Simple and sweet is how I’d describe this hat design. I test knit it for Jessica, who has a really sweet blog, you should check it out! I enjoyed knitting this hat so much that I made two. It was also my first time cabling without a needle because you only deal with 2 stitches at a time. Combining that plus lace makes for a perfect hat for future autumns.
This version below is knit from New Zealand wool that I bought off ebay years ago for making my felted bags. It’s very scratchy, but it’s in one of my favourites colours. I soaked the hat in wool wash with added hair conditioner, but alas, it didn’t improve it’s feel. Oh well.
Yet another test knit, this time a neck warmer design by Maja Jokanovic.
Pattern: Terra Neck-Warmer Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, River Rock Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm
It was fast and fun, and came together fabulously with some very cheap yet gorgeous buttons. Positioning and sewing buttons is not one of my favourite tasks in the world, but with a garter stitch button band, it was easy. Just count 6 ridges between rows and you’re in the right spot.
Maja was great to work with! I’m very new at testing patterns for knitwear designers, and she made it an easy and pleasant experience.
This is a test knit I very recently completed for the lovely Faye, a very talented British knitter, designer and blogger. The pattern will be available through Erika Knight at some point in the future. There will be a link on Faye’s blog, Buttons and Beeswax, and on Ravelry when it is finally released.
It was a fun and easy project, but the result is a luxurious and warm cowl!
Pattern: ZigZag Cowl* Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Straw-Gold Needles: US 7 / 4.5 mm
*I’ll update the link to the actual pattern page on Ravelry once it’s available.
It’s a very versatile design and can be used as a hood, which is particularly useful for those of us who live in places where winter likes to make a very definite appearance!
Faye has previously designed a matching hat which is already available for purchase. You can see some great photos of it on her blog here: ZigZag Hat.
Thank you Faye for another great design, and for letting me test it out for you!
This hat is so vintagey, and was a pleasure to knit. It’s knit flat and then seamed. I was too lazy to figure out how to knit it in the round, though I know others have done so on Ravelry.
Pattern: Insou Yarn: Berroco Vintage, Breezeway 5194 Needles: US 9 / 5.5 mm
It was my first time using Berroco Vintage. It’s so soft! If I were to make this hat again (and I definitely might do just that), I’d probably go down a needle size since the hat grew quite a bit with wear.
Pattern: Shoulder Shrug Yarn: Briggs & Little Heritage, Grey Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Although this project quickly ushered me into a major case of redundancy, I’m really happy with how it turned out. Where it’s 100% wool, it’s very helpful in dealing with our cold Canadian winter days.
I had knit it to the specified length, but then had to rip back quite a few inches once I realized it would wrap around me and then some. I recommend knitting until it reaches around you comfortably – not too tight, not too loose.
I also didn’t knit the ribbed neck section as long as the pattern stated. This meant only needing 3 skeins.
As to how you wear such a thing with a coat, I simply have it up off of my shoulders, basically wearing it as a cowl, with the bulk of it draped in the front. It looks fine and is very protective against chilly weather!
It’s a fun pattern, even with having to rip back several inches after goofing up the cabling once or twice!
Although this design is called “Favourite Cardigan”, and it’s not technically my fav, I’m quite pleased with how this little number turned out.
I adore top down raglan sleeve knits!
I didn’t end up with the intended 3/4 length sleeves, even though I followed the pattern. I had a brain freeze and forgot to even check and see if I liked the length before I did the ribbing and bind off. Even so, I wasn’t displeased enough to change that!
I found some very cheap but very appropriate buttons at the local fabric store, and reinforced the buttonhole band with ribbon.
Pattern: Favourite Cardigan, out of “Custom Knits” by Wendy Bernard Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, colour #2429 Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm Modifications: Made it full length as opposed to being cropped Were I to make it again: The design is supposed to end up off the shoulders, but in no way does this happen if the pattern is followed as written. Next time I would cast on more stitches and start the body sooner.
This past weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying my favourite local knitter and good friend Kelly to Knit East here in New Brunswick. It was the first of many fiber festivals to come, organized by Cricket Cove. The location was the very lovely historical Algonquin Hotel in St. Andrews-By-The-Sea.
I had the honour of photographing a shawl swap organized by Kelly and her friend. Next time, I want in!
I didn’t get to participate in any of the classes since I registered a little too close to the festival weekend and didn’t have the funds. I did however get to enjoy the Yarn Harlot speaking on Saturday night. What a hoot she is! She had us laughing over and over again. She spoke about the benefits of knitting to the brain and your overall emotional well-being. Non-knitters have got to get in on this, they have no idea what benefits they’re missing out on. 🙂
I met some very talented, warm, funny, friendly fellow knitters and was thoroughly impressed with many of their personally designed garments.
Here are the goodies I came away with and their intended projects:
Can’t wait for the next Knit East, set to take place in 2013!