Posts Tagged ‘red hat’

Now, you might think on sick leave you have so much time, you could post your stuff, but it’s not like that. In the first week after the operation I was so tired I couldn’t knit at all. That, gladly, changed in the second week. I was already showing knitting withdrawal symptoms. But of course I wasn’t as quick as I usually am. I slept a lot and otherwise managed to watch all of my DVDs. At last, after weeks of sick leave, I got myself to sort out my pictures and, having done that, I might as well post them.

I finished the hat based on the Spinning a Yarn pattern just before Christmas. It looks a bit like a big red mushroom from the side.

I used oddments of red and dark red angora yarn from two different jumpers (about 400 m per 100g). To build the crown I knitted the spiral  including semi-circle 13. That resulted in a diameter of about 32 cm. I then knitted about 6 cm inwards using the spiral method backwards, so to say. I cast on the resulting ridges and knitted k1, p1 for about 16 cm. I folded half of the rim inside and grafted the last row onto the cast-on stitches of the rim. That makes for a very toasty hat indeed.

Before I went into hospital I finished knitting my version of Curve of Pursuit.

It’s made from three different yarns: a kid mohair/silk mix purple that one of my aunties once gave to me (Sorry, aunties, can’t remember which of you); a dark purple Shetland style wool from a charity shop; and a lilac alpaca yarn from my mother that had failed to become a hat and gloves, i.e. was frogged for this Afghan. The yarns have very different textures, which makes it all the more interesting to look at. At first I wanted to use all three colours within the curve, but then settled on only using the two purples. That however looked so boring that I decided to frame the curve with the lilac yarn.

Currently I have Bavarian style socks on the needles. Some years ago I found a book with Bavarian knitting stitch patterns on a German fleamarket. ‘Baeuerliches Stricken 3’ by Lisl Fanderl. I think the author’s name can’t get any more Bavarian. Amongst the many stitch patterns are explanations about traditional Bavarian socks, the ones that are worn with lederhosen or dirndln. They are usually made with 1-stitch-knitted-through-the-back cable patterns that look very delicate.¬† The cable patterns can run along the full length of the sock.

Bavarian socks are traditionally knitted from the top, but due to family tradition I always knit socks from the toe up. Therefore my socks are constructed differently, and can only be called Bavarian style. I am using non-recycled yarn that I’ve bought myself (just for once), a nice superwash merino in creme colour. I chose three different cable stitches. To gain calf-width I decided to use one of the many godets given in the book. Figuring out how to insert a godet and to knit three different cable stitches is so complicated that I decided to knit both socks at the same time. I have to frog small parts quite frequently. Either, because I make a mistake doing the cable stitches or, because I don’t like how the godet is working out. But I’m getting there. It’s great fun.


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Image problems

I still haven’t managed to post the Pink Pea Pod shawl pattern. I have everything written up and created all charts but just can’t manage to make a nice picture of it other than close ups. No photo quite satisfies me and I think I will have to ask someone to model for me.

Image problems, of course, do not deter me from knitting and am currently working on a red hat based on the Spinning a Yarn pattern by Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer. I absolutely adore their geometric patterns, but until now had never managed to knit one.

The pattern is easy to follow, if you don’t mind counting a lot and and are fine with fiddling about with needles.

I took odd balls of two former recycling projects. They are completely different yarns but knit up well together.

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