I made something out of yarn that I made!
Project: Handspun Chicken Mittens
Pattern: Fried Chicken Mittens
Designer: Ellen Mason
Available: FREE! on Ravelry
Yarn: my very first handspun yarn
Fried Chicken Mittens is my very favorite “just a mitten” pattern. The way the thumb increases are done make for a superior fit! I knew I would be a bit short on yardage, and my handspun yarn was in two or three different weights. I started with the most irregular/bulky/fuzzy yarn at the cuff, and knit less cuff than called for. I knit the mittens two at a time, so that if I needed to turn them into fingerless mitts, they’d be at the same point. I joined in the mid-range yarn shortly after the cuff, and then swapped to the best yarn as that ran out.
I knew I would be cutting it VERY close.
As you can see, I ended up short by the tip of one thumb. I stole a bit of yarn from the first batch spun on my new spinning wheel, and called it good.
As a reward for finishing my design project on time, I bought beads to match my Stroll Tonal (in Pacific) and cast on Marigold by Susanna IC (published in the Sock Report).
Project: Alizarin Damask
Designer: Kitman Figueroa
Available: $5 on Ravelry
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Alizarin
This is my second try on this particular pattern, and I’m glad I stuck it out! I love the undulating waves, punctuated by nupps and wrapped stitches. There’s a lot going on with this pattern, and in retrospect I wish I’d chosen a lighter-colored yarn … but I loved working with the Tosh Light, and I love wearing the finished shawlette. I made the small size, and it’s really more kerchief than shawl.
Introducing my latest pattern: Mhara Baby Blanket! Mhara means “sea” in Gaelic.
Pattern: Mhara Baby Blanket
Designer: Rachel Henry (that’s me!)
Available: for $1.99 through Knit Picks IDP or $2.50 on Ravelry
Yarn: Knit Picks Brava Bulky in Tranquil
Design/Skills Needed: This fully reversible baby blanket is worked on the bias in garter stitch. Step-wise increases and decreases are embellished as you go with crocheted waves. Explicit directions for stroller- and crib-sized blankets are given, but the pattern is easily adapted for larger or smaller blankets. This pattern includes complete photo tutorials for the step-wise increases and the crocheted embellishment. For ease of printing, these tutorials appear at the end of the pattern. Experienced knitters may print just page 2 for complete pattern with no extraneous photos or information.
Familiarity with crocheting is helpful, but not necessary. Almost any yarn will work with this pattern, provided you use appropriately-sized needles.
Last week I received the latest shipment from the BMFA Rockin’ Sock Club! The March 2012 yarn is to DIE for. Can’t share photos yet, of course, but I will soon! I’ve decided to make the sock pattern this month — it’s perfect for the yarn.
I also cast on for my very own Catkin! I’ve loved this pattern for quite some time, and I think it will be stunning in Mad Tosh Light in “French Grey” and “Byzantine.”
I hope everyone in the knitting world took time to cast on yesterday for Louise Zass-Bangham‘s new design, The Emperor’s New Mitts. I did, and I don’t regret it one little bit! I elected to use the recommended yarn, Rumplestiltskin (100% pure spun gold), Unicorn (100% rainbow), and Jason (golden fun fur). Of course it took extra care and time to place the 3000 gold beads, but I think you would agree that the results are worth it!
Here is Julian modelling my new mitts — very pretty, no?
Announcing my two latest patterns: Twins and Entwined, two cabled mug cozies! Both are available FREE on Ravelry, so go download a copy today.
I designed this pair of patterns for my upcoming “Intro to Cabling” class at the Hub Mills Store. The class is two hours long and costs $20. I’m offering it twice in the near future, on Saturday, April 21st, and Saturday, May 19th, from 10AM – noon. “Twins” is the simpler of the two patterns, intended for the knitter who is totally new to cables. “Entwined” is a bit more complex (though not as much as you might think!), meant for a knitter who has done a bit of cabling before, or an adventurous novice.
If you’d like to take my class, call (978) 408-2176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat.
Both cozies take less than 50 yards of worsted-weight yarn, plus two buttons, and can be finished in a single day. Both are also appropriate for learning how to cable without a cable needle — something I will also teach in class, because I think it makes cabling SO much quicker and easier.
This week I minded my cast-on-itis by starting (and finishing) two mini-projects. I designed two cabled mug cozies, for use with my upcoming “Intro to Cabling” class at the Hub Mills Store. I’ll write more later, but for now you can check out Twins and Entwined: