Slauntering towards a Swatch

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Aug 262013
 
Slauntering towards a Swatch

At my house, we have a  word we like to use when someone is lazily, casually moving towards an objective: Slaunter.  As in, “I saw you slauntering around by the coffee shop this morning,” or “Could you please pick up the pace from a slaunter to a stride; we’re late.” It’s meant to suggest relaxed and unconcerned action; maybe a little bit indolent, but typically in a good way. Weekend mornings are perfect for slauntering; we’re achieving things, but in a relaxed and non-stressful way. Slaunter is a little bit saunter, mixed in with a dose of slouch. It’s imperfect, comfortable and forgiving. The concept of slauntering is all over my next bit of knitwear, from a mistake-rib beginning, to an easy, relaxed result. I’m loving the concept so much that I’m exploring some accessories, like a split-brim hat: (Some color, huh? That’s tosh dk in Iris; I popped into the LYS near my daughter’s orthodontist the other day just to pass some time, and they had three cubbies’ worth of colors and bases. Can . . .

Silt & Stone

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Mar 042013
 
Silt & Stone

      The world is made of silt and stone, the granular material or solid minerals suspended in water or settled on the earth. As sediment forms a shape, so do the Silt & Stone Hat and the Silt & Stone Mittens grow from a mixture of stitches that settle together. Cables, garter and stockinette add textural interest and warmth to this accessory set. Yarn: Knit Picks Biggo (50% superwash merino wool, 50% nylon; 110 yards). Gauge: 12 st and 18 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 12 st cable is 3” wide, after blocking.   The wide garter and cable brim of the hat is knit sideways and grafted, then stitches are picked up for the crown and worked in the round with decreases to the top. The result is a chunky hat with a little slouch, both warm and textural from its mixture of elements. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, decreasing, picking up stitches, cables, grafting. Size: XS (S, M, L); 15.25 (17.5, 19.75, 22)” brim circumference, unstretched. 1 (1, 2, 2) skeins, . . .

Azul

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Feb 242012
 
Azul

A close fitting, reversible ribbed hat, Azul has alternating cables that decrease in width until they disappear at the crown. The clean, sculptural lines of the ribbed cables and the beanie fit make Azul a perfect hat for everyday. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, decreasing, cables, knitting in the round; this pattern contains written instructions only. Size: 18” brim circumference and 8” crown, unstretched. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool, 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Azul Bolita. The sample as written used 125 yards. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle or dpns, or size to match gauge; Cable needle; Stitch markers (8, one different color); Yarn needle. Gauge: 21 st and 28 rows/4” in unstretched K1P1 Rib. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.         

Jan 032012
 
Crimp Hat & Crimpy Mitts

Crimp Crimp is a hat with built-in slouch created by tuck stitches, and includes both a photo and video tutorial for this fun technique. Alternating sections of ribbing and stockinette add interest to the crown, making Crimp a unique hat and a perfect companion to the Crimpy Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: Cable CO, knit/purl, tuck stitch, decreasing; both a photo and video tutorial are provided for the tuck stitch. Size: S (M); 18 (20)” unstretched, to fit 20 (22)” head circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (100% superwash merino wool, 210 yards/100g), 1 skein. Size M shown in Cumparsita. 2 skeins are needed to make both the hat and mitts. Other Materials: US 7 (4.5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 7 dpn for tucks; Stitch markers (8); Yarn needle. Gauge: 20 st and 28 rows/4” in stockinete stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase the pattern.   Crimpy Mitts The Crimpy Mitts are long armwarmers with fun textural . . .

Dec 072011
 
Crimp it up - WIP Wednesday

Well, not exactly a WIP in terms of the knitting, but then that’s the easy part. These need to be sized and then organized for test knitting, which takes more focus. I’m still loving that tuck stitch, and it’s been turning up in other places too, so it feels like the zeitgeist is right. And with winter setting in, some textural ribbing and ruckling will bring a bit of warmth with interest. Also, maybe it’s the season, but I cant get enough of rich, dark red lately; not my usual type of thing at all, but so engaging. It looks purpley here, but that’s my lighting, trying to get a good shot of the variegation. Malabrigo Rios in Cumparsita, by the way.

London Calling

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Nov 152011
 
London Calling

Channel your inner Clash hipster, or just stay warm with this superbulky adjustable hat. The button band is knit flat in textured linen stitch, making the most of a variegated yarn and a cozy covering for your ears. Then the hat is joined and knit in the round to the crown and closed with two buttons, for a fast finished knit that looks great in both multi- and classic colors. Still free, this pattern has been reformatted and updated with new pictures. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, decreasing, knitting in the round. Size: Small (Large); 21 (24)” finished circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta (100% merino wool; 90 yards/150g); 1 skein. Size S shown in Zarzamora; London Calling requires approximately 65 (70) yards of superbulky yarn. Other Materials: US 15 40” circular needle for Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; US 15 straight needle, to overlap band; Stitch markers (6); Yarn needle or 6.5mm crochet hook; 7/8” buttons (2); Matching sewing thread and needle. Gauge: 8 st and 14 rows/4” in stockinette stitch; 8 st and . . .

Sep 262011
 
Ruckle

A soft and highly textured hat, Ruckle features a hemmed brim and three dimensional allover tucks. The ruckles are fun to knit and fanciful to wear, and add an original flair to any outfit. For a fun and matched set, look for the companion Ruckle Hat and Mitts. Techniques & Skills Used: provisional CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, knitting in the round; this pattern includes written instructions, as well as a photo and video tutorial for the tuck stitch. Size: S (M, L) to fit approximately 20.5 (22.5, 24.5)” head circumference; 18.5 (21.25, 24)” circumference, 7.25 (8.5, 9.5)” depth, unstretched. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted (100% Merino Wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein. Size M shown in Paris Night. Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) dpns or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Spare US 8 32” circular needle, for hemming brim; Stitch markers (10); Yarn needle; Smooth cotton yarn for provisional CO. Gauge: 18 stitches and 24 rows/4” in stockinette stitch, after gentle blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more or purchase . . .

Minaret Hat

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Sep 262011
 
Minaret Hat

Slipstitch colorwork hat, recalling the dome and minaret shapes of Ottoman architecture. Part of the Sailing To Byzantium Collection. Techniques Used: Cable cast on, corrugated ribbing, slipstitch colorwork in four patterns, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing. Experience Level: Intermediate. This pattern contains full written instructions, as well as charts for the slipstitch colorwork. Size: S (M, L):  18.5 (20, 21.5)” circumference and 8 (9, 10)” length, to fit 21 (22.5, 24)” head circumference. Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted. Gauge: 19 st x 38 rows/4” in Lattice stitch pattern, after blocking. See it on Ravelry, to read more and purchase the pattern.         

Eldora

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Sep 262011
 
Eldora

A quick and easy garter stitch hat, Eldora is perfect for showing off variegated yarn. This hipster beanie is cast on provisionally and knit sideways with short row shaping, then the first and last rows are grafted together for a seamless finish. Techniques & Skills Used: Provisional CO, knit, short rows, grafting; a link is provided to my short rows tutorial, and grafting instructions are included. Size: Child (Adult); 19” circumference and 7.75 (8.5)” height; the stretchy garter stitch and single ply wool will accommodate many head sizes. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, shown in Deja Vu, or approximately 100 (110) yards of worsted weight yarn. Other Materials: US 9 (5.5mm) 16” circular needle or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Yarn needle. Gauge: 16 st and 32 rows/4” in garter stitch, after gentle blocking. Row gauge determines hat circumference in this sideways knit. See it on Ravelry, to read more and download the free pattern.     . . .

She-Cat, A Chic Hat

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Sep 262011
 
She-Cat, A Chic Hat

Part of the Very Chic series, She-Cat is a chic little hat with a sideways-cabled brim and sleek reverse stockinette crown, that’s fun to knit and perfect to wear everywhere. Dropped stitches between cables create an extra soft and stretchy brim, and add just enough knitting excitement and fashion-y detail. Techniques & Skills Used: Provisional CO, knit/purl, decreasing, cables, dropped stitches, knitting in the round, grafting or optional 3-needle bind off; this pattern includes both a chart for the brim and full written instructions, and a photo tutorial for grafting the cables. Size: S/M (M/L); 20 (22.5)” circumference, unstretched, after gentle blocking. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (100% merino wool; 210 yards/100g); 1 skein, or approximately 100 (130) yards of worsted weight yarn, shown in Apple Green and Hollyhock. Other Materials: US 8 (5mm) 16” circular needle, or 32” circular needle if using Magic Loop, or size to match gauge; Scrap yarn for provisional CO; Stitch markers (2); Cable needle; Yarn needle; Crochet hook (any size) to help with raveling stitches; 4 non-slippery US 8 . . .