I have simultaneously too much yarn, and not enough; I have plenty of basic wool for sweaters, some of it in sweater amounts! but I don’t have very much in soft next-to-the-neck wool for scarves and shawls and hats. There’s more lightweight fine soft yarn than bulky, but I want to knit and perfect bulky hats! and I generally knit freehand and refine a new idea from there, so it takes a few iterations to be really happy with something. And I don’t want to buy more yarn, because there’s already too much yarn.
So this might mean a few sweaters, finally, and some small soft accessories; it’s led to at least one so far. And I hope to let myself be guided by yarn on hand (exclusively) for at least a little bit longer.
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WAVELET is a small, textured earwarmer! It’s made from a modest amount of DK to worsted-weight yarn (about 80 yards, so I am saying 80-90 officially for wiggle room and safety). It’s knit at 18 sts and 26 rows in 4″, which is a little loose if your handspun is DK to sport but nice if you’re using an expansive worsted like Malabrigo Yarns Merino Worsted. (I have two skeins of it left. They were all supposed to be one big thing, but I kept having attention span problems, so now one is the focal point of a large project, and one is going into a scarf to see if it is truly a one-skein scarf or not; it clocks at 200-210 yards in handspun, but it took 230 in bulky discontinued yarns.) It will be free until I have had time to fine-tune it, and get better photos of the third sample, so probably at least until Monday.
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.
Realistically, I’m about two months behind on my pattern goals for 2017, but August did see two new projects! The first was VLA shawl: a shawl knit up in 3 skeins of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok 150, very large and pretty simple. It’s knit from the bottom up, so there’s no long bind-off edge involved, and the pace of the project picks up as you go along. It makes a nice cozy project for fall.
The second pattern is related to VLA, a kind of companion knit! (These are related to each other, and to the Dog Days 1 mini-project.) It was offered as a free download at least through 9/4/17, and after that, it will be available for a small fee. See it here on Ravelry.
It’s very hazy here, due to the wildfires burning in other places, and there’s a no-active-outdoors stuff advisory for the Front Range apparently, and I’ve kind of chosen to pay attention to it because it is really pretty rough out there from a breathing/visibility perspective. So I am dealing with super weird summer cabin fever, and not proud of it, because “can’t run around outside adequately” seems like a small concern in the scheme of things.
It’s a little scarf!
There’s also a centered decrease discussion post just past this one, if you’re interested in that kind of thing. (It’s related to this kerchief.) I’ve actually gotten some kind notes and encouragement on the Terrible Techniques series, which is a little bit beyond my ken, though I really appreciate it in a sort of baffled way. Thanks!
I’m about to release Spring Feverish 2! It’s been delayed a little, in part because I could not get the right drape; I knit about four samples before I had one that matched the original in terms of fabric. This pattern is pretty beginner-friendly, featuring very traditional wave lace and a relaxing garter-stitch background/finishing, but it does have one thing to watch out for, so I decided to do a quick Techniques post about that just in case. If you’ve already knit Feather, you’ll be fine–this faux-cable decrease is the same, but written differently–less efficiently, but more clearly, I hope, by making the difference between it and a s2kpo more obvious. I hope you will forgive the length of the shorthand.
s2tog tbl k1 psso!
This decrease functions just like a s2kpo, but instead of making the stitches line up neatly, it twists them and creates a faux-cable column. You can always use s2kpo if you like! And really, the only reason to work the long, alternative decrease is to get the look of the samples. But this decrease probably takes longer to read than it does to work.
This decrease is worked over 3 stitches.
s2tog tbl–slip two together through the back loop. At this point, these slipped stitches just rest on the RH needle.
k1–knit 1. In this case, the 1 is the next stitch.
psso–pass the pair of slipped stitches, together, over the knit stitch (k1).
If you don’t like to knit through the back loop, see below!
You can also, just to complicate things, work this as a sl1 sl1 k1 psso, by handling your slipped stitches separately: over three stitches, slip one and then slip one again, separately, as if to knit. Then continue as above: knit one, and pass the slipped stitches over (together). You’re still slipping two stitches, and they still twist at the angle you need to create the faux cable. This is as neat or neater than s2tog tbl.
In fact, the only real reason I’ve gone from using sskpo to using the overlong s2tog tbl psso notation is that the rather long second version is less easily confused with s2kpo.
Both are different from the more standard centered two-stitch decrease:
When you s2kpo (which is also worked over 3 stitches, and also makes a nice centered decrease), it goes like this:
s2–slip two together knitwise, as if you were working a k2tog and stopped halfway. These stitches also temporarily rest on the RH needle.
k–knit the next stitch.
po–pass the slipped stitches, together, over the knit stitch (k).
This creates a straight, slightly raised stockinette st line. In the photo below, the green Spring Feverish 2 kerchief is worked using s2kpo exclusively; in the pink Malabrigo Yarns Rastita sample, it’s s2tog tbl k1 psso, and you can see the faux-cable texture-rich line this creates.