Friday, November 19, 2010

snowflake design

I'm doing something a little different this year for my free holiday pattern. Instead of posting one pattern for an ornament or toy, I'll be giving you holiday-themed colour-work and intarsia designs which you can incorporate into various clothing patterns. I will try to post one each week, for as long as I can think of cute ideas.

This week is a traditional snowflake pattern. I've sized this design to fit easily onto a variety of my pullover patterns (such as this or this, and it's already found in Festive Knits), so you can use whichever you already have. The sample in the photo below has been knit into the pullover from the Pupster pattern (the only change being garter stitch hem and cuffs instead of seed stitch).


The snowflake design is 17 stitches wide by 17 rows long (see chart below), so you will first need to figure out the width and length of the pullover front, then you can center the design. I found the snowflake turned out much nicer if worked in fair-isle, rather than intarsia, but use whichever technique you are most comfortable with. (for a video of both techniques, look here - just scroll down half-way to find the right video).




I hope you enjoy this design, and look forward to next week's free pattern!

EDIT (Nov. 21): I know some of you have been trying to copy and save, or print the chart. Unfortunately, the site I used does not allow these options right now. You can only view the chart here on my blog.  I thought I would try out the site, as it's much faster and simpler than drawing my own from scratch. I will look into other options for future blog posts.

10 comments:

Luciana said...

Great!

Julie said...

Love your holiday freebie idea! Thanks so much.

K said...

Oh, I gotta, gotta, gotta get to the point where I make a pup sweater. You have to find this funny, that making a tiny sweater is such a delicious dream in my life = and I don't find myself in the least pitiful (on this count).

K said...

BTW, there are ways to "get" the chart from the blog. A screen shot is the easiest. If you are on Mac, you can use the Grab program. If this is acceptable to you B. If not, then simply delete this comment. Another thing that people can do is just save the blog page as an HTML doc.

NLautner said...

Love it Barbara!! Thanks!

nbutton said...

Wow! You are the fist person to use the Tricksy color chartmaker and embed it on their website. I'm Charles and I wrote the chartmaker program. Would you mind if I linked to you from my blog and showed your chart on the Tricksy Knitter site?

Barbara Prime said...

I don't mind at all if you'd like to link to my blog! Glad I could help test the chartmaker (btw, I found it via the Knitty blog).

nbutton said...

Hi Barbara. I've blogged about your snowflake pattern and linked back to your blog.

I'm working now on a stitch chartmaker that will convert knitting shorthand (k4,p2,k2-tog,...) into charts. I'll let you know when it's ready if you're interested.

Charles

nbutton said...

Oops, I said in my blog that the pullover was for a baby, not a teddy bear. I fixed it and linked to your store. Love the creatures. Pity my kids are too old.

nbutton said...

To print out the color chart alone, click the link on the chart (Snowflake Chart at Tricksy Knitter) and you will be taken to the Tricksy Knitter site.

Print the page you arrive at and only the title and the chart will print out. The rest is stripped out before being sent to the printer so you should end up with a nice clean piece of paper with the chart on it to work from.