FO: Passionate Meeting Point

When I bought my birthday yarn, this project was what I had in mind.  I didn’t get to start the sweater until September and almost well out of the warm weather that it was intended to be worn in.

I used Size 7 knitting needles which are smaller than the pattern originally used because, everyone said that this linen yarn stretches a ton and I didn’t want a sweater that reached my knees.  Before I blocked the pullover, I had been a little worried that I had made it too small.  However, the linen yarn shocked me with the stretch-ability in the blocking process.

Blocking made easy with stretchy yarn

Blocking made easy with stretchy yarn

I had a few mistakes while knitting the bottom front that resulted in my meeting point being a little off-kilter in the front.  In addition, I had some issues with knitting the right sleeve.   When I was half-way through knitting the right sleeve, I realized that I had been knitting the sleeve backwards as the sleeve pattern on the right side didn’t match either the pictures of the sleeve or the rest of the sweater body. I frogged the right sleeve and reversed the sleeve directions to have a right-side-out right sleeve. My copy of the pattern doesn’t mention a difference between the sleeves and I’m not sure if there needs to be an errata (or if I just need explicit instructions when knitting). 

I bound off with a size 8 knitting needle due to my tight binding off tendencies.

My Passionate Meeting Point sweater (and me)

My Passionate Meeting Point sweater (and me)

Despite my mistakes and confusion with the sleeve, I love this pattern and the resulting sweater.  I can’t wait to layer it with other long-sleeve shirts to wear for the remainder of the cold fall and winter seasons.  It will look equally lovely as a swimsuit cover up in the summer or a light pullover in spring.

 

Ravelry Project Pages:  Passionate Meeting Point

Patterns: Meeting Point from Holla Knits!

Needles: Size 7 dpn and circular (Size 8 to bind off)

Yarn:  Berroco Lago in Passion Flower

 

 

 

 

 

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FO: Jilted in Gray

Back in April, I finished a sweater that been on my knit wishlist for a few years.  Alas, it has been too warm to wear the adorable sweater.  However, with fall upon us, I am enjoying this warm knit in the chilly weather.

 

I only altered the ribbing from the pattern.  I omitted four rows of ribbing at the bottom of the sweater and on the sleeves; however, my measurements were roughly the same as the pattern’s finished measurements.

My sweater was even featured in Holla Knits! KAL (knit along) finished object highlights!!

 

Ravelry Project Pages: Jilted in Gray

Patterns: Jilted from Holla Knits!

Needles: Size 6 and 7 dpn and circular

Yarn:  Bernat Softee Baby in Flannel

 

 

FO: Jilted into a Crocodile

This project started off as a striped Jilted sweater, but after a set-back of knitting the wrong size (and a year), I decided to change patterns. Fingers crossed that this one looks amazing!

The In A While Crocodile pattern worked better for this yarn. Using a size 4 needle (instead of a size 7 for the Jilted pattern) caused the drape of the pattern to be much lovelier than I expected.

My copy of the pattern had an error in the sleeve section. As written, the copy had the knitter knitting a 6 row pattern and then continuing in a 8 row pattern. I first knitted the sleeves knitting in a 8 row pattern (the 6 row pattern + a knit row + a purl row) – however, this caused the sleeves to be two inches too long for the body of the top. After knitting the sleeves according to the 6 row pattern only, the sleeves fit neatly into the body.

I originally wanted to crochet the crocodile stitch.  However, I am not very good at crocheting.  My skills are basically limited to uneven single crochet.  In retrospective, I decided that crocheting (that seemed to require more skills than I have) was not a good way to advance my limited crochet skills.  Maybe next time.

Ravelry Project Page:  Jilted into a Crocodile

Needle Size: 4 dpns

Yarn: Regia Design Line Ombre Stripe

FO: Holla Holla Back Tank

A years ago, I started knitting the Holla Back Tank from Holla Knits.

The front of the tank was finished in a few weeks, but the lace back completely threw me for a loop.  When I finally started knitting the lace again, I realized that I didn’t have enough yarn to finish the top and that the yarn was discontinued (lesson learned).

Once I started knitting the lace again (after a year-long break), everything made sense.  The lace pattern was easy to memorize and was a perfect distraction during lunch breaks.  Before I knew it, the lace was finished – without the frustration from before.  Sometimes, you just need a little break from a project to make everything fall into place.

This project required blocking – due to the lace.  The blocking was quick and the seaming was painless.  After seaming, I altered the pattern by using an i-cord bind off around the neck and arms.  It was very quick and I think it gives the piece an elegant look.

I’ve already worn it out – and most people don’t realize that it’s handmade!

Ravelry Project Page: Holla Holla

Yarn: Shibui Knit Socks in Lily (021)

Needle Size: 5

WIP: Holla Holla & Pep in My Java

After I finished the Inlay Markham socks, I thought that I would attempt to finish knitting some of my other projects. I frogged the beginning portion of the back of Holla Back Tank and started anew. For some reason, this second attempt looks much different from my first attempt. I think I had previously knitted an inch in stockinette stitch before the lace started. However, after reviewing the pattern, the lace portion should start as soon as you start the back. The wonders of picking up a project after a year in the project bags means that I have no clue what I was thinking when I changed the pattern like that.

Lace Back of my Holla Holla Tank

Lace Back of my Holla Holla Tank

I made it through the waist decreases when I ran out of yarn. My excitement was high when I went to the local yarn shop (LYS) in search of the bright yarn to finish the project. Alas, always buy more yarn than you need — because you never know when a yarn will be discontinued like the colorway Lily in Shibui Sock. Thank goodness for Ravelry! This is the second time that I have had to buy some stash yarn from a fellow crafter to finish a project.

To brighten my mood, I bought some variegated Shibui Sock yarn called Roppongi on sale and set to work on the Java Sock pattern from Knitty (for some moving relaxation and an early birthday present to myself). Every time I knit socks for myself, I always pick some yarn that is variegated. I’m not sure what that says about my style as a knitter or my fashion style, but I love how variegated yarn makes such intricate designs with the sock pattern. 

Always go Variegated - Pep in My Java Socks

Always go Variegated – Pep in My Java Socks

WIP: Jilted Sweater in Stripes

When the fall issue of Holla Knits came out, I just knew that I needed to start knitting something non-baby related and more me related. I knew this despite the fact that I haven’t finished two projects – a pair of socks and my Holla Back tank from Holla Knits Spring issue.  The Jilted sweater stole my heart and I sucked into knitting it up for this winter.

Regardless, I plotted on.  Raglan sweaters are some of my favorite projects and I knew that the striped yarn would make an interesting sweater. 

Working on the Sweater

Because the pattern says that the sweater is supposed to be worn with positive ease, I decided that I should make the sweater at the 36.5 inche bust instead of the smallest size.  That was my first mistake.  No matter how much I try to convince myself that I need to make a sweater with positive ease, I always end up hating the look.  I prefer negative ease.  Petite women can look frumpy in positive ease garments and it doesn’t help that I have skinny arms.

My second mistake was in the raglan increases.  I somehow misread the pattern and increased one more time than needed.  At this point, I thought I could just rib out the entire thing and start over on the smaller size.  Sadly, I convinced myself that I could just k2tog twice to fix the added stitches and everything would be fine.  So, I continued knitting.

Dropping Stitches on Purpose

More sweater disaster awaited me … I tend to bind off tightly (and knit tightly). The binding off for the bottom ribbing was almost too tight to fit comfortably over my hips.  Despite the failures, I once again convinced myself that everything would be fine – I just needed to finish the sleeves and block the garment to make everything perfect.

When I  finished one sleeve, I eagerly pulled the sweater over my head and went to the mirror to marvel at the new almost-finished sweater that I had made.  I only wish that I had taken a picture of the horror that greeted me.  The cute sweater from the issue’s pictures had somehow morphed itself on my needles into an off-shoulder monster whose one sleeve could have fit both of my arms. The entire garment was just too large for my small frame. So, I frogged all of my progress. 😦

I am planning on restarting this project – using the smallest size of the pattern and possibly smaller needles. At this point, I’m not sure when I am going to get to restart this project – October has become the month of weddings, November is the month of bridal showers, and December is for holidays and our belated honeymoon.

EDIT: The culprit of this disaster was that I knit smaller backward and forth than in the round. I will try again at a later date on smaller needles in the smallest size.

WIPs: Holla Holla & Girly Girl Tweed Baby Blanket

After finishing my last project, I got a little ambitious and started two new projects.

First, I started the Holla Back Tank which I’m calling “Holla Holla” as it is in orange Shibui Sock yarn.

Holla Back Tank

Beginning of my Holla Back Tank

Second, I started working on another Brooklyn Tweed Baby Blanket with a cream center and pastel multi-colored border.  No pictures as of yet … but more to come.