Thursday, February 16, 2017

Just Couldn't Wait to Start

Every once in a while, well okay really often, I come across something I can't wait to cast on my needles. The minute I saw the book Knitting Short Rows I knew I needle to  knit the cover sweater called Buttonside Sweater.

The book interested me because it has  patterns that use different techniques for  knitting short rows. If you have ever knit short rows you may or may not know that each technique gives you a slightly different look. Often I look at books and there is only one sweater that I want to knit and in that case I check out to see if I can purchase an individual pattern but when I looked at this book there were several patterns I loved so I knew I needed the book.

I was also happy to see that the sweater was knit in one of my personal favorite yarns, Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool. The yarn has a particular twist that gives a crape appearance to the knit fabric.  Since I tend to knit loose I went down a size needle and I am working on a #4 instead of the size called for in the pattern but I am right on gauge

In checking the pattern size I decided that I was happy with the width but I think I want my sweater longer. I added a few rows to the armhole and I think I will add some rows to the body before I start the curved shaping to give me more lengths by added multiple of the 4 rows that make up the button bands.  I am using locking marker to keep exact count of the rows I am knitting to that when I pick up for the front it will match the back.

The sweater construction is interesting since it starts with should saddles and then stitches are pick up and knit down.  I read ahead and the side panels curve around and meet in the middle with an interesting join. It is a really fun knit.

To make this more fun I decided to challenge a friend to knit along with me.  It is an inspiration to keep knitting and will ensure that we will both finish.

Here are some more pictures of my progress

Does anyone else want to join us?  Would love to see a bunch of these WIP's up on the Patchwork Frog Facebook page.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, December 2, 2016


I love shawls and ponchos and sweaters that are easy to wear and fold into my lap when we are at the  theater. I decided to design an oversized poncho that would be fun to knit and easy to wear. One size fits all and it really does. I knit this in Universal Yarn Bamboo Pop because it is light weight and a cotton blend that will be easy to travel with as well as wear most of the year here in southern California.  I designed this in two pieces but I am always worried that if my measurements are off the front and back might not match. I solved this by writing the pattern in sections with each section being a fixed amount of rows. It has a bit of this and a bit of that for interest both in kitting and wearing. A bit of ribbing, a bit of lace (just enough for interest but not so much that it is tedious and some patterns both double and single moss stitch. This could be knit in any DK yarn so if you want something a bit warmer a wool would work and it would be fun in a larger repeat dyed yarn that would self stripe.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Fan Shawl

I know I keep saying the same things but I love knitting shawls and I love working in modular knitting.
I think I like modules because it gives me a sense of completion . there is a certain satisfaction and good feeling when you finish a module even though the project is far from completed. I also find that it keeps my attention more because it isn't just knitting back and forth. I knit this shawl using Petals Sock yarn color Blueberry which is  a a combinations of shades of blue denim
I have posted more information about some changes that I made to this free pattern on my Ravelry page

Thursday, March 26, 2015

New Stock Available


The pattern keeper is a perfect accessory for knitting, crocheting and projects. It keeps patterns neat and handy when on the go with this red faux crocodile case. It opens into a convenient stand and the case comes with four magnets to track your progress. 6 x 9-1/2 (when folded)

The perfect and pretty solution to the age old problem of how to keep your yarn neat and clean while working your project tumbling around in your project bag. The strong and stretchy stocking material fits small, medium, large and very large cakes or balls of yarn. Open on both ends for double stranded work. As you use your yarn the stocking hugs the yarn keeping it from tangling or knotting up. Small enough to throw in your project bag ready for your next project. Strong enough to use over and over again. Perfect for color work, double stranded or mixed yarn knitting or crocheting. Works with Super Bulky to fine lace weight yarns. Sold in Packs of 3

The premier portable lighting solution. The Stitch Light delivers clean and clear bright light, in 3 zoomable modes - bright and brighter and flashing. It is small enough to fit just about anywhere. Lasts well over 120 hours on 3 AAA batteries. Lightweight enough to wear around your neck for hours and hours of uninterrupted crafting, reading or knitting! The Stitch Light is also an excellent light for your home emergency kit, keep one in the car and next to the bed for hands free lighting during power outage or night time emergencies or navigating around the house without waking others

       The Patchwork Frog           

Sunday, March 15, 2015

We all need and love  the little
accessories that make a knit or crochet projects easier
Here are a few of our favorites
We have all taken a project and wither “borrowed the needle because we need it for something else
or just put a work in progress away and then when we pick it up again we can’t remember where we left
off or what size needles we were using

Tiny Scissors Cats or Dogs

really tiny but very sharp perfect for your knit and crochet projects and the
best apart is that they attack with a link chain
to the strap of your knitting bag so you never have to search for them
Re-Useable Nylon Bags

Fix A Stitch
Drop a stich or find a mistake this is the perfect tool to have in your bag

       The Patchwork Frog

Brighten  Up Your Spring Knitting
Your knitting will be more fun with the red cords and multicolored needles
Do you purl looser than you knit?
Use two different needle sizes on each end of the cord to give you more uniform fabric.

The Denise Interchangeable Knitting needles with their unique locking system will become your go-to needles
Ten knitting needle sizes, US5/3.75mm to 15/10mm. Six cord: 5” 9” 12” 14” 16” 19” (13, 23, 30, 36, 41 and 48 cm).
Four end buttons to turn any cord into a stitch holder or to use as an end cap for a straight, flexible needle.
Two extenders for cord-to-cord connections. Hard-shelled case that holds everything perfectly in place!
Unique snap together locking connection makes changing needles and cords easy
Case dimensions (closed) 7” x 8.5” x 1” (18 x 21 x 2.5 cm)
Needles are 4”(10 cm) long for US5-10 ½ and 4.5”(11 cm) for US 11-15.
the needles are all marked with the size but you can also match the pairs by color
100% made in the USA and travel friendly.
       The Patchwork Frog

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Tis The Season

Tis the season to give and to get
For all the knit and Crochet enthusiasts on your list, including yourself
we have some great suggestions that won’t break your bank
And remember all orders of $75 USA and $100 Canada ship Free
Click on the picture for more information
Polar Knits Markers with a say, set of 20 in a cute retro pouch $7.50
Lacis Slide on stitch gauge fits knit and crochet needles from the smallest up to size 35 $8.25
Knitters Pride Blocking Mats Set of 9 interlocking 12x12 mats that can be used alone or configured to the shape of your project $29.00
Yarn Cozy’s set of three little yarn socks that fit over your yarn to keep it neat and from rolling away $9.95
The Patchwork Frog