FO Friday: Alizarin Damask


Project: Alizarin Damask

Pattern: 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.






FO Friday: Evergreen Beanie


Project: Evergreen Beanie

Pattern: Everdeen Beanie

Designer: Tanis Gray

Available: in Weekend Hats

Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Jade

Oh how I love this yarn! Oh how I love this pattern! It really is a match made in heaven.  Tosh DK is squishy and wonderful in every possible way, and the non-pooling variegated greens never cease to amaze.  The pattern evokes fish scales or waves, or (if you’re a truly mad knitter) you might think of the famous Pomatomus socks by Cookie A (I’ve made two pair, so I know a bit of what I speak).  The body of the hat is essentially 1×1 twisted rib, with increases and decreases that make the rib swoop around so attractively.  It also makes for an elastic, bouncy, warm hat — love it!

In the spirit of matchy-matchy, I opted to do the brim in 1×1 twisted-knit rib (rather than the 2×2 plain rib called for in the pattern), so that the rib would flow directly into the main body pattern. I also changed the first round — I did a regular k2tog (in lieu of a k2togtbl) on round 1, every repeat of the pattern.  To my eye, this allowed the waves to flow into each other more smoothly.