FO: Knitting from Holiday Season 2014 to Now

In the past year, I haven’t been able to post much due to a very hectic schedule.  It’s strange how life will suddenly get so busy that it is dizzying thinking of the things to do and see.  Despite the busy schedule, I have managed to knit a few little items here and there.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

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

Presents for Baby Ellie

These were made for a friend’s second baby girl. They are a little late with delivery … but since Ellie isn’t here yet, I may be ok for the moment.

Baby Headband

Rose Headband (forgive the lighting)

This was made by using the Blooming Rose pattern and sewing the finished produce to a brown headband from Hobby Lobby.

Squirrelly Swaddling Blanket

I believe the fixation with squirrels is due the fact that my friends were members of a sorority whose mascot was a squirrel.  I’m not sure what sorority … and I was never part of a sorority so I have no clue about the reality of this belief.

One large blanket with squirrels

After my custom test swatch of fabric came in, I ordered 2 yards of this fabric and 2 yards of my custom designed fabric.  Due to the unforseen circumstances, the custom fabric will be hidden until my friend gets pregnant again.

However, I can give glowing (unsolicited and uncompensated) recommendations for Spoonflower.  Both fabrics look amazing and have bright colors.  There was some moderate fading from washing this fabric before I used it, but not enough fading to make me unhappy with the fabric. The lines were still very sharp and the colors still seemed to pop off the fabric.  I will definitely use the service again.

This is based on the Swaddling Blanket from The Purl Bee.

Acorn and Flower Pacifier Clips

Knitted Acorn Pacifier Clip

A Knitted Flower for Ellie

These are made using a few different patterns.  The green piece on both clips is made using the technique from the Ladybug Paci Clip.  I’ve tried a few other methods, but I like this one the best due to the button and attachment method.  The acorn is made based upon this acorn pattern while the flower is from Susan Anderson’s flower paci clip.

Baby Hat

Baby Hat

This hat is based on a pattern that I got off the Internet when I started knitting years ago.  I haven’t been able to find the original pattern and I have had a few people ask me how to make this.  I’m not sure who the designer was or even where I found the pattern … but this is the pattern as I have it printed.  I actually altered the pattern  for a modified beanie for babies.

Unaltered Pattern

Baby Hat Pattern (From Unknown Source)

Materials Needed:

  • An 8 ply yarn (worsted weight) yarn (original pattern used 1 25 gram ball of Cleckheaton … but I’ve never found or used this yarn)
  • Size 3 and Size 6 knitting needles (straight)
  • Optional: 16 inches of 4mm wide satin ribbon

Gauge Required: 22.5 sts to 4 inches, 30 rows to 4 inches

Pattern Instructions:

  1. Using size 3 needles, cast on 57 stitches.
  2. Row 1 and 3: K1, *P1, K1, rep from * across.
  3. Row 2 and 4: P1, *K1, P1, rep from * across
  4. Change to size 6 needles and knit across the next row, increasing 3 stitches evenly spaced for a total of 60 stitches.
  5. Purl the next row.
  6. [Optional] To make an Eyelet Row (RS): K1, *K2tog, yarn forward (under the needle).  Rep from * across, ending with a K1.
  7. Beginning with a purl row, work in st st until 3.25 inches.  Decrease 4 stitches evenly spaced across the last WS row for a total of 56 stitches.
  8. To shape the crown, follow these instructions:
    1. Row 1 (RS): *K5, K2tog. Rep from * across.
    2. Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl
    3. Row 3: *K4, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    4. Row 5: *K3, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    5. Row 7: *K2, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    6. Row 9: *K1, K2tog.  Rep from * across
    7. Row 11: K2tog across the row
    8. Row 12: Purl
  9. Cut yarn and thread through remaining stitches.  Draw the stitches securely close.  Sew back seam.  Thread ribbon through the eyelet row, tying a bow in the center front.
  10. To make for a preemie, work until the length is 1.6 inches before starting the crown shaping.

There is a mistake in the pattern somewhere in the shaping section, but it only relates to the number of stitches that are left at the end of each row.  I have omitted the stitches totals at the end of the rows due to this error. My advice is to stay as true to the shaping instructions as you can.

Organizing Double Pointed Knitting Needles

Ever since Z & I have started living together, I have been looking for a way to organize my double-pointed knitting needles.  I knew that I wanted something decorative but nothing too girly.  I had contemplated buying a test tube holder … but it just didn’t seem completely right.

Yesterday, I met Z and our friends at our local antique mall and I found the perfect organizational device … a vintage pipe holder.

Holding Sizes 1-9 Knitting Needles

I never thought that this would work, but it’s amazing! I can fit two sets of double-pointed needles in the holders until I get to size 8 and I still have an extra space.  My size 11 double-pointed knitting needles will not fit into one hole, but I think a size 10 would be perfect for the extra space.

Immediately after setting it up, the space already looks neater

I may insert my knitting needle tin into the middle of the pipe/dpns holder at a later date. Right now, I’m just marveling at this simple repurposing!

Edit: This is the final look … and I love it!

Final look with tin inside the pipe holder and scissors in the extra space