to celebrate the publication of my new book


Our colorful 1751 farmhouse will be open to the public. On view will be many of the projects that are featured in Crafting A Pattern Home along with many other things I have made over the years.

This event will be a celebration of the handmade. I hope the day will inspire you to add some pattern and color to your home.

The event is FREE. Books will be available along with some other things I have made. For more information and directions, see the EVENTBRITE PAGE HERE. Although tickets are not mandatory, it will help me get a count to know what to expect. Hope to see you here in western Massachusetts in May.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chain Stitch Tutorial on a Heart Swatch

It's been a while since I've uploaded a video for you all. In honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day Celebration, I finally finished editing this little Chain Stitch Tutorial which shows a knitted heart being embroidered with Chain Stitch.

This little swatch was part of the prototype for the designing process that became The Many Hearts Baby Afghan from my book Color By Kristin. Here's the photo by John Gruen from the book. Our little kitten Annika Sue is asleep on the blanket on a doll bed.

Here's the blanket hanging on a fence outside our farmhouse. The blanket is made by knitting 9 separate hearts. They are then sewn together to form the center of the blanket. A circular needle is used to pick up all the stitches all the way around the four sides. The mitering at the corners causes the blanket to grow. I love this project and I've heard that many of you are making it. It's a great project for a knitting group to make together for a new mom and her baby. Each knitter can make a square. The blanket can be passed around and each member can make a few of the stripes.

You can order a signed copy of Color by Kristin here on my Shop Page.


Val said...

Very Nice tutorial...thanks!!!
(elder d "No Mum it's Wonderful")

Anonymous said...

Very cool, and nice to hear your voice.

Anonymous said...

Hey I just saw you on Knit and Crochet Today. Good Job!

Virginia said...

I am really really glad you explained that was a doll bed. Honestly, I was looking at it and I was convinced you had the biggest cat EVER!

Love that blanket. It looks so cozy and lovely.

Sara in WI said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I think that I can go do this now! Your color sense just amazes me every day...

jamie said...

I am making my own version of this blanket, with mosaic colorwork technique used for the inner squares instead of intarsia. I am making it for Project Linus. I will share a photo of it on Amazon as soon as I am done with it. I am just so in love with your new book.

....I'm having a Kristin moment right now, listening to the 'Yarn Thing' podcast, and just learned that chartruse is your favorite color. Green is my daughter Joy's favorite color too! :)

jamie said...

oops! chartreuse. please forgive my spelling.

Turtle said...

very nice!

i had to smile when i saw you knitting socks on my tv this morning!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

I have just purchased your Color by Kristin book and the timing of this tutorial is perfect!

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

Lovely blankie. Great model.

Carol said...

Great Tutorial. Good camera work, clear instructions and not too fast. You should do this for a living... oh wait... you do and we are glad! Seeing your knitted color works is like experiencing the work of the masters in a fine museum.