Skip to main content

.Knit Happens.

I finished the Evergreen sweater tonight and it’s now blocking. Meanwhile I want to show you some other projects I have been knitting in the past week or so. I know I said I would try not to cast on anything else besides Evergreen because of the forthcoming vacation of ours, but I couldn’t help myself. I should know me already by now: my mind jumps from one thing to another and when I get inspired I must get to work immediately or otherwise I get really fidgety and can’t concentrate on anything.



So let me show you what I have been up to besides the sweater. The Evergreen sweater reminds me of fir trees. I felt every forest needs its woodland creatures and made a little fox brooch. Since the sweater is not yet ready I have been wearing him with a scarf or as in the photo below with the Keiko sweater.



And that’s not all I’ve been doing. I knit these simple and easy color-block mittens (I named them Horizon, no explanation needed, I guess?). I have been admiring this type of mittens for a while on Pinterest, but haven’t really found a good pattern for them. So I decided to design my own.


After many years of knitting lace, cables and complicated Fair Isle patterns I’m once again drawn to simpler fabrics and forms. I’ve noticed that simple knits are actually many times even more challenging than the ones with busy patterns as there is no place to hide your mistakes. If your gauge fluctuates it will show. If you by mistake knit through the yarn so that some of its plies are not knit it will show (this happens to me quite often if I don’t concentrate on my work). If you k2tog instead of ssk it will show. Everything has to be perfect. I guess I’m finally so advanced at knitting that I don’t have to prove myself anymore by knitting more and more complicated and intricate pieces, but can now appreciate even the beauty and texture of plain old Stockinette stitch.




I will write down the pattern for you as soon. At the moment I’m knitting another pair in case of any mistakes in my notes. I’m using light grey Garnstudio Drops Alpaca with lilac Novita Wool as contrasting color. I’m also using the same yarn (the purple one not the grey) for Ornette socks. I bought the yarn last December for my sister’s Christmas presents but she wanted to have grey socks instead so the yarn was left in my stash to be used for something else. I like knitting mittens and socks during summer, as well as lace; having big blankets or sweaters in your hands and on your lap is not very nice during the hot summer months…





Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Salut Chéri! Beret Pattern.

Here is the pattern for the berets I've knitted. The name for the beret is from the t-shirt I was wearing when I took the project photos of the first beret for Ravelry. I thought the name suited the beret, since it's quite classical take on the hat that has become the icon of everything French. Happy knitting!

(By Far) The Easiest Way to K4Tog.

I have published earlier a post on an easy way to k4tog - knit 4 stitches together - which is an essential stitch in my Cloud mitten pattern. As you might already know it is a bit challenging especially with 2.5 mm bamboo needles that not only have sharp tips but are bendy and especially prone to snapping. Stubborn as I am, I wasn't going to give up and change the design just to make it easier to knit. So I came up with the idea of using a tiny crochet hook to pull the working stitch through other three. 
I was planning to use this same method when knitting the second pair of Cloud mittens, but alas, I couldn't find the hook anywhere. I seem to have misplaced it and I just can't remember where I put it... And as you know I don't crochet often so the second smallest hook I had was size 3.5 mm which didn't work for this purpose for obvious reasons. 
So I was back to square one trying to figure out how to do the k4tog in an easy way when I got the idea of reversing t…

Cloud Mittens - the Pattern part 1.

This is so long overdue, but I have now finally managed to write down the pattern for the Cloud mittens. Here it is, my Christmas present to all you guys! Enjoy!
CLOUD MITTENS
(Here is the link to the pattern on Ravelry)

You need: 125 m or 135 yards of DK weight yarn (blue sample knit with Novita Wool, 100% wool, 135 m/ 50g) 125 m or 135 yards of sport weight yarn for the lining (blue sample: Garnstudio Drops Baby Alpaca Silk, 70% alpaca, 30% silk, 167 m/ 50 g) 
Needles: a set of 2.5 mm (US 1 1/2) DPNs or circular needles if you prefer Magic Loop method like me
Gauge: 16 stitches and 22 rows = 5 cm (2 inches)


To fit an average woman hand
Intermediate knitting skills required