Catching up: Part 1 – Knitting Projects

In a completely Boneheaded Move, I deleted this post. I will now try to reconstruct.

I spent the months of November and December in secret knitting, but now that the gifts have been opened, I will disclose my efforts.

This year, the theme was wool hats, with the exception of a couple of scarfs and bath puffs.

1. The Green Beret

Pattern: Gretel by Ysolda Teague.

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran

I learned a lot from this pattern. It is very well written, and it was the first time I had used a tubular cast-on. Though a little challenging, it looks good and seems necessary to keep the hat on. I cast on and knit the four rows with size US8 circular needle, put provisional stitches for the tubular on US6 circular needle then knit the first row of K2P2 rib onto the US8 circular, then switched to US5 dpns for the next 8 rounds.

I knit the regular version of the pattern on 2 US8 circular needles, though I eventually switched to dpns. I undid my swatch and ended up using exactly 2 balls, with little to spare.

2. Watch Caps

Pattern: Marsan Watchcap

Yarn: Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair.

After making one of these for Scott, he suggested I make them for all the guys. Let’s just say I can probably knit this in my sleep.

3. RoboCap

Pattern: Improvised

Yarn: Rowan RowanspunDK

An experiment in double knitting. The pattern is based on this robot from explodingdog.com. It is a website that Scott found many years ago after searching “make sarah smile“. I started the decreases a little early and in a manner I would not do again, but I hope my brother likes it anyway. The yarn was tough to work with for this project because it was uneven in thickness and tended to break with just a little too much tension.

I used the asymmetric graph paper generator from this site and drew the pattern by hand.

This was definitely the most challenging project.

4. Striped Scarf

Pattern: My So-called Scarf

Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 1 skein each of Ibiza and Tortuga Colorways

I finally wove in the ends and gave it to Scott. You can see him wearing it in the pictures of NYC.

5. Angora Leaves Scarf

Pattern: Branching Out from Knitty

Yarn: Cascade Yarns, “Cloud 9” 50/50 Wool/Angora

This pattern is going to make me eat my words about not knowing why people knit lace when they can crochet. This pattern was so simple and elegant, that I think I see more lace knitting projects in my future.

6. Crochet Bath puffs

Pattern: Cotton Bath Puff

Yarn: Lily Sugar n’ Cream

Fun little project that can be thrown in the washing machine to clean, unlike the nylon ones. Definitely more environmentally friendly. I will have to make one for myself soon.

I also printed care cards on Avery business card paper. I think they turned out pretty well.

That about wraps it up. I knit all of these, with the exception of the striped scarf, in about 5 weeks, so I am pretty happy and a little worn out. I have a few stragglers yet to send, but I’m mostly done.

Next year I plan to start earlier so I can enjoy it a little more.

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2 responses to “Catching up: Part 1 – Knitting Projects

  1. wow – what a great selection of finished objects. I especially love the beret, beautiful!

  2. Wow, you’ve been busy. The robot hat is adorable.

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