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.