Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New Pattern: Hayden

I am so very excited to announce the release of my first pattern, Hayden.

Hayden is a classic cable and rib crew neck for children. This cozy pullover is worked flat with an all over cable and rib pattern. Each size has its own set of instructions to ensure that the 4 stitch rib is directly in the center of the front, back, and each of the sleeves. The neck band is picked up after seaming and worked in the round. I designed this sweater with my son in mind but it would work equally as well for a girl.

Specifications:

Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Lake Ice Heather

Needles: US 7 (4.5 mm) and US 5 (3.75 mm)

Gauge: 23 stitches and 28 rows to 4inches/10 cm. in cable and rib pattern with US 7 needles after blocking

Notions: Cable needle, stitch holders, stitch markers, blunt tapestry needle

Sizes: To fit ages 2 (4, 6, 8, 10) years

Finished Measurements: Chest: 24 (26, 28, 30, 32) inches

You can purchase this pattern on Ravelry here. Thanks so much!!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Finished: Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks

A few years ago, my oldest son gave me 2 skeins of a beautiful variegated blue sock yarn for Christmas. A few days later, I found both of those skeins on the floor in a jumble - they were a total mess. My mischievous dog got ahold of them, ripped off and chewed up the ball bands and left the yarn completely tangled up. I picked up the skeins-no-longer and put them away and my dog got a firm finger shaking with a "naughty dog!!" I was super upset about the yarn. Needless to say, I was looking through my stash recently and came across that messed up yarn and decided to untangle it, wind it up, and knit some socks. Surprisingly it didn't take too long to straighten out.

The pattern is Diagonal Cross-Rib Socks by Ann Bud from the book Favorite Socks from Interweave. The Yarn is Koigu KPPPM but I have no idea what color it is because the ball bands were destroyed. I used size US 2 needles.

I tried to choose a pattern that would offset the pooling with the variegated yarn and I think this does a pretty good job of that. I like how the socks feature different leaning stitches for a mirrored effect. The yarn is very soft and comfortable but I have to say that the socks stretch out of shape after one wear and then they are really loose. I like a nice tight fitting sock so this kind of annoys me. Other than that, the color is beautiful and my son did a great job picking it out. I'm so glad I finally got to use it.