Thursday, September 06, 2012

A Scarf, A Hat, and A Baby James

Pattern:  Stitch pattern based on Forest Path Stole by  by Faina M. Letoutchaia, Interweave Knits Summer 2003
Yarn:  Unknown fiber gifted from a book or magazine seller at Stitches
Yardage:  Less than 200 yards
Needles: Size 6
Cast on: August 24 2012
Cast off: September 3 2012
Cost: (Gift)
Notes: I have these two small skeins of yarn with no label, so I don't know the fiber content or producer or yardage. I found this very intricate birch leaves pattern as part of Forest Path Stole, and drew the design idea on the white board in the first picture. I'd knit one pattern repeat (18 st x 38 rows), cast off, turn the knitting to its side, pick up 18 stitches, knit two repeats, cast off, turn and knit three repeats, so on so forth. Since I don't know the yardage, I can do this for as long as the yarn lasts. Turns out I was only able to knit 3.25 repeats on the forth side. But I think it looks pretty cute.

Pattern:   Sideways Grande Cloche by Laura Irwin, Boutique Knits
Yarn:  Paton's Classic Wool
Yardage:  Less than 200 yards
Needles: Size 8
Cast on: August 21 2012
Cast off: September 4 2012
Cost: Less than $5

Notes: I needed a simple project for when I knit with my friends, this was simple and straight forward -- just as soon as I realized the band was knitted sideways, not bottom up. I should have changed the top so it's not decreased so sharply. It really should look more flat than what I have here. For the cable on the side, the pattern makes you knit two strips and then twist them and sew the ends on the hat. I thought I was smart, and knitted the big cable (8x8) directly onto the hat. It got very twisty. Unless you have a very clear mind and a clear surface to put the hat on while you turn the knitting back and forth, go with the easy route.

Remember the Traveling Baby Sweater? It went to its first stop in UK to visit baby James. James's mom Claire-Louis graciously took these pictures. Doesn't she have the cutest kids?! Claire-Louis said, "James has loved wearing it and I’m a bit sad to be passing it on as he looked so cute in it but I’m sure the next baby will love it just as much x". I'm so happy James (and his mom) entertained my idea, and enjoyed the sweater! Now it's heading back to US, to Chicago, and then Seattle, before making its way back to my neighborhood to a friend of mine. If you know someone that wants to be part of Traveling Baby Sweater's route, drop me a line and we'll work out the logistics.

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Cathy said...

Wow, you've been busy! The garden path scarf is by cute, you could write a pattern for that! I thought the cloche is very chic, interesting construction. And I'm glad to see the little sailor is being appreciated, it was a wonderful idea 😊

WonderWhyGal said...

That first scarf is really interesting. I like the idea that it's not straight. Love the Cloche and adore the baby photos. I am so glad that the sweater is traveling and being used as you intended. It really is a great idea to let the gift keep on giving. You are a good egg!

Faith (the Vampire Slayer) said...

Gorgeous scarf. I love the traveling baby sweater! What a cool idea.

Andria said...

That scarf is very cool, what a clever idea. The cloche is lovely as well. And the traveling baby sweater--I think the idea is brilliant!

Nichole said...

Beautiful finished objects! Happy Friday!

Voie de Vie said...

I do love what you've done with that bit of Forest Path pattern - just wild!

And isn't he just the cutest in his sailor sweater? This traveling sweater idea is fun ... can't wait to see the next installment ... er, child. :)

Jazz said...

Love the intricate pattern. The result is lovely.

Spinster Beth said...

So that's a cloche .... the one I tried to knit looked like a sailor hat. Very nice!

Kathryn Ray said...

I love the idea for that scarf... kind of log cabin-y and geometric. Totally up my alley.

I'm still giggling about the pic of Rascal.

Love the sailor sweater. :-)

Michelle said...

The construction of that scarf is crazy-cool! It's definitely going to be an interesting piece.

And, I'm in love with the little sweater you knit! It's so neat to see handknits put to use!

Pumpkin said...

That scarf construction is very interesting, I love how it looks when it is all wrapped up, very pretty! Such a darling little guy too, looks great in his sweater!

AllyB said...

Your knits, as always are amazing but that little Rascal stole the show with his pretty pose behind your Frenchie. Super cute hat, I'll have to go look at that pattern. Love your scarf. Thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello. Have a great weekend.

Ginx Craft said...

I would love to see a picture of the hat on. It looks really elegant.

martine said...

Curious shape for a scarf but it looks really fabulous.
thanks for sharing

Vivian said...

Kathryn, you might like Pat Ashforth's designs. She and her husband Steve Plummer are both mathematicians, and they are co-authors of Woolly Thoughts series. Pat's Ravelry name is Woolhelmina, she has a big Ravelry group too and share a lot of her ideas there.