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Finished Objects – Ernesto the Bird

My first crochet project – Ernesto the Bird!

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I finally gave in and tried to learn crochet (like I can make four different stitches).  My first project is an amigurumi bird, who my friend named Ernesto.  It was kinda fun and I will likely make more animals as time allows.

Moving on to the details.

Hook – 4.5mm Clover Amour

Pattern – Jay the Bird (Ravelry pattern here) from Stacey Trock. I actually got this pattern as part of her Woodland Animals class of Craftsy.  I previously started another “Learn to Crochet” type class but didn’t really like how the instructor taught.  I viewed some of Woodland Animals class during Craftsy Unlimited’s free weekend (I didn’t subscribe to Craftsy Unlimited though) and really like Stacey Trock.  The class includes about four patterns/animals. The individual pattern is $5.00 US on Ravelry.

Yarn – All of the yarn used is Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice, which is an aran weight acrylic yarn.  The colorway for the bird’s body is Scarlet and the beak is Mustard.

I stuffed the bird with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes.  My project page on Rav is here.

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Finished Handspun – Once Upon a Time

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I started this a very extremely embarrassingly long time ago.  And then it sat when I hurt my back and got my e-spinner. But I picked it back up this fall/winter and finally finished.

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The Basics (Ravelry page)

  • Hand carded batt from Tomorrow Farm, which is now called Camelot Dyeworks
  • The colorway is Emma and was part of a Once Upon a Time Spin-a-long.  Fiber content was alpaca, tencel, merino and faux cashmere
  • 4.2 ounces unspun; 3.9 ounces spun
  • 562 yards / 2313 yards per pound
  • 21 wraps per inch (a very light fingering)
  • Spun the singles on my Kromski Sonata, plied on the Hansen Minispinner Woolee Winder flier

I tore the batt into a long strip and then predrafted as I went.  I had to stop frequently anyways to pull out neps and veg matter so it wasn’t a lot of additional stopping to predraft.  This fiber combination did not draft out smoothly – certain sections had to be pulled apart with a lot of force.  I spun the singles together as a two ply.

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What Will it Grow Up to Be

I considered plying this with something else to get more yardage but didn’t want the barber-pole effect.  So instead I plan to spin up some medium heather gray alpaca and make them into a two-color shawl.

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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 – Black Alpaca Cape

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You would think a cape knit from chunky yarn would be a relatively quick knit.  And yet somehow this took me a year.  To be fair – I did stop working on it when it got warmer.  Then I picked it back up this fall with the goal of finishing it by Christmas.  I was close with that goal.  I bought this yarn for myself as a Christmas present last year with the goal of having a warm heavy cape, especially for work.

Moving on.  My Rav project page is here.

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Pattern – I didn’t use a pattern for this cape – basically I just “winged” it.  I didn’t take very good notes either.  In general, I knit this as a top down raglan but without any sleeves.  It comes down to just past my elbows.  Somewhere past the shoulders I quit doing the raglan increases.  Around the cast on edge (I cast on 50 stitches) and the bottom I did a seed stitch border (6 rows).  After binding off I picked up stitches on each edge for the button band and knit about 10 rows (maybe a few more) of seed stitch.  My pick-up ratio was 3 stitches for every 4 stitches on the edge.   There are more detailed notes on the Ravelry page.

Yarn –  I used Cascade Yarns Baby Alpaca Chunky (Rav link) in black.  Baby Alpaca Chunky is a bulky weight 100% alpaca merino plied yarn that is solid.  It’s wonderfully squishy and soft, and does knit up fast.  I used 538 yards of yarn.

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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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Finished Object – Chomatic Cowl

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I actually finished my first brioche knitting project.  I’ve had learning brioche as a goal for about two years now and tried learning via YouTube with no success.  So, when a brioche class was offered the day before the Knitting Pipeline retreat started, I jumped at chance.  Once I got the rhythm of brioche down it was actually an easy and fun knit.  Only reason it took two months was because I had to stop in between and work on knitting for classes.  But it’s done!

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My Rav project page is here.

Pattern – Chromatic Cowl (Ravelry pattern here) by Amy Detjen (who taught the class).  It’s worked in the round with two colors.  I think its important to note that the pattern itself doesn’t teach you how to do brioche – it assumes you know this.  You use a solid color to start and end with a curled border.  Normally I dislike edges curling as an intended border but on this it works out well.  Pattern is free on Ravelry.

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Yarn –  I bought a kit at the start of the brioche class that was designed specifically for the cowl.  The yarn is Greatest of Ease from KnitCircus Yarns and is a fingering weight 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon blend.  The kit included two 50 gram cakes, one in a solid (cream in my case) and another in a gradient (I bought the Over the Rainbow colorway).  I really liked the feel of the yarn (squishy and soft) but I did have some spots where the yarn had frayed a bit (as in it was becoming unplied).  The rainbow colors are very vibrant and it became “potato chip knitting” to get to the next color. 

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Finished Objects – Kittens

A little finished project – knitted knittens!

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Tell me those aren’t the cutest? My boss in Colorado is a cat person but they don’t have any cats at the present time (multitude of reasons).  So, I knit these kittens with the rationale that they don’t require feeding or litterboxes, don’t shed, are soft to pet, and don’t require care when she’s out of town.  I sent them off to her with some brownies and muffins.  The gray and white kitten is intended to resemble a cat named Jasper she had as a child.  The pattern is for a solid colored cat so I knit the black cat first, then did some experimenting to get the white on the feet, belly (can’t see in the pictures) and face.

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Moving on to the details.

Needle – US 2 or 3 straight needles

Pattern – Kitten Knit Pattern (Ravelry pattern here) from Amy Gaines (AmyGaines on Ravelry). I looked at a couple different knitted cat patterns and liked this one the best.  There are a fair number of pieces (six) – I think the seaming and assembly takes more time than the knitting.  However, it does sit up on its own and the knitting itself is pretty easy.  Pattern is $3.00 US on Ravelry.

Yarn – I knit the black one out of Knit Picks Swish Worsted (merino wool), using the serrano color for the collar.  I knit the gray one out of Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted (blend of corriedale and merino wool), I think in the Lace Ice Heather color, but I’m not positive.  Personally, I don’t think the Wool of the Andes very soft and wouldn’t use it for next to the skin, although the Swish was amazingly soft.  A 50 gram ball of either yarn is 110 yards. I used the following colors: Cloud, Brass Heather, Chestnut, Bittersweet Heather, Firecracker Heather, Pink Posy Heather and Rouge .

I stuffed the kittens with poly-fil and attached the safety eyes and bell.  My project page on Rav is here.

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Finished Object – Twilight Necklace

A little finished project!

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Well, the finished object is little and it did take less than a day to knit.  But, I’m not a fan of stringing lots of beads and the finished project isn’t exactly what I was hoping for.  But, still wearable and still (somewhat pretty).

Moving on to the details.

Needle – US 0 Chiaogoo Red Lace

Pattern – Twilight (Ravelry pattern here) from Betsy Hershberg’s book Confessions of a Left Brained Knitter. It’s basically a long rectangle with beads prestrung and slid up between stitches.  The pattern instructions for the knitting and beading portions are excellent and easy to follow.  The only part I wasn’t crazy about was the directions for seeming up the rectangle.  No matter how consistent and even I tried to be the seam was very noticeable.  Book is Pattern is $19.97 US on Amazon.

Yarn –  Knit Picks Stroll in fingering.  It’s a super soft merino and nylon blend. I used black as the base for the necklace.  I didnt use much (about 50 yards).

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Beads – I used 6/0 beads in two colors – silver lined garnet and silver lined gray.  Since I cast on extra stitches I used more beads than the pattern called for.  I mixed 30 grams of the gray and 10 grams of the red in a random order, with some left.  Beads were prestrung – which was painfully time consuming.  I’m more of an add as you go type of girl.

My project page on Rav is here.

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Finished Object – Mansion House Shawl

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So happy for finishitis – the opposite of startitis for knitters.  I saw a sample of this shawl knit up in the Verdant Gryphon booth at Stitches Midwest last year and loved the shape and design.  Grinning Gargoyle yarns had some luxury yarn on sale in the needed weight and quantity.  A perfect match up.  I actually started this around Thanksgiving but set it down multiple times to work on some of my designs.  I feel like it was a close friend throughout the winter months and was almost sad to see the shawl end.   Enough about the backstory and onto the good details!

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My Rav project page is here.

Pattern – Mansion House (Ravelry pattern here) by Toby Roxane Designs.  Its worked top-down with a center triangle flanked by two longer, shallower triangles.  The lace pattern was a good level of challenging and the stockinette stitch in the long, shallow triangle provided a nice break.  The only thing I didn’t love about this pattern was the lack of border at the end. You finish a repeat of the chart and immediately bind off which means the bind off edge curls.  A seed stitch border might be nice?

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Yarn –  Grinning Gargoyle Primo.  Primo is a heavy DK weight blend of 80% merino, 10% cashmere  and 10% nylon. One skein is 4 ounces and 230 yards.  Super squishy  and soft with a medium amount of twist.  These stuff just feels like luxury and held up well.  The colorway for this is Signature Red, a deep, dark red color.  It bled a little bit when washed, which isn’t totally unexpected with a red.  One of the factors that drew me to the yarn from Grinning Gargoyle was the subtle tonal nature of the yarn.  I used three skeins and the resulting shawl is larger and perfect to snuggle up in.

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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

1 stitch marker

Tapestry needle

  •  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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