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New Design: Swirch Hat


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 ūüôā

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: Locke


It has been a long time coming, but I finally (FINALLY!) have a finished sweater to show you. Can I introduce you to my newest love, the Locke Cardigan? It’s taken several months (almost exactly 3, according to ravlery), but she is finally finished. Just in case you’ve forgotten, this is the Locke St. Cardigan from Glenna C’s Urban Collection make out of about 13.5 skeins of Knit Picks Swish DK¬†(100% Superwash Wool).

Modeled shot! Boy, was that timer hard to work with. Maybe I should invest in a tripod?

Almost from the start, I knew this was a match made in¬†heaven. I got¬†gauge¬†with the suggested needle size, and cast on right away. Of course, it was slow going. DK weight on US 6’s doesn’t exactly knit up quickly, and the pattern had you start with the sleeves, which are hardly the most exciting part of the pattern. Still, if I knit it again I would still do it that way. The cables are slightly simpler on the sleeves, so it felt like I was just dipping my feet into the crazy-ness before I jumped on to the fronts and back.

the front

But the slow going kept my attention for almost a whole semester, and this is what I got out of it. I did almost no modifications, although I did run into a couple of problems. I’m not sure what happened, but my sleeve caps were much smaller than the corresponding side on the fronts. Of course, I didn’t notice that until I was sewing them in (lesson to myself- always block both before AND after you sew), so I ended up having to unpick the BO on the sleeve caps and add a little more length. When I tried it on right after there was some strange puckering in the sleeves, but I paid special attention to that when I blocked it, and I think that mostly went away.

Can you see that puckering? No? That’s because of the MAGIC of BLOCKING!

The other problems that I had were probably mostly my fault. Usually, I like my sleeves a little bit long (I like the ends to brush the bottom of my thumb), so I didn’t really pay attention to sleeve length. Boy, was that NOT a good idea. Luckily, they are almost a perfect length when I fold the ribbing back on itself. ¬†The other thing that I wish that I had changed has to do with the collar. The pattern suggests that, if you want a deeper collar, you should just add on extra short rows. I had PLENTY of yarn, and I considered doing it at the time, but I didn’t (maybe I was just ready to get the cardigan done with?). If I ever feel like it, I may pick out the last couple of rows and add some extra shaping on the collar…hmmm.

Close up on the cables on the back

But besides those little things, I freaking love this sweater. The cables are intricate and luscious, and it fits pretty well. It’s not so tight that I won’t wear it, but it’s not loose and baggy, either. Just the proper¬†balance¬†of ease! Of course, now that it’s almost June and 80 degrees outside, I’m going to have to put Locke away from a couple of months. Darn it.


For more FO Fridays, check out Tami’s.

WIP Wed: Welcome to Hat Town


So I’ve been keeping up with my summer goals pretty well, I think. Specifically, I’ve been working on the two designs that were accepted into the Knit Picks¬†Independent Designer Program. It’s going pretty well!

First of all, there’s Swirch. I was thinking about combining both traveling cables and ribs, and I was fooling around for a while until I came up with this swatch:

Swirch swatch- alliteration!

Since the swatch came out pretty good in leftover Swish DK, I figured that would be what I made the hat out of. For a superwash wool, it feels soft and wooly, which I really, really like. Plus, the finished hat is going to be slouchy, and the elastic properties of wool will make sure it doesn’t just fall down your head, which is always a plus. And the name? Swish + Slouch= Swirch (sort of). Anyway, I like it, and I guess that is all that matters. The pattern is currently up for testing, so if you would like to give it a try PLEASE check it out in the ravelry free pattern testers group. Please. Right now my sample is still blocking (there may have been an incident where I left it out in the rain), but here’s what it looks like!

Swirch sample… blocking

The next design is also a hat. This one is something that had been running around in my head just a little bit longer. Ever since it came out, I’ve wanted to get my hands on Knit Picks’s striped Chroma yarn. When they came out in a fingering weight version, I knew it would be perfect for a light-weight hat…also slouchy! I was still on the cable kick, but I was thinking that, instead of putting the cables on a standard purl background, I could try to experiment with some mesh lace. Thus, this swatch was born.


Although settling on a lace pattern was pretty easy, it took me a while to decide which cable to use. At the begging, I was leaning more towards a 3×1 cable (center), but I think it’s just a little too matchy-match with the stitches that are passed over in the lace. It was getting a little lost, especially when you add in the color repeats. Instead, I chose the 2×2 over 6 rows (left). I think it stands out much better- it’s dense enough to provide a different texture than the lace, but not so dense that it looks like a larger version of the lace.


God, those stripes are pretty.

So far, I’ve gotten through the ribbing and about half an inch of patterning. Still, I did decide to make the largest size (which I usually do, just to make sure that there is enough yarn) and it’s been a pretty enjoyable knit. I’m looking forward to it taking some time to chug through- it’s been a while since I’ve had an interesting long-term project! Oh, and my tentative name is Chrolla, a sort of feminine take on Chroma. Thoughts?

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

Blog Week in Review- March 25- April 1, 2012


This week, I have a couple of really, really good FO’s for you guys. Unfortunately, they’re not mine ūüė¶ Still, I really encourage you guys to take a look. I read all of these blogs completely regularly, and if I’m highlighting them it means that they really have something beautiful going on!

First, a blog that I’ve noticed gets a new FO almost every week. It’s Smoking Hot Needles, and she just finished the most beautiful shawl ever. It’s the Sharktooth Shawl, and it is gorgeous. The body of the triangular shawl is garter stitch, but instead of the usual yo, k1, yo ‘spine’ running up the back, Steven West added a triangle motif that looks exactly like shark teeth. The teeth on the border add so much to the pattern without crossing the line from stylish to¬†kitschy. Smoking Hot Needles’s version, made in a simple light grey, is¬†truly, classically, beautiful.

Next, lets head over to My Sister’s Knitter, who is actually the blogger who gave me the idea to do this segment. To change things up, she posted a couple of pairs of finished socks last Monday. Both the green and red pairs are elegantly patterned, and really something special. Congrats!


Next, we’re going to talk about a new design available for pre-order. Ramblings of a Fiber-Obsessed Transplant Vermonter has shown pictures of her newest design: the Boyden Cardigan. It is amazing. The simple, asymmetrical cables add just a touch of elegance to a cardigan that looks¬†incredibly¬†versatile. You might remember that I knit the Dunkelipa hat from her a couple of weeks ago. In exchange, she actually gifted me a coupon code for a free copy of one of her patterns. Needles to say, I put it¬†straight¬†down on the table for this Cardigan! My Aunt promised to take me yarn shopping next time I see her, and I’m most definitely getting enough DK weight for this Cardigan.

Next, Kalkette Knits just finished a couple of projects, too. My favorite is the¬†Crescentina Shawl, a test knit. It looks like she made the shawl sideways, make the crescent pattern with short rows. It’s an entirely original way to showcase a¬†variegated¬†or hand painted yarn, and I really love it!

Finally, to finish up my shawl envy, we have On Being a Knitwit’s Wingspan shawl. This is another one with an interesting, spiky construction. I don’t know how to describe it beyond that, so pretty please go check it out on her blog!

Just a wee bit of ribbbing

And as for my knitting? After my sock-success last week, I’ve started on one of the fronts for my Locke St. Cardigan. As usual, it’s not that it’s slow going, it’s just that I’m at the point where I feel like I’ve already knit this whole thing before. Hopefully, it won’t take too long. I’ve also got a secret design project brewing, too, so that might add some ‘flavor’ to my knitting!

Locke pt…?


Finally, finally, finally, I have two sleeves finished. For those of you just turning in, I am questing to complete the Locke St. Cardigan using Knit Picks Swish DK (100% Superwash Wool). The pattern calls for you to make the sleeves first, and, let me tell you, that was no easy job. Here they are:


I don’t know if I’m going to move right on to the back, or if I might squeeze in a quick project in between. I did offer to blog about the Dunkelipa Hat Pattern for Becky, so that might come next. I love the diamond purl pattern on the body of the hat, and the garter stitch rim looks like it might be fun. I don’t know what yarn I’ll use for it, though…uh oh! So, I guess you’ll see in the next post what I decide to do.

I thought I would do a quick round up of some of my favorite blog posts from the last week. First, Kiwiyarns finished her Autumnal Cardigan, and it is gorgeous.

And Gynx, who dyes some gorgeous yarn, finished a shawl that really looks spectacular, or that may just be the great photography. And it’s only her first shawl ever!

I love the last two projects that Smoking Hot Needles has blogged about. The first was a blanket, and then a shawl. They both use different varieties of two-color knitting. Her color choices are unique and fantastic- I highly recommend you give it a look!

Next, you need to see how Knitted Bliss is ‘upcycling’ an old, plain cream cardigan into something much more fashionable and modern! She’s added a knitted portion onto the sleeves, and you can see her embroidery in this post, too. You definitely have to check it out.

Finally, Becky (the same Becky from the Dunkelipa Hat above) has come out with a new fingerless mitts pattern that really is very, very cool. I bet that’s going to be next on my list of designs from her!

In the mean time, I’m going to leave it at that. It’s my first day back on campus after spring break, so I think I’m going to walk around the city for a while and enjoy myself!

Finished Object: Baby Blanket (for real, this time!)


full size

So it’s finally really, truly finished. Here I have the Baby Chalice Blanket made with Plymouth Encore Worsted (75% acrylic, 25% wool) for washability. The direct sun really washed the color out in the pictures; it’s actually more yellowy. I would say a couple of shades lighter than butter!

detail numero uno

I really like how it came out, although I wish I had blocked it a little harder. The size is perfect- bigger than the 2 feet by 3 feet that I had hoped for. Still, the lace is just a wee bit more dimpled than I wanted. I actually ran out of room on my blocking squares to stretch it, and was just not in the mood to do lace on the floor. Oh well, it’s still pretty awesome. Are there cards to do with baby gifts? I guess I need to find one to go with the blanket, because I really, really need to get rid of it. Hallmark store, here I come!

detail numero dos

For your Locke update, I’m chugging along on my second sleeve. I’ve got about six inches finished. I went up to observe at my student teaching school yesterday (for the whole day- now I’ve got more than half of my mandated 20 hours this semester finished!), so I really didn’t have much time to get a whole lot finished. I’m not quite at the point where I can knit while observing ūüėČ On the other hand, I’ve found a new show on netflix to knit during. It’s called Trinity. A reviewer described it as Torchwood (British science fiction) meets Gossip Girl (American soap opera-ish drama at it’s worst), and I pretty much agree, although I would warn you that it’s a British show, which means it would probably need some editing before it could even air on HBO here in the states. Still, if that’s your cup of tea, I highly recommend it!

Shopping PLUS a trunk show!


So, this weekend I decided to hit up one of my LYS’s and spend the rest of the gift certificate that has been burning a whole in my pocket for almost a year (OK, don’t blame me- it’s not exactly ‘local’ to me at home, and definitely not local to me at school). Of course, it helped that she was having a trunk show for Dragonfly Fibers, which was just…unbelievably spectacular. The only thing that was kind of unfortunate is that the store was too busy for them to skein my yarn. While I understand, that is definitely going to make things a lot harder on my end. I am slightly reconsidering buying a 100g skein of sock yarn…it might have been nice if they had a sign posted or something. They did offer to have it ready in the next couple of days, but the store isn’t exactly around the corner from where I live.

stitch markers in action!

First things first: the Yarn Club always has a great selection of Knit Picks brand needles and notions, which is a major draw for me. Who wants to pay half the cost of a pair of needle tips in shipping? The night before, I was noticing how the stitch markers that I had made from some leftover yarn were not up to par, so I got this package of really, really cheap Knit Picks markers. They probably won’t fit on needles over size 8, but they’re doing just fine on my 6’s. So that was a good find!

Knit One, Crochet Too Brae Tweed

And now, the yarn. First, a skein of Knit One, Crochet Too Brae Tweed (60% merino, 20% baby llama, 10% bamboo, 10% donegal) in color number 879…a sorta dark muddy brown. If you remember correctly, this is the luscious yarn that I used to design the free Leafy Tops Hat (which, by the way, I’ve made some changes to the pattern). My sister fell in love with my original sample, but I’ve been craving a soft, go to hat lately. This darker yarn won’t be quite so flesh-tone, and it will go with a bunch of my jackets! Plus, this way I can take some more pictures. That page needs some serious updating.


Next, a skein of Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino) in Whales Road, a mix of blues with a touch of purple. The skein was already untwinded when I grabbed it from the pile. I probably should have asked if they had another one in that colorway, but I don’t think it will get tangled or anything. And worsted weight yarn is a lot less tedious to hand-wind then sock! Since I made my first skein into a cowl (secret, by the way), I’ve been thinking about doing another one. Hell, I may just made a collection!

The bright sun took out a little bit of the depth of colors, so it's actually MORE beautiful than that, if you can believe it!

And then, finally, for the main event, a skein of Dragon Sock (100% Superwash Merino) from from Dragonfly Fibers. The colorway is called Admiral Benbow, and I just fell in love with it the second that I dug it out of that giant pile of yarn. It it simply spectacular! The colors are so deep and vibrant, it’s just really hard to describe. I think this one will have to be a pair of socks- maybe some plain-jane stockinette ones to show off the color? I don’t know, exactly, but I’m sure whatever I made will be amazing, judging by the yarn.

closer up on the gold end, which is so radically different from the dark blues and greens in most of the skein.

Finally, for my Locke St. progress report, I’ve finished the first sleeve! Wooo!!!!! The numbers for the sleeve cap shaping were a little off- I know I started with the correct amount, so I must have just done a couple too many decrease rounds or something. Hopefully, it won’t be too different from the second sleeve. But really, it would only take an hour to fix it if it was! Now one more to go…and then the rest of the whole sweater body. I can tell that this project is going to take a good long time, but I’m pretty hopeful about the finished project.

Locke sleeve number one- it's curling so much, I can tell it's going to be a bitch to sew.