12.27.2018

A Creative Mania

I put down two cardigans that I was knitting, one had a small amount of lace in it, and it is more of a summer cardigan. The other is a more complicated cable cardigan. I had decided to buy some cheap acrylic yarn and try a crochet cardigan.

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I’ve never crocheted a cardigan. I’m not very crochet experienced, I can chain and single and double crochet, but mostly flat things. After I had tackled the cable sweater I felt fearless and started shopping around for some nice acrylic yarn. Google informed me that Hobby Lobby's I Love This Yarn was highly rated. The price was right. I wanted to feel like I could make it nice but if it didn’t work out I hadn’t spent a whole lot on it.

I had looked at a few crochet cardigan patterns and the Staycation pattern really caught my eye! I bought some bright red yarn from Hobby Lobby and went at it. It didn’t take me too long and I didn’t have much trouble. Before I knew it I had my Holiday Sweater!

With big patch pockets and an oversized fit! I have worn it everyday since I’ve made it. The pattern is free on the Make&DoCrew website, or you can pay a small amount and get it without the ads in it.

I’m loving the Hobby Lobby I Love this Yarn so much that I bought enough for two more crochet sweaters. It is soft and warm. Not squeaky or plasticky feeling.

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At the same time I started a La Nuage wrap from Sewrella. I watched the YouTube video (blog link with video)  and it seemed simple, so I looked in my stash and found some beige wool yarn and made that, It was good Netflix crocheting.

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I also finished a Wurm Hat (free pattern) It is a fast knit and I used some leftover hand dyed. It is indeed Wurm and a good looking hat.

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Feels good to be creating again. I’ve got more sweaters and hats in progress. More info soon. How is your making coming? Let me know in the comments if you have some favorite crochet patterns!

12.13.2018

The Year of the Cardigans 2018

I seem to have a lot of UFO cardigans around the house. I haven’t blogged in a while so I’ll do a quick catch up.

I started with the Berroco KAL in the summer and picked out the pattern Atwells Cardigan, a lacy cardigan made with Berroco Remix light, which is a cotton/silk/nylon/acrylic/flax blend, which is a DK weight. I would actually say it is thinner than DK. I think this is going to be a well loved cardigan when I get it finished. The pattern is fairly easy. Knit in one piece to the underarms and then spilt to the top, then pick up and knit arms to the cuff.

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I stopped working on this to start the next Berroco KAL which was cables! I picked Arya pattern (free pattern), and choose the Berroco Vintage to knit it up in, a wool/acrylic blend that was surprisingly soft and nice to work with. Pattern is free, and knit in pieces flat, my least favorite method of making sweaters. I think this is when I stalled out. I had knitted a sleeve and realized it was too tight for my liking. I frogged it and had to move on to something else for a while.

berroco cable kal

While I’m in love with how these are turning out, I needed some potato chip knitting to make me feel like I was getting somewhere. I accidently fell into the crochet world!

I’m not a advanced crocheter at all, but found YouTube can fix that! I found the Make and Do Crew website and started making the Staycation cardigan pattern. (free pattern) I purchased some 100% acrylic yarn from Hobby Lobby (I love this Yarn) In red. I forgot how quick crochet was compared to knitting & am enjoying seeing the quick progress!

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Well I’ve turned into a bit of a crochet nut now as I have 3 sweaters in progress and a number of hats/scarves and misc.  projects!! More info soon. If you are interested in some free crochet patterns, check me out on Pinterest as I’m not into pinning them

https://www.pinterest.com/knitdragonflies/crochet-free-patterns/

https://www.pinterest.com/knitdragonflies/free-knitting-patterns/

Enjoy the links and let me know what you have been creating!!

7.06.2018

Ribbing Redo

I recently finished a sweater that had been in my knitting bag for 5 years. Whew, well it is only fitting that I frogged the ribbing around the bottom and reknit it. Good news is it only took me a day, now it was most of the day, and now I love it. The first ribbing was a k1, p1 and it was wavy and not tight enough. I was going to frog it and reknit in a tighter gauge (smaller needle size) but after I got it ripped back I thought, “what the heck!, I’m going to do a folded hem”, which I’ve never knitted.
Flat hems on hand knits
This is the after pic, notice the hem is flat! Yay!
k1p1 waist curling
You can see the k1 p1 ribbing on the bottom was curling up. I had cast off with a knitted cast off. So I had to
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Cut part of the very edge off to unravel it.
Then I reknit it in stockinette stitch with one purl row all around to make it fold over on itself and then tacked it down! Yay! Smooth, nice hem now.

Type of ribbing and hems
Ribbing
I used to think all ribbing was created equal! Not so! Ribbing in knitting is a combo of knit and purl stitches. Usually k1p1, k2p2, k3p3. Any of these would do the job, NO!, Some are more stretchy and better suited to pull in a cuff or bottom of a sweater. I almost always use k1p1, on a needle 2 sizes smaller than the main needle size. I’m a loose knitter and this gives me some stretch or a tighter gauge on the cuffs. Sometimes I don’t want as much of a size difference in the bottom of my sweater and I’ll usually do a k1pl on a needle one size smaller. (I did the above sweater originally on the same size needle and the result was a frogging after I was finished and wore it, not happy with floppy, loose ribbing) Also take into account the type of yarn that you are using. Wool = stretchy, cotton = not stretchy. As with all knitting projects, it saves time and heart ache to do a swatch with the ribbing you are thinking about adding. The swatch can be measured and you can see and feel how your ribbing is going to behave with the yarn you are using.
The other types of ribbing k2p2 is also fairly stretchy but not as much as the k1p1. I’ll link an article from The Spruce that explains why that is below. (Great article) It will help you decide what ribbing to use on all of your projects!
If you need a super stretchy and firm ribbing, you can knit the twisted rib, See this KnitPicks post (link) for more info on that, super easy, (knit through the back loops)
See The Spruce article on ribbing (excellent!!) (link here)
Folded Hems
Folded hems are easy and best suited for a area that you want to lay flat. It is simiply a stockinette stitch interrupted by one row of purl and then return to the stockinette stitch for about an inch and a half or so. This naturally folds over due to the purl bump, and then you just have to tack it down. Sweet!
For a post about folded hems see MsCleaver. (link here), Thanks Ms Cleaver!!
Rolled Hems
Super easy and simple, just keep knitting in stockingnette stitch and then bind off. This is a favorite for hats! Remember that this hem will roll up, and you will loose some length due to this. So whether you are making this on a cuff on bottom of a sweater, allow for a inch or two more to make sure it is not too short.
See this post from CreativeMissy for a free hat pattern with a rolled brim (Link here)
Enjoy your knitting!
May your needles fly as fast as Dragonflies!