Saturday, July 22, 2017

Seed Blocks - 12 inch Afghan Square

Ten years ago, I designed this 12 inch square knitted design.  Since then, several people have used my design for afghans and dishcloths.

I'm proud of this design, and decided to share it here on my blog, to make it easier to copy.  Up until now, it's been on my Flickr page, which is not as easy to navigate.

Maybe one day, I'll go one step further, and make it into a fancy document. Who knows? It depends entirely upon my mood and energy level. (tee-hee)

Sandy's Seed Blocks - 12 inch Afghan Square

Materials: Worsted Weight yarn, Size 8 knitting needles

Cast on 48
Knit first 3 rows

Pattern Stitch (repeat between *s to end of row):

Row 1: K4, *P, K, P, K, P6*, end K4
Row 2: K4, *K5, P, K, P, K, P*, end K4
Row 3: repeat Row 1
Row 4: repeat Row 2
Row 5: repeat Row 1
Row 6: repeat Row 2
Row 7: repeat Row 1
Row 8: repeat Row 2
Row 9: K4, *P6, K, P, K, P*, end K4
Row 10: K4, *P, K, P, K, P, K5*, end K4
Row 11: repeat Row 9
Row 12: repeat Row 10
Row 13: repeat Row 9
Row 14: repeat Row 10
Row 15: repeat Row 9
Row 16: repeat Row 10
Repeat rows 1 – 16 until piece measures ~11.5 inches

Knit 3 rows
BO loosely

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Baby Hat Patterns for Charity (Hospital approved)

One of my favorite things to do is to knit and crochet baby hats for the hospital. It's a quick, easy project, and the hats are very appreciated.

Here are my favorite Yarnspirations patterns for making baby hats. The hospital has accepted all of these designs, as long as they are knit with man-made, washable yarn. (Acrylic, Nylon, Polyester, etc.)

By the way, if you have pets, please make sure that no pet hair gets into the project, to avoid causing allergic reactions with the babies in the hospital.

Knitted Baby Hats:
This little hat is perfect for beginning knitters, and includes instructions for preemie babies.  It is sized for 3-4 pounds, 5-6 pounds, 7-9 pounds, and 10-12 pounds. You can embellish the hat if you want, with flowers or bows or ears.  It's a quick project, and so adorable!







This little hat is also great for beginning knitters.  Experienced knitters can easily convert to knitting in the round. Sweet little hat, that includes sizing for 3-4 pounds, 5-6 pounds, 7-9 pounds, and 10-12 pounds. Precious!

This little rabbit ears hat is perfect for Easter and Springtime.  Includes sizing for Newborn, 3 months, and 6 months. It's in garter stitch, so converting to knitting in the round would not be recommended, unless you are a wiz at purling in the round. This would be a fun project for beginners. The little jacket is easy too!


Just your average, simple preemie baby hat, with a roll brim.  Easy to make, but I don't really like the folded bulky top. 


I love this pretty hat! It's a good design for someone who wants to learn something beyond basic knit stitches, and it's so lovely! Includes sizing for Preemie, 3 months, and 6 months.


Treat those babies like royalty! This cute design includes sizing for 1-3 pounds, 4-6 pounds, Newborn, and 12 months.  This hat is knit in the round, using double pointed needles.









Crocheted Baby Hats:

Easy peasy! Crocheted in the round, so you can try out different ways of connecting the stitches as you go. Great learning tool for beginning crocheters. The hat includes sizing for 3-4 pounds, 5-6 pounds, 7-9 pounds, and 10-12 pounds. The tiny hats are so adorable!  Add embellishments for fun, if you like

I really enjoyed learning to make this hat. It's worked in the round, and the clusters go very quickly. Sized for 3-4 pounds, 5-6 pounds, 7-9 pounds, and 10-12 pounds. Great for beginning crocheters!  Easy to add embellishments, like flowers or bows.


Sized for Newborn, 3 months, and 6-12 months.  This little hat has ears added for fun.  The little jacket is also simple to make. Great for beginning crocheters!



Very basic preemie hat - not my favorite, because I don't like the bulky folded top.  But it's easy to make, and works well.

I adore this lacy hat!  SO pretty! It includes sizing for Preemie, 6-12 months, and 18 months. If you use a very thin yarn and tiny hook, you could make it smaller for tiny preemies.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Baby Cardigans for Charity

I am collecting hand knitted and crocheted newborn baby cardigans as a mission outreach to UMCOR.
(United Methodist Committee on Relief) http://www.umcor.org

These cardigans must open from the front, and be NEW and UNWASHED.
Please do not include any religious, political or patriotic notes or emblem on the cardigan.

Here are some patterns that will work for the project:

Knitted
Vintage Cardigan (3 mths)
Hooded Cardigan (0-6 mths)
Pretty Cardigan (0-6 mths)
Check Stitch Cardigan (0-6 mths)
Sweet Matinee Cardigan (0-3 mths)
Simple Baby Jacket (3-6 mths)

Crocheted
Cluster Yoke Cardigan (3 mths)
Sweet Baby Hoodie (6 mths)
Boys Cardigan (6 mths)
Daisy Chain Cardigan (6 mths)
Lacy Cardigan (6 mths)

If you would like to send a cardigan for this need, please mail it to:

UMW Layette Kit Cardigan
c/o Memorial UMC
4012 Central Ave
Charlotte, NC 28205

If possible, protect the cardigan from damage by sealing it in a new gallon sized Ziploc bag before placing it in the mailing envelope. This bag will be used for an additional mission outreach project.

Thank you for your help!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Diamond Brocade Chunky Blanket

My grandma asked me to knit her a pink blanket. After perusing my stash, I found a good bit of Bernat Softee Chunky in the color "Peony Pink". This should make her happy.
Diamond Brocade Chunky Blanket
designed by Sandy Davis (me)
Yarn: Bernat Softee Chunky 
(I will post total number of skeins after I finish making the model)

Using US size 13 knitting needles (9 mm), cast on 136 sts. 
(This makes the blanket about 65 inches wide)

Knit 8 rows (garter stitch)

Note: In the following pattern rows, always repeat the directions between the asterisks until you reach the last 4 stitches. (I use stitch markers to mark the border stitches.)
Row 1: (RS) K4, *P1, K7*, K4
Row 2: K4, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, K4
Row 3: K4, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, K4
Row 4: K4, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, K4
Row 5: K4, *K4, P1, K3*, K4
Row 6: K4, *P2, K1, P1, K1, P3*, K4
Row 7: K4, *K2, P1, K3, P1, K1*, K4
Row 8: K4, *K1, P5, K1, P1*, K4
Knit the 8 rows above until the blanket reaches desired length.
Knit 8 rows (garter stitch).
Bind off loosely.

I'm about halfway through my work, so expect an update soon!
- Shandeh

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Bird's Eye Baby Blanket

From Shandeh:
Recently, I crocheted a tiny blanket for the hospital, using two colors of Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn. I was asked for a knitted version of the design.

I came up with this:

Bird's Eye Baby Blanket

Designed by Sandy Davis (Shandeh)

Sized for preemie babies in hospital.
This blanket has no holes, so baby fingers will not catch in fabric.
Size: 19-20 inches square

Gauge: 21-22 sts = 4 inches

Materials:
Bernat Baby Coordinates yarn - 2 colors
Size 6 (4 mm) knitting needle

Note: Do not cut yarn when changing colors. Just carry the yarn up the side.

Cast on 100 stitches with Color A
Knit 5 rows
Drop Color A, and switch to Color B

Row 1: (Color B)
K4 * Slip 1 purl-wise, K1 * K4
(Repeat between*s to last 4 sts)

Row 2: (Color B)
K4, Purl to last 4 sts, K4
Drop Color B, and switch to Color A

Row 3: (Color A)
K4 * K1, Slip 1 purl-wise * K4
(Repeat between *s to last 4 sts)

Row 4: (Color A)
K4 * Purl to last 4 sts * K4
Drop Color A, and switch to Color B

Repeat these 4 rows until blanket is square, ending on Row 2. Switch to Color A.

Knit 5 rows garter stitch in Color A.
Bind off stitches. Weave in ends.

Here's a link to the crocheted blanket that inspired my knitted design:
http://www.yarnspirations.com/patterns/sweet-striped-mini-blanket.html

Monday, April 6, 2015

Bernat Fleurettes/Satin Shawl - Free Pattern

I just realized that I never shared a completed photo of the shawl I designed back in 2013.  Bad Shandeh!  Anyway...I used Bernat Fleurettes and Bernat Satin yarns to make it, and I was very pleased with how it turned out.  Pretty!

I wrote an article about it on the Yarnspirations website.  You can read that here: http://blog.yarnspirations.com/shandehs-pattern-bernat-fleurettes-shawl/

Finished Shawl - Folded

I think the crochet border really adds a nice touch.

Finished Shawl - Top Corner

Here's the pattern:

Bernat Fleurettes/Satin
Knitted Shawl, with Crocheted Edge

Designed by: Sandy Davis (Shandeh)
Materials:
3 skeins Bernat Fleurettes (I used the color Honeysuckle)
1 skein Bernat Satin (I used the color Stone)
Size 9 knitting needle (I used circular needles, 29 inches long)
Size G crochet hook
Yarn needle for weaving in ends
Note: The shawl is worked from the bottom point, up to the neckline.  It grows by ONE stitch on each row, creating a triangle.
Measurements: The finished shawl is 42 inches wide, and 28 inches along the sides.  It measures about 20 inches from the neckline down to the bottom point of the triangle.  If you would like your shawl to be larger than this, you will need more skeins of Fleurettes, and possibly one more skein of Satin.

Instructions

Using knitting needle and Fleurettes yarn, cast on 3 stitches
Pattern Row: Knit 1, Yarn Over, Knit the rest of the row
Repeat this row until you run out of the first skein of Fleurettes at the end of a row.  Cut the yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail.
Change to Satin yarn.  Work 6 rows of Pattern Row, making 3 ridges of garter stitch.  Cut the Satin yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail.
Using another skein of Fleurettes, continue working the Pattern Row until you run out of this skein of Fleurettes, ending on a wrong side row.  You should be ready to begin a right side row after this.  Cut yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail.
Note: You will be able to tell the right side from the wrong side by looking at the section where you worked the Satin rows earlier.  The right side will look smooth at the color changes.  The wrong side will have a “dotted” appearance at the color changes.
Change to Satin yarn.  Work 6 rows of pattern, making 3 ridges of garter stitch.  Cut the Satin yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail.
Using your last skein of Fleurettes, continue working the pattern row until you run out of this skein of Fleurettes, ending on a wrong side row.  You should be ready to begin a right side row after this.  Cut the Fleurettes yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail.
Change to Satin yarn.  Work 6 rows of pattern, making 3 ridges of garter stitch.  Cut the Satin yarn, leaving a 5 inch tail.
If you want to make a larger shawl than the original pattern describes in the measurements above, you can knit additional sections at this point in the pattern, switching between Fleurettes and Satin, working your final section with Satin yarn.
When your shawl is as long as you want, bind off the stitches loosely.  Weave in all the loose ends on the wrong side of your shawl.
(Note: If you don’t know how to crochet, you can now make a knitted edging with Bernat Satin yarn, and sew it onto the sides of your shawl.)
Crochet Edging
Using Satin yarn, and a size G crochet hook, work a single crochet edging along the sides of the shawl, starting at the top left corner on the RIGHT SIDE of the fabric, working down to the bottom point.  Be very careful when you work across sections where the Fleurettes blossoms are on the edge.   Arrange the blossoms so they look proper on each side of the fabric.
When you reach the bottom point of the shawl, work the following into one stitch:
1 sc. Chain 1. 1 sc.
Continue working a single crochet edging up along the other side of the shawl, until you reach the top right corner.
TURN, working 2 chains.  Work a hdc border along the sides on the WRONG SIDE of the fabric, until you reach the chain stitch at the bottom corner.  Work the following into that chain:
1 hdc, ch 2, 1 hdc
Continue making your hdc border along the other side of the shawl.
TURN, working 1 chain.  You are now ready to work on the RIGHT SIDE of the fabric again.
(Shell Border) *Skip the next sc, work 5 dcs in the following sc.  Skip next sc, work a sc into the following sc.*
Repeat between the *s until you reach the 2 chains at the bottom point of the shawl.  Work 2 scs in the chain space.  Continue the Shell Border up the other side of the shawl, repeating between the *s, until you reach the top edge of the shawl.  DO NOT TURN.
Work 1 chain.  Now, make a single crochet border along the top edge of the shawl, until you reach the other edge.  Cut yarn, and secure end.  Weave in ends on wrong side of shawl.
Enjoy wearing your new, fluffy, fun, lovely shawl! :)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Finished Projects in December

I was able to finish a few things this month, in the midst of the usual seasonal craziness in my life.

Copied a vintage Christmas stocking for a customer, using the free vintage pattern I found online. After measuring the original stitch gauge, I determined that Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn" would work to the correct gauge, and had matching colors.  They turned out just right, and the customer was pleased. :)  The original stocking is on the left - it says "E R",

Completed Christmas Stockings

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time at a local sports bar, talking, drinking, eating, and knitting while I'm there.  I've made a lot of fun friends this way, and they all take an interest in my knitting and crochet.  One of the bartenders there asked me to knit her a scarf, using black, grey, and white yarns.  I had a skein of Red Heart Boutique Changes in my stash, with shades of grey - so that's what I used.  I cast on 230 stitches with a size US 11 knitting needle, and knit every row.  When I ran out of yarn, I cast off.  It turned out pretty good!

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One of the projects I've been making while sitting at the bar is a Crochet Prayer Shawl, using a free pattern on the Yarnspirations website.  I used 5 skeins of Bernat Satin yarn in the color "Sunset", which is bright orange.  Lots of sports fans wanted to claim my shawl, because their favorite team happened to have that shade of orange as their team color.  But, I told them that this shawl was for a friend.  (I think I might actually claim it for myself!)

Prayer Shawl - Getting Started

Crochet Prayer Shawl

What did you knit for the month of December?

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