeks out cutesy dolls or adorable stuffed animals as their lovies. Many children love to take a walk on the “wild side”, and when they do, always nice to have a lovable monster to accompany them. Below are knit patterns for creating friends for your own favoriteRead More →

Working with the Stepped Fret We are almost done working through all of the mosaic knitting patterns. My son, who loves ancient history, informed me that this pattern looks like something that would be on old Greek vases. I love how these mosaic patterns play with the eye; is it aRead More →

Working with the Chevron Pattern While working on this pattern I kept making mistakes until I took the time to really “see” the pattern. Rather than looking at the whole zig-zag pattern, you need to look at it as a series of stacked triangles. The light color builds triangles that stack upRead More →

A few weeks ago we shared a Showcase of Cat and Mouse Knit patterns. You can see them HERE. They were a big hit but we had lots of people looking for crocheted patterns. I got right on it, almost finished the post, went on vacation, then forgot about it!Read More →

Working with the Greek Cross Pattern I don’t have any notes to share on this pattern. It was smooth going for me just following the same basic principles of mosaic knitting. As you can see in the pattern, especially in the yellow crosses, you don’t carry the off color for very long.Read More →

Working with the Harlequin  Pattern This is a fun pattern to work up, especially with highly contrasting fabrics. It is using the same mosaic technique as the previous few blocks so there really isn’t anything new to learn here. In my notes I did highlight row 27 and jotted this inRead More →

NOTE: The direct links to all the individual photos can be found in this post. The other day someone asked me if I knew of a cute pattern for a knit mouse. Well, as you can well imagine, once I started looking I couldn’t stop! And, if hardly seems fittingRead More →

Working with the Miniature Mosaic Pattern When I went over my notes for this block the only thing I had written down was, “took forever.” LOL. I made this block back in May so I can’t remember why it took me so long to complete this block. This block knits upRead More →

Working with the Diagonal Chain Pattern The diagonal chain is another fun mosaic pattern. The main tip I want to share is be sure to slip as if to purl unless a pattern says otherwise. This is true for all the mosaic patterns. More Blocks in the Series Introductory Post Block Nine: HorizontalRead More →

horizontal chain knit patterns

Working with Mosaic Knitting Patterns The Horizontal Chain Pattern is the first block in the mosaic pattern section. Mosaic knitting is an easy way to use multiple colors in a pattern because you are only working with one color at a time. Unlike traditional knit color-work, you do not have toRead More →

Working with the Rose Fabric Pattern After a couple of rows, the rose pattern becomes easy to see. You can see that you need to purl on the vertical stripe of the opposite color. Just remember with this pattern that you need to knit into the row below. More Blocks inRead More →

This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one newRead More →

This series covers several different knitting stitches using the Learn-to-Knit Afghan book by Barbara Walker. Whether you are a true beginner or an intermediate knitter, you can take your knitting to the next level working through the blocks in this book. About once a week I will be adding one newRead More →