Damn damn damn

Do you see what I see?

Right there?  Middle row of Vs?  Just to the left of center?  See how two of them aren’t twisted at the top.  Yeah.  Yeah that’s no good at all.  That has to be fixed.  But there’s no chance I’m ripping all that back.

So instead? Instead I’m doing knitting surgery.

Gather your courage, drop the offending stitch down, get back to where the problem is, and work it back up (being very very careful not to mess up the stranding at the top…trust me on this one).

Once it’s back up, you can’t tell there was ever a problem.

Totally worth it, and totally faster than ripping and reknitting all that fabric.  Oh and by the way, still madly in love with this hat.

 

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Go away I’m knitting

I’m having a hard time putting this down.  It’s so pretty (and so ridiculously fun to do) that all I want to do is work on it.

Alas, I’m supposed to do things like sleep and ship boxes and feed myself and finish up the next book and possibly do a bit of laundry from time to time.

But wow this is all I want to do…

 

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Next

So I feel like I’m having a ‘colors without colorwork’ sort of phase.  There’s the green and gray wavy set I just finished, and the stripey pink and purple business I just put up for testing, and of course there’s Pelagic.  But I didn’t feel quite done.

So then there was this.

Which turned into this.

Which then turned into this.

Yarn is Madeline Tosh, Merino DK in Flashdance (purple) and Vintage in Smokestack (gray), and I’m expecting great things!

 

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Constellate KAL

So, enough folks have asked that I think we should do a little knitalong for Constellate!  I’ve got us a thread set up on ravelry right over here.  If this has found its way onto your needles, I’d be delighted if you’d come show it off!

Over the next week or two I’ll show off some swatches of this stitch in other yarn, talk a bit about how you could change up the gauge to make a really bulky hat, and maybe even see if we can’t come up with a few examples of how you could turn this into a cowl.  And if there’s anything else you’d like me to talk about, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

But in the meantime, come show off your hats, I love seeing what you’ve made!

Constellate (plus giveaway)

Let’s start the new year off with something special, shall we?  How about we get an awesome little hat on your needles.  I think Constellate might be just the thing!

There’s something undeniably satisfying about this hat.  It is, at its core, just a plain ribbed hat.  One by three ribbing, about as classic as it gets.  But that lovely little loopy stitch just adds something sort of magical.

And don’t worry, it’s totally easy to do.  On most rows you’ll just work that lovely, soothing ribbing.  But every now and then, you’ll do a little magic trick to make those pretty loops (the pattern shows you exactly how to do it with nifty step-by-step illustrations, I promise it’s not hard).  And they’re not just pretty, they make the fabric denser, which makes the hat extra warm and cozy.

Oh and did I mention the fabric is reversible?  There’s every chance the hardest part about this project is going to be deciding which side you want to show off first!

Though I confess, I’m going to ask you to do one more hard thing.  I’m going to ask you to pick which color you’d most like to make the hat in.  For you see, the good folks over at Madelinetosh have agreed to send one of you a skein of their delicious Tosh Merino Light to make a hat of your own.  All you have to do is pick your favorite color (which I confess will be harder than you think, but that’s only because they’re all so amazing).

I made mine in Calligraphy, but I keep staring at Cove and Opaline (oh and Oak…or maybe Earl Grey).  And if you’re feeling the urge, this would be a perfect chance to experiment with a speckled yarn like Birch or Optic.  Those long loops would show off tiny pops of color beautifully.  All you have to do for a chance to win is leave a comment telling me which color is singing your song!

And though I can’t quite manage to send yarn to everyone, I can give everyone a discount.  You can use the code CLASSIC to get 10% off the hat between now and Friday.  Just put Constellate in your ravelry cart, click on the ‘use a coupon code’ button, and type in the code CLASSIC.  You’ll see the change in price reflected right away.

Comments left between now and the end of the day (eastern time) Friday, January 6, 2017 will be entered to win.  I’ll pick a winner, contact them to get their addresses, and arrange to send yarn their way.  Be sure to use a real email address so I can contact you if you’ve won (I won’t do anything with those email addresses besides notify the winner).  If I do email you, I need to hear back from you within 72 hours or I will pick a new winner and contact them.

Now we block

So this is off to be blocked, but I’m fairly confident it’s going to be grand!

There’s the outside (as you’re working it, I’m officially calling it reversible though, so how you wear it will be up to you).

DSC_3152 copyAnd the inside.

DSC_3155 copyStill unsure which I like better.  I’m leaning ever so slightly to the outside, but that’s just because I want the purl side of the brim to show.  Awfully pleased with this one!

Oh hey, that looks rather like a hat…

I think it’s done.  Of course I’m going to put the stitches on a safety pin or two and wear it around for an hour to make sure I don’t want it any taller before I break the yarn (totally normal around these parts).  But I *think* it’s done!

DSC_3118Pattern should be out soon (meaning ‘this winter’ not ‘this week’).  If you want to hear from me when it comes out, you can make that happen over here!

Tall Enough

If you’ve found this from pinterest, welcome! The pattern is called Constellate and it’s available now on ravelry.  If you’d like to hear from me when more patterns like this come out, you can make that happen over here.

The hat is almost done, which means we’re in that awkward phase where I wonder constantly if it’s tall enough and try it on every few rows.

DSC_3113I want to do Really Fast Decreases on this hat, the sort that happen over just a few rows (like maybe 7?), and that means the hat doesn’t get any taller during the decreases.  In fact, because they happen quickly enough that they sort of gather the fabric at the top of the hat together, they actually use up a bit of the height you’ve already created.

I used to give myself fits trying to figure out how tall to make hats like this (with very fast decreases), until I figured out the trick.  I put all of the stitches on two needles, then try the hat on.  If it comes down as low as I like it, it’s perfect.  If not, it needs to be taller.

DSC_3109Holding the stitches on two needles like that does a good job of simulating the fabric that will be gathered up in the fast decreases.  It leads to much less swearing and ripping!  What about you guys, how do you know when your hats are tall enough?

And for anyone asking, the yarn is Tosh Merino Light in Calligraphy, and there will be a pattern down the road a bit, but I have to finish it first (if you want to hear from me when it is out, you can make that happen over here)!

 Once more, for anyone who missed it above, the pattern is called Constellate and it’s available now on ravelry.

Still undecided

Still totally not sure which one I like better…what do you guys think?  Outside as I’m working it?

DSC_3040 copyOr inside as I’m working it?

DSC_3035 copyI know I like the mostly purl side best for the brim.  So, because I wanted a folded brim, I knit it with the mostly knit side facing out (so that when I cuff it, the mostly purl side will face out).  But that would be easy to swap around if you knew you wanted it the other way around.

A or B?

All that pesky perseverance paid off, I made it through the ribbing, and I’m on to the pretty bits.

DSC_3010 copyAnd I’ve had a bit of a lovely surprise.  The inside of this is turning out to be super interesting in it’s own right.  I need to get a few more repeats done before I’ll have a good sense of it, but it’s very promising so far!

DSC_3021 copyThe yarn is Tosh Merino Light in Calligraphy, and yes it is a single (and it’s behaving quite well so far, which is always a bit iffy with singles).  Loving it so far!