This hat has been knit just in time for the warm weather. It’s another project from Buachaille Seven Skeins 2015.
Overhead view of hat
The pattern uses a 2 x 2 tubular cast-on. This cast-on is fiddly, but gives the hat a perfectly firm yet stretchy edge.
Pattern: Bunnet (striped) by Kate Davies
Needles: US 4, US 3
MC: Between Weathers, used 42 g
CC: Squall, used 6 g
Right as 2015 was winding down, I was binding off the second project from Kate Davies’ Seven Skeins 2015 club.
This cowl is perfect for those cold days when the wind wants to let you know it’s there. It’s been worn many times already (as has the first project, the Baffies).
The yarns: MC: Islay (teal) – approx. 40g
CC1: Haar (light grey) – approx. 42g
CC2: Highland Coo (reddish orange) – approx. 3 g
The needles: US 7, US 6
The cowl is roughly 9 inches wide and 10 inches long.
The red scarf is currently soaking and will soon be blocked, dried, fringed, and sent off. So I’m on to the next deadline-sensitive project, the Shale Baby Blanket by Brooklyn Tweed. I doubt it will be done before the new little person arrives, but soon enough to use over the winter.
This is about 10 inches of knitting (a quarter of the way done.)
When I saw that Kate Davies was making her own yarn, I could not resist and signed up immediately for her Seven Skeins Club. The club offered members seven 50-gram skeins (each in a different color) and seven weeks of patterns.
I can’t say enough good things about the way this club was put together. Every part and every detail are so well thought out. The patterns are designed to maximize the use of the 120-yard skeins and are delightful little projects. (I tend to do large, long-term projects, so the quick knits are a nice change.) She also offers pattern options like a stranded (two colors at a time) version and a striped version (one color at a time). AND a spreadsheet to track yarn usage. Although the club was a one-time event, the yarn and patterns will be made available to all.
Yikes! It’s been a year since the last post. I have most definitely not abandoned fibery pursuits, just the recording of them here. To rectify this sad situation, I’ll start with what’s on the needles right now.
Current project number 1 is this scarf being worked up on US 8’s for the Red Scarf Project.
Each year from September 1st to December 15th, the nonprofit organization Foster Care to Success collects handmade red scarves to send out in care packages to the college students it serves.
This year’s red scarf is drying and almost ready to go to the post office.
The picture doesn’t convey the squoosh factor in this scarf. The yarn is a light worsted 100% wool singles and really makes the cables pop. Very nice yarn.
Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia
Yarn: Dream in Color Calm
100% U.S. Merino singles
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)
The CVM/Alpaca sweater is finally complete. The swatch didn’t lie, the maths worked out, and a sweater that fits appeared. This is getting a lot of wear with the current cold snap.
The CVM Alpaca sweater is nearing completion. The second sleeve is almost knit up to the cap shaping. Because the pattern relied on my arithmetic skills, I decided to see how the first sleeve fit in before knitting the second sleeve.
It fits! Not only did the armhole shaping match up with the sleeve cap shaping, but it is the fit I intended. I’m still deciding on how to work the neck…maybe some sort of crochet edging or a simple rolled edge?
In other knitting progress, I got into a seaming groove and completed Raiun. Final details will be forthcoming.
Knitting on the CVM Alpaca sweater continues. The front and back are done and one sleeve is about halfway knit. I did take a short break from knitting to seam the front and back together. The stitch pattern is a lace ribbing and I was a bit unsure of how it big it would block out.
The pieces were quickly blocked (i.e., the lace parts were not carefully blocked, thus the wonky holes below) and then seamed together.
Not only did everything fit together properly, but it is the intended size. Whew!
In the last post, I mentioned that Knitwear Design Workshop by Shirley Paden is my guide to my latest sweater knitting adventure.
I calculated all the bind-off and decreases for the armholes, neck, and shoulder. At the beginning of the neck shaping, the usual instruction would be:
With RS facing, work 34 stitches in pattern, BO 24 stitches, work remaining 34 stitches in pattern. 68 stitches remain.
Sweater Front Schematic