Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Another Longtime Project

Since the New Year I was waiting untill I had enough completed projects and could start working on a lace shawl I chose in fall. I bought a sweet pink mohair yarn and finally started...


I was so excited, but in a little while I returned to reality... I have never worked with mohair yarn before. It never crossed my mind that it would be so difficult to knit. I'm really not sure about the gauge, because I can't tighten stitches as I would like to. But maybe it's the right way it should be done, the shawl looks surprisingly well. But even now I know it will take a long time to make it...


Monday, March 21, 2011

Everybody loves fingerless gloves

I was thinking about what I've already knitted during this winter. I think I spent most of time by knitting gloves/mittens and  I would call this season "fingerless". Everything started with these convertible gloves for my boyfriend:


He really liked them, just like his mother. When she saw them, she said she would like to have similar gloves for winter walks with her dog. So I made these for her:



And I also made some for myself:


When my mom saw all the gloves I made, she said she would also like to have a nice pair. And my brother as well... I just couldn't say no, so I went and bought yarns and started to knit. And finally here are their new fingerless gloves:



I hope they are satisfied and I'm looking forward to next winter when somebody will want me to knit something new...

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sock Making Series # 1

Just before I start making the first socks of the series, I'd like to write a couple of notes that are common to all upcoming patterns. For all socks I will use the same yarn, the same needles and socks will be made for female's feet with size EUR37. You can use any kind of yarn with similar yardage if you obtain the gauge. 

Material:
yarn: Nedy (251 yards/230 m/50 g), I used 0.8 skein (202 yards/184 m)
DPNs US 2 (2.5 mm)
crochet hook 2.5 mm
15" piece of waste yarn of similar yardage
stitch marker

Gauge: 24 sts x 36 rows = 4" x 4"
Skills: provisional cast on, short row toe, short row heel, made toe-up
List of abbreviations

Rib Pattern:
R1: *P1, Ktbl1, P1, K1, P1*
R2: *P1, Ktbl1, P3*


Provisional Cast On & Short Row Toe:
Use the waste yarn and crochet the chain of about 26 sts. The exact number is not important but there should be more than 20 sts.
With the sock yarn, pick up 20 sts from the horizontal back loop of the chain stitches as you can see at the picture below and turn.


P across = 20 sts

R1: K 19 sts, wyif slip last unworked stitch from left needle to right needle, turn.
R2: wyif sl 1 st (the yarn will wrap the stitch around), P 18 sts, wyib sl last st, turn.
R3: wyib sl 1, K across to last stitch before the wrapped stitch, wyif sl 1 st, turn.
R4: wyif sl 1, P across to last stitch before the wrapped stitch, wyib sl 1 st, turn.
Repeat rows 3 & 4 until there are 7 wrapped stitches at both sides of the toe and 6 stitches in the middle. End on a WS row. The toe should now look like this:


The second half of toe:
R1: RS - wyib, wrap the last stitch (7th) on right, K 6, K next stitch together with its wrap, wrap next st as before (wyif, sl 1 st), turn.
R2: wyif sl wrapped st, P 7, P next stitch together with its wrap, wrap next st (wyib, sl 1 st), turn.
Continue repeating rows 1 & 2 until you have 20 sts again, end on WS.
Undo waste yarn and pick up 20 sts on another needle to begin working in the round. Now there are 40 sts.
Place marker at the beginning of the round, K 1 rnd.


Foot:
Work 20 sts in Rib Pattern (top of the foot) and 20 sts in St st (bottom of the foot). Continue knitting until the foot measures 2" less than length of your heel to toe.

Short Row Heel:
R1: work 20 sts of patt across top of foot, K19 sts across bottom of foot, wyif, sl last st, turn.
R2: wyif, sl the first (unworked) st from left to right needle, P 18, wyib sl last st, turn.
R3: wyib, sl the first st, K across to the last st before the unworked st, wyif wrap the last one, turn.
R4: wyif, sl the first st, P across to the last st before the unworked st, wyib wrap the last one, turn.
Continue repeating rows 3 & 4 until there are 6 wrapped stitches at both sides and 8 sts in the middle, end on WS row.

Second half of the heel:
R1: K 8 across to first wrapped st, Ktog the stitch and its wrap, wrap the next st, turn.
R2: sl the first st, P across to first wrapped st, Ptog the stitch and its wrap, wrap the next st, turn.
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until you have worked all stitches and there are 20 sts again. Knit 1 rnd.


Continue in Rib Pattern across the whole rnd until desired height. I made 5.5".

Cuff:
Work in Rib: *Ktbl1, P1* about 1.5" or desired height. BO all sts, weave in ends and block if you want.

Knit the second sock the same way and enjoy your new socks!



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Last Hat of this Season

I finished my "Egg" hat, which is the last hat that I made for this season. I decided not to start another projects that would remind me of winter. So no more gloves and scarves :-)


The original pattern for this hat can be found here or in the Ravelry database

Let's start something more springy!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wurm

I've already made the wurm hat for set with pink gloves I got for Christmas. I really love it even if I feel little bit like a smurf...




The pattern can be found here on Ravelry.



I found out I had bought much more yarn than what I needed to use. And because the color is really lovely, I decided to buy some more and knit a lace shrug. I'm looking forward to spring so much...