26 February 2014

Holiday Project Finished

Quicker than expected, being as it's only day three of the holiday.
I couldn't wait to post this, even though the pictures aren't super...  I'll wash it tomorrow any get some daylight pictures.
Free Pattern available here.

25 February 2014

Holiday project: Rikke Hat, Day two

It's looking huge, I have to say. The pattern called for 80 stitches, but I wanted it big, so I CO 90+2 for selvedge and seaming.

Also, I'm in love with a Chinese waitress! (cast on method, pictured)

New 10 Stitch

23 February 2014

Weekend (Holiday) Project

I previously mentioned Noah being ill, and now I've been struck down (exaggeration) with this flu type evilness, so the idea of a weekend project was lost in the (very blustery) wind.

But it's holiday time! So I've decided to knit a hat that will take longer than a couple of days.

It's going to be a version of this...



... which I have always put off because I hate knitting purl and I hate seams on hats.

But this evening I found this photograph of the same hat.


Well, what do you know?! As explained in the blog post, knitting garter stitch in the round produces this jog in the fabric, which looks like a seam! No.

So, if I actually knit this flat (not in the round) I can use this invisible seam method...

... which is beautifully demonstrated here.



The original pattern for this hat is in DK weight. I'll be using this yarn which was a gift from my brother and his wife some time ago - yet another treasure unearthed by the recent organisation.


Here's another nice photo of the same design by CocoKnits.

cashmere rikke hat

And a French one...


And a Canadian variation...


Off to do more research, now... or bed? Difficult decision!

Felt It! II

With so many balls of 'wool' without a label, I'm going to do these little felting test pieces. I'll need to do them in small batches like this so as not to confuse the issue - I'll add a green and a blue to this batch. 
They will then be pinned, with safety pins, to a towel and washed on a 60° cycle with normal laundry detergent.


Results!

This was a very successful exercise! I know now which ones I can use in a felting project.


All but that middle blue, it seems.





I've pinned each little tuft to the corresponding ball. This will be a long process and this is the easiest way I can think of to keep track of which is which.




Sirri


A couple of years ago, my friend Hilde K. worked on a project with my man, Kenneth, to produce a felted cushion. The project, as a whole, didn't fly, but I was left with bundles of wool, which Hilde graciously said I could keep.



The organisation drive yesterday unearthed these two skiens from Sirri yarn. They are almost too beautiful as they are to be adulterated by first winding into balls, then knitting into a garment/project. I know how ridiculous that sounds. If I could somehow wind them into beautiful ball, I don't think I'd mind so much, but they will be of the perfect sphere variety which hand winding invariably produces.


I might have to borrow these two babies from work...




Meahwhile, click on the image below to have a butcher's at their website... and drool.




Felt It!

With so many balls of 'wool' without a label, I'm going to do these little felting test pieces. I'll need to do them in small batches like this so as not to confuse the issue - I'll add a green and a blue to this batch. 
They will then be pinned, with safety pins, to a towel and washed on a 60° cycle with normal laundry detergent.
Results here..

22 February 2014

Weekend

While Marnie was here we managed to clear out most of the shelves in her bookcase. Most of it went to the charity shop or in the bin. Now, I have space for my yarn which was packed into a series of carrier bags, handbags and holdalls,  (which some of it still is).
I did mean to start a "weekend project", after working on so many cushion covers, but Noah's been ill and my brain's been a bit fried. This is a great start though! And this coming week is winter half term... I've got plans for a few of the sets of matching balls, and some of the odd ones too... although, I won't be felting much - most of it has no label... It's all exciting!



21 February 2014

Favourite!

I've just finished my favourite new hat! I need to document a few things, because, as usual , I didn't take any notes of any kind.

NOTES
CO 5stitches, super bulky, 8mm needles.
Knit every row, until work measures 17cms (17 bumps of garter stitch)
Join work and switch to 6mm circular needles.

Work K1, P1 for 10 rounds. The odd number of stitches produce moss/seed stitch.

Place marker.
Work crown (8 stitch decrease)
*(K1, P1) 3 times, (6 stitches) P2tog. Repeat from * to the last 3 st, P3tog.
Work a row of moss, every other row.


Keep working the decrease rows in moss - this is just a matter of paying attention to the stitches.

At first I worked K2tog for every decrease, then I did P2tog... next time I'll try staying in pattern.

When there are 21st left, P2tog until 10 st remain.
Cut yarn and finish hat.
Sew up seam and weave in ends.


More pictures to follow. 

Felting Tips - Links

I will most likely add to this list over time. For now, here are three articles/posts on felting, and how to avoid common mistakes.


Felt This, article on Knitty.com
Felting 101, by PickUpSticks
Lion Brand felting tips

Broken Ribs

How to do the stitch here.
Hat pattern, pending. ;)





Photo Session

Making good use of my daughter's camera (phone) skills!
Patterns can be found by going to the Gallery and clicking on the relevant photo.










Stocking and Garter hat pattern


Stocking and Garter hat - designed by Karn, created by Marnie.


Using super bulky yarn and 8mm needles, CO 60 stitches, using the long tail cast on method.

There are two options for this hat. Your choice will depend on how you feel about working purl rows.

If working option two, when casting on, leave enough yarn to sew a 12cm seam.


Option one:
Join work and knit one row.
Place a marker and purl the next row
Next row, Knit to marker
Next row, Purl to marker.

Repeat these two rows until work measures 12cms.


Option two:
Knit every row, until work measures 12cms.

Options one and two are the same form here on:
Join work. Knit every row, until work measures 21cms.

Work crown.
Place marker, *K8, K2tog. Repeat from * to Marker.
Knit the next row and every alternate row.
*K7, K2tog. Repeat from * to Marker.
*K6, K2tog. Repeat from * to Marker.
*K5, K2tog. Repeat from * to Marker.
*K4, K2tog. Repeat from * to Marker.
*K1, K2tog, K2tog. Repeat from * to Marker.
*K2tog. Repeat from * to Marker.

Finish the hat crown.

Cut yarn, thread onto a darning needle. Thread through live stitches and pull tight.
Here's video!

Option two only:
Now you need to sew up the garter stitch section, which you can do using the method demonstrated here.

Tidy up the loose ends and you're done!