Friday, March 28, 2008

Blanket Squares

Greetings from Quitman, TX. This is a cloudy, 65 deg morning with birds singing, waiting for the rains. Altogether a beautiful spring morning in East Texas.

I have been knitting dishcloth patterns as blanket squares for baby blankets. I use Bernat CottonTots yarn and knit the squares about 8.5 - 9" square. These are gifted to mothers, grandmothers and aunts of new babies for them to assemble into a blanket. It is a fun way to knit different patterns. These square all have a baby theme or a Texas theme.
These two are the Baby Feet Cloth & the Star Cloth from KnittingKnonsense.

These are the Cowboy Boot Cloth & the Cowboy Hat Cloth from Vicki's Designs.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Pillow WOW Factor

Aren't these intarsia pillows gorgeous? Sweaterscapes has beautiful sweaters with all sorts of scenes on them. They offer the chart for the left one free and suggest that any of their sweater charts can be made into pillows. Since I like to knit pillows, this is going on my ever-expanding to-do list. Check out all the patterns at Sweaterscapes.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Pat Myself On The Back!

I have been imortalized!

First by listing my pattern for the K1P1 Preemie Hat on Ravelry, I am now listed as a "designer". Whoo hoo. I am all set up to list more patterns I have designed. Better get busy doing some of that designing.

Second, I submitted a tip to KnitNet's weekly e-newsletter "Tips, Tricks and Trade Secrets". It was published today. The tip is: "When lining a knit bag, especially a knitting bag used to take projects on the road, sew pockets into the lining and add a piece of hook-and-eye tape at the top of the pocket to hold the contents. Stitch markers, measuring tape and crochet hooks will be handy and not tangled in your project."

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Fair Isle Preemie Hat

Another fun knit was based on a design by my friend Jennifer. She is Charity Coordinator of Lone Star From the Heart. Since our group has been knitting for preemies, she has mailed more than 70 preemie hats and other preemie items to Stitches From the Heart organization to be distributed to hospital nurseries as they need them. This hat was knit from Caron Simply Soft yarn on size US 5 doublepoint needles. Jennifer's pattern can be found at

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Preemie Knitting

For the last few months I have been having fun knitting preemie hats for the Lone Star From the Heart charity project. I experimented with several yarns and decided that Caron Simply Soft is one of the best to use and it is easily available. The hats need to be washable and don't have to last forever since they are out grown quickly. I tried several patterns and played with adapting others but for a quick, easy no-thought one I used my own K1P1 hat pattern.

K1P1 Baby Hats

Yarn: Sport weight baby yarn or lightweight worsted

Needles: US 4-6 double points Whatever feels right for the yarn-not too stiff a fabric

Size: 1-3 lbs (3-5 lbs, 6-8 lbs)

Cast on 48 (56, 64) stitches

Divide stitches on three needles. Join in the round, being careful not to twist.

Knit 1, Purl 1 until hat measures 3 1/2" (4", 4 1/2") from the cast on edge.

Knit 2 together for one round.
Knit around.
Knit 2 together for one round.
Knit around.
Knit 2 together for one round.

Cut yarn 6" long and pull through remaining stitches. Pull tail to the inside and weave in all ends.
Copyright – Patricia J Reece March 17, 2008 You are welcome to use this pattern for personal use, charity and for sale. It would be fun to see some of your creations using this pattern.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Intro To Me & My Blog

I have a passion for knitting and talking about knitting so blogging should come naturally to me. Combine that with my love of traveling in our motorhome so I get to knit in many different places, meet other knitters all over the US and visit interesting yarn shops, it is a totally win-win situation. I have explored the internet and saved so many patterns that I could knit for the rest of my life without duplicating anything. The really hard thing is to decide just which one to knit next. I spent most of 2007 knitting family gifts for Christmas presents so I am dedicating 2008 to knitting anything I want, especially for ME.

This pillow cover is an adaptation of a knitting chart from . The back of the pillow is in two pieces to make removal for laundry easy.