It all started when I spied this Dagmar Sweater pattern in Ravelry's Hot Right Now list. The best use of a cable to emphasise shape i've seen, maybe ever. Too often this idea is played out and turns into this weird thing that splits the body in two, but here the cable serves as an elegant frame rather than an overwhelming design feature. I'm also smitten with the shaped hem, and the overall texture.
Argh! There's that word already! The dreaded Christmas. I can't believe it's sneaking up on us so gosh darn quick. I think i'll go back into my nice cave of denial and instead give you this:
A few weeks ago Wei Siew of the Kiwiyarns blog sent me an exciting email - a sock pattern designed with Knitsch Sock! It also contained a special request for a fresh batch of West Janney.
The Droplet Socks pattern is exquisite. I adore the texture and the directional pattern design. I'm a sucker for anything that stands out against a reverse stocking stitch background. And the best part of all? It's free! Hooray!
Image thanks to Wei Siew
Thanks so much for choosing Knitsch for your pattern Wei Siew! I can't wait to knit my own pair. If you fancy knitting your own lichen-inspired socks, West Janney is now back in stock (along with lots of other colours, hooray!).
Is it 'woollen' or 'woolen'? I don't know. Either way, it's definitely time to be wearing them. I've never been much of mitten knitter. I'm not sure why.
So I asked on Facebook for some pattern suggestions, and here's what was suggested:
Susie Rogers Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers (free!)
Birdies Mitts by Julia Davies (free pattern!)
Rainbow Kid Mittens by Emilie Williams (free pattern!)
Snap Dragon Flip-top Mitts by Ysolda Teague
And one person requested an image of kittens in mittens, so how about kittens on mittens?
Meow Mitts by Tiny Owl Knits
I dreamed this mitt. Seriously. And when I started knitting it, I was all concerned that I wouldn't do the stripes justice. (I still feel that I haven't, really). Also, Blue Sky Alpaca Sport is a dream yarn - 100% baby alpaca is beyond words.
Feel free to freestyle the stripes: starting them after the thumbhole will make life easier, and allow for nice big chunks of the two colours at opposite ends.
The mitts are designed so you can either hide your thumb inside the mitt on super cold days, pulling the mitt up and scrunching it around your wrist, or wear them the usual way, so you have full dexterity for important things such as carrying your coffee on a brisk morning walk to work.
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport 100% baby alpaca
100m / 50g
1 skein nat light grey
1 skein citron
124m / 40g
1 ball Majesty colour 14/4
1 ball Papura colour 06/4
Needle: 2.75mm 80cm fixed circular (for magic loop)
Gauge: 25 sts x 36 rows = 10cm
K – knit
P – purl
Kfb – knit into the stitch as normal, without taking the stitch off the left hand needle. Knit into the back of the same stitch, slide stitch off needle
CO 52 sts
Join in round, being careful not to twist. Place marker at beginning of round. Work using the magic loop method.
Next row: *k2 p2 repeat from * to end
Work in rib pattern for 2.5cm
Next row: knit for 3.5 cm
Next 2 rows: p2, k 46, p2
From here you will be working the mitt as if it were flat - turning your work when you reach the end of the row. When the thumbhole is completed, you will join your work in the round again.
Work back and forth for the next 12 rows
row 1: k2, p 46 to last 2 sts, k2
row 2: k all sts
repeat rows 1 & 2 four times more (12 rows)
next row: knit to last 2 sts, p2
re-join in round, p2, k to end
next row: k to last 2 sts, p2
next row: p2, k to end
Knit 14cm in stripe pattern (carry ends to you don’t have to weave lots in).
Continue stripe pattern, and:
k1, kfb, k to last st, kfb, k1 (54sts)
repeat increase row every 4th row four more times (62 sts)
Knit until the arm is as long as you'd like (the mitt I knit is 21cm from the last row of the thumb hole to the beginning of the ribbing)
Next row: *k2, p2 repeat from * to end
Continue in rib pattern for 2.5cm
Cast off using a stretchy bind off - I like Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off.
Here are the stripe patterns we used, however feel free to have fun with them J
First stripe pattern:
second stripe pattern:
1 row grey
1 row citron, 5 rows grey x 2
2 rows citron, 4 rows grey x 2
3 rows citron, 3 rows grey x 2
4 rows citron, 2 rows grey x 2
5 rows citron, 1 x grey x 2
continue in citron
4 rows grey
1 row citron, 1 row grey x 4
1 row citron
2 rows grey, 2 rows citron x 3
2 rows grey
3 rows citron, 2 rows grey x 3
4 rows citron, 2 rows grey x 2
5 rows citron, 2 rows grey
continue in citron
Thanks to all our pattern testers as well! xx
Hip hip hooray it's FRIDAY!
Which means it's time for another Weekend Treat. This time round it's 20% off all printed patterns in store....and as they are only stocked in store, to make it fair we'll throw a free tote bag into every order placed online from 5pm Friday 14 September to 9am Monday 17 September.
And because i'm loving the excuse Saturday Sit & Knit gives me to bake, i've got all the ingredients assembled to make this tasty treat...
I hope you can join me in eating it, or i'll be sporting a big fat tummy full of chocolate tart.