Pattern: Lucerne Hat
Yarn: Quince & Co Tern (75% wool / 25% silk) – one skein (221 yds) each of Cumulus, Sea Star, and Tyrian
Needles: US 4s and US 2s (for the ribbed brim)
Pattern: Slow Curves by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Long Dog Yarn Single (100% superwash merino) – 1 skein/ea of Coral Charm, Jawbreaker, Sucker Punch, and Hydrangea
Needles: US 6s
I love how this came out, but I don’t think I’d ever knit another one – at over 500 stitches per row by the end, it feels endless! I confess that I probably skipped a few rows and sped it up a little at the end – just couldn’t stand it any longer – but I don’t think it came out any the worse for it 🙂
I finished this in a week – lots of car knitting on the way to vacation! – as a test knit for Jenn Steingass of Knit.Love.Wool. I used Brooklyn Tweed’s new fingering weight yarn Peerie, and love how it knits up at a looser gauge – the resulting fabric is very soft but light. I’m not as crazy about the color as I was when I bought the skeins – I would have preferred something more summery in retrospect, especially since I opted for the short-sleeve version.
Pattern: Anaashah by Knit.Love.Wool
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed’s Peerie (100% domestic merino) – 5 skeins (210 yds/ea) in Gingersnap and one skein in Muslin
Needles: US 5s (I used US 3s for the sleeve ribbing, but stuck with US 5s for the bottom hem ribbing)
Size: C (finished bust of 43″, which should have given me over 5″ of positive ease, but I think I ended up with a lot less than that)
Also, be warned – this yarn REALLY stretches when it’s blocked! I think it grew by at least 3″ – so much so that it went from a fairly short fit (15″ from armpit to hem) to overly long (at least 17″, maybe longer). It bothers me enough that I’m going to re-block it and be more careful this time about setting the length.Pin It
Yarn: tot le matin yarns – Tot Twist (100% superwash merino) (365m/ea) – one skein each of Jus de Fraise, Tutti Frutti, Hermosa, Orge, Golden, and Oyat – knit with yarn doubled throughout.
Pattern: I used my Bantam Hoodie pattern and knit a ribbed neckline instead of a hood.
Needles: US 6s
I love how this one turned out – it’s truly reversible and looks great on both sides, but right now, I’m wearing it “inside out,” so the reverse stockinette side shows. The fade is so beautifully done throughout the yarns that even on the “right” (stockinette) side, it blends slowly and doesn’t show any jumps or stripes. It took well over a month for this yarn to travel to me from France, but it was definitely worth it!
Pattern: Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
Yarn: Long Dog Yarn Single (100% superwash merino, 400 yds) – 1 skein each of Island Breeze, Octopus’ Garden, Candy Swirl, Madilyn Got A Makeover, and Sweet Dreams
Needles: US 5s
I do so love how this came out, but I’m still mastering the art of wearing such a large wrap – I don’t quite seem to know what to do with it all 🙂
With all of my leftover YOTH Neighbor yarn from this project, I knit up a quick cowl – improvised pattern, on US 8s (I think). I just kept knitting until I used up all of the colors, and luckily, it’s the perfect length to wrap twice around my neck.
I like this one because both the colors and the fabric are very light and “beachy,” so it can easily be worn on a cool summer evening.
I’ve been working on this pattern for some time now – it gives me a chance for one of my favorite colorwork combinations, speckles and complementary solids. I love this particular color combo, but I have another in the works to test out some tweaks to the pattern before it’s ready for publishing.
The yarn is Long Dog Yarn – in my opinion, her speckles and tonal solids are some of the most beautiful, saturated and brilliant yarn colors out there! The yarns are all fingering weight, knit held double to approximate a worsted weight knit on US 6s.
Pattern coming soon!
This shawl design arose out of my desire to use every color of YOTH’s beautiful new marls 🙂 It’s very generously sized, feels so nice against the skin but not heavy or overly warm – a perfect three-season wrap!
Pattern: Won’t You Be My Neighbor wraparound
Yarn: YOTH’s Neighbor – 1 skein each of Light Blue Marl, Blue Marl, Blue, Mustard, Mustard Marl, and Light Mustard Marl, and 1 skein of Natural (I used every yard of this, so you might want to purchase two skeins, just to be safe)
Needles: US 8s
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 🙂
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.
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)
The perfect project for leftovers!
Pattern: Shoreline Cowl by Shannon Cook
Yarn: Plucky Snug Worsted leftovers from this project, knit double-stranded – colors are Twill, Punchy, Pink Champagne, Before You Go Go, and Tiny Bubbles
Needles: US 10 1/2s
I didn’t follow the pattern exactly, since I was working with differing amounts of each color, and more colors than the pattern called for, but it’s substantially similar in style and length.
I don’t often need a cowl this big and cozy around my neck during Oregon winters, but it is so snuggly soft!
I love how my second Watkins turned out even better than my first. Double-stranded Brooklyn Tweed Shelter is pretty dead-on in terms of gauge, and once it’s wet-blocked, the stitches smooth out and it feels lofty and cozy at the same time. I think I like the color combinations and the feel of the fabric knitted up in Brooklyn Tweed even better than in Puffin!
Pattern: Watkins by Whitney Hayward
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (held double-stranded throughout) – MC Fossil (10 skeins) and CCs Tartan, Barn Owl, and Pumpernickel (2 skeins ea)
Needles: US 10s (ribbing), US 11s (body), and US 13s (colorwork)
Size: 41 1/4″
Before blocking, the cardigan fit nearly perfect; after it was blocked, it felt a little large all over, even though I was very careful not to let it stretch when it was wet. When it was still barely damp, I tossed it in a hot dryer for approximately 15 minutes – this helped tighten up all of the stitches and shrunk it enough to get a better fit. The sleeves are still too long, requiring that I cuff them, and I could have gone for just a little smaller in terms of length, but overall, I like the fit. If I were to knit it again in BT, I’d probably go one size smaller, although the size jumps are so big that I’d be a little nervous doing so . . . however, BT can really stretch when blocked, so that would probably allow me to adjust if it came out a little too tight-fitting.
The one pattern edit I would really like to make is to add pockets – my hands keep reaching for them whenever I wear the cardigan 🙂 I just can’t figure out how I would do it and not mess up the look of the colorwork . . . it would be easy enough to knit up after-the-fact patch pockets, but if they were knit in one color, they’d ruin the colorwork, and I’m not sure I could knit them so that they matched perfectly the colorwork they’d be covering. Any ideas out there?
I LOVE these colors! Such a great example of how just a touch of color works better than if I knit the entire cowl in these brights (which would be so much color my head might explode 🙂
Pattern: Bunny Hill by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: Plucky Snug Worsted (70% merino / 20% cashmere / 10% alpaca):
* MC Twll (2 skeins @ 230 yds/ea plus just a few extra yards – I would have made it a couple of inches shorter and then two skeins would have been enough)
* Small amounts of CC in Punchy, Pink Champagne, Before You Go Go, and Tiny Bubbles
Needles: US 7s 24″ circulars
Size: I knit the larger size, but cast on only 60 stitches, to get more of a modified medium. I think I would have also shortened it by just a couple of inches, not only to save yarn, but so it fit a little more snugly against my neck. Otherwise, I love the sizing.
This pattern knit up so beautifully in Stone Wool’s gorgeous colors!
Pattern: SnowFlower by Heidi Kirrmaier
Yarn: Stone Wool Cormo – MC in Slate 01 (5 skeins) and CCs in Slate 02, Ozark 01, Ozark 03, and Scoured (each less than one skein)
Needles: US 7s and US 6s (ribbing) – I thought at first I’d have to go down a needle size to get gauge, but this sweater is knit in the round, and I quickly realized that my knitting in the round is tighter, so US 7s gave me gauge.
Size: M (38.1″) – I was worried that this would be too large, but it fit spot-on — helped in large part, I think, by the fact that I chose to do the optional waist shaping. I think that waist shaping really helps fit for me with yoked sweaters, because otherwise I end up looking really broad both across the shoulders/chest, and also down the torso.
Mods: Aside from the optional waist shaping, the only modification I used was to add length, so that the total sweater length is 17 1/2 – 18″.
Pattern: Watkins by Whitney Hayward
Yarn: Quince & Co Puffin – 9 skeins Audouin (A) and (D), 2 skeins Sabine (B), and 1 skein Poppy (C).
Needles: US 10s (ribbing), US 11s, (body and sleeves), US 13s (colorwork)
Size: 41 1/4″
This was a fun project to choose colors for and to knit, and the bulky yarn meant I finished in less than a week! I didn’t wet block it – I think it would be so heavy, it would irreparably stretch out. Instead, I steam-blocked it – which didn’t create as nice of a finished look as wet blocking, but I think it will over time.
This project involves steeking – it comes with step-by-step instructions, which I think are pretty easy to understand, but I didn’t do a very good job – it was hard for me to keep my vertical lines completely straight. Nonetheless, I think it will hold together . . . I left the ends trimmed but loose, I think they’ll felt over time, and hopefully won’t show or pop out.
The sleeves are too long (as is always the case for me), so I have to cuff them, and the upper arms are very roomy (but it is a coat, after all) . . . otherwise, the fit is good. I enjoyed it so much that I would think about knitting another in a different color scheme . . .
Pattern: Stateline by The Plucky Knitter
Yarn: The Plucky Knitter yarns: Spiffy (60% cashmere / 40%) silk – one skin (340 yds) in color Yodel and one skein in color Grumpy Old Sailor AND Plucky Cashmere – one skein (280 yds) in color Color Tour
Needles: US 7s
Modifications: I knit one less repeat of the Diamond stitch section and the Grid stitch section, so that the shawl wasn’t quite so wide. Also, I changed to US 8s for the final section (Grid stitch) because the Spiffy seemed to create a better drape with a little larger needle.
I picked up this set of “Shooters” at the 2016 Plucky Shindig on Bainbridge Island (“Glamping with Plucky”) last month . . . one of those situations where you buy yarn because you love how the colors look together, and then you try to figure out what to actually knit with it . . . although I just recently finished an On the Spice Market shawl, I chose to use the pattern again because it does such a beautiful job of displaying colors.
Pattern: On the Spice Market by Melanie Berg
Yarn: Plucky Primo Fingering – Small Batch 018 (MC) and contrast colors Livery, Lake Placid, Rapunzel, and Strut Your Stuff. The 200-yard skeins were plenty for the contrast colors, but I had to purchase a second, full-size skein of the MC.
Needles: US 4s
Modifications: Since I had only four contrast colors instead of six, I increased the number of repeats for each color, so that the shawl would come out approximately the same size as provided for in the pattern.
Pattern: Mitali Shawl
Yarn: Camellia Fiber Company – one skein (215 yds) CFC Merino Worsted in color Seaspray, and 1 1/4 skeins CFC Merino Worsted in color Cenote
Needles: US 7s
I love the feel and colors of the yarn, but I’m not sure about the pattern – I thought it would come out deeper (it seems a little small), although the length is good. In the pattern photos, it looks like it would come halfway down my back – I’m not sure why mine came out so much shorter width-wise, since I followed the instructions with mods and this yarn is definitely worsted weight.
I’m also not as crazy about how the accent yarn looks as a wide ribbed border as I thought I would be. I was looking for the perfect way to combine these two beautiful corresponding yarns, and somehow this looked different in my mind 🙂
Inspired by Tolt’s Icelandic Wool Month (of course, that was March – when I started this sweater!), I knit my first sweater with Istex Lett-Lopi. You’d think, with all the colors to choose from, I would have gone the direction of bright and colorful hues, but there’s something about tonal shades of grey and black that attracts me, particularly when knitting with this yarn.
I used eight skeins of black (0005) as the MC, and one skein each of white (0054) for CC1 and grey (0057) for CC2.
I used the pattern Gamaldags – it provided pretty minimal directions, particularly for the pullover, and there were some places where the interpretation wasn’t as clear as it could have been, but I was able to wade through it just fine.
I had to go down a needle size to US 6s (US 5s for the ribbing) to get gauge, but I didn’t worry about changing needle size for the colorwork. In retrospect, I think I should have stayed with US 7s, because the fabric is pretty dense – although not at all stiff, and I like it very much, but I just think it could have opened up a little more if I’d gone up a needle size.
After much debate, I knit size 4 (38″), which would theoretically give me 0″ of ease. I think the combination of this choice of size, along with going down a needle size, made the pullover much more close-fitting than I had envisioned. I actually think that the fit is perfect, and I like how it’s not as baggy and oversized as I pictured an Icelandic sweater would be, but let’s just say it’s a good thing it isn’t any smaller! I stretched it pretty aggressively while wet-blocking it, which I think gave me just the little but additional room that I was looking for. Interestingly, it didn’t have near as much give or stretch as I thought it would when wet-blocking – maybe because I’d knit it as a pretty dense fabric.
I love how it came out, both in terms of colorwork and fit – unfortunately, I’ll have to wait until next winter to wear it, since May is not a good month for wearing Icelandic wool around here!