A summer to complete some lingering knitting projects

For me summer knitting is mostly for cooler and rainy days. This summer I would like to finish those lingering knitting projects. I finished a seamless top which I had started almost a year ago. This top was going to be a long sleeved pullover using the yarn I already had but when I started knitting the sleeves with the variegated yarn the stripes were much wider than the body. I did not like this banding pattern on the sleeves so I decided to make it a short sleeved top. See more on the  project here.

Seamless Top

Another project to complete this summer is this top down tunic that I started almost two years ago.

Do you have any long lingering knitting projects that need to be completed?

Keep cool and happy knitting this summer!


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue

June 2018 square: Stitch pattern for the square is different from the knit-along pattern.

Square for June 2018

Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®
Project details on my Ravelry project page

 

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The woven look of the linen knit stitch

The linen stitch pattern gives the knitted item a flat woven look on one side and a textured look on the other side.

The flat weave side

Textured side of the linen stitch

Why this stitch pattern is fast becoming a new favorite of mine:

  • Like the garter stitch it lays flat

Dishcloths with linen stitch

Linen stitch dishcloths

  • By varying the knitting needle sizes, it can be knit tightly without much stretch or elasticity or knit loosely with some elasticity
  • It creates a dense fabric-like look when knit tightly
  • It’s a simple 2 rows repeat pattern that can be used to create a plethora of single colored or multicolored knitted items
  • There’s no purling when knit in the round

Linen stitch hat

Hat with the textured side

This simple yet versatile stitch pattern is also great for leftover yarn from other knitting projects. I know I’ll be knitting quite a few items with this stitch pattern.

Have you tried the linen knit stitch?


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
May 2018 square: Stitch pattern for both squares are different from the knit-along pattern.
Yarn: Lion Brand® Vanna’s Choice®
Project details on my Ravelry project page

Is a designated craft area or room useful to a knitter?

For the most part, hand knitting and crocheting is portable and a designated craft area or room although not necessary for a beginning knitter certainly becomes more useful and essential as a knitter’s skill levels, projects, and yarn inventory increases. We try to keep our clothes, our mail, the cooking utensils etc. in designated areas so why not our yarn and knitting supplies?

With a designated craft area or room –

  • All the yarn is in one place so we know how much and what type of yarn we have.
  • Less time is wasted looking for a particular yarn stored in a different place.
  • The frequency of additional yarn purchase may decrease.
  • There is motivation to try more challenging knitting projects and to keep better project details and notes.
  • The non – knitters in the household will be thankful they don’t have to see yarn stored in different places.

There are several craft area/room tours by both professional and hobby knitters on YouTube that give some helpful tips on how to create a designated craft area or room. I’m still working on creating a designated craft area where I can keep all my yarn and knitting supplies.


My first top down hat

Finished Hat with pom pom

Yarn used: Lion Brand Heartland® in Isle Royale
Project details can be found on my Ravelry project page

All the hat patterns I’ve knitted so far (some earlier posts here and here) have been bottom up and seamless. The brim of the hat is knitted first, then the body and lastly the crown shaping. With top down hats the crown shaping is knitted first, then the body and lastly the brim.

After reading and watching several online tutorials on how to knit a top down seamless hat, I cast on 8 stitches and began knitting the hat using the magic loop method (tutorial by Tin Can knits).  I increased 8 stitches every other round till I had the number of stitches I needed. I knit the body of the hat in stockinette stitch pattern for several rounds and then knitted the brim using 2 x 2 ribbing pattern.

Once I got used to the magic loop method, knitting the hat with using a top down construction was not hard. I started and finished knitting this hat in December 2017 but found it a bit short without the brim rolled up.

Hat without pom pom

With a short brim

I frogged a few rounds of the brim and knitted till the length of the brim was twice as much as before. Now the hat fits much better.

Finished hat with longer brim

Hat with rolled up brim

It seems that enough brim length when rolled up makes the hat fit better even if the body of the hat is a bit short or a bit long. Because of the direction of the knitting, it is faster and easier to increase the brim length if needed in a top down hat than it is in a bottom up hat.


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
February 2018 square: Project details on my Ravelry project page

April 2018 square

Adding a single crochet edging to knitted items

Round Hot pad / trivet mat

Yarn used: Patons Classic Wool by Yarnspiration.
Techniques used: Single crochet edging and short rows.
Video Tutorials that I watched to learn all these techniques (including the kitchener stitch) were by Staci of Very Pink.

The pattern is based on Simply Notable’s Crazy Eights dishcloth. Instead of a dishcloth I used four strands of yarn held together to knit a hotpad/ trivet mat. I also used a kitchener stitch instead of mattress stitch to join the two knitted ends together. I would prefer a seamless round dishcloth or trivet mat.

Adding a single crochet edging to knitted items gives them a finished and flat look. There are other crochet techniques that can be used to add a finished and decorative look to knitted items.


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
February 2018 square: Project details on my Ravelry project page

 

To knit a mitered square

Mitered Dishcloth: Yarn Lily Sugar ‘n Cream by Yarnspirations™

Mitered square knitting (also referred to as domino or modular knitting in a blogpost by theSpruce) is a technique where through decreases in the midpoint of every other row results in a square piece of knitting. This technique of creating a knitted square is versatile and can used for many projects.

I added an extra knit stitch between the two center decreases that shows the diagonal direction of the knitted piece with an I-cord loop at the end.


Knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue.
February 2018 square: Project details on my Ravelry project page 

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Yarn: LionBrand’s Vanna’s Choice® Yarn in the Rust colorway

The year for a year-long knit-along

Hello folks hope your New Year started off warmer than mine! Mine started with extremely cold temperatures and snowfall during the first week of the year. Good time to stay indoors and indulge in knitting projects with a cup of coffee or tea of course.

I finished this custom seamless cardigan last month just in time for the cold weather. I learnt many new things knitting this cardigan. I learnt how to knit a hood, add patch pockets (I found Susan B Anderson’s and Tin Can Knits tutorial helpful), and make a crochet chain button loop (many tutorials on YouTube). I also hand dyed the yarn since the skeins I purchased had different dye lot numbers. Yarn used: Patons Shetland Chunky Yarn in the Aran colorway. After hand dyeing, the yarn color became a light charcoal.

Cardigan with Pockets and Hood

This year I will be following the square of the month knit-along by Hannah Wallace in Knit Simple Magazine, Holiday 2017 issue. I will be modifying the pattern quite a bit. The modifications will include a different yarn (I already have this yarn) and all the squares will have the same number of stitch counts and rows so for certain months the stitch patterns will be substituted for other knit and purl stitch patterns. I will post pictures of a square or two each month on this site and on my Ravelry project page.

January 2018 square (Yarn: LionBrand’s Vanna’s Choice® Yarn in the Brick colorway)

This is my first knit-along and the reasons for doing this includes:

  • To work with the yarn I already have (The finished project will be quite interesting since it will be in several different colorways!)
  • Do a little each month
  • Sample new knit and purl stitch patterns
  • Write some project details on my Ravelry project page,
  • Have a deadline for the completion of this project.

This year will be a year to learn new stitch patterns, try different knitting techniques and take part in a year – long knit -along.

Thanks to all knitters and non knitters who read this blog.

Coffeeteaknits

A season to knit earwarmers

Earwarmer with Fair Isle Knitting

Yarn Used: Patons® Classic Wool Worsted in Burgundy and Grey? (not sure about this colorway since it was knitted from yarn I already had and no longer have the label for it)

Project Details: This pattern Fair Isle Headband by Jane Stringer is a free Ravelry download and really a good project to start knitting Fair Isle. This is a fourteen stitch and fifteen round repeat pattern that can be knitted within a week. Next time I will knit two extra rounds of ribbing since the ribbing was curling up before I blocked the earwarmer.

This is my first time knitting Fair Isle and I wanted a small project to practice it. I still need to work on carrying my floats in the back (missed one in the lower right section of the second image) and knitting without tangling the two strands of yarn. It was a straightforward project with no increases or decreases in the pattern and a great introduction to Fair Isle knitting.

A season to knit earwarmers

  • They are quick knits making them great holiday gifts.
  • Learn or practice new and more complex stitch patterns (eg. Fair Isle) before investing time on a bigger knitting project with that particular stitch pattern.
  • Can be knitted flat and then seamed or can be knitted seamless and in the round. The pattern is the same bottom up or top down.
  • One skein (200 yards) of yarn is enough to make 2 or more earwarmers. Great for using leftover yarn.
  • Can be knit with any type or weight of yarn.
  • Good for keeping your ears warm in the winter without messing up your hair.

Happy Knitting!