FO: Pasifika Dragonflies

I have actually been wearing this for the last few weeks (almost every day). It is my very very first jersey that I knitted for myself: up until now I had only knitted a baby sized jersey. I enjoyed knitting this pattern so much. I started it before Christmas, and after a quick start while camping, I slowed down a bit when I came back to University in January. 

 

The pattern is the gorgeous Dragonflies, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. It is incredibly clear and well written, and made my life so much easier! The jersey is knitted top down, which was new for me, but again made easy through clear instructions. The lace pattern is simple, but engaging enough to not get repetitive over the course of a jersey. The only differences of my jersey with the pattern is that I made the neckband a bit lower/shorter (I don’t like high neck bands), and knitted half an extra repeat of the lace pattern to make the jersey longer (much needed when biking in this frozen spring!). Anyway, I know what you really want to see is some pictures – so here they are!

 

Image

The lace pattern is on the front and the back of the jersey, and it’s slight negative ease makes it great for everyday, but just that little bit glam.

Image

I made the garter stitch neckband a little shorter, it works very well for me.

 

Image

I love the details on this pattern, like the garter stitch “seam” down the side of the seamless construction. Or, not pictured, the single stocking stich running up the back of the garter stitch neckband, so I know which is the back and which is the front!

 

Image

Top down raglan construction

 

Image

Full shot – you can see the nice length with an extra half a repeat of the pattern.

Darn it

I am spending my windy, freezing spring afternoon giving longer life to my socks… They definitely need it, since at barely above zero degrees Celsius, my feet aren’t yet accepting non-wool socks!

20130323-144630.jpg

FO: Stripes and Lace

I finished this shawl/scarf a few weeks ago, and it’s been keeping me very cosy in the cold weather here in the Netherlands. Luckily, the temperature has risen considerably over the past day or two, but it’s set to drop again next week. Cry. I loved knitting this – the endless rows of knit and purl were perfect for watching TV, and in fact I knitted quite a lot of it while flying back to NZ for Christmas break. My projects follow a curve – at the beginning I am very excited and knit a lot, then I slow down in the middle, and by the time I reach the point where I can see the end, I speed up and can’t wait to be wearing it! This is very helpful for a shawl like this, where the rows get longer and loooooonger the further you go – once you get to the “Oh my gosh I can’t wait until this is finished” stage, it doesn’t seem to matter quite so much that each of these rows is taking many many minutes (I never time myself) to knit….

Anyway, on with the ‘tada!’

Image

This is a super giant half circle shawl, with a lace border. Basically, it’s a combination of two free patterns: Citron (the circular shape) and Holden Shawlette (the lace). Once I got started with Citron (minus the ruffles), I just increased 24 stitches across the row,  in the middle of each white stripe.

Image

I used DROPS Alpaca, which I can highly recommend. It’s lovely and soft, and warm but light.  I even have one ball of the maroon/red leftover, I might make a matching hat!

Image

You can see here from the top view how the pattern is worked. It’s started, like many shawls, from the top centre, with the little semi-circles gradually getting bigger and bigger. Because of the increases in the lace pattern, I ended up with some little wings, which I quite like. I tie them together to make the shawl stay on while riding my bike, or tuck them into my coat.

Image

When commuting, I usually wear it over my coat as in the first picture – with the thick middle at the front, and the ends wrapped back around (and sometimes tied up). You can see them peeking out a little in this photo:

When I’m inside I like to wrap it around me like a blanket. It keeps my arms and shoulders so nice and warm!

Image

I’ll leave you with one last picture – even the “wrong” side looks lovely! You can see that the edge has rolled over, even though I used a 3 stitch garter border. It doesn’t matter though, it looks like I intended it to do that – and it means that I didn’t have to cut off all the little ends from my Russian joins  (Youtube linke) when changing colours!

Image

You know you’ve been knitting for too long when….

Image

Cable impressions on my chair…

Well… I wish that I could say I had been sitting in my chair knitting, but unfortunately I think I was studying instead when I took this photo. The last month or two have been so ridiculously busy and stressful with uni. Thankfully I handed in my last assignment yesterday, and now I “just” need to work on my thesis for the next few months and it is all over!

That isn’t to say that I haven’t been knitting; I have one completely finished object to show you, one small project which needs some frogging and resizing before it’s “finished”, and one project which I am very excited about, and which is 1.5 sleeves away from being done!