Category Archives: Knitting

Finished Project: Bunnet (striped)

This hat has been knit just in time for the warm weather. It’s another project from Buachaille Seven Skeins 2015.

photo of knit hat

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.

photo of edging of hat

Details
Pattern: Bunnet (striped) by Kate Davies
Beanie size
Needles: US 4, US 3
MC: Between Weathers, used 42 g
CC: Squall, used 6 g

Finished Project: Cochal

Right as 2015 was winding down, I was binding off the second project from Kate Davies’ Seven Skeins 2015 club.

knitted cowl

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.

Finished Project: Baffies

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.

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Current Knitting: Irish Hiking Scarf

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.

picture of knit scarf with cables

pre-blocking

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.

picture of leftover yarn

leftovers

Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf by Adrian Bizilia
Yarn: Dream in Color Calm
100% U.S. Merino singles
2 skeins
Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm)

Sweater Knitting Progress (with seaming)

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.

photo of partially complete sweater

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.

Sweater Knitting Progress

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.

photo of part of sweater

Not only did everything fit together properly, but it is the intended size. Whew!

Interpreting Knitting Instructions: Binding Off in the Middle of a Row

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.

diagram of sweater front

Sweater Front Schematic

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