Thursday, May 21, 2009

FO: Wavy Shawl

This project is finally finished!!! I used the same Barbara Walker stitch pattern as the Lizard Ridge Afghan from Knitty, but I made it into a gigantic (72x24in.) shawl. It took about a year - my longest project ever -, mostly because the yarn was fairly expensive for me and it took nine balls (about $100 worth of yarn). But I think it's gorgeous and I'm incredibly proud of my project. Here it is, the Wavy Shawl :)

The stats:

Wavy Shawl

(short row stripes stitch pattern from Barbara Walker, knit in two panels)

Started: May 22, 2008

Finished: May 10, 2009

Needles: US 8

Yarn: Noro Kureyon.

Colorways: Panel 1: 180, 95, 199, ends, ends, 154;
Panel 2: 164, 182, 184, ends, 226, 229

Thanks for checking it out :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

New pattern: Saxon Braid Hat

Saxon Braid Hat by Rachel McKinney

I decided not to send this pattern in to Knitty, so I've published it here and on Ravelry for your enjoyment. It's my Saxon Braid Hat :) It features a cable that's knit sideways around the hat and stitches that are picked up to finish the hat to the top, all in your luscious sock yarn of choice.

One skein Pace fingering weight yarn, or the sock yarn of your choice

Size 2/2.75 mm dpns and circular needle and straight needles (dpns can work as straight needles)

Cable needle

Tapestry needle

Saxon Braid

Sl 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn

Sl 2 sts to cn, hold in front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn

Sl1 sts to cn, hold in back, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn

Sl2 sts to cn, hold in front, k2 from left needle, k2 from cn

With straight needles or two dpns, CO 30 sts using Long Tail CO.
Starting with Row 16 (K,p,k,p,work chart,p,k,p,k).
Repeat, working seed stitch border and completing the chart pattern 10 times, ending with row 16.

Bind off. Seam.

With circular needle, pick up and knit 112.
K around 20 times.

When too few sts remain, switch to dpns.
(Ssk,k12) around.
K around.
(Ssk, k11) around.
K around.
(Ssk, k10) around.
K around.
Continue in this manner until (Ssk, k1) around.
K around.
(Ssk) around.

Cut yarn. Thread through rem. sts. Weave in ends. Wash and block.

FO: Hild Spring Sweater

I have finally gotten around to blogging a little bit about the Hild sweater! Hurrah smile This was the sweater that I finished in a month, in just barely a month... the sweater that convinced me I would never want to join one of those Knit-Twelve-Sweaters-In-A-Year Knit-A-Longs... It was a good month, right?! It seemed long because I knit an entire sweater during the end of March and most of April, but it seemed short because I felt like I had to rush and rush because the days kept passing so quickly.

But Holly returned from Scotland and I finished my sweater the day before the party and I got to wear my sweater for all to see! The compliments felt nice, even if the pseudo-summer heat and silky wool did not... lol

So here we have it, the stats:

Hild Spring Sweater (Hild by Elsebeth Lavold)

Started: March 26, 2009

Finished: April 23, 2009

Needles: US 4 and 6

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool in Parrot Green, 7 skeins for size large with short sleeves