Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Mystery Craft A Long ...POST #2

How are you doing?  have you chosen a craft?  Are you a polycrafter? I'm thinking I'm going to merge my crochet and knit pieces but don't worry, I'll stick to the first plan for all of you!

Quilters:  finished cutting?  are you ready to sew?  the seam allowances (included in the cut pieces) are 1/4 inch.
Step 1:  Take your center square and sew a 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangle to the left and right sides. 
Step 2:  Press the seams down.
Step 3: Sew the longer cut strips to the top and bottom of the rectangle you made in Step 1 above.
Step 4:  Press seams again.
Repeat steps 1-4 twenty-four (24) more times

Knitters:  I got lots of calls wondering what the 7 1/2 inch square looked like at the end.  I also got requests to show how to pick up stitches. 

here is how the piece should look after you knit the center and pick up on the left and right selvedges.

How to Pick Up Stitches:
1.  Looking at the right side of the rectangle.  Hold knitted rectangle in Left Hand and insert right hand needle into first stitch as if to knit. (photo1)
2.  Wrap yarn around right hand needle and pull up a new stitch. (photo 2)
3.  Insert right hand needle into second stitch on knitted piece in left hand.  (photo 3 below)
4.  Wrap yarn as if you are knitting (you are!) (photo 4) and pull up new stitches (photo 5)
5.  Two stitches picked up.  Continue picking up stitches across row.  To pick up evenly, place a marker at the half way mark and try to pick up half of the stitches up to that marker.

Knitters and crocheters, continue working on your squares and I'll post the next part of the puzzle on Friday. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

2 squares down and now I decide to change to a wool yarn. Oh well. The completed squares will make great washcloths. The fun is in the experimentation. KNIT ON!