4 September 2016

Agent Southpaw Hat - FREE KNITTING PATTERN

NORSK, versjon finner du her.

Downloadable PDF version available here.

Knitted while watching the films Hitman: Agent 47 and Southaw.





Yarn:
2x 50g balls of sport weight or DK- the hat uses 75-90g.
Gauge 18st = 10cm

Yarns I've used for this hat:
Viking Sportsragg
Drops Loves You III + Drops Kid Silk (knitted together/double stranded)
Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Drops Karisma

Needles:
6mm, for casting on, 4mm, for rib, 5mm for knitting.
80-100cms long circluar needles for Magic Loop knitting, or double pointed needles.


Pattern:
Using the 6mm needles, Cast On 102 stitches.
Using the 4mm needles, join the work and Knit 1, Purl 1, until the work measures 10cms.

Switch to 5mm needles and Knit until the work measures 20cms.

K17 and place a marker, six times.

K2tog before or after the marker every second row until there are six stitches left between the marker (36 stitches total)

K2tog all the way around.

Finish the hat: Cut the yarn leaving a 20-30cm tail. thread the yarn onto a tapestry needle and thread it through the live stitches.

Sew in the ends.

Finito!



3 September 2016

Colour Comparisons

Buying yarn online can be tricky. There are lots of things to consider, such as texture and quality, but something that never ceases to amaze me is the way colours can vary!

Here are just two examples of my recent experiences.

Here's the photo I took of a wip - my Vida Loca Top-down Raglan Sweater. The yarn is Garnstudio Drops Fabel Uni-Color in Apple Green.


And here is photo of a much better representaion of the colour.





The second is Patons Fashion Mohair. My sister had a single ball of this, which she gave to me. I used the colour code to look online for some more of it. Here is the photo from the eBay lsiting.



And here it is in daylight, much closer to what it actually looks like.


I rewound all the yarn I bought online using my Toyota ball winder!

(image borrowed from cat4044)

Jumpers

If I were American, or maybe just of a different generation, this post might be called "My Sweater-Knitting Journey".

It started when my daughter and I had a converstaion about the traditional Marius genser, which I've written about in a previous post.

I realised that knitting a jumper is, in many ways, easier than knitting smaller garments like socks, mittens and hats. Especially if you start at the top, it's just a matter of casting on, increasing, then knitting, and knitting, and knitting for a few days.

The downside of smaller project knitting is that it's over quickly and you need to make a decision on what to start next - choosing the yarn either from your stash or the yarn shop... it sounds trivial, but that decision process can get tiresome if it's happening every couple of days.

I also realised that if I didn't do the stranded pattern, and chose a simple raglan increase, the process was infinitely more therapuetic. Now that I'd discovered the joy of knitting simple, one colour raglan jumpers, there's no stopping me!




Here are the jumpers I've knitted this summer. The first, pink one was completed mid June.

Links to the Ravelry page under each photo.


Pink top down raglan with 3/4 sleeves
I've also attempted to post the process and a basic pattern for the pink one.





Coral cotton.

Plum cashmere, Merino blend.

Reversible, black alpaca, mohair & silk

Nautical Stripe



http://www.ravelry.com/projects/kwraikarn/raglan-sweater