Does Anyone Recognize this Sweater Pattern?


I made this sweater at least a decade or two ago, and I cannot find anything resembling a pattern for it.  I might have improvised it as I went, but I don’t remember doing so.  If anyone can identify the pattern, I would be delighted, because I would love to make another one.

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Thanks, everyone!

Slow Knitting Week/Taking It to the Next Level


I know we all have them, and mine is for a good reason…I am continuing to organize my living space.

I’m working on the second pair of sock to raise money for a root canal.  these are for my friend J, and are green, blue, & red.  I’m about halfway up the leg, so far, which is nowhere near as much as I should be, but life is intervening, and I’m happy for it, honestly.

It’s not that I don’t love my knitting; I do.  But I know that the more organized I get my living space, the better things will be.

For example, once I find all of my stash, I can enter it into my Ravelry notebook, and keep better track of what I have, what gets used, and what I should destash.

It will also let me see what projects I have lying around unfinished, and either finish them or frog them so I can reuse the yarn.

Once I find all my needles and hooks, I can begin to organize my collection, and get rid of what I no longer want.

I can set up one area in my living space to work on things.  My roommate has a desk in this room that she doesn’t really want, but she would like the desk I have been using.  Once the space is set up better, i can switch to the other desk, and give her this one.  The other desk is actually better, in that it has shelves I can set up my craft supplies on, including my beading supplies, tools, and projects, and the drawing books I have been collecting (yes, I do a little drawing).

I will be planning a few projects for this year once the space overhaul is done.  Notably, I intend to master the brioche stitch, and take another try at stranded colorwork.    (One of the best things about knitting, for me, is that no matter how much I already know, there is always something new to learn.)  I also plan to get into designing a bit more, since I want to be able to make and sell patterns for things.

How are you doing on your knitting for 2013?  Do you have any special projects planned?  Any skills or techniques you want to master?  What is the next level for you, and how do you plan to take your crafting there?

 

 

Deb’s Almost-Easy Toe-Up Sock


This is the first sock I designed, back in 1999. It was originally published through the Socknitters list, then republished at Naughty Knitterz.

Since neither link seems to be working more than erratically, I am reposting the pattern here.

Deb’s Almost Easy Toe Up Sock

© Deb Wunder, N ovember 15, 1999

Materials:

One skein of Paton’s Nature Fleece Superwash
Set of five size 6 wooden dpns
NOTE: Gauge will vary depending on what yarn and what size
needles you use.

Foot:

Cast on 24 stitches.
Round 1: *Sl 1 (with yarn in front), K1, repeat from * to end of
row. Turn work. *sl 1, K1, rep from * to end of row.
Separate the stitches onto two needles as follows: Holding two
needles in your right hand, slip the K stitches to one needle, and
the sl sts to the other needle. Place a marker for beginning of next round.
Round 2: 1st needle: Inc 1, k across, inc 1. 2nd needle: Inc 1, k across, Inc 1
Round 3: Knit even on both needles
Repeat Rounds 2 and 3 until sock is width of foot (I used 40 stitches as my width.) Divide stitches onto four
needles altogether and knit with the fifth needle. (I had 10 sts on each needle.)
Knit even until foot is to where you want to begin your heel.

Short Row Heel:

Row 1: Knit across first two needles until last stitch. Wrap last stitch, turn
Row 2: Purl across stitches just worked until last stitch. Wrap last stitch, turn.
Repeat these two rows, having one less stitch knitted on each row until you have purled 8 stitches and wrapped
the last stitch. Turn.
Knit around entire row, then knit the eight stitches again. Turn
Row 1: P 8, wrap next stitch, turn
Row 2: K9, wrap next stitch, turn.
Continue doing this until you have knitted 20 stitches. Continue to knit around the row.

Leg:

Knit one inch in stockinette stitch, then switch to K2, P2 ribbing. Work even until desired length, then cast off.

Hope everyone enjoys this. It makes a great sock that fits into even my running shoes.

Finally got my January socks on the needles


It’s been one of those months.

I actually had work. And I was ill.

The result of those two things was that I did not finish my December socks until about 5 am this morning.

For the first sock of the 2012 Year of Stash Socks Challenge, I’ve chosen to do one of the socks from their “plain vanilla” list, the Arch Shaped Socks.

I do have one little treat — a friend and I were talking online, and I noted that I made stitch markers. Herewith, a pic of some of them.

Scrap Socks are Great for Dealing with Odds and Ends


The thing about doing a challenge (like the Year of Stash Socks 2011) is that all the projects leave one with a huge array of small balls of yarn, none of which are quite enough to become a project in and of themselves. So, my solution was to make a pair of socks out of the scraps.

These did not have a real pattern, although I used the heel from Chuffed. I used two sets of size 1 dpns, and cast on 60 sts. I did ten rows of 1×1 rib, then changed yarn, and switched to a 3.3 rib for the leg and the instep, and stockinette for the gusset. I changed colors after ten rows.

I’m quite pleased with the way these came out, and I am looking forward to more projects like this one.

Some Days the Knitting Just Doesn’t Go as You Planned


I’ve been trying to design a new sock.

The plan was to knit the sock quickly, make sure the pattern was written correctly, get it to a beta knitter, and get it up on Ravelry. It would mean that this month I have completed four pairs of socks.

I started it as a toe-up. Had to rip back the foot a couple of times until I found a stitch pattern I liked with the yarn I wanted to use.

Then, I got the foot and the heel flap done and started to pick up for a gusset and realized that I had omitted the heel turn. Ripped back to where that should start. Realized I hadn’t documented what I did for the change from the foot to the heel flap, so I ripped back to that. Screwed up reknitting the heel flap three or four times. Got the heel flap knit, and the heel turned, then realized I had put them in backwards (the heel flap was on the sole of the sock). At that point, I ripped out the entire sock and went to bed.

This morning, I started the sock again, this time, as a cuff-down sock. It’s going smoothly so far, and I am taking it slowly. I have the leg and heel planned out, with preliminary notes in a text document.

I’m still hoping to have the pair done by the end of the month, and to find another beta knitter, but we’ll see what happens.

A Bit of Progress


I got the sock I was designing, Chuffed, finished on the 2nd.

The yarn is Morandia’s MIB Fibers MCN yarn in Lavender and Lime.

I then got my first pair of October socks for the YOSS-2011 Challenge done on he 10th. Not being fond of the two patterns chosen, I decided to do Jeannie Cartmel’s Magic MirrorSocks, using the honey brown BFL I bought from Zarzuela’s Fibers.

Those done, I cast on the Sunday Swing socks by Kristel Nyberg. Again I’m using MCN, this time in Pumpkin Spice, by Ethereal Fibers.

This sock is knitting up pretty quickly. With any luck, I will have the pair done to wear to the 3rd Saturday Fannish Party this weekend.

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