The Foxpark scarf is live! It’s a different take on a traditional garter-stitch scarf, and buttons make it into a loop so it can be worn as a continuous cowl. The .PDF pattern is available on Ravelry.
Two quick things for October 13th (because what could possibly go wrong?):
First, there is a flash sale going on in the little shop where I put most of my handknit samples and the occasional woven cloth. I’ve had the same host site for years, and it’s gone through a lot of changes that I haven’t necessarily enjoyed very much, but now I am no longer getting a lot of traffic from the site itself, so I’m looking for a good alternative to it.
Second, there is a knitting pattern up! If you’d rather knit your own hat, Bunny is my newest one.
It’s a cowl. And a different cowl. And a third cowl. And a headband/earwarmer. For a quick and simple free pattern, it got out of hand really fast.
September’s free pattern is about ready to go live! You’ll be able to find it here when it does. (It will probably run through mid-October, and overlap with October’s bonus pattern, which goes pretty well with this one…)
It doesn’t have a very good name; I’ve titled it after the stitch inspiration, so far (though this is a little different–a modified version of the stitch itself, plus altered to knit up in the round, which is frankly easier, for me, than working it flat). I ended up spending a lot of time on what was really meant to be a quick, chunky-knit, easy pattern–easy for me to write as well as easy to work–but it got out of hand, and while it’s still a relatively simple and quick project, it ended up having four variations written out. You can knit four different projects from this pattern: a headband/neckwarmer, a basic cowl, a larger cowl with shaping, and the largest version, which will fit some as a capelet and fit everyone as a big cowl. Gauge is a little important–if you knit it too tight, the smallest won’t fit, and the larger ones won’t fit right–but not as important as it would be for a sweater.
If you knit this in handspun, I really want to see it! I’ll be lurking generally on the activity thread for my pattern page, but specifically hopeful about art-yarn cowl possibilities; if I have time, I might make another one myself.
Thanks for reading! If you knit the ribboned stockinette cowl, I hope you like it.
I’ve just updated the Spring Feverish patterns! Now when you purchase all four of them, they’re only $3 per pattern, which is about $6 off what the total would be if you purchased them all separately, although in this case if you did purchase one of these previously, and did it via Ravelry, it will still count towards the set of four. So. You’d get a retroactive discount, sort of.
Four patterns, $12US, nice mini-projects, and every one can be worn as a neckerchief or a headwrap by average adults. Here’s a handy link to all four.
Doing It Wrong: How to Work a Provisional Crochet Cast-On Knit Hem.
This post is about knitting hems the way I do, which is probably wrong somehow–though I think this is pretty close to the standard method for working a knit hem from a provisional crochet cast-on. It’s useful for patterns like Grays Harbor and some other things in the 2017 mouse army queue, and also makes a really nice cast-on for short socks worked from the top down, in my opinion. (It’s pretty stretchy and neat-looking, as well.)
With this hem, you first work a provisional crochet cast-on. There’s more set-up detail at the link, but basically it works like this:
using smooth waste yarn similar in weight to what you’ll be working with for the project (mercerized cotton is great for this), work a crochet chain. It’ll need to be longer than your number of cast-on stitches–if you add at least 10-15 chain sts to the number of stitches called for, it’s easier to manage. Pick up your stitches (sidenote: start from the end of the chain, not the beginning; it makes it easier to unzip the crochet stitches when you’re ready) and then work your called-for number of rows or rounds–say 17 total. The picked-up stitches are usually called the foundation row, or the foundation loops.
Once you’re knit 16 rounds (16+foundation=17), transfer the foundation loops to a spare circular needle. A needle that’s a size or two down from your working needle makes this a little easier. (As a sidenote: the very last loop always feels like a half-stitch to me, but in this example you’re working in the round, so it will be knit together with its corresponding stitch just like the others.)
After transferring your stitches, unzip the provisional cast-on chain.
Then knit each live stitch together with its foundation-row loop. Continue in this fashion until all the stitches have been worked.
With that done, you’re all set with neatly knit hem!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
There’s a little bit of news:
- I remain terrible at blogging.
- awkward is running a tiered sale for January.
- awkward will in fact probably end, or rather close down temporarily to give me time to revamp my approach to indie knitwear (per tentative plans) by March/April 2016; I’ve been uncomfortable with the name for a long time, and have grown more uncomfortable with my approach over the past couple of years. It is really no big thing, but I am running pretty steep (for handmade) discounts to try to clear out as much of the existing inventory as possible, so there’s that.
- I’m not sure what is next, but I am pretty sure there needs to be a next, even if everything about it is the same except for my approach to it. IT IS TIME TO PUT DOWN A MARKER THAT INDICATES MOVING FORWARD OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
- The pattern side should continue apace; I have a pattern for every month this year in some stage of development; some are even completely finished & tech edited and just need better photos and formatting.
- Also, I got a wooden bowl for putting yarn in so as to take a moody photo; it’s pretty rad.