Butterfly & Cocoon

As soon as I saw these little butterflies with their cocoons in the latest issue of Making Magazine I knew I had to make them. I mean, come on! How can you not? 

The pattern calls for sport weight yarn, but I decided to use up some fingering weight scraps I had. It was so much fun mixing and matching colors to create these. I'm giving them to my granddaughters for Easter. I think they're going to have so much fun playing with them, especially putting them in and taking them out of their cocoons.

I highly recommend this pattern. It is written by Susan B. Anderson, who writes the most detailed, easy to follow patterns and creates the cutest little toy knitting patterns.

Tiny Knitted Sweaters

Each year I make a Christmas ornament for my granddaughters, by hand. This year I went with these cute little knitted sweaters. It was fun to play with some colorwork on a small scale like this and was a good way to get some practice. This is something I look forward to getting better at and being able to make an adult size sweater like these. :) 

Happy holidays!

Fidra Hat

I made another Fidra because I'm in love with this pattern. It's an addictive pattern and knits up really quickly (perfect for last minute Christmas gifting). And it's beautiful.

I used Quince & Co. Osprey in the color camel for the hat. For the pom pom I wanted it to be contrasting, so I mixed some leftover Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the color Pumpernickel with some suri alpaca I have from Old Homestead Alpacas. It made the perfect pom pom. :)  

Woodsy Hat

As you've probably noticed, I'm a huge fan of anything Melody of Mandarine's designs. Every time she comes out with a new pattern I want to cast it on right away. This is one of her latest designs, the Woodsy Hat. I must say, this is one of my very favorite knits of all time.

I made this using Merino d'Arles Fingering, which is one of Melody's yarns that she hand dyes.   It's absolutely beautiful! 

Current WIPs

Lately I've been wanting to cast on everything! I usually like to have no more than three wips (works in progress) at once, but at the moment I have a couple more than that. I think I can blame that on my new addiction to knitting socks, as I have a couple pair going at once right now. 

My favorite project I'm knitting at the moment is this Whispering Island Shawl by Helen Stewart. This is such a fun pattern! The yarn I'm using is a gorgeous hand dyed French wool by Melody of Mandarine's. I can't even begin to tell you how soft this wool is. And the color is divine! She makes the most beautiful yarn and I want to knit all the things with it.

I actually have two shawls going at the moment. The second I'm working on is Oceanbound by Melanie Berg. I'm knitting this with A Verb For Keeping Warm hand dyed indigo yarn called Flock in the denim colorway. It's knitting up so beautifully.

One goal I had this year was to knit colorwork. I figured I'd start out small, so I'm participating in a KAL for these pretty spring flower mitts. The pattern is Small Flower Mitts by Leigh Miller and Ann Myhre. I love the way they're knitting up. I will say that I have some work to do on learning how to carry the floats and work the ends in as I go (there are a lot of ends inside that mitt!), but I'm really loving working on them and getting the practice. The yarn I'm using is so amazing. It's Jamieson's Shetland Spindrift and I just can't get enough of it. 

So, that's usually my limit -- three items on the needles. Well, I have two more, and they are both socks. One I'm loving and the other not so much.

This first pair is a pattern called Drop It by Andrea Salin. Basically you knit several rows and then drop stitches up above. I think it's actually fun to drop the stitches, but this yarn doesn't like to cooperate so much, which makes it not so fun. I'm using Madelinetosh Merino Light in the White Wash colorway. It's a single ply, so I guess I should have expected as much with this yarn. I was about halfway through the second sock when I noticed a mistake several rows back. I tried ripping back, but ended up having to rip all the way back to the cuff because I just couldn't figure out each row and where I was with those dropped stitches. So this sock is sitting all by itself at the moment waiting for me to knit the second one. I'm actually not sure if I ever will, just because I wasn't really enjoying the pattern that much. We'll see.

So, after dealing with that complicated sock pattern and the issues I was having, I decided to knit a very basic sock. I get bored quite easily, so I didn't want to go with a totally vanilla sock, so I went with Vanilla Latte Socks by Virginia Rose-Jeanes. I absolutely love knitting these and they are coming along nicely. I added a contrasting heel and toe just to mix things up a bit. The main yarn I'm using is Malabrigo Sock in Arco Iris colorway. The contrasting yarn is Jagger Spun in the Mahogany colorway. 

 

 

First Knitted Socks

I promised myself to learn to knit socks this year and I actually knit a pair! It was so much easier than I thought, and fun, too. Now all I want to do is knit more socks. :)

For my first pair I chose this pretty pattern by Olivia Villarreal called Wildflowers & Honeycomb. I absolutely love how they knit up. The lace work is really simple yet so beautiful. I've had the yarn in my stash for several years just waiting for the perfect project. I love it with this pattern. It's Madelinetosh Merino Light in the colorway Modern Fair Isle. I highly recommend this pattern.

Simple House Slippers - Part II

I learned a lesson about knitting slippers. Put some sort of bottoms on them. Unfortunately, the first pair I knit had holes worn in them quite quickly. I was so bummed. I love them so much that I just kept wearing them, but decided to go ahead and knit another pair.

I did a little research to find out how to make them last longer and found these slipper bottoms. So I knit another pair, this time in a yarn with several more plies than the first (I used Brooklyn Tweed Shelter) and went down a couple needle sizes from the recommendation on the yarn, that way I could knit a denser fabric. It worked perfectly, and the slipper bottoms are amazing. Now I can knit a bunch more and just sew these bottoms on them. I plan on making a couple for mother's day gifts.

Pattern is Simple House Slippers by Temple Knits, knitted with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Blanket Fort colorway.

WIPs and Blooms

Spring is coming alive in my garden! I absolutely love this time of year with the feeling of renewal. It makes me want to start new projects and get out in the garden. All of the little wildflowers that we planted last year are popping up and some of the roses are starting to bloom.

I'm currently working on a pretty, textured hat and a shawl that is perfect for spring.

Pollen Hat by Andrea Mowry. Knitting with The Fibre Co. Organik in the Coral Reef colorway

I'm currently reading this book by Katie Daisy - How to be a Wildflower. I can't say enough good things about it. The illustrations and drawings in here are so lovely, and I just love the gentle reminders to enjoy nature and the outdoors. It's so calming, refreshing and inspiring.

Oceanbound by Melanie Berg. Knitting with A Verb for Keeping Warm Flock, dyed with indigo

Puerperium Cardigan

I just finished knitting another little baby knit for a friend who is having a boy. I've had this in my queue on Ravelry for quite some time now and was so happy to get to knit it. I really like the design of this one, the way it buttons down the side and folds open completely.

I used Plucky Knitter Sweater and it knit up so beautifully. I love how perfect the stitches look with this yarn, and it's so soft. I found some pretty little coconut shell buttons and think they go perfectly with the cardigan.

Pattern is Puerperium Cardigan by Kelly Brooker. Knitted with Plucky Knitter Sweater in the After Dark colorway.

Little Old Man Cardigan

I was so excited when I found out a good friend was expecting a baby boy this year. I finally had an excuse to knit up this adorable little old man cardigan. I have two granddaughters, so I'm usually knitting up girly stuff, which I'm so happy to be able to do, but when you see something as cute as this little cardigan you can't help but want to knit it. I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I can't wait to see it on the baby. The tweed yarn really gives it that perfect little old man cardigan look. I added a little pocket as well. It was just as much fun shopping for the little outfit to go with it. :)

Pattern is Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down. Knitted with Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in the Nest colorway. Pocket accent is done with the same yarn in the Faded Quilt colorway.

Seed/Moss Stitch Knitted Hat Pattern

Materials Used:

One skein of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. colorway Dustweaver (90 yards super bulky yarn)

US 11 - 8.0 mm 16" circular needle or dpns

US 13 - 9.0 mm 16" circular needle or dpns

US 13 - 9.0 mm dpns

Directions:

With smaller needle CO 44

K2, P2

Continue K2, P2 ribbing for 11 rows, or 2 inches

Switch to larger needle

K1, P1 until last st, purl front and back of last st. You should now have 45 sts on your needle.

Next rnd: P1, K1

Next rnd: K1, P1

Repeat last two rounds until hat measures 7.5-7.75 inches from CO edge. You can continue and make it longer if you would like a slouchy hat.

Begin decreasing:

Rnd 1: p3tog, k1. Repeat all the way around and purl the last stitch.

Rnd 2: P1, K1, repeating until end of round

Repeat these two rounds until only a few stitches remain, switching to dpns when necessary.

Break yarn and thread through remaining live stitches on your needle, pull tight to close the hat up. W

eave in ends.

There was plenty of yarn leftover to make a pom pom, so you can make one and add it if you like. I went with a faux fur pom pom I found at my local yarn shop.

Happy knitting!

Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern

Here's a simple 2x2 ribbed hat that you can knit up in a couple of hours. I found this squishy soft Madelinetosh yarn that was perfect for it.

Lady by the Bay - Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern

Materials Used:

One skein of Madelinetosh A.S.A.P. colorway Mare (90 yards super bulky yarn)

US 13 - 9.0 mm 16" circular needle or dpns

US 13 - 9.0 mm dpns

Directions:

CO 52

K2, P2

Continue K2, P2 ribbing until piece measures 11 inches

Begin decreasing:

(switch to dpns when necessary)

Rnd 1: k2, p2tog, repeating until end of round

Rnd 2: k1, k2tog, repeating until end of round

Rnd 3: k2tog, repeating until end of round

Rnd 4: k2tog, repeating until end of round, knit last stitch

Break yarn and thread through remaining live stitches on your needle, pull tight to close the hat up.

Weave in ends.

Lady by the Bay - Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern
Lady by the Bay - Simple Ribbed Beanie Knitting Pattern

Anthropologie Inspired Knitted Hat Pattern

During a recent visit to Anthropologie I saw this hat.

I loved everything about it except the $40 price tag. I could tell it was just a simple ribbed hat and I liked the smaller ribbing at the band. I decided to try and make one for myself. I did and I'm sharing with you how I did it so you can make one of your own. And the cost of this hat was only $6, and that's with using a really nice yarn. You could make it for even less using a less expensive yarn.

Here's the one I made.

Lady by the Bay-Anthropologie Inspired Knitted Hat Pattern

Here's how I made it:

Finished size:

18" circumfrence

Materials:

Approximately 110 yards worsted weight yarn (I used 60 grams of Malabrigo Merino Worsted in the colorway Polar Morn)

Size 9 (5.5 mm) 16" circular knitting needles

Size 13 (9 mm) 16" circular knitting needles

Size 13 (9mm) double pointed needles

Darning needle

Pattern:

Cast on 89 stitches using size 9 needles. I cast on 89 because I like to use

this

method for joining in the round, so that there is no small gap. If you don't want to use this method, just cast on 88 stitches.

Join in the round being careful not to twist stitches. You can place a marker if you like; I just use the tail as a guide for the beginning of a row.

K1, P1 for 5 rows.

Switch to size 13 needles and continue K1, P1 in the round for 5.5 inches.

Switch to DPNs.

Next round ssk all the way around.

Knit two rounds.

Next round k2tog all the way around.

Cut yarn, thread darning needle and draw the needle through the remaining stitches on the needles. Pull tight to close and pass yarn through middle to the inside of the hat.

Make a large pom pom. I made mine by wrapping the yarn around the palm of my hand 100 times, securing the center with a tight knot to make like a bowtie and then cutting all of the loops and trimming until it looked the way I liked. There's a good tutorial

here

 on making pom poms that can help you if my description of what I did wasn't good enough. :)

Attach your pom pom to the top of the hat and weave in all ends.

Happy knitting!