Cast On: Hurricane Hat

Jellybean was side eyeing PB’s recently finished sweater and made the comment that I hadn’t made him anything in awhile. So we sat and talked about what did he think he wanted? He muddled it for a bit and decided a hat. So we went to my stash and I showed him some yarns to pick from. He ended up picking my West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley DK.

And then he promptly went off to play. I did make him come back and feel the yarn to make sure it was soft enough. This yarn has a little tooth to it and it’s definitely not merino soft. He still said yes this is what he wanted. So I took off to Ravelry and found an easy but yet cute hat.

I chose to hold this yarn double to get aran weight and knit the Hurricane Hat by Andrea Guldin (ravelry link). I’ve obviously made it super far into the ribbing, lol. But Jellybean seems delighted just to see have started. Eventually this hat will have a purl bump that spirals up the body of the hat ending nicely in the decrease. Or it will if I can correctly follow the pattern!

Happy Knitting!!

FO Friday: Good Old Raglan

I finished my wee sweater for PB!! I won at yarn chicken and managed a sweater that also fits my tiny human. Behold the completed Good Old Raglan.

Pattern: Good Ole Raglan by Karen O’Hanlon Cohrt (Ravelry link)

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers DK in Deep End and Treasure Goddess Yarns DK in Gunsmoke

Needles: US 6

Mods: I followed the pattern except for omitting the stripes and did my own color thing. I as well only knit the body for as long as I could go with running out of black yarn.

I’m just pleased as punch with now well this turned out and how cute it is next to my sweater. But, as I examined the photos I realized I BUTCHERED the raglan placement. The variegated yarn really hides the fact that raglan lines are askew to what you would normally expect. I’m sure this deviation was due to knitting while zooming in to a virtual yarn retreat. But I still managed a sweater shape and it fits PB. But my project photos DEFINITELY do not look like the rest of the finished objects on Ravelry.

I used up close to 433 yards of yarn to make size 5 child size. It’s a bit big on PB but that just means she has room to grow!

And the best of all? I even got her to put it on at the same time I was wearing my sweater and pose for photos. It was an evening, not the best light and we were both tired. But it’s a memory regardless. Maybe someday we will take ‘fancy’ photos but for now we are just going to be cozy in our sweaters!

Happy Knitting!!

Now For Tiny Sleeves

As I predicted on Monday, I ran out of black yarn on my Good Ole Raglan. I worked until I had less than a yard left and then put in a hem in the blue yarn. I don’t think it turned out too badly.

I now have a small ball of the blue Hedgehog Fibers left. My plan is to weigh the ball and split it as evenly as I can into two balls. I will then knit each sleeves the best I can. Based on my unprofessional opinion, I can probably eek out elbow length sleeves…..maybe.

Stay tuned!!

Almost A Finished Raglan

Hello yarn chicken, my old friend. I am cruising through body of PB’s Good Ole Raglan but I am almost out of black yarn.

The sweater is still kind of short for my long bodied child. I think my plan is to knit until I am almost out of black yarn and then use some of the blue Hedgehog Fibers for the bottom ribbing band. It’s going to have to be a skinny band because I still need to knit the sleeves with the blue. Almost certainly they are going to be short sleeves to maybe three quarter sleeves.

I am confident I can eek out a manageable sweater out of this yarn. But darn I think it’s going to be yarn chicken all the way!

Cast On: Good Ole Raglan

After finishing my Radiate I looked at my leftovers and thought “I bet I could make PB a sweater from that.” So when I was attending the 2020 Nomad Yarn Virtual Retreat I decided this was going to be my “retreat project”.

I found simple top down raglan patter on Ravelry that fit my gauge and yarn yardage. It was the Good Ole Raglan by Karen O’Hanlon Cohrt. I grabbed my needles and just dug in. This pattern has a very interesting approach to raglan increases that I have never tried before. I’m intrigued to see what kind of fit this approach gives.

I am making the 5-6 size in the pattern. PB is running in the 4T to 5T category so I erred on the “too big” side of caution. I am going to do the yoke in this Hedgehog Fibers Deep End colorway and then I will use my remaining TreasureGoddess black yarn to finish the body to mimic my Radiate sweater. At this point I am not sure how far the black yarn will get me. I may have to do the sleeves in the contrast color or perhaps even stripe them? I’ll just figure that out when I get there, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Progress ON DK Ripple Bralet #2

After my first and failed attempt at the DK Ripple Bralet, I have successfully cast on and I’m well into my second attempt. This one is two sizes bigger than before and my gauge is in the zone.

I powered through the twisted 1×1 rib and I’m comfortably into the body of the bralet. I didn’t bother winding my yarn into a cake and I’m just working from my ball of yarn I made while frogging. I have virtual accounting leadership conference coming up soon and I’m hoping to power through more of the body.

Though it does take my brain some thinking to do 3×3 rib when my autopilot instinct is 2×2 rib. But after 10 years of knitting, my fingers can feel when I am trying to do the wrong stitch and it’s pretty easy to switch. Fingers crossed I can get this done before true winter sets in here in Kansas.

Happy Knitting!!

FO Saturday: Radiate

Don’t mind me, I’m over here on cloud nine and reveling in fall weather. My Radiate is complete and I am over the moon. Thank goodness for portrait mode in iPhone and actually putting on jeans and makeup. Really gives a good mood boost in the dumpster fire that is 2020.

Pattern: Radiate by Jojo Locatelli

Yarn: Hedgehog Fibers DK in Deep End (blue) and Treasure Goddess Yarns DK Treasures in Gundpower

Needles: US 6s

Mods: Split hem at the bottom instead of a bottom solid band

I may have lengthened this sweater to cover my shelter in place enhanced bum. But I think the length really ends up flattering around what is usually my thickest section. I couldn’t be more happy with how the indie dyed black yarn played out. Absolutely no issues with pooling, flashing or lines between my skeins. But I did alternate skeins using the helical method.

I used less than one skein of the blue color and just under four and a half skeins of the main black color. All told I used 1,380 yards of DK weight yarn for the large to extra large size. I honestly can’t remember what I picked. But all told I it’s five skeins of DK yarn.

I wore this sweater to my virtual knitting retreat this past weekend and I got lots of Ooohs and Aaahs from the attendees. I can’t wait until it’s cold enough here to wear to work!

Happy Knitting!!

Recasting On DK Ripple Bralet

I got over my disappointment for my first attempt at the DK Ripple bralet and re-cast on. I went up two whole pattern sizes this time to account for my gauge in the first go around.

I managed to complete the stretchy cast on again and get working in the round for the 1×1 twisted rib. Twisted rib is not my favorite but it doesn’t last long for this project. I think I may sit this one aside for a bit until I can finish the sleeves on my Radiate pullover. I really feel like I need another FO win to boost my mojo.

So for now, I think I’ll stick to one sweater a time! Happy Knitting!!

Starting Over

Even with my decreased knitting mojo, I have been making decent progress on my DK Ripple Bralet. I completed the body and the shaping for the first strap. The pattern specifically tells you to knit with negative ease. So I chose an appropriate pattern size for my bust measurement BUT I didn’t gauge swatch. That was a poor choice.

When I slipped this sweater on to see how long I needed the straps to be….it was beyond sausage casing tight. It was completely unwearable. Even my husband could tell and raised an eyebrow at me, sigh.

Cue the sad violins…because this is what my bralet looks like now. I ripped that sucker right out. The good news was that I hadn’t gotten far enough to wear I needed to cut the yarn. So I still have one full complete skein.

I did measure my gauge before ripping so now I know I need to go up two full pattern sizes to get a fitting garment. So I’m choosing to think of that first attempt as a REALLY complicated swatch. I haven’t gotten around to re-casting on again. I hope that isn’t a bad sign. Maybe this project just needed a good cooling off period?

Happy Knitting!!

Any Tape Measure Will Do

My knitting mojo has seen a little hiccup as I have been busting out home improvement projects lately. I’m still working on my DK Ripple Bralet as a wind down before bed project.

I did not end up using the Old Norwegian Cast on. Instead I found Tillybuddy’s Very Stretchy Cast-on for Double and Single Ribbing. It was much easier on my brain and seems to be sufficiently stretchy.

I am through 1×1 twisted rib and into the ribbed body. I needed to determine how far I was into the body but I didn’t have a knitting tape measure. But luckily my home improvement jag had a real deal tape measure laying around. Any tape measure will do right?

Happy Knitting!!