FO: Midas Hat

This is a Midas Hat, knit in Black Cat Fibers Sirtir, colorway “Electric Avenue”.   This is a free pattern on Ravelry.  I don’t need another hat (especially since it was 80 freakin degrees this weekend and hello, it’s DECEMBER).  I had totally forgotten that I would want something I didn’t have to think about to knit on while we had family over for the holiday, so I cast this on.  I knit the brim in some leftover Madelinetosh 80/10/10 fingering in Button Jar Blue.

This was a pretty enjoyable knit.  I think technically the contrast inside brim is a pattern modification, but lots of people did this, so I’m not really counting it as a mod.  I did knit mine a little bit longer than indicated but that’s pretty much it.  Actually, that’s not true – I think I also cast on like nine more stitches, because there’s only one size in the pattern and I was afraid it wouldn’t fit me, even though (as usual) I went up a needle size.

FO: Simple Sweater Shrug

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Y’all.  This is Simple Sweater Shrug, which I knit in Ye Olde Caron Simply Soft, because I had it, and why not.

I haven’t washed this yet, because I never knit with acrylic and I’m scared of what it will look like when it’s done, although it clearly needs a blocking.  I know I can (and I will) throw this in the washer and the dryer and it’ll be fine, I just haven’t worked up the nerve.

This is smaller than I wanted it to be,  but not because I ran out of yarn.  The pattern has a wide range of “yarn required”, and it’s not sized.  I had (I thought) more than the max amount suggested.  When I went to update my project to mark that I’d used a skein, I saw that it took my project up to 350 yards used.  “Funny,” says I.  “That didn’t feel like 350 yards.”  Turns out I was right – Ravelry’s default stash entry for this yarn is 170g/350y, but the skeins I ACTUALLY had are 115g/250y.  Oops.  So I made the body a little smaller than I wanted, and used up the rest for the sleeves and trim.

I did make one change – in the original pattern you use yarnovers to increase and it makes a pattern.  I didn’t want that so I used kfb instead.  I still have a pattern, but I have no vent holes 🙂

I haven’t quite decided whether this is an absolute disaster, or exactly what I wanted.

FO: Renewal

This is Renewal, knit in Blue Heron Egyptian Mercerized Cotton, colorway “Mossy Place”.  Renewal is a free pattern, and is knit in the usual way with an applied border.

I ran into two things while knitting this.  First, this yarn is classified as “Thread” on Ravelry, and it’s so not.  I mean, yeah, it’s technically thread in that it’s plied cotton, but the put-up is 226 g, 1000 yards.  That’s more like a light fingering or heavy lace.  I had about 250 more yards than the pattern called for, so I did the usual and went up a needle size (and you know because I said that that this didn’t work, right?).  Sure enough, I got about 3/4 of the way through the edging and started getting nervous about how much yarn I didn’t have left.  I weighed the yarn before and after a border repeat and knew I wouldn’t have enough…. so I went down a needle size 3/4 of the way through the border.  I finished with a little over a gram left.

This border was incredibly tedious to knit.  I mean, I guess they all kind of are, but I know Lunna Voe in the opposite direction – got the tedious bit out of the way first – and now I’m reminded how much applied borders at the end are the suck, because I just wanted to be finished with this.

I probably could have blocked this out larger, but I already had four mats out and I really didn’t want to try to add more and keep it more or less circular.

FO: tiny hat

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Here’s a tiny hat I knit to put on the center pole of my dual monitor stand in my home office.  I used leftover Tosh Merino Light in Composition Book Grey, and for the tassel I think this was leftover Gradiance BFL in Tropics.  I didn’t use a pattern, so here’s what I did:

CO 30 (I used a US3, but I’m a super tight knitter – I knit one of these for my husband’s office several years ago and this one’s way denser, sigh)

K1P1 for a while

Knit for a while

Decrease every 4 rounds (k1, K2tog, k to 3st from end, ssk, K1) for a while

Decrease every 3 rounds for a while

Decrease every round like, twice

Weave yarn through stitches, fasten off.

Add tassel if desired.

FO: Quasar Cardigan

OK, so this was my first shot at making my own One Perfect Cardigan Pattern.  The yarn is Western Sky Knits Willow DK in “Quasar”, which was an Eat Sleep Knit exclusive color for last year’s Yarnathon (is this where I admit I have only made one order with them this year because I bought So.  Much.  Yarn. so I could complete the Yarnathon and get all the cute space cat buttons?)

Anyway, I have so many things I want to change about this that I might just scrap the whole pattern I’ve written and start over.  I’ll start at the top:  The shoulders are way too wide for me – you can’t see it but the top of the sleeve cap is well over an inch past where it should be.  I don’t really like the neckline – I want it deeper and maybe a little more gradual.  The body and its shaping is fine – maybe it needs to be a little longer.  The sleeves have way too many stitches, and they’re too long (so I need to rework the sleeve decreases, too).  And let’s just talk about 3×1 ribbing – don’t use it.  It’s not enough to stop stockinette curling.  In fact, you can’t really see it, but I used 2×2 on the sleeves.

The good parts are:  I loved this yarn even though my hands were dyed black all the time, and no dye came out in its wash.  I did need to alternate skeins, though.

So:  Back to the drawing board, I guess.

FO: Norderney

Okay, this is Norderney.  I have some things to say about the yarn, but it’s discontinued, so I won’t name it (though I do have another SQ of this yarn in a different color).

I stuck to the pattern for this knit.  If I make this again, I will not use a provisional cast-on at the shoulders.  With this much positive ease and a drop shoulder, I think I would rather have the stability of a cast-on edge.  Also, because I couldn’t tell exactly where the cast on was (even though I had a locking stitch marker there), I had trouble figuring out when my fronts had gotten to the same length as the back.

That said, I probably will make another one of these – I didn’t find it tedious at all, and the FO is comfy and pleasant to wear.

Now for the yarn.  You can see that I have a skein that totally doesn’t match the others.  “You should have alternated,” you might think.  But this yarn was dyed to order, and I should not have had to alternate in a color this almost-uniform.  I actually had two other skeins that didn’t match exactly, but they’re unnoticeable, and you can’t even tell where I should have alternated those.  Also, this yarn had a TON of knots, and probably about three times as many spots where one ply was loose, or broken, than it had knots.  Definitely would not recommend, and as I said earlier- if this wasn’t discontinued I would totally be naming and shaming.  I can see a couple of spots where I need to do some additional repair on sticky-outy plies, but I haven’t decided what to do about that one mismatched skein.  It’s not as obvious in real life as it is here in the photos, but I still might end up dyeing this.