WIP: First ever sweater

IT’S HAPPENING!

Next to socks, the project that I’ve been looking forward to the most since I started knitting has definitely been a sweater. I absolutely love bundling up in a nice, squishy sweater. And what could be better than wearing one that’s handknit!?

I wanted to start with a complicated pattern like the Jamestown pullover I mentioned in this post waaaaay back in 2016, but once the time came, I decided it’d be better if I used a simpler pattern until I figured out the basics. Enter Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui!

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I’ve finished the body of the sweater, and I’m more than halfway through the first sleeve now! In this pattern, the body is worked in two panels, front and back, and each sleeve is knit separate from the body and attached later. I know there are ways to make sweaters with no seams, but I thought that making each part of the sweater first and sewing them together would be a good way to help me understand the structure of a sweater before I try more complicated patterns.

One of my favorite things about this project is the yarn I chose. I loved working with Caron Cakes yarn in my Stitch Sampler Shawl, so I grabbed two skeins of Caron’s Big Cakes for my sweater project. The colorway is Pistachio Macaron, and it’s working up so nice!

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I knew that this was the perfect colorway for my project as soon as I saw it. It has all of my favorite colors, and I really love the way that it’s speckled throughout, especially in the grey sections! It’s also super soft, and since this pattern is knit on large needles, it has wonderful drape~

This yarn is also self-striping so when I worked the front panel of the body, I just let the yarn do its thing, but when I worked the back panel, I matched the stripes myself. It required a little bit of extra work, but I’m very happy with how it’s working out. I’m doing the same thing with the sleeves so hopefully it looks nice. -fingers crossed-

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Besides this, I have two other projects on my needles at the moment. This one has had my complete attention though. I can’t wait to finish it up, sew it together, and show it off! It’s too hot to wear it much now, but once fall comes around, I’m never going to take it off.

 

tl;dr

Yarn: Caron Big Cakes in Pistachio Macaron
Pattern: Cropped Boatneck Sweater by Vi Bui

Mystery blanket WIP

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I’ve mentioned in the past that I don’t like making blankets very much… Or at all. But for some crazy reason, I’ve found myself in the middle of crocheting a new blanket. I thought that making a blanket that was relevant to my interests would encourage me to keep at it and finish it in a timely manner. Unfortunately, it was only effective for one of those things. I am still working on it, but I started working on it back in September of last year. Not so timely, huh?

Not only is it crazy that I’m making a blanket; I’m making it out of exactly 418 3″ x 3″ squares! 418! I finished the squares after only a month or two, but I ran into a snag while joining them. Down to the bottom of my project bag it went. I finally dug it out again a few weeks ago, and I’m going through the painstaking process of weaving in the ends on every square before joining.

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I have a design in mind so I chose a join with almost no ridges that would look the same on each side. Unfortunately, I don’t remember where I found the information on the join, but I think it’s this join from the Lion Brand website.

Also, the granny squares themselves were made using the pattern Solid Granny Squares on Ravelry.

I don’t want to give away any information on the design just yet. I’ll be posting teaser pictures as it comes along. Hopefully it won’t take another year for me to finish. 😉

WIP: Stitch Sampler Shawl

Technically, this should be an FO, I guess, but I have yet to weave in the ends and block it. We’ll just call it a WIP until I get all of that sorted out and get some good pictures of it completely finished. 😉

The whole thing started when I found some Caron Cakes at Michael’s in this great colorway. I bought two at 100g per cake without thinking about what I could make to use all that yarn. Eventually I decided on a shawl, something larger and cozier than my last one. After scouring Ravelry for a couple hours, I found the perfect pattern: Stitch Sampler Shawl by On This Day Designs!

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This pattern was so much fun to knit! It uses 4 or 5 different stitches, which keeps it interesting, and all of the stitches look great together. I really love how the striping of the yarn looks with the striping effect of the stitches as well! I decided not to be OCD and neglected to match the striping up to the beginning of each row. I wanted a sort of wabi-sabi look, I guess. (Or it could’ve been laziness…?)

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The pattern calls for Aran weight yarn, which is what Caron Cakes is supposed to be, and there was no gauge listed. It’s supposed to block out to 60″ x 13″, but I suspect that mine is at least that large unblocked. I got what I wanted though! Large and cozy~

Cooler weather should be rolling in next month, I hope. I can’t wait to wrap up in this on a crisp fall morning while drinking hot tea on my porch~

tl;dr

Yarn: Caron Cakes in Chocolate Mint
Pattern: Stitch Sampler Shawl by On This Day Designs

WIP: Hermione’s Everyday Socks

I am so unbelievably excited to say that I’m working on this project! I’ve mentioned it before in several entries, but I don’t think I ever told y’all that this was the pattern that made me want to knit socks in the first place. So successfully working on it now makes me feel like I’ve achieved sock knitting perfection. (Which is totally untrue! I’ve only knitted 1 1/2 successful pairs of socks before, ha ha!)

IMG_1986I also found that it’s really hard to take good pictures of in-progress socks. I just couldn’t find a good angle to show off the texture while showing my current progress. I’ll post some better ones once I finish up!

It’s actually been a while since I took this picture. This is the first sock; I’ve since completed it and am now working on the foot of the second sock. I’m almost to the toe, and I’m sooooo excited to finish these up and put them on my feet! Nothing feels better than finally getting to wear the project you’ve been working so hard on~

The yarn I’m using was actually picked out by T. (Doesn’t he have good taste?) I was walking around the craft store with an arm full of yarn that I couldn’t choose from. He took a look and selected this. And it’s been so nice to work with! No splitting, no unraveling, no mysterious knots, and I love the colors! I hadn’t thought about it when we first bought it because I couldn’t see the color pattern until I worked it up, but the colors totally remind me of the Tardis!
(And the yarn is Premier Yarns brand Wool-Free sock yarn in Oceanic, in case you wanted to know. 😉 )

I’m hoping to reach the toe today and see if I can’t finish it up. Hopefully I’ll have a couple FOs to show you in the near future. 😀

Pattern: Hermione’s Everyday Socks