Posts Tagged ‘pattern

11
Aug
10

Scrunchable Scarf

Deck the halls with handknit gifts, I say! Here’s one I CAN show you, as it is for O’s teacher:

This is the Scrunchable Scarf, which is a free pattern found on-line. It’s the second one of these I’ve knit, and this time I seemed to figure out the selvage stitches. I slipped the first stitch of every row, and made the last stitch a knit stitch. To accomplish this, I added two stitches to the total number cast on.

I used a whole skein of Mmmmmmmalabrigo worsted, & I think the scarf could stand to be a little longer. But it’s soft, squishy & very scrunchable. Yummmmmy.

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27
Jul
10

Herbivore

Herbivore is my first WestKnits FO, and I love it. It’s also my first Malabrigo Sock FO, & I love that too. The colorway is Rayon Vert.

The pattern is very intuitive after a few rows, and I love the way it naturaly curves around your shoulders. It’s an easy knit, and it can be very easily lengthened or shortened depending on how much yarn you have. I added a few repeats and a garter ridge at the end, and still had some yarn left.

What can I say about Malabrigo? Really? It’s da bomb. Period. My only regret is that I don’t have blocking wires. I think that would have improved the final result, but I’m still a very satisifed customer.

27
May
10

Cilla’s Shawl

Cilla started treatments this week for amyloidosis, a rare condition related to mylenoma. While it is not a form of cancer, treatment will include chemo and a stem cell transplant. As my family has been down this treatment road before, we very sadly can relate. All too well.

When I got this news about our family friend of 30 years, I jumped into action one of the only ways I know how – I knit her a shawl.

It’s Laura Chau’s Simple Yet Effective Shawl, knit from Adiago – a wool sock yarn from Yarn Place. It’s self-striping, which I thought went well with this simple pattern. The color reminds me of sunshine.  She was so thankful to receive it, and I am thankful for the ability to make this small gesture of love and support.

04
May
10

A Wonderful Wallaby for……..Who?

It’s done! And it flew, by the way. I can’t say for sure why, but I finished it in about 5 weeks with much work on many other projects in between. Here’s the rav link. And here’s the sweater:

C,mon.  How damn cute is that. It was knit as a size 10 for C, & it came out as a size 5/6. Annoying, but it all worked out – lucky O. I used Cascade 220 from the stash and love how the color combo and rugby striping came out. Fun.

Let’s see if I can remember the few mods I made………I used the YO pouch-start mod discussed here. I also did a classic hood increase up the back, every other row, for about 16-20 rows – don’t remember. The patterns has you add all the sts evenly across the first row of the hood, which I did do as instructed for the sleeves and waist. I closed off the hood using kitchener stitch…..the pattern might call for that.

So that’s 2 Wallabies down, & more in the future! But next time, I’ll size up.

06
Apr
10

An Easter Miracle

See my banner above? That was sock #1. And I was so happy with sock #1 that I made it my banner. Sock #2? DONE! They’re both done! It was an Easter miracle! After nine months, a pair of socks was born on Sunday.

{Flat-enough feet?}

I love this yarn (see Navajo Sky) and I love the pattern. Why nine months, you ask? No reason, really. Part of it was that it was night-only knitting (that is, kid-free, I-must-concentrate knitting). The yarn is local and gorgeous and soft, and I love these colors. The pattern was easy to memorize and recognize, providing just enough interest without burning the few brain cells I have left. It’s a great pattern for handdyed or varigated yarns – it really shakes up the coloring. Fun stuff!

31
Mar
10

FO: My First Magic Loop Socks

The socks are done and in record time for me – 20 days from start to finish with lots of Wallaby work in there too. Granted – they’re in stockinette stitch, which helped too. But I think I’m sold on magic loop!

This shot here shows the colors more truthfully:

It seems to flow more smoothly than socks on double pointed needles, and maybe even more than socks on 2 circulars, although I can see now how that technique and magic loops really are pretty similar. I used this pattern and turned to my magic loop booklet when I needed a little heel help.

The yarn was excellent! I won it from Knitting Mama, & then proceeded to beat the living hell out of it while attempting to wind it. What a clusterfuck. But all’s well that ends well, and I have maybe a quarter to a third of the skein left! It’s soft merino in fun colors, dyed by a group of Ohio mommies. Love it.

Next up on the sock front – my first attempt at 2-at-a-time with DH as the guinea pig. Here’s the yarn, here’s the pattern. Squueeee!

21
Mar
10

Silk Ruffled Scarf……with Beads!

I gotta admit – I love it when family & friends make knitting requests. Whenever I give someone a knitted gift, I can’t be totally sure they like it…………unless they requested it! Here is a recent FO for my mom, per her request:

It’s a pattern from In the Loop yarn store that came along with the yarn. This shop is really cute & they carry a lot of unique yarns and patterns, like MadTosh, Rowan & Ysolda. This is a super-easy pattern they wrote for this yarn called All About Ruffles, & my mom was drawn to the shop sample. She ponied up for the 2 skeins the scarf needs and handed them over! Weee!

The yarn is Tilli Tomas Beaded Lace and it was my very first experience knitting with laceweight yarn OR with beads! Scary. At first, the scarf was coming out kinda uneven and I was getting all anal/OCD about it. Which got me to thinking about how the hell I would block something like this. Which sent me to the phone, callin’ up good old In the Loop. Gotta love that LYS service. The answer was DO NOT BLOCK 100% silk. The scarf will even out its shape as it gains length & hangs for a bit. They were right.

The beads are so pretty, but were a little challenging for me to knit with. I think a lot of my knitting problems come down to tension – I just knit too damn tight. So the string carrying the beads wasn’t getting knit along at the same tension as the strand of silk yarn. I would start to get a bump of string & would have to knit through it………not catastrophic, but annoying. Still worth it in the end!

Mum gets her scarf this weekend, rumor has it. Yay!