This last weekend of April is a rainy one, but I have a quick round-up of my knitting progress for the month. My day job is still keeping me very busy, so knitting has been taking a back burner. I made the most progress on the Cuffed Zigzag Mitts revisions. The pattern was in good shape, so all I had to do was just add some charts and tweak the layout a bit. I also got to use my skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Mansfield Garden Party – a one-of-a-kind skein I picked up last year. It seemed like a good time to use it with all of the beautiful spring colors. It was so large that I was able to use it to make a final test pair of the gloves, a matching hat and another pair of gloves to send to my niece.
I also started working on the revision to the reversible rib hat pattern, but then got distracted by making a final piece to donate to the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art Yarn installation project. At the last free workshop there was a mountain of donated yarn to choose from. I found a huge hand-dyed skein that I couldn’t resist, so I am making a fan lace piece that works well with the nubby texture and shows off the color variations in an interesting way. It took me a few tries to land on the right pattern, but I’m pleased with how its turning out. I’m giving myself until the end of the week to get as far as I can and then I’ll bind it off and donate it even if I haven’t gotten through all the yarn. (It took me 2 hours to hand-wind a center-pull ball that felt like a bowling ball when I was done!)
I have also been enjoying a beautiful spring here. We’ve gotten a good amount of rain this year and it has yielded one of the more beautiful blooming seasons in recent memory. Here are a few pictures – the cherry tree is in my front yard and never lasts long enough!
Projects have slowed down a bit after the flurry of knitting and pattern making that went into the ZigZag swirl hat. I took some time to try another lacey scarf pattern and created this great pattern from two existing patterns in my Vogue Stitch-a-day calendar you can see it here (if you scroll down, you’ll see the pattern chart).
I also went back to my stash and found I had a bunch of little balls of yarn left from previous projects using Lion Brand Amazing in Ruby and Arcadia. I decided to put these to use with the simple Interweave Hat pattern and made two nice organic striped hats.
Now I am starting on a new fingerless glove pattern to accompany the ZigZag Swirl hat. Look for another update soon.
Here’s a quick bonus pattern for you to download for free! I like making this with a worsted weight and a sock weight yarn knit together to create a custom marl/tweed. The box crown makes the decrease at the top really fast. Enjoy!
Updated pattern 01.24.13
After a few tweaks, I have finalized the last Gingerbread Icing pattern for the ear flap hat. This pattern knits from the bottom up starting with the ear flaps. They are knit flat, then connected with a cast on brim that knits in the round. I hope you enjoy!
Available at Etsy for $2.50:
Gingerbread Icing Ear Flap Hat Pattern
Also available on Craftsy for the same price:
I’m revisiting the gingerbread icing pattern one more time to create an ear flap version of the hat. I’ve made one or two of these in the recent past, but wanted to figure out the pattern and make it available to you! On this first prototype I’m adjusting the pattern on the ear flaps and trying out a rolled over brim for a cleaner edge. It will probably take one more prototype to finalize the pattern before I have it available.
Since finalizing the herringbone rib glove pattern, I’ve been exploring possibilities for a hat to go with them. My first attempt was an earflap hat. I still need to tinker with the proportions, but it makes a fun aviator style hat. Now I’m trying my hand at a watch cap. The first one came out a bit shorter than I had hoped, but I like the finished look of doubled-over edge. The second attempt will be longer. Check back for a progress report.
One of the new yarns I’ve tried this year is Classic Elite Yarn’s Liberty Wool. It comes in solids and some really interesting multi-color options. It’s fun to see how the colors knit up over the length of a piece. It knits up really smoothly and is washable. In designing some new fingerless gloves for myself, I’ve had some fun exploring new patterns.
Knitting has slowed down a bit this month, but I recently finished a beautiful baby blanket that was requested. I’ll have to keep the pattern and yarn in mind for future gifts. I also finished a few more pairs of fingerless gloves for the art festivals coming up soon.
With a pause in projects, I decided to make myself a pair of socks. I used the the last pattern and simplified it by leaving off the twining cable pattern making it a simple rib. I also kept the modifications to the toe. I used Paton’s Kroy Socks FX yarn in the Copper Colors colorway. I like the variation of the color, it always looks different once its knit up.
Pattern: Modified Conwy Socks
Source: Knitting on the Road by Nancy Bush
Yarn: 2 skeins Patons Krowy Socks FX, Copper Colors
Completed: January 20, 2011
I decided to try my hand at making socks this fall and made my first pair with great success. After a long fall of knitting other items, I have finally gotten around to making a second pair with this beautiful orange Sockease yarn by Lion Brand. While it is a bit pricier per skein, there is more than enough to make a pair of long socks. This pair uses the Conwy pattern in Nancy Bush’s book Knitting on the Road. I did modify the toe shaping by decreasing only at the sides of the toe and then using a Kitchener stitch at the end to finish it off. I like the toe sitting flat without any stitches bunching in the middle.