Friday, October 16, 2015

Knitting Graphghans: How to change color

I finally got a video to cooperate with my computer! Yay!!! Here's a quick tutorial on how to knit a graphghan. First, here's a practice graph. It's 15 stitches wide by 15 rows high. Right-click to save it.

Practice square graph 15x15
 Next, you'll cast on the number of stitches in width. In this case 15 stitches. You'll start reading the graph in the bottom right corner. Following the color pattern on your graph, all of the odd-numbered rows are read right to left and you'll knit these. All of the even-numbered rows are read left to right and you'll purl these. Here's a quick video that shows you how to change colors. The most important thing to remember is you need to twist your yarn at color changes to lock the yarns together. This is to avoid making holes in your work.
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Crochet Graphghans - How to change color

Since I've been designing several graphghan patterns many people have asked for a tutorial. I'm working on a tutorial video series. Unfortunately my video camera is not playing nicely with my computer. As soon as I can get it working I'll post the videos. In the meantime, I've taken a few photos to do a short picture tutorial. Please forgive the lighting in the pictures. It's been rather cloudy so it's been difficult to get good natural lighting but I wanted to get this tutorial up.

To create a graphghan you'll first need a pattern. Here is a practice graph to get you started. It's 15 stitches wide by 15 rows high. You can right-click to save it.

No matter what size graph you use, know that each square on the graph represents one stitch. To create this in single crochet you'll first want to chain the number of stitches in width on the graph + 1. In this case 15+1=16 chains. This foundation chain does not count as your first row.
Chain 16 for the practice graph.
Now you'll start reading the graph in the bottom row. If you're right-handed you'll read the graph from right to left for odd-numbered rows (right side) and left to right for even-numbered rows (wrong side). If you're left-handed you'll read it in reverse. For row 1 you'll single crochet (sc) in the 2nd chain from the hook and in each chain across. You should have 15 sc in this row.
Sc in 2nd chain from hook & in each chain across.
Chain 1 and turn. The ch-1 doesn't count as a stitch. It's just to raise your stitches up a row. For the second row and each remaining row you'll sc in each sc across following the color pattern on the graph. Chain 1, turn.
Ch 1, turn. Following color pattern on graph, sc in each sc across the row.
To change colors, insert the hook into your next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop but don't finish the stitch yet.
Insert hook into the next stitch, yarn over & pull up a loop.
With your new color, leave a long tail (that you'll weave in later) and use the new color to yarn over and pull through the two loops on your hook to finish your stitch.
Pull the new color through the two loops on the hook to finish the stitch.
Now you have the new color on your hook and you can do the next stitch with the new color.
Next stitch done with the new color
Here's a little more of the graph done.

I hope that makes sense and helps. If you have any questions please feel free to comment. You can also send me a message on facebook. I've also recently started a facebook group for graphghans called KD Graphghans. There are several free and paid graph patterns there as well as more practice graphs. This is a place to learn and share. I've set it up as a closed group so that progress pictures can be shared without family and friends possibly seeing a gift in progress (unless they're also a member of the group). You just have to send a request to join. We'd love to have you! :) Kari

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Christmas In July

With the heat index here in Minnesota around 96 degrees today it seems a little strange to be working on Christmas projects. However, my personal goal this year is to finish our gifts before Thanksgiving. I'm sure I'm not the only crafter that likes to get an early start on the holiday knitting and crocheting. :)

So here is the graph I finished today. The row-by-row written instructions will be ready by tomorrow. The graph is 160x200 stitches, so at a gauge of 4 stitches and 4 rows per inch, the finished afghan will be 40"x50" before any optional border. At a gauge of 3 stitches and 3 rows per inch, the finished afghan will be 53"x67" before any optional border. Both would make fabulous throw blankets for the holidays.
Snoopy and Woodstock Holiday Graphghan by Kari Davies
The pattern is available for $5 graph only or $8 graph+written instructions. If you're interested please contact me with your email address for an invoice. Please mention Snoopy and Woodstock Holiday graph and specify whether you would like the graph only or the graph + written instructions.

If you'd like this afghan made for you please contact me for an invoice and include your address (for shipping) and your email. For this size graph afghan I charge $175 plus shipping. At this time I'm shipping only to the U.S.

Monday, July 20, 2015


I haven't posted here for quite a while. I've posted on my facebook page and Etsy, but I keep forgetting to post here. Oops. Anyway, lately I've been really drawn to graphghans (afghans made with a graph picture), both crocheting and graphing them. There are several of my recent graph patterns listed in my Etsy shop and available now for instant download. I'm working on getting a shopping cart set up here. When I get that done you'll be able to download them directly from my website.

In the meantime, here's a picture of the first graphghan I graphed myself and made for my daughter's friend Maddie. She LOVES it! (Sorry for the dark picture. The lighting wasn't cooperating before we had to wrap the blanket up and give it to Maddie.)
Maddie's Minion Afghan
I've since redone the graph by making it larger and cleaning it up quite a bit. The new & improved pattern is 180x230 stitches. At a gauge of 4 stitches and 4 rows per inch the afghan will measure approximately 45"x58" before any optional border, which would be a nice throw size. At a gauge of 3 stitches and 3 rows per inch the afghan will measure approximately 60"x77" before any optional border, which would fit on a double bed.

The pattern will be available in the shop for $5 graph only or $8 graph+written instructions when I get it set up here. Or you can contact me with your email address for an invoice now if you'd like it sooner. Please reference "Stuart Minion graph" in the email and please specify whether you'd like the graph only or graph + written instructions.
Revised Stuart Minion Graph

If you would like this afghan made for you please contact me with your address (for shipping), email, and preferred background color. For this size graph afghan I charge $200 plus shipping. At this time I am only shipping to the U.S.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Knit Hoodie Sweater

My daughter was really in need of some long-sleeved shirts and sweaters. I went in search of a free pattern and found this one on Ravelry. I used two strands of worsted weight yarn and it knit up really fast. They even featured one of my pictures on the project page! I'd love to see a picture if you make one of these.
Front of the hoodie

Back of the hoodie

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Lily Pond Round Ripple Lap Afghan

I first saw the pattern for this gorgeous afghan designed by Monica Kennedy a couple years ago and immediately added it to my must-make list. The free pattern can be found here. Unfortunately I had several projects that had to come first so it stayed on the list for a LONG time.  A few weeks ago I happened to walk down the clearance aisle at Walmart and discovered the variegated yarn in the pattern there.  So I bought several skeins so they didn't run out before I had a chance to make this afghan.  I rarely actually follow the exact colors used by the designers when I find a pattern I really like, but for this one this particular colorway really adds to the watercolor effect.

I made a few modifications but mainly followed the pattern pretty closely.  One of the modifications I made was to add a chain-1 between the corner dc-clusters on round 2 of each granny square so I could join the granny squares as I went along and avoided a lot of sewing.  I also used a size K crochet hook instead of L.

I'll definitely be making this afghan again, possibly in other color combinations.

Friday, October 12, 2012

I Love Yarn Day

My daughter crocheting

It's I Love Yarn Day!  How are you celebrating?  I gave my 8-year-old her first crochet lesson.  Actually, we started out with a knitting lesson.  She understood what she was supposed to do, but holding the yarn and the needles and not losing her live stitches was causing a little problem.  So we decided to hold the knitting lesson for another day and switch to crochet.  Then she didn't have so many loose stitches to worry about.

Closeup of my daughter crocheting
She did really well and ended up making a scarf for her Barbie dolls with very little help from me.  The first words out of her mouth after "Look Mom!  I'm done with the scarf!" were "That was fun!  Can I make a Barbie blanket now?"  So she's now working on a blanket for Barbie.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Girls Granny Poncho

Last week my daughter was shivering as we were waiting for the morning bell to ring at school.  It was one of those mornings where it was not quite cold enough for the winter coat but a sweatshirt and windbreaker weren't quite warm enough.  I decided it was time to make her a poncho for those cooler days.  She calls it her "blanket with a hole for her head." :)

I searched Ravelry for a cute but quick-to-make poncho pattern and this is what I found.  Several people had commented that the neck opening was too big, so to account for this I made the smallest size and then just added more rows to make it long enough for my daughter.

I used Caron Simply Soft yarn in Chocolate, Plum Wine, Soft Pink and White and used less than 1 skein of each color. (Probably 1/2 to 3/4 of each color.)  The color pattern I used was as follows:
Row 1: Chocolate
Row 2: Plum Wine
Row 3: Soft Pink
Row 4: White
Row 5: Soft Pink
Row 6: Plum Wine
Row 7: Chocolate
Row 8: Plum Wine
Row 9: Soft Pink
Row 10: White
Row 11: Soft Pink
Row 12: Plum Wine
Row 13: Chocolate
Row 14: Plum Wine
Row 15: Soft Pink
Row 16: White
Row 17: Soft Pink
Row 18: Plum Wine
Row 19: Chocolate
Row 20: Plum Wine
Row 21: Soft Pink
Row 22: White
Row 23: Soft Pink
Row 24: Plum Wine
Row 25: Chocolate

Friday, April 27, 2012

Pink Stripes Baby Afghan Pattern

Pink Stripes Baby AfghanI've had several requests for the pattern for the Pink Stripes Baby Afghan that I posted a couple years ago so here it is.  It's a very simple and fast project.  The gauge isn't real important for this afghan.  You can make it larger or smaller by either changing the hook size or increasing/decreasing the number of chains in multiples of 3.  As written this comes out to be about 28 x 35 inches.  You can make it wider simply by working more rows.  As it is, it's a good size for bringing along on outings or to use on the floor as a playmat.

You'll need medium worsted weight yarn (yarn category "4") in three different shades - light (Color A), medium (Color B), dark (Color C).  For this one I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn.  I don't remember what the exact colors were called, but I used not quite a full skein of each in white, light dusty rose, and dark rose.  I used a size I crochet hook.

Closeup of Pink Stripes Baby AfghanAbbreviations: Ch = chain, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet

With Color A, ch 100.
(Ch 65 for 18" long premie or doll afghan. Ch 118 for 42" long baby afghan.)
Row 1:  2 dc in fourth ch from hook, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch as last sc, skip 2 ch, sc in next ch. Repeat from * across.

Row 2: Ch 3, turn. 2 dc in last sc, sc in next ch-2 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 space, sc in next ch-2 space. Repeat from * across.

Rows 3-4: Repeat Row 2.

Row 5:  Change to Color B.  Repeat Row 2.

Pink Stripes Baby Afghan - full viewRow 6: Repeat Row 2.

Row 7:  Change to Color C.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 8:  Repeat Row 2.

Row 9: Change to Color A.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 10:  Repeat Row 2.

Row 11: Change to Color B.  Repeat Row 2.

Row 12:  Repeat Row 2.

Continue repeating Row 2, working 2 rows of each color in stripe sequence established (Color A, then B, then C) until afghan is about 2" less than desired width, ending with Color A.  Work 3 more rows with Color A.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

Turn afghan around and join Color A with a sc in last sc (on the opposite side of the beginning chain).  Ch 2, 2 dc in same sc, sc in next ch-2 space, *ch 2, 2 dc in same ch-2 space.  Repeat from * to the end of the row.  Fasten off, weave in ends.

If you make this afghan I'd love to see a picture of it!  If you have any questions please let me know.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Larry's Cabled Crewneck Sweater

My brother-in-law Larry wears lots of sweaters so when I saw this pattern on the Vogue Knitting website I knew I had to make it for him for Christmas.

The pattern is pretty well-written and easy to follow.  The only real tricky part is following three cable charts at once.  However, I got used to that pretty quickly.

To speed up the process a little and to make sure the sleeves were the same length I did them both at the same time and worked back and forth on a circular needle.  As I was working on the front I had the thought that it would be much faster to make the body of the sweater in the round on circular needles.  However, as I was attaching the sleeves I realized why the pattern is written with the front and back separate.  It's much easier to set in the sleeves when you can lay the front and back out flat so I'm glad I made it as written.

One note on fitting the sleeves: make sure you measure the shoulder length of the person who will be wearing the sweater before making the sleeves.  Since it's a drop shoulder, the sleeves could end up being a little long if the shoulder length isn't taken into consideration first.  Overall I enjoyed this pattern and will most likely make it again.