15 Dec

Pattern: W hat

Last year I designed Madison’s Hat, a simple two-color hat in bulky yarn that is an excellent project for learning stranded Fair Isle-type colorwork.

The next step, after mastering the Madison’s Hat, was to try a project with more colors and slightly finer yarn. So, here is a variant on the Madison’s Hat: the W Hat. (No, not that W. My initial is W and there are little W’s near the top of the pattern.)

This is essentially the same as Madison’s Hat, but the addition of a third color makes it slightly more challenging. Not too much, though, because no row has more than two colors, and the floats are very short, as they were in the Madison Hat.

Here is another picture of the hat (click to see a larger version at Flickr):
Finished item: W hat

Download the W Hat pattern (PDF) here.

This pattern is Worthware β€” that means, if you like it, please send what you think it’s worth via the PayPal button here. I hope you think it’s worth something. Thanks for looking at my pattern!

Minor errata: If you downloaded the pattern before December 17, 2007, you should download the fixed version. The old one suggested that leave the hat on the circular needles until you decrease to 54 inches, then change to dpns, and this is not correct for this hat. Most people would probably figure it out anyway, but to be safe I’ve edited the pattern to fix this. The new pattern says “W Hat v2” at the bottom of each page.

13 Nov

Pattern: Diane Sweater from 1921

1921 Fleisher Yarn ad

Recently I was looking through the book For The Love of Knitting, which includes many pictures of vintage knitting patterns and books, and I noticed that one of the illustrations was of a Fleisher yarn company ad from 1921. The ad included a complete pattern for a very cute drop-stitch sweater, which it claims takes “less than two days’ time”! Now, here’s the neat thing — anything published pre-1923 is in the public domain in the United States. So this ad and the knitting pattern it contains are in the public domain (probably why the book included it). So I’m reprinting the 1921 pattern here for anyone who is interested.

More photos and the pattern text after the jump!

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09 Nov

Knitting New Scarves: a finished scarf and another in progress

I promise some non-knitting content soon, seriously. Anyway.

I recently got a book from my zooba.com queue without really knowing anything about it. (“Oh, a new knitting book. It seems OK; I’ll put it in the queue.”) When Knitting New Scarves arrived, at first glance my reaction was strictly “meh.” “So they look a little funny,” I thought. “Would I really want to knit these?”

But then I sat down to read through the book, and within moments I was entranced and amazed. The scarves that Lynne Barr designed for this book aren’t just the usual “flat scarf, flat ribbed scarf, cable scarf, lace scarf, striped scarf, plain scarf in really expensive yarn” rotation we’re used to seeing in most knitting books. These scarves use techniques that are sculptural, and even architectural. (She mentions specific buildings that inspired some of the designs.) The scarves have waves, flaps, “chain links”, “beads”, and all kinds of 3-dimensional shapes we aren’t used to seeing in scarves. (Some of them have to be stuffed with batting to get this shape, but most do not.)

Even the designs that don’t work for me (and there are some that don’t — Labyrinth, for example) are all fascinating and inspiring in their creativity. I immediately put the Linked Rib into my Ravelry queue, and ordered the required yarn from a Ravelry member. But while waiting to get started, I had a thought.

(Photos after the jump.)
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30 Oct

Finished: Knitted jester slippers

The slippers are done! I put little laces in so I can wear them with the tops up or down, and keep my feet warm. I might replace those with buttons later. I might also add non-slip soles.

Each square in the pattern was about 4″ x 4″ before felting. That might help those of you who are figuring how big to knit your slippers. The resulting slippers are about a US size 7 (women’s).

If you have a Ravelry account, you can see my project page here.

I think the pattern is a nice pattern to play with, especially if you are a beginning knitter. There are few patterns easier than this one — it’s just essentially a garter stitch scarf folded and assembled. Even the hand-stitching is not very scary, as any mistakes can be hidden by the felting. My slippers are very loud since I used bright Noro, but you could make them in a much more restrained color scheme if you like. (Though, I admit, the color changes made all that garter stitch much more interesting to knit.) Anyway, it was a fun quick project, and I do recommend it if you want to use up 2-3 skeins of Kureyon. (Also, wouldn’t this make the cutest baby booties?)

There are more pictures at Flickr.

27 Oct

In progress: Jester slippers in Noro Kureyon

Still in progress: Re-felted slipper

I’m working on a pair of slippers from the new issue, 05, of CRAFT Magazine. In the mag, they are called Easy House Slippers, and they are made with two colors of yarn. But I’m taking the opportunity to use a few skeins of Noro Kureyon that have been frustrating me for a long time. None of my other plans for them have worked out, and I have been disappointed with the colorway (102), which is just terribly garish. For slippers, it should be fine. Loud, but fine. I am using 2 skeins, and alternating, so each square is recognizably a different color combination. Read on past the jump for more details and photos.

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23 Aug

“Baby Eleanor,” finished!

I’m a bit late getting this onto the blog. The photos have been up on Flickr for a couple of days now. Anyway, I finally finished the Baby Eleanor — a smaller version of the Lady Eleanor wrap from Scarf Style. It took much longer than necessary because I just don’t enjoy entrelac that much, so I would go a couple of months at a time without working on it. The results are nice, though. I’m glad I made it, but I won’t knit another one. πŸ™‚

Technical info:

  • Yarn: Patons SWS Natural Geranium. Including tassels, used about 4 1/3 skeins… I think. Could have been 5 1/3.
  • Needles: US 9.
  • Dimensions, blocked: 63 inches long without tassels, 79 inches long with tassels, 10 inches wide.

More photos of the Baby Eleanor here.

My next project will be this gorgeous Gretel hat, which I’m already halfway finished with.

02 May

Project finished

…and not a moment too soon. The lace pictured here is from a project I finished early Monday morning, to be given as a birthday gift on Monday evening. (And then a muscle in my shoulder cramped up, and I could barely turn my head to the right for the rest of the day.) I would show you the whole thing, but it’s a pattern I created myself, and I think I will submit it to one of the knitzines. Which means I’m not allowed to post pictures of the item yet. So here’s something to mark its completion, at least.

In other knitting stuff, I’m still working on the “Baby Eleanor” scarf; it’s almost done, but I had to set it aside to work on this other project. I also have some gorgeous purple sock yarn I want to make something with — not socks. I have some ideas floating around and I’ll see where they go.

24 Apr

Kool-Aid, bronchitis, knitting, Edward Scissorhands

Well, I don’t post often enough in the best of times, but dealing with 3 weeks of bronchitis made me a lot less motivated to post. You know how it is — you do the minimum you have to do, and then your brain just shuts down for a while. And now that I am well, I keep feeling as if nothing I want to post about is important enough to post after such a long posting drought.

So, I decided I’d just post about some random stuff to get back into the posting mode.
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13 Mar

Pattern: Whirlwind (neckwarmer)

Another pattern, so soon? This is a neckwarmer pattern that I wrote last year. It’s knitted in a very easy spiral rib stitch, and there are only 23 rows so it is a very quick knit — a whirlwind knit, if I do say so myself. πŸ™‚

I was going to submit this to a knit zine, but never got around to it — I wanted to get some better pictures first. And now it’s just about Spring again, so I figured I might as well post the pictures (though I wanted better ones) and pattern now, or else I’d have to hold on to it until Winter again. So the zine’s loss is your gain!

Here are a few more pics (click on each to see the larger photos at Flickr):
Whirlwind neckwarmer, unfolded Whirlwind neckwarmer, folded Whirlwind neckwarmer Close-up of new pattern

Download the Whirlwind neckwarmer pattern here.

If you knit this, I would love to link to pictures of your version! Please send me a URL and I will link to you.

This pattern is Worthware — that means, if you like it, please send what you think it’s worth via the PayPal button here. I hope you think it’s worth something. πŸ™‚ Thanks for looking at my pattern!

11 Mar

Pattern: Detlef-13 (Felted laptop sleeve for 13-inch laptop)

Photo by litlnemo.

I finished the laptop sleeve this week! It came out quite nice; I think it will do a great job of keeping my Macbook from getting scratched! Here is the pattern.

It takes three skeins of Cascade 220 (two main color, one contrast color), and is knitted in the round, double-stranded. It has a zipper around three sides, so you can open it up all the way instead of having to slide the laptop in and out of a pouch-type bag. It’s a quick knit and lots of fun.

Here are a couple more pics (click on each to see the larger photos at Flickr):
Finished laptop sleeve and kitten paws Unzipped laptop sleeve and kitten

If you make one of these, please send me a picture! I’ll post a link to it here. πŸ™‚

(Wondering why the pattern is “Detlef-13”? Well, the original name turned out to already be taken, by a German maker of laptop sleeves. And Detlef, a German name, is “felted” backwards.)

09 Mar

Blurry laptop sleeve progress

Sorry for the blur. This is the felted laptop sleeve for my Macbook, currently drying. It felted down to the right size, so my math worked! I think it could probably felt slightly more, because I can still see the vertical “grain” where the stitches were, but I can live with this.

The top is held together with safety pins so that it will dry tall enough. The rubber bands are not part of this project — they are on the safety pins for another project, so I left them there.

I will probably sew a zipper around 3 sides of this, instead of just leaving the opening at the top. I have a long zipper with a nice metal zip on it already. Hey! I should get an apple-shaped or computer shaped charm to put on the zipper pull. πŸ™‚

That is NOT the Macbook in there. It’s two books that were about Macbook size, sealed in a plastic bag. I did not want to risk my Macbook getting moisture damage!

One note, the slight reddish bit in some of the apples is because I was weaving the strands in while I was knitting. This turned out to be a bad idea because now you can see the red yarn through the white. So if you knit one of these, don’t do that. :/ Maybe I will embroider something over those later, like initials or something. I don’t know.

20 Feb

Laptop sleeve in progress

Back to some knitting content — this is going to be a felted laptop sleeve for my Macbook. Note the repeating apple pattern. πŸ˜‰ The tension on the apples is pretty bad but the felting should fix it. The swatch worked out pretty well. I might have to cut the strands to get it to even out when it felts, but it should be OK, based on how the swatch behaved. (I had to cut the strands on that as well but it was fine. And I could always line the sleeve.) Current plan is for it to zip on 3 sides. I still need to knit more of the plain red at the top, and I am a bit worried I might run out of yarn.

14 Feb

Sweater with, um, interesting detail

This sweater is from the December 2006 issue of the UK magazine Simply Knitting. It is a nice enough sweater from the front, and to 99.9% of humanity, I am sure. However, some of the rest of us have been corrupted by a certain Web in-joke that means we will never, ever, be able to look at this sweater without laughing. (Hint: look at the detailing toward the bottom.)

If you don’t know the in-joke, don’t ask. Trust me, you don’t want to know.

This has not been altered in any way. Though I admit it would have been an easy creation in Photoshop. Nope, this is the way the sweater actually looks in the magazine.

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