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2017 Summer Knitting List

May 25, 2017
2017 Summer Knitting List

I don’t know about you, but summer seems to have an expectant sort of feel to it. Those longer days really make a difference. They make me feel like I can get more accomplished. I’ve been inspired by everyone’s summer reading lists (and have made one of my own), but it also made me think about my summer knitting list. I’m planning to participate in two great knitalongs; one in June and the other in July. These will be my first KALs, so I’m pretty darn excited. I’ve also got a few other projects in the works (you know, because people keep making babies). I’ve got high hopes for this summer, so lets hope I can hang on to my productivity. Without further ado, here is my modestly compiled 2017 Summer Knitting List! 

2017 Summer Knitting List - Elijah

Elijah

Isn’t this the cutest pattern? Ysolda Teague is one of my favorite designers and Elijah is one of my favorite patterns of hers. I’ve knit Elijah a few times before; always as a baby gift. I think it’s perfect. Cute, sturdy, and choking hazard free. Plus, I just love elephants. The only bummer is that it requires the use of double pointed needles. Like really, you can’t use circs. I’ve tried. (I do, however, switch to circular needles whenever possible.) This time, instead of going with the regular greyish-blue that I always use, I’m using a speckled pink! I’m really excited with how it’s turning out. And yes, I do keep singing Pink Elephants of Parade from Dumbo while I’m knitting…

2017 Summer Knitting List - Tegna

Tegna

Doesn’t this sweater just make you want to go take a long walk in nature? The sweater is Tegna, by Caitlin Hunter.  It’s going to be my very first knit along! I’m thinking of a slightly cropped version (not too cropped, I don’t have any high waisted pants..) knit in Quince and Co. Finch in Honey. I’ve always loved that colorway and I have just enough yarn to make it work. It looks like such a cute and versatile top, and I haven’t worked on a sweater in ages, so I’m eager to get started. 

2017 Summer Knitting List - Gully

Gully

I posted about Gully once already, but I am super excited to knit this in July. Brooklyn Tweed is hosting a KAL in July for their new yarn, Vale. I just got mine in the mail and it is scrumptious. Even The Hubs was like, “oooh, soft!”. The yarn seems sturdy and bouncy, but light, so I’m looking forward to working with it. If you’re familiar with Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft or Shelter, Vale seems much more uniform and consistent and not quite as rustic. I think it will produce a beautiful fabric. I chose Gully for this KAL because, as much as I love knitting shawls, I rarely wear them. I’m hoping Gully can get a little bit more use.

2017 Summer Knitting List - Yoda HatBaby Yoda Knit Hat

Alright, this one falls squarely into the “all my friends are having babies” box. I should really just keep a stash of baby knits ready. The Hubs has a friend who just found out he and his wife were expecting and he fully intends to raise a nerd baby. Star Wars, Harry Potter, the works! I thought that this hat would be a cute nod to the interests of the parents, and plus, its just fun! Can you picture a little Yoda baby wearing one of these? You can bet I’ll me making one if The Hubs and I ever have kids.

2017 Summer Knitting List - Del Sol

Del Sol

I’m mentally calling Del Sol my August knit. Let’s be real, June and July are already booked by KALs. That leaves August for this sexy little tank. Del Sol can be made in either a cropped tank or a longer tunic and I cannot for the life of me decide which one I want to do! The tunic looks so chill and laid back, and I can see myself wearing it, but that tank is calling to me! I love the cropped look and could see myself layering it over dresses… I’m torn. What do you think? Which one should I pick?

Wishful Thinking Knit:

2017 Summer Knitting List - Muna Jumper

Muna Jumper

I am in love with this sweater, but I don’t know that I will be able to finish it during the summer. It looks so casual and comfy. It actually looks way cooler than me, so I’ll have to step up my game if I want to wear this one. I actually really love knitting with bulky yarn, so I can see this knit being right up my alley. The only think I don’t love is the ribbing…Not for the appearance, but for my hands. I’m willing to tough it out anyways for a sweater this cool. If this doesn’t get knit during the summer, it may have to be number one of my Fall knitting list. 

So there you have it, my 2017 Summer Knitting List! I’d love to hear what plans you have in the works for the summer. What projects are you itching to start? Anyone else doing any of the knitalongs with me? Let me know and we can be KAL buddies!

 

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High Pines Cowl: Pattern Review and FO

March 9, 2017
High Pines Cowl by Jared Flood

It’s finally happening. We are nearing the end of the honeymoon yarn. It makes me a little sad that I’ve almost used up all the yarn I bought in Austin. Doesn’t mean the honeymoon is over though…Not for the hubs or for the yarn. They both continue to be absolute rock stars. I imagine that The High Pines Cowl will stand the test of time as well. The color, the clean lines and the easy to wear shape all make this pattern a classic in my book!

The Pattern: High Pines Cowl by Jared Flood

The High Pines Cowl pattern, like any pattern by Jared Flood, is perfection. I swear, everything that man designs is family heirloom quality; High Pines Cowl included! The High Pines Cowl is a short, gently tapered cowl that features alternating bands of cables and knit-purl designs. The top and bottom are a twisted rib that show off the stitch definition of Arbor, one of Brooklyn Tweed’s newest yarns. The cables and sloping knit-purl designs are separated by clever little mock cables.

If there’s one thing I love about Jared Flood’s pattern, it’s that I always learn something new while knitting them. The High Pines Cowl Pattern is full of such great little details and techniques. From the cast on technique, which I talked about in my blog post on Monday, to the instructions for blocking, there is a sense of care and gentle instruction in the whole pattern. It truly makes you feel like you are making a piece of art rather than an accessory.

The instructions are straightforward and easy to follow. If you’re a dunce like me, the knit-purl section might give you some trouble initially. I had such a hard time staying on track until I realized that every stitch in the column was just alternating between to knit rows and two purl rows. Once I could count down the stitch column and see the stitch pattern I did alright. In other words, once I learned to read my stitches, I could fix my mistakes.

The pattern itself is addicting. There’s always something to look forward to in the next few rows to it moves along very quickly. It’s never boring. It’s not too challenging to knit while watching Masterpiece Theater, unless you are an aforementioned dunce like me. It really was a joy to knit, though it owes much of that to…

The Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed’s Arbor (shown in Klimt)

Holy moley. This little yarn is the king of stitch definition! I’ve been drooling over this yarn since it was released. To the untrained eye, this may look like your standard, middle weight yarn. It is not. It is so much more. The range and clarity of the colors make me want to do colorwork. And I never want to do colorwork. The feel of the yarn is sturdy without being scratchy. I have a feeling that this yarn will produce garments that last a long time. I had a few issues here and there with consistency, where one of the plies had a little slub every now and then, but it was pretty rare. It’s not very noticeable in the finished product.

Overall it was a joy to knit with. I have about a skein and a half left and I can’t decide how I will use it. Maybe a nice hat like the Burnaby Hat… It could probably make some very sturdy fingerless mitts as well. Either way, this is not be the last time that I use, and love, Arbor. I highly recommend both Arbor and the High Pines Cowl to anyone looking for a beautiful timeless knit.

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Mini Monday: Rib Cable Cast On Tutorial

March 6, 2017
Rib Cable Cast On Tutorial

Last month I went through the Yarn Love Challenge on Instagram. One of my favorite prompts from the challenge was to share your favorite tip or trick. While it’s not so much a trick, I’ve been loving the Rib Cable Cast On Recently. It creates a very attractive hem for ribbed projects like hats and sleeves. It’s got good stretch too, which is a huge plus in my book. Recently, I posted on Instagram that I had been using it a bunch, and got a few comments.  I know I’ll be using it more in the future (maybe for an upcoming pattern..?), so I thought I’d share it here today.

I originally learned the Rib Cable Cast On, also know as the Alternating Cable Cast On, when it was called for in the High Pines Cowl pattern by Brooklyn Tweed. (I’ll be doing a pattern review this Thursday!) Until then I’d been a Long Tail Cast On Girl all the way. Since learning it, I’ve used it on the headphone hat in my baby box post and some other mystery projects (hopefully soon to be revealed!). The High Pines Cowl pattern included lovely written instructions, but I’m much more of a visual learner. For my own reference as much as yours, I have included copious pictures below. Let’s see how it’s done.

Rib Cable Bast On TutorialRib Cable Cast On Tutorial:

Step 1:

Make a single slip stitch like you would use for a standard cast on. Cast on one stitch in the usual manner by inserting your needle knitwise through the front of the loop and drawing a stitch through. Place that stitch on the needle. (2 stitches)

Rib Cable Cast On TutorialStep 2:

From the back, insert your right needle purlwise between the two stitches. Do not put your right needle through either stitch, but go between the two. Wrap the yarn around your needle and pull between the stitches purlwise to make one stitch. Place this stitch on your left needle. This stitch will correspond to your purl stitches in your ribbing. 
Rib Cable Cast On TutorialStep 3:

Insert your right needle knitwise between the next two stitches on the needle. Wrap the yarn around your needle and pull through knitwise to make another stitch. Place this stitch on your left needle. This stitch will correspond to your knit stitches in your ribbing.

Rib Cable Cast On TutorialStep 4:

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until the desired number of stitches has been reached and you’ve done it! You’ve mastered the Rib Cable Cast On!

Rib Cable Cast On Tutorial

Some Tips:

-Keep your stitches rather loose. If they’re too tight it can be difficult to pull the stitches through

-The stitches will arrange themselves on the left needle in little pairs. If one of these pairs looks off, you may have cast on two knit or two purl stitches in a row(guilty!)

-To keep from losing track of your knit and purl stitches, remember that the knit stitches pull through in front of your cast on and purl stitches pull through behind the cast on. So knit stitches will look like they are coming out of the front of the loop and purl stitches will look like they are going into the front of the loop.

That’s all I’ve got! If you make anything using the cable cast on, let me know! I’d love to see it!