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Candy Canes

Maybe you remember my boyfriend’s first pair of handknit socks and his request for more. Here it is, well in time to be a christmas gift. The colourway was his own choice, a red and green Tausendschön sock yarn named “Noel” I bought a while ago. Noel like Gallagher or the German imperative of the verb “nölen” (to moan). This missing “ë” became a running gag for years…

However, you know I love the yarn base and I am really happy that the 72 sts made the colours spiral like a green and red candy cane. 89g made a pair of size EU45 socks.

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The Antler Hat

This is a gift for a friend of mine. He kindly asked if I would knit him a woolen hat for winter and here it is!

The pattern is a free one by tincanknits. It is well written and easy to follow. I have knit the largest size on 4mm and 5mm needles using 78g of Cascade Yarns 220 superwash. I have omitted 2 pattern repeats as the hat was long enough already. The yarn is a classic workhorse.  It knits up well and is rather durable (I have used it for a pair of mitts years ago, they’re still alive and pretty). Nonetheless, I still prefer shetland yarns and shaded handdyes.

By the way, there are more hats to follow soon. The next one is going to be a Double Crossed hat which will become a christmas gift.

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Syncopation Adoration

My introduction to two-colour brioche during the Building Blocks MKAL was a very successful one. As once again my box of dk scraps was almost bursting, Stephen West’s free Syncopation Adoration Hat pattern sounded like a perfect solution.

I have used 53g in sum of five different dk and worsted wool leftovers, changing the front colour every 8-12 rows. The pattern is well written although I am not overly happy with the construction of the decrease section. Maybe this is why the pattern calls for a pom pom on top.

However, I like my new (and first ever) brioche hat!

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A Very Special Hat

A dear friend of mine, Kle, recently invited me to a live concert in exchange for a handknitted hat. As she is a very special person, I decided to knit her a very special hat. It is loosely based on Woolly Wormhead’s Scrapalong pattern with lots of short rows, some of them textured in seed stitch, some of them stacked, a bit of popcorn stitch and a flat top. The result is a slouchy something, the front a lot longer than the back, and can be worn in many different ways.

I have used 68g of Tausendschön sock yarn in a variegated colorway on 2.5mm needles. The pattern is sort of a recipe, open to add your own ideas. It can be knit in any yarn weight and comes in a lot of sizes. You definitely should try it, the pattern is for free.

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The Soap Bubble

I needed a new soap dish for my bathroom and wanted something more sustainable than a cheap plastic item. The most obvious solution might have been to buy a wooden or luffa soap dish, but that would have been too easy. Why not knit one?

My first idea was to knit a sphere from stainless steel wire, which turned out to be a bad idea due to a complete lack of elasticity. Furthermore, the wire I had chosen proved to be too thick. My next attempt was to exchange the wire by grey ITO Tetsu, a silk and stainless steel laceweight yarn. It was knittable, but still not elastic. Sadly, it did not want to keep its spherical shape, so I reinforced it with the stainless steel wire from my first try. Well, here it is, a knitted soap dish:

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Katinka Mitts (my first complex pattern)

These mitts have quite a long story and started with a request from my aunt. She had asked me to knit her a pair of super tight, super short mitts with a large cable on the back of the hand.

I accepted the challenge and added some extra spice, namely a cabled, sideways knit cuff, morphing into a cabled cable on the back of the hand and ending as a cable around the middle finger. It took me several prototypes to develop a pattern, but I finally have succeeded.

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The latest version is knit from 24g of Maschenkunst Belana, a beautiful light fingering weight shetland yarn, in Asparagus. It gives detailed stitch definition which is important for the cable structure. Apart from that, my weakness for shetland yarns should not be a secret anymore.

My previous prototypes were knit using Tausendschön Merino Extrafein in Bougainville (stunning colour on a wonderfully soft yarn base) and using DyeForWool Merino Silk in Dove Being No More (check out their Etsy shop!) which both give good stitch definition as well and add more softness.

You can buy the pattern on Ravelry. I would love to see your projects!

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Building Blocks

First of all, sorry for not posting anything the last weeks, I was really busy.

I have finished my Building Blocks! It took me about three hours to bind off, but it was worth all the effort. The result is rather a shlanket than a shawl, but it was perfect to wear it first on a trip to Leipzig where the temperature was about -2°C.

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I am super happy with my choice of colours, they blend really well together. My large (pretty huge) version is made of sock yarn only, 85g of colour A, 81g of colour B, 47g of colour C and 71g of colour D. It was fun to knit it and watch the colours play with each other up to the end of the brioche section. After that, I got bored. But hey, it is finished and, as mentioned above, the shlanket was completely worth the effort.

Have you finished your Building Blocks yet? And have you seen all those stunning pictures on Instagram?