This hat was a test knit for Susanna Winter and to be honest I wasn’t very happy with it when it was complete. What I felt was the stitch definition was not good and I suspect this was down to my choice of yarn. I used an alpaca yarn that is very soft and has a halo so it was never going to give a good definition. I was also comparing my hat to other test knitters and that was a bad idea. I suspect that part of the reason designers have test knitters is to see how different knitters interpret their pattern.
Sitting back how looking at the hat I am a lot happier. I love softness of the colours and the softness the yarn gives the garter stitch and lace contrast. I knit the large size and it is comfortable. The original hat had a pom-pom and I felt the hat didn’t need it. So here it is – Wild Sage http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wild-sage-hat
Playing with buttons always makes me smile – the possibilities are endless. We are finally beginning to see signs of spring and longer days. Time to look forward to brighter colours and funky accessories.
Like most knitters I am asked to knit baby cardigans frequently. It is one of my least favourite things to do. There are a couple reasons for this – one is yarn. Most mums like a yarn that can be thrown into the washing machine a couple of times a week and that will dry quickly – unfortunately this means a synthetic. When my daughter was born I was gifted a set of cardigans and they were lovely but 100% acrylic – the midwife joked that I would be looking at them for a long time as they would grow with her – how right she was.
I found that in the early days when you have a baby and are not getting out much it is easier to keep them in a baby grow and cardigan rather than struggling to put them into dresses, tights etc. and then change them what seems like every five minutes. Practicality won out for me and I am sure lots of other mums.
Another reason for my dislike of baby cardigans is the sewing up on these tiny little items – that issue is a little easier to deal with. So when work colleague of my husband asked if I would knit a cardigan I jumped at the opportunity to look at patterns and stash dive. In my mind I wanted a V-neck cardigan that was seamless with raglan sleeves – I found one. This lovely pattern F595 Baby Cardigan by Vanessa Ewing – link here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/f595-baby-cardigan
It is knit bottom up and was perfect – the only little bit of sewing is tidying up under the arms. The pattern comes in 3 sizes 0-3, 6 – 12 and 18- 24. The shaping on this cardigan was much better than some of the top down cardigans I have knit. The first cardigan was the largest size (photo above) in King Cole Cotton and Bamboo. This particular yarn was bought on sale and was languishing in my stash. It is generously sized and I was happy with the result. I decided then to make the second size as I know an acrylic is easier to manage washing and drying and it was fine. Some funky football buttons really helped finish it nicely and the pattern around the yoke looks a lot better in a solid.
What I have since discovered is the request was for a new baby that is not yet born and not the one year old I presumed it was for. So I guess I am off to knit the smallest size now.
Christina organized a magnificent Peace along and posted daily peace tips and thousands of knitters across the world joined in. Many checking in daily and some like me doing their best to stay in touch.
The run up to Christmas can be frantic and I really enjoyed the little breaks to sit and reflect and work on this really simple pattern. My cowl was knit in Drops Alpaca and is really soft and squishy and a lovely bonus at the end of a busy month.
There is nothing nicer than giving a gift to a crafty friend that appreciates the time and effort taken. This year for my knitting buddies I decided to make some Project bags. My stash of cotton was crying out to be used and at the knitting and stitching show this year I took a class in making a small zipped pouch.
After a lot of time fiddling and procrastinating I got things moving and spent two days making the bags shown. 8 bags in total and I was really happy with the results – not all perfect but a big improvement on my original class version.
Each pouch is padded with fusible wadding and lined. The process challenged me in a lot of ways. My sewing skills have improved, I can now re-thread my overlocker and also change needles on the overlocker. So next sewing endeavor is more of the same as the pouches were well received and I have a couple of orders.
Delighted to see that Heather has made this hat available free. I was lucky to enough to be one of the test knitters and have to say it is one of the nicest hats I have knit in a while. Link to pattern page on Ravelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/boreraig
This hat has a quirky construction with a provisional cast on you knit the crown and then pick up the rib section before binding off with a tubular cast off. Great for stash busting all those bits and pieces of DK you have lying around.
I knit the large and feel it is quite roomy. The fabric is quite dense and in 100% wool it is a very warm and practical winter hat.
The Testing Pool on Ravelry is a busy spot where designers and test knit knitters get together to work out any bugs and issues with new designs. I like to pop over and see what is happening and occasionally volunteer for a test knit. Hats are usually my choice as they tend to be small projects and do not require a large amount of yarn and usually I have something in my stash that will suit. Having test knit the following hats I am delighted to say the patterns are now available to purchase and are really nice designs.
First up is Autumn Smile designed by Agata Mackiewicz – Link is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/autumn-smile. Agata is a new designer and this cute little hat has a lovely textured pattern and a cable panel. This is a quick knit but also interesting enough to keep your attention.
Next up is Maple Majesty by Karen Heimburger – Link is here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/maple-majesty. This is a lovely set of fingerless gloves and a nice slouchy beanie. Nice aran pattern with lots to keep you interested. My yarn choice for this hat was Donegal Soft so maybe not as drapey as it could have been but still a nice outcome for a very nice pattern.