FO: A Very Braidy Cowl

A coworker recently retired and I realized I had never knit anything for her over the last nine years.  This was the perfect opportunity!  But as always, I didn’t make a plan until a week before she was leaving.

I was able to churn this little guy out in that time frame:

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Pattern: A Very Braidy Cowl by Maryse Roudier

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted in Burgundy, just under one skein.


Start Date: June 18, 2014

Finish Date: June 25, 2014

I didn’t do any real modifications.  I did one more repeat of the pattern because I thought it could still use a little more width and I wanted to use up as much yarn as possible.  I still had a little bit of yarn left over, but not enough to do another full repeat.  I used a provisional cast-on and then grafted the ends.  I decided not to worry about grafting in pattern since there are only a few purl stitches.  It is amazing how the graft really disappears.  It was hard to find it once my ends were woven in.

Oh, this project did have a “first” for me.  The first time I’ve used a row counter!  I get that they are useful, but still never bothered to use one.  Trying to be a tough guy or something.  Although I have the ability to count my rows while cabling, it isn’t obvious to me like in stockinette.  And boy was it easy just to check my row counter!  I also usually cable without a cable needle, but for such big cables it worked better to use a cable needle.  8 x 8 stitches!

It fits somewhat snugly around the neck but it is still easy to slip over the head.  Even without messing up your hair.

My co-worker really liked it!  She had no idea what a “cowl” was.  It surprised me a little bit.  Is it possible that non-knitters haven’t heard of cowls?  I think it’s probably a fluke. 

It was a quick, economical project.  In fact, I had recently received this skein of yarn at a giveaway of sorts at my knitting guild.  So this didn’t cost me anything!  The color is most accurate in the top picture.  An actual burgundy color.

I want to show you some WIP stuff soon.  I finished my Lyra, but I need to take pictures still.

Have a great weekend!


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FO: Bias Eyelet Cowl

I have a confession. I am not a very punctual person. I had extra time to get my Mom a Mother’s Day gift because she was out of town on vacation. I tried to paint a plate at Color Me Mine. But it turned out pretty crummy. I didn’t have a plan. So I was a couple weeks late getting my Mom anything! What a negligent daughter!

I did end up making her a cowl. A bubble-gum-like striped Noro cowl.

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Pattern: Bias Eyelet Cowl by Grace Akhrem

Yarn: Noro Silk Garden Lite and Rowan Milk Cotton DK.  Less than a ball each

Needles: US 4

Start Date: May 24, 2014

Finish Date: May 30, 2014

The cowl is knit on the bias, and fairly straightforward.  I knit straight for a little longer than the pattern called for.  Mostly because I wanted to see some more colors of the Noro and I thought it could be a little looser. 

Because you are carrying the two strands up the side of the work, one side started to look a little sloppy.  I tried not to worry about it, but it wasn’t good:

I ended up with plenty of the Silk Garden Lite left over, so I decided to do an applied I-cord edging along both sides.  This way I got to see some more of those colors!  And boy did it make it look more finished.  I picked up a stitch in every slip stitch on the edge, but every maybe four rows I added an extra row to my I-cord.  You have to find the right balance so that the edging is neither binding nor flared.

And if you are astute, you can see that I was doing this edging on a plane.  On the way to see my Mom!  Luckily she was out of town for the first two days I was home so that I had time to block it on the floor of my childhood bedroom.  Which, by the way, looks like a 16-year old girl still lives there. 

I probably should have gotten my Mom to model the cowl…

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FO: Svalbard Cardigan

Hi guys!  I have a real backlog of things to show you.  I’ve been putting this one off mostly because it isn’t that exciting to me.  I finished it back in March and then decided that I didn’t like the length it ended up at.  I finally got the heart to fix it, and then ultimately finished it in April.  And then just finally took pictures of it in June!  A black worsted weight sweater just in time for summer!

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Svalbard by Bristol Ivy

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Soot Kettle Dyed, just under 10 balls.

Needles: US 6 and US 7

Start Date: February 4, 2014

Finish Date: April 18, 2014

I fell in love with this pattern as soon as I saw it.  And then I won a free pattern of my choice from the Just One More Row podcast and got this one.  I wanted it to have the same proportions on me as it did on the tall model.  I also had a little bit less yarn than the pattern called for.  So I shortened the body by a few inches.  It seemed to fit perfectly when I was done with the body and sleeves.  Then I knit all of the ribbed edgings.  After blocking, my sweater just looked kind of weird.  Here’s a bathroom mirror shot of how it first looked:

The perfect length in the back, but sooo high in the front.  And the fact that it is loose and swingy made it pretty unflattering at that height.  The ribbing is so deep that it really emphasizes how high the fronts are.  It sat around for a month until I felt like ripping out all of the edgings so that I could add length to it.

When I came back to it, I decided to do short rows in the front so that it kept about the same length in the back, but just added to the fronts.  I pretty much wrapped and turned every four rows between the front and the armhole.  This added quite a bit of length to the front.  And the short rows are really disguised by the cartridge rib pattern.

In the end, do I love it?  Eh.  It really does end up feeling like a lot of bulk in the front of my body.  The armhole is a little deep so it just feels like there is a lot of fabric in the front by my armholes.  I do love the side and back views of it.  Just not the most flattering sweater.

I love the back detail where it switches from stockinette to 1×1 ribbing to cartridge ribbing in a V shape.  The pattern was pretty ingenious, but is written out in a way that is fairly confusing.  Lots of switching from the instruction page to the stitch pattern page.

These photos were taken at the Portland Rose Garden.  I’ve never been crazy about roses, but was pretty blown away with how beautiful the rows and rows of flowers were.  Lucas is still unimpressed with roses.  We went up to the Northwest for a week to visit my parents in Portland/Camas and then traveled up to Olympia and Seattle to see friends.  I am sure I have a NW post in me, but we’ll see. :)


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To distract you from my lack of knitting to show…

This is basically the most amazing dance sequence of all time. From the 1989 film THE EXPERTS with John Travolta, Ayre Gross and Kelly Preston. It is set in a Soviet Russia spy training village but Travolta thinks he is in middle America. Not a good movie but worth it for this dance. Just something for you to enjoy on your long weekend!

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FO: Molly Hat

My hat is done!  I even got my ass to the post office and sent it off.  Of course I procrastinated on this hat so long that it is now finally not cold in Wisconsin.  It’ll get some use eventually, I hope!

My Rav page here.

Pattern: Molly by Erin Ruth

Yarn: Malabrigo Rios in Niebla, about .8 of a skein.

Needles: US 3 for ribbing and US6 for the body

Start Date:  April 19, 2014

Finish Date: May 11, 2014

I made a few changes to the pattern.  But it turns out that I took pretty crappy notes and don’t quite remember.  I started with twisted ribbing instead of regular ribbing.  I think I started with fewer stitches than in the pattern.  Maybe 88?  After the ribbing I increased up to the amount of stitches as in the pattern.  Some people started their decreases much sooner.  I might have knit one cable repeat less, but maybe not.  I just kind of eyeballed it as to when it looked long enough.

I also decided on my next project.  But I haven’t gotten around to actually casting on!  I am going to knit the Medallion-Edged Shrug from knit.wear Spring 2012.  I finally, maybe, got gauge using Forbidden Woolery Pride Lace in Goldilocks.

A yellow cropped cardigan.  A little much?  Maybe, but I’m excited to actually get going on it.  Too bad all I want to knit on is Lyra!

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WIP review

Progress is definitely being made. I am totally into knitting this shawl. The only problem is, is that it’s going to take a long time. Not good blog fodder. Here’s a check-in photo from my desk at work:


I mostly work on that when I have more than a few minutes to devote to it. For a portable project I have been making a Molly Hat for my friend Amy. I am almost done. Could be done today if I spent the time on it, but may just wait so that I can keep this project in my purse.


I am trying to figure out what to cast-on next when the hat is done. It has to be fairly straightforward. I am tempted to start another shawl, but don’t want to have to carry a chart around. I am debating Enchanted Mesa, or Viajante, or Dangling Conversation.  Though, those all involve thinking too much through first.  Or beading.  Maybe I should find another hat pattern. I have a zillion sweaters I want to make too…


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FO: More baby stuff!

A knitting friend of mine is having twins!  I planned on making little sweaters, but then I ran out of time.  (Story of my life!)  When I was with her at the local JoAnn’s I bought some rainbow yarn that she agreed was a little crazy but awesome.  So I decided that that was close enough to a yarn approval!

Rav page here.

Pattern: Christine’s Stay On Baby Booties by Christine Bourquin

Yarn: Premier Yarns Serenity Garden (Sport?) in Gems

Needles: 2.5mm DPNs

Start Date: April 10, 2014

Finish Date: April 13, 2014

I just made all four in succession without worrying about what color came up next.  I love that they are all different!

Look at these cute little garter stitch soles!:

I did 3-stitch I-cord for the ties.  The ties were maybe 11 inches long each. A little bit longer might be nice.  It is hard to tie a nice looking bow.  I need to invest in an I-cord maker/crank.  I did a lot of I-cord for these little guys.

For two pairs, I used just a little over 1 skein of yarn.  Which worked out perfectly because I used just under 1 skein of yarn to make the matching hats!

My Rav page for the hats here.

Pattern: Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap by Gro

Needles: 2.5mm and 3.0mm.

Start Date: April 5, 2014

Finish Date: April 9, 2014

I had a little bit of confusion reading the pattern.  It is a free pattern…  There is a section in the beginning of the hat where you are increasing and decreasing to create the chevron shape.  You do the shaping every other row.  The instructions say to “Repeat these increases and decreases every other round for 8 (9) 10 more rounds.”  I couldn’t tell if that meant to do the shaping 8 more times, or if it meant to knit 8 more rounds (4 more shaping rounds).  From looking at a ton of different pictures I decided that it meant to do the shaping 8 more times, for a total of 16 more rounds.  I think I only did it 7 more times just to be different.  I think I also omitted the last row of decreases at the crown as well.  This made it slightly less pointy.  Though still pretty pointy…

My I-cord ties are again 3-stitches and about 9 inches long.

What a cheerful little set, if I do say so myself!

I’ve been doing a ton of knitting but nothing to show for it yet.  I started knitting my wedding veil.  I went with Lyra by Herbert Niebling.  I’ll show you guys a progress shot soon.  I am making good progress but it is still in “shower cap” phase.  I also finished a sweater that I don’t really like that much.  Be back soon!


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