She Knits: Julius’s Legwarmies

I knit these for my nephew, and I was so glad to see that they fit! He will definitely be getting more, soon!

Progression
Started – November 5
Completed – November 7
Duration – 2 days = 0.3 weeks

Quick. Simple. Perfect.

Pattern Info
Legwarmies by Alana Dakos
Ravelry

I modified the sizing a bit because Julius has skinny legs. I used a cast-on of 36 stitches (with JSSCO), subbed a twisted 1×1 rib for the ribbing, and knit the ribbing for 6 rounds (not quite an inch). I knit them to be about 11 inches long.

Yarn Info
Scheepjes Stone Washed
78% cotton, 22% acrylic
Colorway: 822 Brown Agate
1 skein = 142.2 yds used

This yarn is so soft. It has a bit of halo, not much elasticity, but… it’s so soft! I hope it washes well. It might pill a bit, with use.

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She Knits: Neckwarmers

I knit these as a quick Christmas gift for a young family member who struggles with some chronic bronchitis (or similar) issues.

Progression
Started – December 18
Completed – December 22
Duration – 4 days = 0.6 weeks

I spent about 6 hours knitting on each of these. I’m glad I was able to finish them in time — we left for our Christmas travels on December 23rd!

Pattern Info
Ribby Neckwarmer by Tiennie
Ravelry

This is a very simple pattern. Each of these neckwarmers began with 108 stitches cast on. I made clean transitions for the stripes by knitting the first round of each new color, then going back to the ribbing pattern.

Yarn Info
Valley Yarns Haydenville
60% superwash merino wool, 40% microfiber
Colorway: Purple
0.64 skeins = 140.8 yds used
Colorway: Gray
0.30 skeins = 66.0 yds used

This is the yarn left over from the two hats and mitts I knit. I was able to use all the leftover yarn for these neckwarmers. It is amazingly soft AND machine washable!

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She Knits: Cabled Mitts for a Tween

Fingerless mitts are also in style (or at least, have been recently…). I hope my “tween” niece will like these, to go with her slouchy hat.

Progression
Started – November 18
Completed – November 20
Duration – 2 days

These were very, very quick to knit! I spent about 10 hours total on them (with interruptions!).

Pattern Info
Irish Hiking Mitts by Karin Michele
Ravelry

My niece isn’t Irish, nor does she hike. But these are just so cute! And I think they go very well with her cabled hat.

I only made one modification to the pattern. I crossed the cables in the opposite direction on the right-hand mitt to make them symmetrical. It was only a matter of holding the cable needle to the front instead of the back, to get a left-crossed cable.

Yarn Info
Valley Yarns Haydenville
60% superwash merino wool, 40% microfiber
Colorway – 12 Purple
0.44 skeins = 96.8 yds used

As this is a set, this is the same yarn as I used in her hat.

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She Knits: Father Cables Hat

This is the hat I knit for my niece as part of her Christmas gift set.

Progression
Started – November 10
Completed – November 16
Duration – 6 days = 0.9 weeks

I am surprised how quickly this knit up. I think it is partially due to the weight of yarn, though.

Pattern Info
father cables by Veronika Jobe
Ravelry

I knit this in size S/M and made the slouch version. I think it is a fashionable look, currently. I hope it will fit her. When I first began this, I substituted 1×1 twisted rib for the regular ribbing, but it looked awkward with the cables coming out of the twisted rib. So I started over and like the design as written much better.

Yarn Info
Valley Yarns Haydenville
60% superwash merino wool, 40% microfiber
Colorway – 12 Purple
0.92 skeins = 202.4 yds used

This is a wonderful yarn to knit. I hope it holds up well to cleaning — it is labeled as machine washable. It is very soft, “springy,” and has excellent stitch definitions, which makes the cabling beautiful.

Purple is my niece’s favorite color, and I just love this deeper tone.

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She Knits: Spiralini Hat

I made this as a Christmas present for my sister.

Progression Info
Started – November 3
Completed – November 5
Duration – 2 days = 0.3 weeks

I did not expect this hat to knit up so quickly.

Pattern Info
Spiralini Hat by Jane Tanner
Ravelry

This was a very simple pattern with beautiful results. I made the size medium. I substituted 1×1 twisted rib for the ribbing in the pattern.

Yarn Info
Valley Yarns Haydenville
60% merino wool, 40% microfiber
Colorway – Grey
0.70 skeins = 154.0 yds used

This yarn is so soft. I have used Valley Yarns (WEBS, http://www.yarn.com, house yarn) before, but never this line. The combination is perfect. The wool makes the yarn easy to knit due to its’ elasticity. The microfiber makes it buttery smooth and shiny. I hope it holds up well through use and laundering.

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