I’m currently still in a hat obsession phase. I’ve made a bunch of slouch hats. They are amusing to knit and fun to wear. However, it’s turning warmer here in Los Angeles (after a hail storm last weekend!) and I’m starting to think Spring. I should be thinking of finishing my pink cotton Amelia cardi, but of course, I’m thinking “NEW.” What’s got me all worked up? The Vogue Knitting Spring Preview. That’s a few of their “Postcards from Rio” patterns (left). However, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: do not knit your dang bathing suit. (Come on VK!)
Archive for the ‘Patterns’ Category
There are so many generous designers, not to mention yarn companies, that post free knitting patterns. My favorite free pattern aggregator is Knitting Pattern Central. I also subscribe to a variety of yarn company and knitting magazine newsletters that also share patterns. Here are the patterns that I downloaded this week:
• Gingko Shoulderette Shawl at Fragrant Heart Creations. A delicate triangular shawl with just a touch of leafy lace at the edges.
• Astra – Lace Collared Cardigan from Patons Yarns. I don’t like the construction or ruffle, but I am interested in making a long lean cardi, so I want to check it out.
• Pressed Flower Mitts by Meredith Ramirez at A Knitting Blog. Pretty, pretty, pretty.
• Lacy Ruffle Cardigan from Rowan (photo above). I want a Kid Silk Haze sweater. I ‘m not sure I want this one, tho. Does the model look odd to you? Something’s off there, no?
I’m back. I have been doing lots and lots of knitting, I just haven’t been talking about it. Lately I have been on a hat making craze. It was kicked off when I took a class at The Little Knittery in making a reversible hat called The Knit 1 Lid designed by Karen Clements of Knit 1 LA. Karen is a genius. Her design calls for 2-sided stockinette, but I was inspired to mess with a good thing, and do one side in stockinette and the other in a lace pattern. The photo (above) shows the Lid I made for myself out of a green kettle dyed wool from Uruguay called Rio De La Plata and black Patons Classic Wool (boring, but so practical). You can see the black lace side with the green side peeking through in the photo (left). The pattern I used in this case is based on KnitPick’s Georgian Lace Cap. The trick is to use a lace with the same stitch count as the stockinette side so that the two sides match up when tucked into each other. I like knitting this hat and I also like wearing it a lot. That rarely happens to me to be honest! I’ve also knit this hat for a friend’s birthday gift in orange yarns and a different lace pattern. In both cases the slight bell-like shape to this hat is very pretty.
Did you catch the two new patterns up on Knitty? Fluidity is a lace tank designed by Jennie Pakula (that’s a detail of the garment, left). The second “Surprise” is Susanna IC’s beauty of a shawl which is called Annis. I’ve finished my Cropped Cardi and really like it. Now I’ve started another Knitty sweater that caught my eye a while back— Amelia designed by Laura Chau. She’s a very talented designer who also blogs at Cosmicpluto Knits.
I am coming down the home stretch on my Cropped Cardigan, a design by Stefanie Japel that is available FREE on Knitty. The sweater, in Cascade Indulgence, is super soft and fits nicely through the shoulders and sleeves, but the neckline is way way too deep and rolling-edged to be flattering on me. I need adjustments. Luckily, I found Melanie (momalmighty on Rav), who had the same issues and solved the problem beautifully. That is her cardi, above. She knitted a stockinette and picot edging, very much like the hem treatment, to create a lovely and flattering variation. Notice how she also abandoned the leaf ties in favor of a button, and used KnitPicks Shine Worsted (a cotton blend). Beauty. Thanks Melanie for the inspiration! By the way, enjoy her adventures in motherhood on her blog, Mom Almighty. Love the way she charts her daily mood.
My friend Sidney seems to be getting her craft on these days. Last weekend she asked for info on a crochet sun hat. She was thinking raffia, but most patterns seem to specify cotton. Here are some FREE hat patterns that looked good to me: the Fast & Easy Summer Hat by PippaW on Cloudy Crochet, this one and this one from Drops, Craftination’s Crossed Bucket Hat, and the adorably wacky Crochet Can Hat designed by Jacqueline van Dillen for Knit.1 magazine (left). The addition of cans just says, “Summer,” don’t you think?
Have you knit with bamboo yet? I have some, enough for a sweater, but I haven’t figured out exactly which one to make yet. After buying it, I came to understand that bamboo yarn is beautiful but super stretchy when knit up, and you need to really factor that in to your choice of pattern. The new issue of Caron Connections features an interesting Summer top by Santa Monica-based Melissa Matthay. The Aspira One-Button Tunic (left) is light, textural, and designed to be made with Spa, Caron’s bamboo-acrylic blend. The pattern page also has an audio fashion show describing the garment that is worth a listen. It highlights the novel construction of the garment. Note that at the top left corner of the Aspira page you can sign up for the Caron newsletter yourself or go here. Also, see Matthay’s Exclusive Collection designs on her website. They are all commissioned custom-knit garments.
OK, so I’m late with this one: apparently April was “Stash Busting Month” according to Crafting A Green World blog, who say that $4.2 billion gets spent on art supplies annually (the source of this statistic is broken). They had a contest, but sorry, it’s over. See the post for info. Anyways, I have been busy using yarn that I already own lately. Maybe you have too. It’s the damn economy, right? That plus having accumulated way too much stuff and not wanting to store it all. Since I knit so many bad sweaters in the past, I actually could probably just keep unraveling and using the same yarn for the next year or so until I get it right. For those of you who also want to bust your stash, here’s some fun little projects: the Anthropologie Capelet in DK from Ms. Cleaver Chronicles, or Purl Bee’s Fishnet Anklets or the Garter Triangle Scarf by PresentsKnits (above).
Here’s another mom sharing her love of craft through her blog: A Mingled Yarn. Elizabeth Klett is an English professor in Houston, Texas who chronicles her adventures in knitting, sewing, reading, recording books, and of course, motherhood. She is a good designer too. Love her Rosalind cardi and Perdita cuff. Her Titania (left) takes my breath away— such unabashed feminine charm. Lovely. Some sewing patterns for you moms: a Quilted Crib Rail and the Hip Mama Diaper Bag. Check out Klett’s FREE audiobooks at LibriVox. You can hear all sorts of classics read while knitting!
The wonderful Vicki Stiefel, of KnittingNews, tweeted my post about chemo caps the other day and it lead me to finding Halos of Hope via amgoth2000’s tweet (we are all so connected!). Halos of Hope is a non-profit organization, started by Pamela Haschke, that provides cancer patients with handcrafted hats created with love and good wishes by volunteers. Maybe you’d like to help? Donation information and cap guidelines here. It looks like soft seamless cotton hats are preferred. How about comforting a sick child with one of these toppers: Lacy Girly Fancy Hat by Alexandra Walters, Polka-Dot Alien Hat from Polar Knits (scroll down), the Kool Hat from Yarngear, Beadwhore’s Hello Kitty Hat, Gail Bable’s Daffodil Hat or maybe this Froggy Hat. Lion Brand’s Cotton Ease might be a nice yarn choice for one of these hats. Or maybe you can do some stash-busting?