Monday, December 12, 2011

Cabled Mitts

Pattern:  Cabled Mitts, by Cheryl Beckerich (a free pattern)
Yarn:  Alta Moda Cashmere (80% Merino wool, 20% Cashmere). Colorway: 006 (a true navy, and slightly heather)
Needles:  US #9 (5.5mm) dpns
Comments:  This is a very nice pattern--the cables are in the right place and the thumb is situated perfectly between stitches.  And it took less than 1.75 balls of yarn.

Shown with the Burberry Inspired Cowl I recently finished.

I wonder how they can call the yarn "cashmere" when it is mostly wool.  However, the yarn is very, very soft and cushy and I liked knitting with it.  

Some people wonder what good fingerless mitts are.  I like them in our Spring and Fall weather here in Minnesota, but I also like to layer them over another pair of gloves for extra warmth when the weather gets really cold.

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Burberry Inspired Cowl

Yarn:  Alta Moda Cashmere (80% Merino wool, 20% Cashmere)
Pattern:  Burberry Inspired Cowl Neck Scarf by Julianne Smith (unblocked)
Needles:  #10 (6mm) Addi Turbos
Comments:  Nice pattern, softest yarn!  This actually looks pretty good as a turban, too.  Don't expect photos of that.   I did four repeats of the pattern.  You need to do a provisional cast-on, and to close the circle the pattern calls for the Kitchener stitch over all 58 stitches.  
I think if I knit this again, I would try it with a DK or worsted weight yarn.  I may have enough of this luscious yarn left for a pair of fingerless mitts.  Stay tuned--I'm loving the fat yarn, after so many pairs of socks!

Monday, December 05, 2011

An Unmatched Pair: Maine Morning Mitts

Pattern:  Maine Morning Mitts, from the book, The Knitter's Book of Yarn, by Clara Parkes.
Yarn:  Noro Kureyon, coloway 283.
Needles:  #7 (4.5mm) dpns.
Comments:  I love this pattern, and have made it before.  Also, I highly recommend the book, and all books by Clara Parkes.  Oh, and you can get this pattern free here!
Yes, this was one ball of Noro Kureyon!  I am not fond of  the way this colorway knitted up, as it has the unusual shot of purple and the colors don't play particularly well with each other in a pair of mitts.  One solution would be to purchase another ball of the same colorway and knit up another pair, hoping that the colors would divide in the same way.  But it's a Christmas gift, and time is running out.  The receiver is a free spirit, and I'm hoping it will be well received.  I know for sure they are warm!