Hey everyone! Sorry for being absent from the blog for awhile. The summer was really busy since I was working full time, and once the semester started, things got even crazier. I confess that I haven’t even really been knitting lately. Before last week, I actually hadn’t worked on a project in over two months which is kind of sad to think about.
But now I’m back! And I actually finished a project! The impending holidays motivated me to get back to knitting things. And so, I have embarked on a month of hats! Hats are nice quick projects that make great gifts- perfect in other words for getting back into the swing of things while preparing for the holidays. They also make for great stash-busting projects which I desperately need right now (although I just bought a bunch of yarn to make this sweater…).
Anyways, I adapted this witch cat hat pattern for worsted weight yarn, of which I have plenty laying around. I actually cast on the same number of stitches using the same needle size called for in the pattern. This gave me nice tight stitches which will make the hat nice and cozy. The worsted weight yarn did take up more vertical room than the recommended gauge so I left out the cat face repeats on the crown. The friend I made this for loves cats, but the faces seemed like a bit of overkill. Here’s the finished product:
I know that I’m supposed to turn under the bottom rows, but I want to make sure that the hat is long enough for my friend before I do that. I’ll post a picture of her wearing it once I give it to her. The white and gold yarns are just leftover Lion Brand worsted weight yarn, while the red yarn is Knit Picks Reverie worsted- a super soft and fuzzy blend of 80% baby alpaca and 20% acrylic. I’ve already started a second hat for another gift. More blog posts on that to come…
Ive found that hats are the perfect way to try out new yarn. Today I tried out Knit Picks Reverie yarn in wine. It’s an incredibly soft yarn made of 80% baby alpaca and 20% acrylic. It’s categorized as worsted weight but I think its a bit on the thinner side.
Overall, I really like this yarn. It knits up nicely and it seems like it’s going to be nice and warm. My only complaint is that it’s very difficult to undo stitches as the yarn has a haze that likes to get tangled up. All in all, Reverie is a nice yarn. I’d love to make a scarf out of it!
I love knitting hats! They’re so addicting- they don’t take very long to knit and they are really practical for winter. I definitely like the instant gratification. It’s a good break from the Min Ulla scarf which I’m almost halfway done with. It’s beautiful but the colorwork takes forever and I’ve been having some difficulties keeping a consistent gauge.
Hats on the other hand only take a day or two to knit! There are so many fun patterns out there from simple ones like the one pictured here to incredibly intricate lace hats. I love adding my own touch to the simple ones with various colors or stitch patterns. I think everyone in my family is probably going to be getting a hat this year for Christmas…
The hat below was knit loosely off of the free Strib hat pattern on ravelry
Lately when I knit the first row after casting on, I’ve been getting a long stretch of yarn in between my two needles. It gets progressively longer and longer as I knit more stitches. I have been pulling the stitch just tight enough so the cast on edge is even and the stitches are evenly spaced but aren’t tight on the needle. Do you know what is happening? Does anyone have any suggestions on how I can fix this? Here are a few pictures of what’s going on.
Sorry that its been so long since I posted anything. It’s now finally spring break so I’ll have a chance to update you guys on how things have been going.
I finished the inishturk hat late last week. It looks great! The pattern was fun and after blocking, the cables stand out really well. Although the pattern calls for a Pom Pom on top, I don’t know how to make one and I didn’t really think its needed
Although I absolutely love the Elsa Wool yarn, I decided that I can’t really justify paying that much right now when I still am relatively new at this- also, because I spent the same amount of money on tickets for a Muse concert (which was incredible by the way). Maybe after a few more big projects like this, I’ll feel a little more ready to spend more on the yarn for a sweater.
Until then, I bought the fisherman’s yarn that the pattern called for and I’ll be using that. Michael’s didn’t have grey so I bought the darker solid brown. I’ll probably start on it this afternoon
After I posted yesterday about my new Elsa wool yarn, I couldn’t help but dive right into working with it. I rolled it into a nice ball and cast on for the hat that matches this sweater.
The pattern is actually really fun. It’s challenging but easy enough that I can memorize/intuit it without looking at the instructions. I especially like the braided cable. Here’s how far I’ve gotten:
As you can see, the yarn gives really nice stitch definition. I like the natural grey/brown color too. It’s really soft and super easy to work with. I’ll post a longer review of it later, but in short, I’m loving it so far!
Also, on a related note, I bought a set of interchangeable circular needles today. They were normally $70 at Michael’s but with my 50% off coupon, they were a really great deal. The nylon string/chord/whatever its called was a little stiff at first but after using it on the hat, its started to get easier to work with.
So I figured out a solution to my problem. I bought one skein of the Elsa Wool yarn so I can make a swatch and the hat that matches the sweater. This way, I can try out the yarn and make sure I like it before diving in and buying $100 worth. I’ll let you guys know how it goes!
Also, sorry I haven’t posted a scarf update yet. I’ll try to get around to it tonight.