FO – Quick Stitch Cardigan

Hi All! You might remember that a few days ago, I posted a dilemma with the baby cardigan I was knitting. I accidentally cast on too few stitches for the arm length, and wasn’t sure if I should frog all the seed stitch or continue on. I appreciate all of the advice I received and decided to just move forward. After some long hours, I finished a few minutes ago and it turned out super cute!

Here’s the info:

Ravelled Here: Quick Stitch Cardigan (3 month size)

Started / Finished: 7/22/16-7/30/16

Needles: US 6 (4.0 mm) circular needles + same size DPNs for the i-cord

Yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls in the color Flannel (77 grams)

Techniques New to Me: Cast on in middle of project with seed stitch, cast off in middle of project, i-cord ties, and seaming a hand knit sweater. This was my first complete sweater, not including a Christmas ornament 🙂

I decided to aggressively steam block the stockinette portions of the pattern, prior to sewing, and it made the already soft yarn even softer. I set my iron on the highest setting and used the steam button to soak the fabric, holding the iron as close to the fabric as I could without actually touching. While I let it dry, I made the i-cords for the ties. The original pattern calls for casting on a certain amount of stitches and then casting them off. I thought the i-cord would look better and that is what others have done as well. Here’s a pic of how I pinned it out.

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Excuse the bad lighting…I was in a hallway.

I can now see why it takes some of my friends awhile to complete the finishing steps on knitted items. I think in the future, I will definitely look for something that is knit in the round…maybe a raglan type sweater or one that is top down. Since it is a baby cardigan, I only had to sew up the sleeves and the sides; however it took quite a while to finish it and make everything match. I used the mattress stitch and learned that you have to make sure the sewing is done with the right side showing. I started out with it wrong side out. Eek! It was totally worth it and will go beautifully with the hat and booties I made out of the same ball of yarn. I think I’m finished with baby items for a little while 🙂 Now, back to my socks.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All! I’m sad to report that I have only completed 11 more rows on my Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson. The good news is the KAL has started and you can check out the Itty Bitty Knits group on Ravelry to see more! There is a hashtag to use on social medias and is #SOSkal…keep a look out for it when you are doing your social media thing. I know several of my blogger friends are working on these socks and it’s really cool to see everyone’s progress. Melinda from KnitPotion finished hers this morning and they are truly stunning! Go check them out if you don’t believe me.

I also want to say a huge Thank You to all who responded on my dilemma with the baby cardigan. I’m moving smoothly along and can’t wait to share the FO!

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Eleven rows equated to two more stripes! I’m moving my progress keeper each time I update you on my progress, so you can see what I’ve accomplished. Isn’t it cute?

If you feel so inclined, and wish to join up with our Thursday Sock Along, let one of us know in the comments. See below for my fellow Thursday Sock Knitters! We also have a hashtag on Instagram #ThursdaySockAlong

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Katherine – Fiber and Sustenance

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

WIP – What Would You Do? Help!!!

Hi All,

A bit of an unexpected post; however I need your help! I am currently working on a baby sweater for my niece Brittany’s new baby boy (to match the hat and booties) and I’ve come upon quite a dilemma. I think I know what I’m going to do; however wanted to get some advice because this is my first time making a real sweater. I haven’t gotten far on the Folded Squares Cardigan that I started way back in September of last year, so that doesn’t count. Neither does the Raglan Sweater Christmas Ornament I made in October of last year.

First, the pattern is free and is called Quick Stitch Cardigan by Bernat Design Studio and I am making the 3 month size. I was knitting along, following the pattern and all was well. I finished up the first Shape Sleeves section and was starting the section to Divide for Fronts, when all of a sudden, I realized that I had cast on too few stitches at the beginning part of the Shape sleeves section. I was supposed to cast on 8 stitches at the beginning of the next 6 rows, and instead I cast on 6 stitches at the beginning of the next 6 rows.

To my credit, I did have difficulty at first with the instructions at the beginning of the Shape Sleeve section. Only because I’ve never cast on in the middle of a project with seed stitch and got thoroughly confused and overthought the whole thing. I finally figured that out. But, how in the world did I read the instructions as 6 additional stitches for 6 rows? Argh!!!!

So, here’s my question for you. I’ve already gone through the pattern and made the changes I would need to accommodate for this mistake. However, I don’t know if the arms would be too small/short? Should I rip back and start over again? Or should I continue on? Anyone’s advice would be most helpful! BTW, I will be heartbroken if I have to knit all that seed stitch again. Although I love the look of it, I do not enjoy knitting it.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All!

It’s Thursday and it’s time, once again, to talk about the socks. I’m currently working on the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B Anderson, along with several of my fellow knitting bloggers. I have completed 15 more rows since we last spoke and am now up to 25 rows of the leg complete. You can see in my photo below, with the cute kitty progress keeper, that although it doesn’t sound like much, it looks like it.

I am absolutely in love with this yarn and the color changes. Why have I never knit with self striping yarn before? I certainly have enough of it! It really keeps your interest as the colors are ever changing…even with the long stripes of color.

Have you seen my latest Instagram post where I show all the yummy self striping sock yarn I just received in the mail? If you are on your computer, look to the right and you’ll see my Instagram feed. Otherwise, come find me as ftlsweetie…I’d love to connect with you.

There is supposed to be a KAL happening soon. All you need to do to stay updated is check out the Itty Bitty Knits group on Ravelry. Susan said that you can start your socks at any time and all will be allowed in the KAL.

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Stitch marker matches the yarn…yes, it came with the skeins 🙂

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Always make sure they fit while you’re knitting…not after!

If you feel so inclined, and wish to join up with our Thursday Sock Along, let one of us know in the comments. See below for my fellow Thursday Sock Knitters! We also have a hashtag on Instagram #ThursdaySockAlong

Alex – alexandknits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Katherine – Fiber and Sustenance

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Bee Cozy

Hi All! You know those kind of weekends when it’s so hot outside that all you want to do is sit inside with the air conditioner running and knit? Yeah, me too. In fact, that’s what I did this weekend. And for my efforts, I have another finished object! This happens to be my 75th project in Ravelry…and my 17th completed this year. It’s crazy how much more I can get completed with knitting versus crochet.

I think I had mentioned in one of my comments on a dear friends blog that I wanted to look at knitting some hot water bottle cozies…quite possibly for Christmas presents this year. I have a lot of family in cold weather climates and this might be a perfect gift for those frigid winter nights. I wanted to experiment with a few different patterns and I happened to have this one in my queue. It is a paid for pattern; however I was able to obtain it for free during a 12 Days of Giving Christmas gift last year. It’s very nicely written and I had no issues with any of the instructions. There are a lot of free patterns out there…so if you want to make one for yourself, all you need to do is search!

Ravelled Here: Bee Cozy

Started/Finished: July 16, 2016 – July 18, 2016 (I finished the knitting part last night and then just had the bind off and sewing to complete today.)

Needles: US 10 (6.0 mm) 16 inch circulars and DPNs

Yarn: Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice Solids, Heathers and Twists in the color Purple (I wanted machine wash/dry.)

Extras: Hot Water Bottle (This is the link to Amazon where I purchased mine.)

In the future, I think I would start with Judy’s Magic Cast On instead of knitting in the round and then having to sew up the bottom. I turned the cover inside out and whip stitched it closed. It makes for a very nice bottom and you can’t tell that it was sewn up.

I wasn’t able to get to the full length in ribbing because 16 grams of this yarn was used in two previous projects and my gauge was off (once completing the honeycomb I was at 10.5 inches and was supposed to be at 9.5 inches); however I think it looks nice the way it is. I used JSSBO in rib pattern to bind off and it is extremely stretchy. This will make it easy to take off the hot water bottle for cleaning.

The honeycomb stitch is pretty easy; however maybe not for a beginner knitter. It’s hard to get your gauge just right when working with a cable needle and I’m lucky that I’ve worked with it on a couple of other projects. Have you started thinking about your Christmas / Holiday knitting yet? I think I have a total of two items made so far. I wanted to be much further, but with babies coming and socks galore…it will all work out in the end.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

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Thursday: It’s All About the Socks

Hi All,

Yep, it’s Thursday again! How can that be? This last week has been so busy with work that I’ve barely gotten in any knitting. I did, however, start my next pair of socks! My sock knitting buddy, Alex, had mentioned in one of her posts that she was gifted the Smooth Operator Socks by Susan B. Anderson. I liked the looks of them, so I went ahead and purchased the pattern. I’ve been saving the yarn I’m using for awhile now and when I saw this pattern, I knew they wanted to be these socks. I spent Saturday finishing up Hugo the Couch Potato Monster and then cast on Sunday for the socks.

I was able to complete the cast on (I had to do this multiple times because I kept messing it up) and the cuffs on Sunday. Since then, I’ve managed to eek out a measly 10 rows. However, I am working them TAAT using the Magic Loop method…so that really means I’ve accomplished two cuffs plus 20 rows of the leg. The yarn I am using was created by String Theory Colorworks, in the Inertia self striping base and the color is called Putnisite. I don’t know if you’ve ever googled Putnisite; however this is dead on for the colorway. Here’s the description from the website:

Putnisite is an Isomer colorway.  When you order an Isomer colorway, you will get 2 50g skeins of self striping yarn that coordinate, but DO NOT MATCH.  All the colors in each skein will be repeated, but will stripe in a different order or width on each half.

Stripe Pattern:

7 rows Violet                                         10 rows Teal
3 rows Teal                                            3 rows Violet

 

One thing that I love about this yarn is that I’m always working on a different color and there is no chance of accidentally knitting from the same ball of yarn. I have tried them on and they go over my heel (no pics because you just don’t want to see my legs right now)…so no rookie mistakes for me this time. Look how beautiful these are working up! I’m in love with them already and can’t wait for the finished socks.

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Cuffs Complete

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Ten rows into the Leg

If you feel so inclined, and wish to join up with our Thursday Sock Along, let one of us know in the comments. We also have a hashtag on Instagram #ThursdaySockAlong

Alex – alexand knits

Hannah – unsophisticated+jejune

Jennifer – a creative yarn

Katherine – Fiber and Sustenance

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

FO – Hugo the Couch Potato Monster

Hi All! I have another finished object for you and I am so pleased with this one. As I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to make sure that my great nephew, Athan, has a present when I send along the baby items (blogged about here and here) to my niece Brittany and her hubby, Cody. I had made a monster from Rebecca Danger’s The Big Book of Knitted Monsters before and Brittany saw the pictures from Facebook and loved it. I asked her what Athan’s favorite color was and before you know it, a monster was born. I hope Athan loves him as much as I do! Here are the details:

Ravelled Here: Hugo the Couch Potato Monster

Started/Finished: June 25, 2016-July 9, 2016

Needles: US 5 (3.75mm) DPN’s for legs/arms, Magic Loop for Body

Yarn: Red Heart Soft in the color Tangerine

Other Materials: scrap of black yarn, scraps of white yarn, size G (4mm) crochet hook, 18mm black pupil safety eyes, stuffing

Techniques Learned: Crocheted Teeth (I couldn’t find a pattern so made up my own!), Backwards Loop Cast On

Crocheted Teeth:

Larger teeth (Worsted/Aran weight yarn (I used Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice in the color white…leftover scraps), size G (4mm) Crochet Hook):

Chain 4
4 SC in purl bump of the chain stitches, ch1 turn
SC decrease down to 2 stitches, ch1 turn
2 SC, ch1 turn
SC decrease, ch1…pull yarn through and cut. Leave enough for stitching.

Smaller teeth:

Chain 2
2 SC in purl bump of the chain stitches, ch1 turn
SC decrease, ch1…pull yarn through and cut. Leave enough for stitching.

I attached each tooth to the other when sewing down so that when the fabric is stretched, they still look like they are attached to each other. I probably could have moved them over just a tiny bit; however I think it just gives him more character. Since I still have Petunia the Patio Monster, I took a picture of the two of them together so you can see the size difference. It is the featured photo at the top of the page.

 

Now that I have finished, I only have two WIP’s on my needles and they are both long term. Can you believe it? Looks like it’s time for me to cast on my next pair of socks.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!