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WIP Wed: Hurricane Progress

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Over my extra long weekend I got a ton of progress done on my Turn of the Glass Cardigan. How much progress? Well, last week I had my inch of seed stitch. Now, I have this:

About 10 inches of the bottom on the fronts and back

It’s been a really fun, intuitive knit! I’ve been modding the heck out of this pattern, although it hasn’t always been on purpose. I wanted to add length, so I extended the start of the cable pattern and added a couple of inches of stockinette. I probably could have just started the cable pattern earlier, because the pattern calls for you to extend the ribbing across the whole back of the sweater. Did I explain that ok? I have no idea. I accidently didn’t do that, anyway.

Side detail

I’ve really enjoyed the stitch pattern. It’s very intuitive- one of those that, as soon as you memorize the actual stitches, you can apply the overall pattern to it. As I was watching the patterns appear, I was a little scared that the fake cable pattern would look really messy next to the real cables. The yarn (Berocco Vintage DK) is 60% acrylic, so the stitch definition isn’t amazing, too. Zooming out, though, I like the contrast. It looks really good!

Really, really close up. I don’t know what happened to the color here.

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WIP Wed: Mom’s Cardigan, Part 1

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I finally got the chance to cast on a new cardigan over the weekend. My mother requested a sweater for Hanukah this year. I’ve tried this in the past with some not-so-awesome results. I think my main problem has been gauge and fit; she likes a looser sweater, which requires that magic animal, EASE. My skills have improved since then, so hopefully we’ll have a better result this time.

Turn of Glass, sniped from ravelry

She picked this sweater. It’s Turn of Glass from the Winter 2011 Knitty. She already asked me to mod it for a little more length, plus my gauge swatch was a little short (I got 3.5″ instead of 4″), so I’m adding a couple extra inches to the bottom. That’s 2 rows of extra seed stitch, plus two inches of stockinette, and I’m extending the chart. At least, that’s the plan. I ordered PLENTY of extra yarn (that’s Berrocco Vintage DK). I hadn’t even noticed that the pattern is written for 50g skeins, and my yarn is 100g. I’m pretty sure I’ll have 2 extras, even after the mods. Fuschia scarf, anyone?

My very, very limited progress

So far, I’ve done about 10 rows of seed stitch. This is definitely the boring part- I have 208 stitches on the needles (I know because I tried to get that number twice before it actually worked out. That was a struggle!). You knit all the way across the bottom, plus I haven’t started the fun cable rib chart yet. I’m excited to get there!

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FO Friday: Reddery?

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“Reddery” Beret

Remember this hat? I mentioned that it was basically finished, and had just ended up being way too small. Well, I finally got the chance to take another crack at it. All I did was rip back the decreases, add another repeat of the stitch pattern, and re-do those decreases. The blocking was a bit iffy as I didn’t really have a plate big enough to stretch it out and open up the lace (I’m in college. My plate options are limited). Still, I think I managed it pretty well. After all, the recipient sure likes it!

On the recipient. The color is much better here!

For those of you wondering, this is the Greenery Beret (get it?) from Weekend Hats. I used about half of a skein of Berocco Vintage DK (60% Acrylic, 40% Wool), which was suprisingly yummy. I mean, I definitely knew it wasn’t a 100% wool, but it wasn’t any of those textures that acrylic can be. Plus, the colorway was deep and superb- you should definitely check it out! I am not regretting my decision to order a whole sweater’s worth of this yarn AT ALL, which was slightly surprising!

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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!

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.