Shawl Saturday: South Bay Shawl

On Wednesday I talked about my shawl I was making with my friend Sora, right? Well, I actually finished it that night. She had to help me with the edging but it’s done! Even more amazing is that it only took me 5 days to make it. I’ve never made a shawl that quickly!!

Pattern: South Bay Shawlette
Yarn: Caron One Pound in Light Blue
Hook: 6mm
Notes: Instead of doing the pattern in fingering like it calls for, I used worsted. This made it much bigger.

FO Friday: Labrador Mitts

Do you remember when I talked about a pair of mitts I was working on for my fandom group? Well, they’re done! The character, Labrador, gives the main character (Teito) a silver rose. In using the green cuffs and silver for the rest of the mitts I think it represents the rose perfectly.

Pattern: Queen City
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll in Dove Heather and
Knit Picks Stroll Kettle-Dyed in Ivy
Needles: 2.75mm
Notes: Instead of doing them a solid color, I did the cuffs green because I was unsure if there was enough silver. Since the cuffs are knit flat, it was very easy to do.

WIP Wednesday: Summer Shawlette

During my first month of SKA, Sock Knitters Anonymous, I was selected to be one of those who got a prize from the drawing of people who finished their socks in 2 months. The woman giving me my prize was a woman from France who sold yarn. I picked out this really pretty variegated blue, 100% baby alpaca. So squishy.

There is 400 yards of the yarn and I don’t want to have too much left over or *gasp* not enough. Finally I found the right pattern for it, a shawl designed by one of my favorite sock designers.

Because the yarn is from France and I can see the character from Hetalia wearing shawls like this, I have nicknamed my shawl the France shawl. :D

Free Pattern: Quick & Easy Beanie

My brother loves wearing the handknits I make him. So when he asked me if I could come up with a simple beanie pattern that allowed him to fold the brim, I was happy to do it. Ever since, I’ve used it to make beanies for anyone in my family or friends that only wants a simple beanie.

If you’d like to use this pattern, feel free to do so! I only ask that you not sell what you create from it.

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Free Pattern: HP Fingerless Mitts

When I went to see Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince in theaters back in, oh, 2009, I wanted a pair of fingerless mitts to wear in the cold theater. At the time, I could only find a pattern for ribbed Harry Potter fingerless mitts. This was early in my knitting and Rav years but I knew already that I hated ribbing. So I created my own. The pattern has gotten a little tweaking since, but it’s an easy one.

I’ve included instructions for both the even stripes (years 1-2) and uneven stripes (years 3-4). If you make these, please don’t sell them.

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Free Pattern: Pair of Mini Socks

Over the holidays, I was asked if I could make several mini sock pairs for the Christmas tree. I started out by making singles with a crocheted chain to hang them by. Then I was asked if I could make them so that they were tied together. That made me think “Hey. I’m already making the crochet chain. Why not just make the second sock cuff down and have nothing to put together at the end?” So that’s what I did. And now I love making them this way.

If you make these, please don’t sell them.

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FO Friday: Ravenclaw Star Beanie

During a time I could not accomplish fair isle colorwork, I attempted to make a beanie that was a chart of the Norwegian Star around it. When I made it my tension was way too tight and I couldn’t wear it. Now that I’ve made the Endpaper Mitts, I went back and tried it again because I really liked it. It worked a lot better this time.

Pattern: Norwegian Star Hat
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in Sapphire Heather and Lake Ice Heather
Needles: 4mm
Notes: I extended the decrease section so that I started out by knitting 14 instead of 8.