Knitting Stacks Hats

This weekend was a long weekend for me and I took some time to relax with my knitting. I made two new Stacks Hats  for my Etsy shop

I have to say I don’t usually knit patterns over and over. However, the Stacks Hat is the perfect project for a Netflix marathon. One can get in a good knitting rhythm, which leads to increased TV watching vs just listening to it. 😉

I almost got fully caught up on The People vs OJ Simpson, watched a couple of comedy specials and a few episodes of OA.  The OJ Simpson dramatization is really interesting.  I am too young to remember all of the hype around the trial so it is intriguing to watch it now as an adult. The OA is just bizarre. I have watched 5 episodes now and I am losing interest. It is too out of the box for me.

In terms of knitting, the hats came out great! The green hat is Paton’s Classic Wool in Jade Heather. I had some leftovers from my Armande sweater I finished a couple of weeks ago. The gray hat is some new hand dyed yarn that I just discovered. It is called Dark Star and made by the lovely Laura at Crooked Kitchen Yarn. This yarn is dyed beautifully and it is so amazing to work with. The yarn is so soft and I love that there is a hint of sheen that makes your finished project look a little glossy. When you get the chance head over to her shop to view her gorgeous color choices. All and all it was a productive weekend. Some more projects are in the works so please keep track of my knitting via Instagram @knitsbywhitsf

Until Next Time

-Whit-

Mini Flax Sweaters

The babies are coming! The babies are coming! Well that is at least what I have been chanting in my head. May I present my latest baby gifts…

Mini Flax Sweaters by Tin Can Knits. Tin Can Knits does a lovely job with creating everyday basics for the whole family. The tan sweater is sized 0-6mos and the red one is 6-12mos. I really love this pattern as it is free, well written, and has so much potential for variations. 

I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted for both sweaters. I made no modifications except using an alternative color on the neck, cuffs, and bottom edge of the tan sweater. I will say I had a little trouble with keeping the stitches even as I picked up additional stitches at the underarms. However, I went back and did some tightening up of the stitches with a tapestry needle and spare yarn.If you are in need of a quick and easy pattern, I highly recommend the Flax Sweater. Did I mention that they have a lightweight version too?  

The babies aren’t due till spring, but I am glad I can check these gifts off the list.

What is your go-to baby sweater pattern?

Until Next Time, 

-Whit-

Want It Wednesday

I am having some serious sweater fever in 2017. So far I have completed 4 sweaters since January. My Red Rosina (started in October 2016) and Armande were for me, but I have recently completed two baby sweaters in the last month.

Lucky for me I won’t fall into a project rut as so many designers are publishing sweater collections. Just this week Tin Can Knits (in conjunction with other designers), released a new collection of bottom-up sweaters for the whole family called Heart On My Sleeve.

In addition to all of the lovely sweaters, there are two things that really have me interested in this book. First off, all of the sweaters are the same gauge, which means you can mix and match the patterns. I love this as often when I knit a pattern I make modifications to better suit my taste or body dimensions. The second great aspect of this book is that all proceeds go toward fighting Malaria. Knitting for a great cause? Count me in!

According to Tin Can Knits’ website they are hosting a knit-a-long (KAL) from 2/14- 4/18. So if you want to join in on the fun and help support people in need make sure to purchase a copy of the e-book today. 🙂

Is there a pattern book that is calling your name lately? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

 

 

Armande Sweater

I joined the Selfish Sweater Knit-a-long (sskal2017), hosted by Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots, back in January. The SSKAL is focused on creating cardigans, and in my opinion Andi’s cardigans are amazing . Her patterns are straightforward to execute and have cute feminine touches like lacework and waist shaping. I previously tried to make her Minette sweater and failed horribly. One thing about most of Andi’s sweaters is that they fit snug (aka have 1-2″ negative ease). I messed up the sizing on my Minette so much I couldn’t even button it up. 😫

This time around I really thought about my gauge and how I wanted the sweater to fit. I opted for the medium size and am super pleased with the result. It is a must to layer up in San Francisco and my Armande has enough room for a shirt or two underneath.  I used Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Jade Heather. Gosh I love this color. It is mainly green, but there are flecks of blue and yellow-green that really give the yarn some dimension. I am also really  jazzed about these buttons that I found at Jo-Ann Fabrics. All and all another successful sweater! Sorry I didn’t get any pictures with me wearing it quite yet. I was quite busy finishing up some other knitted goodies this weekend. Make sure to follow me on Instagram (@knitsbywhitsf) for future photos of my Armande Sweater in action. 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Mastering Two Circular Needles

Interesting fact about me: Until 3 years ago I hated circular needles.  Why you may ask? Well, I was (and still am) an avid hat knitter and I hated switching from circular needles to double pointed needles (DPNs). So I either knitted using straight needles and seamed the hat together or I used DPNs. Then magic loop came into my life. Oh, magic loop how I love you. I only had to carry one set of needles AND I could sometimes knit two items at a time. Perfection! Since that time, I pretty much knit with circular needles no matter what I am working on.

The one thing that I had not tried was knitting with two circulars at the same time in the round.  Last week,  I decided to give it a try. This method is a little tricky at first…especially if you are used to magic loop. You have to remember to use the far side needle of the SAME circular for each side. Sound confusing? Check out this video.

So what did I make? Some fingerless gloves using a Staghorn Cable. I have made gloves like this before and I wanted to work up a trial pair for a pattern I am writing. Only thing…I can’t decide what I should do with the thumb hole.

What do you think? Add a ribbed portion (left glove) or leave the thumb hole as is (right glove)? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

Day 7: Stripes

The #yarnlovechallenge has been a fun process. Today’s prompt was stripes. I personally love stripes (especially black and white ones). Stripes are a great pattern option without being over the top. When knitting or crocheting, stripes are also one of the easier ways to incorporate color into a piece. Here are some of my favorite FO with stripes:

Do you like crafting with stripes? 

Until Next Time,

-Whit-

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