After getting the hang of knitting in the round and doing simple decreases, I thought I'd experiment with making my own hat pattern.
I saw the basket weave/checkerboard pattern on a scarf at Article Pract and decided to adapt it to a hat.
Hope the directions make sense... feel free to email me for clarification.
Cast on an even multiple of 10 sts (eg. 80) on a set of round needles.
Start knitting in the round with a 2 x 2 rib (K2, P2, repeat).
Once you have about 2" of rib, work one round of knits.
R1: * K5, P5. Repeat from * till end of row. Make sure you mark the beginning of the row with a stitch marker.
At long last a picture of the simple scarf made for my sister...I still have to sew in the zipper of the cycling aran and photograph that.
I'm one sleeve into a traditional aran, but have promised tea cozies to the boss' wife.
To make matters worse (or more exciting), or my knitting less focused, a dear friend has asked me to design some simple men's sweater patterns.
Back in March 2001, while on a business trip to England, I purchased enough Blue Face Leicester yarn (color Sienna, Aran weight) to make a sweater. Found this store in York (a city that is a delight to visit) at the top of the Shambles. During that year I played around with swatches but not making a firm decision on how to proceed with it.
Finally, in autumn 2004 I began knitting the sweater designing an exaggerated rib of K4P2. (4 stitches = 1 inch on size 8 needles)Completed the front and back and joined them using the three needle bind off concept. Picked up the neck on 16" circulars and size 6. Decided on a turtleneck using the Elizabeth Zimmermann suggestion of knitting the neck until I was sick of it. About 4 1/2 inches in to is did not like the way the neck was looking, so I put it down and worked on other projects. Three weeks ago, I picked it back up, ribbed the neck out and restarted it. Wanted a turtleneck that would have a bit of a roll to it and a compliment of the rib motif. I just kept purling (so that when it would roll, the stockinette side would show) and put the opposite of the ribbing at the front center stitches. Made it 6 inches long and then bound off. Quickly did both sleeves (they come out even) for this drop shoulder design and sewed it all up. Even got a few days of wear out of it over the chilly weekend. The fiber is very soft and warm and I am pleased with this undertaking, particularly the neck line , which I am often critical of on my sweater projects.
If you want to be part of some activism and art via knitting, read on. Forwarded from a friend:
Nina Rosenberg shaped the electrons to say:
i'm making an art installation, and i'm enlisting the help of every knitter i know! ... can you please ask the knitters you know to participate? we're going to knit over 1500 small sweaters and hang them in a tree. you can find out all about it at www.redsweaters.org
lemme know if you're into it. i'm hoping you'll tell all your knitting friends about the project :)
I personally don't know Nina, but plan on contributing a few sweaters.
It's been weeks since I've knitted anything meaningful - just some hats. So much is going on right now! I've been sick, work is plentiful, court stuff, visiting friends... The last thirty days have seemed low-energy and high-output, but all the work I've been doing is leading up to a trip to Mexico! Finally! I wonder how cheap yarn is in Mexico... I wonder what kind of tarrifs one pays if they resell Mexican goods to US customers...
Although I haven't been knitting much, I've been thinking about it a lot and helping others with their craft. Two gals who work for one of my clients knit and they want me to teach them how dpn's work.
damn you, eBay, and your wiley, economically-priced yarns! I must stop bidding on you. (not to mention other things like selvage jeans, stupid premium denim.) so, I didn't get the Noro Kureyon...
Also thought I'd show off my His & His / Hers & Hers / His & Hers (HnH3 for short) caps... merino wool and a 1 x 1 rib stitch... Knitted on No. 10 rounds.
Want to try some different knit patterns on the caps and maybe double strand in some Crystal Palace FIZZ to mix things up and add some funk.
Finally got around to taking some photos of the scarves I've been working on... tripple stranding in stockingnet stitch with the wonderfully irredescent EROS ribbon yarn and EYELASH from Trendsetters (it's the same as GGH's FANCY). Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino round things off with a soft light warmth. All three yarns are made in Italy, land of beautiful things.
I call my combos Burnished Autumn, Electric Cherry-Blossom Wine, Sapphire Dusk and Emerald Verge.
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Well, I survived my first foray to the Stitches West convention in Santa Clara this weekend. Went down there on Amtrak's Capitol Corridor since I thought CalTrain was still upgrading rails on weekends. A nice ride down with plenty of knitting time.
I don't think I've ever been around so many women in one place before... Stitches was just crawling with the fairer sex... spotted the odd long suffering husband or boyfriend carrying bags of yarn trailing behind their gals or waiting in line at the cash registers while their significant other foraged for yarn.