Favorite Knits

The other day someone asked me, “What is your most favorite thing you have ever knit?” I pursed my lips and thought for awhile…”Well it depends…”

This is such a hard question as there are many aspects to a project that could make it your favorite. I mean are you asking about the pattern and technique used? The yarn choice? Or the overall finished object?

If you are talking process then I would say my Cafe Au Lait Tam. This hat incorporated my favorite technique (lace) with a hat style that can fit my hair comfortably.

I also enjoyed making my Neon Nutkins. It was an easy pattern to memorize and the results were superb. If I make them again I will be sure to accept the added challenge of the short row heels. img_8225

How about the best yarn I have ever knit with? Well that’s easy. It is the Anzula Squishy in Chiva. It is just so…squishy! The combo of merino wool and cashmere makes my feet feel like they are wrapped in luxury.

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And my most favorite finished object…My Peach One Way Tee. The pattern, the yarn color, and the fit all came together for one perfect sweater. It also helps that I get the most compliments on this one ;).

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So One-Way Tee

So if you had to choose…What’s your most favorite knit ever? 

Until Next Time

-Whit-

 

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Sunday Knits: A Cheer Up

Well the Niners🏈 lost today…they lost bad. Good thing I had some cute headwear to photograph. 

Koala Hat (Inspired by Koala Hat from Little Red Window) in Isaac Mizrahi CRAFT Silver

Color Swap Beanie in Paton Classic Wool Royal Purple and Vanna’s Choice Silver Blue

Trinity in Reverse Headwrap in Vanna’s Choice Mustard

I am really proud of how the Koala Hat came out. Usually I don’t like making hats that have a lot to sew on, but this one was too cute not to make! 

How did your weekend knitting go?

Until Next Time

-Whit-

FO Friday: All About The Rib

This week was all about the rib. 

I have made Graham Hat once before and loved  the broken rib pattern so much that I remade it using Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Light Grey Marl. I did knit the hat a little longer this time so that is has more slouch when worn. 

I have never used Patons Classic Wool before and I am quite pleased with it. I bought it when Michael’s was having a sale a couple of weeks ago. It is pretty soft and plushy for a budget yarn. 

I also crafted the Color Dipped Hat by Purl Soho 💕. This hat is made using Fisherman’s ribbing. Talk about squishy goodness all around. Your end result is super stretchy and thick…perfect for chilly days. The yarn is Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Natural (wool) and Vanna’s Choice in Aqua.

What is your favorite type of ribbing?

Until Next Time

-Whit-

Smooth Like Butter

Earlier this summer I knitted the Union Station Cardigan.This sweater is a top down design, which is now my favorite way to make sweaters. I love that you can check your sizing as you go. After my last cardigan ( See Cardigan Blues), I made sure to check the sizing frequently AND the ease considerations.

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The Union Street Cardigan features subtle texture changes in addition to a  chevron eyelet pattern that cascades down the yoke and front panels of the sweater.  The directions were easy to follow as there were great charts and clearly written pattern information. For the yarn, I selected Cascade 220 Sport in Daffodil. I needed a bright cardigan for my wardrobe and the butter color of this yarn grabbed my eye almost immediately.IMG_4118[1]

My research on Ravelry indicated two knitter concerns 1) The sleeves knit up a little snug as per the pattern directions and 2) The sweater knits up a little shorter than expected. I am glad I completed my research as both of these “issues” did occur.

To fix the sleeve issue, I added 4 stitches at the bottom of the armhole and then did not complete the stated decreases along the sleeve. The sleeves are still a little snug in the bicep yet, aggressive blocking allowed me a little more room. I will note that I dried my sweater on a drying rack and now you can see the bar indents. Hopefully, some wear or another wash will make those disappear….AGH!

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As for the length, the pattern picture is a little deceptive. It looks like the result is a cardigan that ends at the upper thigh. Knitting all rows mine ends at my hip area. I have nothing to complain about as I am less than 5′ so the original length would have been too long for me. However, taller knitters beware.

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I am so glad this cardigan  worked up as smooth as butter. Layers are key for living in San Francisco so this sweater will be a much appreciated addition to my wardrobe.

 

Until Next Time

-Whit-