This Friday’s finished object is a baby gift! I didn’t finish before Gwen was born, but I did finish before the heat hit.
Project: Sunsuit for Gwen
Pattern: Susan’s Sunsuit
Designer: Rachel Henry
Available: someday, in Fresh Designs KIDS
Yarn: Eden Cottage Yarns tempo 4ply
What more can I say about this pattern? It’s become my go-to baby gift for friends expecting girls. The prototype went to the eponymous Susan, and I made one for Lillian too. Let’s not forget the sample for Fresh Designs! This one is purple, like the sample, but using different yarn.
Project: Early Grey Lattice
Designer: Rose Beck
Available: $5 as a single pattern, or $13 for the 4-pattern collection
Yarn: madelinetosh Tosh DK in “Earl Grey”
Love the yarn, love the project. I did extra repeats of the lower border to use up as much yarn as possible. I found both stitch patterns intuitive and fun. My only complaint is that the garter stitch lower edge seems to flare a bit on my shawl … maybe more strenuous blocking is in order?
Sometimes a knitter needs an instant-gratification kind of project …
Project: Foxglove Cloche
Pattern: Lea Cloche
Designer: Cecily Glowik MacDonald
Available: in Weekend Hats
Yarn: Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Foxglove
The hat begins from a circular cast-on at the crown. Increases go along the four purl “seams.” I ended up adding one additional round of increases, because my head is big and my gauge was a tiny bit tight. Other than that, I knit as written! I tried to add some length to the brim, but it curled terribly. I had to rip out my modified brim and go back to the as-written one — which, you can see, worked perfectly.
I’m very pleased with my ribbon and button! Both found at Jo-Anns.
My Monday knitting group took a field trip to Another Yarn in Winchester, MA. They had some of the new Madelinetosh colors, and I found that Foxglove (in Tosh DK) just had to come home with me.
I’ve already turned it into this adorable hat — which still needs a ribbon and a button to be finished:
I also (finally) cast on for the poodle I owe to the winner of the Jasper raffle — I made a leg, then frogged it, because it was HUGE. I ended up un-plying the Pipsqueak I’m using into three individual plies, and using just one ply to made the leg again. It worked, I’m happy with the results: “just” three more legs, two sides of the body, the head, and the tail to go. 🙂
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.