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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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Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern (Free)

March 23, 2017

You ever get a thought in your head that you just can’t shake? Maybe a memory or an image that keep popping up over and over. That happens to me a lot. This past February, the image that I couldn’t get out of my mind was garter stitch. Big, fat, bulky garter stitch. I was also drawn to strong, kindergarten, bright reds. It took me a little fussing and finagling  to get there, but the result of my obsession was the Ascension Hat.

Ascension Hat : A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

The Ascension Hat

The Ascension Hat is a quick hat knit in a bulky yarn (bonus points for bold colors!) that features a charming garter stitch feature that rises to the crown of the hat like a mountain. Images of ascension have been all around recently too. Our church is going through a series called “Elevate,” and every time I worked on my little garter stitch mountain I heard Phil Wickham’s The Ascension in my head.  So of course, I had to name this hat after it. The Ascension Hat also features a huge pompom, because 1. I’ve always wanted one and 2. pompoms are totally hot right now. I initially wanted to use a fur pompom, but that made it look like a weird Santa hat, so here we are.

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

The Yarn

This was my first time working with Quince and Co.’s Puffin. I had drafted this hat earlier in a different yarn and it looked totally different. Just proof that sometimes the yarn makes the project. Puffin is a single ply bulky yarn with a slightly felted texture. I was worried that it would be splitty, since it was such a big single ply, but the felting kept it together nicely. Just the same, it’s  not a yarn that can stand up to a lot of frogging. The colors on Puffin are amazing. I would like one of each, please. I remember telling The Hubs that if the red wasn’t as bright as my lipstick, then I didn’t want to use it. Peak’s Ferry totally delivered.

I was a little nervous that one skein would not be enough for this pattern, and had a bit of yarn chicken but it turned out okay. The yarn also grew a lot during blocking, so that’s something to be aware of as well. Overall, I enjoyed the way Puffin performed in this project and I can’t wait to use it again. Also, Puffin makes a kick ass pompom!

Ascension Hat: A Yarnsley Lane Original Pattern

Shown: A Kick Ass Pompom

Want to knit your own?

Download the Free Pattern Here: Ascension Hat

Be sure to let me know if you do, because you know I want to see you rocking it!

Love, Tori

P.S. I totally had my eyes dilated just before we took these pictures. Hence, the shades. Also, because I’m cool like that.

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Mini Monday: Clean Color Changes in your Ribbed Knitting

March 13, 2017
Mini Monday: How to Make Clear Color Changes in Ribbed Knitting

Hello All! I hope you had a good weekend. Mine was too short, but involved brunch, so no complaints. Well, I lost an hour of sleep to daylight savings. So… one complaint.

Since we’re all a little bleary eyed this Monday, I thought I’d show you this super simple tip to make clean color changes in your ribbed knitting. As in, so simple that I generally forget it and have to look it up again each time. So this is for my own reference as much as yours!

I was finishing up an old UFO recently. It was a pair of socks for The Hubs that I started way back before we got engaged. I got a serious case of second sock syndrome with these socks. So when I got to the top ribbing of the sock I started right in with the K1, P1 ribbing in my contrast color. And it looked like poop.

Mini Monday: How to Make Clear Color Changes in Ribbed Knitting

Pictured: Poop

Look at all those purl bumps mucking up my color changes! It was not cute. On the other hand, I had sock #1 completed and pretty with no purl bumps. For the life of me, I could not remember how I did it, but then it hit me!

In order to make clean color changes in your ribbed knitting…

Knit the first row!

When you switch to a different yarn color, you can avoid the jagged transition by knitting the first row of every new color you add. Don’t start right in the ribbing, unless you want the purl bumps to show though, just knit the first row of the new color. I promise you wont even notice that there no ribbing on that row. Just look!

Mini Monday: How to Make Clear Color Changes in Ribbed Knitting

Go ahead! Try to tell me that doesn’t look better! Just clean, smooth stripes! I couldn’t even tell that the first row was just knit stitches when I went back and looked at my sock. I’ve seen this done on larger projects with bulkier yarn and still had a hard time seeing that it was knit all around. I hope this tip serves you well for all your stripey needs. Let me know how you use it! Show me your stripes!

Mini Monday: How to Make Clear Color Changes in Ribbed Knitting