I’m giving you a little sneak peek in today’s WIP Wednesday post. As I mentioned in a previous post some really great mitten charts “found” me and I am in the process of converting them into some cute stranded colorwork hats. This one is going to be called “Criss Cross Applesauce” after a game my cousins and I used to play when we were young. I figured that it is very appropriate because of the criss crossing of the colorwork pattern and the color that I picked for the hat reminds me of applesauce with lots of cinnamon. So far, I’ve gotten about 2/3 of the hat knit and I hope to have a picture of the finished hat for Friday’s finished object post.
Happy knitting all!
I was planning to post this tomorrow but I’ve had quite a bit of interest in the pattern so I thought that I would share it a little bit early
This hat pattern is actually an adaptation of a mitten chart that I found one afternoon on a folded up piece of computer paper, tucked inside one of my second hand knitting books. There are three mitten charts on the paper and, try as I might, I have not been able to find any further information on these charts, such as who has written them and when. If you know who has designed the charts, please email me so that I can give credit where credit is due.
It is a quick little project to work up as you use DK weight yarn and since you use 3.5mm needles in combination with stranded colorowork, it makes a nice cozy fabric. I love the cheerful flowers sprinkled throughout the pattern. It makes me daydream even more about the arrival of spring.
You can download your free copy by clicking the ravelry button below:
Stay tuned over the next week or two as I hope to have the other two mitten charts adapted into hat patterns and available as free downloads as well.
Happy knitting everyone!
I’ve had this sweet tam finished for a while but between getting prepped and vending at craft fairs, filling custom spinning orders, and holiday knitting, I just haven’t gotten around to sharing finished pictures.
The pattern is Scatness Tam by Kate Davies which is one of the lovely patterns in her book “Colors Of Shetland”. With the gorgeous patterns and beautiful photograpy, the book is a veritable feast for the eyes. If you haven’t check it you yet, you really must!
This tam was a perfect project as I already had all the yarn that I needed in my stash. I used bit and bobs of left over Belfast Mini Mills Specialty Sock, and while the colors aren’t exactly the same as the hat pictured in the pattern, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. I’ve gotten many compliments on it when I wear it out and about!
What projects are you working on this week? Finish anything warm and cozy? Do tell!
Whew! This was a quick knit! As I posted on Wednesday, I cast on for a Tea Jenny cowl in the morning and I was finished knitting and hat it blocking by bedtime on Wednesday night.
My mods for the cowl are as follows:
With 4.0mm needles and a provisional cast on, I cast on the same number of stitches the pattern calls for in the body of the hat and worked the ribbing chart as directed. When I was ready to start the tea pots, I switched to 4.5mm needles for the duration. I switched back to 4.0mm needles and worked the ribbing, reversing the colors so that the top and bottom edges mirrored each other. To finish it all off, I worked an i-cord edging on both the top and bottom edge for a nice, neat finish.
Since I was only using five colors instead of the seven the pattern calls for, I had to mod a little bit more to make things work out colorwise but I’m really happy with the end result. There is something truly satisfying about being able to knit stranded colorwork and Fair Isle projects in your own handspun!
What are you working on this week? Anything you are super-duper proud of? Do share!
It is Wednesday again! Where is the time going? It seems like the days are quite literally flying by, but not to worry, I have a work-in-progress to share
Yesterday I posted a picture of my new yarn bowl and my most recently finished handspun, a wool sampler in five wonderful natural shades of Finnish wool. Lollyknits commented on yesterday’s post suggesting Tea Jenny by Kate Davies would be a great match for this yarn and I couldn’t agree more.
Since I do have a lot of hats but still want to knit this pattern, I’ve chosen to make it as a super cozy cowl instead. I’ve cast on the same number of stitches as the body of the hat with 4.0mm needles and worked the brim chart. With only five colors, instead of the seven the pattern calls for, I’ve had to play around a wee bit with the colors but I think that it is working well. The body of the cowl is worked on 4.5mm needles.
Even though I only started on this project this morning, I am ALMOST finished. I only have the i-cord trims left to knit and then a-blocking we will go!
What are you working on today? Making cozy things for the cooler weather? Do share!
I’m happy to share with you another yummy colorwork project … my second Sleeping Beauty Cowl. This project took me approximately 1 day to finish :-) I have fallen completely in love with the designs in Anne Podlesak’s book “Legendary Knits.“ If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, please do. It is a real treat!
My second Sleeping Beauty is knit in a delightful pairing of yarns … The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in “Peacock” and Shibui Knits Cima in “Ashes.” Since the Shibui Knits yarn is a lace weight, it was held double throughout. The yarns have yielded a cowl with incredible hand and drape as well as luscious softness and fantastic color. Nom, nom, nom!
What have you been working on this week? Do you have a certain pattern or project that you simply can’t get enough of? Do share!
I’m starting to get my crafty groove back after this weekend’s craziness. I guess sometimes you just need a “do nothing” day to reset and recharge. A fresh mind is a wonderful thing!
My most recent project is another Sleeping Beauty Cowl which has been a requested by a friend. You all know how much I adore colorwork, so I jumped to the task. This cowl is knit in only two colors, as opposed to the eight that the pattern calls for, and I think that it is simply charming! The main color that I’ve chosen, The Unique Sheep’s Lux Gradiance in Peacock, is a really fantastic tussah silk/merino blend and I paired it off with Shibui Knits Cima in “Ash” which is a buttery soft blend of baby alpaca and merino. These yarns are both a treat for the fingertips!
I started knitting yesterday and simply couldn’t put the project down. I’m only about 10 rows shy of finishing!
So what are you working on, on this sunny Wednesday? Do share!
I had meant to post this yesterday but we were having so much fun hiking Dromore and picking out new books at the library that time just kind of got away from me. So WIP Thursday it is this week!
Lately, I’ve been looking for some stash busting projects that are quick and fun but eat up some of the bits and bobs of yarn that I have floating around in my stash. Scatness Tam by Kate Davies was just the project that I was looking for!
Like many knitters, I have a large amount of teeny balls of fingering weight yarns left over from previous projects so it was a relative snap to pick out the colors that I needed to start this gorgeous fair isle tam. The yarn is all Belfast Mini Mills Specialty Sock and, with the exception of the main color, I think the colors are actually pretty close to the hat pictured in the book “Colors Of Shetland”.
I’ve actually finished knitting the hat this morning and still have to sew in the copious amount of ends (I love you fair isle but I do not like your ends!) so if all goes well, I’ll hopefully have the finished hat to share with you in tomorrows FO Friday post.
Happy crafting all!
Two new fuzzy hats to share with you in today’s post. The pattern is Diamond Hat by Elizabeth Morrison and it is a clear, well written pattern and all round delightful knit. I used Belfast Mini Mills Island Collection Merino and their Samoyed/Merino blend which yields a soft, fuzzy, and incredibly warm knitted fabric. My two models for these shots were both eager to have their pictures taken in the hats but had totally different ideas of how they should pose. It was a bit of a circus but I did snag a couple of decent shots.
Happy Friday crafting all!
After finishing large projects, I like to do a few really quick knits as I find them a nice change in pace. I decided that this project should be colorwork as well because I never get enough of it.
I have chosen Diamond Hat by Elizabeth Morrison as I have admired it since the first time I saw it in the Knitcircus online magazine. The pattern is very straightforward, extremely well written and easy to follow. It calls for two colors of worsted weight yarn and 4.5mm needles so it works up very quickly. This is actually my second Diamond Hat that I have worked on in a week! For those of you thinking about starting some holiday knitting, this is a really great project to help you get a jump start.
Do you have any work-in-progresses on the go? What are you working on this week?