My knitting this past week was centered on little slippers. My young chiropractor and his wife just welcomed their third child in 5 years, all boys. I wanted to make something for the new baby but also include something useful for the two pre-schoolers. I adapted my favorite pattern to make slippers in what I hope will be the appropriate sizes and took them in a knitted gift bag to the doctor yesterday.
This is the original pattern that I have adapted in many ways and may some day publish my own version. It’s an easy pattern and more forgiving in sizing than most. It’s a nice way to use up smaller portions of yarn.
Free pattern here: http://www.needlebeetle.com/free/aadb.html (paste url or type to search)
I also finished the Cloud of her Shoulders shawl in a child’s size and will definitely be making this in a larger size. It’s a very good, easy-to-read pattern and has a nice shape. I like the slightly ruffled edge. and the shape is supposed to help keep the shawl from slipping off the shoulders.
Here is the link to the free pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/cloud-on-her-shoulders
The St. Louis Connection
Last Christmas, I made hats and mittens for my son and his family in St. Louis. My son said he doesn’t wear hats often but did like having this warm one for walking the dog or shoveling snow. He said he would like to have ear flaps on his hat – not dorky ones with long string ties but something that would cover the ears well without pulling the hat down over the eyes. My younger daughter found the perfect free pattern for me:
I asked for head measurements and favorite colors and had a hat made for each one when they visited in October. I’ll have to say the hats are not flattering, but they’re very warm with a double thickness of garter stitch around the brim and 2-inch ear flaps.
When they sent me the measurements, they also included one for their dog, Sugar (as a joke, I’m sure). I found another free pattern which is basically a tube with ears. The pattern is called Humiliating the Dog and they do all look a little humiliated. But they will all have warm ears this winter.
My WIP this week is a child’s shawl based on a pattern called Cloud on Her Shoulders. This is a free pattern by someone who makes a lot of shawls for cancer patients and nursing home residents. She mentioned something I hadn’t thought of – wheelchair patients and anyone who has to sit most of the day will do better with a shawl that does not have a point that can get caught in wheels and short enough not to be bulky when sitting. I’m auditioning this in a child’s size with the thought of making it for senior ladies to help them be warm and comfortable.
I finished my Little Lacy Shawl made from gift yarn and I think it turned out well, although using dark fingering weight yarn is not my strong point. I had my younger daughter model it – I know I’ll be using it a lot.
I also finished the little 0-3 months sweater WIP from last week and added a hat to match.
I have two WIPs this week – the new one is a repeat of the first baby sweater I ever made. When I first started knitting, I stuck pretty much to scarves and hats, thinking I couldn’t make anything as complicated as a sweater. Then I happened upon Marianne Mel, an English designer who offers hundreds of free patterns and every one I have tried has turned out well, even with my limited experience. This is a pattern for a top-down sweater on which the body is completed and then the sleeves are added. I’m doing mine in Knit Picks DK yarn in a pale green shade with a #6 circular needle.
Here is a link to the pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mariannas-lazy-daisy-top-down-with-sleeves
The second WIP is a continuation of my Little Lacy Shawl from last week. It is about 75% finished and is at a stage where I can work on it in the evening while I watch TV (British shows on Acorn and Britbox are my favorites).
My WIP this week is a Little Lacy Shawl, from a kit gifted by a friend which includes Cascade Heritage Paints fingering weight yarn and Feza Baby Kid Mohair extremely thin yarn plus a pattern for a 50 inch x 12 inch neck shawl. It all came in a pretty chiffon bag which I’ll be re-using. Although I don’t do well with dark, thin yarn, this seems to be working out OK with a #6 needle. The dark blue yarn is gorgeous with tiny flecks of deep red and the mohair is filament-thin, used double-stranded with the fingering yarn. The mohair seems to give a very slight sparkle to the piece. Can’t wait to get it finished.
I finished the shawl from my previous WIP and it became quite a large project – 30 inches long x 72 inches wide. I wanted it to be extra big and warm and will be sending it to the Sacred Shawl Society in South Dakota with a note that I’d like for it to go to a senior lady.
The colors are soft warm shades of beige and tan. closer to the colors shown in the third photo. I used several different patterns to give extra texture and interest, and crocheted a simple edging along the sides.
My WIP this week is a combination of several patterns to form a bottom-up shawl with a variety of stitch patterns. I’m working this shawl as far as I can get on #8-32 inch circular needles and will be on hold until I get my new 60-inch needles on Sunday. I want this shawl to be wide and long and very warm. I’m designing this with hopes it will go to some nice senior lady at the Pine Ridge location. My daughters keep me supplied with beautiful warm shawls and I know exactly how I like them to fit for maximum warmth.
Finished the hat from last week’s WIP and like it very much. The top has an interesting “X” design.
I made another hat from the same pattern in a variegated yarn.
Also finished a child’s shawl, mittens and scarf.
My WIP this week is a cute hat, knitted top-down, from a free Ravelry pattern – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/isabella-hat
UPDATE: THE ISABELLA HAT IS A GREAT PATTERN, BUT THE ONE I’M MAKING ABOVE IS ACTUALLY FROM THIS PATTERN:
This pattern is a bit different because it is made from the top down. Beginning a hat like this can be a bit fiddly but this one goes together very well.
I finished the project from last week, a shawl called “When in Scotland” – https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/when-in-scotland
I had my younger daughter model and think it turned out pretty well. The true colors are brighter as shown in the first picture. I added a simple crocheted edging to lengthen it a bit. I wanted to make the shawl about 5 inches longer but ran out of needle space. I’m getting a new 60” long circular needle for my birthday at the end of the month and the next shawl will be the length I want.
This is a nice, easy pattern and makes a very sturdy and warm shawl.
Also finished a scarf and two pair of mittens.