Tuesday, November 30

Quinto Beret & Double Diamonds Scarf

Quinto is a quick-to-knit beret for adults, featuring 5 leaf lace motifs at the crown. Here's a picture of the top of the beret so you can see the leaf pattern and another one of me modeling the beret. Cast on with dpns (or two circs) to start for an I-cord stem and knit down. Increases are concealed in the lace pattern. Change to a circular needle as the stitch count increases. I used Lion Brand Wool-Ease Solid in red for my beret. It will take about 120-140 yards of worsted weight yarn on size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles (dpns and circular). Block your beret over a dinner plate to open up the lace and create a sharp edge or leave it unblocked. The pattern has written instructions and a lace chart.

The Quinto Beret pattern is available in my Ravelry pattern store

Double Diamonds Scarf is a garter stitch lace scarf. Garter stitch lace is fast to knit. Once it's blocked, it's hard to tell the difference from stockinette lace. This scarf is a great way to try out lace knitting. I created this pattern to use in my intro to lace knitting class. My sample scarf was knit with one skein of Malabrigo Silky Merino in the Pink Panther colorway. My scarf blocked to 7” x 51”. You'll need 150 yards of a DK or light worsted weight yarn and a pair of size 7 (4.5 mm) knitting needles. Use 200 yards if you want a longer scarf. The pattern includes written instructions and a lace chart.

The Double Diamonds Scarf pattern can be found in my Ravelry pattern store.

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Saturday, November 6


This is the view from the sunroom this morning. Yep, it's our first measurable snowfall of the season. Temps dropped into the mid 20's last night. There were reports on the late news of frozen and icy overpasses and roads. Also pictures of high school football teams slipping and sliding around as they attempted to play. :)

It's late afternoon as I write this and it's warmed up into the 40s and the snow has completely disappeared. By mid-week they're predicting we could hit 60 degrees again. We're roller coastering our way to winter. That's ok, the past couple of years it has gotten really cold in October and never warmed up much until spring. A more gradual coasting into colder weather is much easier to take than going from 6o down to freezing and staying there.

I have pulled out my wool socks to wear and am wearing the two sweaters I've made lately. Taking a break from lace for the moment. Though I have ideas for a few new projects one of these days. :)

You've seen the crocheted Bella Donna Cardi that I translated. I had a little yarn leftover so I added a bit of a sleeve to it. I will make it again with longer sleeves. It's gotten too cold to wear this short sleeve version.

The second sweater I've finished is Liesl by Isoda Teague. Haven't had a chance to get someone to take a pic of me wearing it so you'll have to settle for this awful one. It's not easy trying to take a picture of yourself. :) It also points out that I still need to lose some weight. Sigh, and the holidays are coming. :(

Liesl is an easy sweater to knit in a feather and fan lace. It's knit on big needles with worsted weight yarn (up to chunky). Mine was knit with 576 yards of Aran weight yarn on size 10.75 mm needles I got from Knit Picks. For this sweater, you cast on at the top neckline and knit down. Cast off and cast on again to leave openings for the sleeves. Pick up stitches around the armholes for the sleeves. When you're done knitting, there are no seams to sew. Only a few yarns tails to darn in. I love this sweater and will definitely knit it again. The next time I will add the buttonholes. It's my fault for not reading all the instructions before I began knitting. The buttonhole directions are not in the line-by-line instructions so I didn't see them. They're in a call out box to one side. This I think is not a good way to handle this. I checked on Ravelry and I'm not the only one who missed them. I've also made a note to decrease needle sizes as I the sleeves get longer. They're a little wide at the elbow and don't want to fit inside coat sleeves.

Someone asked for a closer look at the sweater. Here's a picture of it on the blocking board. You can see the lace pattern in it.

The third sweater is still in progress---a crocheted Pinwheel Sweater by Amy Depew. This pattern is more of a recipe for a sweater and not detailed instructions. That's great though since you can make it with any weight of yarn you like. I'm using a size G crochet hook and over 1,000 yards of fingering weight handspun from my stash in various shades of blues, pinks, and purples. The sweater starts as a circle at the middle back and is worked in the round. You leave openings for the sleeves as the circle gets larger. After finishing a few rounds after the sleeve openings, I've started on the sleeves. I'm not sure I'll have enough yarn so I want to add any contrasting colors at the outside edge of the body of the sweater and the sleeves. Worse case scenario, I will be spinning a little more yarn to finish this. It would take a long time to knit a pinwheel sweater like this. I'll post pictures of it when I get it finished.

I'm getting the urge to knit some thicker winter socks to wear around the house or inside boots. They'll be toe up and start with a rectangle at the toe. (Much easier to do than most toe up starts.) And I'm thinking about using a short row garter stitch heel. I have a skein of Yarn Bee Snowflake from Hobby Lobby that I may use. It's rated as a DK weight yarn. I bought the yarn on sale because I liked the color. I do not like the strand of thin bumpy, scratchy thread they've plied with it. Ruins a very nice yarn in my opinion. I'm nutty, so I pulled the thread out of it in short sections and cut it off. I now how a nice ball of machine washable wool yarn for thick socks. Now to figure out what size needles to use and how many stitches I need to cast on to start them. :)

Thursday, November 4

Archer Scarf

Here's my newest pattern -- the Archer Scarf.

This is a garter stitch scarf that's completely reversible --- no right or wrong sides. It's an easy and fast project to knit! The pattern contains full written instructions and a lace chart.

I knit this sample scarf with size 9 (5.5 mm) knitting needles and a ball of Trendsetter Tonalita Fusion. The long color runs in this yarn really show off this easy lace design.

With one ball (109 yards) of worsted weight, my blocked scarf measured 6" wide x 46" long. If you want a longer scarf, use 150-200 yards of yarn. Want a wider scarf, add a few more stitches on each side of the lace design.

I've been thinking that this would look great as a stole or a cowl too. :)

Knit it in light or bright colors for women and teens or dark and masculine colorways for guys. Yes, this lace pattern is subtle enough that some men would be happy to wear it.

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