These very Spring-like socks are for a friend of mine, knit with some of my own handspun. I’m really happy with how they turned out. I used size 1 needles and my own reliable plain Jane sock pattern. They have explicit instructions to avoid slouching. I hope they obey.
I got this yarn (Artful Yarn’s Shakespeare) in the mail yesterday from a yarn swap and thought it’d be perfect for Stephanie Pearl-McPhee’s Unoriginal Hat. I like how it turned out. i think this is the 5th or 6th time I’ve made this hat and I’m still loving it. Chunky cables are happy.
I also wanted to let you all know that I updated my Etsy store with the Creed pattern (although it’s cheaper if you buy it through the “Patterns for Sale” page here on the blog) and 4 skeins of handspun yarn. You know, just in case. 😉 Here’s a preview:
This morning I’m using the remaining yarn from the electric blue hat to knit a scarf for my oldest child’s Tigger. I still can’t believe I’m knitting for stuffed animal friends, but that’s what having children will do to your brain.
This hat was made and design written in honor of our friends the Andersons and their new baby boy, Creed. I knit it with a cotton DK weight yarn for a newborn-toddler, but it would translate well to bigger sizes with different gauge yarn. Creed’s had to be blue, but I’d love it in girly colors, too.
The pattern is now listed on my “Patterns for Sale” page. Yippee!
This is the Clapotis pattern (free!) knit in the Netherfield colorway of Twisted Fiber Arts’ Shiny. Perfect yarn for a slinky scarf! I think the name is French, but that doesn’t help me much. I didn’t get much past “Je m’appel Kiersten” in French.
It’s a clever pattern, knit on the diagonal, with intentional dropped stitches. The first few really freaked me out, but then it became sort of addicting.
I modified the pattern by doing less than half of the repeats to get the scarf-like width I wanted. The original pattern makes a much wider shawl, and I’m tempted…sorely tempted.
This scarf is another testimonial to the magic of blocking…it was a rolled-upon-itself mess of silky yarn yesterday afternoon. With the help of a little H2O and the back of my couch, it now shows off its lovliness…over 6 feet of lovliness.
I let the boys name this one. Ayup.
Materials: Fingering weight yarn, about 20 yards (I used Twisted Fiber Arts’ Playful, colorway: Filanon), size 2 needles (+ dpn or cable needle, unless you like to cable without a needle), tapestry needle.
CO 21 stitches, knit every row for 4 rows for garter stitch edge.
Row 1: k4, p2, k9, p2, k4
Row 2: k2, p2, k2, p9, k2, p2, k2
Row 3: k4, p2, slip next 3 st to cable needle and hold to back of work, k next stitch, k3 from cable needle, k1, slip next stitch to cable needle and hold to front of work, k next 3 st, k1 from cable needle, p2, k4
Row 4: k2, p2, k2, p9, k2, p2, k2
Repeat rows 1-4 to desired length, finish with 4 rows knit for garter stitch edge, bind off. Block lightly.
Happy knitting (and reading)!
Materials: size 2 needles, tapestry needle, fingering weight yarn. I used Arial from Twisted Fiber Arts, colorway Firefly.
Cast on 18 stitches.
Knit 4 rows for garter stitch edge.
Row 1: k2, yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k4, yo, ssk, k2
Row 2 and all even rows : k2, p 14, k2
Row 3: k2, yo, k, ssk, k3, yo, k, ssk, k3, yo, ssk, k2
Row 5: k2, yo, k2, ssk, k2, yo, k2, ssk, k2, yo, ssk, k2
Row 7: k2, yo, k3, ssk, k, yo, k3, ssk, k, yo, ssk, k2
Row 9: k2, yo, k4, ssk, yo, k4, ssk, yo, ssk, k2
Repeat rows 1-10 for desired length, finish with 4 knit rows for garter stitch edge. BO, weave in ends. Fix bobble if desired.