Sunday, October 11, 2009

When I'm not in a sock-knitting mood

I finished my second attempt at my Marilyn's No-So-Shrunken Cardigan. 'Cept this time it is shrunken, but in a Regency/Jane-Austenish way. I hope. That's what I get for not re-swatching after re-starting this project after 3 years of frogging the first attempt, but it fits comfortably.

yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed in color #007 (brown)
needles: size 4 & 6 KP circs
pattern size: 1 size down from my actual measurements

Just the buttonband only - my row gauge is smaller than the pattern, so went with the typical rule of thumb of picking up 3 stitches for every 4 rows. I could've lengthened the cardigan since I had plenty of yarn, especially since it's supposedly discontinued by the US distributor. However, what drew me to the pattern was the fact that it was indeed a cropped cardigan, so I stuck with it.

I should've started one of my sock KAL's next, but I was in a hat-knitting mood and cast on.

Pattern: Vine & Leaf Beret from Vogue Knitting Fall 2009
yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino in Pea Green (discontinued colorway)
needle: size 3 KP circs
pattern size: medium
mod: tubular rib cast on in the round

The medium's still slightly on the small side, but I haven't blocked it yet. I'll probably gift it, but tapmouse thinks I should keep it for myself. We'll see. I'm still in a hat-knitting mood, but got sidetracked by some fandom-ish stuff.

I saw some discussions on Ravelry regarding a pair of fingerless mitts worn by Alice in a New Moon (Twilight) movie still and I had to join in. My sister was amused at my geeky lemmingness, but she ended up with the pair anyway. I was going to make a scarf with my remaining yarn, but it looks like I'll have to knit myself my own mitts pair & then knit a cowl with the remainder.

Pattern: New Moon Inspired Alice Cullen Fingerless Mittens (I chose Nancy's free Ravelry pattern 'cause I wanted thumb gussets.)
Yarn: Sunshine Yarns worsted in New Moon Alice
needles: size 8 KP circs

- CO 35 sts
- Didn't switch to the smaller needles 'til halfway through the top ribbing.

And not to be left out of the fingerless mitts bandwagon, Monkey1 requested a new purple-y pair. She even knit a row or two and these mitts were on dpns. I found it interesting that she was more concerned about getting the purls done correctly more than dealing with the multiple "sticks" on her mitts-in-progress. She only had a few errant yo's when she moved the yarn from the back to the front between the knit & purls and I still need to work that extra yarn around the other rows to even them out.

pattern: 200 Fingerless Mitts
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash colorway #844
needles: size 5 Clover dpns
mod: 2" longer on the arm length per Monkey1's request


dianne said...

Lots of fun stuff on the needles lately! The ruffle on the sweater is really pretty and add such a feminine touch. I love the hat and mitts too.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Wow! look at your smokin' needles! Love the cardigan on you...I think the fit is perfect a bit shorter!

And yay for the New Moon mitts! I'm trying to not to succumb and buy more yarn for them, but love that Sunshine Yarn!

Zonda said...

Love your Shrunken Cardi! Looks great on you! Nice hat and well, you know I love the mitts!

cupcakefaerie said...

I love the Jane Austen cardi on you! And look at you go with all the beautiful completed knits.

Marisol said...

Love all your new projects. I must have my very own pair of Alice mitts:) I had to go pull out my alice yarn 'cuz i just could not resist any longer:)

That grey sweater is fanatubolous and looks great on you:)

Batty said...

Love all of your projects, but have to say that the shrunken Not-so-shrunken Cardi is amazing. The color is lovely, it's feminine, it fits perfectly... I really, really like how it turned out. Extremely flattering.