Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Another Hat for Ethan

I had some leftover yarn from my 'Bon Voyage Infinity Scarf' and Slouch Hat so decided to make a non-baby coloured hat for our 7 month old Grandson.

It turned out so cute! I used the red Knifty Knitter round loom and the yarn is Bernat Chunky. The band is the typical one for loomed hats, where you bring the cast on edge back up onto the loops and knit off forming a double knit brim. I haven't done that in awhile!

See the neat spiral look to the hat though? I was excited at how well this worked out! Simple to do, too. I e-wrapped & knit off three pegs, then purled the next two pegs. Repeat. The loom doesn't have the exact number of pegs for you to end up at the 'end' of your row (the peg before your starting peg) but since you are knitting in the round I just kept going and didn't worry about the starting peg. The stitch sequence moved over one peg (as there was one peg too many on the initial row) and gave me this cool spiral look.


I am SO going to do this with a solid colour yarn. The last three rows are Knit 2 pegs, Purl 2 pegs to set up for Jeannie Phillips flat drawstring cast off. Love that look.

Haha, since I have a hat and infinity scarf out of the same yarn, I will have to be careful not to wear it at the same time when I'm out with the Grandbabies.  Ethan and Gramma canNOT be twinsies.

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Monday, February 25, 2013

Finished Lacy Infinity Scarf

I finished this almost two weeks ago, but just haven't had time to post it! It turned out really good - the only thing I am disappointed in is that I didn't take a photo before I steam blocked it so you could see the difference:

I used a 1/2" gauge CinDWood Afghan loom (see the beginning at THIS post), and a single strand of Bernat Softee Baby yarn. Oh, this is sooooooo soft - I just love how it feels when I wear it.  The stitch pattern is one I learned when I bought Lisa Sawyers "Waves of Lace" shawl, which you can purchase HERE

I hesitated to steam block it as it was SO soft and cozy - but I do really like the look of the lacy stitch 'all opened up'. Such a pretty piece - I'm happy I tackled it.

I did a row of single crochet around both long edges when the infinity scarf came off the knitting loom. I just like the way it finishes off a piece, and it gives this lacy piece some stability at the edge.

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Saturday, February 16, 2013

3 Strand Cream Hat WIP

Back in early December, Renee Van Hoy posted a neat trick on her blog Invisible Loom Innovative Patterns for Looms.  It is referred to as "Navajo Knitting", where you can take one strand of a fingering weight yarn and triple it for when you need a bulky yarn. She also posted THIS link if you want more information.

I have finished my cream Lacy Infinity Scarf (photos coming soon) and decided I wanted a hat to go with it. I certainly had enough yarn left but it was far too thin to use a Knifty Knitter loom. So, I tried the Navajo Knitting method and ... it worked like a charm! Here is my next Work In Progress (WIP)

I like the size of hats using the green Knifty Knitter as they just fit my head better. For this one I did a ribbing band (e-wrap two pegs, purl two pegs) then switched to the 'Waves of Lace*' stitch for the remainder of the hat.

One strand of this Bernat Baby Softee yarn is nice and soft - but THREE? Wow - probably the softest thing I've ever made. I'll post pictures when the hat is finished too.

*This is a stitch I learned when I purchased Lisa Sawyers 'Waves of Lace' shawl pattern. You can purchase it HERE.  I have not made her shawl, but I have used this stitch sequence on my last bunch of loomed projects and I love it.

A few weeks ago, Kristen Magnus of GoodKnit Kisses made a YouTube Video showing the same method I used here, calling it 'how to make 3 strands from 1 ball'.  You can see that video HERE.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Finished Brown & Cream Hat

I finished the hat I was working on in my last post:

I made it to go with the 'Bon Voyage Infinity Scarf' - click HERE to see that project.

 I used Jeannie Phillips flat gathered cast off to complete the hat - I just love the finished look of it.

The hat was loom knit on the CinDWood hat loom but it turned out a little large on me. It's the first time I used that particular loom for a hat for me so I've made a note that they are a little big for me as my head is on the smallish side. I did a row of single crochet around the brim and that helps it fit on my head better.

After doing a garter stitch band (1 row e-wrap, 1 row purl),  I knit every 4th peg & purled all the rest. Because of the peg count on the loom, there is one spot at the back of the hat where I knit on the 3rd peg rather than the 4th. 

This hat is really cozy and warm, SO soft with the Bernat Chunky and I love the ribbed look of the knit stitches.

I'm not hoping for cold weather so I can wear my set ... but if when it comes again I'll be ready.  :-)

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Slouch Hat with Ribs - a Work In Progress (WIP)

I had all this lovely soft yarn leftover from my infinity scarf (see THIS post) so I decided to make a slouch hat to wear with it. I cast on and started it with the green Knifty Knitter ... but it was just too loose. So I frogged it.

Then I cast it on again with the 59 peg CinDWood loom (the largest hat loom in the combo) and started with a simple garter stitch band (knit one row, purl one row).

Then I started my pattern, purling 4 stitches and knitting one. The pegs weren't numbered properly though, so I did have 1 set at the back of the hat that had 3 purled stitches instead of 4 - I don't think it will be too noticeable. I like the way the knit stitches stand out above the purled ones, forming ribs.

And look how pretty the INSIDE is, with all the knit stitches (the reverse of the purl) - you can't even see the knit stitch rows!

I'm much happier with the look of this hat using the smaller gauge loom, but each row sure takes a long time with there being 59 pegs!

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Lacy Infinity Scarf - WIP

Here is my next Work In Progress ... a lacy Infinity Scarf.  I'm using my CinDWood Afghan loom, and - yes AGAIN - Lisa Sawyers' 'Waves Of Lace' stitch.  The loom is 121 pegs, 1/2" gauge.

I loved the feel of this yarn in the store and just could not leave without it. The scarf will be so soft and warm, although it will also be very lightweight. I hope that it hangs OK.

I certainly don't have the gift of looking at a skein of yarn and knowing how it will look when knitted up, but for me - part of the fun is seeing the finished project come alive. Most times, everything works out and I ALWAYS learn something.

So far, I'm really happy with how this one is turning out!

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Fancy Short Poncho Finished

Today is "Finished Friday" at the GoodKnit Kisses Facebook group, so I'm sharing my dressy short poncho! (For the original post w/ loom and yarn used, see THIS POST.)

I used Lisa Sawyer's "Waves of Lace" stitch and the poncho turned out almost exactly the way I wanted it to. My only complaint is that it doesn't drape the way my first one does (see THIS POST). But that is because of the yarn I used, and I'm still pretty happy with it. It is dressy - and will be lovely over a silver sleeveless top. It can be worn pretty much for all seasons, as it is so comfy you could even wear it out to dinner! Your arms are free, but shoulders, upper back and front are still cozy warm.

I love these things - I wear my black one frequently. If the house gets a little cold - I toss it on. If I have to run out to the recycling bin - I toss it on. I keep it handy to grab whenever I need it - it's so easy to put on and wear.

I have already started another one - using Homespun yarn - that I can wear while travelling. It will be perfect on a plane or car trip when you want something flexible, light, but still warm. Even with such an open stitch, it's amazing how warm these are!

I have another couple of projects on my looms as well ... I love having a hobby where I can do a row here and there as I have time and eventually end up with a lovely finished project.

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Finished "Bon Voyage" Infinity Scarf

YAY - I finished my Infinity Scarf and I love it. LOVE it. It is sooooo soft and cozy and warm. I actually finished it earlier, but didn't have a chance to get the pictures taken and uploaded until now. (See HERE for the loom and yarn used.)

I actually changed George's pattern a little, adding a series of yarn-over's after the cast on row (and again before the cast off row) but with the smaller gauge loom and the chunky yarn they don't really show up. All part of the learning process! I do really like the moss stitch in the center - what a fun little touch and it gives the piece lots of body.

You can double it up a couple of ways:

We met our daughter and hubby for lunch in Canmore this past weekend and as soon as she saw me she said "Nice Scarf".  :-)))

I have lots of this yarn leftover, so I'm thinking I might make myself a hat to go with the Infinity Scarf. I'm also going to keep my eyes open for a good sale, as this would make a fabulously cozy throw.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

"Bon Voyage" Infinity Scarf

The talented George Crawford in the GoodKnit Kisses Facebook group made a BEAUTIFUL infinity scarf in plum and teal. It looks amazing and he generously shared his pattern with us.

I had this huge skein of Bernat Chunky Soft - and it is soooooo soft. So for my next WIP I'm using George's pattern (mostly, I'm still adding my own spin to it) and my large CinDWood Afghan loom (121 pegs, 1/2" gauge).

 It is working up quite quickly, thanks to the drop stitch ... and it is amazingly soft and cozy. It's hard to put it down!

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