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So, since October 2014, I finished:

A pair of hiking socks I’ve worn several times but haven’t yet taken a finished photo. Here’s an earlier one, when the first sock was finished and the second was barely started:

hikingsocks

  • Started 11/1/14, finished 11/5/14
  • S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes DK yarn on U.S. size 2.5 (3mm) needles

I also finished a Koigu Linen-Stitch Scarf, which I made for myself with yarn and pattern purchased at the Patternworks booth at the 2014 Interweave Knitting Lab in Manchester last spring. But it ended up that we needed it for a new catalog photo, so I had a real deadline! I love how it looks, but linen stitch makes me want to poke my eyes out with a dpn.

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  • This is the photo we used in the spring 2015 catalog.
  • Started 10/10/14, finished 11/21/14.
  • KPPPM colors P323L, P155 and P711D (used in that order), on U.S. size 4 (3.5mm) needles
  • I used a smaller needle than recommended in the pattern since I tend to knit loosely, especially in linen stitch.

I knit a quickie kid’s hat for our holiday “mitten tree” at work, using leftover DungarEase from my Pathways pullover.

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  • Started 11/22/14, finished 11/23/14
  • Pattern is my own Seeded Rib Hat pattern.

I also finished designing and knitting a pair of socks for the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock Club. This is the 8th installment that began shipping in January 2015.

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(I love knitting stuff for work, since I get a professional photo out of it!)

  • Started 11/24/14, finished… sometime in December, I think – I forgot to mark it when they were finished and then couldn’t remember later!
  • Patons Stretch Socks (sadly, discontinued now) on U.S. size 1 (2.25mm) needles

Back in December, I finally started on my Heart Sweater. Here are the hearts (upside-down, since it’s a top-down cardigan).

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HeartSweaterBottomRibbingAnd here I was most of the way through the bottom ribbing on the body. I’ve since finished the body and have started a sleeve, but haven’t taken a photo yet. It’s actually going pretty fast considering it’s a L/XL in sport-weight yarn on U.S. size 4 (3.5mm) needles! The yarn is Classic Elite’s Liberty Wool Light. Pattern is from Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters, with the addition of the hearts. I’m combining multiple sizes as usual so it fits me better.

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Time off work – even with Mom and Dad visiting – means knitting time. First, I finished up some Seeded Rib Socks I started a couple months ago as car knitting.

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Seeded Rib Socks with Afterthought Heel (my own design)

  • Yarn: Schoeller+Stahl Sockina Cotton
  • Started 8/1/14 – Finished 10/4/14
  • More details here

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Then, I finished up a sweater I started way back in March.

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Next came a pair of mittens (my own design, pattern not available), using leftover Galway from my Hiro pullover.

  • Started 10/7/14 – Finished 10/8/14
  • More details here

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There were some things I wanted to change about the mittens, so the first pair went home with Mom and I made myself a second pair.

  • Started 10/9/14 – Finished 10/10/14
  • There are more tweaks to be made (and still leftover yarn), so I’ll be knitting yet another pair – and then releasing a pattern for them.

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And just last night, I started a Koigu Linen-Stitch Scarf (a Churchmouse Classics pattern) – with 450 stitches of mind-numbing linen stitch in each row. But it’s such a beautiful piece, it’s worth wanting to poke myself in the eye with a knitting needle.

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During a weekly FaceTime with Mom recently, she mentioned that her dishcloths (most made by a woman she used to work with) were getting quite worn out and she needed some new ones. So I rounded up a cone and a couple balls of Sugar’n Cream yarn, and got to work. In the past five days, I’ve finished three crochet and two knit dishcloths. And I still have enough yarn left for four or five more.

dishclothsNot quite a plethora, but approaching it.

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This pattern is Crochet Dishcloth by Little Monkeys Crochet, a free pattern online. It’s extremely easy, and the stitch pattern is versatile for lots of things besides dishcloths. I think it would make a great baby blanket! Started with ch 31 for the foundation, which is longer than the pattern specifies. The finished dishcloth used about 56 grams of yarn. I haven’t quite perfected the stitch-to-row ratio for the single crochet edging along the sides – you can see here in the photo the side edge is a bit wavy, while the edging along the top and bottom (left side of photo) is nice and even thanks to the stitch-for-stitch ratio. I used a size I hook, although I’d prefer it a bit looser (but I is the largest hook I have at the moment). I tend to crochet tightly, which is the exact opposite of my knitting tension.

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This one is the good old Grandmother’s Favorite, knit on the diagonal. I used a U.S. 8 (5mm) circular needle (because I’ve grown to despise straight needles – I always poke myself, my project, my cat with them). I increased to 54 stitches wide across the center before beginning the decreases. Mom wanted good-sized dishcloths. The finished dishcloth used about 50 grams of yarn.

It’s worth noting that the two ombre dishcloths above are the same finished size. The crochet version used six more grams of yarn than the knit version, which is about 11 yards, roughly 12% more than the knit version. So yes, crochet generally does use more yarn than knitting, especially in the denser fabric of the crocheted dishcloth above – but it’s not a huge amount more. I must say, though, I enjoyed the process of making the crocheted one more; it’s an easy stitch and relatively mindless, but a bit more interesting than constant garter stitch.

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I have a new sock design in the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock of the Month Club – the fourth installment, a kit including my Trellis and Cable Socks pattern and a skein of Cascade Heritage Paints yarn, just began shipping this month. (If you just recently joined the club, you’ll have to wait a little while for this kit – but just until the fourth month of your membership!) This sock design features columns of mesh-like trellis lace flanked by cables. On the back of the sock, the cables begin at the bottom of the heel and flow smoothly up the back of the leg. The construction is toe-up (of course), with a slip-stitch heel. Sample shown is the medium size and used just a little more than 3/4 of the skein. Color shown is #9876 Olympic Forest; however, the colorway in the actual club kits may vary.

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Trellis & Cable Socks

This pattern is now available for purchase on Ravelry!
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It’s that time of year again… the time of year when I knit a few hats for Halos of Hope.

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Marvelously Modular Hat!

This hat begins with a provisional cast-on, is knit sideways in garter stitch and shaped with short rows, and is then joined into a circle with Kitchener stitch. Stitches are picked up around the top edge and worked in the round for crown decreases, as well as around the bottom edge and worked in the round for bottom ribbing. Sized for children through adult men.

Sizes: S(M,L)

Yarn: 1(2,2) balls Plymouth Yarns Jeannee Worsted (heavy worsted, 110 to 220 yards total)

Needles: #5 (3.75mm) straight or circular, 16″ circular and DPNs

Further details on Ravelry pattern page.

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When I originally wrote up my pattern for TV Tray Socks on the Patternworks blog, it featured a top-down construction. Since I tend to knit socks from the toe up due to my dislike for joining in the round as well as my affection for Judy’s Magic Cast-on, I’ve decided to jot down some “toe-up” instructions.

frootlooptvtraysocksEverything looks better on a cat.

Toe-Up TV Tray Socks

Cast on 4 sts using Judy’s Magic Cast-On (2 sts each on 2 needles).

Round 1: Kfb 4 times (8 sts).

Round 2: Knit.

Round 3: (Kfb, k1) 4 times (12 sts).

Round 4: Knit.

Round 5: (Kfb, k2) 4 times (16 sts).

Round 6: Knit.

Round 7: (Kfb, k3) 4 times (20 sts).

Round 8: (k2, p2) around.

Rep Round 8 to desired length, then bind off in ribbing. Weave in ends.

Happy Knitting!

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There’s been quite a bit of casting on this year, but not a lot of finishing (and some finishing I can’t share just yet).

First up, a pair of socks I finished back in March. These are Confetti Rib Socks, my own design for the Patternworks Toe-Up Sock of the Month Club, knit using Frolicking Feet DK yarn by Done Roving Yarns. The pattern is currently available only to members of the club. See all the details about this project on my Ravelry project page.

Pattern is now available on Ravelry!
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900394_ToeUpSOM_squarePhoto by Evelyn S. Lamprey

Next, also finished in March, the Effortless Cardigan (design by Hannah Fettig), knit using Miss Babs Yowza Whatta Skein. Get the deets on my project page.

EffortlessOn(pardon the bathroom mirror selfie at Mom & Dad’s house)

Not all that impressive, but still an FO, a teatowel. Lily Sugar ‘n Cream (hey, it’s on sale on the Patternworks Yarn Bargain Bin while supplies last!). I may eventually write up the pattern (well, I have it written up, I may eventually publish it on Ravelry). Should be able to get two of these out of one cone of Sugar ‘n Cream. Details here.

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I also made one for my Mom, in red. (Still listed as a WIP on Ravelry because I originally planned to make two.)

mom teatowel

I also made some footies for Mom, using Miriam Felton’s Footie Socks pattern and Patons Stretch Socks yarn (I am very sad this yarn is discontinued – you can still find it, but they’re not making it anymore). These socks are the first low-cut footies that don’t slip off my Mom’s heels. Miriam is a designer genius! (The construction is very similar to the footies I improvised for myself last summer, but Miriam really made it work so much better.)

mom footiesUnfortunately I didn’t get a real FO shot. Just the first finished sock, propped on the cat and me in my pajamas.

I needed a simple project to knit on while working at the Patternworks booth at Interweave Knitting Lab back in May, so I cast on a pair of fingerless gloves with some Koigu KPPPM I had hanging around. Pattern is available free with purchase of KPPPM from Patternworks.

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I also did some spinning – this is Mad Color Fiber Arts merino/bamb0o/nylon roving that I spun into ridiculously fine singles and Navajo-plied. This is the after-dinner mint colorway.

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And then I knit it into a baby hat!

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And then I was on a roll with spinning, so I spun another braid of Mad Color, same fiber content, in the passion flower colorway. Large skein is 2-ply, mini-skein is the leftovers of the second bobbin Navajo plied (it was completely green except for one teeny, weeny pop of purple, which is now knitted into my sock yarn blankie in progress).

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My active WIPs currently include a Pathways Pullover in DungarEase, a Garter Trap shawl-ish thingie, a pair of socks for the toe-up club that I can’t show you yet, and a pair of Seeded Rib Socks for car-knitting.

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