Knits: Summer Shawls

 

My exploration of shawls this summer was inspired by favorite local yarn shop, Eat.Sleep.Knit, and their Flash KAL (Knit A-Long) for the simple yet stunning pattern Clapotis. This pattern was perfect for showing off the beauty and texture of hand-dyed yarn and I loved how it turned out using Blue Moon Fiber Arts Marine Silk Worsted (now discontinued) in the color, The Final Frontier.

I enjoyed it so much, I decided to pull out some beautiful Debbie Bliss Fine Donegal I had stashed about two years ago to knit up another one. This fingering weight yarn created an even lighter shawl perfect for fall in southern climes.

Encouraged by my success, I looked for another project and found Shockwaves by Beata Jezek. I was immediately drawn to the quirky asymmetrical chevrons and bold color choices of many of the projects on Ravelry. In the end, I decided to contrast the pattern with a soft ombre of beautiful blue-greys of Madelinetosh Eyre Light. The depth of tone and soft single ply of the yarn kept this very large shawl from becoming overly heavy.

My last shawl project of the summer looks forward to autumn with the sunset colors of Claudia Handpainted Yarns Addiction (aptly named) in Be My Valentine and Makes Me Hungry applied to Melanie Berg’s Assante. The simple striping of this pattern allowed the brighter mix of colors to emerge from dusky darkness for a light and fluttery shawl that can be worn like a scarf. While I love the result, the shawl is knit length-wise, so as the rows build, the row length becomes considerable, especially to a knitter used to row counts of under 200 stitches. That aside, I highly recommend this pattern and may knit another one in the future.

 

Knits: Topping it off with a few hats

 

The Cherokee Heights Arts Festival is this Saturday, November 12! Over the last few weeks I decided to create a few hats since I hadn’t made any. It was a fun and relaxing way to use up all the bits and scraps left over from my massive glove production. Its always fun to see how long the colors will last, creating different blocks of color and texture. I had a bunch of neutrals left over, so these are a bit more sedate than the gloves, but also very appropriate for men or women.

Festival Ready!

 

I’ve been knitting up a storm and am almost done with my inventory for the Cherokee Heights Arts Festival on November 12! This year, in addition to my stock of fingerless gloves, I will have headbands and beaded bracelets.

The headbands are made with a textile “yarn” that gives them more of a woven feel – the textile is also very stretchy, making it perfect for headbands. I also realized I have a huge stash of sock weight yarn and wanted to make something simple with it, especially all the little bits I have left over that aren’t usable for socks. I happened to have some of the right sized beads left over from old projects – perfect for these quick and inexpensive little accessories.

 

Knit Pattern: Up & Over Mitts

Finishing up the current batch of patterns is Up & Over Mitts. These explore different constructions by combining knitting in the round with flat knitting.  The bottom section is the familiar cuff up, in the round knitting. The pattern switches direction after binding off with the top section is knit flat, perpendicular to the bottom. A stitch is picked up at the bound off edge in each row, connecting the new section to the old while the section is knit.

Here are some pattern details:

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase
• Cable stitches
• Picked up stitches

Size: Adult
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 7 in (17.8 cm), Flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm) – larger in thumb gusset area. (sample for measurements was blocked and may be larger than unblocked mitts)

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Cable needle.
Stitch marker and stitch counter optional.

Yarn: Worsted weight
Featured Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted in Bright Red

Buy the pattern here for $3.50:
Up & Over Mitts on Etsy
Up & Over Mitts on Craftsy

Knit Pattern: Oblique Mitts

Introducing the third pattern of 2016: Oblique Mitts. This subtle diagonal rib is made by shifting stitches over with 1/1 cables. It’s a bit more fun to knit and adds a little sophistication to the standard 2/2 ribbing.

Pattern details:
These fingerless mitts knit from the bottom cuff up.
They are knit in the round.

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase
• Cable stitches

Size: Adult
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 7 in (17.8 cm), Flat width: 2.5 in (6.4 cm) – larger in thumb gusset area. (sample for measurements was blocked and may be larger than unblocked mitts)

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Cable needle.
(You may find it is easy enough to switch sts on needles without a cable needle as all cables are 1/1 stitch.)
Stitch marker and stitch counter optional.

Yarn: DK weight (can also be knit with worsted weight)
Featured Yarn: Cleckheaton Australian Superfine Merino in Truffle

Buy the pattern for $3.50:
Oblique Mitts on Etsy
Oblique Mitts on Craftsy

 

Knit Pattern: Scallop Cable Mitts

 

I’d like to introduce the second pattern in my new fingerless mitts series: Scallop Cable Mitts. These are the most heavily cabled gloves I’ve made to date. I was pleased with how the cables meander from the center to the outside of the cable. I’ve knit these with a few different types of yarn, but I love the simplicity of a beautiful hand-dyed yarn that allows both the texture of the pattern and the beautiful subtle variation of color to shine.

Pattern Notes:

These fingerless mitts knit from the bottom cuff up and are knit in the round.

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase
• Cable stitches

Size: Adult
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 7.5 in (19 cm), Flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm) – larger in thumb gusset area. (sample for measurements was blocked and may be larger than unblocked mitts)

Needles: US 5 (3.75 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Cable needle.
(You may find it is easy enough to switch sts on needles without a cable needle as all cables are 1/1 stitch.)
Stitch marker and stitch counter optional.

Yarn: Light Worsted Weight or DK, approx 115 yds (100 m)
Featured Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Weathered Frame

You can buy the pattern here for $3.50:
Scallop Cable Mitts on Etsy
Scallop Cable Mitts on Craftsy

 

Knit Pattern: Ironwork Mitts

 

I’m excited to release a group of new fingerless glove patterns I’ve created over the last few months while making gloves for our neighborhood fall festival. I like to experiment and make up patterns as I go along. There are a few that I have really enjoyed both the process of knitting as well as the result and I’ll be writing them down to share with you. This is the first of the series: Ironwork Mitts.

I wanted to do something fun with a standard ribbed glove. By using twisted knit stitches and throwing in some cables, this pattern reminds me of architectural ironwork. I love the overall texture and complex pattern that is created with a few simple stitches.

Pattern Notes:
These fingerless mitts knit from the bottom cuff up and are knit in the round.

Special skills:
• Knitting in the round
• Increase & Decrease
• Twisted stitches
• Cable stitches

Size: Adult
Approximate finished measurements: Glove length: 6.75 in (17 cm), Flat width: 3 in (7.6 cm) – larger in thumb gusset area.

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) double pointed needles – set of 4 recommended. Cable needle.
Stitch marker and stitch counter optional.

Yarn: Worsted Weight, approx 110 yds (100 m)

You can buy the pattern here for $3.50:
Ironwork Mitts on Etsy
Ironwork Mitts on Craftsy