A Blanket for Slow October

I’ve always appreciated the bounty of Slow Fashion October posts on various blogs and instagram accounts, though I’ve never really participated as much as I should.  But this month I’ve been participating without actually even realizing it until last night.

Several months ago (and I mean several) I had been killing some time at a local Barnes & Noble and came across this picture of a JoSharp crocheted Granny Square blanket/wrapand I decided that I wanted to make a throw blanket for Jason and I.

I purchased 10 skeins each of Knit Picks’ Comfy Worsted Heathers in Finnley & Badger.  The squares worked up pretty quickly, and before I knew it, I had 9 squares done.

But then something unexpected happened.  I used some of the light grey skeins to make a sweater (Camden, published by Holla Knits) which meant that I only had 1 ball left of the light grey, and a lot more squares to go before finishing a throw blanket.  So I bagged it up, and put it in a basket in my yarn room to be forgotten.

Last weekend I was attempting to clean up the apartment a bit and stumbled upon the squares and then I suddenly couldn’t get them out of my head and I was scrambling to come up with a way to create something out of what I already had.  (My first option was to purchase more skeins, but alas, they were out of stock!).

But, it turns out I still had several balls of the Badger heather, and so I started making solid squares in the darker color.  And now I have a pretty good-sized lap blanket.  I’ve started seaming my squares and will work on a border of sorts with the remaining 4 balls of the Badger heather that I have.

So there we go folks – I almost have a lap blanket!

Introducing the Trekal Tank

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Get the pattern here!

I am so happy to announce the launch of my Trekal tank on Ravelry.  Now I know you might be wondering why I’m launching a linen tank right at the beginning of the fall and winter season, but here’s why:

  1. It is blistering hot in Southern California right now, so I might as well capitalize on that last little bit of heat wave for some easy knitting
  2. This thing knits up SO fast it will make a great last minute knitted gift for that special someone
  3. It actually looks pretty cool knit in a wool/alpaca blend as well (see below).

In the linen version, this is a great summer layering piece, and if you were to make it with the wool/alpaca blend, its a nice warm layer for fall & winter.

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The asymmetric shape of the top is created using short rows, though the garter stitch lace pattern eliminates the need for any kind of complicated stitch wrapping.  Just turn the work, and slip the 1st stitch of the next row.  Great for advanced beginners!

The front and back pieces are worked separately and seamed after blocking.  A few rounds or garter stitch at the armhole and neck opening keep the piece minimal and structured.

Hope you enjoy Trekal!

Old to New Favorites

This weekend I was scouring through my Ravelry queue, trying to decide what I would actually knit someday, and I re-discovered some of my old favorites.

5thThe 5th Avenue Shawl would be such a great design to use up some lace weight yarns that I have hanging around the house.

The pattern calls for holding together two strands – one with a touch of mohair to lend the soft as air feeling with the exceptional warmth it provides.

A neat aspect of this design is that it incorporates a moderate level of beading.  Beading experts will love this, and those that are trying it for the first time, this will be a neat first-time challenge.

This open-front cardigan, Stranger, has bstrangereen on my must-knit list for a very long time.  The interesting construction, the amazing mix of textured stitches and cables, who could say no?

The sample on the right was created with Brooklyn Tweed’s Worsted Weight Shelter, though I could easily picture this worked in Woolfolk’s latest yarn, Tov.

If I were to make any mods, it would be to create slimmer sleeves that are full length, and possibly a longer body.

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Another beauty born of the Brooklyn Tweed brand is Cusp, a specially released design by Olga Buraya-Kefelian in the Capsule release by BT.  There is something so feminine about this design, and it will haunt me until the day that I can actually cast on.

It’s another design with a unique construction, and a lovely play on cables within the shaping of the garment.

What are the designs that are in your queue that make your heart sing, no matter how long they’ve been in there?

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Pattern Releases

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I have been working pretty quietly in the background lately which is why you haven’t seen as many posts as I usually try to push out.  Life has been pretty hectic what with getting married, buying a house, and starting a new job (when I want to change it up, clearly I feel the need to change everything!)

But, in the midst of all these changes, I have steadily been knitting away and working on some designs under the Klever Knits umbrella – a linen top, a lightweight cardigan, and an even cozier cardigan.  You can see the linen top above, and then the two cardigans have some sneak peaks below:

I can’t wait to share some more photos, and release the patterns!