Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Pattern: Flurries Hat

The (Adult) Flurries Hat is now live on Ravelry! (Not to be confused with my free, baby hat knitting pattern here!) I had my roommate Justine stand in front of my favorite brick wall near our apartment and model it for me.

The hat is a super quick knit! It uses bulky yarn in two colors and comes in 3 sizes. It's also very easy to modify the size to whatever your specific measurements might be.

This hat was inspired by the hats I knit as Christmas gifts this past month. I made some simple, one-color versions for my mom and my friend. I had never done stranded colorwork with moss stitch before and I wanted to see how it would turn out. The pretty blue-purple of my contrasting color with the cream color base made me think of flurries :)

The pattern is available both on Ravelry and in my Etsy store. If you have any questions let me know!

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Christmas Knits!

This year I gave a few more knitted Christmas gifts than normal :) 
The photo above is my friend Esra modeling the hat I knit for her as her Secret Santa. I knit a similar one for my mom (pictured below), but used one of those faux-fur pompoms instead.

I also knit up some last minute ornaments. The first is a knit cactus. I used this pattern and picked up the felt for the flowers and tiny pots at Michaels. 

The second is a little pompom sheep. I just got a Clover pompom maker and it's been such a game-changer ;) 
I used to use old cereal boxes as cardboard for those cut out pompom forms. I would always lose them after each use and have to remake them every time. This definitely makes things a lot easier now. I got like 6 of these sheep done in under an hour.

I created my own pattern for the moss stitch hat above. I really liked the way it turned out so I decided to add a bit more flair and incorporate two-color moss stitch with some surface decreases. I am currently testing this pattern so be on the lookout for its release on December 30th! My friend Justine is modeling it for me below (it's so great to not have to do the knit modeling myself!).

Finally, this January I hope to be finishing/close to finishing two exciting projects. One is a test knit for Brooklyn Tweed that I can't share any photos of yet! The other is my No Frills Sweater. It took me a couple of tries but I think I found the alpaca/mohair combination that gives me the rich red/orange color I've been looking for. It's the softest and very relaxing to knit.

Did you have a lot of Christmas knitting to get done? Are you excited for New Year knits?? Let me know in the comments!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Free Pattern: Knit Velvet Scrunchie Tutorial

Perhaps rather surprisingly, scrunchies are back! (?!?) 

You may have seen some very cute velvet crochet scrunchies on instagram using Bernat's new Velvet yarn. While I'll admit crochet makes a little more sense for this project, I thought I'd attempt a knit version for those of us who more often reach for knitting needles than a crochet hook. 

These scrunchies are made by knitting a wide ring in the round, then whip stitching the two ends together around a ponytail holder to make a hollow tube. Bernat Velvet breaks rather easily so handle your scrunchie with some care (don't stretch it too much!). I used the magic loop method, though I imagine a shorter circular needle (16in or 9in) or double pointed needles would work better. 

I recommend you use a ponytail holder you like. The scrunchies will reduce the stretchiness of your ponytail holder so make sure you have a size that works for you. 

I've created three sizes: S(M, L). Go up a size if your hair is a little thicker or you need some more stretch. 

About 20-40 yards of Bernat Velvet, shown here in Chilled Blue
US Size 11 (8mm) circular or double pointed needles
Yarn needle
A ponytail holder

10 sts = 4in (10cm) in stockinette stitch

CO: Cast on
K2tog: Knit two together (decreases 1 stitch)
Kfb: Knit through the front and back of same stitch (increases 1 stitch)
BO: Bind off


CO 40(50, 60)
Rnds 1-3: Knit
Rnd 4: K2tog around
Rnd 5: Knit
Rnd 6: Kfb around
Rnds 7-8: Knit
Rnd 9: BO knitwise

After binding off, leave a tail long enough for sewing the sides together

Turn the scrunchie inside-out (purl-side out) and place ponytail holder in center of ring

Sew the edges of the ring together by folding the scrunchie over the ponytail holder and using whip stitch (or any other sewing method) to sew the edges together

Hide the ends of the yarn inside the scrunchie. The cast on edge can be tucked inside the scrunchie. The sewing end can be threaded through and hidden inside the scrunchie after tying off.


There are so many ways to vary this scrunchie! In the top-left corner of photo above, I knit four rows instead of three before and after the increases/decreases. You could also not decrease and increase at all (and save yourself a little time!). Simply knit for eight rounds and then bind off knitwise. The scrunchies would then have less of a doughnut shape and a more ruffled look. 

Let me know what you think in the comments! Have fun!

Many thanks to Carly and Bridget for modeling for me :)

Friday, November 30, 2018

New Pattern: The Prospectus Hat

I'm so happy to now be able to share with you all my first tested and for-sale design: the Prospectus Hat! You can read more about the design process here! I also can't thank my testers enough for working through this pattern with me and catching any mistakes.

The pattern is available for $4.99 on Ravelry or in my Etsy shop.

The Prospectus Hat is knit in a DK weight yarn on US Size 3 (4mm) and Size 6 (3.25mm) circular needles. It features three cabe motifs: Mirrored right and left twist cables, a main mock cable, and twisted mini cables. The pattern is charted and includes written instructions. 

If you have any questions be sure to contact me! I can't wait to see other versions of this hat!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Testing a New Design: the Prospectus Hat

I've been designing patterns for a while now, but most have been very simple and didn't take me more than a day or two to put together. I've been looking to challenge myself recently and, in my quest to finally knit myself a hat I want to wear, spent the last couple of weeks putting this hat together. I have to mention here that I was procrastinating quite a bit on my dissertation plan.

I've always knit but never really felt like a "serious" designer. I think this hat was a good first step to starting to define myself that way. 

This hat was a challenge in a few respects: fully charting a pattern from scratch, figuring out how many cable repeats I can fit in a certain circumference, and decreasing while maintaining many of the cables all took some extra care. Below are the two versions of the hat I knit. The one of the left was the first pass at figuring out what would look good. For the second one, I added another cable twist and tried to decrease a little more gradually. I had to rip out the one of the right more than a few times to correct decreases and length. Overall, I'm very happy with the way the second one turned out and it was worth the temporary frustrations.

This hat is knit in a DK weight yarn on US Size 3 and Size 6 needles. The one on the right is knit in Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Aura -- I spent way more on this yarn than I would normally justify, but I felt this pattern was important enough. I started by fully charting it and then transformed the chart into written instructions.

Given how much time and effort this pattern took, I have decided I will sell this pattern rather than offering for free. I am currently in search of test knitters (check out my instagram to see the call!) and hope to be able to offer the pattern for download in a couple months!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

All the Baby Knits

I'm becoming an aunt for the first time and I am so excited! This weekend was my sister's baby shower and I wanted to give her some of the most classic baby knits.

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios in Fresco Y Seco 
Needles: US Size 10

The blanket was such a treat to knit. Firstly, Malabrigo Rios is my favorite yarn to knit with -- very soft and great color variegation. The pattern was also perfect for knitting during a five hour road trip I took to Montreal for a conference -- easy repeats and speedy (I even got some knitting in during the conference sessions). I cast on 101 instead of 71 and used two skeins to make it bigger. The result is a very soft and warm blanket that can be thrown in the washing machine in case there are any accidents :)

There are so many booties patterns out there! I was going to try a non-seaming one but ended up settling on this classic version from Bernat. There's just something about knit baby booties that is the cutest.

Pattern: Personal

I cannot for the life of me remember what pattern I used for this hat. I'm pretty sure I snagged the cast on number from a pattern and then just proceeded to knit until it seemed long enough and then decreased around. 

I've been waiting to post final pictures of these projects until they were gifted. My ravelry queue is now full of other projects for after she arrives. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

FO: Gina's Brioche Cowl

(I took this cowl to the White Mountains in New Hampshire this week -- unfortunately I didn't get much use out of it because it was so hot, but it was great hiking weather!)

Yarn: Classic Elite Yarns Wynter (1 skein) and Malabrigo Yarn Mecha (1 skein)
Needle: US size 10.5 circular

I've always liked the look of the brioche stitch, but I hadn't tried two-color brioche. I had a really nice skein of Malabrigo Mecha that I wasn't sure what to do with. I tend to buy one nice skein of yarn when traveling, but then struggle to find an appropriate project. This project is perfect for using up those purchases. Since my yarns were much bulkier than those called for in the pattern, I only cast on 132 and used a size 10.5 needle.

It was a super quick knit in this bigger gauge. It was also a really fun to watch the stitches develop and created a great reversible fabric. Unfortunately, Wynter sheds quite a bit so I don't know if I'll use the other two skeins I have (After knitting I was always covered with wispy blue fibers). I'm planning on casting on another ASAP with a more contrasting pair of colors! I'll also add a bit more length next time. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

FO: Mount Pleasant Tee

Needle: US Size 5 

I only got two truly "summer knits" completed this year (including my Silver Spring Tank), but it was definitely a good summer in terms of knitting things I will actually wear. The Mount Pleasant tee by Pip & Pin was a fun knit that translates really well into a wearable top. After I finished my Walpole Sweater I told myself I'd never knit a garment in fingering weight again (hours of endless stockinette with slow progress took a lot of the fun out of knitting for me), but this was a surprisingly quick knit.

I love the lace detail of this little top. I knit the size small but used some the medium directions in terms of length so it was not quite as cropped. If i were to knit it again I think i would add about 1/2" more of length.

Collars that are picked up around the edges of sweaters/garments are a huge challenge for me (see: this rather "rustic" looking collar I created here). I also have some trouble weaving in ends neatly so that they don't poke through the fabric like is happening on the shoulders. If you have any tips/videos for upping my finishing game leave me a link in the comments :)

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Free Pattern: Silver Spring Tank

My major goal for this summer was to really embrace summer knitting (cotton! linen! tank tops! tshirts!). This knitted tank is named after the town in Maryland where I stayed while doing archival research in early June. I was pretty exhausted each evening so it also ended up being where I did most of the knitting for this piece.

I had a specific set of characteristics I was looking for in a summer tank top, namely: worsted weight cotton yarn, slightly cropped, high neck. 

This tank top knits up quickly and requires about 500 yards of a cotton worsted weight yarn at its smallest size. The yarn used here is Rowan Yarns Cotton Jeans in "Canvas." This particular yarn has been discontinued but any worsted weight cotton will do.  

This pattern has not been test knit so please let me know if you have any questions or problems along the way! This is also my first time writing a pattern for something that is not one-size, so I encourage you to check your gauge and also see as you go along whether the fit is to your preference. The size shown is the size 1.

This pattern is knit in two parts: a front and a back, has minimal shaping, uses a slipped stitch edge along the body to ease vertical seaming, and a straight-across neckline.

Sizes: 1(2, 3, 4)5(6,7,8)9(10,11)
Finished Measurements: 33.5"(36.5", 39.5", 42.5")45.5"(48.5",51.5",54.5")57.5"(60.5",63.5")bust
This is a 0 ease pattern.
Yarn Requirements: 500 yards of worsted weight cotton for smallest size
Needles: US 8
Gauge: 16 st and 24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch

CO: cast on
k2tog: knit two together
ssk: slip slip knit
BO: bind off


For Front: 
Main Body:
CO 67(73, 79, 85) 91(97, 103, 109) 115(121, 127)
Next Row: *k1, p1, repeat from *, end k1
Repeat previous row until piece measures 1.5" from beginning
Next Row: Slip first stitch purlwise, knit
Next Row: Slip first stitch purlwise, purl, knit last stitch
Repeat these two rows until piece measures 13"(13", 15", 15")17"(19", 22", 26")28"(32", 36") from beginning. 

Shape Armholes:
BO 7(9, 11, 13) 15(18,21,24)28(32,36) knitwise, knit to end
BO 7(9, 11, 13) 15(18,21,24)28(32,36) purlwise, knit to end
Next Row: k1, k2tog, knit to last three stitches, ssk, k1
Next Row: purl
Repeat these two rows 2(2, 3, 3) 4(4, 5, 5) 5(5, 5) more times

Next Row: knit in stockinette stitch (knit right side, purl wrong side) until piece measures 19"(20", 22", 24") 26"(33", 38", 42") 50"(52, 54") from beginning

For neckline:
Knit 10(10, 10, 12) 12(15, 20, 25) 30, (35, 40), BO until last 10(10, 10, 12) 12(15, 20, 25) 30, (35, 40) stitches, knit 10(10, 10, 12) 12(15, 20, 25) 30, (35, 40) stitches.
Place live shoulder stitches on scrap yarn or stitch holder

For looser neckline:
Knit 10(10, 10, 12) 12(15, 20, 25) 30, (35, 40), join new ball of yarn, BO until last 10(10, 10, 12) 12(15, 20, 25) 30, (35, 40)stitches, knit 10(10, 10, 12) 12(15, 20, 25) 30, (35, 40) stitches. 

For each shoulder, knit back and forth in stockinette stitch until shoulder straps are desired length. 
Place live shoulder stitches on scrap yarn or stitch holder. 

For Back:
Follow instructions as for front.

With wrong sides facing, mattress stitch the two pieces using a vertical seam (see a tutorial from WAK here). I chose to begin seaming after the seed stitch hem.
Kitchener stitch shoulders (see a tutorial from Knitty here)
Weave in ends, wet or steam block.