Hyacinth for Sophie

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Can you tell what Sophie’s favourite colour is? You guessed it! Sophie is our purple girl. Well, purple and turquoise, to be exact. Way back in the fall, Sophie requested that I knit her a cardigan, and I’m sheepish to say that I just sewed the buttons on to it this week. Yes, I am working on my procrastinating ways!

The Hyacinth Cardigan  is a fairly mindless knit. Top down knitting is always a prerequisite for knitting projects for our kids. Sew up side seams? Um, no thanks. Give me a pair of circular needles, and I’m a happy camper. The yarn is….Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight. Because I always buy Knit Picks WOTA. Okay, not always, but 99.9% of the time, my yarn shelves are stocked with the stuff. Thank you Big Sale!

I made the smallest ladies size for Sophie, because she is in that in-between stage where girls sizes are too small, and ladies sizes are too big. Excuse me while a take a moment to morn my little Sophie growing up. Oh my heart! How does it happen so fast? I knit her the smallest size (33), but really, I should have sized up. Yes, it’s a fitted little number, with 3/4 sleeves, but it could do with a tad more ease to allow for growth. Oh well. This truly is the nature of knitted garments. You don’t really know how it is going to fit until it’s done. I suppose that the smart ladies who take time to knit a swatch likely have a better idea of fit, but I’ll never claim to be in the same league as them.

Colour Block Mittens

Colour Block Mittens

Cute and colourful, these mittens in 3 different sizes are a great way to use up those yarn ends! I designed them to have a long cuff to keep wrists nice and warm.

Size: Small (2-3), Medium (4-6), Large (7-10)

Yarn: 3, 50 gram skiens of sport weight yarn in contrasting colours. I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport.

Needles: 2.75mm and 3mm double pointed needles

Pattern notes: To avoid jogs when changing colours, use the jogless stripes method.

To avoid gaps at the base of the thumb when picking up stitches, pick up a couple of extra stitches and then knit them together on your first round.

Cuff band and mitten tip will be referred to as colour 1, cuff will be colour 2, and the main mitten and thumb will be colour 3.

-with colour 1, cast on 28 (36) (44) sts using a 3mm straight needle (or 2 2.75mm needles held together). Divide onto 3 2.75mm dpn. k in the round using k2, p2 ribbing for 3 rounds.

-switch to colour 2 and continue ribbing until cuff measures 2″ (3″) (4″).

-using 3mm dpn’s and yarn colour 3, work in St st, increasing 3 sts evenly across 3 needles. You will now have 31 sts (39) (47).

-k 1 (2) (3) rows.

Set up row for the thumb gusset: k across 1st needle, k across 2nd needle until 1 st remains. pm. k last st on 2nd needle. On 3rd needle, k 1 st. Make one st (yo), pm, k across the rest of 3rd needle.

Next 2 rounds: k across

Now repeat the following rounds until you have 9 (11) (13) sts between the markers.

Round 1: k across 1st needle, k across second needle until marker, slip marker and increase one st after marker (yo), k until 2nd marker, increase one stitch before marker (yo), slip marker, k across the rest of 3rd needle.

Round 2 & 3: k across (k through the back of the loops of increased sts to avoid holes)

-when you have the required amount of stitches, place thumb gusset sts on scrap yarn.

-continue knitting in St st until mitten (not including the cuff) measures 3″ (4″) (5″).

-switch to colour 1 and k for 3 (4) (5) rows.

Decrease:

-*k3, k2 tog* repeat around from *
-work 1 round plain
-*k2, k2 tog* repeat around from *
-work 1 round plain
-*k1, k2 tog* repeat around from *
-*k2 tog* repeat around from *
-break yarn and pull through all remaining sts

Thumb:

-place sts on 2 3mm dpn’s
-pick up 2 (3) (3) sts
-k until thumb measures 1.25″ (1.5″) (2″)
-break yarn and pull though remaining sts

Finishing:
-weave in all loose ends

(please comment if I have made any errors, and I will fix them!)

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Christmas Knits

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My needles have been busy this holiday season! I started knitting up a storm after I made my (huge) Knit Picks Cyber Monday order. Guilt perhaps? No, lets call it good stewardship! Hats and mitts are the answer to all of those odd skeins leftover from other projects. My pattern notes can be found on my Ravelry projects page.

The Erika Cowl

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I’ve been busy knitting up a storm this holiday season. I wanted to make a chunky cowl for my friend Erika, but lacked the large, circular needles that the pattern called for. So what’s a girl to do but make up her own pattern! I’m a bit embarrassed to call it a pattern as the instructions are so simple. But here goes.

 

The Erika Cowl

Finished size aprox. 12″ deep x 29 long

Materials:

1 skien Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky in Crush (137 yards) or other bulky weight yarn

Size 12mm straight needles

5- 1″ diameter buttons

Instructions:

Cast on 30 sts. Knit in seed stitch for desired length. Make sure to leave enough yarn for the button hole row, and to bind off.

Buttonhole row and finishing:

K2 in seed stitch pattern, * yo, k2tog, k4 in pattern* repeat from * until 2 sts remain. k2 in pattern.

Knit two rows in seed stitch pattern. Loosely bind off in seed stitch pattern.

Weave in ends and block if desired. Sew the buttons on.

 

 

 

Gifts For Nell

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This post is long overdue!.After Nell was born I received this lovely gift of hand knit and crochet pieces from a good friend and her very talented daughter. I love the colour scheme of grey and purple! It is such a nice change from the usual pink-for-a-girl.

I have plans to make a flower print voile dress (pictured under the baby knits in photos) to go under the In Threes cardigan for late summer/fall. I’m pretty sure the grey hat is Ginny Sheller’s Simple Newborn Hat With a Touch of Lace Pattern. Oh the sadness of packing away outgrown baby things! My bubs is growing so fast. She is 6 months old, but already in size 18 month clothing. She will be a tall one like her big sister Emma.

We plan on spending Saturday by the lake. I’m casting on for a pair of Wildflower Socks, but it may be presumptuous to assume that I will be able to work on them with a just crawling baby at the beach!