It’s been a busy couple of weeks on the needles. One of my projects has been making the Farm Beanie hat for M. A ahead of our upcoming trip to Iceland.
It’s a nice pattern and easy to memorise which meant it was great for train knitting. It was also relatively quick to make, which was a good job as I ended up making it twice!
I made the largest size at first, but it was sooo big and baggy that one gust of wind would have whipped it clean off the head!
You can see from the crown here how loose it was, and the ribbed section was just not pulling in at all. So frogged it I did and made the smaller size.
It’s a little bit better but it’s still really loose. I think it’s down to the yarn… I used a DK weight as the pattern suggested but it’s just too soft and doesn’t hold the shape, and it became even more saggy after blocking. It would be great for something that required a drape and it’s super soft, but for a ‘manly and robust’ hat it’s just not cutting the mustard. I’ve still got time to make another one in a different yarn as I do like the pattern….3rd time lucky maybe?
And hot off the heels (if you’ll excuse the pun!) of my first pair of socks, came another.
I was browsing through Instagram at exactly the right time as Countessablaze was updating her shop, and this yarn stopped me in my tracks. Firstly I was grabbed by the colours but when I saw the name ‘Urbex’ it just had to fall in my basket… If you are a returning reader you might have seen my previous post on my current obsession with urban explorers and abandoned buildings, so it was fate right?
Following the same pattern for aran weight socks as the previous pair I was quick to cast on – and cast off these little lovelies…
I love them 🙂
Being new to sock knitting I am not overly familiar with the kitchener stitch required to close the toe and I was constantly having to refer to the internet for guidance. That is until I found the most handy little thing ever, a kitchener stitch key ring! How useful is this? It’s from the Rosie’s Moments Etsy store.
I have also cast on the gorgeous Norrland Hat by Sara Burch. It’s an absolutely beautiful pattern and I am really enjoying making it, although as it’s stranded knitting it’s quite slow progress for me. I cast on last weekend and I just couldn’t put it down, it’s so addictive just waiting to see what the next row will add to the pattern…here is a candlelight shot taken at 2am…
And here is a more recent shot. I’m on the decreases now so it should be off the needles by tomorrow 🙂
I have also cast on the Helix socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes using the two at a time toe up method. It took me a few attempts to get the cast on, it’s the Judy’s Magic Cast on and it looks ok, however I am not overly happy with the increases. The book suggests using half hitch increases but for some reason I just can’t seem to get the hang of these…
Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations for the best increases to use for toe up socks? If so I would love to hear them…
Happy knitting! x