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FO: Jacques Cousteau Hat

 

While I’m on the subject of knits I’ve neglected to blog… I have a confession to make. It’s not just one or two things I’ve not blogged about… there are literally months worth of items I’ve knit that I’ve not posted on here (or on Ravelry).  Yes, I confess I’m a bad blogger… but that hasn’t stopped me knitting! So, it must be catch-up time. 

So, for today a small, relatively quick knit.  This is the lovely, and free, Jacques Cousteau hat pattern. There are so many men’s hat patterns out there. As this was for DS, I wanted something not too intricate, as I wanted him to actually *wear* the hat. But I also wanted something interesting to knit. So I chose this pattern – because while it is essentially a ribbed beanie with a fold over brim (as per the photo above), the decreases fascinated me…

One thing I love about knitting is the seemingly infinite variations you can use to create a useful object.  And so, funky crown decreases it was!

The hat pattern offers two different sizes – don’t tell DS, but I knit the ‘woman’s’ size for him.  It was 20 stitches smaller, meaning less ribbing… Ribbing isn’t my favourite stitch to be honest! The fit is fab, his head could be a whole lot fatter and it’d still fit. So it all worked out in the end.

The yarn I used was some John Q Heathered Dk yarn, which I picked up for $3 a ball at a Knitworld sale 18 months ago. I’ve had such good value from these balls of yarn – most have become hats, and I love the look that the heathered yarn gives as opposed to a flat solid colour.  It adds a little interest to what would otherwise be a plain hat too, without making it too busy for my teen to wear.  The 50g ball was not quite enough for this hat – just as well I had two.  (No yardage chicken for me on this one!)

This got lots of wear when DS did a stint as a relief newspaper delivery boy, as well on many chilly mornings. Finally, some knitting for him that he likes and wears (after he left a handknit sweater on the soccer field overnight I banished him from my knit-list).  And of course all he had to reward me for it was a few photos to blog… A good deal? I think so!

FO Catch Up

Last weekend I got Mr13 to take some pictures of some projects that were finished by hadn’t been posted on here.  They are all knit in Vintage Purls yarn now I think about it!  So, here goes!

First up is the socks I showed you in a post a couple of weeks ago.  They are gorgeous, a pattern called Azure Socks,  which is a free pattern from Knitty’s Winter 2008 edition.

This is a toe-up pattern and starts with a patterned toe. It took me all of four rows to start screwing it up. After the third attempt or so, I decided the a plain toe was the way to go.  And the patterned heel flap went the same way (except I only screwed that up once before abandoning it….).  So, slightly less patterned than the original, but lovely nonetheless.

The yarn was gifted to me in a hand-dyed yarn swap, and it’s a dead-ringer for the colourway in the pattern pictures. It’s lovely, light and subtle semi-solid.  Delicious!

The pattern took a while for me to enjoy knitting. I acutally cast these on early last year. I took them to work with me and knit through several meetings and lunchtimes. I think that was half my problem – because every row is a pattern row, I never had any down rows, which you really need when you’re meant to be concentrating on something else!  Once I picked these up again, it took no time for me to memorise the pattern and away I went.

The pattern uses mock cables – lots of k2tog and ssks, making stitches, and so forth in order to make these lovely sensuous lines.

The next up in the next cast on…

I think I cast on this Dew Point Shrug back in February. I had a good go at knitting it and then set it aside for some time. I picked it up again in the holidays and took it away with me to Foxton Beach. In fact I knit a good portion of the lace rib whilst watching the Royal Wedding. As you do… I then took it home and blocked it, and that’s when things started to go wrong. It’s waaay too big now 😦

Now I’m stuck between two choices – to either rip it back and start again/use the yarn for something else, or throwing it in the machine and dryer in the hopes it shrinks a little.

I’ve been doing neither for a month now. Procrastination wins the day again! 

What do you think?  Vintage Purls sock yarn is machine washable, so it won’t felt, but it might change the fabric considerably? 

Finally, a cute pair of hand warmers. 

 

These are the lovely Veyla mitts I’ve been meaning to try for a couple of years now. Not in the yarn I had aside for them either! The squish purple skein of alpaca my sister bought back from the States for me two birthdays ago is still waiting… 

I actually cast these on for a swap. I didn’t allow myself terribly long to knit them before the swap was due to be sent. I decided to be clever.  And shortly after that, everything – rather predicatably – went wrong.

Yes, Sheryl, you do have to knit one left mitt ane one right mitt. They will be different as your hands face different ways.

Needless to say, I didn’t get done in time, I can’t read patterns well when I’m not trying, and it’s really not the pattern’s fault I’m slapdash sometimes.

So, once I read the instructions all was good. The wee lace panels for the cuffs were logical and I was able to follow the pattern line by line no worries.

And I have to say I utterly adore the thumb increases. Genius!

Just as well I love the pattern since I know I’m going to do it in the yarn I had set aside!  I think these are a lovely project, and a quick one too. If you’re not in a hurry!

That’s the round up for today.  It’s so cool to note all these projects down, as see what my stash is becoming.  I do still have a few more projects to catch up on here, but there’s always another day to post them!

 

More Garden City knitting

I just could not help myself… I had to knit another one.

Yes, I’m not sick of my new Garden City Scarf pattern yet.  I decided to knit a 4ply scarf, rather than another 4ply shawl. And it’s lovely.

Light  – knit on 4mm needles, in snuggly Vintage Purls Vintage Sock yarn.  This was from my stash. I bought it last year right before it was discovered that the yarn was not properly superwash treated. I loved the colour so much I didn’t want to return it. And so I had to find a non-sock project to make the most of it. I adore my other Vintage Purls shawl, so squishy and delicious, so this seemed an ideal use.

Long – over 1.9 metres using 80g of yarn. 

Versatile – I’ll be able to wear it wrapped once, with the ends out, or twice, or even more if it’s seriously cold out there.

FO: Hotshot

We have been enjoying a small holiday break, with a break from school and preschool.  It gave us a chance to get away for a beach holiday (yes, in autumn), to spend time enjoying each other’s company, and to spend time with my sister and nephew.  And it gave me a chance to snap some shots of my daughter’s cute new hoody too.

The perfect inducement to knit a hoody for Miss 2 was a KAL being run on one of the Ravelry forums I’m on, with the designer offering a great prize for their favourite garment.  I’d been meaning to knit a Hotshot for Miss 2 since I made one for her sister last winter. Luckily for me she’s not the jealous type (yet). 

Again, I found this an easy knit – back and forth from the neck and then joined in the round for the body. It really sails through the body section too.  I chose to work stripes as I realised I was running out of yarn part-way through the body and started to alternate with my plain colour.  The two yarns I have used are 8ply Organic Merino from Inner Stitch and some random DK weight yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills.  All up I used a tad under 200g of yarn. I bought both together from a destash last year and I’m glad I did – they have made the snuggliest hoody you can imagine. I Organic Merino is particularly delicious, and Miss 2 really loves it.  Of course the fact that there is a hood helps too – she loves wearing it with the hood up.

Hot off the needles

A test knit for the wonderful Tikki

Oh it feels good to be test knitting again!  More pictures to come!!

Gaptastic Cowl

Somehow I just couldn’t stop myself from casting on another one of the insanely popular patterns on Ravelry. Seriously, 1218 projects since December last year?  Mad!  But the GAP-tastic Cowl is a lovely pattern. Free. Easy. Cute. What’s not to like!

Well, aside from the fact it’s 12ply and I knit it in January at the height of summer perhaps?  It took me until the other day to even want to try it on in the heat. But it’s nice to know I have something to wear when the weather cools down.  Our wee Autumnal spurt of weather receeded and we are enjoying lovely days once again.  Too warm for a cowl!

I knit this from my leftover Cleckheaton Country 12 ply yarn. It’s not the softest yarn in the world – I can imagine this cowl in a big fat single would be amazing! Or in Malabrigo or 100PureWool. Oh man, it’s almost enough to wish for winter! 

The knitting is super simple. Big yarn, big needles, simple repeat.  Can’t beat it. And, if you can’t beat ’em, you might as well join ’em!

So, last year…

I finished this…

It just took me aaaages to sew on the buttons and photograph it. It is just far too hot to wear this right now, even for a photo shoot really. I’m glad to both get it finished, and to get pictures of it though.  It took much too long to knit, and much of the time I felt rather ambivalent about the whole thing, so getting it finsihed seemed like a bit accomplishment for me – much bigger than knitting a cardigan almost entirely in garter stitch should be!

The pattern is from New England Knits which I reviewed last year, and it called the Greenfield Cardigan.   I adore the pattern and so wish I had knit it in nicer yarn.  I’ve definitely learnt my lesson and intend to be a yarn snob from now no. Well, maybe not that bad, but essentially, knitting this in Cleckheaton Country Silk DK was never that great of an idea. The girls from knitting night have heard me wonder, whinge and generally moan about my yarn choice. I knit a good chunk of it in September/October last year and then set it aside, trying to decide if I should rip it back.  When I picked it up again in December, I was pleasantly surprised to find the body (measured from the underarms) was already 8 inches, and thus I thought I may as well keep knitting.  It allowed me to knit up all the rest of the balls I had bought for this, and get rid of it! I think I’ll be glad I did come wintertime as I do love the layering effect of cardigans.

You can see from the detail shot above the real flecky-ness of the yarn. I must have been a little naive in the shop, because I didn’t realise how prominent it would be, and this is my chief complaint. In reality the yarn is soft, and quite cosy. It’s nice to knit with, and a knitting night girl who has knit a child’s garment with it assures me it washes well too.  I guess time will tell.   It doesn’t show the cute leaf detail to its best advantage though, which is a shame.

I haven’t any complaints about the pattern – except perhaps that I’d forgotten how incredibly slowly garter stitch grows! These were long rows to knit, as the garment is knit all in one from the top down.  And then of course you’ve got to knit and purl the sleeves in the round… The lazy in me objects.  But that’s not the pattern’s fault – I’m delighted with the ease of knitting, the instructions, pattern layout, photos and everything else about the pattern. It’s just *my* choices (and attitudes) that were at fault.

So, if you want a gorgeous Greenfield Cardigan, I’d suggest you choose a yarn closer to the designer’s suggestion… or do what some clever people did on Ravelry and knit it in Madeline Tosh DK – yum!!


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