Category Archives: Design Project

WIP Wed: Daniela

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Eternity Scarf!

For those of you just tuning in, I’m working on a new design, the Daniela Eternity Scarf. New designs always take a little bit longer to knit, so it’s pretty slow going. Two days ago, I got to what I thought was half way through the pattern, decided that I didn’t like it, and ripped. Woops. I’m almost back  to where I was before, and I think that I’ll like the finished effect a lot better. Basically, I got rid of the border, and now just do the stitch pattern twice. I think this will provide more flowy-ness, making the ribbing a little less jerky. I guess we will see after I block the finished object 🙂

Close up of the first half of the stitch pattern on the outside.

But, besides that, the project is going really, really well. The yarn, Knit Picks City Tweed DK, is so light and fluffy, with just a little bit of a halo, that I was afraid that there would be problems ripping. There weren’t, and I was even able to pick up the stitches on the second row instead of ripping all the way back to the begging. Trust me, I was avoiding having to cast on over 190 stitches. Such a pain.

Close up of the stitch pattern on the reverse side.

That’s about all that’s going on in my knitting world. My attention has been stolen (just a wee bit) by classes starting up. I had my first this morning, and it was so nice to see some of the people in my program (education) again! I ended up having lunch and spending most of the afternoon with them, which severely cut into my knitting time. Still, if I’m almost half way down with the eternity scarf, I think that I’m doing quite well. But if you want to read any other (cough, longer, cough) WIP posts, check out Tami’s!

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Cast On Monday: New Design!

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I’ve started working on a new design. My sister is a self-proclaimed scarf whore, so I thought I would work on a signature pattern just for her. I’m calling it Daniela. She’s fairly fashion-forward, so I decided on doing an infinity scarf instead of a plain old rectangle. From there, I submitted a proposal to Knit Picks’ Independent Designer Program (which is officially the coolest thing in the world), and they sent me back 2 skeins of City Tweed DK (55% Merino, 25% Alpaca, 20% Acrylic) in Basil, a nice light green, to work with.

The swatch in what I swear is GREEN

It really is a lovely yarn, perfect for a scarf. It’s going to be light and drapey, but the fiber contents will probably give it plenty of warmth, which is completely perfect for my sister, as she is currently attending school out in the mountains, and I’m pretty sure she has no intentions of moving to a tropical climate anytime soon. The stitch pattern is a lacey rib that I’m pretty sure is from my own head (that is, it didn’t come from another pattern or a stitch dictionary). In the final product there will be a slight difference from the swatch (the decreases on the top knitted rib section will come from the outside), but it will match a little bit more with the wrong side. While it’s not identical on both sides, it is pretty reversible, which is always nice in a scarf.

I have a whole inch to show for myself!

My biggest problem has been coming to a decision about the sizing. Eternity Scarves are such a new fad that there doesn’t seem to be any standard sizes floating around out there. As of now, I’m including three options: a 22″ cowl, 45″ medium (what the sample is going to be), and an extra cozy 68″ large size. They’ll all be 7.5″ from top to bottom. If any of you have knitted anything like this, do those sound like standard sizes? Don’t be afraid to let me know if they seem strange- I’m perfectly happy to rip!

Updates!

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There’s no finished object yet, unfortunately. The yoke on my Zest Cardi is just taking a lot longer then I expected- maybe it’s that lace and black fingering weight yarn combo. Hmmm. I must ponder this.

Chrolla Hat

But in the mean time, I just wanted to remind you that today is the last day to download the pattern for my Chrolla Hat for free. Tomorrow morning, I’ll up the ravelry charge to $1.99.

Swirch Hat

Also, Knit Picks was kind enough to include me in their Independent Designer Program, so both the Chrolla and Swirch hats are there, if you would like to purchase them. Designers do get 100% of the profits from knit picks, so that is a little better then ravelry, which takes out a small percentage. Thanks!

New Design: Swirch Hat

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So, my parade of new designs is finally coming to town! I finished my sample for the Swirch hat over a month ago, but with the testing (thank you to all of my WONDERFUL testers) and some computer problems, it’s taken me until now to post it.

Swirch Hat

The Swirch Hat is made from 2 skeins of Knit Picks Swish DK (100% Superwash Wool, 50g). It’s super slouchy, although the sample is made a size bigger for EXTRA slouch. It’s available in four sizes: child, teen, adult small, and adult large. The are charted AND written directions, so whatever your preference, I’ve got it 🙂

Closer up of the cable pattern

The unique, swirly cable, matched with the adult large size, make it a great gift for the hard to shop for males in your life, and the smaller sizes make simple, stylish accessories for everyone!

Awkward “how do you model knitwear???” picture

For the next two weeks (until July 27), the Swirch Hat will be available for free, but after that time it will go up to $1.99. Find it on ravelry here or directly download the pdf here. Eventually, it will also be up on the Knit Picks Independent Designer’s Program, also for $1.99.

FO Friday: Chrolla

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I finally got the chance to finish up my sample for my newest design, the Chrolla Hat. To be honest, it wasn’t until I actually started the knitting that I fell in love with this hat. While I was working on that interminable ribbing on the US 2’s, it felt like it would take FOREVER. But then I jumped up to the 4’s for the cable and lace patterns, and I just fell in love.

Chrolla!

To me, at least, the stitch patterns become very intuitive and rhythmic without being boring- all of those passing 1 stitch over the next 2 stopped driving me crazy after I finally got the hang of it. At first, I had problems working with the Chroma Fingering, a single ply, but eventually I just realized that I had to take my time and pay attention on to the yarn. And the extra cable every six rounds just added a little spice of flavor to end the monotony! If I may say so myself, those two stitches really ended up being a perfect combination.

Side view! Cables and lace.

Can I tell you a little bit about my FO shots? My wonderful model is my roommate. Unfortunately, we are spending the summer apart. She got hired by our school for some office work, and they gave her FREE housing, so how could she turn that down? On the other hand, I’m living at home as that is FREE and near where my internship is. So, anyway, after spending a year together I was going through separation anxiety, and I managed to drive up and spend last weekend together. It was completely and utterly awesome, and, of course, I brought up some design samples to get some modeled shots 😉

From the back. It looks just a little flower-y, right?

My school is actually right across the street from Colonial Williamsburg, which, in case you don’t know, is a restored colonial city, complete with people walking around in colonial clothes and horse poop on the road and everything. CW is nice enough to give students free access to everything, which we greatly appreciate. Ok, so the reason most students go down there is the Cider Mugs. They’re your standard promotional mug, and you get free refills throughout CW on basically anything. I usually get cider, either cold or hot depending on the weather, but we heard rumors of a magical summer-only place where they have ICE CREAM and ROOT BEER (and a combination of the two). These shots were taken in the garden next to the shack where you can get that magic. Trust me, it was as glorious as it sounds 😉

and now we move into the awkward poses stage of this evening’s entertainment

Anyway, I’m still looking for people to test the Chrolla Hat. If you are at all interested, please check out the page in the Ravelry Free Pattern Testers Forum. I’d love to have you!

yoga!

For more FO Fridays, check out Tami’s!

Mostly FO: Corona

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Yesterday I did something that was pretty big for me: I went back and finished up a project that I had written off as dead. For some reason, just when I was doing the finishing work on my Corona Sweater, I decided that it just would not fit. I’m not sure what brought me to this decision, but when I unearthed it while I was unpacking my knitting, I decided that I needed to come to a decision. Either frog it and reclaim the yarn or finish it. Ok, then I decided to put off that decision. I decided that I would finish it AND THEN decide whether to keep it or frog it. And yesterday I did!

Sorry for the awkward mirror shot, but you can tell the fit much better on me!

All I had to do was sew up the seams on the sleeves and graft the underarm stitches together. It only took a couple of hours, and I had a finished sweater! To my surprise, it fits pretty well. Ok, it’s just a tad tighter than I would like, but you can’t tell how much it pulls across the chest if I wear a black camisole underneath it. And I would like it better if it had an extra inch, both on the sleeves and the body. But as it is, it is definitely wearable. Better yet, it is a work-appropriate sweater (with camisole), and I always need those!

cable detailing on the v-neck and collar

The original sweater had a hood, but I nixed that (maybe I thought it would pull too much on my yarn?), and followed someone else’s mods for making the collar go around. I feel really, really bad because I cannot remember who that is, and they had excellent instructions for how to modify the pattern. Besides that, I don’t THINK that I did any other mods…on purpose.

full on

For those of you who are wondering, I used Knit Picks Comfy Worsted (75% cotton, 25% acrylic) in the fedora colorway. None of the pictures here really do it justice- it’s a wonderful chocolate brown. My project page says that I bought 11 skeins, and I still have 3 left, so that is pretty good. My project page also says I made the XS, but I had enough stitches on my underarm grafts for the S, so something must have happened there. God, a year seems like forever in knitting time!

sleeve

And, ok, it’s not completely finished- I still have to sew in the ends. I’m going to leave that for a time when it is NOT 80 degrees outside, and I’m much closer to actually getting to wear it. For now, there are just too many ends for me to even think about when I’m not going to wear it soon 😉

Swirch Hat

OK, and one more shameless request for test-knitters. If anyone is interested in testing my Swirch Hat Pattern, please, please, please check out the page in the ravlery free pattern testers group. I would really appreciate it!

Blog Week in Review 5/19-5/26

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Before I get to the Blog Week in Review, can I take a chance to talk about my current WIP? I’m sort of designing it as I go, and I kind of love it. I’m making the Chrolla Hat out of some Knit Picks Chroma fingering, a self-striping, single-ply yarn. The colors are electric, and they seem to be working really well with the somewhat repetitive pattern. I love the stitches that I picked, and it’s been going pretty quickly considering the fact that there are over 200 stitches and the stitch pattern is pretty intensive!

a lace mesh and cables and everything nice in the world

Right now, I’m almost to the point that I’m going to start the decreases. I’ve already decided not to make the crown too pointy as I’m trying to go for a beret kind of look, but what I can’t make a decision about is exactly how I want to do it. Right now, I’m thinking that I’ll decrease starting with the meshy part in between cables, but I don’t know if I want to do it from one side so the decreases spiral, or over both so the cables come together a bit more evenly (squarely?). Do you have any thoughts? I’ll probably pick one, but put in a lifeline before I start so it will be pretty easy to pick up once I decide that I don’t like it 😉

I feel like my baby’s growing up!

Anyways, before we get to the main event, I just wanted to do some shameless pleading for test knitters. Right now my Swirch Hat only has one tester, and I would really, really, REALLY appreciate a couple more eyes on the pattern to make sure all of the numbers work out and everything. If you are at all interested, please check out the page on the Ravelry Free Pattern Testers group. Thanks!

And now, for the moment you have all been waiting for, the Blog Week in Review! This week has been incredibly inspirational, so I have a lot to show you guys! As always, if you would also like to participate in the Blog Week in Review, please click on the Mr. Linky below and add your site. I’m really excited to see what inspires YOU!

I don’t know if it’s the weather or what, but I have a bunch of baby knits to show you. First, Knitted Bliss talked about her trials in trying to get her kitten hat to fit her newborn. Adorable pictures abound (both with and without the hat), and it’s pretty much just adorableness!

Being Careful not to Twist (great name, btw) is showing off her new baby vest, which, beyond the adorably baby pink colors, has a row of elephants running across the bottom. Everyone, say it with me- awwww!

I don’t know if this counts as a baby knit or not, but Rip It Good’s Bouncy Rabbit is incredibly adorable. I haven’t been hit with the urge to knit a toy since my disastrous adventures making a sock monkey, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate something as cute as this.

To get away from the baby-theme, Chronicles of a Fiber Engineer’s Hat for a Sister-In-Law is beautiful and lacey and everything you would want in a gift from a knitter. Just, sigh, beautiful.

I love Minding My Own Stitches‘ new shawl. I don’t even know how to describe the color (beyond purple-ish)…I just know that I like it! And the yarn sounds like a knitter’s dream (whatever Karakul is, I’m sure that it’s soft and yummy!).

And if you want to see four (yes, FOUR!) pairs of fantastic finished socks, you have to head over to Knitting in Color. Combined with the fact that they are all made with wool-less yarns, and I can’t help but be impressed.