Grace Knits a LOT!

Knitting mostly but other crafts, too (crochet, cross-stitch, scrapbooking) and life in general.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Socktoberfest...better late then never!

Ok, so October is done...and I did finish a pair of socks, the ones to the left in fact! They are the Lichen sock from Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush in Dicentra design sock yarn in Solar Energy. My pic is kinda washed out but the colors are VERY bright! I love them!

Works in Progress:

I also started on the Pomatomus socks from in Dicentra designs yarn in the Gilrain colorway...I like knitting these! But...

I am aslo working on the Print o' the Waves Stole (by the super-creative Eunny). I have made the two halves, but I have a limited amount of fiber left over (yummy sea silk in the Nova Scotia colorway) and am at a loss as to how to edge this.

I have also just started the Icarus shawl (in Dicentra designs alpaca laceweight in Abalone ...I have a weakness for knitting and crocheting lace! And Icarus is mesmerizing in it's simplicity in the body of the shawl...I am a little scared for the edging but I think I can do it!

I also have bought cascade 22o for the perfect sweater, blue sky organic cotton for a knitted bear for my niece, malabrigo for a scarf/hat/mittens for my friend Rena and my friend Malini just got back from Scotland/England w/some nice yarn for me! So much yarn, so little time!

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Dulaan or Bust!

This is Franklin. He is the mastermind behind the Chicago Dulaan Knit in and the host with the most! I met a bunch of knitters--we practically overran the JohnEvans Alumni Center at Northwestern University. Also in the picture is Melinda-she sat at the table where I was also knitting.

I also met Mary (who is going to Hong Kong--I'm so jealous!), Louann (no blog), Debbie and Kathy (I think or maybe it was Katherine). Anyway, I had tons of fun and I even completed a project that I had started that day.

This is the Dulaan 'Fetching' hat. I have just made the Fetching Mitts from Knitty and thought how fun it would be to create a hat from the cuff pattern. I used Wool of the Andes from Knit Picks and size 10 dpns. This pink color seems to not be available now...but I think that it would be stunning in mauve or wine, too.

So, this is how I knit this baby up:

Yarn: Wool of the Andes Bulky, Pink. I don't know how much of this I used--I had some left over from a previous project.
Needles: Clover Bamboo Double Points, size 10
Other tools: spare dpn or cable needle, darning needle to weave in ends, marker

Using the cable cast on, I cast on 80 sts. Divide over 4 needles. Join, being careful not to twist. You may want to place a marker between the first and last stitches.

Row 1-3: Knit 4, purl 1 to the end
Row 4: Using your spare dpn or cable needle, slip 2 sts from the left needle, move to the back. Knit 2, knit the 2 slipped sts, purl 1 to the end

Repeat rows 1-4 two more times. You will have 3 cables.

After knitting row 4 for the third cable, knit 4, purl 1 until you have about 3 inches of ribbing (I did about 11 rows).

Decrease Rows:
After you have the length you desire, you need to decrease to make the top of the hat. I followed the ribbing pattern to do this and I think it turned out to be very pretty on its own!

Decrease Row 1: knit 2, knit 2 together, purl 1 to the end (64 sts left).
Row 2: knit 3, purl 1 to the end
Row 3: knit 1, knit 2 together, purl 1 to the end (48 sts left)
Row 4: knit 2, purl 1 to the end
Row 5: knit 2 together, purl 1 to the end (32 sts left)
Row 6: knit 1, purl 1 to the end
Row 7: knit 2 together to the end (16 sts left)
Row 8: knit to the end.

Break yarn, leaving about a 8-10 inch tail, and using the darning needle, draw yarn through the remaining sts, pull tight. Weave in the ends and you are done!

Please email me at gracedlee AT gmail DAHT com if you have any questions!