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Tuesday, June 1, 2010
On the Case
My friend Susie pointed me to this amazing 3-Seam Tube Pillowcase Pattern. The construction is totally genius, and I'm not going to try to describe it here because the pattern itself does a wonderful job of telling you how to do it. The finished pillowcase uses only 3 seams, and has no raw edges showing, inside or out (I French Seamed the outside seam- which was 1 of the 3 seams). The pillowcase fits any standard pillow, though the pattern could be easily adapted for larger ones. The website has many other pillowcase patterns, and a wonderful charity pillowcase drive that might interest you. I think I'll donate one or two.
I have a considerable fabric stash, but much of that fabric is in pieces or strips or fat quarters. This pattern needs 27" x 42", and 11" x 42" pieces, so for several of my pillowcases, I ended up piecing the sections, which was fun too.
I had to put quilting and sewing (and everything else recreational) away last fall when work on the Fair Isle book began in earnest. I had some blocks put together for Ladybug Girl, but her quilt wasn't assembled (she got a different quilt for Christmas). So for her pillowcase, I used some of the ladybug blocks. Since I didn't want lots of raw edges on the inside of the case, I lined the body and then constructed the pillowcase according to the instructions afterwards. It's heavier than a standard pillowcase, but totally functional.
I had some of the fabrics left over from Frog Girl's quilt, so I used precut 4" squares for the Prairie Points. I had fat quarter of a different froggie fabric, which I pieced with some other leftover quilt fabrics for the band.
Superhero Boy's pillowcase got a pieced Batman band. Construction note- the pattern says to use fusible interfacing on the band. I did with the Batman pillowcase, but did not like the resulting stiff band. So I omitted that step on the other cases.
Voracious Reader got some wonderful Mary Englebreit *reading girl* fabric, banded with an Aloha fabric (she has Hawaii roots, so not only do the colors look good together, it's doubly relevant).
I haven't made Bee Girl's case yet, mostly because I don't have any bee fabric on hand. I'm going to think on hers. I may try to make patchwork bees for the band... we'll see...
Diamond Rib Lace Sock
Rnd 5 of the lace pattern should read:
Rnd 5: YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO, K 2, YO, SL 1, K 1, PSSO, K 2 , K 2 tog, YO, K 2
The Chart on page 116 is correct, though the Legend should read :YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO
Round Worsted Weight Afterthought Heel Sock
Add to Toe Instructions: Decrease as for the heel.
Next Rnd Heel Division should read:
K 12(18, 22, 24, 26, 30), sts, place marker, K to end of rnd.
Round Fingering Weight Afterthought Heel Sock
-page 32, 33
Page 32 Next Rnd Heel Division should read:
K 18 (22, 26, 30, 32, 36), place marker, K to end of rnd. Page 33, Add to Toe Instructions: Decrease as for heel.
Clarification : All foot measurements in the instructions are to be measured after the heel is finished. Measure the foot flap and gusset heel socks from the gusset edge, and measure the foot for short-row heel socks from the first full round after completing the heel.
When you come upon instructions that say knit as for, referring you to a different pattern for the next step (for example, to the 40 stitch flap and gusset heel), knit that portion of your heel as you would for the referred pattern. In other words, knit it in the same manner, using the same short-row technique as in the referenced instructions. Knitting "as for" does not mean that you are to use the same number of stitches (which would be impossible, since only the 40 stitch heel uses forty stitches). Work the first two rows of your listed heel instructions, and then continue in the same manner as the 40 stitch flap and gusset heel (in other words, work one more stitch on each row, before doing the decrease and turn), until you have worked across all of the stitches.
Listen to the Knit Picks Podcast Interview
40 minutes of me blathering on and on while Kelly Petkun of Knit Picks asks some very good questions. Twice.
You (individuals, not companies or corporations) may knit as many items from the Freebie Friday patterns (or any other original free patterns posted here) as you like. You may sell those items and make a bazillion dollars doing so. I would rather you didn't repost the pattern pages, or print them to hand out to others. Link to here so people can download their own copies, please. I would also prefer that you not teach the patterns as classes without contacting me first about it. Crediting the design and designer would also be nice.
I would love for people to send me jpgs of items knit from the Freebie patterns. I'll post them if any come in.
I'm a writer (6 mysteries, one mainstream novel, 5 knitting books, lots of designs and reviews, paper dolls, blather), wife, mother, and grandmother. I knit, I watch TV obsessively while I knit, I spin, I read, I listen to music, and I talk. A lot.