Monday, November 17, 2008

4 Scrubby Nubby Cloths

All for the Thanksgiving swap with The Betties, 5 for swapping and 5 for charity. Nine down, one to go. These last two are straight single crochet and I have to say, they are probably the best in terms of nubby scrubbiness. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Under the Sea (baby sweater)

This is Raglan Sweater by Debbie Bliss (link is to her Ravelry pattern page) from the book "The Baby Knits Book", which has a lot of great patterns, all of which will make you want to have a baby. I made this for Debbie Singer's son Max, who I met today and who is totally delicious. I altered the sizing specs and added bottom ribbing (knit during Warren's mock trial) so it wasn't a midriff sweater, which I think is not a good look for a baby. :)

Yarn sub: I used Bernat Berella 4 in the Seascape Ombre colorway, which I love. Despite being the same gauge as the yarn suggested in the pattern, it knit up totally different. I'm thinking I am a loose knitter, even my dishcloths are like 2 sizes too big usually.

Pattern mods: I cast on 45, for the 0-3 months size. I knit it for 5.5 inches as per the 12 month size length, but then stopped the decreases at 23 sts (the 9 month size) so the neck was wide enough. Also added two more rows of st st to the neck edge before binding off (so did 4 instead of 2 rows). IMPORTANT NOTE: If I knit this again, I need to make the body longer, about 7 inches long instead of 5.5. The ribbing I added looks okay but I would've preferred the rolled hem.

For the sleeves, I cast on 30, per the smallest size. Knit the length to 7 inches before starting the decreases. Decreased until there were 18 sts left on needle (per the 9 month size).

All the SEAMING for this little baby sweater is NUTSO. Still, it came out super cute and was well-received by Debbie. Since the body was nowhere near long enough, I picked up 88 sts around the bottom cast on edge and knit about 2 inches of 2x2 ribbing.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Two more dishcloths

I randomly made up my own cloth, and titled it so: Friday Night Cloth (link is to my Ravelry page). Nothing great or fancy, but it came out good anyway. It makes these little triangle spaces between rows so would be cute in a solid yarn too. The one pictures is crocheted with Peaches 'n Cream 'Salmon Royale' colorway. Pattern below picture.


chain 26

Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: sc in next ch and across, ch 3, turn.
Row 3: dc in next sc and across, ch 1, turn.
Row 4: sc in next sc and across, ch 3, turn.
Row 5: 2dc in next dc, skip next 2 sts, (3dc in next dc, sk 2 sts) repeat across, ending with a ch 3 in last ch space.
Rows 6, 9, 12, 15: Repeat Row 3
Row 7, 10, 13: Repeat Row 4
Row 8, 11, 14: Repeat Row 5
Row 16 and 17: Repeat Rows 1 and 2

This one is the Autumn Leaf Cloth from the Thanksgiving Cloth collection by krisknits. Cute, easy, quick.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Sherbert Shrug

This was something I'd been wanting to try to make for awhile, and finally did. So easy, will definitely be making more, as gifts and for me. It's the Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet. I used Bernat Softee Chunky in the Carnival ombre colorway, which I didn't think I'd like (hot pink and orange? no thank you), but it's actually really cute.

A quick knit b/c of the bulky yarn, too. I accidentally forgot to do the initial neckline ribbing, but I ended up liking it better so that worked out nicely. I crocheted around the front edges and neckline, since I wasn't going to use a clasp to close it and wanted it to come further around. I think it looks nice and 'finished' with the crocheted edging.

PS) I was wearing this purple tank when I tried it on to take a photo tonight. It actually matches (sorta), but I will not be wearing it with this in the future. A plain white tank will look much better.

Circle Cloth

An easy and addicting pattern, with a super cool result that looks much harder than it is. Pattern is the Circle Cloth...totally fun knit. I cast on 34 instead of 46, so it was more of a washcloth size.

Hot Pink Elvish Leaves

Still love this pattern, and decided that this color is my favorite of the cottons. I always want to use it instead of anything else.