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whitelotusmods ([personal profile] whitelotusmods) wrote in [community profile] white_lotus2011-02-19 12:45 am

LNYE Craft treat: four knit bending emblem squares/hot pads, for zephre

Title: four knit bending emblem squares/hot pads
By: [personal profile] eruthros
Recipient: zephre
Rating: SFW
Character(s)/Ship(s): none
Content Notes: no standard notes apply

small image of four knit bending emblems

4 pieces, each approximately 6" x 6"

Cascade 220 Superwash Sport yarn in five colors: 2 50 g skeins of 817 (contrast color), 1 skein each of 1910 (air), 813 (water), 855 (fire), and 801 (earth). I used less than half a skein (about 20 g/50 m) of each color for each piece.

4.0 mm/US size 6 knitting needles, or size appropriate to your yarn.

28 st/36 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch.

Gauge isn't important. If you'd like to make a smaller piece with all four bending emblems, or four smaller pieces for coasters or something, you'd have to choose a lighter-weight yarn or felt the piece to a smaller size; worsted-weight yarn would make larger (and thicker) pieces.

I double-knit the chart to make reversible flat pieces, but you could also purl the colored stitches to make a single-color raised pattern, or do fair isle if you're good at carrying yarn across a lot of single-color space. If you've never double-knit, Stitch Diva has answers to some frequently asked questions including suggested cast-ons, and knitting help has a video introduction to reversible double-knitting that's mostly about how to hold the yarn. It's a lot easier than they make it look. (Double knitting without colorwork, and with a different cast-on, can also be used to make two identical pieces at the same time; that's a slightly different technique.)

If you want to make hot pads, you may want to do a single crochet loop on the corner to hang them by; I didn't do that so that [personal profile] zephre could do whatever ze wanted with them.

To make a single bending emblem, cast on 42 stitches with both colors held together and follow the appropriate portion of the chart.

To make the complete chart, cast on 82 stitches with both colors held together and follow the appropriate portion of the chart.

To knit flat colorwork, work from the bottom of the chart to the top, following odd rows right to left in the right color, and even rows left to right in the opposite color. The chart image looks squashed because knit stitches are wider than they are tall but I used a square grid; the finished pieces are square. The easiest charts are Earthbending and Airbending; Waterbending and Firebending require more counting.

a jpg knitting chart of bending emblems
(link to a larger version of the chart)

These pictures are pre-blocking, so the squares are a little skewed. The shots show the front side, the mirror reverse side, and a closeup of the firebending pattern and square (since that's the last one I did).

four completed knit hot pads, each with a bending emblem, from the front

four completed knit hot pads, each with a bending emblem, reverse side

closeup of chart pattern and one piece

chagrined: Winged Victory saying "FTW!" (ftw)

[personal profile] chagrined 2011-02-19 07:25 am (UTC)(link)
They are so, so pretty! I wish I had some, omg. Also I don't really knit any more but that is cool that you provided all those details! I like knowing about ppl's ~processes~, heh.
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[personal profile] vi 2011-02-19 03:18 pm (UTC)(link)
Ahhhh, these are wonderful! I love how they're reversible!
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[personal profile] troisroyaumes 2011-02-19 04:57 pm (UTC)(link)
Ohhh, lovely! Thank you so much for providing charts and pattern notes too! *______*
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[personal profile] red_eft 2011-02-19 08:25 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh my gosh, that is so cool! Thanks for providing the patterns; I may try these out.
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[personal profile] sophinisba 2011-02-19 09:05 pm (UTC)(link)
Aw man these are really awesome!
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[personal profile] livrelibre 2011-02-19 09:31 pm (UTC)(link)
These are so awesome!
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[personal profile] jetamors 2011-02-20 01:21 am (UTC)(link)
Ooh, these are really pretty! Thanks for providing the patterns, also; I might take a stab at making some myself :)

[personal profile] pippin 2011-02-21 04:07 pm (UTC)(link)
Jumping from the right-side picture to the reverse-side picture is oddly hypnotic. MAN. Knitting is amazing. How you get that reversed pattern is like some kind of arcane wizardry to my mind!
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[personal profile] eruthros 2011-02-22 02:33 pm (UTC)(link)
I have to say, it's like arcane wizardry to my mind too, even while I'm doing it! Double knitting is amazing.
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[personal profile] trascendenza 2011-03-15 03:36 am (UTC)(link)
So fabulous!
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[personal profile] zephre 2011-04-17 08:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Somehow I missed these the first time through, so I apologize for not commenting earlier, but I just got them in the mail (I was on vacation), and they are BEAUTIFUL! I was so surprised, too!
They are amazing and awesome in person! Thank you!