So you know that shawl I posted from my stash just the other day… well yesterday and this morning… I finished it!
Fanned out and on display
This shawl has been in my stash for a very long time… it had two of the half fans that form the top border on stitch holders and just hanging out because I ran out of yarn. It was the first modular design piece I decided to try. Since it was a learn to do it project… I used stash yarn that I picked up… likely from the clearance section of the yarn shop, and didn’t have enough as it turns out. So I ended up finishing it with a later not-quite match.
Here you can see where the new color row fits in with the old color
Now…. the philosophy ramble…. (skip to the end if you want the pattern link).
I don’t tend to worry about gauges when I’m testing out something to see if I can do it. I don’t plan nearly as much as I probably should… but since I am in more of the beginner stage of knitting, I don’t think that is a bad thing. I could see where this would be an issue later on when I want to make a sweater, or to get the right fit on socks and gloves, but for learning the principals of stitches and patterns on scarves and blankets it really doesn’t matter. If what I want to know is… can I figure out how to SSK/cable/double-knit something… it does not bother me in the slightest if its 30 inches instead of 36, or vise-versa. No one else but me has any idea how its supposed to turn out anyway.
Sure, I could follow the recommended yarn brand, which would have cost me about $60, and it would probably be worth it… but the whole time I’d have started the project I’d be fretting about cutting up that beautiful and expensive yarn. Or I can test out a pattern and not worry about the yarn for about $10 on the same project.
If you are learning and you see a pattern you like and want to try, don’t fret over having “Super-silk-cashmere-yarn-of-Amazeballs™” just bust open your yarn stash and get to work with what you have! Learn something new… and find what you love.
And with that… here’s the pattern.
So my baby afghan spree has revealed a few items that are still floating about in my stash…
Such as this baby sized chunky afghan that finished off a couple skeins of patriotic red, white and blues on some giant needles…
Soft and Thick Patriotic Flavor
And this angelic little preemie/doll size of a hourglass eyelet stitch. I really like this stitch because even the wrong side looks pretty nice!
Front side, with a simple crochet edging.
Backside. Looks like a fancy basketweave.
And then there is this shawl I am finally going to look at finishing… because I finally found a yarn I think will go well with where I ran out of the last batch…
So now its off to see if I can finish the fans this month before I have to get started on a September Stocking, finish my snowflakes quilt and various other crafty projects!
So, a while back, I obtained some yarn from another knitters stash… and I am a fan of trying new stitches and finding ways to use up the yarn stash… so this one, the solid blue and the yellow are yarn that’s probably as old as I am (based on the yellow skein’s wrapper) so its well past time it got a new life.
This pattern makes a nice dimensional stitch.
I knitted it up until I nearly ran out of the dark blue… and I still have some light blue and yellow to play with! But its at least baby afghan size, so there is that.
After some blocking, laid out on my library/sewing table
Perhaps I shall have to make up some hats or booties or something…. As a bonus, this pattern made a fun picture to use as my cell phone wallpaper.
Rows almost look like diamonds
The colors remind me of a dress I used to own, with a denim bodice and a yellow floral long skirt… I loved that dress.
Pattern available on Ravelry.
So I’ve had this yarn from the yarn shop where I learned to knit for some time. I believe I originally bought it oh about six years ago or so. Well I am out of blue thread for my other project so… time for more knitting.. and time to tackle something with counterpanes!
There were many to choose from but finally I settled on a three leaf counterpane pattern, originally seen here: http://www.knittingparadise.com/ (Scroll up for images) Through some alterations based on my trial square, this is what I ended up with:
Now as you can see from these two closer in views of the leaf section and the diamond section, I am not the greatest of fancy joiners, but I do think they look alright… just not very lacy.
At this point its more flowerlike
Diamond Point join
So I think it turned out ok, and here’s what I did differently for anyone curious or wanting to replicate.
- I did a knit increase in my first knit stitch instead of a yarn over increase. I tried the yarn overs, but it just looked to loose and sloppy to me, so I went with the knit increase instead.
- My Row 15: Row 15 YO, (k1, yo) twice, k1, p4, SKP, k9, k2tog, p4, (k1, yo) twice, k2 — I felt that swapping two stitches to purl instead of knit made for a better transition.
- When you swap to the Diamond Point (included in the follow up post from the three leaf section) you need to add a simple knit across row so that your diamond point turns out purl side up as the right side. do not increase that row, as you should go into the Diamond Point section with an uneven set of stitches
- For Row Two in the second post its just: k2tog, knit to last 2 sts, k2tog — She corrects this in a later post on the thread, its just a duplicate in there in the original.
I finished it off with a simple double crochet row and then a scalloped crochet row (2 single crochet stitches, then 3 double crochet in the next stitch and repeat) because three skeins meant I was pretty much done with just a 9 pane blanket. Seriously…. this is all the yarn left:
Dr.Pepper can for scale
So if I had my life to knit over so to speak… here’s what I would do differently:
- Buy about 4 more skeins of yarn so that I could knit up 12 counterpanes, which would leave me with all diamond edges instead of some leafy edges, and an all around better size. (Nothing wrong with a 9 pane size, but 12 would be even better for the repeats imo)
- I’d finish it off with a border of leaves, which I figured I could snag from another counterpane pattern such as the one here: http://www.knitting-and.com/knitting/patterns/counterpanes/rosedale-counterpane.htm
I greatly enjoyed how it turned out… so much that I’m actually contemplating making something more full size at some point, perhaps as a gift.
I could totally see this as a much larger piece.
Well I tossed about several ideas… went looking for patterns and finally just decided to have a more traditional looking stocking.
Green and White is always right.
The cuff is a pattern you can pick up for free from ravelry I spent quite a bit of time the other day going through patterns looking for a cable from a Duncan McLeod sweater… and that was one of the extras I stumbled on.
The tree however…. is a true original. No pattern… just winged it! There was a bit of cabling, a bit of increases and decreases… and I’ve been assured by the ever critical Ben that it does indeed look like a tree! Felt like a real accomplishment!
So now I’m at 11 stockings for the big sale of 2012.
So I finally finished my baby afghan I started ages ago as just “trying out the branching out pattern” on an airplane trip… and several trips and pulling out several rows because I forgot a yarn over later…. its finally done:
As experiments go, I think it turned out ok.
It does have its issues.. I found my green and blue together yarn was rather limited, so there are a couple spots where its a bit more blue… and there is one wheatear cable that is one row too long…
Said long cable included in this image in all its glory. -_-
On the other hand, I really lucked out with where my final leaf border seam fell in the colorway:
A leaf on the wind…border…. thing.
But overall I think its an alright thing, and someday I’m sure someone will love it.
Various patterns in this afghan include: