Posts Tagged ‘lace’

Just uploaded to Ravelry today, Leaves and Climbing Vines Socks.

Leaves & Climbing Vines Socks: Toe-up on left, Cuff-down on right.

  • Pattern: Leaves and Climbing Vines by me
  • Yarns: Knit One Crochet Too Ty-Dy Socks #1272 Berries, on left; Lang Yarns Jawoll Superwash, #98 Grapeleaf, on right
  • Needles: U.S. 1 (2.25mm)
  • Started: Red, 8/12/12; Green, 8/16/12…not yet finished
  • Links: Pattern page, Red socks project page, Green socks project page

The red one was knit toe up; the green one was knit cuff down. I’ve finally started on the second green sock!

Pattern includes both toe-up and cuff-down instructions. The toe-up version has gusset increases on the bottom of the foot and a slip-stitch heel. The cuff-down version has a slip-stitch heel worked in the round with gusset increases worked at the same time, no picking up stitches down the side of a heel flap.


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So, now that our new niece, Cora, has arrived and the gifts have been given, I can share them with the rest of the world…

Cora’s Blanket & Sweater

  • Patterns: Cradle Me (blanket) and Inky Dinky (jacket) by Anne Hanson
  • Yarn: Plymouth Encore DK, color #233 (lavender)
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm) & U.S. 6 (4.0mm) for Cradle Me; U.S. 3 (3.25mm) & U.S. 4 (3.5mm) for Inky Dinky
  • Cradle Me started February 9, finished April 6, 2011; Inky Dinky started April 7, finished April 19, 2011
  • Links to my Ravelry project pages: Cradle Me, Inky Dinky (login required)

Of course, any time there is a new baby arriving in the family, I’m going to be making something. Traditionally, I’ve made handwoven baby blankets. Unfortunately, I don’t have a space to set up my loom right now with all the remodeling going on in our house — it’s still folded up under a blanket in the unfinished dining room. So this time, I opted for knitting. These patterns by Anne Hanson feature a matching lace motif. The jacket pattern offers a wide range of sizes and also includes a matching hat, which I did not make. The blanket was a very easy knit — obviously, since there’s no construction, just a big square. And the jacket was surprisingly easy, too; it’s knit in one piece from the bottom up to the armpits, then the sleeves are knitted separately and joined to knit the yoke in the round.

Inky Dinky, a closer view

And a Mother’s Day gift…

Finishing things up seems to happen in threes. Here’s the third item — a scarf I started last fall which became a Mother’s Day gift for my Mom. It’s a circular scarf that can be worn as-is and longer, or doubled up as a cowl. Heck, you can even double it up and have half around your neck and the other half over your head if it’s cold. Mom doesn’t like things up close to her neck so much, so she’ll probably be wearing it long most of the time. This is my own design which was “homework” for work — it was included in a sheet of free patterns that Patternworks sent out with the purchase of certain limited-edition yarns (which are sold out now, unfortunately).

Circular Scarf for Mom

  • Pattern: my own unnamed design
  • Yarn: Fiesta Yarns Baby Boom, Surf colorway
  • Needles: U.S. 5 (3.75mm)
  • Started September 4, 2010; finished April 19, 2011
  • Link to my Ravelry project page (login required)

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I thought of making a stretchy lace headband out of Cascade Fixation a while ago… and after gutting our upstairs bathroom for renovation this weekend — with hair hanging in my eyes and sticking to my schvetty face (hair not quite long enough to stay in a ponytail) — I finally sat down to make one on Memorial Day.

I already knew I wanted to use Wendy Knits’ Summer 2008 Sock pattern for the lace. I made the socks last year, and knew the stitch pattern was naturally stretchy. Combine that with a stretchy, cotton/elastic yarn like Cascade Fixation, and you have the makings of a very stretch piece of knitting perfect for a headband.

So the first one knitted up really quick on Memorial Day — afternoon/evening knitting while watching the Bones marathon on TNT. Sadly, though, it turned out a hair (har-dee-har) looser than I wanted it to be. Still functional and not too loose, but I wanted it just a bit more snug. (I even knit a gauge swatch, in the round, but at a mini circumference, to figure out the math. I think the larger size amplified the stretchiness.)


This was the first attempt. click to embiggen.

So I did some more math and cast on with 12 fewer stitches, and also knitted one less repeat of the 3-row pattern. BINGO! That did the trick. Just a few hours later, I had Take Two finished and it fits perfectly.


Second attempt – much better!

  • Pattern: Summer 2008 Sock by Wendy D. Johnson, Wendy Knits (used 3-row pattern sequence only)
  • Size: Approx. 14.5″ circumference unstretched, 21″ fully stretched out.
  • Yarn: Cascade Fixation, approx. 20 yards.
  • Needles: US size 4 (3.5mm), used magic loop technique on one long circular needle.
  • Started & finished 5/26/09 (just a few hours of knitting).
  • Link to Ravelry project page

General instructions:
Cast on 76 stitches loosely, and/or using a stretchy cast-on (I used long-tail cast-on). Join in a circle, being careful not to twist. Work two rounds of K1 P1 ribbing. Work 3-row Summer 2008 Sock lace pattern 3 times, then work rounds 1 and 2 of lace pattern (11 rounds total of lace pattern). Work two rounds of K1 P1 ribbing. Bind off using your favorite stretchy method (I used Elizabeth Zimmermann’s sewn bind-off). Weave in ends and you’re all set!

Please note: Stitch count given in instructions is based on using Cascade Fixation, which is a VERY stretchy (unbelievably stretchy), DK-weight cotton/elastic yarn. If you are using a different yarn that is finer or thicker, and/or not as stretchy, you may need to adjust your stitch count. Measure around your head snugly with a tape measure, around the part where you will wear the headband. Work up a swatch in the round following the instructions above, but with a 32-stitch cast-on. When finished, flatten the swatch on a firm surface, and measure the length while stretching the swatch as much as you can (really, really stretch it). Multiply that measurement by two (to get the circumference). Do some math: 32 divided by whatever number you got for your circumference. That will be the stitches per inch when stretched. Multiply that number by the snug measurement around your head in inches. That’s the approximate number you need for your cast-on. For your cast-on, you need an even number, preferably one that when divided by two is still an even number — so round your number DOWN to the nearest number that meets those criteria.

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Recently, I had several projects coming off the needles at nearly the same time. Here they are in all their glory. Click any of the pictures to embiggen.


marysweaterback_xlUp first, a baby sweater, made for my friend Cheryl’s new (and first) baby granddaughter. Once I found out her daughter was expecting a little girl, I seized the opportunity to make something girly (since there are no wee baby girls among my closest friends and family at this point), especially since Kim was having a clearance sale on this nice cotton yarn at the time.

  • Pattern: Ballerina Top from Debbie Bliss Quick Baby Knits
  • Size: 6-12 months
  • Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Porto Cervo, color #45 (fuchsia/pink)
  • Needles: US 1.5 & US 2.5, 40-inch circulars
  • Started 12/26/08, Finished 1/3/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

Since I had some yarn leftover (and I still do!), I made a hat to go with the sweater. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a while and I’ll definitely be using it again for some charity hats for the Reading Hospital nursery.


  • Pattern: Star of the Day by Susan Pierce Lawrence
  • Size: Newborn
  • Yarn: Filatura Di Crosa Porto Cervo, color #45 (fuchsia/pink)
  • Needle: US 3, 32-inch circular (knitted magic-loop style)
  • Started 1/3/09, Finished 1/4/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

maryshat_xl1The top of the hat is the cutest part. But the i-cord bindoff that gives oomph to the rolled brim is pretty damn cute, too. The hat is worked from the top down, and it’s a really easy pattern to knit — looks way more complicated than it is. Just yarnovers to make the eyelets and decreases to make the star points and swirls.

And, finally, a pair of socks! Yes, it feels like forever since I last completed a pair of adult-sized socks! These took me the longest to make so far. Not because the pattern was difficult (it wasn’t), but because I also worked on 16 — yes, SIXTEEN — other knitting projects over the same period of time. So these spent a lot of time in the knitting bag, waiting to be picked up during a free moment. I present to you my Fearless Monkeys.


I so loved working with this yarn. Sooooo soft, like petting a kitten (without the claws prickling your skin). They are my “Fearless Monkeys” because the pattern is called “Monkey”, and the yarn is by Fearless Fibers. Plus, I fearlessly knitted them two-at-a-time on one circular needle (not the first time I’ve done that, but the first time I did that cuff-down instead of toe-up). Seriously, the yarn is gorgeous. I had been working on the socks in not-such-great lighting in my living room most of the time, but one day when I took them into work and knitted over my lunch break at my desk, with all sorts of sunlight streaming in the huge windows, I could see all kinds of shades of brown, tan, olive, and even a pink the color of a kitten’s nose all blended in the yarn. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Pattern: Monkey by Cookie A. (from Knitty, Winter 2006)
  • Size: as written in pattern, length of foot sized for ladies size 9 shoe
  • Yarn: Fearless Fibers superwash merino wool sock yarn, Thoroughbred colorway
  • Needles: US 1.5, 40-inch circular
  • Started 8/10/08, Finished 1/4/09
  • For those on Ravelry, here’s my project page.

Currently, I only have two projects on the needles. First, a pair of socks (for me, of course) that I’m knitting cuff-down and one at a time — a drastic departure from what seems to be my preferred method of toe-up, two at a time — and second, a classic, v-neck sweater (yeah, also for me), which thus far seems to not be turning into a disaster like the first one I made for myself something like 9 years ago. More to come on those two projects, once they’re finished.

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