We’re supposed to get 2 inches today. Of rain, that is. Maybe I can get 2 inches of knitting to go with it? Let’s see!
I intend for this to be a little bit loose so I can wear it over a tank or tee. This is just after joining the second ball of yarn (about 4.5 inches). Do the eyelets look like butterflies? OK, it takes some imagination!
Well, I actually described how to make this in a post of two years ago. But it’s one of the most-liked projects I’ve posted on Ravelry, so I thought I’d put it into PDF.
It’s called Summer Love. Check out my Free Patterns page for the details!
Published April 9, 2011
Work in Progress
Tags: knitting, lace, WIP
This may become the next summery top. The stitch pattern is called Butterfly Lace. How about that edging, isn’t it awesome?? It’s called Petit Shells. I’m trying to decide needle size (this is a 6, or should it be a 5?). Looks like a couple of rows of stockinette are a good idea before beginning the butterflies. I like the buttery color of the yarn too (Knit Picks CotLin in the Creme Brulee colorway).
OK, 3 posts is a lot for one day. I’ll give it a rest, ha ha!
Finished at last! This will look nice under a jacket (air conditioning, you know). I’m pleased with the fit, since I reduced it a LOT from the pattern (believed my own gauge and glad I did!).
Here’s the summary:
Yarn: Knit Picks Simply Cotton (organic worsted weight) in the Haze Heather colorway.
Needles: US #6
Pattern: Summer Tee Top by Claudia Olson (you’ll need a Ravelry login for the link).
I deviated from the pattern in the following ways:
– I reduced the cast-on by 28 stitches in order to get 36″ using my gauge. Others on Ravelry noted that their tops came out on the large side which gave me the confidence to go with such a big modification!
– When it came time to bind off for the arms, I shifted the bound-off stitches to the center of the underarm (3 on either side of the marker).
– I struggled a little with following the directions for shaping AND keeping in pattern. I ended up following them in spirit and doing what I thought was sensible to keep the stitch pattern tidy.
– The directions didn’t spell it out, but when the sleeves get to their final width of 16 stitches, there will only be half of the stitch pattern left (for me, it was the YO K1 YO part). I added a K1 SSK at the beginning and a K2TOG K1 at the end of the pattern row (makes up for the lost double-decrease and keeps the fabric straight).
This was the first time I had occasion to try a 3-needle bind-off. What a nice tidy way to finish! Much better than sewing a seam. Indeed, it allows me to say that this top is totally seamless.
I’m already scheming out the next one, stay tuned.
Published February 22, 2011
Work in Progress
Tags: knitting, lace, mohair, scarf, WIP
I finished the sweater, except for weaving in the openings at the base of each sleeve. Hope to get pictures this weekend. It depends on whether hubby (who is very busy now, during tax season) is willing to take a few snaps.
In the meantime, I also made a pair of mitts. This is a second pass for this pattern. In December, I ad-libbed a pair and gave them away before I even had time to model them for pictures! Thank goodness I had made some notes. I made another pair and I think they’re pretty cute.
I don’t think this picture does them justice. Maybe when hubby is wielding the camera he can get a pic or two in better circumstances! The palm is straight K1-P1 ribbing (and so is the border). As with the first pair, I used leftover yarn from a pair of socks. I’ve started writing up the pattern and will post on the Free Patterns page when it’s ready.
We had a nice visit from one of my sisters-in-law this weekend. She is the one who turned me on to knitting! Dorothy brought her bag and some needles and some fabulous mohair yarn and we browsed through Ravelry until we found a nice project. She got going on it and it was looking awesome. I thought it would be fun to make the same project, so I looked through my stash and found a totally squishy ball of Kidsilk Haze that was waiting for the right inspiration! Mine won’t look as dramatic as Dorothy’s because it’s only one color and not so fuzzy. But it’s fun that we’re both knitting on the same project at the same time!! It’s a pattern that will go quickly. I cast on earlier today and here’s a peek:
I think it will open up a lot with blocking. I totally love this yarn. It is soooooo sooooooft! What a treat to play with it!!
They’re saying it will be a blizzard, but it’s just getting started … I’m planning to stay in all day tomorrow and should have some time to turn a couple of heels, yeah!
“What heels?”, you may ask … I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had time to post. But I HAVE used whatever free time I could find to knit a little! I grabbed some yarn from the stash and the needles from the last pair of socks (still in their project bags, not put away … hey, I’ve been busy!) and fired up a pair of toe-up socks just to have something going. The tweedy yarn was calling for something in the cable realm but I wanted another easy pair, so I decided to use a nifty stitch pattern from one of the scarves on the 2008 Christmas list … the “yarn-over cable” from Barbara Walker’s indispensable “Treasury of Knitting Patterns”. It’s not really a cable, it uses a slip stitch decrease followed (on the next row) by a yarn-over to restore the stitch count. But it looks like a cable with a little hole in the middle — cool! It’s easy and effective and, from what I can see so far, makes a nice ribbing. Here’s a pic I took almost a week ago:
As noted, I’m about to turn the heels. That could take some experimenting cuz I’m planning to put the cable rib on the heel instead of a heel stitch but haven’t really thought it all out yet, ha ha!
Oh, I also started some lace. For 2007 Christmas knitting, I made lots of lace scarves and gave them all away, forgot to make one for myself! I’ve had the yarn but never got around to getting started on it. Until a couple of weeks ago, that is:
This does not look impressive, but patience is necessary. Blocking will reveal something pretty in the end!
These were a pleasure to knit … the pattern was satisfying even though it wasn’t too challenging!
I used KnitPicks Stroll Kettle Dyed yarn in the “Auburn” colorway … the subtle color variations are easy to appreciate in the plain parts of this pattern. At the same time, the color changes don’t interfere with the lacey parts! The pattern itself comes from Knitty. I kept the spirit of this pattern but modified it in the following ways:
– I made the 2×2 ribbing on the cuff longer because I thought a sock with lots of stockinette could use a little extra elasticity at the top.
– I started with 64 stitches but reduced the leg by 4 stitches about halfway down for the same reason: I wanted to keep the lace stretched out as the leg got narrower.
– I ditched the short row heel for a regular flap-and-gusset arrangement. This is just a personal preference; no comment on the original pattern.
Here’s a picture of the leg shaping and the heel flap:
I reduced the circumference by 4 stitches (from 64 to 60) about halfway down the leg in the back. For fun, I chose a unique stitch pattern for the heel flap: the “fluted fabric stitch” with two garter stitches at the beginning and end of each row.
These socks were fun and I can’t wait to wear them!