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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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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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I have just been dying to blog this one, but had to wait because it’s a Christmas gift for my nephew who just turned 1 year old on Christmas Eve.

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Not a particularly attractive pic… hopefully I’ll have a modeled shot to add once Billy actually grows into it. This is the “Striped Top” pattern from Debbie Bliss Quick Baby Knits. I cheated a little and used a self-patterning yarn (Trekking XXL sock yarn) instead of two shades of solid yarn alternating for stripes. The whole project went a little faster than I thought it would, considering it’s a seamed sweater and I had to reknit the neck/shoulder shaping on the back because I missed the “work on these stitches for 9 rows” part… twice (left and right sides). Plus, there were times when I had to let it sit to finish up other projects. And let’s not forget that I left it on the spare bed with blocking pins stuck in it for a whole week before I seamed it up all in one afternoon/night.

This is the 24-month size. Had there been an 18-month size in the pattern instructions, I would have made that. But it went right from 12 months to 24 months. And when checking the pattern measurements (of the finished sweater — and mine matches that) against Craft Yarn Council sizing standards (actual body measurements, so you need to allow for negative or positive ease, depending on what the item is), I think this is sized a bit large for 24 months. Granted, several of the photos in the book show the various garments looking a bit oversized on the kiddie models, but this one looked more normal. Anyway, CYC states the actual chest measurement of a 24-month-old child (for clothing sizing purposes) is 20 inches. The chest measurement of this sweater is 29.5 inches. I think nearly 10 inches of ease on a toddler garment may be just a wee bit too much, no? Well, at least the bright side is that he’ll eventually grow into it. Better that than make something he’s already outgrown!

billysweaterbuttons_xlI was also very happy to find just the perfect buttons for this. It would be a great sweater with jeans or olive/tan/brown pants, and the buttons (not sure if you can see it that well in the photo) have sort of a denim-y look to them as far as color and texture.

For those on Ravelry, here’s a link to my project page for the sweater.

billyssweatersox_xlSince I had about half a ball of Trekking left over, I made a pair of socks to match the sweater. I decided to keep these on the larger side, too, in anticipation of him possibly wearing the sweater next fall/winter as well. These are just simple toe-up socks knit two at a time on magic loop, with a stockinette stitch foot, short-row heel and ribbed leg. Made the leg a bit long so they could be worn with or without a folded cuff.

Up next… I’ll be knitting a sweater (Ballerina Top from the same book as the sweater above) for a friend’s granddaughter who was just born last Friday. And I’ll finally be starting an adult-sized sweater for me as well. Hopefully that will turn out better than my first attempts at adult-sized sweaters!

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As promised, here’s the pattern I used for the class I taught on toe-up socks 2-at-a-time on magic loop!

  • This pattern is written for knitting 2 socks at a time on one long circular needle (magic loop). I recommend a needle at least 32” long – but I prefer a 40” circular needle for magic loop.
  • Pattern features a stockinette stitch foot, short-row heel with no wraps, a short ribbed leg, and rolled stockinette cuff. Pattern assumes you know Judy’s Magic Cast On (or other toe-up cast-on) — or follow the link provided to learn how.
  • Two sizes are offered for circumference: 0-12 months is approx. 4” sock circumference, unstretched; 12-36 months is approx. 5.25” sock circumference, unstretched. (The pattern calls for Cascade Fixation, which is very stretchy; the pattern is designed to work with the stretchiness.) To further adjust the fit of the sock, a sizing chart is offered in the pattern, listing child’s shoe size, approximate age, and suggested sock foot length.
  • Notions: long circular needle with a flexible cable (size US 5/3.75mm), stitch marker(s), darning/tapestry needle

If that sounds good to you, and you’d like to make these, go ahead and download the pattern (PDF format). Enjoy!

P.S. Here are the other two pairs of socks — the sample pair I had partway done for the class (blue), and the pair I started during class (pink).

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I’m so excited to announce that I’ve finally released the Baby Fern Rib Socks pattern today! I’ve done quite a bit of tinkering with it since my first draft. First, I had two knitting friends test-knit for me (thanks again Bridget and Sandie!), then, after incorporating their comments, I decided to write a second version of the pattern for magic loop knitting 2-at-a-time on one long circular needle. And then, after hearing how at least one of my knitting buddies (coughKriscough) hates short-row heels with wrapped stitches, I wrote a second heel option into the pattern that uses a different method to close up the gaps that doesn’t require wrapping or picking up wraps.

I’m currently knitting my sock-length pair 2-at-a-time on magic loop, and will post additional photos when those are done. So for now, you’ll just have to look at the anklet version again.

The two versions of the pattern are available as PDF downloads through Ravelry. You don’t have to be a Ravelry member to purchase, but Ravelry members also have the option to save the PDF in their Ravelry library. (If you’re a knitter, crocheter, spinner or yarnie and haven’t signed up for Ravelry yet, what the heck are you waiting for?! Go. Now. Sign up!)

Ravelry Links:
Baby Fern Rib Socks (DPN version) pattern page

Baby Fern Rib Socks (magic loop 2-at-a-time version) pattern page

Price:
$5.00 (U.S. currency)

Description:
This toe-up sock with a short-row heel features columns of baby fern stitch separated by columns of ribbing. The stretchy stitch motif combined with a stretchy yarn makes for a pretty stretchy sock. For anklets in U.S. Ladies size 8.5 or smaller, only 1 ball of Patons stretch socks is needed (assuming you unravel any gauge swatch and re-use it for the finished socks). For anklets larger than U.S. Ladies size 8.5, or for longer socks, you’ll need 2 balls of Patons stretch socks. (Or substitute the same yardage of another stretchy fingering-weight yarn.) Pattern includes two different short-row heels — one with wraps and one without.

Please feel free to contact me at lynnioknits [at] gmail [dot] com with any questions or comments about this or any of my other patterns.

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Just a quickie post today — I tweaked the Helical Stripe Baby Hat pattern just slightly, and uploaded a revised PDF file.

Lemme guess… you can’t tell the difference between this one and the previous one, can you? That’s the beauty of helical stripes. The only change was instead of dividing up the hat into 5 equal sections (since I have 5 colors, including white), I divided it into 4 equal sections so that I’m not knitting one color with more stitches on each round (kind of hard to explain — trust me, it’s better this way, although the first one wasn’t “wrong” the way it was).

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Earlier this summer, Grumperina featured a pair of helical stripe socks on her blog. I was really intrigued by the concept and sort of filed it away in my brain for a while. Fast-forward to this past Friday, when I picked up several pastel shades of Italian cotton yarn (Filatura di Crosa’s Porto Cervo) that was on clearance at Yarns R Us, figuring I would make some more baby hats for the hospital.

(click the photo to see it larger)

I actually hadn’t thought of doing the helical stripes at first, but then the lightbulb went off. I had five colors total: pink, yellow, green, blue, and good ol’ white (1 ball of each, except for the white — two balls of that). I started at the top with a length of i-cord to be tacked down into a little loop later, then increased like crazy. I didn’t like how it turned out at first — I kept using the white till I was finished with the increases, but it was too much. I wanted to start the stripes much sooner. So I started over, again with the i-cord. Then I started adding the other colors as soon as I had a stitch count divisible by 5 (15 stitches). Increased a whole bunch more while working the helical stripes, until I had a hair more than 80 stitches on the needle. Then I just worked even in the helical stripes to the length I wanted, and switched to all white for the rolled edge. Voila!

  • Needle: US 5 Addi Turbo, 40″ (magic loop technique used)
  • Yarn: Filatura di Crosa Porto Cervo (100% cotton, aran weight), 10 grams each pink, yellow, green, blue and 20 grams white
  • Started: 8/30/08 (and ripped and re-started 8/31/08)
  • Finished: 9/1/08
  • Gauge: Approx. 5-5.5 stitches per inch, stockinette
  • Construction: Top-down, stockinette, rolled edge

I quickly wrote up some simple instructions — please note, however, that these instructions are extremely basic and have not been thoroughly proofread/tested. (It’s not rocket science and if you make a mistake while knitting this, it most likely isn’t going to be a serious one — plus it’s a quick knit and doesn’t take a lot of yarn. You can even use scraps!) Click to download PDF instructions.

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Just when I thought maybe I was done knitting Fla-Vor-Ice Cozies, my coworker Brian returned from vacation and witnessed Rose and I using ours. Of course, his preschool-aged daughter has the same intolerance for cold hands while enjoying a frozen treat… so I said I would make one for her. I am pleased to present Brianna’s Fla-Vor-Ice Cozy:

  • Yarn: ONline Supersocke Summer Color, colorway #1040 (leftover from Spiral Eyelet Socks)
  • Needle: US 4 Addi Turbo, 40″
  • Pattern: Mostly K2 P2 ribbing. In the middle I did 1 purl row, 1 knit row, 1 purl row, 1 knit row, then *YO, SSK [repeat from * to end of round], 1 knit row, 1 purl row, 1 knit row, 1 purl row.

Did the first half of it on the drive up to visit Craig’s sister and our nephew yesterday, and finished the rest at home today while watching The Scorpion King (man, did I ever need these two days off…).

Next up, my first pair of Monkeys. I started them on August 10th. The yarn is Fearless Fibers Superwash Merino Wool sock yarn, Thoroughbred colorway (it’s mostly shades of brown, but I love how it has a hint of pink here and there). I’m loving knitting with this yarn — it’s so soft and squishy, and I just know it will feel great on my feet when the socks are done. I’m calling them Fearless Monkeys, first because of the yarn, and second because I am fearlessly knitting them two at a time on magic loop.

This has become my favorite technique for socks at the moment. No worrying about making sure I do the same number of repeats on a foot, leg, cuff, etc.! And best of all, both socks are done at the same time — not that I have much trouble with second sock syndrome, but sometimes it takes me a little longer to finish a second sock (Baby Fern – Rib Anklets, I’m looking at you!). Granted, there are some patterns this technique just does not work with — for example, any pattern where you need to shift stitches from one needle to the next to do a decrease or some such thing — but for the Monkeys it seems to be working just fine.

I’ve also started another pair of footies for Mom — no surprise there, since she knew I would be making her some more. Just started them today. But in order to keep some small element of surprise for her, I won’t post a picture here till they’ve been gifted.

Now that I have the feedback on the Baby Fern – Rib socks from my test knitters, I’m tweaking and finalizing the pattern. I’ve also written a second version of it for (wow, you never would have guessed this) two at a time on magic loop. I will be test knitting that version myself, using more of the Patons Stretch Socks yarn (this time in the Olive colorway, so appropriate for the pattern name).

And all of this knitting seems to be an elaborate scheme to avoid working on the set of handwoven placemats I really need to finish (and actually haven’t even started yet). I guess it would be a good idea to quit procrastinating, since I need to have them done before September 13th! (OMG THAT’S ONLY 3 WEEKS FROM NOW!) Yeah, I’ll get them done… but I MUST start them tomorrow.

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