Hunter Hat

Here is the newest project off the needles. It is the Hunter Hat from Tin Can Knits. I rediscovered my copy of 9 Months of Knitting  while cleaning up the house and decided to give the pattern a try.

I am happy to report the Hunter Hat was a pleasure to make. I made the adult size using Paton’s Classic Wool in Jade Heather. The pattern was great, and I enjoyed the varying cable sequence. Really easy to read and memorize. I have to say I am a tight cable maker so the hat did come our a little snug. I am thinking some aggressive blocking will get me a bit more room. As of right now it is great for an older child/adolescent. IMG_9844[1]
I was really feelin’ the yarn. I loved the semi-solid color mix or greens with a hint of blue. Also the stitch definition was awesome. It made my cables really pop. This yarn was pretty affordable too for  100% wool. I found it at Michael’s for ~$5. Don’t let the price make you think it is a rough to work with; it is pretty soft on the skin.  Could this be my new go-to budget yarn? Stay tuned as I bought 2 more skeins of the same yarn. (fingers crossed all goes well)

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Want It Wednesday

The new issue of Knotions Magazine is out and there are sure a lot of patterns that will most certainly end up in my Ravelry queue. Knotions is a online publication specializing in FREE knitted accessories patterns. One of my favorite designers, Francoise Danoy of Aroha Knits, has a beautiful shawl pattern featured. Here are my top three picks:

Ugh! So many knits so little time. Make sure to check out the other patterns featured this issue.

Until Next Time

-Whit-

On the Edge

Last week I started a new bandana scarf published on Purl Soho called the Dovetail Scarf. I am using this pretty rainbow yarn from Ella Rae Seasons (acrylic/wool/nylon blend). The pattern calls for US Size 6 needles and 1 skein of sport weight yarn. However, my yarn is thicker so I bumped up to US Size 10 needles and will use two skeins. I wanted the scarf to be big enough that you could also use it as a small shawl. 

I love Purl Soho designs. They are so classic looking. This pattern spoke to me as I loved the beautiful simplicity of it. I also am really enjoying the basic detailing of the yarn overs coupled with the clean edging. 

The edging is formed by holding the yarn in front and then slipping the last stitch purlwise. It is making my scarf look so polished.  I love this technique so much that I have started another scarf and am using the same idea.  

This is just a basic garter stitch scarf using Loops and Thread’s Cozy Wool. I gained inspiration from this color blocked scarf. I am using  US Size 13 needles across 20 stitches.

 Again look at those edges. Beautiful 😍. I haven’t seamed anything using the above technique, but I bet it would be a dream.

I most certainly plan in keeping this trick in mind for future projects.

Until Next Time

-Whit-

 

Hat Mania

The first week back to work is always professional development workshops. This is also known as me sitting in a cafeteria somewhere listening to lectures about things like behavior management, stuttering, selective mutism…etc. As interesting as these topics can be, I needed to keep my hands busy. There were 5 days and 6 hours of lectures. Let’s just say I was churning out about a hat a day. Here are some of the finished ones:

This is a baby hat made from leftovers. The blue is an acrylic yarn I found awhile ago at Michael’s and the yellow is Cascade 220 Sport in Daffodil.

I gained inspiration for this one from Pinterest. It is called the Zelda Cloche (Interweave Knits).  I liked the color contrast and button detail featured in the image. I kind of eyeballed the pattern and here is my finished result. I did follow the contrast ribbing, but I made a button flap rather than loop.  All I need now is the perfect button.

I  love the color of this yarn. The remind me of the gelato we kept seeing all over Croatia. It is Plymouth’s Encore Colors Self Striping (color 7511). This is a nice acrylic/wool blend that is perfect for those who can’t stand/manage to hand wash knits.

I find hats to be the best thing to work on during long meetings. I use a circular needle so there is no need to worry about needles rolling places. I generally pick patterns that don’t require a ton of focus or a chart that I need to reference often. And finally, hats are small and portable so no need to worry about space.

Until Next Time

-Whit-

 

 

 

Cardigan Blues

In my closet I have two large plastic bins. One is for my stash and one is for my FO who are waiting for homes. I recently was looking through the FO bin and unearthed my “shame sweater.” 

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Shame sweater?!? Yes it is a shame that I messed this sweater up so much. Back in November 2014, I decided to make Miette by Andi Satterlund.  This design was perfect. It is a top down design with no seaming and had lacy elements 😍. I love and admire Andi’s designs. They are super cute with just the right amount of retro-flair. I purchased my yarn (Cascade 220 in Persimmon), downloaded the pattern, and got to work.

So I thought I was doing all the right things. I made a swatch, checked the gague, then blocked it, and checked again. I made sure to check my body measurements and compare them to the sizing measurements. All good right???

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My Swatch

As the sweater kept growing my brow kept furrowing. The sweater was working up way too small. What was going on? Well friends I did not look at the line above the gauge. This sweater’s sizing clearly stated there was an expected 2″ of NEGATIVE ease. I thought I was making a sweater with a 34″ bust, but in reality it was going to measure up as a 32″ bust. Ugh!

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At this point I had knit almost the whole sweater and I couldn’t bear to rip it out. It was a Make It Work moment. I decided to add some extra paneling to the front of the sweater by picking up some stitches and creating a simple ribbing. Yet, by the end of it all I was not feeling my design mods. All my mind could think about was the original. So in the bin it went. It was incredibly depressing. How could I make such a huge mistake?

A sad sweater experience it one thing, but it would have been even sadder if I didn’t learning anything from the experience. After reflecting for a bit I made a promise to myself: I Whitney, solemnly swear to always check my gauge AND the garment ease before creating handmade sweaters. ✋🏾

Good thing I have a cousin who is thinner than me. She is about to get an awesome Christmas present. 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Honeymoon Socks

I decided to work on a gift for my new husband during our honeymoon. A sweater was out of the questions as he is 5’10” and that project would have been a pain to cart from place to place. I needed something super portable and easy to pack. So the winner was socks!

My husband likes really plain and simple clothing…think stripes and solids. Much to my delight I found Paton’s Kroy Sock Yarn (self-striping!) at my local yarn store. The yarn is a washable wool/nylon blend called Blue Striped Ragg. The yarn label states it is Super Fine (1), yet it recommends you use a US size 3 (3.25 mm) needle. I knitted a swatch with US 1’s  and it felt a tiny bit dense, but not impossible to work with.

As for the pattern, I used a basic sock blueprint and embellished the heel flap. I start at the cuff, progressed downward, and then use the Kitchener’s stitch to bind off.  I casted on 69 stitches and knit in a 2 X 1 rib pattern for the cuff. The heel flap is based on a mock rib stitch (slipping stitches rather than purling to create a ribbing like affect). Then I worked in stockinette stitch for the foot.

I was a little bummed about the toe. It came out really boxy. I don’t know what went wrong. Since I was finishing the socks not near reliable internet (hence I couldn’t Google it) I just did the best I could. My husband didn’t seem to mind and the average person can’t really tell… Or at least that is what I keep telling myself.

I ended up using 1.5 skeins of yarn to make these socks. I started off with an identical pair, but something went awry.  By the time I figured it out I was too far into sock #2. I was just too lazy to rip them back so fraternal twins it was.

All and all the hubby is happy and that is all that matters. He likes them so much he is already asking for another pair. I better get knitting. ❤️


FO Friday: Summer Crop Top

I had Zach’s Bay Crop Top on my needles before I embarked on my trip east.img_8482This was a lovely lace project to work on. It was just challenging enough to keep me busy, while still being a pretty quick project.

The yarn was my first purchase from Love Knitting. I was really impressed with the packaging. It came in a pretty bag with some hard candies and a free pattern 😊. Ordering from them took a little longer than WEBS, however, it wasn’t to the point where I was loosing my patience.

The yarn (GGH Linova) was okay. It was a cotton/linen blend, which is perfect for summer items. It was smooth and relatively soft to knit with in addition to not easily loosing the twist in the yarn.

Well want to see the finished result?

Here I am modeling it at the Ljubljana Castle. The top was super comfortable and with some high-waisted pants I was covered and stylish for summer. Success!