FO Friday: The Minetta Cardigan

It’s finished!  According to Ravelry, it took me exactly three months to knit this sweater although to this knitter, it felt like a lot longer.IMG_9940

I found some cute buttons to go with it – I wanted something that would keep this cardigan a neutral (no bright colors) but would also keep it from being too boring. These classy little metal ones look perfect I think.IMG_9815

The sweater fits a little weird in places but it’s all things that I can live with and just take note of for the next cardigan.IMG_9906

1. I wish I’d added either waist shaping or hip increases (both might’ve been too much, but one or the other would be ok)

2. The sleeves are big in the underarms and a bit snug around the forearm – fine for layering with short sleeves or tanks. I don’t like underarms that are too tight or touch my skin anywaysIMG_9901

This is my second sweater out of Manos del Uruguay Serena (the first was my Bailiwick) and I know I’ll make more (actually, one is in the works right now with my fabulous sample knitter). This yarn is soft and drapey but shows off texture well.  It certainly keeps tops warm – so not for the dog days of summer – but lightweight (again, that layering thing I keep talking about).IMG_9913

All in all, I’d make this sweater again, I’d just make some changes to it along the way.

Have you finished anything cool?

Cover for a Shift Knob – A Pattern!

According to my stats, The Shift Knob Cover has been getting a heckuva lot of attention lately, so I thought it fit to revisit the pattern and make a few updates to it!  It was originally posted in August of 2011 and I think it’s so neat that people are still finding my blog searching for it on different search engines, so thank you everyone who found me this way!

Cover Numba 1

The first two covers I knit up were made for a Subaru although I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t fit a range of other makes and models as well.  I used worsted weight stash yarns for both covers, just a few yards is all you need really.  I imagine this cover can be easily sized up or down to accommodate different sizes by changing the yarn gauge or needle size.

Cover Numba 2

These only take a few hours to make (quick gift!) and not to mention, it’s a great way to use up some stash yarns that you haven’t the heart to throw away!

Materials:

a few yards of worsted or dk weight yarn

Size US 6  (4 mm) double pointed needles

1 stitch marker

Pattern:

CO 16 evenly across three of the needles leaving a bit of tail to use as a drawstring when we tie the cover to the shift knob.

PM and join in the round being careful not to twist.

Work in K1 P1 rib for 6 rounds.

[K3, kfb] repeat to end of round. (20 sts)

Knit for 2 rounds.

[K4, kfb] repeat to end of round. (24 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K5, kfb] repeat to end of round. (28 sts)

Knit 4 rounds.

[k5, k2tog] to end of round. (24 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K4, k2tog] to end of round. (20 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K3, k2tog] to end of round. (16 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K2tog] to end of round. (8 sts)

Knit 1 round.

[K2tog] to end of round. (4 sts)

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches, tie off and weave in the end.

kinda looks like a hot air balloon

When putting the cover on the shift knob, it should fit fairly tightly, the most difficult part being stretching the ribbing over the largest part of the knob.  Once its over, pull the original drawstring-tail through the first row of stitches tightly and tie off, weaving in the end.

If you do knit one, don’t forget to link to it on Ravelry!  I want to see what everyone makes 😀

Free Classes!

I’ve gushed about Craftsy’s classes before (and I have a few backlogged in my own folders that I need to finish)!  If you haven’t pulled the trigger, I really encourage you to try some of their *Free* Classes!  Yes! They have those!  Free! Classes!

The next 2 free Craftsy mini-courses I’m going to take are: short rows craftsy class
1. Short Rows – because they’re a totally useful technique to have in your back pocket

Modern Buttercream Craftsy Class
2. Modern Buttercream – because I love cooking and want to try something different

Check out all of the other free Craftsy mini-courses by clicking here.

Stash Busting Scarf

Yesterday I mentioned that I was knitting a few stash busting scarves.  These are great for a variety of reasons

  • they bust stashes
  • they are colorful and fun
  • no ends to weave in
  • totally mindless for those of us who need a brain-dead project every once in a while
  • they are quick and easy
  • no real yarn requirements, no weight restrictions, no fiber restrictions, no color restrictions

    the grellow one from the other day

So here’s how I make them:

  1. I gather my stash to be busted
  2. I pick a yarn at random
  3. I cast on somewhere between 150 and 200 sts onto size US 11 36 inch circular needles
  4. I cut the yarn so that this tail is the same length as the cast on tail
  5. I pick another yarn at random
  6. I tie the tail, at the same length, to the one I just cut
  7. I knit a single row
  8. I cut the tail to the same length (these tails create the fringe, you see)
  9. I repeat steps 5 – 8 until the scarf is adequately wide
  10. I BO loosely
  11. I revel in the delight of a new, colorful scarf and a reasonably busted stash, possibly with a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage

    fringies

Now ya’ll can make your own, bust your own stashes and revel with me. Happy Thursday!

the or-een one cast on after the grellow

Free Pattern Release: The Golden Days Slouch

What better way to end the week than to release a free pattern? I’ve been sitting on this one for a while waiting for the right day to take photos so you can all see the slouch in it’s proper glory and now, it’s yours!  Find it for free *until Monday, June 18*, on Ravelry here.  On Monday the price will go up to only $2.99.

perfect summery slouch

A perfect Spring, Summer and Fall hat, the lacy texture mixed with the alpaca fibers keeps it warm and light.  The pattern is a simple repeat and would be good for a beginner looking for something slightly more adventurous but not intimidating.  The resulting drape and slouch keep it modern and fashionable while also functional and practical.

everything comes together nicely

Finished Measurements: to fit head circumferences 20-23”

Materials

Size US 3 20 inch circular needles

Size US 7 20 inch circular needles and dpns

2 balls Austerman Alpaca Silk (100 ea, 80% alpaca, 20% silk)

1 stitch marker

slightly angled texture

Gauge: 5 sts x 9 rows = 1 inch in k2p1 rib stitch on size 3 needles

Pattern Glossary

CO – cast on

K – knit

P – purl

St(s) – stitch(es)

YO – yarn over

Sl1 – slip 1 stitch as if to knit

Psso – pass the slipped stitch over

K2tog – knit the next 2 stitches together

a snug fit to keep it in place

Free Pattern Update and a Special Discount!

I just wanted to share with you all the Twisted Beanie pattern – I’ve decided to make it free to the public!

Twisted

You can download it from here on Ravelry and don’t forget to share your project pictures, I want to see your creations too 🙂

Also, blog readers may get a 28% discount on all patterns in my Ravelry shop for today only to celebrate the extra day by using code jumpday at checkout.  I want to thank you all for an amazing start to 2012 and I sincerely canNOT wait to see how it continues to develop!

Shift Knob Cover – Pattern!

Remember those two shift knob covers I made for my friend Dylan? The first and the second?

They’ve gotten some interest around Ravelry and on the blog and I’ve been asked if I was planning on writing up the pattern, so I have!

Cover Numba 1

These two particular covers were made for a Subaru although I can’t imagine that they wouldn’t fit a range of other makes and models as well.  I used stash yarns for both covers in a worsted weight and I tried to stick with acrylic yarns because I find them a bit more durable and better able to handle all the grabbing, pushing, shoving and whatever dirtiness might come their way.I imagine this cover can be easily sized up or down to accommodate different sizes by changing the yarn or needle size

Cover Numba 2

These only take a few hours to make (quick gift!) and not to mention, it’s a great way to use up some stash yarns that you haven’t the heart to throw away!

Materials:

a few yards of worsted or dk weight yarn

Size 6 double pointed needles

CO 16 evenly across three of the needles leaving a bit of tail to use as a drawstring when we tie it to the shift knob

PM and join in the round being careful not to twist

work in K1 P1 rib for 6 rows

[K3 kfb] repeat to end of row

K for 2 rows

[K4 kfb] repeat to end of row

K 1 row

[K5 kfb] repeat to end of row

K 4 rows

[k5 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K4 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K3 k2tog] to end of row

K1 row

[K2tog] to end of row

k1 row

{K2tog] to end of row

Break yarn and pull through remaining stitches, weave in the end

kinda looks like a hot air balloon

When putting the cover on the shift knob, it should fit fairly tightly, the most difficult part being stretching the ribbing over the largest part of the knob.  Once its over, pull the original drawstring-tail through the first row of stitches tightly and tie off, weaving in the end.

If you do knit one, don’t forget to link to it on Ravelry!  I want to see what everyone makes 😀

First Pattern Release of 2011!

The Super Slouchy Beanie with PomPom is now ready to be knit by all!

mrsmouse's super slouchy beanie!

I want to thank my very generous and hard-working test knitters, mrsmouse and mamatwitch (both Ravelry links) for testing out the pattern and catching any glitches, thanks so much you guys!

My 1st version 🙂

You can find the FREE pattern for the hat on Ravelry here 🙂

and it grows!

Intro:

A simple knit, but also the coolest hat you’ll own!  Knit with plenty of extra slouch and accessorized with a sizable PomPom, what’s not to love about this beanie?  The pattern is written to be very flexible when it comes to yarn choice and just about any worsted weight yarn will do the trick making it perfect for your handspun beauties or that single impulse skein you picked up on a whim.  This would also be a great project to use up scrap yarn or those odd balls and skeins that are lying around dying to be used.  Perfect for beginners and experts alike, the hat is also a quick knit and would make for a great last minute gift for everyone on your list!

Ravelry Giveaway!

On Monday I launched my first ever Ravelry Giveaway in my group!  If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out 🙂 You could win this gorgeous stuff:

scrumptious and soft and warm and lovely

Plus some surprise gifties that will come in the package to the winner!  There are a multitude of ways to enter, but the giveaway ends on December 7th at midnight (next Tuesday) and I will be drawing the winner on Wednesday.

What are you waiting for? Go enter!