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
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.
Sweater pattern: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/mariannas-lazy-daisy-top-down-with-sleeves
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.
Over the past weekend, I celebrated my 85th birthday. One of my gifts was a shawl from my younger daughter. She used a pattern for a Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl by Sarah Bradberry, found on ravelry.com
Her yarn was a Caron Big Cake in the Toffee Brickle color. As a special treat, she bought a key ring from the Red Cloud Indian School Heritage Center, made by one of the students, and converted it into a shawl pin.
The pin is particularly dear to me because my daughter and I regularly knit for the children of Pine Ridge in South Dakota.
I’m very happy to have this beautiful addition to the collection of shawls my daughter has made for me. It’s so nice and warm!
This is a great, easy pattern for 5 basic shawl shapes: Square, Circular, Triangular, Semi-Circular, and Heart-Shaped. http://www.laylock.org/?s=5+basic+shawl+shapes
Each style begins with casting on three stitches and is worked to a full-sized shawl or stopped at any point for a smaller scarf, which I did. The pattern calls for garter stitch but can be made in any stitch or pattern you choose (be sure to knit 5 stitches on each end of each row to keep edges from curling). The size will depend on what yarn/needles are chosen.
I made a child’s size triangular scarf out of scraps of baby yarn (above) and an adult sized scarf with a vintage button added.
Note that the scarves are worked top-down and the beginning three stitches will form a part of the top of the scarf.
This is a fun project and a good way to use up small amounts of yarn.
On Friday, I pause and remember a single, wordless moment from the past week – inspired by The Warden’s Log.
A hand-knitted Mother’s Day shawl from my youngest daughter
and a scottie pin to hold it together