Woke up on a Sunday morning to an email from friends Stephanie and Dan that now they are 5! Koah joined his 2 brothers Northern and Denver on May 26th! What a surprise!
Hey Steph and Dan, what’s going on there in Copenhagen?
to make a nice selvage edge on the garter stitch side which made it easy to pick-up the stitches when I made the turn for the log cabin strips.
All in all, lots of fun with color, and lots of ends to weave in.
This is the first in a series of Beanie posts.
Noro Kureyon Beanie. Takes one skein. Knit in the round.
Get your gauge, then cast on the number of stitches based on your head circumference (make the number divisible by 8, more on that later) and how you want the hat to fit. If you want it tight fitting, subtract an inch. If you like it loose fitting, do not subtract.
Garter edge for 1 1/2 inches then stockinette stitch for the desired length (depends on your head size and how you like to wear your beanie: high on your forehead or low near your eyebrows. Measure a hat that you like the fit.)
Note: Garter stitch in the round is: knit a row, purl a row. Repeat these 2 rows for a garter "ridge" or 2 garter stitch rows. Be sure to mark the beginning or end of the round so you know where to change from knit to purl.
When it is time to begin the crown decrease, divide the total number of stitches by 8, (you will have 8 sections) then knit to the last 2 stitches in each section and knit 2 together. (k2 tog) for the entire round.
Knit the next round, no decreases.
Repeat these 2 rounds until you have 8 stitches remaining. Try the hat on to see if it fits. If so, cut the yarn, leaving about a 6" tail.
Thread a tapestry needle and thread the yarn through the open 8 loops. Pull tight to close hole. Weave in all ends, block as appropriate for your yarn, and enjoy! this website explains it really well.
My version. A gift for a friend who made my shoulder better.
The view from the back.
This adorable bunny
(photo from the book)
from Simple Knits for Little Cherubs called the "Velvet Rabbit", by Erika Knight. The bunny pattern was pretty straightforward. All garter stitch. I knit both front and back pieces at the same time to ensure that they were the same size. Same strategy as for sweater sleeves. Also, when you are done, you are done, except for the arms, which are very quick. The ear shaping works quite well.
The instructions for sewing up the bunny don’t seem (no pun intended) as if they will work, but follow them and they do! I’m making another one in Cascade Ecological Wool (a gift for the son of one of my knitting friends).. This one was made using Cascade 220 Superwash since the recipients were busy parents.
Note: The pattern calls for Rowan Fine Chenille, which appears to be somewhere between fingering and DK weight yarn, using needles that are several sizes smaller than normally used for the yarn, (pattern calls for a US 1 needle, yarn recommends US 2-5 needles). So, where I am going with this is: Whatever yarn you choose to make this adorable bunny out of, go down several needle sizes from the recommended needle for the yarn. What this produces is a fabric that is denser and more "velvet-y" (especially if you are using a chenille yarn or cotton yarn), it keeps the stuffing from showing through and helps keep the garter stitch from stretching too much.
And of course, this bib (free pattern)
before photos on the "board". Blocking makes a big difference when you are sewing together pieces that are supposed to be the same size. I bought this one
and it makes all the difference. It folds in half for easy storage and well, you can read about on Webs. Enjoy.
Put them together and you get:
A caterpillar of bibs.
Made for my friends David and Lisa’s new twin boys from various yarns and patterns using my Button Knot Bib Pattern as a template. Some Fibonacci striping (bottom row on the left) going on and a Barbara Walker "String of Purls" pattern (middle row on the left) from A Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. You will recognize the first two patterns from Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures.
It’s not that I haven’t been knitting, it’s that I haven’t been blogging (or always taking photos, although I manage to take photos of knitted items that are going out the door so that I don’t forget what I did!).
(different light, different photographers, with different skills is why the colors look different. OK, fuchsia and chartreuse and red are hard to photograph).
Here is my first attempt at short rows, Gee’s Bend style, thanks to Nona’s tutorial on improvisational knitting. I followed it to the letter, except I changed colors every time instead of repeating colors. Also, as you can see, I didn’t weave in the ends as I went along. (Tahki Cotton Classic was slippery). Next time, I will.
I didn’t do the side pieces, so it’s a little "bulge-y" on one side but it has rhythm!
BTW, the tutorial is GREAT!!! Very detailed where it needs to be, but not overly so. After a while, what you are doing becomes intuitive and at that point, Nona’s must have figured that out and and the directions become even easier to follow. Thanks, Nona! Keep writing great tutorials!!!
Finished and been through the wash a number of times. Jim uses it as a polishing cloth for one of his many musical instruments…
A quick photo of Aili’s bib before shipping. Garter ribs, stockinette, slipped stitches and garter mosaic, all with a garter rib edge to keep it flat.
(Photo would have looked a little better if I had washed the bib before shooting, but I was out of time…)
Details for the straps here.
Inspired totally by Jess Hutch’s adorable robot, but created without a pattern, since she is no longer selling her book. Some careful looking at photos and lots of counting and charting and trial and error and knitting and frogging and I arrived at a finished product by B-Day, Denver’s birthday party!
I decided to try Elann’s Peruvian Highland Wool for this project. The verdict: while the wool has a soft silky feel, it pills and fuzzes (technical term). How do I know this since the item was not "worn" or washed? Remember, I said I had to do a lot of knitting, re-knitting, frogging, etc. The yarn did not take kindly to being frogged. There was a lot of fuzzing, making pulling the stitches out somewhat difficult. I guess my benchmark is Cascade 220, which you can pull out over and over again, with little ill effects.
Final verdict: I would NOT purchase this yarn again.
Without a pattern I had to improvise in a few areas:
1. the arms: I chose to pick up stitches at the shoulder and then increase to get the total number required for the arm, knitting it flat, sewing it up afterward. If I were to do it again, it would do it on dpns and stuff the arm as I went along. Not liking all the seaming…
2. the legs: I knit both of them at the same time so they would be the same length. Really, they are, although in some of the photos, they don’t look like they are. Again, if I were doing this again, I would do them on dpns, (seaming!!). I would probably switch to flat knitting for the body and head since I think that the seaming does help give the robot more structure.
3. For the antenna, I doubled the yarn and reduced the needle size to 1/2 the size I was using for the body of the robot to get some real structure! Again, I picked up and knit the i-cord antenna before i seamed the top of the head.
in general, I was trying to reduce the amount of seaming/sewing because it is the most time consuming and if you don’t do it carefully, it detracts from the look of your toy. I am only so-so on the seaming… (working on improving). But everyone loves the robot, so that’s what it’s really all about!
Sadly, the gifts were opened after the party, so no cute shots of the kid with the gift…
And here is the requisite shot of the young one with cake on the face and what looks like a future in orchestra conducting! Or perhaps a plea to get this stuff off my face, please.