Monthly Archives: September 2012

FO Friday: Daniela Cowl Design

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Can I introduce you to my newest design? This is the Daniela Cowl!

Daniela is a drapey cowl made in a DK weight yarn. The original lacey rib is visually interesting and keeps the knitter’s attention. It works best in a yarn blended with alpaca for a light drape and wonderful halo. Still, don’t take my word for it. Take a look at all of the variations the testers have made on their project pages!

Knit in a circle, there are three sizes- cowl (Small Infinity Scarf, Large Infinity Scarf): 22.5” (45”, 68”) loop by 8.5” tall. It uses 1 (2, 3) skeins Knit Picks City Tweed (123 yd/50g- 55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acyrlic), US 8 (5.0 mm) 16”, (24”, 32”) Circular Needle, and 6 (12, 18) Stitch Markers. The knitter can choose from charted or written instructions.

For the next week (until 10/5)  you can get this pattern for free on ravelry here. After next Friday it will go up to $1.99 and it will be listed on the Knit Picks Independent Designer Program for $1.99…eventually.

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WIP Wed: Catie’s Hat

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Remember that project that I was talking about the other day? The one that was finished? Well, it isn’t. It’s this beret from the cover of Weekend Hats. Turns out that, after following the pattern exactly, it is nowhere near slouchy enough. I’m going to rip back the decrease rounds, add another lace repeat, and re-knit the crown. Good thing it will only take a couple of hours!

“Reddery” Beret

It is DK weight knit on US 8 needles, so my gauge may be way off. It’s such a small project with such a loose gauge that I’m not even going to measure (gasp!). I’m using Berocco Vintage DK in a great red color. I ordered it from online, and I was so surprised at how deep and variable the color is. You can definitely feel the acrylic content, but I do think I’m going to enjoy the yarn and work with it in the future.

I’m also working on re-knitting a sample of one of my free patterns, the Leafy Tops Hat. The original pattern had Knit One Crochet Too Brae Tweed as the suggested yarn, a really luscious tweedy blend. It’s pretty affordable for the fiber content, but I don’t think that it is completely universally available. I love this pattern, so I thought that I would re-knit it in Knit Picks City Tweed Heavyweight and see if Knit Picks wanted to make it available for free on their web site. The sample is knitting up so quickly that I’m really excited to get it out there!

Blog Week in Review: it feels like forever

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This was going to be a Cast On post, and then a WIP post, but something happened. You know those projects that go so quickly, where you just have to get another round, and then you’re almost finished with the repeat, and then there’s just one more left, so let’s do that, and then, before you know it, you’re casting off. But why don’t you block it? Uou have time! So now that will be a Finished Object post on Friday.

Instead, I have a long, long overdue Blog Week in Review post. Because life just kept catching up to me and I just kept finding cool FO’s, there is quite a lot on this list. Let’s start with those oh-so-addictive things to put around your neck.

As the pinnacle of nerdy knits, there’s Threadpanda’s Loki Scarf. It is a lace weight, double knit version of the colorwork scarf that Loki wears in the Thor/Avengers movies, and it is everything awesome in the world. Oh yeah, and it’s knit with COTTON. EVERYTHING AWESOME.

If you’re as nerdy as me, you should probably just stop reading there. However, if you’re just a plain knit-nerd, take a look at Smoking Hot Needles’s Barndom shawl, a test knit for Stephen West. Yes, you read that right. A test knit for West knits (rhyme!). Go click over, it’s as cool looking as you would think.

Now, moving on to the sweaters. There’s nook’s Classic Raglan, which is a plain, simple, pretty, classic stockinette raglan. Project Stash also did a simple sweater, although her’s is more of the trendy box-shape.

A baby girl is going to get the coolest Sunnyside cardigan from Anyone Can Knit. I swear, I’m actually jealous.

And for beautiful technical pieces, look no further than A Friend to Knit With and Knitted Bliss. The first’s Anhinga is just plain sculptural and cool. Now that is the type of pattern that I look at and think “wow- that’s something new.” And best of all? It actually looks good on. Knitted Bliss’s French Chestnut is a little bit more classic of a design, but it’s perfectly executed in a beautiful yarn. I swear- cables, lace, variegation, drape; there’s nothing better.

Everyone has to be talking about Snapdragon Crafts’s Snake Socks. They are socks that are made to literally look like snakes and I literally lover them 🙂

If you’re loving the socks, there’s also Knit the Hell Out’s Prufrock Socks. They’re a new design, and I like to think that they symbolize everything awesome about knitting socks. The ability to use GREAT yarn with cool patterns and still have it be wonderful.

The Knitting Squid’s Peggy Blanket is a completely awesome, cool, spectacular knitted blanket. She made a square by knitting out from the center, and everything just works so well.

And, finally, while it is not a FO, if you’re a college knitter like me (or even just a work knitter, etc.), check out Untangling Knots’ 5 Tips and Tricks on Balancing School and Crafting. It’s an interesting read, even if you are like me and don’t have the coordination to knit and read at the same time.

Wip Wed & Yarn!

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I’m chugging away on my Coquette Vest. The lace pattern is pretty intuitive, and I think it’s coming along nicely. My progress was somewhat impeded by the dog getting hold of the yarn and tangling it up a little while I was home last weekend, but I straightened that out pretty quickly. I’ve probably gotten another 3ish inches since last week, which is pretty impressive considering I’m using lace weight Filigran and haven’t had a whole lot of knitting time.

Coquette Vest

Unfortunately, it’s probably going to have to go on the shelf for a while in favor of Christmas Knits. I finally got the HUGE order that I put in at Webs a couple of weeks ago, so now it’s time to start working on that.

Berocco Vintage DK

First, there’s a single skein of Berocco Vintage DK (50% Acrylic, 40% Wool, 10% Nylon- 288yds/100g). It’s much more of a cranberry color than you can tell in the picture, I promise. This is destined to be a beret for a friend. Ok, it’s for her Birthday, which was a couple of months ago, but it still counts. Honestly, we were on opposite ends of the state, so I like to think that I’m doing ok.

Valley Yarns Superwash DK

Next, there’s about 9 skeins of Valley Yarns Superwash DK (100% Extrafine Merino- 137yards/50g) in a minty green color. This was more of a guilty purchase for me than anything else- I think I’m going to use it to make myself a sweater! It’s incredibly light and lofty, so I bet it will make a comfy cardigan.

Berocco Vintage DK

This is another 6ish skeins of Vintage DK in fuchsia (a little darker then this) for a Hanukah sweater for my mother. She picked out the color online, so this time she can’t say that she doesn’t like it!

Valley Yarns Northampton

Next, there’s a single skein of Valley Yarns Northampton (100% Wool- 247 yards/100g) in Lake Heather. It’s much greener than the picture! This will probably make someone a hat at some point in time- it’s a just-in-case yarn. Ok, so it will probably end up in my stash. What’s wrong with that?

Valley Yarns Huntington

Last but not least, there’s two skeins of Valley Yarns Huntington (75% Fine Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon- 218 yards/50g) for future socks. Yes, this is also stash, but let’s be honest- I make a lot of socks! They would go really well with one of my crazy-er yarns to make the Stitch Surfer socks from the new Knitty, wouldn’t they? Those socks are really cool, so if you haven’t seen them yet, check them out!

That’s about all for me on this WIP Wed. I know that I haven’t been blogging a lot recently, but life has been really hectic. I’m trying! Hopefully, I’ll have a long overdue blog WEEKS in review this weekend. Hopefully. If you want to see MORE WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

WIP Wed.: Coquette Tank

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This WIP Wed. post is brought to you by the Coquette Tank.

Right side= pretty

Believe it or not, a lace-weight tank is not the quickest project ever. Who would have thought? Still, I’m getting used to working with lace weight and enjoying the process along the way. I may have to abandon this project for holiday knitting, but I think that I will be happy to come back to it. Besides that, school has been a little bit insane, so I don’t have too much time to talk. I hope your week is going a little better!

Wrong side=ugly

For more WIP Wed. posts, check out Tami’s.

FO Friday: Zest Cardigan

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Front side

It’s finally, finally finished. I can’t believe it! It feels like I’ve been working on this cardigan forever. Ok, that’s not exactly true, but a lot has happened to me since I started the project on May 30, which is probably part of why it took so long 🙂

From the front, mostly unbuttoned

For the concrete details, this is the Zest Cardigan by Jennifer Thomas (Fern Knits). Jenn was gracious enough to gift this pattern in a contest, and I was lucky enough to win it! I immediately bought the requisite amount of yarn for the 38″ cardigan: 6 skeins of Knit Picks Palette in black. I ended up barely dipping into the 5th skein, but that could be because of my tight gauge. I don’t know 🙂

Back- over the shoulder!

As a yarn choice, Palette worked out OK. It is definitely a workhorse yarn (as the price suggests), but, occasionally, I would split the plies with my sharper needles as I was doing the lace or cables. And black was probably not the best color to choose, as it made it a lot harder to see.

Detail of the lace on the sleeve

There were a couple of different mods on the sweater. For the “purposeful” mods, I changed a couple of things. First, instead of doing seed stitch in between the front and back, I did a 1×1 ribbing. I was slightly afraid that going up to the 38″ would be too much for me, so that would pull it in a little. Turns out I didn’t need it! I changed a couple of other minor things, mainly shortening the sweater to make it fit my petite frame.

From the front, buttoned

Now for the not so on purpose mods. I didn’t realize until after I finished that I would probably like buttons running all the way down the front, and that there would probably be enough extra material (because I had gone up a size) to use the button band for this, instead of creating the loops called for in the pattern. I grabbed some cheap buttons from Hancock Fabric (and when I say cheap, I mean cheap) and tried my hand at afterthought buttons. I think they ended up OK, but I’m just slightly afraid that they will get bigger the more I wear the sweater. I guess we’ll see. Beyond that, the buttons aren’t exactly even (or placed well), so they gape. At this point, I would just rather wear it with only the top buttoned then do the math to fix this.

Detail of the cable on the back

The other accidental mod has to do with the cable detail on the back. I started this portion while on an airplane (only me), so I ended up totally messing up the chart. I didn’t figure it out until I had completely finished the cable and had done a couple of repeats of the lace. By that point, I was so tired of the cables (black fingering weight cables in airplane light? BAD IDEA) that I didn’t feel like frogging. It came out OK, I think. Besides, it’s not like I will see it very often.

Flat detail of the cables on the back

There’s not much more to talk about this sweater. I’m really excited to finally have a hand-knitted transitional sweater. I’m sure I’ll wear it a lot…as soon as the weather drops down from 89 degrees.

All folded up. C’mon, weather, don’t let it be this way for long!

For more FO Friday posts, check out Tami’s.

Cast on Monday and an Incredibly Belated Blog Week in Review (8/27-9/3)

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This Cast On Monday part of this post is easy. I’ve cast on all 376 stitches in LACE WEIGHT for the Coquette Vest from this past summer’s Interweave. I’m actually not at all worried about the timing of when I will finish. You definitely have to wear something under the vest, so I don’t think there will be much of a problem weather it is a long sleeve T or a cami. Anyway, I’m using the requested yarn (entirely by accident): Zitron Filisilk. I’ve never worked with lace weight before, so it’s probably going to take a while to get used to just how little yarn there is to grip. The colorway is a fuschia pinky purple. It wasn’t my first choice, but they only had one skein of the navy blue in stock at Knit Wits, my LYS back home. Still, this will probably be really nice, especially against a light background.

Swatch

Yesterday morning I finished my gauge swatch, which easily nudged into the right dimensions. I’m hoping that this means it will come out great. And then, I cast on. For another first, this is the first time I’ve used stitch markers to divide up a cast on and make it easier to count. I did every 50 stitches, and it helped a ton. Oh, and can you tell how perfectly I made my tail? The tail was just beginning to get too short to grasp on my second to last stitch. That never happens to me! I usually end up having to rip it all out at least once or twice whenever I’m casting on more than 100 stitches (OK, well, I did rip once, but I had given myself WAY too short of a tail, and realized it before I was even half way finished, so that doesn’t count).

Cast on…and that’s it

The second part of this post requires a bit more explaining. Remember way back before the summer started, when I did a Blog Week in Review where I linked to some of my favorite posts from the past week? And then I started my crazy (awesome) internship? And then I had computer problems? And they stopped happening? Well, yeah, I apologize for that. Everything that could interrupt Blog Week in Review happened at once, and I just didn’t feel up to it once I got everything straight. But now I’m back! And here it is, your Blog Week in Review.

Of course, what would Blog Week in Review be without a little lace envy? Fern Knits just made a new sample of her design Dreaming Shawl, and I love it. Her photo location is nothing short of divine, too!

Threadpanda also has just tested a new design. I love her version of the Bristol Hat. It has plenty of patterning to keep the knitter busy, but it’s not so crazy that a non-knitter wouldn’t wear it. (Honestly, some of the things they refuse to wear. Don’t they understand how fun cables and lace are?)

I love Feel Good Knitting’s Pole. It’s such a roomy and warm sweater, but it’s totally stylish, too. Now that’s a great combination!

And then, there are the socks. There’s the Pretty Little Fiber Co.’s Vorticity, Minding my Own Stitches’s Morning Glory Socks, Misadventures in Craft’s Star Power, and Tami’s Amis’s Horcrux Socks. So much inspiration. Maybe I should just give up on all of this lace vest silliness and give in to the socks? Hmmmm. We’ll see.

Daniela Cowl

Before I close, I just wanted to let you guys know that I finished my sample for the Daniela Cowl. There are a ton of sizes, so if you are at all interested in testing (pretty, pretty please) the pattern, please click on over to the post in the Free Pattern Testers group on ravelry. I would be eternally in your debt!