The Pattern: The pattern is a very very simple cowl pattern calling for scrap yarns. I thought the idea was brilliant and it would help me use up my leftover yarn while preserving the awesome color scheme. I modified the pattern, using a foundation half double crochet row instead of chaining and using only 60 half double crochets per round. I still used a K hook and still made 24 rounds. I really like the drape of the cowl and I like the way the height adds bulk and warmth. The best part about this pattern is that it takes sooo little time and is great for stashbusting. It has inspired me to think creatively to use up the bits and pieces of yarn that I can’t figure out what to do with.
The Yarn: I used Vanna’s Choice in olive, burgundy, mustard, charcoal, brick, and beige. I really love this yarn. It’s rather soft and smooth. These skeins have been hanging around my stash for so long and have been used for so many things, I’m beginning to think they multiply! But honestly, if I had to be stuck recycling yarn, I’m glad it’s this kind. It’s pretty nice!
What’s next for me: Now that I’ve knocked out this cowl, I’ve just got legwarmers I’m hoping to make before I jump into a pattern from the new knitting books I’ll be getting for Christmas (I’ve been awfully nice this year!).
With 6 days left until Christmas, I finished the pair of Cornstalk Socks for my mom!! I love them soooo much! I know she will too!
The Pattern: I got this pattern from my 2013 Knitting Calendar. What a find, right?! The stitch pattern is so perfect for my mother. I decided to make medium for my mother and upon making a gauge swatch I went with size 0 needles. At least I think so. I bought the Susan Bates sock needles set because I knew I probably would need different needles after checking my gauge than what the pattern called for (I think they call for size 1). The problem with the Susan Bates needle set is that, though each size is color coordinated, no where does it say which color needle is which size. My Susan Bates gauge checker tells me that they’re 0, so we’ll go with that! I really would recommend this pattern. The socks are toe up and really straightforward. I’d definitely use this pattern again if I wanted to make any type of sock (you could easily just replace the cornstalk stitch pattern with stockinette or anything else). They fit really wonderfully (I hope they fit my mom just as well as they fit me!), though I did modify that a bit. I got carried away while working the length of the foot and didn’t stop when I was supposed to, so I increased faster along the gusset so the sock wasn’t too long. I assume that the pattern unmodified is just as great. My only concern with this pattern is that the heel flap is ONLY given for size small. I didn’t realize until I had already begun to knit it and realized something was wrong. I was able to fix it really well, but I wish I hadn’t had to! The instructions for the picot cuff confused me, and though I tried my best to do what they said, it’s clear that my cuff doesn’t match the pictures. Oh well! I have absolutely no problem with my cuff. Overall, I am really happy with this pattern and would recommend it highly.
The Yarn: I used Patons Kroy Socks in Flax. I bought three skeins and used less than one for each sock. I wonder what I’ll make with the remaining yarn! I reallyyyy enjoyed working with this yarn. It has nice texture and color. I had originally wanted to get some sort of orange/yellow color that would look liked cornstalks in the fall, but most of the sock yarns at Michael’s are colorful. This was the best solid color they had! I’m definitely okay with this color though. It’s nice and mild and really appropriate for socks. I’m very happy with this yarn.
What’s next for me: So this means I’m DONE with my Christmas Knitting! Thank goodness! I have a few things stash-busting projects still on my list that I’d like to tackle (a cowl and some legwarmers). However, I did ask for a few knitting/crochet books for Christmas, so who knows what’ll get swept away with next!!
After over two months of slaving over this project, my Stylist’s Beret is finished! This is going to be a gift for my sister (who is a stylist) for Christmas. Oh I hope she loves it!
The Pattern: I’m actually quite impressed by my construction! All I used for this hat was this doily pattern. I didn’t exactly work magic with it, but by making the doily to my desired hat diameter and then modifying the doily pattern to decrease and work back inwards until my desired head diameter with a few rows of ribbing, I was able to make a hat! I had nearly finished the hat after a month but then decided it was too small. So I frogged back to doily pattern and added more increases for a bigger hat. I wanted it to be perfect! I thought it was just the right size, but now that it’s complete, I think I made it too big. The diameter of the hat is 11.5″ and I was aiming for more like 10″, but probably got carried away because it was my second attempt. Better than too small, I hope! I just hope she’ll wear it!!
The Yarn: I used Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread in Black (as a stylist, she has to wear black). I wanted a very thin hat that could be for all seasons, so I opted for the thinnest yarn I had on hand (I had originally bought it to make something else, which never happened haha). I used size one needles (though now that I can see that the hat does not drape well, I’d have been wise to used something a bit larger). The small yarn and small needles meant that this hat took me FOREVER. Almost two months! I worked on it nearly every day! It’s like making a full size blanket on miniature scale! It has about 125 rounds! I put a lot of love into this hat. It’s too bad I’m not 100% satisfied with it 😦
What’s next for me: Because this hat took me so damn long, all the gifts I had aspired to make for Christmas never happened. Bummer! I’ve begun to make Cornstalk Socks for my mother and I’m hoping that I can finish those in time. If not… Mother’s Day anyone?