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)

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:

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)

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

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:

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:

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)
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.


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!



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?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Yarnspirations News: 2014 Caron Mystery Adventure Scarf!

Most of you already know that I work for Yarnspirations.  You might not know what I actually do there, though.  Well, it's like this.  It changes from day to day.  Sometimes, I moderate the forum on their website.  Other times, I'm surfing through their Facebook posts, offering my help there as well. Occasionally, I write an article on the Yarnspirations Blog.  Once in a while, you'll find me on Ravelry, talking to Yarnspirations customers there as well.  I run the Ravelry Yarnspirations group, and the Bernat Crafters group, among other things.

I don't really know what my "title" is.  Who knows.  Doesn't matter to me. I'm just happy to work for them.  I have a TON of yarn in my craft room, and I never run out of projects to make.  Lots of pattern books, and thousands of free patterns as well.  When I die, you'll find yarn, yarn, yarn, and even more yarn....because there is no way I will EVER use all of this.

Right now, we are in the middle of a Mystery KAL/CAL, and I'm having a lot of fun with it.  Every week, we get a new clue, which includes 3 options for a knitted or a crocheted scarf.  Everyone's scarf will be completely different.  Neat!

I'm doing both crafts - knit and crochet.

For my knitted scarf, I'm using Caron United yarn in the colors Navy, Burgundy, and Aran.

My Yarn

For my crocheted scarf, I'm using the happy shades of Orange, Red, and Mustard.

Caron United Colors

Here's how they look so far:

For the knitted section, I used Option A (beginner) from Clue #1
The crocheted scarf was made using Option C (intermediate) from Clue #1

I got Clue #2 this week, so I need to get going on those.  I don't want to fall behind in this project.  It's quick and fun, so I have no excuse.  Wish me luck!

If you want to join us in the KAL/CAL, sign up over there --> Mystery Scarf

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Celebrating 7 years of Oddball Blankets for Charity!

Exactly seven years ago tomorrow (Friday, February 21st - 11 am EST) is our 7th Anniversary for making Oddball Blankets for charity!  Read where it all started right HERE.

To celebrate the event, I will be having a GIVE-AWAY tomorrow!

Just go to Shandeh's Facebook Page, and "like" the post about the 7th Anniversary.  
(deadline for entering - Feb 22 @ midnight - end of the day)

Your name will be entered in a drawing for free knit/crochet pattern books.  :)

I am amazed that our blankets are still being made all over North America.  My little idea grew into a huge thing, and the world is better for it. :)

Now, there are several Oddball Knitter groups, making blankets for charity:

East Coast Oddball Knitters

Western Regions Oddball Knitters

Western Canada Oddball Blanket Society

Thank you all for your hard work, making blankets for charity!

Oddball Charity Blanket KAL KH Button
Oddball Blanket #2 Complete

KAL button - Oddball Baby Blanket
Peppy Pastels Baby Blanket Complete!

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