Next on the needles??

As it gets closer and closer to Christmas, I wonder if I will be able to finish all my presents in time.. who knows! I can’t share these with you yet, obviously because they need to be a surprise to the recipients, but mainly because I haven’t finished a single present yet! UH OH! 

So instead, I thought I could share what I plan to make next. After my festive knitting, I plan to knit something for myself, but what?! These are a few things I have seen from browsing on Ravelry, Folksy and Pintrest.

I absolutely love the Zooey sweater that has just been published in Interweave.

I get email updates which is dangerous! I really want to buy this magazine as there are few other patterns I want to make too, but you need to subscribe and I don’t think I want to do that. I love the neckline and trim on the edges – it looks like mini-scallop edging! I love the colour combination here too and may try to match it!

I love cables and this Aidez cardigan would be a good project to get to grips with more complicated cabling. 

I found this pattern whilst reading lieslmade’s blog. I really like the lacy detail bit but I have never tried this technique before. I think it is a good start for lace knitting though as the band isn’t too big and would probably be fine for a beginner to pick up! I like the grey wool too, but I think I have too many grey cardigans so will need to pick something brighter!

Another favourite of mine is the Hester pullover.Hester has been in my favourites for a while but the pattern is only published in a magazine. I’m sure there will be other pattterns in the magazine that I will want to knit too. This sweater reminds me of one I bought a few years ago and I really want to make something similar to that but not sure not to go about the neckline and bust. All I know is i need short rows, but where to put them?! So I think this pattern will help me to make my own jumper and I can knit it with different stitch patterns too.

The Lucille cardigan is also very pretty. I do think, if I am honest about my abilities, that it is still too difficult. One day… I love the mustardy version that someone has knitted, I just hope that colour is still in when I get round to making the pattern!

I have been buying a lot of my yarn recently online and I miss going to an old fashioned wool shop and handling all the different types of wool available. I think for my next project I will take a trip to McAree to get some nice yarn. By the time I get round to finishing this next project, I’m hoping spring will be here and so the need for thick cosy sweaters will be long gone! here’s hoping… 

What are your thoughts on the patterns above? What should I make?! What are you knitting/making anything for yourself?

Cx

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Oats!

Hello!

Finally a finished jumper to show you! I’ve nicknamed my latest project Oats! The wool I am using his little specks of red/brown in it and reminds me of porridge oats.

This was a really easy pattern and has been pretty easy to knit up. It is knit from shoulder to shoulder so the arms don’t need to be sewn in after. Because it is knitted this way the rows of stitches go across the body instead of up and down, giving a slightly different effect.

There are rows of moss stitch (seed stitch) on the cuffs and around the edge, plus a band across the neck. This is really easy – the repeat is:

Row 1: *k1, p1 , repeat from * to end of row

Row 2: *p1, k1, repeat from * to end of row.

I wanted to hide the bind off on the last sleeve as I use the long tail cast on method and I wanted the edges to be even. As there is moss stitching around the sleeves, I thought that the invisible ribbed bind off might work. I gave it a try following a tutorial which was pretty simple to follow, but I thought the end result was a little bit messy. Maybe this isn’t suitable for moss stitches? So in the end I just went for the normal bind off and although it is a bit thicker here, I don’t think it is really noticeable. Does anyone have another method for binding off moss stitches?

I finished knitting this jumper a wee while ago, but I couldn’t find the motivation to weave in my ends and sew on the buttons. I had to re-cast off round the neck as the first attempt was far too tight and pulled the edges up. It is much better second time around!

I’ve had some compliments after wearing it last week (it’s so cosy though it’s not quite cold enough for it yet!) and it has motivated me to do more crafty things.

I’m making lots of Christmas presents just now so can’t tell you what I’m knitting just yet, but will endeavour to update more!

Cx

p.s. will get some (much) better photos taken!!