Friday Finds

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Another Friday, another Friday Finds, and your final chance to win a pattern of your choosing just for leaving a comment on this blog post.

To win:

  • Leave a comment on each week’s Friday Finds letting me know which pattern(s) you especially like that week.
  • Make sure to include some way to contact you in that comment—email address, Ravelry username, Twitter handle, whatever, I just need to be able to let you know you’ve won.
  • Each comment must be received by 9:00 AM MST the following Monday. So for this week’s post, you must comment before 9:00 AM MST on Monday, December 31.
  • Winners will be chosen by random number generator the following Monday. I’ll contact that week’s winner and we’ll work out the details.
  • The prize pattern is not limited to the patterns included in the Friday Finds. Patterns are limited to digital versions, though not only Ravelry-accessible patterns. Any pattern from your personal wishlist (under $7) could be yours.

A good number of these are patterns for children, but they were just so cute I couldn’t resist.

  • Elizabeth F. Parker’s Tern ($5) features a simple lace pattern along the neckline, set against a reverse Stockinette stitch background.

  • The Honey Toque ($4) by Megan Grewal is a slouchy hat with a slanting honeycomb pattern. For $2 more, you can get the pattern for the matching mittens.

  • Gudrun Johnston and Quince and Co recently published a print and eBook collection called Knit With Me ($26). This collection is bursting with amazing patterns, such as Ambrosia, Empire, and Granny Smith (shown).

  • Svetlana Volkova’s MOMO ($6) is a sweet little cardigan for children with a simple feather and fan pattern set into raglan sleeves.

  • I love legwarmers, even though I haven’t really worn any, and these Fly With Me legwarmers (free) are pretty intense and pretty awesome.

  • Pull Gaspard (€4) by Christine Rouvillé is an incredibly adorable child’s pullover. The pattern is currently only available in French, but I’m tempted to snag it anyway and try to translate as I go. Because what I need to knit is more children’s patterns. CLEARLY.

  • Yes, another child’s sweater pattern, but HOW CUTE are the little reindeer on Susan Crawford’s Junior Christmas Jumper (£4)?

  • Lucy Hague’s Firiel (£3.50) is a lovely garter stitch shawl worked sideways with a lace edge. So pretty!

All photographs are taking from the individual Ravelry pattern pages unless otherwise noted. No copyright infringement intended.

FO: Age of Brass and Steam Shawl

This shawl was supposed to be shown off last month, but I never was able to get time to photograph it (that’s pretty much the theme of all my posts lately, isn’t it?)

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This is my Age of Brass and Steam shawl, and I knit it using two balls of JC Rennie Supersoft Cashmere DK that I picked up in London (the yarn is mostly wool, and feels a bit scratchy while you’re knitting with it, but softens up delightful with a wash).

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I added an extra repeat (which ended up being a shorter row count than the other repeats) because I wanted to use up all the yarn.

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As written, this is a pretty shallow shawl, I think. But it’s an easy knit, and very easy to add length if you’ve got the yarn. And it looks really nice “artfully” draped over a tree branch, if you ask me.

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FO: Pod of Cetaceans

Well, this post has taken a long time to show itself. I finished knitting my Pod of Cetaceans almost a month ago, but I’m just now getting around to posting about it.

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I fell in love with this pattern from Elinor Brown the moment I saw it, and it fit perfectly with one of my goals for this year, which was to steek something! Yeah that’s right, I cut this bad boy wide open. The knitting was really easy—just a bunch of stockinette in the round, and then joined for the seamless yoke and colorwork whales.

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I opted not to do any of the duplicate stitch, partly because I was running short of time and partly because… I don’t know, I just didn’t have it in me? I still like the back without the duplicate stitch that’s supposed to be there.

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And the steeking? Well, it was actually not nearly as bad as it is made out to be. I followed Elinor’s recommendation to review Eunny Jang’s steeking discussion, and crocheted the steek edges before cutting. By the time I got to the cutting part, I was downright gleeful to be cutting into my knitting—there was a little moment of freedom and euphoria and it was a weird knitter’s high to think about cutting this thing I’d been knitting for a few weeks. Look, I said it was weird, okay?

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I knit the largest size offered, as I wasn’t sure just how big the intended recipient had gotten since I’d last seen him and figured having some room to grow was better than it being too small. The cardigan is too big, and that’s okay, even if it means I don’t have any modeled shots.

My other knitting goal for this year was double-knitting, and I still haven’t gotten around to that yet, but hey, there’s still a whole lot of time left in this year. Right? Right.

(Delusions are fun, yo.)

FO: Urchin Hat

For whatever reason, while taking pictures of my Urchin, I made the dumbest faces.

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And of course, felt the need to share them with all of you.

Stupid faces aside, this is probably my new favorite hat.

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It’s Ysolda Teague’s clever Urchin hat, from Knitty Fall 2007. Constructed entirely in garter stitch short-rows this hat took me about 3 hours to knit.

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I added a bow to the side to use up the last of the yarn. I used one skein of Malabrigo Chunky in the Violetas colorway. It’s cozy and warm and I love it.

FO: Paper Moon Socks

I’ve been on a finishing kick lately, churning out the knits like crazy! I just haven’t been as good at blogging about those finished knits. First up in the queue, my Paper Moon Socks, designed by AnneLena Mattison last year for Knitty.

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I cast on for the first sock in the airport on the way to Paris, and worked fairly steady on this sock during my vacation. I will always think of rainy Paris evenings spent in a hotel room with my friend Erin, watching DanceNationTV (it’s a REAL THING!) and listening to the babble of voices from the street below when I wear these socks.

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I knit the entire second sock in two days of a work thing. So that should tell you how quick and easy this pattern is. These socks were my first adventure with a toe-up gusset and heel flap sock, and I really liked the way the heels turned out. Not that I have any photos of them. That would be too sensical.

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The pattern is easy to customize, both in terms of width (even though it comes with three patterns—I knit the smallest width) and length (again, three options for length, and I ended up knitting the middle number of repeats—I have long feet, but they’re fairly average-to-slightly-narrow for width). Not too shabby for a free pattern, but then, Knitty is pretty stellar.

The only “problem” I had with this pattern is that the heel flap instructions state that you should knit the heel flap in the ribbing pattern as established… with no ribbing pattern having been established. So I just worked an eye of partridge heel flap, which is my go-to stitch for heel flaps if a pattern is not otherwise stated. Sure, I could have figured out the ribbing bit, but whatever.

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Confession: I still haven’t woven in the ends of these. I’m a rebel.

FO: Folded Pullover

I’m on vacation, but I left some posts behind so you wouldn’t forget me. Apologies for not responding to comments in a prompt manner—I’ll be sure to respond when I’m back.

This post is a ridiculously long time in the making. There’s no way—no way—it should have taken me nearly five months to knit this sweater. But as you’ll know from earlier posts about this sweater that it was not meant to be during the summer. I honestly think the heat was making my brain melt a bit. How else could I possibly account for the fact that I initially misread 13 centimeters as 13 inches? And I placed the markers incorrectly. All the while I was also knitting Loki’s Scarf. So if you are thinking about knitting this sweater, know that it should maybe take you two weeks, tops, if you have time to devote to knitting.

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Yes, two weeks. I had knit the sleeves earlier this summer, but I completely ripped out the body on September 18, started it back up again on September 19, and finished the entire sweater on September 24. That’s five days for the body, joining the sleeves, and knitting the yoke. Two weeks, tops, people.

Which is a really good thing, because I know have to frog it and reknit it. Again.

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The sleeves should not be at my wrists—they’re elbow-length in the pattern. The underarm seams should not be halfway down my upper arm. The neckline should not be falling off my shoulders. The pleats should be above my bust.

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Remember last week, when I talked about the important of swatching and how doing multiple swatches to make sure you have the right gauge is important? I swatched once for this pullover on the recommended needle size and the fabric came out too big. But the aforementioned brain leakage let me believe that knitting one needle size smaller would totally fix that. Wrong. The pattern gauge is 23 stitches to 4″. My finished gauge was 20 stitches to 4″. That’s nearly an entire stitch an inch. I would have had to gone down at least two, possibly three needle sizes to get the right gauge.

I really like this fabric, so I did some math and figured out I’ll need to knit the second smallest size at this gauge (also, I don’t really love the idea of knitting a fingering weight sweater on size 3 needles). I did like how the modifications I made turned out. I just have to remember to do them again.

  • Knit 7” before beginning waist shaping to account for my higher waist
  • Moved the back decreases and increases more toward the center (with about 40 stitches on either side of the markers).
  • Moved the front decreases and increases in to four stitches instead of two.

Maybe I should just take this as a sign that this sweater is not meant to be with this yarn and recycle the yarn into another project entirely. I really like the color of the sweater! It’s just completely unwearable in this incarnation. Phooey.

FO: Pontos Cardigan


Hooray for more finished sweaters! This weekend, I finally got the right color of yarn to finish my Pontos Cardigan and it was a quick knit to finish.

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My version ended up using more yarn than is called for in the pattern, so if you choose to knit this, you might want to buy an extra skein just in case. I think I could have knit the body a bit shorter—it’s almost my knees! and I’m not short!—and saved some yarn there, but I do like the length. It’s nice and cozy.

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I probably also could have knit the smaller size. I chose the 49″ sweater, thinking it would give me a good amount of room when I buttoned it. Four inches of ease was a bit much, in hindsight, and I should have just knit the 44¾” size and maybe knit the bands just a little bit wider. But these are things that happen when you try to knit when your brain is melting out your ears.

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Hilary Smith Callis’s pattern is so wonderful though. There’s one section that’s a little confusing, after you’ve joined the arms to the body, but it makes perfect sense once you think about it (and I noted the advice I got from Hilary in my Ravelry project notes, if you’re looking to knit this yourself). Aside from that one bit, the instructions are super clear and easy to follow and this would have been a really fast knit if I had been able to work on it all in one go.

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It’s open and lacy but still really warm. This is a great cardigan to knit for autumn, when the knits get chilly but the days are still fairly warm. There’s a comforting amount of weight to it—it’s not heavy, per se, but it’s substantial, like the perfect lightweight comforter for autumn. I can imagine wearing this to sit on a friend’s patio in front of a fire, or early in the morning as I’m bumming around the house.

Added bonus, I finished knitting my Folded pullover last night, so it’s blocking now! So excited to be finishing things, and to be able to wear them soon.