Here’s the first tiny hat I’ve knit to go with a set of baby booties. The pattern is Elfin from Wooly Wormhead’s Wee Woolly Toppers book. The yarn is yet more of the Briar Rose green (turns out the blend is Country Road, no idea why I called it chris in the last post…)
I love it’s tiny point, and the k1p1 ribbing is stretchy enough to grow with the baby for quite awhile. That said, the newborn size was much to small for Windsor to model. I’m still not used to her being so big, but I’m told this growing thing just keeps happening…
I’m revisiting this sweater, in part for Twist Collective, but mostly because it’s an awesome sweater. I knit my own version of their Orange Pop back in 2010 as part of my 12 sweaters in a year challenge. (Lime Pop, on Ravelry) I knit mine out of Quince & Co Lark yarn, which has held up beautifully over the last 4 years. Especially when you consider that this was one of three sweaters I wore constantly while I was pregnant and most of my collection didn’t fit.
After all that stretching the first thing this sweater needed was some care and attention. Into the bath it went for a soak and a full re-blocking.
After a trip to the spa this beauty is as good as new. I love the way the reverse stranded yoke blends all five colors, the pattern is truly more than the sum of its parts. I’ve tried my hand at designing a few reverse stranded patterns and none of them have worked. Knitting this yoke is easy, the pattern even includes directions so you can work it knit in the round (not purled in the round, thank goodness!) But designing a pattern that’ll look good? The way Norah Gaughan has done here? It is much harder than it looks.
Along with the eye-catching yoke this sweater has many little details that make it fun to knit and really stylish to wear. The little notch in the collar may be my favorite part. It’s understated, visually it doesn’t compete with the yoke, but it makes everything fit just so.
Overall this sweater is a classic. The shaping in the body makes it hang perfectly from the yoke. And the loose drape of the fabric blends well with the current aesthetic trend toward less fitted sweaters. The hem mirrors the colors in the yoke. And while I made my sleeves full length, the half length sleeves in the pattern are really cute too. This sweater makes anything you wear with it look like a complete outfit.
(please excuse my camera’s focus, apparently it thought the cat was the subject of this photo)
There’s a couple of batches of babies headed into my social circle in the next 6 months. Like any good knitter I feel the need to welcome them to this planet with wool. First up I’ve knit some baby booties:
In the interests of speed I’ve chosen one big skein of yarn that’ll work for several items (Briar Rose Chris in some version of foresty green that I dug out of the deep stash) and I picked a few patterns.
First I knit Eco Baby Booties. It’s a remnant you have to get from an archive of someone’s old blog – but I really didn’t want to have to think about what I was knitting so that worked for me. I did some k2tog, yo eyelets around the ankle and made a crochet tie. The booties themselves are knit flat and seamed up the front. The shaping is all in the toe but the garter stitch is stretchy and molds into a 3D boot easily.
The best booties I got for Windsor were the ones I could tie on and thus – all the booties I’m making have ties. The second booties are the classic Cutest Booties which I gauged-up for worsted weight yarn. Basically these are top down, heel flap socks- made tiny.
One set of booties has crochet ties, the other has three strands of yarn plied back onto each other. For the record making the thicker yarn is faster. Then there’s the tassels (yellow) vs the pompoms (pink) and here I must note that the tassels are both faster and use less yarn.
Overall I love them both, and I’m so glad I didn’t try to knit FOUR of the same thing. If you’re looking for a fast baby gift I absolutely recommend worsted weight booties.
(see my eco and cutest booties on Ravelry, if you want)
I managed to finish dolly’s outfit in time for Windsor’s birthday. Mostly. I mean, it was done but far from perfect.
Dolly’s hair was done in plenty of time. All her hair is sock yarn, so hopefully it’ll hold up well and not get fuzzy. It’s a combination of all three colors used in the Lady of Rohan shawl, along with some reds and a little bit of pink, brown, and white, just to make it variegated. I like the way it can be french braided.
I stitched up a little t-shirt out of jersey fabric. I solve the “I hate machine sewing jersey” problem by hand stitching the whole thing. It wasn’t too time consuming since the longest seam is 3 inches, and gave me a chance to do a little embroidery on the collar. Unfortunately dolly’s shirt is too big, but since she’s a doll she doesn’t mind. (see what I did there, ahh puns…)
Next came the sweater, knit out of some peace fleece DK. Instead of using standard sweater construction the “yoke” is a flat circle, because dolly’s shoulders have no slope. The shaping is perfect, but the whole sweater is too small by about 3 inches. I’m not sure what happened there (might be that I skipped the gauge swatch) but dolly, being a doll, doesn’t seem to mind.
The jeans have the same problem. It’s like I forgot dolly was three dimensional and would need fabric to go all the way around. The pant legs fit, but the seat doesn’t go over her dolly butt, or the body fabric that passes for a butt. Luckily, dolly doesn’t seem to mind this either.
And since Windsor doesn’t have the dexterity to put clothes on and take them off yet – she doesn’t seem to mind either.
I finished up my jovia shawl; finishing a little crescent shawlette has never felt like such an accomplishment. But actually finding the time to knit another pattern just for fun doesn’t happen often.
This little shawl taught me a new method for starting. It casts on about a third of the total stitches and then does some super-fancy increases in the very first row. This gives a firm top edge from which the lace cascades down (or in this case, garter and lace).
This is the shawl I started with a different yarn, and didn’t compensate for the change in gauge until I was a third of the way through. Luckily the increases I added on the tips worked just fine. Then I started the bind off only to discover I didn’t have nearly enough yarn. I decided a different color would give the shawl a frosted look. Luckily I have some white sock yarn with silver threads that perfectly matched this purple yarn with silver glitter. Not that you can see the sparkle in any of the photos…
I’m really excited to release the final hat pattern from my Hats All Day trio! Sundown was available on Ravelry yesterday. But yesterday got crazy, so you’re getting this post today…
As with the first two this PDF is $5.
The ebook containing all 3 patterns is $9, and you can find the complete Hats All Day collection here.
When Sunup went live this hat was hot off the needles, and the pattern was a collection of scribbled notes. I’m so very proud to say I finished it on schedule, although I couldn’t have done it all without my tech editor, Margot’s, help. Not to mention all the support Neil provides, helping with Windsor and packing lunches so I can finish writing up patterns.
This hat is inspired by the billowing, glowing clouds of sunset. I really wanted to capture some during the photo shoot. But I realized that even if I got lucky to have a good sunset when I had time to take the pictures – that it’d be much too dark for anyone to see the hat well. Some things just don’t work in real life the way they might in our imaginations.
Little Miss is suddenly very mobile! She’s started crawling and pulling up in the last two weeks – and suddenly my long-term habit of leaving my knitting project in a basket (bag, box, pile…) on the floor by the couch is not working. Her little fingers can undo a neatly wound hank or ball of yarn faster than I can react.
A solution was needed, something to get the yarn up, off the ground.
Turns out that old fruit basket is perfect!
The book is in Cooperative Press’s capable hands now! That’s not to say I’m all done- not by a long shot. But I’m mostly done with writing, editing, and drawing charts. It didn’t take me long to decide on my next project either. I’m working on a trio of hats!
Actually, I’ve been working on them for awhile, behind the scenes. The brown hat was knit last winter and the purple hat was the thing on the needles when I was spending all my computer time on that book (ok, just one of the things) The gray hat is my current project! Each hat has a unique cable running through a panel of seed stitch. The rest of the hat is plain stockinette, making the whole project fun without being overwhelming.
As with all my indie designs I’m hoping for a fast turn around on these beauties, with any luck (and the cooperation of a baby) they’ll be released in September, just in time for autumn knitting! Each pattern will be available individually, and I’m also planning to collect them into an e-book. If you’ve signed up for my newsletter you’ll get word the moment they’re released AND a coupon code for a release week sale!
If you’re not signed up yet, please do! Just click here to find the signup form. I promise never to misuse your info. I’ll just be sending monthly knitterly goodness.
My house has a complete roof again, so that’s nice. The siding is being stained and painted (before it’s delivered, hooray!)
In the mean time, I’m working on a more yarny project:
This is my skein of Periwinkle Sheep’s Wink yarn (with silver sparkle!) And I’m working up a slightly modified (gasp) version of Jovia by Corrina Ferguson. It’s a little garter-stitch-and-lace crescent shawl. The pattern calls for DK weight yarn, but I wanted to use fingering. Everything was going smoothly until I “finished” the garter stitch body and it was about 3 inches tall.
I have only myself to blame, since I did neither a gauge swatch, nor math, before starting. Turns out sizes change when you change gauge (shocker). I maybe should have considered that, right? I could have cast on more stitches, worked more short rows, and avoided ending up in this pickle.
Instead I’m randomly working a bunch of increases at each edge every row to continue the general feel and shape of the shawlette. I hope. When I feel like I’ve used up enough yarn I’ll start the lace. The big question is when to start the lace so I’ll still have enough yarn left – but without ending up with lots of extra yarn.
I could probably do more math, but if you think that’s unlikely you’re probably right. What could go wrong?
Wait, what happened to June?
– I started some new knitting! I find I actually work on it because I’m not bored of this project yet.
- We’re also working on some house projects
And by “we” I do mean us. I spent the weekend tearing off punky siding with my ever-helpful family. We did hire some guys for the roofing.
- It’s about 90F and 90% humidity out there. So of course we’re going camping.
- I’m sure we’ll learn how much Windsor likes lakes.
- At least the heat is good for my garden.
- I have even more gladioli than last year. Funny how that works.