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.
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!
This weekend I made this neckwarmer/choker to match a new blouse. I’m amazed at how such a little thing can make you feel a little warmer. I used the Diamond Stitch, which was a bit tricky what with “yfrn”, and yarn forwards with SKP right after (do I slip the yo or the slipped stitch?). After I few false starts, I got it figured out.
It’s a cute little accessory. I admit I haven’t attached buttons yet (don’t have appropriate ones). I sewed it onto me with matching yarn. It’ll fit that much better when it’s overlapped a little with proper little buttons through their little yarn-over holes.
In case anyone is interested in trying the pattern out for yourself, or you’re in the mood to practice your eyelet skills, I’ve posted the pattern at the link below.
Update: I’ve added a free pattern for this scarf/wrap here:
Crocheted Mesh Scarf
In my travels at Ravelry (which are embarrassingly frequent) I stumbled upon a very chic looking Crocheted Mesh Scarf made by Jen. I had to have one of my very own!! I used her notes as a springboard, and figured it out along the way.
Digging around some old balls of wool, I found a ball of Paton’s Classic Merino in Dark Grey Mix. I wasn’t sure it was a full ball, but I figured there was plenty enough. I crocheted until I ran out of yarn, and at one point I was tempted to unravel it all because it seemed smaller than it should be. Thankfully I didn’t because it turned out to be the perfect size, especially after blocking.
I have now posted the pattern under my Free Patterns tab at the top of this page.
First of all, I want to thank everyone for their over-the-top kind words about my Drops Asymmetrical Jacket. You were all so sweet!
I’m sooooo behind on catching up on all your blogs, it’s on my to-do list. I will check out what you’ve all been up to! I’ve been busy enjoying alone time with my hubby while he was on vacation from work.
In our evenings when we watched a show or a movie, I made a lace cowl and scarf. Crispy fall air was all it took for me to cast on. Another source of inspiration was Jon buying me some nice new fall clothes that I wanted to accessorize. That’s my kind of vacation!
(my “stunned” look!!)
Pattern: Ridged Lace Cowl
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Merino DK
Needle: US 8/5mm
Thoughts: If I were to make another, I’d cast on less than the 95 sts. Even so, I love it!! I should also note that it’s probably obvious I didn’t block it. I’m too afraid it’ll grow. I know I’ll have to wash it at some point though.
Pattern: Half-Hour Skinny Suede Scarf
Yarn: Lion Brand Lion Suede
Needle: US 15/10mm (pattern calls for 25mm, which I didn’t have)
Not a jacket really, more like a sweater. This is the third sweater I ever started. I was neglecting seaming it up until Kelly nudged me to finish it already (she knows I need the prodding), and so I did, and subsequently had it confirmed to me that I indeed have a problem I have never faced before. Hold on.
It’s a known fact that many many women blossom at 40. A year ago this past June I found that to be true. I felt empowered. I felt liberated. I felt more like a woman. I was WOMAN!!
What I didn’t know is that some women blossom at 40….physically!! “The boys” must have had a committee meeting and decided to jump up a cup size. Ya I could probably stand to lose 5lbs, but the weight’s never benefited me there, ever! I don’t mind, and my hubby certainly doesn’t mind, but I DO mind when I make a size small sweater and it won’t close properly.
I remember many years ago I saw Loni Anderson (remember her?) being interviewed and she said that when the women in her family turned 40, they inevitably had to have a breast reduction. I don’t know why, but her words seared themselves into my brain. And here we are.
After fiddling around with the positioning of the buttons, which exaggerated the A-line and made me come close to reseaming and CUTTING the inside seams, I found a solution that worked. I placed the buttons a little further from the edge of where the double moss stitch and stockinette meet, put a very tight t-shirt on as a minimizer, and it helped, at least enough to satisfy me.
Pattern: DROPS Asymmetrical Jacket (worsted weight version)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, colour #2452
Needles: US 8 / 5.0 mm
Minor Modifications: Buttonholes spaced 6cm apart instead of 7cm, and used the one row reinforced method (3 stitches)