I hope all is well in your part of the world… Things are OK for now, but alot can happen in a few weeks and I’m wondering when life will feel predictable again.. I know it never really is! But there would be a comfort in knowing plans could be made and friends could be gathered….. in the meantime we find a distraction….
I’m trying to get as many ‘last’ swims in before the weather changes drastically… Each one gets savoured in case it is the actual last, but maybe I’ll be able to brace the cold for another while!
Otherwise I spend alot of time thinking about making, but not enough time actually making (for myself at least)…
Some things I’m enjoying making – like this teeny tiny Cardigan for a baby gift:
Its the fuss free baby Cardigan (pattern available on Ravelry).
Other items I dread sewing.. (why did I agree to alter a dress?)… I forget how little sewing time there is and then regret using it up doing sewing that’s not for me! 🤣 (update: the dress is done, and gratefully received… and I’ve reminded myself how to say no, and to stop worrying about causing offence😆).
I also have a new finished object that’s almost ready to share, it’s a Punch needle picture that I started in March, using leftover yarn. I just need to get a frame to pin it onto, and I can hang it up.
Other than that I hope to get some sewing cut out and some more knitting cast on, in the hope that it’ll kick start my motivation again!
I started this Cardigan in April I think… And I finally finished it last weekend when I was nursing a sore back… (Nothing serious just too much running around on my week off work!).
The design was heavily inspired by one I had seen in a shop:
I didn’t have a pattern so I used a similar shaped coatigan to check my finished measurements:
I knitted the sleeves two at a time, to keep the shaping even. Checking them against the grey coatigan.
I only took rough notes as I was working on it in fits and spurts, so I might not be able to recreate it!
It’s made from the bottom up with a seamless body and raglan sleeves, with 4 purl stitches at the seam.
I used short rows to build up the back neck and also to bring the shoulders in towards the neckline. The short rows blended well with the moss stitch.
There were 4 stitches at the raglan seams, but after trying it on, I used mattress stitch to close 2 of them up so, that the seam was sturdier and narrower. (The raglan seams could be a bit neater as I think I mixed up a few k2tog with k1sl1psso!).
I also added a row of crochet chain across the inside back neck for some extra strength. The front bands were knitted by picking-up stitches along the edges and around the back neck. Short rows and increases shaped the shawl collar.
This next one is for Stephanie! I found a moth wearing colours to match!
I might add buttons and maybe pockets, but I’ll wear it a while first and see how it feels.
I’ll sign off with a lovely calm picture of a nearby beach cove… I love the evening colours over the sea.
This post contains 2 cardigans for the price of one (It’s a Black Friday special!)
I’ve lost count of the amount of times I’ve finished making something and told myself that I need to make another version. It rarely happens though, instead I get distracted by the next new shiny pattern and forget all about it. Except this time…
The picture above is actually the second version I made of the Sunday Cardigan by PetiteKnit. I made my coral one below first, I used a bulky wool and made it close fitting rather than having any extra ease in it.
I love the shaping on the yoke and pictured a looser, snuggly version, in a longer length. I had a large ball of black acrylic in DK weight and mixed it with a light brown sock yarn to give it a marled effect. I went up a size from the 1st one (maybe 2 sizes actually – I can’t be certain now without counting the stitches!) .
Both cardigans needed a bit of added structure along the front bands. So on the coral one I added a strip of lace binding at the back:
And on the longer cardigan, I decided against any closures and handstitched black tape to stabilise the edges which were stretching out.
You can see the before and after below:
I have gotten so much wear out of these, that I might even make another one…… just as soon as the other 40 things on my knitting wish list are done 😉
Yep a summer scarf…just because there’s no longer an ‘r’ in the month, it doesn’t mean I can expect to be warm!
I’ve only ever made baby blankets from cotton yarn and wanted to try out something wearable.
I found the free pattern on Ravelry – its slanted and interesting but not too fiddly. It’s called Filo Biased scarf.
I’d say it would be a good second project for a new knitter – it’s mostly garter stitch (plain knitting) with a few other techniques like increasing/decreasing and yarn-overs added in.
As often happens, I didn’t follow the pattern exactly – I gradually made my stripes thicker and added in more of the mesh panels because they were nice and quick to knit!
I bought the cotton in a shop called Sorensen Green in Cork city … my brother said it was my kind of shop and he was right … lots of bits and bobs that I didn’t need, but had to buy!
I did stop at three balls of cotton though – and told myself I had to use those up before getting more. But of course now I’m sorry I didn’t buy more! Especially since they cost less than €2 per ball.
When I got home, my daughter pointed out the yarn colours matched what I was wearing that day … so at least the scarf was guaranteed to match something in my wardrobe !
Anyone else who matches their shopping to their outfit?
I liked the feel of knitting with cotton and am trying to decide what to make next.
I also love that I could find a pattern after an impulse buy of yarn. Using the advanced search on Ravelry – by selecting my needle size, yarn amount (metres) and free knitting patterns, I could easily pick a pattern from the filtered options. Perfect solution to my habit of buying yarn without knowing what I’m going to make 🙂