As I teased almost two weeks ago, I decided to play with a skein of Shelter that I had sitting in my stash to see if I liked it enough to knit a full sweater out of it. Turns out, it was really fun, and I ended up designing a little beanie out of it!
The lace pattern is an adaptation of a traditional leaf lace pattern, in that the points of the leaves are interrupted with the opening of a new leaf. This beanie works quickly on size 6 US needles, and was such a little joy to knit that I’m offering it up for free! And given that only 1 skein of 140 yards is needed, it’s easy on your yarn budget too!
Please find the pattern available at Ravelry here.
Sleeve Close Up
I have finally gotten under way and have started knitting the first sleeve for Timberline. I have to say that I am really enjoying using this yarn. It’s very soft, has great stitch definition, and will be a great layer for cold New York weather (the recipient of the sweater lives in Manhattan), I really would like to make one for Jason as well, but he’s not really a fan of cardigans. I’ll just have to find a pullover with a nice cable pattern.
I cast on 60 stitches, worked the two braid panels on either side of the center cable pattern. After the cuff increases, I have 84 stitches, and I will be increasing 1 stitch each side every 16 rows 9 times to end with the desired 102 stitches before working the cap shaping.
I have received my final measurements for the Timberline Cardigan I’ll be making for Jeff:
Hip Circumference: 32″ (add 2″ ease each side to make this 36″)
Chest/Body Circumference: 41″
Body Length to Armhole: 19.5″
Armhole Depth: 11″
Sleeve Cuff: 9″
Sleeve Upper Arm: 14″
Sleeve Length from Wrist to Armhole: 21.5″
Total Sleeve Length from Wrist to Shoulder: 30.5″
I’m starting by knitting the sleeves, this way I can double check my gauge, and ease myself into working this thing flat and in pieces, instead of in the round.
According to the schematic, the current wrist circumference is 11 1/4″ which is a lot wider around than I was hoping for, so I am going to have to recalculate the sleeve cast on. The pattern as is has the sleeve broken out into the following sections over some 60 stitches:
– Reverse St St
– Braid Cable (2x)
– Center Cable
– Braid Cable (2x)
– Reverse St St
To allow for a more narrow wrist, I am reducing the number of stitches worked in reverse stockinette stitch.
Luckily, my upper arm measurement is spot on to the pattern, so I’ll need to increase from 66 stitches to 102 stitches – 18 stitches to be increased on each side of the sleeve over 19″ (21.5″ sleeve length – 2.5″ cuff length) or effectively, every 8 rows.
And then I can proceed with the sleeve cap shaping as called for in the instructions.
I’m going to have to do this same process again for the back and front cast ons, and I’ll explain that process too if you all are interested?
I am so excited to report that we have had our first chilly day in so cal, and now I can’t stop having visions of all the cozy knits I will be making and wearing this season. But since the next 2 months are going to be swallowed up knitting this, I think small, quick, and portable projects will be just what I need to satisfy my own cravings.
In honor of smaller projects, I’m going to start a series of Tempted Tuesday’s dedicated to them! First up, hats of all kinds!
Bray, Rustling Leaves, Scrollwork, and Magnolia are all very appealing to me! And what better way to bust through some of that stash?
And I have already started a small design of my own, for which I am using a skein of Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (in Camper) that I have had sitting in my stash for a very long time. It’s my first time using this yarn, and I’m beginning to realize why it has such an appeal for knitters. It’s got a nice rustic look to the yarn with the gentle flecks of tweed, but still manages to have a great stitch definition. The 100% american wool is softer that I had expected, and it feels a lot nicer while being knit than just in the skein. While it’s not soft in the sense that it doesn’t feel like alpaca, it is still something I’m going to be very happy to wear on my head, and perhaps later, around my neck.
Now that I’ve gotten to play with this skein, I feel much better about my purchase of 9 skeins of Long Johns, out of which I one day hope to knit Amanda! I’ve been starting at all the WIP’s taking part in the Fringe and Friends KAL (check out the instagram here).