getting along

To practice my fair isle technique, I made a hat!  I’m really happy with it.  It only took 2 days to finish, which is even better.

 

 

 

I made it with some spare Berroco Vintage yarn that I just had lying around.  The pattern is my own conglomeration (I used other patterns to make it but nobody else has made this exact hat).  The fair isle pattern can be downloaded here, and the hat pattern itself can be downloaded here.  If you follow the hat pattern and CO 96 sts, the fair isle pattern matches up perfectly.  I’m really happy with it.  Unfortunately my phone camera wouldn’t quite pick up the purple color correctly — it looks almost brown in the first picture — but it is purple, and the background is light blue.

That’s all I’ve got for today, thanks for stopping by!

a new technique

I tried fair isle knitting today for the first time!  It wasn’t as hard as I expected it to be, but I think I still need some practice.

 

I began working on the letter H because that’s what I’m going to put on the front of my Weasley Sweater since my name is Hannah.  I got bored with it though, so I quit early.  I’ve got the gist of it, and I think I’m going to do intarsia instead of fair isle on my actual sweater because I don’t want to do so much stranding:

 

So you see, it doesn’t look that great because there are so many strands and the tension differs a bit on a few of them.  Here’s the H:

 

So on my actual sweater I’ll use the H on the right (the biggest).  And speaking of my sweater…

 

 

I’ve finished the back!  I did what the pattern said and safely bound off the shoulder parts and put the neck part on a large stitch holder:

 

 

So it’s 82 sts wide and 26″ long.  It’s curling both at the bottom (which it is supposed to do) and at the sides (which will be fixed once I sew the front to the back).  I started the front piece but it’s not worth a picture yet because it’s just like the back piece is so far.  Once I start the intarsia I’ll post an update on how that’s going.

I know it seems really simple to many knitters, but I’m really proud of what I’ve done so far because knitting is so much harder for me to learn than crochet, and it’s taken a lot of time and concentration to get this far.  I just hope I can finish the sweater before the middle of December because that’s when I’m going with my parents to England, and I want to wear it on the trip!

So that’s all for today, thanks for stopping by!

 

it’s been a long time

So I haven’t been very busy lately with my yarny crafts.  Here’s what I’ve got:

My Weasley Sweater is at 20″!  That means I only have 6 more to go before I start the shoulder shaping stuff.  I’m excited.

The last photo is the closest to its true color.  It’s a dark gray, almost black.  There’s no red to it, actually.

So that’s all for now.  Sorry it wasn’t much.  I’ve been really lazy and doing summer school stuff, as well.

I’m addicted

I’m so hooked on Ravelry!  I just can’t stop looking at knitting patterns –even the ones that I know I couldn’t make yet are going in my favorites!  It’s basically like window shopping and daydreaming of the day that I might be able to make fancy things.  Last night I spent hours looking through every single page of the free knitting patterns that have photos. I could have been making something, but no, I just felt like staring at lovely projects and getting new ideas.

Here’s what I found:

This cardigan is modeled after some Native American pottery patterns in New Mexico.  And in that same vein, here are some mitts:

OK that one requires some explaining — those socks are actually kilt hose, meant to be worn with Scottish garb.  I’m a bagpiper so I have some for when I play at weddings, funerals, etc., but mine keep shrinking so I could stand to make a pair myself.

And this pincushion may be last but it is certainly not least — it’s in my queue of things to make because it looks so cute and useful.  You will probably see this coming soon.

So that’s it!  I know I said last time that my next post would be about my sweater progress, but that will just have to wait until next time.  These patterns were just too cool and I had to share.

Thanks for stopping by!

stockinette stitch

My tutorial on how to make the purl stitch and utilize it to form the stockinette fabric is now up!  Click here.

new tutorials

I just made some knitting tutorials for you!  So far I’ve got one on casting on, one on knitting/the garter stitch, and one on binding off.

If you’re trying to learn but something I said is confusing you, please don’t hesitate to ask for clarification or restatement!  I’ll try my best to help get you started!

Hopefully soon I’ll get a tutorial up on the stockinette stitch, and then maybe later on down the road I’ll have some on increases and decreases!  Hope you enjoy!

more fave Ravelry knits

I love exploring Ravelry and finding new knitting patterns, even if they are well out of my current skill level.  I just look at them and think how nice it will be when I’m advanced enough to finally make them!  Check out these new finds, and click on the picture if you want the pattern:

The sweater is a lighter weight sweater, and it says “summer” in the pattern title (although nobody would be caught dead wearing anything this warm in the summer where I live, I can promise you).

These knitted friendship bracelets would be great for little girls!

These rabbits and bears would also be great for little kids!  Aren’t they adorable?!

So that’s all for now.  I’ll show you some progress on my WIPs next time!  Thanks for visiting!

headband complete

This headband has been the hardest thing I’ve knitted so far because I had to learn some new increases and techniques.  The pattern was pretty easy to follow, which was great.  Even with the lacy holes, I’m hoping it will keep my ears warm enough on my trip to England this Christmas.

I’m happy with the results! Because of this project I’ve neglected the Weasley sweater a bit, but I’ll get back on it asap!

That’s all for today, thanks for visiting!

another one

I started a headband today to break up the monotony of the stockinette stitch sweater.  Here’s the pattern and picture of what the finished product should look like:

The pattern calls for chunky yarn and 10.5 size needles, but I’m using size 10s and worsted yarn because I don’t want it quite so wide.  It’s going well so far, and I’m really proud because I had to learn some new increases:

The picture color lies — the yarn is actually a very light blue.

Well, more updates on that and my hat and sweater next time, thanks for stopping by!

Potter progress

Hermione’s hat is coming along well.  I’m at the first row of decreases so it shouldn’t be long before I’m done.

My Weasley sweater is also coming along nicely.  It’s 16″ from the bottom when unrolled now.

I found a new Ravelry pattern today that I would love to make, but it looks really hard for me!  It’s gorgeous though:

How pretty!  And it looks so toasty, with nice thick yarn and a high neckline.  And the crocheted border adds such a gorgeous finish!  I’d totally pay someone to make this for me…  I have a feeling I might be able to make it by the time I’m 60…