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12 BLOCKS for XMAS: A FREE BLANKET OF BLOCKS

Hello there, and Happy Halloween!

Today I want to tell you about a new free project: to knit a blanket in blocks. I’m so excited to share my first mystery KAL (Knit-ALong)!! 🙂

Let me explain how it works.

I designed 12 blocks that I will share every Monday and Thursday, for 6 weeks. The first one will be published tomorrow, November 1st. The last one is scheduled to be released on Monday, December 10th. So, whether to make a Christmas gift or to welcome the winter, we will finish with plenty of time to catch up if we fell behind with the knitting. And to assemble the blanket, of course.

What do you think? Would you like to join me? I give you more details…

12 Blocks for Xmas

I named the blanket “12 Blocks for Xmas”.

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Zig Zag Seed / Moss Blanket FREE PATTERN

My ZIG ZAG SEED / MOSS BLANKET is an easy knitting pattern suitable for beginners. It will guide you to produce a blanket with a very interesting texture with only KNITS and PURLS!!

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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

TECHNIQUES USED: knit, purl 

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS (I wrote instrctions in 2 sizes):

  • Stroller / Baby size: 30.75” (78 cm) x 35.5” (90 cm)
  • Crib / Throw size: 45” (114 cm) x 60” (152 cm)

Of course, you can modify these measures very easily by adding more repeats of the Zig Zag Seed / Moss Stitch Pattern. Leave me a message in the comments box if you need help.

To make the crib size you need to work back and forth in a circular needle with a long cable (to accommodate all the stitches). If you don’t know how to do this, you can look my article about it here: How to Knit Back and Forth in a circular needle.

At the end of this post, you can find a link to download the printer-friendly version with the basic instructions.

I hope you like it!

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DIAGONAL Dishcloth and Kitchen Towel FREE PATTERN

This is an oldie but goodie 🙂

Several years ago, we stopped buying comercial sponges at home with the aim of reducing the amount of plastic we consume and take care of the planet (I’m preparing an article about it). So, as you can imagine, this pattern is my most used one to make sponge sized dishcloths!

As I did with my BAMBOO Dishcloth, I’ll leave the pattern written here, but also included two download links at the end of the post:

  • detailed pattern: with photos, boxes and tips
  • printer-friendly version: with the basic instructions so you can print it out saving paper and ink.

I hope you enjoy it, and let me know if you do!

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BAMBOO Dishcloth and Kitchen Towel FREE PATTERN

Hi there!

It was time to share another FREE PATTERN, don’t you think?

In this  Dishcloth / Washcloth / Kitchen Towel / Dishtowel I use Bamboo stitch to combine an extra absorbent power with an open texture that allows it to air dry quickly. Besides, is very easy to make 🙂

I’ll leave the pattern written here, but also included two download links at the end of the post:

  • detailed pattern: with photos, boxes and tips
  • printer-friendly version: with the basic instructions so you can print it out saving paper and ink.

I hope you enjoy it!!

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HOW TO: Twisted Yarn Over – Increase without a hole

In my TRAFUL Easy Vest**, I use Twisted Yarn Over increases to shape the armholes on the back. If you’re not sure to know what a Yarn Over is, please visit the post about it here.

Twisted Yarn Over: Increase without a hole

In this case, you need to knit your YO through its back loop (or back leg). This is called “twisted knit” and closes the gap or hole created in the previous row by making the yarn over.

Below I show you a series of photos that will guide you step by step.

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HOW TO: YARN OVER (KNIT YARN OVER) – OhLaLana!

A YARN OVER (YO) is the simplest method to make an increase. It consists simply of interposing your thread (yarn over) between two consecutive stitches, and working into it on the next row, creating a new stitch. YO is also widely used in lace knitting, ofter paired with decreases as ssk and k2tog.

When you are working a knit row, the YO is simply made by moving the thread under the right-hand needle then over it towards the back of the work. Look the step by step photos:

1)  Knit to reach the place where the pattern that you’re following calls for a yo.

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