Pattern: Jodi by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: The Farmer’s Daughter Foxy Lady (70% merino superwash / 30% silk) – one skein Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken and one skein Chicago Joe (428 yds/ea)
Needles: US 7s
Working a fade on my own improvised cardigan . . .
Yarn (from top down): Junkyarn DK in colors Fleur (1 skein), Lara (2 skeins), Dolly (2 skeins), and Diana (2 skeins)
Needles: US 6s
The sweater is constructed so that it’s completely reversible, but I like how the colors blend and fade better on the reverse stockinette side 🙂
I was intrigued by Andrea Mowry’s new design in Amirisu, but I didn’t think that the big, lacy collar would work well for me, so I replaced it with a wide ribbed band (in black, instead of white).
Pattern: Hachinosu by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: YOTH Daughter (100% Domestic Rambouillet and Merino wool blend) – 1 ¼ skeins Natural Vanilla, and 2 skeins + a little bit of a Daughter Mini skein in Truffle (330 yds/ea)
Needles: US 6s
Size: 40″ (this turned out pretty tight, especially in the sleeves, so I skipped a few of the sleeve decrease. I was surprised by the tight, skimpy fit, since 40″ should have given me about 3″ of positive ease).
YOTH’s Daughter yarn is very “farmy,” with a lot of texture and at this gauge, it creates a very sturdy, dense fabric. At first it wasn’t what I expected for a little cardigan in this style, but it grew on me once the project was finished and blocked. I was really worried about bleeding during the wet blocking, so I added one cup of white vinegar and I didn’t let the sweater soak for more than 10-20 minutes, and it came out with no visible color transfer.
I’m not sure how I feel about this one – I usually don’t like cropped cardis (they’re not super flattering for my build), and the same goes for cardis that are so open in the front, without a lot of coverage (even though I knit the button bands almost 4″ wide!) But I think it might work well in the spring – to pull on when it’s cool in the morning, but without a lot of bulk or smothery softness once it starts to warm up. I do like the black with the natural vanilla color, and the way the wide stripes look, but this is one I’ll have to wear a few times before I decide whether it has a permanent place in my wardrobe.
Pattern: Personal design
Yarn: MC: Hazel Knits Artisan Sock (90% superwash merino / 10% nylon) color Nekkid – 5 skeins (1650 yds)
CC: Junkyarn Smooth Sock 4-ply (75% superwash merion / 25% nylon) color Eternal Sailor Moon – 1 skein (463 yds – used every yard)
(NOTE: Knit with yarns held doubled throughout)
Gauge: 19 sts x 25.5 rows
Needles: US 6s
Pattern: Lighthouse Pullover
Yarn: YOTH Big Sister (80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 6 skeins Beetroot and one partial skein each of Rhubarb and Sea Salt
Needles: US 6s
Size: 39 1/4″
Mods: Knit body 1″ longer (to 16″)
Love the fit! This yarn is incredibly soft and it creates a nice form-fitting silhouette. It tends to fuzz and pill a little with wear, but I don’t mind 🙂 I’m not usually all that crazy about how yoked pullovers look – they really broaden out my shoulders and chest – but the colorwork is beautiful and well worth it on this one.
Yarn: Dye for Knitting Yak Fingering (70% merino / 20% yak / 10% nylon) – 1 skein (438 yds) in colorway Glen Haven Cannery, exclusively dyed as the Wool & Honey LYS Sleeping Bear Yarn Club’s December color
Pattern: Churchmouse Welted Fingerless Gloves
Needles: US 5s and 6s
Notes: The pattern calls for DK weight yarn and this is fingering weight, so I knit with the yarn held doubled throughout.
Pattern: New Year’s Mitts by YOTH Yarns
Yarns: One skein of YOTH Daughter Mini (Natural Vanilla) and two skeins of Spincycle Dyed in the Wool (Truth Bomb) (knit double-stranded through) – I bought the “Puppies” set of YOTH Daughter Mini + two skeins of Spincycle wound together
Needles: US 8s (the pattern also called for US 9s for the cuff, but I didn’t have this size in dpns, and it didn’t seem to negatively affect the fit around the cuff to use US 8s
Size: Smaller of the two sizes
Notes: The fit is good around the wrist, but a little too snug around the palm of the hand and there isn’t a lot of give (probably because of the stitch pattern). I had to cast off tightly to give a snug fit around the opening at the fingers. I’d like to increase the size around the palm a little, without changing the fit around the wrist or fingertips.
I pulled together a customized pattern to showcase these gorgeous yarns – it incorporates some pieces of Albini Cardigan and some of the color scheme of BlueSand Cardigan. The yarn is a merino, silk and yak blend, and you cannot believe how silky soft it feels! And, I love how it takes color . . . because it’s so soft, I think it’s likely going to pill, but I’m okay with that 🙂 The merino helps give it some structure, but it still has a great deal of drape, so I wanted a project that wasn’t likely to stretch out of shape or try to show off a lot of texture.
This cardigan differs from most that I’ve been knitting lately — closer fitting, not overly long or oversized. I like the close fit and the fact that the crewneck means I don’t have to wear anything under it.
Yarn: Nice & Knit DK Luxe (65/20/15% merino/silk/yak) – 3 skeins Harpoon, 2 skeins Hazy Skies, 1 skein Dockside
Needles: US 6s
Size: Knit to approx. 39″ (about 2″ of positive ease)
My first time working with Plucky Groovy, Baby! . . . interesting construction, with a lot of spiral and twist to the yarn. It takes color beautifully, but I think I like Plucky Cashmere better – it’s definitely softer (even though this yarn is also 100% cashmere).
Pattern: Imposter’s Shawl
Yarn: Plucky Groovy, Baby! (100% cashmere) – 1.5 skeins (380 yds/ea) in color Livery
Needles: US 8s
Notes: Since this is a fingering weight yarn, I knit with yarn doubled. I completed the number of repeats as specified by the pattern, but didn’t do the edging as called for the in the pattern; I found the directions confusing, unfortunately. Instead, I just picked up all of the yarn-overs along the edge, then used a K1, KPK repeat, and then bound off. I like the effect just as well, and the difference is hardly noticeable when wearing the shawl. The color IRL is a darker purple in most light – it looks deeper and more interesting than it does in the photos.
This is great size and shape of shawl for wearing here in Oregon, where it doesn’t often get cold enough that you want something really warm – like cashmere – wrapped too many times around your neck. It’s big enough to keep you warm, but not so big as to make you feel like you’re drowning in it.
Made for my middle daughter’s 15th birthday, per her request:
Yarn: Blue Sky Fibers Woodstock Worsted – 3 skeins Cast Iron (CC2) and 3 skeins Spun Gold (CC1) (123 yds/ea)
Needles: US 8s
Gauge: 18 sts x 24 rows = 4″
CO 54 sts in CC1
Knit 16 rows in 2×2 rib
Stockinette stitch 20 more rows in CC1, keeping 2×2 rib for first 4 and last 4 sts
Length is now 6” – change to CC2
Knit first row with CC2 w/o rib (to hide color change)
Purl second row w/ rib sts on first and last 4 sts
St st 36 rows total (6”)
Next row: change back to CC1
Work a total of 6 blocks of CC1 and 6 blocks of CC2
On last block of CC2, work 20 rows, then K2P2 last 16 rows
B/O in rib
I love this one – oh boy! One of the best combinations of pattern and yarn that I’ve ever knit 🙂
Pattern: Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oakes
Yarn: YOTH Daughter in Natural Vanilla (100% domestic Rambouillet and Merino blend) – 4 skeins (330 yds/ea)
Size: 40″ (this supposedly gives me about 3″ of positive ease)
Needles; US 7s and US 6s (ribbing)
Buttons: from Never Not Knitting’s online shop (not currently available)
I really loved working with YOTH Daughter – it’s got such a sheepy, wooly feel to it, but it knits up beautifully, as well – it feels soft, warm, and light, all at the same time! The color is so natural that it really goes with everything. My only thought is maybe I should have made the sleeves a little wider – they are a perfect fit when I’m wearing a t-shirt, but a little tight if I want to wear a long-sleeve button-down shirt underneath. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing about it!Pin It
I chose this pattern from Brooklyn Tweed’s latest collection because it seemed simple, classic, and comfy – something that I could easily throw on with a pair jeans in just about any situation. Plus, it gave me an opportunity to knit an entire garment from BT’s marled yarns, which I think knit up beautifully in this basic turtleneck.
Pattern: Meyer by Veronica Avery
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (8 skeins in colorway Narwhal)
Needles: US 7s and US 6s (for ribbing) – as usual, I had to go down a needle size to get gauge
Size: 39 1/2″ – theoretically, this should give me about 2 1/2″ of ease, which seems perfect for a cozy turtleneck that I want to fit comfortably, but not too oversized.
My only issue with the FO is that I didn’t block it very aggressively, so it’s not quite as long as I would like it to be; I think that can be cured by another blocking, but I decided to wear it for a while first and see how I feel about the length once it’s been out of my closet a few times. I can always re-block it when I need to wash it, I suppose . . .
One of my impulse fabric buys from Fiddlehead Artisan Supply during my trip to Maine this summer was a fat eighth roll of Dupioni silk, in gorgeous blues and greens collectively named “Water” (which is exactly what it makes me think of 🙂 Of course, I had no real plan for these silks, they were just too beautiful to leave in the store. I ultimately decided that instead of making yet another pillow or tote bag, I would sew them lengthwise into a skirt for my youngest daughter.
There are six silk pieces in all, each 9″ x 22″. I didn’t waste or cut any of the fabric – just sewed them all together lengthwise, then a small hem and a small roll for an elastic waistband.
Then, of course, she needed something to wear with the skirt . . . this tank is a modified child-size version of Athens, knit with two skeins (437 yds/ea) of Alpha B yarn’s Single Silk B (70% superwash merino / 30% silk) in color Hey Sailor. I wanted a yarn with some silk, to produce a sheen that echoed the fabric of the skirt, and I thought the the deep navy color went best with all of the “water” colors of the skirt. The tank is knit on US 4s.
I love fingerweight yarn knit on larger needles – it makes such soft, floaty fabric that is so lovely to wear! Julie Asselin’s yarns are particularly beautiful because of how the color is just varied enough to provide visual interest. Even though this simple pattern required a lot of stockinette stitch, it was a meditative pleasure to knit, and didn’t take much longer than a week or so.
Yarn: Julie Asselin’s Leizu Fingering (90% merino / 10% silk) – 3 skeins (420 yds/ea) in color Romance
Needles: US 5s (as usual, I had to go down a size or two to get gauge)
Size: 41 1/4″ (I don’t think this really gives me 3-3 1/2″ of positive ease – probably the finished sweater is closer to 40″. The fit is relaxed and casual without feeling too slouchy or baggy. This size was the second smallest, and I definitely didn’t think that the smallest size of any pattern would be a good fit for me!)
I’m in my “big shawls” phase now – no more tiny little shawlettes for me! I love how these big oversize shawls wrap around me in such a generous cozy cloud. That’s particularly true with this yarn, a single ply that epitomizes fluffy softness!
Pattern: Lakefront by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Co. Flou (100% merino single ply) – 2 skeins (24 yds/ea) in Rainbow Sprinkles and 2 skeins in Ivory
Needles: US 7s
This shawl has all of the beautiful things: speckled color, ivory lace, and a marshmallow soft hand. It was fun to knit, and only started to feel like a bit of a slog at the very end of all of those long rows of lace 🙂
The perfect summer-weight casual top!
Pattern: Clarke Pullover by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Berroco Indigo (recycled denim/cotton) – 4 skeins (color Denim)
Needles: US 5s or 6s (oops – forgot to write this down!)
Size: 36″ (my gauge was a little larger than that called for in the pattern, so this is probably a final size of more like 37-38″, for about 1-2″ of positive ease)
Mods: Shortened the sleeve length – otherwise, knit to the pattern
Such a lovely shawl pattern!
Yarn: One skein (approx. 400 yds) Llady Llama Fiber Co. Lleap yarn in color “Sprout” – handprinted gradient sock yarn (80% merino / 20% nylon)
Needles: US 6s (for cast-on) and US 4s
I ran out of yarn right before starting the final section, so I finished with Koivu KPM (color 0000) – virtually indistinguishable from the white end of the Llady Llama yarn 🙂