Winter Knitting in the Heat

Whew! - these past two weeks certainly have been scorching hot in the northeast! A cold snap the final week of August faked me out and the subsequent heat wave caught me hauling out blankets and packing away my summer clothes. So here I sit with the air conditioner blasting, knitting snowflakes into a sweater that - true to its name - is making me sweat just pooled up in my lap. 

Nevertheless, my winter knitting is off to a strong start. I've just finished the draft of a new scarf pattern meant to look like the movement of water in the rain. I'm not sure that came through well at all but I do think it's a pretty scarf. I'll pop in some pictures at the bottom. 

Mostly I've had a sweater bug these days - my couch is covered in dog-eared copies of interweave, splayed open to pictures of sweaters in heather grays and mustard yellows. Inexplicably, the first one I cast on is holiday green and covered in snowflakes. Not totally appropriate for fall! I do love it though.

Commonwealth Sweater by Kiri FitzGerald-Hillier, from Interweave Fall 2015 - still sans sleeves but soon to come! 


I haven't even tried it on yet as the temperature in my apartment makes that an unappealing task. But my dress form and I have been in partnership for some time, and judging by how it fits her, it ought to be perfect on me. 

And now for some pictures of my new design-in-progress. I think I may need to knit a new sample of it in a yarn where the pattern will stand out a bit better. 


Hopefully someday it will be knitwear weather again. 

Endless Sweater - Final Pictures and Pattern Notes

My endless sweater is finally finally finally done and I LOVE it. I had originally intended for this to be a slouchy pullover for wearing around the house, but the delicate stitch pattern works well for pairing with boots and jeans. 

My brother (he does cool photography!) did a mini photo shoot with me over the weekend. I won't be writing up the pattern for this sweater anytime soon, but my pattern notes are included below. 

Pattern Notes:

4 skeins Ancient Arts 3-ply sock yarn in Irish Linen
Size 7 circular needle

Stitch Pattern:
Row 1: knit into the front and back of each stitch
Row 2: k2tog, p2tog, repeat to end
Row 3: knit into the front and back of each stitch
Row 4: p2tog, k2tog, repeat to end

That's it!

Using size 7 circular needle, CO 91 stitches
Knit two rows
Work in pattern for 23 inches or until desired length.

Shape shoulders and neckline:
Slip center 31 stitches onto scrap yarn or stitch holder.
On each side, bind off 4,4,5,5,6 stitches
At the same time, bind off two stitches from each side of the neckline every other row

Using two strands of yarn held together, pick up and knit 9 stitches from front neck edge, knit stitches from front stitch holder, pick up and knit 9 stitches from front neck edge, pick up and knit 9 stitches from back neck edge, knit back stitches from holder, pick up and knit 9 stitches from back neck edge.
Knit one row around.
Bind off.

CO 36 stitches
Knit two rows
Work in pattern
Increase two stitches every 10th row 11 times, then every 8th row 3 times, then on the 6th row once. Cast off in pattern on the next row after the final increase. 


Endless Sweater, Part 2

It probably makes me an unusual knitter that I never have WIPs sitting around that I intend to finish. My abandoned projects are either irretrievably flawed, never to be resumed, or they nag at me so aggressively once set down that I feel compelled to pick them back up. 

When I wrote my first post about the endless sweater I've been designing (or attempting to design), I planned to hibernate it for a while and come back with fresh eyes in a couple of months. That probably would actually have happened, had I not posted my progress on one of Yarnbox's Ravelry boards and asked for input on how I should remake the sleeves. Suggestions abounded (such a friendly group!) and one in particular got into my head. Once the idea was planted it wouldn't leave me alone.

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And Sometimes, Friends, You're Just Stuck

And Sometimes, Friends, You're Just Stuck

A few months ago, I started working on a pullover with no particular design in mind. I had four skeins of Ancient Arts 3-ply fingering/sock in Irish Linen and it was lovely and soft and all I could think of was how nice it would be to snuggle into a big cozy pullover this winter. I cast on in a simple stitch and whipped up an oversized front and back that are every bit as soft and warm as could be desired. And then the sleeves happened.

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Girl on the subway: thanks for the awesome sweater

Girl on the subway: thanks for the awesome sweater

Knitter friends, I think you will sympathize when I say I often cause myself awkward interactions with strangers who are wearing interesting knitted things. You know what I'm talking about. That awkward moment when you stand much too close to the slightly-unbalanced-looking man muttering to himself on the bus because you just need a better look at the color work in his hat. Or that moment when the girl next to you in the train shuffles uncomfortably to the other side of the car because you've been staring intently at her sweater for a solid ten minutes. Or the guy behind you in line at Starbucks strikes up a conversation, thinking your interest is in him, not his chunky scarf. I know I can't be the only one who does this.

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