She Knits: JB’s Flax Sweater

I’ve kept to my plan for each child of mine to have a handmade sweater and hat each winter. This one is JB’s for 2018-19 winter.

Pattern Info
Flax by TinCanKnits
Ravelry
Size: 4-6 years, 24″ finished bust

TinCanKnits is one of my favorite knitwear designers. Their patterns are clearly written, usually intuitive, and easy to follow. This sweater is one of their most basic patterns. The only “interesting” detail is the garter stitch panel along the outer sleeves.

I wish I had thought ahead and added either a reverse stockinette stitch design on the front (like an evergreen tree silhouette) or added the garter panels along the sides of the body. As it is, it is rather plain.

I knit the 4-6 year size to give him enough positive ease to wear this over a shirt in the winter. However, the sleeves and body are about 2″ too long, right now. I hope he might have a growth spurt in height before winter, so I decided not to pull out the edges and shorten them.

Yarn Info
Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Worsted
100% wool
3.68 skeins = 404.8 yds used
Colorway: evergreen

This is a basic worsted wool yarn that holds up very well and is warm. This sweater will be great to wear outdoors over a long sleeve shirt or as a layering piece with a coat on very cold days.

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She Knits: Presley’s Rainbow Fish

A rainbow hat for a “rainbow baby” is all well and good — but it being a winter item, I thought Presley could use a rainbow something for her earliest days. A fish just seemed to suit.

Progression Info
Started – February 20
Completed – February 21
Duration – 1 day

Pattern Info
Knit Fish by Kathy Lewinski
Ravelry

This pattern was interesting. It is sufficient — obviously, I have a fish, after all! But I found it lacking somewhat in direction. The pattern is not clear regarding how the tail should be sewn up or how, exactly, to pick up stitches for the fins on an already-stuffed fish! I figured out a way, but I’m not sure if there was an easier one I missed. I ended up leaving the tail open. I seamed along the place where the body and tail meet.

I made the stripes even by counting the total number of rows and dividing by the number of colors. I was able to get 13 rounds of each color besides green, in the main body. I used purple for the tail and fins.

Yarn Info
Arctic Yarns Merino Sock
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – rainbow mini skeins
0.23 skeins = 106.5 yds used

still have some of these rainbow colors left. Ha! I have less than a gram of red or purple, but about 11 grams between the orange, yellow, blue, and indigo. I’m still pondering what to do with the rest.

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She Knits: Presley’s Rainbow Hat

My dear friend is due the same day as me… also with her third… also a girl. 🙂 She miscarried a baby last year, so this one is her “rainbow baby” (a successful pregnancy after a loss). I wanted to commemorate this by knitting something in rainbow colors.

This is my first gift knit of the year!

Progression Info
Started – February 15
Completed – February 19
Duration – 4 days

Pattern Info
Basic Hat Pattern by Ann Budd
The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns (Amazon)

I used the “6-18 month” size for this hat so that it would fit next winter. I modified the pattern significantly to knit it top-down instead of bottom-up. I simply cast on the final number of stitches and worked the pattern backward, substituting a kfb increase for every k2tog decrease. I also lengthened the crown shaping by working an extra row between increase rows. If the pattern said no plain knit rounds, I knit one; if it said 1, I knit 2. I also worked the main body a bit longer, about 5.5″ between the crown shaping and the ribbing (I have found Budd’s basic hat to be too shallow). I knit 12 rounds of ribbing (about 1.25″), and bound off with JSSBO.

I used the slip stitch method of creating jogless stripes (slip the first stitch of the second round of each color), and I’m very happy with how that “seam” looks in the hat.

I’m happy with the final outcome and hope it fits well next winter. 🙂

Yarn Info
Arctic Yarns Merino Sock
75% superwash wool, 25% nylon
Colorway – rainbow mini skeins (7 colors)
0.29 skeins = 134.2 yds used

I won a set of 7 mini skeins (10 grams each) in rainbow colors in a knit-a-long a couple of years ago. I am not much of a rainbow person, and with such a small amount (just 70 grams, compared to the usual 100 grams used in a pair of women’s size socks), I didn’t know what to do with it. It languished in my craft storage, nagging at me to find a use for it. Well, I did! I’m happy I saved it so long because this was a great project for it.

I already used some of the green in my Frasier Fir Socks, which is why that stripe is so small. But my friend thought the hat would look better with a small stripe of green than with no green at all.

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these colors are difficult to photograph — especially the blue/purple ones!

She Crochets: Squirt’s Pink Sandals

Every pink summer dress needs a pair of pink sandals to match, right?

Progression Info
Started – March 22
Completed – March 27
Duration – 5 days = 0.7 weeks

Pattern Info
Baby Rainbow Sandals by aisha kenza

These sandals look a lot like the Saartje’s Bootees (by Saartje de Bruijn) I’ve knit once before… way back in 2011. This is a crochet version, though, which I expected to be a little faster and easier to work up.

Yarn Info

Włoczki Warmii Lenka
100% linen
Colorway – Koralowy róż
0.22 skeins = 72.2 yds used

Monaco Ombré Crochet Cotton #8
100% cotton
Colorway – pink
0.38 skeins = 72.2 yds used

These are the linen and cotton from the pink dress I recently finished.

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She Knits: Squirt’s Pink Dress

I found this really cute pattern for a baby dress, so I knit it for Squirt for this summer.

Progression Info
Started – March 14
Completed – March 21
Duration – 7 days = 1 week

This was a quick knit. 🙂 I probably could have knit it in 3-4 days, but I don’t think I knit at all over the weekend during that span of time.

Pattern Info
Clean + Simple Baby Dress by Purl Soho

This is a great pattern. The top section is done in linen stitch — this was my first experience with that. It is basically the eye of partridge stitch pattern I like on my sock heels, except the yarn on the slipped stitches is carried in the front, not in the back. It makes a tight, woven-looking fabric.

The shaping and construction is fairly straight-forward. There was a lot of casting on using the cable cast-on, which I don’t enjoy doing. But it is the most sensible thing to do in those places, so I didn’t consider any alternate methods.

The dress is intended to be worn with the buttons in the back. I made the 0-6 month size, though, and at that age, babies spend the most time on their backs! I think buttons would be uncomfortable in that case, so I put cutesy ladybug buttons on, and she will wear it with them in front. 🙂

Yarn Info
Włóczki Warmii Lenka
100% linen
Colorway – koralowy róż (coral pink)
0.7 skeins = 229.7 yds used

Monaco Ombré Crochet Cotton #8
100% cotton
Colorway – pink
1.2 skeins = 229.7 yds used

I held the linen yarn (left from my Asagi blouse) double with a crochet cotton thread I was given by a very dear friend. The thread is a bright, variegated pink. The solid pink linen helped to tone down the variegation and brightness of the pink. It is a nuisance to me to knit with two yarns together, but I am happy with the outcome. Plus, a linen cotton blend is perfect for summer. She may even be able to wear this as a swim suit cover-up at the lake this year.

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