Saturday, June 29, 2013

Both Finished 'Montery Lime' Cowls/Scarflettes

I know it's been awhile since I've posted. I have been looming a little, more on that later. Today I finished the pictures of the 'Montery Lime' cowls, so here is a long post with lots of photos.  :-)   Sometimes it takes me as long to get the photos downloaded as it does to loom knit the project - sheesh.

First up is the scarflette. I just love this 'Montery Lime' colour and the Hometown USA yarn is just so soft and ... squishy. 

For more information on the loom and stitch pattern used, click HERE. Note, I did wet block the scarflette - and did a single crochet border on both ends.

The buttons are handmade in Israel - I bought them on Etsy and I think they add the perfect finishing touch with the streaks of green in them. There are no buttonholes in the scarflette, so you can wear this several different ways just by slipping the button into a space between stitches.

OK - next up is the cowl.  I'm very proud of this one, since I came up with the stitch pattern on my own. I love how textured it is, and it's a pattern I can see using frequently.  I posted my stitch pattern and details in a previous post - to see that one, click HERE

I used the same hand made buttons on this one, again - there are no buttonholes, but it's easy to unbutton and change where you want the buttons by slipping them into a space between the stitches.

For the cowl, I did a single crochet border all the way around, and also wet blocked it.

Together with the matching hat (click HERE for details on how I loom knit that), it makes a lovely set!  One for me and one for a Christmas gift.  :-)

I mentioned earlier this month that I'd been struggling with the 'Hexigon Blanket' loom knit pattern by Charity Windham. I also mentioned that I'd finally figured out what I was doing wrong, with the help from the ladies on the Goodknit Kisses Facebook Group.

I still love the wonderful lap blankets these ladies are making and posting, so I'm determined to make one for my daughter. However, I want to practice a bit more.  So I've made two more dishcloth's - and that is what I've been looming lately.  Nothing too exciting, but I believe I'm getting the hang of the pattern now.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Another Finished 'Sweet on Ruffles Shawlette'

Today for 'Finished Friday' I wanted to share my 'Sweet on Ruffles' Shawlette (Pattern by Renee Van Hoy). 

I'm very happy with how it turned out - and it looks completely different than my first one (see HERE).  I steam blocked this one, and it opened up the simple garter stitch nicely. 

On a side note, the wonderful ladies on the GoodKnitKisses Facebook group helped me understand why I was having such trouble with the Hexigon Blanket ... and I think I have it now!  I made a dishcloth as a trial, and it worked out OK.  There are a few mistakes in it, but I learned from them and they actually  helped me understand how the pattern works. I'll still have to decide if I'm going to go ahead and make our daughter a lap blanket using that pattern, but at least I have it figured out now!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Another 'Sweet Ruffled Shawlette'

I had a long road trip awhile ago, so decided to work on another one of Renee Van Hoy's 'Sweet Ruffled Shawlettes'.

I thought I'd try it using a 1/2" gauge loom (CinDWood) and the full 36 pegs.  The yarn is from Hobby Lobby - I did pick up a few skeins of yarn when we were visiting Arizona for our Nephew's wedding in May.  

I like the variegated colours in the yarn, and it's quite soft. Haha, with a name like Tacoma, you'd have to know I'd love it.  

As Renee pointed out in her pattern, the ruffles show up better when you use a yarn with a little body to it. While I LOVE my red one (see HERE), that yarn was soft with a lovely drape but not much body.  It's fun to see the differences between the two.

I have also been working on - or should I say struggling with - a Hexagon lap blanket. I wanted to make one for our daughter's birthday, but something told me to try out the pattern first. I don't know what was raising 'little red flags' in my brain - several people in the GoodKnit Kisses Facebook group have made it using the pattern in the Spring 'Loom Knitters Circle' e-magazine.  Charity (the lady who wrote the pattern) has made a couple, Kristen of GoodKnit Kisses posted a YouTube video and I'm no stranger to short rows. But this thing is just NOT working out!

I have made 3 full wedges, and the first one was full of mistakes. I even frogged it, started it again and STILL made mistakes. Finally I put it aside and tried it again with a 12 peg flower loom and some cotton yarn.  I learned that the pattern IS easy, but you have to concentrate because if you miss your counting you end up with a large hole instead of an eyelet. I also learned I don't like those eyelets in the finished piece.  

The good news? I really like the size as a dishcloth, and the round shape makes it unique.  I will make more of those, but I am going to frog the blanket and try a different pattern.  Almost two full skeins of Homespun yarn have been used.  Sigh.

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Montery Lime Hats

I love these hats! I love how easy they are to whip up, how warm and cozy they feel, and how they don't look like your typical beginner's loom knit hat. There is minimal bulk at the crown and the nice wide brim will keep my ears toasty warm. 

I used 'Hometown USA' bulky yarn in the colour 'Montery Lime'. LOVE this colour!  I made two identical hats to go with the two scarflette's that I have yet to post pictures of.  The scarflette's are finished, blocked and I've found buttons to go on them. Just have to make the time to actually sew the buttons on!

I didn't follow a pattern for these hats - just made it up on my own. By purling every third peg, and moving the peg to be purled to the right every 2nd row I ended up with this lovely spiral design! I kept notes in my little scribbler so I will be able to make them again. My notebook is becoming an indispensable looming tool and I always have it in my knitting bag. Wish I'd started keep notes when I first started loom knitting.

I also really liked my bind off - again, I didn't follow any pattern just tried something on my own that worked perfectly! Since the knit stitches were all e-wrapped on the hat, I switched to a flat knit stitch for the final 5 rows then did the basic gathered cast off. No fooling around with moving loops to decrease, spaces from the empty pegs etc etc.  I will use this technique again for sure! 

My mannequin head is smaller than a regular human head (which drives me crazy) so the hat does look a little bulky at the top in the pictures. But on my head, it smooths right out.

Once I've finished the buttons on the scarflette's, one set will go into my winter box while the other hat/scarflette will be wrapped up for a friend's Christmas gift.

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