Grandma’s Favorite

I have made a boatload of these simple washcloths. The pattern that I see most is called “Grandma’s Favorite Washcloth”. After making these six last month for testing cotton yarns I got to thinking- what else can I make from this pattern? In crochet, there is a variation for granny squares for EVERYTHING! So why not try it with this washcloth pattern?

Here I am presenting my first design! Grandma’s Favorite Poncho!

This is a beginner friendly pattern. The neck ribbing is knit in the round and then separated for the front and back of the poncho. Those eyelets give a convenient way to “seam” it together using some contrast yarn to shoelace it together.

Using super bulky yarn means that it is a quick knit. I love chunky knits for when the weather starts to get cold. I’m still very much in summer weather but I am looking forward to some cooler temps.

Click HERE to purchase pattern.

Happy Knitting!

Quarantine Knitting

I have been carelessly casting on. If I’ve got the needles and the yarn I’ve just been going for it. My family will be moving to Washington state the end of the year so the more knitwear the better!

I’ve started and completed my first shawl! The only reason I chose this pattern was because I had the recommended yarn. Here is the asymmetrical shawl pattern by Yarnspirations. It uses one cake of the Caron Latte Cake. I really enjoy working with this yarn. It is fuzzy and is really soft. Knitting with it is so smooth and fast.

Last week I challenged myself to make one washcloth a day. I learned the garter slip stitch and kinda fell in love with the way it worked up. The last day I tried to do a mitered square and let’s just say that’ll go into the ‘messed up but usable’ pile. Its not the best but it’ll work. With Hobby Lobby being closed I’ve had to chose different cotton yarn. There is a big difference between them. The Lily’s Sugar N Cream yarn is coarser then the Hobby Lobby brand I’ve been using. It is still really great yarn that you can find at Walmart and Amazon.

I’ve actually done something out of my queue! The Sideways Sweater by Adella Dutra has been so fast and easy to do. Unfortunately I’ve run out of yarn with just one sleeve to go! Luckily I have time to complete it. This is another sweater to add to next winters wardrobe for my little miss. I’m using my favorite needles by Knitters Pride.

I had an impulse purchase. I’ve eyed this yarn at Walmart for awhile now and decided why not. This is the “I wanna make a blankie” yarn by Lion Brand. It is so thick and squishy to work with. I took a break from the needles and figured out how to do corner to corner with crochet. I think it took me three days to make this monster.

Seeing all that I’ve finished I think that I’ve needed to just do some mindless knitting. The days are so out of the ordinary that the easy patterns are really comforting. Hopefully I can get some of my mojo back and do some more challenging knits!

This week my goal is to be a finisher! I’ve got two socks, a blanket, and a sweater to finish. I’ve only thought about starting a new project like five times today. 🙂

Stay safe and Happy Knitting!

Stayin’ Home and Knittin’

Whew! The last couple of weeks have been intense. It doesn’t look like it’ll be getting back to normal anytime soon.

With so much time at home now how are you filling it? Are y’all starting new projects or getting all those projects finished up?

This week I’ll finish up my first test knit! I am so excited to start doing some testing. This is a 0-14 year old pattern called Calendula by Agasalhos e Bugalhos. Its a simple raglan down kids sweater. The designer has added so many graphs and pictures that it’d make for a great beginner project. The yarn is Yarn Bee Chloe colorway breezy sunrise. I’ve made this a size too big for my kid now that way she’ll have it for next winter!

Calendula sweater by Agasolhos e Bugalhos

I have gone down a rabbit hole for making socks. I didn’t realize how many different ways there were. There is magic loop, double pointed needles, 9” circular, and flexiflips.

Magic loop is the long cable way to do things. These Addi turbo needles are on my wishlist! I want to try this way so I can do two at a time to see if that’s my thing. I think it’d be so fast to knock out a pair and have them match perfectly!

You either love double pointed needles, or you hate them. I love them. I didn’t know though that there are short teeny tiny needles that are great for doing baby socks. It kinda feels like you are knitting with toothpicks but its nice not having so much needle and so few stitches.

Rose City Rollers Littles with some scrap yarn

I’ve also started using a 9 in circular pair of socks. These so far are in the middle of the sock game. The beginning is really fiddly to work with and if you are doing a smaller sock its a bit stretched. But it does go by really fast. This has sat in the car so whenever my husband drives me around I can get a couple of rows in. I think on this sock I’m going to use some DPN’s to make the heel but the next sock I”ll try and do the heel on the circular. I’m doing a plain Jane cuff down sock pattern.

This next way I just learned about! I was talking to my mom and she recommended them. These are double pointed flexible needles. Addi has been the first to make them and call them Flexiflips but there are other brands out there now. It looks like magic loop and double pointed mixed together.

One of these days I’m going to try out adding some thread in the toes and heels to make a heavy duty sock. Now to knit all the socks to find out which way is the best!

I think as soon as I bind off I’m casting on. There is just so much that I want to do!

Be safe out there and wash your hands.

Happy Knitting!

Stitch of the Week: 4

Cartridge Stitch

This week’s stitch is an easy one. It is a 6 row repeat. Adding a purl row in makes the fabric look like a horizontal rib pattern. The wrong side and right side look the same.

Cartridge Stitch

Row 1: knit

Row 2: purl

Row 3: knit

Row 4: knit

Row 5: purl

Row 6: knit

Cast on as many stitches as you need and repeat the 6 rows for as long as you need.

Happy knitting!

App vs Paper

At any given time I’m thinking of at least three things. There is always so much planning and organizing to do. The chore list is never ending and taking care of a toddler and two dogs, plus a spouse can keep anyone busy busy busy. All this mental tasking means that I forget what row I’m on all the time. Or you know, something juicy happening on tv.

I try and keep a project on the counter. In order for a project to make it to this high level it has to be easy. Its going to be a simple pattern or one that I don’t have to think too hard about. That way when my kid has knocked down the bathroom shelving or my golden pup is sneaking away with some socks I am able to just drop what I’m doing and fix the situation.

But what about all the other WIP’s? How do you like to follow along with a chart or a row repeat?

There are so many great apps out there that can do so much. You are able to import patterns from your Ravelry library or from your pdf files. Its awesome. You are able to count rows and can make separate row counters for whatever you need. I think one of the best things about using an app is that you always have it nearby. Your phone or tablet is not easily lost or broken.

Paper though. There is something special about using a pen and paper. I feel like it’s becoming more and more outdated. I think paper patterns are able to be personalized easier. Notes can be scribbled alongside with ease. If there are multiple pages you can look at all pages at one time. Pen and paper is great too because you don’t have figure out how that one specific app works. Most apps out there have a highlighter or note taking feature but you have to learn how to do that. I like using little notebooks like this. I have a couple of them that way I can put them in my project bags and it isn’t too bulky and won’t damage anything.

I use both. It really depends on the project. If the pattern has a lot of sizes I like to print it out so that way I can highlight and really make the size I’m doing stand out. I use an app the rest of the time. My phone has a special spot next to me on the couch so I can follow along.

Which do you prefer?

Happy Knitting!

Dream Knits

If you are anything like me as you are working up one project you have the next one in mind, and the next, and the next. I can get lost for hours perusing different knitting sites and planning what’ll be next on my needles. Here are a couple of things that are on my queue. Whether it’ll be what I’ll cast on next or a project for down the road these guys have my attention.

First off, I have accepted that I am a sock knitter. I think that socks should always be in your WIP collection. Rose City Roller Littles Edition by Mara Catherine Bryner are next on my needles. They are the cutest little socks that seem like you could knit them up in an hour. My mom has collected some of her ends and bits from her sock making for me that’ll make up some awesome socks for a toddler. ‘Cuz who needs matching socks? Not a 1.5 year old… or me for that matter.

© Mara Catherine Bryner

To go along with my sock obsession I really want to try the different methods for knitting them. Most people go with the magic loop or the double pointed needles method. I have heard that these 9 in needles can really speed up the process. It won’t work well for baby socks but I want to give it a go for some adult tootsies.

When I saw this pattern I knew that I had to have it. The Witching Hour by Dear Ingenue is one of the coolest colorwork sweaters. This is definitely not your grandmammy’s sweater. It makes me want to binge watch ’21 Monkeys’ tv series.

© Dear Ingenue

I have recently fallen for cropped sweaters. They are so versatile. You can dress it up or dress it down. That makes Ursa by Jacqueline Cieslak on my list. Its a simple raglan construction top with great detailing and with bulky yarn it’ll knit up in a jiffy. I think it’ll be a good sweater to do for when you need a relaxing, tv watching project.

© Jacqueline Cieslak

© Jacqueline Cieslak

Split Back Tank
© Samantha Stadter

I love all of Samantha Stadler’s patterns. Most of them are free too if you go to her blog https://samsweaterz.com/. I can’t decide which I like more the Split Back Tank or the Calion. Either one would be great and airy for summertime!

Calion
© Samantha Stadter

This is really just the readers digest version of my ever growing ‘want to knit’ list. There are so many creative designers out there that keep my list never ending. What’s one of your dream knits?

Happy knitting!

Stitch of the Week: 3

Linen Stitch

The linen stitch is so much easier then it looks. If you can knit and purl then you can do this stitch.

Right side
Wrong side

YF- move yarn to the front of work

YB- move yarn to the back of work

SL- slip stitch

Cast on an even amount.

Row 1: (right side) *k1, yf, sl 1, yb; rep from * to end.

Row 2:(wrong side) *p1, yb, sl 1, yf; rep from * to end.

Repeat these two rows.

yf, sl 1, yb right side

Moving the yarn to the front and back wraps the slipped stitch making the unique design. This makes for a pretty dense fabric that is great for scarves, cowls and dish towels.

Cancun Boxy Lace Top

Lace looks so dainty and fragile. More importantly, it looks incredibly difficult to knit. There are so many stitches to count and mistakes are easily spotted. I chose do to this free pattern from Ravelry to face my fears.

The Cancun boxy lace top by Erin Kate Archer is simple in construction. It’s just two rectangles seamed together. I really like this since I could focus on the new lace techniques and not have to worry about increasing and decreasing.

The pattern called for DK weight yarn so I used Lion Brand Mandala yarn. Using size 8 needles it knits up quick. A couple of garter rows is knit between each of the lace stitches. It was really weird to be purposely making holes in the fabric but I love the way it turned out. The lace stitches are eyelet, dropped, netting, and solid mesh. My favorite stitch is also my least favorite stitch, the dropped stitch. I like how the dropped stitch looks but knitting it was arduous. I really liked how the yarn changed colors within the pattern.

There are so many modifications that you can easily do. Since it was my first time I kept it strictly to pattern. You can make it wider and use it as a beach cover up or add more rows of lace to make it less of a crop.

After you have the front and back done all that’s left to do is to seam the shoulders and the sides. It’ll definitely make a great top for summer!

This top has made lace seem a little less daunting and I really enjoy projects that teach me something new! Do you like to knit lace? What’s your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Happy Knitting!

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Stitch of the Week: 2

This week we have another simple and widely used stitch pattern. The stockinette (or stocking) stitch is an easy pattern. Cast on any amount of stitches. Alternate between knit rows and purl rows. When working in the round stockinette is just knit row after knit row.

Stockinette Stitch

Stockinette stitch is all smooth and made of a bunch of hearts together. If you purl when you should’ve knitted it’ll be pretty easy to tell the difference.

Reverse Stockinette Stitch

Reverse stockinette stitch just means the other side of stockinette. Typically reverse stockinette is going to be the ‘wrong side’ of your work.

Stockinette can be tricky because it is prone to curling. If you were to make a square of stockinette it’d end up being a tube. It can be managed by adding garter stitch to the border.

Happy knitting!

Knitting Needles

One of my favorite sounds ever is the sound of two needles click clicking together. It is so relaxing that I’ll look up knitting tutorials on YouTube to hear it! For others however the click click drives them crazy.

For those of us that like the sound these metal interchangeable needles are great. You get different sizes of cables and gauges to accomplish almost any project. With circular needles you are able to work in the round or flat.

Bamboo needles are great if you want a quiet knit. They come interchangeable, circular or straight. A thing about wooden needles is that the stitches like to stay on them. With metal needles the stitches slide off with ease but not so much with wooden ones. If you are using a slippy yarn it may come in handy.

Another option is to use plastic needles. I’ve found the tips can be a bit bendy if you are a tight knitter. They slide really well. You can find interchangeable, circular and straight needle options.

Needles can really range in price. Your local craft store will have needles that are great and if you wanna be fancy you can find yourself some one of a kind handmade needles. Which needles are your favorite?

Happy Knitting!

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