Monday, November 30, 2015

Swingy cardigan

A few months ago I decided to knit a cardigan based on a pattern I found in a knitting book I picked up in a thrift store. I'm not sure if the book is still in publication, but the pattern is a very basic, set-in-sleeve cardigan in a basketweave stitch. I added some stripes, changed the sleeves to drop-shoulder and played around with the stitch pattern a bit. I also changed the closure to be more asymmetrical and added some colourful buttons. I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I used worsted weight wool blend yarn that I got for a great deal at a thrift store (different one from where I found the pattern book). I think my model looks good in it, if a bit quizzical.


Detail of the buttons

"Today's Knit Fashions" by Melissa Leapman; the inset photo is the cardigan pattern.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Need plaid? No problem! Here's a quick, garter-stitch hipster fix.

Fall is full of plaid this year, and I wanted to knit a scarf rather than weave one. Fortunately, so did Knitty's Franklin Habit, with this easy-to-follow cowl pattern. But I wanted an actual scarf, so I adapted the pattern to just make one, long, garter-stripey scarf, and lo! I made plaid! You could easily weave in the side-ends where you start the new garter-stitch colours, but I left them as a short fringe, to make it look more weave-y. I finished it off by adding a few extra fringes to fill out each end. Hipsters should be impressed, and it's just in time for the holidays.

*Pattern note: Make sure that every time you start to knit a new colour, you start on the same side so your garter rows get those extra "wrong side" lines all on the same side of the scarf. They add to the plaid look.




Fluffygothy Improvisation Sweater

Yes, it's spring (see the hydrangeas?) and yes, I'm knitting a black sweater, with stripes of fuzz. What of it? I'm a rebel.