Friday, 22 February 2008

and now for something completely different

Just so you know I do more than bitch and contemplate my navel. There has been yarn work!

First a hat. A gift. I'll say no more.

Made with 70 gms Cleckheaton Merino Spun in colours Petrol and Gray on 6mm needles. I used Kims Hats in Last Minute Knitted Gifts, size womens's though a bit shorter. Personally, I think the decrease is a little sharp (I think next time I'd be taking the decrease in rounds of eight not ten), and finishing with 20 stitches seemed bizarre - I did a few more rounds till there was only 5. Oh and I'm glad I erred on the smaller side - the hat is pretty darn big. Lovely yarn but.

And I've cast on for the Swing Jacket from the Cleckheaton pattern book for Spun - I know what you're thinking. Surely I could have found a better pattern source, but trust me, this pattern is actually kind of nice. I'm excited and scared. Knitting a whole like adult garment (hats and scarves don't count) is something I haven't done in over 20 years. Scary at the best of times, but doubly so for big gals for whom patterns are rarely intended. Wish me luck.

And I have finished the last crochet square for the Pakucho cotton baby cot blanket. Now I just have to work out how the hell to make them all fit together since the sizes seem to vary wildly. I'm thinking of doing a row of crochet around each square with a uniform number of stitches so the sewing up works. Advice welcome!


Jill said...

Good luck with your adult-sized garment, I have no luck with those :-) Love the hat

sueeeus said...

Well done and great colors! How on earth do you get it to come out so uniform, so perfect?! Sigh, perhaps someday I might learn to knit. For now I'll just admire. Nice work!

sue said...

Ooh I think I purchased that same pattern book just last week. I absolutely love the swing jacket. Are you using the Merino Spun yarn as in the pattern. I would love to make the same jacket for me since larger patterns are what I need too. Must lose some weight so I can knit some smaller garments for myself.

robin said...

I am wondering how you did with the Swing JAcket? I'm contemplating using it for a yarn I bought a few years ago? Any comments greatly appreciated!

sooz said...

Robin, the swing jacket pattern worked out well. The yarn I used pilled awfully, which took some of the shine off, and I think getting the collar to sit right depends on getting the tension on the crochet edging just perfect. Which I didn't. But it gets a lot of wear and compliments.

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