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!


 

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.


  

Knit Hat Design

This hat was knit using Flicker yarn from Berroco that I purchased at the Knitting Tree in Madison. This is my own pattern using a stitch from one of Barbara Walker’s books (some of my favorites). I knit 3 identical hats and one has already been purchased for a Christmas gift for next year!

This yarn has a subtle sparkle in it which I was drawn to. It’s fun to try out different yarns especially when I knit with the same yarns over and over for my knit business. This yarn is stretchier than most and makes for a very comfortable hat in a refreshing color. This pattern will be available for purchase soon and these samples will be listed in my ETSY shop soon. 

 

That’s me, Laura. Photographs by Mom.

Fiber Tourists

A friend and I went to the Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mill in Mt. Horeb, WI this week. I had been wanting to tour the mill ever since the owner, Anne, gave a talk at one of the Madison Knitting Guild meetings last fall. It’s a short drive from Madison in a beautiful, hilly area.

They were doing their once-a-year cleaning of the equipment when we visited but we still got a good glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes. Each batch of yarn that the mill produces is custom. They have a storefront too and we purchased some super soft and affordable wool from the mill. I can’t wait to knit with mine! Project photos to follow.

This wool has been washed in one of their two washing machines (agitators have been removed) and is now drying.

Their equipment is old! Some is from 1905, others from the 1930s and the spinning frame is from the 1950s. Some of their equipment is from Lowell, MA.

“Skeiner” this machine can make 10 skeins at a time and transfers spun yarn from cones into skeins.

Love this natural color!

“Sam the Ram”

  
  
                       
  
  

Striped Chunky Hat Pattern

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This is a basic hat knit with bulky Brown Sheep company “Burly Spun” yarn in two different colors. To knit this hat I started with 16 inch circular needles in size 10.5 (US) and cast on 40 stitches. Place marker at the beginning of the round. Start working in the round and knit 4 courses of 1×1 Rib. Change to size 11 needles and with your second, accent color knit one course of all knit stitches. At this point you will only be using knit stitches. Switch back to your original color and knit 3 courses. Change back to your second color and knit one course. Continue knitting 3 courses of the main color followed by one course of the accent color until work measures about  5.75 inches from your cast on edge. For my gauge this is always very near to the 5th stripe. Please note that for the decreasing I still switch to the accent color every 3 courses until the very top for a total of 6 accent stripes. One course before the 5th accent stripe begin decreasing as follows: *Knit 6, knit 2 together* repeat this for one round. Next round, knit all. Before the next decrease I switch to size 11 double point needles. Next round: *Knit 5, knit 2 together*. Next round: Knit all. Next round: *Knit 4, knit 2 together*. Next round: *Knit 3, knit 2 together*. Next round: *Knit 2, knit 2 together* Next round: *Knit 1, knit 2 together*. Next round: *Knit 2 together*. Weave in all ends and you have your finished hat.

Finished measurements: 8.25 inches wide by 8 inches high

Please note that your gauge may vary slightly. This gauge is: 4 inches= 9.25 stitches wide and 13.5 stitches high