Knitting

FO Friday ~ Ombre Hats

I wrote this post in my head on Thursday, ready to draft Thursday night, polish Friday morning and post.  That was the plan.  So here it is Saturday afternoon  .  .  .  well, better late than never.

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These hats were finished in August and as I was going through my Ravelry projects I realized I’d never done an FO post.    The pattern is The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary.  Quick and easy stranded knitting makes for a very nice ombre effect.

Pattern  ::  The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary
Yarns  ::  Rowan Felted Tweed, rage and clay colorways
Needle  ::  US 6 (4.0 mm)

The first hat finished used leftover yarns from leg warmers knit last year.  I don’t look great in hats, but this one fits a little loosely, has a nice slouch, is so-so-o-o soft AND matches my winter coat.  So it’s a WIN.  If I were to knit with DK weight yarn again, I would drop down a needle size for the ribbing and do the rest of the hat on the US 6.

Pattern  ::  The Easy Ombre Slouch Hat by Paul S Neary
Yarns  ::  Cascade 220 Superwash, charcoal
Unknown leftover (maybe Patons ?), light gray
Needles  ::  US 4 (3.5 mm) and US 6 (4.0 mm)

Keeping in mind the loose fit of the first hat, I picked two worsted leftovers and cast-on with US 4 needles.  After the ribbing I moved to a US 6 for the remainder.  I also started the decreases a bit sooner to reduce the slouch.  It’s perfect and tucked away in the holiday box.

Now that I’ve taken another look at these, I have an urge to rummage through the leftovers and make more for the holiday box.

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Knitting

FO Friday ~ Tidewater

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Pattern  ::  Tidewater by Laura Aylor
Yarn  ::  Knit Picks Lindy Chain, thicket colorway
Needle  ::  US 4 (3.5 mm)

The Tidewater top is finished.  Knitting ended on August 10 and then I put off weaving the loose ends.  Now that it’s completed, I wish I’d finished it sooner.  It’s perfect for the summer weather and looks nice under a jacket.

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I made several modifications to the pattern; the most obvious was knitting the body in stockinette instead of garter.  Extra increases were added from the underarm down to give more drape and fullness.  And last, I opted for side vents rather than the one back vent suggested.  I Love It!

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KP Lindy Chain is a 70% linen/30% cotton chainette yarn.  This was my first time using Lindy Chain and I’m pleased with the feel and drape.

I think I’d enjoy knitting this again, maybe a size larger with 3/4 sleeves to make a cozy pullover.

I hope your September is off to a good start.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

~  Janet

Knitting

FO Friday ~ Interrupted Cowl

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Pattern  ::  Interrupted Cowl by Heather Hill
Yarn  ::  Universal Yarn Bamboo Bloom Handpaints, kanji colorway
Needle  ::  US 10.5 (6.5 mm)

While I was avoiding unfinished projects and having a cast-on party, I knit this cowl without ever mentioning it on the blog.  I was looking for something bright and colorful and fun.  This definitely met all the criteria.  The pattern is a perfect match for the thick/thin yarn, uses the whole skein and makes the colors pop.

For now it’s going in the gift box, but don’t be surprised if you see me wearing it this fall.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

~  Janet

 

Knitting

FO Friday ~ Dublin Bay Socks

It’s Friday and another pair of socks is added to the YOSS challenge pile.

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Pattern  ::  Dublin Bay Socks by Ryan Morrissey
Yarn  ::  Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering, laurelhurst colorway
Needle  ::  US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

May’s socks were finished earlier this week.  Dublin Bay is a nice pattern and easily modified for size.  I did a ribbed cuff on 64 sts with an eye of partridge heel and wedge toe.  It’s a speedy knit since there’s no patterning on the foot.  The yarn felt a little stiff and made a firm fabric.  I love the colors, even though it faded on my hands. A good soak with a little vinegar took care of that.  This is definitely a pattern that will be repeated.

This is pair #11 for the YOSS challenge and headed for the gift box.

Enjoy your weekend!

~  Janet

Ponderings/Life

FO Friday ~ Simple Skyp Socks

Another pair of socks hit the finish line.

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Pattern  ::  Simple Skyp Socks by Adrienne Ku
Yarn  ::  Patons Stretch Socks, olive colorway
Needle  ::  US 1.5 (2.5 mm)

These socks were headed to ~J’s~ sock drawer but never made it.  He wore them the next day.  This is the second time I’ve knit this pattern.  It’s simple, easy to memorize and makes an attractive sock.  The stretchy yarn gives such a nice texture and feel to the sock.  This is pair #10 for the YOSS challenge.

It’s time to slow down on the sock knitting for a bit.  I’m still enjoying the challenge and loving all the socks being added to the drawers.  Other projects are calling out to be finished and I’m getting a strong urge to start something new.

Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

~  Janet