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Pattern Design: Mori Lace Gloves

That’s right, bumblebees and chickadees, I’ve worked out my first pattern design! (I should say, the first design that’s complete and I’m willing to let see the light of day… there’s a few failed monstrosities of pattern drafts stuffed into trash bins around here, and I wouldn’t be me if there wasn’t a giant lace shawl pattern in the works in the background.) These gloves are inspired by construction details from several different fingerless mitts, but the lace charts for the back of the hands are originally the property of Ana at knit-nana, repurposed from her inimitable Mirno shawl design with her gracious permission. (Thanks Ana!) My hand-copied draft chart, and an early prototype knit. The lace comes out quite differently at the...

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Inspiration and Improvisation: An Experiment in Cabled Socks

Sometimes, I get so caught up in the potential of what I’m knitting that I drop my pattern and just make it up as I go. Often, this has predictable results: frustration, confusion, and ripping the whole thing back to start over. A few times, I’ve finished a great project- only to realize that I can’t remember how I knitted it. Recently, I’ve started taking notes as I improvise; this has been particularly helpful with mitt and sock prototypes where I need to knit a matched pair. Eventually, I hope to like a finished improv project enough to fine-tune a full pattern that can be posted and shared! My most recent prototype is my first attempt to incorporate cables into my...

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WIP Wednesday: Fire and Ice

Kit and I love our local yarn shop: The Yarn Stories. On Knit Nite, I bought some absolutely gorgeous yarn to cast on a project I’ve been anticipating for a long time: yet another pair of long cabled fingerless mitts. I’m working with the Fire and Ice Fingerless Mitts pattern by Roz Harmon, which is both free and well-written! The pattern is adjustable for many sizes. I’m gradually collecting long cabled mitt patterns to knit for our household and our etsy shop; I think this pattern will be one of my favorites. I really enjoyed the main cable, and the small 2×2 twists on the underside are a great design feature. Malabrigo Merino Worsted in VAA I love this yarn. Yes, I realize I’ve said this...

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FO Friday: Tiny Bags Project Update

Hey everyone! I’m here with an update on that project I mentioned back in my very first post. This Friday, I have two finished objects to show off: one small lace bag, and my very first attempt at using cabling techniques. Both of these projects were knitted off designs by Sophia White, from her Knitting Under the Greenwood Tree series. I was first drawn to the designs because I am, in fact, a giant nerd, and knitting patterns named after characters from J.R. R. Tolkien’s works fills me with fantastical glee. So far, I’ve knitted up the Arwen and Samwise patterns, and I’ll keep going through the list as I have time and inclination for tiny fiddly projects. The Arwen bag is the first one I finished. I chose a...

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WIP Wednesday: An Eskevien Cardigan

Like most knitters, I started out with small projects: hats, scarves, and so on. But I could only scroll past sweaters on Ravelry for so long before giving in! A while back, I started working on Thomas Connor’s An Eskevien pattern. It is wonderful. An oversized sweater in worsted weight on 14-inch-long needles is a very different experience from tiny detailed handwarmers! Fortunately, cables are fun either way.   Yes, that is literally an entire pound of acrylic yarn. This cardigan is going to use two of these skeins. I’ve never knitted anything this big before! Soon it was obvious that this project was too big to carry with me. Since I cast on the cardigan before finishing my simpler knits, this became the one I left at...

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