Anstruther Hat by Erica

This is the Anstruther Hat by Erica Smith on Ravelry. I loved knitting it and love how many different combinations are available with fair isle. I also purchased the mitten pattern as part of the “E Book” and I have been wanting to knit them. Hopefully soon. I definitely recommend this pattern.

Love this pattern, so much fun to knit!

 

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Fidra hat by the Shetland trader

I purchased this hat pattern this spring after seeing it all over Instagram last winter. This summer I finally got around to knitting it. I love this hat pattern so much! I used the suggested needle sizes- which doesn’t usually happen for me to get gauge. The designer used Brooklyn Tweed Quarry which is what I used too. Definitely said YES to adding the pom pom. This was a quick knit and I finished it in two sittings. This hat features a two inch twisted rib cuff. Wouldn’t this hat make a cute gift? A friend dubbed it a “snow bunny” hat- definitely! This pattern is available on Ravelry from Gundrun Johnston.

Quince & Co. Linen Sweater

I knit this sweater earlier this summer; it’s the Togue Pond Tank by Pam Allen that was part of the 2015 Kestrel Collection by Quince & Co. I purchased the whole pattern collection online for only $15 (It’s much more to buy individual patterns).

I love this kestrel yarn! As you can see in the first photo it has a “tape yarn” like quality- it’s flat and wide. It also has a nice sheen to it which linen doesn’t always have. The only downside to knitting with this yarn is that its a little more expensive but I ended up using one less skein than anticipated. I wasn’t able to exchange the extra skein so I’ll have to figure out a use for it.

The first part of this sweater was fast to knit. I modified my sweater to have a tubular cast on which takes a little more effort but it’s so worth it! The hem has short rows to make the back longer. It’s knit in the round and I knit the second size. The only challenge was that I was concerned about fit and it was difficult to gauge the size in the round but it ended up fitting well. I also added the ribbing to both armholes only to discover that they were too small :(. I was bummed but set it aside for a week and then re-worked the armholes with 6 extra rib stitches. Much better! I loved this sweater project and hope to knit another one someday soon maybe for myself next time.

 

 

Love this color! 

 

Completed sweater: Modern details but very classic

Sleeveless Asymmetrical Hem Sweater

I saw this sweater in a FAM (Fatto a Mano) book 232 at a local yarn store and loved the way it looked on the model. It looked effortless and had a longer back and slit at either side. The book also had some other cute designs and was only $14.95 for several patterns. I bought 8 skeins of “Amira” yarn by LANG but only ended up using 6 and was able to exchange the extra. This yarn was 93% cotton and 7% nylon and so nice and soft to knit with.

This ended up being a speedy project and I finished it in under a week. At the very end I was slightly delayed because I wasn’t sure how to do the tubular bind off (also has several other names) but finally found good instructions here. The Tubular bind off gives the edges a smooth and professional look.

Love this yarn!

 

Getting closer

 

 

The Cutest Hand-knit Baby Bloomers

I came across these hand-knit baby bloomers on Instagram recently and had to knit them because they are too sweet! They are from a wonderful, easy-to-follow pattern purchased at studio Misha & Puff. I knit two sizes so far and they required about the same amount of yarn as an adult hat. The pattern calls for Madelinetosh Vintage (super wash) yarn or something similar. I’m looking forward to knitting their “popcorn bonnet” next.

Size 6-12 months in Madelinetosh Vintage “Modern Fair Isle” color way -a favorite!


 

Re-using yarn (how to)

I recently found several skeins of nice yarn at a local thrift store- it was enough for a sweater. Some of the yarn seemed un-used and some had obviously been knitted and then re-round into a ball. I wanted to get the kinks out so I made skeins on my swift (if you don’t have one you could use a chair).

As you can see in the photos I used fabric scraps to secure the skeins in two places. I then submerged each skein into cold water with a gentle detergent- I used “The Laundress” wool wash. I let the yarn sit submerged for an hour or so and then used plastic clothing hangers to hang each skein from the shower to dry. I like to weigh the skeins down a little with a hanger at the bottom. After these were dry I put them back on the swift which was made possible by the two fabric ties (very important, otherwise tangles!). They were easily wound and are now ready for their second project.

 

Yarn on the right in original form and on the left 3 skeins knitted and de-knit again.

After unwinding via the swift (such a good investment if you knit a lot)


After hanging from the shower- the yarn is without kinks now!


After! I will feel a lot more confident knitting with this kink-free. What to make!

Leg warmers

After the holiday season I decided to take a break from knitting as much as possible as fast as possible. I’ve been knitting a lot of new projects like these easy leg-warmers. This pattern would work for sock and fingering-weight yarn.

To knit this pair in a size small I divided the available Madelinetosh “Tosh Merino Light” yarn in two by weight. Cast on 84 stitches using size 1 double-pointed needles. Join work for knitting in the round and continue in a 2 x 2 rib. Knit until enough yarn remains for casting off. Repeat for second piece and use a ruler or count stitches to make sure they are the same length.