Monday, April 11, 2016

Honeycomb Aran


Let me just start out by saying that I LOVE this sweater. This might actually be my favorite sweater that have have knit yet. I went in search of a classic Aran sweater and this is definitely it. Last year it seemed that I was seeing different versions of these cable knit sweaters everywhere and after looking for the right pattern, this was the clear winner out of the choices I had.

Pattern: Honeycomb Aran by Patons
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted in the color Aran
Needles: Size US 6 and US 8


The elements and construction are very straightforward and typical of classic arans - there isn't any waist shaping, the sleeves are raglan, and the collar is doubled by folding it under and seamed. I love all of the cables but I did need to make one change. The front panel in the pattern has cables that cross to make it look like the honeycomb but I knit the actual honeycomb stitch pattern - no crossing cables.



The fit is a bit oversized but I like it this way. The sleeves are the perfect length. I used the yarn that the pattern calls for and it is actually nice and soft. This sweater is warm and cozy and so classic. It took me quite a while to knit but I will be wearing this for years. I am so happy with it!


Monday, March 28, 2016

Hats For A Good Cause

Back in the fall, I got a call from my sister-in-law who lives in Texas. She told me about friends of hers who have a 4 year-old little girl that was in the hospital with cancer. Her name is Tatum and she was about to start chemo treatments. My sister-in-law was wondering if I would knit her a couple of hats that she could wear after she started losing her hair. Having two 4 year-olds myself, this really hit home. I put all my other knitting aside to work up some hats for this little girl.


Tatum's favorite color is purple so I knit up a girlie hat in a super soft purple yarn. I decided to make a cute animal hat for the other one. I had my eye on that owl hat from a back issue of Debbie Bliss Magazine. My boys were more than a little upset that they didn't get to keep it. Here are the details:
Pattern: Owl Hat from Debbie Bliss Knitting Magazine Fall/Winter 2012
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in Oats and Mocha and a tiny bit of Cascade 220 in Orange
Needles: US size 7

 

I actually designed the purple hat myself. I love the way it came out but I think it still needs a few tweaks. As soon as I get around to that I will publish it. And, of course, it is called Tatum. It is knit with Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Brush in the color Mulberry. This yarn is so soft and knits up beautifully with a bit of a halo. I love it!


If you would like more information on Tatum you can check this out: http://www.fox4news.com/good-day/children-s-hospital-heroes/112329646-story
 


 


 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Taking Stock for 2016

Here it is, March already, and I am just now looking at my yarns and knitting list for the year. That is what happens when I have a few projects on the go and deadlines to meet. Brooklyn Tweed must be getting very busy because I recently knit back-to-back samples for them and I am about to start another one any day now. I also recently finished the Honeycomb Aran I was working on, which took me quite a while to knit. Longer than I had hoped it would take. So now with a somewhat open calendar in front of me I need to chose my project goals for the year.

One thing I really need is a navy cardigan. I spent a lot of time going through patterns on Ravelry trying to decide the best one for me. Although I love cables, I really just need a plain cardigan to throw on when it is cool. For that reason, I chose the Larch Cardigan. I also decided to try out a new yarn - Cloudborn Fibers Highland Sport, which is available on Craftsy.com.


I also really love the Antler Cardigan but that one is going to have to wait.

I would also love to knit another shawl. I have my eye on Sakura from Brooklyn Tweed and I have three lovely skeins of Loft in the color Foothills set aside for it.


My husband and three boys have all been asking me to knit sweaters for them so at some point I am going to have to choose patterns for them but honestly, I have been toying with the idea of designing and I've got some ideas running through my head. We'll see how productive I can be in 2016.
 


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Emery

Emery caught my eye the first time I saw it. I am a total sucker for a classic cable knit sweater. I started knitting this back in the beginning of 2014 and put it down to knit other things. I picked it up again and actually finished this in the spring when it got too warm to wear it. Now that the weather is cooling down, this is the perfect cozy sweater to throw on.
The pattern is Emery by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed. The yarn I used is Cascade 220 in light gray and I knit it with size US 5 and US 7 needles.
I knit this according to the pattern but I did need to make some mods because my row gauge was significantly off. I needed to do some math to make the waist decreases, the sleeve increases and sleeve caps work. Everything turned out great and I absolutely love it. One of my favorite details is the ribbing on the v-neck. It looks so professional! I also love all of the cables which make this sweater really cozy and warm. This sweater is so classic that I am sure I will be wearing it for years to come.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

What I'm Knitting Now: Honeycomb Aran

It seems that everywhere I look these days I keep seeing cable Aran sweaters. They are popping up everywhere from blogs to fashion magazines and have become popular again. I found a great pattern to knit one up for myself.
I have had this pattern in my queue since last year and decided that it was going to be the first sweater I was going to knit this fall. I love it so far and can't wait to finish it. It is taking quite a while to knit - all of those cables take some time. So far I have the back done and a little bit of the front. I am aiming to have it done in time for when the really cold weather sets in.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sempervivum

Back in the spring, I was working on this shawl as a gift for someone. It was for my mom for her birthday. The pattern is Sempervivum. It is a Brooklyn Tweed pattern, designed by Jared Flood. The yarn I used is Cascade 220 Fingering in the color Mystic Purple. I used size US 4 needles.
I am not really a shawl person so this is the first time I have ever knit one up. I wanted to give my mom something special, pretty and intricate for her birthday and this checked all the boxes. I had a lot of fun knitting this and it definitely held my interest. With so many stitches on the needle, I messed up more than a few times and had to tink back a bit. I definitely had to pay close attention but I enjoyed knitting it so much that more shawls are in my future. I think I might be a shawl person now.
I have used this yarn before and it is a perfect substitute for Brooklyn Tweed Loft if you are looking for something that isn't too pricey. I love the color - it is a beautiful heathered purple that is great for any season. I'm so happy my mom loved it!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Work-In-Progress: Arielle

I have had my eye on this pretty little summer sweater for a very long time. I'm finally getting around to knitting it up. I think I started on it early enough that I will be able to finish it with enough time to get to wear it in season.
It doesn't have long sleeves so I have that going for me. On the other hand, it is knit with fingering weight yarn on size 2 needles so that takes up a bit of time. It has a lot of lovely details though, which are making it fun and interesting to knit.
Happy Summer Knitting!