Saturday, November 24, 2012

Norby Inspired Mitts

These fingerless mitts are based on the lovely Norby pattern by Gudrun Johnston and will compliment the hat I knit from that pattern.  

Pattern:  Adapted from Norby, by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn:  Rowan Scottish Tweed 4 ply, colorway 22
Needles: #2 (2.75mm) circs and dpns
 Comments:  This yarn is vintage, discontinued Rowan yarn--
 And here's the hat with the mitts:
I cast on 55 stitches for the wrist pattern and decreased to 48 before the hand.  I debated whether to add the thumbs--I had plenty of yarn--but decided to leave them off this time.  It's a fingering weight yarn, so that makes both items light enough for fall and spring wear or for winter wear in climates that are less severe than Minnesota's.  Love both pattern and yarn!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Texture and Tassels

Pattern:  Norby, by Gudrun Johnston
Yarn:  Rowan Scottish Tweed 4 ply, colorway 22
Needles: #3 (3.25mm) circs and dpns
Comments:  It's a simple, well written pattern but for some reason I was sick of knitting it by the time I reached the crown.  Maybe it was just me.  I like the tassels because they add more movement to the wavy texture of the hat.

The pattern called for size 4 needles, but I went down a size, as I didn't want the hat to be too slouchy and I figured the garter stitch would give ample stretch to the band.

As for the yarn, I think it's now discontinued.  It's still a wonderful yarn, as most Rowan yarns are.  It has a rustic, tweedy look which was difficult to photograph.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Cobalt Cables

Yarn:  New England Highland, cobalt blue
Pattern:  The Able Cable Hat, by Kari Steinetz, a free pattern on Ravelry.
Needles:  #7 circs and dpns
Comments:  The pattern calls for #8 needles, and I started with that but thought I would like a closer stitch so I switched to #7s.  Check the errata on the Ravelry page before starting this pattern.

Yarn:  New England Highland, cobalt blue
Pattern:  Mock Cable Wristers, by Ann Farnham.  From the book, 60 Quick Knits.
Needles:  #5 dpns

Comments:  The pattern calls for #6 needles, but I used #5s. The wrist part is really loose, but I'm guessing that was the intention of the pattern.

And here they are together.  The yarn is a rather sturdy, woolly sort.  I always think a yarn like this wears for years without getting ratty and loaded with pills.  Oh, and I love the cobalt color.  One can never have too much blue, I always say.