• Knitting & Crafting

    FO: Bandana Cowl

    Bandana Cowl

    I wanted to make and send a gift to a dear friend of mine in Australia. He told me that it does get cold enough in Sydney to warrant scarves so I decided to make up a small cowl for him. Unisex and not too bulky. Fit was good. If it were met, I’d have made it tighter but he couldn’t try it one as I made it.

    Nice, simple pattern that I would make again.

    Bandana Cowl, started November 6, 2016, finished November 11, 2016.Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Bandana Cowl Ravelry Pattern Page
    Made for: Mark and sent to Australia.
    Yarn: Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool – 100% wool
    Needles: US9/5.5mm

    Bandana Cowl

    Modifications & Notes: This pattern was made for thicker yarn. Next time, I would add one row between the first few decrease rounds for the point to be less pointy.

    CO 97 German Twisted CO. Adapted heavily from happygolightly’s Bandana Cowl on Ravelry.

    Set-up Round: Purl all stitches.

    Round 1: K47, S2KPO, knit to end of round. (95 stitches)
    Round 2: P46, S2KPO, purl to end of round. (93 stitches)
    Round 3: K45, S2KPO, knit to end of round. (91 stitches)
    Round 4: P44, S2KPO, purl to end of round. (89 stitches)
    ….
    beginning the short rows:
    Row 5: K48, wrap and turn.
    Row 6: P7, wrap and turn.
    …..

    Set-up Round: K20, place marker, k49, place marker, knit to end of round.
    ……
    knit 3 rounds after the first decrease.
    * decrease round
    then knit 2 rounds and repeat from ! 3 times.

    ** decrease round
    then knit 1 round and repeat from !! 6 more times.

    Bandana Cowl

    Cost of Project: This yarn was part of 2 skeins I bought to make other things and have gotten a couple of small projects from it. I’d say this was $2 in terms of percent in yard or even less.
    Would I knit it again? Yes. I was even considering making one for myself.

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    FO: Pogona

    Pogona

    I really enjoyed this pattern overall. It only had two rows and was very easy to knit with while watching movies or TV. I didn’t feel pressured to finish it and loved going back to it. I don’t always wear my Stephen West shawls, but I’ve enjoyed knitting everyone of them.

    Shortened mine from the pattern because I had read many people ran out of yarn. I went to about 12″ rather than 14″ before doing the final garter rows. I did four garter rows instead of the six. Finished off with an Icelandic bind off which was new to me and stretchy. I’ll use it for socks next time.

    The yarn is lovely. It didn’t bleed very much and the photos don’t capture how nice it is. It was soft and knit up so well. No issues with knots, abrupt colour changes, or ply issues. I’d definitely use Fleece Artist again.

    Pogona

    Pogona, started December 16, 2015, finished February 3, 2016. Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Pogona by Stephen West Ravelry Pattern Page
    Yarn: Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 – 350.0 meters (382.8 yards), 125 grams – in Sangria
    Needles: US6/4.0mm
    Measurements: Post blocking 18”/46cm from centre stitch to BO edge. Wingspan: 46”/117cm which is ten inches less than the original, but mine is longer at the centre.

    Pogona

    Modifications & Notes:

    • Alternate cast-on method from KarenK (The No-Garter-Tab Method): Cast on 3 sts. Row 1: K 3; Row 2: K1, M1 (using backwards loop increase), K1, M1, K1 (5 sts); Row 3: K 5; Row 4: K2, M1, K1, M1, K2 (7 sts); Row 5: K3, P1, K3; Row 6: K3, YO, K1, YO, K3 (9 sts); Start with Set-up Row 1 (WS) in pattern
    • Slipped slevedge. Slipped first stitch of every row and knit tbl on the last stitch.
    • Used KFB instead of YO at the edge stitches so that my rows would be: Sl1pwise, K1, KFB… KFB, K1, Ktbl
    • Going from purl to knit: Purl st through the back loop. I didn’t find any benefit to this one.
    • 12” before garter rows.
    • Do 4 garter rows rather than 6.
    • Paired lifted increases
    • Icelandic bind off

    Pogona

    Tools/Notions: Many stitch markers.
    Lessons Learned: Icelandic bind off.
    Cost of Project: $16CAD for the yarn.
    Would I knit it again? Yes, but doubtful I would. Recommended pattern for easy project.
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    FO Fridays: GAP-tastic Cowl

    Gap-tastic CowlI wanted a giant cowl to go with my first leather jacket. I’ve had this pattern queued up for awhile now. It was between this or the Herringbone Cowl, but this one won over by being reversible and textured. I did forgot how boring it was to knit moss st/single rib though.

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    Neckwarmers

    I found one odd skein of Araucania Nature Wool Chunky on sale at the LYS, and instead of using it to make one project, I wanted to maximize my project possibilities by getting two neckwarmers from one skein.

    Project 159/365 - Not So Cashmere Neckwarmer

    Quick, easy, and good excuse to use a cool wood toggle button. I cast on 17 sts. since my yarn less than super bulky. I knit for 22″ and then blocked it severely because it curls quite a bit.

    Not So Cashmere Neckwarmer, started August 17th 2008, finished August 18th, 2008 Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Cashmere Neckwarmer by Kim K. Ravelry Pattern Page
    Size: 5″ (13cm) x 25″ (64cm) blocked
    Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool Chunky 100g 131 yards/120 m #115 – less than 1 skein
    Needles: 7.0mm
    Tools/Notions: 2″ wood toggle button
    Cost of Project: $6 yarn + $2 button = $8
    Would I knit it again? Yes, but I’d slip the knit stitches and/or find another to make it so it wouldn’t be that curly. I also would love to use it in the intended bulky cashmere.

    Project 160/365 - Luxe Neckwarmer

    This is quite the popular neckwarmer pattern, and I can see it why. The chunky yarn makes it go by fast, and the feather and fan stitch is very attractive. Definitely a good stashbuster and gift knit. I am going to give this one to a friend.

    Luxe Neckwarmer, started August 18th 2008, finished August 19th 2008 Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Luxe Neck Warmer by Tracey Ullman and Mel Clark from Knit 2 Together Ravelry Pattern Page
    Made for: Nathalie
    Size: 4.75″ (12 cm) height
    Yarn: Araucania Nature Wool Chunky 100g 131 yards/120 m #115 – less than 1 skein
    Needles: US9/5.5mm
    Cost of Project: $6
    Would I knit it again? Yep.

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    Noro Striped Scarf

    Hanging Noro Striped Scarf

    A simple yet enjoyable project with gorgeous result. My second Noro project, but my first time with Kureyon. I love this scarf; I am definitely a fan of Noro. It is yet to be blocked, and I am someone who is not bothered by really course or textured yarn. Though, I may block it eventually when it actually gets cold so it can soften up, but it is already quite long and really wide even when I restarted on a 4.0mm with 35 sts cast on.

    Noro Kureyon Scarf Decadence

    Noro Striped Scarf, started May 27th 2008, finished July 14th 2008 Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Noro Striped Scarf as popularised by Jared Flood. Ravelry Pattern Page
    Size: 6″ x 76″ (6 feet 4 inches) unblocked

    Rollin' Noro Scarf

    This was a very enjoyable knit, as I knit slowly while watching films or when on break of other more advanced projects. I really enjoy making easy and enjoyable scarves even after having learned so much. The colour variations of the yarn makes this scarf even more unique and fun than most. This will definitely be my new go-to winter scarf.

    Noro Striped Scarf 01

    Yarn: Noro Kureyon (100% wool 50g 110yds) – 2 skeins #156, 1 skein #147, and 1 skein #159
    Needles: #6/4.0mm
    Cost of Project: $28 for yarn (the most expensive project that I have undertaken yet I think)
    Would I knit it again? Yes! Next time, I would make it skinnier, and one could probably make one skinny scarf (casting on less than 25 sts) with two skeins of Noro.

    Project 123/365 - Noro Striped Scarf

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    Drop Stitch Scarf

    Easy Drop Stitch Scarf in Noro Silk Garden

    My first Noro experience! It was on clearance and a steal at $6 a skein. It was scratchy, but I soaked it in Eucalan bath for blocking and I’m not one that is averse to textured fabric.

    Noro Silk Garden dropped stitches

    The pattern is quick, reversible, and easy to memorise. I highly recommend it for any colourful yarn you may have to use. Two skeins of Noro yielded less than 50″ scarf, but I was able to block about 20″ out of it.

    Noro Silk Garden Drop Stitch ScarfDrop Stitch Scarf, started February 23rd, 2008, finished February 24th, 2008 Ravelry Project Page
    Pattern: Drop Stitch Scarf by Christine of Frazzled Knits Ravelry Pattern Page
    Size: 67″ x 7″ blocked.
    Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (45% silk 45% kid mohair 10% Lambswool) 50g 100m in #233 (discontinued) – 2 skeins
    Needles: #8/5mm bamboo straights
    Cost of Project: $12 for yarn.
    Would I knit it again? Yes.