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On The Needles – June 2018

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What’s on my needles right now!

With a couple things done, some more have been added.

  • Weirwood Shawl – I finished the first garter stitch section and originally planned to use a gray in the same yarn as the varigated yarn.  But the gray just didn’t work.  Then I tried bright blue, then electric purple and last night I wound up some black yarn to try.  I feel pretty sure it will work and not detract from the beautiful varigated yarn.  IThe pattern is Weirwood of Winterfell by Sarah Bench and costs $6 on Ravelry.  The pattern uses two colors of yarn, both fingering weight.  I’ve used Destination Yarns Note Yarn (100% merino single ply) in the colorway MiraCLE for the garter stitch sections and Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light in the colorway Onyx for the lace.  Game of Thrones bag made by me with fabric from Joanns.

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  • Super Top Secret Project – I’m working on a super top secret project that I can’t talk about because it’s a gift for someone special.  I’m not working on it exclusively so it might be a while but I am enjoying the knitting.
  • Wicked Mormorio – One of my social-knitting (aka don’t have to pay attention to) projects.  I work on this every now and then but it isn’t an “exciting” knit for me. Pattern is Mormorio by Heather Zoppetti and costs $6 on Ravelry.  The pattern uses two colors of yarn, both fingering weight.  The first I’ve used is Another Crafty Girl‘s Strong Sock in the colorway Numerical Vampire and the second I’ve used is Dyeabolical Yarns Tenacious Sock int the colorway Ever After.  Beauty and the Beast bag made by me with fabric from Joanns.

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  • Golden Rapunzel – This is very much NOT brain-dead knitting.  Lace (both right and wrong side) with beads.  The other fun part of this pattern is its knit bottom up (so from the large edge of the shawl up to the neck).  Pattern is Rapunzel Let Down Your Hair by Lily Go and costs $5 on Ravelry.  Heads up – it is not a beginner friendly pattern.  Yarn is Iachos from A Hundred Ravens in the colorway Apollo. I’m a bit worried about running out beads at this point.  Forget yarn chicken – I’m going for bead chicken!

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  • Lambton Panes – This is also not a brain-dead project.  I think it will be gorgeous when its done but I’m a bit worried my gauge is too loose and I may need to start over.  Pattern is Lambton Panes by Cowtownknits and costs about $5.43 on Ravelry.  The gradient yarn is 50 shades of gradient from The Fibre Studio  at Yarns to Dye For in the colorway United and the gray is superwash merino in the colorway Noir.

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  • Starry Whovian Socks – I am still loving knitting on this tiny circular needle.  I’ve made just a bit of progress since the last time I posted, mostly because I don’t work on it very often.  It’s become my current “brainless knitting” project that I can do anywhere, anytime.  These are plain socks with ribbing across the top, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel.  I’m using Quaere Fibre Sparkle Sock in the colorway Dr. Who Vincent and the Doctor. Bag is from Erin Lane Bags.

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  • Sock Yarn Blanket – I am still loving knitting on this tiny circular needle.  I’m still on track to meet my goal to hit 100 squares by the end of the year. Bag is from Erin Lane Bags.

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Finished Object – Themisto Hat

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I wish I could say this was a quick knit.  Not sure if it was the cables, the length (slouchy rather than true beanie) or being distracted by finishing my cape that slowed me down but it took about a month to actually get this finished.  I had finished a hat for someone else, and then lost my favorite gray and red thick hat, so I was in hat mode.  It won’t replace the one I lost (it was so thick and squishy) but I love the cables on this hat.

Moving on.  My Rav project page is here.

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Pattern – Themisto (Ravelry pattern here) from Tori Gurbisz.  This is a slouchy style hat worked in two colors by alternating row colors and working a cable panels in one of the colors (and slipping those stitches on the other color row).   Two contrasting colors would work best.  I liked that the pattern included charts and written out instructions – and the body pattern was very easy to memorize.  You will need TWO cable needles for this pattern.  Pattern is $5.00 on Ravelry.

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Yarn –  I used Leading Men Fiber Arts Box Office (Rav link) (Leading Men Fiber Arts website) in the colorways Poison Apple (red) and Darkest Hour (black). Box Office is a worsted weight 100% super merino plied yarn that is an almost solid kettle dyed.  I actually love that is ISN’T solid because it gives each color some depth.  The colors are very saturated and I did not encounter any problems with the yarn (knots, thin spots, etc.).  I will definitely use this yarn again.

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Pattern Mods and Notes

1. Circumference – the pattern indicates a large will fit a 22 inch head.  See notes below regarding the fabric look but this hat is a bit snug on me.  I wish there had been one size larger since most men’s heads are even bigger than mine.  I didn’t figure I could go in and create a larger size without loosing the nice decreases at the top.

2. I used 55 yards of the black and 87 yards of the red, which means I could get a second hat out of the two total skeins (one of each color) I bought.  I wouldn’t even have to invert the colors.

3. Pattern calls for US 6 and US 8 needles.  I could (kinda) get gauge with US 6 and US 7 but the fabric was nowhere near dense enough.  I used US 5 for the whole hat.

4. I added some length.  The pattern says to knit until you have 5 repeats of the body pattern but had I done so the hat would have been a beanie, not a slouchy.  So I added an extra two repeats of the body pattern.

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Finished Object – Botanic Broncos Hat

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What a quick knit! I finished this in under a week and I’m ready to cast on one for me.  Last January a friend mentioned she might like a Broncos hat. We looked at a couple different colorway combinations and then put the idea on hold since football season ended.  After I finished my most recent shawl I needed a little “bite of chocolate” before switching back to my next large-ish project.  A hat seemed perfect and so I ordered some yarn and figured out gauge. She also wanted a two-color pompom, which I did make.  I had the project done and washed in a week and was able to give it to my friend in person (she lives in another state).  I don’t have any pictures of her wearing the hat but she’s going to a Broncos game later this month and I hope she’ll take one then!

Moving on.  My Rav project page is here.

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Pattern – Botanic Hat (Ravelry pattern here) from Stephen West (website here).  This is a beanie style hat worked in two colors by alternating row colors and slipping stitches.   Two contrasting colors would work best.  My only critique of the pattern is that, for the price of the pattern, there is only one size available.  The designer states you can adjust sizing by using different weights of yarn but that’s pretty limiting. Pattern is $6.00 on Ravelry.

Yarn –  I used Malabrigo Yarn Rios (Rav link) (Malabrigo website) in the colorways Glazed Carrot (orange) and Azul Profundo (navy).  Rios is a worsted weight 100% superwash merino plied yarn that is kettle dyed.  It’s wonderfully squishy and soft, maybe even moreso than the unplied Malabrigo Worsted.

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Pattern Mods and Notes

1. Circumference – the pattern indicates the hat will fit a 22 inch to 24 inch head.  Even with the smaller needles I used, it’s a bit big on a 22 inch head.  Not so big it’s unwearable but definitely loose.

2. I used 0.45 skeins (94.5 yards) of the orange and 0.30 skeins (63.0 yards) of the navy, which means I could get a second hat out of the two total skeins (one of each color) I bought.

3. Pattern calls for US 6 and US 7 needles.  I could (kinda) get gauge with US 5 and US 6 but to get the hat smaller, and make the fabric look better, I used US 4 for the whole hat.

4. The pompom.  I don’t particularly love pompoms.  I don’t wear them and I was honestly surprised my friend wanted one.  I made a couple test pompoms using the second smallest pompom maker out of my set of four.  The pompom still seemed a bit lopsided, even after trimming.  I finally quit trimming because I was worried there would be no pompom left.

5. I added some length.  The pattern says to knit until you have 6 inches before starting the crown.  I want hats to cover the ears so I went to 6.5 inches.  Much better.

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On The Needles – May 2016

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What’s on my needles right now!

The good news is I have finish-itis right now.  Don’t worry, never lasts long.  I just finished my next shawl design (actually a stole with beads) and am going to primarily work on two other projects before starting the sample knitting for my next design.

  • Diadem– I’m hoping to return to focusing on this next.  Unfortunately, I need to knit it at home, in good light, with minimal distraction. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks.  And she’s making good progress on the socks so I better hurry this up! Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Starry Whovian Socks – I am still loving knitting on this tiny circular needle.  I was actually farther along but really didn’t like where I’d started the ribbing I out ripped back a bit and started that ribbing earlier.  It’s become my current “brainless knitting” project that I can do anywhere, anytime.  These are plain socks with ribbing across the top, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel.  I’m using Quaere Fibre Sparkle Sock in the colorway Dr. Who Vincent and the Doctor.

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  • Radiance Shawl– If you follow me on Instagram you know this was one of the three contenders for my next shawl.  I like the pattern, love the feel and color of the yarn but its just so darn splitty.  And I just finished another large lace project so would like to knit something a little heavier next.  Yarn is from Skeindulous Ursula in the color Little Ray of Happiness and the pattern is Radiance Shawl by Helen Stewart of Curious Handmade.

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  • Caprica Socks – More socks.  This has gone into hibernation.  I might pull them out after my Whovian socks and keep knitting or I might rip them out.  Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.

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  • Scarlet Capelet -Remember I said I was thinking of ripping this out? I did.  I’m going to knit another cape but one without a hood and with cables.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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Knitting Pattern Release: Sydney Fireworks Hat

I’m pleased to announce that I just released my third for sale knitting pattern!  It uses less than one total 100 gram skein of worsted weight yarn and is called Sydney Fireworks Hat.  It features a two color slipped stitch pattern.

Sydney Fireworks Hat

Model: Susan Mussatt

You can buy it and read more about it on Ravelry (you don’t have to be a member!).  Click here!

The Sydney Fireworks Hat is knit with a repeating slipped stitch pattern and alternating two colors to create a unique texture and squishy warm fabric.  Knitting starts at the brim with elastic 2×2 ribbing then the body of the hat is worked with stripes of color and slipped stitches before decreasing in pattern towards the crown.  The hat is available in four different hat sizes and the pattern has been test knitted and tech edited.

  • Sizing

X-Small (Small, Medium, Large)

Fits head 18 (20, 22, 24) inches around

  • Finished Measurements

Stretched

18 (20, 22, 24)” circumference

6½ (7½, 9, 9)” height

  •  Yarn

55 (70, 90, 120) yards of Color 1 (C1)

35 (45, 60, 75) yards of Color 2 (C2)

All yardages are approximate.

Pattern is designed for worsted weight yarn. Shown in Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine (40% wool, 40% alpaca, 20% silk), a softly spun single ply yarn. Each skein contains 197 yards. Sample colors used are Swimming Pool (09) and Campfire (07).  Other suggested yarns include Madelinetosh Tosh Merino, Manos Del Uruguay Maxima or another worsted weight yarn.

  • Needles

Size US 5 (3.75 mm) for ribbed brim and US 7 (4.50 mm) for body of the hat, or size needed to obtain gauge.

 You can use a 16” circular needle, double pointed needles or a long circular needle (for magic loop) to knit in the round.

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  •  Other Materials

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  •  Gauge (over 4 inches)

Ribbing (unstretched): 26 stitches & 34 rounds

Pattern (unstretched): 24 stitches & 53 rounds

Pattern (stretched): 16 stitches & 48 rounds

 Not meeting gauge may affect finished size.  Stretched is the fit over a head.

 

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On The Needles – January 2016

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What’s on my needles right now!

Back into the swing of my regular blog schedule!  It’s funny – when I travel I feel the need to take multiple projects (just in case something goes haywire) but I usually only work on one or two.  I seem to do that, focus on a singular project until I’m either done or bored.  Then I move on.  So on to my current projects.

  • Mansion House – My current shawl. At first I didn’t love it but its grown on me.  Pattern is Mansion House by Toby Roxane Designs, and is a DK weight shawl with twisted stitches.  I’m using Grinning Gargoyle Primo in Signature Red.

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  • Starry Whovian Socks – I am still loving knitting on this tiny circular needle. It’s become my current “brainless knitting” project that I can do anywhere, anytime.  These are plain socks with ribbing across the top, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel.  I’m using Quaere Fibre Sparkle Sock in the colorway Dr. Who Vincent and the Doctor.

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  • Caprica Socks – More socks.  This has gone into hibernation.  I might pull them out after my Whovian socks and keep knitting or I might rip them out.  Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.

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  • Diadem– I’m hoping to return to focusing on this next.  Unfortunately, I need to knit it at home, in good light, with minimal distraction. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks.  And she’s making good progress on the socks so I better hurry this up! Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Crossroads Hat – I made a little progress on this but am still not sure on the sizing.  So, more tweaking might be yet to come.  I actually started this one time before too but didn’t like the gauge so frogged to restart with smaller needles.  Now I think its going to be small.  This yarn for this colorwork hat is alpaca so I want it at a tight gauge to prevent it from growing.

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  • Scarlet Capelet – This is hanging on the back burner, like way back there.  So far back I’m actually considering ripping it out.  Why? I’m not sure I like the hood because its a very big and wide hood.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this and then frogged.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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  • Color Affection Shawl – Frogged but haven’t started over yet.  I still want to knit it (at a tighter gauge) but other things are more interesting right now.

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On The Needles – November 2015

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What’s on my needles right now!

Skipped this post last month (again) but now I’ve actually got new things on the needles!  I worked on the Gridelin for most of October so barely anything else was worked on.  So much so I didn’t both updating some of the pictures.

  • Starry Whovian Socks – I think I’ve tried knitting socks every which way.  I didn’t like magic loop and I really don’t like double points (see the Caprica socks).  So now I’m trying a nine inch circular needle.  Yep, tiny little needle (actually eight inch would be better but can’t find that).  I love it soooo much better than the other two methods.  These are plain socks, knit toe-up with an after-thought heel.

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  • Caprica Socks – Back to knitting socks.  This has gone cold.  I’ve put maybe 2-3 inches on them since July? Just not something I’m loving right now and I think its because I really don’t like little dpns.  I might frog these in favor of knitting with the bitty circular.  These are toe-up but I’m not following a pattern, per se.  It’s slow going but I have some more self-striping sock yarn I want to use, which is motivating me.  Yarn is Knit Picks Felici, a super soft merino/nylon blend, in the colorway Caprica.

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  • Diadem– Post new cowl, this one is now back on the front burner. Brief reminder – this is the shawl I’m knitting for my friend Patty in exchange for a pair of handknit socks.  And she’s making good progress on the socks so I better hurry this up! Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Crossroads Hat – another new project! I actually started it but didn’t like the gauge so frogged to restart with smaller needles.  This yarn for this colorwork hat is alpaca so I want it at a tight gauge to prevent it from growing.

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  • Scarlet Capelet – This is hanging on the back burner, like way back there.  I picked it up briefly and did get gauge still so that’s a plus.  I like it well enough but its hit the point where its large and cumbersome.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this and then frogged.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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  • Color Affection Shawl – Frogged but haven’t started over yet.  I still want to knit it (at a tighter gauge) but other things are more interesting right now.

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On The Needles – May 2015

What’s on my needles right now!

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As part of my new blog schedule I expect to write this post once a month.  As I get better about getting stuff done I hope the items in this post will change more frequently.

  • Diadem– I’m loving this knitting. As a bit of backstory, I dislike knitting socks and my friend Patty doesn’t always get along with lace (would be hard for you too with 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 bunnies and 2 kids).  So we decided to swap skills.  We each bought our own yarn and I am knitting her a lace shawl and she is knitting me socks.  I actually started another shawl but got real worried I would run out of yarn.  So switched over to this pattern which I’m loving.  Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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  • Self-Designed Cowl – I’m keeping the details under wraps but this is certainly something I’m focusing on this month.  Fingering weight cowl – all I’m sharing right now. As of today I’m about 25% of the way done.
  • Scarlet Capelet – Yep, still working on this.  I picked it up briefly and did get gauge still so that’s a plus.  I like it well enough but its hit the point where its large and cumbersome.  This pattern (Scarlet Capelet) is also by Heather Zoppetti.  The yarn is Miss Babs Northumbria Aran in Vlads.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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On The Needles – March 2015

What’s on my needles right now!

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Between #projectfiberroom, family stuff and busy season at work, my knitting and spinning has suffered.  But, looking back to the last time I did an “On the Needles,” I have some updating to do.

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  • Starshower Cowl – I got a little ways into this.  I need good light because the handspun is so dark.  I selected this to use my blue/purple handspun from Spinner’s Cottage.  The pattern is Starshower by Hilary Smith Callis.  It looks like it will be a cool knit – a cowl with a twist.  It is designed to be able to be worn around the shoulders.

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  • Close Knit Waffle Hat – So I lost my hat that went with my cowl.  This is my everyday, matches my winter coat cowl and hat.  I got *really* lucky and found the same yarn, in the same dyelot, from my LYS (where I bought two skeins a year ago).  I’m knitting a different pattern but with the same number of cast on stitches and the same needle size.  I hope to be done tonight or tomorrow. Pattern is Close Knit Waffle Hat by Leah Bandstra of Close Knit Blog. Yarn is Misti Alpaca Tonos Chunky in Teal.

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  • Diadem– Squeal! So excited to knit this.  As a bit of backstory, I dislike knitting socks and my friend Patty doesn’t always get along with lace (would be hard for you too with 3 dogs, 1 cat, 2 bunnies and 2 kids).  So we decided to swap skills.  We each bought our own yarn and I am knitting her a lace shawl and she is knitting me socks.  I actually started another shawl but got real worried I would run out of yarn.  So Patty found this one which I had in my queue and am excited to start knitting.  So off I go.  Yarn is from Zen Garden (I think Serenity Silk – the light fingering weight one) and the pattern is Diadem by Ruth Greenwald.

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Finished Object – Up & Away Hat

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Hey looky! I started and finished something and it *didn’t* take three months.  I started this week before last knowing it would be an easy travel project for a work conference in Orlando.  I actually cast on and knit up to where the silver started at home so it would pre-started and I wouldn’t have to worry about changing needles.  I flew down on to Orlando on a Satruday (6:20am flight – what fun) and finished up the green as I was waiting for my bag at baggage claim.  I really enjoyed the colorwork pattern – it was so much fun to watch the design develop.

Moving on.  My Rav project page is here.

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Pattern – Up . . .up & Away (Ravelry pattern here) from Grace Akhrem (website here).  This is a beanie style hat worked in two colors with some rows using both colors..   The second color is carried up the rows so only four ends total to weave in.  I love stranded color knitting for its simplicity and the fun of seeing what happens next.  DK weight yarn in two solid colors that contrast would look best – you want the colors to pop against each other. Pattern is $7.00 on Ravelry.

Yarn –  Sublime Yarns’ Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK (Rav link)(Company website).  Sublime is a line from the English yarn company Sirdar which was distributed in the US by Knitting Fever (it appears Knitting Fever no longer distributes Sublime since I can’t find it on their website).  This particular yarn is a DK weight blend of 75% merino, 20% silk and 5% cashmere.  A 50 gram ball is 127 yards and the yarn is tightly plied.  I used 89 yards of the green and 51 yards of the gray for the whole hat (so you couldn’t quite get two hats out of two 50 gram balls).  The green colorway is number 0336 and the gray is 0276.  I would buy this yarn 100 times over – its durable and squishy soft.

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Pattern Mods

1. Circumference – the pattern indicates the body circumference is 20.5” at a gauge of 5.5 sts/inch. On size 4s I came out to 5.75 sts/inch and 7 rounds/inch. Going up to a size 5 needle resulted in too loose of a fabric and was under 5 sts/inch. So I stuck with my size 4s, knowing I’d need to do a little tweaking for height. I did not adjust the circumference (number of stitches around) since I have a small-ish head and wanted it to fit tight. The finished result was pretty tight but it fits and I expect it will stretch out. I could have gone with it a bit longer at the end.

2. Cast on 112 and just did a 3×1 rib over 11 rounds for the brim – none of the decreasing in the pattern. This was two more rounds than the pattern to add length (see next note).

3. The first step on the body is to knit 5 rounds – I knit 8 total, again to add length. Here’s about where math went wonky. Based on the row gauge and the number of rows per the pattern I should have had about 2.2 inches knit so far. I knew my row gauge was off a bit but only by about 1.5 rounds per inch. I was no where near the 2.2 inches (mine was more like 1.5 inches). So, fuzzy math aside, I added 5 rows to the pattern between the brim and body.

4. I did the same round exercise when I got to the crown shaping and now my hat was too tall! So I needed to eliminate rounds. In the crown shaping section I only knit one round between the decrease rounds (6-8, 10-11 and 13-14). This eliminated 4 rounds.

5. In the grand scheme I only added one round and could have possibly knit the pattern without any mods. But, I actually would have preferred the hat to be longer (I ended up 1/4 of an inch longer than the pattern length). I think a 9 inch beanie would be better for me.

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