FO – Freedom and Cables Test Knit

Hi All! How’s your February going? It’s going pretty fast for me. Things are super busy at both home and work. I did take the day yesterday to catch up on some shows and knit on my cardigan. And this weekend, hubby and I had a picnic at one of our favorite wineries and then did a wine and chocolate pairing at another of our favorite wineries. It was so gorgeous. Being out in the fresh breeze sipping wine was nice and relaxing.

Recently I read a post by my fellow sock knitter, Kat from felinityknits, and fell in love with the hat she had knit. Come to find out that it was her own pattern. I let her know that if she ever decided to write up the pattern, I would gladly test knit it for her. Lo and behold, a few days later, she sent over the pattern. There were very minor edits and overall it was very well written and easy to follow.

There are two versions: one color and two colors and you can see both on Kat’s blog post about them. I decided to knit the one with one color. I definitely recommend going by her yardage, as the skein I picked out had about 20 less yards and I lost at yarn chicken when I only had 6 rows to go. I even deleted one of the cable repeats thinking it would be enough.


Yarn Chicken Fail

Luckily I found some yarn that had the exact same color in it and only needed 2 grams to finish it off.


Two grams of beautiful perfection…don’t you love how the cables continue until the very end?

Once I made the pom-pom out of the same yarn and added it to the top of the hat, you couldn’t even tell I had run out. Before I show you the finished hat, check out how much this yarn bled! It is a discontinued colorway called Cherry and the base is Madelinetosh Tosh DK. I bought it back in 2015 so it was awesome to knit from my stash. The yarn I used to finish it off and make the pom-pom is Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend. The colorway is number 3109 Woodland DK and it’s also been in my stash for awhile.


Seriously yarn bleeding

Oh, here’s another thing. Do not aggressively block your hat! This thing was humongous on me after I blocked it and it fit perfectly before hand. Turns out you should lay it flat to dry instead of trying to stretch it over a great, big balloon or let it drag itself down on a styrofoam head. Ugh. I had to reblock, praying that it would shrink back (it shrank 1 1/2 inches both ways), and now it fits perfectly! When adding the pom-pom, use a large button to stabilize it and make sure you tie it in a bow so it’s easy to take off when you need to wash it again.

Didn’t it turn out gorgeous? I have gotten so many compliments already and it’s coming in super handy with the very cold weather the past couple of days. My project notes can be found on Ravelry here. Kat’s pattern is up on her blog (linked above) and is also on Ravelry as a free pattern. If you have never made a hat with cables, or worked with cables at all, or you love cables and weren’t sure what to make next, check out her pattern! I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time, Happy Knitting!


FO – Miramar Shawlette

Hi All!

I can finally share the test project I worked on recently, as the pattern is now live! You might remember me mentioning it as the shawlette of forever 🙂 That’s only because of the hand issues I was going through at the time. It’s actually a beautiful cable and lace shawlette designed for a Canadian yarn company.

One thing that I love about Linda Browning‘s patterns is the ability to increase or decrease the size to what you want. I followed the pattern exactly due to my Cubital Tunnel Syndrome; however would have loved to make this larger. It’s that beautiful. If you check out the project page for the pattern, you’ll see that some testers did make it in varying sizes. This is my fourth test knit for her and I have loved every single pattern/design.

Ravelled Here: Miramar Shawlette

Started 12/28/15 – Completed 1/26/16 (would have been faster; however I was sick for a week and couldn’t knit, in addition to my CTS)

Needles: US 5 – 3.75 mm circular HiyaHiya Sharps; started with the 24″ cable and switched out to the 36″ cable when it got too long

Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Mechita in the color Teal Feather (70 grams)

Made For: Me, Me, Me!!!!

With this project, I learned how to tink cables, tink S2KP, and how to read a chart. I think you’ll agree that the effort was well worth it!

I’ve got another FO; however it’s in the process of blocking…more on that soon!

Until next time, Happy Knitting! (P.S. You can click on the images to make them larger.)