Purple Cable and Fair Isle Leggings

Winter has finally arrived in Delhi, much to the delight to the Delhi Knitters. There is a definite nip in the air and its time to don your woolens. It is, also, time to get as much knitting done as possible. Because winter will be gone from Delhi before you know it.

Let’s hurry now.

So, presenting before you: a Leg Warmer that I had knit last year.

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Since I wanted to make this extra warm, I have used a combination of Twist stitch pattern and Fair Isle knit for this. The ribbed twisted stitch pattern has the added advantage of stretchiness. And the Fair Isle not only gives a pop of colour, but also gives a double layer of coziness around the knee.
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Abbreviations/Explanations

K: Knit

P: Purl

C2F: Cross 2 Front. Knit into front of 2nd stitch on needle, then knit first stitch, slipping both stitches  off needle at the same time.

Rib:

K1, P1. Repeat across the row.

P1, K1 across the back of the work.

 Twist stitch Pattern:

Row1: P2, *C2F,K2, P2*. Repeat from * to *

Row2: K2, *P4, K2*. Repeat from * to *

Row3: P2, *K1, C2F, K1, P2*. Repeat from * to *

Row4 : K2, *P4, K2*. Repeat from * to *

Row 5: P2, *K2, C2F, P2*. Repeat from * to *

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If you are not conversant with the C2F technique,Here is a wonderful video tutorial by Purl Avenue to help you out.

Fair Isle Pattern

The pretty floral Fair Isle pattern used here is from the lovely Stranded Sweater Panel by #define design.

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KNITTED MEASUREMENTS

  • Bottom circumference (at ankle)-18cm
  • Top circumference (at the knee)-30 cm
  • Length -52 cm approx

 

Knitting Instructions (make two)

  1. CO 61stitches.
  2. K in rib for 19 rows.
  3. Row 20 (Wrong side): P increasing 10 stitches evenly across the row. 71 stitches.
  4. Start Twist Stitch Pattern
  5. Continue in this pattern for the next 90 rows repeating the twist stitch pattern 15 times.
  6.  Every 8th row: Taking care to keep the pattern correct, increase 1 stitch at both ends of the needle. Total increase 2 stitches every 8th row. Continue this increase until there are a total of 90 stitches on the needle. Then continue with the repeating Twist stitch pattern.
  7. Knit the 25 rows of the Fair Isle pattern.
  8. Knit 14 rows in rib.
  9. Bind off rib wise for extra stretchiness.
  10. Sew sides together.

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Some Handmade Cards

Third week into the Creative Every Day-Project 365 🙂

And I found myself doodling some simple Indian motifs on some handmade cards.

Pictures are really not doing justice to the cards, which came out to be quite attractive and vibrant

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Doodled Expressions

It has been a recent revelation to me that I am a reasonably decent doodler 😉

So here I am doodling away to glory! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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CUTE LITTLE BIRDS

Doodle in pen and water color

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LIKHITA JAPA

Meditative practice on watercolor background

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CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE

Some decorative alphabets

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ABSTRACT ART

An attempt at painting using watercolor pencils

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HEENA DOODLES

This is begining to become my favourite form of doodles and in all probability, I am going to be doodling many more heena motifs in the future as well 🙂 🙂 🙂

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Doodling Away to Happiness

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Sample a few of my ‘Doodles’

LIKHIT JAP

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LIKHIT JAP

HEENA MOTIFS
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CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE
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WATERCOLOR
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Although this one turned out to be reasonably ok, but it is always difficult for me too over come my phobia of watercolor. Perhaps, naming it a ‘Doodle’ takes the pressure off me and I start practicing with less aprrehension.

Thats a huge step forward. Won’t you agree? 😉

TINY FLOWERS

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TREE OF LIFE
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But why is it all red, you might wonder?

So do I!

Why, on Earth, did I use a red ink for this one!!!!!

HEENA DOODLE
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Creative Every Day

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It has been my on-going attempt to incorporate crafting into my daily routine. My knitting and crochet (K/C) projects usually take quite a few days to finish, if not days. But once I finish a K/C project, I usually need a breather. Not because I am tired or anything. But planning for the next project takes time. Searching for the project that appeals to me is the most exhausting and at times traumatic phase of the entire process. For periods such as these, doodling comes in handy for me. I discover that I have quite a talent for doodling. 😉 😉 😉 It definitely does whole lot of good for my frayed nerves.

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Recycled CD Art

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Pink Summer Splendor Doily

Somehow, I cannot have enough doilies. 🙂

Doilies are the first choice with me these days whenever it comes a time to start a new project.

I could not have believed it possible a few years ago, but they have been taking precedence even over knitting! 😉

I got the inspiration to crochet this doily from this one here.

pattern courtesy: http://web.archive.org/web/20040624153651/www.denisecrochets.com/summer-splendor.html
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Recycled Green CD coaster

Recycling of CDs into coasters using  Fevicryl Hobby Ideas Acrylic Colours and Camelin Fineliner

Recycled CD coasters

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