Thursday, December 28, 2017

2017 Pattern Recap



2017 is ending. It has been a great year for Designs by Diligence. 
I published 17 patterns this year. This year I also introduced knitting patterns. I'm excited about what 2018 will bring. Below I have added links to all the patterns created in 2017. 

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The Story Behind The Name: Designs by Diligence



There have been a lot of new people who have found my little blog in the last year. People who have no idea who I am so I figured I should give some more back ground about who I am. By now I think you have been to my about page, If not you can start there and come back to this. I'm a preacher's wife so my life decisions always fall in the lines of what I think God would want for myself and my family.

There are a couple of parables in the Bible that make me wiggle in my pew. They make me vulnerable and uncomfortable, But in a good way. They stretch me to be better than I am. The first is Matthew 25: 14-30 the parable of the talents. This parable has always been tough for me because I know I would be just like the servant who just stored the money. My thrifty side always says, "keep the money safe, save it for a rainy day." I really have to stretch myself to be the servant that comes up with ideas to grow investment so to say.

The other parable is Luke 18: 1-8 The Persistant Widow, or the Diligent Widow. I am very creative person, with that often comes the attitude of, "Meh, that's good enough."  In College when I was studying these verses (I went to Bible College and graduated with a Youth and Family Ministry Degree), I took on these verses as a way to challenge myself to be better. Someone who is more willing to take risks and more willing to be persistent to go back and perfect my work.

I put the word diligence on everything as a reminder to myself that I can always try again, no matter the outcome. I can take the risk and I can take the time to do things again.

My very first pattern.

Crocheting and knitting did not come easily for me. I cried all through my first lesson in crochet (and I was in College). I had to try again and again and again before I started to get it right. When my vacation was over I went back to school and I thought I had my new skill down, and one day someone was watching me crochet and they said "what stitch is that?' I said, "It's the single crochet." They proceeded to tell me no that wasn't the right way to do it at all. I had been doing the wrong thing for who knows how long, so I had to retrain myself to do it the right way.

With Knitting I was agonizingly slow. It has taken me a lot of years to get to where I am now. It's all second nature to me now. I can do both without looking. I am where I am now because I kept trying and I didn't give up.

Now to the name of the blog. When I signed up for Ravelry in 2011, I had already adapted the word Diligence into my everyday life as my email and other social media tags. So it was a natural fit to be Diligence on Ravelry.

I started designing crochet patterns for an online magazine called Crochetvolution soon after joining Ravelry. My creativity started outpacing my submissions for the magazine and I was encouraged to start a blog. I used my Ravelry name, and called it Designs by Diligence. The rest is history.

The Mod Mum CAL coming soon.

I love teaching, I have a passion for the fiber arts, and I'm super creative, so keeping a blog has been a perfect fit. My goal is to be an encourager, and instructor for new ideas and patterns in the fiber arts industry. Thank you for following me through this journey. It's been so fun and I hope you keep sticking around. If this is your first time here you can Subscribe to the blog.
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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Douglas Fir Dishcloth

A Free Knitting Pattern 



This will be my last Holiday Gift Pattern for 2017. It's crazy that 2018 is so close upon us. Almost 20 years ago we were going crazy over Y2K. I'm so happy the clocks kept going.

Do you have a favorite Christmas tree story? When I was a little girl my family liked going to this out in the middle of nowhere tree farm to pick out our tree. I remember the first year we did it. We totally miss judged the length of the tree. It was gigantic, and my dad had to spend quite a while trimming the tree to get it to fit in our house. The next year we were wiser and picked out a much smaller one. There are also lots of stories my sister could tell of the cat knocking the tree over on her.

I have a little pattern today to bring back some of those memories. I say little, but this dishcloth is bigger than what I usually make them, because I like little dishcloths. Other people will probably say it is just right at 7 1/2 by 7 1/2


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Douglas Fir Dishcloth

Designer: Julia Schwartz
Yarn: Bernat HandiCrafter 100% cotton color Sonoma Print
Needles: size 7 (4.5mm)
Notions: yarn needle to weave in your ends
Size: 7 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches
Gauge: 20 st for 4 in and 26 rows
Stitch terms: 
k: knit, p:purl, k2tog: knit 2 together, bl: back loop, m1: make 1, p wise: purl wise, p2tog: purl 2 together,
Notes: 
All of the rows start with a seed st border, sometimes you will see a (K 2, k,p,k,p) you wil knit 3 in this instance. It is just my way of differentiating the boarder from the rest of the pattern. I have highlighted the rows that there will be multiple repeats for easy finding. 
Copyright:
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact me through e-mail.


Instructions


Cast on 32 sts ( I used the twisted German Long tail)

Row 1: (P, k) repeat (to)
Row 2: (K, p) Repeat (to)
Row 3-6: Repeat row 1 and 2
Row 7: P, k, p, k, k 24, p,k,p,k
Row 8: K, p, k,p, k 24, k, p, k, p
Row 9- 10: Repeat row 7 and 8

Row 11: P, k, p, k, p 4, k 16, p 4, p, k, p, k

Row 12: Repeat row 8
Row 13: Repeat row 11

Row 14: k,p,k,p, k 4, p 16, k 4, k,p,k,p

Row 15: Repeat row 11
Row 16: Repeat 14

Row 17: p,k,p,k, p 4, place 4 stitches onto the cable needle, place cable needle behind work, k 4, k cable stitches, place next 4 st on cable needle, place cable needle in front of your work, k 4, k cable stitches, p 4, p,k,p,k

Row 18: Repeat row 14
Row 19: Repeat row 11
Row 20: Repeat row 14
Row 21: Repeat row 11
Row 22: Repeat row 14
Row 23: repeat row 17
Row 24: repeat row 14
Row 25: p,k,p,k, p 4, m 1 p wise, k2tog through bl, k 12, k2tog, M1 p wise, p 4, p,k,p,k
Row 26: k,p,k,p, k 5, p 14, k 5, k,p,k,p
Row 27: p,k,p,k, p 5, m1 p wise, k2tog through bl, k 10, M1 p wise, p 5, p,k,p,k
Row 28: k,p,k,p, k 6, p 12, k 6, k,p,k,p
Row 29: P,k,p,k, p 6,  place 3 stitches onto the cable needle, place cable needle behind work, k 3, k cable stitches, place next 3 st on cable needle, place cable needle in front of your work, k 3, k cable stitches, p 6, p,k,p,k

Row 30: repeat row 28
Row 31: P,k,p,k, p 6, m1 p wise, k2tog through bl, k 8, k2tog, m1 p wise, p,k,p,k
Row 32: K,p,k,p, k 7, p 10, k 7, k,p,k,p
Row 33: p,k,p,k, p 7, m1 p wise, k2tog through bl, k 6, k2tog, m1 p wise, p 6, p,k,p,k
Row 34: K,p,k,p, k 8, p 8, k 8, 
Row 35: P,k,p,k, p 8,  place 2 stitches onto the cable needle, place cable needle behind work, k 2, k cable stitches, place next 2 st on cable needle, place cable needle in front of your work, k 2, k cable stitches, p 8, p,k,p,k

Row 36: Repeat row 34
Row 37: P, k, p,k, p 8, m1 p wise, k2tog through bl, k 4, k2tog, M1 p wise, p 8, p,k,p,k
Row 38: K,p,k,p, k 9, m1, p2tog, p 2, p2tog, m1, k 9, k,p,k,p
Row 39: P,k,p,k, p 10,  place 2 stitches onto the cable needle, place cable needle behind work, k 2, k cable stitches, p 10, p,k,p,k
Row 40: k,p,k,p k 10, m1, p2tog, p2tog, m1, k 10, k,p,k,p
Row 41: P,k,p,k, p 24, p,k,p,k
Row 42: K,p,k,p, k 24, k,p,k,p
Row 43- 47: repeat row 1 and 2
cast off. weave in your ends.

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